People with HIV have been failed by the government

first_imgPeople with HIV have been failed by the government’s new disability benefit, according to new research.The research by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) found that only three-fifths of people living with HIV were found eligible for the new personal independence payment (PIP) after being reassessed.NAT says its research has confirmed long-standing fears that people with HIV would not receive the support they needed under PIP, which is supposed to help cover people’s extra disability-related costs.Its report shows that only three-fifths (63 per cent) of the 1,000 people with HIV who were previously receiving disability living allowance (DLA) and had been reassessed for PIP were awarded the new benefit.This compares with 73 per cent of all DLA claimants who had been reassessed and were awarded PIP, according to the figures, published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) last December.One charity that works with NAT, River House, described yesterday (Wednesday) how a 57-year-old man who was diagnosed last October with HIV and also had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, had been awarded zero points after a PIP assessment in April.An appeal to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – the so-called mandatory reconsideration stage – was refused in late June.By this time, his health had deteriorated even further and he was admitted to hospital, where he was diagnosed with untreatable lung cancer.He was due to receive DWP’s decision on a fresh PIP application this week, but died on Monday morning.Another River House service-user with HIV has described how he had to start using foodbanks after his PIP was suddenly stopped because he missed a renewal deadline by just two days after he was diagnosed with cancer.DWP refused to reconsider removing his PIP and he had to wait more than 16 weeks to be assessed again.He said: “From the moment that my PIP stopped, I lost the uplift in my ESA [employment and support allowance] that I received because I was now not receiving PIP.“While I waited to be assessed for PIP and again for ESA, I had to borrow small amounts of money from friends [and] organisations that support people living with HIV and I was a regular visitor to local food banks.”The NAT analysis also shows that people with HIV who had been claiming DLA were more likely (43 per cent) than the average DLA claimant (30 per cent) to see their level of support cut if they were awarded PIP after a reassessment.According to last December’s figures, only about 1,000 of the 7,920 people living with HIV who were claiming DLA at the start of the PIP rollout in 2013 – which itself was about 10 per cent of all those with HIV in the UK – had been reassessed.The charity says that not everyone living with HIV in the UK has benefitted equally from modern treatments – for example, long-term survivors and people diagnosed late – and some will have life-long health problems as a result of HIV. One study found that two-thirds of people living with HIV in the UK have at least one other condition, in addition to HIV, and 38 per cent have more than one additional condition.Deborah Gold, NAT’s chief executive, said: “The evidence so far is that PIP is not working for people living with HIV who need extra support.“The assessment is not fit for its stated purpose, to identify the disability-related barriers to participation and independence experienced by people living with HIV. “The tick-box eligibility criteria describe only the most basic aspects of existence, such as physical capacity to consume food and bathe, without any understanding of the social context of life with a serious long-term condition.”Among the charity’s many concerns about the assessment process are that it fails to accurately capture: the risk of isolation due to HIV-related anxiety; the need for support with nutrition; and the importance of adhering to HIV medication.Sarah Radcliffe, NAT’s director of policy and campaigns, said that the research – the first to be carried out into the impact of PIP on people with HIV – shows that the concerns raised when the abolition of working-age DLA was announced in 2010 were not baseless.She said the way the assessment was devised “means people living with HIV will not have their support needs identified – or where they are picked up, this will not necessarily translate to support”.And she said the social model “rhetoric” used by DWP when it introduced the new benefit – focussing on how social factors create barriers to participation for disabled people – “has not translated to reality for PIP”.Instead, she said, the PIP assessment “looks a lot like the work capability assessment’s notorious ‘tick box’ medical approach”.She added: “The descriptors used are proxies for a basic existence and not for barriers to participation or the extra costs associated with an active, independent life.“It is not too late to improve PIP for people living with HIV. The vast majority are yet to be reassessed.  “It is time to look again at PIP, from scratch, and make sure it lives up to its stated goals of promoting participation and independence.”A DWP spokeswoman said in a statement: “We introduced PIP to replace the outdated DLA system – it takes a much wider look at the way someone’s health condition or disability impacts them on a daily basis and is tailored to suit each individual’s needs.“Decisions are made following consideration of all the information provided by the claimant, including supporting evidence from their GP or medical specialist.“Under PIP, 28 per cent of claimants are now receiving the highest rate of support, compared to 15 per cent under DLA, and anyone who disagrees with a PIP decision has the right to appeal.”But DWP figures from last December also showed that fewer than half (about 126,000) of the 254,000 people previously receiving the higher rate mobility component of DLA secured the same level of mobility support when reassessed for PIP.And unpublished DWP figures obtained by DNS in March showed nearly half of disabled people subject to “planned reviews” of their eligibility for PIP were having their existing award either cut or removed completely.NAT has produced free resources on PIP for people living with HIV and the services who support themlast_img read more

