a month ago​Arsenal boss Emery lauds ‘humble’ Gabriel Martinelli

first_img​Arsenal boss Emery lauds ‘humble’ Gabriel Martinelliby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery was full of praise for Gabriel Martinelli after his performance against Nottingham Forest.The youngster was one of several fringe players who got a chance in the Carabao Cup game, which Arsenal won 5-0.And Martinelli was singled out for praise by Emery in his post-match comments to the club’s official website.Emery said: “Martinelli is a very young player. But he came here and we were waiting and watching him, how he could improve with us and really, really in the pre-season he played very well. “He was working in each training with a big spirit and with a big performance and I spoke with him to have some passion for when he gets his opportunity to play, to do like he was doing in the training and the matches in the pre-season. Tonight he did that. “Really, he deserved it because he is very humble, a humble player and he fights, he is hungry to have that opportunity to help us and really it was perfect, his work tonight.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

THE RAY OF SUNSHINE

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Toronto’s Mirian Njoh is a designer, model and digital content impresario who was ostracized because of her albinism. Now, with her blog, Ugly Duckling Diaries, she’s a muse to others who feels like the odd one out.Where I’m at style-wiseI always joke that, for me, getting dressed is the hardest part of the day. I think so deeply about fashion because I love it so much. I’d say my style is experimental, versatile, and a little bit street. Any time I’m lounging with friends or taking it easy, that’s an athleisure day. I’ll put on Nikes or cool sweats or something. If I have a meeting, I’ll be more put together—maybe some Ankara prints that are bright and colourful.DIY is in my DNAIt was a normal thing for me to see people making their own clothes: my grandma used to sew church clothes, formal and casual wear for my sisters and me, or make a quilt using scraps from old fabrics. My mom would make curtains. I ran with that DIY stuff, too. I wasn’t rich, so it was “if you can’t buy it, you have to make it.” I got a sewing machine when I was 13. That opened up a lot of my curiosity. I would go online to sewing blogs or read forums with people who reconstructed their old T-shirts into new clothes.center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

North Dakota officials seek dismissal of road closure suit

first_imgBISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over the five-month closure of a section of highway during the large protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying they had both the authority and an obligation to do it.The federal lawsuit brought by two members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a reservation priest alleges that the closure of state Highway 1806 near the pipeline route north of the reservation unduly restricted travel and commerce and violated the free speech and religious rights of them and others. It seeks unspecified monetary damages from state officials, Morton County and TigerSwan, a North Carolina-based company that oversaw private security for the Texas-based pipeline developer, Energy Transfer Partners.Attorneys for the county and the state officials, including Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, contend in a court filing dated Friday that the highway shutdown was warranted because of “mayhem” caused by some of the thousands of demonstrators who gathered in the area in 2016 and early 2017 to protest the $3.8 billion pipeline, which now moves North Dakota oil to Illinois.“The criminal behaviour included trespassing, destruction of private property, vandalism, setting fire to multiple vehicles on the bridge, stampeding bison and shooting at law enforcement personnel in attempts to kill them, unlawfully blocking the highway, throwing Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at law enforcement, and evading and resisting arrest,” state Deputy Solicitor General James Nicolai wrote.State officials closed a stretch of the highway just north of protest camps in October 2016 and didn’t reopen it until March 2017, after initial repairs to a bridge were completed and the protest camps were cleared out.The highway is the main route between the reservation and Bismarck, the nearest large city. Plaintiffs allege that the closure was targeted at them and didn’t apply to pipeline workers, who were allowed to continue using that stretch of highway.Nicolai and Shawn Grinolds, an attorney for Morton County, argue that at one point, the protesters, themselves, blocked the highway with hay bales and other objects and that for months, they ignored an evacuation notice issued by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple. They argue that pipeline workers had a legitimate reason to use the highway and that blocking others from using it was not retaliatory.“The plaintiffs’ peaceful protests were disrupted by a violent criminal faction that required responsible public officials to take necessary and appropriate steps to quell a criminal riot, protect private property from criminal activity and to ensure public safety,” Nicolai said.TigerSwan asked to be dismissed as a defendant, arguing that it had nothing to do with the decision to close the road. Attorney Lynn Boughey also asked U.S. District Judge Dan Hovland to force the plaintiffs to pay the company’s attorney fees.The three plaintiffs are reservation businesswoman Cissy Thunderhawk, pipeline opponent Waste’Win Young and the Rev. John Floberg of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball. They’re suing the county, its sheriff, Burgum and Dalrymple, and the heads of the state Transportation Department and Highway Patrol.In addition to the monetary damages, the lawsuit seeks stricter rules for road closures in such instances and class-action status, meaning it would apply to all affected people, if granted.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicholsonBlakeBlake Nicholson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Focus on Smith as RR start campaign against Punjab

first_imgJaipur: Australian batsman Steve Smith will embark on a redemption journey when Rajasthan Royals open their campaign against Kings XI Punjab in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), here on Monday. Smith was handed a one-year ban along with his then deputy David Warner exactly a year ago for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Smith was last seen in action in a couple of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) matches late last year before an elbow injury ruled him out of the tournament. The ban was limited to state and international fixtures only and not domestic or club cricket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe IPL will be the actual start of his long road to redemption and Smith would be looking to make the most of it ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England. Smith, though, is yet to recover fully from his elbow injury and may take a little time to get into the groove. With Smith in their ranks, the Royals have one of the best teams this season led by Ajinkya Rahane and they would be eager to capitalise on the home advantage tomorrow. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBritish all-rounder Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are assets to the team but they will not be available after April 25 as per England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) diktat because of the World Cup, and Rajasthan would be keen to win enough matches by then. Stokes will once again be the key in both batting and bowling departments, while the Kings would be expecting their all-rounder Sam Curran to be on the top of his game tomorrow. Their bowling too have reasonable depth with speedster Jaidev Unadkat eying a slot in Indian team for the World Cup. Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi and few others give variety and options to Royals for different conditions Ravichandran Ashwin-led Punjab side would rely heavily on their openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul to provide them a fiery start and if swashbuckling West Indian opener happens to be in his elements, the Kings XI may be able to draw the first blood. Skipper Ashwin would be desperate to prove that he can still make a difference in this format. With Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Punjab’s bowling looks pretty strong.last_img read more

