Over the last two weeks, a rather unfortunate exchange over social media – Facebook – was initiated by the Guyana “Director of Public Information” (DPI), who tagged the High Commissioner of India, ie directly informed the latter of his views, on an aspect of India’s foreign policy initiative. The High Commissioner responded to the post to refute the claims articulated, but the DPI continued with further elaborations even after the Indian High Commissioner disengaged from the exchange.One senior Government Minister made a post after the DPI’s initial salvo, describing his intervention as inappropriate and asked him to remove it. The DPI ignored the request and continued posting. There were soon public demands that the Government make an official clarification of the DPI’s claims, but the Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency merely announced that the claims were not those of his government but the DPI’s “private” opinion. The Chairman of the AFC, the party of the Government coalition from which the DPI was appointed, agreed with this position. The DPI’s substantive superior, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, the holder of the Government’s information portfolio, did not offer any comments.In light of the foregoing ambiguities, it is our considered opinion that the Government should offer guidelines on public officials’ comments on social media. It must clarify the pre-social media standard that insisted although public officials are entitled to freedom of opinion, their freedom of expression is not unconditional and they have a “duty of discretion” which requires them to “moderate the public expression of their views”.We suggest that they could do worse than start from the US Office of Government Ethics legal advisory of April 9, 2015 on the subject in reference to time of posting and use of government title:“When employees are on-duty, the Standards of Conduct require that they use official time in an honest effort to perform official duties. As a general matter, this requirement limits the extent to which employees may access and use their personal social media accounts while on duty.“A question that frequently arises is the extent to which employees may reference their official titles on their personal social media accounts. In general, the Standards of Conduct prohibit employees from using their official titles, positions, or any authority associated with their public offices for private gain. (It) also requires that employees avoid using their titles or positions in any manner that would create an appearance that the Government sanctions or endorses their activities or those of another.“Employees’ use of personal social media ordinarily will not create the impermissible appearance of governmental sanction or endorsement which would be prohibited… An employee does not, for example, create the appearance of government sanction merely by identifying his or her official title or position in an area of the personal social media account designated for biographical information.“In evaluating whether a reference to an employee’s official title or position on social media violates the Standards of Conduct, the agency ethics official must consider the totality of the circumstances to determine whether a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts would conclude that the government sanctions or endorses the communication. Relevant factors for agency ethics officials to consider in making the determination include:Whether the employee refers to his or her government employment, title, or position in areas other than those designated for biographical information; whether the employee holds a highly visible position in the Government, such as a senior or political position, or is authorised to speak for the Government as part of the employee’s official duties or whether other circumstances would lead a reasonable person to conclude that the government sanctions or endorses the employee’s social media activities.”In our estimation, in the incident cited it is incontrovertible that the DPI Facebook claims would lead, and in fact, did lead a “reasonable person to conclude that the government sanctions or endorses the employee’s social media activities”. He should be sanctioned.
