Jackson says James’ exit from Miami was a slap in the face

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 11: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on after defeating the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on November 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFPNew York Knicks president Phil Jackson described LeBron James as a high-maintenance player who likes to get preferential treatment on road trips, the US media reported on Tuesday.“LeBron James likes special treatment. He needs things his way,” Jackson said in an interview this week with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullen.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Messi lifts Argentina, Sanchez saves Chile in World Cup qualifiers Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Jackson, 71, told a story of how James left the Miami Heat in the summer of 2014 to join his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and how disappointing it was for Heat president Pat Riley to lose his superstar.“It had to hurt they lost LeBron,” Jackson said. “That had to be a slap in the face.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentJackson said that during James’ stay in Miami, he requested the team stay over in Cleveland during a road trip.He said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wasn’t sure how to handle the situation so he contacted Riley, who told him that no single player is bigger than the team. “It’s not what I stand for, it’s not what my family stands for. I believe the only reason he used that word is because he sees young African-Americans trying to make a difference.“We’re not going to let Phil Jackson’s comments stop us from doing what we need to do. It just gives us extra motivation. But it’s still sad.”James said he now has a lack of respect for Jackson, who has won 11 NBA championships.“I had nothing but respect for him as a coach for what he was able to do. Obviously he was at the helm of (the team featuring) my favorite player of all-time Michael Jordan, and also being there growing up and watching him with the Lakers, but I got nothing for him,” James said of Jackson.Knicks star player Carmelo Anthony said he understands why James would be upset at Jackson’s use of the word “posse”.“I would never want to hear that word about me and my — I don’t want to say crew — but people that I consider family or people that I come up (with), been through thick and thin with,” Anthony said Tuesday.“I’d want to be called a tight-knit group or family. That’s what I consider those close people to me.”The Cavaliers play the Knicks at New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 7. EDITORS’ PICK 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “Spoelstra has to text Riley and say, ‘What do I do in this situation?’” Jackson said.“And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, ‘You are on the plane. You are with this team.’ You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.”James said Tuesday he was upset over Jackson’s comments, especially the use of the word “posse” to characterize his business associates which he took as a racial jab.“We see the success that we have, but then there is always someone that lets you know still how far we still have to go as African-Americans,” James said.“If you go and read the definition of what the word ‘posse’ is, it’s not what I’ve built over my career,” James said.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modeslast_img read more