Punish those responsible for minors murder Locals

first_imgKolkata: The people of Bandwan in Purulia demanded exemplary punishment of those involved in the murder of a teenage girl whose decomposed body was recovered from the forest recently. A march was held on Saturday afternoon to condemn the killing of 17-year-old Manika Mahato, a student of Dr Amarnath Jha Higher Secondary School. She was studying in Class XII and had scored over 95% marks in Madhyamik Examination. The residents demanded that the CID should probe the incident and also sought the resignation of the Officer-in-Charge of Bandwan police station within seven days. Manika went missing on May 3. Her family members faced many hardships before they could lodge a complaint. Her decomposed body was recovered on May 10. The police are yet to recover her school bag and purse. Locals alleged that initially, the police had refused to take complaint and finally accepted it after prolonged persuasion. They also alleged that Manika might have been tortured before being murdered. They further alleged that a section of the media has been trying to hide the criminals and the owner of the vehicle that had been used.last_img read more

Cable net Bravo will become a freetoair offering

first_imgCable net Bravo will become a free-to-air offering for the first time after NBCUniversal and Mediaworks in New Zealand inked a deal to rebrand Channel Four.A commission was also announced for the new Kiwi Bravo channel, with a local version of the Real Housewives reality format – The Real Housewives of Auckland – being produced by NBCU-owned production company Matchbox.The new net launches in July. It will be run as a joint venture between NBCU and Mediaworks, the Kiwi media company that runs TV and radio stations as well as producing content.The Kiwi Bravo will have shows from the US channel including Million Dollar Listing, Top Chef and The Real Housewives. International series will include UK constructed reality hit Made in Chelsea.“Asia-Pacific is an important growth region for NBCUniversal International and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to invest further in New Zealand,” commented Belinda Menendez, President, NBCUniversal International Distribution & Networks. “Having enjoyed a long-standing, strong relationship with MediaWorks, we are excited to expand our relationship in order to bring Bravo – a premier free-to-air entertainment-lifestyle channel – to the market.”“We are delighted to introduce one of the most popular TV brands in the US to New Zealand – and we look forward to partnering with Mark [Weldon, CEO, MediaWorks] and the MediaWorks team to bring this exciting channel to life,” added Chris Taylor, MD, New Zealand & Australia, NBCUniversal International Distribution & Networks.last_img read more

The NYT VR campaign recently won a Mobile Lions aw

first_imgThe NYT VR campaign recently won a Mobile Lions awardThe New York Times Company is moving into virtual and augmented reality with the acquisition of Brooklyn-based design agency, Fake Love.The all-cash deal, which was announced on Friday, will see the NYT expand its T Brand marketing services agency, growing its experiential marketing, virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities.“We’ve worked with Fake Love on projects in the past and have been very impressed with their experiential and creative skills,” said Sebastian Tomich, senior vice president, advertising and innovation, at the New York Times.“We’re now very excited to pair their capabilities with our ad products on The Times, with T Brand Studio, as we expand into producing campaigns off of The Times and into the fast-growing worlds of VR and AR.”Fake Love founders Layne Braunstein and Josh Horowitz, said in a statement: “In conjunction with T Brand Studio we will be able to bring our progressive take on advertising, content connections and brand experience to more people in a broader, more diverse way.”The deal marks the NYT’s second marketing acquisition in the past six months, following its March buyout of influencer social media marketing agency HelloSociety.Last year, the NYT and Google distributed more than 1.3 million Google Cardboard viewers to Times subscribers to bring them VR content, an initiative that in June won the Grand Prix in the Mobile Lions awards, in the “app as part of a campaign” category.last_img read more

