Unnao gang rape survivor’s uncle seeks CBI probe into road accident

first_imgThe uncle of the Unnao alleged gang rape survivor on Monday requested the Uttar Pradesh government to transfer the case of the Rae Bareli accident, in which two of his relatives died, to the CBI. An FIR was being registered on a complaint of the uncle, who is lodged in the Rae Bareli jail, said ADG Lucknow, Rajeev Krishna. The CBI is already probing the gang rape case and ‘custodial death’ of the survivor’s father. BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, now jailed, is the main accused in the entire case.Mr. Krishna told reporters that the police were awaiting the government’s report on the request to transfer the accident case to the CBI. “As soon as that report comes it’ll be recommended to the CBI,” he said.One of the two deceased persons, the aunt of the survivor, was a CBI witness in the Unnao case, he noted.last_img read more

NBA reviewing sexual assault allegations against Mark Cuban

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NBA says 3 calls hurt Heat in overtime loss at Washington The Portland weekly’s report included a transcript of Cuban’s phone conversation with a police detective, with the Dallas owner strongly denying the claim while expressing concern that he would have difficulty defending himself in court.In the SI report, former Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. Ussery was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, two years before Cuban bought the team. He worked for Cuban for 15 years.Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report, which included claims that superiors were seen as unresponsive to complaints.The SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed also was fired.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments “The NBA league office is reviewing the 2011 allegations against Mark Cuban and the subsequent findings from the Portland police investigation,” Bass said.The report Tuesday in the Willamette Week came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks. While Cuban wasn’t implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCuban flatly denied the woman’s allegations and provided a prosecutors’ report detailing the decision not to file charges.Prosecutors wrote that “there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant’s statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim.” The report also said the woman didn’t want to proceed with the allegation.center_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stands on stage before a news conference in Dallas. Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after a weekly alternative newspaper in Oregon published details of a case that prosecutors didn’t pursue, saying they didn’t believe there was evidence to support the claim. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)DALLAS — The NBA is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the investigation that led to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter, a day after a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman’s claim that Cuban put his hands down her pants and touched her inappropriately while they were taking a photo at a Portland nightclub.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more

Book on skincare

first_imgSkin Deep: An Inside Out Approach to Looking Good Naturally! The opening line ‘What we put as food in our mouth is more important than what we put as creams on our skin,’ sets the tone for this book. It talks about how eating right (healthy carbs, good fats, green leafy vegetables and seasonal fruits) can do wonders to the way our skin looks and feels. To make things appealing to an average reader, Santhanam, a well-known dermatologist, has divided the book into four sections. In the first section, Santhanam suggests a simple expect test (X:X factor, P: Pores, E: Evenness, C: Clarity, T:Texture) to identify your skin type and how to make it better. The second section covers the benefits and drawbacks of different food groups such as carbs, proteins and fats. For instance, she explains how incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids can keep the oils flowing to your skin and how the right amount of anti-oxidants(Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene and selenium) can keep wrinkles at bay. The third section on the A-Z of skin foods including flaxseeds, herbs and oats is a delight for anyone looking at sporting beautiful skin, the healthy way. The last section featuring beauty recipes made with common kitchen ingredients is a bonus! In all, a book that does complete justice to its title.last_img read more

