15 Photos $1,599 4:42 See All Post a comment In this GDC space, a toilet plunger becomes your game controller Review • For the 2017 iMac 27, Apple doesn’t mess with success Best Buy Apple iMac Apr 30 • How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now $1,799 Apr 30 • Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest: Which VR headset is for you? See It Walmart See it Mar 21 • Google Stadia puts Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming on notice $1,599 Preview • New iMacs promise 1 billion colors, plus USB-C Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 Intel Microsoft Apple $1,799 News • New Apple iMac update for 2019 has better graphics and eight-core Intel i9 processor Game Developers Conference Now playing: Watch this: Google’s gaming service is coming, info on the next Pixel Adorama Share your voice This is Intel utility’s first facelift in five years, and adds one-click optimization for games, better explanations of what each setting does with visual previews and integrated control over driver updates so that you get the zero-day game-optimized drivers automatically.It offers more granular control over all the color, sharpness and contrast settings, letting you adjust the primaries where relevant. These are all controls that users of discrete graphics from Nvidia and AMD are used to, but which Intel never really had a reason to provide.I tried it on a few systems and didn’t see any real-time (or even delayed) affects on the previews, but it was an earlier version and it’s possible the screens weren’t good enough to reflect any subtle changes. But I was hoping for a big red “disable iGPU” button, anyway.IGCC will work on systems with sixth-generation Core chips (Skylake) or newer, and the old control panel will remain for a while — the IGCC will be available through the Microsoft Store until then (it’s free). While Intel may eventually release versions for MacOS and Linux, for now it’s Windows 10 only.The company also teased the release of its ninth-generation H-series processors — the performance-class mobile CPUs — indicating that we should see them (presumably in products) before the end of June.Intel’s presentation included a photo of the Microsoft Surface Studio as an example of its target user for the ninth-gen mobile H-series processors (desktop all-in-ones use mobile parts as a way to keep heat at bay) and while it might have only been illustrative, we’re hoping it means that the Studio will finally get the processor upgrade it deserves. When the newest model launched in the fall of 2018, its bump to only a quad-core seventh-gen i7 was disappointing. That’s especially true in light of Apple’s recent iMac updates, which added a top-end option for a ninth-gen i9. See It See It reading • Intel intros 9th-gen Core H mobile CPUs, Graphics Command Center • Mentioned Above Apple iMac (27-inch, 2017) Game Developers Conference Video Games Software Enlarge ImageCompared to its HD Graphics Control Panel, the IGCC provides more granular control over hue, saturation and brightness, with live previews. You can even load your own videos or stills. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET Intel flexed its graphics muscle at the Game Developers Conference, announcing the upcoming ninth-generation H-series processors (sorry, no details). It also announced a beta of a new GPU control panel that will eventually replace the Intel HD Graphics Panel you may be familiar with if your computer uses the graphics processor integrated into the Intel CPU.The new Intel Graphic Command Center (IGCC) is part of prepping the foundation for the company’s Ice Lake processors, with a new generation of the integrated GPU (iGPU) expected later this year, as well as paving the way for Intel’s discrete graphics debut in 2020.
Speakers at the third annual launch of ‘Global Childhood Report 2019’ by Save the Children Bangladesh at National Press Club. Photo: UNB Pneumonia is still the leading cause of death among children under five in Bangladesh, killing two children on average every hour, according to a report published Wednesday, according to UNB.The third annual launch of ‘Global Childhood Report 2019’ by Save the Children Bangladesh in the capital’s National Press Club revealed the situation.Bangladesh is positioned at 127 out of 176 countries with the overall decreasing rate of child mortality at an impressive 63 per cent.According to the report, since 2000, Bangladesh has the highest reduction rate of children mortality in South Asia at 63 per cent. Other countries with closest reduction rate are Bhutan at 60 per cent, Nepal at 59 per cent and India at 57 per cent.Ishtiaq Mannan, deputy country director of Save the Children Bangladesh, said, “Children born in Bangladesh today have a much better chance of growing up healthy, happy, educated and protected, than they did 20 years ago.”However, he said that tackling the threat of Pneumonia, especially among remote rural communities, remains a challenge for everyone.Sabbir Ahmed, adviser to Save the Children Bangladesh, pointed out that malnutrition, pre-existing illness and environmental pollutions as three key factors responsible for Pneumonia.”According to WHO Health Observatory, Pneumonia claimed lives of approximately 16,960 children in 2016 in the country. Globally, 16 per cent of the total under-five deaths were due to Pneumonia the same year,” he said.Sabbir also said Bangladesh has scopes to improve the scenario as good progress has been made in immunisation coverage.Save the Children Bangladesh suggested inclusion on pneumococcal vaccine in the government’s routine EPI system to protect the majority of the children.Launched ahead of International Children’s Day, Save the Children’s Global Childhood Report 2019 includes the annual End of Childhood Index, which finds that circumstances for children have improved in 173 out of 176 countries since 2000.The report also shows that displacement due to conflict is on the rise, with 30.5 million more forcibly displaced people now than there were in 2000 – an 80 per cent increase.Singapore tops the rankings as the country that best protects and provides for its children, with eight Western European countries and South Korea also ranking in the top 10.The most dramatic progress was among some of the world’s poorest countries, with Sierra Leone making the biggest improvements since 2000, followed by Rwanda, Ethiopia and Niger.The Central African Republic ranks last, with Niger – despite recent progress – and Chad rounding out the bottom three countries where childhoods are most threatened.