Share This!With miles of walking, heat, and humidity, Walt Disney World is the kind of vacation that you need to get some rest to enjoy. The paradox has always been that to get the most for your money, you’ve got to arrive early and stay late.Now, with the Animal Kingdom’s longer evening hours and Hollywood Studios’ construction closures, it’s possible to sleep in and still see everything in those parks in one day. That means you can alternate full days in Epcot and the Magic Kingdom with relaxed, late starts at the others – even on short trips. A sample 4-day, long weekend might look like this:Full day at Magic KingdomSleep late and visit the Studios or Animal KingdomFull day at EpcotSleep late and visit the park you’ve not yet seenThe key to those sleep-in days is setting up a touring plan with the right FastPass+ choices and times. To get you started, we’ve created new late-start touring plans for the Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios below.Seth Kubersky and I have tested versions of these plans in the parks already, with different combinations of FastPass reservations. Let us know how they work for you.Late Arrival Animal Kingdom Touring Plan (link)Get FastPass+ reservations for these attractions and general times:Kilimanjaro Safaris 12:00 noon to 1 p.m.Expedition Everest 5:00 pm to 6:00 p.m.DINOSAUR 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Skip or substitute any attractions that don’t interest you. If you’d like to experience the new nighttime version of the safaris, change the time shown above to something around dusk or later. Then move the safari step in the plan to an evening time.Arrive at the Animal Kingdom around noon. Pick up a guide map and Times Guide. Sign up for the Wilderness Explorers game as you cross the bridge to Discovery Island.In Africa, take the Kilimanjaro Safaris. Use your FastPass+ reservation.Take the Wildlife Express Train to Conservation Station and Rafiki’s Planet Watch.Tour Conservation Station and Rafiki’s Planet Watch.Take the Wildlife Express Train back to Harambe.Walk the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.Earn more badges with the Wilderness Explorers activities in Africa.See Festival of the Lion King in AfricaTour the Discovery Island Trails. One entrance is at the end of the bridge between Africa and Discovery Island. The trail ends near the Discovery Island bridge to Asia.In Asia see Flights of Wonder.Ride Expedition Everest using your FastPass+ reservations.Walk the Maharaja Jungle Trek.Eat dinner. My favorite nearby place is Flame Tree Barbecue on Discovery Island.Ride DINOSAUR in Dinoland U.S.A. using your FastPass+ reservations. After this, check FastPass+ availability for Rivers of Light or Kali River Rapids.Ride TriceraTop Spin if you have small children in your group.If time permits before Finding Nemo – The Musical, take a spin on Primeval Whirl. Otherwise, ride after seeing Nemo.See Finding Nemo – The Musical.Ride Kali River Rapids in Asia.See It’s Tough to Be a Bug on Discover Island.See The Awakening, the Rivers of Light show, or The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic.Here’s the Studios plan:Late Arrival Disney’s Hollywood Studios Touring Plan (link)Get FastPass+ reservations for these attractions and general times:For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Toy Story Mania 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 2:30 pm to 3:30 p.m.(Fourth Fastpass, while in the park) The Great Movie Ride 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Skip or substitute any attractions that don’t interest you.Arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios around noon. Pick up a guide map and Times Guide.See For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration using your FastPass+ reservations.Ride Toy Story Mania using your FastPass+ reservations.See the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show at the park’s center stage.See Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage on Sunset Boulevard.Ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith on Sunset Boulevard.Experience The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror using your FastPass+ reservations.Tour the Star Wars Launch Bay in Animation Courtyard.Take The Great Movie Ride using your FastPass+ reservations.Eat dinner. Backlot Express is a decent nearby choice.See the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Echo Lake.See Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream on Mickey Avenue. You’ll exit in Animation Courtyard.If time permits, see Voyage of the Little Mermaid in Animation Courtyard.See Star Tours: The Adventure Continues.See Muppet*Vision 3D.See any evening fireworks and the Fantasmic! nighttime show.
