Even though they can make some people uncomfortable, disagreements and arguments are a critical part of business. Without disagreements and arguments you get groupthink, and you end up with mediocrity. When you have constructive conflict and disagree about what is right, you get a chance to explore new ideas, even ideas that make some people uncomfortable.But constructive conflict needs to be done in a way that is safe and beneficial to the organization. “Safe” means it can’t harm the individuals that make up the organization.Assume good intentions: When someone disagrees with the way something is being done and engages with others around that issue, it is imperative that you assume that person has good intentions. By assuming they have good intentions, you can shift your focus to the value of the idea, instead of evaluating the individual who is brave enough to bring up the idea.Don’t blame people for mistakes, problems, or challenges: A personal review is something different from constructive conflict, even though it might include some constructive conflict. When you blame the individual for the mistakes, the challenges, or the problems your business is experiencing, you cause people to operate from a place of fear. If you have to operate from fear, you are going to avoid constructive conflict because the repercussions are likely bad for you. Blaming people keeps organizations from solving their deepest problems, and it keeps them from growing.Focus on generating new ideas, withholding judgment about any idea: When you do have constructive conflict, it’s easy to dismiss another person’s ideas without giving them a fair hearing. You can very quickly get to all the reasons that something can’t or shouldn’t be done. But this isn’t how you solve problems. You solve problems when you generate new ideas and explore them before you choose one.The healthiest cultures invite arguments and disagreements. A culture that is strong can withstand the idea of change. There are no sacred cows that must be protected. And every issue is seen as an opportunity to grow, not something to be avoided because egos are too fragile or feelings too easily hurt. Constructive conflict is necessary, and it’s incredibly valuable when done well. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) went against a general practice encouraged by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to almost spoil India’s party at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.Suresh Sathya, who took part in the 200m and 4x100m relay events at the Asiad, flunked a dope test and the callousness on the part of AFI has come for serious questioning.Though the federation was aware of Sathya’s positive dope test, it kept the result under wraps and allowed the athlete to compete in not one but two events even as his results were disclosed a couple of days before the events.The federation took the samples of some of the athletes for dope testing on November 14 after their return from Ukraine where they had gone for training in the lead-up to the Guangzhou Games. The AFI sent the samples to the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) on the evening of November 15.But thereafter, the AFI did not bother to check the results of the samples and their athletes headed for Guangzhou without any knowledge of the outcome of their samples.The question that remains to be answered is about the urgency that the federation showed for the sample testing even though the Games were already underway. WADA strongly discourages the federations, or even the national dope-testing bodies for that matter, to conduct tests just before any competition.Even though the AFI showed urgency in sample collection, it was hardly bothered to know the results of these samples and it was only a day before the 200m event on November 24 that it got to know about Sathya’s positive dope test.advertisement”Firstly, it was the AFI which collected the dope samples that were sent directly to the NDTL and we had no idea about it.But when we did come to know about the result, we notified both the athlete and federation on November 24,” NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar told MAIL TODAY on Sunday.The AFI continues to remain tight- lipped on the issue and its joint secretary ML Dogra said he was not aware of any notification that the NADA issued about Sathya’s dope flunk.” I have no idea if any of our athletes tested positive and whether NADA notified the federation or not.” But since the samples were coded and NADA was not aware of the athlete who flunked the dope test, it could not reveal the name of the athlete.” The samples are coded and even the NDTL doesn’t know who the athlete is. But the NADA notified the federation that one particular athlete has tested positive for nandrolone and is therefore provisionally suspended from taking part in any competition.” It was the federation’s responsibility to check up with NDTL about the result of the samples which it had collected on an urgent basis. NADA makes sure that it keeps a check on the results of the samples that go for lab testing. The federation, however, did not do that but we still informed them about Sathya’s case in whatever little time that we had,” Bhatnagar added.Sathya ran in the 4x100m relay in which India missed out on a bronze by a whisker. A medal would have meant a mandatory dope test for the athlete.India tasted unprecedented success in athletics at the Asian Games this year and a positive dope test would have come as a major embarrassment for the country.The officials at the AFI refused to respond on the issue and passed the buck to their colleagues, each of whom said that he had no clue about the whole incident.
