10 months agoPremier League trio eyeing Ipswich whiz Andre Dozzell

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Premier League trio eyeing Ipswich whiz Andre Dozzellby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIpswich ace Andre Dozzell is back on the radar of Premier League clubs.The Mirror says Bournemouth, Brighton and Crystal Palace are all tracking fit-again Dozzell.The 19-year-old midfielder – valued at £5 million by the Tractor Boys – is back in action after suffering a cruciate ligament injury on the opening day of last season that ruled him out for more than a year.Dozzell was a member of the England side that won the Under-17 and Under- 19 European titles in 2016 and 2017 respectively.Ipswich, rock-bottom of the Championship and 10 points from safety, may be tempted to cash in to help fund new signings in their desperate bid to beat the drop. last_img read more

Mikmaq chief welcomes shipyard jobs

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith the announcement of four jobs Thursday for the Mi’kmaq there’s hope more are on the way at shipyards in Halifax.There have been nearly 3,000 jobs as a result of a $25 billion contract awarded to Irving.Only  a handful of those are Mi’kmaq.Still, one chief says Thursday’s announcement is a step in the right direction.last_img

OSU womens volleyball takes home NIU Invitiational title

Daniel Chi / For The LanternThen-senior outside hitter Mari Hole blocks the ball during a match against Northwestern Nov. 7, 2012, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.The No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team took home the NIU Invitational championship with a 3-0 victory against Liberty Friday and a pair of 3-2 wins against Green Bay and Northern Illinois Sunday.Junior setter Taylor Sherwin, who dished out a total of 158 assists during the tournament, led the Buckeyes to the wins over Liberty and Green Bay before capping the weekend off with a victory against host Northern Illinois, which marked win No. 300 for Coach Geoff Carlston.Carlston said he was happy to see his team keep their composure in high stress situations, especially in the tournament finale.“We played almost perfect volleyball in the fifth set, with three freshmen on the floor at the same time.” Carlston said.The Buckeye coach said all of the freshmen contributed during the tournament, but he was particularly impressed with the play of outside hitter Kylie Randall, who made her collegiate debut against Northern Illinois.“She’s (going to) be an incredible player,” Carlston said. “Her first eight swings in college were kills, eight swings, eight kills, no errors.”Randall said in an email she could feel the intensity of the situation but found her comfort level with help from Sherwin.“I settled in when Taylor Sherwin looked at me and said be ready (to) go,” Randall said. “Then I knew it was time to make an impact.”Randall finished the finale second on the team with 18 kills and senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led the team with a career-high 26 kills.Sherwin said via email that she did not realize she had put out an MVP caliber performance until after the tournament wrapped up, but she wanted to give credit to Randall and the other attackers.“That’s what matters most to me,” she said. “For me to be able to put them in the best situations.”While Sherwin and company put on an impressive display, Carlston said he recognizes that there is room for improvement.“We put in a new offensive system about a week ago,” Carlston said. “We just (have to) keep building on that.”Leary experienced some problems in the new offense, picking up 16 errors against Green Bay.“I wasn’t making good shot selections and adjustments throughout that whole game,” Leary said in an email. “But it motivated me to redeem myself in the next game.”She certainly stepped up in the finale against Northern Illinois, adding 22 digs to her career-high kill total.“I was very happy to see 22 digs on the stat sheet,” Leary said. “It shows the improvement in an area I needed and have been working on.”Beyond Leary’s performance, senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore said the team’s defense was strong throughout the tournament.“Everyone did a really great job taking care of the tips, rolls and back row attacks,” DiSalvatore said in an email.While the team performed well in both facets of the game, they still found time to honor their coach’s milestone, even though Carlston said he was not aware that it had been his 300th win.He said the players had noisemakers waiting in the locker room after the match.OSU returns to Columbus for an exhibition match against the Polish National Team at St. John Arena at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. read more

Baseball Ohio State hopes to rebound in home opener

Ohio State then-junior infielder Kobie Foppe (2) connects with a pitch in the third inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State baseball team will aim to end its five-game skid at home this weekend. The Buckeyes (7-9) will host Lipscomb (9-6) in a three-game series beginning their nine-game homestand on Friday. The Bisons come into the series on a hot streak. They have won five straight games, outscoring opponents 41-14 over that span. Ohio State, on the other hand, has not recorded a win in more than a week of play. The Buckeyes have been outscored 42-25 over their past five games. Lipscomb has a team batting average of .297, which ranks the Bisons inside the top 50 in the nation. The offense has been fueled by a trio of players. Redshirt sophomore designated hitter and catcher Chris Bashlor has a .434 batting average and 16 RBIs. Sophomore center fielder Maddux Houghton and senior third baseman Zeke Dodson are both batting above .360. Lipscomb’s offense is averaging 7.07 runs a game also adding 25 stolen bases on 29 attempts. Redshirt senior left fielder Tevin Symonette leads the team with 7 steals. Symonette is also batting .269 on the year. The Lipscomb pitching staff is made up of two solid starters, who are a combined 4-0.Senior starting pitcher Chris Kachmar has a 2.74 ERA and three wins in his four starts. Freshman starting pitcher Scott Elgin boasts a 3.65 ERA in four appearances for the Bisons. The Bisons hold a 4.67 ERA, while walking an average of six batters a game. Extra base runners will provide Ohio State’s offense an opportunity to put up larger numbers and improve upon its average of 5.31 runs a game. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry has provided a bright spot for the inconsistent Buckeyes. Cherry is hitting .344 to go along with a team-high 13 RBIs and four home runs. The pitching staff will also look to regain its rhythm, after allowing five or more runs in each of their past six contests. Ohio State will begin its series against Lipscomb at 5:05 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium. This will be followed up with a 3:05 p.m. Saturday game and a 1:05 p.m. Sunday finale. read more

Real Madrid drop their first points in San Mames

first_imgFirst points dropped by Real Madrid without Ronaldo, they were close to losing at San Mames against Athletic but Isco scored the equalizer for a point.This Saturday was the first day in which Real Madrid suffered the first moment in which they know they are less better without Cristiano Ronaldo, who would’ve scored in San Mames against Athletic without question today. After so much hype directed at the key players like Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema, they weren’t able to deliver a good performance in a very complicated stadium where they almost lost the match if it wasn’t for Isco’s equalizer during the second half. Although the Welsh winger did provide the assist for the Spaniard during the second half, he wasn’t able to produce more moments of brilliance as he was doing at the start of the season and he crashed hard against a very compact Athletic defense. But the biggest player of this match as it usually is in these types of scenarios was the crowd in San Mames, they proved that they are amongst the toughest in all of European football and they became a real problem for the Real Madrid players in every single ball they touched. There is no doubt that the spirit of the old Cathedral lives on in the new one, they are the ones who made the biggest difference against Real Madrid.Unai Simón, un futuro muy presente. #MovistarPartidazo pic.twitter.com/kxHqiiVlJk— La Casa del Fútbol en Movistar+ (@casadelfutbol) September 15, 2018But on the local side, the Basque team had an ace under their sleeve and we finally realized why they let Kepa go that easily. Young goalkeeper Unai Simon was Athletic’s unsung hero during the match by piling up the saves against all of Real Madrid’s forwards who got frustrated against this kid’s brilliant interventions, the match could’ve easily ended with Los Blancos’ victory by more than four goals if it hadn’t been for Unai. Past the half hour of the game, Susaeta combined with De Marcos and he sent a pass to the heart of the box where both Muniain and Williams were waiting to bury the ball in. Iñaki failed his strike at first but Iker was able to score the goal and make San Mames explode with cheers because they were already ahead in the scoreline. Real Madrid kept trying to penetrate Athletic’s defense during the rest of the match but they had a really hard time getting past Unai Simon, they were finally able to get an equalizer during the second half after Gareth Bale found Isco’s header that the young Athletic Club goalkeeper wasn’t able to reach in time. But Simon’s performance wasn’t stained by this goal, he was truly the man of the match against Real Madrid.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.⚖ Points shared at San Mamés. #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/lraMI4aSaQ— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) September 15, 2018It’s hard to understand why Julen Lopetegui still hasn’t put his trust on some of the new arrivals like Mariano, the new Real Madrid number ‘7’ is the type of player who can solve complicated situations like the one they had today at San Mames. This draw marks the first points that Los Blancos drop during the season and watching the development of the full match, it’s clear by now that the squad will struggle without a player like Cristiano Ronaldo who was there exactly for days like this Saturday. The next month will be really difficult for Real Madrid as they now have to start the Champions League next week against AS Roma, and then one week later they will have another dangerous trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium where they will face Sevilla FC in one of the most exciting fixtures of September. Julen Lopetegui needs to start trusting his new field players a little bit more, otherwise, he will keep dropping points like he did today and that can be very harmful to a club like Real Madrid this early in the season.What did you think about the match, who was your favorite player from either squad at San Mames? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

