Monday, July 13, 2015

Ellen Pao CEO of Reddit Leaves Office

The executive Ellen Pao, CEO of Reddit online forum, stepped down on Friday (10 july 2015). The negative impact on how the company dealt with the dismissal of an employee would have motivated the output Pao. Steve Huffman, co-founder of Reddit, will assume the position of president.

On Monday (6 july 2015), Ellen Pao apologized on the way which the company dealt with the dismissal of Victoria Taylor Communications Director, responsible for "Ask me anything" Reddit.

"We blew it. Not only on July 2 july 2015, but in recent years," said Pao in post on Reddit, lamenting not communicate well enough with site users about important changes, such as layoffs and broken promises .

Taylor's resignation on Thursday (2 july 2015) has drawn criticism and even an online petition calling for the removal of Ellen Pao. The wrath of users can be summed up by 160,000 signatures to a petition calling, in addition to a protest by the Reddit moderators down approximately 300 panel discussions, known as subreddits.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Reddit was released in 2005 and became one of the most visited sites on the Internet with over 160 million unique monthly users.

Reddit is one of the most popular Internet forums, a classic that has survived several crises to remain a worldwide reference, the famous place to meet their supporters to discuss issues of all kinds on the web the President of the United States was presented with the typical "ask whatever they want" ... the truth is that the Internet would not be the same without Reddit, but that does not mean all are flowers for the famous forum.

Things are quite moved and strained in the last two weeks, tension began with the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, a key member of the platform and precisely coordinator of the category "ask anything." The response from the community and famous forum members themselves were swift, moderators of large communities went to private forums so as a protest against the decision, a way of claiming quite painful, but the complaints did not stop and each day seemed more tense than the last.

The case has been growing with each passing day as a snowball and yesterday its CEO, Ellen Pao, apparently could not stand the pressure and stepped down as CEO in the hands of Steve Huffman, founder and CEO of Original the company, but did not disappear completely from Reddit, will continue as an advisor and directors this year.

Now comes the difficult task for Huffman, it should give reassurance to the community of followers and members that feed and moderate their content, because without them, Reddit will be no more than "a forum filled with spam without grace" would be re- square one and losing so many years of work managed to win.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Twitter helps brands to reach target audience

With the launch of the People tool Twitter, the social network provides advertisers a way to increase the relevancy of your ad.

Twitter just launched the People tool , which offers new features with which the social network hopes to increase the interest of brands in its platform.

People allows advertisers to define up to 10 different types of 'targets' demographic for advertising.

Specifically, it includes the categories of Millennials, university graduates, professionals, small businesses, Managers of business decisions, Seniors, Generation X, 

Adults 18 to 54 years, earning $ Users, Parents and baby boomers 100,000 .

Also, Twitter has also debuted a new functionality to your advertising section, which means that advertisers can find more information about users who view their ads , 

particularly in sections such as lifestyle, language, behavior and consume with their mobile devices.

On the other hand, it offers the possibility to compare brands of data users who saw an ad campaign against those who interacted with her, reported in VentureBeat .

It also allows to know which users visited the advertiser's website , which interacted with their customer service platform, and those who signed the app of a brand.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Low unemployment in 94 727 people in June

Low unemployment in 94 727 people in June, but the decline is slowing: it was worst month in 2014

The number of registered unemployed ince 4,120,304. It is the lowest level of unemployed since August 2011, although the figure is worse than in June last year. The members of the Social Security have grown 35 085 and the number of employed up to 17,256,395. The summer season and make contracts June traditionally good month for employment. Coverage unemployment falls to 54.46% in May and 18.9% lower spending.

