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Art Green, No. 2 JUCO Recruit For 2020, Announces His Commitment

first_imga field view of tennessee's neyland stadiumKNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the inside of Neyland Stadium during a game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)It didn’t take long for Art Green to decide where he’ll play college football. Following his first visit as a JUCO recruit this past weekend, the four-star cornerback quickly announced his commitment.247Sports lists Green as the No. 2 JUCO recruit from his class. Over the course of his recruitment process, he received over 20 scholarship offers.The talented defensive back was in Knoxville on Saturday to visit the Tennessee Volunteers. Clearly he left the campus impressed with the football program.Jeremy Pruitt and his coaching staff were greeted with great news this week, as Green announced his commitment to Tennessee.Green revealed his decision to join the Volunteers on Twitter, saying “The school of my choosing is a school that will help me grow on the field, but also off the field. At this time, I would like to announce that I am 100% committed to the University of Tennessee.”Check out his full announcement:Go Vols!!!🍊⛰ @CoachOsovet @DansleyAnsley @CoachJPruitt— Art Green (@A_JR20) May 13, 2019Tennessee currently has seven commits for the 2020 class, which ranks No. 22 in the country.Even though Green did commit to Tennessee, the four-star recruit admit that he might visit Georgia and Florida. However, his recent commitment to the Volunteers could entice him to shut the door on those two SEC powerhouses.last_img read more

QuickSketch murder victims found in northern British Columbia

first_imgTwo bodies believed to be British Columbia murder suspects who were the focus of a massive manhunt have been in northern Manitoba.Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C., were facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of a 64-year-old man. The RCMP have said McLeod and Schmegelsky were also suspects in the shooting deaths of American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler.Here is a look at the three homicide victims:CHYNNA DEESEThe 24-year-old from Charlotte, N.C., was travelling in Canada with her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, when she died.An online obituary about her says she is survived by her mother, father and seven siblings.“Chynna was a loving free spirit who travelled the world; she had a genuine passion for the well-being of all people,” her obituary reads.“She always had a positive outlook on life and she unfailingly brought joy to all that came in contact with her.”A private celebration of her life was July 27 in North Carolina.LUCAS FOWLERThe father of the 23-year-old from Sydney, Australia, has said his son was having the time of his life and the family was overjoyed when he met Deese.Chief Insp. Stephen Fowler of the New South Wales Police Force told media last month that their deaths marked a tragic end to a love story.His father said his son had saved up his money after working in Sydney so he could travel to B.C. and join Deese there.“Our son Lucas was having the time of his life travelling the world,” Stephen Fowler said. “He met a beautiful young lady and they teamed up, were a great pair and they fell in love.”LEONARD DYCKThe 64-year-old University of British Columbia lecturer, affectionately known as Len, has been described as someone who loved his work.Patrick Martone, a professor in UBC’s botany department, said last month that Dyck’s gruff exterior belied a natural curiosity and enthusiasm.“His passion for learning about bizarre and beautiful organisms that few people ever get to see inspired our students to feel that same passion and awe,” Martone said.Dyck began working for the university as a sessional lecturer in 2003 and completed his PhD the next year.His behind-the-scenes efforts in the department, his field collections and his work with students in the classroom make him irreplaceable, Matrone said.“He held his cards close to his chest, but as soon as you realized how much passion he had for his work, he was so much fun and a joy to be around.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadians paying down debt at quicker pace report shows

TORONTO — Fewer Canadians are letting their debt repayments lapse for more than three months compared with a year ago, according to a report out today by credit monitoring firm Equifax Canada.The study found that the percentage of unpaid non-mortgage debt classified as going into 90-day delinquency settled at a moderate 1.2% in the first quarter of this year, a slight increase from 1.19% from the fourth quarter.There seems to be more financial control by the consumers and by the banking and financial institutionsBut Nadim Abdo, Equifax’s vice-president of consulting solutions, says this rate was markedly lower compared with 1.39% in the first quarter of 2012.Equifax said Canadian non-mortgage debt totalled $500.8 billion during the period.That was up from $497 billion in the same period in 2012.In the past, Equifax studies have shown that consumers tend to take out more loans, and do not pay them back as quickly, during a volatile economy or periods of high unemployment.“There seems to be more financial control by the consumers and by the banking and financial institutions,” said Abdo.“This is a very positive story. It shows a lot of financial control. People are not kind of going crazy spending when they shouldn’t be spending, which is the general idea of what it should be.”Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney have warned repeatedly about the dangers of high household debt and the consequences when interest rates eventually start to rise.Economists have suggested that high household debt and a cooling housing market will hold back the Canadian economy. read more

