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Mark Zuckerbergs personal security chief accused of sexual harassment

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first_img Tags 0 Tech Industry Internet Services Share your voice 5:10 Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Facebook co-founder: Time to break up the social network Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been accused of making racist comments abut Priscilla Chan, the Facebook CEO’s Asian-American wife. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been accused of sexual harassment and making racist statements about Priscilla Chan, the Facebook CEO’s Asian-American wife, Business Insider reported Thursday.One of the accusers is a former employee of Zuckerberg’s household staff, while the other is a former executive assistant to the security chief, Liam Booth, BI reported. Lawyers representing the pair have sent letters regarding the allegations to the law firm representing the companies that provide security and support for the Zuckerberg family, BI reported.The letters accuse Booth, a former Secret Service agent, with “pervasive discriminatory conduct,” “horrific levels of sexual harassment and battery” and fostering an environment in which staff were repeatedly subjected to racist, homophobic and transphobic diatribes, BI reported.The report didn’t identify the accusers because they’re alleged victims of sexual harassment.One of the letters, sent by the law firm The Bloom Firm, alleges Booth made racist remarks about Chan’s driving ability in front of the household staffer, saying, “She’s a woman and Asian, and Asians have no peripheral vision,” while using his fingers to pull the skin near his eyes to the side, BI reported.Booth also made racist comments to the security staffer, according to the letter, saying that he “didn’t trust black people” and “white lives matter more than black lives,” BI reported. A spokesman for Zuckerberg’s family office said an investigation is underway and that Booth is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”The family office takes complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously and our human resources team promptly investigates all such matters. The allegations against Liam Booth were brought to the office’s attention for the first time by The Bloom Firm after both former employees had left employment by the family office and engaged legal counsel,” the spokesman said. “As soon as The Bloom Firm presented these allegations, the family office engaged Munger, Tolles & Olson, an outside law firm, to conduct an investigation of all allegations made by The Bloom Firm to determine whether the claims have merit.”Also named in the letter is Brian Mosteller, the managing director of Zuckerberg’s private office, who’s accused of failing to take action after being informed of the former staffers’ allegations, BI reported. There’s no allegation in the letters that Zuckerberg was aware of the alleged harassment.A representative for The Bloom Firm confirmed it’s representing the former employees but didn’t immediately have a comment to offer.Neither Booth nor Mosteller could immediately be reached for comment.The Zuckerberg family has properties in Palo Alto and Lake Tahoe, California; San Francisco and the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Facebook spent $20 million on personal security for Zuckerberg and his family last year, the social media giant revealed last month in an SEC filing. Post a comment Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

4 BSF jawans killed in encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarhs Bastar region

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first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:11/0:27Loaded: 0%0:11Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:16?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Four Border Security force personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh in an encounter with Naxals on Thursday, April 4 afternoon. A sub-inspector and three constables were victims of the attack when Maoists ambushed the team in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. According to Times of India, the team was conducting a routine area domination operation when the Maoists opened fire on them. Even though the BSF personnel retaliated, they lost their lives. Along with the four victims, two officers have been injured and are currently undergoing treatment. (This is a developing story. More details awaited) [Representational Image]Reuters Closecenter_img 4 BSF jawans killed in encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar regionlast_img read more

EU calls for humane treatment of Rohingyas

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first_imgEuropean UnionA high-level conference on the Rohingya refugee crisis will begin in Geneva on Monday.At the conference, the international community is expected to respond to and address this major refugee crisis.The European Union, a co-host of the conference, is “encouraging all donors to contribute to a successful conference”, according to an EU news release issued in Dhaka on Sunday.Kuwait is the other co-host of the conference which is being organised in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).The conference is being held in the wake of arrival of almost 600,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar persecution since 25 August.More than one donor agencies have meanwhile called for pledging and disbursing enhanced funding to meet the rising costs of relief operations for Rohingyas in Bangladesh.“It is an important moment to demonstrate solidarity, common approaches and a strong humanitarian face of the international community to meet the needs of the many people that have fled their homes,” EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management Christos Stylianides said.The release mentioned that the EU “continues, as a matter of priority, to directly address the situation with the Myanmar authorities.”last_img read more

Houston Company Wants To Use Blockchain Technology To Improve Health Record System

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first_img 00:00 /03:31 Listen X If you’re into technology, you have probably heard of Blockchain, a digital accounting method for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.A Houston company wants to use this technology to create a new universal health record system.For this week’s Bauer Business Focus, we sat down with Khalid “Ken” Parekh, founder and CEO of IT services firm Amsys and founder of its subsidiary Amchart.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. center_img Ed MayberryKen Parekh founded Amsys in 2003. Its subsidiary Amchart aims to use Blockchain technology to create a patient-controlled health data system To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Celebrating Indian art legends