Asiad ’82: Advertising revenue falls much short of expectations

first_imgAfter all the doubts, it seems that the November Asiad, now less than four months away, finally means business. Last fortnight, however, it turned out that that was precisely what it didn’t mean: at the weekly meeting of the Special Organising Committee (SOC) of the Asiad, official estimates placed before,After all the doubts, it seems that the November Asiad, now less than four months away, finally means business. Last fortnight, however, it turned out that that was precisely what it didn’t mean: at the weekly meeting of the Special Organising Committee (SOC) of the Asiad, official estimates placed before the members gloomily indicated that advertising and franchise revenue from the winter jamboree was falling much short of expectations with only Rs 12 crore of the expected Rs 34 crore collected so far. Said a member of the SOC secretariat: “The selling of Appu is ending up the wrong way.”The Asiad is being touted to advertisers and franchise seekers by three set-ups. The SOC itself has already decided on various soft drink and food suppliers. It has entrusted the job of selling advertising space in the arenas to MEETCO, a Dubai-based company, which is working in India through A.K. Advertising of Bombay, whose chairman is film actor Sanjay Khan.Prahlad Bajaj and Company, also of Bombay, has been asked by the SOC to sell the right to carry the Asiad logo and mascot on commercial products. While Prahlad Bajaj has made no monetary commitment, MEETCO has to pay the SOC a minimum of Rs 5 crore. But things have not worked out quite the way the organisers would have liked them to. Neither MEETCO nor Prahlad Bajaj is willing to talk figures, but unofficial sources say that MEETCO, for its part, has sold only a tenth of the space available in the stadia.advertisementPrahlad Bajaj too has not made much headway and is grumbling about the direct deals that the SOC has made with various suppliers. As for the SOC itself, its Director of Coordination, Arun K. Gupta, also refuses to talk figures; only a few weeks earlier he had told India Today that Rs 17.5 crore had already been collected. This boastful statement, as the SOC’s own records show, is far from the truth.Little Interest: An analysis of the Rs 12 crore already collected tells its own story. The revenue from franchising the logo, mascot and gift items – beverages, food-stuffs – comes to slightly over Rs 87 lakh. Messages printed on tickets have brought in Rs 26.5 lakh. Rights for advertising, television rights and indoor advertisements add up to Rs 9.64 crore. including MEETCO’s share.Royalties from sports goods made by foreign and Indian firms put in another Rs 1 crore. Donors who gave money in the interest of sports threw in Rs 32 lakh. It is clear that the logo and the mascot have brought in a meagre amount; worse, private individuals have already begun to pirate Appu on souvenirs like T-shirts and key-chains.When the selling of Appu began, the future seemed rosy called ‘The Most Unique Advertising Opportunity This Year’, a booklet pointed out that at least 20 lakh people would watch the Games, not to mention television audiences at home and abroad. They offered a series of 18 major packages at a price of Rs 15 lakh for five prime ground sites, as well as 40 other opportunities – including balloons at Rs 5 lakh each that would float above the stadia.According to Timuchin Hasan, general manager of A.K. Advertising, it was thought that with the total advertising expenditure by private and public sector companies being Rs 196.24 crore in 1980-81, it would not be too difficult to raise Rs 3 crore, with more from overseas advertisers.As things stand, the expectations have been belied, MEETCO, said an SOC official, has so far deposited Rs 3.8 crore, “but now they seem to be hedging on the remaining Rs 1.2 crore”. MEETCO is unlikely to back out, but it is finding it rough going. Prahlad Bajaj is dogged by the fact that different business houses are paying different prices for the franchise, and this has greatly upset advertisers. Pure Drinks, makers of Campa-Cola, paid Rs 3.5 lakh, AMPRO biscuits Rs 2.2 lakh and Victor T-shirts Rs 3 lakh.The ice cream struggle had the relatively unknown Bingo brand in the lead, with the promoters asking for Rs 4.5 lakh. Another reason for the low sales is the textile strike which has crippled the otherwise high-spending industry. S. Chatterji of Prahlad Bajaj is quite honest: “We have tried hard to promote sales but the response is poor.”Scanty Exposure: The fault lies not so much with MEETCO and Prahlad Bajaj as with the Asian Games organisers. There is simply not enough exposure of the Asiad on a national basis. Appu should have been on first-name terms with the country by now – just as Misha, the Moscow Olympics mascot was in 1980 – but very few people have heard of the cheerful elephant outside the capital.advertisementSaid an SOC member: “There should have been an Asiad fever in the capital. But everyone just seems to be happy because the flyovers have opened. Outside Delhi, no one seems to be aware of the big event in November.”No wonder that unhappiness is the common denominator among the sponsors and promoters of the big event in November. The SOC puts the blame squarely on MEETCO and Prahlad Bajaj for not achieving the targets, although no one is willing to disclose the target. The truth is simple: the SOC had hoped that the promoters would sell space, the logo and the mascot and sell the Games in the bargain – a job they themselves should have done. It turned out to be a bad bargain.last_img read more

Meralco import Gani Lawal continues to impress in tuneup win over Alaska

first_imgAlaska leading Meralco, 28-23, early in the second quarter of their tuneup game here at Gatorade Hoops Center. #PBA pic.twitter.com/saVsPjgJk6— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) May 14, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Gani Lawal continued to make a good account of himself as Meralco’s reinforcement in the coming 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLawal scored 31 points to power Meralco past Alaska, 87-80, in a tune-up game Tuesday at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “He (Lawal) may not be as tall or as heavy as some of the other imports but he’s very strong inside the paint and he’s a very good defensive player,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.Lawal and Daniels got into a heated verbal exchange and had to be separated. #PBA pic.twitter.com/RIylR7czgk— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) May 14, 2019The year-old Lawal scored on an emphatic dunk that made it, 85-77, before following it up with a blow by against Alaska import Chris Daniels to seal the victory with 20 ticks to go.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport 76ers will move on from crushing Game 7 loss with Brown View comments Both teams missed key players. The Bolts played minus Jared Dillinger and Ranidel de Ocampo while Jeron Teng and Chris Banchero sat out for the Aces.Alaska got off to a strong start but it just couldn’t sustain its play as the game went on especially with Lawal imposing his will in the second half.Daniels also had 31, 16 of which coming in the third quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 30-year-old, 6-foot-9 Lawal delivered down the stretch, scoring the Bolts’ last six points to keep the Aces at bay. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