Canadian dollar loses further ground on changing interest rate expectations

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar loses further ground on changing interest rate expectations TORONTO – The Canadian dollar sold off for a third day Friday amid data showing that inflation is even more tame than expected, leaving the Bank of Canada plenty of room to delay any interest rate hike.The currency went as low as 99 cents US before closing down 0.36 of a cent at 99.35 cents US. Still, that was its lowest close since early August 2012 as Statistics Canada said that the annual inflation rate was 0.8 per cent in December, the same as in November.On a month-to-month basis, consumer prices dipped 0.6 per cent from November, more than economists expected. Prices on a number of key items fell in December from the previous month, including gasoline, automobiles and clothing.The dollar has been under pressure since the Bank of Canada indicated Wednesday that it will be slower to raise interest rates than had been expected because of economic weakness.The dollar has been supported in recent months partly on sentiment that the central bank might hike rates later this year. The low inflation suggests interest-seeking investors will have to wait longer for the central bank to move.Higher rates tend to attract investors and push up the currency.“The low, low inflation result will simply put additional near-term downward pressure on an already sagging Canadian dollar as it pounds home the rather obvious point that the BoC is going nowhere fast,” said BMO Capital Markets deputy chief economist Douglas Porter.Meanwhile, prices for oil and metals declined as the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dipped seven cents to US$95.88 a barrel.February gold bullion on the Nymex declined $13.30 to US$1,656.60 an ounce while March copper was two cents lower at US$3.65 a pound. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 25, 2013 4:31 pm MDT read more

Stockmarket simulator generates funds for charity

A Brock student business club is banking on a big return for charity through a virtual stock-market challenge.The Brock Finance and Investment Group (BFIG) will be hosting its second annual Investment Challenge for Charity, an online trading competition to benefit needy children in Niagara. It runs from Feb. 28 to April 8.The competition’s purpose is twofold, club president Eric Hubacheck said.“We aim to provide the opportunity for individuals to learn how to properly invest their money while spurring a fun and friendly competition that preserves the underlying integrity of our mission – helping children in the Niagara community,” he said.This is an online, real world stock market simulation where students, professors and industry professionals from across Canada demonstrate their investing abilities through six weeks of active investing.In exchange for $20, each participant will be given $100,000 fantasy money to invest in the stock market as they see fit.There will be six weekly prizes for largest portfolio value growth. There will be five grand cash prizes for the top five finishers as of April 8 at 4 p.m. for overall portfolio value. These prize amounts will be determined on the eve of the competition.Sixty per cent of the proceeds will be donated to BFIG’s Children’s Fund with the Niagara Community Foundation.How to register:Fill in and submit all information with BFIG by clicking this via cheque, cash or PayPal.Following payment confirmation, you will receive a link in your email inbox.Click the link, and create your very own StockTrak Account with a username and password.For more information, visit BFIG’s Facebook page or its website. read more

Fan fury as Phil Collins tickets sell out in 15 seconds only

first_imgGutted about not getting tickets for my dad to see #PhilCollins 🙁 but tonnes of tickets on the resale site for £800… how is this fair?— Becki (@becki_dixon) October 21, 2016 Phil Collins fans have been left furious after his new tour sold out in moments – and they were officially redirect to websites offering tickets for thousands of pounds.Tickets for Collins’ much-publicised “coming out of retirement” tour sold out in just 15 seconds, according to promoters.The Ticketmaster website told unlucky fans there were no longer seats available, advising they instead visit resale website Get Me In where they were being re-sold for up to £2,200.A message on the website said “many fans are shopping and some may have let their tickets go”, advising people to go to their own sister website to search for re-sales. The tickets had originally been offered for between £55 and £175 plus booking fee, for dates in June next year.VIP packages, which cost up to £420, were still available.Irate Phil Collins-lovers called the system a “disgrace”, arguing real fans were being exploited by touts who snapped up tickets only to sell them on.One said: “Thanks to all the people profiteering from Phil Collins tickets. For some of us it was the chance of a lifetime and now we’re priced out.”Another said: “Real fans get screwed again!” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. @EllenMaryO The forward sale of tickets, either by unauthorised agencies or by individuals is not illegal for this type of entertainment.— Royal Albert Hall (@RoyalAlbertHall) October 21, 2016 One of the official ticket websites Jesus, Phil Collins tickets now selling for up to a thousand pounds each. He must’ve seen them coming (in the air tonight)— Steve Edge (@sirsteveedge) October 21, 2016center_img The Royal Albert Hall spent the morning trying to help members of the public, conceding there is little they can do in the face of members of the public determined to sell their tickets on through websites.After one Twitter user lamented seeing tickets immediately on sale for high prices, their official service replied to say: “We share your frustration in this.”A member of staff pointed out the forward sale of tickets was “not illegal”, insisting tout-preventing policies were set by the promoter and producer of each show rather than the venue.“Unfortunately some people buy tickets to resell them,” they said. “This breaks our T&Cs.” Thanks to all the people profiteering from Phil Collins tickets. For some of us it was the chance of a lifetime and now we’re priced out.— StevenNott (@StevenNott) October 21, 2016 One of the official ticket websites Announced just days ago, the Not Dead Yet tour will see Collins play five dates at the Royal Albert Hall. In an interview on Radio 2, Collins confessed the venue had been booked by his team several years ago, just in case he “felt like” coming out of retirement.  @lisadcfckeates We share your frustration in this.— Royal Albert Hall (@RoyalAlbertHall) October 21, 2016last_img read more

