Polls: Police urge people to remain alert

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday met members from RWAs and market associations in order to brief them about anti-terror measures. A police booth was also inaugurated during the programme.According to police, in the meeting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse made people aware about anti-terror measures in Dwarka sector 12. “The RWAs and associations were told that during the election or any festivals alertness among the people can avert any untoward incident,” police said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe DCP during his speech also gave focus on the police verification of their employees including workers, drivers. “There should be complete details of the person whom vehicles are being sold and maintain hawk-eye vigil on the PGs, guest houses, cafes and inform police about any suspicious activities were other points told during the meeting,” said police officer adding that the answers were given to the questions asked by the RWAs and market associations. The people were also informed about the various initiatives taken by Delhi Police for their safety.last_img read more

UNESCO issues alert over artefacts reported stolen from Egyptian museums

Egyptian authorities reported at the weekend that several important pieces, including a gilded wood statue of pharaoh Tutankhamen being carried by a goddess, have been stolen from the museum, and that one of its warehouses had been broken into.“It is particularly important to verify the origin of cultural property that might be imported, exported and/or offered for sale, especially on the Internet,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“This heritage is part of humanity’s history and Egypt’s identity. It must not be allowed to vanish into unscrupulous hands, or run the risk of being damaged or even destroyed,” she added.Ms. Bokova said UNESCO will work closely with its international partners, including INTERPOL, the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Centre for the Study and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in an effort to recover the stolen artefacts.“But I would also call on security forces, customs agents, art dealers, collectors and local populations everywhere to do their utmost to recover these invaluable pieces and return them to their rightful home. “Every possible measure must also be taken to provide the security necessary to protect Egypt’s heritage sites and prevent any further thefts,” said Ms. Bokova.She drew attention to UNESCO’s 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, and the 1995 Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects. 15 February 2011Amid reports that important artefacts have been stolen from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and other sites in the country, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with preserving humanity’s cultural heritage today alerted authorities, art dealers and collectors across the world to be on the lookout for the missing relics. read more

DR Congo UN mission welcomes Government request to boost presence in east

“I welcome the request made by President [Joseph] Kabila yesterday morning in Beni asking MONUSCO to strengthen its presence in the region,” said Martin Kobler in a press release, referring to the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the country by the French acronym by which it is known – MONUSCO. These reinforcements, underscored Mr. Kobler, would assist Congolese forces (FARDC) to engage the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) a Ugandan-based rebel group “more vigorously.” In addition to the reinforcement of its Intervention Brigade, MONUSCO has already provided support and information to the FARDC regiments currently engaged in fighting against the ADF resources, said the press release.It further notes that since the recent attacks against civilians in Beni, MONUSCO has increased joint operations with the FARDC, including conducting night patrols. The UN Mission and its FARDC counterparts had scaled up their readiness and joint activities in the long-restive eastern region of the vast country, as suspected ADF rebels had carried out a series of attacks in Beni town and other villages in and around North Kivu Province. Since early October, Mr. Kobler has been sounding the alarm on behalf of the civilians in the region who have born the brunt of the violence, including two days ago, when dozens were reportedly killed and injured in an ADF attack in Bango and Kampi ya Chuyi, two villages in the area near Beni.Briefing the UN Security Council in New York last week on the latest developments, Mr. Kobler underlined the need for a “proactive, not reactive” response in countering the country’s rebel groups and boosting protection for civilians.He noted that despite initial hopes that “the seeds of peace” would spread throughout the DRC’s eastern regions, recent outbursts of violence in villages in and around the city of Beni had reminded the world “just how fragile those hopes can be,” referring to a series of attacks committed by ADF rebels between 2 October and 17 October during which they “brutally massacred” over 80 civilians, mostly women and children, with machetes. read more