Lungi Ngidi is expected to be sidelined with a knee injury for around 12 weeks, ruling him out of South Africa’s home Test series against Pakistan starting next month as he seeks to be regain full fitness for the 2019 World Cup.Ngidi injured his knee while fielding in a Twenty20 International victory over Australia on Sunday and scans have revealed ligament damage.”He underwent investigations and further assessments with knee specialists upon his return to South Africa, which revealed a significant ligament injury to the right knee,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement on Friday.”Due to the significant nature of the injury, he will require a minimum of 12 weeks of rest and rehabilitation to make a successful return to play.”We hope Lungi Ngidi is OK after leaving the field following this great effort@GilletteAU #CloseMatters pic.twitter.com/DwQqe6afhBcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 17, 2018Ngidi has been an important figure for South Africa across all three formats this year, but will not be considered for the matches against visiting Pakistan, which include three Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 fixtures.The 22-year-old will hope to be back for the visit of Sri Lanka in March, which will serve as the team’s final series before the 50-over World Cup gets under way in Britain in May.Ngidi has a bowling average of below 20 in his four Tests and 23.03 in 13 ODIs since making his debut against India earlier this year.Also watch –
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe marks ten years in managementby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe marks ten years in management facing Manchester United this weekend.With 10 more points at the halfway stage than the previous campaign, boss Howe insisted he would never stand still in search of perfection.He said: “For me as a person, I have just thrown myself into the job on every level. The job has consumed me.“I am just a walking football person. I am thinking football constantly. Every minute is evolved around the job and making sure I’m continuing to take the team and the club forward and it never stops.“The thing I have noticed in recent years, when you get to the Premier League, is how quickly the game changes.“You can never be complacent or content with your work. You have to consistently try to push new boundaries.”
Real Madrid encouraging Arsenal, Man City offers for Iscoby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are encouraging offers for Isco.The Spain midfielder has been on the outer of coach Zinedine Zidane’s plans this season.And AS says Real are eager to find a buyer in January.Arsenal are keen and hope to repeat the same move that landed Dani Ceballos, on-loan to the end of the season. But Manchester City have been following Isco long-term. City boss Pep Guardiola has long appreciated the midfielder and sees him as David Silva’s successor. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The signing followed a more than hour long discussion between Prime Minister Holness, his team and the Vice Governor and his ten man delegation. Significantly, the Vice Governor and his delegation came directly from China with the sole intent of returning with a signed Framework Agreement for the development of the Project. Executive Vice- Governor, of Gansu Province in China, Huang Qiang, says his government is ready to invest up to US 6 Billion Dollars to develop an Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone alongside the JISCO/ALPART operations in Nain, St Elizabeth. This announcement came at the signing of a Framework Agreement on Thursday and follows closely on the heal of a Non-Binding Agreement of Intent (NAI) on September 21 last year, between Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry and Governor of Gansu Province, Mr. Tang Renjian in China. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who witnessed the signing, has thrown the full weight of his office and the Government behind the project, by assigning Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, to work alongside Minister Henry and their Gansu counterparts, including the Vice Governor, to expedite the further development of the project. Story Highlights Executive Vice- Governor, of Gansu Province in China, Huang Qiang, says his government is ready to invest up to US 6 Billion Dollars to develop an Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone alongside the JISCO/ALPART operations in Nain, St Elizabeth. This announcement came at the signing of a Framework Agreement on Thursday and follows closely on the heal of a Non-Binding Agreement of Intent (NAI) on September 21 last year, between Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry and Governor of Gansu Province, Mr. Tang Renjian in China.Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who witnessed the signing, has thrown the full weight of his office and the Government behind the project, by assigning Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, to work alongside Minister Henry and their Gansu counterparts, including the Vice Governor, to expedite the further development of the project.The signing followed a more than hour long discussion between Prime Minister Holness, his team and the Vice Governor and his ten man delegation. Significantly, the Vice Governor and his delegation came directly from China with the sole intent of returning with a signed Framework Agreement for the development of the Project.The visiting party not only included the top brass from two of the world’s leading and largest construction and shipping companies from China, China Construction and COSTCO Shipping, but also The Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to Jamaica, Niu Kin Bao , Chairman Chen Chun Ming of JISCO Group and top management of JISCO /ALPART.The size of the investment for this contemplated development is of major significance for both Jamaica and China, in that it is the largest investment ever contemplated in Jamaica and it’s the first overseas investment for Gansu Province. It’s intended to move Jamaica from exporting raw materials to developing value added manufacturing and fabrication industries, led by the Bauxite/Mineral Sector.The Spirit of Cordiality, Co-operation and Commitment dominated the discussions and resulted in the Vice Governor inviting Prime Minister Holness, Ministers Henry and Chang to attend the Premier Construction Conference in Gansu this September.Jamaica and China have both agreed that the political, administrative and procedural preliminary activities will begin immediately, in order to be able to announce the next phase when the parties meet in China in September.
