LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – An Alberta player with the Western Hockey League who was seriously burned while hanging out at a backyard firepit is out of intensive care.Family of Ryan Vandervlis say the Lethbridge Hurricanes player is fully alert and has been transferred to a Calgary hospital’s burn unit.He is able to whisper and communicate through texts.The 20-year-old centre with the elite major junior team suffered burns to half his body last month.He was with a group of young men who had gathered around a firepit as part of a pre-wedding celebration when a substance was placed in the fire.Vandervlis has so far had five surgeries and will need more, but his family says he is expected to make a full recovery.Two others were also burned but have since been released from hospital.
Art lovers Belinda Gray and Sally Ball, from East Anglia, are organising one of the UK’s best contemporary art and sculpture shows in aid of Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease, and local services.The event, called Art for Cure, will be held in the magnificent house and grounds of Glemham Hall, Suffolk, from Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May 2016, 10am-5pm.The exhibition is set to raise more than £100,000 towards the charity’s life-saving research.More than 80 artists and sculptors will be exhibiting, including the renowned Vanessa Gardiner, Henrietta Dubrey, Maggi Hambling, Michael Speller, Carol Peace and Paul Vanstone, as well as superb artists drawn from Suffolk’s great wealth of talent.Each exhibitor has agreed to donate a percentage of their sales to support the cause, which is extremely close to both Art for Cure founders, Belinda and Sally, who have each been treated for breast cancer in the last four years.This year’s event follows in the footsteps of its remarkable success in 2014 when Art for Cure first launched, following Belinda’s breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Belinda and best friend Sally’s combined love of art saw them team up to raise vital funds towards breast cancer research – recruiting a selection of artists and sculptures the powerful duo held the exhibition at Belinda’s country home and hoped to raise a little more than £10,000. Much to their delight and surprise the event became an overnight success and within the first weekend they had raised a staggering £100,000.During the planning of Art for Cure 2014, Sally detected a lump and was also diagnosed with breast cancer – with the support of her friends and family she underwent treatment and is now in remission and busy with final preparations for Art for Cure 2016. Keen to make this event even bigger than the last, Sally and Belinda have not only recruited the best names in art and sculpting, but in addition have a selection of TV and music’s finest on board. Celebrities including Ed Sheeran, Elizabeth Hurley, Dominic West, Jim Broadbent, Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Dame Joan Collins, Andy Murray, Delia Smith, Yotam Ottolenghi and Gaby Roslin to name a few have all taken part in Art for Cure’s Make Your Mark initiative drawing doodles, sketches and masterpieces which will be auctioned off online from Monday 18th April to help bring in more funds, visit: www.the-saleroom.com/makeyourmark.Multi-award-winning singer songwriter Ed Sheeran said: “I am thrilled to support Art for Cure, a great local charity giving hope and support to breast cancer patients.”Belinda said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everybody, those who are local and those further afield, to our second Art for Cure exhibition. We hope that together, through the sales of paintings, prints and sculptures, we will raise a phenomenal amount to support this vital cause.“Having experienced breast cancer myself, and seeing my dear friend Sally go through it, I can’t stress how important it is that we help to fund research into this disease and make sure that future generations don’t have to experience what we have.”Sally said: “Art for Cure means an incredible amount to us, it’s not just an exhibition – it’s a show which brings together so much talent from across the country and lets the community be part of it.“Art is a passion for so many, and raising funds to help beat breast cancer is a passion for us, so bringing the two together is the perfect way to help make a real difference.”Kirsty Berrigan, Community Engagement Officer at Breast Cancer Now, said: “We are so glad to see this incredible event back as an even bigger and better exhibition. One in eight women will face breast cancer in their lifetime, and nearly 700,000 people living in the UK today have experienced a diagnosis. Art for Cure will contribute to Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research and we are so grateful that Belinda and Sally chose to support us for their second Art for Cure instalment. We wish Belinda and Sally and all involved in this wonderful event every success.”Breast Cancer Now is bringing together all those affected by the disease to improve the way breast cancer is prevented, detected and treated in order to stop the disease and move from a time when people fear breast cancer to a generation where everybody lives.Art for Cure is open daily to the public from 10am to 5pm, from Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May. Find out more here.
