Moroccan Judges Routinely Allow Underage Girls to Marry: HRW

Rabat – Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Moroccan judges routinely allow underage girls to marry although the Family Code has improved women’s rights and raised the age of marriage from 15 to 18.In its annual review of global human rights released Thursday, the group said that “the Moroccan Family Code discriminates against women with regard to inheritance and the right of husbands to unilaterally divorce their wives.”HRW added that “the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child expressed concern that Morocco had not adopted a legislation criminalizing all forms of domestic violence, including marital rape, although violence against women and girls in the home is reported to be pervasive”. The report also said that despite laws prohibiting the employment of children under the age of 15, thousands of children under that age, predominantly girls, are believed to work as domestic workers.“According to the UN, nongovernmental organizations, and government sources, the number of child domestic workers has declined in recent years, but girls as young as 8 years old continue to work in private homes for up to 12 hours a day for as little as US$11 per month,” said HRW. read more

New donations keep aid workers airborne in Darfur – UN

11 June 2007A new infusion of $18 million in donations is enabling humanitarian workers to continue flying to remote locations in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region through October, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which runs the air operation, said today. A new infusion of $18 million in donations is enabling humanitarian workers to continue flying to remote locations in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region through October, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which runs the air operation, said today. A $5.5 million donation from the European Commission led the package of new financing for WFP’s Humanitarian Air Service, which also included $4.9 from the United States, $3 million from Denmark, $409,000 from Greece, and a combined contribution of $4.2 million from two UN funds – the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Common Humanitarian Fund. “We’re very grateful for these generous donations,” said Kenro Oshidari, WFP’s Representative in Sudan.Flying in Sudan since 2004, the Humanitarian Air Service carries passengers and cargo throughout Darfur and is also used for medical evacuations. Without the service, “many of the 12,000 humanitarian workers in Darfur would not be able to get out to the field – and that’s especially true because carjackings have recently been on the rise,” Mr. Oshidari observed. The volatile security situation and lack of infrastructure, combined with the rainy season – which is beginning now and will run until October – means that helicopter travel is often the only way that humanitarian workers from UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can reach people affected by the Darfur conflict, according to WFP. The agency said the air service has proved particularly useful in recent months as a result of the alarming increase in attacks on humanitarian vehicles. To date this year, the UN says that some 70 cars, belonging to either international aid organizations or African Union peacekeeping troops, have been stopped on the roads by gunmen and frequently stolen. The number of carjackings this year is already 60 per cent of the total during 2006, when 118 vehicles were attacked. The Darfur region of Sudan, which is roughly the size of France, has been the scene of one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters since 2003, when fighting broke out between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and rebel groups. Since then, more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others have fled their homes. read more

Meeting with Haitian political parties UN envoy urges tolerance

Juan Gabriel Valdes made his comments on Tuesday as the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), working with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the country’s Transitional Government, presented a strategy document for sustainable development to leading political parties.During their meeting, Mr. Valdes asked the candidates to show tolerance and moderation during the electoral process and to respect the final decision of the Haitian people. Among those attending were leading political figures, including those standing for the presidential elections.“The coming elections mark a decisive step for Haiti’s future,” said Mr. Valdes, who added that MINUSTAH and the Haitian National Police are working together, along with electoral observers, to minimize the possibility of electoral fraud. The senior UNDP official in Haiti, Adama Guindo, reiterated the international community’s full support for the country during the polling process and in the post-electoral period. read more

