No more fitties: Fitfinder founder fined

first_imgFitFinder founder Rich Martell has pulled the plug on his website, after facing disciplinary action from UCL, who have accused him of “bringing the university into disrepute”.Since its launch on 24 April 2010, FitFinder has received over five million hits from students across 50 different universities. But now Martell, the 21 year old creator of the site, has come under pressure from University authorities to take the site down for good.Martell revealed that UCL had summoned him multiple times for meetings with “very senior members of the University”. Martell was fined £300, the maximum allowed under UCL rules. University bosses told him that “we want you to take the fine now” and that the university would “take disciplinary action” if he did not cooperate with the university discipline.“My degree could be put in doubt if the site remains up” said the worried computer scientist. “This could be taken to a disciplinary hearing – if it is, then my degree is withheld until the result of that hearing. A punishment such has expulsion would not be out of the question”When Cherwell asked Martell which UCL don was threatening him he answered “I really don’t want to wind them up further by them knowing I’ve given their name.”Cherwell has seen a letter sent to Mr Martell by Ruth Siddall, UCL’s Dean for Students.It reads “A potential charge UCL can bring against you is ‘bringing the College into disrepute’ by setting up this website…it could be taken as inciting internet stalking and sexual harrassment…There is very strong feeling from senior colleagues here at UCL and also in the complaint from LSE that we should take action against you… Richard – do you have a lawyer? If not I suggest that you get one!”Martell said that he has been left penniless by the fine and unable to afford legal advice of his own, forcing him to take the site down.UCL’s disciplinary code states “Misconduct which may be the subject of disciplinary procedures under this Code is defined as…behaviour which brings UCL into disrepute.” Martell wrote on theFitfinder.co.uk about the “increasing pressure to take the website offline by Universities”. Speaking to Cherwell, he said “I think the main reason UCL were taking action was because they received complaints from other universities such as LSE.”Last week the London School of Economics told The Times: “We’re against the site and we’ve asked people not to use it. First of all we had some complaints from students who found it insulting and secondly if you’re in the library you’re there to study.”UCL’s Press Office said in a statement that “UCL does not approve of or condone this site” and admitted that the Dean of Students took “disciplinary action against the student for bringing the college into disrepute”. UCL said, “We gave him a fine and that was the end of the matter.”A UCL spokesman said that an academic hearing was discussed internally but it was concluded that this would be “heavy handed” and decided not to take it further. He added that there was “no question” that Mr Martell’s degree would be withheld.Martell assured Cherwell readers that “When I’m sure my degree is safe in my hand, then what we’re going to do is improve the site…we will be coming back with a more developed website as soon as possible. We are also looking to bring FitFinder to people via apps on mobile devices and across music festivals over the summer.”Protest against the loss of Fitfinder has been coordinated online, where one petition gained over 3000 signatures in the first 24 hours.A Facebook group set up by Scott Bryan of York University defended the site, saying that the “great majority of messages are friendly jokes and compliments…if it does look a little bit crude sometimes it because we are young and us young people are sexually frustrated.”Oxford students’ reactions to the loss of the website were mixed. Some were outraged, seeing UCL’s approach as draconian, and condemned what they saw as the university’s vendetta against one of its own students. History student Greg Manuel said that UCL were “unreasonable to ask [Martell] to close the site as it just opens the way for [other companies] to do the same thing.”But not all comments have been so supportive. One poster on Fitfinder’s Facebook page condemned Mr Martell’s decision as cowardly. Oliver Warren said “YOU have caved in to their pressure. Getting people to waste their time filling out surveys is ridiculous and unnecessary…just re-open the site…get some balls – try looking to the pirate bay for inspiration if you really lack a spine.”Oxford Women in Politics president Krisztina Csortea thought the site should stay. She said “I haven’t noticed any increase in misogyny since the appearance of Fitfinder. As far as I am aware, it mentioned both men and women, and I don’t think it had significantly more adverse consequences than gossip columns or ‘fit’ contests.”Other students were concerned about how they would while away long library hours without the site. One Exeter lawyer concluded that “Not only is FitFinder a laugh and a light hearted way to break up revision, practically speaking it’s also effectively a sat-nav for clunge.”FitFinder courted controversy from its opening. One week after launching, the Joint Academic network, the UK’s education and research network, blocked FitFinder from UK university networks over the perceived level of distraction offered by the site. However, the ban was lifted within 24 hours following floods of complaints from students.last_img read more

