“The Regulations that will further define how the NIDS will actually work… are still to come. I encourage all Jamaicans to ensure that you are satisfied with the details of the regulations, (and) ask for the support of everyone who wants to see the best for Jamaica,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has assured that the Government will be hosting public consultations in the form of town hall meetings, to provide further clarification on the National Identification System (NIDS). Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has assured that the Government will be hosting public consultations in the form of town hall meetings, to provide further clarification on the National Identification System (NIDS).The first meeting is slated for Tuesday, December 5 at Emancipation Park in Kingston, beginning at 6:00 p.m.Mr. Holness, who was speaking at an OPM-Live mini town hall meeting at Jamaica College in St. Andrew on Wednesday (November 29), advised that while the supporting NIDS Bill has been passed by both Houses of Parliament, it has one more stage of deliberations before its implementation.“The Regulations that will further define how the NIDS will actually work… are still to come. I encourage all Jamaicans to ensure that you are satisfied with the details of the regulations, (and) ask for the support of everyone who wants to see the best for Jamaica,” he said.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister and Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, advised persons attending the meeting that the legislation provides for a pilot to be undertaken to determine how the initiative will be rolled out, and, thereafter, for the Bill to be reviewed within an 18-month period.Senator Johnson Smith said based on the project plan, full roll-out “is more likely to be in three or four years”.“So, the anxiety and the concerns that are being raised legitimately, we hear them, we are taking them on board, and we want you to raise the issues, so that we can address them,” the Minister told the audience.Meanwhile, Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lyn Stewart, advised that the NIDS public education has started and will be ramped up in 2018.She also noted that additional training is being provided for members of the project team to enable them to provide in-depth information about the NIDS to stakeholders who are engaged at the community level.Mrs. Lyn Stewart also encouraged persons to familiarise themselves with details of the NIDS at: www.nidsfacts.com. Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister and Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, advised persons attending the meeting that the legislation provides for a pilot to be undertaken to determine how the initiative will be rolled out, and, thereafter, for the Bill to be reviewed within an 18-month period. Story Highlights
Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Sophie BushwickPopular Science’s Sophie Bushwick announced that after five years with the magazine, she is leaving her role as DIY editor to join Scientific American as its new tech editor. She begins her new role on Jan. 28. Longtime Sports Illustrated editor Richard Demak left the magazine after nearly three decades with the brand. Most recently a senior editor and the chief of reporters, Demak left his roles to become an editor for the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers.Carlton Jared Lockett is joining Essence Communications Inc. as its new director of product solutions starting on Jan. 28. Most recently, Lockett served as the senior manager of product marketing for Meredith Digital and in his new role, he will be tasked with leading the marketing and strategy for the company’s advertising product portfolio, including its social and content-to-audio platforms. He will be based in the company’s New York City headquarters.Carlton Jared LockettJoel Shoemaker, a former executive for Pride Media, which publishes Out magazine and The Advocate, is joining LGBTQ+ digital news publisher Q.Digital as its new regional VP of sales. Shoemaker will be responsible for growing and serving the company’s list of integrated advertising partners and will directly report to chief revenue officer Justin Garrett. Shoemaker is bringing over a decade of digital media experience to Q.Digital, including his most recent role of executive director of business development for Pride Media. Prior to that, he served as the VP of the LGBTQ segment for Motivate Inc. and as the SVP of sales, LGBT at iHeartMedia. David Smith was appointed as the managing director, Defense and Government for Breaking Media. Tasked with leading the defense and federal sector based in Washington, D.C., Smith will be responsible for business and product development, brand strategy and sales and marketing, as well as leading the growth of BreakingDefense.com. He will also pursue the relaunch of BreakingGovernment.com. Most recently the president and managing director of Sightline Media Group, Smith also served as the publisher and general manager of defense systems at 1105 Media. Joel ShoemakerRob McClelland was tapped as the president of Farm Journal