Tigers host Mosinee on FridayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Stevens Point held Marshfield to four hits, and the Tigers left seven runners on base as they fell to the Panthers 4-1 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference softball opener for both teams.Emily Draeger knocked in Jenna Jakobi for Marshfield’s only run in the loss.Draeger, Jakobi, Megan Nordbeck, and Jordan Pretsch each had one hit for the Tigers.Megan Donahue gave up two earned runs and struck out eight in a complete-game effort for Marshfield. She allowed seven hits and three walks.Stevens Point (1-0) statistics were not provided.Marshfield (1-1) returns to action Friday, hosting Mosinee in a nonconference game at 4:30 p.m. at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Women in the private sector have away to go to catch up with the progresstheir peers in the public sector have made. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jeanette Hern Partner, Grant Thornton Johannesburg +27 11 322 4562 • Lesley Ann Foster Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre +27 43 743 9169 or +27 83 325 2497 RELATED ARTICLES • Empowerment for SA’s women• Women’s rights in SA to advance • Towards gender equality in SA • NGO fights for gender equality in SAShamin ChibbaSouth African women are making strides in the country’s private sector in terms of taking up senior positions, according to a recent international survey.The 2012 Grant Thornton International Business Report, which surveys trends in privately held businesses in 40 economies around the world, stated that 28% of senior management positions in South Africa were held by women.This is higher than the global average of 21%.Grant Thornton’s corporate finance head in Johannesburg, Jeanette Hern, said that this strong representation is indicative of the country’s progress towards gender equality.The percentage actually indicates an improvement from 27% last year. However, it falls just short of 2007’s figure of 29%.Creative ways to accommodate womenHern said, however, that more needs to be done for that figure to increase.“We need more innovative solutions in order to make a significant dent in the number of women still excluded from senior management,” she said.This includes finding more creative ways to accommodate women in the workplace. Hern said that just 39% of women surveyed in South Africa said that their businesses offer working conditions that accommodated flexible hours and alternative working locations.Also, the research found that women were not represented across a spectrum of management roles. Most were either human resource or finance directors.Just 8% of CEOs and 9% of COOs were women but according to Hern, this is an improvement from 2011, when only 3% of women held positions at these levels.Women have progressed, but can progress moreAccording to Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre’s executive director, Lesley Ann Foster, the exact number of women in leadership roles should be taken into consideration when analysing such statistics.Foster says that taken in context, the figures leave much room for improvement – but acknowledged that women have progressed in the past decade and they have occupied many senior positions, although not yet to a satisfactory degree.“Women make up 53% of the population so they should at least take up 50% of leadership positions but this is not happening,” she said.Foster was clear about the benefits that equality between men and women will have on society. She said that in a society where women are on an equal basis with men progress is quicker, the standard of living is higher and quality of life improves.“Women bring a lot of expertise and value to life,” she said. “If a woman works, the whole family and the community benefit. To be on par with men, women should receive decent work, decent pay.”Private sector must catch upFoster referred to studies done by the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) in 2010, which stated that there are millions of women who are either unemployed or earn very little.The BWASA research indicates that 64% of women earned less than R1 000 per month, 80% earned less than R2 500 and more alarmingly, only 45% of women were employed. In addition, 53% of black women are currently unemployed.She also said that there are not enough women from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in leadership positions.BWASA East London’s chairperson, Lizelle Maurice, agreed with Foster’s sentiments, saying that while women have progressed tremendously in the public domain, with 47% being represented in government, they are still lagging within the private sector.When speaking of ways to ensure women are given a greater chance to participate within business, Maurice said: “Black economic empowerment status should also have a gender component.”
Morfik says that Scriptor, a utility built into their WebOS AppsBuilder platform, enables development of applications for products such as the iPhone. To prove that point, Morfik used Scriptor to develop iChess, a working example of an iPhone application. That link is the iPhone version, but see also http://chess.morfik.com for a browser version. It is a chess app, a favorite prototyping app of Morfik. It is running on EC2 now and can be used by purchasers of the iPhone on Friday. Also developers can download the AppsBuilder with Scriptor now from Morfik’s homepage.There is of course a lot of anticipation around third party iPhone apps – indeed there are dedicated sites for this already. As last100 recently noted, Apple will allow third party apps for iPhone – by giving them access through the web (not the OS).What Morfik has created is a web development environment for the iPhone. But they also told us that as soon as Apple announces an API for the iPhone, then Morfik will include that into their platform. WebOS vendor Morfik has created a platform for developers to build applications for Apple’s iPhone, which is being released Friday night. Morfik claims this is the first development tool for the iPhone.Up till this point, no one had announced a development tool for the iPhone – although there have been suggestions by bloggers that Adobe AIR and Google GWT might become iPhone development platforms. However, it seems Morfik is the first to do it. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Apple#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