KPBSD Continues Push For More Counselors

first_imgCurrent budget talks are slated to continue in March during a joint session between the district and the borough. The assembly ultimately agreed and chose not to move forward with the additional funding, citing concerns about using too much of the borough’s fund balance. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Budget negotiations are continuing between the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Among those negotiations is a request for $600,000 for more school counselors. In July of 2018, the borough denied a similar request from the district for $600,000. The school district had planned to utilize those funds to hire mental health and safety counselors for elementary schools, according to the district.center_img KPB Mayor Charlie Pierce: “I supported the additional funding for schools, I just did not agree where they want to get the money. The put an extra $600,000 in the budget to pay for it, and then want to go out and tax you for it. I don’t agree with that.” The district hopes to create four new elementary counselors, and also have more than the two counselors currently offered to students at Kenai Central High School.last_img read more

12 pvt univ students denied bail

first_imgSeveral students of various private universities are taken to Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate court on Tuesday. Photo: Suvra Kanti DasA Dhaka court on Thursday denied bail to 12 private university students accused in two cases filed over vandalism and attacks on police during the student movement demanding road safety, reports UNB.The students are–Iftekhar Hossain, Shakhawat Hossain Nijhum, Shimanta Sarker, Ajijul Karim Antar, Shihab Shahriar, Saber Ahmed Ullas, Rashedul Islam, Md Hasan, Mushfikur Rahman, Redwan Ahmed, Reza Refat Ahmed and Nur Ahmmed.Metropolitan magistrate Laskar Shohel Rana passed the order after hearing their bail petitions.Earlier on 9 August, bail was denied to 22 private university students and they were sent to jail after completing their 2-day remand in the cases.Four of them sought bail again on Sunday and eight others on Monday, but their prayers were also turned down.Twenty-two students of seven private universities were arrested in connection with two cases filed with Badda and Bhatara police stations on the ninth day of the road safety movement on 6 Aug.last_img read more

China releases Nobel laureate Liu with terminal cancer

first_imgThis file handout picture received from the family taken on 14 Marc, 2005 shows 2010 Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo in Guangzhou in southern China. Photo: AFPChina’s Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been transferred on parole from prison to a hospital for terminal cancer treatment, his lawyer said Monday, but concerned supporters called for his unconditional release.Liu, who has about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer on May 23 and granted medical parole days later, lawyer Mo Shaoping told AFP.The 61-year-old democracy campaigner was being treated at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, where he was imprisoned.The Liaoning Prison Administrative Bureau confirmed Liu’s parole, saying in a statement he was being treated by “eight renowned Chinese oncologists” at China Medical University No 1 Hospital.While it confirmed he was being treated for liver cancer, it did not say whether it was terminal.“He has no special plans. He is just receiving medical treatment for his illness,” Mo said.The writer was sentenced in 2009 for “subversion” after spearheading a bold petition for democratic reforms. He was awarded the Nobel prize while in jail a year later and was represented by an empty chair at the ceremony in Oslo.Supporters demanded that Liu be granted the best medical care and criticised his treatment so far.While the Nobel Committee said it was “delighted” to learn that Liu was finally freed, it “strongly regrets that it took serious illness before Chinese authorities were willing to release him from jail”.“Chinese authorities carry a heavy responsibility if Liu Xiaobo, because of his imprisonment, has been denied necessary medical treatment,” it said in a statement.The committee called for his unconditional release and said he should be offered the best possible treatment in China or abroad.Patrick Poon, China researcher at rights group Amnesty International, urged authorities to ensure Liu has access to his family.Poon also called for Liu and “all others imprisoned solely for exercising their human rights” to be immediately and unconditionally released.“Adding injury to insult, Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with a grave illness in prison, where he should never have been put in the first place,” Poon said.Bold petition -Asked about Liu’s parole, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular news briefing: “I am not aware of the situation you’re talking about.”Liu is one of only three people to have won the Nobel award while jailed by their own government.China strongly condemned the prize as foreign interference in its internal affairs.Diplomatic ties and trade talks between Beijing and Oslo were frozen, with China halting Norwegian salmon imports. Relations were only normalised last December.The international community has for years been calling for Liu’s release.Liu was arrested in 2008 after co-writing Charter 08, a bold petition that called for the protection of basic human rights and reform of China’s one-party Communist system.Charter 08, which was posted online, specifically demands the abolition of subversion as a criminal offence.Liu’s wife Liu Xia has been under house arrest since 2010. She suffered a heart attack in 2014, when she was diagnosed with depression after years of detention, a rights group said at the time.She could not be reached for comment on Monday and an automated message said her phone was no longer in service.Tiananmen role -Liu is also known for his efforts to help negotiate the safe exit from Tiananmen Square of thousands of student demonstrators on the night of June 3-4, 1989 when the military bloodily suppressed six weeks of protests in the heart of Beijing.He was arrested immediately after the crackdown and released without charge in early 1991.Liu was rearrested and served three years in a labour camp from 1996-1999 for seeking the release of those jailed in the Tiananmen protests and for opposing the official verdict that their actions amounted to a counter-revolutionary rebellion.Liu, who holds a doctorate in Chinese literature, was once a professor at Beijing Normal University, but was banned from teaching at state institutions after his involvement in the 1989 demonstrations.He was also banned from publishing in China but many of his writings advocating greater democracy and respect for human rights appeared in Hong Kong and overseas Chinese publications.Some of these articles served as evidence in his most recent trial.Liu was a leading member of the Independent China PEN Centre, a grouping of Chinese writers. PEN Hong Kong called for his unconditional release.“At a time when China wants to have a greater international role, it is only fitting that it should show humanity and compassion towards a man who has never committed any violent crime, but has dedicated his life to literature and free expression,” it said on its website.last_img read more

Erdogan brands Assad terrorist

first_imgTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi on 27 December 2017 following a press conference at Carthage palace near Tunis. AFPTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that a political solution to the Syrian conflict was impossible without the departure of president Bashar al-Assad, branding him a “terrorist”.”It is absolutely impossible to advance with Assad in Syria,” Erdogan told a news conference after meeting Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi.”Bashar al-Assad is a terrorist… We cannot just say this person goes on doing this job. If we do then it’s unfair” to the Syrians who have been killed, he added.Turkey has opposed Assad throughout the conflict, now in its seventh year, backing the opposition seeking to oust him and accusing the Syrian leader of war crimes.Ankara is now a key player in efforts to end the war along with Russia and Iran, Assad’s main allies.Erdogan’s comments came just days after the powerbrokers agreed to hold a peace congress for Syria in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi in late January.A previous attempt to convene the Sochi congress in November failed following a lack of agreement among would-be participants.More than 340,000 people have been killed and millions have been driven from their homes since Syria’s conflict erupted with anti-government protests in 2011.Several diplomatic attempts to halt the war have stumbled, mainly over Assad’s future.last_img read more

