Cardiff City in chase of Harry Arter

first_imgCardiff City Football Club have made a move to sign Harry Arter from fellow Premier League side Bournemouth, according to Sky Sports.The newly promoted Premier League outfit are hoping to sign the Bournemouth midfielder on a season-long loan.The all-action Republic of Ireland international is yet to feature in a football match for the Cherries since January 1st, 2018, and Cardiff are hoping he can bolster their midfield options as they seek to make an impact on their return to the top flight of English football.Neil Warnock’s men secured promotion to the Premier League after finishing second in the Sky Bet Championship last season.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.The Wales based club have ended their four-year absence after gaining promotion back in 2013-14 season only to be relegated back to the Championship that same season.Bournemouth have already completed the signing of Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lemar for a club record fee of £25million and chances of featuring in the team might become even less for Harry Arter.The midfielder still has three years left on his contract at the Vitality stadium and will be hoping a loan move can resuscitate his career.last_img read more

Sousa backs Mourinho to turn things around at United

first_imgFormer Fiorentina manager Paulo Sousa believes Jose Mourinho is still the right man to lead Manchester United back to their glory days.Sousa alluded to Mourinho’s extensive experience of guiding clubs out of a bad run of form and has urged Manchester United board and fans to stick by his fellow Portuguese.It’s been an underwhelming season for Manchester United, as they find themselves 7th in the Premier League table after 13 games, and with their UEFA Champions League qualification still hanging in the balance.“He’s a great coach. He knows how to deal with when the momentum is not so good,” Sousa told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It always difficult to follow the success [of Sir Alex Ferguson] but he has brought trophies to the club.“It’s not a good moment but I am sure he can take them out of it and get better results.“He knows how to get results and knows how to get the best out of his players.”last_img read more

Politicians call for crackdown on social media toxic swamp after mosque shooting

first_img But while Morrison did not mention the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by name, his political opponent, Labor leader Shorten, was more forthright.”A platform like Facebook goes to potential advertisers and says, ‘We know everything about the users of Facebook, we can tell you everything so that you can geo-target and you can market to them,'” Shorten wrote in an op-ed for the Herald-Sun newspaper. “Well, if that’s your business model, fair enough; but you can’t go missing when it comes to hate speech.””Social media is a marvelous tool that has the potential to empower us, but too often it resembles a toxic swamp where wrongdoers can hide and where evil is nurtured,” he added.The comments follow a terrorist attack in New Zealand on Friday, when a gunman entered a mosque in central Christchurch and shot worshipers while they prayed, livestreaming the shooting on Facebook. The attack, which also involved a second shooting at another Christchurch mosque, claimed 50 lives. The alleged attacker, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, was an Australian national. New Zealand mass shooting shows tech companies can’t control viral tragedies 1.5M videos of New Zealand mosque massacre deleted by Facebook How Facebook, Twitter rely on you to stop spread of mosque shooting video Share your voice A man sits outside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, following the mass shooting.  Marty Melville/Getty Images Facebook has been accused of “going missing” when it comes to fighting hate speech and playing an “unrestricted role” in terrorist attacks, following two mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand on Friday.The comments come from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the country’s opposition leader, Bill Shorten, who haven’t held back in criticizing the role technology companies have played in amplifying extremist views.Both politicians warn that the internet has given a home to the kind of white supremacist hate speech espoused by the alleged mosque shooter, an Australian national, saying tech companies must do more to stamp it out.In a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, Morrison said internet technologies are playing an “unrestricted role” in the spread of extremism, and that world leaders must lay out “clear consequences” not only for those who carry out terrorist attacks, but also “for those who facilitate them.” The letter was also sent to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has said she plans on discussing the issue “directly with Facebook.” Facebook Twitter YouTube 1 As New Zealand counts the cost of the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand history, attention has turned to the role the internet and social media played in the attack. While Facebook and Twitter deleted the alleged attacker’s social media accounts within hours of the attack, footage of the shooting spread quickly. The roughly 17-minute live clip was downloaded from Facebook and reuploaded across the internet on sites such as YouTube, with some users editing out the more graphic content in an attempt to circumvent censors.In a statement, a spokesperson for Twitter said the company was “committed to working and cooperating with governments around the world, particularly as it relates to safety and wellbeing” and that it has “rigorous and rapid response processes in place” for emergency situations.Facebook has previously said it deleted 1.5 million versions of the video within the first 24 hours of the attack. But Morrison is calling for a tougher approach to weeding out extremist content on the internet, saying technology firms have a “moral obligation to protect the communities which they serve and from which they profit.” He added that social media companies, content service providers and gaming platforms all had a part to play to keep communities safe. “We know that violent extremists use the internet for recruitment, radicalisation and to carry out their evil acts,” the prime minister’s letter reads. “That they will continue to try to use any means their disposal does not mean governments and technology firms should abrogate their responsibilities to keep our communities safe.”Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.Originally published March 18 at 5:32 p.m. PT.Update on March 18 at 9:27 p.m.: Adds comments from Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten.Update on March 19 at 4:02 p.m.: Adds comment from Twitter.  Related storiescenter_img Tags 1:23 Comment Facebook deletes 1.5M videos after shooting, Democrats… Tech Industry Internet Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Merger of Jet Airways and Air India will save both but will

