MBTA To Increase Cost Of Parking At Wilmington Station By 50

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Beginning August 1, the price to park in the MBTA parking lot at Wilmington Station will increase from $4 to $6 on weekdays, and decrease from $4 to $2 on weekends.Wilmington’s parking lot consists of 191 parking spaces. The lot is regularly filled up by 7am on weekday mornings.After reviewing usage at its 99 parking lots and garages, the MBTA recently decided to adjust parking prices at more than half of its facilities.Wilmington is one of 32 MBTA parking facilities that will see a weekday price increase.  21 parking facilities will actually see a decrease in cost, while the cost at 46 parking facilities — including North Wilmington — will remain the same.The MBTA’s Governing Board approved the proposal on Monday, resulting in the MBTA’s first large scale parking price increase in 10 years. The T hopes to generate an additional $6.5 million from this new pricing strategy during its next fiscal year.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMBTA To Install Solar Panels At Wilmington Center Parking LotIn “Govenrment”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”MBTA Adds Extra Late-Night Commuter Rail Trains For This Weekend’s Lowell Folk FestivalIn “Government”last_img read more

FCA leans on Harman and Google for new connectedcar services

first_img 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold 2019 Dodge Durango SRT: A big utility with big performance More From Roadshow More about 2019 Dodge Durango SRT AWD Review • 2019 Dodge Durango SRT review: Three-row muscle car Preview • 2019 Dodge Durango: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact null 73 Photoscenter_img Tags Share your voice Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Google Auto Tech Future Cars 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy 0 In the US, it’s been generally acknowledged that Fiat Chrysler has kept its focus on the older-school elements of the auto industry while others have gone all-in on things like electrification and connectivity. But now, its Uconnect telematics are set to receive a big boost to help adapt to the future of in-car services.Fiat Chrysler announced on Tuesday that it will rely on tech from Harman and Google to build out its connected-car services. This “ecosystem,” as FCA refers to it, is set to launch in the second half of 2019, and it’ll be part of all new FCA vehicles around the world by 2022.Harman’s Ignite cloud platform will serve as the base for the out-of-car side of FCA’s services. With 4G connectivity and tech that fosters “the evolution to 5G,” FCA says its cloud services will work with any service provider worldwide. It’ll cover all the normal stuff that other automakers have in their connected-car portfolios, like fuel and charging station locations, predictive maintenance and over-the-air updates. It should also be capable of working with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.Enlarge ImageHere’s a quick look at the major things FCA wants its new system to deliver. Yes, it’s a lot. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Google comes into play inside the car. The next version of its Uconnect infotainment system will run on Android, further bridging the connection between phone and in-car telematics. While this might conjure memories of Volvo’s announcement that it will use Android OS in the upcoming Polestar 2, there’s one key difference. Whereas Volvo’s foray with the operating system includes Google Maps, Google Assistant and other apps and services, FCA’s system won’t have any of those ancillary bits, just the operating system.FCA was quick to note that these new foundations will allow for a number of services specific to electrified vehicles, too — an area where, at least in the US, FCA lags behind its competitors. These platforms will enable remote battery management, EV navigation that keeps range in mind and services that help the vehicle work better with the electrical grid.There’s even more than that in store. FCA has its sights set on alternate mobility methods, too — its system is capable of working with usage-based insurance, varying-term vehicle rentals and even peer-to-peer car sharing. The automaker didn’t say which parts would start rolling out first, but as we push into the next decade (just a few months away!), we’ll get a better idea of what FCA has in store.Originally published April 30, 8:08 a.m. PT.Update, 5:32 p.m.: Clarified differences between Volvo and FCA operating systems.last_img read more

