KeyBank makes $6,000 donation to Red Cross

first_imgA $6,000 donation from KeyBank is going to help the American Red Cross provide emergency services in Haiti and here in Vermont.“Efforts to help feed and shelter the earthquake victims continue, and we’re pleased to be able to support the work of the American Red Cross in Haiti,” said Scott Carpenter, President of KeyBank’s Vermont District. “We also recognize the vital role the Red Cross plays when Vermonters are in their greatest time of need.”“KeyBank represents the very best of corporate citizenship,” said Rob Levine, Regional Red Cross Executive.  “Not only have they stepped forward to support relief efforts in Haiti, but they also have a deep appreciation for the work of Red Cross volunteers right here at home. This generous donation to our Heroes Campaign helps assure our local teams are better prepared to respond to fires, floods and other disasters across Vermont,” said Levine.March is Red Cross month. For more information, go to www.nvtredcross.org.KeyBank(link is external) N.A. is one of Vermont’s largest financial services companies. A strong proponent for local economic growth, Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through KeyCenters and offices; a network of approximately 2,400 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site, Key.com, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.Source: KeyBank— # # # —last_img read more

Colombian Navy Seizes Nearly 3 Tons of Cocaine in 1 Day

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo October 16, 2020 The Colombian Navy dealt another harsh blow to transnational narcotrafficking by seizing 2,829 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride in four operations, carried out on August 5, 2020, in the departments of Antioquia, Chocó, and Tumaco.The Navy told the press that troops assigned to the Caribbean Naval Force had seized 1,814 kg of cocaine hydrochloride on a speedboat in Antioquia department.In another operation, the Pacific Naval Force and the National Narcotics Police reported seizing 200 kg of cocaine hydrochloride from an underground storage unit in a house in Chocó department, which borders Panama.In the same area, service members found two storage units containing 17 bags with 498 kg of cocaine hydrochloride. The Navy reported that the stash belonged to the organized armed group Clan del Golfo, led by Darío Antonio Úsuga, alias Otoniel. The U.S. government has offered up to $5 million in exchange for information leading to the whereabouts and capture of Úsuga, the most wanted narcotrafficker in Colombia, who sends tons of cocaine to Central America and the United States, the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo reported.Also on August 5, on the Pacific coast of Colombia, units of the Tumaco Coast Guard Station reported detecting a type of go-fast vessel navigating at high speed toward Central America. After the chase, authorities arrested two Colombian nationals and one Ecuadorean, who were carrying 317 kg of cocaine hydrochloride inside 10 bags that were tied to a handmade buoy, the Navy reported.last_img read more

