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first_imgIn a recent letter to undergraduates, Dean Martyn Percy said: “I am writing to thank you for your support of Christ Church over these past months. This has not been an easy year for the House, but I want to reassure you that we are committed to Christ Church and its flourishing. Like a family, even in the midst of difficult times, we retain our core purposes and identity. Alongside his letter to the charity commission, Aitken gave Cherwell the following comment, “Like many members of the Christ Church Alumni Association, I regard it as a scandal of governance that the full Governing Body of the College has been refused sight of a full, unredacted copy of the Tribunal’s findings and reasons for clearing the Dean of all charges.” Aitken was particularly critical of the attempt to have ‘large parts of the Tribunal’s report censored or redacted’, dubbing this ‘the worst part of the Christ Church scandal so far’. “The question I and many other concerned observers of this scandal now want to know is: What is the Charity Commission doing about it?”  “The notion that a small cabal of anti-Dean Dons can censor the Tribunal’s report is an attempt at self-serving protection for themselves because they are severely criticised in the Appendices of the report.” “It will take time to reflect on the events of the past year, and we would ask you to allow us the space to do this. The House will need to carefully consider the tribunal process and, more generally, its governance arrangements. The latter will be reviewed through an independent review as has been recommended by the Charity Commission. I ask you to please bear with us whilst we undertake this important work. As you can appreciate, we will not be commenting further until the review has been concluded.” A statement from the Charity commission in response to Aitken letter said that: “While the trustees in this case appear to have followed the charity’s rules, the large sums reportedly spent on the tribunal are of concern. We have therefore told the trustees to set out the actual costs involved and explain how they oversaw and controlled them.” In the letter, Aitken wrote the following; “The scandal of wrongful charitable governance at Christ Church has grown, is continuing to grow and will soon become notorious as a result of media coverage, action by angry members of the wider Christ Church community, withdrawal of support by charitable donors and possible questions in Parliament.”  Aitken wrote a letter to the Charity Commission, in which it is claimed that the college had already spent £1.6 million on the case and it is “probable that the Governing Body will have to pay more than £2 million of its charitable funds”. When contacted for comment, a spokesperson for Christ Church said that, “As required by Christ Church’s Statutes, an internal tribunal was convened to consider a complaint raised against the Dean, which was subsequently dismissed. We are not yet in a position to confirm the total costs, but can confirm that the legal costs are being met out of Christ Church’s unrestricted funds and will not be directly funded by any donations.” Jonathan Aitken, who was both an MP and Chief Secretary to the Treasury under John Major, has accused his former college Christ Church of misusing funds in a fight against their own dean, Martyn Percy.  “The wounds at Christ Church need to be healed, in the longer term, by a sustained effort by all parties towards truth and reconciliation. This remains impossible as long as the truth contained in the Tribunal’s findings is not allowed to be seen by the Governing Body. In my mind the big question is: ‘Can the Governing Body govern itself?” The charity commission added more recently that they “told the trustees of Christ Church to undertake a review of the charity’s governance. It is good practice for all charities to undertake such a review from time to time. We will not be involved in the review directly, but we expect the trustees to report to us on its outcome.” last_img read more

