FW Partners with Opinion App Maker to Create Mobile Community

first_imgFor F+W, the objective is to create an art, design and photography community. “We’ve been looking at different mobile app proposals when Kurani approached us with this idea,” says Gary Lynch, publisher and editorial director for F+W’s design community, including the HOW, Print and I.D. brands.  “We liked that it was being created by designers for designers, the navigation was simple and intuitive and crowdsourcing is popular among our customer base.”Lynch says Kurani Interactive builds the app and manages the service while F+W’s design community attracts new users.  F+W markets the service to its audience and receives a share of revenue, which is split with Kurani. Advertising generally appears in the “results” section of the app.“What we get out of the deal is the opportunity to build our brand and the creation of a new revenue stream with little downside risk,” Lynch says.Since launching, Kurani says Opinionaided has received more than 4 million responses to more than 50,000 questions. He says users are spending an average of 40 minutes each week using the app. In a move to further integrate its vibrant arts community with the growing mobile world, F+W Media has struck a partnership with Opinionaided, a software company that helps users get and give opinions over mobile devices in real time.Incubated by Red Bank, New Jersey-based technology company Kurani Interactive, the Opinionaided application launched July 12 and allows users to ask a larger community of registered users their opinions on any topic of their choice. The free app currently is available on Apple’s iPhone and the plan is to extend the platform to Android and Blackberry soon. There also is a Web version with limited functionality that was created mainly so people can access to it from Facebook.After registering, users are able to post questions, answer other people’s questions, reply to and vote for the best responses. “Initially, we anticipated people would only vote, on average, about 10 times per month,” Opinionaided founder and CEO Dan Kurani tells FOLIO:. “Since we launched, we’re seeing that the average person votes on queries about 200 times per month. And instead of using it as a tool to ask a lot of questions it turns out people are using it as a tool to help other people.”The app, Kurani says, is built on a centralized database with a PHP-based back-end. In all, he says the mobile community consists of about 15 sub topics, including home and garden, fitness and gaming. Kurani says Opinionaided is looking to partner with publishers and other brands to build out those categories. “For publishers, it extends their mobile footprint at no cost and can be a valuable tool for developing their audience, and collecting data,” he says. last_img read more

Houston Rockets Twitter account suspended after copyright complaints

first_imgNearly 3 million people follow the Houston Rockets on Twitter. Several college football and gymnastic teams reportedly got their Twitter accounts suspended over the weekend for posting tweets with copyrighted music as well. This aggression will not stand, man. https://t.co/amrO5lCmUW— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 20, 2019 Share your voice Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco. James Martin/CNET The Houston Rockets appeared to have fouled on their Twitter account. The basketball team’s Twitter account was suspended following copyright complaints, Twitter said Monday. The tech company declined to share more about the complaints or if this suspension was temporary.screen-shot-2019-05-20-at-3-37-50-pmThe Houston Rockets’ Twitter account has been suspended. Screenshot by Queenie Wong/CNET A message on the Rockets’ account says Twitter suspends accounts that violate its rules. Twitter may suspend an account if it receives multiple copyright complaints.The Rockets didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The team told the Houston Chronicle in a statement that the account was temporarily pulled down because they posted tweets with copyrighted music. “We are working to correct the issue now,” the Rockets said in the statement.Twitter users took to the social media site to poke fun at the suspension and speculate why the account went silent.Even Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, weighed in on the suspension by tweeting “This aggression will not stand, man.” The Rockets were eliminated in the playoffs this month after losing to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. On Monday, the ESPN Bay Area Twitter account tweeted that Warriors point guard Steph Curry “not only erased the Rockets from the postseason, but he has now erased their twitter account.” Warriors star @StephenCurry30 not only erased the Rockets from the postseason, but he has now erased their twitter account. pic.twitter.com/gkgwhBqyqw— ESPN Bay Area 🗯 (@ESPN_BayArea) May 20, 2019 0 Tags Post a comment Internet Services Tech Industry Twitterlast_img read more

Markets offer bullish welcome to FY20 Sensex sets record high of 39028

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Maharashtra’s Wardha on April 1, 2019. The brightening prospects of Prime Minister Modi’s return to power and global cues are making FY20 a ‘buy on dips’ market.Twitter/BJPFollowing a record-setting March, the markets opened the financial year 2019-20 (FY20) on Monday with a strong bullish show confirming the technical view of FY20 as a ‘buy on dips’ market. The general elections whose results are due in the second half of May might induce some volatility, but experts consider the bullish theme to remain through the first half the year.Observers reckon that the prospects of the return to power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the helm of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Delhi have brightened with the failure of the main opposition Congress party led by its president Rahul Gandhi to attract major alliance partners. Opinion polls by different agencies have given a clear edge to the BJP and the return of a stable government. Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Wayanad in Kerala, apart from his traditional Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, has added to the market conviction that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is not gaining traction in the BJP-dominated states in North India.A set of global cues including the receding clouds of trade war escalation between the US and China and lessening Brexit confusion is helping global indices and the Indian markets. Wall Street ended the March quarter on a strong note with S&P 500 posting its best quarterly gain since 2009, rising over 13 per cent. The Dow Jones rose 11.2 per cent posting its biggest quarterly rise since 2013, while the Nasdaq soared 16.5 per cent in its best quarter since 2012, a Reuters report said.A reflection of the general global sentiment was on the show on Monday when the Bombay Stock Exchange’s 30-share benchmark Sensex had a strong gap-up opening and set a new high after hitting a lifetime high of 39,028 points surpassing its previous high of 38,989 registered on August 29, 2018. Nifty50 has also been hovering near the record high of 11,760 after making an intra-day high of 11,738 points.Banking stocks continued their strong show from March into April with Nifty Bank registering a new high of 30,646 points in morning trade with Bank of Baroda, whose amalgamation with Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank created the second largest lender in terms of network and customer base, newly recapitalized Punjab National Bank (PNB), and ICICI Bank. China’s President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. The receding fears of a US-China trade war are helping to buoy global markets and Indian sentiment.Thomas Peter – Pool/Getty ImagesThe spread of the rally across sectors after a gap-up opening to the week points to the market strength that could support a continued rally even in this election quarter, according to some experts. The strong show of banking stocks is believed to be an indication of the market’s optimism of another rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India, whose monetary policy committee is set to meet next week.Market sources attribute the buoyancy to huge buying interest from foreign institutional investors (FII) in the cash segment. FIIs turned net buyers in the quarter with the infusion of more funds, market data show, with fresh fund infusion continuing through the last two consecutive months of the last fiscal year. March alone accounted for a net infusion of Rs 45,981 crore including a net Rs 33,980 crore in equities and Rs 12,001 crore in debt, according to data published by PTI. In February, the overseas players pumped in a net amount of Rs 11,182 crore in capital markets.last_img read more