The number of unemployed registered at the offices of the Public Employment Services (formerly INEM) fell by 94 727 people in June , reaching 4,120,304 people , the lowest since August 2011, as reported Thursday the Ministry of Employment and Social Security . Images 1 Photo With cut-June, unemployment chains five months of declines after falling in February, March, April and May at 13,500, 60,200, 119,000 and 118,000 unemployed, respectively. Compared with June 2014, unemployment fell by 329 397 people, ie, a decrease of 7.4%. According to Jobs, there are 302 055 registered unemployed less than in December 2011. Seasonally adjusted, registered unemployment rose in 24 people in June With the arrival of summer and seasonal contracts , June is traditionally a good month for employment. In all the months of June since the beginning of the time series in 1996, it has decreased the registered unemployment except in 2008, when it rose by almost 37,000 unemployed. In the past seven years, registered unemployment has decreased in June an average of 74,000 people .

Head of the US Interests Section delivered Obama letter to Cuban Foreign Ministry

The head of the US Interests Section in Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, he presented today at the Cuban Foreign Ministry a letter from President Barack Obama addressed his counterpart from the island, Raul Castro, on the restoration of diplomatic relations and opening of embassies.

DeLaurentis was received by Acting Cuban Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina, as is expected in the coming hours the historic announcement of the agreement reached by the governments of Cuba and the United States to restore diplomatic relations.

As they found Efe correspondents who saw the beginning of the meeting, the American diplomat handed over a folder with the letter of President Obama for Castro, but so far has not leaked anything about its actual content.

The Cuban government has not announced so far no appearance or public statement informing about this event.

The expected announcement will come six months after the December 17, 2014 the presidents of both countries reported the start of a process to restore diplomatic relations, broken in 1961.

Over the past half year, two negotiating teams of both countries have held four rounds of official talks over a draft on human rights, headed by Under Secretary of State Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, and the director for USA and North of the island, Josefina Vidal America.

During this period we have also produced significant advances as the output of Cuba from the list of sponsoring countries of terrorism drawn up annually by the US State Department or the historic meeting between Obama and Castro presidents during the Summit of the Americas held in April Panama, and in which the island first participated.

The opening of embassies in Havana and Washington closed the stage of the restoration of diplomatic ties but implies full normalization of relations, as for that Cuba demands the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial embargo the US applies to the island from, and returning the grounds of the Guantanamo Naval Base.

Caribbean Tourism Exchange Banreservas recognized for their contributions to tourism

The Caribbean Tourism Exchange (BTC) acknowledged Friday the Reserve Bank for their contributions to the development of tourism, a distinction that was awarded as part of the celebration of "Tenth ninth edition of the Caribbean tourism fair ".

The award was presented by BTC president Luis Felipe Aquino, regional business director of the eastern part of the state financial institution, Rosa Maria Gomez, who represented the manager, Enrique Ramirez Paniagua.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the BTC and reaffirm to its directors and members of our firm commitment to always support the tourism sector in the Dominican Republic," said the official Banreservas.

The nineteenth edition of the fair of the BTC is designed to attract tourists from Chinese nationality, in order to promote and open the door to non-traditional markets and emerging tourism.

During the course of the event Banreservas has a stand in the category ecotourism, with the purpose of providing information about the facilities offered by the institution for investments in the sector.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Roadmap to Financial Inclusion

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
 The state of financial inclusion in India, measured by any standard, leaves much to be desired. As in 2012, only 35 per cent of Indians older than 15 years had a bank account in a formal financial institution; in developing countries worldwide, the average is 41 per cent (World Bank 2012). Because of the Reserve Bank of India’s drive for financial inclusion, the number of bank accounts increased by about 100 million during 2011–13. today, there are 229 million basic bank accounts. Access to formal financial institutions has improved gradually, but thousands of villages still lack a bank branch; less than 10 per cent of all commercial bank credit goes to rural areas, where around 70 per cent of the total population lives. Thus, the need for financial inclusion programmes is beyond question. Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) was launched on 28th August, 2014. Initially, the PMJDY targets the opening of bank accounts for 7.5 crore families in a year, by August 15th, 2015. Around 2 crore bank accounts were opened on the first day of the scheme’s launch. Eventually, the target is to include every eligible Indian in the banking system. In Phase 1, all households will be provided a basic account, financial literacy will be taken to the micro level and the modus operandi for direct cash benefits will be put in place. Phase 2 intends to extend financial services to these basic account holders and provide them micro-insurance and pension. As it is difficult to spread bank branches across all unbanked areas, Bank Correspondents (BCs) will be deployed on a large scale to help execute the plan.