UK’s fund management company Tufton Oceanic Assets Limited has further expanded its fleet with two general cargo vessels.The company reached an agreement to invest USD 13.1 million into the two units, which will be bareboat chartered to an unnamed general cargo shipping operator.These are Tufton Oceanic’s first investments made from the proceeds of the placing announced on March 11, 2019. The additions will take the company’s fleet to fourteen vessels.According to Tufton Oceanic, the average tenor is 5.5 years. The yield on these vessels exceeds the targets expressed in the company’s prospectus dated September 25, 2018.
OTTAWA — The Vancouver shipyard building the navy’s new support ships says the decision to push one of those vessels to the front of the construction queue will shave months, rather than years, off its expected delivered date.The federal government revealed this week that Seaspan Marine will finish work on the first support ship before turning to a new oceanographic science vessel for the coast guard, which was originally slated to be built first.Seaspan vice-president of government relations Tim Page tells The Canadian Press that design work on the coast guard ship is taking longer than expected and changing the schedule will save money and time in the long run.But anyone expecting the support ship to be delivered overnight will be disappointed as Page says the shipyard’s new schedule has it hitting the water in 2022, at which point it will still need to undergo testing at sea.Prior to the new schedule, the Defence Department’s head of procurement said he expected the vessel to be delivered and ready for naval operations by mid-2023.As for the coast guard’s new science ship, Page says the time gained by pushing it back in the queue will be used to perfect its design and ensure taxpayers get full value for money.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsThis story started with a request for information and now it is leading to the question, just how open and accountable are First Nation governments in the Northwest Territories.APTN’s Wayne Rivers has this report.
MINNEAPOLIS — Google is looking into building a $600 million data centre in central Minnesota that would be powered by two wind farms.Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy disclosed the data centre project Thursday in a regulatory filing. The Google facility proposed in Becker would mark one of the largest private construction projects in recent state history and create about 50 full-time tech jobs.Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram says the city is among several sites under consideration. Bertram says the plan calls for most of the facility’s electricity to come from renewable sources.Under the proposed agreement, Xcel would sell Google land for the facility and provide electricity service.Xcel says the project would help the utility and the area transition from its reliance on the Sherco plant, the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.The Associated Press
The Hague: Dutch investigators have arrested three former employees of a local company suspected of laundering some 1.2 billion for an energy client in India, prosecutors said on Friday. The Dutch company bought materials and services around the world for the Indian firm which has been involved in laying a gas pipeline on the subcontinent since 2006. “It is suspected that the Dutch company used to increase the amounts on the invoices for the materials and services supplied,” said the public prosecutor’s office, which did not name either company. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The company also acted as a so-called “invoice duplicator” meaning the Indian company was able to claim costs twice from gas customers, the statement added. “The ‘profits’ earned in this way were subsequently creamed off via the Dutch company,” it said. The gains were then transferred via a complex web of businesses based among others in Dubai, Switzerland and the Caribbean, before eventually ending up at a business owned by the Indian company in Singapore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe suspects allegedly received payments of up to 10 million (8.9 million euros) for their involvement. Suspicions were raised after an inspection of the books of the Dutch company, situated south of the central city of Utrecht. Dutch investigators of the elite Fiscal and Investigation Services raided the company’s premises in November 2017, seizing administrative records. The three suspects who were arrested on Tuesday are expected to appear before the Rotterdam district court on Friday. “In this case Dutch companies are suspected of assisting an Indian client to launder suspected illegal earnings,” the statement said. The real losers “were probably individual citizens in India” as the cost of production of gas is passed onto the consumer, it added.