The Higher Education Ministry says some laws will be bent as a strike by university non-academic staff came to and end today.Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that there are provisions in the law to ensure action is taken against university non-academic staff who staged a strike over several demands. The strike launched by the university non-academic staff came to an end today following talks held with the Minister. However he said that the law will be bent as the issue with the non-academic staff had been resolved. The Minister later told reporters that both sides reached an agreement to resolve the issues faced by the university non-academic staff.The Ministry had given a positive response to seven demands of the university non-academic staff. Kiriella said that while a verbal assurance had been given to the non-academic staff earlier, it was now given in writing. (Colombo Gazette)
Demand from private buyers rose 17.2 per cent in March 2001 and by more than 22 per cent in the last six months, accounting for sales of almost 100,000 additional vehicles. SMMT today called for the Consumers’ Association to come clean on the sale of its car import operation, Carbusters.com. Billed as a non-profit operation for consumers, the business has just been sold to Bizzbuild.com, generating £1.3 million for the pressure group. But somewhat bizarrely the Consumers’ Association described the sale as a ‘win win’ for consumers.Commenting on the news SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘I am appalled to learn today that an organisation claiming to work for the benefit of its members should be making over £1 million on a venture which it described as ‘not for profit’ in February 2000. We call on the Consumers’ Association to end its Great British Rip-Off and give this bonus profit to the Motor Industry Benevolent Fund (BEN), a genuine not-for-profit charity which supports more than 13,000 less able people involved in the industry’.The sale of Carbusters.com comes soon after Autohit, the company behind Car Price Check, revealed that some cars cost up to £5,000 less at a UK dealer than they do in mainland Europe. Price comparisons also revealed that many car firms now offer almost three-quarters of their range at lower prices here than on the continent.The research mirrors the fact that thousands of private buyers have found the best deal on a new car is available from a UK dealer. Lower prices and longer warranties have raised sales to the private sector by more than 22 per cent in the last six months.* * * * *Notes to Editors Motor industry charity BEN currently supports more than 13,000 men, women and children in the motor, cycle agricultural engineering and allied industries. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Brock University has approved contributing a parcel of land at its main campus so it can be the site of a community and athletics complex that would be the central site when the 2021 Canada Summer Games are hosted in Niagara.On Thursday, May 9, Brock’s Board of Trustees voted to provide the land, currently part of a parking area, where Canada Games Park can be built if Games organizers are able to secure the required funding from various levels of government.The cost of building the Canada Games infrastructure projects will be shared through funding from the Niagara Region, Niagara’s municipalities and higher levels of government.In addition to the land for Canada Games Park, which Brock will provide on a long-term lease for a nominal-fee, the University will contribute $3.5 million in-kind through the use of Brock’s facilities during the Games, as well as a $500,000 financial contribution.“The 2021 Canada Summer Games has the potential to be a transformative moment in Niagara’s history, and Brock University is on board,” said Gary Comerford, Chair of the Brock University Board of Trustees.“This will be the largest sporting event ever held in Niagara, and the largest-ever Canada Games. As such, it will leave a lasting legacy on the region on many levels, including new and upgraded facilities.”More than 5,000 athletes will compete in 18 different sports from Aug. 6 to 22, 2021, with all of those competitions taking place across Niagara municipalities.Canada Games Park would include a sport and ability centre, arenas, gymnasiums and an outdoor facility with a track, athletic field and beach volleyball courts.Brock President Gervan Fearon said the investment being made by the University will benefit generations of not just students, but the entire Niagara community.“The investment supports the Canada Games in building two legacies,” said Fearon. “First, there is the physical infrastructure legacy of the Games, and second is the legacy of leveraging the facilities in support of university community engagement, academic curriculum and research activities involving the Niagara region here at Brock.In addition to Brock’s contribution to the Games through the in-kind and financial donations, it will also be involved from the academic and student engagement perspective.The University now has three Canada Games academic committees in the areas of research, experiential learning and community engagement.These groups are working to develop innovative initiatives in all three areas, from identifying collaborative research projects and curricular offerings to creating volunteer community engagement opportunities.