Australia police raid home of man reported by media to be likely

SYDNEY – Australian police on Wednesday raided the home and business premises of a man that technology news sites have claimed is the founder of virtual currency bitcoin.A statement from the Australian Federal Police said the searches were related to a tax investigation and not recent media reports on the virtual currency, which is used for transactions across borders without third parties such as banks.Federal officers and tax officials refused to answer questions as they left the house in a Sydney suburb hauling two black roller suitcases.Technology publications Wired and Gizmodo published reports this week claiming an Australian businessman is bitcoin’s likely inventor.Since bitcoin’s birth in 2009, the identity of currency’s creator has remained a mystery. The person, or people, behind the digital currency’s inception have been known only as “Satoshi Nakamoto,” which many observers believed to be a pseudonym.In March last year, American Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto denied in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that he was the inventor after Newsweek published a 4,500-word cover story linking the currency to him.Attempts to reach the Sydney businessman that reports claim is Nakamoto were unsuccessful.A man answered a mobile phone number belonging to the businessman’s wife. When an AP journalist asked if she was speaking with the person named as Nakamoto, he asked who was calling. When told he was speaking to a reporter, the man said, “Sorry. Not here,” and hung up. Voicemails left on the man’s mobile and office numbers were not returned.His LinkedIn profile lists him as working for a Sydney company that focuses on “alternative currency” and “next generation banking.”The police search of the man’s home in the wealthy northern Sydney suburb of Gordon lasted several hours and drew a steady trickle of perplexed neighbours into the quiet, tree-lined street.Many described the man as quiet and somewhat standoffish, and said they had noticed the family kept an unusual amount of electronics running in the sunroom at the front of their two-story brick house. None had seen the family on Wednesday; letters overflowed the mailbox and the garbage bins were full.“He has his computer running quite often,” said a teenage neighbour, who declined to give his name.The teen said the family had lived at the house for about a year and has two kids, a dog and several hens. The family drives a Jaguar and a Lexus, but rents the property, the teen said. He had no idea he had been named as the alleged founder of bitcoin. by Kristen Gelineau, The Associated Press Posted Dec 9, 2015 12:34 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A Federal police officer walks through the garage at the home of a Sydney man in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 as they search the property as part of a tax investigation. Technology news sites have alleged the man is the creator of the virtual currency Bitcoin.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith) Australia police raid home of man reported by media to be likely bitcoin founder for tax probe read more

Football Ohio States unstoppable defensive line meets Oklahomas immovable offensive line

Junior defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) sets up prior to a play during the 2017 season opener vs Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhat happens when an unstoppable defensive line meets an immovable offensive line? Ohio State sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa thinks the country is about to find out Saturday night when the No. 2 Buckeyes (1-0) host No. 5 Oklahoma (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.“We’re excited just because [Oklahoma’s offensive line is] hyped up as the No. 1 O-line and we’ve been hyped up as the best D-line for so long that it’s starting to get annoying,” Bosa said. “It’s time to prove it.”Whether Bosa has grown tired of the praise or not, it continues to pour in.The Buckeyes list six wide receivers as starters, but it seems to indicate more a lack of standout talents rather than a collection of stars. While Ohio State does something similar with its defensive ends, listing four as starters, it means the exact opposite.Tyquan Lewis, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes and Nick Bosa created havoc during the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win against Indiana, combining for four sacks against a pass-heavy offense. After the game, Indiana coach Tom Allen admitted the Hoosiers avoided running the ball because his team couldn’t move the stout defensive line.Lewis, Hubbard and Holmes and at least one defensive tackle, Dre’Mont Jones, will likely be selected in the NFL draft, provided Hubbard and Jones leave early. Against Indiana, the talent difference was clear.Sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) attempts to sack Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow in the 4th quarter of the 2017 season opener. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe same will not be the case when the Buckeyes play host to the Sooners.“You see all the yards that a team like Oklahoma puts up, sure the quarterback, receivers, everybody is really good players, but they control the line of scrimmage, that’s what makes them so good,” coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday night. The most physically intimidating player on Oklahoma’s roster, redshirt junior 6-foot-8, 345-pound left tackle Orlando Brown, protects quarterback Baker Mayfield’s blindside.“The one thing about Orlando Brown is he’s very aggressive,” redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers said. “He’s one of those guys who — he doesn’t really let his size kind of hinder him from going up against top-notch competition. He has pretty good feet, great hands.”Brown, a second-team All-American in 2016, ranks as the second-best underclassman offensive tackle prospect in the 2017 draft, according to ESPN’s Todd McShay. The Sooners’ experienced starting linemen — Brown, left guard Ben Powers, center Erick Wren, right guard Dru Samia and right tackle Bobby Evans — have started 85 combined games in their careers.Oklahoma has its best chance to win if it can protect Mayfield, who is at his best when he has time and is able to move around the ball. But Ohio State understands that and aims to pressure the elusive Mayfield, whom Bosa called “[Ohio State freshman quarterback] Tate Martell on steroids.”“Just try to beat the line, win the one-on-one [matchups] and keep them in the little pocket and [if] we can get to him, we’ll be cool,” Holmes said.Bosa and Holmes each expressed their excitement for facing Oklahoma’s highly touted offensive line. And to Bosa, that feeling is motivated by their position coach.“This is definitely the best O-line we’ve ever faced and with [defensive line] Coach [Larry Johnson], who’s the best defensive line coach in the country, he’s losing his mind. He wants us to get this one,” Bosa said. “So, I mean, we’re ready and want to do it for him. It’s going to be fun.” read more

