( CNN) The move of a Ferrari carrying pro golfer Bill Haas was killed after crashing and reeling the Italian sports car in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades neighborhood, police pronounced.
( CNN) The move of a Ferrari carrying pro golfer Bill Haas was killed after crashing and reeling the Italian sports car in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades neighborhood, police pronounced.
The pitch was simple: Forget accredited graduate schools and think big at Singularity University. Google co-founder Larry Page and futurist Ray Kurzweil could be among your lecturers in the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity, named for the notion that humans will someday merge with machines. You’d work in a kind of combination think tank and startup incubator, trying to address challenges as grand as renewable energy and space travel. Kurzweil announced the program during a TED Talk in 2009, adding that the Singularity team had leased its campus from NASA, just east of the agency’s historic Hangar One in Mountain View, Calif. The team received 1,200 applications for its first class of 40 later that year.
Reality hasn’t matched the hype. Previously unreported police files, other documents, and interviews with current and former students and staff paint the picture that almost from the beginning, some Singularity staffers weren’t able to curb their worst impulses. A teacher allegedly sexually assaulted a former student, an executive stole more than $15,000, a former staffer alleges gender and disability discrimination, and Singularity dismissed 14 of about 170 staffers and suspended GSP, now called the Global Solutions Program, after Google withdrew funding last year.
Alumni say for-profit Singularity is becoming just another organizer of conferences and executive seminars. It’s weighing buying the seminar company Abundance 360, started by Singularity co-founder Peter Diamandis. “It’s lost its soul,” says Vivek Wadhwa, who ran the faculty until 2013 and is at Carnegie Mellon University. “It’s become a moneymaking corporation.”
While Singularity says it takes seriously its community’s security and any related allegations, most of those matters are far in the past, says Chief Executive Officer Rob Nail. He says he was already planning to suspend and reevaluate GSP before Google ended its annual grant of $1.5 million. The grant covered about half the costs of the program, which was free for participants. Google, whose senior manager Jen Phillips left Singularity’s advisory board late last year and won’t be replaced, says it plans to focus on Singularity’s entrepreneurship programs instead.
Nail says although GSP may be reborn largely online, conferences and executive education (tuition: $14,500 for a weeklong program) will become the bulk of Singularity’s work. It held 10 conferences last year and has 18 planned for 2018. On Feb. 15 it announced it raised $32 million in venture funding led by Boeing Co. and investment firm WestRiver Group. Erik Anderson, WestRiver’s CEO, is replacing Diamandis as Singularity’s chairman. These changes, Nail says, will help the company turn a profit and thereby aid more people. “If we want to make true impact,” he says, “we need to do it in a sustainable fashion.”
Singularity had NASA connections beyond its rented buildings. Early GSP students speak highly of a lecture by former astronaut Dan Barry, a physician who got into the space shuttle program after 13 rejections. Several say they saw him as a mentor. Barry hasn’t taught GSP students since 2013, when the company investigated him for allegedly sexually assaulting Yasemin Baydaroglu, a French student who attended GSP in 2011.
Baydaroglu says Barry arranged a 2013 meetup in Paris. They went for a bike ride, during which she complained of back pain, and then went to his hotel to chat. He reminded her he was a doctor, she says, and offered her a massage, speaking in strictly medical terms. Because he was a mentor, she trusted him—until, she says, he touched her breasts and genitals, and she fled. “I really didn’t see it coming, and I’m so careful,” she says. “This time my guard was low.” She reported the incident to police several days later, then visited a doctor.
“I completely deny her accusations,” Barry says, adding that the inquiries that followed led to “a distressing time for me and my wife.”
Baydaroglu showed signs of psychological distress that she said were linked to a physical assault, according to a copy of a May 31, 2013, doctor’s report reviewed by . According to a copy of a letter sent from France’s Office of the Prosecutor, it declined to pursue the case because authorities hadn’t been able to find Barry.
Singularity began its internal investigation after Baydaroglu separately reported the alleged assault to the company. Barry left that summer’s program in June; his wife was ill, and the company told students he left for personal reasons. In a June 22, 2013, email to Baydaroglu reviewed by , a Singularity human resources official told her Nail believed “the facts around the central allegation of unwanted sexual touching are inconclusive” but that he told Barry the circumstances indicated “poor judgment.” The official wrote that Barry wouldn’t be present for the remainder of the 2013 GSP and asked Baydaroglu not to discuss the matter with other parties.
The email outlined steps Singularity was taking to reduce the likelihood of staffers being in “potentially intimate situations” on campus, including prohibiting them from being alone with a student at the end of a program day and installing webcams to monitor classrooms. Baydaroglu says Singularity’s response left her feeling deeply depressed and betrayed. Particularly galling, she says, was “asking me not to talk about it.” The company declined to discuss the case except to say Barry hasn’t been an active faculty member since 2013.
