Martina McBride Bands Against Cancer

first_imgAward-winning country superstar Martina McBride has released her 13th studio album, RECKLESS, and also teamed up with Band Against Cancer, the Sarah Cannon Tour.The organization aims to bring awareness to ways that communities can get involved in cancer research from supporting local non-profits to educating people about new research and treatments. Band Against Cancer will be doing 5 special concerts this year (3 in Texas, 1 in Denver, 1 in Nashville) all to raise awareness and funds to support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Be The Match. Click here for more info.“Helping families who are facing cancer has always been a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” said Martina McBride. “I’m honored to be the voice that connects these individuals and their families with a fully committed team of cancer experts. Together with Sarah Cannon, this means each person can fight cancer where they get their greatest strength, in their own communities, with their own band of support.”As the flagship artist for Band Against Cancer, Martina McBride has used her voice to engage with her fans to help make the world a better place – out on tour and in their own hometowns. Team Martina, a collective of fans who stand with the iconic singer, give back to communities nationwide and will join the 2016 initiatives to Band Against Cancer. One of the most celebrated voices across genres, Martina is a four-time CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year whose hits chronicle more than two decades. Most recently, Martina’s Grammy nominated hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” inspired many young fans to cover her song through social media to support loved ones battling cancer, and was featured on several national broadcasts including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The View. That anthem also was highlighted through the Eleven Across American Amtrak train tour, which ran coast to coast in 2011 to breast cancer awareness, and propelled Pandora to spotlight the superstar in an October concert event benefiting breast cancer causes.“We have learned that when we bring cause and music together we are able to cut through the media noise and bring very important messages to a greater number of people,” said Scott Borchetta, President/CEO of Big Machine Label Group. “The sum is so much greater than the parts and it is defined in our new relationship with Sarah Cannon. The initial focus of our relationship is attacking blood cancer and we are honored to join them in spreading the message and reaching the greatest number of people possible with Martina McBride and other great BMLG artists and their music.”Recorded at Nashville’s iconic Blackbird Studios, RECKLESS, showcases McBride’s unparalleled vocals and emotional depth as she gets back to her country roots. The songs have an outstanding mix of classic country and a contemporary edge with producers Nathan Chapman and Dann Huff at the helm.
”This album feels so good! That’s the best way I can describe it. I spent a lot of time finding songs that felt personal to me. I figure if I can relate to them someone else will too. There are songs about love, life, hope, loss, leaving, and coming home,” states Martina. “And that’s what making this album felt like to me….coming home. We took our time and just let the songs and production develop and even though working with Dann and Nathan together was a new experience, somehow we captured a sound that feels like the music I’ve done my whole career and yet fresh at the same time,” elaborates Martina.last_img read more

China hits out at abnormal immoral attacks on Huawei

first_imgBrussels: China’s foreign minister lashed out Monday at “abnormal, immoral” attacks on Huawei amid growing concern, led by the US, that the telecom giant poses a security risk to the West. Wang Yi demanded a “fair and just competition environment” for Chinese firms as he met EU foreign ministers and officials for talks in Brussels. His call comes as Washington steps up pressure on allies, particularly in Europe, to shut Huawei out of tenders for fast fifth-generation, or 5G, telecom networks, because of the firm’s ties to the Chinese government. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”China hopes all countries will create a fair and just competition environment for companies of all countries,” Wang told reporters. “What we oppose is groundless accusations out of political purposes and attempts to bring down a foreign company. We think such practices are abnormal, immoral and have no support from other countries.” Huawei strenuously denies allegations its equipment could be used for espionage and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang insisted Friday that Beijing would “never” ask its firms to spy on other nations. A law recently enacted by Beijing obliging Chinese companies to aid the government on national security has added to concerns about Huawei just as European countries begin planning 5G infrastructure.last_img read more

MMA fighter who abducted Ggn doctor to fund movie dream held

first_imgGurugram: The Special task force of Haryana force on Wednesday night arrested five people who were wanted for abducting son of a doctor in Gurugram and demanding extortion of Rs 50 lakhs from the medical practitioner. The five arrested accused have been identified as Jongender w, Shiva, Deepak, Kamal and Amitesh.The accused were held after an encounter with the STF in Rewari. Joginder was the leader of Joginder Panchi jatan gang and had huge prize money placed on his arrest Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the STF, the gang had arrested had a criminal past and were found wanting in various cases that ranged from murder, attempts to murder, abduction and burglaries in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The law enforcement officials were able to recover four pistils, ten live cartridges and Rs 49 lakhs the amount which they had been able to successfully recover on the kidnapping of the doctor Interestingly Amitesh one of the people who has participated in the Super Boxing League acted in a Bhojpuri film, and recently directed a short film. The police said he wanted money to make a big film and cast himself as the lead. He was arrested along with four other gangsters by the special task force in an encounter on Wednesday night. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to them, he became a member of Panchi gang a few years ago after befriending Joginder Panchi Jatan, the gang leader, whom he met in a Delhi pub. Police in Lucknow said Chaubey was arrested from his Jankipuram house there. Joginder Panchi Jatan, a resident of village Panchi in Sonipat, formed a gang after his brother was shot dead over political rivalry in October 2015. His brother was a former deputy superintendent of police in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a national wrestler, the police said. Jatan is himself a former national-level hockey player and a passionate boxer, said police, adding that he is involved in ATM thefts, carjacking, and loot and dacoity cases registered across the state and the National Capital Region. According to the police, the members of his gang are all mostly former wrestlers and hockey players looking to make quick money. On March 16, the Joginder Panchi Jatan gang kidnapped a 27-year-old doctor who was returning to his house in the city’s Sector 50, after partying with his friends. He stopped the car to relieve himself near a liquor vend in Sector 29 when the accused allegedly kidnapped him at gunpoint and forced him into his car. The family who runs private hospitals in Rewari and Gurugram paid the ransom by March 17 and secured the release of the victim.last_img read more

Volkswagen rolls out 1 millionth car from Pune plant

first_imgMumbai: German auto major Volkswagen, which has been facing headwinds for long and got restructured under its subsidiary Skoda, Friday rolled out the 1-millionth car from its Pune facility, which was commissioned in 2010. The 20,000 cars per annum Pune plant produces four models –the Polo, Ameo and Vento and the Skoda Rapid. Besides meeting the local demand, the facility also exports to some 50 countries across Asia, Africa, North America and South America. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The rollout of the 1-millionth car is an important milestone for us,” said Gurpratap Boparai, managing director, Volkswagen India. The German auto giant, which is the world’s largest auto company by volume, has three direct entities in the country-Volkswagen, Volkswagen Group Sales, and Skoda Auto apart from the luxury car unit Audi India. “We would like to build further following this milestone and work towards higher localisation, ramping up production and manufacturing world-class products for this and other target markets around the world,” Boparai said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs part of its Skoda-led ‘India 2.0’ project, which aims at more India-specific cars, the three entities have been proposed to merge into Skoda. The Volkswagen group will be investing Rs 8,000 crore in the country as part of this revival strategy over the years and has already set up a technology centre at the Pune plant to start local development under this. Volkswagen globally represents by 12 brands –Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Scania, Seat, koda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Man, and Volkswagen Passenger Cars. Meanwhile, in another development, Skoda India has offered an assured buyback scheme for its Superb model range. Made available exclusively through its vehicle finance arm, the scheme will allow the owners of these lower range cars to buy a brand new Superb at low EMIs, the company said. Called koda EasyBuy, the program offers an assured introductory buyback value of 57 percent for a new Superb at the end of the three year contract term.last_img read more

