I cant say who will play Tuchel

I cant say who will play Tuchel

first_imgThe Paris Saint-Germain coach is keeping quiet especially about Edinson Cavani’s chance of playing on Tuesday against NapoliUruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been struggling with injury for some time.But Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel won’t confirm if the South American will be able to play tomorrow night against Napoli in the UEFA Champions League.“I can’t say, it’s Monday afternoon so I can’t say who will play,” Tuchel said according to Football Italia.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Cavani is with us and he’s trained, we’ll see later.”“You always say that we’re favorites, that Napoli are small or outsiders. We know it’s a huge challenge though, the 2-2 in the first game was well deserved. We could have done better but for 30 minutes we were not at our level,” he added.“Napoli are a strong team, they’ve been playing together for a long time. They have an understanding, quality, and defensive discipline.”“It’ll be a big challenge but we want to win, this is the second half after the 2-2 in the first. We’re coming off two beautiful games against Marseille and Lille,” he commented.last_img read more

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Griezmann reminds everyone that Atletico is still in La Liga

Griezmann reminds everyone that Atletico is still in La Liga

first_imgEven though the elimination against Girona was painful for Atletico Madrid, striker Antoine Griezmann wanted to remind everyone they are still in La Liga.Despite last Wednesday’s Copa del Rey elimination for Atletico Madrid against Girona, this shocking setback doesn’t stir Antoine Griezmann from the main two objectives this season.The Colchoneros began the season with a clear goal, which is to fight for La Liga and most importantly, the Champions League.The continental tournament’s final will take place at the new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, a unique opportunity for all Atletico fans that the club doesn’t want to pass and they are still determined to get all the way to the last stages of the competition.But fortunately for them, the Colchoneros are also still in the fight to win La Liga this season and they are far from finished despite last Thursday’s heartbreak.Manager Diego Simeone did send a hopeful message after the match, one that struck a nerve amongst the players and possible will help them forget this sour moment sooner rather than later.Such a tight schedule of games don’t leave any time to delve into what happened, Atletico Madrid has a new commitment on Saturday when they visit Huesca for La Liga.🏆🏧 @AntoGriezmann, winner of @futbolmahou’s #Jugador5EstrellasATM Award for December, on the match against @SDHuesca: “We hope to get the three points.”#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/YtkFM5zbyb— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 18, 2019The Colchoneros are currently second placed on the table with 38 units, they are only five points behind FC Barcelona who have 43.Diego Simeone’s players are currently not able to indulge themselves into slacking off, they have a very complicated visit on Saturday and they simply can’t drop off any more points if they want to still consider themselves title contenders.Despite the main objective being the Champions League this season, even the players are aware that fighting for La Liga is just as important.“We are okay, we are still fighting for the first position in La Liga but there are many matches still ahead and we have to see where we end up by the end of the season,” said Griezmann as quoted by Diario Sport.“We have to keep working hard, we have to win every single match we have left and we can’t leave any points behind.”“Each away match is always complicated because the rival tends to park the bus, plus we always have their supporters pushing their squad.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We have to grow stronger and hopefully, we can get the three points at Huesca,” he added.El trofeo #Jugador5EstrellasATM de diciembre en el @Atleti ya ha sido entregado a @AntoGriezmann ¡Enhorabuena! ⚽️🏆 pic.twitter.com/bnPoe2OMS5— Fútbol Mahou (@futbolmahou) January 18, 2019Although the Colchoneros are not feeling quite happy for the elimination, even manager Diego Simeone wanted to let the players know that they all need to change the chip now and they can’t waste any more time.Atletico Madrid has a recent poor history with eliminations of this nature, they recently got eliminated in last season’s Champions League by modest Qarabag in the Round of 16 but they were able to recover by winning the Europa League.In past seasons, the two times European Cup finalist was already eliminated by Rubin Kazan in the UEFA Europa League and once again by Celta de Vigo in Copa del Rey.The latest from last Wednesday, just adds up to the dark history of Diego Simeone as the Atletico Madrid manager.The biggest hope is that this new setback doesn’t affect the other competitions, ‘Cholo’ is only hoping that he can have the patience this season for anything that comes his way.Because let us not fool ourselves, if Atletico Madrid doesn’t get to at least compete for the two competitions they have left with honor, there is a big chance that the club’s board of directors decide to sack Diego Simeone for next season.🎥 | #ATMFLASHSimeone, Koke and Correa spoke after the #AtletiGirona match.#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/tCTe7UjJwh— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 16, 2019Which of the two remaining competitions can Atletico Madrid win by the end of the season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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OBITUARY Mario J Miani 94

OBITUARY Mario J Miani 94

first_imgNORTH READING, MA — Mario J. Miani, 94, of North Reading, formerly of Ansonia, CT, passed on Monday, May 6, 2019 at Windsor Place of Wilmington.Born in Derby, CT on August 9, 1924, son of the late Giuseppe and Giovina (DiGiovanni) Miani. He was a graduate of Derby High School, he attended 4 years at Bridgeport Engineering and 8 years of night school at Boston University.Mario was a Conceptual Design Engineer, he worked on Missile Re-entry Systems, space satellites, under sea technology and lasers. He worked for AVCO Systems Division in Wilmington for 16 years, AVCO Everett Research Division in Everett for 14 years and Science Research Lab for 5 years.Mario loved working on cars, especially Fiats and Chryslers, DIY projects and bowling. He loved the Patriots and most of all spending time with his family.He has been a resident of North Reading for over 61 years. He was a member of St. Theresa’s Church and the Knights of Columbus.Family members include his loving wife of over 66 years, Eleanor G. (Derry) Miani; He was a proud and loving father of three, Cathy Lynn Mizzell and her husband George of Birmingham, AL, Barbara A. Bochart and her husband Thomas of Tewksbury and Thomas J. Miani Sr. and his wife Joan of Methuen; he was the brother of the late Peter and Dino Miani and Hilda Testone; grandfather of 5 grandchildren, Elizabeth “Betsy” Colon, Andrew Bochart, Thomas Miani, Jr., Gina Miani, Robert Mizzell; one great grandchild, Tayla-Rae Colon; and his very close dear friend, Milan Tekula and his wife Dorothy of Saugus and many nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Friday, May 10 from 9 to 10:30 AM, followed by an 11 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or Hospice Services of Massachusetts, 391 Broadway Street, Everett, MA 02149.Mario J. Miani(NOTE: The above obituary is from Crosswell Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Anthony Charles Mack, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Judith Elaine Sias Guertin, 76In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Carl J.A. Anderson, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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10dayold leopard cubs charred to death after Pune farmer burns garbage to

first_imgThe 10-week-old leopard cubs were charred to death when a farmer burnt the garbage they were in thinking that a snake was in it Twitter/ANIIn a very tragic incident, five leopard cubs were charred to death in Pune after they were caught in some trash which the farmers decided to burn. They were 10 days old.The incident happened in Ambegaon taluka of Pune district in the early hours of April 3. The district is located on the edge of a forest and has seen multiple instances of leopards wandering near human dwellings.Unfortunately, by the time the residents realised that the cubs were in the garbage, it was too late and they lost their lives. According to Hindustan Times, the farmers burnt the trash thinking that a snake was in it. They usually burn the garbage before harvest.”The incident happened around 5 am on Wednesday in Junnar belt of the district. The labourers, who were cutting the harvest, came across a snake and planned to burn the waste material on the farm to kill it. A female leopard, who was looking after the cubs, managed to save her life. However, the cubs died along with the snake,” Vivek Khandekar, the chief conservator of forests was quoted as saying by Mid-day.He added, “There are chances that the female leopard will now get aggressive following the death of her five cubs, including three female and two male cubs, born around 10 to 15 days back. We have kept cages near the field to trap the big cat to avoid further chaos.”The forest officials think that the cubs’ mother must have left them in the field and gone to find food. It would have been then that they found themselves trapped in the garbage and subsequently burnt to death.Many farmers are afraid to work in the fields now since the mother might become very aggressive when she does not find her cubs.Forest rangers said that sightings of leopards are not rare in the region and that many leopards have given birth to cubs in the sugarcane fields and left when the cubs were grown. Close Leopard that mauled 21 people to death shot dead by forest officialscenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/1:39Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:33?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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Asian shares slip dollar nurses losses as US election looms