International Minings IPCC technology meeting attracting industrywide interest

first_imgInternational Mining’s inaugural focussed mining technology conference on the subject of In-Pit Crushing & Conveying (IPCC) on 21-23 September in Belo Horizionte, Brazil is already gathering momentum with just under five months to go. Without exception – all six of the key players with fully mobile designs have indicated their intention to send delegations to the event; as have three of the key consulting groups as well as a number of major mining houses and component suppliers. Eight papers have already been confirmed, details of which will shortly be uploaded here and regularly updated.The conference is unique in focussing on this topic only, but within the IPCC subject, it will also cover much more than fully mobile systems alone. Other relevant subject areas will include: Mine planning, and truck-shovel versus IPCC; Design criteria for IPCC; Semi Mobile IPCC; Conveyor systems for waste handling; Real mine case studies; Relocation of IPC and conveyor system; and other alternatives such as surface miners, bucketweel systems.Belo Horizonte represents an ideal location for an event of this kind. It is in the centre of Brazil’s iron ore industry, where at least three fully mobile IPCC systems are being shipped to in 2011/2012; in addition a number of semi-mobile systems are already operating there, and ongoing studies are being conducted into further applications in iron ore, but also bauxite and other commodities. In South America as a whole, coal and hard rock metallic mines are also looking at IPCC technology.Our event is being held in Belo Horizonte’s premium hotel, the Ouro Minas. Opportunities remain for sponsorship and speaking opportunities. Please contact IM Editor and IPCC Conference Director, Paul Moore, with expressions of interest at paul@im-mining.comlast_img read more

Hundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers

first_imgHundreds suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offers Applicants are suspended if they refuse two offers of housing within a year. Share603 Tweet Email3 Social housing in south Dublin Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL LOCAL AUTHORITIES HAVE suspended more than 350 applicants for social housing from their waiting lists for refusing more than one offer of a home in the past three years.Figures obtained by TheJournal.ie from 28 of Ireland’s 31 city and county councils reveal that 5,459 applicants turned down an offer of social housing since 2016.Of these, 357 applicants from 22 councils – a mixture of families and individuals – were suspended from their waiting list for refusing more than one offer of housing.Under current rules, applicants who refuse an offer of social housing more than once in a twelve-month period are suspended from their local authority’s waiting list for a year.Those who are suspended are not offered another home by their local authority and are not considered to be ‘waiting’ during that time, with applicants who wait the longest amount of time given priority by their council.Focus Ireland advocacy manager Roughan Mac Namara suggests that problems with a specific neighbourhood, such as drugs or antisocial behaviour, often leads to a reluctance among families to move there and is the most common reason for refusal.However, he also says there are many cases where people turn down homes that are also unsuitable to their needs, such as properties in locations without bus routes when they have no means of transport, or areas with few facilities such as schools or shops.“There may be some cases where people are refusing for reasons that don’t really stand up, but in our experience these would be the minority,” he tells TheJournal.ie.According to the figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, 370 housing applicants turned down multiple offers since 2016 – around 7% of the total number of those to have refused.Donegal County Council saw the highest number of applicants turn down an offer more than once, with 129 multiple refusals from 61 applicants since 2016.It was followed by Sligo County Council (78 multiple refusals), Leitrim County Council (54), Cork City Council (40) and Meath County Council (40).Donegal County Council also had the joint-highest number of suspensions during the period, alongside Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, with 70 applicants suspended each.Six local authorities – Clare County Council, Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Galway County Council, Laois County Council – had no data on multiple refusals or suspensions during the period requested.Information was not supplied from a further three local authorities: Cavan County Council, Offaly County Council and Waterford City and County Council.Tougher sanctionsIt comes amid changes being considered by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to introduce tougher sanctions for those who turn down multiple offers for housing.Murphy is mulling the introduction of a new policy that will see those who refuse more than one offer within a twelve-month period suspended from their local authority waiting list for five years.A spokeswoman for the Department of Housing said the changes had been considered in consultation with local authorities, and would form a wider reform of social housing.“It has become apparent that the current twelve-month sanction regime is not a sufficient deterrent to households on the waiting list to stop turning down reasonable housing offers,” the spokeswoman said.The Department said that the refusal of multiple offers can have a “serious impact” on the administrative process of local authorities by prolonging periods of re-letting, leading to losses in rental revenue and an inefficient use of staff time.“It must be remembered that the offers of tenancy being made to qualified households are the types that the household had asked for in the areas of their preferred choice,” the spokeswoman added.“In this context, it is not unreasonable to impose a more significant sanction after a first refusal, particularly given the current housing landscape.” 102,829 Views center_img https://jrnl.ie/4587311 Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 7:30 AM Apr 14th 2019, 7:31 AM By Stephen McDermott 113 Comments Social housing in south Dublin Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ielast_img read more