New Amnesia Owner Expects Few Changes

first_imgWathen, who said he used to frequent the bar in the late 90s and early 2000s, offered assurance.“We don’t want to lose the feel of it, but we do want to clean it up,” said Wathen who assumed ownership at the beginning of August and has been operating under a temporary license.He plans to close Amnesia for a few weeks in November to repaint the interior, have an electrician update some wiring, update the beer tap system and maybe renovate the bar. And, as the owner of a beer store, he might be adding to the drink repertoire, but it won’t be PBRs and it won’t be Budweiser: “We’re not gonna put top 40s music on the stage, and we’re not gonna put crap on tap.”He does hope to have more music programming. With a freshly renegotiated lease that will last another ten years at a slightly below market rate, Wathen said the LLC isn’t under pressure to turn a big profit right away, so he hopes to start opening earlier and having acoustic sets in the late afternoon. He’s also hoping to more frequently dispense with cover charges.“We anticipate being a neighborhood spot, maybe one where you can come in earlier in the day,” Wathen said.That is, if the Entertainment Commission approves the license transfer, which is likely but still a hurdle that makes Wathen nervous. Should the Commission reject him, the bar closes. Since Magee’s departure, he’s already hired two new employees and is on the lookout for more, and he hopes everyone will be able to keep their jobs. Still, he’s hopeful —  but just in case,  he’s collected somewhere around 500 signatures on a petition to allow the transfer.“If Amnesia can’t retain its license then what can?” he asked, citing the lack of upstairs neighbors who could be unhappy and the bar’s clean safety record. “If it doesn’t pass, then music is dead in San Francisco.”Amnesia’s license transfer will be considered at 5:30 p.m. in room 416 of City Hall.  0% Tags: Amnesia Bar • night life Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img The Entertainment Commission will decide the fate of Amnesia tonight, when it considers allowing Craig Wathen, the owner of City Beer Store in SoMa, to take over Amnesia’s entertainment license from former owner Shawn Magee.Magee hand picked Wathen and his team, including Wathen’s wife Beth and two other investors, Lee Topar and Scot Plewacki, to take over Amnesia after his move to Mexico.Topar, Plewacki and Wathen met in SoMa, and formed the South of Market Boys LLC to handle the bar in a salute to a sort of community serving gang that was active in the neighborhood around the turn of the 20th century and after the 1906 earthquake.“We want to be a part of the San Francisco that has a soul,” Wathen said at a small meeting to address community questions or concerns about the bar’s new direction. It appears that little will change.  Regular Jeff Seiwald, one of two community members in attendance, wanted to make sure that the bar would still be serving his favorite beer, Death and Taxes. He also hoped that visitors might be encouraged to talk less during performances.last_img read more

NATHAN Brown is looking for more continuity in his

first_imgNATHAN Brown is looking for more continuity in his line up this weekend.Saints are set to take on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Jon Wilkin’s Testimonial on Sunday January 20 (3pm) with both sides wanting to hone their skills ahead of the big Super League kick off.“We made some improvements in key areas during the game against the Giants,” Nathan said, “but we know we have a fair bit of work to do.“We will look to reduce the number of players this week and some blokes who won’t get the chance to play will probably play Super League this season.“You’d like to give more an opportunity of a run out but it is good for continuity.”Saints are likely to have Josh Perry and Tony Puletua in Sunday’s line up but Adam Swift and Paul Clough have knocks.On the plus side, Gary Wheeler has recovered from illness and is also in contention.Brown continued: “Any team that wants to do well will need healthy competition in the squad. You also need a fair amount of luck with injury too. We’re lucky that we have older players who have been successful. They train well and compete hard. It’s hard to imagine them not playing unless injury or complacently costs them their position. It is a good example they set and they are doing well.“The kids have improved because of the experience of training with these older players. Josh Jones nailed his spot last season and has continued to develop.“Joe Greenwood has done the same too. He is a good young kid, trains hard and is a typical St Helens player as he understands where to play footy and where the space is. If he keeps learning and training he will do well.“I am comfortable with our squad but we need to keep our key players fit and healthy. If you get a number of injuries in a certain position then it can tell on you. We will need to stay healthy and get some young kids like Jones through too. He did a great job for us and if we get one or two of those each year then it helps bolster the squad.“Lance Hohaia is a unique player who is good in lots of positions. That is a real benefit for the team but probably detriment to Lance’s career. He has represented his country at 9 and 1, and played a Grand Final at 6. He is a handy player and there isn’t a team in Super League or the NRL that wouldn’t have him in their side. They couldn’t tell you what position to put him in, but they would all want him!”Tickets for Sunday’s match are now on sale and are priced at £20 adults and £10 concessions (Solarking South Stand allocated and unallocated), and £16/£8 for the Hattons Solicitors West Stand.Family ticket prices are £50 for two adults and two kids (seating) and £40 for two adults and two kids (standing).They are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comNathan reckons the Wildcats will provide a tough test.“They have really improved and can only be better with Justin Poore in the team. I coached him at St George and he is a good player. Danny Kirmond keeps improving and I think the captaincy has helped him do that.“Wakefield played some great footy at the back end of last season and I can only see them improving this year too.”last_img read more

NATHAN Brown was pleased Saints got their first pr

first_imgNATHAN Brown was pleased Saints got their first pre-season game under their belts as they recorded a 20-0 win over Batley on Friday night.His side ran in four tries to ease past the Championship outfit in appalling weather.“The conditions weren’t the best to give us the great game but it was good for us in so many ways,” he said. “They had a real dig and from a physical point of view it was good for the younger players to be in a game like that. Championship sides are always physical and that is what the guys needed.“We had some blokes coming back who haven’t played for a long time and kids who got to play on the back of another pre-season. We also had younger kids who haven’t played and got the chance to and older fellas who got a hit out too. It served a good purpose for us.“Mark Flanagan, Gary Wheeler and Ade Gardner all missed chunks of the season and handled themselves well too.”New scrum-half Luke Walsh missed the game as he rolled his ankle his training and that saw Jon Wilkin take up a familiar spot – after last season anyway – at half back.“Walshy would have played if it was a proper game,” Brown added. “Wilko played at 7 last year and knows what suits him and the team and he was comfortable. Of course, we would have liked to have played him in the position he will be in this year.“The likes of Jordan Hand, Carl Forster have had a good pre-season and have done better tonight than this time last year. I thought Josh Jones and Mark Percival went well too.“Josh is a competent player and whether he is in the centre or second row you know what you’re going to get. Percy has that bit of brilliance about him and is in much better physical shape than this time last year too.“We have a lot of players who can still play under 19s but some who can’t. We have the partnership with Rochdale and they will take some players as will Whitehaven too. Hopefully this year we have the problem that they are all fit and have to play.”Saints next pre-season match is James Roby’s Testimonial Match against Wigan on Friday January 31 (8pm).Sia Soliola, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Adam Swift are all likely to feature.You can buy tickets here.last_img read more