Is Deshaun Watson Better Than Lamar Jackson Depends On What Skills You

Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson stirred up some mild controversy last week when he declared that he — not Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who won this year’s Heisman Trophy — was the best player in all of college football.“I’m the best player in the country,” Watson told reporters on Dec. 19. “That’s how I think. That’s how I feel. You know, people have their own way of voting.”Although Watson won his second straight Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s most outstanding QB this season, he ended up second behind Jackson in the Heisman voting. And the O’Brien-Heisman split — “best quarterback” vs. “best player” — is pretty much the heart of Watson’s rivalry with Jackson.In the traditional sense of the QB role, Watson was probably a better pure passer than Jackson this season. Watson threw for 524 more yards, had a higher passing efficiency rating (according to the NCAA’s formula) and contributed many more expected points added (EPA) in the air than Jackson did. More to the point, Watson had a vastly superior completion percentage (68 percent to 58 percent), threw fewer of his passes off-target (11 percent vs. 15 percent), and was notably better in the short-to-intermediate passing game. He beat Jackson in Total QBR (81.2 to 76.9) on passes that traveled 15 or fewer yards through the air — plays that accounted for about three-quarters of each QB’s total attempts — and a higher percentage of Watson’s passing yards also came after his receivers caught the ball, a healthy indicator in the type of quick-passing game Clemson employs.As a result of all that controlled passing, Clemson’s aerial attack was more efficient than Louisville’s this year. The Tigers ranked fifth among Power Five conference teams in passing EPA, piling up about 40 percent more expected points per game via the pass than the 12th-ranked Cardinals.Still, Jackson made up the difference as an all-around QB. He generated nearly 70 more yards of total offense per game than Watson, thanks in large part to his mobility — Jackson rushed for an incredible 1,538 yards, the most of any Heisman-winning quarterback ever (as well as the second-most by a 3,000-yard passer).1That is, since at least 2000, which is as far back as’s Play Index can search — but also probably even earlier, since I couldn’t find a season in their earlier data that even came close to matching Jackson’s 2016 output. Watson’s no slouch as a runner — he gained 524 yards on the ground, which ranked 15th among qualified FBS QBs — but Jackson probably had the best dual-threat season in college history. When we factor in Jackson’s huge workload in the running game, he had a slightly better Total QBR than Watson on the season, and he generated about 31 percent more total EPA per game than Watson did.Jackson even had Watson beat in a couple of important passing categories. First, Jackson threw 24 percent fewer interceptions per attempt than Watson did. (Despite his accuracy, Watson has had a problem with picks all year — though his overall game is still so good that it’s hard to say even the picks are a real problem.) And although Watson had the superior overall passing numbers, Jackson had a better year throwing the ball deep. Not only did he do it more — 14 percent of Jackson’s throws traveled at least 25 yards in the air, versus 9 percent for Watson — but he also had a better QBR (77.8 to 71.1) on those long tosses. Watson was more surgical in his deep strikes, with a sterling 8-0 TD-INT ratio on throws of 25 or more yards (Jackson’s mark was a more pedestrian 9-6), but he also spent a significant amount of his time setting up bubble screens with passes at or behind the line of scrimmage. Twenty-seven percent of Watson’s passes were for zero or fewer air yards, compared with 17 percent for Jackson.All told, many of the differences between Jackson and Watson simply come down to the trade-offs a QB makes playing in different offenses. While both teams call their share of zone-read plays, Louisville’s offense asks Jackson to keep the ball and run with it more than Clemson’s does of Watson. (There’s also a school of thought that says this was by design, and that Watson will be unleashed as a runner in the College Football Playoff, so stay tuned.) The Cardinals are a more run-oriented team than the Tigers anyway, and that allows them to exploit defenses for more big plays down the field when Jackson does throw. Clemson, meanwhile, is more set up to control the field through short passing and the selective use of Watson’s running and deep-throwing skills.The big takeaway, then, is that although the two quarterbacks played pretty different styles this season, they both arrived at a similar place in terms of overall production. So the question of who is the nation’s true best player might just boil down to preference: Do you like running QBs who throw a bunch of deep bombs, or do you prefer more pocket-oriented accurate passers who can also run when necessary?If I were starting a team, I’d flip a coin. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State takes win streak to Michigan