I have a far more reasonable number of stories tod

first_img I have a far more reasonable number of stories today—and I’m sure you’re happy about that.  I know I am. JPMorgan’s short market corners of 20% in COMEX gold and 35% in COMEX silver of a year ago—and the bank’s 21% long market corner in COMEX gold currently—meet or exceed the market shares held in the previous manipulations. On that basis alone, the CFTC should be prosecuting JPMorgan today. The Sumitomo copper trader who manipulated the market was known as “Mr. 5%” for his share of the market. Shouldn’t JPMorgan be referred to as Mr. 20% or Mr. 35%? – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 08 February 2014 Despite the fact that gold and silver finished in the plus column again yesterday, it was obvious that all four precious metals ran into sellers of last resort at 11 a.m. Hong Kong time—and then again between 8 and 9:15 a.m. in New York.  This isn’t rocket science, as all one has to do is give a cursory glance at all four precious metal charts posted at the top of this column—as the chart data speaks for itself. But it was another amazing day for the precious metal equities.  I must admit that I was taken aback by the strong showing yesterday, the third day in a row of big gains on less-than-impressive price performance—especially in silver.  From it’s low of last Thursday, the HUI has gained a bit over 10%.  Here’s the 5-day chart. Sponsor Advertisement Looking at the 3-year HUI chart, you can see that the last three days of gains have put the RSI trace very close to the overbought level, which is a situation that hasn’t existed since back in September 2012.  And it’s also self-evident, that we have miles to go to get back to anywhere near where the precious metal stocks were trading in 2011. Platinum and palladium had similar days, with the outstanding feature being the same engineered price decline as gold and silver—and during precisely the same times.  Nothing free market about these, either.  Here are the charts. Nothing happens to precious metal prices without their consent The gold price opened flat in New York on Monday evening, but around 8:30 a.m. Hong Kong time a rally began that got capped at 11 a.m. Hong Kong time right on the button.  From there it chopped sideways—and volume was pretty heavy by the time I hit the send button on yesterday’s column at 5:30 a.m. EST, which was 10:30 a.m. in London. Then shortly before 1 p.m. GMT, the gold price rallied a few dollars—and at 1 p.m. GMT the gold price, along with the other three precious metals, got sold off in unison, with the low tick in all four coming at 9:15 a.m. EST in New York.  The subsequent rally in gold topped out/got capped shortly after 11:30 a.m. in New York—and the price traded flat for the remainder of the day. The CME Group recorded the low and high ticks at $1,273.50 and $1,294.40 in the April contract. Gold closed the Tuesday session at $1,290.90 spot, up $15.90 on the day.  Volume, net of February and March, was very decent at 161, 000 contracts. [Note: You may notice that there is a discrepancy in the daily percentage gains between the Intraday Silver Sentiment Index chart—and the Long-Term Intraday Silver 7 Index chart posted above.  Nick uses two different data sets to produce each chart.  The intraday data comes from Yahoo quotes—and is computed from that.  The info on the second chart is taken from the end-of-day open, high, low, and closing data, which is not always the same.  “So the intraday data is always just a whisker off.“—as Nick puts it. – Ed] The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for Tuesday showed that 36 gold and 1 lonely silver contract were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories.  Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia, HSBC USA and Barclays were the largest movers and shakers in what little delivery action there was.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were deposits in both GLD and SLV yesterday.  In GLD, an authorized participant added 57,839 troy ounces of gold—and in SLV, there were 1,442,970 troy ounces added, which was within a hundred ounces of what was withdrawn from that ETF last Friday. The good folks over at the shortsqueeze.com Internet site updated their short positions for both GLD and SLV [as of January 31] late yesterday evening EST—and here’s what they had to report.  The short position in SLV fell by a very decent 15.50% —and is now down to 16.47 million ounces/shares held short, or 512 tonnes of the stuff. But the drop in GLD was a shocker, as the short position there fell by a very chunky 29.15% —and is now down to 12.54 million shares, or 1.254 million troy ounces, or 37 metric tonnes. These are very impressive numbers—and I know that Ted Butler will be a happy camper when he sees them this morning—and will certainly have something to say about it in his mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers later today.  The fact that the short positions in both these ETFs declined so significantly in the face of flat gold prices and falling silver prices during the 2-week reporting period, is very bullish. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday.  They sold 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 249,500 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories, they didn’t receive any gold, but did ship out 26,858 troy ounces—all of it from Scotia Mocatta’s warehouse.  The link to that activity is here. In silver, they reported receiving 277,845 troy ounces—and shipped out 7,000 ounces of the stuff.  Most of the receipts went into Scotia Mocatta’s vault.  The link to that action is here. Here’s a chart that Nick Laird sent around late yesterday evening MST—and it doesn’t require any further explanation from me, or anyone else for that matter. Reader ‘h c’ asked me to send him an updated version of the long-term Silver 7 chart, which I did— and it’s something I haven’t posted in this column for more than a year, as it was so ugly to look at.  It’s still not a thing of beauty, but we can only hope that the worst is behind us. With some minor variations, the silver price action followed the same path as gold, complete with the 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. EST sell-off that the other three precious metals experienced. The low and high ticks were reported as $19.915 and $20.29 in the March contract. Silver finished on Tuesday at $20.24 spot, up 16.5 cents from Monday’s close.  Net volume was 39,000 contracts. The metals themselves [gold and silver] are still some distance from overbought level themselves, so it will be interesting to see how things develop [or are allowed to develop] in the days and weeks ahead. I’d sure like to think that the worst is over.  I know that the Commitment of Traders Report is screaming that a bottom is in—and Ted Butler has been expecting the precious metals to fly. But, as Ted always points out—and rightfully so—how far and fast we go to the upside is 100% dependent on what JPMorgan et al do in the current rally.  Will they stand by and “let ‘er rip” to the upside—or will it be the same old, same old—as I said in my column yesterday. They have obviously been around every trading day so far this week—and have stepped in where they felt it necessary, but that still doesn’t alter the fact that we could still move sharply higher from here if that is what they have decided to let happen, or have been instructed to do. Of course, I’m cheering for “let ‘er rip”—but constantly aware that nothing happens to precious metal prices without their consent.  This time is no different. As I also mentioned in this space yesterday, the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report was at the 1:30 p.m. EST close of Comex trading on Tuesday.  I was not overly happy to see such big volume on such small price moves in both metals yesterday.  But that is tempered by the fact that the 75 minute sell-off in all four precious metals added to the volume considerably as “da boyz” turned on the technical funds for that brief period. I’m also mindful of the fact that, despite the price action, the numbers in last week’s COT Report were a big surprise, especially in silver—and despite the price action of the last three days, I’m not going to attempt to second guess what might be in this Friday’s report.  On the surface it may be the same old thing—but it’s what’s going on out of sight under the hood that I’ll be interested in—and I’ll get that all from Ted on Friday afternoon. In the Far East on their Wednesday, both gold and silver got sold down a bit in the first hour of trading—and haven’t recovered back above their Tuesday closing prices now that London has been open about 25 minutes.  Volumes are very light for this time of day—and down well over 50% from where they were this time yesterday.  JPMorgan et al didn’t have to put out any precious metal price fires in the Far East today, so that’s the entire reason why volumes have shrivelled up.  The dollar index isn’t doing anything. And as I hit the send button on today’s missive at 5:10 a.m. EST, the precious metals aren’t doing anything, although volumes have picked up quite a bit, especially in gold—and the volumes in both metals are all of the HFT variety.  The dollar index is still chopping sideways. As for what might happen during the remainder of the trading day today—I haven’t a clue, and won’t hazard a guess. I hope your day goes well—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The dollar index close in New York late on Monday afternoon at 80.64—and by the 8:20 a.m. Comex open, it was down to 80.46.  After rallying back to 80.65 by 9:10 a.m. EST, it fell back to 80.46 shortly before 11 a.m.—and by the 1:30 p.m. Comex close it was back to basically unchanged on the day.  The index closed at 80.62—down 2 basis point. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, info@uraniumenergy.com. The gold stocks gapped up about a percent at the open—and then rallied to their highs of the day just a few minutes before noon in New York.  After that they chopped sideways, giving up a point or so going into the close.  The HUI still managed to finish up a healthy 4.20%. The silver equities more or less followed the same path as the gold shares, with the high tick of the day coming at precisely noon EST—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.82%.last_img read more