first_imgAsian shares slipped on Friday and the dollar nursed losses in a week marked by growing uncertainty about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.4 percent after brushing its lowest levels since early August. It looked set for a loss of 1.6 for the week.Investors have been unnerved in recent days by signs that the presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump may be tightening just days before Tuesday’s vote.That anxiety has rippled across global financial markets as investors ponder hedging the possible ramifications of a Trump presidency, overshadowing other events including Friday’s U.S. employment report for October.According to the latest Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project, Clinton, who is seen as the status quo candidate by markets, maintained her narrow lead over Trump.But several swing states that the Republican challenger must win shifted from favouring Clinton to toss-ups, offering Trump a possible route to victory.”Even if opinion polls show that Clinton is maintaining a lead, anything can happen at the last minute, something the Brexit outcome taught us,” said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, referring to Britain’s surprising vote in June to leave the European Union.Trump, a political novice, has campaigned to clamp down on immigration, rethink trade relations and slap high tariffs on imported goods. Some fear his election would pose risks for global trade and growth.”There remains scope for a significant sell-off if Trump wins,” wrote Ric Spooner at CMC Markets.”Markets are currently attempting to strike the right balance between the greater probability of a Clinton win and the possibility of a significant sell-off on a Trump victory,” Spooner said.”The more the market falls in advance of the election, the greater the potential for volatility and a significant bounce if Clinton does get up.”On Wall Street on Thursday, U.S. stocks sagged, with the S&P 500’s eighth straight losing session marking its longest streak since the 2008 financial crisis. A slump in Facebook shares (FB.O) and the U.S. election jitter sapped investor confidence.Japan’s Nikkei stock index slid 1.4 percent, reopening after a public holiday on Thursday and catching up to losses in the previous global session. It was down 3.2 percent for the week, dragged down by the resurgence of the perennial safe-haven yen as U.S. election jitters mount.The dollar clawed back some lost ground against the yen, rising 0.1 percent to 103.05 and pushing away from the previous session’s one-month low of 102.54 yen, though still down 1.6 percent for the week. The euro edged down 0.1 percent to $1.1088, up about 1 percent for the week.The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six rival currencies, inched up 0.1 percent to 97.242, down 1.1 percent for the week and not far from a more than three-week low of 97.041 struck overnight.The non-farm payrolls report due later Friday is expected to show employers added 175,000 jobs in October, according to the median estimate of 106 economists polled by Reuters.U.S. data on Thursday showed that services industry activity cooled last month amid a slowdown in new orders and hiring, while planned job cuts by U.S.-based employers dropped 31 percent to a five-month low.That underscored the labour market’s healthy fundamentals, though more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week.The pound was a stand-out performer overnight, rising to a nearly one-month high of $1.2494 on Thursday after a British court ruled that the government needs parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the European Union. That could potentially delay Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans.The pound also got a boost from the Bank of England, which scrapped its plan to cut interest rates and ramped up its forecasts for growth.Sterling was last up 0.1 percent at $1.2476, poised to gain 2.4 percent for the week.Oil prices took back some ground after settling down more than 1 percent on Thursday as investors reacted to a record weekly surge in U.S. crude inventories and remained skeptical that OPEC will actually implement its planned output curbs.U.S. crude CLc1 added 0.2 percent to $44.76 per barrel. Brent crude LCOc1 also rose 0.2 percent to $46.46.last_img read more

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Filmmakers are lazy to cast me in different roles

Filmmakers are lazy to cast me in different roles

first_imgNational Award-winning Bollywood actor Tabu, known for portraying intense characters, says filmmakers have become too lazy to cast her in different roles.The actor has delivered some critically acclaimed performances in films like Maachis, Astitva, Chandni Bar, Maqbool and Haider among others. She has also acted in comic films like Saajan Chale Sasural, Chachi 420,  Hera Pheri, Biwi No 1 and others.Tabu said filmmakers find it easy to cast her for an intense role as they think it works for them. They lacks ‘vision’ to offer her different kind roles. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“I think people do whatever is convenient to them because it suits them to cast me in serious and intense roles as it works. So, they take the easy way out in giving those roles,” Tabu told a media person. “They don’t have the vision to present me in a different role. I think they have become lazy in presenting me in a different manner,” she said.The Cheeni Kum actor, however, said she doesn’t like to be known as someone doing just “serious cinema”. But at the same time she is happy with the way her career has shaped up so far. The 43-year-old actor feels that 40s is an exciting time as a lot of things are happening for her. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnOn being quizzed which is the ‘best phase’ of her career, the 40s or the initial years, Tabu said, “It is a busy time, a lot more is happening now. I think this is a good phase. I have gone through so many experiences and a range of work in 40s is a good place to be in.Tabu will be seen next in Nishikant Kamat’s Drishiyam alongside lead actors Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Rajat Kapoor. The film, slated to release on July 31, is a murder mystery set in Goa and is a remake of a successful Malayalam film of the same name.last_img read more

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Asha Bhonsle Amit Kumar make a comeback with Puja songs

Asha Bhonsle Amit Kumar make a comeback with Puja songs

first_imgKolkata: Naktala Udayan Sangha made an effort to bring back the nostalgic Pujor gaan associated Durga Puja by producing songs by Asha Bhonsle and Amit Kumar.Asha Bhonsle makes a comeback in Pujor gaan circuit with a new Bengali singles — ‘Ebar Pujoy Elaam Phire’ for the album ‘Pujoy Asha’, composed by Shiladitya – Raj and written by Utpal Das. The other singles of the album, ‘Surey Tumi’, composed by the duo has been sung by Amit Kumar and is written by another lyricist. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We all dream. But not every dream is realised. Unless you have dedication, patience, perseverance and you work towards achieving it. And of course you have to be passionate towards your dream. We also had a dream which we nurtured for over 25 years. Our dream was realised when the legend, Asha Bhonsle, whom many consider as an Avatar of Goddess Saraswati, sang her comeback Pujo song for us in the album ‘Pujoy Asha’. We are also happy to once again work with one of the finest singers of all time, Amit Kumar for the song ‘Surey Tumi’. As usual, it was pure magic from him. Both the songs are our tribute to the maestros, Kishore Kumar & RD Burman said music composers, Shiladitya – Raj. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed’Ebar Pujoy Elaam Phire’ was recorded by Asha Bhonsle exactly a week after she completed her 85th birthday.Though ‘Aamar Khatar Patay’ released in 1963 was Asha Ji’s first Pujo song composed by Manna Dey, it was 50 years back in 1968 when we first heard Asha Ji sing Puja songs for RD Burman and the songs were ‘Eyi Edike Esho’ & ‘Jabo Ki Jabona” penned down by Gouriprasanna Majumdar. Both being blockbusters. In subsequent years, we got musical gems like ‘Jete Dao Amay Dekona’, ‘Chokhe Chokhe Kotha Bolo’, ‘Jaanina Kothay Tumi’, ‘Jaaire Jaire Bela Je Jaaire’, ‘Phoole Gondho Nei’, ‘Mohuaye Jomechhe Aaj Mou Go’, ‘Shondhabelaye Tumi Aami Boshe Achhi Dujone’, ‘Moyna Bolo Tumi Krishno Raadhe’ and ‘Kine De Reshmi Churi’ among others. With ‘Surey Tumi’, Amit Kumar, who is still captivating the audience for almost 5 decades with his rich repertoire of Bengali and Hindi songs, recorded a Pujor gaan in Kolkata after 14 long years. He recorded his first Pujor Gaan under the baton of his legendary father, Kishore Kumar in 1973 and the songs ‘Jinisher Daam Berechhe’ and ‘Mone Mone Kotodin’ were a huge success.Amit Kumar also sang a few Pujor gaan for RD Burman and the two songs from the album ‘Pran To Mane Na Go’ and ‘Kotodin Aar E Bhabe Boshe Thaaki’ released in 1975 became huge hits. This is for the third time he collaborated with Shiladitya – Raj for a Pujor Gaan; their earlier albums being ‘Shudhu Tomay Dekhi’ (1999) and the immensely popular ‘Phele Asha Din’ (2012).last_img read more

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Earn 50 in cash when booking clients to Peru