Using Analytics to Drive Gender Equality – An Interview with Stephanie Lampkin

first_imgOriginally published on the HR Technology Conference Insiders blog. Stephanie Lampkin, TEDx speaker and former downhill ski racer, has graced the cover of The Atlantic, MIT Tech Review 35 under 35 and Forbes to name a few. She is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, enterprise software that mitigates unconscious bias in hiring. Stephanie has had a 15 year career in the tech industry founding two startups and working in technical roles at Lockheed, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor. Stephanie holds a BS in Management Science &Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT. Born in SE Washington, DC to a homeless single mother that battled a drug addiction, Stephanie has seen the world through many lenses and experienced being over-marginalized and underestimated. These experiences have given her insights that she now uses to promote technology that levels playing fields and helps us see people better.Stephanie will be speaking on a panel at the 2018 HR Technology Conference session: Using Analytics to Drive Gender Equality.Research shows that gender-diverse companies are more likely to outperform their less diverse peers. And when women thrive, businesses and societies thrive. Advances in big data combined with analytics are making it easier than ever for organizations to close the gender gap. A panel of women in leadership roles will examine the underrepresentation of women in management, why support of women needs to go beyond parental leave programs and how to use analytics to uncover the root causes in your organization that are hindering the progress of gender equality.As an HR Technology Conference Insiders blogger, I conducted a Q & A with Stephanie to learn more: Stephanie, what do you see as the biggest challenge for organizations when it comes to removing gender bias in their talent acquisition and talent management processes?The first step is admitting there is a problem. The next step is then making people accountable. Research shows that people are overly confident of their abilities to judge other people; especially people that are underrepresented in a particular domain. There have been quite a few companies implementing unconscious bias training, but the results have been negligible. Education must be coupled with accountability. The idea of tracking and measuring where gender bias impacts talent acquisition and talent management seems a little daunting to most, but I’m a firm believer that you can’t fix what you don’t measure. There is also algorithmic bias. Most companies use some sort of resume filtering or candidate rating system that often times use factors that are historically biased against women (like how quickly someone was promoted in their last role).Big data and analytics are making it easier for organizations to identify and remove gender bias in the workplace. What are some tips for HR pros and people managers for getting started?  Which metrics should they begin tracking?The first and easiest step is blinding names and any indicators of gender where ever possible: resumes, performance reviews, etc. The next, but more difficult step is determining very structured and standard decision-making criteria whether it be for hiring, promotions, or compensation enabling HR managers to track metrics based on demographics. Eliminating as many grey areas, qualitative over quantitative metrics, subjectivity, and factors that are are open to interpretation allows for a much more accurate analysis of how meritocratic a company’s people operations truly are. Where is this already happening? In school! Girls on average have much higher GPAs than boys in both K12 and post-secondary education. The issue is things become a lot less objective for women in the workplace when their performance is based on the perception of their potential.How does Blendoor help organizations to mitigate unconscious bias in talent acquisition processes? Blendoor uses augmented intelligence and inclusive people analytics to help companies mitigate unconscious bias in people operations. We work with channel partners and market to target demographics to build the largest repository of diverse talent.  Companies access our talent pool by posting jobs and we present candidates that match each job, obscuring name, photo, and age; only demonstrating how that candidate fits that role, team, and company. By integrating with a company’s applicant tracking system we are able to track how different demographics of qualified candidates fare in the recruiting funnel to identify where bias is impacting systems and processes.Paid leave is a helpful benefit, but how else can organizations support women and their advancement in the workplace?We actually developed a diversity, equity and inclusion score (BlendScore) for this very reason. I wanted a standard, comprehensive way to measure inclusion across hundreds of companies. Our methodology is public. In addition to having what should be standard benefits like childcare assistance and paid leave, companies can support women and their advancement by achieving gender parity in leadership (board of directors, CXO, VPs, and managers), sponsoring leadership development and mentorship initiatives, and monitoring compensation and promotion decisions for equity. Across several sectors there is a noticeable drop off of women right around that 5 – 7 year career mark which is often attributed to dissatisfaction with mobility, poor culture and changing family needs. In our current society, there are different demands and expectations placed upon women that require a unique support system. This support system can’t be perceived as special treatment or concessions rather necessary and strategic tactics to retain the best talent independent of gender.As a woman with a successful career in technology, what are some important career lessons you’ve learned in dealing with gender bias?Everyone has experienced bias in varying degrees at some point in their careers; whether based on gender, race, age, height, weight…we’ve all been there. Bias is as human as eating, drinking, and sleeping. I’ve learned to leverage it instead of taking it personal. Where some might see gender bias as an impediment to getting ahead, I see it as an opportunity to quietly build strength and momentum so that when the right opportunity presents itself I will be strong and well-prepared (and often it’s a surprise).last_img read more