Government health agencies have spent more than tw

first_imgGovernment health agencies have spent more than two decades shying away from gun violence research, but some say the new spending bill, signed by President Trump on Friday, will change that.That is because, in agency instructions that accompany the bill, there is a sentence noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.”I think this is a huge victory for our country and our communities and our children. This is one step in many to help stop gun violence in this country,” says Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat from the Orlando, Fla., area, where a mass shooting left 49 dead at a gay nightclub in 2016. But researchers who study gun violence are unimpressed.”There’s no funding. There’s no agreement to provide funding. There isn’t even encouragement. No big questions get answered, and there’s nothing here, yet, of significance for the research community,” says Dr. Garen Wintemute, a well-known expert on gun violence and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, Davis.”I’m not particularly optimistic that anything will change,” says Daniel Webster, a researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.The CDC has been willing to look at noncontroversial activities, such as the effect of mediating disputes between gangs, says Webster, “but the CDC has not, and I don’t believe they will examine other kinds of interventions or other kinds of solutions to the problem.”That is because, back in 1996, Congress passed something called the Dickey Amendment. It said that none of the funds given to the CDC for injury prevention could be used to advocate for or promote gun control. The law came along with a cut in funding that delivered a powerful message: Pursue research on hot-button questions about guns and face the wrath of lawmakers who control the agency’s funding.”At a time when we were just beginning to do good science around how to protect ourselves and better understand the risk and the benefit from owning and using firearms, language was put on the federal budget which had a chilling effect and, in effect, stopped research dead in its tracks,” says Dr. Georges Benjamin, who is the executive director of the American Public Health Association.Jay Dickey, the Arkansas Republican and former lawmaker whom the federal amendment is named for, later told NPR that he regretted it. “It wasn’t necessary that all research stop,” Dickey explained. “It just couldn’t be the collection of data so that they can advocate gun control. That’s all we were talking about. But for some reason, it just stopped altogether.”Recent mass shootings have forced government officials to address the lack of research funding. Alex Azar, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, spoke to lawmakers on Capitol Hill in February, the day after a shooting at a Parkland Fla., school left 17 people dead. When asked about the Dickey Amendment, he said his understanding was that it “does not in any way impede our ability to conduct our research mission. It is simply about advocacy.”Rep. Kathy Castor, a Democrat from Florida, pressed him on whether he would instruct the agencies he leads to do gun research. “We certainly will,” Azar answered. “Our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — we’re in the science business and the evidence-generating business, and so I will have our agency certainly be working in this field.”As mild as those remarks were, they made headlines. And the language in the government spending bill explicitly refers to those comments: “While appropriations language prohibits the CDC and other agencies from using appropriated funding to advocate or promote gun control, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has stated the CDC has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.”Webster worries that rather than freeing up the CDC to fund more research on gun violence, this new language might do the opposite, by seeming to limit CDC funding to examining the “causes” of gun violence.”Before, it didn’t restrict it to the ’causes,’ ” notes Webster. In his view, this spending bill “certainly doesn’t add anything new that is good.”In an ideal world, Congress would have done something much bolder, says Georges Benjamin. “I would have preferred the Dickey language to be removed — strong language that says, ‘Yes, research is permissible,’ and money,” Benjamin says. “We didn’t get those three things.”But he does believe that the intent of the budget language was to make research more permissible and that public health agencies should be able to find some money in the funding they’re due to receive from the new budget to move firearms research forward. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Even in the middle of the day in middle of the we