Kananga: Two men suspected of involvement in the murder of two UN experts investigating mass killings in the Democratic Republic of Congo escaped from prison overnight, a defence lawyer said Tuesday. The pair, Evariste Ilunga Lumu and Tshiaba Kanowa, fled the central prison in Kananga, in central DRC, Lumu’s lawyer Tresor Kabangu told AFP. He was informed of their disappearance by the military prosecutor’s office. At dawn on Tuesday, heavy gunfire could be heard from the vicinity of the prison in Kasai-Central province. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAn AFP correspondent reported that by morning, the situation at the prison was tense with inmates in the yard threatening to attack anyone who ventures inside. Military and police officials were at the scene, awaiting reinforcements to enter the prison and do a headcount to determine how many have escaped. The experts — Zaida Catalan, a 36-year-old Swedish-Chilean national, and American Michael Sharp, 34 — were in Kasai on behalf of the UN Security Council to investigate mass graves associated with a rebellion.
Rabat- Morocco opened this Thursday alien offices nationwide to start processing requests of undocumented immigrants, in accordance with instructions of King Mohammed VI for a more humane migration and asylum policy. “This is an important day for undocumented immigrants who do not only come from Africa, but also from several other regions, mostly Asia, said Morocco’s interior minister Charki Draiss who dedicated the Rabat’s alien office with minister in charge of Moroccans living abroad and of migration affairs, Anis Birou.He added that the number of undocumented immigrants in Morocco has reached according to the interior ministry’s estimates around 25,000 to 300,000, noting that this exceptional regularization operation will help to know the exact number of foreigners living in Morocco without legal stay documents and will help improve their social-economic conditions.“It is a great day for immigrants and for Morocco”, said secretary general of the Democratic organization of immigrant workers in Morocco, Marcel Amiyeto, who noted that 250 undocumented immigrants are present in the office for the first day of this operation. The operation, to last till December 31, concerns foreigners married to Moroccan nationals, those who have been living in Morocco with another foreigner, legally settled in Morocco for at least 4 years, children of these two categories, foreigners who have work contracts of at least two years, foreigners who have been living in Morocco continuously for at least 5 years, and foreigners who suffer from serious diseases.
Rabat – The second session of the Morocco-US strategic dialogue opened this Friday morning in Rabat, under the co-chairmanship of minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, and US secretary of state John Kerry. Themed “strengthening solid cooperation ties between the two countries”, the meeting is an opportunity for the two countries to promote and expand economic, political, social, educational and cultural partnership. Rabat and Washington have repeatedly expressed resolve to open new horizons in their ties, in keeping with the joint communiqué released last November following the summit-meeting held in Washington between King Mohammed VI and President Barack Obama. Three work sessions, held as part of this dialogue, will look into “political and security issues”, “economic and trade relations” and “cooperation in education and cultural fields”.
A year after unexpectedly mounting a World Series run, the New York Mets are experiencing a bit of a pennant hangover in 2016. They started the season hot, with a 15-7 record, but since then have gone 49-56 — basically the same winning percentage as the lowly Phillies’ full-season mark. Even granting that World Series teams usually regress to the mean the following season,1During the 162-game era — going back to 1962 — pennant winners averaged 96.5 wins in their World Series year, and only 88.4 the next season. the Mets have backslid more than most.Searching for answers, New York manager Terry Collins pointed a finger at his team’s health woes, specifically suggesting that its playoff run last fall contributed to a spate of pitching injuries that have seen most of the Mets’ vaunted staff miss time this year.“We don’t make excuses here,” Collins said. “But I’ve had too many guys that have managed deep into the postseason tell me that there is a residual effect. And a lot of times, it’s your pitching.”He’s right that the Mets have been among the most injured teams in baseball. But the link between that fact — particularly on the pitching side — and the extra rigors of New York’s World Series run is questionable. Since the Division Series began in 1995, there’s been no relationship between the length of a team’s stay in the postseason and whether its pitchers met expectations the following season.To quantify this, I set a team’s pitching expectations — according to the sum of wins above replacement (WAR) for its staff — in a given season based on its pitchers’ WAR in the preceding year, as well as their average age (weighted by WAR) that year. The better the pitchers were one season, the better they’re likely to be the next, and younger staffs tend to improve their WAR year over year. (For example, the 2015 Mets had the sixth-most pitching WAR in baseball, and were also its 12th-youngest staff, so they figured to be very good again in 2016.)If deep playoff runs were subsequently associated with the mass disintegration of pitching staffs, we would expect a relationship between the number of postseason games a team played one year and the amount by which its staff WAR missed expectations the following season. Yet, no such relationship appears to exist: The 2016 Mets would be a curious choice as flag-bearers for a World Series pitching hangover anyway. Despite the injuries, they’ve compiled more pitching WAR than any team in the major leagues this season, wildly exceeding any reasonable expectations we might have assigned them before the campaign began. Injured or not, New York’s hurlers aren’t the problem.However, a lineup that’s scoring an anemic 3.83 runs per game (third-worst in baseball) and producing the majors’ 11th-fewest WAR (in a tie with Colorado) is. If the Mets’ pitchers have exceeded expectations in the team’s pennant defense, their position players have declined precipitously from the form that led to a World Series berth — particularly that of the late-season version that transformed itself offensively after acquiring Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline.So Collins probably shouldn’t get too caught up in speculating about a World Series hangover for his pitchers. Almost every team’s staff has to fight through injuries and underperformance, but deep postseason runs don’t historically tend to amplify those issues. And more importantly, if the Mets’ hitters were providing its league-leading staff with any kind of support, they wouldn’t be on the fringe of the postseason picture right now.