Slice 91 Percent Off These Pro Quality Kitchen Knife Sets

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121space lot coming soon to downtown Vancouver

first_imgConstruction got underway this week on a 121-space parking lot near a downtown intersection that figures to be busy this summer with building activity.The new parking lot at the southeast corner of Sixth and Grant streets will be located next to an existing parking lot west of Vancouver City Hall. The new lot is expected to be completed in late July or early August. The Vancouver City Council voted June 3 to approve a $328,733.84 construction contract with McDonald Excavating of Washougal.The added spaces will extend the space of the existing lot. Entry to the expanded lot will continue to be through a gate off Esther Street. There will be a Sixth Street exit from the lot.Adding nearly an acre of parking is expected to relieve some of downtown’s parking pressures, said Chad Eiken, director of the city’s Community and Economic Development Department.“While we anticipate this property will be redeveloped for a higher and better use at some point in the near future, this will allow us to move about 35 city vehicles out of the Vancouvercenter garage and provide the remaining spaces for employees who have been on a waiting list … as well as opening up about 40 spaces for monthly permits to the general public,” Eiken said in an email.last_img read more

Public forum held to develop strategic plan to welcome integrate immigrants into

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The city Friday kicked off an effort to develop a strategic plan to better welcome and integrate immigrants and refugees into San Diego.A daylong forum being held Friday features discussions and speakers from the public sector, nonprofit realm and business community who have come together to help develop the “Welcoming San Diego” plan, which will identify ways that the city can support immigrants economically, socially and educationally so as to better tap into their contributions to the community.The event is the first in a series of community forums slated for the coming months.Speakers included San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President Jerry Sanders, U.S. Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and City Attorney Mara Elliott.“The chamber understands the importance of immigrants,” Sanders said.Immigrants have a great deal of economic power: They’re more likely to be entrepreneurs and tend to be very hard working. He hopes the strategic plan outlines ways that the immigrant workforce can be further supported, Sanders said.By supporting those workers, he said, it will drive more innovation and attract more investment in the San Diego economy.Immigrants make up 23 percent of San Diego County’s population. Compared to other regions in California, immigrant workers living in San Diego are better educated and have moderate incomes and have a high rate of linguistic integration, according to the University of Southern California.Immigrants contribute 26 percent to the gross domestic product of San Diego and Imperial counties, according to USC.Peters said the continued embrace of the contributions of immigrants is the key to long-term economic growth.Efforts such as this one serve as an example to the rest of the country as debate over immigration wages on and the public consciousness is flooded with negative stories about immigrants on the national stage, he said.“We don’t fear the border — it’s not a threat, it’s an opportunity,” he said. “It’s really important to tell the stories of people who are making a contribution.”The effort is funded by a $12,500 grant for research and technical assistance from the Gateways of Growth Challenge, a collaboration between nonprofits the Partnership for a New American Economy and Welcoming America. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 2, 2018 February 2, 2018 Public forum held to develop strategic plan to welcome, integrate immigrants into San Diego KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: City Attorney Mara Elliott, President Jerry Sanders, U.S. Rep. Scott Peters FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Vancouver man arrested after allegedly fleeing crash scene

first_imgA Vancouver man with a history of driving violations is accused of fleeing on foot from the scene of a crash in which the other driver may have broadsided his vehicle.Nicholas P. Weaver, 26, who sustained a concussion in the collision, allegedly ran because his driver’s license is suspended.He did so without summoning emergency responders to assist the other driver, Richard F. Pierce, 73, according to a court affidavit.Weaver appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday on suspicion of hit-and-run injury and third-degree driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.Judge David Gregerson held Weaver in the Clark County Jail in lieu of $20,000 and appointed Vancouver attorney Jeff Staples to defend him. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Nov. 5.Court documents indicate that Weaver was convicted in 2009 of hit-and-run injury and driving under the influence. He has six convictions related to driving with a suspended license.According to the affidavit, witnesses of the two-vehicle collision reported that one of the drivers had fled from the scene on foot in the 4000 block of Northeast 78th Street. They said he had headed east. A Clark County sheriff’s deputy located the driver northwest of the crash scene as the driver was hopping over a fence in the Luke Jensen Sports Park.last_img read more