Cardinals Win Silver and Set American Record at World Championships

first_imgStory Links The University of Louisville Cardinals made a splash that included a podium appearance and an American record on the opening day of the FINA World Championships in Gwangzu, Korea.  In the women’s 400M Freestyle Relay, Team USA with Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Worrell Dahlia,  won a silver medal with a time of in 3:31.02. Comerford put up 52.98 lead-off split, touching just behind Australia. Team USA teammate Abbey Weitzeil put up a 52.66 on the second leg to take the lead, passing Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (53.88) and Australia’s Brianna Throssell (53.34). Kelsi Dahlia split 53.46 for the Americans, handing off to Simone Manuel who produced a 51.92 to pull ahead of Canadian anchor Maggie MacNeil (53.18) for silver. In the 50m Fly, UofL redshirt freshman Haridi Sameh took the lead in heat 7 in a time of 23.54 to rank 15th to qualified for semi-finals, then finished 16th in the semi-finals with a time of 23.68.center_img In the 100M-fly, Kelsi Dahlia won her first heat to qualify for semi-finals,  In the semi-finals, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom put up an initial split of  26.12, finishing in 56.29. Canadian Maggie MacNeil finished with a 56.52, while Kelsi Dahlia touched third to finish in  57.06, good for 7th overall. In the 400 M free, Louisville’s distance specialist Marcelo Acosta of El Salvador finished 7th in his heat  in a time of 3:55.06 to touched 7th in heat 3 for a final ranking of 31st. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

CoffeeTea Meet TeaCoffee With Javazen and Zestea

first_img Cascara’s the Coffee Tea Juice You’ve Never Heard OfIt took this guy 11 hours to make a cup of tea I’m a caffeine enthusiast. I try to moderate these days, but I grew up loving Mountain Dew. I pine for the days of Jolt Cola, and I pick up a bottle or two of Bawls whenever I go to Micro Center (and I usually leave Red Bull, because while it’s the biggest energy drink name, it also tastes like soup made from Flintstones Vitamins bouillion). So when I saw that the Coffee and Tea Festival Festival NYC was last weekend, I shlepped up to Greenpoint to attend.Sadly, the days of comically caffeinated coffee is gone. Coffee and tea have evolved with more subdued sensibilities and aesthetics, and I generally approve of this change if only for the health of my kidneys. I still saw two interesting coffee and tea purveyors at the festival, whose wares I’ve been sipping all day. Javazen is a coffee company that infuses tea into its blends, and Zest Tea is a tea company that sells tea with as much caffeine as coffee.Javazen takes the herbal health and relaxation aspects of tea and adds it to their coffee (which itself is sourced from certified organic coffee farmers in Central and South America, though they don’t get much more specific than that). Their standard Balance blend mixes coffee with matcha green tea (processed Japanese green tea powder, not to be confused with sen cha, hoji cha, or kaki cha, which are leaves and stems more conventionally brewed like tea) and cacao nibs.I dislike matcha as a flavor, so I was pleasantly surprised by the Balance blend’s taste. Hints of cacao came through and made the coffee quite smooth, but I didn’t detect more than a tiny note of matcha (usually a sharp, bitter taste) that actually complimented the coffee flavor. I liked it enough that I picked up a 9-ounce bag of the blend and a new French press (I keep losing them) at the booth.Javazen is currently available in four blends: Balance, Boost, Relax, and Pumpkin Spice. Boost has a higher caffeine content and adds yerba mate and acai. Relax has little caffeine and adds Rooibos tea and Goji berry. Pumpkin Spice adds Tulsi tea to an already Chai-like spice blend. They’re available as regular ground coffee, or you can get boxes of brew bags that let you brew the coffee like tea in a cup. The brew bags are about $1.75 per cup, so the grounds are much, much more economical if not quite as convenient.Zest Tea makes caffeinated tea blends. Black tea (and even green tea) already contains caffeine, but Zest Tea blends add more on top. Each cup of Zest Tea has two to three times the caffeine of a cup of black tea, and as much or slightly more caffeine than a cup of coffee. According to Zest Tea, it produces less jitters and crashes than coffee (Javazen makes the same claim), because of the benefits of the tea basically blunting the edge that just coffee creates.I personally can’t tell, because I get jitters even without caffeine and I don’t usually crash from even chugging energy drinks. However, they make a pretty good tea, and after trying it at the show, I bought a bag of Earl Grey which I’m sipping as I write this. Their Earl Grey has approximately 155 milligrams of caffeine per cup, with a pleasant, bright taste that has a hint of lemon. I can sip it without any sweetener if I don’t steep it for too long, which is very nice to see.Zest Teas come in bag form, which is fortunately much less expensive than Javazen’s brew bags at about $0.50 to $0.60 a bag. Besides Earl Grey, Zest Tea has more herbal flavors like a green-and-mint-tea-based Pomegranate Mojito, an orange-pekoe-and-hibiscus-tea-based Blue Lady, and an orange-pekoe-tea-based Apple Cinnamon.If coffee-tea and tea-coffee seem a bit too normal for you, here’s another brewable beverage purveyor I saw at the festival. Four Sigmatic makes mushroom-based coffees and elixirs. They claim mushrooms have tons of health benefits, so they load up their drink mixes with them. I tried their Stay Awake mushroom coffee mix (with cordyceps and chaga), and, well, it tasted like coffee-flavored mushroom broth. I love mushrooms, and I’d certainly consider drinking their stuff again, but you can’t get away from that mushroom flavor.I got a sample packet of their Mushroom Hot Cacao mix with reishi, which I’m afraid to try. Actually, you know what? I’ll try it now, for you readers.Okay, it’s mixed, currently cooling.Smells very cinnamony.You know what? It’s not terrible. Doesn’t taste like hot chocolate at all, but has a pleasant cocoa and cinnamon flavor. Very relaxing, almost like a thin Abuelita. And unlike the coffee, I can’t taste the mushrooms in it. It’s pretty good. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries Liberty Global has s

first_imgLiberty Global CEO Mike FriesLiberty Global has sold 20,000 Horizon subscriptions in Switzerland since the advanced set-top launched in that market, with 10,000 unique Horizon TV online users. Liberty Global has sold 100,000 Horizon subscriptions in the Netherlands since its launch in September, with 200,000 unique Horizon online users. Liberty Global plans to roll out a non-DVR version of the box in the Netherlands in the coming monthsSpeaking on a conference call on the company’s full-year results, Liberty Global International president and CEO Mike Fries said the operator is on track to roll out Horizon in Ireland and Germany. “I can’t emphasis how pleased we are with the impact of Horizon,” said Fries. He said the service had “changed forever the digital video experience for our customers.”Fries said Germany remained the company’s strongest growth driver, adding that the company also strong RGU growth from central and eastern Europe and Switzerland. He said the company had reduced its rate of video customer losses over the last year.Following its announcement of the acquisition of Virgin Media, Fries said Liberty Global hoped to learn from the UK operator, especially in the area of mobile bundling. He said Liberty Global hoped to close the transaction in the second quarter. Fries said Liberty Global had “modest goals” for mobile over it other territories and would roll out services in a way that had “no impact on financial metrics”.Fries said the regulatory environment in Germany meant it remained cautious about the prospects for further consolidation in that market, despite the “compelling logic” for consolidation. “We always remain optimistic that we will win that argument over time,” he said.Fries believed business services would be one of the fastest growth areas for the company this year, with particularly strong prospects for growth in Germany.Liberty Global earlier reported it had added 465,000 new revenue-generating units, or products sold to customers, in the fourth quarter of 2012, taking its total RGUs to almost 33 million. The company posted revenues of US$10.31 billion (€7.6 billion) for the year. Full-year operating income was up 9% to US$1.98 billion.last_img read more