Crackdown on drug peddlers to continue

first_imgHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan. File photoAmid the killings of ‘drug dealers’ in growing ‘gunfights’, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said the crackdown on the drug dealers will continue.“No drug peddlers will be spared, no matter how powerful they are socially or politically. Law enforcement agencies will continue the drive against them to bring them to justice,” he said while talking to UNB at the Secretariat.A total of 29 people, mostly suspected drug dealers, were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcers in the last 10 days till Monday.Read More: 9 more killed early Monday as ‘gunfights’ continueThe home minister said prime minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed his ministry to take a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy against the drug trade and stop it at any cost.As per the directives, an anti-narcotic drive has been launched making a division-wise list of drug dealers based on intelligence information, he said.Asked how many are there on the list, Asaduzzaman said the exact number is not known, but it is substantial.He refuted the claim of ‘extrajudicial killings’ or ‘crossfires’ in the name of anti-narcotics drive, saying the drug dealers have firearms.  “Whenever law enforcers go to arrest them, they often open fire on them forcing them to retaliate in self-defence which resulted in one or two incidents of killings.”Read More: ‘Gunfights’ continue, 6 killed early SundayThe home minister claimed that gunfights take place in all the countries dealing with drugs. “We don’t think it won’t happen in Bangladesh. We witnessed drug dealers open fire first. So it’s normal that police will fire back,” he said describing it as an act of self-defence, rather than ‘gunfight’ or ‘crossfire’.Asked only small fish are getting killed in ‘gunfights’, the minister said the law enforcement agencies are conducting the anti-narcotics drive following the list. “Every drug peddler will be punished.”As of Monday, he said, mobile court drives have sentenced over 2,000 drug dealers to different jail terms ranging from 1-6 months. “Only one or two isolated incidents of drug dealers are getting killed which are hitting the headlines,” he said.Replying to a query whether Bangladesh is following the path taken the Philippines and Thailand against drugs, Asaduzzaman said the law enforcement agencies will follow the list compiled by intelligence agencies.Asked whether members of law enforcement agencies are involved in the drug peddling, he revealed that the list contains people from a wide range of occupations and almost all spheres of society.Read More: 8 more killed as toll from latest ‘gunfight’ spree nears 40In response to another query about human rights violations during drives, Asaduzzaman said they never apply any “shoot-at-sight” policy, but only fire in self-defence. “We aren’t arresting drug dealers to shoot them. It’s our highest priority to bring them to justice.”According to officials at the home ministry, cocaine, Phensidyl and heroin were used to be smuggled into Bangladesh from India in the past. But due to strong diplomatic endeavours, that has reduced substantially.Now, the spread of yaba is rampant as it is easily being smuggled from neighbouring Myanmar. Despite repeated appeals to curb narcotics smuggling, no response was found from Myanmar.last_img read more

Trump terms meeting with Putin better than with NATO

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and Russia`s president Vladimir Putin shake hands as they meet in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July 2018. Photo: ReutersPresident Donald Trump said Tuesday that his inaugural summit with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin was better than the one he held last week with traditional US allies in NATO.“While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way – the Fake News is going Crazy!” Trump tweeted.Trump’s meeting with NATO allies last week — at which he sharply criticised them over defence spending — was seen as having badly strained trans-Atlantic ties, in sharp contrast to the amity on display when the US president met Putin on Monday.At a joint news conference, Trump appeared to take the Russian leader’s word over that of US intelligence that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US presidential election — drawing widespread criticism at home.Standing alongside the Kremlin boss, Trump acknowledged that his intelligence chiefs believe Russia hacked and leaked Democrats’ emails containing politically damaging information about his rival Hillary Clinton.But, insisting he had won the race fair and square, the Republican said: “I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”last_img

Florida Governor Wont Say Whether He Will Sign Gun Bill

first_imgAPFlorida Gov. Rick Scott gestures as he speaks during a news conference near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a former student is suspected of killing at least 17 people Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The shooting at a South Florida high school sent students rushing into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building. Police were warning that the shooter was still at large even as ambulances converged on the scene and emergency workers appeared to be treating those possibly wounded. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Three weeks after the Parkland high school shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a gun-control bill on his desk that challenges the National Rifle Association but falls short of what the Republican and survivors of the massacre demanded.Now he must decide whether to sign it. Scott has not said what he will do, and he plans to take up the issue Friday with relatives of 17 people slain in the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.“I’m going to take the time and I’m going to read the bill and I’m going to talk to families,” he said.State lawmakers delivered the reform package Thursday. The governor has 15 days to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.The measure would raise the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and extend a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns. It would also create a so-called guardian program enabling school employees and many teachers to carry handguns if they go through law enforcement training and their school districts agree to participate.Other provisions would create new mental health programs for schools and establish an anonymous tip line where students and others could report threats to schools. The bill would also ban bump stocks that allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire and seek to improve communication between schools, law enforcement and state agencies.Scott has received top marks from the NRA in the past for supporting gun-rights measures, but he broke with the lobbying group after last month’s slayings, which reinvigorated the gun-control movement.The governor, who is expected to seek a U.S. Senate seat later this year, has called for raising the minimum age to purchase any type of gun, but he does not support arming teachers. Instead, he wanted lawmakers to adopt his own $500 million proposal to put at least one law enforcement officer in every school.The NRA opposes raising age limits to buy weapons or imposing new waiting periods. In a statement Thursday, NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer called the bill “a display of bullying and coercion” that would violate Second Amendment rights and punish law-abiding citizens.President Donald Trump congratulated Florida on the legislation, saying state lawmakers “passed a lot of very good legislation last night.”During a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said the White House was working on a plan to ban bump stocks and that efforts to enhance background checks were “moving along well” in Congress.The Florida bill’s narrow passage reflected a mix of Republicans and Democrats in support and opposition. Survivors were split as well.Andrew Pollack, whose daughter was among those killed, said more needed to be done, but there was enough good in the bill that it should pass.“My precious daughter Meadow’s life was taken, and there’s nothing I can do to change that. But make no mistake: I’m a father, and I’m on a mission. I’m on a mission to make sure I’m the last dad to ever read a statement of this kind.”The Tampa Bay Times reported that officials in the state’s largest school districts, including Miami-Dade and Broward counties, have balked at the idea of arming employees and instead called for funding to support putting more police officers in schools.Florida’s teachers union asked Scott to veto $67 million set aside for the guardian program. Under Florida law, Scott can sign the bill but use his line-item veto power to eliminate the funding.“If guns are the appropriate answer, then we owe it to our children to provide appropriate numbers of professional, trained law enforcement personnel … whose work assignment is to protect students and staff,” Florida Education Association President Joanne McCall said in a statement.Teachers in some states, including Texas, can carry concealed weapons if they have required training. At least eight states allow, or do not specifically prohibit, concealed weapons in K-12 schools, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.Meanwhile, one student injured in the shooting was transferred to intensive care after his condition worsened. A hospital spokeswoman said 15-year-old Anthony Borges’ condition became critical overnight.A family attorney did not immediately respond to a request for information. The student has filed notice that he will sue Florida authorities to seek money to cover the cost of his recovery.The suspect in the attack, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former Stoneman Douglas student, faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the massacre.His public defender has said he will plead guilty if prosecutors take the death penalty off the table and sentence him to life in prison instead. Prosecutors have 45 days to decide. Sharelast_img read more