first_imgEven in the middle of the day, in middle of the week, the theater was completely packed.Hundreds had come to watch Rafiki, a movie about two young Kenyan women who are full of life, joy and wonder. Kena is a great student; she plays football and hangs out with the guys. And Ziki is the free spirit — cotton candy dreads and a smile full of mischief.At one point, inside an abandoned van, the two realize they’ve fallen for each other. They touch, they look in each others’ eyes. At the theater, you could almost hear the audience holding its breath — and as their lips touched, there was applause.Over the past week, there has been a small revolution happening across movie screens in Kenya. For the first time, a same-sex love story is playing on the big screen, sparking conversations about freedom of expression, the constitution and finally feeling heard.After the movie, the theater lobby is buzzing. Alex Teyie, 25, is sitting with a group of friends, discussing what just happened.”It’s like, a queer movie in Nairobi in 2018,” she says. “That’s just fantastic to see.”Rafiki is a milestone here, where gay sex is illegal. A few years ago, the film Stories of Our Lives, which profiles several LGBT Kenyans, was banned. It was so controversial that some of the filmmakers feared retaliation and legal consequences. So for a long time, they remained anonymous.The Kenya Film Classification Board used many of the same arguments to ban Rafiki. In a letter banning the film, Ezekiel Mutua, the outspoken and controversial head of the KFCB, said the film “undermined the sensibilities” of Kenyans.”Rafiki contains homosexual scenes that are against the law, the culture and moral values of the Kenyan people,” Mutua said in a statement in April. “The film seeks to overtly promote lesbianism.”The film’s director, Wanuri Kahiu, sued the KFCB saying the ban was not only an affront to her constitutional rights but would also keep the movie from being considered for the Oscars. One of the requirements for a nomination is that a movie is screened at least seven days in its home country. While deciding on the merits of the case, Kenya’s high court issued a temporary injunction, allowing Rafiki to be screened for seven days, from September 23 to 29. Teyie’s friend, Valary Mumbo, says the ruling is bittersweet. She wishes the film were playing for months so Kenyans in other cities and villages could watch it. But she can’t help but feel glee that two theaters were jam-packed on a weekday.”It’s really good to see that Kenyans are waking up,” she says. “Yeah, they’re good. They are woke.”Over the phone from Los Angeles, Kahiu says they had “won the battle, but we have to continue with the war.” Rafiki was the first Kenyan movie to screen at the Cannes Film Festival in France and she says she was heartbroken when it was banned at home.”The case has become larger than the film, because the case is not about Rafiki,” she says. “The case is about freedom of expression.”In a lot of ways, this is just one instance in which Kenya is coming to terms with one of the most liberal constitutions on the African continent. Courts are currently weighing cases about separation of powers; they are hearing challenges to the country’s anti-sodomy laws. And here, the court is going to decide whether Kahiu has the right to tell a love story that challenges some of the country’s conservative moorings.In a statement, the film classification board called the temporary halt on its ban “a sad moment and a great insult.”Kahiu says she is simply a filmmaker who wants to tell a love story with authentic characters. She says she just wanted to show the beauty and heartbreak that ensues when two black LGBT characters follow their heart.”That was the point, that it doesn’t matter who you are, love is love and that is an absolute universal, basic language,” she says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Research published in a major medical journal conc

first_imgResearch published in a major medical journal concludes that a parachute is no more effective than an empty backpack at protecting you from harm if you have to jump from an aircraft. But before you leap to any rash conclusions, you had better hear the whole story.The gold standard for medical research is a study that randomly assigns volunteers to try an intervention or to go without one and be part of a control group. For some reason, nobody has ever done a randomized controlled trial of parachutes. In fact, medical researchers often use the parachute example when they argue they don’t need to do a study because they’re so sure they already know something works.Cardiologist Robert Yeh, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and attending physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, got a wicked idea one day. He and his colleagues would actually attempt the parachute study to make a few choice points about the potential pitfalls of research shortcuts. They started by talking to their seatmates on airliners.”We’d strike up a conversation and say, ‘Would you be willing to be randomized in a study where you had a 50 percent chance of jumping out of this airplane with — versus without — a parachute?’ ” Yeh says.Only a few people said yes to this outrageous invitation, and they were excluded for reasons of questionable mental health.The scientists had much better success asking members of their own research teams from Harvard, University of California, Los Angeles (Where Yeh’s brother is a surgery professor), and University of Michigan (where a buddy works) about volunteering to participate in the experiment on other aircraft.In all, 23 people agreed to be randomly given either a backpack or a parachute and then to jump from a biplane on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts or from a helicopter in Michigan. Relying on two locations and only two kinds of aircraft gave the researchers quite a skewed sample. But this sort of problem crops up frequently in studies, which was part of the point Yeh and his team were trying to make.Still, photos taken during the experiment show the volunteers were only too happy to take part. “I think people are laughing all of the way to the ground,” Yeh says.Oh, there’s one important detail here. The drop in the study was about 2 feet total, because the biplane and helicopter were parked.Nobody suffered any injuries. Surprise, surprise. So it’s technically true that parachutes offered no better protection for these jumpers than the backpacks.”But, of course, that is a ludicrous result,” Yeh says. “The real answer is that that trial did not show a benefit because of the types of patients who were enrolled.” If they had enrolled people at high risk for injury, that is people in flying aircraft, the results would have been quite different (not to mention unethical). But something like this happens in everyday medical research. It’s far too easy for scientists who have already anticipated the outcome of their research to cherry-pick patients and circumstances to achieve the results they expect to see. This research paper carried that idea to the ridiculous extreme.The study’s findings were published in the traditionally lighthearted Christmas issue of the medical journal, BMJ.”It’s a little bit of a parable, to say we have to look at the fine print, we have to understand the context in which research is designed and conducted to really properly interpret the results,” Yeh says. Scientists often read just the conclusion of a study and then draw their own conclusions that are far more sweeping than are justified by the actual findings.This is a real problem in science.”I know that people often don’t look detailed enough into what is being investigated to know how to interpret the results of a trial,” says Cecile Janssens, an epidemiology professor at Emory University.Janssens was delighted to come across the paper on Twitter. She says like a lot of research, its results are accurate as far as they go, but “the results can only be generalized to situations where people jump out of an aircraft within a few feet above the ground.”She plans to give this paper to her students with a straight face and see how long it takes for them to get the deeper points about scientific methodology buried in this absurd experiment.”It will be unforgettable,” she says — far better than assigning a straight-ahead scientific study.Yeh is pleased to see that the fun he had with his colleagues is turning into a teaching tool. He also savors some of the more subtle lessons buried in the paper. For example, the scientists attempted to submit it to a government registry of research studies, which is required for many studies involving human subjects. They chose one in Sri Lanka to reduce the risk that it would be discovered in advance, spoiling the joke. It was rejected.”They thought that a trial conducted in this manner could not lead to scientifically valid evidence,” he said.”They’re right!” he adds with a laugh.In fact, the paper acknowledges that the research team members cracked themselves up so much that “all authors suffered substantial abdominal discomfort from laughter.””Our greatest accomplishment from all of this was we felt very good that we were able to cite Sir Isaac Newton in the paper,” he says. They referred to Newton’s classic 1687 paper establishing the law of gravity.Yes, gravity is a law. Mess with it at your own risk.You can reach NPR science correspondent Richard Harris by email: rharris@npr.org. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Labours new shadow minister for disabled people h