By   Pravakar Sahoo

The Role of Indias Informal Economy

India is probably unique in the world in the size and significance of her informal economy. While the concept has been much criticised by academics1,‘informality’ refers to the vital reality of unregistered activity that is not regulated either by the state or necessarily according to its law. It is well understood by the public and thus has sufficient conceptual traction to have needed the attention of planners. In this paper, using the insights of recent research2, I will cover its roles and their implications for policy and planning. Structure and relations First, the informal economy (IE) is not transitory. The concept was developed (for conditions in West and East Africa) in the 1970s when it was expected that unregistered activity would be rapidly subsumed under the formal, nation-building processes of industrialization (including that of agriculture), urbanization and banking. With the passage of the ‘development decades’, it became clear that the IE was hard-wired into the structure of many economies in which formal registered activity not only directly exploited the IE through subcontracting but also gained from the cheap products and services it generated. Latterly, the ubiquity of informal (unregistered) wage labour3 has expanded the scope of the concept, even while it was being criticized.

By Barbara Harriss-White

Monday, June 3, 2013

Woodmere show focuses on contemporary art

Not so long ago, the Woodmere Art Museum's annual juried exhibition was ruled by landscape and figure paintings and evocative photographs of Manayunk and the Wissahickon. The show was also a sprawling, democratic affair that took up most of the museum. You couldn't help but think that the outside jurors hired by the museum threw up their hands at the sheer volume of submissions and opted to pack the galleries rather than parse the good from the mediocre.


Last year's 71st annual exhibition clearly reflected the preferences of its juror, figurative painter and PAFA professor Alex Kanevsky, who also pared it to 46 artists. There was representational work (including his own), but the show was anything but conventional.

This year's exhibition makes an even more obvious break with its past.

The works of the 52 artists in "In Front of Strangers, I Sing" were selected specifically to illustrate strains of contemporary art as currently practiced in Philadelphia. Morever, the two jurors, painters and Tyler School of Art professors Dona Nelson and Rubens Ghenov actively sought art of a conceptual bent, something new to the annual.

The show's point is made right away. Almost every work takes its medium in a new direction.

It opens, as Kanevsky's did, in the first gallery with works by its jurors. One, by Nelson, is a large abstract of purples and yellows on raw canvas inspired by a view of her Nebraska childhood home. (She paints on the fronts and backs of her paintings, intending the paint on the back to seep through.) Several others are by Ghenov, an Argentine transplant who makes mash-ups of geometric abstraction and '70s-seeming pop-culture images.

But some of their selected artists also are in this gallery. My eyes went to the back wall, covered by Frank Bramblett's Accomplished, 324 pieces of note paper in various Post-It colors arranged in a grid, each a daily to-do list of tasks that Bramblett wrote (and accomplished) between 2000 and 2013. Though I was not entirely surprised to discover it was his (I saw a smaller but similarly obsessive wall installation of his at Tiger Strikes Asteroid last June), I was unprepared for its vast scale, having only known his paintings on canvas before last summer.

A low, linear sculpture of welded steel rods by Timothy Belknap is positioned close to Bramblett's wall, heightening the quirkiness of both. Ryan McCartney's carved-wood chair, its seat a pedestal for carved-wood facsimiles of objects (feathers, eggs, a skull), occupies the room's center like a three-dimensional still life.