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first_imgLalit Kala Akademi screened two documentaries directed by the veteran theatre personality, E Alkazi from their archives on 19 December evening in the auditorium of the Akademi. These two documentaries bring out the contributions and importance of two painters who gave a new grammar to the language of Indian Art.  One was on Amrita Sher Gil, much acclaimed painter who gave a new meaning to modern Indian painting. She single handedly took the challenge of modernising the Indian painting when already Bengal school and the school following the Victorian styles were dominating the Indian Art world. The ‘bharat-mata’ figure or the realistic depiction of women figures from these already existing schools did not inspire her. She infused raw energy into her works that profoundly talk about a deep understanding of sexuality and freedom of women. Her women—reserved, somber, poignant and with distinct characteristics add a cavernous observation of human psychology. Born, brought up and trained in Europe, she returned to India, she believed, where she belonged. She drew inspirations from Indian cultures and paintings, especially the miniature paintings. Her Three Women or Hill Women or Woman on the Charpoy brings forth her love for painting and Indian society. After a productive year of 1940s, she died in 1941 at the age of twenty-eight from a short period of illness. India lost the princess of canvas much before the independence.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The second one was on MF Husain, the controversial, loved, celebrated poet-painter of Modern India. Alkazi tried to capture the spirit of Husain, with his iconic painting-brush walking stick, walking on the streets of Delhi mingling with his own people. This gave him energy to give human shapes to inanimate objects, which can be seen in his umbrella series. His understanding of the working class and their struggles can be seen in his paintings where he made the cart-bull-man into a composite ‘machine’ yet representing a picture of the dismantled human figure. His Ramayana and Mahabharata series show his brilliant understanding of the Indian culture. He said the figure of woman/shakti is so powerful in his mind that he tried to give expressions to it through Parvati, Saraswati, Draupadi and Mother Teresa. The ‘horse’ that ran for freedom of imagination and creativity in life and on canvas died in 2011.last_img read more

6 Startup Events and News to Watch This Week

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first_imgOctober 7, 2013 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Austin Startup Week kicks off with a battle of the bands, the Shutdown threatens to thwart D.C.-area businesses, great minds connect at the Inc. 500|5000 awards, students party hard at College Fest… This week’s notable news and startup events for entrepreneurs:1. Austin Startup Week: Kick off the Austin Startup Week with a battle of the bands competition hosted by the Austin Technology Council on Oc. 7. For the rest of the time, discussions dubbed “Co-Founders Wanted” and “Intro to the Austin Startup Scene,” among others, offer to keep you in the know and networked up the wazoo. (Austin, Texas, Oct. 7 – 11)2. Shutdown continues: The U.S. federal government shutdown heads into its second week. Small businesses continue to feel the burn. (Oct. 1 – present) Surveys sink: And if last week was any indication, government surveys, upon which many business owners have come to rely for a gauge on the U.S. economy, will also be delayed. Last week, two surveys on construction spending and manufactured goods and the monthly jobs report were delayed. This week, four more surveys will get sidetracked. Private companies shelve workers too: Though not a federal agency, Lockheed Martin plans to furlough about 3,000 employees this week due to the government shutdown. Various other defense contractors including United Technologies also said they’d furlough workers if the shutdown continued.3. Create a power partnership: Join the Impact HUB for a free introductory workshop, the first in a four-part series, aimed at helping you build “a more effective and satisfying” business partnership. (San Francisco, Oct. 8)4. Get down to business at Inc. 500|5000: Check out the Inc. 500|5000 conference and awards ceremony where the “brightest, most successful” business minds come together to celebrate achievements in private enterprise. This three-day event also features high-level keynote speakers and networking opportunities. (Washington D.C., Oct. 10 – 12)5. Tap the college market: Join the party or the exhibition at College Fest, which claims to be the “most attended back-to-school even in New England.” With more than 17,000 students in attendance, brands are lining up to put their products in the hands of this sought after demographic. (Boston, Mass., Oct. 12-13)6. Meet up with tech treps in NYC: Meet, mingle and make lasting relationships with some of Silicon Alley’s leading entrepreneurs at the NY Tech Meetup, for a night of live demos and networking. Aimed at promoting the NY tech scene and innovative, sustainable businesses, this event is a bargain at $10 a head. (New York, Oct. 8) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more