Earn 50 in cash when booking clients to Peru

first_img Posted by Tags: Peru, Valencia Travel Travelweek Group Earn $50 in cash when booking clients to Peru Thursday, May 23, 2019 center_img TORONTO — Valencia Travel, a DMC based in Cusco, Peru, has launched a new promotion that includes 50% savings for travellers and $50 cash incentive for travel agents. Running until May 31, 2019, the promotion aims to highlight the most recognized parts of Peru and the quality experiences available in each. Clients will enjoy 50% off the following four travel packages:• Lares Trek & Machu Picchu: This seven-day trek begins in Cuzco followed by a voyage into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, home to green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes and snow-capped Andean peaks that stand up to 6,000 metres tall.• Trek Along the Inca Trail & Machu Picchu: On this seven-day adventure, travellers will trek along the majestic Inca Trail over the course of four days.• Classic Peru: Highlights of this 12-day trip include traditional food, bustling cities, mountains, lakes, canyons, rural communities and an expedition into Machu Picchu.• The Best of Peru: This 13-day immersion tour covers all of Peru’s must-see places as well as a full-city tour in Lima. Clients will visit Cusco’s many temples, journey through the historic Sacred Valley and explore the ancient site of Machu Picchu. More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAs part of the promotion, North American travel agents will receive $50 when booking two people on any of the above packages before May 31. For more information, contact valenciatravel@turnerpr.com. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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It was the second day in a row where the dollar in

first_imgIt was the second day in a row where the dollar index didn’t do much, as it traded sideways in a very tight range once again.  It closed in New York at 79.21, which was down 7 basis points from Wednesday’s close.The gold stocks gapped up about 3% at the open, and then climbed to their high of the day shortly after 12 o’clock noon in New York, which was gold’s high tick. After that they chopped sideways for the remainder of the New York trading session.  The HUI finished up 4.11%.As has been the case all week, the silver shares have underperformed their golden cousins.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up only 3.33%, and it didn’t even gain back all of Tuesday’s losses.The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 29 gold and 11 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Monday.  JPMorgan was the only long/stopper of note in both.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.For whatever reason there was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time it was 57,909 troy ounces.  And as of 9:21 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List” posted his weekly commentary on the in/out action for the week that was in SLV.  Here’s what he had to say.  “Analysis of the 23 October 2013 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list.  3,661,880.2 troy ounces was removed (all from Brinks London), and none had a serial number change.  The bars removed were from: Solar Applied Materials (1.3M oz), Aurubis AG (0.6M oz), Nordeutsche (0.6M oz), Inner Mongolia Qiankun (0.2M oz), and 17 others.As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was over-allocated 68.6 troy oz.  There was a withdrawal of 770,883.6 oz on Tuesday and deposit of 2,408,785.0 oz on Wednesday (that nets to +1,637,901.4 oz) that have not yet been reflected on the bar list, that should appear on the next bar list (as it normally takes a day or two for the bar list to get updated).”  The link to his Web site is here.I also noted that the folks over at the shortsqueeze.com Internet site updated their Web site with the latest changes in the short positions for both GLD and SLV for mid-October.  The short position in SLV rose by 7.19%, and the total number of shares/ounces sold short now stands at 17,775,400.  GLD‘s short position increased by 8.90%, and it’s short position is up to 2.40 million troy ounces.  In tonnes, that’s 553 tonnes of silver and 74.5 tonnes of gold.  One can only imagine what the prices of gold and silver would be if those holding short positions in both these ETFs were required to purchase the metal on the open market to cover them.The U.S. Mint had a tiny sales report yesterday.  They sold 500 ounce of gold eagles, and that was it.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, they reported receiving 32,075 troy ounces of gold, and shipped 64,009 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here.As is always the case, it was much busier in silver, as 639,533 troy ounces were shipped in and 235,623 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that action is here.It was another slow news day again yesterday, and I hope you find something of interest in what I did manage to cobble together.In a nutshell, the coming influence of monetary expansion on gold and silver prices will be due to the great inflation already witnessed in other asset classes. At some point, it is inevitable that there will be some switching of funds from bonds, stocks and real estate to precious metals. There always is such switching as asset classes come in and go out of favor on a recurring basis. Someday, something will spook the bond, stock or currency markets and there will be some rush to precious metals. Because the growth of other asset classes has been so monumental, even the smallest amount of switching to precious metals will have a profound impact on gold and, especially, on silver prices. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 23 October 2013There’s not much to add to my comments at the top of this column regarding yesterday’s price action in both gold and silver.  It was nice to see the rallies in both metals, along with the commensurate rallies in their associated equities.  One can only hope that this trend will continue.As of yesterday’s close, both gold and silver are slightly above their respective 50-day moving averages.  It will be interesting to see whether prices power higher from here as the technical funds move to cover their short positions, or will prices “fail” at this point, as they have done in the past at this juncture?Today we get the October Bank Participation Report, along with some sort of Commitment of Traders Report.  The only thing I know for sure is that the COT Report won’t contain data up to the last cut-off date, which was Tuesday, October 22.  Even before I check the numbers, I’ll be looking for the cut-off date at the top of the web page.  And in some respects, without the data being current, it won’t mean a lot.  The Bank Participation Report data will also be a month out of date as well, and in some ways what it contains will be of more importance than the COT Report itself.But whatever they show, I’ll be commenting on it at length in Saturday’s missive.All four precious metals were under a little selling pressure during Far East trading on their Friday, but it was silver that really got clubbed going into the 8 a.m. BST London open.  The CME low print was $22.325, which was down 40 cents from yesterday’s New York close.  Obviously there was nothing free market about that.  Gold volume [as of 3:56 a.m. EDT] was pretty light, but silver’s volume was [not surprisingly] very decent.  And also not surprisingly, it was mostly of the HFT variety.The dollar index took a 20 basis point nose dive around lunchtime in Hong Kong, but there was a buyer in the wings waiting to catch that particular falling knife at the 79.02 mark.  There was no sign of that currency move in any of the precious metal prices at the time.And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:15 a.m. EDT, three of the four precious metals have recovered off their lows at the London open, and are rallying unsteadily higher, but none are back above their New York closes from yesterday.  Volumes are about average in gold, and still slightly elevated in silver.  The dollar index is down about 11 basis points.Since today is Friday, I’m wide open to any price scenario that presents itself when I power up my computer later this morning.Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it, and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Both gold and silver are slightly above their respective 50-day moving averagesAs has been the case for what seems like forever now, there was no price activity worthy of the name during the Far East trading session on their Thursday.  But a rally commenced at 11 a.m. BST in London which ran into the obligatory not-for-profit seller at the Comex open in New York, and this sliced ten bucks off the price in about 30 minutes.  But the rally continued shortly before 9 a.m. EDT, and topped out a few minutes after 12 o’clock noon.  After that it traded more or less sideways until the 1:30 p.m. Comex close.  Then it got sold down a bit into the close of electronic trading.The CME reported the low and high price ticks at $1,330.20 and $1,352.30 in the December contract.Gold closed in New York at $1,347.30 spot, which was up $13.60 from Wednesday’s close.  Volume, net of October and November, was decent at 148,000 contracts.The price pattern in silver was pretty much the same as the price pattern in gold.  The only two differences were the fact that the high tick came shortly after 11:30 a.m. in New York, and the sell-off in electronic trading was a little more pronounced than it was in gold.The CME recorded the low and high ticks as $22.51 and $22.91 in the December contract.Silver closed at $22.72 spot, which was well off its high, and up only 16 cents from Thursday’s close in New York.  Volume, net of October and November, was on the lighter side at 34,000 contracts.Platinum closed back above its Tuesday close, and palladium finished the day flat.  Here are the charts.last_img read more

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A new study shows that North Carolina continues to

A new study shows that North Carolina continues to

first_imgA new study shows that North Carolina continues to perform below average when it comes to overall child health conditions.The 2019 report by the nonprofit groups N.C. Child and the N.C Institute of Medicine was released in February.The state received an “F” grade for housing and economic security for the third consecutive report. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, this reflects a high percentage of children living in low-income homes and neighborhoods.The study also points to an increase in youth suicides over the past 10 years. Black high school students in 2017 were twice as likely to have attempted suicide in the past year, and much less likely to receive treatment for depression.The study did show progress in breastfeeding, oral health, HPV vaccinations for teens, and decreasing the number of teen births.While the state earned top marks for insurance coverage, the report says many more children could be covered with an expansion of the Medicaid program.last_img read more