first_imgA Jet Airways Boeing 737 aircraft taxis past an Air India Airbus A321 aircraft at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013. Picture taken February 3, 2013.Reuters fileThe debt conundrum in two of India’s leading airlines, Jet Airways and state-owned Air India, can be dealt with a silver bullet, experts have said. That silver bullet is nothing but the merger of the two. It may appear foolhardy to marry the two ailing airlines, but industry observers see merit in this option.Jet Airways had earlier brushed aside the option of acquiring debt laden rival Air India, when the latter’s privatisation was floated. Now Jet itself has landed on the block, waiting for a suitor.The irony is that Indian demand for travel continues to grow, with passengers on domestic flights rising by double digits for 46 straight months since September 2014. The market reached the milestone of 100 million travelers in 2017, and shows no signs of slowing down this year.Writing in Bloomberg, David Fickling argues that the merger of Jet airways and Air India will address the key reason behind the recent troubles of both, especially those of Jet. He says that cutthroat price war in Indian aviation scene, which has been forcing airlines into deep discounting, is one of the primary reasons behind the continued struggles at Jet Airways.And the major share of the blame is on Air India, which has no hopes of turning around, even if they didn’t depress prices further. In the event, once-healthy airlines like Jet have been in a losing battle against the state-owned carrier.Besides brutal price competition, the Indian airlines have also been in major fleet expansion drive in the last decade, another byproduct of intense competition. Both the Maharaja and Jet Airways are being crushed under the weight of a reckless fleet expansion drive, he points out.Suicidal discountingIf the only two full service carriers in India were to merge, both could do away with suicidal discounting, he argues. A rationlisation of ticketing will itself be a crucial part of the turnaround of both the airlines, he says. Besides, the “the seasoned professional management that the Maharajah so desperately needs would be on hand in the shape of Goyal, Jet’s chairman, and his executive team,” avers Flickling.Well, this route might may not resolve all of the issues plaguing the two airlines, especially, Air India, with its plethora of legacy issues. However, it does seem to be a step in the right direction, though at the cost of the customers.A look at the way air travel in India is shaping up will baffle observers. India is one of the most thriving airline markets in the world the country has an emerging middle class. Air travel demand is growing each year.The Nikkei daily put this paradox in perspective in a report in August 2018:”The irony is that Indian demand for travel continues to grow, with passengers on domestic flights rising by double digits for 46 straight months since September 2014. The market reached the milestone of 100 million travelers in 2017, and shows no signs of slowing down this year.” ReutersYet, airline companies are bleeding, owing to a factor euphemistically termed as “competitive fare environment.”If major airlines in India have been losing altitude despite the county being one of the biggest markets, then there’s a problem at hand. Many experts have already said the looming crises at Jet Airways and Air India will finally pose a threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid as well. It would be sad if a private person buys the iconic Air India building: Nitin Gadkari The failure of Kingfisher Airlines is still an unfinished page in the book of great Indian corporate fiascos. Air India was given a very expensive bailout in 2012 and is still on life support system. And Jet Airways is the latest entrant to the roll of dishonour. The government will have to get down and get its hand dirty sooner rather than later.Will a merger of two weak airlines create a healthy airline? That paradoxical proposition is worth a try, by all means.center_img Closelast_img read more

DeConstructing Uncle Tom Awakens Audiences to Endemic Racial Bias

first_imgDe-Constructing Uncle Tom was performed entirely in blackface minstrelsy by a diverse group of actors during The Atlas Theater’s Intersections Festival. (Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)When The Conciliation Project founder Tawnya Pettiford-Wates decided to explore a deconstruction of the archetype Uncle Tom from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s controversial novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” it’s doubtful she knew the impact her work would have.  Staged entirely in blackface minstrelsy, De-Constructing Uncle Tom provides an historical trajectory of the tall-tale, originally published in 1852.   The hour-long production demonstrates how the racial stereotypes Stowe manufactured continue to adversely position Black families, churches, athletes, and youth, in the white American consciousness.Pettiford-Wates said that the untold history of the nation’s racial past compels audiences to question their own education and knowledge of history.  By presenting such lessons in minstrel character the company strikes at deeply-held belief systems and unrealized prejudices.  Admittedly, the blackface proves overwhelming at first, forcing viewers to look beyond the grotesqueness of saucer eyes and big red lips, against coal-black skin.  The challenge is to see and acknowledge the people beneath the caricature.“I didn’t like the blackface… it made me feel embarrassed, but I understand why.  I’ve read Uncle Tom’s Cabin and it was painful to read Black people described like we were animals.  There was no humanity in [Stowe’s] work.  I brought my son with me to the show because I wanted him to understand that society’s perceptions of you can be a dangerous,” said Jamal Rayford.  “He’s fifteen and looked me dead in the face and said, “White people wear masks too because they’re afraid.”As a part of the performance’s epilogue, the company of actors remove their make-up in the presence of the audience.  The process, called de-masking, is one of the production’s most prolific moments, shared between the actors and audience as a moment of solidarity.  This de-masking is occurring regularly in popular culture – undertaken recently by actresses Viola Davis and CCH Pounder on primetime television shows, How to Get Away with Murder and The Sons of Anarchy.De-Constructing Uncle Tom was performed entirely in blackface minstrelsy by a diverse group of actors during The Atlas Theater’s Intersections Festival. (Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)“The lies live behind the masks.  So when you symbolically wipe off the mask, you expose the lie,” Pettiford-Wates said following a recent performance at The Atlas Theater’s Intersections Festival.  “That’s not to say that people can’t put it right back up again, that’s why I say consciousness has to be intentional.  That’s why you have to intentionally take it off.”Pettiford-Wates said that taking off the blinders and seeing the truth — even though painful and ugly, is necessary to the nation’s healing.Audience member Cheryl Dyson said that this ritualistic removal of make-up and wigs by African- American women in popular television shows and the actors in the play help disabuse Americans of lying about race and establishing new barriers.“De-Constructing Uncle Tom shows that although they’ve been modernized over the years, few white people view African Americans today outside of the characteristics of Uncle Tom, Mammy, and Topsy. Removing the masks symbolizes a refusal to keep up the pretense by Black people.  It is scary for the larger society because it simultaneously exposes whites, and systems of oppression we’ve come to accept as normal,” Dyson said.The Conciliation Project (TCP) has an 11-year history of facilitating difficult conversations around race and racism through the use of theatre.  The Richmond-based social justice theatre company partners with organizations and communities to engage in the long process of healing our nation’s historic past.last_img read more

