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Douglas Announces Achievement Awards and $1.6 Million in Community Development Grants

first_imgSixmunicipalities honored for outstanding community development projects IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS             $300,000Subgrant to Good Samaritan Haven to rehab their current emergency shelter facilityand construct an addition.  The rehab will include installation of asprinkler system, upgrades to heating and ventilation system, structuralrepairs and ADAimprovements.  The addition will include a fully accessible bathroom andcommon space. PLANNING GRANTS Community Development Champion: EdwinStretch. Ed built Gilman HousingTrust into a full fledged community development organization, enlarging theportfolio to include more than 400 affordable homes and apartments whileeffectively reinvigorating village centers and downtowns in the NortheastKingdom—Vermont’s most rural and economically challenged area. Thedevelopment work reflects Ed’s tenacity, his leadership skills, and hisvision for community development. The largest Vermont Community Development Program award –$500,000 – will help the Vermont Tubbs furniture factory in Brandon continue its recovery and preserve 87 jobs in Brandon by providingneeded capital. Other Vermont Community Development Program grants include a $300,000grant to City of Barre which will be used by the Good Samaritan Haven torehabilitate and expand their current emergency shelter, and a $275,000 grantto the Town of St. Johnsbury that will assist the Gilman Housing Trust inacquiring and rehabilitating shelter for women and families victimized bydomestic abuse. “These grants are so important because they will leverage over$4.5 million in other resources and help address critical needs in thesecommunities,” the Governor said. MONTPELIER, Vt. — (April 15, 2008) Governor Jim Douglas on has announced the awardof $1.6 million in community development grants to six communities that will provideaffordable housing, preserve jobs, and create shelter and housing for victimsof domestic violence.  The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development awardsthe competitive grants, based on recommendations of the Vermont CommunityDevelopment Board and approval of Secretary Kevin Dorn. Governor Douglas also praised the dedication of community leaders andvolunteers who work cooperatively with the State of Vermont to support and improve the qualityof life for Vermonters. VCDP 2007 CYCLE II AWARDS Economic Development Award:Town of Jay, Jay PeakGolf. Through this $748,664 VCDP grant to the Town a loan was provided to JayPeak Inc. to help fund the construction and operation of an 18 hole golf courseand academy at the base of the existing Jay Peak Ski Resort.  The additionof the Jay Peak Golf Course to Jay Peak Ski Area has allowed it to become ayear round resort, providing year round employment to an additional 46individuals in Orleans and Franklin Counties.  City of Rutland                    $15,000Grant to complete a marketing/management analysis in order to attract retailbusinesses to empty storefronts in the Special Benefits District located in theCity. Public Facility Award:City of Barre,Battered Women’s Services and Shelter. Through this $190,000 VCDP grantthe City provided a sub-grant of VCDP funds to the Battered Women’s Servicesand Shelter (BWSS), a non-profit organization providing service to women andchildren fleeing domestic violence, to make the facility handicappedaccessible, create 4 additional bedrooms, increase and improve common areas,add storage space for donations, and additional site improvements..  $1,566,500      Total Implementation Grants $60,000          Total Planning Grants$1,626,500      Total Grants Housing Award: Townof Middlebury,Stone Hill Housing. Through this $600,000 VCDP grant to the Town a deferredloan was provided to Housing Vermont and Addison County Community Trust todevelop 26 units of multi-family affordable housing on a rocky 3.88 acre parcelof land in Middlebury and 18 of the units are designated to low to moderateincome families. City of Barre Gov. Douglas AnnouncesAchievement Awards and $1.6 Million in Community Development Grants Commissioner’s Award: Town of Groton,Groton Housing. Through this $454,100 VCDP grant the Town provided a deferredloan to Gilman Housing Trust and Housing Vermont which assisted in the creationof 19-units of affordable housing, benefiting 41 low-to-moderate-income Groton residents. Not onlydid the $7 million project create and preserve 19 safe, attractive andaffordable apartments, it also provided new space for the critical elements ofany successful rural town—a new town library, space for local businesses,and streetscape and park improvements.              $191,500Deferred loan/subgrant to Gilman Housing Trust, Inc. to rehabilitate the107-119 Main Street Newport property currently owned by the Passumpsic SavingsBank for creation of 13 units of affordable senior housing. Town of St. Johnsbury        $275,000 Subgrant to Gilman Housing Trust to acquire and rehabilitate 418Railroad Street for Umbrella, an non-profit organization that providescounseling and shelter for women and their families who are victims of domesticabuse, to create 8 units of shelter and transitional housing in St. Johnsbury. Town of Randolph               $30,000Subgrant to Randolph Area Community Development Corporation to conductpredevelopment work for a mixed use development at the former Ethan Allenproperty on Salisbury and School Street which will consist of locating allunderground utilities, making recommendations regarding the roads andutilities, performing a traffic study, performing the architectural assessment,and other related activities. Town of Brandon                $500,000Loan to Vermont Tubbs furniture manufacturing plant to retain 87 jobs in Brandon, of which 77 % ofthe employees meet the current Low/Moderate income guidelinesrequirement.  For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, pleasesee the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external) ### VCDP COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS City of Newport “This grant to the town of Brandonwill be loaned to Vermont Tubbs and will allow them to continue theirturnaround,” the Governor said. “This is an investment in a companyand jobs that are critical to Rutland County.” The grant announcements were made Tuesday at an awards ceremony held tohonor four  communities – Middlebury, Jay, Barre, and Groton, as well anexceptional individual who has worked in community development for over 15years – for their outstanding work and 13 additional communities that completedVermont Community Development Program (VCDP) projects in 2007.last_img read more