Works in the Woodmere's two-story rotunda gallery have less visual impact individually. That may be because the architecture affords a view of too many at once, but I noticed that a lot of the pieces share the same range of colors and shades (much gray). There's a missed opportunity for large sculpture in this room, too. A second piece by Belknap, entirely different from his riff on modernist sculpture (and, I assume, deliberately so) - a mechanized figure of an elderly man tapping his foot disapprovingly at regular intervals - is entertaining, but a really large floor sculpture or installation would have added drama to this vacuum of a space (and no, the grand piano that is, unfortunately, a fixture of this gallery, doesn't cut it).

As in any large show of this kind, a viewer's attention is engaged by art that uses color, texture, and form in a personal, idiosyncratic way; that pushes the limits of a medium to an extreme; or that plays with scale in an unexpected manner. On the walls, Nelson and Ghenov have put works together so they syncopate, a good antidote to the monotone color here. (Still, some of the blandest-colored pieces manage to pop out, such as Sarah Roche's drippy expressionistic oil painting of a roiling sky and ocean, Thunderstorm Seaside Park, which defies the anachronistic "seascape" label, and Matt Neff's digital print on aluminum, Untitled, which looks like the interior of a studio with minimalist paintings in it but is likely invented.)

Sometimes, a seemingly conventional painting sneaks in, but with a weird edge that separates it from the pack, as in Nathan Zeidman's 6:06, a painterly painting of a wall clock that has a kitschy painting of a sunset harbor scene inside it, and Catherine Mulligan's almost-photorealist oils of a liquor store and a Family Dollar store whose distressed surfaces make them look as if they were retrieved from a dumpster. Anne Canfield's oil painting of a sunlit building in a seemingly tropical locale, Good Is What Pleases, probably borrows its flatness from early Renaissance painting and surreal affect from De Chirico, but looks utterly of its own time, a dark J.G. Ballard vision-turned-fairy tale.

What the show lacks in heat - even an Anthony Campuzano work on paper, Live Show, has an uncharacteristically elegiac character - is compensated for by the inclusion of Mark Martinez's Minor Tilt with Signs, an unpainted, wall-mounted, wood structure that looks like part of a new house construction beneath which he's mounted colorful signs he has found on walks through his North Philly neighborhood and manipulated with colored tape.

Despite occasional shortcomings, this provocative show far outdoes its predecessors in every way. The Woodmere can never be the Whitney, but it's clear that it can continue a deeper excavation of this city's contemporary art scene in future annuals.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Swiss Footballer expelled for Insulting Tweet

Swiss player Michel Morganella was expelled from the Olympics on Monday for tweeting a message that the Swiss team said "gravely insulted and violated" the dignity of South Korea once his team's 2-1 defeat daily earlier.

"As a member of the Swiss Olympic mission he gravely discriminated, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean soccer team and therefore the South Korean folks," Swiss team chief Gian Gilli told reporters.

The 23-year-old is that the second athlete to be expelled by their own team over a racist Twitter comment at the primary Games where social media are an integral a part of the athletes' daily lives.

Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou was thrown out of her nation's team last week, 2 days before the Games started for a racist comment concerning African immigrants in Greece.

In his message, with some syllables jumbled, that he was expelled, Morganella said on Monday morning: "I punch you, South Koreans, go burn..." the remainder of the message was thought-about sufficiently offensive by the Swiss team for Morganella to be sent home.

Gilli, who solely browse out an announcement in German and failed to take any queries, said Morganella's comments were in direct violation of the International Olympic Committee's and therefore the Swiss team's ethics codes.

He said Morganella, who has already left London, had been "provoked" on Twitter however his response was unacceptable.

"As a consequence of this behavior Michel Morganella, having conferred with the Swiss soccer Association, is straight away stripped of his Olympic accreditation and every one future participation within the Olympic tournament.

"The Swiss team can currently focus entirely on successive match. I would like the team inner peace and serenity," Gilli said.

Player apologizes

The player himself said he accepted the sanction and apologized.

"I created an enormous mistake once the disappointing result. I would like to apologize to the folks in South Korea and their team, however additionally to the Swiss delegation and Swiss soccer generally. I clearly settle for the implications for my actions."