Girl Develop IT Takes Off With Low-Cost, Women-Only Programming Classes

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The tech industry’s rather extreme gender disparity comes up every once in a while. Most recently, an even-handed Wall Street Journal story prompted TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington to write that women are actually given preferential treatment and have only themselves to blame, which triggered a storm of commentary from all sides.Much of that commentary was inane, but one point emerged repeatedly: the problem starts early, with math and science in grade school and computer science in college. “The problem lies at the base of the tree,” one TechCrunch commenter wrote simply. Sara Chipps, self-styled “Girl Developer,” is a freelance coder based in the New York City area and Mashable recently named her one of 15 Developer/Hacker Women to Follow on Twitter. Chipps thinks the answer to the dearth of women in tech is to create “rockstar women programmers.” She co-founded Girl Develop IT, a series of 16 classes designed to teach women how to build their own projects with HTML/CSS, JavaScript and JQuery, and Ruby On Rails.“We think it is important to create a place where ladies would be comfortable learning concepts, and tools, and mainly ‘how to code,’” Chipps says. “I think the first step in closing this gender gap is to get women shipping software.”Mattel’s Computer Engineer Barbie. Chipps was influenced by her first computer science teacher in high school, a woman, but she’s careful not to lay blame on anyone for the lack of women in tech. She acknowledged in a recent podcast that yes, parts of the industry seem hostile to women and yes, some women’s tech groups seem to do more talking than doing, but she doesn’t dwell on obstacles.Demand has been overwhelming since the first class in July. The classes are $20 each, books provided, low-stress environment promised, and total beginners welcome. The 30-person classes filled up immediately and are booked through September. There is already a Girl Develop IT chapter in Sydney, sponsored by Google, and Chipps hopes the concept will spread to other cities. She also wants to expand the program to include more languages.Girl Develop IT is seeking books and teachers assistants in the New York City area and had to raise costs from $10 a class to $20 to cover costs. But the program has a lot of momentum. We won’t be surprised if it takes off in other cities across the globe. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adrianne jeffrieslast_img read more

I Shared What?!? See What Facebook Info You Share with the Web

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Analysis#Facebook#privacy#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit mike melansoncenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Managing your online identity is a constant struggle between defining the public, the private, and the many shades of context in between. One prominent battleground, of course, is 500-million-member strong Facebook, where we constantly share opinions, links, pictures, videos, status updates, contact information and more.Navigating the various shades of privacy, however, can be difficult and I Shared What?!? helps to show you what information your sharing according to your privacy settings.ISharedWhat.com is an “information sharing simulator that lets you see the information you would share right now with a Facebook App or Facebook Connect, using permissions you set.” The site makes a comparison between navigating the social Web with driving a car, calling it “inherently dangerous” while “incredibly powerful,” pointing out that sites like Facebook are helping to create a Web “based on people, rather than websites”.The site works by letting you log in using your Facebook login and then showing you, plain and simple, what you’re granting access to every time you log in to another website or Facebook App using Facebook. Depending on your settings, this can be anything from your basic details like name and time zone to more intimate details like your friends list, your email address and even your phone number.To get a look at what you’re sharing, give the I Shared What?!? Simulator a shot. If you’re concerned with sharing your information with the site, this is what it has to say about how it handles your information:I Shared What?!? is a javascript application running in your browser. Our server never sees the information you share from Facebook. With the exception of your permissions and your Facebook user ID, your information never leaves your browser.Moving Beyond What You ShareAs I mentioned earlier, the site makes a pretty decent analogy between driving a car and navigating the social Web, saying that “Some people will believe that these crazy new contraptions are deathtraps and avoid the whole system. Others will dive in before road signs and traffic rules are figured out. […] But in the end, it will be worth it.”Renowned privacy researcher danah boyd shared shared some interesting anecdotes just this morning of users employing innovative methods for controlling their digital identities on Facebook. While your controlling your permission settings is important, boyd profiles two teens who also found that Facebook is, in the end, “worth it” but employ practices beyond settings to insure their privacy. The first teen, Mikalah, performs a “super logoff” by deactivating her account every time she logs off, they way she has complete control over her online identity. For Mikalah, there is no Facebook Connect, Instant Personalization or concerns over third-party sites. When she isn’t actively on Facebook, she doesn’t exist.The second teen, Shamika, simply takes a more proactive approach to Facebook by keeping her profile completely current and erasing each status update, comment, picture or message as it moves from the present to the past. “If it’s relevant now,” writes boyd, “it belongs on Facebook, but the old stuff is no longer relevant so it doesn’t belong on Facebook.”While many of us forge on ahead or opt out entirely, it seems that there are even finer grades of social media use occurring that defy entirely the privacy settings Facebook has set for our use. In the meantime, it’s likely you (like most) fall somewhere in the middle, and a tool like I Shared What?!? can help you see where you stand.In the end, the creators of I Shared What?!? envision “an entirely new kind of digital infrastructure where individuals are free to use their own data seamlessly at any service, as easily, and as safely, as we can drive to the grocery store today.” Already, from boyd’s tales of youthful privacy navigation, we can see that this will go beyond just data portability to realms of whether our digital self exists when we log off, and if so for how long. last_img read more