People moves: Sampension’s new risk chief; APG names managing director

first_imgSampension, APG, TPR, Border to Coast PP, Hymans Robertson, TPT, SPK, HSBC GAM, Pensionsmyndigheten, Edmond de Rothschild, MSIM, Isio, Netspar, ITS, INDOS, LGIM, Aon, WTW, Mercer, Premier, NIkko AM, AlvariumSampension – Thomas Toft Brock-Jacobsen has been appointed as chief risk officer at Danish pension fund Sampension; he started hie new role on 1 May. He previously worked at banking group Nordea, where he was head of framework implementation and transformation risk control. At Sampension he is replacing Pernille Vastrup, whose promotion was recently announced in a series of management changes at the Copenhagen-headquartered fund. Vastrup is now chief financial officer.Reporting to Vastrup, Toft Brock-Jacobsen has managerial responsibility for the risk management department’s nine employees including the compliance officer and data protection officer. As well as heading the department, as chief risk officer he is also part of two of Sampension’s financial management forums, and is responsible for reviewing the annual risk reporting to the supervisory board, a spokesman for the fund said. Helena Dumycz at TPTTPT Retirement Solutions (TPT) – The UK-based provider of workplace pension solutions has appointed Helena Dumycz as head of employer relationships. She joins a well-established and experienced team focussed on supporting TPT’s 52 defined benefit and defined contribution schemes and 2,600 employers.Dumycz has 18 years of experience in the pensions sector. She joins TPT from BT having worked as head of technical services. She is a qualified actuary and has previously worked in actuarial consulting and client relationship roles at LCP, Deloitte and Aon before moving into in-house pension management roles at ITV, Grafton Group and GSK.SPK — Norway’s public service pension fund Statens Pensjonskasse (SPK) has appointed Tomas Berg as its new CEO. He replaces Finn Melbø, who is retiring after heading up the fund for the last 12 years. Berg joins SPK from his current role as head of the pension department of Norway’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, which he joined in 1998. The NOK551bn (€49bn) Oslo-based pension fund manages pensions for 1,415 companies and a million government employees. Berg started work his new role on 1 May.HSBC Global Asset Management – Michael Ridley has been appointed as senior responsible investment specialist at HSBC GAM. He will report to Melissa McDonald, head of responsible investment. In this new role, Ridley will be responsible for further building and driving the firm’s sustainable impact proposition. This will include developing an impact investing capability within the overall responsible investment strategy. As part of this, he will contribute to the development of sustainable investment criteria and market standards for sustainable infrastructure.Ridley will also lead the engagement with partners in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and development finance institutions in establishing the Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure as an asset class.Ridley brings more than 20 years of experience; most recently, he was global head of ESG fixed income research for HSBC’s Global Banking and Markets business. Prior to this, he held various roles at German development agency GIZ, Mizuho International, Amias Berman, The Carbon Trust and Citigroup.Swedish Pensions Agency – Ingrid Burman has been appointed as the new chair of the Swedish Pensions Agency’s (Pensionsmyndigheten) supervisory board, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs announced. She is taking over from Kerstin Wigzell, who has been the board’s acting chair since replacing Göran Hägglund – the agency’s last permanent chair – in 2018.The ministry said Burman most recently worked as governor of Sweden’s Kronoberg County until October 2019. Before that, she was a member of parliament from 1994 to 2006, during which time she was chair of the Social Committee, from 1998 to 2006. Burman chaired Sweden’s Disability Association from 2009 to 2015, and also worked with the Rheumatic Society, according to the ministry. Her tenure as chair of the Swedish Pensions Agency is set to run until 30 April 2023.Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) – Emily Chew has joined the US asset manager from Manulife as global head of sustainability, while Navindu Katugampola has joined MSIM as head of sustainability for fixed income.Based in New York, Chew will lead a centralised team that will develop MSIM’s ESG investment integration standards, help to launch ESG thematic products, construct a branding and marketing strategy, advise sales professionals and clients on sustainability matters, and produce sustainability data, tools and research in support of the asset manager’s investment teams. She will also oversee MSIM’s stewardship and investee engagement agenda.Most recently, Chew was global head of ESG for Manulife Investment Management. She previously served the chair of the steering committee for the Climate Action 100+ global investor engagement initiative and is a member of PRI’s listed equities integration subcommittee.Katugampola joined MSIM from Morgan Stanley, where he worked since 2004, most recently as head of green and sustainability bonds within the bank’s global capital markets. According to MSIM, he was a pioneer in establishing the market for green, social and sustainability bonds.Isio – The UK pensions advisory firm has appointed Nick Johnson as a partner to lead its pension insurance, de-risking and settlement team, effective from 1 May 2020. Johnson is a highly respected industry leader with 25 years of experience in advisory, insurance and most recently emerging superfund markets. He has a strong track record of building businesses, leading teams and delivering mutually beneficial outcomes for pension scheme members, sponsors, trustees and solution providers.He will build on Isio’s established market reputation for delivering great member