Michael Cryor Tapped to Head Mayors OneBaltimore

first_imgMichael Cryor expounds on OneBaltimore. (Photo by Mark Dennis)In the wake of the riots that followed the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake named Michael Cryor, a well-respected civic leader, to lead the OneBaltimore effort.Rawlings-Blake announced the formation of OneBaltimore, a public-private partnership focusing on improving education,employment, minority and women-owned business opportunities, and affordable housing, among other things. In tapping Cryor to lead the initiative, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference, “As soon as we launched the OneBaltimore initiative, Michael’s name was at the top of my list as the right choice to lead this effort, and his name was at the top of the list of many, many others, too.“I know that he has the understanding and experience in our city, and the vision for what needs to be done both now and in the long-term, to lead the transformative change that OneBaltimore can create.”Cryor, with a long history of civic and political involvement in Baltimore including co-chairing Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Believe campaign, said that he would first focus on increasing the number of jobs available to high-school student by 50 percent through the city’s Youth Works program.The program is for young people aged 14-21, and the city has provided funds for about 4,500 positions, Cryor said. The problem is that close to 8,000 people have registered for the program, which begins on June 25 and pays a minimum of $8.25 an hour for 25-hours a week of work. The city is looking for private donations to cover the gap.The jobs range from working in an office to working outside. “In many cases it will be work outside; gardening, cleaning up, or what have you,” said Cryor. “When I was young man I worked in the shipyards but I learning many things like getting up when I didn’t want to, following orders, and other things that make you a productive member of society.”Cryor hopes to not just focus on the short term issue of summer jobs, but also long range solutions. “Right now, we have a moment to make some rather substantial improvements not just in services but in the ways we conceive solutions to problems, many of which are long term and systemic,” Cryor said. “In addition, we have the immediate need of providing summer jobs.”Cryor is also staffing the OneBaltimore organization and figuring out where it fits in with the other services the city offers. “I don’t want to be duplicating services other organizations already provide. Right now I need to get a feel for what other organizations are doing,” Cryor said. “I’m not eager to run out and commit to a lot of things I can’t fulfill, nor do I want to sit in a room and answer to 50 or 60 people every week.”The goal of the OneBaltimore program, Cryor said, is to prove Baltimore is more than the images of rioting and fires much of America witnessed over the past few weeks. “We hope to restore some confidence in the city of Baltimore,” Cryor said.“We recognize there are some things to address but we remain a viable city. We have to pull together, we have to deliver on the things we say, and admit there are something we need to improve upon as community.”last_img read more

Durr Scores 29 No 4 Louisville Tops No 22 Florida State

first_img TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Asia Durr bounced back from her worst game of the season with 29 points, and No. 4 Louisville jumped out to an early lead in a 68-49 win over No. 22 Florida State on Thursday night.Durr shot 10 of 16 from the floor with seven rebounds to lead the Cardinals (18-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their fourth straight victory. The senior guard had her 49th career 20-point game five days after scoring only eight in a win over Wake Forest.Kiah Gillespie had 13 points and six rebounds for Florida State (16-3, 4-2). Nicki Ekhomu added 11 points.Kylee Shook grabbed nine rebounds for Louisville, which had a 37-25 edge on the boards. The 6-foot-4 Shook also had eight points and five blocks.Sam Fuehring scored 11 points for the Cardinals.Louisville used an 18-2 run to build a 20-6 advantage after the first quarter. The Cardinals led 32-23 at halftime and by double figures throughout the second half.Louisville shot 55.6 percent (25 of 45) from the floor and 45.5 percent (5 of 11) from 3-point range.Florida State shot 32.1 percent (18 of 56) from the field and just 16.7 percent (3 of 18) from beyond the 3-point arc.BIG PICTURELouisville: The Cardinals recorded their 14th win by 10 or more points. Louisville was ninth in the nation with a 20.3 scoring margin going into the game.Florida State: The Seminoles trailed by double digits most of the way and were unable to defeat Louisville for a second straight season.UP NEXTLouisville hosts Pittsburgh on Sunday.Florida State plays at Virginia Tech on Sunday.Print Friendly Version Story Links Box Score (PDF) last_img read more

Haier Exhibits A Wireless HDTV Video System at the 2010 CES w

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further 2010 CES: Haier features the “completely wireless HDTV” ABI Research (Technology Market Research Company) said last year it expected 1 million installations will be performed by 2012. Currently WHDI is supported by 40 vendors, including Broadcom, LG, Intel, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Philips and Toshiba. In 2010 and beyond we can expect to see manufactures experimenting with different wireless technology. Until consumers start seeing the sets in stores, it’s difficult to determine which manufactures will have the most innovative wire free HDTV’s on the market. Intel, Microsoft, Dell band together for WiGig By using a coil that is approximately 1 foot by 1 foot in size, at the back of the TV set, 100 watts of electricity can be supplied at a distance up to 1 meter (3.28 feet). TV images are displayed by using WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface), a high-speed communication standard for wirelessly transmitting high-definition images. This leaves the back of the TV completely wire free. The WHDI uses a frequency band of 5 GHz which is the industry standard for WHDI technology developed by Amimon Ltd. By utilizing a bandwidth of 40 MHz, data rates up to 3 Gbps can be transmitted to transfer uncompressed 1080p 60Hz video to the TV; the maximum transmission range is one hundred feet.The wireless power transfer technology, utilizing magnetic coupling, was developed by WiTricity Corp, a US base venture firm that was founded by an MIT professor in April 2007. Electricity is transferred through the use of two resonant devices of the same frequency. This enables the maximum power to be transferred. center_img Citation: Haier Exhibits A Wireless HDTV Video System at the 2010 CES (w/ Video) (2010, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-haier-wireless-hdtv-video-ces.html (PhysOrg.com) — Haier America Digital Products Group (Chinese company) demonstrated the first completely wireless 32 inch LCD TV that is powered wirelessly up to a distance of 1 meter (3.28 feet). Wireless content is transferred by a system called Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI). Using a 5GHz frequency band it can transfer uncompressed 1080p 60Hz video to the TV. 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.last_img read more