StHELENS RFC are delighted to have signed a si

first_imgSt.HELENS R.F.C. are delighted to have signed a significant partnership with sports apparel manufacturer O’Neills Sportswear.The First Utility Super League Champions have agreed a three-year deal to supply professional kit, trainingwear and leisurewear to the club.The partnership will see all playing and backroom staff wearing O’Neills Sportswear branded clothing and professional kit as well as a large range of retail wear made available for the club’s supporters.As official kit supplier O’Neills, whose motto is ‘The Choice of Champions’, will also refit the Saints Superstore at Langtree Park.Dave Hutchinson, Head of Sales and Marketing at Saints, said: “We are delighted to have entered into an agreement which such a forward thinking and customer focused company.“O’Neills are already well established in Rugby League and will offer flexibility and innovation to our retail offering.“Merchandising at a club level needs to be able to offer a variety of different products and promotions to our fans at different times during the season.“We are confident that our new partnership with O’Neills will keep the club superstore and online store full of new ranges that our fans will enjoy throughout the year.“We have some exciting plans for our partnership which we will be announcing in the coming weeks.”O’Neills Irish International Sports Co. Ltd. was founded in 1918 by Charles O’Neills as a manufacturer of Gaelic Footballs and it is now the largest Sportswear manufacturer in the British Isles as well as having manufacturing facilities in Dublin and Strabane.The brand has become synonymous with the production of team kits, footballs and hurling balls for Gaelic games but is fast becoming a major supplier to rugby and soccer clubs across Ireland, the UK, Europe and America.They employ more than 560 people and are the official sportswear provider to the GAA as well as supplying kit, trainingwear and leisurewear to Widnes Vikings and London Irish RFC.Neil Williams at O’Neills Sportswear said: “We are very excited to be partnering with St.Helens R.F.C., the current Super League Champions, for the next three years and we hope the supporters are looking forward to seeing the new range.“This is a landmark agreement for O’Neills Sportswear who has a long heritage of supplying quality kit throughout the world and, as a brand passionate about what we do; it makes perfect sense to affiliate ourselves with a Club like St.Helens R.F.C. that has an equally passionate and committed following throughout the world.“This partnership gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our strong commitment to rugby and we very much look forward to working with St Helens going forward.”Pictured are Dave Hutchinson Saints’ Head of Sales and Marketing, Neil Williams from O’Neills and Saints CEO Mike Rush.last_img read more


first_imgLachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Joseph Paulo all made their Super League bow’s and have been issued with the below Heritage numbers:Lachlan Coote – 1246Kevin Naiqama – 1247Joseph Paulo – 1248The numbers have been issued based on starting positions in the 17 named for the match, with Coote starting at full-back, Naiqama at Centre and Paulo from the bench.All three players will wear their number embroidered into their playing shirts under the Club crest, from Sunday’s game vs. Wakefield Trinity.last_img read more

Organization gives out bottled water during hot weather

first_img Part of the mission at the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington is to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless.During this time of the year, the center tries to give bottles of water to folks who come by for meals, the day shelter and to those staying overnight.The Good Shepherd Center does have bottles of water to give out, but said they can always use more donations.Related Article: WaterStep brings clean water to communities in North Carolina“It is very important in this weather to stay hydrated, and when we’re serving, you know, over 200 people a day, that’s a lot of bottles of water,” Good Shepherd Center Senior Development Director Jane Birnbach said.The Good Shepherd Center is currently looking for donations of water, sunscreen, bug spray, and men’s flip flops for shower shoes.For more tips on how to beat the summer heat, click here.For more information about the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington, click here, or call (910) 763-4424. The Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington gives bottles of water when the weather gets hot (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the temperatures continue to climb this week, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated.It’s also important to remember others in the community who may need your help during this heat.- Advertisement – last_img read more

I am the only remaining person interested in the Parliamentary seat –

first_imgThe newly elected Nationalist Councillor for Xaghra Gozo Kevin Cutajar, has said on Facebook that in light of Jean Pierre Debono’s decision to withdraw his interest in David Stellini’s parliamentary seat, he is the only remaining person interested.Cutajar said that he wrote a letter to the Secretary General of the Nationalist Party informing them of his interest. He said that he now awaits an answer.Updated: Debono’s stepping back seen as common sense by CutajarHis comments come after the controversy surrounding the co-option of Mr Stellini’s seat in the Parliament.  There were many who argued that  it would be wise to give Cutajar the seat seeing as it helped maintain the representation of Gozo in the Parliament. Others believed that it should be given to Debono given that he gave up his Parliamentary seat for the Opposition Leader Adrian Delia.Read more:PN requests Speaker to postpone motion to co-opt DebonoDangerously ambitious – ArrigoUpdated: Gozitan seat fraudulently stolen – former PN Executive President SammutLast Saturday, the PN’s Executive Committee voted 42 to 40 in favour of Jean Pierre Debono taking Stellini’s former seat. This didn’t last as the PN’s Regional Committee for Gozo challenged the Executive Committee’s decision as null and void. This led to Debono withdrawing his interest.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 Buying guidelines for shoppers in Uganda