UMD Outlines Faults as Durkin Awaits Fate

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFROWhen damning information is released to the public, a professional public relations strategy has always been able to make the announcement on a late Friday afternoon heading into the weekend when the audience is distracted.  As the University of Maryland released the results of their investigation into the death of Jordan McNair on the precipice of last weekend, there was an admission of guilt to what was already known, but those involved in the fatal chain of events have yet to be held accountable.After accepting its negligence and culpability in the McNair tragedy, the University announced the results of their commissioned investigation which confirmed they didn’t react properly to his symptoms and waited too long to begin what could’ve been life-saving treatment.  The 74-page report prepared by Dr. Ron Walters, head of the sports medicine consulting firm Walters, affirmed numerous protocols weren’t followed.UMD admitted guilt in the death of Jordan McNair, who died of heatstroke in June.  (Courtesy Photo)It was confirmed that Maryland’s athletic training was tardy when initiating treatment and they waited at least one hour before calling 911 for help.  After McNair’s cramps and exhaustion were first reported at 4:53 p.m. he wasn’t taken to the football field house to begin treatment until around 5:20 p.m. The trainers didn’t call the head physician, who told them to call 911 at 5:55 p.m., which was more than an hour after McNair first started showing symptoms on the field.  Another 911 call went out at 6:02 p.m. before McNair left for the hospital in an ambulance at 6:27 p.m.Perhaps the most glaring of the missed protocols was there were no cold water immersion tanks on site because practice was moved on May 29 from Maryland Stadium to their practice field late.  The absence of this procedure didn’t allow the athletic training staff to administer cold water immersion treatment at the first sign of McNair’s physical distress.  This practice is common to immediately bring the body temperature down, which would have stabilized the symptoms until first responders arrived.Walters’ report confirmed what had been previously reported by ESPN. When conditioning drills began at 4:15pm there were water hydration stations placed around the practice fields. Those drills – 10 110 yard sprints – saw McNair finish the first seven in normal time but struggle through the final three.  While his teammates helped the former McDonogh star finish his drills he was admonished by football trainer Wes Robinson who told them to, “drag his ass across the field” as he began laboring.Under Robinson’s watch, Maryland’s training staff didn’t begin treating McNair until almost 5 p.m.  They never immersed him in the cold tubs, instead choosing to try and cool him down by using cold towels all over his body since they feared drowning because of his size.  The trainers didn’t begin any form of aggressive treatment for approximately 30 minutes after his symptoms began which progressively got worse.“Failure to rapidly recognize exertional heat illness is a concern” the report said. “The lack of recognition and assessment of the severity of the event delayed cooling the patient in a timely manner.”The report doesn’t exclude head coach D.J. Durkin from culpability, yet it doesn’t hold him accountable either.  The professional fate of Durkin and Robinson still hang in the balance as they remain on administrative leave while another examination by the Board of Regents continues into what ESPN dubbed a “toxic culture.”However, as these investigations continue, the optics continue making the University look bad. The wait for the resolution only compounds the damage when it appears they must move on from Durkin sooner than later.last_img read more

Abstract reality

first_imgAfter winning the hearts of millions in Kolkata, the trio Malay Das, Subuddha Ghosh and Atish Thakur are up with their show in the Capital. Their last exhibition, Abstract Reality, which was held at Chemould Art Gallery, Kolkata will be opening for the art lover in Delhi on May 1 at Lalit Kala Academy. Malay Das has always taken keen interest in depicting the forces of nature in a bold format. Blue skies, water bodies and mighty trees, without human interference and disturbance adorn most of his works. Most of his works talk about the serenity at different times of the day. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Subuddha Ghosh has spent a significance cant time of his life in the mountains of Northeast India. His works talk a lot about loneliness and an attempt to strike a conversation with the mountains when he was at Aizawl. The painter has tried to capture the beauty of these mountains, big and small, at different times of the year, and different times of the day. The works on display are also an attestation of Subuddha’s command over light and shadow. Atish Thakur loves playing with the mysteries of nature. The artist in his attempt towards depicting these mysteries has woven a dream around the forces of nature. His usage of bold shades of red and yellow shows the power that nature possesses. At the same time his fine detailing of water bodies, half-bloomed flowers, cascading tree branches, depict the power of nature. Atish’s imagination is his strength and he tries to capture the tranquillity of nature through his works.last_img read more

Bratyas IlaGurhoishaa A theatrical masterpiece

first_imgThe first show of ‘IlaGurhoishaa’ was staged on March 6 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. The audience gave a standing ovation to a peerless stage presentation of sheer finesse, precision and high quality. Theatre Platform, Khardah, since its inception in 1992 has produced more than 30 plays before and this is the latest. ‘IlaGurhoishaa’, the latest play written by the playwright Bratya Basu, is based on the story of a king, Maharaja Bir Narayan of the ‘Koch’ dynasty of seventeenth century Bengal and Assam. It is a tragic tale of the king which reflects the destiny of his lecherousness. Basu has again shown his remarkable flair of exploring complexities and controversies from the lost pages of history, this time from the history of the ‘Koch’ tribe of Cooch Behar. He admitted to have first conceived the idea from a book, Brihat Banga written by Dinesh Chandra Sen. Dinesh Chandra claimed to know about the history from the caretaker of the palace, Joynath in 1842, who had been advised by the chief advisor of King Harendranarayan, Kalichandra Lahiri, to write down the history.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The rich legacy and empire built by Maharaja Nara Narayan who died in 1621 was enjoyed by his successors and the practice of polygamy was prevalent. It was not unusual for the kings to ignore the consent of the girls or women they were attracted to before marrying them. The use of force in such cases was often practiced. In the narrative, Maharaja Bir Narayan got attracted to a young woman and used his shrewd tactics to propose her, knowing fully well that she was betrothed to a young disciple of her poor father. But she committed suicide soon, in the king’s palace and her lover and her teacher-father decided to take revenge of her death.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThey planned a disastrous end to the life of the king. Bratya Basu has expectedly entwined his imagery prowess with the historical backdrop to create this unbelievable saga of love, violence and death featuring the psychoanalytical complexities of human desires. The king with multiple wives is unable to keep any count over his children. The story reaches its literary climax when the king becomes a victim of his own lustful desires of objectifying any female that he gets attracted to. The playwright therefore uses his literary dexterity to oscillate between the logic of the psyche to the realms of imagination and fiction, thereby adding a different manifestation to the notion of Electra complex and naming it ‘IlaGurhoishaa’. Debasish, the director of the group, should be congratulated for pulling up another brilliant production on stage after ‘Kankra’. He admitted to having been bowled over by the play and the construction of the plot. He explained, ‘I tried to build the play frame by frame with the flicker of a Greek tragedy the way the playwright has penned the progress of the irreversible catastrophe.’ The treatment used in the direction of the play was similar to that of a Greek tragedy in theatre. The use of masks to create eerie and mystic effects was appropriate to generate the perfect feel of a tragic thriller. Some gruesome moments of killings of vengeance were performed intricately. The highlights of the production included the minimalistic use of props and sharply focused lights synchronised with digital background music and live music by Shuvodeep Guha. The detailed and technically strong sword-fight sequences with special effects pushed the audience to the edge of their seats. Tapan Das, the man behind the martial arts training, deserves a salute for making it possible on stage. The success of the action scenes reflects the professionalism of the actors and their relentless practice. The sharpness and strength of the script had a perfect resonance with the theatrical production. Goutam Haldar won the hearts of the audience by his aura and mannerism. The amazing combination of shrewdness and vulnerability, aggression and softness in the character drawn by the playwright was magnificently performed by this actor of great callibre. Senjhuti Mukherjee’s performance helped the play reach the height it did. Equally mesmerising was the level of performance of the new-comer Sumit Kumar Roy. He was the repository of tremendous energy and physical fitness on stage.last_img read more