first_imgThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates after defeating then-No. 4 Penn State in four sets on Sept. 23, 2018 Credit: Miranda Lipton | Former Lantern ReporterFollowing a win against Maryland to kick off Big Ten play, Ohio State women’s volleyball heads to Ann Arbor to take on rival Michigan.The Buckeyes (8-5) have now won five in a row and on Sunday, will take on a Michigan team (8-3) that has won four-of-five on the road.Even with the added pressure of being on the road for the first round of Big Ten matches, senior outside hitter Bia Franklin said the Buckeyes are heading into the weekend with a positive attitude and readiness to take on the added challenge.“We talk a lot about being road warriors so it’s awesome playing in a new court and makes it easy to get really excited and pumped with the fans,” Franklin said. “But we’ve been talking about going on the road and getting those wins because they’re really important.”Michigan sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones has accumulated a team-best 129 kills of the Wolverines’ 527 kills this season, and Franklin said the focus is on preparing for that power. “We can expect them to be aggressive, very physical with some big hitters and very talented players,” Franklin said. “So just knowing that they’re going to bring their A-game and make sure we bring ours.”Freshman setter Cecilia Rocafort said the Buckeyes are spending practice trying to mimic the playing style of the Wolverines in order to better anticipate what they will encounter come game time.“On the other side, we wear pinnies with the numbers of the other players so that whoever is on the starting lineup they know what to expect,” Rocafort said. “So, we play with their tendencies to prepare better for the game.”These practices are paying off for the Buckeye defense, as demonstrated by freshman libero Kylie Murr, who is leading the Big Ten with 250 digs. Murr received Big Ten Defensive Player and Co-Freshman of the Week on Monday.In addition to providing a stable defense, the Buckeyes are looking to reaffirm their efforts in decreasing errors while staying aggressive, which will prove to be important in these first conference games, Franklin said.If the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry didn’t provide enough tension for the matchup, Rocafort will have the added motivation of taking on her sister, Michigan senior setter Katerina Rocafort.“I’m just really excited to see her play because I’ve only seen her play on TV,” Rocafort said. “I want to see what she can do with her team, and I want to see what I can do for my team and I want to compete.”The competition between the Big Ten rivals will start at 2 p.m. Sunday at Michigan.last_img read more

Lost photographs of Jane Austens nieces discovered on eBay reveal how author

She added: “Jane Austen was dead by the time the girls grew up, but they lived out, quite without meaning to, the plots of her novels.”Take Marianne – her life in some ways echoed the plot of Sense and Sensibility.”She found herself like Elinor and her namesake Marianne pretty much evicted from the house by her own brother.”And when Cassandra fell in love with Lord George Hill, his mother was less than pleased because she had no money.”Just as in Persuasion, they had to part for eight years until, like Persuasion’s Captain Wentworth, he returned and they could marry.”Lord George’s mother echoed Pride and Prejudice’s Lady Catherine de Bourgh.”Historians are currently examining the album and it is hoped there will be an exhibition of the photos in the future. Lost photographs of Jane Austen’s nieces and nephews have been discovered in an old photo album, which reveals their lives – which could have come out of one of the author’s own novels.A leading historian has said the works of the writer foreshadowed the chequered love lives of her family members. Karen Levers, 51, bought the book of Victorian photographs for $1,000 (£780) from eBay, expecting it to be full of pictures of 19th century aristocrats.However, she found the book is full of previously unseen photos of Austen’s nieces and nephews – many of whose lives reflected the writer’s novels.It was put together by Lord George Augusta Hill, an aristocrat who married two of Austen’s nieces, both daughters of her older brother Edward. This photograph shows Austen’s niece, MarianneCredit: Karen Levers /SWNS.COM This picture shows Fanny Knight, Jane Austen’s favourite niece who became Lady KnatchbullCredit:Karen Levers /SWNS.COM Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. This photograph shows Austen's niece, Marianne Photographs show Austen’s nephew who scandalously eloped to marry his sister’s stepdaughter, and the wedding of a heroic newlywed who lost his arm to a tiger while fighting in India, just before marrying Jane’s great niece.Photography was invented in the 1830s, decades after Jane died, but the photo album shows the family and places which are said to have influenced her writing.Ms Levers contacted academic Dr Sophia Hillan, who had previously uncovered the Austens’ link to Lord George Hill in 2006 by accident, when she saw a footnote about him while preparing a lecture. This picture shows Fanny Knight, Jane Austen's favourite niece who became Lady Knatchbull Dr Hillan, a retired associate director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, said her family “lived out, quite without meaning to, the plots of her novels”. read more

Excellence awards for Greek studies students

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Over 60 students and teachers were the recipients of Excellence Awards for their contribution in the ongoing education of Greek language history and culture. At a ceremony held by the Association of Greek-Australians Educators NSW-ACT-QLD, last Sunday, in Sydney, the students and teachers were honoured for their achievements in the 2012 academic year. In attendance, the Greek Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Haralmbos Dafaranos, stressed the importance of studying the language and culture of Greece. In his address, the President of the Association of Greek-Australians Teachers, Dr. Panayiotis Diamandis, payed homaage to those who helped build the schools and programs that make it possible to study Greek and go forth with the next generation. Also, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, has messages for the high achievers. Ms Gillard wrote: “Education is a vital part of our lives. Through language courses, students of all ages have the opportunity to develop their aspirations for their future, to explore other cultures and other perspectives and enrich our society. “last_img read more