Tata Steel employees accept temporary 3 pay cut

first_imgUK employees at Tata Steel’s Long Products Europe business have agreed to a temporary reduction in pay to facilitate the sale of the business to Greybull Capital.Members of trade unions Community, GMB and Unite accepted the changes to pay and conditions following a consultative ballot.The 12-month agreement includes a 3% pay cut and changes to the pension scheme.The long products division, which includes Tata’s Scunthorpe steelworks, employs 4,400 staff in the UK and 400 in France.Harish Patel, national officer at Unite, said: “Unite recognises that this will have been a difficult decision to take for many, but by agreeing to make these short-term sacrifices members have secured a future for steelmaking in Scunthorpe and the long product division’s other sites.”Steve McCool, national officer for the steel industry at Community, added: “I want to thank everyone who participated in this important ballot. I fully appreciate this has been an extremely difficult decision, but be in no doubt this result represents another major step forward towards our objective of securing a sustainable future for long products.“Our members have spoken and the trade unions will be guided by this result as we continue to work with Tata and Greybull to secure a long-term future for the business.”Dave Hulse, national officer at GMB, said: “This was an important ballot at the end of difficult negotiations but our members have clearly voted in favour of the proposals, in recognition of the challenges ahead.“Now we want Tata, Greybull and the government to pull together to complete the deal. Government will need to commit to further action on dumping, procurement and other costs but with the right support everyone can turn their focus to making a success of the new business and look to the future of long products steel making.”last_img read more

Uber whistleblower The world completely changed

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Mar 15 • Men can now breastfeed reading • Uber whistleblower: ‘I wanted to speak up, share my story and get back to work’ Tags Her blog post spurred Uber to launch an investigation into the claims, which led to the resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick, as well as 20 other executives. It also put her on the cover of Time Magazine, along with other women who spoke out in the #MeToo movement. In July, Fowler joined the New York Times’ Op-Ed section as technology editor. 2 Mar 20 • Us review: Jordan Peele’s horror flick holds up a dark mirror to Get Out See All SXSW 2019 Comments Share your voice During her talk, she spoke about the lessons she’s learn, one of them being how diversity and inclusion programs aren’t enough. She said Uber checked all the boxes, offering things like employee resource groups  and training on unconscious bias — a buffet of the kinds of programs and initiatives that would signal a company invested in the issue. However, Fowler said, there were foundational issues and systemic problems undermining all those efforts.  “It was like trying to put a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound,” she said.Nevertheless, Fowler focused on how her life experiences and the wide breadth of other people’s stories and philosophical works she’s read shaped her and equipped her to write the blog post and deal with everything that came next. “Live your story, whatever it is, and make it a good one,” she said. center_img Culture At SXSW 2019, Susan Fowler said a “group of people all over the world decided to take their story back.” Rita Quinn / Getty Images In the two years since Susan Fowler published a blog post chronicling sexual harassment and discrimination at Uber, she’s chosen to say as little as possible about her experience.But Sunday, at SXSW during a session called The Power of a Story, Fowler said she was finally ready to talk. “The world completely changed, and for the most part, it completely changed for the better,” Fowler told the crowd, alluding to the #metoo movement against sexual harassment that swept through industries like media and tech in 2017. “It changed because a group of people all over the world decided to take their story back.” In a roughly hour-long session, Fowler stood at the podium and delivered an optimistic and encouraging view on the power of stories. She described Silicon Valley in 2017 as “Rome at the height of its decadence and decay,” with a whisper network of information about the companies and managers to avoid that wasn’t accessible to junior engineers like she’d been. • SXSW 2019 More from SXSW Bill Nye crashes AOC’s session SXSW 2019 embraces #MeToo Amazon’s apocalypse is a party Good Omens brings the End Times to SXSW 1:13 Mar 19 • AOC, Bill Nye and the apocalypse: The insanity of SXSW 2019 Mar 15 • LG ‘Snow White’ makes ice cream from capsuleslast_img read more

