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Simone Biles Responds to Internet Haters Criticizing Her Hair

I won’t lie: I act UP when my hair is freshly done. For the hours that pass after going to my stylist, you better believe I’m placing an exorbitant amount of unnecessary FaceTime calls so my squad can see my hair, snapping selfies like it’s my job. But to be honest with you, after like, five hours, I’m already over my hair and want to stuff it in a bonnet and go back to work (I work from home).

And while it’s been a minute since I’ve been to the gym (don’t judge me), I can tell you when I did go regularly, it was not an easy feat keeping my hair looking good whilst getting my Kanye workout plan on. I’ve done it through relaxers, natural hair, and weaves. Now, I was getting it in at the gym, but in no way was I even doing one percent of the strenuous routines I bet Olympic athletes like Simon Biles go through to train. I don’t even think I could have my hair looking flawless even in my downtime were I subjected to that much physical activity.

Yet that didn’t seem to stop some people on the internet from roasting the Houston native about her hair. Simone is the most decorated American gymnast with over 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, and yet some people want to know why her hair isn’t “done.” Sigh.

Biles, naturally, tweeted about her excitement about cheering in her first game for the Houston Texans. In the tweet, she also included a picture of herself smiling brightly and looking cute as ever for her inaugural run as cheerleader. Her hair is swept back — and yeah, it’s not exactly looking like she’s fresh out of the salon, but SHE’S AN ATHLETE. As a matter of fact, Biles replied to a tweet questioning her hairstyle explaining that she had just come from a four-hour practice with her hair in a bun and didn’t have time to primp.

The somewhat baffling thing about folks coming for Simone Biles’ hair is that many of the negative comments seemed to be coming from other black women. Surely, we know that it’s not easy to keep your edges on fleek and look camera-ready at all times — especially for someone whose career is so heavily focused on her physical strength. Black women have been dehumanized for our appearance, especially our hair, since slavery and it’s still, sadly, a thing. European standards were the markers of beauty for centuries, and though things are slightly changing, our society has a far way to go. Even now, when black women wear cornrows or box braids, they’re considered “ghetto” or “unprofessional,” but when white women wear those styles, they’re praised as chic and beautiful by mainstream society.

It’s all such crap, but some black women internalize this and start to lash out at their fellow sisters. We’re taught from early on that our hair needs “fixing” in order to be acceptable. And there are often not enough examples of prominent black women in certain fields that when there is one, she becomes the single representative for black women everywhere. I’m not saying it’s right, but this is one of the reasons why some black women criticize other black women over their hair. Plus, the average person doesn’t always know all the guidelines for hair in certain sports or industries —
they assume that because someone is in the public eye, they have access to a glam team 24/7, even during mundane and active moments. Don’t let “reality” TV fool you, boo. It don’t always work like that.

Thankfully though, as I read through the thread, I saw more comments from black women and men who came to Biles’ defense against those chiding her hair.

Later on, pictures of Biles all done up, cheering at the actual game hit the ‘net.

Biles then took to Twitter to ask: “I have 1 question to everyone commenting about my hair when I genuinely look happy in the photo..Do you look perfect ALL the time? everything in perfect order.?”

Are we that stuck on looking amazing at every single moment, that we’d forsake sharing our of happiness just because our hair doesn’t look good? My goodness, what is social media doing to the babies?


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Ball State University responds to Governor’s call for computer literacy in Indiana classrooms with proposed new …

Topic: College of Applied Sciences and Technology

December 8, 2017

To create a larger pool of workers who are prepared to meet the needs of a 21st century economy, Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb wants all Indiana students to have access to computer science instruction. Ball State University is answering his challenge by working to create a new undergraduate degree in Computer Science Education. A team of Ball State faculty and staff are working closely to develop a degree that aligns with the Governor’s vision to link education to workforce training. Ball State’s proposed Computer Science Education Degree will provide the requirements of a major in computer science with the core requirements of an undergraduate degree in education.

“To be prepared for the demands of our rapidly changing economy, Indiana students need quality STEM instruction throughout their K-12 educational journey,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Putting computer and information science in every Indiana school is a big part of that. A new degree in Computer Science Education from Ball State University has great potential to help us get more teachers with computer science training into our classrooms.”

The proposed degree will build on Ball State’s existing computer science curricula. Students majoring in secondary education will be encouraged to pursue a minor in Foundation of Computer Systems. This minor provides 22 to 24 credit hours in computer science, analytics, software and hardware, and it can also be packaged as a concentration in the Elementary Education degree.