Phil Jackson is no longer leading the New York Knicks’ front office, agreeing to leave the organization Wednesday. In the video above, Neil Paine discusses Phil Jackson’s legacy with the Knicks.Read more: At Least Phil Jackson Didn’t Leave The Knicks In Ruins
Over the years, bullpens have eroded the workloads of starting pitchers. This season, relievers have accounted for the greatest share of pitching workload in Major League Baseball history: They have completed 41.1 percent of total innings through Wednesday, up from last year’s record of 40 percent. There are a variety of reasons for this trend, including teams becoming more aware of how starting pitchers tend to do worse each time through the opposing lineup and the increasing specialization of the sport.For more than 40 years, relievers had outperformed starters on a per-inning basis. But this season, through Wednesday, starters’ ERA is 0.02 points lower than that of relievers. Starters have not posted an ERA superior to that of relievers since 1973, but that gap has shrunk rapidly, and this year it could be potentially erased. As recently as 2012, the overall ERA of relievers was half a run better than that of starting pitchers.Perhaps this suggests that the sport has reached the limits of bullpenning and specialization — there are too many relievers employed. Through Tuesday, 492 different pitchers who primarily serve in relief have appeared in games this season.1At least 90 percent of games pitched as relievers. That already breaks the record set last season (488) and is up from 381 relievers in 2010 and 297 in 1998, the first season that MLB had 30 teams.This change in personnel may explain relievers’ decline in performance the first time through opposing lineups, relative to starting pitchers, a trend that Ben Clemens at FanGraphs documented in May and has continued into the summer. For the first time this century, starters have been better than relievers in their first time through the order in back-to-back seasons. Craig Edwards, also of FanGraphs, found there have been more low-leverage innings this year and poorer performance within them,2According to Leverage Index (LI), which is a measure of the relative “pressure” a player has faced. speaking to less meaningful baseball and more poor teams. Those innings have presumably been pitched by lesser relievers, diluting the group’s overall performance. There have been fewer meaningful innings this season — and also a greater volume of lesser-skilled relievers.A key decision for managers in today’s game is deciding whether to stick with a starter a third time through the lineup or to use the bullpen. And the gap between starters in that position and relievers has shrunk to its lowest level since 2005, as relievers have an advantage of only 49 points of opponent OPS this season compared with a 64-point edge last season and a century-high, 88-point difference in 2007, according to Baseball-Reference.com.Another reason for the convergence between starters and relievers is that starting pitchers are gaining relative skill. For the first time in the pitch-tracking era, which dates to 2007, the average fastball velocity of starting pitchers (93.3 mph) is less than 1 mph (0.8 mph) slower than that of relievers (94.1 mph). In 2012, relievers’ average fastballs were 1.7 mph faster than those of starters, and the difference has generally been shrinking since. Relievers’ overall fastball velocity has even declined this season, for the first time since 2008. Moreover, starters so far in 2019 have posted a higher difference between their strikeout rate and walk rate (14.5 percentage points) than relievers (13.9 percentage points). This is the first time starters have had a greater difference than relievers in the two rates since 1986.New technology is also allowing pitchers to improve the efficiency of their pitches. Starting pitchers also generally have a greater variety of pitches — and better command — than relievers, which is arguably one reason why they are starting pitchers and not relievers. If starters close the velocity gap, where relievers have traditionally held an advantage, they are closing a significant portion of the performance divide.Perhaps the game has swung too far in favor of relievers. Managers might want to wait a little longer on that call to the bullpen, or at least consider whom they are calling upon.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
Tyre pressure monitoring system provider, AM Bromley, has unveiled what is says is a unique state-of-the-art OTR tyre monitoring system that utilises advanced telematics technology to provide substantial cost-saving benefits, improved safety, and increased tyre life. Developed in collaboration with ENAiKOON, a telematics communications technology provider, the new system combines AM Bromley’s TMS with ENAiKOON’s advanced tracking software to deliver “an integrated system that offers real-time, anytime reporting for large off-road vehicles.”Utilising a software plugin, the ENAiKOON TMS enables integration into inViu Web, ENAiKOON’s advanced telematics portal, facilitating real-time reporting of pressure and temperature developments across a fleet of vehicles not only to the driver, but also to the asset manager. Instant notification enables managers to become quickly aware of potential tyre performance issues, and to take the necessary remedial action immediately. “As such, the ENAiKOON TMS helps them to achieve the cost benefits resulting from extended tyre life, reduced tyre maintenance expenditure, improved fuel efficiency, and reduced vehicle downtime.”Alert thresholds can now be reconfigured remotely to allow for seasonal and environmental variations, and the plugin may be upgraded remotely when tyres are changed. The ENAiKOON TMS also facilitates the delivery of historical data, truck location, and driver behaviour. The statement said: “Created cost-efficiently by a partnership between the only developers and manufacturers selling an integrated software tyre monitor system directly to the customer, the ENAiKOON TMS is available at a relatively low cost, accessible to smaller firms as well as big corporations with substantial budgets. In contrast to many competing products, introduction of the ENAiKOON TMS does not usually require the costly installation of an alternative infrastructure as it runs on the popular GSM and GPRS networks.” Existing owners of an AM Bromley TMS system wishing to upgrade to the ENAiKOON TMS system need only purchase a single piece of hardware from ENAiKOON to facilitate the new product.AM Bromley Director, Mandy Bromley stated: “Many real-time tyre monitoring systems are almost ten times the price of the ENAiKOON TMS. We are very proud to have been able to work in partnership with ENAiKOON to develop a product which extends the cost benefits to companies of all sizes, not just the big names.”Added Marie Dennis, International Account Manager at ENAiKOON: “Our experience in delivering telematics solutions across the globe combined with AM Bromley’s vast expertise means that together we can provide customers with an opportunity to operate with greater efficiency, ultimately producing cost-saving benefits, improving safety and increasing tyre life.”