Media’s new Data-Driven Performance Marketing division, which combines the company’s Business Intelligence, Digital Solutions and Content Services units. With over 20 years launching and leading technology and service businesses, including serving as the CEO and president of FLM Harvest and SVP of marketing and business development at Adayana, McClelland will be tasked with heading up this new division as well as integrating innovative business strategies. The Insurer, a British-based B2B insurance publication, opened an office in New York and announced two new editorial hires this week. The new branch will be lead by North American editor David Bull, who formerly served as the US editorial director for The Insurance Insider. Working alongside him will be North American associate editor Michael Loney, who is also joining The Insurer from Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc, where he spent over 16 years, most recently as the managing editor of Managing IP magazine.Amber MundingerFormer SVP of live media and strategic partnerships for Rolling Stone, Amber Mundinger, was named the first chief of operations and head of strategic partnerships for the PBS-syndicated TV show “The Artists Den.” According to a report by WWD, Mundinger, who prior to Rolling Stone served as the VP of new ventures and general manager of WWD, was responsible for launching several new business initiatives, including the first live media division of Rolling Stone and WWD’s first awards event. In her new role, she will be tasked with expanding the brand’s reach with artists and fans, in addition to elevating the access to live music events and the show.Vox Media tapped Erica Anderson as its executive producer of content and partnerships for Recode’s editor-at-large Kara Swisher. In this role, Anderson will be tasked with editorial oversight for Swisher’s portfolio of media offerings, including Recode, her podcasts Recode Decode and Pivot, the Code conference series, New York Times opinion and MSNBC contributions and the Revolution series on MSNBC. Anderson was most recently with the Google News Lab where she served as the head of news ecosystem, and has prior experience at both Twitter and the CBS Evening News.Laura E. AdkinsLaura E. Adkins, who spent three years at The Forward, most recently as its deputy opinion editor, is starting as the opinion editor for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) on Jan. 28. Former senior editor for the Weekly Standard, Christopher Caldwell, was tapped as a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, as well as a contributing editor for the Claremont Review of Books. In addition to his new role, Caldwell will continue to write for other publications.Mackenzie Mays is leaving her role as an investigative reporter at the Fresno Bee to join Politico’s newly formed Politico California Pro team where she will cover education and budgets. City Hall reporter Gloria Pazmino is leaving Politico after five years to join NY1 where she will cover politics.Last week, we reported the first editorial hires for the soon-to-be re-launched Gawker, under Bustle Digital Group, which included the appointments of Maya Kosoff and Anna Breslaw as staff writers. In a post on Twitter, Kosoff shared a statement from both Breslaw and herself, which explained that they had left the company, citing concerns about the newly appointed editorial director Carson Griffith.In the statement, which was originally shared with The Daily Beast, they said, “We’re disappointed it ended this way, but we can’t continue to work under someone who is antithetical to our sensibility and journalistic ethics, or for an employer who refuses to listen to the women who work for him when it’s inconvenient,” and stated that they no longer felt they could represent the website. Maer Roshan | Photo credit: Sarah Davidson of Los Angeles magazineLos Angeles magazine named Maer Roshan editor-in-chief for its print edition and LAmag.com.Roshan is bringing extensive executive editorial experience to this role, most recently having served as the chief content officer of FourTwoNine Media. Prior to this, Roshan was the editor-in-chief and CEO of the editorial and creative consultancy Awesome Projects, in addition to having founded several magazines and websites including the iPad magazine Punch!, TheFix.com and Radar, which was named The New York Times’ Launch of the Year in 2002 and has won 19 Webby Awards for RadarOnline. He began his career at age 23 when he launched his first magazine, the LGBTQ newsweekly NYQ, serving as the editor-in-chief for two years before joining New York magazine as its deputy editor for seven years. “L.A. has overtaken New York to become the most dynamic and influential city in America,” Roshan said in a statement. “It’s at the forefront of politics, tech, business, food, art, and fashion. Since the ’60s, Los Angeles has been a stylish, literate, and indispensable guide to the people, trends, and institutions that power the city. I am excited by and grateful for the opportunity to build on that storied legacy and to create a magazine as smart and stylish and provocative as the city it’s named after.”