YouTube comments hidden by default in companys new test

first_imgWill YouTube say no comments? Sergei Konkov/Getty Images YouTube’s comments section can be a mix between no man’s land in a war zone and the Wild West. Translation: The place can be dangerous. So instead of making you read what the New Statesman called “the worst of the internet,” YouTube is working on a new feature that would hide comments by default.YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment but it confirmed the test in a statement to TechCrunch on Friday. “This is one of many small experiments we run all the time on YouTube, and we’ll consider rolling features out more broadly based on feedback on these experiments,” the Google-owned site told the publication. XDA developers had spotted the test in India on Wednesday. You have to scroll past engagement buttons and recommended videos to find the comments section on Android and iOS now, but the new test reportedly hides the comments section entirely. Comments would instead be accessible by clicking a new icon, beneath the video and to the right of the thumbs-down icon. Comments could also be found by scrolling past the recommended videos, like before, but you’d have to tap to see them. It remains to be seen whether a user’s engagement with a video would drop if comments were hidden.  Comment YouTube banning supremacist and hoax videos, Amazon unveils… CNET Apps Today Share your voice Tags Now playing: Watch this: 1:12 1 Mobile Software Mobile Apps YouTubelast_img read more

Lays Announces Finalists of DoUsAFlavor Could You be Waking up to Cappuccino

first_imgWouldn’t Hot N Sour be yummy as a chip? vote for my flavor inspired by Chinese Hot & Sour soup. http://t.co/IiNBmvhXCI #DoUsAFlavor— Donna LA (@bkindngood) April 6, 2014Wouldn’t Chocolate Bacon Delight be yummy as a chip? Submit your own idea now! http://t.co/NWi3OtYQBB #DoUsAFlavor See Rules.— Addrienne M. (@zippy573) April 5, 2014Wouldn’t Jack Daniel’s Smoky Barbecue be delicious as a chip? vote now! http://t.co/1oyxXulILW #DoUsAFlavor See Rules. — Sto-ik The Poet (@StoikThePoet) April 5, 2014 Lay’s Do Us A Flavor FinalistsTwitter/Lay’sWake up and smell the coffee-flavored chips!Lay’s potato chips officially announced the four finalists of their #DoUsAFlavor campaign on 16 July and the winning flavors of this season are: “Cappuccino” submitted by Chad Scott from Las Vegas, “Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger” by Meneko Spigner McBeth, “Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese” by fire-fighter Matt Allen, and “Mango Salsa” by Julia Stanley-Metz from Sacramento, abc news reported.Lay’s first launched their “Do Us A Flavor” contest last year, offering $1 million to the person who comes up with a winning chip flavor, which was “Cheesy Garlic Bread Potato Chips.” The campaign became so huge a success that they did it again this year.On 14 January, comedian Wayne Brady, famous for his work “Who’s Line is it Anyway,” helped Lay’s launch #DoUsAFlavor campaign by giving passionate and witty musical renditions of the various recipes entered for the contest on their YouTube channel.Here is one on “Melody’s Hot Burning Ballad”: Cinnamon Marshmallow Sweet Potato. *mic drop* http://t.co/lKvyiwLktc #DoUsAFlavor See Rules.— Tiffany Lexus (@mstiffanylexus) April 5, 2014#DoUsAFlavor season is quite exciting for the millions of Lay’s fans all over the world. Chris, who is a self-proclaimed teen entrepreneur and inventor from Atlanta, Georgia, in fact decided to submit not just a flavor, but four new series of chips; the “Garden Bounty”, “Dessert Series”, “Alcohol Spectrum” (for the college kids) and finally the international culture chips or the “Global flavor series.”I have a proposal. I want to pitch my FLAVORS as a SERIES, rather than individuals. @LAYS @PepsiCo #DoUsAFlavor http://t.co/1b1GhQi7Um— Chris (@InventaChris) April 23, 2014″Even though we could only pick one grand prize winner last year, the millions of delicious ideas submitted by fans demonstrated that we have only begun to scratch the surface of the possibilities we could bring to the snack aisle,” said Ram Krishnan, vice president of marketing, Frito-Lay. The three runner-up finalists will each win $50,000 in prize money with the grand prize winner taking home $1 million or one percent of their flavor’s net sales (whichever is higher) for the period 1 July 2014 through 1 July 2015.Chad Scott, a visiting lecturer and Ph.D. student, excited by his win and invitation to be interviewed by the crew of Good Morning America, tweeted out a picture of his appearance in GMA.I’ve been selected as a finalist for the Lay’s Do Us A Flavor contest. #lays #dousaflavor #gma… http://t.co/7kMnayCI8E— Chad Scott (@chadleonscott) July 16, 2014You can vote for your favourite flavor here from 28 July until midnight of 17 October 2014.last_img read more