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Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A Southern Baptist publishing executive recently revealed that she was a victim of alleged abuse for more than a decade from another Baptist leader.In an online statement posted Friday (March 8), Jennifer Lyell, director of the books ministry at LifeWay Christian Resources, alleged that she was the victim of a now-resigned professor at the flagship seminary of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.The alleged sexual misconduct and abuse of power started during a mission trip when Lyell was a seminary student and continued for years. She said that she feared coming forward out of concern that revealing what happened would cause “collateral damage.”“That collateral damage was the reason that the abuse had continued for so long,” she wrote. “The reason that a professor was able to continue grooming and taking advantage of his student was because I became like part of his family.”Jennifer Lyell. Photo via TwitterAfter coming forward last year to her boss and the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., she said, both took swift action to address her allegations and to provide care for her. Her alleged abuser resigned from the seminary as well as from a nonprofit ministry he had founded and from a trustee role with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board.Lyell said she experienced “the best of what advocates of sexual abuse response reform are calling for in the Southern Baptist Convention.” Still, she said that churches need to do more to address abuse.Lyell discussed the issue in a recent podcast released by another SBC agency, saying she thinks there are key factors churches should understand about sex abuse.“I’m going to say two things that the church needs to realize and understand and that is, first of all, that sexual abuse does not only happen to children,” she told Trillia Newbell, host of the “Better Together” podcast produced by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. “And second, is that sexual assault is not only rape.”As the SBC confronts allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct in its ranks, leaders of some of its affiliated organizations as well as other denominations are seeking to educate clergy and other staffers about appropriate boundaries as they relate to adults in their congregations, classrooms and counseling sessions.RELATED: Baptists who split from Southern Baptist Convention have own sex abuse policiesSouthern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. confirmed that Lyell spoke to him in May 2018 about her allegations of inappropriate sexual contact and abuse of power in a relationship with David Sills, then-professor of missions and cultural anthropology. Mohler also affirmed Lyell for being “right and courageous” in speaking up about the “heartbreaking situation” and making him aware of it.“We followed the best procedures available and responded to Jennifer by arranging a conversation with the professor at the earliest opportunity,” Mohler told Religion News Service on Tuesday. “He was out of the country so within hours of his return we had a face-to-face conversation and as a result of that conversation he was no longer on the faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.”The lead and executive pastors of a Louisville church where Sills was a member told RNS that Sills also is no longer affiliated with it.“Although he was not on church staff, upon hearing of these allegations concerning David Sills, our church acted swiftly by publicly condemning his behavior and by removing him from any position of service,” said Bill Cook and Jeff Elieff. “He is no longer a member of Ninth and O Baptist Church.”Sills also resigned last year as president of Reaching and Teaching International Ministries, a Louisville-based missions group he had founded. Attempts by RNS to reach Sills were unsuccessful.R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksAsked if he thought Sills should be a professor elsewhere or otherwise involved in ministry, Mohler said: “I would say that the behavior indicated in this charge is clearly incompatible with Christian ministry.”Mohler said his institution has “extremely clear policies” about boundaries between faculty and seminarians.