EIOPA committee chairman confirms 2015 ‘stress tests’ for IORPs

first_imgThe European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is preparing stress tests for institutions for occupational retirement provision (IORPs) as early as next year, according to Patrick Darlap, chairman of EIOPA’s Financial Stability Committee.Addressing delegates at a recent meeting of the Austrian Actuarial Society in Vienna, Darlap also argued that the “biggest problem” for the European pension system was a lack of unified regulation. Also speaking at the Austrian Actuarial Society meeting, Falco Valkenburg, chairman of the pensions committee at the Actuarial Association of Europe (formerly Groupe Consultatif), said EIOPA was now working on “open issues” from the first quantitative impact study (QIS) for IORPs such as sponsor support valuation, the supervisory response to and definition of “underfunding” and the reduction of benefits, among other things.Valkenburg said a second QIS was likely to be combined with a stress test next year. He argued that actuaries would support risk-based capital requirements for IORPs because, “if you have some form of guarantee, you should make sure you have a valuation best estimate”.However, the consultant and actuary also stressed that certain aspects of pension funds – such as demographic developments and the nature of the contract between employer and employee – also had to be taken into account.The European Commission, in its proposal for a revised IORP II Directive, did not include risk-based capital requirements akin to those found in the first pillar of Solvency II and pledged that no further capital requirements “beyond those foreseen” in the Directive would be introduced.Valkenburg was uncertain if this would remain the case.“Listening to the Commission and EIOPA,” Valkenburg told IPE, “it is very likely that some form of capital-requirement mechanisms will be introduced to the IORP Directive in future.”He said this would “make a lot of things clearer”, if capital requirements were “adjusted to pension funds’ needs” and took into consideration “national specifics”.Taking Germany as an example, he pointed out that there was “practically no risk” for IORPs, as the plan sponsor was obliged to make additional contributions if needed.“That means there is actually no need for higher capital requirements for those IORPs,” Valkenburg said.He said it was much more important to identify where the risks in a pension contract were and to convey this information to members.What’s more, he called on the industry to admit that, “very often, too much is promised”, and said this problem needed to be addressed.Respecting the valuation of liabilities, he warned against applying counter-cyclical or matching premiums to “artificially shrink the value of liabilities”, arguing instead for the use of these premiums in a fund’s assessment of measures to be taken.The Actuarial Association of Europe has proposed the introduction of a “continuity test” for IORPs in addition to a point-in-time valuation.“It is basically an ALM test looking at how a pension fund will develop, and it will show whether the contribution level is still efficient, whether there is a risk of benefit cuts, etc.,” Valkenburg said.His main criticism regarding IORP II was the fact the full-funding requirement for new cross-border pension plans was re-introduced after it had been removed in a previously leaked draft.“In the directive, there is a provision for underfunded IORPs to set up a recovery plan – so why not start with such a recovery plan straightaway?” he asked.”This would help increase cross-border activity.”last_img read more

Kelver Darroux identifies changes made under his leadership

first_img Sharing is caring! 48 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Hon. Kelvar Darroux. Photo credit: GIS NewsParliamentary representative for St. Joseph Kelver Darroux believes several new changes under his leadership in St. Joseph and Layou have impacted positively on the lives of his constituents.Darroux who was speaking on the Government in Focus Programme last night, said he will continue to serve the people of that area inspite of their political affiliationHe says under his new representation he was able implement a website to keep in touch with Dominica overseas in an effort to get them to contribute to the development of their community.According to him the new fire and ambulance service which serves the west coast is added advantage to the people who need that service.Darroux said the people of St. Joseph and Layou have also benefited significantly from the Basic Needs trust Fund.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Kelver Darroux identifies changes made under his leadership by: – June 17, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Friday show at Fulton next for IMCA’s Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series

first_imgFULTON, N.Y. – Round six of the Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series takes the tour for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds to Fulton Speedway for a Friday, Oct. 3 event.The $400 to win, minimum $75 to start feature is part of the opening night program for Fulton’s Outlaw 200 Weekend. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $22 for adults and $8 for kids 14 and under. Entry fee is $20 and pit passes are $35.More information is available at the www.fultonspeedway.com website, by calling 315 593-6531 or on Facebook.Five different drivers – point leader James Cornell of Port Crane, Chris Fleming of Union Springs, Matt Cole of Binghamton, Gary Roberts of Afton and most recently Harpursville’s Gary Smith – have each won one series feature thus far in 2014.Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. James Cornell, Port Crane, 199; 2. Matt Cole, Binghamton, 195; 3. Gary Roberts, Afton, 189; 4. Gary Smith, Harpurs­ville, 187; 5. Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, 165; 6. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, 161; 7. Jared Spalding, Troy, Pa., 158; 8. Bumps Scutt, Cortland, 157; 9. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 156; 10. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 155; 11. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 148; 12. Billy Ward, Co­bleskill, 140; 13. Michael Butler, Richmondville, 86; 14. Kenneth Buck, Canton, Pa., 82; 15. Brian Steigerwald, Norwich, 75; 16. Craig Ward, Owego, 72; 17. Brad Smith, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., 70; 18. Mark Griffin, Canton, Pa., 63; 19. Kurt Decker, Nineveh, 56; 20. Rich Keller, Clay, 49.last_img read more

