Thornton May & Sukhinder S.Cassidy at India Today Conclave 2007

first_img“Existing models are bankrupt now”Thornton MayTHORNTON MAYAUTHOR, FUTURIST & THINKER How do we translate the wonder which is the promise of information technology into something that truly matters? And that brings us to this whole issue of “Can the Web be Free?” It is all about you. The Massachusetts Institute,”Existing models are bankrupt now”Thornton MayTHORNTON MAYAUTHOR, FUTURIST & THINKER How do we translate the wonder which is the promise of information technology into something that truly matters? And that brings us to this whole issue of “Can the Web be Free?” It is all about you. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology calls where we are living today as a formative historical moment. But it is really a punctuated equilibrium. This is an idea of a very distinct and fundamental revolution during which one conceptual worldview is replaced by another. That is what is happening today.Here’s the framework. The Cold War wasn’t about the US versus the Soviet Union alone, it was about choice versus not choice. In the global marketplace, we are now in an informational cold war which breaks down to free versus not free.THE VICTORS OF THE WEB WILL BE THE COMPANIES WHICH WILL GET CUSTOMERS TO PAINT A PART OF THEIR FENCE.The question of free or not free is not just a media debate. The media is the first to go through this framework which will drive the next 10 to 15 years of economic behaviour. So what are the implications of this next cold war? Organisations not thinking in terms of free versus not free are behind the time. Executives need to repolish their strategy lens and re-calibrate their business models-either it is free or not free and organisations need to get busy giving stuff away and getting it for free. So it means that we have got to understand the entire value chain and our suppliers. Google exemplifies this situation.There are three paths to the future- mental models, the age of big information; and bringing the future to the present. The future is a predictable linear extrapolation of the world we live in today i.e. where have we been, where are we now and where we are going. Then there is the unpredictable future- the “Aha”, the “Eureka” or a disruptive future. And then there is the future we create. Processing power doubles every 18 months. Storage capacity doubles every 12 months and bandwidth doubles every nine months. This is exponential technology change.advertisementThink about what this means. Everything is talking to everything. What this does is to bankrupt all our existing models of values and products. All companies have to start thinking about “what we are going to give away ” because the value is fundamentally changing. Content comes to you in different ways so the game is afoot. How do we deal with this? The real issue is this: What are people really thinking? We will have to tease out people’s pre-conceived and existing biases about how value happens in and around information management use and sharing. Mental models regarding value frequently vary. In 2001, a high-priced gallery in London exhibited a work consisting of discarded coffee cups, empty beer bottles and candy wrappers which were valued at six figures. But a janitor tossed the whole thing out with the trash. We have different ways of looking at models, this is the message we frequently forget. Capitalism requires multiple value points operating simultaneously. Every stock trade depends on someone saying “time to sell” and a connected party simultaneously concluding “time to buy”. In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, we have a hero who I think is the hero of our new media age, who is able to persuade his play pals not only to do the work for him but to pay him for the privilege of painting a fence. This is the next stage of competition. What can you get your users to do for you? And this talks about the victors of web-Amazon, eBay, Google-all differentiating themselves in competition, in their ability to get customers to paint a part of their fence. The bottom line is on every issue, at any given point of time that there may be multiple mental models at work and they necessarily don’t have to be rational.In 1971, five robbers entered a bank in New York. One of the bank tellers who was a woman, on being chased by an armed man, ran into the restroom. He followed her till there but could not muster courage to enter it. For a while he stood in front of the washroom but when she refused to come out, he went downstairs to the counter to continue robbing. His mental model said that it was okay to rob a bank, but to enter a woman’s washroom was absolutely an inappropriate thing to do. Before we start thinking about devising new technology, we have to think about mental models of people, which is hard to change.advertisementThe challenge actually is how do we add value in this new web world. To recognise the web that is free or could be free is to understand what you know and what you don’t. From the World Bank we have learnt the fact that the world opinion is the second superpower. So after understanding what it is, we can modify it accordingly and make it work.The big news is that people actually expect us to do something with all the data. Technology has transformed into a fundamental ingredient. Time has changed. There are 43 hours in a day instead of 24 hours and it is multi-tasking that has made this possible.The essence of life is changing and we have got to change with it. We call it media snacking so the consumption of information is fundamentally changing. You all have heard of Artificial Intelligence (AI) but now it is switching over to Intelligence Augmentation (IA).”Consumers will run the show”SUKHINDER S.CASSIDYVP, ASIA-PACIFIC & LATIN AMERICA OPERATIONS, GOOGLE INCThe Internet perhaps is an unprecedented tool for self-expression, unmatched in history for a catalyst for people to be able to express their beliefs, thoughts and anxieties in a public forum. From a few computer scientists, it now spans the globe-there are almost 1.2 to 1.3 billion people online and connected at any given time which doesn’t take into account the 4:1 ratio of connectivity with the mobile phone to the personal computer (PC). So numbers are even larger when you consider that opportunity.Three key fundamental drivers changed this before us. The first and foremost is the availability of access and the entries and penetration of both broadband and wireless. Storage is getting cheaper. Disk prices have reduced some 3.6 million times since 1982. If gas mileage improved that much, one gallon could take you 2,000 times around the earth. Today, the average iPod which holds around 10,000 songs will be able to store all commercial music ever produced by 2016. Less than 10 years from now, you may have every conceivable song in the palm of your hand and by 2025, you can store all the content ever created.Then