Mayor of Derry Cllr Brenda Stevenson said this ye

first_imgMayor of Derry, Cllr Brenda Stevenson said this year’s colourful festivities would be the “best yet” and was delighted Ms Lo would be attending Ubuntu Global Festival, the closing event of Community Relations Week.Anna Lo.“The Ubuntu Global Festival is one of the highlights of this year’s LegenDerry Maritime Festival and we are expecting this year’s event to be one of the most popular too.“With over 50 nationalities living in and around the city, this is a fantastic excuse for us to celebrate our wonderful diversity by exploring the sights, sounds and flavours from across the globe.“We are also delighted that MLA Anna Lo will make a trip to festival this year to speak about her services to ethnic minority communities which has gained her a MBE.” Derry City Council’s Sharon Meenan said the festival would see the riverfront “buzzing” with arts and crafts, music and dance.She added: “Bring your family and experience the cultural wonders of Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.Free family workshops and drop in activities operate 12 noon – 6.00pm in the three continental zones.The World Zone will feature performances, live music and interactive activities from 1.00pm – 10.00pm.ANNA LO TO ATTEND DERRY’S UBUNTU GLOBAL FESTIVAL was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: ShareTweet allianceannaDerryfestivalgloballoubuntu Local residents Willie Hernandez, Sumeeta Gupta, Miriam Pascua, Audrey Marie Doherty and Billy Poon join Sue Divin from Derry City Council to prepare for Sunday’s Ubuntu Global Festival. Photo: Lorcan Doherty PhotographyOne of North’s best known politicians will visit Derry this weekend.Anna Lo, a Belfast Alliance MLA since 2007, will attend the Ubuntu Global Festival being staged on Sunday as part of the LegenDerry Maritime Festival.Organised annually by Derry City Council to promote local awareness of the city’s cultural diversity, the event will feature three continental zones along the quayside – Africa and the Caribbean,  Europe and the Americas, Asia and the Middle East – as well as a World Zone where families and visitors can expect to find free activities such as arts and traditional crafts, storytelling, and music and dance activities.last_img read more

In This Issue   No taper talk   Second quart

first_imgIn This Issue. *  No taper talk *  Second quarter growth *  ADP on the rise *  Third time is a charm And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Let’s hurry up and wait some more… Good day.and welcome to the month of August as well as another Thursday morning. The month of July ended up with more twists than a good thriller novel, but at the end of it all, the Fed was the main character and it looks like this will continue to be the case. It’s all about the Fed. What will the Fed think about this or that? How will the Fed react to this or that? Every bit of data is scrutinized as to how it would impact the Fed’s view on tapering. As data exceeds or falls short of expectations, the markets will continue their erratic behavior until the Fed is not so mysterious in their ways. Unfortunately, the Fed meeting did nothing to address any of the question marks that have been present in the markets for the better part of a month and a half. The statement following the meeting contained no new language on the conditions for maintaining the current pace of asset purchases. These statements are so open ended and can be interpreted in several different ways, but I think most economists would still consider this a dovish environment. The Fed did refer to the pace of growth as modest instead of moderate as it had in the past while they also acknowledged that housing has been strengthening but mortgage rates have been on the rise. The biggest change came by way of saying the committee recognizes that inflation persistently below its 2% objective could pose risks to economic performance, but it does anticipate that inflation will move back toward its objective over the medium term. This was apparently a nod to St. Louis Fed president Bullard who was banging the drum on the dangers of inflation running too low. Both you and I know that real world inflation is much, much higher than the government’s calculation, but they feel this low inflation could hamper growth. At the end of the day, all of the pomp and circumstance for tapering got pushed once again, so don’t expect any slowdown in market volatility for at least another month. Actually, at this point it’s actually closer to another six weeks since the next meeting will take place on September 17 and 18. If the Fed is concerned about higher interest rates via bonds and if they do decide to taper in Sept, who is going to be lining up at the door to buy such a low yielding asset. Will the Fed heads now shift focus toward doing what’s necessary to keep mortgage rates down? I guess we’ll need to stay tuned. Moving on to GDP, we had the initial reading of second quarter results come in much higher than expected. It’s still nothing that would light any fires, but the 1.7% annual pace beat the expected result of 1.0% as well as the first quarter’s revision down to 1.1% from 1.8%. So, let me get this right. First quarter GDP is at 1.1% and second quarter GDP is at 1.7%, so where is this progress that economists are pounding their chests about and justifying an imminent taper. From a realist standpoint, why would the Fed decide to taper in September when GDP yielded a sub-2% rate for a third straight quarter unless they are trying to cut deficit spending. As nice as it would be to say, I don’t think the latter is the case. When the bar is set low, its easy to get excited. Consumer spending slowed in the second quarter when compared to the first quarter, but I didn’t see any headlines bringing light to that bit. I saw where the revisions made to the way GDP is calculated added 0.6% to the 2012 bottom line, so now the economy grew 2.8% last year. In the end, we still have two more revisions before the third quarter results arrive, but if history is a guide, revisions haven’t exactly been friendly. Then again, the calculation is now different so we shall see. In the precursor to jobs jamboree Friday, payrolls as reported by ADP came in much higher than expected by rising to 200k. We also saw the June report get revised upward by 10k to 198k. The report indicated that manufacturers, construction companies, and other goods producing industries increased by 22k while payrolls at service providers climbed 177k.Thats great news to see employers added 200k workers in the month of July, but we need to know what kind of jobs we’re talking. There’s a big difference between part-time, lower wage positions compared to full time jobs that would contribute to self sufficiency and a money spending lifestyle the country needs to survive. While the spot light was solely on the US yesterday, we will see it shift across the pond as both the ECB and BOE have policy meetings going on as I write. The dollar finished the day lower, but it was interesting to watch it move throughout the day. After we had the US economic reports, the dollar shot up and gold was, at one point, down $20 as traders were getting juiced up on the better than expected data. Once the Fed statement failed to address any tapering plans, or really anything of any importance for that matter, we had a nice little turning of the tide. The Norwegian kone and Swedish krona finished the day in positive territory by close to 0.75%. There wasn’t any data to push them to the top, so it looks as though the big sell off after Swedish GDP disappointed may have been overdone. The rest of the currencies in positive territory had less than 0.5% gains on the day while the euro was able to retain the 1.33 handle as I walked out the door last night. The paring back of the dollar helped, but the number of people unemployed in the eurozone fell for the first time in two years. Since we’re only talking 24k people compared to the 19 million out of work, it didn’t impact the unemployment rate. A currency that has been seeing a lot of red, the Brazilian real, came to the surface for some air and actually appreciated a fraction of a percent. It was a very ugly morning for this currency yesterday as it fell to 2.3016 and marked the weakest point since April 2009. It looks like the Brazilian central bank is trying to defend the 2.30 handle as they intervened in the currency market three times yesterday morning and succeeded in propping the real to about 2.28. Higher inflation remains a problem in Brazil so a weaker currency helps fan the flames of inflation, hence the government action. As I came in this morning, the dollar is up pretty much across the board as the market is waiting for the ECB to do its thing. It’s similar to what we saw yesterday prior to the Fed meeting in that traders want to remain on the cautious side in case policy makers overplay the stimulus card. We did see a eurozone manufacturing report break into the positive side of 50 by rising to 50.3 in July. Other than that, just playing the waiting game. For What Its Worth.”In the end, I abandoned my initial aversion to holding gold,” concludes N. Gregory Mankiw in The New York Times. Mankiw is about as establishment as it gets – a “New Keynesian” who runs the Harvard economics department and was chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush. A few weeks ago, a friend asked him if gold belongs in his investment portfolio. “My instinct was to say no,” but instinct wasn’t enough. So Mankiw dug a little deeper and made several shocking discoveries. To wit: .               “All the gold ever mined amounts to 174,100 metric tons. If this supply were divided equally among the world’s population, it would work out to less than 1 ounce a person.” .               “Its price is largely uncorrelated with stocks and bonds. Despite gold’s volatility, adding a little to a standard portfolio can reduce its overall risk.” Yes, we know. Your mouth is agape at such revelations. Wrote Mankiw, “A small sliver, such as the 2% weight in the world market portfolio, now makes sense to me as part of a long-term investment strategy.” Well, it’s a start. We also had Richard Russell, the dean of newsletter men who begain penning his Dow Theory Letters in 1958 which was the same year Mankiw was born say “I like the way [gold is] acting,” Mr. Russell has noticed the gold stocks – represented by the GDX ETF – are now trading above their 50-day moving average for the first time all year. “Since the miners tend to move before bullion,” he concludes,” I consider this action bullish for the whole gold universe.” To recap.The question marks prior to the Fed meeting still remain as there was no mention of tapering stimulus measures. The statement following the FOMC meeting is still dovish, while the Fed voiced concern about low inflation (government calculated) and rising mortgage rates. Second quarter GDP came in much higher than expected but remained below 2% for a third straight quarter. Personal consumption also fell while the ADP jobs report says we added 200k workers in July. The BOE and ECB meet today, so we’ll see if there are any sound bites. Norway and Sweden topped the list yesterday while the Brazilian central bank had to intervene three times in one day. Currencies today 8/01/13. American Style: A$ .8983, kiwi .7945, C$ .9706, euro 1.3228, sterling 1.5223, Swiss $1.0739, . European Style: rand 9.8776, krone 5.9266, SEK 6.5691, forint 225.86, zloty 3.1990, koruna 19.6025, RUB 33.0310, yen 98.76, sing 1.2719, HKD 7.7558, INR 60.4437, China 6.1778, pesos 12.7407, BRL 2.2746, Dollar Index 82.05, Oil $106.91, 10-year 2.60%, Silver $19.85, Platinum $1,440.55, Palladium $732.45, and Gold. $1,324.00 That’s it for today.I had a very nice surprise at the office yesterday as all of the folks in the St. Louis office threw a baby shower for me as well as the others who either recently had or will soon have a new edition. I am blessed to be surrounded with such a wonderful group and for that, I am thankful. Thanks again to all involved. The MLB trade deadline was yesterday, and much like the Fed meeting, there was a lot of chatter leading up to it but there wasn’t much action once the dust settled. That about does it for me today. Until tomorrow, Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