Helicopter parenting may up depression risk in kids

first_imgParents who tend to get overly involved in the affairs of their kids, may kindly note: Crossing the line between supportive and too involved could indirectly lead to issues such as depression and anxiety for young adults, a study says.“Helicopter parents are parents who are overly involved,” said one of the researchers, Kayla Reed from Florida State University. “They mean everything with good intentions, but it often goes beyond supportive to intervening in the decisions of emerging adults,” Reed noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the study, the researchers surveyed more than 460 college students, aged 18 to 25, about how their mothers influenced their life decisions by asking the students how their mothers would respond to sample situations. They specifically looked at mothers because they are traditionally in the primary caregiver role.They also asked students to self-assess their abilities to persist in complicated tasks or adverse situations and then also rate their depression, life satisfaction, anxiety and physical health. Students who had mothers who allowed them more autonomy reported higher life satisfaction, physical health and self-efficacy.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, students with a so-called helicopter parent were more likely to report low levels of self-efficacy, or the ability to handle some tougher life tasks and decisions. In turn, those who reported low levels of self-efficacy also reported higher levels of anxiety and depression, and lower life satisfaction and physical health. The findings appeared online in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. “The way your parents interact with you has a lot to do with how you view yourself,” Mallory Lucier-Greer, Assistant Professor at Florida State University, said. “If parents are simply being supportive, they are saying things like ‘you can manage your finances, you can pick out your classes.’ It changes, if they are doing that all for you,” Lucier-Greer said. I think there are good intentions behind those helicopter behaviours, but at the end of the day you need to foster your child’s development,” she noted.last_img read more

Mamata takes a dig at BJP through poem on the eve of

first_imgKolkata: On the eve of the announcement of the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to constitute the 17th Parliament, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has written a poem titled ‘Jaruri’ on Wednesday. In the poem, Banerjee has mentioned the recent incidents involving the Centre.Through the verses, she has repeatedly hinted at the emergency-like situation that has prevailed in the country throughout the tenure of the Modi government. In the poem, she has mentioned about note ban through the line-“Madhyo rate siddhanto- otao jaruri…” while also taking a dig at the meditation of Narendra Modi in a cave at Kedarnath through the line- “Ganatantra Guhae- otao jaruri.”last_img

Donald Trump Jr attacks figure skater Adam Rippon on Twitter

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay Winter Olympian Adam Rippon makes dramatic U-turn on Mike PenceWinter Olympics 2018: Adam Rippon nailed his debut Olympic performanceVice President Mike Pence tweets gay Olympian Adam RipponRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/donald-trump-jr-adam-rippon-twitter/ GAYSTARNEWS- Rippon is always sure to thank his haters. | Photo: Twitter @adaripp The skater’s criticism of Pence stems from the Vice President’s anti-LGBTQ beliefs. Goldberg said an openly gay athlete like Rippon shouldn’t have to converse with someone like Pence.‘I think it would be like asking a Jewish person to sit down and understand where the Nazi is coming from,’ she explained.[embedded content]While the Olympian can’t seem to escape the politics, even while competing on a world stage, he doesn’t seem to be letting it bother him. After all, he did recently earn his first medal. He’s also expected to compete in the men’s competition over the next two days.He hasn’t directly responded either to Trump Jr. or Goldberg’s comments, but he did respond to comedian Ike Barinholtz’s take. pic.twitter.com/RzvZMkuKze— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 14, 2018He also tweeted about Valentine’s Day.And what a great tweet it is.With everything going on in the media about me this Valentine’s Day I don’t want people to get distracted and forget how beautiful I am (on the outside)— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 14, 2018 Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Unprompted, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter on Tuesday (13 February) and called out US figure skater Adam Rippon. He criticized the athlete for speaking about Vice President Mike Pence, after Rippon said he didn’t want his first Olympics experience to be defined by Pence.Really? Then Perhaps you shouldn’t have spent the past few weeks talking about him. I haven’t heard him mention you once??? https://t.co/8lcCsoyBsq— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 14, 2018The junior Trump said the athlete shouldn’t have talked about Pence. Then he added he hasn’t heard Pence talk about Rippon once.Of course, Pence has mentioned Rippon.He tweeted about the skater the week the Olympics began. According to reports, his office also tried to set up a meeting with him, which Rippon turned down.Many people quickly pointed out Trump Jr.’s mistake. Others pointed out his father has yet to wish any luck to the athletes competing.Like a Jew meeting a NaziMeanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg defended Rippon on a recent episode of The View.last_img read more