Singularity leaders have a history of shady financial practices. When the organization was in its infancy in 2009, Alicia Isaac, the financial controller, used its credit cards to make $13,500 in personal purchases; she also kept the cash from a $2,000 check to Singularity, according to a subsequent police report. And she helped the president of an artificial intelligence institute try to steal almost $80,000. Police arrested Isaac in 2009; she pleaded no contest to felony fraud charges. Isaac didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Another early Singularity architect, Bruce Klein, was convicted in 2012 of running a credit fraud operation in Alabama. He’s no longer associated with the company. Board member Naveen Jain was convicted of insider trading in 2003. He appealed a $247 million judgment and ultimately settled.
Nail, who previously helped found an automation company, arrived in late 2011 with Chief Strategy Officer Gabriel Baldinucci, a former Virgin Group executive. They soon changed Singularity from a nonprofit to a for-profit B Corporation, which means a private accreditor certifies it meets certain social and environmental standards.
For years several staffers close to Baldinucci lived alongside him in a series of rented houses nicknamed the SU Villa, in Atherton and Woodside, Calif. Other employees say the group got favorable treatment and the general atmosphere was unfriendly to women. Eleanor Schuermann, a lawyer at Kastner Kim LLP, is representing a staffer who alleges Singularity discriminated against her because of her gender and disability, paid her less than men in the same position, and retaliated against her for complaining. The attorney’s filings with state regulators, the first steps toward a lawsuit, aren’t yet public record. Schuermann, who wouldn’t name her client, says she’s heard from two other Singularity employees about similar claims. The company declined to comment on the case but says it works hard to support women.
Singularity is a long way from 2009, when the first GSP led to the creation of Getaround, a car-sharing company that’s raised $85 million from investors including Toyota Motor Corp. “It is amazing what all has happened here,” Google’s Page said during the program’s opening ceremony the following year. “It exceeded all my expectations.” These days, Page isn’t involved with Singularity. Kurzweil doesn’t dispute that while he attends board meetings, he rarely speaks.
Anderson, the new chairman, says the company expects to meet its revenue and social goals. Nail says it’s making good on some of its grander ambitions, citing work on United Nations anti-hunger efforts. Still, he says, Singularity can do better: “We’re nowhere near impacting the billion people our students talk about.”
One of the six the number of victims of a multi-car accident in Birmingham had helped a prison sentence over a 130 mph police chase, the BBC understands.
Kasar Jehangir, 25, was to imprisonment for three years for dangerous driving and belonging of drugs with intent to supply in November last year.
He was one of two men who threw heroin from an Audi while being chased by police on the M6 in 2015.
Lucy Davis and Lee Jenkins have also been mentioned as the number of victims of the crash.
Mr Jehangir – released earlier in 2017 under probation assistance supervision – croaked on Sunday alongside Tauqeer Hussain, 26, and Mohammed Fasha.
Another man, 22, was seriously injured when the Audi the four souls were in disintegrated with a taxi on Lee Bank Middleway, near the city centre.
Mr Hussain’s mother suffered a heart attack after learning of her son’s demise, a family member said.
Taxi driver Imtiaz Mohammed and his passengers, 42 -year-old Mr Jenkins, and his partner 43 -year-old Ms Davis from Kingstanding in Birmingham, expired after private vehicles was crushed on to its side.
Ms Davis’ family supposed: “Lucy was a beautiful and fun-loving mother, daughter, sister, auntie and acquaintance who wreaked pleasure to the lives of all she converged. Rest in Peace our Dame in Red.”
Her relatives have taken to social media to express their “unbearable” tendernes.
Mr Jenkins’ employer, University Hospitals Birmingham, spoke: “The trust increases its deepest condolences to the family of Lee Jenkins and too to his friends and peers at this very sad time.”
Mr Mohammed, 33, has been described by relatives as a “happy, desiring and friendly guy”, was on his last-place errand before pate residence to his wife and family, according to his brother.
The family of Mr Mohammed, who had five daughters and one son, said his death came the day before his daughter’s fourth birthday.
Tousif Hussain Kiani, whose younger friend Tauqeer died in the crash, revealed that their mother had a heart attack after hearing about her son’s death.
Mr Hussain was abroad when his sister contacted him in the middle of the nighttime to tell him his 26 -year-old brother was among the men shed from the Audi.
He said he managed to get the next flight back to the UK, simply to return to the report that his mother, Jamil Ahktar, had been taken to hospital.
The death of Tauqeer is another tragedy for their own families as Mr Hussain’s older brother, Khrum Munir, was killed in a car accident virtually 10 years ago when the 28 -year-old was coming home from work.
He said his father was “holding it together because he is a strong man … but emotionally, I’m not sure what he is feeling.”