Best of Last Week – Dark matter acting like pions changes to

first_img 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. (Phys.org)—It was an interesting week for physics as a team made up of international researchers came up with a new theory that says dark matter acts like a well-known particle—they suggest it has similarities to pions, which bind atomic nuclei together. Also, a macroscopic quantum phenomena was discovered in ice by a team of researchers in China—at very cold temperatures the ice behaved in a way that could only be explained by quantum tunneling, a rare example of quantum phenomena emerging on a macroscopic scale. In other technology news, a team with Escape Dynamics conducted tests with a thruster that showed that using microwaves to propel a craft into space might work, which could mean the end of multi-stage rockets that use propellants. Also a young scientist discovered that magnetic material is unnecessary to create spin current—postdoce researcher Stephen Wu made the discovery while working at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Also, interestingly, a team of researches looking into reports of astronauts’ skin changing before and after missions, discovered that for at least two men, their epidermis grew thinner during their mission by 20 percent—though it is still unclear why that happens.In other news, a team of scientists proposed 3D graphene-like ‘hyper-honeycomb’ structures—the group with the University of Oklahoma believes they could make up a new family of 3D based graphene materials. Also, another team at the University of St Andrews in Scotland fed white blood cells micro-lasers causing them to produce light—the hope is that it will allow for tracking cells as they move through living organisms. Another team looked into how music alters the teenage brain and found that training, even as late as high school, can improve teen response to sound and improved hearing and language skills. And another international team of researchers asked, why do mitochondria retain their own genome? They still cannot say for sure, but they conducted tests looking to see if the mitochondrial genome encodes membrane proteins that are hydrophobic—if encoded in the nucleus, they would be filtered by a signal recognition particle and misdirected into the endoplasmic reticulum. And finally, if you are an expert in your field, you might be more susceptible to alleging knowledge of information that was completely made-up—a team with members from Cornell and Tulane Universities found that self-proclaimed experts are more vulnerable to the illusion of knowledge. Something to keep in mind, perhaps before offering opinions that could come back to haunt you. Explore further Typically when referring to electrical current, an image of electrons moving through a metallic wire is conjured. Using the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), it is possible to create a current of pure spin (a quantum property of electrons related to its magnetic moment) in magnetic insulators. However, this work demonstrates that the SSE is not limited to magnetic insulators but also occurs in a class of materials known as paramagnets. Since magnetic moments within paramagnets do not interact with each other like in conventional ferromagnets, and thus do not hold their magnetization when an external magnetic field is removed, this discovery is unexpected and challenges current theories for the SSE. New ways of generating spin currents may be important for low-power high-speed spin based computing (spintronics), and is also an area of great fundamental interest. The paramagnetic SSE changes the way we think about thermally driven spintronics, allowing for the creation of new devices and architectures where spin currents are generated without ferromagnetic materials, which have been the centerpiece of all spin-based electronic devices up until this point.center_img Why do mitochondria retain their own genome? © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Best of Last Week – Dark matter acting like pions, changes to astronaut skin and illusion of knowledge by experts (2015, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-week-dark-pions-astronaut-skin.htmllast_img read more

Childrens Photos Among Data Stolen in Hack of Toy Maker VTech

first_img It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: Photos of their kids’ smiling faces stolen by a stranger online, along with identifying information including their names, genders, birth dates, mailing addresses and the contents of their private chats.Thanks to a security breach at toy maker VTech, that nightmare just became a reality for thousands of parents.Yesterday, the children’s toymaker admitted that it’s on the hook for exposing all of the above private data, plus additional personal information.The alarming breach, apparently perpetrated by a white hat hacker on a mission to reveal cracks in VTech’s security protocols, was first uncovered by Motherboard. The anonymous hacker told the publication that she has no intention of publishing or selling the stolen data. Her sole aim, she says, is to raise awareness and alert parents.  Related: What Every Online Business Needs to Know About the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act“Frankly, it makes me sick that I was able to get all this stuff,” she told Motherboard. “VTech should have the book thrown at them.”In addition to eyeing a flurry of proprietary personal data, she claims she accessed tens of thousands of photos of kids and parents on VTech’s servers, many of them headshots.For any questions in regards to our recent security breach, please reach out to our team at: vtechkids@vtechkids.com or 1-800-521-2010.— VTech Toys (@vtechtoys) November 30, 2015The Hong Kong-based electronics giant confirmed in a statement that a Nov. 14 hack of its “Learning Lodge” app store database betrayed the intimate details of nearly 5 million adult customer accounts, including IP and email addresses, passwords, login secret questions and answers and device download histories. The statement does not mention the theft of photos.Related: What Entrepreneurs Should Know About the Laws Protecting Children OnlineWhile customers’ credit card data was not compromised, the identifying information of some 200,000 children was also exposed. Learning Lodge enables VTech product users — mainly kids — to download educational games, ebooks and apps to their Internet-connected VTech toys.If not for Motherboard’s investigation into the anonymous hacker’s claims, VTech might never have picked up on its servers’ vulnerabilities. VTech claims it has since corrected its server susceptibilities and says it is taking added steps to bolster security. The company has also emailed every customer in its Learning Lodge database to inform them of the hack.Related: Classroom Tech Delivers ‘No Noticeable Improvement’ in Student Performance, Study Finds Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min readcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 1, 2015last_img read more