there is what we call the democratisation of the tools of production. Not only do you need to make it really easy for people to store, but easy for them to create information. The cost of producing content today is zero. Think about what the financing or business amortisation of that zero-producedcost content could be. THE COST OF PRODUCING CONTENT TODAY IS ZERO. IT IS THE USERS WHO ULTIMATELY ARE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS. But of course all this is the background that sets the stage on which the consumer gets to play. There has been a fundamental power shift in who has the ability to produce and create content and who has the ability to access and disseminate content. Consumer empowerment has different facets. The consumer runs the show, no longer limited to device and time and can completely call the rate, the place and the time at which he wants to consume information. The other fundamental change is consumers not just digest content but create it and are copyright holders. What happens when somebody shares pictures you put on flickr with another friend? This just violated your copyright.Take the example of YouTube. It demonstrates not just of the power of the individual, but the power of the crowd. The community decides what it surfs and ultimately the popularity of that content. Take the example of Matt, an Australian backpacker who uploaded a video of him dancing in 39 countries. It got 9.5 million viewers since it was uploaded and Matt is now on his second world tour after a sponsorship by a corporation. YouTube is really the notion of collective wisdom. You can learn from the community because it may have better wisdom that is available to you as an individual. Another example here, of course, in terms of crowd and community, is the sort of social networking sites that you see today-Orkut, MySpace, Friendster, Facebook are platforms which speak to the fundamental point that although we think of ourselves as sitting as drones on a PC, in reality, people seek to connect with others like they do in real life. A consumer package goods company in Brazil, which had cancelled a chocolate bar, was forced to reintroduce the bar, thanks to the outrage registered by thousands of online website communities.advertisementHow do you finance the revolution? Google is based on an advertising business model historically. We think of it as a virtual circle where the creation of content begets more content, users, advertisers, publishers, until it monetises the individual content holders website. So we think of this as an interaction not just between the users who look at content and the advertisers who submit their content to be viewed, but the creation of incentives for people to potentially publish even more content and finance a business model.WE SHOULD FOCUS MORE ON GENERATING CONTENT AND SPOTTING BUSINESS MODELS LIKE ADVERTISING.So when you ask the question “Can the Web be Free” and who is paying all the cost, the answer lies in the advertisement on a PC that is subsidising the cost of creation. For individuals, small groups-profit or non-profit-that have interest or passion and desire to share and create even more knowledge, should know the method and have the finances. Of course, this model needs to extend way beyond the PC and go on to the mobile phone and radio and even print where it was only available to the largest of advertisers with the largest of budgets.Think of tomorrow’s possibilities like machine translation. The combination of transliteration and machine translation will allow people to publish content in their native languages-Telugu, Punjabi, Hindi or Marathi-which will be translated into 6,000 languages allowing you to reach out to every human being on the planet. It is going to enable the next generation of low-cost content.Our primary consideration should be the creation of content and spotting business models, subscriptions, advertising- the primary opportunity before us is to create the platforms and the tools to take advantage of content creation and you have to leave it to the generation-next technologists to come up with the generation-next modernisation. Advertising can go some part of the way but the opportunity before us is not to miss the ability to create that 6,000 by 6,000 combination and to do it for every single person on this planet.DiscussionQ. The web promotes instinctive reaction to irrational rumours. In the Indian commodity market, there was a recent incident of salt prices rising because of a rumour of a shortage. Your comments.Cassidy: Rumours travel at great speed. Internet is not a one-voice medium and you have the option of listening to more than a thousand rational voices at a time. Thinking about the positive, you should see the speed at which irrational information spreads. Everyone has the opportunity to participate in the process. At times, there are interesting a synchronies between different pieces of information. They can have an impact on people.May: One of the things technology does is to fundamentally change the risk. The other thing it does is to force us into the world. Soon we will get to a point on this technology curve when every individual in this planet will have access to technology that can change his/her life for better or for worse. We have to somehow reach a point where we show the advantages of using this amazing tool for good.Q. The IT sector is the largest revenue contributor to the service sector in India and a major portion of this revenue comes from the US. Do you see that as a threat?Nandan Nilekani (chairperson): The US runs a trade deficit of 7 per cent to 8 per cent of the GDP that is $800 million. It does have an impact on all countries in the world. It is an accepted proposition and if there is a slowdown, it will affect every industry and not IT alone. While the domestic revenues of Indian IT companies are not much, we are already seeing in India the benefit of technology in a wide number of applications. We talked about the mobile phone revolution, we know what happened to our stock exchanges after they adopted technology, our entire voting system is now simpler with EVS in place, our banking system, too, is automated. Be it airlines or railways, technology is everywhere.Q. My worry about all this technological projection is that everybody is sitting in front of the PC most of the time. And that takes a toll on one’s health. Will technology change?Cassidy: I actually share your concern. I think that there is no question that one of the risks of technology is that it can absolutely consume your time and it is always a tragic segment of your life. You will have to consciously switch off your BlackBerry, turn off your computer and not read your e-mail. You should go on a vacation with your family and take a break, or else, it is coming at you all the time. However, there is something called an active video game that gives you a chance to exercise.last_img read more