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FROM DWP TO DNS 2616 1022am Hi John Ill get

FROM DWP TO DNS 2616 1022am Hi John Ill get

first_imgFROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 10.22amHi John,I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Copying in ***** who has joined the disability desk.Best***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 31/5/16, 11.35amThanks, ***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 11.33amHi ***** (and *****)Just half an hour left…BwJohn FROM DWP to DNS 1/6/16, 2.01pmHi John,Apologies but our statement will be a little bit late, we will get it to you this afternoon. Sorry for letting you know late. Best***** FROM DWP TO DNS: 3/6/16, 9.22amFurther to my email below, I’ve just reread your email and believe the information ***** has provided to date already covers your points. Therefore, our original statement stands.Best wishes,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 1.04pmBy the way, I would still like to receive *****’s response for a follow-up, particularly as he has been working on it all morning.BwJohn FROM DWP to DNS: 1/6/16, 5.03pmHi JohnApologies again for the late response. A DWP spokesperson said:“Since December, 569 employers have registered with the Disability Confident scheme, and we’re continuing to receive around 100 registrations every month. The programme is supported by a range of major employers and small businesses across the UK – but we want to go even further to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential in the workplace.”Background:In December 2015 we introduced a registration facility on Gov.UK for employers to register their interest to become more Disability Confident.Best***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 1/6/16, 6.05pmI’m sorry, *****, but I can’t use that. It doesn’t bear any relation to the points I raised, which were all about the partners you had signed up.I stress that I’m more than happy to include this information in the story as long as you actually engage with the points made, and also explain the difference between registering interest (which doesn’t seem to impose any obligations) and becoming a partner (which I’m guessing does).I’m afraid I’m not going to allow DWP to avoid answering the actual questions I asked.Can I assume the minister is on holiday, as I did ask something from him?I also asked for a contact in the minister’s private office to arrange an interview. If you could help with that I would be grateful.Best wishes,John FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 5.30pmHi JohnJust to point out that you asked us to respond how we saw fit, which is what we did. To clarify: Being a disability confident partner means that the employer supports the scheme and we provide them with support and advice to become more disability confident, such as: Join our LinkedIn community and take part in the discussion. Share information, good practice and articles on disability employment mattersActively encourage other businesses to support the campaign -particularly amongst their networks or supply chainOffer a disabled person a work placementHost Disability Confident eventsAllow us to publicise their support of the campaign on Gov.uk.Registering interest means that once we have made improvements to the scheme we will provide the employer with details and they will be able to engage should they choose to. Have a good weekend.***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 1.03pmThanks… FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 12.50pmHi JohnApologies for any distress caused we do try our best to get answers to your questions within your deadline. ***** did provide a response yesterday – which you were not satisfied with. He has been working all morning on your follow up email.Please use the response provided yesterday. In your earlier email, you had asked us to comment on your draft how we saw fit – which we have done – rather than provide answers to specific questions.You also asked for a contact for private office re an interview at party conference. Please email ***** she is actually on leave at the moment but am sure she will pick up with you when she’s back.Kind regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 12.13pmThanks *****, but my deadline was actually yesterday. My final deadline ie when the stories are sent out, does not change. I always send my stories out between noon and 1pm on Thursday. ***** knows that (or should do).Can I point out – yet again, to DWP press office – that I have a mental health condition, and this constant running over deadlines and causing extreme stress with last minute responses puts my continuing fragile health at risk. I shouldn’t have to keep telling this to DWP – the home of Disability Confident.Best wishes,John FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 5.03pm*****You haven’t explained the difference between registering interest (which doesn’t seem to impose any obligations) and becoming a partner (which I’m guessing does) which I asked yesterday evening.And you still haven’t engaged at all with the information I sent across to you about the DC partners. Can you tell me please whether DWP is disappointed with the figures that I emailed across to you?Clearly just asking you to respond to some clear information is not enough, and I have to treat you all like children and make it very, very clear exactly what the question is, otherwise you will find a way to avoid responding to it in a sensible way.Just so disappointing. And causing all of us extra work, when I thought civil servants were supposed to be understaffed and overworked.Is this really why you became a civil servant, *****?I’ll wait to hear from you, again, *****.Best wishes,Johncenter_img FROM DNS TO DWP: 3/6/16, 10.08amWhat is unacceptable, *****, is your office using every ploy you possibly can to avoid responding to a perfectly valid request for a comment on the very low numbers of partners signed up to Disability Confident. I sent you details of my analysis of the organisation signed up as partners, and ***** responded, way over deadline, with a two-line statement that did not mention any of the information I sent to him. How is that professional?If ***** is too ‘junior’ to deal with reasoned and reasonable criticism, then I suggest he is in the wrong job. How you can attempt to justify the response you your office has given me is beyond me. Are you seriously suggesting to me that when I am treated the way I have been this week by your press office, I should just suck it up and not respond? This is really, really disappointing, but I’m not going to allow the DWP press office to yet again get under my skin and cause this to escalate.I will ask you both, yet again, to respond to the points I made yesterday by 2pm today.I suspect I will have to say in my follow-up that DWP, despite repeated attempts, has refused/avoided commenting and explaining why the numbers are so ridiculously low, but I will at least give you a chance to do your job properly and respond to the figures I emailed you about Disability Confident partners.I’ll wait to hear from you.John FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 4.23pmHi JohnHere’s a statement for your follow up: “We are currently looking at whether any further improvements can be made to Disability Confident. All of our partners, as well as the 569 employers who have already registered interest through Gov.UK, will receive details of any potential changes in due course.”We’ll be happy to keep you updated as and when we can. Best wishes,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 2/6/16, 6.14pm*****I’m still waiting for you to respond to the information I sent across to you about the DC partners. Can you tell me please what DWP’s reaction is to the information I emailed across to you, and whether you are disappointed with them and why. Please respond to each of the criticisms included in the information ie please produce a comment in response to every paragraph I emailed you. Because of your previous failure to respond sensibly, I have pasted the paragraphs below, helpfully numbering each paragraph. Please respond to each paragraph ie paragraphs numbered 1 through 6.1 The government has signed up only about 40 mainstream private sector employers to its flagship Disability Confident employment scheme in nearly three years since it was launched by the prime minister, new figures reveal.2 An analysis by Disability News Service shows that – with the exception of 15 law firms, and recruitment, welfare-to-work and employment specialists, which would be expected to have an interest in the subject – the government appears to have persuaded just 25 non-disability-related companies to sign up to its national scheme, and one of those is a tiny café in Cornwall.3 Fresh analysis of the partners signed up to Disability Confident shows that of the 126 organisations, nearly half – an estimated 55 – are focused on representing or working on behalf of or for disabled people, such as Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People, Mencap and Disability Rights UK.4 Another 18 are public sector organisations, while there are also three quangos, a sports governing body and two social enterprises, but only about 40 mainstream private sector companies.5 Those 40 include major employers such as Airbus, Asda, Honda, Balfour Beatty, Barclays, Fujitsu, National Grid, Taylor Wimpey and Sainsbury’s… and the Cornish Maid Café in Falmouth, Cornwall.6 The analysis suggests that the efforts of successive ministers for disabled people – Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper and Justin Tomlinson – have failed to persuade more than a tiny minority of businesses across the country to take the scheme seriously.Yes, I asked you to respond to the information, assuming that you would do so in a way befitting of a very well-paid civil servant ie that you would take a reasoned and sensible view of what I was looking for. Obviously I won’t do that again. Hence the above.I’ll wait to hear from you (again).John This is a blog which I shouldn’t have to write, but which I think demonstrates just how desperate the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has become to avoid admitting uncomfortable truths about its policies and performance.I believe this is an issue that raises important questions about the impartiality of the Civil Service under the current government, and the right of journalists to receive straight, clear, non-evasive answers to questions that are put to government press officers, particularly those within the DWP.It’s something I’ve been meaning to write for a while, and while DWP is by no means the only government department that is guilty of this, it is by far the worst offender.Yesterday, Disability News Service published a news story which showed that successive ministers for disabled people had signed up only about 40 mainstream private sector employers to their flagship Disability Confident employment scheme in the three years since it was launched.The story was based on an analysis by Disability News Service (DNS) of a list that appears on the Office for Disability Issues website.That analysis shows that – with the exception of 15 law firms, and recruitment, welfare-to-work and employment specialists, which often have a financial interest in disability issues – the government seems to have persuaded just 26 non-disability-related private sector organisations to sign up to its national scheme, and one of those is a small café in Cornwall.Because I like to give DWP a chance to respond to potential stories whenever I can – it’s the responsible and professional thing to do as a journalist – I approached the press office by email in the early hours of Tuesday for a comment on my analysis.What happened over the following three or so days does – in my opinion – raise serious questions about how the DWP press office has been allowed to operate over the last six years. They were evasive, refused to respond to the points I asked them to comment on, and over-ran the agreed deadline, all of which has become standard practice (on deadlines, if they don’t over-run, the comments will arrive minutes before they expire).Personally, I don’t blame the individual press officers. My gut feeling is that they are following orders, and have been told that if they don’t follow those orders, they will be disciplined. Of course, that doesn’t completely excuse them.Here is how my communications with DWP’s press office progressed over those three days. The email exchange is included in full, minus the names of the individual press officers (it is a matter of convention that journalists do not name government press officers).I suspect not many people will want to wade through the entire email exchange but I thought it was important to publish it in full – if only for my own satisfaction – as I believe it highlights the problems myself and other journalists are facing in dealing with DWP. I would be grateful for any feedback. Perhaps I’m over-reacting, but I don’t think so… FROM DWP TO DNS: 2/6/16, 11.39amHi John***** is chasing up for you now. We weren’t aware you needed something by 12:03pm. As always, we will try to come back to you as soon as possible.Kind regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 31/5/2016, 00.13amHi *****/*****Hope you both had a good bank holiday.I’ve been amusing myself by analysing the organisations that have signed up as partners to Disability Confident. I’m afraid the numbers do not look good. I thought the best thing would be for me to email you the relevant bits of a rough draft of where the story is at the moment (see below), and then you can comment as you see fit, rather than me asking you particular questions.Would be grateful for a comment from the minister if possible, please, or from DWP if he’s on a beach somewhere. My deadline is 2pm Wednesday. Please let me know if that will not be possible.Also, could you please let me have the email address for the person I need to liaise with in the minister’s office re a possible interview at party conference? I know he won’t do one, but I have to ask anyway.Best wishes,JohnThe government has signed up only about 40 mainstream private sector employers to its flagship Disability Confident employment scheme in nearly three years since it was launched by the prime minister, new figures reveal.An analysis by Disability News Service shows that – with the exception of 15 law firms, and recruitment, welfare-to-work and employment specialists, which would be expected to have an interest in the subject – the government appears to have persuaded just 25 non-disability-related companies to sign up to its national scheme, and one of those is a tiny café in Cornwall.Fresh analysis of the partners signed up to Disability Confident shows that of the 126 organisations, nearly half – an estimated 55 – are focused on representing or working on behalf of or for disabled people, such as Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People, Mencap and Disability Rights UK.Another 18 are public sector organisations, while there are also three quangos, a sports governing body and two social enterprises, but only about 40 mainstream private sector companies.Those 40 include major employers such as Airbus, Asda, Honda, Balfour Beatty, Barclays, Fujitsu, National Grid, Taylor Wimpey and Sainsbury’s… and the Cornish Maid Café in Falmouth, Cornwall.The analysis suggests that the efforts of successive ministers for disabled people – Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper and Justin Tomlinson – have failed to persuade more than a tiny minority of businesses across the country to take the scheme seriously. FROM DWP TO DNS: 3/6/16, 9.07amJohn,It is completely unacceptable and inappropriate for you to converse with ***** in this way. Frankly I’m surprised that a journalist of your standing would resort to making personal insults to a junior member of staff who is simply doing a job on behalf of the Department. If you had wanted answers to specific questions, you should have emailed them across when you first contacted us. As I recall, you asked the Department to respond in a way that we saw fit, which we did. Please provide a new deadline for the questions you have asked below.Regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 1/6/16, 2.39pmThanks, *****, appreciate the update… FROM DWP TO DNS: 31/5/16, 10.29amHi JohnThanks for the enquiry, we’ll get back to you tomorrow. Best***** FROM DWP TO DNS: 3/6/16, 10.32amJohn,I’m afraid we’re going to have to draw a line under this one. We won’t be providing you a further statement on this issue.Regards,***** FROM DNS TO DWP: 3/6/16, 11.06amI think I’m probably going to have to blog on this later, because I don’t think this has been dealt with acceptably by your office. I will not be using the names of any press officers, though.bwJohnlast_img read more