In This Issue   Rate Differentials to narrow

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Rate Differentials to narrow? *  Gold sees attempt to recover fade. *  Chuck’s kiss o ‘death is still alive. *  ECB meeting to disappoint once again? Bullard Throws A Cat Among The Pigeons! Good Day! .  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! The skies are a Tub Thumpin’ this morning, as we get pelted with more rain. The temperature is supposed to rise to 77 today, which puts us smack dab in the middle of the high chances of a tornado that would come out of the storms today. So, for all the local folks, if you here the warning sirens, head to the basement. Tornadoes are nothing to mess with! When I look out at the currencies and metals this morning they appear to have been scattered about by the bad storms too! Yesterday, after signing off, Gold took off for higher ground, and before you could say, “look at Gold”, it was up $15, and looking like it was ready to head back to $1,300. But that euphoria didn’t last, as Fed Head James Bullard decided to throw his two-cents into the discussion on interest rates. Well, St. Louis Fed President, James Bullard, really lathered up the markets a bit yesterday, and caused some slippage in the currencies & metals VS the dollar by saying that he expects a rate hike in the first quarter of next year.  This is 3 months ahead of the most aggressive interpretation of Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s “considerable time after QE has ended”..   It’s important to note that Bullard is a non-voting member this year, but if that’s how he feels now, imagine when he is a voting member next year!  But once again, I think the Fed Heads are being overly optimistic. And I address this later today, with a quote from Richard Duncan on the Fed’s Tapering.  I still believe that strong economic growth is far from given. and in fact I think it’s a pipedream.  But in either case, this comment by Bullard sure acts as a wakeup call for the markets. So, at first, when the markets got all loosey Goosey about Yellen saying that rates would rise after some considerable time after QE ends, that was fine. Let them be wrong! But now they are carrying this rate hike talk into the rate differential discussions, and that would be funny if it weren’t true!  But now the markets are saying, “that with interest rates in the U.S. going higher (as if that were written in stone) the rate differential to the Antipodean currencies will narrow. And therefore they see that as a reason to sell the Antipodean currencies! UGH!  For those of you new to class, the Antipodean currencies are those of Australia and New Zealand.  And now you know that I’m a lazy writer, in that I would rather refer to the two currencies with one word, instead of 5 words! HA! So, I hope you see what I’m saying here. the markets are already thinking that interest rates are going higher in the U.S. sooner than later (Chuck thinks later, and when they do they’ll soar higher, but let’s not let that get in the way of our discussion!) and therefore the U.S. dollar should be bought. Hmmm. Oh well, I think this too will pass, but for now, we have to let the kids play outside! And before we go on, it’s important to tell you about another non-voting Fed Head who differs in opinion with Bullard. Fed Head Williams who I’m told is a non-voting member this year, but. and that’s a big but and no I’m not going there again!  I’m also told that he used to work for Yellen at the SF Fed.  So the thought here is that maybe he has an inside to Yellen. Anyway, Williams said that “it makes no sense to start raising rates in the 2nd Half of 2015, and that the Fed needs to keep rates well below the historic norm of 4% even into 2017.”   WOW! Now. in my best Andy Rooney voice. Ever Wonder why Bullard got all the press, and Williams not a mention?  I think you know what I’m saying here, so I’ll just move along, for these are not the droids we’re looking for! The euro lost about ¼-cent yesterday, and is flat this morning ahead of the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting, that’s taking place as I write. Remember last month when the markets were convinced that ECB President Draghi, would announce additional stimulus, and I said “hogwash”? Well, who was right then? That’s correct it was little old me! HA! Well, this month, there are still some naysayers to the Chuck way of thinking and they are standing still with their thoughts that additional stimulus is coming from the ECB. Again, I say hogwash! Not now, anyway! Things are not dire in the Eurozone, Germany, the Eurozone’s largest economy, is seeing their economy grow, unemployment drop, and exports remain high, so you have to take a flyer on the additional stimulus in my opinion. So, the weakness in the euro the past two days, will most likely be a thing of the past once we get through today’s ECB meeting. The recent data from the U.K. has really been disappointing, especially given the strength of the data leading up to recent reports. I kept telling you all that the U.K. was not that strong! The recent report that confirms weakness is back is the services data which was very disappointing.  And then good old Mark Carney, you know the new Bank of England Gov. and former Gov. of the Bank of Canada, he of the bag of promises that never get out of the bag, is seeing what I was seeing. Carney told a newspaper that “There’s slack in the labor market that needs to be used up before policy makers raise interest rates.”   So, the pound sterling backs off its previous lofty levels, that were falsely pumped higher by shaky data. And as usual, Chuck puts his kiss of death on a currency by talking glowingly about it. Yesterday morning, I told you all about the 6 month moves in the Indian rupee, only to see it get whacked overnight, on what Bloomberg calls “technicals”.  You know, when a currency reaches a certain point on a chart that tells traders that they need to sell.  Long time readers know me, and I’m not a chartist, but I believe that in conjunction with fundamentals they can be useful at times. This is one of those times that I don’t think they are useful. So, maybe this whacking  is a good opportunity to buy at cheaper levels than prior to the whacking! Man! I just felt the building move! The light standards overhead are swaying back and forth, it must be a real doozy of a storm outside! Talk about scary! You know when you’re sitting in a chair in a building and you feel like you need to reach for the Dramamine that things are getting weird.  OK. my phone just said there’s a tornado in the area and that I need to take shelter, I’m going to step away for a minute. In my best Arnold voice. I’ll be back! China tried to address the economic slowdown in the country by announcing that they will introduce a package of measures to support the economy. The package includes: railway spending and tax relief.  And in concert with that announcement, the Chinese also pushed their currency, the renminbi / yuan, down this morning. With the first couple of days this week showing the Chinese allowing appreciation of the renminbi / yuan once again, I thought maybe their “teaching the markets a lesson” was over, and we could get back to the task at hand, which is an appreciating renminbi / yuan. But I guess not!  I guess the lesson is not over! Another BRIC currency, the Brazilian real, saw some love yesterday after the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) hiked rates again, this time 25 Basis Points (1/4%) to an internal Selic rate of 11%… Of course that’s nowhere near where deposits get paid interest, but the point is that rates moved higher again in Brazil, as inflation continues to be a real problem in the country. I would have to think that the BCB is getting pretty close to tying the rate hikes into a bow. So, the real might be left to its own devices. and left to my own devices I probably would.  No wait! Didn’t mean to go all Pet Shop Boys on you this morning! Well, yesterday the U.S. Data Cupboard was good to the economy by printing a stronger than expected Feb Factory Orders report. Factory Orders for Feb grew 1.6% VS a -.7% in January. I guess the “bad weather” that affected everything else in February wasn’t at play here, eh?  So, good for Factory Orders. Unfortunately, the New York regional manufacturing index fell from 57 to 52 in March.  The ADP Employment Change for March printed at 191,000 jobs created, missing the target of 195,000 but the miss was small, so for the folks at home keeping score, this was a good report. not great, but good. Today, we’ll see the Data Cupboard yield the Feb Trade Balance (read deficit!) The Usual Thursday Weekly Jobless Claims, and the Challenger Job Cuts year on year for March.  And then tomorrow is the day the markets have been waiting for. the Jobs Jamboree that will show once and for all that the previous months bad reports were damaged by bad weather! Well, that’s what the markets think so far. Well, before I head to the Big Finish, I wanted to comment on a story that hit my email box yesterday from the WSJ, stating that, “for the FIRST TIME within General Motors, executives will be told of vehicle safety problems when they are first reported.”    In the words of a local car dealer, Are you kidding me?  I just cringe when I hear stuff like this, don’t you? I mean going back to the tech scandals, Enron, and so on, until now, you have to question why, foreigners would look to buy U.S. assets given all these things that continue to be revealed.  Investors here in the U.S. have grown comfortably numb to the scandals and just keep buying.  Need I say more? For What It’s Worth. I need to do some building of this story first, so here we go. Long ago I read a book by Richard Duncan called “The Dollar Crisis”   It sealed my beliefs of the dollar’s future, and when many people over the years would ask me what book should they read to get them started, I would tell them about this book.  Since then I’ve read “The New Depression”  and “The Corruption of Capitalism”  by Richard Duncan. All well worth someone’s time to read.  So, seeing that my friend, Bill Bonner, quoted Richard Duncan yesterday certainly caught my eye and led me to relaying that quote to you this morning, dear reader! First of all I need to tell you about Bill Bonner’s new letter titled: Diary of a Rogue Economist.   And can be found by clicking: http://www.bonnerandpartners.com/category/dre/ And then Richard Duncan talking about QE. “Duncan expects the coming quarter to produce a record of excess liquidity. The Fed is still pumping liquidity into the market at the rate of $65 billion every month. Meanwhile, it is tax time, so the government’s needs for borrowing will be relatively low. And according to Duncan, the difference between the available liquidity and the need for it in the regular economy has to go somewhere. But after this quarter, the outlook changes. The Fed is scheduled to wind down QE by the end of the year. And the federal government’s rosy budget scenario will begin to fade – meaning more government borrowing. That means the third quarter is expected to produce only a slightly positive excess of liquidity. And in the fourth quarter, says Duncan, the excess turns into a shortage. If the Fed persists in its plans to taper QE, in other words, the third quarter will likely see a selloff in the US stock market. This will give the Fed’s forward guidance a kick in the rearward quarters. Instead of continuing to taper, the Fed will panic. Its entire theory of life… its philosophy… and its sacred religion will be challenged. In its view, credit, prices and stocks must ALWAYS go up. “ Chuck again..  I see that Richard Duncan is in line with my call that the tapering of QE will be stopped this year. To recap.  Fed Head James Bullard threw a cat among the pigeons yesterday by pushing the envelope on the timing of the first Fed rate hike. The markets are now taking this newfound feeling that interest rates in the U.S. are going up, to the currency and metals markets, and talking about narrowing rate differentials to the Antipodean currencies, and so on. Chuck believes this is all gobbledygook, but you have to let the kids play outside. Currencies today 4/3/14. American Style: A$ .9240, kiwi .8545, C$ .9080, euro 1.3765, sterling 1.6590, Swiss $1.1275, . European Style: rand 10.6455, krone 5.9835, SEK 6.5110, forint 223.15, zloty 3.0315, koruna 19.9510, RUB 35.55, yen 103.90, sing 1.2625, HKD 7.7575, INR 60.20, China 6.1520, pesos 13.12, BRL 2.2682, Dollar Index 80.25, Oil $99.20, 10-year 2.80%, Silver $19.79, Platinum $1,434.25, Palladium $785.25, and Gold. $1,282.80 That’s it for today. Well, yesterday was our Antione Lawrence’s birthday, and while I knew it before I started writing, I had a brain drain while writing. So, Happy Birthday Antione!  I want to thank Cheryl Harper and Jessica Witt, for baking me birthday cakes that were brought in yesterday. I’m always gone on my birthday, so these two got together and decided to bake me my fave cakes for when I returned. A Pineapple upside down cake, and German chocolate cake were so delicious! Then the desk sang Happy Birthday to me, even though it was Antione’s Birthday! I truly appreciate the attention for my birthday, that for the past 6 years I’ve looked forward to so much. Well, it appears that my beloved Cardinals left their bats with hits in them, in Florida, for they’ve only scratched out 8 hits in two games. UGH!  And thoughts and prayers are needed for the folks at Ft. Hood, where a 2nd shooting in past 5 years took place yesterday. So sad.  And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