UK videoondemand regulator ATVOD has ruled that

first_imgUK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD has ruled that two adult services have breached statutory rules put in place to protect children. The regulator ruled that Daisy Rock UK and She Bang TV allowed under 18s to access content viewable on-demand by allowing free, unrestricted access to videos and images and by making full-length videos available to any visitor who paid a fee.ATVOD said that the operator of Daisy Rock UK subsequently put its content out of reach of children, but had appealed with Ofcom against a separate ATVOD ruling that its service falls within the scope of the statutory rules.The operator of She Bang TV failed to become fully compliant in accordance with a timetable set by ATVOD. The service provider has therefore been referred to Ofcom for consideration of a sanction.last_img read more

West Alabamas law enforcement agencies grew stron

first_imgWest Alabama’s law enforcement agencies grew stronger today as 22 men and women graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy of Tuscaloosa.It’s a tough job in a tough world, but that didn’t stop the academy’s graduates from wanting to serve and protect.Each officer has completed the requirements for basic law enforcement certification, and today graduates’ families and loved ones gathered to witness the new officers taking their oaths and code of ethics readings.Several new officers said their decision to enter law enforcement came as a result of their personal experiences.“My freshman year at Faulkner University we had a shooting about a month in and there wasn’t anything I could do,” said Trussville Police Officer Johnathan Goodrum. “I just felt a strong desire to serve the community and help that woman who was being injured.”Tuscaloosa Police Department Office Michaela Humphrey said she entered the force hoping to make a difference.“I feel like we have to become a part of the community, do something to make a change and you have to be the change the you want to see in your community,” she said.But after today, there won’t be much time for celebration because most graduates begin their new jobs with their police departments as soon as Friday.last_img read more

As a specialist in Alzheimers prevention Jessica

first_imgAs a specialist in Alzheimer’s prevention, Jessica Langbaum knows that exercising her mental muscles can help keep her brain sharp.But Langbaum, who holds a doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology, has no formal mental fitness program. She doesn’t do crossword puzzles or play computer brain games.”Just sitting down and doing Sudoku isn’t probably going to be the one key thing that’s going to prevent you from developing Alzheimer’s disease,” she says.Instead of using a formal brain training program, she simply goes to work.”My job is my daily cognitive training,” says Langbaum, the associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix.And that’s true of most working people. “While you’re still in the work force you are getting that daily challenge of multitasking, of remembering things, of processing information,” she says.Langbaum offers that perspective as someone who has spent years studying the effects of brain training programs, and as someone who has seen Alzheimer’s up close.”My grandfather was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment when I was in graduate school getting my Ph.D.,” she says. “That transitioned into full-blown Alzheimer’s dementia.”So Langbaum began to ask herself a question: “How can I in my career help ensure that we aren’t suffering from the disease when we reach that age?”And she realized early on that puzzles and games weren’t the answer because they tend to focus on one very narrow task. The result is like exercising just one muscle in your body, Langbaum says. That muscle will get stronger, but your overall fitness isn’t going to change.The brain training programs used in research studies are more promising and much more demanding. “They’re hard,” says Langbaum, who tried them herself while she was part of a groundbreaking study on the effects of brain training.In the study of about 2,800 people age 65 and older, most spent more than five weeks doing exercises that tested memory, reasoning or speed. Two of the interventions, reasoning and processing speed, helped a bit even 10 years later, Langbaum says.”They delay the onset of cognitive impairment,” she says. “They keep your brain working at the same level longer, compared to people who did not receive those same cognitive training interventions.”But it remains unclear whether brain training can also prevent or delay Alzheimer’s. And more recent research suggests that social interaction may be a better form of mental exercise than brain training.”People who have a lot of social interactions, particularly in mid-life, have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s dementia in later life,” Langbaum says. “There’s something about being around people that’s helpful for our brains.”Langbaum’s in good shape on the social front. Between her family, her two kids, her colleagues at work, and her friends, she says, the social areas of her brain get a vigorous daily workout.So brain training isn’t for Langbaum. But it may be useful for people who are out of the workforce and more isolated, she says.And she has some advice for anyone looking for a way to keep their brain healthy.”If you like crossword puzzles, do them,” she says. “But try something new. And trying something new that brings you enjoyment is key. Don’t do it if you don’t like it.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