BJP will win majority seats in civic polls

first_imgTandur: BJP state secretary Chinta Samba Murthy said the party was working with an aim to offer membership to 40 lakh people in the ongoing drive. He also said that BJP would win majority seats in upcoming municipal elections. While addressing a press conference here on Monday, he criticised that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao pushed the state into valley of debts. He also alleged that the government was not committed to the reservation of adivasis in Adilabad. He criticised that the government was defeating the spirit of Swachh Bharat, though receiving a huge funds from center. Local BJP leaders Balreddy, Narsimhulu, Shivakumar, Narender Goud, Krishna, Balraj were also present.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Y3 undergoes durability test ahead of launch in India

first_imgHaving launched Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Go series, Xiaomi is all geared up for the new budget phone Redmi Y3 and in a bid to gain eyeballs ahead of the official debut, the company has come out with a durability test video of the upcoming device.In the teaser clip, Xiaomi’s Redmi Y3 is thrown into a dustbin and the top is plastered with the device inside. It is made to tumble down the stairs multiple times and we can see the phone getting hit at multiple points including the display, but in the end, there is not even a scratch anywhere on the phone. Xiaomi Redmi Y3’s shell teased on TwitterRedmi India/Twitter (screen-grab)In the process, Xiaomi has officially revealed the design language front and back. It sports a dot-notch display and on the rear side, it features a vertically aligned dual-camera in the top left corner and a fingerprint sensor upper middle in the centre.It also flaunts glossy blue-hued shell with gradient finish, as it reflects multiple colours when viewed in different angles. Going by the video, I believe the Redmi Y3 features a polycarbonate-based cover with an extra layer of either glass or transparent plastic on top, which is found in rival brands in the sub-Rs 20,000 price range. Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? Closecenter_img Xiaomi is all set to launch the new Redmi Y3 in India next weekRedmi India/Twitter (screen-grab)It can be noted that previous generation Redmi Y series has been priced under Rs 12,000 and I expect the upcoming the Redmi Y3 to come with a similar price tag if not less depending on RAM+Storage configuration.So far, the company has confirmed to boast 32MP selfie camera, 4,000mAh battery, dot-notch display with most probably HD+ resolution and 2Pi water splash resistant coating similar to the Redmi Note 7 series. On the back, it is said to sport a dual-camera and a fingerprint sensor.There. Dropped it down the stairs. Will you drop your phone like that? #32MPSuperSelfie coming on 24-04-2019 pic.twitter.com/b998mk8JRS— Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) April 20, 2019Xiaomi Redmi Y3 undergoes durability test ahead of launch in IndiaRedmi India/TwitterThe Redmi Y2 (review) successor will most probably run Android Pie-based MIUI 10 OS and come in 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM+ 64GB storage variants.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty close down over 1 on profit booking Infosys hits 52week

first_imgIndian stock markets opened the last trading week of the current financial year on a negative note Monday. Both the benchmark indices, the S&P BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty, dropped by about 1.5 percent on profit-booking by investors ahead of the F&O expiry March 31. The Sensex lost 371 points, or 1.46 percent, to close at 24,966, while the Nifty ended at 7,615, a decline of 101 points, or 1.31 percent. The biggest Sensex loser was Tata Steel (down 5.23 percent), followed by State Bank of India, Sun Pharma, ICICI Bank and Tata Motors. State Bank of India closed with a loss of 4.24 percent at Rs 188.45 after having rallied almost 19 percent in the past one month.Stocks that lifted the Sensex included NTPC, GAIL (India) and Bajaj Auto.Though Infosys ended the day with a loss, it touched a 52-week high of Rs 1,234 during the day. Other stocks that touched a 52-week high on the BSE included Ashok Leyland, TVS Motor and Bajaj Finance.Other major losers on the BSE were Natco Pharma, Titagarh Wagons, Vedanta, Hindalco, DLF and Titan. Major gainers outside the Sensex included GVK Power Infra, Sundaram Fasteners, BASF India, Biocon and TTK Prestige. GVK Power closed the day with a gain of 6.43 percent on news that the company has divested its stake in Bangalore International Airport Limited to Fairfax Group for Rs 2,149 crore.On the Nifty, sectoral indices that dropped included bank, auto, realty, infra, pharma and commodities.last_img read more