Evolve Media Buys Total Beauty

first_img The deal is Evolve’s third in the last five months. It also picked up pet enthusiast network Dogtime Media and lesbian/bi pop culture site, AfterEllen.com. “The beauty publishing category is extremely scarce in terms of sites that provide both scale and premium content,” says Aaron Broder, CEO and Co-Founder of Evolve Media. “The acquisition also provides us with a wonderful complement to our award-winning fashion site, theFashionSpot.com.” But the Total Beauty acquisition is Evolve’s largest acquisition to date, adding another 3.5 million monthly visitors to its women and family group TotallyHer.center_img Evolve Media has continued its recent acquisition streak, buying the Total Beauty Group and adding beauty trends and service sites TotalBeauty.com and BeautyRiot.com to its portfolio of digital lifestyle brands.  last_img read more

Drug that stops the spread of cancer has been developed

first_img A drug that stops the spread of cancer has been developed, with scientists identifying the cells responsible for initiating and promoting metastasis. While the drug has only been tested on mouse models, researchers are hopeful the discovery will have widespread applications for future cancer treatments.Metastasis the process through which cancer spreads from one part of the body to another. It is one of the aspects of the disease that makes it so deadly – indeed, it is the reason behind 90% of human cancer deaths. The process by which cancer spreads is extremely complex. The cells that trigger metastasis are not known, so the development of therapies to prevent it is challenging.However, a team of researchers led by Gloria Pascual of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) has now found these cells, and shown how they can be used to stop the spread of cancer.In a study published in the journal Nature, the team found a specific protein – CD36 – in the membranes of tumour cells that are responsible for taking up fatty acids (a receptor). The team discovered CD36+ cells in samples of human oral carcinoma (oral cancer).When CD36 was absent from the tumours, they did not develop metastasis. When it was added, the tumours became metastatic.Researchers then looked at CD36 in mouse models of oral, melanoma and breast cancer. After treating them with antibodies to block the receptor, metastasis was either significantly reduced or totally eliminated. Furthermore, metastases already present shrunk or disappeared. Where matastases was already established, the treatment removed it in 20% of the cases, and reduced it in between 80-90% of the remainder. There were no significant side-effects observed.Cancer metastasis dependent on fat? Because CD36 is responsible for the uptake of fatty acids, the researchers looked at what role fat intake has on the spread of cancer. To do this, they provided one group of mice with a high-fat diet and inoculated them with oral cancer. In the control group, 30% went on to develop metastasis, compared to 80% of the high-fat group. This indicates a high-fat diet increases the risk of metastasis.Aznar Benitah said: In mice inoculated with human tumour cells, there appears to be a direct link between fat intake and an increase in metastatic potential through CD36. More studies are needed to unravel this intriguing relationship between diet and metastasis, above all because industrialised countries are registering an alarming increase in the consumption of saturated fats and sugar.Fat is necessary for the function of the body, but uncontrolled intake can have an effect on health, as already shown for some tumours such as colon cancer, and in metastasis, as we demonstrate here.Further analysis showed metastasis is also dependent on CD36 in ovarian, bladder and lung cancer. Findings indicate there could be a general mechanism that underlies metastasis – and treatments that block CD36 could be key to stop the spread of cancer.Although we have not yet tested this in all tumour types, we can state that CD36 is a general marker of metastatic cells, the first marker I know of that is generally specific to metastasis, said Salvador Aznar Benitah, head of the Stem Cell and Cancer Lab at IRB Barcelona.We expect this study to have a big impact on the scientific community and to further advances in metastasis research, and we hope to be able to validate the potential of CD36 as an anti-metastasis treatment. Things like this dont happen every day.The team is now working with researchers in the UK to develop antibody-based treatments that work against CD36 for a range of cancers. If successful, they believe a new drug could be available in five to 10 years. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Drug that stops the spread of cancer has been developedcenter_img Closelast_img read more

