2 I want you too baby https://t.co/Lxi0LQz5rc— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 8, 2019 Yes, this exchange has descended into the sort of thing 13-year-olds giggle about. Musk dropped one more flirty message, with what seems to be a reference to a questionable internet challenge that takes place in November. You’ll have to research that one yourself if you really want to know. 😅 thank goodness it’s not November https://t.co/ius8kAptiC— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 9, 2019 So Mars did, tweeting a kissy face emoji with a perspective view of Gale Crater and Mount Sharp culled from the Science Photo Library. NASA’s Curiosity rover is currently exploring the crater. Online Comments Tags Mars seems to be a humorous novelty account, dropping jokes about looking cute in a selfie and getting turned down for a date by Earth. CNET dropped Mars a message to ask about the account’s background. The person behind Mars says, “I’m only a simple university student.” Thought I looked cute in this pic. Might delete later. pic.twitter.com/updeat3OCl— Mars (@4thFromOurStar) February 5, 2019 We already know Elon Musk has a thing for Mars. He’s pushing the under-construction SpaceX Starship as the way to get humans to the Red Planet. It seems like Mars might be crushing right back after a strange and suggestive Twitter exchange Friday.An anonymous Twitter account named Mars (with the handle @4thFromOurStar) tweeted a message saying it wants only Elon to move to Mars, implying no other humans will do. Musk replied to the planet with, “I want you too baby.” 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained 43 Photos 😘 pic.twitter.com/PvM6Odf19y— Mars (@4thFromOurStar) February 9, 2019 Mars might be waiting a long time for Musk to show up. SpaceX is working on an initial test prototype of Starship and has been firing the Raptor rocket engine designed to take the spaceship into orbit and beyond. It might break Mars’ heart to learn SpaceX plans to go visit the moon first, and even that’s not scheduled until 2023. Here’s hoping the Red Planet isn’t the jealous type. Share your voice Send me hot pics & I’ll be right over 😉 https://t.co/ld2VDbF0Wh— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 9, 2019 Mars asked when Musk was coming over. He dropped a classic, but not classy, internet flirtation line: “Send me hot pics and I’ll be right over.” Elon Musk Space SpaceX Twitter NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.
Comment Politics Tech Industry 1 The UN said last year that Facebook’s tools helped to fuel a genocide. Getty Images The United Nations wants Facebook to do better.Last year, UN investigators issued a report on the hate speech that helped to fuel a genocide in Myanmar. In it, the international body said Facebook played a “determining role” in the crisis, highlighting how much propaganda had spread on the service and how little the social network had done to stop it.Facebook responded, banning Myanmar military officials who spread hateful propaganda, admitting it should have done more, and cracking down on bad behavior on its platform.Still, the UN says, that is not enough.”I think there has been meaningful and significant change from Facebook, but it’s not nearly sufficient,” Christopher Sidoti, the UN investigator, said in an interview with Gizmodo published Wednesday.Sidoti’s criticism is the latest in a string of complaints from international leaders have had about Facebook’s handling of harmful content on its service. Most recently, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern criticized social media companies for not doing enough to halt the spread of hateful ideologies and propaganda, some of which were referenced in a manifesto published by a gunman before he massacred 50 people in two mosques in the country last month — which he livestreamed, on Facebook.”We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and that what is said on them is not the responsibility of the place where they are published,” Ardern said shortly after the shooting. “They are the publisher, not just the postman. It cannot be a case of all profit, no responsibility.”In the US, Facebook and Google will be testifying before the Hose Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill next week as part of a hearing titled, “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism.”In UN investigator Sidoti’s Gizmodo interview, he expressed concerns Facebook wasn’t being transparent enough about its efforts, and that, for example, Facebook hasn’t provided country-specific data about the spread of hate speech on its service. Ultimately, he added, Facebook “still has a very long way to go.””Even the report commissioned by Facebook itself indicated that only around half of the posts removed by Facebook were identified by Facebook,” Sidoti said. “They’re still reliant on being informed by outsiders, and they’re not yet anywhere near satisfactory in their performance in removing material — and certainly nowhere near satisfactory in preventing posting of this material in the first place.” Facebook Share your voice Tags
Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday turned down the election results of Barishal and Rajshahi city corporations and demanded re-election to the two cities, says a UNB report.The party will stage demonstrations in all the towns and metropolitan cities on Thursday to press home its demand.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the announcement at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.”Out of three cities, we turned down the election results of Barishal and Rajshahi. We also demand cancellation of the results and re-election to the two cities,” he said.About Sylhet city polls, Fakhrul said their party mayoral candidate could have won with a margin of over 100,000 votes had the election been held in a free, fair and credible manner, the report adds.The elections to Rajshahi, Barishal and Sylhet city corporations were held on Monday.Awami League mayoral candidates were unofficially declared elected in Rajshahi and Barishal city polls on Monday, while the announcement of the results was postponed in Sylhet as the number of votes in two centres where voting was suspended is higher than the difference between the two leading candidates’ tallies.