CBI court allows Suresh Kalmadi to visit London to attend Olympic Games

first_imgThe suspended chairman of Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC), Suresh Kalmandi, was on Friday granted permission by a Delhi court to visit London to attend 2012 Olympic Games. The tainted Congress MP, who is the main accused in the CWG scam, had on Thursday sought a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court’s permission to attend the London Olympics, being held from July 26 to August 13. Kalmadi, who had to quit as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chief following the scam, had argued that he is the president of the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and a member of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) so he should be allowed to visit the United Kingdom to attend the games.The Lok Sabha MP and 10 others have been chargesheeted by the CBI under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly “illegally” awarding contract to install Timing, Scoring and Results (TSR) system for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to Swiss Timing, causing a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer.Earlier in April this year, Kalmadi and former OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot were allowed by the court to visit Kazakhstan to attend a meeting of 73rd Asian Athletics Association (AAA) Council.Besides Kalmadi, former OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, the other nine accused in the case are CWG OC’s Director General V K Verma, Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal, Joint Director General (Sports) A S V Prasad and Treasurer M Jayachandran. They are no more associated with the sporting body.advertisementPromoters of two construction companies – P D Arya and A K Madan of Faridabad-based Gem International and A K Reddy and his firm AKR Constructions are also accused in the case.Besides, the two firms, Swiss Timing Omega – the Swiss firm which was awarded the contract allegedly at exorbitant rates – and AKR Constructions are also accused in the case.– With PTI inputslast_img read more

a month agoMonster energy deals for Premiership clubs

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Monster energy deals for Premiership clubsby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGlobal drinks giant Monster Energy has made its first major move into the Premier League through sponsorship deals with a swathe of top flight clubs, reports, has so far been confirmed as the official energy drinks partner of Brighton, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Southampton and West Ham United.Further partnerships with Tottenham Hotspur and Watford are yet to be announced, although both clubs are already displaying the Monster Energy logo on their official websites alongside their other official partners. last_img read more

Overpaid workers will only pay back net amounts under proposed new tax

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government says it’s preparing to address one of the key tax issues that has caused massive headaches for government employees overpaid by its problem-plagued civil service pay system.The Finance Department has drafted legislation that would see overpaid employees — regardless who they work for — required to repay only the amounts deposited into their bank accounts in a prior tax year.Under current legislation, any employee who received an overpayment in a previous year is required to pay back the gross amount of the overpayment to their employer, which includes income taxes, Canada Pension Plan contributions and Employment Insurance premiums that were already deducted.The law has caused huge problems for thousands of federal employees who were overpaid through the government’s buggy Phoenix pay system.In many cases, the law required them to pay back to the government hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars they never received.The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents the bulk of federal workers, had called on Ottawa to exempt civil servants from the tax law, given the size and complexity of overpayments made through the Phoenix system.Since its launch nearly three years ago, more than half of the federal civil service — or more than 156,000 workers — have been overpaid, underpaid or not paid at all through Phoenix.For many of those who inadvertently received too much pay, returning the money has been a two-pronged nightmare. In many cases, employees were told to keep track of the money, but not to pay it back until a later date as to not further overburden the troubled pay system.Those same employees who hadn’t paid back the overpayments until a following tax year were later told they must pay back the amounts deposited to their bank accounts, plus CPP contributions, EI premiums and income taxes that had already been deducted by their employer.“To alleviate this burden and help affected employees, the Department of Finance Canada is releasing draft legislative proposals that would — under certain conditions — permit an affected employee to repay to their employer only the net amount of the overpayment received in a previous year, rather than the gross amount,” the department said in a statement Tuesday.“Under the proposed legislation, the (Canada Revenue Agency) would be able to refund directly to the employer the income tax, CPP, and EI withheld on an overpayment that occurred through a system, administrative, or clerical error. As a result, affected employees — who received overpayments through no fault of their own — would no longer be responsible for recovering these amounts from the CRA and repaying the gross amount of the overpayment to their employer.”Even though the draft legislation is only in the proposal stages, the department said public and private-sector employees can apply the new rules to their individual tax situations “immediately” for overpayments made after 2015, and that CRA will process overpayments as if the legislation has already been enacted.The government’s goal in launching Phoenix in 2016 was to streamline multiple outdated civil service pay systems, and save taxpayers millions of dollars in the process.But the bungled pay project was estimated by the end of 2018 to have cost $1.1 billion, including its implementation and efforts aimed at stabilizing it that have continued into this year.Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner Host 10th Annual Stuart House Gala