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first_imgAs head of New York City’s correctional health services, Dr. Homer Venters spent nine years overseeing the care of thousands of inmates in the jails on Rikers Island. Though he left Rikers in 2017, what he witnessed on the job has stayed with him.”What’s important to consider about jail settings is that they are incredibly dehumanizing, and they dehumanize the individuals who pass through them,” Venters says. “There is not really a true respect for the rights of the detained.”Venters is now a senior health and justice fellow at Community Oriented Correctional Health Services. In his new book, Life and Death in Rikers Island, he describes a number of traumatic outcomes related to what he says was subpar medical care at the jail complex, including the death of Carlos Mercado, a man with diabetes who was denied insulin during the intake process.”This type of death really shows, in a very stark way, how jails confer health risk to people,” Venters says. “For a person to know that they are insulin-dependent — to report that and then for any state institution to fail to act on that, really puts the onus and responsibility for this man’s death directly on the jail system.”During his tenure at Rikers, Venters pushed to improve the electronic medical records system, allowing health data from the jail to be shared with outside agencies, including the Department of Justice. He sees it as a first step in a larger effort to address abusive conditions and improve inmate care.Working at Rikers, Venters says, “left me with a zeal to continue this work all over the country. … The problems of Rikers are in many cases the problems of jails and prisons everywhere in the United States.”Interview highlightsOn his first time at Rikers IslandI happened to go there for the first time on a day where there was a very strong snowstorm. As someone was showing me around some of the facilities, the snow was coming down so quickly it really did seem like a scene from a sci-fi movie. I couldn’t believe that the structures looming up one after the other were real. [And] the yelling coming out — the two biggest and most well-constructed facilities at the time on the island were these big buildings that look like hotels. But they were built for solitary confinement, so people [were] screaming and yelling out of those big structures, through this very thick snowfall. It left an indelible impression on me.On not being able to find patients who need medical care because of delays in paperwork and an antiquated paper logging systemPatients would be moved from one housing area to another, and sometimes their move would be updated a couple of days later. Somebody would have to type it into a computer system. But it would mostly be updated on a paper-based log. Since I left they’ve started implementing some wristbands that could be scanned, but it’s the same problem — an officer has to do something, [and] you have to affirmatively track it.So for us with a big health service — thousands of patients on medications every single day — we had pharmacy technicians, psychologists [and] nurses who were working hard just to find the patients who had missed medicines — who could be facing a life-threatening event if they miss that medicine. It was so routine that we couldn’t find our patients that there was no thought that we could find everybody who didn’t get their medicine today. But we would make short lists of the people who missed medicines that were what we would call “life-sustaining medicines,” or who could face a very dire health outcome, and that expenditure of energy for that purpose would become revealed when patients had very bad outcomes.On tracking data about inmates sustaining injuries from correctional officersOne data point that’s really incredible to consider is that there was a time when, if an adolescent was in a violent conflict with someone in Rikers Island, if the conflict was with a correctional officer they were more likely to sustain a blow to the head than if the conflict was with another inmate. It’s stunning, because obviously correctional officers have enormous amounts of training about avoiding blows to the head. … And also you would think that most inmate fights start with a shot to the head. But that data point alone … we could only do because we had developed this injury surveillance system. But it was one of many that we pushed to the D.O.J.On what data revealed about solitary confinementThe other big data set that we found very, very helpful is we did a large-scale analysis — I think the first-ever large scale analysis — of exposure to solitary confinement. We looked at 225,000 jail admissions and we found that the people … exposed to solitary confinement had about seven times higher risk of being a self-harm cohort. That is to say, to physically harm themselves. That data set … helped us really push the Department of Corrections to move from wanting more solitary confinement for mentally ill people, to actually eliminate the practice of solitary confinement for persons with serious mental illness.On the conditions of solitary confinement units, where raw sewage often overflows because of clogged toiletsIt is horrific but also dehumanizing. It really reflects quite well the end result of the practice of solitary confinement. That is to say, you have officers trying to act as if they are conducting normal business. You have patients with mental health problems who are decompensating [– functionally deteriorating under the stress –] or simply doing extreme things to try and get out of there. You have health staff coming on and off those units as quickly as they can, because while they want to protect their patients, they also are seeing this day after day after day. …I’ve been inside these cells to talk to patients multiple times when they’ve smeared feces all over the inside of the cell. Or they’re working to light a fire inside their cell. It’s just very, very extreme behaviors and any one of these observations should be enough to reaffirm that this is a horrible practice– that we should have never built this unit and we need to back away from its use everywhere.On if he believes Rikers Island should closeThe closing of Rikers is absolutely necessary. It’s not sufficient to transform the criminal justice system in New York City to become more humane, but it’s necessary. The jails that are in operation are crumbling. If you’re a correctional officer, almost anywhere you work, any housing area, any hallway, any intake pen is so dilapidated and falling apart that inmates easily can arm themselves — and do for their own protection — with bits of hardened material that are broken off from walls; from pipes; from ceilings.I think the other important element to this is that we have much more work to do to lower the jail population. We’ve made great strides in New York City, more than most big cities have. There were probably [22,000 to] 23,000 people in the jails when [Rudolph] Giuliani was mayor. It’s now under 8,000, so really incredible progress. But there is much more work that can be done to create alternatives that involve treatment for people with serious mental illness, and also to really develop supportive housing, which is an important element to why people cycle in and out of jail. [There’s] a lack of stable housing. [Housing] can also involve treatment for addiction and for mental health problems.Roberta Shorrock and Seth Kelley produced and edited the audio of this interview. Bridget Bentz and Molly Seavy-Nesper adapted it for Shots. Copyright 2019 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.last_img read more