OSU redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) attempts a pass during a game against Western Michigan at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 26. OSU won, 38-12. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State coach Urban Meyer had the whole world in suspense, wondering who would be the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. The choice between redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett seemed clear on both sides to many OSU fans, but not for Meyer. The starter wasn’t officially announced until a few days after OSU’s third game, a matchup with Northern Illinois in which Jones hadn’t played well. Barrett, the backup, stepped in the second half of the game and helped win the game. Still, that did not stop Meyer in the days following the game to make an official declaration of Jones as the starter.The announcement was shocking to many people. After such a rough start to the season, what reason did the coach have for staying so loyal to Jones? Well, it could be that Meyer is simply giving Jones a chance to start because he might have the desire to go to the NFL next year.The quarterback controversy has dwindled with each passing week, but Jones’ performance still hasn’t been spectacular, especially in the Week 5 game at Indiana.In Bloomington, Indiana, Jones didn’t throw a touchdown in the first half. The leading scorer at the break for Buckeyes was redshirt senior kicker Jack Willoughby, who made two field goals to account for all of OSU’s points.While junior running back Ezekiel Elliott provided a lift on offense in the second half, Jones still didn’t throw a touchdown until the fourth quarter, which he hit redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas for an 11-yard score. That was it for Jones, as he finished the game 18-of-27 for 245 yards, the touchdown and an interception. Indiana’s second-string quarterback, Zander Diamont, looked more impressive and poised than Jones when he entered the game, despite not being aware he would play. Diamont had six completions, a reception and a 79-yard touchdown run, which is a pretty good day for a backup.Jones’ passing stats weren’t bad overall, but if Diamont was in for the entire game, the Buckeyes might’ve lost. Elliott was required to carry the Buckeyes to victory with little help from his quarterback, an attribute that makes the Buckeyes seem one-dimensional. Jones’ performance so far has not appeared like starting quarterback material, so where does Meyer’s loyalty come from?Jones was a redshirt sophomore last season, meaning had the chance to enter in the NFL draft after leading OSU to a national championship. However, he didn’t go through with it because he wanted to raise his draft stock with a full season under center rather than just three starts.Jones will most likely leave for the NFL after the season, but in order for him to raise his draft stock he must play well, which he hasn’t done yet. Football is about earning a spot. While Meyer’s allegiance to Jones for his performance in the clutch last season and his subsequent decision to stay in school is understandable, it still seems like Meyer might be doing a disservice to the team by standing by Jones’ side.Is loyalty enough to earn the job, or does Jones’ performance warrant a move? Has the starting quarterback spot been earned, or given?
Pamela Darien (Photo by Michael Davenport)Pamela Darien, valedictorian of Sojourner-Douglas College’s Class of 2015 at what could the schools final graduation.Turn to page C1 for more on the school’s fight for survival and go to afro.com/slideshows to see more pictures.