outcomes through insurance and settlement transactions.Johnson led the bulk annuity team at Aviva for over 10 years, responsible for developing, managing and delivering all aspects of Aviva’s bulk annuity and de-risking proposition through more than 400 scheme transactions. He spent the last two years as chief actuarial officer at Clara-Pensions, where he was instrumental in the development and establishment of their financial consolidation proposition.Netspar – The Dutch think tank for pensions, ageing and retirement has appointed Marike Knoef as trustee in a part-time role as of 1 September. She is to succeed executive board member Casper van Ewijk, who is to retire but will continue as a researcher. Knoef is a professor of empirical micro-economy at Leiden University, and has been on Netspar’s executive board since 2017. She has been focusing on adequacy of pensions for households as well as pension communication and was the main initiator for Netspar’s research agenda for the period 2019-2023. APG – The largest Dutch pension provider has appointed René Steenhart as its new managing director in charge of business improvement and change. He is responsible for managing the total and integrated change organisation for APG for the benefit of member and employer services, pension fund services and staff departments. APG said Steenhart would be involved in the further implementation of value streams within teh firm and lead the transformation to a new way of working.APG said that over a period of more than 20 years, Steenhart has held various senior management positions at Rabobank in complex, international environments. At the pension provider he replaces Theo Van Kessel, who has moved to become managing director for new business development and alliances at APG.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) – Mel Charles has been promoted to the role of director of automatic enrolment at the UK pensions regulator, replacing Darren Ryder. Charles joined TPR in 2011 from the civil service and had a central role in the design and delivery of auto-enrolment. He then led the ‘TPR Future’ programme that re-designed the organisation’s approach to regulation, challenging it to become ‘clearer, quicker and tougher’.As director for auto-enrolment, he will be responsible for leading TPR’s work to ensure the continued long-term success of the policy. His work will include supporting employers as they navigate the current COVID-19 challenges.Charles said: “Despite the current challenges, we must not lose sight of the fact that automatic enrolment is a long-term commitment to savers that has required the combined effort of government, employers, pension schemes and a range of other service providers to deliver.”Border to Coast Pensions Partnership – The UK public sector pension pool has made five new appointments across its investment and research teams. Three have joined the investment team: Daniel Loughney has been hired as fixed income portfolio manager, James Thewell as portfolio manager, alternatives, and Luc Pascal as assistant portfolio manager.Loughney is a global multi-sector fixed income portfolio manager with more than 25 years of experience. He has held positions at major global asset managers including as head of institutional sovereign fixed income at Legal & General, head of emerging market debt at WestLB and most recently senior vice president, head of EMEA rates and currency at AllianceBernstein.Thelwell joins from Greater Manchester Pension Fund, where he spent five years focused on infrastructure with GLIL Infrastructure. Pascal joins from Lane Clark & Peacock, where he provided investment advice to pension schemes and charities and conducted investment research. Before that he was an investment consultant at KPMG.Border to Coast has also hired two research managers: Hernan Enriquez  joins from the asset manager IFDC, where he was a senior research analyst for 13 years covering Japan and emerging markets. Before that he worked for Mitsubishi UJF Securities International as an emerging market economist. Guy Norman was most recently at Aberdeen Standard Investments, where he was an equity analyst for four years focused on emerging markets. Prior to this he worked for Accenture.Rachel Elwell, CEO at Border to Coast, said: “We were established by our partner funds with a clear vision and purpose and I am delighted at the high calibre of talent joining Border to Coast to support us deliver on them.”Hymans Robertson – The consultancy has promoted three partners to the role of equity partner and nine colleagues to partner. This is the largest partner intake in its almost 100 years history. The firm has promoted Anthony Ellis (head of investment consultancy), Catherine McFadyen (head of LGPS), Gill Tait (people director) to equity partners. Its nine promotions to partner are Clive Moorhead, Elaine Torry, Gary Evans, Heather Meighan, Laura Andrikopoulos, Michael Ambery, Richard Allen, Ross Fleming and Steven Law.Commenting on the range of promotions across the firm, John Dickson, senior partner at Hymans Robertson said: “As a firm, our strength lies in our diversity and depth of expertise and I’m thrilled to see this reflected in each of our promotions to partner and equity partner, with representation from our more traditional TPA and LGPS businesses to our newer digital and API-led services.” Akash Rooprai at ITSIndependent Trustee Services (ITS) – The firm has appointed Akash Rooprai as a director, as the company continues to deliver on its ambitious growth plans. Rooprai is a qualified actuary with more than 25 years of experience in the pensions industry. His previous roles include scheme actuary and corporate actuary at Mercer, as well as head of pensions risk management and bulk annuity roles at major consultancies and an insurer.He has expertise in all aspects of pensions risk management, and has been involved in several sector firsts, including arranging the first ever £1bn buy-out, for the Thorn pension scheme, in 2008. He also chairs two industry groups – the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Bulk Annuity Group and the Data sub-group of the industry-wide GMP Equalisation Working Group.His appointment marks the fourth major hire of 2020 for ITS, which announced the appointment of Ian Terry as sales and marketing director, John Lovell as director of governance services, and Tegs Harding as director earlier this year.INDOS – Elaine Breen has been appointed by INDOS Financial, an independent fund depositary and oversight business, as head of legal and compliance of its Irish operations. She was formerly the general counsel at BlackBee Investments, an investment firm in Cork City, Ireland and prior to this, held senior roles at IFG Group PLC and Willis.Breen is a member of the judging panel for the global Women in Compliance Awards, the Early Irish Career Awards and is an assessor for the Good Governance Awards for the not-for-profit sector. She was also recognised in the 2019 Ireland General Counsel Powerlist.Breen is qualified as a solicitor in Ireland with the Law Society of Ireland and is also a qualified solicitor under the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales. She will be based at INDOS Financial’s offices in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. Brenda Sklar at LGIMLegal & General Investment Management – Brenda Sklar has been lured to the UK’s biggest asset manager from BlackRock to take on the role of global chief operating officer. At BlackRock she was most recently head of global client services and global COO of business operations.At LGIM she will be based out of Chicago and will report directly to CEO Michelle Scrimgeour.Sklar said: “I am excited to be joining LGIM at this critical point as we help our clients through these unprecedented times. This role gives me the opportunity to leverage my experience in driving transformation, improving the client experience, delivering operational excellence and shaping great teams.”LGIM is a firm I have long respected, with a strong reputation for putting clients first, as well as an inclusive and collegiate culture.”Aon – Virginia Burke has joined the consultancy as a senior public sector pensions consultant. She will lead the delivery of Aon’s McCloud implementation services for clients, particularly the local government pension scheme (LGPS).She was previously at ITM, working on the firm’s services and client base in the LGPS. She had previously spent five years with Equiniti, and before that five years as a senior consultant at Hymans Robertson.Willis Towers Watson –  Helen Gilchrist and Jayesh Patel have been appointed to co-lead WTW’s DC+ consulting business in the UK, reporting to Rash Bhabra, teh firm’s UK head of retirement.Gilchrist’s initial focus will be on people and operations, while Patel will focus on services provided to clients. They started in these new leadership roles in April, taking over from Kevin Stratford, who has moved to a role focussing on the development of key business initiatives after leading the DC+ business for 12 years.Gilchrist has been with the company since 2007 and was most recently “National People & Operations Leader” for the DC+ business. Patel joined the company in 2006 and was most recently a senior director in the business, leading the London DC+ team.Mercer – Ben Stone, formerly lead of the pension risk transfer team at PwC, has joined Mercer as a partner in the risk transfer team. He has advised trustee and corporate clients on 30 buy-in, buy-out and longevity swap transactions, including the Lehman Brothers Pension Scheme buy-out in 2015, the £4.4bn British Airways Pension Scheme buy-in in 2019 and last year’s £3.8bn full-scheme buy-in transaction for the ASDA Group Pension Scheme.Premier – Alastair Aird has moved from non-executive director at the pensions, employee benefits and wealth management business to become its CEO. Executive chair Dai Smith has become non-executive chair.Nikko AM – Davina Goodall-Smith has been appointed chief operating officer of Nikko Asset Management Europe, joining from BNP Paribas Securities Services where she was most recent role head of senior relationship management, asset managers and asset owners UK.In recent years, Nikko AM has expanded its delivery of investment solutions in Europe through the opening of a new office in Frankfurt and the expansion of existing offices in Luxembourg, London and Edinburgh.Alvarium Investments – The independent advisory, investment management firm and multi-family office has named Nancy Curtin as group CIO, partner and head of investment advisory. She will also join the company’s operational and executive boards. At Alvarium she succeeds Neil Beaton, who served as CIO since 2011, when he led a management buyout of Deloitte’s investment advisory business, of which he was the partner in charge. Beaton will remain in a full-time position as a partner of Alvarium, client relationship manager and member of the investment committee.Curtin has more than 20 years of experience holding senior roles in wealth and institutional asset management, private equity and hedge fund investing. She was formerly CIO and head of investments at Close Brothers Asset Management. She has also been managing partner and independent investment adviser of Internet Finance Partners, a specialist venture capital business of Schroders. She is also a non-executive director of a US public board focused on private equity real estate with an increasing focus on digital infrastructure.Edmond de Rothschild – Lars Kalbreier has been named global CIO of private banking effective 1 October 2020. He will be based in Switzerland and, as a member of the asset management and private banking executive committees, will report to Christophe Caspar, head of asset management.Kalbreier spent most of his professional life at Credit Suisse, but joins Edmond de Rothschild from Vontobel, where he had been global CIO wealth management and head of group thematic investments since 2017.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Exclusive – Fort St. John to lose 5 family doctors in July