first_imgThe Galaxy S7 Edge. Image Credit: CNet. Advertisement Samsung Uganda last month unveiled the latest editions of its flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – sparking off familiar debate on how this compares with its predecessors as well as the devices offered by competitors.Undoubtedly, the Galaxy S7 was the most anticipated phone when we turned our calendars to 2016. Such anticipation only built up following its grandeur style announcement at the Mobile World Congress with Mark Zuckerberg himself delivering the keynote address. Obviously, when speaking about connecting people, no one knows more about that the man who has already connected 1.59 billion people.In essence, that’s what our smartphones are to us today. The tools we use to capture moments and share them with friends and families, while keeping up with our work and financial obligations. They bring the world to the palm of the hand. – Advertisement – Yet with the S7, Samsung hopes to take that a step further by allowing you to experience another your imaginative galaxy as if it were real. By design, Virtual Reality technology replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user’s physical presence and environment in a way that allows the user to interact with it (Wikipedia). The Samsung Galaxy S7 carries the latest version of Android operating system.In relative terms, looking at the specs of the Galaxy S7, it doesn’t seem to indicate monumental leaps over its predecessor, the Galaxy S6. But key features such as the Dual Pixel technology (improvement for camera), faster wireless charging, and its now improved water resistance, the phone still offers plenty of reason to upgrade/switch over.Dual Pixel Autofocus for the camera“The Galaxy S7 is the first smartphone with dual-pixel technology, so it captures better photos in low-light environments and focuses faster than the blink of an eye,” notes Samsung.Dual Pixel Autofocus is one of the newer features of modern cameras, announced earlier this year as Canon announced their new 80D DSLR camera. “[It] is a sensor-based, phase detection Auto Focus (AF) technology designed to provide smooth, high-performance focus tracking in movies and fast autofocus acquisition when shooting still photos,” notes Canon.Samsung will have been proud, therefore, to successfully fit this into their new smartphone.Water Resistant?Yes, actually. Samsung has stepped up its focus water resistance, and here is how they decided to explain it:“You can’t live without water or your smartphone, which is why the Galaxy S7 has a certified water-resistant rating. It repels spills, splashes and even dunks without a bulky protective case.”Below is a video we recorded at the Kampala launch last month.Buying Options:MTN Uganda has announced a promotional offer of UGX. 2,095,000/= for the Samsung Galaxy Edge, with a free 5GB Internet bundle. This represents a substantial discount from the UGX. 2,950,000/= listing price.VersionPRICEMTNAirtelSamsung Galaxy S7UGX. 2,500,000UGX. 2,499,999Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeUGX. 2,095,000UGX. 2,849,999EXPERIENCE4G SupportYesNoStarter Internet Bundle30GB24GBWith MTN, you can purchase this phone is available for online purchases on Jumia and Kaymu that will enable you to have the phone without leaving your office.If you hurry, you can take advantage of MTN’s limited offer and get yourself the Galaxy S7 Edge+ at a price you likely won’t find anywhere else.last_img read more

Huge discounts on smartphones as Kilimall and Huawei launch Mobile Road Show

first_imgAdvertisement Kilimall, Uganda’s fastest growing online shopping mall and Huawei are bringing the biggest smartphone variety discount sales in the Huawei Mobile Road Show this Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd October at Game Stores – Lugogo.The Huawei Mobile Road Show will offer the widest variety of Huawei Phones at the best discounts on the market ever. The flagship Huawei P8 smartphone got discounted down to UGX 1,200,000 only from UGX 1,590,000 whereas the brilliant phablet in the Huawei Mate 7 is selling at a stunning UGX 1,360,000 up from UGX 1,720,000.Kilimall Uganda Managing Director, Wang Chengyang says, “In order to thank the clients at Uganda market, especially the clients who like online shopping, the discount season will be started from now to the end of Road Show, the clients can visit the special page for this event to buy those Huawei phones” – Advertisement – Other Huawei smartphones with huge discount include the Huawei Y3C, the Huawei, Huawei Y5C, and the Huawei P7.[related-posts]Kilimall was founded in Kenya in June 2014 and launched in Uganda at the end of May 2016, after several months of operation. The number of orders Kilimall Uganda gets every day is leading in all e-commerce companies in Uganda.last_img read more

Uber Launches New Greenlight Hub to Support Driver Partners in Kampala

first_imgConstantine Mwesigye (Left – had the best driver rating of 4.6) and Lydia Igune (Right – most number of trips taken) seen cutting the ribbon during the launch of the ‘Uber Greenlight Hub’ in Kampala on Tuesday, 28th March, 2017. Photo Credit: Paul Advertisement Taxi hailing company Uber Uganda has announced the opening of a new Greenlight Hub to support and strengthen the thousands of driver-partners earning with Uber in Kampala.The move comes after Uber’s entry in Kampala in June last year which has seen the company create thousands of economic opportunities for drivers in Kampala.Located at the Kirpal Singh and Sons House on 3rd Street Industrial Area the new Uber Greenlight Hub will help new driver-partners get on the road and serve as a resource where driver-partners can ask questions or seek technical support. – Advertisement – At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Uber Greenlight Hub coordinator Junior Africa opened the center with the help of Constantine Mwesigye and Lydia Igune driver-partners with the best rating and most number of trips respectively.Constantine Mwesigye (Left – had the best driver rating of 4.6) and Lydia Igune (Right – most number of trips taken) seen cutting the ribbon during the launch of the ‘Uber Greenlight Hub’ in Kampala on Tuesday, 28th March, 2017. Photo Credit: PaulAlso as a surprise to celebrate their achievements and  the Greenlight Hub’s 2017 opening, Uber’s Green Light Hub Lead for Sub Saharan Africa Taryn Morris then presented visibly shocked Constantine and Lydia with  shopping vouchers.The company also recognized and presented shopping vouchers to Edward Benywanira the top rated driver-partner who had achieved a rating of 4.6 and had also completed a significant number of trips in Kampala and Justus Mwebembezi the longest standing driver-partner who has been driving with Uber ever since its launch in Kampala in June 2016.Uber’s Country Lead in Uganda Aaron Tindiseega confirmed that the new facility will enable Uber support even more partners and lower the amount of time drivers wait to see an Uber representative.“I want to thank the members of our driver-partner support team also here who work hard to provide excellent support to each and every driver-partner.” he said.Also present at the ceremony was Uber’s General Manager for East Africa, Loic Amado who was excited about the new Greenlight Hub.“The new Greenlight Hub is all about providing efficient & world class support that will help driver-partners get the most out of their time on the road because we know that every moment matters for them,” added Amado.The new Greenlight Hub will be open Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm and will serve as a quick and convenient resource for partners across Kampala – where they can seek technical support to drive or ask questions about the app.[related-posts]last_img read more