This week in esports: Maestro, ELEAGUE, DreamHack, Gillette

first_imgIt’s been another busy week in and around esports. The most notable news comes around Maestro, with $3,000,000 (£2.2m) in funding raised, ELEAGUE and its new viewer experience enhancing technology, Gillette adding TSM to its team portfolio and DreamHack aligning its sanction rules in line with ESIC. Maestro notches $3,000,000 in Series A financingMaestro, the engagement and analytics platform for enterprise live streamers, has just announced the close of a $3 million (£2.2m) Series A financing. The round was led by Hersh Interactive Group with additional investors Rubicon Venture Capital (an investor in Unikrn) and the Stanford-StartX Fund. This brings the total capital raised by the company to  $5.8m (£4.4m). Ari Evans, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Maestro, said: “As sophistication around streaming becomes the norm, the new metrics revolve around quality of interaction, retention, and attribution to the bottom line. We’re excited to enable businesses around the world to create robust, long-term live streaming strategies through their own destinations.”Discussing their plans for esports specifically, Evans told Esports Insider: “As we spend more time with enterprise live streamers, we increasingly discover how underserved they are in the market.  We have had the privilege of watching our customers adopt new live streaming strategies with our platform, fueling our spirit of continued innovation to drive new value to our growing ecosystem.Read the full article here.Gillette add TSM to esports portfolioGillette has partnered with TSM, in the company’s second team sponsorship of late. We’re proud to welcome @TeamSoloMid to our global roster of all-star athletes. pic.twitter.com/kw9YK11Adl— Gillette (@Gillette) September 1, 2017The world-renowned shaving brand entered into a partnership with EDward Gaming (“EDG”) back in May after adding Enrique Cedeño Martínez, also known as “xPeke” as a Gillette ambassador back in January. Now, it has added Team SoloMid to the fray just before they were in action at the North American League of Legends Championship Series Finals where the team beat Immortals by three games to one to make it three titles on the bounce. xPeke joined the likes of Neymar Junior, Antoine Griezmann and Rodger Federer as Gillette sponsored athletes and now TSM join a club portfolio including footballing giants FC Barcelona and the NFL franchise New England Patriots. Read the full article here.DreamHack align to ESIC recommendationsDreamHack has announced that with immediate effect, it will be following ESIC’s recent recommendations with regards to sanctions for various integrity breaches.It follows on from ESL’s decision to do the same after ESIC’s results from a 7,500+ fan survey saw them revise and realign their sanctions in line with what should be expected. Notably, it saw notorious Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team iBP unbanned after a match fixing scandal which saw Valve ban them for life. It’s worth noting that they are only unbanned from ESL and DreamHack events, and that Valve have yet to budge on their lifetime ban from Valve events.DreamHack has been a member of ESIC for a considerable while now, so many found it confusing when they didn’t take the same stance as ESL initially but it’s not taken too long for them to follow suit. They have aligned their sanctions surrounding Cheating, Match-Fixing, Doping and Competition Manipulation. Read the full article here.ELEAGUE working with DELL, SLIVER.tv and DOJO to enhance fan experienceELEAGUE, the esports brand from Turner Sports and IMG, has announced they’re set to engage “a collection of cutting-edge technologies” to enhance the upcoming CS:GO Premier. The tournament which kicks off September 8th, is set to work with a number of companies to provide new ways of viewing the tournament.First, in partnership with their official PC Hardware provider Dell Gaming, they’re set to be bringing biometric analysis to fans. Using eye-tracking technology developed by Tobii, they’re set to be collecting data thanks to the micro projectors and sensors, to show the situational awareness and reaction times to show the audience how players operate at the top level of competition. Video examples of this in operation are available here.Next up is virtual reality brought in from SLIVER.tv, a company already providing services to ESL and DreamHack in CS:GO. Taking the same technology from there, SLIVER allows the VR viewer to watch the game from any point in the map, as well as watching the standard audience stream as if you’re in the game.Read the full article here.last_img read more