Policybazaar enters unicorn club with SoftBankled 200 million funding

first_imgSoftBank Group Corp Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2017. [ File photo]Reuters filePolicybazaar became the latest entrant in the Unicorn club of the Indian startup segment after raising more than $200 million from investors led by SoftBank Group’s Vision Fund on Monday. The online financial services portal run by EtechAces Marketing and Consulting Pvt. Ltd has been valued at more than a billion dollars, the company said on Monday.It became the second Indian startup in as many weeks after Swiggy, a food delivery tech startup which joined the Unicorn club post raising $ 210 million from DST Global. All the existing Indian investors except Premji Invest participated in the current round of funding. EtechAces, which runs PolicyBazaar and Paisabazaar.com, counts Temasek, Tiger Global Management, True North, Premji Invest as existing investors.In a statement Yashish Dahiya, co-founder and chief executive said, “SoftBank’s culture of backing disruptive businesses and industry leaders with long-term capital investment gels well with our own values and vision of creating a transparent and empowering financial products marketplace. We hope to gain a lot from their global footprint and experience.”The company also said that the growth in insurance purchases digitally will enable it to grow at an annual average rate of 80 percent over the next three years to a total of 10 million transacting customers by 2020. According to Boston Consulting Group’s estimates, digital influence on insurance purchases will grow to 50 percent for life insurance and 75 percent for general insurance by 2020.Policybazaar is a Gurugram based company founded in 2008, which offers online services to consumers to compare and purchase insurance policies. It currently accounts for nearly 25 percent of India’s life cover, and over 7 percent of India’s retail health insurance business. The online insurance platform competes with Sequoia Capital-backed BankBazaar (A&A Dukaan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd), new entrant Coverfox, which recently raised $22 million, besides Fairfax Financial Holdings-backed Digit Insurance, and start-up Acko, which raised $12 million from Amazon in May this year.last_img read more

Tariqul Islam buried in Jashore

first_imgTariqul IslamBNP standing committee member and former minister Tariqul Islam was buried at Karbala graveyard in Jashore around 4:45pm on Monday, reports UNB.His fourth and final namaz-e-janaza was held at Jashore Eidgah after Asr prayers.People from all walks of life, leaders of the ruling and opposition parties, Tariqul’s family members and relatives attended the namaz-e-janaza.Tariqul, who had long been suffering from heart and kidney diseases, diabetics and old-age complications, died at Apollo Hospitals Dhaka in the capital on Sunday at the age of 73.His body was flown to Jashore airport from Dhaka around 2:35pm and then taken to his residence in the town.Later, it was brought to the Town Hall field where people from all walks of life gathered to have a last glimpse of the late leader. They also paid their last homage to Tariqul and bade him the final farewell.From the Town Hall, the body was taken to Eidgah for his final janaza.BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan and party vice chairman Netai Roy Chowdhury, on behalf of party chairperson Khaleda Zia, paid tributes to Tariqul by placing wreaths at his coffin.Local MPs, leaders of Awami League and other parties also paid respects to him by placing wreaths at his coffin. Later, the janaza was held around 4:30pm.The BNP leader’s first namaz-e-janaza was held at a Shantinagar mosque on Sunday night, while the second one at Naya Paltan in front of BNP’s central office around 10am and the third one at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital around 11:15am on Monday.BNP, led by party senior leaders, paid last respects to him by placing wreaths at his coffin in front of its central office.The party also observed a mourning day on Monday by hoisting black flags and keeping the party flag at half-mast atop its offices across the country. The party leaders and activists also wore black badges.Tariqul had long been inactive in party politics due to his illness. He last attended a BNP standing committee members’ meeting in February this year before Khaleda was sent to jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.He was elected MP for four times from Jashore and performed as information and environment and forest minister during the BNP-led four-party government.When BNP formed the government in 1991, Tariqul was first made social welfare minister and then posts and telecommunications minister.Born in Jashore in November 1946, Tariqul was the first elected chairman of Jashore municipality.last_img read more