“I’m proud of our team at Ball State University who saw a major gap in Indiana’s educational system and came up with a long term solution,” said President Geoffrey Mearns. “This new degree will continue Ball State’s commitment to increasing the number of Indiana students who graduate with basic computer science skills, making them better equipped to enter the workforce when they graduate high school. Although we have training activities planned for current educators this summer, we realized this issue cannot be fixed by simply having events. We knew we needed do something more strategically which led to this new degree. Eventually, this degree will have positive ramifications both here in Indiana and across the nation.”

Ball State also plans to offer computer science modules online to assist individual teachers throughout the school year and develop course-based outreach programs for elementary, middle and high school students.

The new program still must gain approval from the Ball State Board of Trustees, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and the college accreditor.

Google responds to iPhone X: Android phones will get ‘deep portrait’ mode and Face ID

The iPhone X has been out for a little more than a month, but there are already plans to replicate its headline features in 2018’s high-end Android phones.

‘Deep portrait’ selfie photography, and Face ID and Unlock, will be supported by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is likely to be in a majority of top Androids next year.

This will enable bokeh-rich portrait photos from the selfie camera, which we’ve mainly seen on rear-facing cameras among Android phones. Blurring the background in your subject-focused selfies is a much more compelling effect than selfie beauty mode and skin smoothing, which almost blurs… you.

And while Android handsets have had a primitive version of Face ID and Unlock, Qualcomm’s solution is being touted as a way to match Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera. It all needs to start at the system-on-a-chip level.

We don’t know which phones will support the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and in turn support deep portrait selfies and Face ID, but almost all major phone makers did have the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the core of their hardware. The Samsung Galaxy S9 may be the first with the new 10nm silicon. 

Ready for Android Animoji?

You can also expect to see more 3D face-mapping on Android phones to match what we’ve seen from Apple’s Animoji feature.

Qualcomm’s new chipset has active depth-sensing and supports IR sensors for face-mapping. The company also talked up the security of its chip, noting that face-mapping security is of the utmost importance.

The Huawei-made Honor View 10 is already attempting to clone Animoji, but having the architecture in place on the chip is vital to improving performance and adoption of the next-generation of front-facing camera features.

  • We’re reporting live from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, bringing you the latest news, features and hands on reviews on the future of smartphones, laptops, 5G and IoT. You can follow all our coverage here.

‘I Believe Strongly in Freedoms.’ Tim Cook Responds to Criticism Over China’s Internet Censorship

Apple (aapl) CEO Tim Cook had some words for those who criticized his keynote speech at China’s World Internet Conference Sunday.

“I never base my actions on how people will feel about it or whether I’d take any criticism,” he said, while speaking at the Fortune Global Forum Conference in Guangzhou, China, on Wednesday. “If I did, I’d never do anything.”

Cook gave the Sunday speech at the opening ceremony of a conference designed to promote China’s vision of the Internet—one that is more closed and censored, Bloomberg reports.

“The theme of this conference—developing a digital economy for openness and shared benefits—is a vision we at Apple share,” Cook said at the time. “We are proud to have worked alongside many of our partners in China to help build a community that will join a common future in cyberspace.”

The Apple CEO was criticized for appearing to endorse the Chinese government’s Internet policy, which tightly controls the flow of information in the communist nation.

Speaking at the Fortune Global Forum, Cook said that what is missing from society is that there aren’t enough people willing to listen, understand, and participate. “I’ll get criticized for going to any meeting,” he added. “I get criticized for going to meetings in the United States—and I don’t really care at the end of the day.”

So how did he react when the Chinese government decided to pull apps from the App Store? When companies choose to enter a new country and participate in the market, Cook said, they are subject to the laws and regulations of that country.

“From my American mindset, I believe strongly in freedoms. They are at the core of what being an American is, and I have no confusion on that,” he said. “But I also know that every country in the world decides their laws and regulations.”

Companies are left with a choice to either participate or stay on the sidelines, he said. Alluding to President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous quote about “The Man in the Arena,” Cook said he chose to “get in the arena because nothing ever changes from the sidelines.”

“My hope over time is that some of the [apps] that have been pulled come back,” he said. “I have great hope on that and great optimism on that.”

Ministry of Health responds to risks of flood-related diseases including Leptospirosis

November 19, 2017: The Ministry of Health continues to urge citizens to partner with the Ministry and other Public Sector agencies to reduce the spread of diseases associated with flooding. Public health interventions must be supported by individual precautionary measures to effectively reduce the incidences of water and food borne diseases. Public participation is especially critical during this season of high levels of rainfall and the resulting increased flooding.