WATCH After Meeting With Pope Francis Trump Meets With Belgian Prime Minister

first_imgThe Latest on President Donald Trump’s first trip abroad (all times local):5:35 p.m.President Donald Trump is meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels.Trump says they will work together on “various problems. Number one is terrorism.”Trump says that when you see something like the bombing this week in Manchester, England, you remember how important it is to win the fight.He says “we will win. 100 percent.”Trump is meeting with the prime minister before talks this week with NATO and European Union officials.___5.30 p.m.Thousands of protesters are gathering for a major anti-Trump demonstration in Brussels, a few hours after President Donald Trump arrived in the Belgian capital for talks with NATO, European Union and Belgian officials.The march was set to start in the early evening, just as Trump was ending talks with Belgian government officials. The demonstrators centered their protests on Trump’s environmental and immigration policies.The early arrivals at the Brussels North Station were shouting “We don’t want Trump! We don’t want Trump!”The road of the marchers was set to stay away from the U.S. Embassy and Royal Palace where Trump was holding meetings upon his arrival from Rome.___Associated PressTrump meets with Pope Francis4:12 p.m.President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels Wednesday afternoon ahead of meetings with NATO leaders.Trump was harshly critical of NATO as a candidate, declaring the military alliance “obsolete.” He’s also criticized member countries for not following NATO guidelines to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.The president has been similarly critical of Brussels, the Belgian capital that is home to both the NATO and European Union headquarters. After the city’s recent struggles with terrorism, Trump called Brussels a “hellhole.”Brussels is Trump’s fourth stop on his maiden overseas tour. His fifth and final stop will be Sicily, where he’ll meet with the leaders of the Group of 7 wealthy nations.___3:16 p.m.Thanks to the Pope and the U.S. first lady, a traditional Slovenian dish is hitting the headlines.As Melania Trump approached and shook hands with Pope Francis on Wednesday, Pope asked in Spanish through his interpreter pointing toward Trump: “What do you give him to eat? Potica?”She looked puzzled at first. “Potica, ah yes,” the Slovenian-born first lady smiled before stepping aside.Potica (pronounced paw-tee’-tzah) is a typical highly nutritious Slovenian festive strudel with nut, poppy seed, cottage cheese, hazelnut, chocolate, tarragon, leek or honey fillings.It also sounds a lot like “pizza,” which is what reporters originally thought the pope had said.The dish has been prepared for more than 200 years in earthenware baking-dishes or directly in ovens. Potica remains the pride of each Slovenian housewife.Born Melanija Knavs, Melania Trump left Slovenia in her 20s to pursue an international modeling career.___2:23 p.m.President Donald Trump says meeting with Pope Francis was the “honor of a lifetime.”Trump tweeted Wednesday that a private meeting with the pontiff at the Vatican leaves him “more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.”Trump met with Francis Wednesday for a half hour. The president and pope have a contentious history, but appeared on good terms after their conversation.Trump will soon be leaving Rome, en route to Brussels for meetings with NATO leaders.The president has spent the week traveling to holy Muslim, Jewish and Christian sites during his first official trip abroad.___1.45 p.m.The European Union is hoping that Thursday’s talks with U.S. President Donald Trump will stress continuity in their relations after the early months of his administration increased fears that the trans-Atlantic friendship was on the wane.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says that even if Trump’s policies diverge greatly from his predecessors on many points, continued close contact must avoid fundamental disagreements on climate change and other global issues. She says, “What I am expecting tomorrow is a message of continuity.”Mogherini adds that, “We do realize there are points of difference where we have different points of view and where we will need to discuss things further, but it is vital to work on climate change” and the role of international organizations like the United Nations.Mogherini will join EU Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for a short meeting with Trump at EU headquarters early Thursday.___1 p.m.First lady Melania Trump has visited the Vatican’s children’s hospital, meeting with patients, painting pictures with them and taking selfies.Mrs. Trump went to the Bambino Gesu (Baby Jesus) pediatric hospital after she and President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis earlier at the Vatican.She toured the cardiac intensive unit as well as the recreation room, where she painted with the children from nine different countries and took selfies with them. She ended the visit by praying in the hospital chapel.Before leaving, Mrs. Trump wrote in the guest book that she was praying for the children: “Great visiting you. Stay strong and positive. Much love, Melania Trump.” With a red pen, she drew a small flower and heart.___12:39 p.m.President Donald Trump says he had “a fantastic meeting” with Pope Francis earlier Wednesday.The president offered brief remarks as he sat down with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome.Trump tells reporters, “It was an honor to be with the pope.” He adds of the pope: “He is something.”Trump ignored a question about whether they discussed climate change.The president arrived at the Villa Taverna shortly after noon, following a meeting with the country’s president at Quirinale Palace.He’ll be departing Rome for Brussels later today.___12:05 p.m.The Vatican says after a visit by President Donald Trump that it is hoping for “serene collaboration” with the United States to help immigrants and provide health care and education in the U.S.Trump met for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning with Pope Francis and afterward with the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.In a statement, the Vatican said the two sides agreed on their “joint commitment in favor of life and freedom of worship and conscience.”The statement continued: “It is hoped that there may be serene collaboration between the state and the Catholic Church in the United States, engaged in service to the people in the fields of healthcare, education and assistance to immigrants.”It said talks also covered promoting peace through dialogue with people of other faiths.___11:58 a.m.Ivanka Trump says she came to a Catholic charity in Rome to meet with several women who have been freed from human traffickers so she can hear about “their struggles and how they will build their lives.”Still dressed in black after her earlier visit at the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, President Donald Trump’s daughter spoke briefly to reporters as she stood under a grape arbor in the courtyard of the Rome headquarters of the Sant’Egidio Community.She said the liberated African women she was going inside to meet were testament to “strength, faith, perseverance in the face of unspeakable adversity.”Community officials said she would be chatting with several women from Nigeria who had been trafficked into prostitution before becoming free in Rome. At least one Eritrean woman was also invited to the closed-door conversation sitting around a square table.Ivanka Trump has had meetings about the subject at the White House.___11:26 a.m.President Donald Trump is meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.Trump was greeted by Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on Wednesday morning. The meeting follows a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.Trump is expected to next meet with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.Trump is in the middle of his first international trip — a nine-day journey through the middle east and Europe. He will leave for Belgium later on Wednesday.___11:01 a.m.President Donald Trump has arrived at Quirinale Palace for his meeting with the Italian president.Trump and first lady Melania Trump had been scheduled to have private tour of the Sistine Chapel before the meeting.The intimate chapel features Michelangelo’s masterpiece, “The Last Judgment,” behind the altar as well as the iconic “Creation of Adam” on the ceiling. Works of other Renaissance greats, including Botticelli and Perugino, line the walls.The Sistine Chapel is the highlight of tours of the Vatican Museums as well as a functioning part of the Vatican.Trump also met with the Vatican secretary of state Wednesday following his meeting with the pope.___10:40 a.m.Ivanka Trump plans to meet with human trafficking victims in Rome.Trump will meet Wednesday with African women who have been freed in Italy from human traffickers. The encounter was arranged by the Rome-based Catholic charity Sant’Egidio Community, which has ties with the Vatican and which has helped Syrian refugees arrive safely in Italy via “humanitarian corridors.”The president’s daughter and adviser has held meetings at the White House on human trafficking.Community officials said several women will chat with Trump. She was expected to make a brief statement to the media after the closed-door meeting at the charity’s headquarters.Ivanka Trump was part of the delegation that met Pope Francis with President Donald Trump Wednesday.___10:30 a.m.Pope Francis shared a light moment with First Lady Melania Trump.After Francis met with President Donald Trump he was introduced to members of Trump’s delegation, including Mrs. Trump. Smiling for the staff, Francis asked via translator, “What do you give him to eat, Potica?”He was referring to a local pastry, pronounced paw-tee’-tzah — though some thought he’d said “pizza.”When it comes to food, the president is known for his traditional American palette. When he traveled in Saudi Arabia, caterers ensured that his favorite meal – steak with a side of ketchup – would be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.___9:50 a.m.President Donald Trump has gifted Pope Francis a first-edition set of writings from Martin Luther King Jr.Trump presented Francis with the books after a private meeting at the Vatican Wednesday. The White House notes that Francis spoke about King and his civil rights legacy during his address to Congress in 2015.The White House said the set includes the five books King wrote in his lifetime. Each one is custom bound and the books are in a custom display case. A piece of granite from the Martin Luther King. Jr. Memorial in Washington is also included.The White House says the gift “honors Dr. King’s hope, vision, and inspiration for generations to come.”Trump also gave Francis a bronze sculpture. Named “Rising Above,” the White House says it “represents hope for a peaceful tomorrow.”___9:45 p.m.President Donald Trump appeared moved by his private meeting with Pope Francis, telling the pope that he “won’t forget what you said.”The president and pope have a contentious history and disagree on a host of issues, including environmental protection.The White House did not immediately provide details about what was discussed during their 30-minute private conversation. But the two men appeared on good terms Wednesday, including during a traditional gift exchange.The pope’s gifts to Trump included a medal by a Roman artist depicting an olive branch, which is a symbol of peace.The president responded, “We can use peace.”The pope also gave the president a signed message of peace along with copies of his three main teaching documents.The president told the pope he’d be reading them.___9:28 a.m.Rome police say Greenpeace activists briefly projected the message “Planet Earth First” on the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica on the eve of the pope’s meeting with President Trump.Police said in a statement Wednesday that the officers allowed the action to proceed for “a few moments” given the peaceable nature of the protest. They then identified all of the activists participating, eight total.Trump met early Wednesday with the pope, and the environment is one key area of difference. Pope Francis has made protection of the environment a keystone of his papacy, issuing a major encyclical on climate change. Trump’s administration, meanwhile, is reviewing policies related to climate change and the reduction of green gasses.___9:09 a.m.President Donald Trump and Pope Francis are exchanging gifts after a private meeting.Trump and Francis met privately for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning at the Vatican.Pope Francis gave the president copies of his three main teaching documents as parting gifts, as he typically does for visiting heads of state. The red leather-bound booklets to some degree define his papacy and priorities. Some of the main themes contained in them contrast sharply with President Donald Trump’s policies and campaign promises, particularly concerning approaches to the environment and income inequality.Trump’s gift for Francis was wrapped in a big blue box. The president said he was delivering “books from Martin Luther King. I think you’ll enjoy them. I hope you do.”___9:03 a.m.Pope Francis is meeting first lady Melania Trump, Trump’s oldest daughter Ivanka, and other members of the U.S. delegation.Mrs. Trump smiled and chatted with Francis after the two warmly shook hands.Francis also shook hands with other members of the president’s team, including former bodyguard Keith Schiller and social media director Dan Scavino.The greetings happened after Trump and Pope Francis held a nearly 30 minute private meeting.___8:31 a.m.President Donald Trump is meeting Pope Francis for the first time.Trump greeted Francis in Sala del Tronetto, the room of the little throne, on the second floor of Apostolic Palace Wednesday morning.The men shook hands and Trump could be heard saying it was a “very great honor” to be there.They then posed for photographs and took a seat at the pope’s desk to continue their conversation. They will now meet in privatePrior to the handshake, Trump walked toward the Saint Ambrose room, led by Gentlemen of his Holiness, which is a sort of honor guard of nobility. He was joined by his wife Melania Trump, who had a veil on her head, in adherence to Vatican tradition.___8:20 a.m.President Donald Trump has arrived at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis.Trump arrived Wednesday morning at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with the pontiff. The meeting comes midway through his 9-day international trip.The president and pope have not always seen eye to eye. The two men’s often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump’s campaign pledge to build an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border and his declaration that the United States should turn away Muslim immigrants and refugees.Papal audiences usually last for about 20-30 minutes of private talks, followed by introductions of delegations, a photo and exchange of gifts.___6:10 a.m.President Donald Trump is poised to call on Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed.Trump is midway through his grueling nine-day maiden international journey. He will meet the pontiff at the Vatican early Wednesday where the two will have a private audience laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol.The meeting will last scarcely more than an hour. But it could provide powerful imagery to Catholic voters back in the United States as well as the possibility for conflict between a president and a pope who have not often seen eye-to-eye.The two men’s often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump’s campaign pledge to build an impenetrable border wall. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/24120334/trumptrip-pope.mp400:0000:0001:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis at The Vatican on Wednesday. As AP Reporter Nicole Winfeld explains, the two leaders set aside their differences to broadcast a tone of peace. (May 24) Sharelast_img read more