This week weve been reporting on the aftermath o

first_imgThis week, we’ve been reporting on the aftermath of a tragic fire that spread through a low-rent Greensboro apartment earlier this year, killing five young refugee siblings. Their family was placed there by a resettlement agency tasked with finding safe, affordable housing for new North Carolinians. But as the number of low-cost rentals has dwindled here, safe and affordable is becoming increasingly rare.For this chapter of our series “Unsafe Haven,” WFDD’s David Ford surveys the Gate City’s response to a housing crisis that’s been years in the making.“We Can’t Afford To Be Biased”Code enforcement officer for the city of Greensboro Terri Buchanan is following up on repairs that she requested a landlord make to a small, two-bedroom rental house. That’s how it works: a tenant files a complaint with the city, and if warranted, they send out people like Buchanan to inspect.Even though this property owner lives out of town, Buchanan says he’s been extremely responsive. He’s gone above and beyond in resolving the roughly dozen or so code violations that needed to be addressed, the only conflicts arising when contractors he’s hired have cut corners, and they’re easily resolved.City code enforcement officer Terri Buchanan inspects recently installed replacement siding used to cover an entry point for rodents. DAVID FORD/WFDDOther landlords, she says, consistently fail to meet even minimum standards. “We have to be so careful, and we can’t afford to be biased with someone. We can’t afford to let our emotions or our opinions enter in and we don’t,” says Buchanan. “That’s one of our strong points as a team. We may grumble amongst ourselves, but we cannot let those opinions enter into the inspection and the process.”Buchanan acknowledges that this even-handed approach can be frustrating, particularly for the affordable housing advocates, and thousands of low-income renters throughout the city of Greensboro who want bad actors held accountable. But Buchanan contends that the city’s reasoning is sound. “I think that’s been an asset to everybody and eventually helps get landlords back on track if they’ve lost their way, without really pointing fingers at anybody,” she says.But there are many who argue it doesn’t work. Case in point? The Summit-Cone apartment complex near the intersection of Summit Avenue and Cone Boulevard.City inspectors came to investigate living conditions in the sprawling 42-unit complex following the deadly fire there, and after several tenant complaints surfaced in a petition. While there, code enforcement officers discovered 466 code violations.It’s the second time in five years this property has been condemned, so how does it keep happening?”A Tool In Our Toolbox” To find out about one contributing factor, we have to rewind the clock, when state laws changed that made it more difficult for the city to prevent the abuses from happening in the first place. Specifically, the Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy (RUCO). Mayor Nancy Vaughan says RUCO was groundbreaking in holding more landlords accountable, and it served as a model for other cities.“We were able to go in and do proactive inspections of units before people rented them,” says Vaughan. “And then the legislature took that away not only from Greensboro, who pioneered that legislation, but from the entire state which took away one of the tools in our toolbox.”So, by 2012 RUCO was no more.Brett Byerly with the Greensboro Housing Coalition laments the loss as well, but admits the program also ruffled feathers.City nuisance contractor Bruce Glass (far) boards up a missing window on a condemned rental in East Greensboro. DAVID FORD/WFDD “Philosophically, a lot of it had to do with real estate lobbies feeling like they were being pushed on too hard and overregulated,” says Byerly. “And I get it. Maybe one of the weaknesses of RUCO was that it was an across-the-board inspection program.”So, we’re spending a lot of time inspecting what investors refer to as A and B Class properties. And A and B class properties by definition don’t generally need to be inspected, because the people living in A and B Class properties, if their owner landlord is not taking care of the property, they leave.”Byerly says that, meanwhile, people in C Class properties, without $1,500 in their pocket for a deposit plus the first month’s rent, have no ability to vote with their feet. They’re stuck.With RUCO gone, city code inspectors were invited to investigate properties only after receiving complaints from residents, or petitions—as was the case at Summit-Cone. After inspections, problems are identified to the owners who are then given two months or more to correct them. If no action is taken, the building can be condemned as a last resort, followed by civil penalties and fines levied to further entice them to comply. If the owners still don’t make repairs, it can be pricey, with escalating reinspection fees eventually totaling $400 per unit, per month. And the last resort: demolition.“Are We Doing Enough?”When buildings are condemned, people can’t live in them. That just makes the dearth of affordable housing even worse, says City Councilman Justin Outling.“The fact is there are 26,000 households in our community where people are not able to afford the price they pay for housing.”With regard to making up the affordable housing gap, City Councilman Justin Outling says, “We have to go really far, really fast.” DAVID FORD/WFDD That’s why, after negotiations with housing advocates and real estate officials, the city passed a $25 million bond referendum to support more affordable housing.That’s helping to fund a 176-unit apartment community in East Greensboro called Cottage Grove. It’s being refurbished with a $400,000 investment from the city for energy efficient upgrades.Then in October, the City Council passed a new housing ordinance. Outling says it will target substandard properties, like the Summit-Cone apartments. “That property was in compliance as of 2016,” says Outling. “We know now, 2018, a mere two years later, it’s woefully out of compliance. This revision to the housing ordinance will help address situations like that one to ensure that properties stay in compliance for a longer period of time.”Outling says, that unlike RUCO, this ordinance allows the city to inspect all units of an apartment complex where just one serious threat to safety was found. It also gives them permission to follow up with multiple, rollover inspections there over the course of one year without having to start back at the beginning: scheduling, notifications, hearings, and demolitions. “Are we doing enough?” asks Outling. “The answer is, ‘No, but we’re making tremendous progress.’ If you want to go fast, you go alone. If you want to go far, you go together. On this topic, we have to go really far, really fast.”Construction at Cottage Grove seems to be moving along at a good clip, with a move-in date scheduled for some time this spring.,It was just over six months ago when a tragedy amplified deep issues within the Greensboro community. Our series, “Unsafe Haven,” looks at what happened and the remaining unanswered questions.,In May, a kitchen fire at a low-rent apartment in Greensboro claimed the lives of five refugee children—siblings from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.,Earlier this year, a tragic kitchen fire at the Summit-Cone apartments in Greensboro killed five young refugee children.,On an early morning in May, a kitchen fire swept through a low-income apartment in Greensboro. Inside, a refugee family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo—five young siblings and their father—slept.last_img read more