The Swiss, third in cluster B, play Mexico in their next game on Aug. one that is additionally Switzerland's national day.

Gilli said he had additionally - unsuccessfully - tried to contact the Korean team.

"We would love to apologize, particularly to the South Korea National Olympic Committee and therefore the South Korea soccer Association for the behavior of the player," he said.

"We hope that he can draw the mandatory lessons for his still young soccer career," he said of Morganella.

Phelps chases history in farewell Olympics

Michael Phelps is chasing a lot of Olympic history in his next 2 events at the London Games. Winning medals within the 200-meter butterfly and a relay would let him get it exhausted an equivalent night.

Phelps goes into Tuesday night’s butterfly final with the fourth-fastest time in his signature race. He’ll attempt for the second time to become the primary male swimmer to win an equivalent individual event in 3 straight Olympics.

He failed within the four hundred individual medley, and Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima came up in need of an equivalent feat within the one hundred breaststroke.

Phelps already has the foremost gold medals percent fourteen percent and eclipsed Mark Spitz’s record with eight wins in Beijing four years ago. He may tie Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina’s record of eighteen career medals within the two hundred fly, and he would own the mark outright if the US reaches stage within the 4×200 free relay.

So far in his farewell Olympics, Phelps earned his initial career silver medal within the 4×100 free relay once finishing fourth in his initial event, the four hundred individual medley.

The 4×200 relay can provide Ryan Lochte an opportunity to induce back on target once 2 straight disappointments. He got passed swimming the anchor leg of the 4×100 free relay and then he finished fourth within the two hundred free on Monday.

“I did my best,” Lochte said. “I guess typically you win, typically you lose. I gave it one hundred ten p.c. There’s in all probability some things I tousled on, however you reside and learn.”

The two hundred free was won by Yannick Agnel of France during a follow-up to his winning anchor leg that beat Lochte an evening earlier. He led all the approach in beating a loaded field, though Phelps wasn’t in it once he determined to skip defending his Olympic title.

Agnel won in one minute, 43.14 seconds.

“I extremely didn’t expect that point,” he said.

“I had a race arrange in my head, however this is often on top of my expectations and hopes. I had to start out quickly over the primary one hundred meters. I did that. Then I worked on keeping my speed and putting all my guts into the last fifty.”

French President Francois Hollande congratulated Agnel, shaking his hand warmly within the noisy chaos of reporters and cameras once the race. The medal was the third swimming gold of the games for the country percent its most ever.

South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan and China’s Sun Yang tied for the silver in 1:44.93. Lochte and world recordholder Paul Biedermann of Germany were shut out of the medals.

The US dominated the backstroke events, with teenager Missy Franklin winning the women’s one hundred and teammates Matt Grevers and Nick Thoman going 1-2 within the men’s race.

Franklin includes a relay bronze and her initial individual gold, with 5 a lot of events to swim.

She had an incredibly busy night, advancing out of the two hundred free semifinals with the eighth-fastest time and then returning but fourteen minutes later to win the one hundred back.

“What reasonably highschool child will do that?” teammate Breeja Larson said.

“She is unbelievable. She is that the one that's aiming to lead us into the swimming world next.”

Phelps was suitably impressed with Franklin’s stamina, saying he had never done back-to-back races that shut along at such a significant meet. His quickest turnaround was a few half-hour.

“She’s a racer and she or he is aware of what to try to to,” he said.

Franklin won in fifty eight.33 seconds. Emily Seebohm of Australia took the silver in fifty eight.68 and Japan’s Aya Terakawa earned bronze in fifty eight.83.

Like Franklin, Grevers rallied on his closing lap to win the men’s one hundred back in an Olympic-record fifty two.16. The US men have won the event in each Olympics since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Thoman took the silver in fifty two.97, and Japan’s Ryosuke Irie was third in fifty two.97.

Franklin wasn’t the sole teen queen within the pool.