Huawei Starts Sending Invites ahead of its Mate 10 Launch on October

first_imgHuawei Mate 9.(Photo Courtesy: Unbox PH) Advertisement According to media reports, smartphone manufacturer Huawei is all set to launch a new smartphone in an event to be held in Munich, Germany on October 16th. Although the company has not revealed the name of the handset they’re launching, it is expected to be Huawei Mate 10 while further reports also suggest that the company will also launch a smaller version of the Mate 10, that is likely to be called Huawei Mate 10 Lite.The company has started sending out media invites – reading, “Meet the device worth waiting for.”What has been rumored about the specifications, the Huawei Mate 10 will come with an edge-to-edge 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio and said to be powered by a Kirin 970 processor, improved charging speed, cameras – not sure with the phablet will spot a dual rear camera, and other features that the Shenzhen-based firm promised to enhanced. – Advertisement – According to reports by Gadgets 360, Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu in an interview to Bloomberg revealed that Huawei Mate 10 will give tough competition to Apple’s upcoming iPhone (iPhone 8 and 8+).“We will have an even more powerful product. The Mate 10, which has much longer battery life with a full-screen display, quicker changing speed, better-photographing capability and many other features that will help us compete with Apple,” he told Bloomberg in an interview.Notably, Huawei launched its newest phablets in the P-series; Huawei P10 and P10+ at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 trade show earlier this year in Barcelona and were launched along with Huawei Watch 2.And earlier this week, the Huawei P10 and Huawei Watch 2 were honored with two accolades of Best Smartphone Camera and Best Wearable Device, respectively at the EISA 2017/18 Awards.last_img read more

NASA must reinvest in nanotechnology research according to new Rice University paper

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduNASA must reinvest in nanotechnology research, according to new Rice University paperMatthews, Evans, Moloney and Carey: Nanotechnology will be critical to future missionsHOUSTON – (Oct. 16, 2012) – The United States may lose its leadership role in space to other countries unless it makes research and development funding and processes — especially in nanotechnology — a renewed and urgent priority, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.The paper, “NASA’s Relationship with Nanotechnology: Past, Present and Future Challenges,” investigates how NASA has both guided and defunded cutting-edge nanotechnology development since 1996 at its own research facilities and in its collaborations with university scientists and laboratories. The research was conducted by a team at Rice that included Baker Institute science and technology policy fellow Kirstin Matthews, current Rice graduate student Kenneth Evans and former graduate students Padraig Moloney and Brent Carey. The paper sheds light on a broad field that holds tremendous potential for improving space flight by reducing the weight of spacecraft and developing smaller and more accurate sensors.This area of research, however, saw a dramatic cutback from 2004 to 2007, when NASA reduced annual nanotechnology R&D expenditures from $47 million to $20 million. NASA is the only U.S. federal agency to scale back investment in this area, the authors found, and it’s part of an overall funding trend at NASA. From 2003 to 2010, while the total federal science research budget remained steady between $60 billion and $65 billion (in constant 2012 dollars), NASA’s research appropriations decreased more than 75 percent, from $6.62 billion to $1.55 billion.The authors argue that the agency should restructure, refocus and strengthen its R&D programs.“The United States currently lacks a national space policy that ensures the continuity of research and programs that build on existing capabilities to explore space, and that has defined steps for human and robotic exploration of low-Earth orbit, the moon and Mars,” Matthews said. “With Congress and the president wrestling over the budget each year, it is vital that NASA present a clear plan for science and technology R&D that is linked to all aspects of the agency. This includes connecting R&D, with nanotechnology as a lead area, to applications related to the agency’s missions.”The authors said that to effectively engage in new technology R&D, NASA should strengthen its research capacity and expertise by encouraging high-risk, high-reward projects to help support and shape the future of U.S. space exploration“Failure to make these changes, especially in a political climate of flat or reduced funding, poses substantial risk that the United States will lose its leadership role in space to other countries — most notably China, Germany, France, Japan and Israel — that make more effective use of their R&D investments,” Matthews said.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Matthews, Evans, Moloney or Carey, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.Related materials:“NASA’s Relationship with Nanotechnology: Past, Present and Future Challenges” paper: Matthews bio: Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsFounded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more

Heartwarming Viral Photo Shows Woman Cutting Food for Old Man at Waffle

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Heartwarming Viral Photo Shows Woman Cutting Food for Old Man at Waffle House By Zachary Stieber March 8, 2018 Updated: March 8, 2018 Share A photograph snapped at a Waffle House showing a waitress cutting food into small pieces for an elderly man recently went viral.The photo was taken by Laura Wolf, who posted it on Facebook.“I don’t know her name but I heard this elderly man tell her his hands don’t work too good. He was also on oxygen and struggling to breathe. Without hesitation, she took his plate and began cutting up his ham,” she wrote.“This may seem small but to him, I’m sure it was huge. I’m thankful to have seen this act of kindness and caring at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative. If we could all be like this waitress and take time to offer a helping hand.”Numerous commenters lauded the waitress for being so kind.“Kudos to this young lady! May we all learn from her act of kindness,” said one. “Please, if you are in a restaurant & see this kind of LOVE from a Waitress, Please TIP them Over & Above, Over Flowing with LOVE!” said another.The picture was snapped at a Houston-area Waffle House.The waitress was later identified as 18-year-old Evoni Williams.Williams told the Houston Chronicle that she didn’t know the picture had been taken until she saw it online.“I didn’t know the photo was taken until a couple hours later. When I saw it, it’s just something I would do for anybody,” she said.The city of La Marque will officially recognize the recent high school graduate for her act.“City of La Marque is proud to have this thoughtful young woman working in our city and we’d like to acknowledge and honor her,” city spokeswoman Colleen Merritt said in a statement. “La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking is passionate about our community’s youth and wants to encourage her dreams of attending college.”From Show Discussion Recommended Video: Cookie-Crazed Squirrel Attacks New York Policeman Share this articlelast_img read more

