UC provost in probe steps down

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week UC spokesman Brad Hayward said officials would have no comment beyond the statement and a call to Greenwood’s office by The Associated Press on Friday was not returned. One of the hirings in question involves professor Lynda Goff, who was hired by Greenwood as a faculty associate and more recently as director of UC’s Science & Math Initiative, a program to train more math and science classroom teachers in California. University officials said they have learned that Greenwood and Goff had until recently jointly owned rental property, a disclosure UC said came in the wake of questions by the San Francisco Chronicle. Administrators said they weren’t questioning Goff’s credentials but said Greenwood may have been involved in the hiring decision “to a greater extent than was appropriate, given that her business investment with Dr. Goff had not been properly and fully resolved in accordance with conflict of interest requirements.” The second hiring involves Greenwood’s son, James Greenwood, as a paid senior intern at UC Merced. Officials again said they aren’t questioning James Greenwood’s performance. However, they are looking into whether Winston Doby, vice president for student affairs, improperly helped Greenwood get the job. Doby, who also did not return a call to the AP on Friday, has been placed on paid leave pending the investigation. Dynes said he accepted Greenwood’s resignation “with respect for the outstanding academic leadership she has provided to the university, both as chancellor of the Santa Cruz campus and, over the last two years, as provost. I wish her only the best in her academic pursuits.” Wyatt R. Hume, executive vice provost and vice president for academic and health affairs, has been appointed acting provost and acting vice president for student affairs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND – The University of California’s highest-ranking academic officer stepped down Friday amid an investigation into the hirings of her erstwhile business partner and son. UC President Robert C. Dynes said he accepted Provost M.R.C. Greenwood’s resignation in the context of a UC investigation into possible improper hiring and conflict of interest concerns. “Let me stress there is no presumption of wrongdoing,” Dynes said in a statement, adding that Greenwood has cooperated with the investigation but indicated she wanted to resign as provost to “return to her academic pursuits in the university.” It was not clear whether Greenwood, who also holds a faculty position at UC Santa Cruz, planned to return to teaching. last_img read more

Grace Paulino The Story Behind Grace Talent Management

first_imgAdvertisement In a man’s world, it’s not easy to start your own business when you are a woman. But Grace Paulino has proven that if you work hard, you can achieve anything you want.On Career and GTM:It was LG Fashion Week in 2008, when one of my friends invited me to come to the fashion week to watch some shows. When we came there, many agencies started offering me their business cards for the opportunity to become a model with them. I was unsure, so I turned most to them down. Next season, we went back to fashion week, and more agents asked to represent me! Finally, I said yes, and that was when I became a model. In 2013, I joined an acting agency while I was attending Business School. There I learnt a great deal about the film and TV industry, worked on such TV shows like Suits and movies like Pixels, Rocky Blue and 12 Monkeys. At that time, I built some great contacts in the industry.When I graduated from Canadian Business School I knew that I was going to start an agency, because now I was more interested in helping people to achieve their dreams in the talent industry rather than my own. I love connecting people with opportunity, and that’s when Grace Talent Management (GTM) began operation in 2015. I ran the agency from home until January of 2017. We leased our office studio space at 1178 Bloor Street West, an 800 square foot studio office where I work with a team of creative individuals including 1 booking agent, 2 photographers, and a makeup artist/hairstylist to support our models and talent to build their career and portfolio. We have about 25 models and 20 actors/actresses. Login/Register With: Facebook We’ve partnered with Toronto Film School so we can hire graduates right away. I feel we can support our models and talent 110% whether it’s self-taping, voice over recordings, headshots, readings, career advice and more. I love seeing the excitement stage talent and models get when they are booked for a quality job that pays well. It’s a very difficult business to get into and the main platform that agencies and management have access to is only available through casting directors’ referral letters, and the business has to be in service for 3 years before it can qualify for certification.READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Interpreting the malady that is Jhumpa Lahiri