first_imgLabour’s new shadow minister for disabled people has spoken about her new role, and the access problems she faces as a disabled MP during prime minister’s questions.Marie Rimmer, one of parliament’s few disabled MPs, was appointed to the role on 1 February, less than two years after she was elected for the first time as MP for St Helens South and Whiston.Born in St Helens, she is a former trade union shop steward and became a Labour councillor in 1978. She led St Helens Council for a total of nearly 20 years over three spells.She told Disability News Service that she does not under-estimate the importance of her new position as shadow minister, or “the magnitude of the role”.“We have got a government that since 2010 has systematically burdened [disabled people], taken away from [their] finances, affected their housing, their independence…“They seem to have very little understanding of disabled people, and the fact that they are human beings,” she says.Although she did not speak out frequently in the Commons on disability issues before her appointment as shadow minister, there were some interventions on social security policy, including concerns about the new universal credit, the welfare cap, and the government’s “incompetent and brutal” sanctions regime.She also joined many of her colleagues in speaking out, in February 2016, about the “cruel and utterly devastating cuts” of nearly £30-a-week to payments made to new claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG), set to be implemented next week.And in June 2015, she pushed work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith and the prime minister over the government’s failure to publish updated statistics on the number of disabled people who had died shortly after being found fit for work.Profoundly deaf – she has a cochlear implant that allows her to hear – Rimmer (pictured) says that prime minister’s questions causes her “dreadful” problems, so much so that she can hear the proceedings better through speakers outside the chamber, away from the “heckling and the cackling” of fellow MPs.“It’s very stressful, you have to focus,” she says. “It does have its difficulties, but I manage.“I do hear, but I could do without the heckling and the cackling. Of course everybody could do without that.“I think it would make it easier for everybody if we stopped all the barracking in the chamber, it would make it easier for everybody.”Despite her own impairment, Rimmer admitted during her interview with DNS – more than six weeks after her appointment as shadow minister for disabled people – that she had no idea what the social model of disability was, despite its huge significance to the disabled people’s movement.Her priority as the party’s new shadow minister for disabled people is to build relationships with disability groups, she says, as the party continues with the national Disability Equality Roadshow (DER) launched late last year by her predecessor Debbie Abrahams.She and colleagues are visiting 32 different areas of England, Scotland and Wales, listening to disabled people’s views and experiences, in a process the party says will help it develop its disability policies for the next election.Rimmer says the roadshow has been “a tremendous help” as she settles into her new role, allowing her to “meet disabled people, consulting them, asking them what their priorities are”.Asked what she has been hearing from disabled people at the three roadshows she has attended so far, she says: “Basically they want to be treated as human beings… with rights, they don’t want patronising, they don’t necessarily want things done for them, they want support to help them to ‘do’, when that is needed.”After the roadshows are finished, according to her office, the information will be collected and analysed by “independent social policy academics”, who will identify “key policy themes”.“Emerging themes will be discussed with disabled people and disabled people’s organisations, including through the DER planning group,” her spokesman said. “These will then feed into the Labour Party’s policy-making process.”But while this process continues, Rimmer is left with few if any recognisable policies on disability, and the only one she refers to is a pledge to scrap the much-criticised work capability assessment (WCA).She says: “We have said straight off we will get rid of the WCA and that we will start off afresh and it will be a holistic viewpoint around the individual about what they want to do and how to help them achieve that.“They want to be involved in society, they want to work, they want meaningful work.”Rimmer was appointed as shadow minister on 1 February to fill the role left empty last June when Abrahams was promoted to be the party’s shadow work and pensions secretary.During those seven months, the party repeatedly caused alarm with its attitude towards disability rights, including the lengthy delay in appointing Abrahams’ successor.Asked why it had taken so long to appoint her, Rimmer says: “I can’t answer that. I know that I am here now.”Asked whether she had been offered the post previously, and had turned it down, she admitted that she had, but had been unable to accept it at that point because of an accident, although she could not remember exactly when the first job offer had come.Asked if the party had been waiting for her to recover from that accident before offering it to her again, she says: “I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you that.”Her office later explained that the accident had led to “a complex hand and wrist fracture that took a number of months to recover from”.After the interview, when DNS attempted to clarify the situation, her spokesman said that she had first been offered the post “between the leader’s re-election [in late September] and Christmas”.He said: “She was delighted to be offered the post again in the New Year when she had recovered and was able to accept.”It was not until early November last year that Rimmer was finally cleared of all charges relating to allegations that she had kicked a ‘Yes’ campaigner outside a polling station in Scotland on the day of the Scottish independence referendum in September 2014.Her spokesman said the delay in clearing her name was because she was “actually cleared twice: the first charge was dismissed at trial by the sheriff, and the second trial was brought on a technicality but she was acquitted at that second trial by a second sheriff – hence why it took so long”.The sheriff who heard the second trial referred to the allegations as “a storm in a tea cup”.Rimmer’s spokesman dismissed suggestions that the party had been waiting to appoint her until her name had finally been cleared.Another of the areas of criticism levelled at the party during its seven months without a shadow minister has been its failure so far to keep its promise – made to DNS by shadow chancellor John McDonnell in November – that it would ensure there was a debate on the report by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities.The report, published in November, found the UK government’s social security reforms had led to “grave or systematic violations” of the UN disability convention.Rimmer insists that the debate has been delayed by Brexit and this month’s budget, but that “it will happen”.She adds: “John McDonnell and Debbie Abrahams are both very committed to making sure it does happen. It is just about timing.”But in other areas she appears less well briefed.In December, the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell attacked Labour’s “lazy indifference” to disability equality, after it abstained on a vote in the House of Lords that would have forced bars, shops and restaurants to ensure their premises obeyed laws on accessibility when renewing their alcohol licences.Rimmer says she was “not aware of that”, even though the issue has been raised repeatedly with the party.And despite weeks of coverage by DNS on the scandal of dishonest PIP assessments by healthcare professionals working for government outsourcing contractors Atos and Capita, an investigation which began just before she took on her new post, Rimmer says she was not aware of any of those stories, although she says she has heard other MPs raise concerns about PIP assessments in the House of Commons chamber.Although Rimmer has asked questions about DWP statistics on the deaths of benefit claimants, she also did not appear well-briefed on the individual cases of disabled people whose deaths have been linked to the WCA, although she said she had heard of Stephen Carré – whose death in January 2010 was the first to be linked by a coroner to flaws in the WCA – when his name was mentioned by DNS.She has come into her post just as the WRAG cuts are about to be implemented, and as the government has introduced new personal independence payment (PIP) regulations which will make it more difficult for people with severe mental distress to secure the mobility-related support they need through PIP, following two upper tribunal rulings that found against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Rimmer believes the new regulations have only been brought in because of the government’s failure to secure the savings targeted from DWP spending.She said: “They have put the blocks on because they are not bringing in the savings or the cuts that were required.”She says Labour will “do our best” to overturn the regulations with a vote in the Commons or the Lords, but she says it is vital to secure support from the public on this issue, the WRAG reduction and cuts to housing benefit for unemployed 18-21-year-olds.But she admits this will not be easy.She says: “It seems to me they have done such a job on people who are sick and disabled, when they talk about ‘strivers and skivers’.“They have dehumanised and scared them and disabled people tell you how they suffer from hate crime, which they never did and they do now.“It’s all because of the language used by this government and the past government.”last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW John Deere Classic Preview with BLUE HORSESHOE