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

first_imgOn the contrary, the most destructive ideas embrace high-performing members for statistical cover. In order to argue that the mean performance of an outgroup is lower for a desirable trait, there should be some high performers. High-performing black people are essential for racism like James Watson’s, and even he might predict a statistical and genetic exceptional negro, because they can’t all be incompetent.The problem with this argument isn’t only that it avoids critical discussions about the possible sources of group differences, but also that it uses the notion of the exceptional individual to justify racist ideas towards others in the outgroup. In general, armchair appeals to statistics often conceal negative feelings that people already have that have been forged in the fires of fear and bias, not in science.In the end, the privilege of working in areas where one’s genetic ancestors were historically unwelcome is the product of centuries of sacrifices that built a stage for our genes to act on. Many of us have observed analogous examples within our own lives: friends who were smarter than we are but went to the wrong school or were derailed by family trauma. Neighbors who put their love of algebra aside, opting to focus on the sprinter speed that they felt more valued for. Bright young women openly discouraged from pursuing higher education. This isn’t hyperbolic, storytelling fluff. These are actual lives. And they define the environments in which our genes, whatever their composition, are expressed.In reflecting on scientific racism this way, being black and an academic descendent of James Watson leads me to a new, radical conclusion. Black scientists are in the best position to understand what is so broken about the ideas of Watson and his army. We exist because our environments gave us, and not our ancestors, the opportunity to flourish. And while history has provided enough data to support this point, we can punctuate it with a poignant thought experiment.Imagine an alternate reality in which James Watson was identical except for possessing physical traits associated with being phenotypically black. In this world, Watson—with equal talent, but raised black, in Chicago, in the 1930s—would have almost certainly read about Linus Pauling or Rosalind Franklin’s eventual discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, and dreamed of a world that gave him the chance to do the same.WIRED Opinion publishes pieces written by outside contributors and represents a wide range of viewpoints. Read more opinions here. Submit an op-ed at opinion@wired.com Some of us, in a naïve or perfunctory manner, wear black exceptionalism as a badge of honor, even under the guise of progress: “I will show them what we are capable of.” Good intentions be damned, because to adopt this stance is to walk directly into a pernicious trap. The most effective racist ideas rarely deny the existence of exceptional members of the outgroup to which undesirable features are attributed. Scientific pedigrees are like any genealogical tree: when shaken, they can reveal family secrets. Most often, academic connections are divulged informally; potential employers want to know who you published with and who they can call to get a personal reference. But sometimes they reveal much more.My career began as a research assistant in the laboratory of Susan Gottesman at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. A pioneering microbiologist, Gottesman is best known for her foundational work in bacterial gene regulation. Early in her own career, however, Gottesman was an undergraduate research assistant in the lab of James Watson, the famed co-discoverer of the double-helix structure of DNA. In effect—through his direct connection to Gottesman and because Watson’s work helped establish my fields of study—James Watson can be considered my academic ancestor.While Watson has always been a curious character, it wasn’t until 2007 that his personality caught up to his mythology. That year he made comments about, among other things, the dim prospects for the continent of Africa and its descendants, a fate he attributed to inferior intelligence. Shortly afterwards, he issued an apology, telling the Associated Press, “There is no scientific basis for such a belief.” But earlier this month, he doubled down on this sentiment during the PBS documentary American Masters: Decoding Watson. His comments led Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the renowned research institution that Watson has been long associated with, to strip him of his honorarys and titles.That one person separates me, an African-American computational biologist, from James Watson—Nobel Laureate and mouthpiece of racist opinions—presents a quandary. For years, I have reveled in the powers of DNA, yet one of the people most associated with its discovery has made abhorrent comments about my race. The dilemma raises several questions: How does it feel to be a black scientist who owes much to James Watson in general, and in my case, is linked to his specific pedigree? Is it much ado about nothing, or might the black scientist occupy a special place in modern conversations about