China hails courage of North South Korean leaders

first_imgNorth Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korea`s President Moon Jae-in (R) pose for a photo during their summit in the Peace House building on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on 27 April. Photo: AFPChina on Friday heaped praised on the leaders of the two Koreas for holding a landmark summit, calling their handshake over the Military Demarcation Line that divides the peninsula a “historic moment”.“We applaud the Korean leaders’ historic step and appreciate their political decisions and courage,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing.“We hope and look forward to them taking this opportunity to further open a new journey of long-term stability on the peninsula.”She also cited a poem that reads: “We remain brothers after all the vicissitudes; let’s forgo our old grudges, smiling we will meet again.”China is North Korea’s sole major ally but it has supported a series of United Nations sanctions to punish Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile tests.Beijing has pressed for dialogue to peacefully resolve the nuclear crisis.last_img

New Indian envoy to arrive 1 Mar

first_imgIndian high commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das. Photo: UNBNewly appointed Indian High commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Friday to take up her assignment, said a diplomat on Wednesday, reports UNB.Riva Ganguly, a senior diplomat, was serving as the director general of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who was Indian High commissioner here, is now Indian ambassador to the United States of America (USA).Born on 24 December 1961, Riva Ganguly obtained a postgraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Delhi in 1984.She later taught Political Science at the University of Delhi before joining the Indian foreign service in 1986.last_img

The Virtues Just for Today Mytho Take Top Honors at Series Mania

first_imgBEST ACTRESSCarole Weyers (“Super Jimmy”)BEST ACTORGregory Montel (“Family Shake”)INTERNATIONAL PANORAMABEST SERIES“Exit” (Petter Testmann-Koch, Øystein Karlsen, Norway)SHORT FORMS COMPETITIONBEST SERIES “People Talking,” (Alvaro Carmona, Spain)ALL-NIGHT COMEDY MARATHONBEST COMEDY“M’entends-tu”? (Florence Longpré, Canada) “Marina Hands’ delicate, compassionate performance commands every frame of ‘Mytho.’ Funny, genuine and sly, she makes the show an undeniable delight,” the jury declared.Of other prizes, Arte France scored once more with “Apnea,” produced by Image et Compagnie, sold by Lagardere Studios Distribution, and acquired by Amazon Prime Video for France.A reworking of the mermaid myth, cast in a murder mystery set in a quaint fishing village on a Mediterranean isle, and starring Laetitia Casta and Noée Abita, “Apnea” won best picture in French Competition. France 2’s “Super Jimmy,” a buddy cop comedy, won Carole Weyers (“Manhattan”) best actress; Gregory Montel scooped actor for M6’s “Family Shake,” about the tribulations of a second-marriage couple.Doing thing to damage the idea that some of the best scripted series in Scandinavia are now coming out ofNorway, produced by Fremantle Norway, NRK’s “Exit,” an acid tragicomic depiction of Norway’s financial elite, won best series in a highly competitive international panorama, featuring series such as Yes Studios’ “Asylum City” and Sky Deutschland’s “Eight Days.”Series Mania’s Short Forms competition was won by “People Talking,” from Spain’s Atresmedia, described by its jury, as “a bold and modern concept, perfectly suited to the short format. ‘Black Mirror’ but on the tender side. A series that goes so far in so little time. Funny, sincere and incredibly deep.”2019 SERIES MANIA WINNERS:INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONGRAND PRIX“The Virtues,” (Shane