Wasike and Forrest Begin NCAA Indoor Competition This Weekend

first_img Live Results Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Drocas Wasike and Makenli Forrest will be competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend in at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.  Wasike will run in the 5,000 meters on Friday while Forrest will compete in the women’s weight throw on Saturday. The championships, hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Birmingham, will begin Friday, March 8 and conclude on Saturday, March 9.ESPN3 will stream the championships live starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time March 8 and starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time March 9. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, March 10 on ESPN2 and again Monday, March 11 starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ESPNU.Wasike will run on Friday night at 9:07 p.m. Eastern time.   Wasike started off the indoor season by breaking the school record in the 5,000 meters at the BU Season Opener in December with a time of 15:14.78.  She finished as the ACC runner-up in a closely contested race.  Wasike won the 3,000 meters the next night at the ACC Championships with a time of  9:24.05.  She earned first team All-ACC honors in the 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters.  She currently ranks fifth in the nation in the 5,000 meters.  Saturday’s ESPN3 Broadcast Link center_img Forrest will start competition in the weight throw at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.  Forrest established herself as a strong competitor in the weight throw once again this season. Forrest set a personal best with a throw of 22.18m/72-09.25 at the Hoosier Hills. She won the event four times, finishing in the top four of all six meets this season.  She earned second team All-ACC honors after finishing fourth at the ACC Championships with a throw of 20.71m/67-11.50.  She currently ranks eighth nationally in the weight throw.  Print Friendly Version Friday’s ESPN3 Broadcast Link last_img read more

Eastern Command GOC visits Sikkims border areas

first_imgDarjeeling: Lt. Gen M M Naravane, AVSM, SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command visited border areas in the state of Sikkim on Tuesday, where he is on a visit currently. “The Army Commander, accompanied by the GOC, Trishakti Corps visited forward areas, where he was briefed on the security situation along the border and also interacted with the troops,” stated an army release. The Commander had arrived on a three-day visit at Sukna in Darjeeling district on January 28. On arrival at Sukna, the Army Commander was received by Lt. Gen C P Mohanty, GOC, Trishakti Corps. He was briefed on operational situation and preparedness.last_img

CATO to host May 1 info session on changes to the Ontario

first_img Posted by CATO to host May 1 info session on changes to the Ontario Travel Act Travelweek Group Thursday, April 19, 2018 TORONTO — The Canadian Association of Tour Operators is hosting a presentation by TICO President and CEO Richard Smart and all Canadian tour operators are invited to attend.CATO Executive Director Pierre LePage says Smart will give an update on the recent changes followed by an open forum and Q&A session with attendees, providing insight into the impact of the changes on all tour operators.The presentation will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 at the TICO Board Room, (Travel Industry Council of Ontario), 2700 Matheson Blvd East, Suite 402, West Tower in Mississauga.Both the presentation and open forum are open to all tour operators, both CATO members and non-members, says LePage.Tour operators wishing to attend should email LePage at plepage@cato.ca indicating who will be attending and their company name. Tags: TICO << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Chinese satellite and terrestrial reception equipm

first_imgChinese satellite and terrestrial reception equipment producer GlobalSat has licensed TV software specialist ANT’s Galio HbbTV platform to develop a range of HbbTV-compliant set-top boxes.GlobalSat’s boxes are currently deployed across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, North Africa and Australia.Sean Kim, vice-president and general manager for Asia and Russian Markets at ANT said: “The ANT Galio HbbTV Platform continues to be selected based on its assured compliance with the HbbTV standard. We’re pleased to be working with GlobalSat which has a proven deployment track record across many regions and is well placed to move into the HbbTV market.”last_img