Fifteen-year-old Ruta Meilutyte won the one hundred breaststroke to grant Lithuania its initial swimming gold medal. She won in 1:05.47, holding off 2008 silver medalist Rebecca Soni of the US, whose trademark late speed wasn’t enough now.

Soni fell eight-hundredths of a second short. Japan’s Satomi Suzuki took the bronze in 1:06.46.

Gagan Narang Opened Indias account in Olympics 2012

Gagan Narang on Monday opened India's account within the London Olympic Games by winning the bronze medal within the men's 10m air rifle event at the Royal Artillery Barracks.
Narang shot 103.1 during a ten-shot finals for an combination of 701.1 once scoring 598 within the qualifying spherical. Romania's Alin George Moldoveanu clinced the gold with 702.1, whereas Italy's Niccolo Campriani took the silver with 701.5.
However, Abhinav Bindra, India’s shooting gold medalist in 2008, did not create it past the qualifying event for the title he won in Beijing four years ago. He shot a spherical of 594 within the qualifiers, obtaining 3 nines within the sixth and final spherical that ruined his probabilities of qualifying. Meanwhile, Narang shot a spherical of 598 to succeed in the finals.

In the women’s individual archery event at Lord’s, India’s Bombayla Devi shot valiantly however crashed out within the spherical of sixteen. She won the spherical of thirty two 6-4 once 5 sets, however lost 6-2 within the pre-quarters to Mexico’s Aida Roman.
Bombayla missed the target altogether as she got a zero within the fourth set that turned out to be the decider. Though the Mexican archer did not perform that nice, it absolutely was Bombayla's inconsistency that price her the match. once hitting 5 10s in his initial spherical encounter, Bombayla may solely log ten on 2 occasion compared to four times by her opponent.
There was additional disappointment for India within the men’s singles event, where the 304-ranked Vishnu Vardhan lost 6-3, 6-2 to Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic within the initial spherical.
In the boxing arena, Sumit Sangwan went down 14-15 beneath controversial circumstances to Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino within the spherical of thirty two of 81kg class.
The 19-year-old fought valiantly and may have won a lot of points however the judges thought otherwise. Sangwan looked to possess taken the primary spherical however the judges call meant he was left trailing by one purpose. The Indian came out strongly within the second spherical and attacked with nice combination punches however surprisingly the bout was given in favour of the Brazilian 5-4.
At last there was some excellent news for India in tennis as Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna staved off stiff resistance from Max Mirnyi and Alexander Bury before advancing to the men's doubles pre-quarterfinals.
The seventh seed Indian pair, registered a hard-earned 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 8-6 win over the Belarusian combine in their initial spherical match, that lasted for 2 hours and twenty six minutes. they'll currently play French combine of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet.
Meanwhile, the Indian men's hockey team place up a spirited performance in their gap match of the London Olympics 2012 against Netherlands, however the Dutch proved to be the higher team on the day, prevailing during a tense end to win the match 3-2.
India were clearly the second-best team on the park within the initial thirty five minutes once Robert van der Horst (20th min) and Roderick Weusthof (29th min) had place the Dutchmen ahead 2-0. the 2 groups went into the dugout with an equivalent scoreline at the half-time hooter. However, India came out within the second [*fr1] having sorted their midfield play and scored twice within the area of 3 minutes through Dharamvir Singh (45th min) and Shivender Singh (48th min) to draw level.
Playing in their initial match, Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan got their campaign off to a good begin by putting up a spirited performance to examine off Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-2 within the initial spherical match.
In badminton, Saina Nehwal cruised into the knockout stage of the women's singles competition once notching up a cushty straight-game win over Belgium's Lianne Tan during a cluster stage match. the planet range 5 Indian failed to ought to exert herself and was in complete management of the match as she saw off the Belgium lady 21-4, 21-14 in barely twenty four minutes.
After that Indian combine of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Chinese Taipei's Wen Hsing Cheng and Yu Chin Chien 25-22, 16-21, 21-18 during a cluster B match and this win keep their hopes alive of constructing it to the knockout spherical.