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A group launched last year to represent people wit

first_imgA group launched last year to represent people with learning difficulties across England has been scrapped and replaced by a non-user-led organisation that will be partly controlled by service-providers.People First England (PFE) was set up last year by Gary Bourlet, who founded Britain’s first People First self-advocacy organisation in London in 1984 and fellow disabled activist Kaliya Franklin.They joined forces in a bid to set up the first national user-led organisation for people with learning difficulties to cover just England, which they hoped would develop into an umbrella organisation for self-advocacy groups across the country.In the first few weeks of the project they raised nearly £30,000, but it later struggled to raise further funds and they have now been forced into a merger that will leave people with learning difficulties in a minority on the new organisation’s board.At the time of its launch, concerns were raised by other self-advocacy campaigners that PFE’s plans to work closely with families, carers and groups not led by disabled people could eventually see it become a non-user-led organisation that would have more in common with service-provider charities like Mencap.A year on, some disabled activists fear that those concerns have been born out.PFE has now merged with the charity the Housing and Support Alliance – which had been supporting PFE – to create Learning Disability England (LDE), which was launched at the House of Lords this week.Instead of LDE being run by disabled people, power will instead be shared between “people with learning disabilities, families and friends, and organisations”, with a nine-strong board having three family representatives, three people from disability organisations and three self-advocates.LDE is likely to replace campaigning work previously done by the Learning Disability Alliance – which itself was made up of service-providers, the National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities and the National Valuing Families Forum – and the Learning Disability Coalition, which had a similar make-up to the alliance.But concerns have been raised that LDE’s funders include a string of organisations that earn money by providing services to people with learning difficulties, including Care Management Group, Brandon Trust, Advance Housing and Support, United Response and MacIntyre.Andrew Lee, director of policy and campaigns at People First Self-Advocacy, who raised concerns last year about PFE, said he was “very worried” about the new organisation and “not surprised that my concerns have actually become a reality”.He said he feared that LDE would lead to the voices of people with learning difficulties being “sidelined”, while he was also concerned about the risk of “tokenism”.He said: “Unless people with learning difficulties are in complete control of an organisation, then their voices will always be pushed aside.“I am very worried that the voices of people with learning difficulties are being trampled on in such a way.“Obviously the views of family members, although they are important, are not the actual views of people with learning difficulties.“They will always be different because people with learning difficulties will be saying, ‘I want choice and control, I want to live on my own, I want to get married, I want to have children and have aspiration,’ but they are being told, ‘you can’t,’ or ‘you can, with conditions’.”He said the creation of LDE highlighted the need for genuine, properly-funded self-advocacy organisations.Lee said he heard only last week that another local People First organisation had lost its funding, which he said came “at the very time when we need a strong voice”.LDE said that its immediate priorities would be to develop projects to support people with learning difficulties to speak to the media, and to be more involved in the political process, something PFE had focused on.It will also bring together “experts in various fields to help make policy stronger and effective”, work with a “network of academics to strengthen the effect of research”, set up a “fighting fund” to “help people challenge prejudice and discrimination”, and provide members with advice and support.Bourlet (pictured) told Disability News Service that there had not been enough funding to continue with PFE.Asked about replacing a user-led organisation with one that was partly controlled by the big service-provider organisations, which make money by providing services to people with learning difficulties, he said: “We are stuck in a hard place and people have to understand that money does not grow on trees.“They put the biggest amount of money in, but it doesn’t mean they will have the majority voting.”He said that the new organisation was about “all coming together” and “strength in numbers”.He said: “There are lots of good self-advocacy organisations and others saying the right things but it is easy to ignore because they are all doing it individually.“A lot of these local groups have been too wrapped up in getting local funding from local authorities.”He said there had been a mixed reaction to LDE from other self-advocates and self-advocacy groups.Bourlet said: “Some self-advocacy groups think you shouldn’t mix with families and professionals because families and professionals sometimes speak for us. Many self-advocates liked the idea that we had strength in numbers.”He said he hoped that PFE might be resurrected one day when there was more funding, and that they would look again at the idea in three years’ time.Bourlet said earlier in a statement that the new organisation would be “steered by people, families and organisations”.He said: “We are creating this now because for far too long services have been bad and self-advocates are tired of fighting a lone battle.“By coming together we can fight for better changes in our lives.”He added: “We are not equal in our society. If you have a learning disability, you’re more likely to die at a younger age than a non-disabled person.“Learning Disability England will bring people together to fight all these bad things that are happening and to campaign for the rights of people with learning disabilities and their families”.The disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell spoke at the LDE launch event, and offered her support to the new organisation.She said: “For too long, people with learning disabilities have been consistently let down, sometimes at great cost.“The time is right for the voice of people with learning disabilities to be heard loud and clear.”After DNS asked her afterwards about concerns with the change from PFE to LDE, she said she had been impressed by the number of people with learning difficulties with enthusiasm for self-advocacy at the LDE launch event.But she said that most of what she knew about LDE was what she had learned at the launch, and she would now “have a good look” at the new organisation and how it was run.last_img read more