Man dies in police chase in Liverpool

first_imgThe police watchdog is investigating after a man died when the car in which he was a passenger crashed as it was being pursued by officers on Christmas Day.The passenger in the BMW, a man in his 30s, died in hospital after the car hit a bus stop on the junction of Prescot Road and Bell Street in Old Swan, Liverpool at about 4.35am.Merseyside Police said the driver, a man, was arrested at the scene.A spokeswoman said: “Work is ongoing to confirm the identity of the male and inform his next of kin.”The incident has been referred to the IPCC.” Forces must refer cases that involve a death after police contact to the watchdog.An IPCC spokeswoman said: “We were notified of a fatal road traffic incident in Liverpool this morning by Merseyside Police.”We have begun an independent investigation as initial information suggests the collision was preceded by a short police pursuit.”We have deployed an investigator to the scene and police post incident procedures.”Roads were closed and drivers were advised to avoid the area while crash scene investigators scoured the wreckage.The force appealed for witnesses. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

GERMANY 2017 – DAY 7 Spain VS France

← Previous Story GUADALAJARA: FC Barcelona Lassa end winning series after 133 matches! Next Story → GERMANY 2017: Romania win Group A – Rasmussen’s Hungary sent Poland home! Day 7 at Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany brings matches in Group A and Group B. Derby match of the Day will be clash between Spain and France afterwards will be much clearer situation at the TOP of the Group.GROUP A14.00, Paraguay – Slovenia18.00, Romania – Angola20.30, Spain – FranceGROUP B14.00, Poland – Hungary18.00, Sweden – Argentina20.30, Czech Republic – NorwayPHOTO: IHF Women’s World Championship 2017 read more

Digital Drive Top 10 Volkswagen Golf TDI

first_imgIf you rack up the highway miles, a diesel-engine car is the way to go, since most hybrids are optimized for city driving. If total cost of ownership is as important as fuel economy, your best choice is the diesel-powered 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI, rated at 42 mpg highway, 30 mpg city. The TDI, unlike gas-engine Golfs, comes standard with Bluetooth and iPod adapters that ease those long trips.The Golf benefitted greatly from a 2010 redesign (see sibling Golf GTI review). Interior fit and finish are edging closer to that of the Audi A3, which also offers an excellent turbodiesel engine version and a name that will impress your friends even more. But it’s also $5,000 more than a comparable Golf diesel. The Golf saves you more money because the options are relatively cheap and you won’t splurge on leather seats since cloth is the only choice. You can take home a two-door Golf TDI with six-speed manual with navigation system for about $24,000 list. Navigation only has a five-inch screen but the price is only $590; both are about as low as it gets for built-in navi. Add $1,100 for the automated manual Double Shift Gearbox (DSG) that marries the best features of a manaul gearbox (efficiency) and automatic (no clutch). For some drivers, there’s a mystique to driving a German car, even the least expensive models, that can’t be duplicated by anyone else. 2010 Digital Drive Top Cars Chevrolet Volt – Car of the Year Audi A8BMW 5 Series & BMW 7 SeriesBuick LaCrosseFord EdgeHonda OdysseyHyundai ElantraHyundai SonataNissan LeafVolkswagen GolfDigital Drive 2010 Honorable MentionDigital Drive Technology of the Year: MyFord Touchlast_img read more

Geek deals Getflix lifetime video streaming VPN subscription for 39

first_imgEver run into location restrictions when trying to stream your favorite video services in other countries? Getflix is an easy solution for that problem! With this smart little VPN service, you can watch all of your favorite content even if it’s being geo-restricted.• Getflix lifetime video streaming VPN subscription on Stack Social for $39 (List price: $855)There are other VPNs that aim to help with streaming services, but they can make your entire surfing experience worse by routing all of your traffic through the VPN server. Getflix is designed to only pass the streaming content through the VPN server, so checking your mail or reading social media won’t slow everything to a crawl.You’ll get access to over 50 VPN nodes, so you can find the fastest server for your location. It works with most modern devices, and you don’t even need to install custom software. Even better, you’ll also have access to an optional full VPN/SmartVPN solution to encrypt all of your browsing.Is your preferred content distributed only over BitTorrent? Fear not, select servers on Getflix are optimized to allow for peer-to-peer connections. Just connect to a supported server, and start downloading your videos in a snap. This is perfect for those of us dealing with BitTorrent blocks or throttles on our networks. While Getflix is usually priced at $3.95 per month, you can get a whole lifetime subscription for just $39 when you take advantage of this deal on Stack Social. Note: Streaming services not included. Terms and conditions apply. See the Stack Social and Getflix websites for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Amanda Davis Is Getting More Women Of Color Behind The Mixing Board