Eggs have made a big comeback Americans now consu

first_imgEggs have made a big comeback. Americans now consume an estimated 280 eggs per person, per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And that’s a significant increase compared with a decade ago.Part of the renewed appeal stems from the dietary advice we got back in 2016. That’s when the U.S. Dietary Guidelines dropped a longstanding recommended limit on dietary cholesterol. The move was seen as a green-light to eat eggs.But a new study published in the medical journal JAMA re-opens a longstanding debate about the risks tied to consuming too much dietary cholesterol.”What we found in this study was that if you consumed two eggs per day, there was a 27 percent increased risk of developing heart disease,” says researcher Norrina Allen, an associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University.”It was surprising,” Allen says. The researchers behind the JAMA study tracked the health of about 30,000 adults enrolled in long-term studies. On average, participants were followed for about 17 years.Prior studies have come to competing conclusions. But overall, there has not been strong evidence that limiting consumption of cholesterol-rich foods lowers the amount of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol that ends up in our blood.Nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public Health conclude that dietary cholesterol and cholesterol in the blood are only weakly related. But Norrina Allen says that “we don’t know as much as we’d like to about how the cholesterol you consume in your diet is translated into the blood.”The new study is an observational study, so it doesn’t prove that cholesterol caused the increased risk of heart disease that the researchers documented. “These new findings provide one piece of evidence,” Allen says. But it’s possible that other lifestyle or dietary habits may be responsible for the increased risk.One shortcoming of the study is that participants were asked only one time about their diets. So, this one snapshot may not have accurately captured their eating habits over time. “We hope that in future studies we can look at how changes in diet over the long-term may be impacting this risk for heart disease,” Allen says. Future studies could also explore how the risks linked to dietary cholesterol may vary from person to person.Big picture: Many experts say this study is no justification to drop eggs from your diet.”So much data have already been published on this topic, which generally show that low-to-moderate egg consumption (no more than one egg per day) is not associated with increased risk of heart attack or stroke,” Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in an email.Hu says that when it comes to healthful eating, the best strategy is to focus on a well-rounded diet that includes a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds.Thomas Sherman, a professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, agrees. “I tell my students that eating a protein-rich breakfast is one of the best ways of preventing getting hungry,” Sherman says. “So I’d hate for them to come back to me and say, ‘Oh, no! We’re not supposed to be eating eggs.’ “Sherman says if you’re in the habit of eating a healthy diet, full of lots of plant-based, fiber-rich foods, then “eggs are a welcome part of the diet.” Just don’t overdo it.But the findings may re-open the debate about whether to reinstate a recommended limit on dietary cholesterol. A committee of experts was named earlier this year to begin the process of revising the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. And Norrina Allen says, “I do think that guideline committees will have to take the evidence [from this study] into account when they’re trying to understand what a healthy — or a moderate — amount of cholesterol would be.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

The underthreat Human Rights Act could be used to

first_imgThe under-threat Human Rights Act could be used to halt the scandal of disabled people who have died after being put through the government’s much-criticised “fitness for work” test regime, according to Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people.Debbie Abrahams spoke out on the importance of the act as she pledged to fight Conservative attempts to scrap the legislation and replace it with a new bill of rights.She told activists attending a Disability Labour fringe meeting that the act, introduced by a Labour government in 1998, was “definitely something we got right”.She said: “It has managed to hold the state to account, supported peaceful protests, helped rape victims, guarded against slavery, protected people in care and much more.“We should be proud of that impact and that it was a Labour government that brought that in.”She suggested that article two of the Human Rights Act – the right to life – could be used to fight the “ineffective and dehumanising” work capability assessment (WCA).Abrahams said the apparent increased death rates caused by the WCA system in the last five years were “one of the biggest scandals that we have seen”, and that a case taken under article two could be used to stop further loss of life.Two weeks ago, Disability News Service revealed how a coroner had demanded that the government take action after concluding that a disabled man from north London killed himself as a direct result of being found “fit for work”.Labour’s new shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, mentioned the case in his main conference speech, and told delegates that a Labour government would “end this brutal treatment of disabled people”.Victoria Desmond, co-founder of the Labour Campaign for Mental Health, told the fringe meeting that she was concerned that if the Human Rights Act was scrapped, the civil liberties of people with mental health conditions who are sectioned could be even more at risk, because of the “very frightening” Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.Reema Patel, treasurer of Disability Labour, pointed to the act’s “ability to empower people, to show that this is an issue, this is an infringement”.She added: “I can hold you as a policy-maker and decision-maker to account. It is such an important tool if understood in this way.”Emily Brothers, an executive member of Disability Labour, who chaired the fringe meeting, said the group would work with those Labour shadow ministers addressing the bill of rights issue.She said: “We will not be deflected by the Tory agenda of undermining the framework of human rights and safeguarding people’s liberty and civil rights.”Kate Egerton, a discrimination and human rights solicitor with lawyers Leigh Day, told the meeting that a strategy paper published by the Conservatives last year showed that a new bill of rights would provide a “watered down version” of the rights currently offered by the Human Rights Act.Richard Howitt, Labour MEP and co-president of the European parliament’s all-party disability rights group, said the Conservatives wanted to “make it much harder to enforce any rights”.And he praised “the utterly fantastic” work of Disabled People Against Cuts, which has persuaded the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities to investigate “grave and systematic violations” of the UN disability convention in the UK, over issues such as the closure of the Independent Living Fund and deaths caused by the WCA.He said this was an example of the importance of “fighting for something in international law”.Picture: Delegates at this week’s Labour conference in Brightonlast_img read more