Mr Hussain described Tauqeer, known as Tox, as someone who was “friendly to everybody” and always outside the members of this house on St Benedicts Road, Small Heath, with his sidekicks “laughing and joking”.
He was due to start a new job in January.
He remarked Mohammed Fasha lived opposite and was a childhood pal to them both.
“We were always in each other’s residences … always together. It doesn’t seem real because they’re not here, ” he said.
The friends had known Kasar Jehangir for several years and the fourth person in the car who existed, an unnamed 22 -year-old man, since he was about 15 years old.
He said the group were going to get food when the accident happened.
Mr Hussain said he was upset at Mr Jehangir’s past dope sentences being referenced following his death.
“It’s irrelevant to what has happened now … it’s a matter in his own private living and not something his family want to be seeing.
“Everybody does bad and good in their life.”
He said he was also angry at graphic likeness and footage of the consequences of the the disintegrate background being shared on social media.
“When I checked my social media[ after learning of his brother’s demise] I identified people uploading photos and videos.
“Fair enough you want to record the cars or whatever, but beings were entering their own bodies lying on the storey and that’s not how I’d like to see any person lying on the floor while they are dead in that country, never mind if they’re my brother and my best friends.”
Police said investigations into the cause if the accident were ongoing.
The format of this dreadfully dull show is identical to other persons of the Kardashian empire: interminable stages of beings sitting in kitchens not chewing cheese plates
Is there a least qualified world demo starring than Rob Kardashian? If you lined up 10 people from the throwing file of A& Es Intervention and Rob Kardashian and had to choose one to base an ongoing television series around, would you ever pick him unless you knew his last name? Isnt this a tragedy? Shouldnt we all be more disturbed?
Sunday nights premiere of the brand-new E! succession Rob& Chyna celebrates the income of the black sheep Kardashian to the public eye. Hes wasted years of his life unwilling to leave his room, which effected him to amplification( his statements) a grip of weight. He examines little comfortable inducing attention contact with other human beings than the little orphan girlfriend Newt from the movie Aliens. A Los Angeles Dodgers hat covers whats left of the poorest of the poor people thin, unkempt whisker. His wardrobe consists of T-shirts , nondescript jeans and sneakers. In other statements, when I watch this astoundingly depressing curriculum, I realize myself and what I might become( minus the millions of dollars ).
The first few minutes of Rob& Chyna intend to construct us empathize with Rob and his pregnant fiancee Blac Chyna. As an aside, isnt it a bit ghoulish that Blac Chyna croaks almost exclusively by the appoint Chyna in the first chapter now that the original Chyna the former WWE wrestler has died? Its like rummaging through someones jewelry after a funeral.
Regardless of what you call her, Blac Chyna is the actual virtuoso of this present, even if her reputation is second on the marquee. She came up from the world-famous strip sororities of Atlanta and became something of an entrepreneur, at least in the way that we characterize that term in 2016. She took the Kardashian template of monetizing tabloid notoriety through a faith of identity social media ubiquity, branded makes, and now, the final piece of the question, an E! reality franchise. Shes become a major supporting player in the ongoing Kardashian meta-narrative having a baby with the rapper Tyga, who then leaves her for Kylie Jenner, which leads to Chyna connect personnels with Rob. Whether or not her relationship with Rob is genuine or a calculated effort to increase her giving potential is not for me to decide (* cough its bullshit cough *) but what is is whether or not this Tv show is good. Its not.
This young lady was in desperate need of a reality check. She ends up being so clueless, we’re fairly certain she had any idea she was being trolled in those DMs there. Wonder if she ever ended up getting that car…
This unflinching teen riddle is like Lord of the Flies converges Heathers, and it may have achieved the impossible being the first Netflix series more desolate to binge
With expert handling, high school drama comfortably pay their region in the Tv canon. Its been 20 years since Buffy, and its center egotism that adolescence is, literally, a horror establish stands up today, although the teenage experience has shifted to an unfathomable position since 1997. Similarly, My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks continue to be relatable, although there are the smartest phone they had to be concerned with was chosen to the kitchen wall. Theres a rich seam of action to be found in the melodrama of school passages, and Netflixs latest, 13 Reasons Why, attempts to draw almost every aspect of it.
It’s that time of year. The end of February marks Spring when a young man’s fancy turns to love. And when shady lobbyists speak openly to their right-wing allies.
Yep, the National Rifle Association has descended on the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual rally where all the worst Republicans can get together and talk about hating immigrants and the poor without fear of being disagreed with.
Loesch also went after the FBI, blaming them for “dropping the ball” on every mass shooting. Apparently she thinks the FBI are like car alarms that are just always there.
Basically, she’s just ready to blame anything or anyone but guns for mass shootings.