first_imgOn average most full-time family doctors in Canada handle approximately 1,200 patients. In Fort St. John some doctors are handling a case load of over 2,400. According to Dr. Mackey, in a perfect world, Fort St. John needs over 40 family practitioners. Can incentives work?The Province has provided smaller communities in British Columbia with an incentive to have them open a practice in places like Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd and Fort Nelson, but those programs haven’t been offered in communities the same size as Fort St. John.Dr. Mackey believes incentives can work, but that would be a temporary solution. “Yes and no, there are difficult those programs. They are quiet divisive. I can see the merits in doing it to try and attract them, but then if you have someone who gets the bonus and someone who comes that doesn’t get the bonus, it does create division. I can see it creates a short term solution but does it really add overall to the benefit of the community? It’s a double edged sword and I don’t know what the bottom line answer is.”Moose FM/Energeticcity.ca has put in a call to the Ministry of Health to speak with Minister Lake, we are hoping to hear back from the Minister later today.Advertisement The five doctors closing their practice are: Dr. Temple, Dr. Amstutz, Dr. Parker, Dr. Sieberhagen and Dr. Esterhuizen. Dr. Paul Mackey, a spokesperson for the Fort St. John Medical Clinic says they are closing their practices for a variety reasons. “So one’s going to full time emergency, ones going to full time administration, one’s going to maternity and travel. So you can see people are adjusting the scope of their practice.”After June, Fort St. John will have a total of 13 family doctors, down from a high 32 in April of 2013. In the last year two doctors have moved to Fort St. John. Dr. Mackey says even more doctors will be closing their practice this year, but they haven’t formally given notice of the closure.- Advertisement -Patients that will be losing their family doctor will now become what’s called orphaned patients. Today there are over 18,000 people that do not have a family physician. Northern Health and the North Peace Division of Family Practice have announced plans for a new unattached patient clinic to temporarily deal with the doctor shortage, but they haven’t announced when the clinic will open.Dr. Mackey says the supply of Doctors has changed as they can no long attract foreign doctors the same way they used to. “So we have been heavily reliant on foreign doctors that door is now shut. We have compounded the problem that the supply internally is not adequate, the supply is internationally has been closed. So in the past when people wanted to leave, we were often able to recruit from overseas, but now that option is closed.”Dr. Mackey says it gets even worse because almost every other area of the Province is also looking for doctors, making it difficult to compete with those regions. “The problem is Kamloops needs 20 family doctors, you saw in the paper, the Tri-Cities area needs 50, the Sanich Penisula needs 20, Abbotsford needs scores. We’re on the bottom of a very long poll. We are the last choice.”Advertisementlast_img read more