In response to the significant attention that has been placed on Leptospirosis, in particular, in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, newspaper editorials, and in the public domain in general, the Ministry of Health wishes to place the following facts concerning Leptospirosis in the public domain.

Public Health Interventions

Public health interventions fall under the responsibility of County Medical Officers of Health who coordinate the local response with the Chief Medical Officer and who work with the teams at the Public Health Inspectorate and the Insect Vector Control Division of the Ministry and the relevant Regional Corporations.

The following activities were undertaken by the staff of the Ministry of Health and the relevant Regional Corporations and are ongoing:

  • The staff of the Regional Corporation initiated the intervention with the washing down of hard surfaces and rodent baiting in the affected areas

  • Public Health interventions in affected areas:

o Post flooding management by the application of bactericidal sprayto hard surfaces around homes and necessary adulticiding (chemical treatment for adult mosquitoes) and larval treatment for mosquitoes.

o Visits to food premises to guarantee that contaminated foods, especially meat, are not offered for sale to the public and are disposed of to avoid re-entry into the market.

o Monitoring food preparation and processing facilities to ensure that contaminated raw materials are not used.

o Food safety surveillance activities in markets and farms, including crop destruction.

o Monitoring and reporting on overflowing privies, such as septic tank systems and pit latrines, to relevant authorities for quick resolution

o Monitoring and advising on handling and disposal of animal and rodent carcasses.

Public Education Activities (ongoing)

  • Public Service Announcements were sent to all media houses in June and in November 2017 to address the following: Water Safety, Food Safety, Protection from flood-related diseases, Precautions Against Leptospirosis

  • Press conference on July 21st, 2017. Topic – ‘Public Health Guidelines for the Rainy Season’. The following issues were addressed. Water Safety, Food Safety and Protection from Flood-related diseases.
    Subject matter experts educated the general public via television and radio interviews on the following –
    topics : Water Safety, Food Safety and Protection from Mosquito-borne diseases, Leptospirosis

o TV and Radio Stations : (CNC3 Morning Brew, TV6 Morning Edition, CNMG News, 107.7 FM , Radio 90.5, Heartbeat 103.5FM , Hott 93.5 FM, Taj 92.3 FM, Heartbeat 103.5, Power 102 FM, Isaac 98.1 FM, Radio Jaagriti).

o Subject matter experts included: Chief Medical Officer, Principal Medical Officer ( Environmental Health), Senior Medical Officer, Chief Public Health Inspector, Registrar – Insect Vector Control Division, Chief Technical Coordinator – Disaster Preparedness

Social media and email campaigns were activated. (Water Safety, Food Safety, Protection from Mosquito-borne diseases, Hand washing, Leptospirosis)
Flyers/brochures on related topics were distributed in affected areas.
In addition, the Minister of Health, the Honorable Terrence Deyalsingh, also communicated with various media houses and highlighted the dangers of water-borne diseases.

The Clinical Response

As per established clinical protocols, all patients presenting with signs of Leptospirosis are immediately treated both supportively and with the recommended antibiotics. The Ministry of Health wishes to confirm that all clinical protocols were followed.

Public health intervention and education activities are ongoing and the Ministry of Health continues to use multiple channels and various approaches to serve and communicate with the public. The Ministry reminds citizens of the various public health services offered, and of the important role they play in safeguarding themselves against Leptospirosis and other flood-related diseases.

The Ministry of Health will continue to actively engage all stakeholders to provide effective health care and ensure the well-being of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

For more information contact:

Corporate Communications Unit
Ministry of Health
Park Plaza Building
Cor. Park St. Vincent Streets
Port of Spain
Tel:1-868-623-8492; 1-868-625-7979

Chip Kelly responds to internet rumors tying him to Florida job (Video)

Tennessee wasn’t the only SEC fan base getting in on the coaching search silliness.

Florida message boards were buzzing with activity Tuesday when a plane was scheduled to fly from Gainesville to an airport in Connecticut close to ESPN’s campus. Since former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, now an ESPN analyst, is a reported candidate for the vacant Florida head-coaching gig, speculation spread rapidly.

Kelly was asked about his reported Gators coaching candidacy Sunday morning on “SportsCenter” and the craziness that surrounded that flight. He took it in stride and said he was home in New Hampshire during the week.