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The disabled chair of the organisation that will m

first_imgThe disabled chair of the organisation that will manage Britain’s team at September’s Paralympic Games in Brazil has explained how it plans to use their sporting performances in Rio and beyond to “inspire a better world for disabled people”.Tim Reddish, who himself has five Paralympic swimming medals, was talking to Disability News Service (DNS) after the publication of Inspiring Excellence, the British Paralympic Association’s (BPA) new strategic plan.The five-year plan will take the organisation – which prepares, selects and manages the ParalympicsGB team – through the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020, and it outlines BPA’s “vision, mission, values, strategic priorities, organisational structure and planning”.The aim, as was with the previous plan, is to “deliver real and lasting change in society through the inspirational impact of Paralympic athletes on the field of play”.But Reddish suggested that the strategy was more about showing how similar the athletes are to the viewing public than setting them up as inspirational “Superhumans”.He said he hoped that the performances of Paralympic athletes would demonstrate that they are “first and foremost human beings”.He said: “Yes, they may be seen as role models, but take that athletic performance away and they are still human beings with some kind of impairment that stops them doing things the same as someone who is non-disabled.”The hope, he said, is that non-disabled people will be more likely to “engage” with disabled people after watching the medal-winning exploits of Britain’s Paralympians, something that he says he has experienced himself as a blind person when out in public in recent years.Reddish said he could not understand the suggestion by many disabled activists that Channel 4’s new We’re The Superhumans advert (pictured), promoting the broadcaster’s upcoming coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympics – with its “Yes I Can” message – could have unintended consequences by suggesting that disabled people do not need support and do not face barriers in society and only need to try harder to succeed in life.He said: “It’s to get people to watch the Paralympic Games on Channel 4, that’s the primary objective.“I don’t think it’s doing anything more than that or anything less.”Reddish said he accepted that disabled people need support, but when asked whether BPA could speak out on rights issues and emphasise that the team’s athletes and other disabled people also rely on government support and services, he said: “We can’t do everything for everybody, and our primary focus and objective is to prepare and take the team to the games.“We can’t take that away. It’s like saying to Nissan: ‘We want you to start making Vauxhalls.’”Even so, the strategic plan says BPA’s status as a National Paralympic Committee gives it “a mandate to engage in the development of both sport and disability policy at a domestic level”, but Reddish says it is too early to say what those disability policies might be.BPA’s previous plan, published in 2012, spoke of engaging more closely with non-sports disability groups, but Reddish said this area was still “new ground for us”, although it had “started developing a relationship” with the disability charity Scope.The new plan again speaks of seeking to “build relationships across the wider disability community in the UK and understand how their broader agenda can positively be served by the Paralympics without distracting us from our core purpose or losing sight of our primary role within the sporting landscape”.Reddish said: “I wouldn’t say it’s been slow-moving but it has been about laying the foundation.“We haven’t engaged with every disability rights group. We don’t have the capacity and that’s not our job, our job is sport.”But he added: “I don’t think we managed to get to as many areas as some people or [we] would have liked to have done.”The BPA plan points to results from the latest Sport England Active People survey, which showed that fewer than one in five (17 per cent) disabled people were playing sport at least once a week, but it fails to mention that this has fallen by one percentage point since 2011-12.Reddish said: “If the figures are accurate then I am disappointed that we have not got more people with an impairment getting physically active.”He said he did not know why the figures had fallen but he was confident that disability sports governing bodies “do everything they can with the resources that they have”.Reddish also defended BPA’s decision earlier this year to link up with Cadbury, which released a special edition of its chocolate mini eggs to raise money for the ParalympicsGB team at Rio.He said: “It’s about a partnership, it’s not just about the money.“There’s no evidence to say that because BPA and ParalympicsGB are involved that more people are eating more chocolate.”He said the company wanted to be “part of what we are trying to achieve, inspiring through sport”, and to help BPA inspire more people to be physically active, “not to sell more bars of chocolate”, while he said Cadbury’s staff were also raising money for the team.Asked why there was no reference in the strategic plan to the need to increase the number of disabled staff working for BPA or the number of disabled people on its board – following a DNS survey which found just one disabled board member out of nine, and just three disabled people among its 33 paid staff – he said: “I would love to see more and more people with an impairment on our board and other boards.“I want to see them come through and I want them to have the skills, knowledge and experience, but there’s no automatic entry anywhere just because they are a disabled person because that’s not fair to the organisation, and it’s not fair to the athletes.“It’s about having the best people in the right place at the right time.”He added: “I was elected as chairman not because of my impairment but because I was the most appropriate person the membership looked at to move the organisation forward over a period of time.“To get more people on the board with an impairment, we have got to give them the opportunities to learn the trade.“I would encourage our membership to identify people with an impairment suitable to be nominated and then they get voted on at the election meeting next year.”Looking ahead to Rio, he said the ParalympicsGB team would be “prepared well” and that he was sure the athletes would “deliver on the field of play”.He said he was “optimistic” that the team could achieve the target of winning one more medal than at the home games of London 2012, something that had never been done before by a host nation in the next Paralympic Games.But he said he was curious to see how much impact the much-praised London 2012 Paralympic Games has had on Brazil.He said: “I think we have to take London 2012 at the moment, until we have experienced Rio, as a bit of an outlier, in a positive way, because not everybody in every nation around the world will be the same as what we did in London.”And he warned that there could be “some teething problems” for Paralympians because Rio would be putting on the Olympic Games and then transforming its facilities to host the Paralympics.He contrasted that with London 2012, which had asked “What do we need for the Paralympic Games?” and had then worked backwards from there, avoiding such a difficult transition between the end of the Olympics and the beginning of the Paralympics.But he said: “I am sure they will be ready. There are always teething problems at every single Paralympic Games and our athletes are used to it and will go with the flow.”last_img read more