“The secular world looks at negotiating all the boundaries,” he said. “Our boundaries are that we uphold a biblical standard of sexual morality, a biblical definition of marriage, and we do not allow for any kind of romantic, much less sexual, relationship between faculty and students, period.”Mohler said that perspective is taught in classes on ethics and pastoral practice, and students and faculty are trained on how to prevent and respond to sex abuse allegations. Late last year, the seminary appointed its first “women’s support coordinator” to receive complaints about sexual harassment or other misconduct.Some faith groups have specific policies that ban sexual or romantic relationships between clergy and congregation members as an abuse of power. Others do not address the topic, experts say.RELATED: Baptists who split from Southern Baptist Convention have own sex abuse policiesMargo Stone, executive director, Midwest Ministry Development Service. Photo courtesy of Midwest Ministry Development ServiceMargo M.R. Stone, executive director of the Midwest Ministry Development Service near Chicago, said the Catholic Church and major Protestant denominations have policies about sexual misconduct that can be adapted by regional organizations such as dioceses, presbyteries and synods. Most also require periodic attendance at a “boundaries workshop.”But autonomous and nondenominational congregations may or may not have them. And rules about consensual relationships also will vary.“The point that we make in talking with pastors and denominations is that once a personal relationship begins, the pastoral relationship is lost, i.e., one cannot pastor and date the same person,” said Stone, a clinical psychologist whose office is part of the Ministry Development Network that serves churches from the Rocky Mountains to West Virginia. “It behooves the pastor to ensure that the member’s spiritual needs are met through another pastor or group,” said Stone, whose organization often works with pastors who are being disciplined for misconduct.Stone said ministers always need to be aware that “there is an inherent power differential between pastor and parishioner” and it’s their responsibility to not abuse that power.“Personal needs should be met in personal relationships, not pastoral relationships,” she said.Thomas Plante, an expert on clergy sex offenders, said review boards addressing Catholic sex abuse policies have concentrated on children and “vulnerable adults,” such as the elderly and people with cognitive disabilities. But that has changed in the wake of charges against now-defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, whom Vatican officials found guilty of sexual crimes against adults as well as minors.“That’s kind of exploded, I think, in the past six months,” said Plante, a former vice chair of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ national review board. “Now we’re saying: What about all adults where you have any kind of power or control or authority?”Thomas Plante speaks during a Clergy Abuse Conference at Santa Clara University on May 11, 2012. Photo by Joanne Lee/Santa Clara UniversityBut the Santa Clara University psychology professor said even as boundary issues related to adults are given more attention, there can be particular dilemmas for clergy that professionals like psychologists and psychiatrists do not often face.“The clerics are out there in the real world with real people and they’re at the bedside, they’re having dinner at their homes, they’re visiting them in jail or in hospitals,” said Plante, past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.“It’s a balancing act because on one hand you want people to be able to do ministry, but you want to make sure they do it in such a way that they avoid potential exploitative dual relationships.”RELATED: Southern Baptist executive group urges caution before investigating church abuseThe board of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals adopted a resolution at its March 7 meeting saying it “laments the tragic violation of trust by ministers of the gospel who have sexually abused church members, and particularly children.”The organization reiterated its pastoral code of ethics and called for investigations “without defensiveness,” “decisive disciplinary action” for corroborated violations and support for those affected by abuse.The NAE also hailed those who speak up about sexual abuse.“Whistleblowers who bring these violations to light perform an important service to the church and to our society,” it said.“Many evangelical churches and ministries already have systems in place addressing sexual misconduct and abuse,” NAE President Leith Anderson said in a Tuesday statement, “but this resolution reminds us to do all we can to prevent these horrors and to protect and support victims.”Lyell declined an interview with RNS. But she said in an email message that she was 26 when Sills first abused her and 38 when the relationship and the alleged abuse ended. In her statement, she said more adults need to have their voices heard.“There are plenty of reasons to stay silent in a situation such as this,” said Lyell, now 41. “But we must not be silent. We must clearly tell the truth so that our churches and ministries are safe and as pure as they can be.” Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Tagsadults homepage featured National Association of Evangelicals R. Albert Mohler Jr. sex abuse sex abuse policies Southern Baptist Convention Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Top Story,You may also like News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Share This! Share This!