first_imgWe’re back to a familiar venue this week on the PGA Tour with a return to Deere Run in Illinois, where the event has been played since 2000. The 7,268 yard, Par 71, Deere Run course has a reputation as a low scoring venue with winning scores in excess of twenty under par being carded in four of the last five years. With past winners such as Brian Harman, Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, Jordan Spieth and Michael Kim, it’s clear that prodigious length off the tee’s is not a prerequisite to do well here.An amazing statistic is that we’ve had TEN first time winners on the PGA Tour this season. Players like Matt Wolff are coming to the PGA Tour ready to win and are not overawed by the occasion, or the opportunity to grab their maiden PGA tour win if it presents itself. While this makes picking winners even harder than usual, it’s great for the sport. The game of golf is in rude health at present. Long may it continue because it will make for excellent events and nail-biting finishes.Blue Horseshoe Loves:Brian Harman – currently at 25/1 with starsports.betHarman played very well last week at the 3M Open to finish tied for seventh on sixteen under par. His straight driving game and excellent putting game are big assets around Deere Run and he knows how to win here, having been victorious in 2014.Sam Burns – Currently at 45/1 with starsports.betSam Burns must have heard about my threats to disown him last week, if he didn’t pull his socks up and play to the potential he clearly has. He finished alongside Harman on a tie for seventh on sixteen under par. His final round of seven under sixty-four was the low round of the day and he will take a great deal of belief from his very solid showing. I am going with Burns again. He is not far away in my eyes.Danny Lee – Currently at 75/1 with starsports.betAfter a string of good performances and high finishes over the last month or so, Danny Lee was disappointing last week. But I’m prepared to cut him a break and give him another chance at a gentle venue that should suit his game very well.Talor Gooch – Currently at 66/1 with starsports.betGooch is another playing that has been knocking on the door this season. After watching a raft of his fellow debutants get wins this year, Gooch must also be thinking that he can take the next step from credible showings to actually winning one of these tournaments. His putting and driving games have been consistent and he represents great each way value at an undemanding venue such as this.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BRIAN HARMAN 1.5pt each way 25/1 with starsports.betBACK SAM BURNS 1pt each way 45/1 with starsports.betBACK DANNY LEE 1pt each way 75/1 with starsports.betBACK TALOR GOOCH 1pt each way 66/1 with starsports.betew 6 places 1/5 oddsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 164.73 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post, England v Australia)last_img read more