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Legacy of slavery still impacts education in the South

first_imgAddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduLegacy of slavery still impacts education in the SouthHOUSTON — (June 22, 2015) — Slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago, but its effects are still felt today in K-12 education in the South, according to a new Rice University study, “How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American South.”Courtesy Rice University/ThinkStockPhotos.com“Our results suggest that the legacy of slavery contributes to black-white education disparities through greater public-private school racial segregation,” said Heather O’Connell, co-author and postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.Using regression analysis to explain differences in the degree of attendance disparities across most counties in the South, researchers found a correlation between historical geographic slave concentration and modern day K-12 school segregation. An increase in slave concentration is related to greater underrepresentation of white students in public schools.Overall, the proportion of black students in a county who are enrolled in public schools is an average of 17 percent higher than white students. But that gap in public school attendance is even larger where slaves were more heavily concentrated, increasing by just over 1 percentage point with every 10 percentage-point increase in slave concentration.Soon after slavery was abolished, the former slaves quickly organized schools, according to the study. However, white resistance was substantial. Several other separation tactics were employed along the way, but the construction of private schools was the most recent action taken to maintain a segregated school system.“As blacks began to enter the local white public schools, private schools cropped up seemingly overnight,” the researchers said.Private schools are important for explaining contemporary school segregation. The study found that having more private schools in a county is related to a greater underrepresentation of white students in public schools. But this relationship doesn’t explain why slavery still matters for public-private school segregation.Heather O’Connell photo courtesy Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityThe researchers found the same is true when considering another important county characteristic — the relative size of the black population. Generally speaking, a larger concentration of black students is related to increased separation of white students. The findings of this study support this “white flight” argument, but add another dimension.“Whites are increasingly not enrolled in public schools in counties with higher black concentrations and are instead increasingly enrolled in private schools,” the researchers said. But O’Connell said that the role of black population concentration plays out primarily in states where slavery was most strongly rooted.The study found that the black population concentration relationship only holds in the original Confederate States, or Deep South: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas.Even with this added dimension, the researchers were unable to identify tangible county characteristics that explain why slave concentration from 1860 is related to contemporary school enrollment patterns. The relationship is complex, but the authors urge greater attention to how slavery relates to contemporary racial disparities.“Understanding the role of our slavery history provides insight into the structural foundations supporting this segregation, which might be valuable to efforts to reverse dangerous trends in school resegregation that have been increasing across the South over the last few decades,” O’Connell said.The study, published in the American Sociological Association’s journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, was co-authored by Robert Reece, a doctoral candidate at Duke University. Funding for the study was provided by Rice’s Kinder Institute and the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.The researchers used data from the 1860 Census, 2006–2010 American Community Survey and the National Center for Education Statistics Private School Universe Survey, 2007–2008.For more information or to schedule an interview with O’Connell, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or david@rice.edu.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.last_img read more

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Apple Partner Files for Bankruptcy

first_img GT Advanced Technologies Inc, a partner with Apple Inc in a sapphire glass plant in Arizona, said it had filed for voluntary bankruptcy protection.Shares of the company fell more than 90 percent to 96 cents after a trading halt was lifted on the Nasdaq.The company suffered a major setback last month when its scratch-resistant sapphire glass was left out of Apple’s new large-screen iPhones.”It would appear that something very fundamentally broke down in the relationship between Apple and GT Advanced,” Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov said in an email.Up to Friday’s close, GT Advanced shares had slumped 36 percent since Sept. 9 when Apple unveiled its latest iPhones.GT Advanced , whose subsidiaries also filed for bankruptcy, said it had $85 million of cash as of Sept. 29.The company listed assets and liabilities in excess of $1 billion in its Chapter 11 petition.The company, which filed for bankruptcy in a U.S. bankruptcy court in the District of New Hampshire, said it was seeking debtor-in-possession financing to get access to additional funds.GT Advanced said it expected the court to authorize it to continue to conduct business as usual while it reorganized.The company’s shares had more than doubled in the nine months between last month’s unveiling of the new iphones and Nov. 4, when the Arizona plan was first announced.The stock traded as high as $20.54 in early July.(Reporting by Swetha Gopinath in Bangalore; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila) Next Article Register Now » Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Bankruptcy Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue October 6, 2014 –shares Apple Partner Files for Bankruptcylast_img read more

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New AI system designed to assist scientists in cancerrelated discoveries

first_img Source:https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/ai-system-may-accelerate-search-for-cancer-discoveries Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 27 2018Searching through the mountains of published cancer research could be made easier for scientists, thanks to a new AI system.The system, called LION LBD and developed by computer scientists and cancer researchers at the University of Cambridge, has been designed to assist scientists in the search for cancer-related discoveries. It is the first literature-based discovery system aimed at supporting cancer research. The results are reported in the journal Bioinformatics.Global cancer research attracts massive amounts of funding worldwide, and the scientific literature is now so huge that researchers are struggling to keep up with it: critical hypothesis-generating evidence is now often discovered long after it was published.Cancer is a complex class of diseases that are not completely understood and are the second-leading cause of death worldwide. Cancer development involves changes in numerous chemical and biochemical molecules, reactions and pathways, and cancer research is being conducted across a wide variety of scientific fields, which have variability in the way that they describe similar concepts.”As a cancer researcher, even if you knew what you were looking for, there are literally thousands of papers appearing every day,” said Professor Anna Korhonen, Co-Director of Cambridge’s Language Technology Lab who led the development of LION LBD in collaboration with Dr Masashi Narita at Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and Professor Ulla Stenius at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. “LION LBD uses AI to help scientists keep up-to-date with published discoveries in their field, but could also help them make new discoveries by combining what is already known in the literature by making connections between sources that may appear to be unrelated.”Related StoriesStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskThe ‘LBD’ in LION LBD stands for Literature-Based Discovery, a concept developed in the 1980s which seeks to make new discoveries by combing pieces of information from disconnected sources. The key idea behind the original version of LBD is that concepts that are never explicitly linked in the literature may be indirectly linked through intermediate concepts.The design of the LION LBD system allows real-time search to discover indirect associations between entities in a database of tens of millions of publications while preserving the ability of users to explore each mention in its original context.”For example, you may know that a cancer drug affects the behaviour of a certain pathway, but with LION LBD, you may find that a drug developed for a totally different disease affects the same pathway,” said Korhonen.LION LBD is the first system developed specifically for the needs of cancer research. It has a particular focus on the molecular biology of cancer and uses state-of-the-art machine learning and natural language processing techniques, in order to detect references to the hallmarks of cancer in the text. Evaluations of the system have demonstrated its ability to identify undiscovered links and to rank relevant concepts highly among potential connections.The system is built using open data, open source and open standards, and is available as an interactive web-based interface or a programmable API.The researchers are currently working on extending the scope of LION-LBD to include further concepts and relations. They are also working closely with cancer researchers to help and improve the technology for end users.last_img read more

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Common tool to assess potential adoptive parents lags behind societal changes

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 12 2019A UBC researcher says a tool to assess potential adoptive parents does not meet the needs of lesbian, gay or gender minority adults.Sarah Dow-Fleisner, a professor in the UBC Okanagan’s School of Social Work, worked with Boston Children’s Hospital postdoctoral fellow Adeline Wyman Battalen and David Brodzinsky, professor emeritus at Rutgers University, to test the validity of the commonly-used Transracial Adoptive Parenting Scale (TAPS).TAPS, which has 29 items, is a measure of empathy and understanding on issues such as discrimination, prejudice and cultural competence and is traditionally used to evaluate the readiness of becoming a parent through transracial adoption. Depending on where potential adoptive parents land on the TAPS scale, practitioners can then provide support in specific areas.While TAPS is a commonly-accepted measure in clinical practice, Dow-Fleisner’s research says it misses the mark when it comes to sexual minority adoptive parents, specifically lesbian and gay parents.”These screening tools are meant to be able to assess the needs or areas where parents can use some support in terms of understanding what it means to adopt transracially, or perhaps a child with special needs or a child with a history of trauma,” she explains.Screening tools do generally work, she says, but her research has determined that TAPS is not accurate enough to determine what type of support sexual minority parents might need once they adopt a child. Her research shows the majority of lesbian or gay couples, about 60 per cent, adopt cross-racially–where at least one parent is a different race than the child.”As a scale it’s not sensitive enough. It’s generally reliable, but we wanted to test how valid is it across certain groups,” she says. “It’s as if you were to weight a person with a scale that only measures tonnes. You will get an accurate weight, but not the most precise or useful weight.”Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyOlympus launches next-generation X Line objectives for clinical, research applicationsHaving accurate screening tools matters, she says, since sexual minority parents are more likely to adopt a child from the child welfare system, and that child often comes with a variety of special needs.”Our hope is for sufficient screening tools and continued research to help reduce discrimination against prospective sexual and gender minority parents looking to adopt,” says Wyman Battalen. In 2015 there were about 30,000 children in the Canadian child welfare system legally eligible for adoption. However, many of those children will age out of the system before they are adopted. Aging out, explains Dow-Fleisner, can lead to an increased risk for homelessness, substance use, poor academic performance and suicide.”Yet we have parents who are ready, willing and able to adopt,” she adds. “The screening tools we currently use have lagged behind the people we are serving. We need to develop a tool that measures adequately across all groups of parents.”Their research involved 737 heterosexual, 102 lesbian and 64 gay adoptive parents from the Modern Adoptive Families Study.”Sexual minority parents’ experiences in dealing with societal heteronormativity may lend itself to greater ease of entering a dialogue about race, discrimination, and cultural pride,” Dow-Fleisner suggests. “Yet, the screening tools we use have lagged behind the people we are serving and we need to develop a scale that is sensitive to the strengths and needs of sexual minority parents.” Source:https://ok.ubc.ca/last_img read more