2016 Tasmanian State Cup results

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners and runners up from the 2016 Touch Football Tasmania State Cup, including a special mention to Launceston who were overall winners for the third consecutive year. Men’s OpenWinners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Gabriel Chambers (Southern Touch)Women’s OpenWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Maddison Smith (Southern Touch)Mixed OpenWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Jack Rust (Southern Touch)Men’s 30’sWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Chris Nason (Launceston) Women’s 30’sWinners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Jill Fish (Launceston)18’s Boys Winners: LauncestonRunners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Sam Petit (Southern) 18’s GirlsWinners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: Sheena Rawlinson (Launceston)15’s BoysWinners: Devonport Runners Up: Launceston BlueBest and Fairest: Mitchell Dell (Devonport)15’s Girls Winners: Launceston Blue Runners Up: Launceston GoldBest and Fairest: Amy Halaby (Launceston)12’s Boys Winners: Launceston Runners Up: Southern TouchBest and Fairest: William Jones (Launceston)12’s GirlsWinners: Southern Touch Runners Up: LauncestonBest and Fairest: Maddison Brooks (Southern Touch) State Cup Winners: LauncestonReferee of the Tournament: Harry PayneCoach of the Tournament: Carolyn Robinson (Launceston)Volunteers Appreciation Award:Alex StokesAl McKinlayAli JohnsonLifetime Recognition Award – Jo MasonRelated LinksTAS State Cuplast_img read more

The 5 Most-Underrated College Football Teams By The Oddsmakers Entering 2016

first_imgCollege Football Playoff trophy on top of sportsbook board.National TitleYesterday, we ranked the five most-overrated college football teams in the country based on the odds the sports books are giving them to win the national championship. Twitter/Playoff.Twitter/Playoff.You can see those five teams here. Now, we’re ranking the five most-underrated teams by the oddsmakers. These are five teams whose national championship odds are a little too low, in our opinion. So, yes, these five teams – in our opinion – would be good teams to bet on to win it all. As we did with the five most-overrated teams’ feature, we’re using Bovada’s national title odds, which you can see here. Here are the five most-underrated college football teams in the country heading into the season. Start With No. 5 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

VanSingel on teacher evaluation The systems not broken why fix it

first_img Legislator advocates to maintain current evaluation practicesState Rep. Scott VanSingel has introduced a plan to ensure teachers and administrators are evaluated based on fair and practical success measures.Since the 2015-16 school year, student growth and achievement has been the basis for 25 percent of the annual evaluation teachers and administrators receive. Without VanSingel’s legislation, the basis will change to 40 percent for this year’s evaluations.“There’s zero evidence to suggest student growth should carry this much weight in evaluation of our teachers and school administrators,” VanSingel said. “We need to take into consideration factors such as class makeup, student effort, and poverty levels in addition to student growth.”Student growth refers to a measurement comparing the relative change in a student’s performance on a specific test with the performance of all other students on the same test.Other states widely accept the 25 percent measure and it has been successful in Michigan for years.“Time and time again, government swoops in to fix problems that simply don’t exist,” VanSingel said. “There’s no reason to turn the system upside down when we have a perfectly effective means of measuring teacher and administrator success already in practice.”House Bills 4221 and 4222 were referred to the House Education Committee.### 26Feb VanSingel on teacher evaluation: The system’s not broken, why fix it? Categories: VanSingel Newslast_img read more