US cable giant Time Warner Cable is reportedly con

first_imgUS cable giant Time Warner Cable is reportedly considering taking an equity stake in video-on-demand site Hulu, according to several US reports.Bloomberg reported that discussions between the firms are at an early stage, and said another, unnamed, pay TV company was also mulling a bid for the VOD site.It claimed that a deal would make Time Warner a co-owner alongside Disney, News Corp and Comcast, who each own around a third of the business though Comcast gave up corporate control of the site as part of its NBCUniversal takeover deal.Separately the Wall Street Journal reported that it was unclear whether Time Warner Cable was looking to take a minority stake in Hulu or launch an all-out deal, but said Hulu’s owners don’t see the cable operator as the most likely buyer. It too said at least one other pay TV operator was weighing an investment in Hulu.A third report by the New York Post claimed that Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt has held talks with other cable TV providers about making a joint bid for Hulu. Such a move could turn Hulu into an authenticated online service for paying cable customers, the report said, and added that Hulu was keen for bids to be in by the end of next week.The news follows reports earlier this month claiming that Yahoo! had also held preliminary talks with Hulu, after the VOD business reached out to potential bidders in March.The digital arm of financial services business Guggenheim Partners, Amazon, and former News Corp president and chief operating officer Peter Chernin are also reported to have shown interest in the VOD site in recent months.last_img read more

UKbased pay TV broadcaster Sky has acquired Diago

first_imgUK-based pay TV broadcaster Sky has acquired Diagonal View, the digital channels company behind the All Time 10s and Football Daily online brands.Sky has been in acquisitive mode in 2017, buying stakes in True North and Chrysalis Vision, and has now taken over nine-year-old Diagonal View.Sky sees the acquisition as broadening its engagement with young, digital-first audiences who may not be taking pay TV services, and as a way of offering “greater brand-safe digital opportunities to advertisers”.Diagonal View is best know for its All Time 10s channels, which use social videos to run content on a diverse range of content that spans The Fresh Prince of Bel Air to unexplained phenomena. It has more than 15 million subscribers, with more than one billion in the past year.Diagonal View’s existing management team, including co-founder Matt Heiman, will continue to lad the business from within Sky, whose group director of advanced advertising Jamie West and director of digital sports and news David Gibbs will now support the unit.“Our social channels complement Sky’s current portfolio – the prospect of our incredibly popular Football Daily channels collaborating with Sky, whose pedigree in this space is unrivalled, is extremely exciting,” said Heiman.“Sky brings rights, expertise and scale. Diagonal View knows how to make content that digital natives enjoy watching and engaging with, so this partnership feels like a natural win-win for both us and Sky.”On the digital side, Sky invested in digital rights management firm TRX in August last year, and has heavily invested in Asian SVOD service iFlix.last_img read more