SXSW: Examining the Mobile App Landscape with GetJar’s Patrick Mork

first_img“Android is now the leading smartphone in market share in the United States,” noted GetJar’s Patrick Mork, beginning today’s session at SXSW on the topic of apps vs. the mobile Web. Mork provided other interesting stats about the state of the mobile application industry during this afternoon’s talk, including figures like this: there were over 8 billion downloads last year, there will be an estimated 50 billion downloads by 2012 and an estimated $30 billion in revenue by 2015. And there are over 600,000 apps between Apple, Android and GetJar, the large third-party mobile application store where Mork serves as Chief Marketing Officer.The keynote speech was limited to only 15 minutes, unfortunately, as this is a topic that could be explored for hours. However, Mork made good use of the time, and presented some great slides which mobile developers may find useful. These are embedded below.Benefits of Apps vs. WebSpeaking about the benefit of mobile apps, Mork said they are always “on,” offer deeper engagement than what you get on the Web (although HTML5 is beginning to change this), they can leverage device power features (touchscreen, accelerometer), and, of course, they’re viral and “sexy.”But the Web also has advantages too, mainly: reach. There are 140 million devices that run apps, but over a billion that can access the Web. Web apps are also cheaper to develop, easier to distribute and offer instant updates. But the downside is that Web apps generally require connectivity to work, except in the case of the offline caching provided by HTML5.Strategy Questions for Mobile DevelopersWhen developing for mobile, there are several questions related to strategy that a developer needs to ask, said Mork, like: what is installed base, what OEMs are using this platform, is billing available, what’s the ease of distribution (how many app stores are there), how big is the catalog and how many versions of the OS are out there (i.e., fragmentation issues)?Mork then touched on a few sample cases studies regarding how large companies promote their mobile applications, including Facebook, Fandango and Yahoo.The slides from Mork’s presentation are below – note especially the 8th slide, which has some great stats regarding the current mobile app landscape, including number of apps, number of stores and number of OS versions.Sxsw app vs. webView more presentations from Patrick Mork. sarah perez Tags:#apps#mobile Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