In 2005 Francis Brauner was a quarter of the way

first_imgIn 2005, Francis Brauner was a quarter of the way through a 20-year prison sentence at Dixon Correctional Institute in Louisiana, when he had an accident.Brauner was imprisoned for a rape conviction, which he maintains was wrongful and part of a setup by a corrupt judge.His sentence involved hard labor, and one day he was out in the fields, cutting the grass and he bent over to pick something up from the ground. He felt a sharp pain in his back.”There’s no words to describe how bad the pain was, really,” he says. A few days later, it got worse. “It felt like I was hit by a bolt of lightning or something, I mean the pain just shot from my head to my toes.”Years before, he’d been in a car accident, so it was not the first time he had had back trouble. But this time, he could barely stand up.Prison authorities rushed him to Charity Hospital in New Orleans, but then Hurricane Katrina struck. In the chaos, Brauner found himself re-routed to Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola prison. There he was told he’d find a larger facility with better resources to treat inmates needing medical attention. But he says he was denied the surgery that might have helped.Instead, when he arrived he was left in a bed for a month, largely unattended. He developed wounds on his backside that became so infected, they nearly killed him.”My wounds got severe,” says Brauner, showing a photo of a large, circular gash on his backside. “It actually ate all of my muscle tissue and left gaping open wounds.”Brauner became paralyzed from the waist down and was stationed in the hospital ward of Angola prison.Lapses in careAngola prison is the largest maximum security prison in the country. There are over 6,000 men incarcerated there, most of them serving life sentences.The prison is more than 130 miles from New Orleans. Because of its remote location, most of the medical needs of the inmates are met by a small team of doctors, nurses and EMTs who also live on the grounds.Brauner started to notice that the medical staff were careless about their treatment. He decided to keep a journal to record what he perceived as lapses in medical care.”I started documenting,” Brauner says. “Everything that they did, that they said, day by day. I documented every day.” If a nurse gave out the wrong medication, he wrote that down. If a doctor failed to order a biopsy, he entered it in his journal.That documentation was shared with Nick Trenticosta, a lawyer who represents death penalty cases and was visiting Brauner for an unrelated case. Even though Trenticosta has been going to the prison practically every month for the past three decades, he didn’t recall ever seeing the hospital ward before. He was shocked.”There were open garbage containers,” Trenticosta recounted. “Fly tape hanging from the ceiling with a lot of dead flies on it. Over men’s beds who had open bedsores.”Taking legal actionSince then, the number of complaints about the medical care has increased. Then in 2015, a lawsuit was filed, Lewis v. Cain, accusing Angola prison of causing “needless pain and suffering.” Late last month, Judge Shelly Dick said the case could proceed as a class action lawsuit on behalf of Angola’s prisoners.After repeated requests, the prison’s lawyers would not comment. So to understand how the hospital ward works from the inside, we contacted former employees like Sandy Netherland-Roberts, a paramedic at Angola prison who later ran the hospice.”Budgetary wise, medical-wise, the place gives awesome care,” Netherland-Roberts says. “Do I feel that there is a better health care there than some people get in the outside world? One hundred percent.”According to Dr. Tobe Momah, who worked there for a year, many challenges stem from how long the men stay at Angola.”They’re going to be there for 40, 50 years, so they’re going to develop cancer, hypertension, diabetes…” Momah says. “So every time they have a need that is outside the scope of us five doctors, they have to leave the site.”Leaving the site is prohibitively expensive. And it’s costing the prison even more since Louisiana overhauled its safety net hospital system. Momah says under the circumstances, the medical staff was doing their best to care for the prison’s 6,000-plus inmates.”Well, I don’t know what he means by ‘the circumstances,’ ” says Nick Trenticosta, the lawyer, of Momah’s assessment. “If ‘the circumstances’ means, ‘We don’t have proper medication. We don’t have proper equipment. But we do the best we can,’ It’s like talking like a MASH unit. You know?”Prisoners are the only group in the United States who have a constitutional right to health care. At the core of this lawsuit is the question of what quality of health care prisoners deserve. To Dr. Momah, that is not up for debate.”The first law of medicine is, serve humanity irrespective of who they are,” says Dr. Momah. “So no doctor, as far as I know, will diminish care based on a person’s crime.”As resources have dried up, however, the prison is struggling to provide even basic care. The lawsuit demands more oversight, reforms and a bigger budget for medical care.As for Francis Brauner, he says that most of the men he was with on the chronic care ward at Angola prison have passed away. He was lucky.”I mean… I’m not sentenced to death and that’s the bottom line,” Brauner says. “I’m not sentenced to death.”Since finishing his sentence in 2015, Brauner has been living at a medical facility not far from the prison, waiting for surgery to help heal his wounds.This story was produced in collaboration with In These Times, and Katie Rose Quandt’s reporting was made possible by a grant from the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting. Copyright 2018 WNYC Radio. To see more, visit WNYC Radio.last_img read more