Universities and the mining industry are teaming up to tackle asset maintenance in the resources sector through the use of data science.The new Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre will be led by Curtin University in partnership with The University of Western Australia (UWA), CSIRO and the University of Adelaide, and industry partners Alcoa, BHP and Roy Hill, as well as CORE Innovation Hub and the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia.Curtin University was awarded A$3.9 million ($2.9 million) in ARC funding for the establishment of the centre, with planning for the new ARC Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science starting immediately.ARC Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science Director, Professor Andrew Rohl (pictured), from the Curtin Institute for Computation, said: “The effective maintenance of engineering assets underpins the A$205 billion ($151 billion) annual export earnings from Australia’s resources sector.“However, maintenance management practices have changed little in the last 20 years and are ripe for a digital overhaul that will bring developments in computational methods, statistics, applied mathematics and artificial intelligence to determine how, when and why maintenance is conducted.”The new centre will enable the development and adoption of new practices to improve productivity and asset reliability for industry and to foster a new maintenance technology service sector for national and international markets, according to Professor Rohl.UWA Professor Michael Small, CSIRO-UWA Chair of Complex Engineering Systems, said being able to effectively use data to create better systems, develop new technology and transform the way maintenance is carried out across the resources sector is critical and the creation of the new centre will allow industry to take huge steps towards this.
IN THE PAST 11 years, the number of teenagers giving birth in Ireland has fallen by 47 per cent – that’s a rate of 20 per 1,000 in 2001 down to 12 per 1,000 in 2012.Figures from the Central Statistics Office, show that since 2007 there has been a steady decline in teen births and the majority are to girls that are 18 and 19 years of age.There were 1,720 births to women under 20 in 2011 that number fell by five per cent to 1,639 in 2012.The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme welcomed today’s figures and put the fall in numbers down to better quality sex education.Most teenagers are waiting until they are 17 years of age before they start having sex now and “there are very high rates of contraceptive use reported among young people who are sexually active,” says Dr Kevin Kelleher, head of health protection at the HSE.Dr Kelleher says the figures show that Relationship and Sexuality Education is having a clear impact but warned that not all schools are delivering the RSE programme.He also added that the HSE run website, b4udecide.ie is a useful tool for parents to begin talking to their child about relationships and sex.Read: Birth rate falls, but Irish women remain Europe’s most fertile>More: New campaign encourages pregnant women to wear seat belts>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kostas and Poppy Gribilas were overjoyed this week with the birth of their twins Emmanuel and Stephania on Tuesday March 1 and announced it on social media.“Hi everyone, it’s Konstantina, mummy and daddy’s angel. I am so excited to announce that this morning at 11.45 my little brother and sister came to this world. Emmanuel is 3126g and Stephania is 2788g. I am celebrating up here in heaven knowing that my brother, sister and mummy are all doing fine. Thank you for you prayers. Love Konstantina Gribilas xxxx.”The post was written by Kostas in the spirit of his eight-month-old daughter Konstantina, who tragically passed away almost two-and-a-half years ago.The former journalist and his family have experienced a host of ups and downs in the past few years. In 2008, Kostas was discovered to have a heart malfunction, which would leave him in intensive care fighting for his life. Thanks to the generosity of Oliver and Rosemarie Zammit, his life was saved with a heart transplant, after the pair decided to donate their 20-year-old son Doujon’s heart, who was killed by a bouncer while on holiday in Greece.Kostas’ life finally appeared to be on a good trajectory, having met his now wife Poppy, followed by the birth of their daughter Konstantina. But more heartache was on the horizon, after the pair rushed their eight-month-old to Randwick Children’s Hospital with symptoms of dehydration. “She was teething, and when babies are teething they don’t eat properly, so we thought she was dehydrated and we took her straight to the hospital,” Poppy told Neos Kosmos in an interview in 2014. “Within 48 hours we lost her.”The heart complications proved too severe for the little girl to hold on.Soon afterwards Kostas and Poppy decided to create The Konstantina Angelique Gribilas Foundation in memory of their little angel and to help raise funds for the Children’s Hospital and other worthwhile charities.But for now, the doting parents will have their hands full with their twin miracles. For more information, visit the foundation’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/KonstantinaAngelique
Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ TGIF. While you’re planning for the long weekend ahead, we’ve rounded up the top movie and TV trailers that you might have missed during the week.Disney just teased a live-action remake of Mulan, which features a fierce warrior who protects her father from fighting in a war, while Netflix’s eerie sci-fi series Another Life teases extraterrestrial mayhem. From Roadside Attractions’ biopic on The Wizard of Oz actress Judy Garland to Hulu’s mysterious series Light as a Feather, here are the top movies and TV shows to keep on your radar.The Great HackData exploitation is one of tech’s most feared flaws and The Great Hack, a documentary that explores this frightening scenario, spans personal accounts and perspectives on the massive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal that took place last year. This compelling documentary is coming to Netflix and select theaters on July 24.Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of EvilA powerful horned fairy and a princess engage in a major showdown in Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The film, which stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, follows the complex relationship between a major villain and Princess Aurora and their power struggle to take over a kingdom. Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil hits theaters on Oct. 18.Light as a FeatherThe deadly game is back in Light as a Feather, Hulu’s creepy series that sends a group of friends into a dangerous match against supernatural forces. Light as a Feather Season 2 hits Hulu on July 26.Disney’s MulanTwenty-one years after an amazing box office run, Disney’s Mulan is coming back to the big screen, and this time, it will be a live-action remake of the animated film. The movie, which follows the fierce warrior’s journey to save China from enemies, will premiere in theaters on March 27, 2020.Another LifeExtraterrestrials are here to snap up our planet in Another Life, a Netflix sci-fi series that follows the aftermath of a strange alien artifact landing on Earth and an intergalactic mission that tries to stop its powerful hold on humanity. Another Life Season 1 will debut on Netflix July 25.JudyYou might remember Judy Garland as Dorthy in The Wizard of Oz, however, not much is known about the last years of her life. Judy, a film focused on the actress’ post-cinema career, stars Renée Zellweger as the struggling starlet who has to go to London and steal audiences with her voice. Judy hits theaters Sept. 27.Saint Seiya: Knights of the ZodiacHistory has had warriors called knights, and now, a group of modern-day guys have to step up and save the world in Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. This anime series, which follows the young heroes as they devote their lives to protecting Goddess Athena and humans, is coming to Netflix on July 19.FREAKS Seven-year-old Chloe and her dad are hiding from the outside in FREAKS, a sci-fi thriller that takes place in a post-apocalyptic society where certain humans are feared by the public. Chloe, who’s done hiding, wants to escape her dangerous situation, which could put her life in danger. FREAKS hits theaters on Aug. 23.More on Geek.com:Watch: New Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Trailer Spotlights a Fierce Fighter20 Years Later: How ‘The Blair Witch Project’ Changed HorrorTop Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019
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Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 15, 2018 Body found floating off Mission Beach ID’d as Egyptian citizen SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities Monday publicly identified a 37-year-old Egyptian citizen found dead under potentially suspicious circumstances last week in the ocean off the coast of Mission Beach.The body of Abdelkader Elshayeb was floating about 2 1/2 miles from shore when a fisherman on a boat spotted it shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to police. City lifeguards retrieved the body and brought it to their main dock off Quivira Court on Mission Bay.Elshayeb was dressed only in surfer-style shorts, and his body bore no obvious signs of traumatic injuries, Lt. Anthony Dupree said. A potentially suspicious factor in the case, however, was a chain wrapped around the dead man’s waist, though it might have been used simply as a belt or style accessory, the lieutenant said.Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the fatality “out of an abundance of caution,” Dupree said.A ruling on the cause of Elshayeb’s death remains on hold pending completion of postmortem exams.Related: Police investigating body found off Mission Beach coast KUSI Newsroom,
Screengrabs of the girl started circulating on the internetTwitterFor most people, becoming well-known is a pleasant experience, but that hasn’t been the case with Deepika Ghose – dubbed the RCB Girl after she caught the eye of the cameraman during Royal Challenger Bangalore’s last league game – against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru.The young lady had caught the fancy of fans after being seen on television and was searched for on social media. Eventually, her Instagram account was traced and her following on this platform grew exponentially.Negative consequences This sudden burst of popularity and recognition also led to unwanted attention and commentary which has left Ghose feeling despondent and maligned. In an Instagram post that she uploaded recently, the girl gave vent to her troubled emotions.”My name is Deepika Ghose & that is probably the only thing that is being said about me which is 100% TRUE,” the resident of Bengaluru said while beginning the story of her ordeal. “It all started on the Saturday of the RCBxSRH IPL match. When we went for the match on May 4th, I did not expect it to be different. I did not want any recognition or realise the number of times that I was on camera. I did nothing to warrant the kind of attention that ensued after the TV images appeared & I certainly did not seek it,” she continued.Ghose, about whom there exists great curiosity, described herself and her achievements and asserted that her professional accomplishments are more valuable than the celebrityhood she has attained of late. “I have much to be proud of – I am a kind, artistic & hardworking woman. I am well educated, well-travelled and well loved by my friends and family. I have many talents and have excelled at my work as a stylist and as a dancer/teacher/entrepreneur. I do NOT consider being seen on TV at an IPL match an achievement,” the young lady wrote in her Instagram post. Deepika’s name became so prominent that she even overtook Deepika Padukone in Google searchBut then came the disturbing part. She talked about the negative aspects of her attainment of recognition and how it has severely afflicted her. “While I am grateful for the love, I am disturbed by the unnecessary negativity. It has been an extreme case of abuse, trauma and mental torture. I am confused as to how people found my name/profile. My identity, privacy & life have been hacked in an instant. A lot of the overnight followers are men who have used this platform to be crude, vulgar, vicious & entirely disrespectful.”But it isn’t just the men who have harassed her. She narrated her tormenting by women thus: “Even more shocking is the hate I have received from women. How quick & cruel you have been to say mean things to & about me without even knowing me. I AM ONE OF YOU! The world desperately needs more women supporting & uplifting each other. I am appalled by how I have been judged & condemned instead of being given a compassionate hearing. Stop & think about how it is as a girl to have been subjected to this unwanted attention.”Responsibility of broadcastersIt leaves one stunned to read all this as it means that this youngster had to undergo all these ordeals without having done anything wrong. In fact, she didn’t even promote herself. It were the cameramen at the stadium who kept panning the camera to her.This also shows how dangerous the present-day cyber world has become. While it may be a means to bring people closer, it could also be used for such harassment. Furthermore, it’s about time the tendency of cameramen and producers of cricket matches to focus on pretty faces at the ground gets scrutinised. Isn’t it blatant ogling in the name of cricket coverage? Cricket broadcasters have tried to make their coverage more gender-sensitive by bringing in female commentators but the inclination to pander to male gaze remains intact. Time for the channels and production companies to also do some soul-searching.