Share Florian Martin/HPMThe northern Third Ward lies just southeast of downtown Houston.A Houston street named for a Confederate officer will be renamed Emancipation Avenue.The Houston City Council on Wednesday approved changing the name of Dowling Street in the historic Third Ward. Richard “Dick” Dowling was a businessman and Confederate commander in the Civil War.The street leads to Emancipation Park. The site originally was the only municipal park available to blacks, who pooled their money in 1872 to buy the property to celebrate their freedom.Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public LibraryEmancipation Park, 1970’s, Dowling at Elgin Streets, 3rd WardThe renaming to Emancipation Avenue will coincide with marking the redevelopment of Emancipation Park, which is undergoing $33 million in renovations. Ceremonies will be part of Juneteenth.On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston to declare Texas slaves free. It was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Listen 00:00 /19:07 Republican unity/disunity/any unity? To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump makes a statement on the administration’s strategy for dealing with Iran, in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House, on October 13, 2017.On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus help us process the weeks’ news: Trump call that goes wrong to Gold Star military family Drug czar nominee withdrawing X Obamacare executive order – cost sharing reductions/Murray + Alexander = bill?Then, the profs dig into what’s happening with the Iran nuclear deal, something that was put in place during President Obama’s administration and may be renegotiated. As always, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share
(Updated October 16, 2014) In 2006, a small group of dedicated educators began meeting on Saturdays with minority middle school-aged boys at Sojourner Douglass College in east Baltimore.This small group was the beginnings of the Paul Robeson Academic International School of Excellence, or PRAISE, a Saturday college-readiness and manhood development program designed for a population often generalized as at-risk without respect to individual behaviors or achievements.Now housed at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, PRAISE was founded by Dr. LaMarr Shields, who was inspired to do so by his work as a reader and pitch man to students of color for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Gates Millennium Scholars program. The Gates program provides full scholarships for the entire length of university study at any school of the recipient’s choosing.“When I saw these smart brown boys from all over the country, from New York, to L.A., to Chicago, we [PRAISE] . . . created a college readiness model, to prepare them for college,” Shields told the AFRO during a recent visit to PRAISE program. “But [PRAISE is] also about manhood—manhood development.”PRAISE works to ensure that its students, consisting entirely of Black and Latino males, are prepared to succeed in college when they graduate high school.“We don’t accept the bare minimum,” said Mary Missouri, director of PRAISE and formerly an assistant principal at St. Francis Academy for 14 years. “There’s no back row here.”Academics are heavily emphasized, but so is developing a strong sense of self within the context of understanding of one’s history.“We want to make sure that these young boys have instilled in them the values, principles that are necessary in order to navigate this world, even in the face of injustice, even in the face of people treating them as less than,” said Missouri. “They need to understand that that’s not what you need to subscribe to and that you need to elevate your own standards.”In order to achieve this, PRAISE infuses its educational development programs with Afro-Caribbean perspectives, imparting not just academic skills, but also a broader cultural and historical awareness that is often lacking in Baltimore area public schools.For Tyrek Wynn, currently a senior at Pikesville High School, it is that sense of self that has meant the most to him.“The biggest impact for me from being in here would probably be getting more in tune with my culture, my past, my people I would say,” said Wynn. “Instead of just going about my business, actually learning about our journey so far through life, the things we’ve experienced.”Kennedy Huddleston, now in his third year as an instructor with PRAISE after 15 years as a science and English teacher at St. Francis Academy, said getting the young men to appreciate that they are part of an intentional journey is central to PRAISE’s mission.“A lot of them don’t even know that they’re walking a path, they think that life is [just] happening, so our job is ‘no, no, no, really you’re actually walking a path,’ consciously or unconsciously,” Huddleston said. “So how you walk that path is either going to make it difficult, or going to make it easy.”Like some other education based programs in Baltimore—LIFTT, or the Youth Resiliency Institute, for example—PRAISE also emphasizes parental involvement. While the only costs for the students is a small initial registration fee, parents are asked to support PRAISE’s work in ways other than financial, by attending eight once-a-month sessions that run for two hours each and are described by Shields as “very intense.”“It’s not just about educating the child,” said Missouri, “we try to educate the family members as well. Give the parents tools in their tool boxes [for] how to help their little Brown and Black boys navigate this society.”email@example.com
Maurice McKoy, reading to the children.BALTIMORE, Md., March 27, 2015 — A Baltimore educator who decided to give back to his hometown by overseeing effective after-school and summer learning programs for low-income kids has been honored with his organization’s highest award for educational leadership.Maurice McKoy, a product himself of the Baltimore City Public Schools, joined the nonprofit group BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) in 2007. For the last two years, he has led BELL’s after-school and summer programs at Harlem Park Elementary & Middle Schools and now has earned the organization’s Robert B. Peterkin Award for Educational Leadership.McKoy’s colleagues describe him as fiercely dedicated to his students’ success, both in and out of the classroom.“Maurice is the type of leader who puts his hand to the plow,” said Damon Johnson, BELL’s Director of Program Operations in Baltimore. “I’ve watched him do everything from clean the cafeteria to serve dinner to step into a classroom and participate in a lesson with a teacher. He has rightfully earned the respect of his staff, the school, parents and peers.”When asked what makes a great program leader, McKoy emphasized personal engagement with students and the community, something with which he is quite familiar.“Be a part of scholars’ lives,” said McKoy. “Provide resources that meet their needs and the needs of their parents. For example, we have partnered with the Maryland Food Bank to ensure that Harlem Park kids get breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and also go home on Friday with groceries to cover their weekend meals.”This is the second consecutive year a Baltimore educator has received the Peterkin Award; Johnson was honored last year for his summer program leadership. Each winner receive an award and a check for $1,000.The Peterkin Award is named for a long-time BELL board member and former director of the Urban Superintendents Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Winners are chosen based on BELL staff nominations, student assessments, parent and teacher surveys and data on the success of their programs.