DICK’S Sporting Goods has destroyed $5 million of the chain’s gun inventory, its CEO said. After finding out that DICK’S had sold the Parkland shooter a shotgun, CEO Edward Stack decided last year the company would no longer sell firearm to anyone under 21. DICK’S announced it would destroy its inventory of weapons, rather than allow them to be sold by another retailer.Since then, about $5 million of the chain’s gun inventory has been turned into scrap metal, Stack said in an interview with CBS. “All this about, you know, how we were anti-Second Amendment, you know, ‘we don’t believe in the Constitution,’ and none of that could be further from the truth,” he said in the interview. “We just didn’t want to sell the assault-style weapons that could inflict that kind of damage.”Stack is a hunter and gun owner who believes strongly in the Second Amendment. The company, which his father started as a fish-and-tackle shop in 1948, has sold guns since long before Stack started working there in 1977. But the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, on February 14, 2018, changed that. Seventeen people… CNN Business- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Fetal brain cells called astrocytes are used in studies on Alzheimer’s disease. Science advocates who attended a “listening session” on the use of fetal tissue in medical research held today by senior officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C., say they are optimistic that they were listened to and heard. But many researchers remain concerned about reports that President Donald Trump’s administration is considering withdrawing funding for such studies, which are fiercely opposed by antiabortion advocates. “It was a very good conversation. It was not a ‘check the box’ meeting,” says Kevin Wilson, director of public policy and media relations for the American Society for Cell Biology in Bethesda, Maryland.“It was a wonderful opportunity to talk about the science,” adds Jennifer Zeitzer, director of public affairs at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), also in Bethesda. 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Martin Pera, a human embryonic stem cell expert at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, attended via Skype on behalf of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, based in Skokie, Illinois. (Travel delays prevented him from attending in person.)The off-the-record, invitation-only meeting was part of a new “review” of U.S.-funded research that involves human fetal tissue, derived from elective abortions, that would otherwise be discarded. The use of such tissue is legal under a 1993 federal law. The science advocates who attended today’s meeting left HHS officials with packets of information describing the tissue’s importance in research, from studies of how the Zika virus damages fetuses to probes of HIV biology and tests of drugs against it.Groups opposed to abortion have long opposed the use of the tissue, and in September they wrote letters to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb urging them to defund the research. The same month, HHS announced it was launching the review, and FDA said it was canceling a contract for supplying fetal tissue to the agency.The review is being spearheaded by Brett Giroir, a physician-scientist who is assistant secretary for health, and Paula Stannard, senior counselor to Azar; both were at today’s meeting. Also present in the HHS conference room were Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funded an estimated $103 million in projects using human fetal tissue this year; and Lowell Schiller, senior counselor to Gottlieb.Fetal tissue research backers and opponents alike are watching the review process closely. Today’s meeting was one of several “listening sessions” with stakeholders that HHS has said will include abortion rights groups and ethicists, as well as academic institutions.Abortion opponents are hoping that the end result is a shutdown of U.S. funding for research using the tissue. David Prentice, research director at the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Arlington, Virginia, which opposes human fetal tissue research, applauds the review as “timely and welcome. … It’s good to see this in-depth examination of the science, bioethics, modern alternatives, and options. My hope is for those funds to go to better science.”Lawrence Goldstein, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, who depends on human fetal tissue for his work studying Alzheimer’s disease, says he is reserving judgment on the outcome of the process. “There’s nothing wrong with review. That’s a good thing,” he says. “But I’m watchfully waiting to see whether they can do this in an objective way.”Some critics doubt the review will reach that objective result.