Rapper Craig Mack of Flava In Ya Ear Fame Dies Aged 46

first_img Share Entertainment News Recommended Video: American Mirai Nagasu Makes Figure Skating History at Pyeongchang 2018 (Neil Godding on Unsplash) Hip hop star Craig Mack, best known for single “Flava In Ya Ear,” has died aged 46.The rapper died on Monday, March 12 of heart failure at a hospital near his home in South Carolina, reported the New York Daily News.Producer Alvin Toney told the Daily News, “God bless my friend. He was a good friend of mine.” Toney produced Mack’s albums “Project: Funk Da World” and “Get Down Remix.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Mack had retired from rapping to devote himself to religion, Toney said.“Nobody got to understand his story,” Toney said. “I wanted the world to know the talent he had. It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church.”“He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord. He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”Mack was from Long Island in New York and signed with P. Diddy’s Bad Boy record label.His track “Flava In Ya Ear” was released in 1994 and reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, ultimately being certified platinum for selling over a million copies. The remix of the song featured performances by The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Rampage, and Busta Rhymes.Tributes to the rap star have come from fellow artists.Singer and rapper M.I.A tweeted, “#CraigMack killed the 90s with 1 song and 1 remix. Untouchable. RIP.” #CraigMack killed the 90s with 1 song and 1 remix. ??. Untouchable. RIP.— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) March 13, 2018 Rapper Biz Markie also paid tribute, saying, “He had two perfect singles and the platonic rap remix. That’s more than most.”Close friend DJ Scratch posted on Instagram, “I just got a disturbing phone call. I cannot believe this dude is gone. He just reached out a couple of weeks ago for me to speak on his documentary about his life. Because Craig was my roadie on tour. He would set up & break down my turntables every night on tour. Rest In Peace Lil Bro.” Rapper Craig Mack of ‘Flava In Ya Ear’ Fame Dies Aged 46 By John Smithies, Epoch Times March 13, 2018 Updated: March 13, 2018 Show Discussion Share this article Follow John on Twitter: @jdsmithies last_img read more

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin 76 Dies at Home in Detroit

first_img Entertainment News Show Discussion Aretha Franklin poses on the red carpet. (Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images) ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin, 76, Dies at Home in Detroit By Reuters August 16, 2018 Updated: September 4, 2018 Sharecenter_img Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Aug. 16 at the age of 76, officials said.Franklin, who won 18 Grammy Awards and had some 25 gold records, died at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones, her publicist said. She had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer.Calling it one of the darkest moments of their lives, Franklin’s family said they were unable to find the appropriate words to express the pain in their hearts.“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” her family said in a statement.Franklin’s father was a Baptist preacher in Detroit, and the gospel singing she heard in his church was her musical foundation. Her uniquely emotional and powerful voice would put her at the forefront of 1960s soul music along with Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Wilson Pickett.Franklin was active in the U.S. civil rights movement and sang at the funeral of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr in 1968. She also performed at the presidential inaugurations of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. In 1987, she became the first woman voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Rolling Stone magazine in 2010 named her the No. 1 singer of the rock era.After recording and touring as a young gospel singer, Franklin’s career took a secular turn in 1961 when she signed with Columbia Records. She had only modest success with Columbia, which had trouble classifying her style and tried to steer her toward pop.She switched to Atlantic Records in the mid-1960s, where producer Jerry Wexler put her powerful voice in a setting that combined gospel, soul, and rock, and made her a superstar by letting “the lady wail.” As Franklin put it in her autobiography, she “Aretha-ized” the music.Singer John Legend called her the greatest vocalist he had ever known. “Salute to the Queen,” he wrote on Twitter.Fellow singer Diana Ross tweeted: “I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.”U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: “She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!”Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, issued a statement saying Franklin “helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance.”String of HitsFranklin’s heyday extended into the early 1970s as she dominated the music charts with “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” “Baby, I Love You,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Do-Right Woman” and “Respect,” a cover of a Redding tune that became a song of empowerment during the civil rights era.Franklin’s popularity faded, then revived in the mid-1980s with songs such as “Freeway of Love,” a duet with George Michael named “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me),” “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves,” “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” and a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”Franklin also inspired a generation of singers.“Pop music today is rich with glorious gospel voices and women singers in the mold cast by Aretha,” the late Wexler said in his autobiography. “Aretha became a model for people like Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston … The list of her disciples is long.”Franklin was privately known to be shy, moody, imperious and difficult. She often did not get along with other women singers, including her sisters, could be quick to fire underlings and was erratic when it came to showing up for concerts and appointments.Franklin often demanded she be paid in cash before performing and took her status as musical royalty seriously. In 2008, Beyonce introduced Tina Turner as “the queen” at the Grammy Awards ceremony, which Franklin decried as “a cheap shot” at her.Preacher’s DaughterFranklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Detroit. Her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin, was respected as a civil rights leader, an early advocate of “black pride” and a friend of King.But Rev. Franklin had also been arrested for drug possession and, under unexplained circumstances, his wife left him and their five children when Aretha was six. Four years later, Franklin’s mother died and Aretha avoided discussing her parents publicly.Franklin started touring as a teenager in her father’s gospel show. She got a musical education from gospel greats: the Staple Singers, the Soul Stirrers, James Cleveland and The Mighty Clouds of Joy.She also came to know jazz and R&B greats invited to the family home, including Cooke, Art Tatum, Dinah Washington, Fats Domino and Bobby Bland.By 17, she had given birth to two children and later had two other sons. First married to Ted White, who became her manager and publicly abused her, Franklin later married actor Glynn Turman in 1978, but they divorced in 1984.Franklin, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, was the subject of a singing tribute at the February 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony and a Carnegie Hall tribute concert in early 2017. She did not attend either.Franklin did not perform regularly for many years, partly because of an aversion to flying after a rough trip in 1982. Instead, she traveled in a customized bus. She often had to cancel shows for health reasons.In February 2017, she said she would keep recording but retire from touring after a limited run of concerts marking a new album that year, “A Brand New Me,” which featured her doing some of her biggest hits with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.She performed “Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2015 in a tribute to songwriter Carole King. Her last live performance was Nov. 7, 2017, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York.By Bill Trott Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Trump to Chair UN Security Council Meeting on Iran