Listen Gail DelaughterRiders prepare to board on North Main Street at Quitman.At last month’s Metro board meeting member Christof Spieler talked about the Quitman rail platform on North Main Street. He said it was the only place he felt unsafe waiting for the train after dark. The platform is only blocks away from where 11-year-old Josue Flores was killed as he walked home from school. Police are still looking for a suspect.Gail DelaughterA memorial for 11-year-old Josue Flores on Fulton Street, about five blocks from the light rail line.Metro CEO Tom Lambert maintains the rail line is safe. He says about 65,000 people a day ride the train but there are only about 25 incidents every month. To alleviate concerns in the neighborhood, Lambert says Metro police are beefing up their presence. “We now have an officer assigned from 6:00 a.m. in the morning until 11:00 o’clock at night at the Quitman rail platform,” says Lambert. “That’s the platform right across from the Salvation Army. And I know there’s been a lot of discussion about how the Salvation Army can help improve the conditions there.”And Metro Chairman Carrin Patman says the agency needs more outreach to the homeless and mentally ill. “We want to do what we can to provide transit to them to the facilities and services they need, as well as participate with any community endeavors that exist out there to help that population,” adds Patman. Along with an increased police presence on the Quitman platform, Metro says its officers will also patrol the neighborhood during the overnight hours. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:19 X Share
Travis BubenikRose Escobar, wife of Jose Escobar, speaks to reporters at the Mickey LeLand Federal Building in Houston, TX on Friday.Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee says the deportation this week of a Houston father of two who has lived in the U.S. for 16 years was an “injustice.”She spoke alongside the man’s wife, Rose Escobar, in downtown Houston today.Jose Escobar came to the U.S. from El Salvador when he was 15 years old. He had legal status, but eventually lost it because of botched paperwork. Under the Obama Administration, he was given a deportation reprieve and told to check in with immigration authorities each year.When he did that last month, he was arrested. He was deported on Thursday.At a press conference, Rose Escobar criticized the Trump Administration’s widening of deportation priorities.“I am a U.S. citizen, and I am being hurt by my own president,” she said.Congresswoman Jackson Lee claims she was assured this week by an immigration official in Laredo, TX – where Escobar was being held – that he would not be deported, though he ultimately was. Because of that, she’s asked Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to re-open the case, saying she believes Escobar is still eligible to be in the country.“An aggressive approach to deportation – that is what victimized Mr. Escobar,” she said.The administration’s approach to deportations has Jackson Lee and others worried that non-violent undocumented people – like Escobar – will be increasingly targeted by immigration authorities.EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated that Jose Escobar came to the U.S. from El Salvador when he was 14 years old. He was in fact 15 years old at the time. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:12 Share Listen
Microsoft seems intent on collapsing its user experience across platforms to a single, familiar design and layout, and connecting as many Microsoft devices as possible. Now, Win8Italia has found references to the Xbox 360 in the kernel of the latest private beta of Windows 8. Some analysts think this means that Xbox 360 games are on their way to Windows 8 PCs.Microsoft is definitely set on converging its products and devices into a single ecosystem. Between Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, Windows Phone 7, and Windows, Microsoft wants you to be able to access the best of all services from any device. None of that is news, but the folks sifting through the source for the latest Windows 8 betas have revealed some references to the Xbox 360 that are interesting.Specifically, the Windows 8 kernel appears to have some instructions for handling itself in the event of an Xbox 360 crash. Over at WinRumors and Insideris.com, the predominant opinion is that this means Xbox 360 games will be playable on PCs when Windows 8 is launched. That’s one possibility, but it’s just as likely – if not more likely – that Windows 8 will have some remote connectivity to an Xbox 360 on the same network, whether it’s for gaming, or if it’s just media center capabilities, like Windows 7 already has.InsiderIS however, is citing sources that say that you’ll be able to play Xbox 360 games and access a kind of Xbox Live on your Windows PC (in the form of Games for Windows Live) for an additional subscription fee with your Xbox Live membership. They also say PC gamers and Xbox 360 gamers will be separated from one another to avoid conflict between gamers who prefer keyboards and mice versus controllers and vice versa.It’s possible that has something to do with the fact that Microsoft is merging Games for Windows Marketplace with Xbox.com, although it would be unlike Microsoft to offer separate PC and Xbox-based gaming networks. It’s also worth highlighting the fact that Windows 8 is still a long way off and any references in the code should be taken with a grain of salt. Every version of Windows has changed, added, and removed features from this stage in its development to launch, and Windows 8 won’t be any different.There’s no doubt there will be some Xbox integration with Windows 8, especially since we know that Xbox Live will power its entertainment hub, but whether or not it’ll play actual Xbox 360 games is up in the air, if not a bit far-fetched. It’s more likely the code references are for some other functionality that, while unannounced, will be a bit more mundane.Read more at WinRumors and InsiderIS
Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot It doesn’t take a high IQ to develop a prejudice toward others. In fact, bigotry doesn’t even require actual brain cells.New research from Cardiff University and MIT suggest artificially intelligent machines can demonstrate bias by identifying, copying, and learning the behavior from each other.Some computer systems have already become victims of sexist and racist views.Microsoft’s Tay chatbot, for example, was designed to interact with people, in hopes of helping the firm better understand conversational speech. Targeted at 18- to 24-year-olds, the algorithm turned out to be a huge hit with online miscreants, who taught her to repeat extremely offensive viewpoints. Within 24 hours of Tay’s launch, she was put to “sleep” by her creators.But this study focuses on the possibility of AI evolving prejudicial groups on their own—without the help of Internet trolls.As part of their analysis, researchers played a game of give and take: Each individual chooses whether they donate to someone in their own party or a separate group—based on the recipient’s reputation, and the benefactor’s donating strategy (which showcases their personal levels of prejudice toward outsiders).Participants begin to learn new strategies by copying others, either within their group or the entire population, who gain a higher short-term payoff.“By running these simulations thousands and thousands of times over, we begin to get an understanding of how prejudice evolves and the conditions that promote or impede it,” study co-author and Cardiff University professor Roger Whitaker said in a statement.The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, reveal that these decisions—sexism, nationalism, classism, racism, religious discrimination—don’t necessarily require advanced cognitive abilities.“It is feasible,” Whitaker explained, “that autonomous machines with the ability to identify with discrimination and copy others could in [the] future be susceptible to prejudicial phenomena that we see in the human population.“Many of the AI developments that we are seeing involve autonomy and self-control, meaning that the behavior of devices is also influenced by others around them,” he continued, citing self-driving vehicles and the Internet of Things. “Our study gives a theoretical insight where simulated agents periodically call upon others for some kind of resource.”The idea that an autonomous Uber might refuse service to a woman or your connected coffee maker could shut down when activated by a black person is a revolting step backward in the fight for equal rights.Racism, unfortunately, is not limited to human skin tone: A recent study suggests folks have similar automatic biases toward dark-colored robots as they do toward dark-colored people.More than half of adult Internet users believe, within 30 years, machines will be able to perform most activities currently done by humans. Stay up to date on all things bots here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
More on Dark Matter Sophia ChenHow to Use Dark Matter Detectors to Catch a Uranium Thief Sophia ChenPhysics Found Gravitational Waves. Now Come the Existential Questions If you want to build and run a $70 million dark matter detector, you’re going to have a hefty shopping list. You’ll need to buy hundreds of photomultiplier tubes, set up elaborate electronics, and pay graduate students, for starters. And 20 percent of your cash is going to go to just one thing: xenon gas. You’ll need 200 steel bottles of the stuff, purified from the Earth’s atmosphere, at a price that can fluctuate wildly around $100,000 a bottle.The physicists working on a project called LUX-ZEPLIN discovered this in 2015, when they were were developing their budget. The group is currently installing a giant dark matter detector underground in a former mine in South Dakota, where they hope to catch a glimpse of a hypothesized dark matter particle called a WIMP. And the xenon bills. Ouch. “No, we don’t get a break because we’re poor, starving scientists,” says physicist Murdock Gilchriese of the 250-member experiment led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Only a handful of companies produce xenon gas globally, by extracting it from the air at so-called air separation plants. Xenon makes up about 0.00001 percent of Earth’s atmosphere, a concentration comparable to a pot of soup seasoned with a single grain of salt. For these companies, xenon production is just a side gig, amounting to pocket change: Their more lucrative product is pure oxygen, which the steel