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department announced this week it will be holding a R.A.D. Refresher Course on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, from 5pm to 9pm, at the Public Safety Building.The course has been scheduled for women who have previously successfully completed R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense System), which is a women’s self-defense program that is comprised of easy-to-learn, effective physical defense techniques. Online registration for the free one-night course is required and can be found HERE.Contact Sgt. Chris Ahern at 978-658-5071 or cahern[at]wpd.org with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFree R.A.D. Class Offered To Wilmington Women Through Middlesex Sheriff’s OfficeIn “Government”Wilmington Police To Offer Free R.A.D. Class In AprilIn “Government”Wilmington Police To Offer FREE R.A.D. ClassesIn “Government”
Budget 2013 Live Blog:01:25 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praises Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013. “The Finance Minister has done a commendable job in containing the deficit while simultaneously addressing growth imperatives,” he said in a statement.”We need to create 10 million jobs a year for the duration of the 12th Plan which can be achieved only if we reach 8% GDP growth level. There is plenty for every ministry. It is now up to my colleagues in the Cabinet to turn challenges into opportunities.”01:00 pm: Sensex falls around 50 points after Chidambaram tabled his Budget for the financial year 2013-14.Glimpse of Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013-14Feedback from analysts on Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s Union Budget is encouraging though some will be left disappointed especially automobile industry. Some say that it’s a balanced and good budget while a few are of the opinion that it is a complete on.Many were of the opinion before the the finance minister presented the budget that it would a political one keeping in mind the election next year but he proved everyone wrong. He deserved praises for concentrating on infrastructure, as it can stimulate investment in the country. This move could spark the engines of economic growth.Chidambaram’s announcement to set up a public sector bank exclusively for women has got him praises. He also spoke on providing security to women in the country.Finance Minister P. Chidambaram concluded his speech by quoting a saying by Swami Vivekananda.12:47 pm: Duty-free limit for gold increased to ₹50,000 for men and ₹1 lakh for women.12:45 pm: 6 percent tax hike on mobile phones that costs more than ₹2000.12:42 pm:18 percent hike in excise duty on cigarettes.12:32 pm: No change in education cess, and customs and excise duty rates.12: 28 pm: Donations to National Children’s Fund will get 100% tax exemption.12: 26 pm: Hike on excise duty of SUV from 27 percent to 30 percent12:25 pm: 2 percent duty on steam and bituminous coal12: 23 pm: Hike in import duty on set top boxes12:21 pm: People with an annual income of ₹1 crore to pay surcharge of 10% additional surcharges for one year.12:18 pm: No tax exemption slab but tax payers in the range of ₹2 to 5 lakh will get tax credit of ₹2000.12:17 pm: Finance Minister presents tax proposals.12: 28 pm: Donations to National Children’s Fund will get 100% tax exemption.12: 26 pm: Customs duty on SUVs raised from 75 percent to 100 percent12:25 pm: 2 percent duty on steam and bituminous coal12: 23 pm: Hike in import duty on set top boxes12:05 pm: 2.03 trillion rupees allocated to defence sector in 2013-14.12:05 pm: SEBI Act to be amended; waste- to-energy projects will be financed by Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode; Public sector bank branches to have ATM.12:04 pm: ₹14,000 crore allocated for public sector banks.12:02 pm: ₹1,840 crore for construction of power transmission system from Srinagar to Leh; ₹226 crore to be allocated this financial year.12:00 pm: First housing loan up to ₹25 lakh an additional deduction of interest of up to ₹1 lakh in 2014-15.11:58 am: ₹1,000 crore allocated for eastern states – green revolution.11:57 am: ₹5,387 crore integrated watershed programme for farmers.11:55 am: Indian Institute of Biotechnology to be set up at Ranchi.11:53 am: FM proposes exclusive bank, a public sector bank for women. ₹1,000 crore to be allocated as initial capital. 