John Why are some of the phishing scams so blatan

first_img John: Why are some of the phishing scams so blatantly stupid? Like a Craigslist price of $2,307 for a 2013 BMW. It’s obvious to anyone. Durk: “Oh gee, I’m a Nigerian prince and I want to move $50 million to America and I’ll give you half of it if you help me.” Why are people trying a scam that’s so stupidly obvious? The answer is very simple: These are competent and professional fraudsters. If somebody falls for the Nigerian prince thing, then they’ll be stupid enough to give the fraudsters their Social Security number, their bank account number, and their password. With the Nigerian prince scam, the fraudsters get rid of the 99% of the people that aren’t that stupid right away. John: Ah. The more inane the fraud pitch is, the better the fraudsters target their market to the stupid. Doug, what’s your definition of stupidity again? Doug: Stupidity, like intelligence, comes in a number of flavors. The most common definition of stupidity is “of low intelligence” – but that’s rather circular, like saying “slow” means “not very fast.” I like to define “stupid” as the ability to see the immediate and direct consequences of actions, but the inability to see the delayed and indirect consequences. Like most criminals, black-hat hackers never see the long-term consequences – like being hunted, being held in contempt by most of society, and probably landing in jail. Or indirect consequences – like destroying their self-respect. Among other things. An even better definition of stupidity, applicable both to those who respond to the Nigerian prince scam as well as the Nigerian Prince himself, is “an unwitting tendency towards self-destruction.” Even when criminals score high on IQ tests, they still fit this definition. So while computer criminals are undoubtedly smarter than street criminals, they’re still rather stupid in very important ways. Durk: It’s relatively easy to protect yourself from being financially harmed in a hack. The first rule here is, don’t let a million different companies have your credit card number. Almost every company is perfectly willing to deal with a debit card rather than a credit card. If you keep a small amount of spending money in a debit card account, then that’s the most you can lose. And if it’s not your fault, you’re probably going to be made good. Second, you use encrypted wire transfers with your bank to make deposits. You see that little padlock up on the address line on your browser that says https rather than http? That’s an encrypted link. Just make sure that you or your browser entered your bank’s internet URL. Don’t click on an email link that appears to have come from your bank, because it may be a fraudulent phishing email that takes you to a URL with an https connection and a padlock that is NOT really your bank but sure looks exactly like your bank’s internet page and likely will have a confusingly similar URL! Recommended Link The next step is to keep your attack surface to a minimum. An attack surface is the path that you could be attacked through. For example, the more companies that have your credit or debit card numbers, the bigger your attack surface. When you buy something on the phone, tell them, “I don’t want my credit card number or debit card number being kept permanently on file. I just want to do this one transaction with you and don’t want to set up an account.” It’s in their computer and memory just long enough to clear with the bank or the credit card and then it’s gone. If the company then gets hacked, you are safer. There are only two places that have my debit card number permanently on file: PayPal and Amazon. Both of those are really serious about security. John: But the bad guys can be mighty sneaky. Durk: Yes. Clicking on an ad can load malware onto your computer if you’re not careful, especially if you use Windows. With a Mac, Gatekeeper will ask for your password, warn you that you are about to load an un-vetted program, and ask if you really want to do this. Some of those ads are little more than a pixel in size. Companies that are selling ad space on their websites don’t do anywhere near what I think is adequate to check out the advertisers. If you use Adblock Plus with Firefox, you are protected because you will never even see the ad, let alone be able to click on it.Also, you want a more secure browser than something that’s provided by Microsoft or Google. They’ve got a file on you that’s bigger than the FBI, NSA, and the CIA put together. Every time you do a search they’ve got your IP address – that is your internet protocol address which identifies you uniquely – and they also have years and years of tracking every search you’ve ever done, what you search for, and what you clicked on after you did the search. That is a vast amount of information. With that information and a bit of computer intelligence, they can figure out that your daughter is pregnant before you know it yourself. Deciphering masses of disparate data to allow for conclusions results from the availability of these dense patterns of information, in what is called the matrix effect. Microsoft and Google both make more money off of your personal information than they make off any products. The last time I looked at the contract for Windows 10 for individual users, it was 140 pages long. Buried inside there’s a section that essentially says, “All information on your computer belongs to us and we can do anything with it we want.” You agree to this by checking a box that you never read. Any time you do a Google search they’re harvesting information from you. They’ll sell it to anybody. They’ll sell it to the FSB/KGB, the DEA; they’ll sell it to the cops. If you’re getting a service for free on the internet, you need to know that you are the product. John: And they can sell this information to burglars who are local to you? Durk: Not intentionally, but yes, and these burglars then know what you drive, where you drive to and when, where your home is located. They know you’re asleep at 3 a.m., they know you have a Ferrari, they steal your Ferrari out of your driveway. John: How do you avoid this? Durk: In the case of Windows, there’s a free program you can get called ShutUp10. It reduces the amount of information getting delivered back to Microsoft from your computer. You need to keep that ShutUp10 up to date because Microsoft keeps changing the spyware they put on your computer. It’s a constant race. The web has turned into a massive theft of personal information used for marketing purposes. Also, when doing searches, go to – a ridiculous name, I know – DuckDuckGo.com. They’ll forward your search to Google and Bing and a whole bunch of other search engines, but they won’t forward your IP address, and they won’t keep a dossier on you and all your searches. Oh, incidentally, don’t use Facebook. Don’t use Twitter. They make all their money by selling your personal information. Just don’t use them. John: My son told me that travel booking sites substantially raise the available rates for flights if they see you shopping around for a specific trip. Indeed, it happened to me two days ago. I searched a fare three times during the day. The third time, the fare jumped up threefold and stayed high from then on. I thought I had missed out on a good fare. My son told me to try browsing incognito. Google Chrome has an incognito mode: turns it on. I turned it on, searched the flight again, and the price for my flight was the nice low one that it had quoted me initially. Sneaky. But I wonder if I can trust Google Chrome’s incognito mode for long. Durk: Google Chrome will still fink you out. I use Firefox, which has an incognito mode, with the extensions NoScript, Privacy Badger, Adblock Plus, Cookie Controller, and Random Agent Spoofer. Note that you do not have to restrict yourself to one browser when price shopping for expensive items. Justin’s note: Chris Wood, our tech expert and editor of Extraordinary Technology, recommended a cybersecurity stock last year that handed his readers triple-digit gains in little over a year. And he’s just found the company set to displace last year’s winner… for potential 130% profits. You can access the name of this company—and all of Chris’ latest research—with a risk-free trial subscription to Extraordinary Technology. Click here to learn more.Also be sure to check out Part 2 of Doug’s interview tomorrow, where the guys discuss other ways to start protecting yourself from hackers. Reader Mailbag Today, readers respond to our recent Dispatch on the future of electric-car maker Tesla… It’s the first time I have put pen to paper to you but I just have to say that I can’t agree more regarding your prognosis on Tesla. Believing what you have just said, back in March I placed a put, for June, on Tesla crashing, only to lose my $5,000 bet. Clearly the man [Tesla founder Elon Musk] is a perfect artist in front of the American investing public, who just follow and follow his dreams. I’m afraid that you are right, however. On the other hand, it’s great to see how you Americans can follow a dream. Is that not what makes America great? –Rodney Justin’s note: Over the next two days, I’m sharing a special interview that features Doug Casey and his colleagues on the latest crime wave that’s sweeping the globe.Below, you’ll hear from John Hunt, an MD and coauthor with Doug of Speculator and Drug Lord, and Durk Pearson, bestselling author and former rocket scientist and aerospace physicist. They recently sat down with Doug to share their best tips on how to protect yourself against the growing cyber-threat.I think you’ll find their ideas interesting and timely…John: Equifax hacks, Russian hacks, and political hacks are all competing with the Kardashians for primetime news reports. Let’s focus on something that might actually matter to each of us and that we can do something about: our own personal cybersecurity. Durk: Computer security is a lot more important than most people realize. Absent precautions, it’s like if you had a stack of $100 bills and left it on the sidewalk in front of your house. If someone happens to stroll through your neighborhood, he can just pick them up. Likewise, most people have no computer defenses at all. You have more than $100 bills in that computer. You have your future money too, and your credit. But you can become resistant to this. It’s not an impossible task. Remember the old story? You don’t have to run faster than the bear. You just have to run faster than the other guy. And that is surprisingly simple. John: So what do you advise that everyone should do now? Durk: First know that if you live in a gated residential community, you have a very low chance of being robbed. But the internet is as if everyone lives in Watts in the 1960s, or South Chicago now. John: You have to build your gates and walls. Durk: Right. Now, you don’t have to be a perfectly hard target. There is no such thing as a perfectly hard target. The CIA got hacked for a lot of their extremely dangerous hacking tools which are now out in the public domain. If the CIA can get hacked, believe me you can get hacked too. On the other hand, all you have to do is make yourself a much harder target than the value of what people can get out of you and you’re going to be left alone. They’re going to move on to somebody else who isn’t as tough. Which is most everybody. — This may spill over to SpaceX… Boring General Motors (GM) is safer. –Bruce — All Signs Point to a Giant Bull Supercycle In This Sector and the Masses Are Completely Ignoring It… Right now, the masses of “herd” investors are piling into mainstream stocks, completely convinced that this overvalued bull market will just “keep going.” But they’re ignoring an even more lucrative opportunity in a hidden sector completely outside of the equities market. Only a handful of millionaire “lone-wolf” contrarian investors are paying attention to it – licking their lips in anticipation of windfall profits that haven’t been seen in seven years. If you’re an independent thinker who is brave enough not to be just another “herd” investor, click here to learn the details of this “lone-wolf” opportunity. Recommended Link Do You Want to Profit From Today’s Marijuana Boom… But Not Sure Which Stocks to Buy? The marijuana market is on fire. Everyone wants to get rich with pot stocks today. With crazy gains of 7,820%… 17,300%… and even 69,000%, pot stocks like these averaged peak gains of 29,000%. But other pot stocks have tanked. Do you want to make money from today’s marijuana mania? Not sure which pot stocks are safe and which are risky? Then watch this presentation right now and see the 3 pot stocks to buy right now. It is interesting another guy is saying go long on Tesla and that it will be up in the high 300s by the end of Q4!–Williamlast_img read more