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Hear this Apple said to have new higherend AirPods in the works

first_img Explore further Since we can never hear enough about the next big thing Apple might have in store, here’s something that could be music to your ears. Or, rather, music in your ears.You’ve probably seen people walking around with Apple’s AirPods sticking our of their ears and wondered how someone doesn’t just lose the wireless earbuds. And at $159 a pair, losing a set of AirPods would be a pricey and frustrating accident.Well, if you were just getting used to the thought of paying $159 for AirPods, get ready for that price to go up.Citing “people familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg reported that Apple is preparing to roll out a higher-end version of AirPods in 2019 that will come with noise-cancellation technology, the capability to work away from iPhones and iPads at longer ranges than current AirPods, and which will be water-resistant to rain and a person’s perspiration.Apple will also unveil a revamped version of its current AirPods that will support features such as hands-free activation of the company’s Siri voice-assistant technology, according to Bloomberg.As Apple historically holds an event in September to show off upgrades to its line of iPhones, it’s possible Apple could use that event to give a preview of whatever plans it has for its AirPods and other music-listening products.Apple is also said to be preparing to put out a set of high-end, over-the-ear-headphones that will have the Apple brand and be marketed as an option to Apple’s line of Beats headphones, and is said to be preparing to put on sale an upgraded version of its HomePod home speaker. ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. 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. Citation: Hear this: Apple said to have new, higher-end AirPods in the works (2018, June 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-apple-higher-end-airpods.html Apple says it needs more time before new ear buds are readylast_img read more

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Analyzing patterns helps students spot deceptive media

first_img As such, educators have called for a new approach to teach students how to analyze digital media and some tech and media organizations are getting involved. Education policy-makers have added new media modules to recently revamped curricula that aims to help students become better-informed and critical future citizens. But the questions explored in public school media units are also important for people of all ages to consider. Recent studies have shown all demographics of people are susceptible to being deceived. Showing students how to determine source credibility, and to analyze tone, bias and motive, is a great way to help them with their media literacy. Another helpful way to teach students to think critically about media is to teach them to examine media formats and media patterns. What exactly does that mean and how do patterns work to manipulate viewers? Patterns structure our expectationsPeople have become familiar with, and expect, specific patterns within specific genres of media. Canadian communications theorist Marshall McLuhan famously argued that “the medium is the message:” the media format or genre (including its patterns), can influence people’s thoughts and beliefs. Each genre has a unique set of characteristics —for example, a haiku poem’s three lines have a particular number of syllables (five, seven, five). The genre of documentary film often includes suspenseful music, interviews with specialists and recorded footage or re-enactments. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Or consider the television news broadcast: there are often two anchors, and the colours blue, red and white are seen alongside an animated globe or map. Citation: Analyzing patterns helps students spot deceptive media (2019, February 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-patterns-students-deceptivemedia.html Patterns associated with news: red, blue, white and a globe. Credit: www.shutterstock.com 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. Provided by The Conversationcenter_img All demographics of people are suceptible to being deceived. Credit: www.shutterstock.com With the current pervasive use of online media for personal and academic reasons, it’s necessary for students to have skills to confidently filter and decipher what they’re reading. Social media use linked to lack of sleep in students Even the news music itself has a common pattern. The “Six O’Clock Soundtrack” episode of the podcast Every Little Thing by Gimlet Media documented how news music is a global genre, and is difficult to create. Yet news music composers from Israel, India, England and the U.S. all agree news music has three common patterns: The music starts by grabbing the attention of the viewer, and is usually quite catchy.The rhythm is constant, which often provides a feeling of reliability for the viewer. The tone of the music conveys a sense of urgency and importance, but at the same time, allows the viewer to feel things are still under control. The music, while tense, still provides a safe and authoritative feeling.In my research, I have found that specific media forms and patterns can impact viewers’ understanding of important issues. Further, I have begun exploring how the success of deceptive media relies on manipulating viewers’ understanding of patterns. “Deceptive media” encompasses all forms of media that persuades or dupes, including fake news in all its possible formats (for example, print or video or other electronic content). For example: Hollywood films can easily mimic such iconic aural or visual patterns of news to create a representation of reality which almost instantaneously invites particular viewer expectations. A movie like Anchorman is funny because it creates a satirical story based on viewers’ existing knowledge of news. Producers of deceptive media use such representational patterning techniques to deliberately stimulate the viewer’s expectation that they are delivering factually-based news—even when they’re not. Patterns plus personal experiencesIn some instances, drawing upon people’s expectations of patterns in particular media formats, plus their lived experiences can make deception possible. For example, Orson Welles’s The War of the Worlds radio play, an adaptation of H.G. Wells’s book broadcast by CBS on Oct. 30, 1938 mimics an interruption of a radio broadcast: it starts with information about the weather, and later plays ballroom music, which is then abruptly interrupted by the events of an alien invasion of Earth. The opening of Welles’s play actually explained to listeners that the broadcast is an adaptation of H.G. Wells’s novel. Yet there were instances when some listeners believed the broadcast to be true.Media scholars Jefferson Pooley and Michael J. Socolow have determined most of the so-called hysteria was exaggerated. Researchers have found it was immediately fuelled by some newspaper journalists’ efforts to discredit broadcast media; later, the event’s legacy was amplified by a questionable academic study on psychological panic. Still, because Welles followed the representational patterns of a radio broadcast, and drew upon people’s realities of surviving WWI and being on the brink of WWII, Welles’s broadcast successfully convinced at least a portion of his audience the events were authentic. Considerations for the classroomA number of online resources offer ways for educators to help students detect deceptive media. Some provide checklists of characteristics to explore. PBS offers lesson plans on teaching students about fake news. Such resources may be helpful, but coaching students to consider patterns in genre, and to look for representational patterns is also relevant. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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40 countries agree cars must have automatic braking

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Forty countries led by Japan and the European Union—but not the U.S. or China—have agreed to require new cars and light commercial vehicles to be equipped with automated braking systems starting as soon as next year, a U.N. agency said Tuesday.center_img Uber resumes testing for autonomous cars in ‘manual mode’ The regulation will require all vehicles sold to come equipped with the technology by which sensors monitor how close a pedestrian or object might be. The system can trigger the brakes automatically if a collision is deemed imminent and if the driver doesn’t appear set to respond in time.The measure will apply to vehicles at “low speeds”: 60 kilometers per hour (42 mph) or less, and only affects new cars sold in the markets of signatory countries—so vehicle owners won’t be required to retrofit their cars and trucks already on the roads today.The regulation will start taking effect next year first in Japan, where 4 million cars and light commercial vehicles were sold in 2018, said Jean Rodriguez, the spokesman for the agency, called United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, or UNECE. The European Union, and some of its closest neighbors, is expected to follow suit in 2022.The United States, China and India are members of the U.N. forum that adopted the new regulations. However, they did not take part in the negotiations because they want to ensure that their national regulations keep precedence over U.N. rules when it comes to the auto industry.UNECE says the countries that agreed to the deal want to be more pro-active in fighting roadway accidents, particularly in urban settings where obstacles like pedestrians, scooters, bicycles and other cars in close proximity abound. The agency pointed to more than 9,500 roadway deaths in the EU in 2016, and EU Commission estimates that the braking systems could help save over 1,000 lives a year in the bloc.Apparently wary that the regulations might be seen as a step toward giving artificial intelligence precedence over humans, the drafters put in clear language in their resolution: A driver can take control and override these automated braking systems at any time, such as through “a steering action or an accelerator kick-down.”UNECE says the new rules build on existing U.N. rules on the braking system for trucks and buses, mainly for safety in higher-speed motorway conditions. Citation: 40 countries agree cars must have automatic braking (2019, February 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-countries-cars-automatic.htmllast_img read more

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