first_img Amanda Davis Helps Women Get Behind The Mixer amanda-davis-getting-more-women-color-behind-mixing-board Janelle Monáe’s Front of House engineer spoke to the Recording Academy about the way she’s helping women as young as 16 pursue engineering, working with Monáe, why mentorship is so important to her and moreJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 11, 2019 – 2:33 pm Amanda Davis is on a mission to get women of color behind the mixing board. As the Front of House engineer (FOH) for GRAMMY-nominated superstar musician Janelle Monáe, she’s helped deliver the best sonic experiences at live shows across the world. And the Memphis native isn’t done there; She’s currently also the FOH and production manager for GRAMMY-winning rising star Ella Mai. But Davis didn’t always know live sound was the path she wanted to go down in the music industry; even when she did, she maneuvered the road with little guidance. Thanks to her strong faith and some risk-taking, she’s become a powerhouse engineer who has Tegan and Sara, Jidenna, Wale and more under her FOH repertoire. Now established and knowing the challenges women of color face, she wants to help pave the way for female engineers through a production program called LineCheck! (While all women are welcome to apply, Davis targets women of color as she says they face a particular lack of opportunity in the field.)Davis spoke to the Recording Academy about the way she’s helping young women become engineers through her program and how they can get involved, how she began her career, working with Monáe and why mentorship is so important to her.  Tell me about yourself, where did you grow up? When did your interest in music begin?I was born and grew up in Memphis, Tenn. That alone is the best inclination as to where/when my interest in music began. The soul of Memphis is music. I honestly have no idea when/where the interest in music began because that’s all I know. I think I started piano lessons when I was between three and five years old. By the time I was in middle school I realized I could sing and started to focus on that until I was about 23, had a real come to Jesus moment with myself (laughs) and concluded that I didn’t want to sing anymore. I still wanted and needed to be involved in music. So I took a leap of faith and went to audio school. Put in the time, participated in multiple internships and hustled my butt off in Atlanta. Through many trials and errors, here I am six years into a career. How did you begin working with music?I first started working as a lab tech at SAE Institute. Then I started teaching music theory there. While doing that I was working as a FOH at a church and different clubs around the Atlanta area.  When did you realize you wanted to be an engineer?It kind of happened organically. I was just trying to find my way through the industry and where I belonged. Becoming an engineer was something I really started focusing on once I was almost done with my time at SAE.  How did you begin working with Janelle Monáe?My friend, Jeff Cohran, who’s also Janelle’s tour & production manager, called me and explained that Janelle expressed wanting a woman as her FOH. I immediately sent my resume, mind you, I had never toured at this point in my career so the resume wasn’t really that long (laughs) and the rest is history.   Email Twitter Facebook center_img Amanda Davis Is Getting More Women Of Color Behind The Mixing Board News Fondest memory in the studio so far?My second to last internship I got to work with producer Dru Castro. He produced a couple of my favorite songs on an India.Airie album.Talk to me about the LineCheck! Women In Production program you have going on, what is it?LineCheck! is a program I initiated to have a small group of young ladies shadow me during sound checks while I’m on tour. These are young ladies who are pursuing and/or interested in live concert production. Whether that be live sound, tour management, production management, production assisting. It’s to give exposure to this side of things and show them that these positions are viable careers to pursue. I show them stage set up, how I build my show files, explain load ins and load outs, etc. They sometimes even get the chance to speak with other women who are on tour with me in the aforementioned positions. How did this idea come about and what do you hope participants get out of it?When I got the call to go out on tour with Janelle I realized I had no one to call to ask how to do this. I didn’t know how much I should get paid, how to advance, how to build an input list, tune a room….nothing! I had one person I called on, but it wasn’t a woman and he hadn’t really toured on this level, so, unfortunately, I was really winging it! (laughs) So as I grew as a woman and engineer, I realized that I wanted to help those coming along after me so they wouldn’t feel alone and as uneducated as I did starting out on this journey. There are a lot of things I wish someone told me that I just had to learn the hard way. No need for others to go through that way, right?!  Who is eligible and how can they get involved?Any young lady 16 years of age and above are welcomed! I will be completely transparent and say I particularly extend this offer to women of color, simply because that demographic is usually deprived of exposure to these types of opportunities, but all are welcome! Email to inquire about dates. RELATED: Put Your Dreams To Work: 5 Ways To Land Your Ideal Music JobWhy is this kind of mentorship work important to you? Viola Davis said something at the 2017 Emmys I will never forget, I’m abbreviating a bit but she said, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity”. I’ll add exposure to that. These young ladies simply don’t know that this career path is even an option for them, I didn’t! I want to do my part to let them know this is an option…there aren’t any limits! What’s the greatest lesson the industry has taught you so far?Trust God, then yourself.  What is your advice for young women that want to pursue engineering?Don’t limit yourself to one sector of engineering. There are sooooo many opportunities from mixing live, studio tracking, RF coordinator, patch person, post-production mixing. Much more! It’s really endless. Try it all and see what you organically gravitate towards the most. What projects are you working on now?I’m currently on tour with Ella Mai as Production Manager and Front of House engineer. About to go into heavy touring with my time split between Ella and Janelle. Women In The Recording Studio: Overdubbing History From Her PerspectiveRead morelast_img read more