July 13 2012Katie passed quietly in her home the

first_imgJuly 13, 2012Katie passed quietly in her home the morning Wednesday June 27th 2012, surrounded by the love of her family.Katie Farmer – Hillis – Crist was born in 1919 in Atoka, OK, where she and her 3 brothers: Louis, Carl, Pat and 2 sisters: Clara and Betsy, grew up on her father’s farm. Katie told stories of her family traveling by covered wagon to see relatives in neighboring states. At the age of 9 Katie’s mother passed away. Shortly after she took her first job in a local diner to help the family with expenses and with few exceptions she held a job from age 9 to 77.After Katie’s brother, Louis [abombadier] was taken prisoner and later died in a German POW camp she moved her husband and boys to Oakland CA. There she worked in the ship yards not as Rosie the Riveter but as Wendy the Welder. Katie became a certified welder in just over 3 weeks [half the normal training time]. Because she was both tiny and fearless she welded hulls up high, down low, and in all sorts of tight spaces – “send Katie, she’ll fit”. At the close of WWII Katie turned in her stinger and rod and returned to Oklahoma. Waitress work provided her the ability to support her family and time with her children. Waitress wages, tips and a frugal way allowed Katie to raise her children in comfort. Katie worded the graveyard shift as it allowed her more time with her kids. She would get them off to school, sleep some, spend most of the day with them, and tuck them in before heading off to work. Katie was fiercely protective of her children and very devoted. Katie retired the first time from Prospectors Skillet in Prescott, AZ where celerities such as Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood and John Wayne were among her regular customers when they were in town.Intending to volunteer, Katie began working various jobs at Arcosanti outside Cordes Junction AZ. After 2 weeks it was noticed that she was as dedicated to the project as any staff. To her surprise she was given a paycheck to which her response was “I guss I better get working then.”Friendly and adventuresome Katie developed strong friendships. Abouth the age of 70 she and a girlfriend rende a couple of quad-runners and went camping for 4 days in the desert. That was not unusual for Katie; she was alway up for a new experience.At the age of 77 Katie moved to Phoenix to be closer to her family. She had a loving heart, open home and could be depended upon in a crisis.Katies family came to Arcosanti last week to say good-by to her in a place that Katie loved. Each time she visited she said how much she would like to come back.Katie is survived bydaughters Cindy and Susie,sons John and Bobby,grandchildren Shannon, tiffany, Jay, Cory, Derek, Frank, Merinda, Michella and Heath,great-grandchildren Nicki, Georgia, C.J., Cyndle, Siera, Hilo, Nina, Robbie, Alexander, Justin and Christina.[text: from Katies family & photo: Sue]last_img read more

Regular readers know how concerned I am about the

first_imgRegular readers know how concerned I am about the number of baby boomers and seniors who are financially unprepared for retirement. It’s not like the downsides of aging are a secret. As we get older, our bodies wear out and we slow down. Unless we plan to work until the grim reaper shows up at the door, we need to save and invest quite a bit of money. When we published our special report on reverse mortgages a few months back, I learned that the average age of seniors applying for a reverse mortgage had dropped by almost 10%. Many of these folks were drowning in debt, and they hoped to use the payouts to help keep them afloat.Last week I made note of an Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) study reporting that only 10% of eligible workers are making the maximum contributions to their employer-sponsored retirement plans. Of the 90% who were not, most said they needed that money to pay their bills… today. Why can so many people spend, spend, and spend some more, but be unable (or unwilling) to save for retirement? A couple of personal events woke me up to the idea that, perhaps, the answer to that question is just so obvious that I never realized it before. My granddaughter Corrinne has a young child, and she is fortunate enough to have a job where she can work from home. They live up in the frozen tundra of Appleton, Wisconsin – a stone’s throw from Green Bay. This last winter, her old (and paid-for) car would not start, but they did not have the money for repairs. So it sat in the garage, and they functioned just fine as a one-car family. When her mother and I discussed the issue, she mentioned that it wasn’t such a bad thing. First of all, Corrinne’s husband is a fine babysitter, and the grocery stores are open at night, so they could manage for a while. In fact, she was rather proud of Corrinne and her husband for waiting until their tax refund arrived to fix the car. Many folks in that position would have chosen to run up their credit card debt. Then my daughter reminded me of one of my old sayings: “You never learn how to manage money until you don’t have any.” She and her husband had learned that lesson the hard way when they were in their 40s. At the time, they had racked up quite a bit of debt, but eventually they turned their situation around. They cut up their credit cards, learned to live within their means, and dug themselves out of their hole. How fortunate for Corrinne that her parents had learned those lessons. I grinned as I realized that one of the most important lessons I’d taught my children had been passed down to the next generation.The Credit Card Crutch When our youngest son was in college, he decided to stay on campus and work over the summer. We gave him an Amoco gas card for emergencies – not a Visa or MasterCard. At the end of the summer, he proudly announced he had saved $300, which he planned to use as personal spending money during the upcoming semester. I did notice, however, that the Amoco bills happened to be $300 to the penny. Apparently – like many college students – he thought an empty tank of gas on a Saturday night was an “emergency.” We promptly canceled the card and told him why. I recently joined the Lending Club (with which Casey Research has an affiliate relationship) as an investor. In a nutshell, it’s a way for an investor to lend money to consumers. Jo and I decided to invest a small portion of our nest egg with them. Personally, I limit my exposure to $25 per loan, and spread my investments over a large number of consumers. As part of the process, I review each applicant – including their credit history and credit score – and then decide if I want to lend them money. What an amazing learning experience the review process has been. Do you know how to get a great credit score? Make a lot of money, borrow a lot of money, and pay it back on time. Investors can set their own lending criteria on the Lending Club website. I set my cutoff at a 700 credit score, which is pretty high. And yet, I see 50-100 new applications daily from folks who are bogged down with high-interest consumer debt, making minimum payments, and losing ground each month. They want to cut up their credit cards and use one Lending Club loan to consolidate their debt. The number of folks with high credit scores who want a consolidation loan with payments in excess of 20% of their gross monthly income is simply amazing. However, I pass on lending to anyone whose payment would be over 10% of their monthly income. These folks are happy to get a consolidation loan because they are reducing their overall monthly payments. A surprising number are actually thrilled to pay interest rates in the 10-15% range, because they have been paying almost double that to credit card companies. So why do I pass if their payments are over 10% of their monthly income? Hmm… A person makes a certain amount of money each month. From that money, he has to pay taxes, a mortgage or rent, perhaps a car payment, and maybe a student loan. In addition to those regular payments, he wants to borrow money with payments in excess of 20% of his gross income to consolidate debt. Oh yeah, he also has to eat, pay utility bills, live from day to day, and perhaps even raise a family. How is anyone supposed to do all of that and make another payment of 20% of their income? It can be done, but I’m not going to bet on it.Credit Card Epiphany “Epiphany” carries a religious connotation for many folks, so I looked it up to make sure I used it properly. Here is what Mr. Webster has to say about the word: A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. A literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight… I’m sure many of us have had a credit card epiphany at one point or another. Maybe you got to the point where you had several cards and were only making the minimum payments every month, but your debt level wasn’t getting any lower. I sure know how it feels to spin your wheels like that. At that point, maybe you found a friendly loan company to help consolidate your debt into one easy payment so you could pay off your bills. It’s a great concept, but it only works if you cut up your credit cards. If you keep using them after you consolidate your debt, it’s not much of a solution. Even if you promise yourself to only use a credit card for emergencies, you might find yourself wondering, “Is a new iPad an emergency?” No, it’s not. Last October, Bloomberg ran an interesting article, Consumers Paying Down Debt Helps Boost US Expansion. Here is a short excerpt that shows that some folks are getting it.… Americans finally are getting their finances back into shape, Federal Reserve figures show. Household debt as a share of disposable income sank to 113 percent in the second quarter from a record high of 134 percent in 2007 before the recession hit. Debt payments on that basis are the smallest in almost 18 years, while the delinquency rate for credit cards is the lowest since the end of 2008.” One of the people they outlined in the article had 27 credit cards and over $57,000 in debt – and that is not at all unusual. I guess as long as he had a credit card balance below his credit limit, he assumed he had money.The Key to Independence Many folks let the illusion of wealth fool them into thinking they’re on track. Imagine I had brokerage account with a $1 million balance, but I also had $1 million in debt. People might think I was rich, but in reality my net worth would be zero. If that were the case, I’d sure have a lot of catching up to do. Unless I happened to buy a winning lottery ticket (no such luck), I probably couldn’t go from debt-ridden to debt-free to wealthy overnight. Turning things around is a process. A financial turnaround is often triggered by an epiphany about carrying way too much debt. It happened to me and my wife, as well as many of our friends. I realized that I earned a good salary, but it was all going to this or that payment, and we really didn’t have any money. If that sounds familiar, don’t panic. There is a way out. The first step is to be brutally honest with ourselves about our priorities. If wealth accumulation and a comfortable retirement are at the top of our list, we need to get out of debt and stay that way… period. Only then can we start accumulating real wealth. True wealth gives us options. It lets us decide how we want to spend our time. If we want to retire comfortably sometime before our 100th birthday, we are going to need it. Social Security alone won’t cut it, and no one wants to spend their golden years working at Walmart. A singer named Johnny Paycheck was a one-hit wonder. His hit song went something like, “Take this job and shove it, I ain’t working here no more.” Hopefully the royalties from that song have allowed him some financial independence. If not, he’s probably had to rethink his attitude. Perhaps the recession has revived some basic, commonsense values in the baby-boomer generation. Living within our means and saving money is not old fashioned; it’s the key to independence. The sooner folks remember that, the easier their lives will be. —- I’m sure we have all told our children and grandchildren that an education is one thing that can never be taken away. For seniors, a financial education can keep us independent and in the game. While I’m no expert in household budgeting, I can help you generate income, whether you’re already retired or years from it. Take the Lending Club, for example; we’re always on the lookout for unique, innovative, and reasonably safe investments (remember, this is retirement money we’re talking about, so we are ultra-conservative with how much we invest or lend) for generating income. There’s also our Money Every Month investment plan, where you can make a few small, select investments and expect a check every month like clockwork. It’s one of the perks of joining Money Forever. Our current subscription rate is affordable – less than that of a typical morning newspaper. The best part is you can take advantage of our 90-day, no-risk offer to make sure it’s right for you. You can cancel for any reason or no reason at all, no questions asked, within the first 90 days. As you might expect, our cancellation rates are very low, and we aim to keep it that way.On the Lighter Side I hope everyone enjoyed Memorial Day weekend. For the Chicago area, this is the weekend a lot of the summer pools open, which is a nice way to mark the beginning of summer. It’s too bad the unpredictable Chicago weather – which is something of a local joke – delivered a bit of rain. I always thought being a weather forecaster would be a cool job. They can say there is a 50% chance of rain and be right most of the time. How cool is that? At Money Forever, we have a bit of a higher standard. We won’t research a stock and conclude something like, “It has a 50% probability of going up or going down.” After all, we plunk down our hard-earned money right along with you, and if we weren’t confident in our recommendations, we wouldn’t make them. And finally… Once again, our dear friend Toots shared some clever sayings about the winter of life: Going out is good. Coming home is better. You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything…. especially golf. The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore. You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called pre-sleep. You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch. Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, you don’t go anywhere where you could wear it. It seems everybody whispers… and then shouts when you turn up your hearing aids. You have three sizes of clothes in your closet, two of which you will never wear again. “Old” is good in some things: old songs, old movies, and most of all, old friends. And my favorite: It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. I asked Toots if she thought we were in our winter years. She smiled and said, “No, late autumn.” On that we agree. Until next week…last_img read more