Birds Eat Dark Moths, Therefore God Does Not Exist

first_img(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Michael Majerus watched birds eat peppered moths from his window for seven years (06/25/2004), then drew his conclusions.  In a presentation to a science conference in Uppsala, Sweden on August 23, he said that the peppered moth story proves evolution, which means there is no supernatural being to save us, there is no second coming, creation is not science, evolution is a fact, and evolution should be taught in the schools or the world will never solve global problems.It is not my place to tell people what to believe.  But I know that we are making a horrendous mess of this planet, and I do not have faith in some supernatural intervention putting it right: No second coming; No helping hand from on high; No last minute redemption….    We need to address global problems now, and to do so with any chance of success, we have to base our decisions on scientific facts: and that includes the fact of Darwinian evolution.  If the rise and fall of the peppered moth is one of the most visually impacting and easily understood examples of Darwinian evolution in action, it should be taught.  It provides after all: The Proof of Evolution. (Emphasis his.)The entire presentation by Dr. Majerus, who runs an evolutionary genetics lab at Cambridge University, is available from his Cambridge website.  The UK newspaper The Independent provided background on the controversy of peppered moth studies and how they have become a battleground between evolutionists and creationists.  The article sided with Majerus, stating that his study “revealed a clear example of Darwinian natural selection in action.”    Jonathan Wells, who had criticized the “peppered myth” in his book Icons of Evolution, had some comments about this on the Discovery Institute website, as did Paul Taylor on Answers in Genesis, Paul Nelson on Uncommon Descent and David Tyler on Access Research Network.     Majerus did not seem to notice that creationists never questioned the idea that populations of dark and light moths shifted in response to predation, or that this was an example of natural selection; they only claimed that this had nothing to do with the origin of the moths or with Darwin’s ideas about common ancestry of all living things.  Taylor, for instance, said, “Natural selection does indeed happen—it can be observed.  Darwinian natural selection (i.e., natural selection, for a Darwinist assuming molecules-to-man evolution), however, would require additional genetic information” which was not provided by any of the peppered moth studies.  The dark and light varieties of moths already existed in the wild, so no new species with new genetic information were observed.  In addition, Kettlewell’s original experiments on peppered moths, which became standard evolutionary stories in high school textbooks, came under fire in the late 1990s by creationists and evolutionists alike (07/05/2002).    In his critique, Jonathan Wells examined the likelihood of sampling bias in Majerus’ technique, and reviewed the slow collapse of what he called the “peppered myth.”  In amusement at the chutzpah of assuming the observations had anything to say about ultimate questions, Wells chuckled, “Surely, Majerus doesn’t think that by watching a few moths in his back yard he has disproved the existence of God.  Nobody could be that irrational, not even a university professor.”Update 09/07/2007: In its “Random Samples” page, Science magazine on Sept. 7 also sided with Majerus against creationists.  Subtitling the entry the “Last Word on Moths,” the short article said, “A Cambridge University professor has completed a 6-year experiment with peppered moths that he says should conclusively rebut creationist claims.”  The article claimed that “creationists have used the tale to attack evolution” based on Kettlewell’s flawed experiments, but did not mention their main objection: that shifting populations of pre-existing peppered moth species have nothing to do with Darwin’s overarching theory of universal common descent.  The article ended with another swipe at creationists: “Will that take any wind out of creationists’ sails?” it asked, then answered with a quote from a peppered moth expert who said, “It’s probably not going to quiet them down.”  This answer, of course, subtly implies that they need to be quieted down – not that evolutionists need to listen to what they are saying.Have you ever seen a more blatant example of non-sequitur and exaggeration?  Birds eat dark moths, therefore evolution is a fact and creationists cause global warming.  Majerus had his conclusions fixed in his Darwin-saturated brain before even starting his seven-year vision quest.  He has now triumphantly laid his sacrifice at Father Charlie’s feet and thinks it will vanquish creationism forever.  This is the best case that a Cambridge-professor Darwinist evangelist could make.  Don’t let the Darwinists quiet you down.  Instead, when they act this weird, laugh hysterically so that the world will ask, “What’s so funny?”last_img read more

Intuit CEO: Big Data Can Be “The Great Equalizer”

first_imgfredric paul Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Big Data#intuit#Services#small business For consumers, King said, data helps empower us to deal with critical decisions in a more organized way. “More and more people are going to be able to take advantage of this in a positive way,” King said. Many consumers, King predicted, will take advantage of big data by proxy, via “digital concierges” like Siri, as well as “the personal services they use, which will become smarter, more efficient, and more personalized.” Not just in shopping, but also in healthcare, for example, where big data tools will lead to better diagnostics and better choices of where and how to treat various conditions.The key to this rosy future, of course, is getting these big data tools to small businesses and consumers in ways they can understand, afford and use. Intuit is well positioned to do that, and has a number of related projects in the works. (See Inside Intuit: How A Software Kingpin Is Remaking Itself For Mobile & Services.) And plenty of other companies will no doubt try to do the same thing. (See How “Big-Data-as-a-Service” Can Help Smaller Companies Compete.)Making Big Data Easy Won’t Be … EasyBut it won’t be easy. Big data is inherently complex. That’s why it’s only now being properly used in even the largest, most sophisticated organizations. And even they don’t always understand how to use it properly. (See Utilities and Other Industries Not Ready for Big Data, Say New Oracle Reports.)That small businesses and average Joes will come out on top in what Smith called a “data revolution” is by no means assured. Fortunately, King said that unlike small businesses, consumers who don’t participate won’t end up as “losers,” they “just won’t benefit as much.”Photographs by Fredric Paul. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… The conventional wisdom has it that Big Data has been good for large enterprises, and very, very bad for consumers and small businesses. According Intuit CEO Brad Smith, though, big data can also be “the great equalizer.”Smith bases this idea on a new study released by the company on Friday. Called “The New Data Democracy: How Big Data Will Revolutionize The Lives Of Small Businesses and Consumers,” and conducted by Emergent Research with “a mix of research and forecasting” (wishful thinking?), the study contends that “the emerging availability of data and analytics… gives small businesses and consumers greater access to cost-effective, sophisticated, data-powered tools and analytical systems.”Data Is A Raw Material  According to Smith, “Data is becoming the newest raw material for business, equal to or greater than capital” in its ability to drive growth. Access to this kind of data has largely been confined to large enterprises, but if it can be shared, it will let “small businesses and families make smarter decisions” and help “level the playing field,” Smith told a small group of journalists and analysts on Thursday.That’s critical, because more and more critical decisions and risks are being pushed down to consumers, covering everything from retirement planning to healthcare, Smith said. “Data helps us navigate that.” Intuit, of course, has access to vast amounts of data from its 60 million customers, and wants to be in the business of helping its customers use that data to their advantage. “We try to use all available data that our customers give us permission to use,” Smith said. If Intuit can put that data in their hands, Smith said, it’s like “Moneyball for the small business owner… creating a power shift from big business to small business.”Or at the very least mitigating the trends going the other way.Big Data Really Has Helped Big BusinessAccording to Steve King, partner at Emergent Research, which conducted the research, “Big data has un-leveled the playing field. Big business has definitely gained a competitive advantage” from Big Data. “We are in a period where big businesses are at an advantage.”“”Big data is definitely going to kill some small businesses,” King told ReadWrite. Small businesses that don’t get with this will be severely disadvantaged, “especially firms reliant on location or opaque pricing. They’re going to get hammered.”On the other hand, small companies that do manage to take advantage of big data will have an advantage compared to other small busineses, and be better positioned to compete with big businesses, King said.last_img read more