A worldrenowned solo percussionist a mental heal

first_imgA world-renowned solo percussionist, a mental health campaigner, a digital inclusion expert and the founder of a travel review website are among the disabled people recognised in the new year honours list.The honours for non-sporting disabled recipients were swamped by nearly 60 awards for the ParalympicsGB team that brought back 64 gold medals from last summer’s Rio Paralympic Games.But the highest-ranking honour was awarded to Dame Evelyn Glennie, the solo percussionist who was made a Companion of Honour, for those who have made a lengthy and major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government.She said she felt “deeply honoured and humbled” to receive the award, for services to music.Dame Evelyn, who is profoundly Deaf, was the first person to successfully sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, and so far has amassed more than 80 international awards, including two GRAMMYs from the US music industry.Past Companion of Honour recipients include the writers Vita Sackville-West, Graham Greene, and E M Forster, composer Benjamin Britten, the actors Sir John Gielgud, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, politicians Denis Healey, Ken Clarke and Paddy Ashdown, and the disabled physicist Stephen Hawking.Dame Evelyn (pictured) said: “I count myself blessed to be amongst such an eminent list of recipients for such a distinguished award.“As a musician, I am proud to represent the arts in this way. I also hold dear the responsibility of such a respected title, which I take very seriously.“I will do my best to ensure my work and legacy continues to help empower people around the world to truly listen.”She told Disability News Service (DNS) that the award would not change how she viewed her work, and that her “aims and goals remain as stalwart as ever, with clear determination to reach far and wide”.Dame Evelyn said the award would not make her part of the establishment, but instead would have the “complete opposite” effect.She said: “The freedom and creativity has always been at the heart of what I do, no matter what comes my way or what challenges arise.“I respect the establishment, as it opens up unexpected possibilities and new avenues of exploration.”Another recipient of an award is mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, best-known for his successful social media quest to find the stranger who convinced him not to end his own life.Benjamin, who receives an MBE, said he was “in complete shock”, but was “delighted” to be recognised.He told DNS that he had considered rejecting the honour in protest at the government’s welfare reforms and cuts to disability benefits.He has spoken out publicly about disabled people whose lives have been lost as a result of those reforms, and against the cuts of £30-a-week to new claimants of employment and support allowance placed in the work-related activity group, cuts that are due to take effect in April.He said he thought the MBE might help him access contacts in the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Education for campaigns he is planning around the need for reform of mental health support in schools and prisons.He said that 90 per cent of prisoners have a mental health issue, while suicides in prisons were the highest ever recorded last year.He said: “There’s a suicide every three days in prisons in England and Wales now.“We’ve got a crisis in our prisons that needs urgent attention.”He added: “I hoped, perhaps naively, that the MBE might bring more credibility to my name when trying to set up meetings and make a difference. Perhaps I’m wrong. Time will tell.”And he said he still had the option of handing back the MBE if he was proved wrong.He had earlier paid tribute to Neil Laybourn, the man who persuaded him not to take his life nine years ago, and who he said he feels “forever indebted to”.He said: “I hope this accolade may give some hope to others who might be struggling that there is life after a diagnosis of mental illness and that such a diagnosis should never put limitations upon anyone.”Robin Christopherson, a founding member of the disability charity AbilityNet, is awarded an MBE for services to digital inclusion.He said: “I’m hoping that receiving this award might help get the message out and inspire people to think about the needs of everyone around them and make sure they can all benefit from the power of technology and the internet to change their lives for the better.”Christopherson, who is blind, won the special award at AbilityNet’s Tech4Good awards last July, in recognition of his two decades of work as a “digital inclusion evangelist”.He said: “I’ve had the privilege to be AbilityNet’s ambassador for technology for many years, giving me the opportunity to demonstrate to audiences across the world how tech has the power to change and even transform people’s lives regardless of any disability or impairment they may have.“AbilityNet’s mission is to help people to reach their full potential. Over the last few decades we’ve seen a revolution that has almost infinitely expanded opportunities for people with disabilities and I feel very fortunate to have played a small part in spreading the word.”Jacqui Dyer, who was vice-chair of the government’s Mental Health Taskforce, and is a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation, an elected councillor in Lambeth, a health and social care consultant, and a mental health service-user, also receives an MBE.Dyer is a member of the ministerial advisory group for mental health, is the mental health equalities lead for NHS England, and co-chairs the process of developing the mayor of London’s mental health roadmap.Michael Holden, who founded the user-led accessible travel website Trip-ability, is recognised with an MBE.He is also an active member of Belfast Centre for Independent Living, a member of the European Network on Independent Living, and deputy chair of a patient working group at the Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland.Holden said: “I received a letter about the MBE but my wife Jennifer told me about it over the phone when I wasn’t at home and I immediately began to tremble with excitement.“My wife and I took our children to see the royal wedding of Prince William in London, which the children really enjoyed; my wife Jennifer and I cannot wait to see the look on their faces when we tell them we’re going to see the Queen.”Sarah Banks, who chairs the Ministry of Defence’s Civilian Defence Disability Network, which works to ensure line managers and disabled staff know where to go for advice on workplace disability issues, receives an MBE.Other disabled recipients of an MBE included Cath Caskie-Khan, chair of the Scottish Wheelchair Dance Association, and Rhona Elliot, founder of the MS Borders Racing Club, which raises money for the MS Society and awareness of multiple sclerosis by entering horses in the charity’s colours in races in the Scottish borders.Among Paralympians recognised were Lee Pearson, who receives a knighthood, Sophie Christiansen and Sascha Kindred, who receive CBEs, and Anne Dunham and Jody Cundy, who receive OBEs, while Tim Reddish, chair of the British Paralympic Association and himself a retired Paralympian, receives a CBE.Another receipient, with an MBE for services to education and disability sport, was Mike Spence, a former GB wheelchair rugby international, who coached the British team at last summer’s Invictus Games in the US, is a trustee of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, and is also a teaching assistant and former governor of a primary school in Gloucestershire.Picture: Dame Evelyn Glennie, in the BBC’s Living Shakespeare serieslast_img read more