Falls are a leading cause of injury and death amon

first_imgFalls are a leading cause of injury and death among older adults. In 2014, about 1 in 3 adults aged 65 and older reported falling, and falls were linked to 33,000 deaths.If you want to reduce the risk of falling, regular exercise may be your best bet, according to the latest recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The influential group came to that conclusion after reviewing evidence from about 20 studies that included adults 65 and older. Half of the studies recruited people who were at a high risk of falling. When the USPSTF experts combined data from several studies, they found exercise reduced the likelihood of falls and injury related to falls.”There were a range of exercise interventions studied, all of which seemed to be effective,” Dr. Alex Krist, vice chairperson of the USPSTF, said in an email. The exercise programs focused on strength and resistance training, as well as balance and gait. “They included individual and group exercises, as well as referrals to a physical therapist or participation in a class like tai chi,” said Krist, who is also a professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.The majority of the studies asked participants to exercise three times a week for about a year. “Overall, there was a 10 to 20 percent reduction in the risk of falls for people who completed the exercise programs,” Krist said.The USPSTF’s exercise recommendation was published Tuesday in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. The task force also evaluated the evidence on vitamin D supplementation. In a change from its previous recommendation issued in 2012, the task force now recommends against vitamin D supplementation to prevent falls in people 65 and older, unless they are known to have osteoporosis or vitamin D deficiency.After a review of several studies on the effectiveness of vitamin D supplementation in preventing falls, the task force didn’t see a consistent benefit. “Pooled analyses showed neither a significant reduction in falls nor a significant effect on the number of persons experiencing a fall with vitamin D supplementation,” the authors of the report write in the paper.Krist says the recommendation applies to older adults without a vitamin D deficiency: “We know that in this group, vitamin D does not prevent falls and lower doses of vitamin D and calcium don’t prevent fractures.”Given that vitamin D deficiency is common in older adults, estimated at 20 percent or more of the population, I asked Krist what would be the downside of recommending the supplement to all older adults? “We recommend that people try to get a healthy dose of vitamin D and calcium through their lifestyle, but we just don’t know at this point whether taking them as a supplement is beneficial or harmful overall,” he said.One study saw an increased risk of kidney stones among women who took 400 international units, or IUs, of vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily.An editorial published alongside the recommendation in JAMA points out that, “for patients at increased risk for osteoporosis, those with vitamin D deficiency, or both, it remains reasonable to consider vitamin D supplementation (800-1000 IU/d or more), consistent with recommendations of other professional societies … .”The editorial was written by a group of experts including Dr. JoAnn Manson, of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dr. Shalender Bhasin, in the Division of Aging and Metabolism at the same hospital.The editorial concludes there will be more evidence available in the coming years to determine whether higher doses of vitamin D supplementation may be beneficial in reducing fractures and falls. There are two clinical trials underway in the U.S. and Europe testing 2,000 IU daily vitamin D versus placebo. “Thus clinicians will soon have more data to guide their treatment decisions in these important areas,” the editorial concludes. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