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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Disabled activists have called for a boycott of the UK’s first accessible shopping day because of its close links with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and fears that CCTV footage could be used to dispute disability benefit claims.Purple, the social enterprise formerly known as Essex Coalition of Disabled People, has secured the support of DWP for next week’s Purple Tuesday event but has denied that there is any “hidden agenda”.Tuesday’s (13 November) event has also secured at least 14 high-profile partners, including retailers M&S, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Argos, and shopping centre owners such as intu and Landsec.One of the partners, intu – which owns and runs shopping centres across the country – today (Thursday) refused to promise not to pass CCTV footage from the event to DWP, while Sainsbury’s has refused to answer questions.Purple is hoping to engage with another 500 retailers across the country, all of which will be asked to make at least one pledge to improve the experience of their disabled customers and show a video to their staff that describes five ways they can improve their customer service for disabled people.But Disability Labour, which represents disabled people who are members of the Labour party – but is independent of the party itself – has called for a boycott of the event.It has raised fears that those companies taking part could pass CCTV pictures from the day to DWP to use against disabled people who have made benefit claims.It highlighted how Sainsbury’s has previously admitted that it occasionally passes CCTV pictures to DWP.Fran Springfield, co-chair of Disability Labour, said: “Disability Labour are deeply concerned that the DWP, which harasses and persecutes disabled people on a daily basis, will use video footage to identify if claimants are shopping, what they’re purchasing and even how far they are walking.”She said the potential of retailers sharing CCTV from the event with DWP was a “huge concern” for disabled people.Springfield said: “I don’t trust DWP any further than I can throw them because of the way they have treated people.”She said Disability Labour was “dismayed” at the involvement of retailers in the campaign.Kathy Bole, co-vice chair of Disability Labour, said: “Sainsbury’s already has form in relation to sharing CCTV footage to spy on disabled benefit claimants.“Their surveillance of disabled people has led to increased distress and isolation.”Disabled People Against Cuts said it supported Disability Labour’s concerns because it had been told of a small number of cases in which disabled people had lost their entitlement to benefits in transferring from disability living allowance to personal independence payment after being found to be “able to go shopping in their wheelchairs”.Mike Adams (pictured), chief executive of Purple, said he was concerned that the boycott would “frighten the living daylights” out of retailers who had been prepared to “put their head above the parapet” and support the Purple Tuesday campaign.He said: “If I had hands, I would throw them up in the air.“I do understand the concerns and I do understand the worries that there might be a hidden agenda. There really, really isn’t.”Purple Tuesday was a “totally independent campaign initiative”, he said, which had received “not one penny” from DWP.He said: “I am frustrated because I thought we had been absolutely clear that this is not government-led or involved or paid for in any shape or form.“There is no agenda. This is absolutely about getting disabled people to be seen as customers and making sure that retailers are aware and understand how you can improve the shopping experience of disabled people.“I would urge them to seriously rethink the boycott. I think it is counter-productive to what we are trying to achieve.”He said there had “never been any conversations” about the sharing of CCTV footage and that “absolutely nothing” DWP had said had led him to believe that it would be using CCTV from the event as evidence to use against benefit claimants.More than 80 per cent of Purple’s board are disabled people, and the organisation provides training for employers, and works with disabled people to find jobs, recruit personal assistants and manage their direct payments.Adams said Purple Tuesday was “an initiative that has been crafted, created, coordinated and delivered by a disability organisation”.He said Purple Tuesday was about awareness-raising on the day itself, but also about “what then happens for the following 365 days”, while a call had gone out to disabled people to describe their “good and bad” retail experiences.He added: “I think it is incredibly important that society understands and sees disabled people as real valued people who have money to spend and who deserve by absolute default a right to a good customer experience.“It is my view that if businesses improve their customer services, more disabled people will spend their money with them, and that will drive business to want to reflect in their workforce their consumer base.“That is an approach that I am hoping will start to really make inroads into some of the inequality… on employment, education, well-being.“I think it goes hand-in-hand with the work that we do to support disabled people on a day-to-day basis.”DWP said that any claims that it would use CCTV footage from the event as evidence that disabled people were not eligible for certain benefits were “categorically untrue”.A DWP spokeswoman said: “We have not provided funding to Purple but we have worked closely with them to facilitate Purple Tuesday and ensure it is a success.”Sainsbury’s had refused to comment on the boycott call by 1pm today (Thursday), and also refused to say if it had ever shared CCTV footage with DWP to use as evidence to justify rejecting a benefit claim.It also refused to promise that it would not share such footage from Purple Tuesday with DWP.An intu spokesman said: “Purple is one of many different organisations we work with in order to identify new ways to improve our physical spaces, customer service and employee support, so that we can ensure intu shopping centres are accessible destinations for all.“We are unaware of any links between Purple Tuesday and the DWP and we think it would be a shame if the event is boycotted because of the valuable insight and awareness it is creating for this important cause.“Like other organisations, intu is governed by current legislation which means that we would only share CCTV footage with individuals and public authorities in line with GDPR [data protection] requirements and under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.“These requests are always fully scrutinised in line with current legislation.”But he refused to pledge that intu would not pass CCTV footage from Purple Tuesday to DWP.An M&S spokeswoman said the retailer had “never shared CCTV footage with the DWP to use as evidence to justify rejecting a benefit claim”.She added: “As we don’t share footage with the DWP, we won’t do it on Purple Tuesday.”She said: “Purple Tuesday is a great opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the challenges our disabled customers face so that we can improve the shopping experience for them.“The accessibility of our stores and website is extremely important to us and we’re delighted to support it.”A Landsec spokeswoman said the company “would not share any CCTV with the DWP, unless we were served with a court order to do so”.She added: “Landsec is committed to making its retail destinations as accessible as possible, for the sole reason that we believe in creating spaces which everyone is able to enjoy equally.“While we recognise that, for the retail industry, Purple Tuesday is a move in the right direction, rather than a complete solution, we’re pleased to be able to raise awareness of the importance of disability access.”last_img read more