11:52 am: ₹200 crore to stop harassment on women.11:50 am: ₹7 lakh crore target fixed for agriculture credit for 2013-1411:49 am: ₹1,000 crore for improving agricultural production in Eastern Indian states.11:47 am: ₹500 crore allocated for programme on crop diversification.11:45 am: ₹27,049 crore for agriculture ministry in 2013-1411:44 am: ₹15,260 crore for drinking water and sanitation ministry11:42 am: ₹17,700 crore for Integrated Child Development Scheme.11:40 am: 270.49 billion rupees allocated for agriculture in 2013/14.11:38 am: ₹10,000 crore for Food Security Bill.11:35 am: ₹13,250 crore allocated for mid-day meal scheme11: 35 am: ₹65,867 crore allocated to ministry of HRD11: 30 am: ₹37,330 crore for ministry of health and family welfare. ₹4,727 crore for medical education and research and ₹1,069 crore allocated to Department of Ayush.11: 29 am: ₹80,000 crore allocated for for rural development ministry. ₹41,561 crore for SC sub-plan and ₹24,598 crore for tribal sub plan11:27 am: Scholarships for SC/ST students, girls11:26 am: Plan expenditure for 12th Five-Year-Plan revised to ₹14,30,825 crore11:25 am: Budget expenditure is ₹16,65,297 crore and plan expenditure ₹5,55, 322 crore, says FM.11:22 am: ₹65,000 crore allocation for education sector.11:15 am: Union Budget 2013 aims at youth. Women face discrimination everywhere including work place. 11:12 am: It has become a challenge for India to return to its potential growth rate of 8 percent, saya FM.11:10 am: Finance Minister said supply of food items should be boosted to beat inflation.11:05 am: Women, schedule tribes (ST), schedule castes (SC) have been lagging behind in economic growth in many states.11:09 am: Chidambaram emphasised on the need for foreign investment for economic growth. He said foreign investment is imperative.11:08 am: UPA government believes in inclusive and sustainable development11:05 am: India has been affected by global slowdown. China and Indonesia are growing faster than India but next year India will overtake Indonesia, says Chidambaram 11:00 am: Chidambaram tables Union Budget 2013 in Parliament.10:50 am: Finance Minister Chidambaram reaches Parliament to present Union Budget 2013.10:00 am: Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is scheduled to table Union Budget 2013-14 at 11 am on Thursday. Finance Minister P. ChidambaramGovernment Should Take Concrete Steps to Help Struggling IT-BPO SectorMultinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a release that the government of India should take positive steps to help the growth of IT-BPO sector which is going through a bad phase due to increasing costs had ensuing global uncertainty. IT-BPO sector contribute 7.5% of India’s GDP.Raise In Base Tax Exemption Limit ExpectedWith the government having taken a few bold steps of late to cut down fiscal deficit, including cut in subsidy for LPG gas cylinders and diesel, common man will now expect base tax exemption slab to be raised from the present ₹2 lakh. Raise in the base tax exemption limit will help common man deal with extra spending due to oil price hike.Will Chidambaram Use Union Budget to Attract Investors?People will expect the Finance Minister to present a budget that will help to revive the slowing economy. The government might target a 4.8 percent fiscal deficit for the next financial year. Now, the onus lies on the government to improve the economy and thus boost employment and revenue from tax. Chidambaram is expected to use the Union Budget as a platform to attract investors and please rating agencies.What Insurance Companies Expect!Insurance companies will expect the tax exemption ceiling from investments like provident fund, insurance premiums etc to be raised from the current ₹100,000 limit.What Real Estate Sector Wants!Real estate sector will expect the FM to increase tax exemption limit of interest paid on home loans from the current ₹150,000 to ₹300,000.Common Man’s ExpectationsTax exemption limit on conveyance, reimbursement of medicals expenses, education allowance, home loans and other expenditures of the employers are expected to be raised to help reduce the impact of fuel price hike. Finance Minister of India P. ChidambaramAll Eyes On Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013The market’s skepticism on the upcoming Union Budget 2013 must have increased, as the Railway Budget which was presented by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday, was another budget that went with the popular sentiment and lacked many groundbreaking steps that could revive the struggling Indian Railways.Now, all eyes will be on Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013 to be presented on Thursday at 11:00 am.Chidambaram’s Union Budget comes amid India’s economic growth rate falling to 5 percent, which is the lowest in a decade, ratings downgrade and the general elections coming up next year. However, he is expected to present a balanced budget.
