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St Hugh’s launch inquiry into sexual harassment claims

first_imgAn independent inquiry is being launched into allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment at St Hugh’s College.The college has confirmed that its governing body commissioned the investigation following claims about the behaviour of a now-deceased fellow.It is understood the fellow is Professor David Robertson, who died in August last year.The inquiry was set up after author and graduate Melanie McGrath wrote an online article, accusing Robertson of “doing a Weinstein on me” – a reference to Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein – when she was an undergraduate studying PPE in the 1980s.She wrote: “David, who was my tutor, held tutorials in his flat on college grounds and had an uncanny knack for scheduling a shower, at whatever time of day, just before I arrived. He’d open the door – as if innocently – dressed in his bathrobe and, one time, in a tiny towel.“For the next hour I would have to undergo the humiliating experience of reading my essay, on which I had laboured hard and with serious intent, while David sat opposite, half-naked and manspreading, often smelling of alcohol and sipping from a mug of what was never tea or coffee.“In the midst of my valiant efforts to get a grip on the topic of the week, David might proffer a helpful comment, such as why he preferred it when I curled my hair. Once he dropped a useful note in my pigeonhole to say he couldn’t help noticing I hadn’t got a boyfriend.”McGrath went on to criticise St Hugh’s, noting how Robertson was assigned as her “personal tutor”, and thus the individual to whom she was meant to go to if she had a problem.She was also critical of the college’s supposed ignorance of the matter, claiming that if they “hadn’t heard the rumours of his misconduct they couldn’t have been listening very hard.”The inquiry will be chaired by Alison Levitt QC, who carried out a review into the crimes of the late Jimmy Savile.The terms of reference given to Levitt state: “The College has recently received allegations of historic misconduct and sexual harassment about a now deceased Fellow from two former students.“The College requests you to carry out an independent investigation about these allegations and whether the circumstances of these or of similar allegations were known to the members of governing body or management staff of the College.“If so, to report on the adequacy and appropriateness of the College’s responses and any action taken in respect of such allegations or circumstances, with any recommendations for action.”The college confirmed that an investigation had been launched, but a spokesperson said it would be inappropriate to comment until the investigation was complete.last_img read more

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Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant

first_img StumbleUpon Alexey Khobot on the evolution of odds calculations August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Share More than 5,000 users every month are now asking ‘Alice’ about current promotions on Fonbet, whose virtual voice assistant has a declared accuracy of about 90%.Alice, the Yandex-developed equivalent of Apple’s Siri, was first launched in 2017 but the Fonbet “skill” was only added in late 2019.It has the answers to thousands of common template questions that help “her” to understand and explain topics specific to the sports betting player journey on Fonbet.This means that the operator’s players who activate the AI-driven assistant by saying ‘Alice, ask Fonbet’ can get answers to questions about current promotions, as well as help placing a bet, predictions for an upcoming match and even the meaning of a ‘zero margin’ market.Fonbet’s Alexey Khobot confirmed that the assistant makes its match predictions based on the sportsbook’s current odds. He explained that you can even bet against Alice, who will respond to phrases like “I don’t agree” by sending you a link to a bet which opposes her prediction.Fonbet’s chief expert admitted that it’s currently not possible to place bets directly via Alice, but if you ask her to place a bet you will be sent a link to the relevant event on the Fonbet sportsbook. If you are not yet registered, then Alice will share a registration link with you.“We were looking for a tool to improve a customer’s experience and integrate Fonbet in their daily life,” Khobot added. “Millions of people use Alice to find the fastest route, play music, order pizza or find any information on the internet. By adding the skill Fonbet to the voice assistant, our clients can get information about odds and matches using their regular service.”Khobot concluded: “Another reason why we created this skill within the voice assistant was to attract new clients, especially those who were not familiar with betting before.“In Russia, according to the law, we have a long registration procedure and we got an insight from our potential clients that betting seems complicated for them. The Fonbet skill in voice assistant can explain to them how to make a bet and provide better understanding of the different types of bets.” Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Submit Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws  July 23, 2020last_img read more

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