Leslie Valiant wins Turing Award

March 1, 2021 | mrhtxubs | No Comments

first_imgThe Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) today (March 9) named Leslie G. Valiant the winner of the 2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his fundamental contributions to the development of computational learning theory and to the broader theory of computer science.Valiant, the T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), brought together machine learning and computational complexity, leading to advances in artificial intelligence as well as computing practices such as natural language processing, handwriting recognition, and computer vision. He also launched several subfields of theoretical computer science, and developed models for parallel computing.The Turing Award, widely considered the “Nobel Prize in Computing,” is named for the British mathematician Alan M. Turing. The award carries a $250,000 prize, with financial support provided by Intel Corp. and Google Inc.“Leslie Valiant’s accomplishments over the last 30 years have provided the theoretical basis for progress in artificial intelligence and led to extraordinary achievements in machine learning,” said ACM President Alain Chesnais. “His work has produced modeling that offers computationally inspired answers on fundamental questions like how the brain ‘computes.’“His profound insights in computer science, mathematics, and cognitive theory have been combined with other techniques to build modern forms of machine learning and communication, like IBM’s ‘Watson’ computing system, that have enabled computing systems to rival a human’s ability to answer questions,” Chesnais said.Valiant’s “Theory of the Learnable,” published in 1984 in Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, is considered one of the seminal contributions to machine learning. It put machine learning on a sound mathematical footing and laid the foundations for a new research area known as computational learning theory.“Google joins in recognizing Leslie Valiant for his profound impact on the computer science research landscape,” said Alfred Spector ’76, vice president of Research and Special Initiatives at Google Inc. “His ingenious concepts and original research have significantly influenced the way computers learn, with applications in medicine, transportation, finance, telecommunications, image processing, game theory, and strategic planning, to name a few.”One of Valiant’s key contributions to computational complexity was his work on enumeration problems. Its impact was to show the inherent difficulty in counting the number of solutions not just to computationally hard problems, but also to those whose decision complexity is relatively “easy.”“Les Valiant is known by researchers the world over for his revolutionary contributions to theoretical computer science,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “His work has reoriented this entire field in recent decades, single-handedly creating or transforming any number of key research areas. Les is clearly deserving of the Turing Award.”“From the first inklings of artificial intelligence to the early days of the ARPANET to the personal computer revolution and social networking, Harvard students, faculty, and alumni have been a driving force behind innovations in computer science,” added Cherry A. Murray, dean of SEAS and John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Les Valiant is yet another pioneer in this remarkable tradition.”More recently, Valiant has contributed to computational neuroscience, offering a concrete mathematical model of the brain and relating its architecture to complex cognitive functions.  In his 1994 book “Circuits of the Mind,” he details a promising new computational approach to studying the intricate workings of the human brain.  The book focuses on the brain’s ability to quickly access a massive store of accumulated information during reasoning processes despite the extreme constraints imposed by its finite number of neurons, their limited speed of communication, and their restricted interconnectivity.  The book offered a new approach to brain science for students and researchers in computer science, neurobiology, neurosciences, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science.“Les Valiant stands out for having essentially initiated multiple research areas within computer science,” says Michael Mitzenmacher, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard. “Learning theory, the complexity of counting solutions, the bulk-synchronous parallel model of computation, and holographic algorithms are just some of his outstanding contributions.  He is a truly profound thinker who has never feared bringing the power of theoretical computer science to entirely new areas, and he and his work have taught and inspired a generation of scholars.”Michael Rabin, Thomas J. Watson Sr. Professor of Computer Science at SEAS, won the Turing Award in 1976, and three SEAS-affiliated alumni have also been bestowed with the honor: E. Allen Emerson ’81; Richard M. Karp ’55, ’59; and Frederick P. Brooks Jr. ’56.To read the full release.last_img read more

first_imgSRI LANKA 1st innings 338 (D. Chandimal 138)BANGLADESH 1st innings (o/n 214-5)T. Iqbal lbw b Herath 49S. Sarkar b Sandakan 61I. Kayes lbw b Sandakan 34Sa. Rahman c D. de Silva b Lakmal 42T. Islam lbw b Sandakan 0S. Al Hasan c Chandimal b Sandakan 116M. Rahim b Lakmal 52Mosa. Hossain stp. Dickwella b Herath 75M. Hasan lbw b Herath 24M. Rahman lbw b Herath 0S. Roy not out 0Extras: (b-4, lb-8, w-2) 14Total: (all out, 134.1 overs) 467Fall of wickets: 1-95, 2-130, 3-192, 4-192, 5-198, 6-290, 7-421, 8-454, 9-454.Bowling: S. Lakmal 25-3-90-2 (w-1), D. Perera 33-5-100-0, R. Herath 34.1-6-82-4, A. Gunaratne 7-0-38-0 (w-1), L. Sandakan 33-2-140-4, D. de Silva 2-0-5-0.SRI Lanka 2nd inningsD. Karunaratne not out 25U. Tharanga not out 25Extras: (b-4) 4Total: (for no loss, 13 overs) 54Fall of wickets: NilBowling: S. Roy 5-1-13-0, M. Hasan 4-0-20-0, M. Rahman 1-0-6-0, S. Al Hasan 2-0-6-0, Mosa. Hossain 1-0-5-0. (REUTERS) – Shakib Al Hasan struck his fifth hundred and combined in a seventh-wicket stand of 131 with debutant Mosaddek Hossain to give Bangladesh a handy first-innings lead on the third day of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka yesterday.Playing their 100th Test, Bangladesh were bowled out for 467 in the final session, leading Sri Lanka by 129 runs, after the 21-year-old Mosaddek became the final wicket to fall for 75.Sri Lanka reached 54 without loss in their second innings at stumps, reducing the deficit to 75, with openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga both unbeaten on 25.After resuming on 214-5, all-rounder Shakib, who made 116, and captain Mushfiqur Rahim steadied the innings for Bangladesh with a stand of 92 before the latter was bowled by paceman Suranga Lakmal with the new ball for 52.That brought Shakib and Mosaddek together and the duo stubbed out Sri Lankan hopes of getting a lead with their resolute partnership.After Shakib fell to Lakshan Sandakan, Mosaddek and Mehedi Hasan Miraz continued to frustrate the hosts, who lead the two-match series 1-0, with another stand of 33.Sri Lanka captain and spinner Rangana Herath, 38, then restricted the lead with two wickets in as many balls to finish with 4-82, which also saw the left-arm spinner bring up 1 000 first-class wickets.Sandakan picked up four wickets for 140.last_img read more