Early clinical assessments could reduce endoflife hospitalizations for seniors

first_img Source:https://uwaterloo.ca/news/news/assessments-could-reduce-end-life-hospital-stays-seniors Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 8 2019Better use of standard assessment tools could help long-term care homes identify which new residents are at risk of hospitalization or death in the first 90 days of admission.A study from the University of Waterloo and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging has found that newly admitted residents’ history of heart failure, as well as their score on the interRAI Changes to Health, End-Stage disease, Signs and Symptoms (CHESS) scale, can accurately determine which residents are most at risk.”Being able to identify at-risk residents early can help long-term care homes ensure they have the necessary care and management strategies in place,” said George Heckman, associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at Waterloo and Schlegel Research Chair in Geriatric Medicine. “These assessments can also help health providers determine which conditions require a trip to the hospital or which would be better managed as a hospice-type condition within the homes themselves.”Related StoriesStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably needChildren’s Colorado granted IAC’s Cardiovascular Catheterization accreditation’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesHe added, “It is not always advisable to take someone who is closing in on the end of life out of their home and put them into a hospital setting. These residents are very complex and frail, and not only might they not benefit from the hospital visit, the transition itself can lead to harms such as delirium and further disability.”The study examined data collected from 143,067 residents aged 65 years or older, admitted to long-term care homes in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, between 2010 and 2016.It found that over 15 percent of residents had a history of heart failure. Residents with heart failure were more likely to be hospitalized than those without (18.9 percent versus 11.7 percent). Residents with a history of heart failure were also twice as likely to have higher mortality rates than those without, 14.4 per cent versus 7.6 per cent. At the one-year mark, residents with a history of heart failure had a mortality rate of more than 10 per cent higher, at 28.3 percent compared to 17.3 percent.The CHESS scale identifies frailty and health instability, and is embedded within the MDS, an interRAI instrument mandated in almost all long-term care homes across Canada. Higher health instability, identified through higher CHESS scores, were associated with a greater risk of hospitalization and death at three months. Most notably, residents with high CHESS scores were more likely to die even when sent to hospital, regardless of whether they had heart failure or not. Mortality rates for the highest CHESS scores were 80 percent; most of these residents died in hospital.”Together, these two factors independently identified this increased risk,” Heckman said. “By making clinical assessments early, advance care planning discussions can take place. Furthermore, by ensuring that the entire long-term care home care team, including personal support workers, understand these risks, they can help monitor resident health and optimize their quality of life in the long-term care home.”last_img read more

Sports tech firm Stats looks to bring AI to the broadcast booth

©2018 Chicago Tribune Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further Twitch will stream NBA G League games and let its livestreamers do play-by-play For example, Stats will provide data feeds to companies to engage fans during the upcoming World Cup, and coaches in FIFA use the data to strategize. It also distributes football statistics to fantasy sports providers for their platforms and works with Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League.Teaching computers to watch games and gather data could expand the company’s reach to amateur or even high school teams, Henderson said.The technology wouldn’t replace employees; it would do work they don’t have time for. The company plans to keep hiring more workers, in the artificial intelligence department and elsewhere. It employs about 1,200 people globally, more than 200 of whom are in Chicago. Earlier this year, it added a floor to its Loop headquarters that can hold an additional 100 employees.The expanded use of artificial intelligence would allow the company to analyze additional data for more clients as well as historical data. Stats has baseball data going back to the 1800s, for example.Sheldon Jacobson, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said the technology Stats is working on would find new value in sports data that are already out there.”It’s the artificial intelligence that realizes the potential of the data,” he said. “What Stats is really monetizing is the information the data contains.”The data will help coaches make better decisions and ultimately improve performance, Jacobson said. But once other teams catch on, the value of the information could wane. He pointed to the way Michael Lewis’ book “Moneyball” brought widespread attention to the Oakland Athletics’ use of advanced statistics. Once other baseball teams caught on, the A’s lost some of their edge.Stats will need to keep innovating, he said. Citation: Sports tech firm Stats looks to bring A.I. to the broadcast booth and sideline (2018, April 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-sports-tech-firm-stats-ai.html When a baseball announcer rattles off your favorite player’s batting average with two outs and runners on first and third, he’s not pulling that figure from the back of his mind. There’s a good chance that timely information was provided by Stats, a Chicago-based sports data and technology company. Stats, which gathers data from sporting events around the world for more than 650 customers, says it has inked five deals this year worth a total of more than $70 million. The most recent deal, a $10 million agreement announced last week, extended and expanded a relationship with a global broadcast and telecommunications conglomerate.Stats plans to invest some of the money into advancing its use of artificial intelligence to capture game data, said Chief Revenue Officer Richard Henderson, who declined to name the other parties involved in the deals.The company, which has already started building out its artificial intelligence team, is working to train computers to review game footage and extract statistics, providing new insights for coaches and players and fun facts for broadcasters to relay to fans.”There’s lots of video footage that exists globally of historic games,” Henderson said. “If we can get computers basically to watch the game and code the game, that enables us to aggregate data sources on a much grander scale than individual humans can.”Stats already uses advanced technology to gather data, he said. It deploys employees to stadiums around the world to code games in real time. Its technology can, for example, capture 2,700 data points in a soccer game. It can track the distance a player ran, the trajectory and speed of the ball, how many touches a player had, or how quickly she accelerated.Artificial intelligence can gather and process even broader data, Henderson said. It can provide predictive analytics to coaches, showing them, for instance, a play in which their players failed to score and recommending a different run that could result in a goal.”Because we’ve aggregated so much data, it will know how that defense operates in certain scenarios,” Henderson said.The coaches might not take the suggestion, but the idea is to give them increased insights to help them win.Such predictive data goes deeper than just capturing statistics broadcasters can share with fans, though that is part of Stats’ business. The company counts media and broadcasting companies, as well as sports teams and leagues, among its customers. 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. read more

Preacher skips jail pending appeal over remarks

first_imgI’m free: Wan Ji leaving the Shah Alam court after his stay of execution. Related News SHAH ALAM: Preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin received a temporary reprieve from his one-year jail sentence when the High Court here granted a stay of execution.Wan Ji had been convicted of making remarks that were found to be seditious against the Sultan of Selangor.High Court judge Justice Abdul Halim Aman granted the stay after hearing the appeal from Wan Ji’s counsel Mohd Radzlan Jalaludin and Ariff Azami Hussein.He also ordered the 37-year-old to surrender his passport to the court if it was renewed. The Sessions Court initially sentenced Wan Ji to nine months in jail in April 2018, but this was extended to one year by the Shah Alam High Court on Tuesday when it denied his appeal against his conviction and sentence.He filed an appeal the same day but spent the two following days at the Kajang prison until his case was heard yesterday where Justice Ab­­dul Halim granted the stay, pending the disposal of his appeal to the Court of Appeal.Wan Ji cited 18 reasons in the appeal to support his plea against the one-year jail term.One of the main reasons cited was that he was the sole breadwinner and had a family to care for. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more