ALEX Walmsley says Saints will head into their cla

first_imgALEX Walmsley says Saints will head into their clash at Huddersfield full of confidence following their best defensive display of the season.Keiron Cunningham’s men recorded their third win in a row on Friday to close the gap to the top four to just two points.But it was the defensive stint during the 12-10 victory over Widnes that pleased Walmsley the most.“We were happy with the win but it was a scrappy performance,” he said. “We have been guilty of leaking too many points this year so to keep a good attacking side like Widnes to 10 points is testament to our character in defence.“We have been close to putting in that kind of defensive performance before this year so it was good to see the consistency this time around.“Our attack wasn’t there though so we are still waiting for that 80 minute performance.“It’s no coincidence with the short turnaround that we weren’t quite there with our skill last week. We have a longer turnaround this time round and that will help.“Huddersfield are going well at the moment and have hit the form we expected of them. It is a big game; we need to make sure we go there with confidence and be well prepared.“We have been written off but we don’t take into account what people say. We are tight knit and work hard together. Our focus is on Huddersfield.“We want to play well, keep on building and take some form into the Super 8s. We have to treat every game like it is do or die.”Tickets for Saints final two games of the regular season are on sale.You can secure yours for Sunday’s trip to Huddersfield and the derby with Wigan by calling into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or logging on here.last_img read more

Can You See Me Now

first_img Can You See Me Now? Video calling over the internet with the Asus Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T Magazine Contributor 1 min read –shares Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals December 14, 2009 Add to Queue Technology Dan O’Shea Videophones might seem the stuff of myth, like unicorns and flights that take off and land on time. But they’ve been around for many years (videophones, that is, not mythical one-horned horses and efficient airlines), and video calling over the Internet is more common than you might think. Still, we never saw a device truly designed for video calling on the go until recently. The Asus Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T, certified to work over Internet calling service Skype, has a long name for such a compact, easy-to-use device. It’s ideal if you’re a mobile small-business owner on the go and prefer to see whom you’re talking to. The AiGuru uses Wi-Fi to enable Skype video calls on its 7-inch screen to anywhere in the world that cost next to nothing (and literally nothing for Skype-on-Skype action). The device itself costs about $235, but that seems a pittance for the ability to use Skype sans PC–and for the right to scold your mobile-phone provider for not thinking of this first. This story appears in the January 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Why Googles Move to Alphabet Just Changed This Mans Life

first_imgNews and Trends Why Google’s Move to Alphabet Just Changed This Man’s Life Image credit: Shutterstock This story originally appeared on CNBC –shares Ari Levy 3 min read Next Article center_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List August 11, 2015 Here’s one giant winner in Google’s rebranding announcement: Daniel Negari.Negari is the founder and CEO of XYZ.com, an Internet domain registry that owns alternative suffixes like .rent and .college. His 10-person company also owns .xyz.Abc.xyz is the web address for Google’s new parent entity, Alphabet Inc.”Our registry is lighting up right now,” said Negari, in an interview Monday afternoon following Google’s announcement. “I’m seeing all kinds of names being registered. I just got 250 names registered in the last 60 seconds. It’s crazy.”In a full day, Negari said about 3,000 addresses are typically registered under .xyz. Domains with that extension can be purchased from services such as GoDaddy for $10 a year and Namecheap for a first-year fee of $1.Negari is cashing in thanks to a 2011 decision by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) designed to expand access to extensions beyond .com, .org and .edu. The market opened up to those websites in 2014.Of the more than 350 new extensions that are now available, .xyz is by far the most popular, with 1.14 million domains having been registered, according to nTLDstats. The next most active is .science with over 326,000, followed by .club with over 278,000.Negari, who turned on .xyz to the public in June 2014, declined to say how much Google paid for abc.xyz, citing a confidentiality agreement. To acquire the .xyz extension, Negari paid a mere $185,000 application fee. There were no other applicants, so Negari didn’t have to bid in an auction.A spokesperson from Mountain View, California-based Google said “we have nothing to add here.”Google announced on Monday a dramatic restructuring that breaks out the Web giant’s core business into a separate company under a new umbrella called Alphabet. Other companies that will be part of Alphabet are the life sciences unit and Calico, which is focused on longevity.Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google, will assume the CEO role of Alphabet, with Google co-founder Sergey Brin serving as president. Sundar Pichai, head of product and engineering, is now CEO of Google. Alphabet is replacing Google as the publicly-traded entity.Currently, abc.xyz is just a landing page, with a letter from Page explaining the changes and some blocks with letters. That’s providing plenty of attention for Negari.”It’s a big deal for new top-level domains as a whole,” said Negari, who has operations in Santa Monica, California, and Las Vegas. “It’s a big signal that Google, which is the largest search engine in the world, believes in it enough to switch to one.” Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

AI detects prostate cancer with same level of accuracy as experienced radiologists

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 16 2019FINDINGSUCLA researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence system to help radiologists improve their ability to diagnose prostate cancer. The system, called FocalNet, helps identify and predict the aggressiveness of the disease evaluating magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scans, and it does so with nearly the same level of accuracy as experienced radiologists. In tests, FocalNet was 80.5 percent accurate in reading MRIs, while radiologists with at least 10 years of experience were 83.9 percent accurate.BACKGROUNDRadiologists use MRI to detect and assess the aggressiveness of malignant prostate tumors. However, it typically takes practicing on thousands of scans to learn how to accurately determine whether a tumor is cancerous or benign and to accurately estimate the grade of the cancer. In addition, many hospitals do not have the resources to implement the highly specialized training required for detecting cancer from MRIs.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerLiving with advanced breast cancerUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerMETHODFocalNet is an artificial neural network that uses an algorithm that comprises more than a million trainable variables; it was developed by the UCLA researchers. The team trained the system by having it analyze MRI scans of 417 men with prostate cancer; scans were fed into the system so that it could learn to assess and classify tumors in a consistent way and have it compare the results to the actual pathology specimen. Researchers compared the artificial intelligence system’s results with readings by UCLA radiologists who had more than 10 years of experience.IMPACTThe research suggests that an artificial intelligence system could save time and potentially provide diagnostic guidance to less-experienced radiologists.Source: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/artificial-intelligence-radiologists-detecting-prostate-cancerlast_img read more