While Americans are busy dissecting the Michelle W

first_imgWhile Americans are busy dissecting the Michelle Wolf monologue at the White House Correspondents’ dinner, Nigerians (and experts on Nigeria) are busy expressing themselves about Monday’s meeting with President Trump and their president Muhammadu Buhari. It’s the first time Trump has met with a sub-Saharan African leader.Here’s a roundup of responses, from interviews with Nigerians and other commenters and from Twitter.Some are glad the meeting took place.”I am really excited about the recent developments, and I believe it’s a way of strengthening relationship between both countries,” says writer Divine Nwoye.Others are not fans of the U.S. President, especially in light of his reported use of a vulgar term to characterize African nations in January 2018.Desmond Okon, political commentator and resident of Lagos: “He’s a controversial human being who has a reputation for offensive comments. [Our] President should be careful with the things he says to avoid selling the country out.”Some praise Trump’s sympathy for the “killings of Christians”…Osita Obeta, who just joined he National Youth Service Scheme for the one-year mandatory stint: “I’ve always loved Trump and his frankness when it comes to talking about issues, and his stance on the senseless killings in Nigeria is a good one. Leaders should not shy away from calling a spade a spade.”… but others are skeptical.Some wonder why Trump only mentioned one group that’s suffering.And some are wondering about visas to immigrate to the U.S.There’s a call for action, not just talk.Victor Ejechi, a recent graduate of the University of Benin who lives in Lagos: Trump’s remarks needs to be acted upon before we can have a full-blown celebration. Rhetoric statements on fighting human trafficking, corruption and insecurity don’t solve problems. I hope Buhari returns to Nigeria energized to take serious actions on what he discussed with Trump.”They’re glad that corruption was mentioned but aren’t certain change is coming.Ejechi says Buhari’s war against corruption has not produced “good results”: “What have we done with all the recovered money? Has anybody been jailed for corruption?”Obeta has a different perspective: “Buhari has partly tried to eliminate corruption, but the people he is working with have not made it easy for him.”They’re glad that trade was brought up:Merit Ayibe, a journalism student: “I am happy they discussed trade because Nigeria needs to attract more investment rather than aid for real development to happen.”They have mixed feeling about U.S. aid.Ayibe: “No country can develop by depending on aid. Most of the aid we’ve collected in the past were not used well, in fact they could provide basic facilities that would address issues like malaria.”Okon: “Aid is good, but the question is what is the catch? What is the motivation behind it? If the agreement is safe after all considerations then I don’t have issues with it.”They speculate about why the meeting was held in the first place.Matthew T. Page, former State Department official and associate fellow at Chatham House: “Left to his own devices, I think President Trump would have minimal interest in meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari or any other African leader. This meeting is most likely the result of efforts by diplomats and other policymakers from both countries to bring together these two leaders to reaffirm the close — if not occasionally challenging — relationship between the United States and Africa’s largest economy and most populous country. The meeting offers presidents Buhari and Trump — both of whom are politically polarizing figures in their respective countries — the opportunity to appear engaged, statesmanlike and in control.”And everybody’s having fun with a photo of Buhari signing the White House registry:Linus Unah is a freelance journalist covering global health, conflict, agriculture, and technology in Nigeria. Find him @linusunah. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Finding love is not easyBut Supreme Court Justice

first_imgFinding love is not easy.But Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg counts herself among the lucky ones.She had an epic marriage to her late husband, Marty Ginsburg, that has been detailed in many places (here, here and here), including the RBG documentary.But this past year tested Ginsburg in a new way without the love of her life. She was diagnosed with cancer for the third time in 20 years late last year, and it was the first time she has had to wage the fight without Marty.”My first two cancer bouts — both colorectal cancer at Washington Hospital Center and pancreatic cancer at Sloan Kettering — Marty stayed with me,” Ginsburg told NPR’s Nina Totenberg in an interview on July 23. “He stayed with me in the hospital sleeping on an uncomfortable couch despite his bad back. And I knew that someone was there who really cared about me and would make sure that things didn’t go wrong.”Don’t see the video? Click here.Throughout his life, Marty, who was one of the preeminent tax lawyers in the country, was a principal booster of his wife. He played a behind-the-scenes lobbying role, for example, in her eventual appointment to the Supreme Court. He was even the principal cook for his wife and children in an era when most men took a back seat on domestic duties, and no one seemed to relish Ruth’s accomplishments more than Marty.And he was always looking out for her, like that one time in the hospital when, without him there, Justice Ginsburg might have died.”There was one day during [the] colon cancer bout when I was getting a blood transfusion, and Marty saw that something was very wrong,” Ginsburg said, “and he immediately yanked the needle out of me. It turned out that there was a mismatch not in the type of blood but in some antigen. I might not have lived it if he hadn’t been there.”He encouraged her to go to a physical therapist. That famous exercise regimen of hers might not have happened were it not for Marty.”I didn’t want to do it,” Ginsburg said. “I was exhausted, and Marty said, ‘You do it.’ And he was quite insistent about that. So, to have his loving care and yet his determination that I do what was necessary to heal faster, it was hard to be alone.”When she was recovering from cancer twice before, Marty would cook for her, walk with her, read to her and make her laugh.”Marty had a wonderful sense of humor, as you know,” Ginsburg said.Ginsburg is reminded of Marty every day, especially, she said, when the newspaper arrives.”He was my clipping service with The New York Times and The [Washington] Post,” she said. “I miss him every morning, because I have no one to go through the paper and pick out what I should read.”Now with him gone, Justice Ginsburg cherishes Marty’s memory. But, to get by, she has dived into her work at the court. “The work is really what saved me,” she said, “because I had to concentrate on reading the brief doing a draft of an opinion, and I knew that had to get done. So I had to get past whatever my aches and pains were. Just do the job.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Disabled activists say governmentfunded research