Reddit is down for some users

first_img 1 Reddit I guess you don’t see this every day 🙁 Good luck recovering guys, my thoughts are with your 💪 #Redditdown— Elier Delgado (@elier) May 28, 2019 Downdetector, which monitors website outages, has seen a large spike in reports as of 6:00 p.m. PT. At this stage, the error is limited to desktop users and does not appear to affect Reddit’s app or mobile site. At time of writing, we are still seeing the “service unavailable” message when accessing on desktop. Some users are reporting access via Microsoft Edge but not Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.As of 8 p.m PT, services appear to have been restored.Reddit did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Share your voice Oh no. Reddit Reddit has been experiencing intermittent outages since Monday, May 27. The social media behemoth notified users it was investigating an issue at 6:01 p.m. PT on Monday night following reports of “elevated error rates”. Roughly 20 minutes later, the Reddit status site confirmed it had implemented a fix and was “monitoring the results.” center_img Comment Tags Online Investigating: We are currently investigating this issue.— reddit status (@redditstatus) May 28, 2019last_img read more

Akshaya Tritiya 2019 Significance date timings All you need to know

first_imgFor representational purposesReuters/Leonhard FoegeAkshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej, falls on the third lunar day of the waxing moon, according to the Indian Vaishakha. In 2019, Akshaya Tritiya will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 7.On this day, many believe that Parusharam, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, was born on Akshaya Tritiya. It is also believed that the sage Ved Vyas began writing the Mahabharat on this day.On Akshaya Tritiya, Hindu households worship the Goddess Lakshmi. They buy cars, houses, and invest in new ventures. Many also buy gold on Akshaya Tritiya believing that the purchase of the jewellery would keep the Goddess happy. One of the reasons to buy gold is to make sure that there are jewellery two months before the Sharavana month which is a favourable time for engagements and marriages. For those not buying gold, who may bring a photo of Goddess Lakshmi’s feet and do a puja for them. Brahmins are advised to donate pots, food, sugar, ghee, for the happiness of their ancestors. Here are some Akshaya Tritiya wishes you can share with your loved ones on an auspicious daySanskrit Word Akshaya means one that never diminishes. May this day of Akshaya Tritiya bring you good luck and success which never diminishes. Happy Akshaya Tritiya.Buying gold is a popular activity on Akshaya Tritiya as it is the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity Gold and gold jewellery bought and worn on this day signify never diminishing good fortune. Happy Akshaya Tritiya.Akshaya Tritiya is a very sacred and auspicious day. There is a belief that valuables bought on this special day will bring prosperity, luck and success. So purchase gold of your wish. Happy Akshaya Tritiya.May Lord bless you on this auspicious day of Akshaya Trithiya, and May it be a new beginning of greater prosperity, success and happiness. Greetings on Akshaya Trithiya.last_img read more