Facebook Aims for More Transparency With Video Ad Data

first_imgFacebook Add to Queue The world’s biggest online social network on Wednesday launched a new blog on its website called Metrics FYI, where it will share updates and corrections for its data. Facebook Aims for More Transparency With Video Ad Data November 16, 2016 Image credit: endermasali | Shutterstock.com | Enhanced by Entrepreneur Register Now » Reuters 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on Reuters Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article Two months after Facebook Inc. admitted it had inflated the average time it told advertisers that users were watching their video ads, the company is promising better data to give ad buyers a clearer picture of how they are spending their money.The world’s biggest online social network on Wednesday launched a new blog on its website called Metrics FYI, where it will share updates and corrections for its data.“We want to ensure our clients trust and believe in the metrics that we are providing,” Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s vice president of global market solutions told Reuters.  Getting advertisers to buy more video ads is key to Facebook’s continued revenue growth, as they fetch higher rates from advertisers than text or photo-based ads.Facebook, along with Alphabet Inc.’s Google and other large digital companies, has been criticized for a lack of transparency in how it measures the performance of videos.Particularly, the lack of a universally agreed method of calculating how much time people are watching online video has been a sore spot for advertisers.Shares of Facebook were down 2.5 percent at $114.30 in premarket trading on the New York Stock Exchange.In September, Facebook told advertisers that the average time users spent viewing online ads was artificially inflated, because it was only counting videos that were watched for at least three seconds, its benchmark for a “view.”Facebook left out those who watched for less than three seconds, or who did not watch the video at all, which gave advertisers the impression their videos were performing better than they really were.Since the admission and ensuing criticism from advertisers, Everson said Facebook has been in contact with clients and ad community trade groups, including the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA).Facebook also said on Wednesday it is in the process of forming what it called a “Measurement Council,” which will include measurement experts from clients and ad agencies.One of Facebook’s prominent advertisers, Swiss food and drink company Nestle SA, is already on board, Everson said, and the council should be up and running by early 2017.The ANA, which represents Procter & Gable Co., AT&T Inc. and other major advertisers, has called on Facebook to get its metrics accredited by the Media Rating Council (MRC), an independent media measurement audit group.While Facebook’s internal metrics are not accredited by that group, it does use MRC-accredited third-party vendors, such as Nielsen and comScore, to help advertisers verify certain data.(Reporting by Tim Baysinger; Editing by Bill Rigby and Bill Trott) –shareslast_img read more

Using technology to detect hidden threats

Soldiers in combat have to constantly scan their surroundings for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a signature weapon of modern warfare. These homemade bombs are often hidden—nestled in bushes, buried underground, or sometimes stuffed inside other objects. Explore further Journal information: BMJ Open 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. Improvised explosive devices inflict much more serious injuries than land mines Post-doctoral fellow Philip Saponaro demonstrates the imaging technology being developed in the VIMS lab, which picks up signals from a person in the camera’s view. Credit: University of Delaware/ Evan Krape Provided by University of Delaware Even if one sensor modality fails to detect an IED, another may reveal it. Left to right, graduate student Wayne Treible, computer and information sciences professor Chandra Kambhamettu, and post-doctoral fellow Philip Saponaro show the virtual reality technology they are refining. Credit: University of Delaware/ Evan Krape “Some objects that are completely invisible to traditional cameras are easily spotted by the thermal cameras,” Saponaro said.The multi-camera systems could be deployed on autonomous vehicles, drones, or robots sent to scout the surroundings before troops move in.The technology being developed in Kambhamettu’s lab is tested on vehicles at a military training facility. Kambhamettu and his team will gather data from the cameras, apply deep learning to the data, and develop algorithms to make target detection more effective. They will also visualize scenarios in a virtual reality environment.The goal: “Take the data, feed it into a computer algorithm and be able to tell whether a target is present or not,” said Saponaro.This research may also have applications that extend far beyond the military.”What we’re doing here is useful for day-to-day life, too,” said Kambhamettu.For example, a device that spots hidden objects could help elderly or blind people walk more safely by alerting them to hurdles in their path.Kathy McCoy, the Chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, said, “The cutting-edge work being done in this lab has tremendous potential for significant positive impact. This particular project that involves teaming up with the Army Research Lab and using a creative battery of vision techniques to find IEDs will enable detection that goes far beyond what is currently possible. The consequences to the safety of our soldiers is enormous.” Citation: Using technology to detect hidden threats (2018, February 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-technology-hidden-threats.html Now, a research group at the University of Delaware is developing technology to detect explosive devices from a distance. Chandra Kambhamettu, professor of computer and information sciences and director of the Video/Image Modeling and Synthesis (VIMS) Lab, has received a five-year, $1M grant from the U.S. Army Research Office for this project. This work is in collaboration with a team of research scientists from Army Research Lab, Kelly Sherbondy, Brian Phelan, Getachew Kirose, Gregory Smith, John Clark, and Arthur Harrison.Working on a deadly problemLandmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and other homemade bombs struck 6,461 people worldwide in 2015, killing at least 1,672, according to a report by the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines and Cluster Munition Coalition.Survivors are often left with devastating injuries. In a study published in BMJ Open, 70 percent of people hit by IEDS in Afghanistan required multiple amputations.To keep soldiers away from these deadly weapons, researchers are developing technology that can spot explosive hazards precisely and from a safe distance. Kambhamettu and Philip Saponaro, a post-doctoral fellow, are creating an augmented reality system that will use traditional cameras, thermal infrared sensing and ground penetrating radar to find and classify potentially dangerous objects from up to 30 meters away.The technologies complement each other. Regular cameras collect visible light, while infrared cameras detect heat and are unaffected by light, making them ideal for nighttime use, foggy conditions, and dust storms. The system’s radar uses radio waves to probe the surrounding environment.”With infrared, you can see and understand more than you would with just visible light,” Kambhamettu said. “Then, with radar, you can see objects that differ from their surroundings, buried up to 3-5 inches.” read more

Fitbit employees charged with having stolen trade secrets

first_img Jawbone files second lawsuit against rival Fitbit 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. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further An indictment filed Thursday in federal court in Northern California says the employees received the stolen trade secrets after leaving Jawbone and knew they were not supposed to have them.Both companies made fitness tracking devices and tussled over patents in court. Jawbone’s parent company, AliphCom, Inc., is no longer in business.A Fitbit spokesman says a judge in a related case found that no Jawbone trade secrets were misappropriated or used in any Fitbit product, feature or technology. U.S. prosecutors have charged one current and five former employees of San Francisco-based Fitbit, Inc. with possessing trade secrets stolen from rival company Jawbone. Citation: Fitbit employees charged with having stolen trade secrets (2018, June 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-fitbit-employees-stolen-secrets.htmllast_img read more