Texas Medical CenterDr. Tim Garson of the Texas Medical Center’s Health Policy Institute presented results from the five-state survey during the plenary session of Medical World Americas in Houston.The new Health Policy Institute at the Texas Medical Center in Houston conducted the poll, posing questions to 1,000 people in each of five states: Texas, California, Florida, New York and Ohio.The cost of healthcare was a common complaint. A majority of people in all five states said they were paying more out-of-pocket for healthcare than they were two years ago. Texas had the most people saying that, at 65 percent.“Clearly, we as a country, we as a state – couldn’t we find ways to decrease the overall cost of healthcare?” asked Dr. Tim Garson, the director of the Health Policy Institute.When it comes to healthcare, voters said “coverage” was the most important thing to them, followed by the choice of doctors. In general, Democrats favored coverage slighty more, while Republicans tended to rate choice of doctors as more important. The survey did not ask the 5,000 respondents if they liked the idea of a government-funded “single payer” system, similar to the ones in Canada and many European countries. But many respondents did say universal coverage was important, not just coverage for themselves and their family. “One of my biggest surprises is that 85 percent of everybody asked was looking for ‘coverage for all,’” Garson said. “They are worried about their sisters and brothers. And I think that, at some point, is going to show up in the voting rolls.”The Affordable Care Act has helped 20 million additional Americans get insurance, but Garson says the law didn’t do much to control the actual prices being charged in the healthcare industry. Consumers feel the financial pressure in their deductibles, co-pays and monthly premiums.“Of the uninsured, 87 percent said when they went to the exchange they couldn’t afford it,” Garson said, referring to the online marketplaces where people can buy individual or family insurance plans if their employers don’t provide coverage.“That, therefore, is the unaffordable Affordable Care Act,” Garson added. The survey did not ask whether those respondents were talking about the market rates for insurance plans, or the monthly premium they would personally pay, perhaps after receiving a generous government subsidy. Either way, the perception among many uninsured is that insurance plans are still too expensive, Garson said.The survey compared attitudes about Medicaid, the taxpayer-funded insurance plan for low-income people.In California, New York and Ohio, politicians took advantage of funding in the Affordable Care Act, and expanded Medicaid to cover more poor adults who previously didn’t qualify. Most residents in those three states said they approved of that decision.But the Republican leaders of Texas and Florida refused to expand Medicaid. The survey showed two-thirds of people in those two states wanted them to do it anyway.“Both Texas and Florida, the residents there are hurting and are turning to the idea of Medicaid expansion,” Garson said. Garson said politicians can’t always assume they know what voters want, and this sort of survey can help shed light on their attitudes. Garson gave another example of the poll contradicting expectations. A majority of people surveyed said that sugary drinks and junk food should be subject to hefty additional taxes, to combat obesity. That held true even in the two conservative states of Texas and Florida.Obamacare and health costs will be part of the campaign rhetoric, said Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Baker is not connected to the survey but examined it at the request of Houston Public Media.Although candidates will talk about healthcare, Baker is not convinced it’s the kind of pivotal issue that will motivate voters to choose one presidential candidate over another.“Generally, people are mindful of the healthcare issues because they are very practical, day-to-day concerns, but whether or not they would get out of bed on Tuesday morning in November, and go to the polls based on their feelings about whether or not Medicaid should be expanded in their state is, I think, subject to challenge.”Rather, the expected contest between Clinton and Trump will probably be decided on their personality differences, rather than any one specific issue like healthcare, Ross said. X 00:00 /02:20 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts announces that the department’s investigation into the death of Freddie Gray was turned over to the State’s Attorney’s office a day early at a news conference, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore. Pictured at right is Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis. Batts did not give details of the report or take questions. He said the department dedicated more than 30 detectives to working on the case and report. ( (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police completed a criminal investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and delivered it to a prosecutor a day earlier than promised Thursday, but the commissioner said his department stands ready to help the state’s attorney gather more evidence.As if to drive home that point, a deputy commissioner revealed a piece of information that raises still more questions about what the officers involved have told investigators: The police van carrying Gray to the station made a previously undisclosed stop that was captured on a “privately owned camera.”State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby must review the evidence, consider charges and decide how to move forward in the death of Gray, who suffered severe spinal injuries after being stopped by police April 12 and died a week later.Police Commissioner Anthony Batts took no questions and provided no details about the report, which he said represents the work of more than 30 investigators.