One of Twitch’s big perks for Amazon Prime members is going away: Universal ad-free viewing will no longer be part of Twitch Prime for new members, starting Sept. 14.Launched in 2016, Twitch Prime was designed to drive more subscribers to Amazon’s Prime program ($99 per year), whose benefits include free shipping on millions of products and access to Prime Video. Amazon acquired Twitch in 2014.Being able to watch Twitch live game broadcasters without any ads was one of the most appealing components of Twitch Prime. Now, that’s going away.“Advertising is an important source of support for the creators who make Twitch possible,” the company said in a blog post announcing the move. “This change will strengthen and expand that advertising opportunity for creators so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 However, the Twitch Prime program offers one free subscription to a Twitch channel, so users can still get ad-free viewing on a single channel if that creator has enabled that feature. In addition, Twitch users can get ad-free viewing across all channels by subscribing to Twitch Turbo, which costs $8.99 per month.Twitch Prime members with monthly subscriptions will continue to get ad-free viewing until Oct. 15; those who already have an annual subscription (or those who upgrade to an annual subscription before Sept. 14) will continue with ad-free viewing until their next renewal date.All other Twitch Prime benefits, like monthly channel subs, monthly games and loot, and chat badges are not changing. According to Twitch, it has offered Twitch Prime members more than $1,000 worth of free games and in-game loot for games like “Fortnite,” “PUBG” and “Hearthstone.”Also on Monday, Amazon announced that its 20% discount for video game pre-orders for Prime members will end on Aug. 28. Instead, Prime members will be offered a $10 credit on select titles.
The company also developed the tracking hardware used by HTC’s Vive VR headset. Valve has continued to develop its tracking hardware, and reportedly also developed its own VR headset internally. However, with major headset manufacturers switching to inside-out tracking without the need for any external tracking devices, the company’s future in the VR hardware market is less certain.One of the people who departed the company as part of the layoffs was Nat Brown, who had been working as a VR engineer for the company since September of 2015. Brown announced his departure on Twitter Thursday morning, saying that he left Valve in early February. Developing. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Video game publisher and distributor Valve has laid off some of the staffers working on its VR initiatives, the company confirmed Thursday. However, a spokesperson said that this doesn’t mean Valve is exiting VR, sending Variety the following statement:“Last month, 13 full-time employees were let go and a portion of our contractor agreements were terminated. It’s an unfortunate part of business, but does not represent any major changes at the company. We thank those affected for their contribution and wish them well in future endeavors.”Valve is best known for games like “Half-Life” and “Counter-Strike,” and is also running the Steam distribution platform for PC-based gaming. As part of Steam, Valve has also had a major impact on the PC-based VR market, distributing titles for both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Kolkata: Five acid-attack survivors walked the ramp as show-stoppers donning outfits of ace fashion designer Agnimitra Paul at an event, with a galaxy of dignitaries from different walks of life cheering them.State Women and Child Development and Social Welfare (Independent Charge) minister Sashi Panja, who was present on the occasion on Saturday, commended the efforts put in by the girls to make this turnaround possible.”They are not acid attack victims, they are survivors,” she said. To a question, Panja said, the government has always stood by women, who have been subjected to attacks and torture by providing them emergency treatment at state hospitals.”We are also ready to help them in getting legal assistance if they approach the state government,” she said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeComing back to the event, Panja said, “What I liked the most is their confidence, none of them are embarrassed of the scars. Infact they are the most beautiful women as their beauty comes from within.”Paul, who designed their clothes, said the five women were “show-stoppers” in the truest sense of the term.”If we consider what they had gone through, the battle they had waged after such brutal physical attacks on them, these five women will eclipse any celebrity from the world of glamour or sports.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe show also advocated stringent punishment for perpetrators of acid-attacks, the designer stated. “If we can carry on protests against rape, we should also be equally vociferous in our protests against acid attack. There should be equally stringent laws to convict acid-attack accused,” she asked.Recounting the battles of the women, whose names could not be disclosed, Paul said: “One of them had acid thrown at her by in-laws and husband for giving birth to a daughter. She came out and brought up the girl with great difficulty. “But her daughter, for whom she had faced the brunt of the savage attack, died two years ago. I told the woman not to let the smile on her face go away and face the world and adversities with her head held high.” The women, dressed in vibrant outfits, were overjoyed to learn they can take these outfits home, Paul said.”This is just a tiny gesture on my part to tell them how special they are,” she added.The five acid-attack survivors walked the ramp on the sidelines of a beauty pageant ‘Tanaya’ at ‘Bengal Club’. Bengali actor Rudranil Ghosh, actress Mimi Chakraborty, Kanchana Moitra, painter Suvaprasanna and danseuse-social activist Alakananda Roy were among those present in the audience to cheer the five women.