This Uplifting Tale of a Thrifty Woman Who Amassed a Fortune of

first_img May 8, 2018 Add to Queue 4 min read This Uplifting Tale of a Thrifty Woman Who Amassed a Fortune of Millions Is Also Kind of Discouraging Register Now » Next Article How to Become a Millionaire Entrepreneur Staff Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img –shares Peter Page The transition from wage slave to millionaire is pondered by many but successfully made by very few. One who accomplished it is the late Sylvia Bloom. Shortly before her death in 2016 at age 96 she surprised everyone who knew her by revealing a net worth of roughly $9 million, which she left mostly to scholarship funds.Bloom, the subject of a beautiful New York Times profile prompted by revelation of her $6.24 million bequest to the Henry Street Settlement, amassed her fortune through a combination of hard work, thrift and sensible investing that serves as an example for everyone struggling today for financial security. A little reading between the lines, however, reveals she got some important help along the way which once was available widely but now is not so much.Related: How Student Loans Are Crushing Millennial EntrepreneurialismBloom was born to immigrant parents in Brooklyn generations before it was cool. She grew up during the Great Depression, so everyone traumatized by the Great Recession can appreciate she had a rough start in life. She attended New York City’s public schools, eventually earning her bachelor degree attending New York’s public Hunter College at night while eking out a living working days (Bloom bequeathed $1 million for scholarships to Hunter College). In 1947, Bloom was one of the first support staff hired at the newly-founded Wall Street law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where she worked for 67 years as it grew to an international firm of 1,200 lawyers. Its “our practice” page lists 64 categories beginning with “Africa” and concluding with “white-collar defense and investigations.”Bloom’s niece, Jane Lockshin, told The New York Times her aunt paid attention to the stocks the Wall Street attorneys she worked for bought. When they bought, she bought (and presumably sold when they sold).Indisputably, she was thrifty. It seems no one ever saw her take a cab of any sort — yellow, Uber or Lyft. The day of the 9/11 attacks she was at work until she evacuated on foot (the Twin Towers were located near the offices of Cleary Gottlieb). She walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and took a bus home to the rent-stabilized apartment she shared for decades with her husband, a firefighter who became a public school teacher and part-time pharmacist in retirement. They had no children.Related: Loss of Net Neutrality Risks a Less Friendly Internet for EntrepreneursThis part of Bloom’s life story fits the uplifting narrative of self-determination: work hard, skimp, save, invest. Those are choices everyone can make for themselves. But many of the wise choices she made are more problematic today. A college degree is still a major asset in the job market worth working hard for, as Bloom did, but she probably graduated owing little or nothing. Today, 44.2 million Americans carry an average student loan burden of $37,000. The average monthly student loan payment for borrowers aged 20 to 30 years is $351.The rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn certainly had to have made it easier for Bloom to find money to invest. The median asking rent in New York City is around $2800 per month now. Like lots of young people today, Bloom went to work for a startup. Unlike lots of young people hustling in the gig economy today, she took a full-time job with an employer who provided benefits and a solid employment guarantee. Her husband was assured a pension when he retired from FDNY, unlike people today struggling to fund their own retirements.Related: 6 Regions Where Tech Jobs Boom the Housing Is Scary Expensive“She was a child of the Depression and she knew what it was like not to have money,” her niece said. “She had great empathy for other people who were needy and wanted everybody to have a fair shake.”Sylvia Bloom achieved something remarkable and rare, but you get the sense reading her story that she wasn’t smug about it. You get the feeling she would emphasize with the many thrifty people who, instead of slowly building wealthy, are hustling just to stay afloat. Maybe they can put a couple of bucks away for better times, but rent and loan payments come first. Image credit: Henry Street Settlement You can mimic her hard work and frugality but good luck finding a guaranteed cheap apartment or a college degree without student debt. Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem Extreme Reachs Latest Video