first_imgEarlier this week, John Varvatos celebrated the 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit, presented by Chrysler, at his Los Angeles boutique.Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner at 10th Annual Stuart House BenefitCredit/Copyright: Brett Ruttenberg, BWR PRThe event, hosted by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, closed Melrose Avenue at Robertson in the heart of West Hollywood and raised $830,000 for Stuart House – the UCLA Rape Treatment Center’s internationally recognized model program serving sexually abused children.Stars Gather for 10th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House BenefitCredit/Copyright: Brett Ruttenberg, BWR PRThe event made great strides toward the goal of $1 million; the fundraising efforts will continue until the close of the benefit’s online auction on March 21st.Stuart House is an innovative, model program created by the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center to serve the special needs of sexually abused children. Stuart House brings together police, prosecutors and other child protection personnel in a child-friendly facility to expedite investigations and enhance the treatment of child victims. Stuart House also provides 24-hour medical care and evidentiary examinations, and comprehensive therapy, advocacy and other support services to help children heal from the traumatic effects of sexual abuse. All Stuart House services are free to child victims and their families.The day treated more than 1,500 guests to an afternoon of luxury shopping, live and silent auctions, great food and fun filled children’s activities in the Hasbro Studios kids’ tent. The event’s emcee, Bill Bellamy, hosted the live auction and introduced the special live performance by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. Willem Wolfe and father Billy Idol served as the event’s special guest DJs.Steven Tyler and Joe PerryCredit/Copyright: Brett Ruttenberg, BWR PRThe event and its host committee members, which included entertainment industry heavyweights, brought together an eclectic ensemble of actors and musicians, including Adam Shankman, Alice Cooper, Bailey Chase, Ben Feldman, Bill Bellamy, Billy Zane, Brandon Boyd, Brett Scallions, Cindy Crawford & Rande Gerber, David Schwimmer, Dayna Devon, Dean Geyer, Eddie Van Halen, Eric McCormack, George Kotsiopoulos, Glenn Hughes, Grant Bowler, Jason Behr, Jeff Probst, Jeremy Piven, Jeremy Sisto, Joe Mangianello, Josh Henderson, Justin Chambers, KaDee Strickland, Kevin Nealon, Liev Schreiber, Linda Ramone, Louise Roe, Matt Sorum, Melina Kanakaredes, Michael Chiklis, Michael Voltaggio, Molly Sims, Naomi Watts, Nick Tweed-Simmons, Nina Dobrev, Perrey Reeves, Rachel Zoe & Rodger Berman, Skylar Astin, Slash, Stana Katic, Tamara Taylor, Tiffani Thiessen, Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, Ty Pennington, Vincent Piazza, and Yvette Nicole Brown.After the star-studded red carpet arrivals, Gail Abarbanel, the Founder and Director of Stuart House, and John Varvatos took center stage to welcome the event’s guests, share the charity’s accomplishments and introduce Honorary Co-Chairs Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.“I first visited Stuart House 8 years ago and I was so moved and I’ve never forgotten that day,” said Jennifer. “Stuart House is a model for the rest of the world on how to treat and handle children that have been sexually abused. It’s so important to be out here, to celebrate them, and to take the veil of secrecy and shame off these cases.”“My wife told me about Stuart House and I wanted to be here to add my voice,” added Ben. “John Varvatos is someone who cares about other people and he’s zeroed in on something that needs help and is really doing specific good work.”Bill Bellamy kicked off the live auction by saying, “I am honored to be a part of the Stuart House benefit. Its heart is in the right place helping these children that have endured some unfortunate circumstances. I hope to raise as much money as we can because it’s truly needed.”To contribute to the cause beyond the LA-based event, the Stuart House Benefit is also supported via an online auction with, which features a McIntosh custom-built SoHo audio system and factory tour experience valued at $150,000. Otherextraordinary items include a set visit to the Emmy Award winning show Modern Family, dinner with supermodel Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber, golf for three with Oscar nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel with fashion icon Rachel Zoe and husband Rodger Berman, to name a few. For a full list of exclusive items, visit the online auction, which runs now through March 21st at event’s live concert featured a 8-song performance by legendary, award-winning musicians Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, who treated the crowd to Aerosmith favorites including Movin’ Out, Walkin’ the Dog, Sweet Emotion, Dream On, Season of the Wither, Come Together and Walk This Way. The performance also included special guest Slash who joined Steven and Joe on stage to perform the final song, Mama Kin.Steven expressed sincere commitment to the cause saying, “When John first told me about Stuart House, my heart exploded. Having written ̳Janie’s Got a Gun,’ I realized that John’s way is better. After coming off stage again…my heart is filled big for another year. Thank you John!”Joe Perry added, “As a longtime fan of John Varvatos’ fashion, I’m so glad I’m now able to be here with him as he celebrates 10 years of hard work for Stuart House. I am honored to be performing in support of my friend and this worthy cause.”John Varvatos and Stuart House were proud to have these iconic artists perform on this exceptional day.John Varvatos stated, “It is a very special day celebrating our 10th annual Stuart House event. Our goal is not just to raise money, but to raise awareness. I want to thank all of our family and friends that have brought their hearts to support this important cause. It is amazing to see where this event has gone over the last ten years. Having Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck as our hosts, StevenTyler & Joe Perry as our musical guests, and Billy Idol as our DJ is about as good as it gets!”Attending guests of all ages mingled and savored the delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by SALT Catering, along with the trendy food trucks In-N-Out Burger, Hot Dog On A Stick, Munchie Machine, snacks by Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds and delicious homemade ice cream made right on the spot by Nitro Dreams. Cocktails and beverages were served courtesy of Patron Tequila, Ultimat Vodka, Cielo Wine, Icelandic Glacial Water, Pom Wonderful, Stella Artois and Tonx coffee.This year’s kids’ tent was a carnival theme sponsored by Hasbro Studios. Family fun and activities in the tent included giant sized games such as Connect 4, Operation, Sorry and Jenga. While lounging on beanbags, children of all ages were captivated by the magic of Justin Willman and the balloon artistry of Buster Balloon.“We are so pleased to provide the fun today for the kids attending the event but more importantly, we are proud to partner with John Varvatos to help the Stuart House team, who each and every day pour their hearts into helping these courageous children heal from their trauma,” said Steve Davis, President, Hasbro Studios.Gail Abarbanel stated, “One out of four girls and one out of six boys in our country are sexually abused before they reach eighteen years of age. Many of these children are silenced by shame and fears about the consequences of disclosing their abuse. Today is about shining a light on this issue, supporting these children, and giving them expert care and treatment to help them heal and recover from the trauma of sexual abuse. It is a way for all of us to express our commitment these children.”“The Chrysler brand proudly supports John Varvatos and his efforts to generate funds and raise awareness for the Stuart House,” said Saad Chehab, President and CEO – Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “John’s unwavering commitment and dedication over the last 10 years to the Stuart House is admirable. Chrysler is pleased to be a part of this fundraising event which gathers together a talented collection of artists for such an important cause.”last_img read more