MIT To Launch Internal Investigation Following Death Of Aaron Swartz

first_imgAaron’s commitment to social justice was profound, and defined his life. He was instrumental to the defeat of an Internet censorship bill; he fought for a more democratic, open, and accountable political system; and he helped to create, build, and preserve a dizzying range of scholarly projects that extended the scope and accessibility of human knowledge. He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place. His deeply humane writing touched minds and hearts across generations and continents. He earned the friendship of thousands and the respect and support of millions more. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “I will not attempt to summarize here the complex events of the past two years. Now is a time for everyone involved to reflect on their actions, and that includes all of us at MIT. I have asked Professor Hal Abelson to lead a thorough analysis of MIT’s involvement from the time that we first perceived unusual activity on our network in fall 2010 up to the present. I have asked that this analysis describe the options MIT had and the decisions MIT made, in order to understand and to learn from the actions MIT took. I will share the report with the MIT community when I receive it,” Reif wrote.Swartz’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 15th at Central Avenue Synagogue, 874 Central Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois 60035. The specific time of the funeral as well as remembrances and donations can be found at the site http://rememberaaronsw.comNOTE: As of Monday, the Justice Department has dropped its charges against Swartz today, citing his deathTop image courtesy Wikipedia. Tags:#Dot Obits#Reddit Today, we grieve for the extraordinary and irreplaceable man that we have lost.On Sunday, MIT issued a public response on the death of Swartz, in an email to the press from MIT president L. Rafael Reif:“I want to express very clearly that I and all of us at MIT are extremely saddened by the death of this promising young man who touched the lives of so many. It pains me to think that MIT played any role in a series of events that have ended in tragedy,”  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community’s most cherished principles. dan rowinski Aaron Swartz, Internet activist, pioneer and innovator, died on Friday. He was 26. Swartz committed suicide in his New York apartment, according to his family. (For more on the case, see The Persecution Of Aaron Schwartz, by ReadWrite’s Jon Mitchell.)Swartz was best known for creating RSS when he was 14 and later as a founding member of Reddit and Demand Progress. Swartz was facing legal challenges in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts from an incident in 2011 following the unauthorized download of 4.8 million scientific and literary papers from the digital database JSTOR through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. If found guilty, Swartz could have faced 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine.By reports, Swartz had been dealing with depression – in part due to his legal troubles. To its credit, JSTOR had more or less forgiven Swartz for the transgression and recently made a limited supply of its digital archives available for free. MIT and the U.S. District Court were not quite as forgiving.At the time of the indictment, Demand Progress issued a statement calling Swartz’s actions akin to, ”checking out too many library books.” In a now-infamous statement, the U.S. District Court said, “stealing is stealing whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars.”The family, friends and partner of Swartz issued a public statement on Saturday, calling his death the “product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death.” The full statement is below.Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment. We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Aaron’s insatiable curiosity, creativity, and brilliance; his reflexive empathy and capacity for selfless, boundless love; his refusal to accept injustice as inevitable—these gifts made the world, and our lives, far brighter. We’re grateful for our time with him, to those who loved him and stood with him, and to all of those who continue his work for a better world. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Nanded civic polls: Cong wins 73 of 81 seats in its traditional stronghold

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Mets Eric Young Jr Crushes Ankle of Braves Pitcher

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson suffered a gruesome injury on Wednesday night and was carried off the field during a game against the New York Mets.In the second half of the eighth inning, Mets batter Eric Young Jr. hit a ground ball to Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman. Young raced to first base to beat the throw, but stepped on Hudson’s ankle on the base. Hudson made the catch, but fell to the ground wincing in pain.Hudson suffered a right ankle fracture and will undergo surgery in Atlanta when the swelling subsides.The video above shows how the brutal injury occurred. Warning: footage is graphic. read more

Southwestern College holds ribbon cutting ceremony for new Dreamer Center

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Southwestern College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of its Dreamer Center. The facility will offer resources to students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era program that allows roughly 600,000 immigrants who were brought into the country as children to remain in the U.S.The university received a $125,000 grant from the California Campus Catalyst Fund last year to offer more resources to the students, who are commonly referred to as “dreamers.”The college also received a donation from the Southwestern College Foundation for its programs for DACA students and students living in the country illegally, but did not disclose the amount.“We will give these students the support and resources they need to help them come out of their cocoon and continue their pursuit of an education,” said Guadalupe Corona, director of the college’s Office of Student Equity Programs and Services. “Their dreams are our dreams, and we are here to help dreamers.”In addition to building the Dreamer Center, the college plans to use the grant funding to pay a project specialist to work with students living in the country without permission and develop outreach and scholarship opportunities for them.The Dreamer Center will also assist DACA students with program applications, renewals and information on local legal services.The Dreamer Center is located in room 426 at the college’s Chula Vista campus. More information is available at the Dreamer Center’s website, bit.ly/2IXuBfG. KUSI Newsroom, Southwestern College holds ribbon cutting ceremony for new Dreamer Center Posted: April 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom April 25, 2019last_img read more

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