Surprise! The proton is lighter than we thought

first_imgA model shows protons and neutrons huddled in an atomic nucleus.  carloscastilla/iStockphoto You can’t weigh the universe’s smallest particles on a bathroom scale. But in a clever new experiment, physicists have found that one such particle—the proton—is lighter than previously thought.“It’s a significant improvement on the mass of the proton,” says Edmund Myers, a physicist at Florida State University in Tallahassee who wasn’t involved with the work. “I can’t see any holes in what they’ve done. They’ve done a good job.”The tiny, positively charged particles known as protons are everywhere. They inhabit the center of every atom and make up most of the sun and other stars. They’re so light—just billionths of a billionth of a billionth of a kilogram—that they can’t be weighed by ordinary means. But in recent decades, physicists have combined strong electric and magnetic fields in a device called a Penning trap to measure the proton’s mass more and more precisely. In these experiments, electric and magnetic fields trap the proton while the magnetic field forces it to move in a circle. While it rotates, the proton will vibrate, or oscillate, at a frequency that’s related to its mass. Researchers can calculate the proton’s mass by measuring this frequency, and comparing it to that of a reference—typically, the nucleus of a carbon-12 atom, which is defined as 12 atomic mass units.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But no experiment is perfect. Magnetic fields vary in time and space, causing small measurement errors. To reduce the impact of these fluctuations, a group of physicists working in Mainz, Germany, loaded the carbon nucleus and the proton into separate storage traps, then shuttled them quickly into and out of the measurement trap. Although swapping the nucleus and the proton required more than 30 minutes in previous experiments, the German group needed only about 3 minutes—limiting the chances for errors to accumulate. The team also added more motion detectors to their setup, leading to a measurement with an overall precision of 32 parts per trillion.The researchers found the mass to be 1.007276466583 atomic mass units. That’s roughly 30 billionths of a percent lower than the average value from past experiments—a seemingly tiny difference that is actually significant by three standard deviations, the team reports this week in Physical Review Letters. (By comparison, scientists typically consider two standard deviations enough for an experimental result to be statistically significant.)Sven Sturm, a physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, and the group’s leader, is not sure why other researchers measured such higher masses, but he suspects hidden sources of error. He adds, however, that his team’s result agrees better than previous ones with recent measurements of the mass of the helium-3 atom, which is made of two protons and one neutron.The German team now plans to further ratchet up precision by measuring the proton and the carbon ion simultaneously in separate traps, which would eliminate uncertainty due to magnetic field fluctuations. One group member will also attempt to weigh the antiproton—the proton’s negatively charged doppelganger. Even a tiny difference between the proton’s and antiproton’s masses could help explain why the universe we see is made of matter, and antimatter is exceedingly rare.Sturm also wants other research groups to make independent measurements, to ensure that his team’s results don’t suffer from some hidden error. (The two main groups providing previous measurements are no longer active.) “I would be really happy to see more groups doing measurements at this level of precision, so we can really compare values and find, hopefully, that they’re consistent,” he says.*Correction, 21 July, 12:45 p.m.: This story has been modified to clarify how the Penning trap works and how the researchers measured the particles’ masses. By Gabriel PopkinJul. 20, 2017 , 3:15 PM Surprise! The proton is lighter than we thoughtlast_img read more