In February scientists started releasing genetica

first_imgIn February, scientists started releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes in a high-security laboratory in Terni, Italy.NPR was the only news organization allowed into the lab to witness the first releases. Correspondent Rob Stein reported on the start of the experiment: “Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab.”The engineered insects carry a genetic mutation that is lethal to its species. And that could turn out to be a potent weapon in the war against malaria. But as with all genetic modifications, there’s a deep concern about unintended consequences.We asked readers to share their questions about this GMO mosquito experiment. Nearly 300 questions were submitted, on topics ranging from its potential impact on the food chain to alternative solutions like developing a malaria vaccine.Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, answered by Rob Stein.What happens to all the other species in the food chain, like bats and birds, that depend on mosquitoes as a food source? And what about their role as pollinators? – Deborah KrollMosquitoes do play an important role in the food chain. Bats eat them. So do birds, as well as fish, frogs and other animals.But there are hundreds of mosquito species. So many that scientists think dramatically suppressing, or even completely removing, just one would not significantly impact the food chain. Many other mosquito species would still available for these animals to eat.Mosquitoes are also pollinators. But, again, the idea is that other mosquito species and other insects would be unaffected — and so would remain in the environment to fill that role in the ecosystem.Scientists say research conducted so far indicates that the targeted mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, is not a “keystone” species – meaning its disappearance would not have a significant negative ecological effect. But these are all important questions that scientists involved in the Target Malaria project, which is developing the new kind of modified mosquitoes, say they are studying intensively and still need to understand better before any release is considered. Critics say ecosystems are too complicated to ever know for sure.If the altered females can’t lay eggs, how does the mutation spread? – Doug WheelerThe female mosquitoes only become infertile when they inherit two copies of the mutation that has been introduced into the mosquitoes using the gene-editing technique CRISPR and a sequence of DNA known as the “gene drive.” That enables the females to spread a mutation in the gene to future generations of offspring and mate with unmodified counterparts. The thinking is that local populations of this species of mosquito would eventually crash, or drastically reduce, once enough of the females have inherited two copies of the mutation, rendering the populations unable to sustain themselves. In tests in small cages in London, unmodified mosquito populations crashed within seven to 11 generations, which took about six months.Wouldn’t it be better to spend all this time and money developing a vaccine against malaria? – AnonymousScientists have spent decades trying to develop an effective vaccine against malaria. But the life cycle of the malaria parasite has made success elusive. The one vaccine that has been developed is only partially effective. So while work continues to develop better vaccines, many scientists think that other approaches are urgently needed, especially since malaria still takes a major toll every year — an estimated 212 million cases and 429,000 deaths. And efforts to reduce malaria using other approaches, such as treated bed nets, appear to have plateaued in some places.What are some of the leading arguments opposing this approach? – Manuel (no last name given)There are two. The first is that “gene drives” are too dangerous because ecosystems are so complicated that it’s impossible to predict what would happen if an organism engineered with a gene drive was ever let loose in the wild. The concern is that these genetically modified organisms could have myriad unintended and unpredictable consequences.One fear, for example, is that dramatically suppressing or even eradicating one mosquito species could create a niche in the ecosystem that would allow another species to move in carrying other, possibly even more dangerous health problems, such as other insect-borne diseases.The other argument critics make is that there are other, less worrisome alternatives that could be used to fight malaria, such as improving water systems and sewage systems so that they don’t serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The scientists argue that the gene-drive modified mosquitoes approach is actually much more targeted than the approach that has been traditionally used – large-scale use of pesticides, which does much more extensive ecological damage than removing a single species of mosquito.Who is facilitating public discussions in African villages? Is it a neutral third party? – AnonymousTarget Malaria says it has an extensive outreach program that has been underway for some time to develop this program in close consultation with the national governments and local community leaders in places where any future releases may occur. This includes Burkina Faso, Uganda and Mali.Project organizers say they are working intensively to educate people in those places about this technology, and that releases would only occur if it’s clear that the local populace has been truly informed about the benefits and risks, and there is a broad consensus that this would be acceptable.Critics, however, question whether the program is really getting true informed consent, saying local residents appear not to have been well informed and have deep reservations about the project.Can the mutation spread to more than one species of mosquito? – Stephen FriesThe scientists involved in the Target Malaria project say there generally is no “gene flow” between the different species that spread malaria in Africa and other species of mosquitoes that are not transmitting malaria. In Africa, malaria is transmitted by three main species that all belong to the Anopheles family.Within this family, there can be “very occasional matings” and therefore the passing of genes between Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles coluzzii when they are in the same location, says Ruth Mueller, an entomologist who runs the lab testing the mosquitoes. But since both species transmit malaria, this gene flow could be “considered a benefit” because it could suppress those mosquitoes as well. Most of the other Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes rarely mate with other species, and some species never meet, so gene flow is generally “very low or zero in the wild,” Mueller adds. But the plan is to study this question further.Do you suppose this GMO experiment could be replicated with other natural pests like ticks, fleas and some invasive species? – Noelle MarasheskiScientists are very interested in using this approach to fight other problems caused by insects and other creatures. Scientists at the University of California, Davis, for example, are working to use CRISPR and gene drives to fight a species of fruit flies that is a major problem for the farmers growing crops like berries, as well as other species of mosquitoes that spread other diseases, such as Zika.Other scientists are working on developing a related approach to fight Lyme disease, carried by ticks and possibly to fight invasive rodents that are damaging fragile island ecosystems in New Zealand, Hawaii and elsewhere.Thank you to everyone who participated in our callout. Follow Rob Stein on Twitter at @robsteinnews to keep up with his coverage of this topic and more. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Welcome back to our weekly update that highlights 