Moroccos Oussama Assaidi to Return to Liverpool

Rabat – After spending the last season on loan with Stoke City, Liverpool’s winger and Moroccan national Oussama Assaidi may come back to Anfield next season as Stoke’s attempts to permanently sign Assaidi have failed. Morocco’s winger Assaidi was loaned from Liverpool to Stoke City last season and performed well under the supervision of Manager Mark Hughes. He helped his team win many games and scored five goals, including a brilliant winning goal against Chelsea.Mark Hughes, Stoke City’s manager, appreciated Assiadi’s time with the club, and expressed his desire to keep the Moroccan winger at Britannia Stadium. However, Assaidi may come back to the Reds, as Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes has conceded that Stoke’s attempts to permanently sign Liverpool’s winger appear to have failed.“Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes reveals the two clubs are struggling to negotiate a deal that suits all parties”, reported the Daily Express.According to the same source, Tony Scholes said, “We’ve spoken to Liverpool about Oussama and we’ve spoken to his agent. Sometimes deals look difficult to do and this one, if I’m frank, this is in the very difficult section.”“We’ll see. He had a great season with us last year…We like him a lot, we know what he can bring to the club and he knows the club,” he concluded. “It’s a deal we would like to do, but we will have to wait and see.”Liverpool’s manager Brendan Rodgers loaned the 25-year old Moroccan winger to Stoke City last season, after Assaidi failed to impress him.Edited by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Researchers turning to colleagues in other disciplines to further work

Charge of the Light Brigade (at the Battle of Balaclava) by Richard Caton Woodville, Jr. Source: Creative Commons.Pity the poor British. The Charge of the Light Brigade, a battle that occurred in 1854 during the Crimean War, was supposed to have been directed against retreating Russian artillery.Instead, a miscommunication sent the hapless British soldiers on a frontal assault on a well-prepared, well-equipped Russian battery. It was a disaster.But what if the British used a different military strategy? What if they had used their heavy cavalry? How would changes to these or any other factors have shaped the final outcome of the battle and the war?John Bonnett, historian and Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, explains that this line of questioning is called “counter-factual analysis: explorations of history as it might have unfolded but did not.”Up until now, historians conducted this analysis, which helps to deepen the understanding of history, in a very limited way.Enter Michael Armstrong, Finance, Operations and Information Systems associate professor.Through his work at the Goodman School of Business, Armstrong has created mathematical models that are applied to many different contexts, including in the military field.Armstrong teamed up with Bonnett and graduate student David Connors to put together a mathematical model that sheds more light into the Battle of Balaclava, in which the Charge of the Light Brigade took place.“We set up a model with equations and computer software that reproduces the battle, with the number of guns and casualties that we actually got in the battle,” Armstrong explains.“Then, we changed some of the inputs. Let’s give them twice as many cavalry, let’s add in the heavy brigade, let’s give the Russians a couple of extra canons. How much do these factors change the outcome of the battle? Do they give one side or the other an advantage?”This marriage of mathematics and history is deeply satisfying for both sides.“Computation allows us to explore alternate timelines much more rigorously, much more thoroughly than we could have done just by using the grey matter between our ears,” Bonnett says.“This is where the math model idea can be useful,” Armstrong notes. “Now we can take it one step beyond qualitative opinion and actually produce an experiment. We can never prove a certain factor was or was not important, but we can produce some evidence.”Bonnett says Armstrong’s model has yielded an entirely new insight on the Charge of the Light Brigade.“The general presumption was that the British were doomed in their engagement with the Russians, that there was no way that they could have conceivably won that battle and, therefore, it was an entirely mistaken initiative,” Bonnett says.“What was discovered as a result of combining historical inquiry with computational analysis is that there was at least one scenario where the British could have pulled it off.”Bonnett and Armstrong’s work is one example of the transdisciplinary research going on at Brock, a direction that Gary Libben, Vice-President of Research, says is a priority for the University.The development of transdisciplinary research features in consultations and documents upon which the draft Vision 2020: The Brock Research Plan will be based.It is also a priority articulated in the University’s Strategic Mandate Agreement.Organic chemist Paul Zelisko is with the Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre, one of five transdisciplinary hubs created last year.Zelisko says a growing demand for biocompatible, compostable, “green” products was part of what led him to conduct transdisciplinary research with biologists and physicists in projects that typically involve studying catalysts and polymeric systems.“As a chemist, I can develop something I think is a green product but I need to work with someone with biological knowledge to really tell me, is this going to wipe out half the ecosystem when I put it out there?” he explains.Zelisko, Bonnett and Armstrong all say transdisciplinarity broadens researchers’ visions and enables them to learn things beyond their own disciplines.Armstrong recommends that researchers approach transdisciplinarity “with an open mind. Ask lots of questions. Know that you don’t know the other person’s world.“A fair amount of time is spent on (discussing), ‘Here’s what I’m thinking of. What does that mean to you? What are your priorities, and what do I need to think about to make that happen?’” he says.Zelisko says transdisciplinarity research draws him out of his “comfort zone,” making him a better scientist.“Some of the best conversations I have with people are outside of my discipline where they look at a problem with fresh eyes.” read more