first_img Share President Donald Trump will chair a U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran this month to spotlight its “violations of international law,” during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Sept. 4.The United States, which holds the council presidency for September, has unsuccessfully pushed the Security Council to call out Iran. Haley has regularly attacked Iran, accusing it of meddling in the wars in Syria and Yemen.Haley told reporters Trump will leading the meeting “to address Iran’s violations of international law and the general instability Iran sows throughout the entire Middle East region.”Diplomats said Iran could request to speak at the Sept. 26 meeting, the high-level week of the U.N. General Assembly. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to address the assembly on Sept. 25. The Iranian U.N. mission didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, and Haley said the United States wouldn’t object to Rouhani speaking.Russia’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy said the Iran meeting should focus on the implementation of a 2015 resolution on Iran.“We very much hope that there will be views voiced in connection with the U.S. withdrawal” from a 2015 international nuclear deal, Polyanskiy told the council. Trump in May withdrew from the accord between Iran and six world powers that is aimed at stalling Tehran’s nuclear capabilities in return for lifting some sanctions. Trump ordered the reimposition of U.S. sanctions suspended under the deal.Iran is still subject to a U.N. arms embargo and other restrictions contained in the resolution, which enshrines the nuclear deal. European powers have been scrambling to salvage the accord.In February, Russia vetoed a U.S.-led bid for the Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group, a charge that Tehran denies.Several council members on Sept. 4 also expressed opposition to Haley’s plan to convene a Sept. 5 meeting on Nicaragua.More than 300 people have been killed and thousands injured in crackdowns by Nicaraguan police and armed groups on protests over government plans to cut welfare benefits. The protests have developed into broader opposition against President Daniel Ortega.China, Russia, Bolivia, and others said the situation in Nicaragua isn’t a threat to international peace and security, and therefore shouldn’t be discussed by the council. Bolivia is expected to try to block the meeting but doesn’t have the minimum nine votes required to do so, diplomats said.Additional reporting by Mohammad Zargham; editing by Grant McCool and James Dalgleish Show Discussion Trump Presidency QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video center_img Trump to Chair UN Security Council Meeting on Iran By Reuters September 4, 2018 Updated: September 4, 2018 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Bonefish Grill Gives First Responders a Free Meal Ahead of Hurricane Florence

first_img A Bonefish Grill location has given first responders a free meal ahead of Hurricane Florence’s Friday landfall.The free meal on Thursday night was a dinner at the Bonefish Grill in North Charleston.“Feeding the Boys in Blue for free before they go out in the weather tonight. Thank you for keeping us all safe!” the restaurant said in a Twitter post that included a picture of dozens of first responders seated in the dining room, reported ABC 4.“We love our first responders in North Charleston!” We love our First Responders here in North Charleston❤️❤️❤️— Bonefish Grill Charleston (@BFGCharleston) September 14, 2018 Bonefish Grill Gives First Responders a Free Meal Ahead of Hurricane Florence By Zachary Stieber September 14, 2018 Updated: September 14, 2018 Show Discussion A number of companies have been giving free services or food ahead of Florence.A casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey offered free rooms to people who evacuated danger zones; hundreds of Airbnb hosts offered free rooms to evacuees; Verizon Wireless has offered free cell service to customers who live in states affected by the storm.The Verizon offer is good from Sept. 14 through Sept. 17, the company said in a press release. The offer is for customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.Read MoreNearly 300,000 Power Outages and 150 Stranded as Hurricane Florence Pounds North Carolina“As we enter the final hours before Hurricane Florence makes landfall we hope this allows our customers in these areas to worry about one less thing and focus on their safety and security,” said Russ Preite, president of the southeast market for Verizon. “This is just one way we can help residents as this potentially dangerous storm challenges the Southeast coast.”In addition, speed restrictions have been lifted for first responders in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.Hurricane Florence flooding Residents at Trent Court Apartments wait out the weather as rising water gets closer to their doors in New Bern, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and more is to come. (Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP)Florence Makes LandfallHurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina early Friday, pushing a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater miles inland and ripping apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain.More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued. Pieces of buildings ripped apart by the storm flew through the air.Most ominously, forecasters said the terrifying onslaught would last for hours and hours because Florence was barely moving yet still drawing energy from the ocean.Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, as its eye moved onshore, the National Hurricane Center said.Coastal streets flowed with frothy ocean water, and more than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to, which tracks the nation’s electrical grid.Forecasters said “catastrophic” freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.Winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence moved in for an extended stay, with enough of its killer winds swirling overseas to maintain its power. Forecasters said the onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.The wind howled and sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before dawn in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the power failed.“(It’s) very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying,” said Orsa, who lives nearby and fears splintering trees will pummel her house.The Associated Press contributed to this report.From Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Feeding the Boys in Blue for free before they go out in the weather tonight. Thank you for keeping us all safe!— Bonefish Grill Charleston (@BFGCharleston) September 13, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article US News Sharelast_img read more