Bhima-Koregaon case: key suspect examined

first_imgA former deputy headman (sarpanch) of the village of Bhima-Koregaon, suspected by the Pune Rural police of inciting the clashes which erupted on New Year’s day last year, deposed before the judicial commission formed by the State to probe the Bhima-Koregaon violence which left one person dead and several injured.Ganesh Phadtare, the former deputy sarpanch has denied being part of a WhatsApp group which was used to spread messages calling for a shutdown in the village on January 1, 2018.The group titled the ‘Koregaon Bhima Yuva Manch’ was allegedly also used to mobilise members of a particular community to launch a protest which in turn is said to have led to the rioting in Bhima-Koregaon, Sanaswadi, Perne and adjoining areas on that fateful day.Mr. Phadtare was arrested by the police less than three weeks after the outbreak of the clashes last year and was charged with conspiring the shutdown which triggered the clashes. He was later released on bail.During the cross examination by advocate B. G. Bansode, Mr. Phadtare said he did not remember if he was part of the group or who its administrator was, adding that his mobile had already been seized by the police.When Adv. Bansode pointed out that the WhatsApp group comprised Maratha community members and radical Hindutva activists hostile to the Dalit community in the area, the former deputy sarpanch said it was incorrect to link him with the community.According to the police, Mr. Phadtare had allegedly coordinated the forced shutdown of Bhima-Koregaon village on January 1 last year to ‘condemn’ the the clashes between the Maratha and the Dalit communities which erupted on December 28 and 29, 2017 at the nearby village of Vadhu Budruk (around 4 km from Koregaon -Bhima).The next hearing of the judicial commission, headed by retired Justice J. N. Patel, is scheduled for May 8.last_img read more

Ranbir Kapoor’s look in Barfi! resembles Raj Kapoor’s iconic image in Joker

first_imgWhen Ranbir Kapoor plays a goofy deaf and mute boy in his upcoming film, Barfi!, the inspiration he draws from Raj Kapoor’s image will extend beyond sporting a moustache reminiscent of his grandfather.Among the many interesting details that Ranbir’s character has been given in the film is a life-size doll created of pillows that is the protagonist’s companion. Ranbir with a doll reminiscent of the one Raj Kapoor carried in Mera Naam Joker.The idea straightaway reminds one of the doll Raj Kapoor used to carry close to his heart in Mera Naam Joker. Although the two dolls are very different in look and shape, the idea seems to be the same.Barfi! director Anurag Basu has styled Ranbir’s image personally and doesn’t desist from admitting to the Raj impact. Anurag’s aim was to make Ranbir look simple, innocent and loveable. Watching Ranbir in the film will instantly remind the audience of Raj, especially in Mera Naam Joker, according to the director.”Murphy, Ranbir’s character in the film, is just like the characters Raj portrayed. The shades are similar to the lovable tramp that Rajji portrayed with ease. Raj had mesmerised the audience with his charm and simplicity. Ranbir is set to do something similar. In the film, people adore Murphy for what he is. He will leave a lasting impression on your mind and in your heart,” Anurag says.The doll apart, Ranbir’s pencil thin moustache and ill-fitting baggy trousers are also reminiscent of his granddad. Add to this the simpleton hat, umbrella and the happy go lucky smile.advertisementThe doll in Barfi! is actually a mannequin of sorts, made from pillows. It sports a scarf and in one scene is seen sitting on a sofa next to the hero.”Taking inspiration from his grandfather is something special for Ranbir,” a source says. Considering Ranbir is reportedly all set to revive the RK banner with a film directed by Shriram Raghavan, any similarity you spot with his grandfather would only make for wonderful publicity.Watch the trailer here:last_img read more