first_imgDisabled activists say government-funded research, which concludes that the programme to reassess people on incapacity benefit through the work capability assessment (WCA) was linked to 590 suicides in just three years, is both “damning” and “timely”.Campaigners, doctors and psychiatrists have been warning for several years of strong anecdotal evidence that the programme to reassess hundreds of thousands of old-style incapacity benefit (IB) claimants was causing significant harm and distress, particularly to people with mental health conditions.But now public health experts from the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford have shown in a study that, for every 10,000 IB claimants who were reassessed in England between 2010 and 2013, there were an additional six suicides, 2,700 cases of self-reported mental health problems, and an increase of more than 7,000 in the number of anti-depressants prescribed.The most significant increases took place in the most deprived local authority areas of England.Across England as a whole, the reassessment process from 2010 to 2013 was “associated with” an extra 590 suicides, 279,000 additional cases of self-reported mental health problems, and the prescribing of a further 725,000 anti-depressants.The idea for the research came originally from disabled activist Rick Burgess (pictured), who later co-founded the grassroots campaign group New Approach, and wanted “recognised and respected epidemiologists” to carry out “an academically-rigorous study” into the number of deaths caused by the WCA, with the results to be reported before the 2015 election.Together with three other leading campaigners – artist-activist Liz Crow* and New Approach co-founders Jane Bence and Nick Dilworth – Burgess began discussing the idea early last year with David Stuckler, professor of political economy and sociology at Oxford and one of the new study’s co-authors.Stuckler concluded at the time that such research was not possible because the necessary data had not been released by the government.Burgess pointed out that the research had been “started by disabled people with no funding”, but he said it was “brilliant” it had been completed, and that he felt “grimly vindicated” by evidence which would, “in any functioning democracy”, cause a government to be removed by a vote of no confidence.He said: “It does show welfare reform is causing excess deaths, which is what we have always said, and it has been reported in most media, so the idea to have a rigorous, reputable study done was worth it for campaigners, even though it is not exhaustive and there is much data still to be wrestled out of the hands of this very secretive government.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “This research simply confirms what we’ve all known for a long time, but is very timely both in relation to the ongoing UN inquiry into the grave and systematic violation of disabled people’s human rights and to DPAC’s campaigning priorities for 2016.“The main focus of this campaigning will be an end to people being wrongly pushed to their deaths by the current benefit system inflicted on them by [work and pensions secretary] Iain Duncan Smith.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said the research was “very timely and damning of a brutal system which is damaging people’s mental health”. He said it was clear the government was intent on cutting public spending and dismantling public services “whatever the human consequences”. He said: “To them, people who commit suicide or whose mental health conditions deteriorate as a result of their policies are merely collateral damage in their austerity war. “I am sure the government will ignore the evidence in this report as it does with all the facts and statistics which show their policies are damaging the life chances and killing poor and disabled people.”He added: “This poses a real challenge for the leaders of the disability rights movement and disabled people’s organisations in how to respond to politicians and civil servants who are not listening and aren’t interested in disabled people’s lives and human rights.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said: “This is yet another damning body of evidence that makes it clear that the UK government is guilty of implementing policies and systems that are leading directly to the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, of chronically ill and/or disabled people.“It remains the case that there exists no safety protocol built into the DWP-Maximus [the US company which carries out the tests] disability assessment regime.“Vital medical evidence is neither sought by, nor provided to, the DWP and we are firmly of the view that this is a deliberate policy.“The Westminster government knows fine well that were such vital evidence to be provided, far fewer people would be found fit for work and so the Tories’ overarching goal of destroying our social security safety net as part of George Osborne’s ‘long-term economic plan’ would fail to meet its target.“Lives lost are accepted as being collateral damage in achieving this aim. These deaths have irrefutably arisen as a direct consequence of the implementation of an official policy that is ‘intentionally or knowingly reckless with a depraved disregard for life’.“The Westminster government is therefore unquestionably guilty of democide.”Michelle Maher, of the WOWcampaign and petition, said the research “joins a long list of evidence given to the government on the horrific impact of medical assessments”.She said: “I am still concerned that the government will claim they are listening and change the WCA, making it worse, under the heading of helping sick and disabled people into work because work is good for us.“The numerous reports into foodbanks have been ignored or justified in appalling ways, with Tory members celebrating their existence.“I fear the same will be said of the WCA and reports of the language the DWP and Iain Duncan Smith are using would indicate a direction of change that will be far worse.”The study’s authors say their findings also demonstrate the need for a cumulative assessment of the impact of austerity measures on disabled people, as demanded by the WOWcampaign.The study was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, and carried out by researchers from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, and from the University of Oxford, and funded by the National Institute for Health Research, which itself is funded by the Department of Health.Ben Barr, the study’s lead author and senior clinical lecturer in applied public health research at the University of Liverpool, said: “The programme of reassessing people on disability benefits using the WCA was independently associated with an increase in suicides, self-reported mental health problems and antidepressant prescribing.“This policy may have had serious adverse consequences for mental health in England, which could outweigh any benefits that arise from moving people off disability benefits.”But DWP dismissed the report’s findings.A DWP spokesman said: “This report is wholly misleading, and the authors themselves caution that no conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.“In addition, it is concerning that they provide no evidence that the people with mental health problems highlighted in the report even underwent a work capability assessment.”He pointed to the five independent reviews of the WCA – the first three carried out by Professor Malcolm Harrington – and “significant improvements to the process” made by DWP since 2010, including to how the WCA is used to assess people with mental health conditions.He also said the percentage of people with mental health conditions who receive the highest level of support after being assessed for eligibility for employment and support allowance through the WCA has “more than tripled since 2010”.Barr said DWP’s response was “disappointing”, and that none of the other factors researchers had looked at as possible causes, such as cuts to local government services or a fall in wages, could explain the rise in suicides and the deterioration in mental health.And he said the increases only happened among age groups most affected by the WCA, while the rise in mental health problems “tended to occur shortly after the increase in people undergoing the WCA in each area”.Barr also called on DWP to publish any data it has on claimants’ mental health before, during and after the assessment.He said: “Unfortunately, the DWP implemented the policy without a controlled trial or any plans to evaluate its impact on mental health. “Given that data is not currently available on the specific individuals who underwent the WCA and there is no trial evidence, the next best approach to investigate the potential effects on mental health is the one we applied in our study, using appropriate statistical methods to control for alternative explanations for these trends.  “Our findings should at the very least raise serious concerns for the DWP that the potential negative impacts of the WCA need to be investigated further.” Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, added: “It is shameful for the DWP to dismiss in such an offhand manner a serious academic study showing a worrying rise in suicides and mental health issues connected to the WCA. “This evidence, added to the growing weight of evidence from tribunals and concerns from coroners, should surely lead to a complete rethink on the WCA, which by any measure is not fit for purpose.”*Crow’s own piece of work, We Are Figures, grew out of the discussions with Stuckler, but because of the difficulty of identifying how many austerity-related deaths there had been, she focused on the human cost of austeritylast_img read more

Updates Make Uber More Accessible to the Deaf Start Up Your Day

first_imgStart Up Your Day April 20, 2016 Image credit: Shutterstock | Enhanced by Entrepreneur –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img 1 min read Updates Make Uber More Accessible to the Deaf – Start Up Your Day Roundup Next Article Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current. Accessible. And update makes Uber more accessible to deaf drivers and passengers.  Super users. Facebook might start paying some users, says Fortune. Slipping. Yahoo’s sale can’t come quickly enough. This past quarter it posted a double digit loss. One of a kind. Each city has it’s own microbe signature, according to a new study.   About the other night. Customer whose midnight McDonald’s story went viral has a confession: He made it up. Good bit in the eighties. The Commodore 64 is having a comeback — with some important updates.  The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more