“I understand the frustration; I understand the sense of urgency,” Batts said. “That is why we have finished it a day ahead of time.”Batts said police would continue to work on the case at the direction of the state’s attorney. Mosby said her office’s independent investigation continues as well.“We are not relying solely on their findings but rather the facts that we have gathered and verified. We ask for the public to remain patient and peaceful and to trust the process of the justice system,” her statement said.Batts left it to Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis to release yet another official timeline of what happened to Gray after his arrest nearly three weeks ago.In all, the previously undisclosed stop now makes four stops between the time officers arrested Gray and his arrival at a police station, where he was found unresponsive. He was hospitalized in critical condition and died a week later.Batts and Gray said nothing more about when or how investigators obtained the previously undisclosed video or learned about the additional stop. However, five of the six officers gave statements to investigators the day Gray was injured, and as recently as a week ago, the stop was not part of the official timeline, suggesting investigators learned of it later.Gray was arrested after he made eye contact with an officer and ran. Officers chased him down and handcuffed him behind his back. Bystander videos recorded police loading him, dragging his legs, into one of two metal compartments in the back of the van.Police earlier said the van stopped once so that officers could put Gray in “leg irons” because he had become “irate;” stopped again because the driver asked for an additional unit to check on Gray’s condition, and then again to put an additional prisoner in the van’s other compartment before arriving at the station.Now police are saying an additional stop was made before the driver asked officers to check on his condition. They said nothing about this stop other than its location — at what appears to be a desolate intersection with three vacant lots and a corner store. Last week, Batts had said the second prisoner told investigators the driver did not speed, make sudden stops or “drive erratically” during the trip, and that Gray was “was still moving around, that he was kicking and making noises” up until the van arrived at the police station.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sought to dispel any notion that the police report would bring a swift and public conclusion to the case. “Whatever time the state’s attorney’s office needs to make that determination, the family wants to get it right,” she said Wednesday after meeting with Gray’s family and legal team.“This family wants justice and they want justice that comes at the right time and not too soon,” said Hassan Murphy, one of the family’s lawyers.Meanwhile, protests over Gray’s death spread Wednesday night to other cities including Boston, New York and Washington, making it clear that tensions over the case are far from subsiding. The demonstrations were mostly peaceful, but police made many arrests, including at least 60 in New York.Gray’s death was only the latest high-profile case of a Black man dying as the result of a police encounter. Similar protests erupted over the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Eric Garner in New York last year, and Walter Scott in South Carolina. Scott was shot in the back by a White officer who has since been charged with murder.___Associated Press writers Ben Nuckols, Juliet Linderman, Matthew Barakat, Tom Foreman Jr., Jessica Gresko, Brian Witte and Jeff Horwitz contributed to this report.
UPDATED: New details have emerged about the woman identified as opening fire at YouTube’s headquarters Tuesday in San Bruno, Calif., injuring three people.The shooting suspect was identified by local police as Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old San Diego resident who died at the scene Tuesday afternoon of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Three people at the YouTube campus were injured, one critically, by the alleged shooter.Aghdam had expressed grievances toward YouTube in videos and online posts, complaining that the Google-owned video platform was discriminating against her, censoring her content and had “demonetized” her videos.San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said at a press conference Wednesday that Aghdam was “upset with the policies and practices of YouTube. This appears to be the motive for the incident.” Her father, Ismail Aghdam, said in an interview with CBS2 News in Los Angeles that he had contacted San Diego police on Monday to warn them about her grievances toward YouTube. According to the report, he said law-enforcement authorities — responding to a missing person report — contacted him Tuesday at 2 a.m., telling him they had found his daughter in her car in Mountain View, about 30 miles south of San Bruno. According to Ismail Aghdam, police said they would keep an eye on her.“She was angry,” he told the Mercury News. Ismail Aghdam had told police that he feared his daughter was going to YouTube’s headquarters because she “hated” the company.The Mountain View Police Department in a statement Wednesday afternoon said that officers spoke with Aghdam’s father and brother. According to the department, Ismail Aghdam told them YouTube “had recently done something to her videos that had caused her to become upset” and that he suspected that was why his daughter was in the area. However, the police department said, “at no point did her father or brother mention anything about potential acts of violence or a possibility of Aghdam lashing out as a result of her issues with her videos.” MVPD added that “there was no indication from either Aghdam or her family that she may have been in possession of any weapons.”Aghdam posted videos on YouTube in English, Farsi and Turkish using various screen names, including “Nasime Sabz.” Her channel and other social-media accounts have been deleted since the shooting.On YouTube, Aghdam’s videos spanned a range of topics, including animal rights, vegan cooking, and music video