first_imgImpact of CTV’s Surging Popularity Includes Highest-Ever Completion Rate and Longer Ad LengthWith impressions increasing nearly 60 percent year over year, connected TV (CTV) advertising now accounts for nearly half of impressions served, reveals the latest Video Benchmark Report from Extreme Reach (ER), the complete creative asset management solution for the ad industry. Based on Q1 2019 performance metrics from the company’s platform, AdBridge, and specifically its proprietary video ad server, the report highlights the massive impact of CTV on multiple aspects of digital advertising.The CTV-driven transformation is accelerating in parallel with consumers’ shifting media consumption preferences. According to a report issued by Nielsen in March 2019, 68 percent of U.S. households had a connected TV device (e.g., Roku, Apple TV) by Q3 2018. At the same time, use of ad-supported streaming services like Hulu and a host of emerging entrants in the field is surging. And where the audience goes, ad dollars soon follow. While OTT advertising budgets are currently just 3 percent of TV ad budgets, Magna Global predicts a 30-plus percent growth rate for both 2019 and 2020.CTV’s Gain is Mobile’s LossWhile the advertising conversation in Q1 2018 revolved around mobile and there was optimism about the adoption of 6-second video ads, Q1 2019 reflects a near-opposite paradigm. Mobile video ads, at just 25 percent of all impressions, are at their lowest since Q1 2017 and 6-second ad impressions are negligible.CTV impressions, on the other hand, are now 49 percent of the total, or nearly double those of mobile. Because these ads are generally unskippable, they have an unprecedented 97 percent completion rate.Marketing Technology News: Selligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel ExperiencesThe Rise of One- and Two-Minute Ads As noted in prior benchmark reports, the growth of CTV and its unskippable ad inventory is driving a shift to longer ad lengths. In Q4 2018, 30-second ads first displaced 15-second spots as the most common ad length, and the growth trend has continued. 30-second ads accounted for 69 percent of all ads in Q1 2019, a 20 percent increase over the prior quarter.While 30-second spots have a clear majority and 15-seconds are in second place, ER projects that ads of 60-seconds and longer will become more prevalent in the coming quarters. Still just 3 percent of all ads, the quantity of 60-second ads increased nearly 5-fold from Q1 2018 to Q1 2019. 2-minute ads registered for the first time on the ER Benchmark radar in Q1 2019 at just 0.1 percent of ads. With a growing, captive CTV audience, ER expects these longer ads to rise rapidly.Marketing Technology News: Aprimo Recognized as Winner for 2019 Microsoft Media & Communications Partner of the YearPremium Publishers Lead The rise of CTV has reached critical mass for the sell side of the media-buying equation who can now capitalize on multi-channel content consumption and optimize the value of their highly-targeted, measurable audiences. CTV inventory is almost exclusively sold by premium publishers directly to agencies and advertisers and this has driven up the percentage of overall impressions served to premium publishers, along with video completion rates and an increase in longer ads as noted above. In Q1, 82 percent of video impressions served by Extreme Reach ran on premium publisher sites and the video completion rates for those publishers hit a record high of 93 percent, a year over year increase of 8 percent from Q1 2018.“The digital advertising ecosystem is undergoing a total disruption which is driven by the growth of non-linear TV formats. The upside is significant for nearly everyone,” stated Mary Vestewig, Senior Director, Video Account Management at Extreme Reach. “Publishers are able to maximize the value of their inventory which will bring the revenue needed to create more high-quality programming. Meanwhile, audiences have an unprecedented selection of entertainment options and with new capabilities for targeting they should get more personalized and relevant advertising.”This report marks the addition of six new benchmarks for ER. Metrics for the In-View Start Rate, In-View Completion Rate, Audible Start Rate, Audible Completion Rate, Average Duration In-View and Average Duration Audible are now included. The data sheds light on how much of the actual ad can be seen or heard both when the ad starts and when it stops playing as well as the total duration, in seconds. Further insights on these trends will be provided in the Q2 2019 Benchmarks Report.Marketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa Cup Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: Extreme Reach’s Latest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTV MTS Staff WriterJuly 2, 2019, 11:28 amJuly 2, 2019 AdBridgeasset management solutionConnected TVMarketing TechnologyNewsVideo Benchmark Report Previous ArticleDigital Technology, Automation and Sourcing for Contact Centers the Focus of ISG Smartalks WebinarNext Article93% of Teens Are Relieved to Escape Social Media at Overnight Summer Camp, Finds Survey by Screen Education and JCC Association of North Americalast_img read more