UN report finds SubSaharan Africa improving on vitamin mineral deficiencies

The report finds that millions of other people, especially children, could be helped if the programmes and strategies – which include iodizing salt and giving vitamin A supplements to children – are extended to every country in Africa.Some 25 nations in the region now reach 70 per cent or more of their children with one vitamin A capsule every year, and 11 have recently achieved much higher rates of iodized salt coverage, the report states.Many governments are also adding iron and folic acid to wheat flour or fortifying staples such as sugar, margarine and cooking oils with vitamins and minerals.UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautum said Africa has an important opportunity to advance its human development in a relatively short space of time.”We have the right strategies – food fortification, supplementation and basic nutritional education – and the right partnerships to implement them. The challenge is simply our will to reach out to every child,” he said.UNICEF is targeting vitamin and mineral deficiencies partly because it believes they could be a key factor in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of eight worldwide targets for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and improving mortality rates by 2015.Vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been estimated to cost sub-Saharan countries more than $2.3 billion every year in lost productivity. They can cause birth defects, anaemia, blindness and mental disabilities among other problems.The report was prepared by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Micronutrient Initiative and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. read more

Canadians encouraged to show SmallBizLove

Canadians encouraged to show #SmallBizLove Here’s your chance to recognize a local, small business.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has teamed up with Interac in a new contest.Twitter and Instagram users are being asked to nominate their favourite grocer, spa, mechanic or bistro, using #SmallBizLoveThose who do so will have their names put in a draw to win a $500 shopping spree.The top five businesses will also be profiled by the CFIB leading up to Small Business Saturday in October.The contest runs until June 22. Thinkstock AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kaitlin Lee Posted Jun 11, 2015 7:07 am MDT read more

Exsoldier guilty of killing schoolgirl in 1976 after another man went to

first_imgA former soldier who violently raped and killed a schoolgirl has been found guilty of her manslaughter more than 40 years later.Stephen Hough, 58, let another man, Noel Jones, go to jail after the killing of Janet Commins, 15, in Flint, north Wales, in 1976.But last year, a sample of Hough’s DNA was taken by police and fed into their database – and it matched semen samples taken from the body of Janet and stored for four decades.The jury at Mold Crown Court heard the odds of the DNA being from anyone other than Hough were a billion to one. Janet was an only child and her mother Eileen, her only surviving parent, was too upset to come to court.Mr Justice Clive Lewis told the court he has ordered Hough to appear again on Friday morning, but he will not sentence him until next week when he has heard mitigation from his lawyers and considered the matter fully.Remanding the defendant into custody, he said: “It is critical, after 40 years, that justice is done.” Outside court, some of Janet’s relatives were in tears. Mr Jones, 59, who has since changed his name, told the jury he was picked up by police outside a pub the day after Janet’s body was found, questioned for two days without a solicitor and made a “scapegoat” by the force.The conviction ruined his life, he told the court, as he was attacked while inside jail and ostracised by friends and family on the outside.He said: “They were just saying to me, ‘You done it, you done it, you done it’. I just felt because I was a gypsy they were just taking advantage because I had no idea what was going on. I was like a scapegoat. It’s absolutely destroyed my life.”Last year he was visited again by police “out of the blue” and to his “shock and relief” told the case had been reopened.In the 40 years since the killing, forensic science has “developed considerably beyond their past limitations”, prosecutor Mark Heywood QC told the jury.In 2016 police took a sample of Hough’s DNA in circumstances “that are of no significance to this case”, Mr Heywood said – but it matched the sample taken from the victim in 1976. Stephen Hough Stephen Hough arriving at Mold Crown CourtCredit:ANDREW PRICE/View Finder Pictures The jury heard Hough was 16 when he attacked Janet, who was choked as she was repeatedly and violently raped.But within days police had arrested Mr Jones, who was 18 at the time and an illiterate scrap dealer from the gypsy community. He eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for 12 years.Mr Jones told Hough’s trial that he had been browbeaten and “coerced” into making a false confession by detectives conducting the investigation, which took place in the years before the landmark 1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act when police interviews were not tape-recorded and access to solicitors for suspects was often denied.The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into the conduct of North Wales Police over the matter. Stephen Hough arriving at court for a previous hearing Credit:Andrew Price/View Finder Picturescenter_img While Mr Jones’s conviction still stands, he asserts he is not the killer and has denied any involvement. They were just saying to me, ‘You done it, you done it, you done it’Noel Jones Stephen Hough  He denied any wrongdoing but was convicted by the jury of rape, manslaughter and another sexual offence following a three-week trial. Hough, from Flint, was cleared of the alternative charge of murder.North Wales Police is now under investigation over how it handled the original inquiry and dealt with Mr Jones at the time of the killing.Mr Jones, who was then 18, admitted killing the teenager and was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter. But he now claims he was in fact innocent and only confessed because of police pressure.Hough made no reaction as the foreman of the jury read out the verdicts, while Janet’s remaining family sat in the public gallery. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Tumble dryer likely cause of former Labour politicians death inquest hears