parodies. But more recently, she took to railing against YouTube and its policies. “There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!,” she wrote in a post on her website, nasimesabz.com.In another post, she shared an image of her YouTube page showing that a video that had received 366,591 views generated just 10 cents of ad revenue. “My revenue for 300,000 is $0.10?????” she wrote.One of the evident sources of Aghdam’s rage was a new policy YouTube announced in January, setting stricter requirements for content creators to be eligible for ad-revenue sharing. The site implemented those in response to marketers’ concerns over the “brand safety” of ad-supported videos on the site. The San Bruno Police Department on Wednesday said Aghdam used a 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun in the attack and that she visited a nearby shooting range earlier Tuesday. Police do not have information on where she obtained the gun but said she was in legal possession of the weapon.On Tuesday evening, the department released a photo of Aghdam:Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that four YouTube employees were injured in the April 3 shooting at YouTube’s headquarters. In fact, according to authorities, three people were wounded in the attack; police have not confirmed that all three were YouTube employees. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Under the new rules, YouTube Partner Program participants need to have at least 4,000 hours of video watch-time for their videos within the past 12 months and at least 1,000 subscribers. Creators previously part of the rev-share program who didn’t meet those requirements were dropped — “demonetized” in the jargon of the platform — effective Feb. 20. Previously, the minimum threshold to participate in the revenue-sharing program was 10,000 video views. But according to YouTube, the previous standard didn’t provide enough information to filter out “bad actors” like spammers and impersonators.In another post on her website about YouTube, Nasim Aghdam wrote: “They only care for personal short-term profits & do anything to reach their goals by fooling simple-minded people, hiding the truth, manipulating science & everything, putting public mental & physical health at risk, abusing non-human animals, polluting environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism and sexual degeneration in the name of freedom.”San Bruno police said that on Tuesday, April 3, at 12:46 p.m., it received numerous 911 calls reporting gunshots at the YouTube campus at 901 Cherry Ave. in San Bruno. As of Tuesday evening, the scene was being processed for evidence by San Bruno police detectives and the San Mateo County Crime Lab.After police responded, they found Aghdam dead at the scene. The three individuals who were injured were transported to area hospitals; neither the police nor YouTube have confirmed that they are YouTube employees. One of the victims, a 36-year-old man, was in critical condition on Tuesday, while a 32-year-old woman was listed in serious condition, and a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition.On Tuesday, the San Bruno police said they were investigating a motive for the shooting and said, “At this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted.”In a tweet Tuesday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said: “There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter @YouTube today. Our deepest gratitude to law enforcement & first responders for their rapid response. Our hearts go out to all those injured & impacted today. We will come together to heal as a family.”
Recently concluded was an art exhibition by 75-year-old artist Pushpa Bagrodia, who for the first time exhibited her exploration with charcoals in aptly titled ‘Shwet-Syam’. The artist had been majorly known for her water-colours. The show, presented by Creativity Art Gallery and curated by Uma Nair was held at Lalit Kala Akademi.The chief guest of the inaugural evening was eminent singer-actor-musician and Padma Shri recipient Shekhar Sen, known for his mono-acts on Kabir and Vivekanand apart from other historical and mythological figures. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe artist smiles and says, “Everyone has been asking why I chose to draw with charcoal, but actually there isn’t any specific reason behind choosing charcoal. From the beginning I have loved the monochromatic combination, so this time I experimented with charcoal and created several works. There are a few works which I love a lot – there’s this 9X15 sketch of single feather. Once I saw it lying on the ground, and the sight was so beautiful that I couldn’t resist making a drawing.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMost of her sketches are inspired by nature, as one could see flowers and leaves in all the frames, but one sketch looked like a monochrome photograph rather than the usual floral wonders! Talking about that drawing she says, “I tried clicking a photo form a moving car to see how it appears to be. Since it looked quite interesting to me I made a drawing out of it.” This unusually beautiful sketch of her seems to be that of a moving picture, quite an unusual moment to capture on the canvas. Inspired by her love for nature, various plants, bonsais and chirps of birds and bees, the artist created some dream like charcoal works displaying a little paradise during the exhibition. Uma Nair writes, “These charcoals that brim on the dominions of both reality and imagination defines Pushpa as a silent sage, sitting and filling silent brisk strokes onto her white sheets of paper that mirror the open celled, ledges of nature’s moods and meanderings through the leaves shrubs and flowers perhaps presiding over twenty thousand intimations in the mind and hand of a lover of nature. This was my first attempt at charcoal.””It feels very good when a stranger comes up and says, if you can paint this well at this age, then why can’t we?” expressed Pushpa Bagrodia, when asked about her experience at the exhibition.