Her boss, NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre made a surprise drop-in where he went even further, saying Democrats, whom he called secret socialists, and the media wanted to “exploit tragedy for political gain”:
“They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security, the failure of family, the failure of America’s mental health system, and even the unbelievable failure of the FBI.”
There it is again. They are going all-in against the FBI.
It’s almost as if they’re in an adversarial position because the FBI is investigating whether their organization funneled Russian funds to help the Trump campaign.
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The format of this dreadfully dull show is identical to other persons of the Kardashian empire: wearisome panoramas of parties sitting in kitchens not gobbling cheese plates
Is there a least qualified reality demo virtuoso than Rob Kardashian? If you lined up 10 people from the throwing file of A& Es Intervention and Rob Kardashian and had to choose one to base an ongoing tv series around, would you ever pick him unless people know his last name? Isnt this a tragedy? Shouldnt we all be more upset?
Sunday nights debut of the brand-new E! line Rob& Chyna distinguishes the render of the black sheep Kardashian to the public eye. Hes invested years of their own lives unwilling to leave his room, which generated him to amplification( his words) a control of heavines. He examines less comfortable seeing gaze linked with other human beings than the little orphan girl Newt from the movie Aliens. A Los Angeles Dodgers hat covers whats left of the poor guys thin, unkempt whisker. His wardrobe contained in T-shirts , nondescript jeans and sneakers. In other paroles, when I watch this astoundingly depressing program, I envision myself and what I might become( minus the millions of dollars ).
The first few minutes of Rob& Chyna intend to build us sympathize with Rob and his pregnant fiancee Blac Chyna. As an digression, isnt it a bit gruesome that Blac Chyna proceeds almost entirely by the appoint Chyna in the first episode now that the original Chyna the former WWE wrestler has died? Its like rummaging through someones jewelry after a funeral.
Regardless of what you call her, Blac Chyna is the actual wizard of this establish, even if her call is second on the pavilion. She came up from the world-famous deprive associations of Atlanta and became something of an entrepreneur, at least in the way that we characterize that text in 2016. She took the Kardashian template of monetizing tabloid villainy through a religion of identity social media ubiquity, branded products, and now, the final patch of the question, an E! actuality franchise. Shes become a major supporting player in the ongoing Kardashian meta-narrative having a baby with the rapper Tyga, who then leaves her for Kylie Jenner, which leads to Chyna joining forces-out with Rob. Whether or not her relationship with Rob is genuine or a calculated effort to increase her giving potential is not for me to decide (* cough its bullshit cough *) but what is is whether or not this Tv show is good. Its not.
( CNN) Just just a few months ago, Tiger Woods wasn’t sure if he’d ever play competitive golf again, but after a promising return to action he is already storying an assault on the majors in 2018.
When I heard about the car clang, I worried that it was a terrorist attack. My first imagined should have been about the consequences , not the motives
When I got a news alert last week saying that a car had disintegrated into pedestrians in New Yorks Times Square, my first thought was: Please, say the operators figure isnt Muhammad. Thats wrong. My first supposed should have been about the consequences , not the motives. I should have thought I hope no one was injured, but my mentality has been thoroughly trained to look every transgression as a sorting practice: terrorism/ not terrorism.
That exercise is a dangerous one. Assuming national security and counter-terrorism is one and the same happen( and equating terrorism with radical Islamic terrorism, as Donald Trump so often does) simply dismisses the other menaces that America is facing right now.
Initial reports suggest that the move in Thursdays disaster, Richard Rojas, was under the influence of drugs. In point, approvals even secreted Rojas history of apprehends for drunken driving in an effort to assuage frights of terrorism. But if the public understood how to separate national defence from terrorism, perhaps they wouldnt find that fact comforting at all.
In 2014, more than 1.1 million motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, according to the latest data from the Core for Disease Control and Prevention. That same time, 9,967 parties were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes alone. Compare that to the 3,024 people who have been killed in attacks by foreign-born gunmen between 1975 and 2015.
The 40 times worth of terrorism deaths dont come anywhere near a single year of drug-related driving fatalities. If youre really worried about has become a victim of revolutionary Islamic terrorism, I strongly recommend you dont move to anywhere that America has started a war lately. Of all the terrorism fatalities that happened worldwide in 2015, over 40% were Iraqis and Afghans, according to the state department.
And thats the other reason why the assumption that security is all about halting the Muslim bad guys is so dangerous. Its precisely the rhetoric that murderous fanaticals miss “youve got to” wished to accede to. No one welfares more than jihadist recruiters when western legislators say that their biggest national security menace is radical Islamic terrorism.
I worry about the next bulletin alert on my phone. I worry that its merely a matter of meter before one of the person or persons in America who are required mental health services, who has a drug addiction or who simply has an evil intention that motivates them to kill also has the call Muhammad. I hope that if that time comes, there wont be many victims and well focus on them, rather than the motives of the perpetrator.