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:50 Two-thirds of small business owners in Houston believe the local economy will improve this year, compared to half of entrepreneurs nationwide, according to a survey by Bank of America.The survey also found that small business owners in Houston are more optimistic in a number of other categories, including revenue, hiring and business expansion.Houston has led the country in small business outlook for some years, Joseph Hamidi, small business market manager at Bank of America, told News 88.7. He attributes it to the increased diversification of the local economy, which used to be much more reliant on oil and gas.“The growth in that diversity here has allowed us to become not only stable, but thrive in times where national diversity or national industry dips,” Hamidi said.Houston’s numbers fell compared to when the survey was done last fall. Then, three-fourths of business owners expected the Houston economy to improve.But Hamidi said he isn’t concerned about that because confidence usually slips from fall to spring.“We also seemed to have some drops due to the government shutdown at the very beginning of the year, so it was expected,” he said. “But the fact that we’re still above the national average and we’re continuing to see this number grow is definitely a positive trend.”The survey also found two-thirds of small business owners in Houston are concerned about the current political environment.Hamidi said it was the first time the survey listed that as an option.“Normally we’ve seen tax changes and/or healthcare, healthcare has consistently been No. 1,” he said, calling the new result “eye-opening.”Fifty-five percent of small business owners in Houston said the new tax code has had an impact on their business, of those 36% said it has been positive – down from 46% who anticipated a positive impact a year ago.Houston’s small businesses are also preparing for the next natural disaster — 70% said they have a plan to keep business going in case of a flood, fire or other disaster.“Converting things from paper to digital and having backup and having things set in other places as well as having a continuity plan and a contact plan for all associates to make sure that they know what’s going on, when it’s going on and how things are going to be moving forward in case of a natural disaster,” Hamidi said.Thirty percent reported being concerned about climate change affecting their business.View the full Bank of America Spring 2019 Small Business Owner Report:View Fullscreen Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaMost business owners in Houston believe the local economy will improve this year. Share X
The event held an interactive session based on the North East Fest and several discussions were conducted regarding how the fest is playing a vital role in enhancing the North East market. A fashion show was organised during the event where Soha Ali Khan, actor and brand ambassador of the NEF walked the ramp accompanied by other models.Explaining the importance of the event, director of Home Affairs North East division, Ajay Kanaujia said, ‘NEF is an important step in bringing the North East closer to the rest of the country. With the Delhi chapter the event is sure to bring national focus to the splendor that this region contains across industries be it fashion ,music, food, culture or tourism. We look forward to open a platform to provide various opportunities for the people of the region.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking about the upcoming fest Soha said, ‘The NEF in its second edition will prove to be even more bigger and better occasion for the promotion of talent, craft, skill, food and beauty in the North East. I am personally a big fan of everything from this area, the food, the warm and friendly people,the musical tradition, the fashion, the intricate and their weaving skills. I look forward to the NEF as it will allows everyone to get acquainted with the delights this region has to offer.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDeka, a fashion designer from Guwahati said, ‘North East and its people have always been known for fashion in the entire nation. The design in its area is a perfect blend of global style and traditional allure. The NEF will bring the immense wealth in design and fashion to the fore at the mainstream level. The workshop and one-on-one interaction with design will offer an opportunity for exchange and learning for both the designers and the aspiring members of the fashion.’The dignitaries who were present during the event were Chairman and MD of National Textile Corporation, RK Sinha, Director Technical, RK Sharma and Joi Barua, famous Singer of North East.
Akbar padamsee, Jai Zharotia, Sudip Roy, R.K. Saini, Anubhav Som, all these artists from different stages in their career have one thing in common; the confidence of working with watercolour. The Challenge: Watercolour as a Medium is an exhibition of artworks by Indian artists spanning several generations who used watercolour as a medium. The exhibition is being organised by Gallery and is open since the 12 October.Watercolours can be called ‘Quick visual notes’ or ‘Visual Diaries’ as life is captured on paper with urgency yet in controlled strokes. It’s a percolation of ideas and experiences using pigment, water and light to create artworks which have luminosity and confidence. The amount of controlled fluidity demanded from this medium is unlike other mediums of painting. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show has works by senior artists like Akbar padamsee, Jai Zharotia, Sakti Burman, Ganesh Haloi, Laxma Goud; senior Contemporary artists namely Sudip Roy, R.K. Saini, Bikash Poddar and also younger contemporary artist like Anubhav Som, Ramesh Jhawar and Karan Thapa. These artists have the attributes of fluidity, immediacy and intuition evident in their artworks and have understood and overcame the challenges of watercolour as a medium.When: On till 11 November (Monday to Saturday) Where: Five Art Gallery Consultants, Lado Sarai