first_img Apr 16th 2019, 10:55 PM Limerick Coroner’s Court Tumble dryer likely cause of former Labour politician’s death, inquest hears. Seamus Houlihan was found unresponsive following a house fire at his Limerick home last summer. 3 Comments 42,490 Views By David Raleigh Short URLcenter_img Limerick Coroner’s Court Image: GoogleMaps Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 10:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: GoogleMaps Share52 Tweet Email4 THE SON OF a former Labour Party councillor who died in a house fire which his inquest heard was probably caused by a tumble dryer, said warnings about potential fire risks should be placed on all manufactured dryer machines.The recommendation, relating to potential combustion risks from interrupting drying cycles and leaving hot clothes in dryers, was also made earlier by Limerick City Coroner John McNamara, on behalf of former Limerick city councillor Seamus Houlihan’s devastated family.Mr Houlihan’s inquest heard that a tumble drier was the probable cause of the fatal blaze, although the exact cause could not be definitively established.Mr Houlihan (84) was found unresponsive by his son James, also a former Labour councillor, after he arrived at their home, which was on fire, on 2 June 2018. The coroner returned a verdict of accidental death.Mr Houlihan, who had a number of underlying health issues, died from high levels of carbon monoxide poisoning, the inquest heard.A forensic examination of the three year old tumble dryer found it was the likely cause of the blaze.An engineer’s report stated the risk of laundry “self heating and subsequent spontaneous combustion” is a known safety risk in the laundry industry, particularly if the cooling phase of a cycle is stopped or interrupted.James Houlihan told the inquest the lint filter in the dryer was maintained regularly, and he insisted the dryer was not turned on when he left the house earlier on the night.Dr McNamara said he was not aware of the potential risks of laundry catching fire.On behalf of a request of James Houlihan, Dr McNamara agreed to a general recommendation that warning stickers be prominently placed on tumble dryers.Speaking afterwards, James Houlihan said he hoped this would help create awareness around the issue.Mr Houlihan said the inquest verdict half provided some “closure” for him.“And, hopefully, any warnings that get out there might help other families,” he said.“We have finality. This thing has being going on now ten months.”Mr Houlihan thanked “family and friends” for helping him refurbish his family home which he returned to living in last month.“Well, its my home, it’s as simple as that. It’s different, but I’m back in there anyway, and I’d like to thank family and friends that helped me get back into the house.”last_img read more

This HamiltonDear Evan Hansen mashup is the greatest thing youll hear today

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Miranda recording the song. | Photo: YouTube/Atlantic Records Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda stepped down from the title role of Alexander Hamilton in 2016. However, he’s still heavily involved with the show and the phenomenon its spawned.One of the ways he stays involved is the monthly Hamildrop.  Every month, Miranda and the creative team release new content from the musical. Last month, it was Weird Al Yankovic’s five-minute Hamilton polka.Today (19 March) they released the newest Hamildrop, and it’s sure to make many theater fans happy.Found Tonight is a mashup of two of Broadway’s biggest hits: Hamilton, naturally, and Dear Evan Hansen. It showcases The Story of Tonight from the former and You Will Be Found from the latter.Plus, it features each show’s star, the aforementioned Miranda and Ben Platt.[embedded content]Just listen to those voices.Speak truth to powerThe proceeds from the incredible song go to the March For Our Lives, a demonstration about gun control planned for 24 March. The march was planned after the Parkland shooting. ‘In the wake of Parkland, I was awestruck by the strength and leadership of the students and their ability to speak truth to power,’ Miranda said. ‘This is their moment. Not just for themselves, but for all of us. This song is my way of helping to raise funds and awareness for their efforts, and to say Thank You, and that we are with you so let’s keep fighting, together.’Platt added: ‘When Lin called me to be a part of this mashup, I couldn’t say no. Better gun control is something that all Americans should be passionate about. These students are paving the way for future generations and it’s so inspiring to see young people standing up for what is probably the most important cause right now in this country, and demanding action.  I hope that this song can play some small part in bringing about real change.’Emma Gonzalez, a Parkland student and activist who recently received an LGBTI award, tweeted her response to the song:I just listened to it and I can’t stop crying I’m gonna listen to this forever holy heck— Emma González (@Emma4Change) March 19, 2018 GAYSTARNEWS- Founding Fathers and leaders who were LGBT-friendly, in honour of LGBT History MonthLin-Manuel Miranda to make film directorial debut with Jonathan Larson musicalLargest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Although Hamilton has been in the public conscious for over two years now, the gifts from it are still coming.last_img read more

Disney outdoes itself again with new Pandora walking suit

first_img Monday, April 9, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by LAKE BUENA VISTA — You think you’ve seen it all at Disney World? Think again.A 4.2-ton, towering mechanical suit is sure to stop guests in their tracks when it debuts at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22. The new ‘Pandora Utility Suit’ is inspired by the iconic Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) suits of power armor from the epic film ‘Avatar’.Perched 10 feet high, a human pilot straps into the cockpit of this exo-carrier and controls its powerful, yet agile movements. The giant walking suit was designed with articulated hands and a shoulder span of more than five feet, and also bears claw marks and battle scars from a ‘Thanator’ (an alpha predator on Pandora).As the suit traverses the land daily, its pilot will interact with guests, share details about the land’s otherworldly landscape, and highlight the importance of preserving nature.The Pandora Utility Suit continues the collaboration between Disney and Lightstorm Entertainment that first brought Pandora – The World of Avatar to life nearly a year ago. The suit will debut April 22 as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.center_img Travelweek Group Disney outdoes itself (again) with new Pandora walking suit Tags: Disney, Theme Parks & Attractionslast_img read more