scientific racism?Ironically, I was introduced to the scientific legacy of James Watson by my mother, an African-American woman raised in west Baltimore in the 1940s and 50s, the granddaughter of a woman born in North Carolina near the time of emancipation. That my mother would have been a scientist under different circumstances is a good guess, and I inherited her love of mathematics and adoration for scientists. Her copy of Watson’s The Double Helix shared the same bookshelf with the works of James Baldwin and Toni Morrison. She spoke glowingly of the DNA structure discovery and emphasized that teamwork and perseverance can solve some of the world’s biggest problems. I mostly listened. I applied that belief to my graduate work in evolutionary biology, a field that was transformed by genomics (an outcome that Watson predicted with impressive prescience). More Great WIRED StoriesOne man’s epic quest for his Cambridge Analytica dataDrones drop poison bombs to fight a rat invasionUber wants self-driving scooters. Why? And how?Have phones become boring? They’re about to get weirdHow to find your Netflix freeloaders—and kick them out👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our picks, gift guides, and best deals all year round📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newslettercenter_img Yes, the racist comments hurt people. Yes, they affect the way many of us see ourselves and interact with our peers. And yes, this even applies to those of us who have been called “exceptional,” usually because we’ve existed in professions with few other black bodies.Black exceptionalism is a popular and complicated idea. It asserts that a monolithic “average” black identity exists, and that by transcending this average, one is exceptional. While the idea isn’t welded to black achievement, it is related. Successful members of the black community who somehow avoided the regression to the (black) mean are presented as paragons, exceptional ones of their kind. There are backhanded compliments, and then there is black exceptionalism—a racist idea lightly dressed in a pat-on-the-back. James Watson is a DNA enthusiast. Not only is this stance understandable, it isn’t controversial, and many people who are not scientific racists are also DNA enthusiasts. (I might even be described as such.) The question of whether the biological basis of complex life is about genes or the environment is partly an empirical one. And (spoiler alert) thus far we know that genes can authoritatively craft the raw material of many morphological, behavioral, and disease-associated traits. Other explanations for the basis of life are at least as eminent, and not necessarily in conflict with the centrality of DNA—history, contexts, and environments turn the knobs on how genes are built, how they do their job, and how traits manifest in a dynamic world.These are fascinating and important questions that James Watson might be interested in. The problem is that his controversial claims about black people do not grapple with those questions. Watson is not in the news for being interested in the genes associated with educational attainment. He is not radioactive for suggesting that the color you paint your toddler’s bedroom won’t make them more creative adults. Watson was stripped of his titles not for talking about group differences, but because his comments displayed a reckless misuse of science.The furor over Watson has spawned a reactionary backlash. His critics have raised rhetorical questions of whether what James Watson says actually matters to anyone. 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first_imgFrom the print edition“Femicide” is a term for the murder of women because of their gender. As of June, seven cases of femicide have been reported in Costa Rica. In 2011, 11 cases were reported. Experts say these numbers are likely widely underreported.To better understand the crime, some 40 members of women’s rights organizations and the press attended “Femicide in Numbers,” an event organized by the National Institute for Women (INAMU). “The reality of the issue is that femicide occurs because of problems in the home, the community and the culture,” said Maureen Clarke, president of INAMU.Currently Costa Rican sentencing laws call for up to 35 years in prison for the death of a woman at the hands of a spouse.The Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women took place in Belém do Pará, Brazil, in 1994. Ibelís Fuentes, coordinator of an INAMU commission on femicide, said the country’s definition and punishment of femicide is not as far-reaching as called for by the Inter-American Convention. This convention extended the definition of femicide to physical, sexual and psychological violence against women.Franklin Gonzáles, the judicial system’s chief statistician, described the primary triggers of femicide to be jealousy, the ending of a relationship, other relationships or legal complaints.In Costa Rica, the majority of femicides are committed by clients of the sex trade against sex workers, followed by sexual assault and spousal abuse. Most homicides committed against women occur in San José. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


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