Kolkata: A complaint was lodged with the Election Commission against Bangladeshi actor Abdun Gaji Noor who courted controversy by taking part in an election rally on Wednesday.The state BJP leaders have registered a complaint with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) against the participation of the Bangladeshi actor in the election campaign. The Election Commission has taken an exception to the participation of a foreign national in the election campaign. It was learnt that the office of the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh took up the matter with the actor. He will be asked to return to his homeland. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned here that Bangladeshi actor Noor triggered controversy after he took part in an election rally in Dum Dum in favour of Sougata Roy, who is contesting the ongoing election from Dum Dum. Noor was found standing in a hood-less jeep along with Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra on Wednesday. The incident sparked a political slugfest between the Trinamool Congress and BJP. The state BJP leaders termed the incident a gross violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) and demanded action against the TMC candidate Roy. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt was learnt from the sources in the CEO office that there is no specific laws laid down by the Election Commission of India (ECI) in this regard. Hence the officials cannot take any action against a foreign national. They are however looking into the matter and may seek suggestion from the ECI. The Bangladeshi actor however claimed that he took part in the road show after being requested by TMC leader Madan Mitra. The actor also defended himself by saying that he took part in the road show without uttering a word. Meanwhile, it may be said that in a similar incident Bangladeshi film actor Ferdous Ahmed also triggered controversy after he attended an election rallies in Raiganj constituency areas on April 14. The actor was seen seeking votes for Trinamool Congress candidate Kanhaiyalal Agarwal at campaign rallies across Hemtabad and Karandighi near the Indo-Bangladesh border for ensuing Lok Sabha polls. As the matter came to light, Ahmed was asked by the office of the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh to leave the country and go to Bangladesh immediately.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 22, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global As of the start of 2016, 65 percent of senior marketing execs cited visual assets, like video, as critical to telling their brand’s story. What does that mean for you as a businessperson? It’s time to get comfortable in front of the lens. Embracing video opens up a whole new realm of ways to reach your target audience, from media appearances to new social staples like Periscope. Here are six ways to feel more at home on camera.Related: How To Make Your Business Messaging Effective In The Age Of Video1. Don’t wing it.Even if you’re the type who excels at flying by the seat of your pants, I beg you — don’t wing it the first time you’re going to be on camera, especially if it’s live. I’ve seen many a cool cucumber melt into a blubbering mess when a camera lens is shoved in their face, This can be avoided with a bit of preparation.2. Wear something comfortable and camera-friendly.If you don’t typically wear a three-piece suit, it’s probably not best to don one during your on-air debut. Wear what you’re most comfortable in while still looking polished. A pressed button-down in a solid, jewel-toned color feels easy-breezy and looks great on camera.Related: What to Wear When You’re In Front of the Camera3. Don’t give the death stare.Your natural instinct will probably be to stare directly into the camera lens. This is a normal urge, but it looks totally awkward if you never break your gaze.Instead of giving the death stare, think of it as having a conversation with a friend. You’d make eye contact, but you wouldn’t stare them directly in the eyes the entire time. It’s the same on camera. There are natural breaks when you might look away from the lens as you speak or listen to someone else speaking. Practicing in advance will help make this feel more natural.4. Go in with a game plan.If you’re appearing on camera for something pre-recorded — say, a promotional video — it might make sense to write and follow a script. But if you’re being interviewed by another person or are appearing on live television, it makes more sense to go in with a basic outline of what you want to talk about rather than a word-for-word script. Your responses will sound more natural.On an index card, write down five to 10 high-level bullet points with key words and phrases that will jog your memory of what you want to talk about. If you lose your train of thought, you can easily refer back to it and move on to the next point.Related: Let Customer Get to Know You With Video5. Don’t be afraid to pause and collect your thoughts.When appearing on camera, it’s not uncommon to lose track of what you were saying or go down a verbal rabbit hole that leads nowhere. If this happens, try not to get flustered. Simply take a breath, collect your thoughts, and begin again from the next bullet point on your list. Any pauses in speech feel infinitely longer in your head than they are in real life, I promise.6. Avoid the urge to pick yourself apart.If you’re not accustomed to seeing yourself on camera — or hearing your recorded voice — it’s easy to be your own worst critic. Go easy on yourself!The tiny quirks you notice about yourself are barely a blip on anyone else’s radar. Plus, no one gives a flawless performance on their first on-camera go-round. Practice makes perfect, and with a few trial runs you’ll be a video pro in no time.Want more actionable steps for getting more face time on camera? Check out my new course on securing media coverage for your business. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » 4 min read