“I was in New Hampshire last week,” Kelly said. “I really enjoy doing what I’m doing now. I think Florida is an outstanding program and has had so much success with Urban [Meyer] and Steve Spurrier. I think whoever gets that job would be really lucky.”

Aware of the internet frenzy, Florida AD Scott Stricklin tweeted a photo of himself on campus in Gainesville that afternoon.

He’s replied to a few UF fans over the course of the coaching search, trying to squash some of the rumors out there before they spread too far.

As far as Kelly is concerned, our Pete Thamel reported last week that Florida has done its homework, “thoroughly vetting” the former Oregon coach. Thamel reported Kelly is one of three prime candidates along with UCF coach Scott Frost and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen.

Here’s the book on Kelly relative to Florida, which moved on from Jim McElwain last month:

Kelly is a proven commodity, as going 46-7 in four seasons at Oregon established him as one of college football’s most innovative minds of this generation. He’s the surest bet on the board to rejuvenate a program.

There are some quirks to Kelly, many of which revolve around his stated preference of being locked in on coaching his team. Kelly isn’t keen on the booster glad-handing, rubber-chicken banquet speeches and general day-to-day hysteria that come with high-profile coaching jobs. Kelly has a low-key personality off the field, and he’s reiterated to friends that “fit and people” will be the ultimate determinations of where he coaches next.

Kelly wasn’t thought to be intrigued by SEC jobs, but Florida presents a different dynamic as it has more of Kelly’s preferred East Coast vibe. For now, it’s not known if each party is completely sold on each other. But the mutual exploration process is underway.

In addition to Florida, Kelly is also being connected to the UCLA job, which became open following the firing of Jim Mora on Sunday. Kelly coached at Oregon in the Pac-12 from 2007-12. There’s a line of thinking that says returning to the West Coast would be a better fit:

What’s unknown here is where Kelly’s head is. He’s famously reclusive, even to those close to him. He’s been speculatively linked to UCLA, a place where he could potentially hide in plain sight amid the din of Los Angeles.

We could see Kelly back on a college sideline next year.

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Sam Cooper is a writer for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter!

Kim Kardashian Responds to Nicki Minaj’s #BreakTheInternet ‘Paper’ Magazine Cover

Nicki Minaj shared a racy photo from the cover of Paper magazine on Tuesday, November 14, in the hopes of one-upping Kim Kardashian and breaking the Internet — and the reality star approves!

The rapper, 34, is featured in a “Minaj a Trois” with three different versions of herself in the photo shot by Ellen von Unwerth. The first Minaj, with black hair, is seated topless and wearing pasties on her breasts, while the second Minaj has a blonde ponytail and leans over and grabs her breast, and a third Minaj, with her blonde locks flowing, kneels at her crotch with her tongue out.

Wanna Minaj? @papermagazine 🧐👅 photos by @ellenvonunwerth #BreakTheInternet edition

A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Nov 14, 2017 at 6:07pm PST

“Wanna Minaj?” the “Anaconda” singer captioned the photo on Instagram, adding the hashtag #breaktheinternet.

Kardashian, 37, the star for whom the phrase “break the Internet” was invented, liked Minaj’s photo and commented with three fire emojis.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star caused a sensation back in 2014 with her own Paper cover — photographed by Jean-Paul Goude — that showed her naked, greased up and shot from behind with the words Break the Internet inscribed below her butt.

She went on to cause a social media meltdown again two years later when she shared a naked bathroom selfie — and ended up winning the first ever Break the Internet Webby Award.

“To put it simply, Kim Kardashian has mastered the Internet, she controls the Internet and I’m hoping she’ll announce her presidency right now because our choices are very thin,” tech journalist Kara Swisher said before presenting the mom of two with the award. “Although hard-working, savvy, sophisticated and family focussed, she’s become a media mogul for the new millennium.”

“Nude selfies ’til I die,” Kardashian told the crowd in her acceptance speech.



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Apple responds to top senator’s privacy questions about the iPhone X’s face scanner

Senator Al Franken said on Monday that Apple was working with his office to answer any questions about Face ID, Apple’s new facial recognition technology that goes on sale on November 3.

Shortly after Apple announced the iPhone X, which uses facial recognition to unlock the phone in place of a fingerprint sensor, the Minnesota Democrat published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking 10 questions about how the tech was implemented.

Apple later revealed more information about the technology in a white paper published to its website. And on Monday, Franken’s office sent Business Insider the undated response from Apple, signed by Cynthia Hogan, Apple’s vice president for public policy.