first_imgIt’s always exciting when an Indian author is considered for a prestigious award abroad. Even if that author is Jhumpa Lahiri, who would have spent little more than a few holidays in the country of her parents’ birth. But my relationship with Lahiri has been a difficult one – both as a reader and a journalist. And so it was with mixed feelings that I received the news of her having been long-listed for the Booker Prize for her yet to be released novel The Lowland. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I was in college when Lahiri’s first collection of short stories, The Interpreter of Maladies, was released and won the Pulitzer award. It became something of a necessity to celebrate her work, much as a doting parent celebrates the first recitation or painting by a favourite child. My literature professor certainly believed I should like the book. And I still considered myself too young to be a sound critic of literature and confess what I really thought of it. Oh it’s not as if I didn’t think it was beautifully written. But I had a problem of principle with the subjects, or rather her representation of the Indian community, abroad and in India. It was, I felt, too stereotypical, too forced. I could tell her that you didn’t have to grow up in the US to know little of Indian history.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEven students studying in one part of India, have little clue about the history and culture of another part. I could tell her of cousins who have grown up abroad and seemed totally rooted there, and no we didn’t make them repeat the names of their American classmates as part of any game played in candle light as one of Shoba’s relatives does in one of the stories. I could tell her that children born in the eighties and nineties in India, would as often shy away from watching their parents snap endless number of green chilies with their rice and dal meal and go for a pizza themselves, much like their counterparts in the West.  And if you studied in a good English medium school in India, you had no trouble understanding Hollywood movies… the list of things I could tell her was endless.And herein lies my second peeve point – this time as a journalist, which is the wall that she builds around herself. I have repeatedly heard a senior colleague’s account of Lahiri’s closely guarded wedding in Calcutta in 2001. The family had done its best to respect Lahiri’s wish that it be a private affair, even going to the extent of setting dogs at the paparazzi members gathered outside the venue. But the venue, menu and all details of the wedding were an open secret with some friend or family member eager enough to inform, albeit, on condition of anonymity. I had a first hand feel of it, when the author returned to Calcutta for her daughter’s first rice ceremony. This time it was an eager aunt who was ready to spill the beans, even though the author and her family remained elusive. Of this I was certain, however, that it was not shyness that held back Lahiri from interacting with the media, from being more open, as her family had claimed during her wedding. The distance she maintained was calculated and by making herself inaccessible in general, she kept alive an interest about her, that ensured more than normal coverage on those rare occasions when she did subject herself to be interviewed – during the promotion of the movie Namesake, based on her novel of the same name or before the release of her second collection of short stories Unaccustomed Earth. Perhaps it was necessary. As a later day author explained to me, ‘To write a good book is not enough, you have to sell it.’ Some might go on a publicity spree, some price their books a certain way. Lahiri, chose distance. And I can’t say it’s not a classy way of selling yourself.Meanwhile, somewhere down the years, the reader in me had lost interest in her work. I had read The Namesake and again been troubled by the recurring theme of discomfort with one’s identity, of not being able to either accept or let go of one’s roots. I didn’t read Unaccustomed Earth. And it was with mixed feelings that I picked up The Interpreter of Maladies again after learning that Lahiri is being considered for the Booker. Imagine my surprise therefore, when I could identify with the screaming silence between the estranged couple in A Temporary Matter, empathise with Miranda’s aching desires in Sexy, understand Mrs Das’s need to unburden herself to a tour guide in The Interpreter of Maladies… Perhaps over the years, I have matured enough to tune out the forced Indianness of the stories and learnt to appreciate the play of emotions and relationships. I am now looking forward to reading Unaccustomed Earthand The Lowland. My only wish, as a now sincere reader, is that she would set her characters free, relieve them of their burden of assumed identity and let them be global citizens with universal feelings.last_img read more