Save 100 per person on Bahia Principe group bookings with ACV

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Deals Save $100 per person on Bahia Principe group bookings with ACV Thursday, August 9, 2018 MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is giving groups a major break with an exclusive new offer for all Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.Running until Aug. 31, the group promotion includes a $100 price reduction per person. This offer applies to adults only and is valid for new reservations made between July 30 and Aug. 31, 2018, for departures from Nov. 1 and onwards.Plus, groups can take advantage of additional perks like Price Drop Guarantee, free flights and stays, reduced rates on seat selection, group block seat selection on flights, private transfers, dedicated group coordinators and flexible stays (3-29 nights).Groups must have a minimum of eight people (ages two and up) to receive group perks with Air Canada Vacations.And new this year, Air Canada Vacations will honour the original contract price for any additional passengers if the group size increases by up to 20%. In addition, groups of eight adults only pay a $300 deposit while enjoying $2,000 in savings. This offer is valid for packages made by Oct. 31, 2018, for departures between Nov. 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterFor weddings, groups will receive a $500 flight credit for bookings made by Oct. 31, 2018. Newlyweds also enjoy additional perks like a complimentary site inspection, free seat selection, two free upgrades (including access to the Maple Leaf lounge), and a $500 future travel credit for their next vacation.For more information go to Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

Etsy comes to La Carpio

first_imgNo related posts. Browse the La Carpio Etsy store hereA group of U.S. college students from Long Island University (LIU) are helping a women’s craft cooperative in La Carpio, a low income community northwest of San José, to ship their products throughout Costa Rica and beyond. Composed predominantly of Nicaraguan immigrants to Costa Rica, the women’s cooperative is learning to use Etsy (, an online store that features handmade and vintage clothes, crafts and other items. By selling their goods on Etsy, the women of La Carpio hope to be able to increase their revenue exponentially. The cooperative aims to help its artisans achieve economic independence. Many of them don’t have the necessary papers to get an official job, and others are single mothers. For those with husbands, a steady paycheck means more control of the household’s finances. The women create sling bags, cloth angels from recycled materials, picture frames from old newspapers and other crafts, but since their store is located in La Carpio, the only people who encounter the products are volunteers working with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation ( In  selling the crafts on Etsy, though, anyone who searches “sling bags”, for example, could discover the coooperative’s page. “It will be really interesting to see how the store translates to the Internet,” says Emilie Clark, a student in the LIU Global program and one of the creators of the Etsy project. “The women’s inspiration for the cloth angels is the love they have for the many angels in their lives, and the idea is that people will buy the dolls to express gratitude for one of their own angels. On Etsy, though, people will also buy the angels simply if they think they’re cute.” Also for sale on the Etsy account is a quilt the women made. Each square tells a story of immigration, abuse, poverty and self-trust. “They’re selling it for a thousand dollars,” says Clark. “If they’re going to part with it, at least the money will support them for a long time.” For the women, though, selling their crafts is about much more than money. It gives them respect in their community and it teaches their daughters that women can control their own fate.  -Sydney Boles  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Final Word Obama not wrong for snapping selfie

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Bunk.The memorial for Nelson Mandela has been treated as a celebration by most South Africans. Rightfully, the people Mandela governed are celebrating his life instead of mourning him. They sing and dance. They wear traditional African garments. They probably even take selfies.And what would YOU do if a fellow world leader asked to take a photo with you? Are you going to play President Buzzkill and say no? No, you wouldn’t.Denmark’s prime minister probably was a little starstruck sitting next to Obama. You know, prime ministers are people too.Just like rock stars and athletes, big names are often wowed by OTHER big names. Remember Jennifer Lawrence with Jeff Bridges? Yeah. It’s kind of like that.It’s not like they put Mandela in the picture too. Now that would have been too much. Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? Wednesday’s outrage centers on the “selfie” photo that President Barack Obama took at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Tuesday, along with the leader of Denmark.The image of the two, along with Britain’s’ Prime Minister David Cameron, has been seen now around the world. Why? Because someone took a photo while the selfie was being taken. And of course, the president is being criticized for being selfish, disrespectful and not statesmanlike. Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img read more

Leading Balinese resort Alila Villas Uluwatu sweeps the board at recen

first_imgAlila Villas Uluwatu in Bali has again been recognised for its world-class design credentials as the winner of the Best Hotel Design – Resort award at the prestigious Gold Key Awards, held in New York this week. Already voted the World’s Best Holiday Building at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards this month and the Best Resort Hotel in the TTG Asia Awards in October, Alila Villas Uluwatu is proving itself as a leader in the hotel style stakes.Entries for the 30th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality and Design came from 180 projects from 19 countries. An expert panel of judges from the hospitality and interior design fields selected winners based on aesthetic appeal, practicality and functionality of design and WOHA, the Singapore based architects behind Alila Villas Uluwatu, were once again recognised for their innovative approach.Alila Villas Uluwatu’s impressive combination of eco and design credentials was the deciding factor in placing the Balinese resort top of 500 entries from 61 countries in the WAF Awards, announced at the world’s biggest global celebration of architecture held in Barcelona this month. Voted for by distinguished architects and renowned industry experts, Alila Villas Uluwatu was praised for going the extra mile to fully embrace Environmentally Sustainable Design principles without compromising on style.The stunning all-villa resort is also winning the hearts of the global travel and tourism industry, beating off stiff competition to be one of just 25 category award winners from 48,300 nominations in the TTG Asia Awards.Set in a stunning cliff-top location on Bali’s Bukit peninsula set high above one of the world’s best surf breaks, Alila Villas Uluwatu is the first resort in Bali to achieve EarthCheck (formerly Green Globe) certification for building, planning and design. The striking contemporary style of the resort extends throughout the one, two and three-bedroom villas with private pools, dramatic dining locations and world-class spa offering a truly remarkable resort experience in one of the world’s most striking locations. Source = Alila Hotels and Resortslast_img read more

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