Bangladeshi survivor recalls Tunisia boat capsize

first_imgA survivor of a boat carrying migrants that sunk in the Mediterranean during the night of 9 and 10 May rests at a shelter in the Tunisian coastal city of Zarzis on 11 May, 2019. Photo: AFPA Bangladeshi farmer watched dozens drown beside him in the Mediterranean before “God sent us the fishermen”, who saved him from the cold waters and took him to Tunisia.Ahmed Bilal was one of 16 survivors of the shipwreck, in which an estimated 60 people died on Friday while trying to reach Italy.”I can’t stop myself crying,” said Bilal, who lost two younger relatives in the accident, from a Red Crescent emergency centre in the southern Tunisian coastal town of Zarzis.The 30-year-old said he began his journey to Europe six months ago, flying with three others to Dubai and onwards to Istanbul in Turkey.From there they took another flight to the Libyan capital Tripoli, Bilal said, where they joined around 80 other Bangladeshis and were held in a room in western Libya for three months.”I already thought I would die in Libya,” he said. “We had food only once a day, sometimes less. There was one toilet for 80 people. We could not wash — only our teeth — and we were crying, begging for food.”Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) estimates 6,000 migrants in Libya are being detained “in conditions that generally fall well below international standards”. Survivors of a boat carrying migrants that sunk in the Mediterranean during the night of 9 and 10 May, gather at a shelter in the Tunisian coastal city of Zarzis on 11 May, 2019. Photo: AFPThe situation has worsened since eastern commander Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to take Tripoli last month, with more than 450 people killed due to fighting linked to that military campaign, according to the World Health Organization.- ‘I have nothing now’ -Bilal had no idea what he would face when he embarked on the journey from Bangladesh’s Sylhet region, where he had seen villagers with relatives in Europe live a better life.After his family sold their land, the father of two paid a Bangladeshi smuggler nicknamed “Good Luck” around $7,000 (6,230 euros) to arrange the trip.”He said we would have a better life and we believed him. I am sure most of the people he sends die on the way”, said Bilal.He and the other migrants left northwestern Libya on a large boat, before being transferred to a smaller one.Manzour Mohammed Metwella, an Egyptian who was on board, said the boat “started to sink almost immediately.””We swam all night,” said the 21-year-old.Survivors said all the passengers were men, with 51 from Bangladesh, three Egyptians, several Moroccans, Chadians and other Africans.After seeing people drown in front of his eyes, Bilal said he “was losing hope myself, but God sent us the fishermen who saved us.”The fishermen were able to rescue 14 Bangladeshis, one Moroccan, and the Egyptian Metwella.”If the Tunisian fishermen hadn’t seen them, there wouldn’t have been any survivors and we would have never known about this” boat sinking, said Mongi Slim from the Red Crescent.The survivors now have 60 days to decide whether to return home, seek asylum through the United Nations refugee agency, or try their luck in Tunisia.But there is no asylum law in Tunisia and residents are already facing high unemployment and overstretched public services.”We lost so much, I have nothing now,” said Bilal, admitting he still wants to reach Europe to earn money.”But I don’t want to go on the sea like this again, I am done with this risk.”Humanitarian organisations have faced hostility from governments for running rescue missions in the Mediterranean.last_img read more

Texas Hospitals Are Adopting New Routines To Curb Maternal Deaths

first_imgGABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTDell Seton adopted protocols to reduce opioid overdoses among new moms.Two-thirds of Texas hospitals offering maternity services are taking part in a statewide initiative aimed at reducing maternal mortality.Texas health officials this week kicked off a project called “TexasAIM,” an effort to get hospitals to use a set of protocols referred to as “safety bundles.” The goal is to standardize how doctors in Texas deal with pregnant women who are at risk of common complications during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth.The state plans to tackle hemorrhage, hypertension and opioid abuse first. All three are among the leading causes of maternal deaths in the state.“Our goal is to have as many hospitals participate that want to participate,” says Dr. Manda Hall, the associate commissioner for community health improvement at the Texas Department of State Health Services.So far, Hall says, 168 hospitals have joined TexasAIM – that’s out of the 242 hospitals in the state that offer maternity services.“We know that there is an opportunity here to really make a difference here in Texas as it relates to maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity,” she says. “So, we are very happy to see the number of hospitals that are here today and participating.”During a meeting in Austin on Monday, hospital leaders from across the state met to discuss how they plan to implement the protocols and what it would look like in their own hospitals.“What it looks like in one hospital may look different in another hospital and that’s OK,” Hall says.That’s especially true because some hospitals already have been using these safety bundles.“We didn’t wait for TexasAIM to come along,” says Dr. John Harkins, a professor at UT Austin’s Dell Medical School and physician with Seton hospitals. “We’ve had these because it is evidence-based, and being an academic teaching center, we were able to get these up and running.”And Harkins says he’s already seeing results.“From my own experience, these things work great,” he says. “They save lives.”A lot of what doctors do is repetitive, Harkins says, and these safety bundles create yet another routine – but this one is backed by science.“Physicians at times are loathe to adopt standardization,” he says. “And you hear things like that, ‘You know, well, each patient you have to treat it like an art, and they are all different’ and that kind of stuff. But in certain things, it’s not an art; it is a science.”Harkins also says there are examples out there in the world of strict routines being safer.“Airline pilots go through the exact same protocols and checklists every single time they land a plane,” he says. “They do the exact same thing every time because they know that that is the safest way to get things done.”Texas health officials say there is evidence that creating protocols in hospitals has curbed maternal deaths in other states. For instance, one of the big drivers behind California’s effort to reduce maternal mortality rates was using new protocols in hospitals. In just four years, the state cut its rate by half. Sharelast_img read more