Meadows, Jack Thorne, U.K.)Special Jury Prize“Just for Today” (Nir Bergman, Ram Nehari, Israel)BEST ACTRESSMARINA HANDS (“MYTHO,” FRANCE)BEST ACTORStephen Graham (“The Virtues”)AUDIENCE AWARD“Mytho,” (Anne Berest, Fabrice Gobert, France)FRENCH COMPETITIONBEST SERIES“Apnea,” (Gaia Guasto, Aurélien Molas, Simon Moutaïrou, Marcia Romano) Uma Thurman: ‘It Is Always About Dancing or Fighting for Your Life’ Series Mania: 10 Takeaways – Netflix, Buzz Titles, Deals, Retaining Rights Benefitting hugely from Meadows’ sustained use of 5-10 camera set-ups, which allowed him to “capture that one magical moment in time,” as he told Variety, and also choose what angle to portray it from, “The Virtues” is written with Jack Thorne, produced by Warp Films, airs shortly on the U.K.’s Channel 4 and is part of ITV Studios Global Ent.’s spring drama slate.Co-created and directed by Bergman, the co-creator of “In Therapy,” adapted in the U.S as “In Treatment,” “Just for Today” won Series Mania’s Special Jury Prize.Produced by Endemol Shine Israel for Yes TV, and sold internationally by Yes Studios, “Just for Today” adds a social edge to Bergman’s work, delivering a severe critique of Israel’s parole system, detailing the life, after exhaustive research, at a South Tel Aviv ex-cons’ rehabilitation center.A psychological drama asking how much people can change their lives, Bergman told Variety, it explores this on a parallel romantic level in its story of the hostel’s director who’s been paying emotional penance for years after shopping a ward, a Russian immigrant and the love of her life. Suddenly, once more out of jail, he appears at the hostel.“Suspenseful, touching and full of heart, Just for Today is a beautifully realized portrait of newly released prisoners and the social workers assigned to help them adjust to life on the outside,” Series Mania’s International Competition jury said in a statement. .Commissioned by French-German broadcaster Arte, sold by Federation Entertainment and to be released outside France and Germany by Netflix, the idiosyncratic drama-comedy “Mytho” proved a breakout audience hit at Series Mania. Produced by Unité de Production (“Razzia,” “The Churchmen,”), written by Anne Berest (“Paris Etc.”) and directed by Gobert, creator of “Les Revenants,” “Mytho” won Series Mania’s Audience Award and best actress plaudit for Marina Hands (“Tell No One,” “Lady Chatterly”) who, ignored by hubby and offspring, announces she has cancer. The family’s life will never be the same. “From the first frame, ‘The Virtues’ moves you with its deep humanity. Masterfully directed, written and acted, the show is a prime example of the power of series television to illuminate and create empathy,” the International Competition jury, led by screenwriter-producer Marti Noxon, said in a statement, adding that Graham’s performance “is simply stunning. His powerfully raw portrayal of a man coming to grips with his past and himself is truly heart-breaking.” Related Popular on Variety ×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 Three series from strong creative voices – Shane Meadows’ “The Virtues,” Nir Bergman’s “Just for Today” and the Fabrice Gobert-directed, and Netflix-backed, “Mytho” – shared  major honors at an enlarged, hectic 10th Series Mania, now firmly established in festival, industry and discussion forum terms as one of the major TV events in Europe.A story of redemption, unexpected love and imperfect fatherhood – a growing trend among drama series, Eurodata TV’s Avril Blondelot said at Series Mania – “The Virtues” won the Series Mania Grand Prix and best actor for Stephen Graham, a standout in Meadows’ “This is England,” who puts in profoundly affecting performance, by common consensus, as Joseph, a man who travels to Ireland to confront the demons left by a childhood in its care-system.last_img read more