Preventing Another Target Attack

first_imgFebruary 10, 2014 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. While Target’s credit-card security breach continues to get ugly, the real alarming part, is they weren’t alone. At least five other major retailers were also hit during the same holiday period. While the total number of records in the other attacks was one-tenth that of Target, the assailants still stole an average of 27,000 records per store using the same techniques.The obvious question becomes, “What can be done by retail businesses to both detect and to protect against this specific threat?”  To be fair, there are established Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance standards that are designed to assist retailers in thwarting point-of-sale (POS) attacks like the ones inflicted recently. The controls, however, are worded in ways that are open to interpretation and often are not explicit enough in their language to ensure comprehensive security controls are effectively implemented.While PCI provides an excellent starting point and also includes many traditional information security best practices, it cannot be expected as a mere standard — to canvas the entirety of what it means to operate in a secure state as an organization. Other activities are required.To that end, here are three other points retailers should implement above and beyond the minimum standard.Related: Keeping Your Intellectual Property Safe and SoundIndividually lock down every single POS system component. A POS terminal or collector must be used solely for that single purpose — to make transactions.  So every other unnecessary service and process should be disabled. For example, the local or remote operator should not be able to browse the internet, receive emails or perform any action that is not a direct functional requirement for the POS to function. If the terminal does need connectivity to the Internet, the specific service protocols should be the only ones allowed to leave the system and the traffic should be encrypted.Employ monitoring software for the overall network. There are next generation software solutions that effectively visualize network traffic, break down machine-to-machine connections by service protocols and allow filtering by machine, service or even internet destination. For example, a North American-based retailer using a payment processing partner from the same continent should not see outbound connections from a POS terminal to places like Russia, China or Brazil.  If they do, the connection should be dropped and the security administrator should be notified of the machine initiating the connection.Related: Why Your Small Business Is at Risk of a Hack AttackImplement application-level security practices. Application security is an often overlooked layer of security in POS environments. Keeping such programs up to date with the latest versions and patches as well as performing penetration tests on both internal- and external-facing interfaces would have gone a long way to preventing the lateral movements the Target attackers were able to pull off in a short amount of time. Companies that develop in-house applications should also ensure they are designed securely from the get go, performing both static and active secure code reviews at every minor release. Furthermore, only authorized white-listed applications should be allowed to run and properly identified. We have arrived at a state where cyber attacks against payment systems have become pervasive, massive, damaging and embarrassing. The boardroom rationalizations of the last decade no longer serve the business’ profitability or survivability. Risk cannot simply be transferred to insurance like it could before — at least not without serious damage to goodwill, customer-base trust and future lost revenue. Security controls are meaningful and next-generation ones are no longer just a necessary evil. They are business enablers necessary to protect profits.  Related: Think China is the No. 1 Country for Hacking? Think Again.last_img read more

New Viking itineraries in Alaska Australia Asia and Caribbean

first_img LOS ANGELES — Viking Ocean Cruises, celebrating its 20th anniversary, has announced 13 new itineraries that will set sail in 2017, 2018 and 2019.Clients can choose between eight to 23-day itineraries. Highlights include:Turquoise Seas of the Western Caribbean – (Miami to Miami; sailing on Viking Sky; November 2017 – February 2018) – Sailing the western Caribbean with an eight-day itinerary, guests will explore the temples of Altun Ha in Belize, walk in the steps of Hemingway’s Key West haunts and marvel at Cozumel’s blue waters at Punta Sur. Sailing roundtrip from Miami, guests will visit three countries and five ports. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at US$2,999 per person.Panama & Central America – (Miami to Miami; sailing on Viking Sky; November – December 2017 and January 2018) – With countries including Costa Rica, Columbia, Honduras, Belize and more, guests will visit eight countries and nine ports on this 15-day itinerary. While making the roundtrip from Miami, guests will experience the Panama Canal, discover Costa Rica’s rainforest and explore Old Town Cartagena’s colonial architecture, a UNSECO World Heritage Site. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at $5,499 per person.Atlantic Crossing – (Miami to Barcelona; sailing on Viking Sky; March 3, 2018) – During this classic transatlantic journey, guests enjoy the 14-day sailing and call on ports in both Europe and the New World. In Europe, destinations include the Garden Island of Madeira and Barcelona. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at $2,399 per person.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongPassage to India – (Athens to Mumbai; sailing on Viking Spirit; Aug. 18, 2018) – On this 21-day itinerary, guests will trace the routes of the earliest merchants from Greece to India, with ports of call in six countries including Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Oman. Along the journey, guests will accompany local guides to ancient treasures, visit the red sandstone city of Petra and see the Great Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at $5,999 per person.For more information, visit vikingoceancruises.com. Share Travelweek Group New Viking itineraries in Alaska, Australia, Asia, and Caribbean Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, January 13, 2017 Tags: Promotionslast_img read more