Latest Updates on Tropical Storms Sergio Nadine and Leslie

first_imgQualityAuto 360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video International Show Discussion Share this article The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) is issuing advisories for Tropical Storm Nadine, Tropical Storm Leslie, and Hurricane Sergio. Hurricane Michael, meanwhile, is continuing to strengthen.NadineTropical Storm Nadine formed on Oct. 9, and it is located 495 miles west-southwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands near West Africa. The storm is moving 8 mph to the west-northwest.leslie michael nadine sergio are getting nhc warnings The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) is issuing advisories for Tropical Storm Nadine, Tropical Storm Leslie, and Hurricane Sergio. Hurricane Michael, meanwhile, is continuing to strengthen. (NHC)No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.“Nadine is moving toward the west-northwest near 8 mph (13 kph), and a motion generally toward the northwest is anticipated over the next few days,” the NHC said. “Maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph (65 kph) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible over the next day or so, with weakening anticipated on Thursday,” Oct. 11.LeslieTropical Storm Leslie is continuing to move east in the Atlantic Ocean, and the NHC said that the storm is likely going to become a hurricane. No coastal warnings or watches are in effect.“Leslie is moving toward the south-southeast near 12 mph (19 kph), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next day or so. A slower motion and a turn toward the east-northeast or northeast is expected by Wednesday,” said the agency. “Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 kph) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days and Leslie will likely become a hurricane tonight or tomorrow.”The storm’s forecasted path could take it back to near the west coast of Africa.tropical storm sergio in the pacific Sergio located in the Pacific Ocean about 1,215 miles west-southwest of Baja California, Mexico. (NHC)SergioTropical Storm Sergio is located in the Pacific Ocean about 1,155 miles west-southwest of Baja California, Mexico.Interests in Baja California should monitor the progress of Sergio, said the NHC, adding that there are no warnings or watches in effect for the storm. The storm is moving to the east-northeast at 8 mph.Over the coming days, the storm will likely weaken, the NHC said.A forecast model shows the storm hitting southern Baja California before making its way into northwestern Mexico before hitting West Texas by the weekend.MichaelHurricane Michael is now a Category 3 major storm and is 295 miles south of Panama City, Florida, the NHC said at 5 p.m. on Oct. 9.The storm is still forecast to hit the Florida Panhandle on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 10.“Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 mph (195 kph) with higher gusts. Michael is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is expected, and Michael is forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall in Florida. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves through the southeastern United States,” the agency warned. center_img Latest Updates on Tropical Storms Sergio, Nadine, and Leslie Video shows Hurricane Michael’s effects on cruise shipBy Jack Phillips October 9, 2018 Updated: October 9, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharelast_img read more

The children reportedly didnt answer the door for

first_imgThe children reportedly didn’t answer the door for police. Officers went to her home and knocked on her door after getting an anonymous tip.Tyruse didn’t answer, but he instead called his aunt. “When the police arrived, he knew not to answer that door until my aunt showed up,” said Cumings.  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Police said the children were apparently watching “Home Alone” on television, reported USA Today. The 1990 film features an 8-year-old, played by Macaulay Culkin, outsmarting two burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, when his family forgets him during their Christmas vacation.She was later arrested and was booked into jail for one day before she was released the next morning. The two boys went to her aunt’s home but returned a few days later.Police said Cumings told them she was at her job since 7 a.m. and was unable to find a babysitter, USA Today reported. She then decided “to have (the older child) stay home from school and watch (his younger brother).” The mother added that “she had done it before but almost always stays with her children or has a babysitter,” an officer wrote.Response“It was humiliating. I am … it was made a joke right now that I’m a bad parent, and none of that is true,” said Cumings.“Absolutely not. Never. It will never happen again,” said Cumings in the WISH-TV report when asked if she would do it again.Cumings said she and her children are planning on watching “Home Alone 2,” Fox59 reported.Sandy Runkle-DeLorme with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana said the Christmas season can be challenging for families.“We definitely need more resources out there for families who have children that are not yet ready to be left alone,” Runkle-Delorme said, “and that’s not even a particular age, it’s really based on maturity,” according to Fox59.“There’s a million more girls like me,” Cumings also said. “If there was a daycare, like an emergency daycare for sick children, or say your kid’s suspended or whatever these circumstances are, but we don’t have that.” An Indiana mother was criticized after she was arrested for leaving her two children, who are ages 4 and 7, to watch the movie “Home Alone” while she worked.Taylor Cumings, 25, was arrested after allegedly leaving her two sons at their residence in Muncie, Indiana, for the entire day, WISH-TV reported on Dec. 21.“I felt that for a day he was fine. Was I worried sick? Absolutely. Who wouldn’t be,” Cumings said, adding that she didn’t have a choice when she left them at home. Taylor Cumings, 25, was arrested after allegedly leaving her two sons at their residence in Muncie, Indiana, for the entire day (Muncie Police) A woman in Indiana spent a night in jail after she left her 7-year-old son to care for her sick 4-year old son. She is facing a preliminary charge of neglect.— KCRG (@KCRG) December 23, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussioncenter_img Her 4-year-old son, Kamron, was sick at home and couldn’t go to school. She didn’t have a babysitter, she said, and allowed her 7-year-old son, Tyruse, to care for the younger boy. Cumings took Tyruse out of school to have him watch the child.“To say that a 7-year-old is mature enough to watch a 4-year-old sounds absolutely outrageous. I totally understand people do not know me or my kids and the decision I made,” she told the station. She said Tyruse is mature enough to perform the task.“They know not to touch the stove, don’t touch the heaters, the baseboards. They know not to answer the door for anybody,” she continued. US News Share Share this article Indiana Mom Arrested for Leaving Kids Home Alone While Watching ‘Home Alone,’ Say Police By Jack Phillips December 24, 2018 Updated: December 24, 2018last_img read more