Ancient shrimp monster not so fierce after all

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. Explore further Anomalocaris was a meter-long shrimp-like creature with lobed wings that lived around 500 million years ago. It is often illustrated in the act of devouring trilobites or other shelled animals, and has been dubbed the first “super predator” because of its supposed ability to swoop down and attack trilobites on the sea bed.Researchers from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, led by paleontologist James “Whitey” Hagadorn, reconstructed the mouth parts of Anomalocaris by examining 400 fossils and selecting the best specimens and feeding their data into a 3D computer model. They also reconstructed 12 groups of trilobites of various kinds, modeling their shell strength on modern day lobster and crab shells. Hagadorn said the group tried to model the full range of shapes and sizes of prey and predator mouth parts.The computer model enabled them to test how much force the animal could generate with its bite. The results showed Anomalocaris’ armored mouth parts would break before adult trilobite shells did, the feelers were inflexible, and their mouths could not fully close. The fossils also suggested the teeth were actually flexible protrusions and the mouth parts were able to fold, which would not have been possible if their mouth parts were hard.Hagadorn said there was also no positive evidence of trilobite or other crushed shells within fossil feces or gut contents, and no evidence of the broken or chipped mouth parts that would be expected in a shell-crunching predator. The findings of the research suggest it was extremely unlikely Anomalocaris could have eaten most trilobites.Trilobite fossils have been found that appear to have scars or bite marks resembling Anomalocaris’ bite, but Hagadorn suggested the creatures possibly “ingested things and then spit them out,” but did not eat the trilobites.Hagadorn said the most likely diet of Anomalocaris was similar to that of modern arthropods such as crabs, lobsters and shrimps, which mostly eat soft items such as worms in the mud or microorganisms or plankton in the water. It could have eaten very small trilobites and recently molted trilobites whose new shells had not yet hardened, but the vast majority of trilobites would have broken Anomalocaris’ mouth parts.He stressed there is no positive evidence of Anomalocaris’ diet, but said this is not surprising because in the fossil record “mushed-up” worms, phytoplankton or snails are “all going to look like mush.”The results of the research were presented on 1 November at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, Colorado. ( — A Cambrian sea creature, Anomalocaris Canadensis, had long been thought to be a fearsome predator of trilobites, equipped as it was with barbed feelers and an armor-plated mouth, but new research suggests it was incapable of eating adult trilobites and probably survived by dining on “mush.” © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img First great predator not much of one at all Citation: Ancient shrimp monster not so fierce after all (2010, November 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Anomalocaris canadensis, the top predator from the middle Cambrian Burgess Shale of British Columbia, pencil drawing, digital coloring. The “tail fins” in this reconstruction should be placed ventrally (on top of the organism), and not at the rear as illustrated. Image: Nobu Tamura, via Wikipedia.last_img read more