Field study shows group decision making not always the best

first_img Explore further More information: Ant colonies outperform individuals when a sensory discrimination task is difficult but not when it is easy, PNAS, Published online before print July 29, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1304917110 Abstract”Collective intelligence” and “wisdom of crowds” refer to situations in which groups achieve more accurate perception and better decisions than solitary agents. Whether groups outperform individuals should depend on the kind of task and its difficulty, but the nature of this relationship remains unknown. Here we show that colonies of Temnothorax ants outperform individuals for a difficult perception task but that individuals do better than groups when the task is easy. Subjects were required to choose the better of two nest sites as the quality difference was varied. For small differences, colonies were more likely than isolated ants to choose the better site, but this relationship was reversed for large differences. We explain these results using a mathematical model, which shows that positive feedback between group members effectively integrates information and sharpens the discrimination of fine differences. When the task is easier the same positive feedback can lock the colony into a suboptimal choice. These results suggest the conditions under which crowds do or do not become wise. Citation: Field study shows group decision making not always the best (2013, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-field-group-decision.html Proportion of simulated individuals and colonies (population 100) selecting the better of two nests. Colonies perform better when the quality difference between the nests is small, but individuals choose more accurately when the difference is greater. Credit: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1304917110 Ants share decision-making, lessen vulnerability to ‘information overload’ Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img (Phys.org) —A combined team of researchers from Arizona State University and Uppsala University in Sweden has found that collective decision making by ants doesn’t always result in selecting the best option for adopting a new nest. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes experiments they conducted with ants and artificially lit nests to determine how the ants chose the best option. © 2013 Phys.org Temnothorax rugatulus, a type of ant that lives in Arizona, builds its nest in the ground—it has to pick a spot first however, and they way an ant colony does so was the focus of this new effort. The team wanted to know if collective decision making was always superior to that of individual ants.To find out, the researchers set up an environment where a colony of ants found itself in need of a new nest. Each test run involved a colony that had to choose between a control nest and one that varied in quality. Quality was based on how much light could enter the nest from holes that led to the surface. The more light, the lower the quality—ants like it dark and fewer holes mean less heat loss.The team noted that when one of the nests was obviously far superior to the other, both the colony as a whole, and individual ants more often chose the better option. What was surprising, however, was that individuals had a slightly better hit rate then the colony as a whole.When a colony “decides” it needs a new nest, scout ants are sent out to find a new site. When one of the scout ants finds one it likes, it releases a chemical that attracts another of the colony members. If that member also likes the site it too will release a chemical attracting another ant and so on. The site that gets the most “votes” is the one eventually chosen by the colony. But, when a single ant is forced (by the researchers) to make a decision about which site to pick, it has to look at all the options and make a decision on its own—that takes more time than the multiple ant approach because in that scenario, individual ants only ever review one site—its more efficient. It’s also more likely to lead to errors of course and that’s why the colony as a whole tended to choose the wrong best site more often than the single ants—when the choice was obvious—who could make the decision without having to waste time thinking it over. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Harvard sued for racial profiling and targeting AsianAmericans

first_imgStudents for Fair Admissions says Harvard limits the number of Asian Americans it admits while giving preference to other races, according to the Project on Fair Representation (PFR), a legal defense fund supporting the lawsuit. ‘The university is engaging in a campaign of invidious discrimination,’ PFR said in a statement.‘White, African American and Hispanic applicants are given racial preferences over better qualified Asian Americans,’ it added, accusing Harvard of breaching civil rights laws and undermining the Fourteenth Amendment to the US constitution. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenPlaintiff the SFFA alleges that Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill violated the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling on ‘strict scrutiny’ standards which says admissions should be conducted on ‘race-neutral’ grounds to end ‘race-based affirmative action policies,’ according to the PFR statement.The director of PFR vowed further action on race-based admissions policies at other universities in the United States.‘These two lawsuits are the first of what are expected to be several similar challenges to other competitive colleges that continue to unconstitutionally use racial preferences in admission decisions,’ said Edward Blum. SFFA said its members include ‘highly qualified’ students that have been rejected from Harvard and Chapel Hill, and their parents.last_img read more

4 Bluetooth Headsets You Wont Be Embarrassed to Wear

first_img 2 min read Smooth OperatorThe Jawbone Icon HD ($100) looks good and sounds even better, thanks to HD audio, auto-adjusting volume and military-grade noise-elimination technology, all at an entry-level price point. It may be the best thing you hear all day. Smart SoundThe old-school mic on the Plantronics Voyager Legend UC ($200) lets your voice come through loud and clear, whether you’re connected to your phone, tablet or PC (through the USB dongle). Using smart sensors, the headset answers calls automatically when hooked on the ear and will stay put comfortably for its entire seven-hour battery life. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global August 5, 2013 Critics of Bluetooth headsets liken them to Crocs and fanny packs: purpose-driven apparel that somehow became acceptable for the grocery store. But the four devices here do more than just sling your voice through the air, freeing up your hands to drive your car or tap away on your computer. They’re also crammed with noise-canceling technology and supported by apps. Some are even easy on the eyes, which makes them anywhere-appropriate. Register Now » Grab and GoSmaller than a set of keys, the Motorola Elite Silver ($130) fits easily into a pocket when not in use. Bonus: Its carrying case doubles as a charger, mobile battery and near field communication (NFC) transmitter chip–just tap it against your smartphone to pair the devices. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the July 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Move OnThe Jabra Motion UC ($130) employs motion-sensor technology to answer calls automatically when the user puts it on. It also holds enough juice for seven hours of talk time and has a staggering range–up to 300 feet, compared to Bluetooth’s usual 30.last_img read more