first_imgWelcome back to our weekly update that highlights some of the cases appearing on 311 in the North End/Waterfront neighborhoods. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at 311.boston.gov.Broken Sidewalk on Cross Street“This is the spot where on the night of August 23rd I tripped and broke my arm. My sister reported it to 311 and within 24 hours received a notice that it was resolved. This picture, almost 7 weeks later clearly shows that it was never addressed.”*Advertisement* The original 311 post can be found here. The case was submitted and opened on October 9th, 2018. It was then closed on October 10th, 2018 with the following message: “Closed with status: Case Closed. Case Noted. More info needed to process request, no contact details associated with case. Please contact Daniel.Nee@Boston.Gov or cal 617-635-3576.”Salem Street Pot Hole Still Needs Repairs“Sink hole Salem street and Bartlett. North End.”The pot hole on Salem Street (sometimes reported as Bartlett Place) is back again.The original 311 post can be found here. An additional case can also be found here. The case was submitted and opened on October 7th, 2018. The case has yet to be resolved as of October 10th, 2018.Trash Bags Cut Open on Moon Street“Hi. This is a photo of the condition I found the rubbish bags in front of my house on 10 Moon Street in Boston’s North End at 6am this morning. Overnight; someone sliced the bags open and left them in this condition. Can anything be done to prevent this from happen? I’m worry the garbage will spew all over the sidewalk and street before or during trash pick-up this morning. Please review and advise. Thank you.”The original 311 post can be found here. The case was submitted and opened on October 5th, 2018. The case was resolved later that day with the following message: “Closed with status: Case Noted. code enforcement can not issue a violation to people looking for bottles will let officer in area know these bags were ripped open by unknown individuals.”Remember, to report a claim with 311, you can call 311, go to the 311 website, tweet at 311, or download the app. What do you think about these 311 cases? Follow our “What’s The 311?” tag to see past week’s postings!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*last_img read more

A local authority has employed the outsourcing gia

first_imgA local authority has employed the outsourcing giant Capita to clear a backlog of annual reviews of its service-users’ care packages, in an apparent attempt to cut costs and help fill a hole in its budget.The “pilot project” has so far resulted in an average cut of seven per cent in disabled people’s support packages.One service-user who contacted Disability News Service said that Capita was “blitzing” all of the disabled people receiving support through direct payments, on behalf of Southampton City Council (SCC).The Capita employee who carried out the assessment admitted cutting the direct payments packages of more than half of the disabled people they had assessed so far and said that the aim of the exercise was to cut costs.The service-user* said they were particularly concerned that the review was being carried out by a company with an appalling record of assessing disabled people for their eligibility for the disability benefit personal independence payment, on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.The service-user said: “I was understandably nervous about my assessment, given the reason it was being done and by whom.“At least there is an appeals process for benefits. I’m not sure what you can do if care hours are cut on the say-so of a Capita assessor.”Earlier this year, the Labour-run council was forced to backtrack on controversial plans to force disabled people with high-cost support packages out of their own homes and into residential and nursing institutions.It had announced plans to review the personal budgets of every disabled person with a package of more than £500 a week, and consider if it would be cheaper to fund them for extra care housing, or nursing or residential care.But it was forced to scrap the plans after opposition from disabled people, including Spectrum Centre for Independent Living, a user-led organisation which campaigns and provides services in Southampton, and Disabled People Against Cuts.Ian Loynes (pictured), chief executive of Spectrum, said that service-users in Southampton, like those in many other authorities, had “not been receiving annual reviews regularly for a long time”, although some reviews had been taking place before the latest Capita programme began.He said he believed that “virtually all” local authorities were now carrying out similar cost-cutting programmes, because of reduced funding from central government.He said: “We do have intermittent reports both in Hampshire and Southampton that [council] care managers are starting a review meeting with the user with a ‘we have to save money’ message, which is completely unacceptable, and when we have challenged this with direct evidence, the senior managers claim it was just an isolated incident and should not be happening.“Whether it is isolated bad practice or likely to be routine depends on my changing levels of cynicism.”But he said Spectrum probably only heard of a minority of such cases.Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “It seems extraordinary that Southampton council, who understandably are facing difficulties in balancing their social care budgets, would further compound the problem by spending money on outsourcing the backlog of annual care package reviews. “If their sole intention is to cut the cost of care packages then, once again, they are skating on thin legal ice. “Starting a review with the words ‘we have to save money’ is unhelpful and contrary to statutory guidance. “Rather there should be a genuine conversation about what is needed to live a good life and whether the current package achieves that.”A council spokesman said that SCC had a “long-term strategic partnership with Capita”, which included “working together on projects to improve and transform services as part of our drive to deliver a modern, sustainable council”. He said: “Through this partnership, the council has contracted Capita to deliver a pilot project to address an existing backlog of reviews in adult social care.  “We are committed to carrying out timely and thorough adult social care reviews, to make sure that people have the support they need to live safe, healthy and independent lives, as far as possible, and to comply with the Care Act 2014.“As part of the pilot, social workers are visiting people who have not had their support plans reviewed during the last year.“Some of these people receive direct payments, some receive services commissioned by the council and some are living in residential and nursing placements.“Learning from the pilot will help us decide whether this is the best way of making sure that we keep on top of reviews and people have the support that they need.“Some of the care and support packages have increased, while some have reduced following a review, as people’s needs have changed or they are now able to maintain their independence in alternative ways, such as through care technology. “The overall reduction in care and support payments so far following these reviews has been less than 10 per cent.”The council spokesman later confirmed that the average reduction so far was about seven per cent.*The service-user has asked not to be namedlast_img read more

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Court Strikes Down FAAs Drone Registration Rule

first_imgDrones 2 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand May 22, 2017 Ostensibly enacted to improve safety, the requirement that recreational drone pilots register their craft with the FAA is nevertheless unlawful, a court ruled. Court Strikes Down FAA’s Drone Registration Rule Your new drone has one fewer hoop to jump through on its way from its box to its first flight, thanks to a court decision on Friday that invalidates the requirement for non-commercial drone pilots to register their craft with the Federal Aviation Administration.A district court in Washington, D.C., found that the FAA’s registry is unlawful, citing a federal statute that prohibits the agency from making any rules or regulations that apply to model aircraft. That statute, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, was enacted in 2012, three years before the FAA implemented its mandatory drone registration program. Under the program, drone owners must pay a $5 fee and affix a unique FAA identification code to their craft. Friday’s court decision vacates that rule, but only to the extent that it regulates recreational drones. The decision does not apply to commercial craft, which must meet a more stringent set of registration rules. Nor does it apply to the FAA’s other drone rules, including both temporary and permanent flight restrictions around military bases and other sensitive areas.Despite its Big Brother-ish nature, the rule was ostensibly enacted to improve safety as more and more drones take to the air. In his decision, Judge Brett Kavanaugh noted that although the rule is unlawful, “aviation safety is obviously an important goal, and the Registration Rule may well help further that goal to some degree.”The FAA said on Friday that it is reviewing the court decision, but did not immediately announce whether it would appeal.”The FAA put registration and operational regulations in place to ensure that drones are operated in a way that is safe and does not pose security and privacy threats,” the agency said in a statement. “We are in the process of considering our options and response to the decision.” Add to Queuecenter_img Tom Brant Image credit: via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for $5 Next Article News reporter –shareslast_img read more