Old Japanese Monks Went on Solitary Boat Voyages to Paradise – Never

first_imgThe practice of fudaraku tokai (meaning “the crossing of the sea to Fudaraku”) had all the trappings of a funeral: an elderly monk, usually sealed up in his ship like a coffin — the walls and roof hammered shut with nails — atop a small single-sailed boat with no rudder and oars to steer with. Watching him go, his friends and family wept as he disappeared over the horizon. The monk was alive and he was a volunteer, but he hadn’t chosen to die — he had chosen to be reborn.Between the 10th and 16th centuries, aged monks sailed out in small single-sailed boats in the hope of arriving at the island of Fudaraku, the southern paradise of Kannon (known as Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit), the bodhisattva of compassion. In Buddhism, a bodhisattva is someone who has attained enlightenment but has delayed his or her entry to nirvana in order to share their teachings with others.Kumano Nachi MandalaThose who undertook the journey were usually close to the end. Upon reaching Kannon’s realm, which is called Potalaka in Sanskrit, the monk would be reborn into this new world as an immortal.They spent their journey in prayer, and perhaps in terror as the reality of their situation hit them, with only 30-days of food and a single lantern to bring them comfort.Once the food ran out, they pulled a plug in the hull and as the fatal torrent of water poured in, the monk and his vessel sunk beneath the waves towards the afterlife.Japanese buddhist monk by Arashiyama.Although rooted in Buddhism, fudaraku tokai is a product of the collision of cultures and religions in the region, weaving elements of Taoism and native Japanese folklore to create a tradition unique to Japan.As a nation of islands on the edge of East Asia, it’s inevitable for Japanese Buddhists that the journey to another world is a journey across the water — as opposed to a journey upwards into the heavens, or downwards beneath the earth as is common in the rest of Buddhism.The Fengxian cave (c. 675 AD) of the Longmen Grottoes, commissioned by Wu Zetian; the large, central Buddha is representative of the Vairocana. Photo by G41rn8 CC BY-SA 4.0Fudaraku tokai was closely linked to Fudarakusan Temple, or Fudarakusan-ji, at the town of Nachi (now part of the larger urban area of Nachikatsuura) on the southeastern coast of Honshū, Japan’s largest island.It was the heartland of the Kannon cult and of the 36 recorded acts of fudaraku tokai, 26 of them took place at Nachi. It was customary for the temple’s abbot to undertake the voyage when he reached the age of 61.Fudarakusan-ji. Photo by 663highland CC BY SA 2.5A 12th century diary written by the nobleman Fujiwara no Yorinaga details a conversation with an eyewitness to the act of fudaraku tokai, who reveals the level of prayer and preparation involved in this voyage to the southern paradise:“There was a lone monk who wished to travel to Mount Fudaraku in his present body. He carved a statue of the Thousand-Armed Kannon, held the helm of a small boat, and for three years prayed that he might be able to travel to Mount Fudaraku. Having completed this, for seven days he performed practices designed to bring about wind and the great northern winds blew. With pleasure, he boarded his boat and faced south.”Detailed illustration of the coffin ship.The monks took with them offerings from the local community, and in doing so cleansed their souls and guaranteed their health and happiness. Donations funded the constructions of the boats and the carvings of elaborate shrines to decorate them. A common inscription explained their motives: “Peace in this world, birth in a good realm in the afterlife.”There was a dark side to all of this, though. There’s an account of Konkōbō, the 16th century abbot of Fudarakusan Temple, who had a sinking feeling about his chances of finding this mythical island paradise.Fudaraku tokai ship. Photo by puffyjet CC BY SA 2.0As he was supposed to volunteer for it, the temple were initially unsure how to proceed when the abbot refused to submit to fudaraku tokai. Eventually, to restore the status quo and solve the problem, his assistants cut out the middleman and drowned their elderly leader.From the 15th century onwards, Japan was increasing visited by European merchants and explorers, and from the 16th century Jesuit missionaries began to cross the island to try and spread the gospel of Christ.While their success at converting Japan’s people from Buddhism and Shintoism to Christianity was limited, they did change the religious landscape in in one significant way.Read another story from us: The Hidden Underground Bodies of the Easter Island Head StatuesWith the arrival of these outsiders from distant lands, the idea of Japan as the absolute edge of the world with a mysterious island otherworld lurking somewhere to the south became increasingly hard to swallow. By the end of the 17th century, fudaraku tokai had died out.last_img read more

Study finds LGBTI people are 20 times more likely to be activists

first_imgThe study and activist movements‘The desire for social change, political activism, and sexual identities may all be related. Lesbians and gays generally contest heterosexism more than heterosexuals but we do not know how sexual identities sways participation in class, race, and gender based social movements,’ the study’s abstract reads.‘When analyzing the American National Election Surveys of 2012 (n = 3519), gays and lesbians were about twenty times more likely to join LGB justice campaigns than heterosexuals.’‘Moreover, the greater activism of gays and lesbians also crossed over to recent Occupy Wall Street, peace, and environmental mobilizations.’The study looked at the American National Election Surveys of 2012. This data features a representative sample of over 4,000 American adults. 4.5% of the respondents identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual (other sexualities and gender identities were not accounted for).Analyzing the dataLGB people are as much as 20 times more likely to participate in the LGB rights movement than straight people. Additionally, LGB people are 2-4 times more likely to partake in other causes such as environmentalism, the Occupy movement, feminism, and racial equality. LGB people are 20 times more likely to be part of activist movements than cishets A recent study published in the Science Direct journal found that LGBTI people are about 20 times more likely to be part of activist movements than cisgender and heterosexual people. LGB people are also less likely to get involved in conservative causes, the study finds. For example, the anti-abortion movement.‘A set of follow-up analyses revealed that the greater involvement of LGBs in the liberal social movements was not due to their gender, age, race, or education levels,’ writes Zhana Vrangalova for‘Instead, factors that mattered included queer folks’ greater endorsement of liberal ideologies and egalitarian values; their increased recognition of the continued existence of heterosexism, racism, and sexism in the U.S.; having had experienced more racial discrimination; and being more personally and emotionally embedded in the LGB community.’‘When all these factors were taken into consideration, LGB folks were just as likely as heterosexuals to have been involved in the peace, environmental, or labor movements,’ Vrangalova continues.Conclusion‘Yet, even after controlling for all of these variables, they remained significantly more likely to be involved in the LGB rights movement. This suggests that people’s LGB identity; the sense of belongingness it creates; and the structural, organizational, and interpersonal discrimination many nonheterosexual folks experience due to their sexual orientation, are unique drivers of LGB-rights activism in the U.S. above and beyond all of these other factors.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . No, bi people are not ‘appropriating gay culture’US gay, lesbian and bi troops twice as likely to be sexually assaulted than non-LGBsThe most surprising LGBTI stats and facts from around the worldRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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