Plenty to do for Stars after Madagascar tie

January 6, 2020 | hpnymhct | No Comments

first_imgHead coach Sebastien Migne has admitted that the team was lucky to go into the break level with the Malagasy especially as they had seen a penalty saved by Patrick Matasi and had an effort also go against the crossbar.“We were lucky to return at halftime with a draw; it is exactly what I said to the team. But in football you have two periods; the second half was better. I think it was a problem of attitude, but it’s difficult because we have new players,”“It was the first call up for Avire and also the first call up for Ayub with me and we didn’t play all of us together in the same time. It is a huge problem in football, you need to be a compact as a team. We rectified after in second half and it was better,” Migne stated.-Attack needs more effortHarambee Stars forward Ayub Timbe reacts during their friendly match against Madagascar at the Stade Robert Bobin in Paris, France on June 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe team had just one effort on target the entire opening 45 minutes, and it was a freekick from Eric Johannah from range.Defensively, Kenya kept it neat at the back though there were nervous moments frequently when Madagascar attacked from the flanks. Philemon Otieno and Aboud Omar were both found off guard a few times by the speedy Malagasy wingers.However, Musa Mohammed and Brian Mandela partnered well at the heart of defense to thwart any kind of danger.The team built well from the back but when it came to the business end in the final third, the options were always lacking. You might blame it on a new combination as Francis Kahata, Ayub Timbe and John Avire have not played together before.More often than not, Timbe picked the ball from deep, tried to dribble in but he had not much of options infront of him as the other two, especially Avire who was making his senior team debut did not read much into how he plays.Head coach Sebastien Migne has admitted as much, that the team needs to get sharper infront of goal.“We scored with a penalty, but we need to score during the game; I want it. We can improve also the set pieces, first half was not good. At the beginning of the match we also need to improve our concentration at the beginning of the game,” Migne stated.-Olunga shows he should start at AFCONHarambee Stars forward Michael Olunga reacts during their friendly match against Madagascar at the Stade Robert Bobin in Paris, France on June 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe introduction of Michael Olunga in the second period brought Kenya to life in attack. His height, speed and precision with his left foot caused Madagascar some trouble.He was to play a minimal role in the tie having only trained once, but judging from the opening 45 minutes, coach Migne knew he needed to bring in his Mr. reliable to bring in some punch, something that he did.All over sudden, the Madagascar defense was shaky with Olunga troubling them with his hold up play and thrice intercepted back passes with one of the efforts going inches over with a good curl and a second low shot going just wide.“It was a good start for me at least I am getting into rhythm. I am not worried about scoring because I know it will come,” Olunga commented after the match.-Matasi makes firmer claim for number one spotHarambee Stars keeper Patric Matasi shouts instructions during their friendly match against Madagascar at the Stade Robert Bobin in Paris, France on June 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPatrick Matasi has shown that he has grown from his performance against Ghana in March in Kenya’s final African Cup of Nations qualification match with a more matured and improved performance in the game against Madagascar.The St. George keeper played a massive role in Kenya’s qualification, his performance against Ethiopia away and Ghana at home being central in Kenya picking vital points.Save for one situation where he almost gifted Madagascar of a goal after dropping down the ball at the feet of a striker inside the six yard box as he tried to launch a distribution, Matasi was solid in goal and his penalty save earned him pay for the day.-Youngster Okumu shows he is one for the futureHarambee Stars defender Joseph ‘Crouch’ Okumu (centre) arrives in training at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis, France on June 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluJoseph ‘Crouch’ Okumu came on at the start of the second half for Musa Mohammed who had been pulled out as precaution after a slight muscle strain.But, the lanky defender blended in with Brian Mandela seamlessly, was calm, composed and made several important blocks especially in the final minutes of the game when Madagascar were launching attacks to try get an equalizer.The Harambee Stars U-23 skipper received plaudits from fellow journalists who were watching the game in the tribune and skipper Victor Wanyama also praised his performance on the pitch.“He is a young talent and today he showed he is grown and knows what it takes to perform at the top level like this and he performed really well, was calm and played really good balls and we are lucky to have a player like him,” Wanyama said of the USA based stopper.Stars will now work for the next six days before shifting their attention to their second friendly game against DR Congo in Madrid, Spain on Saturday before embarking on the trip to Cairo, Egypt for the final tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne issues instructions on the touchline during their friendly match against Madagascar at the Stade Robert Bobin in Paris, France on June 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPARIS, France, June 8 – Under cold, rainy and windy conditions at the Stade Robert Bobin Stadium in Paris on Friday night, Harambee Stars beat Madagascar by a solitary goal in their first 2019 African Cup of Nations warm up tie, 16 days before their opening game in Cairo against Algeria.But, despite the win courtesy of Victor Wanyama’s second half penalty, Stars have a lot to work on especially if the first half performance was anything to go by.last_img read more