“Azar has continually painted himself as a no-nonsense technocrat, yet he continually kowtows to antiabortion groups while ignoring the scientific and medical communities,” says Mary Alice Carter, director of Equity Forward, a New York City–based nonprofit that monitors the activity of antiabortion groups and supports human fetal tissue research.In a related development, Politico reported today that Giroir sent a letter to Representative Mark Meadows (R–NC), who opposes abortion, assuring him that HHS is “fully committed to prioritizing, expanding, and accelerating efforts to develop and implement the use of … alternatives” to fetal tissue from elective abortions.If HHS did decide to halt funding for human fetal tissue research, it is unclear whether the ban would apply to research grants that agencies have already awarded. Eight years ago, after a federal judge ruled that federally funded human embryonic stem cell research was illegal, in-house NIH projects were halted for 19 days, as were as reviews of new extramural proposals and pending grant payments. But NIH funds that had already been disbursed to extramural researchers were not affected.And 4 years ago, when the federal government paused a controversial type of influenza research known as “gain of function” experiments, officials halted new grants but asked only for a “voluntary pause” on ongoing projects.With reporting by Jocelyn Kaiser. Research groups attend HHS ‘listening session’ on fetal tissue research amid funding fears
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. READ: Alejandro laments not playing more years under NU coach Jarin“My UAAP career has been fun especially my last year with coach Jamike, that’s really been my best memory,” said Alejandro, who played in his final UAAP game after NU lost to University of the Philippines, 106-81, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“What made it special was I had the chance to play under coach Jamike who we all know is a multi-titled coach in the UAAP and the NCAA.”READ: Jarin takes blame for NU’s failed Final Four bid Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro played just one year for National University head coach Jamike Jarin, but the graduating Bulldog said that lone year has been the most special in his UAAP tenure.And all that was thanks to Jarin.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Jarin was an eight-time UAAP juniors champion with Ateneo and a one-time NCAA seniors champion with San Beda and that was the kind of pedigree that Alejandro admired.Another thing that drew Alejandro, who is a one-time UAAP champion back in Season 77, to Jarin was the trust the mentor gave him.“The sweetest thing was he allowed Matt (Salem) and I to be captains.”Alejandro added Jarin rarely talked to them about basketball and evoked an aura not of a coach’s, but of a father figure.“He’s like a father figure to us, we actually talk more about other things not about basketball,” said Alejandro, who finished with 16 points and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim UST averts winless season, beats UE “Every night he’ll send me a random text, and we’re always talking. That’s extra special for me.”
Two days after Aditya Tare’s six over fine leg off Rajasthan Royals’ James Faulkner sealed a victory and playoff qualification for the Mumbai Indians, cricket fans in the city are still gobsmacked.So unbelievable was the chase of 190 in 14.3 overs that it continues to be a big talking point even while a new government takes charge at the Centre, and ministers assume office.For the Mumbai team, it was a shot in the arm. Written off after finishing the UAE leg of the tournament winless, the defending champions clawed their way back into the top four, and the architect of that famous win, New Zealander Corey Anderson, said on Tuesday that the victory has changed the mindset of the team.”It makes us more fearless in a playoff scenario. A lot of people had written us off so to pull it off was a great feeling. It provided a sense of relief. Now, it’s a level playing field again. We need to continue being fearless, and build on the momentum,” Anderson said ahead of the team’s Eliminator match against the third- placed Chennai Super Kings.It’s certain that Mumbai will find it hard to replicate the sheer audacity and fearlessness of that performance, but Anderson was willing to be optimistic. “A lot of boys in the dressing room, myself included, thought that was a lot of runs to get. But we stayed optimistic and found a way to win, like we have in the past few weeks. We need to remain fearless even now,” he said.advertisementMumbai must thank Yusuf Pathan’s blitz on Saturday for elevating Kolkata Knight Riders into the top two, because otherwise, their inconsistent batting would’ve been up against the top bowling side in the tournament.As things stand, Chennai’s bowling -the medium pacers in particular – have shown themselves to be the team’s Achilles heel.Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said their final league stage win against Royal Challengers Bangalore was important from a momentum point of view. “It was good and important against the run of Mumbai confident after heroics against Rajasthan. We had not played that well in those games. The worst defeat was against KKR at the Eden Gardens. The one [win] at Bangalore was just what we had asked for. We know pretty well what the players are going to deliver for us and the opportunity they are going to get,” he told reporters.One aspect that is expected to play a key role in the result is the venue.The Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium, situated at a stone’s throw from the regular Mumbai venue, the Wankhede Stadium, is hosting its first IPL game in three years, and while the conditions may not be too different to those at the Wankhede, both teams will still need to adapt.Of course, Mumbai have the advantage of playing at home, and crowd support for them will be vociferous. In fact, a CCI official told MAIL TODAY on Tuesday that online ticket sales had seen a mega spike soon after Mumbai’s win on Sunday and for Chennai.