Apple’s response to Franken largely restates information available on Apple’s website about how Face ID works – such as the fact that “faceprints” are not collected by Apple, that third-party developers cannot collect face data from developers, and how the technology works.

However, it does go into a little bit of additional detail about how the software was built to work with a diverse group of people with different faces, genders, and skin tones:

“The accessibility of the product to people of diverse races and ethnicities was very important to us. Face ID uses facial matching neural networks that we developed using over a billion images, including IR and depth images collected in studies conducted with the participants’ informed consent. We worked with participants from around the world to include a representative group of people accounting for gender, age, ethnicity, and other factors. We augmented the studies as needed to provide a high degree of accuracy for a diverse range of users. In addition, a neural network that is trained to spot and resist spoofing defends against attempts to unlock your phone with photos or masks.”

While Apple’s published materials make the point that the company has anticipated many of the security and privacy issues surrounding the new technology, the next test for Face ID is when it gets out in public use and independent researchers try to crack it.

“I plan to follow up with Apple to find out more about how it plans to protect the data of customers who decide to use the latest generation of iPhone’s facial recognition technology,” Franken said in a statement.

Here’s Apple’s full response:

Face ID Letter Response byKif Leswing on Scribd

Face ID Letter ResponseKif Leswing

Here’s Franken’s full statement:

“As the top Democrat on the Privacy Subcommittee, I strongly believe that all Americans have a fundamental right to privacy. All the time, we learn about and actually experience new technologies and innovations that, just a few years back, were difficult to even imagine. While these developments are often great for families, businesses, and our economy, they also raise important questions about how we protect what I believe are among the most pressing issues facing consumers: privacy and security. I appreciate Apple’s willingness to engage with my office on these issues, and I’m glad to see the steps that the company has taken to address consumer privacy and security concerns. I plan to follow up with Apple to find out more about how it plans to protect the data of customers who decide to use the latest generation of iPhone’s facial recognition technology.”

Apple responds to top senator’s privacy questions about the iPhone X’s face scanner

Senator Al Franken said on Monday that Apple was working with his office to answer any questions about Face ID, Apple’s new facial recognition technology that goes on sale on November 3.

Shortly after Apple announced the iPhone X, which uses facial recognition to unlock the phone in place of a fingerprint sensor, the Minnesota Democrat published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking 10 questions about how the tech was implemented.

Apple later revealed more information about the technology in a white paper published to its website. And on Monday, Franken’s office sent Business Insider the undated response from Apple, signed by Cynthia Hogan, Apple’s vice president for public policy.

Apple’s response to Franken largely restates information available on Apple’s website about how Face ID works – such as the fact that “faceprints” are not collected by Apple, that third-party developers cannot collect face data from developers, and how the technology works.

However, it does go into a little bit of additional detail about how the software was built to work with a diverse group of people with different faces, genders, and skin tones:

“The accessibility of the product to people of diverse races and ethnicities was very important to us. Face ID uses facial matching neural networks that we developed using over a billion images, including IR and depth images collected in studies conducted with the participants’ informed consent. We worked with participants from around the world to include a representative group of people accounting for gender, age, ethnicity, and other factors. We augmented the studies as needed to provide a high degree of accuracy for a diverse range of users. In addition, a neural network that is trained to spot and resist spoofing defends against attempts to unlock your phone with photos or masks.”

While Apple’s published materials make the point that the company has anticipated many of the security and privacy issues surrounding the new technology, the next test for Face ID is when it gets out in public use and independent researchers try to crack it.

“I plan to follow up with Apple to find out more about how it plans to protect the data of customers who decide to use the latest generation of iPhone’s facial recognition technology,” Franken said in a statement.

Here’s Apple’s full response:

Face ID Letter Response byKif Leswing on Scribd

Face ID Letter ResponseKif Leswing

Here’s Franken’s full statement:

“As the top Democrat on the Privacy Subcommittee, I strongly believe that all Americans have a fundamental right to privacy. All the time, we learn about and actually experience new technologies and innovations that, just a few years back, were difficult to even imagine. While these developments are often great for families, businesses, and our economy, they also raise important questions about how we protect what I believe are among the most pressing issues facing consumers: privacy and security. I appreciate Apple’s willingness to engage with my office on these issues, and I’m glad to see the steps that the company has taken to address consumer privacy and security concerns. I plan to follow up with Apple to find out more about how it plans to protect the data of customers who decide to use the latest generation of iPhone’s facial recognition technology.”





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