industry buys to power their furnaces. “Nobody builds a plant just for xenon,” says Richard Betzendahl, a gas industry consultant and distributor. “There’s no economics in that.”But it’s the lifeblood of dark matter experiments. Over the last decade, physicists have built increasingly gargantuan detectors filled with cooled, liquefied xenon to search for dark matter, a hypothesized substance that physicists think makes up 85 percent of the universe’s mass, according to decades of telescope observations. The detectors sense flashes of light that should appear when a dark matter particle bumps into a xenon nucleus. They’ve chosen to use xenon because it’s not reactive, which means less noise in their detector, and because it has a large nucleus, which makes it easier for dark matter to hit.When LUX-ZEPLIN starts taking data in 2020, it will need 10 tons of xenon. They’ll have purchased xenon gas, purified it even further, and liquefied it for their detector. Other groups, like the XENON collaboration based in Italy, are planning even bigger detectors; the more xenon you use, the more likely you’ll catch a dark matter particle.Several years ago, Gilchriese’s group did the math. The world produces about 40 tons of xenon a year. LUX-ZEPLIN needed about a quarter of the world’s yearly production.Then, they went shopping.They started by hiring Betzendahl as a consultant. “I didn’t know much about the xenon market,” says Gilchriese. Xenon, it turns out, has a variety of uses ranging from the mundane to the cosmic. Light bulb manufacturers put xenon gas inside incandescent bulbs to make the tungsten filament last longer. Space missions also use xenon as rocket fuel to launch satellites.They also learned that they needed to time their bid just right. The price of xenon peaks and falls like a seismograph. “It can be 10 times what it was the previous year,” says Betzendahl.That’s because in recent years, companies have developed, adopted, and abandoned new technologies that require large amounts of xenon. In 2008, Toshiba ordered a quarter of the world’s xenon supply for a new semiconductor technology, which caused the price of xenon to increase tenfold. “Then, they figured out how to do it with a lot less xenon, and the price collapsed again,” says Betzendahl. Today, prices are rising, perhaps because Samsung has started buying xenon for a new etching technology.So Gilchriese’s group, on Betzendahl’s recommendation, asked companies to deliver the xenon over several years. LUX-ZEPLIN gets its money from the government in batches: a few million the last three years. “Even if we had the money to buy it all at once, it was very clear that it would disrupt the market,” says Gilchriese. They also had to buy the xenon from multiple companies, largely based in the US and China. And because of Betzendahl’s advice, and maybe just luck, they managed to buy most of their xenon when prices dropped.Gilchriese is done buying xenon, at least for a few years. But physicists are pondering the construction of more xenon-based dark matter experiments. The PandaX experiment in China is planning to build a detector containing four tons of liquid xenon. The XMASS collaboration in Japan aspires to a build a 20-ton detector. XENON has broached the possibility of a 50-ton detector. Gilchriese has asked one of his xenon dealers how that purchase might work. The verdict? “It’ll be really hard to get 50 tons of xenon,” he says.They’d have to buy it in batches again, over a longer period of time, and hope they can buy it all at a fixed price. Even though physicists want more of it, it’s unlikely that companies are going to churn out significantly more xenon, says Betzendahl. In the three years or so it takes to plan and build a plant with xenon extraction capability, xenon prices could plummet. Lots of air separation plants don’t even bother extracting xenon and just let the gas escape back into the atmosphere. Joshua SokolDeep Within a Mountain, Physicists Race to Unearth Dark Matter And xenon customers don’t have a lot of options. Some people in the xenon industry have toyed with the idea of extracting it from natural gas, where it occurs in higher concentration than regular air. But right now, air separation plants are literally the only way to harvest xenon, says Betzendahl.In the early days of the LUX-ZEPLIN experiment, Gilchriese’s group actually considered building their own xenon production plant. Worried about the fluctuations in the xenon market, they wondered if they could just do it themselves. “Admittedly, it was a stab in the dark,” says Gilchriese.They asked some engineers to estimate how much it would cost. “It just was not feasible,” says Gilchriese. “It was many tens of millions of dollars just to set up the plant. And you have to design it. Where would it go? And then you actually have to run it. You know what I mean? You’re certainly not going to compete with people who do this as an add-on to a much larger market.”On the bright side, dark matter experiments don’t consume xenon—the 10 tons just stay in the detector, inert, in LUX-ZEPLIN’s detector for its five years of operation. “Someday they’ll have a lot of product to sell on the market,” says Betzendahl. They could recycle the xenon in another experiment. Or they could hoard it and wait for the price to spike again.