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was admitted to a hospital three days ago after complaining of chest pain, died on Sunday evening, triggering shock and sorrow among the fraternity who termed it a great loss to the game.The veteran cricket administrator, 75, was admitted to the B.M. Birla Hospital on Thursday night and shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He also underwent a coronary angiography with his condition remaining stable for close to three days.Credited with turning the gentleman’s game into a global sport of big money and a reach well beyond its traditional bastions, Dalmiya’s death was widely mourned.Heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya #PresidentMukherjee&; President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) September 20, 2015My thoughts are with the family of Shri Jagmohan Dalmiya in this hour of grief. May Shri Dalmiya’s soul rest in peace.&; Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 20, 2015Heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Had met him in June. little did I realise that it would be the last (1/3)&; sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 20, 2015Will always cherish his encouragement & support over the years. Worked hard for the game of cricket & excelled as an administrator (2/3)&; sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 20, 2015Was touched by his efforts to make my penultimate Test at Eden Gardens very special. RIP Jagmohan Dalmiya. (3/3)&; sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 20, 2015 Deeply saddened 2 hear the news of the demise of Dalmiya Ji.My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.May his soul RIP @BCCIadvertisement&; VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 20, 2015Dalmiya Ji’s contribution 2 Indian cricket was immense.He was an astute administrator&a visionary.His demise is a huge loss 2 Indian cricket&; VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 20, 2015 Sad to know about demise of Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya…heartfelt condolences to his family and friends&; zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) September 20, 2015The greatest sports administrator of India has passed away,an era ends. A personal loss to me & Indian cricket. @BCCI #RIPDalmiyaJi&; Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) September 20, 2015I knew Dalmiya Ji for over 15 years. He was a mentor to us all & a true lover of the game. His guidance & passion was immense. @BCCI&; Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) September 20, 2015 Saddened to hear the news about Dalmiya Ji’s demise. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.&; Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 21, 2015Saddened by Mr. Dalmiya’s death. Immense contribution to Indian and world cricket. A huge loss. Always a players man! Condolences to family!&; Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) September 20, 2015#Rip Dalmiya sir. My heartfelt condolences to the family.&; Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) September 20, 2015Big loss for India cricket. Mr. Dalmiya always showed the way. Rest in Peace sir#RIP&; Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) September 20, 2015Really saddened by the news of Jagmohan Dalmiya passing away. An administrator with a cricketing heart, RIP Jagguda.&; Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 20, 2015JDalmiya was shrewd Crkt administrator & by far the best player-BCCI President!His concern fr Indn Crkt was http://t.co/84WYHMItmL Jaggu Da!&; Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) September 20, 2015 Respect to Mr Dalmiya for his contribution in Cricket.May his soul Rest in Peace.Strength and warmth to his loved ones !&; Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) September 21, 2015last_img read more