Smart cane could one day help flag gait problems falling risks more

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: ‘Smart cane’ could one day help flag gait problems, falling risks more quickly (2018, February 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-smart-cane-day-flag-gait.html A pair of Vanderbilt University engineers have developed an instrumented cane that not only provides added support, but can also analyze your gait to determine your risk of falling. Nilanjan Sarkar, professor of mechanical and computer engineering, says the “IntelliCane” can quantitatively calculate falling risk as accurately as a physical therapist can with their own eyes.If you are a senior citizen, dizziness and balance problems can be a big deal. In the United States, every year one out of three adults over 65 years of age falls and the statistic climbs to one out of two after age 80. Falls can be serious, leading to hip and other bone fractures, brain injury, loss of independence and even death. Falls are also expensive: The cost of treating injuries from falls is estimated at $34 billion annually.The problem is not restricted to the elderly. There are a number of illnesses that cause balance disorders, ranging from ear infections, head injuries and poor blood circulation to Parkinson’s, spinal stenosis and stroke, and these patients could benefit from such a device.”When I realized how big this problem was, we started searching for available solutions,” said Sarkar. “Initially, my thought was to design something to prevent falls, but after more thought and a little experimenting we quickly realized that this was not practical. The next best thing was to determine how to reliably estimate the fall risk so that intervention can be applied when a person’s risk gets so high that they could fall at any time.” Clinical trial examines care strategies for preventing falls at home Credit: Vanderbilt University Currently, physical therapists estimate falling risk by observing the patient walking back and forth between two lines under a variety of conditions—slow and fast, looking right and left, stepping over obstacles, while blindfolded, up and down steps. The therapist then employs a standardized rating scale to evaluate how steady the patient is on each task and combines the ratings into an overall risk estimate.However, this test cannot always capture a patient’s full experience throughout the day, or from day to day, or within their usual environment. Nor can it capture problems the therapist may be unable to see. Sarkar and graduate student Joshua Wade wanted to develop a tool that could help therapists collect much richer data about their patients’ gaits as they went about their everyday lives, enabling therapists to intervene more quickly if needed.Most current research into that area requires patients to place sensors on their body or in their shoes, which the researchers say isn’t ideal. “Body sensors require a significant extra effort on the part of patients. We wanted an approach that was as easy as possible for people to use,” said Wade, who decided to work on the project because of its potential health benefits. “We decided to instrument a cane because it is familiar. Most people with balance problems already use one, and the only thing extra that they have to do is plug it in at night.”The engineers rigged an off-the-shelf offset cane with inertial and force sensors connected to a wireless microcontroller that provides real-time data on how a person uses the cane while walking. The data is fed into an algorithm that analyzes the sensor data and pulls out information about the steadiness of the user’s gait.When they had a design that worked, the engineers tested the system with nine patients. First, they asked the patient to walk around using the IntelliCane. Then they were asked to participate in a standard risk assessment procedure called the Dynamic Gait Index in the presence of a physical therapist, who scored their performance. After analyzing the cane data, the researchers determined that they could predict each patient’s DGI score with a high degree of confidence.”i think it is quite innovative,” said Patricia Fleming, a physical therapist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who participated in the test. “Many people don’t have access to a sophisticated gait lab, so a device such as this could augment what we do in the clinic. Almost everyone who comes to the neurological clinic where we work has a balance problem and many of them use a cane. So, we think it’s exciting to be part of this project.”Now that the initial study has validated the basic approach, Sarkar and Wade are convinced that it could have a number of benefits. If a person with a balance problem uses the cane regularly, for example, it may be able to detect when its user’s sense of balance begins to deteriorate and report this to his or her doctor. They also think it could be applied to other devices such as wheeled walkers and crutches.With more advanced analysis, the IntelliCane might even be capable of providing detailed enough information to enable doctors to diagnose specific diseases that affect a person’s sense of balance. For example, Parkinson’s might alter a person’s gait in a manner that is detectably different from multiple sclerosis, they speculate.Vanderbilt has applied for a patent on the technology, and Sarkar and Wade have formed a company called Adaptive Technology Consulting to commercialize it. 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Dont Be Confused If This Starfish Makes Your Mouth Water

first_img In Photos: The Stunning Sea Life ‘Stars’ of ‘Big Pacific’ If this starfish is making your mouth water, you’re not alone. When a photo of Plinthaster dentatus went viral on Twitter last week, pasta-lovers did a double take — the sea star looked just like a piece of ravioli. Originally published on Live Science. In Photos: The Wonders of the Deep Seacenter_img Marine Marvels: Spectacular Photos of Sea Creatures starfish out here lookin like a snack https://t.co/H7BPqTWsDwby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndohear.comThese German hearing aids are going viralhear.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndo — XD (@radfag_) July 11, 2019 Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65934-ravioli-sea-star.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35 The photo of the starfish, captured on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s recent expedition to the deep Atlantic Ocean, propelled the tasty looking echinoderm to fame. But until now, the “ravioli” star (also called the cookie star) was a bit of a nobody. Even though scientists have known of the ravioli star for some time, only recently did the creature get a common (non-Latin) name, Christopher Mah, an invertebrate biologist at the Smithsonian Museum at Natural History, told Live Science. Instead, the starfish was known only by its formal scientific name, P. dentatus. [Photos: See the World’s Cutest Sea Creatures] That’s because until now, people rarely had the chance to observe the starfish in its natural habitat. Most of what scientists know about the ravioli star comes from specimens that were already dead, Mah said. Now, with the advent of remotely operated vehicles like NOAA’s Deep Discoverer, which captured rare footage of ravioli stars, everyone has virtual access to these creatures. It was sometime in the last year that Mah began hearing the names “cookie star” and “ravioli star” bouncing around the internet. “It’s just kind of amusing to me,” Mah said, “[The name] just took off so quickly.” The starfish isn’t new or unusual — it has existed at the depths of the ocean for much longer than its moniker. But the way Twitter is interacting with the ravioli star and other marine wonders is completely novel, Mah said. Just the fact that the internet has bred a new name for these creatures is evidence of a new kind of citizen science, he added. That’s a good thing. “Any kind of connection that I think the public has with natural history, with nature is important,” Mah said. As for the ravioli star, its moment in the spotlight is only just beginning. This is an exciting moment for deep-sea creatures like the pasta doppelganger, Mah said. For the first time, scientists have the chance to study how they interact with their environment — what they eat, how they reproduce and how they navigate their underwater world. On the Deep Discoverer’s most recent dive, for instance, the ROV captured another image of a group of ravioli stars ganging up on a sea sponge (a sea creature with no skeleton and a soft, porous body). Until now, scientists knew virtually nothing about this sea star’s biology. This is the Deep Discoverers seventh dive on an expedition called Windows to the Deep.last_img read more