Guideposts Relaunches Web Site

first_imgThe site now features more than 20 bloggers and other topical experts—part of a push for fresher daily content. “This is a big difference from what we had before,” says Charles-Pierre. “The marquee and other stories will rotate on a daily basis, which gives a person a reason to come back.”The site is built on the Drupal Web CMS, and the relaunch is based on an upgrade to version 6. So far, Charles-Pierre has not reworked the ordering process for any of the new ebook content. The initial focus was to funnel the users to the right place—the conversion architecture will be worked on next.Charles-Pierre opted to forego adding any discussion forums to the site, he says. Instead, the home page features a live feed from the Guideposts Facebook page, which currently has 14,000 fans. “It’s a more efficient way to bring them into the site,” says Charles-Pierre. “Whenever we post something we get lots of responses. The goal is to make it so you can see the comments [on the home page]. Commenting is one thing, but community is another. Instead of creating a new one, we’ve leveraged an existing one.”Charles-Pierre says about 2 percent of the site’s overal traffic is referred from Facebook. Late last week, Guideposts launched its new Web site. The redesigned site has a new user interface and navigation, more free content in the form of e-books and has integrated a feed from the brand’s Facebook page. All the new elements were added with the intention of growing audience.The redesign follows a year of explosive growth for the site. According to the company, grew its traffic 850 percent from July 2008 to July 2009. Currently, the site is averaging about 250,000 monthly uniques.According to Philip Charles-Pierre, vice president of digital media, the e-books—on such topics as daily devotionals , angel sightings and other inspirational stories—are offered for free as a way to collect email registrations. Following that, Guideposts has developed a collection of email newsletters that coincide with the ebook topics. There are nine ebooks currently available, with 20 to 30 planned by the end of the year.last_img read more

In a September of Skinnies Redbook Highlights Body Diversity

first_img While newsstand sales and ad revenue might tell us about the business of magazines, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has its own standard of success: how does it make the reader feel? Folio: caught up with editor-in-chief Meredith Rollins to find out what body-positivity means for a contemporary women’s magazine, and how Redbook balances curation with accessible content. Folio: Women’s magazines are often criticized for showing a narrow or shallow version of womanhood. What responsibility do you feel Redbook has to address or challenge these criticisms? Rollins: Well, our readers are overwhelmingly moms, so they’re all over mobile. If you want to see women on their phones, go stand at the sidelines of a kid’s soccer game: Everyone is doing everything at once — shopping, social media, planning their schedules, texting, reading a magazine. So Redbook is huge on mobile. And our readers are all over Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest too. Meredith Rollins: First, it was a huge thrill to get the NEDA award; this is an organization that has been doing incredible work around eating disorders and body image. But to answer the question, the inspiration behind the issue is to show that style doesn’t come in just one model-thin package. September marks our third year of the Real Women Style Awards, and our second time putting our winners on the cover. This year, as last year, they are a totally stunning group of six women, and they encompass a range of body types. In September, when we all get excited about fall fashion, it’s super-important to me to underline the fact that being chic doesn’t depend on fitting into a sample size. All types of bodies are beautiful.
 Folio: NEDA honored Redbook’s September 2016 issue for celebrating body diversity. What was the inspiration behind the issue? Folio: Who are your readers? What are they like? Folio: How is body positivity expressed in Redbook’s normal editorial cycle? Rollins: We think about it a lot. We emphasize health and strength over getting thin; we give nutrition advice but never tell anyone to go on a diet; we talk constantly about confidence and finding pride in who you are. Body positivity isn’t just about finding your perfect-fitting pair of jeans (though that helps!). It’s about remembering to value yourself every day. With that question in mind, NEDA has awarded Redbook’s September issue the NEDA Inspires Seal of Approval, which honors content that challenges the “thin ideal” and promotes diverse representations. Rollins: We photograph non-models and non-celebrities for our fashion and beauty pages constantly. We shoot models too — we feature an amazing Broadway dancer in the fashion story in our upcoming October issue — but I do think that most women are more apt to believe that an outfit or beauty trick will work on them if they see it on a person who isn’t professionally beautiful. They can relate to it more. And relatability is key.
 Given a ratebase of 2,200,000, and last September’s print and digital single copy sales of 88,629 — according to its AAM reports — such editorial decisions can have a lot of reach.  Folio: Tell me about Redbook’s digital presence. What formats do most of your readers use?  Folio: What is your stance on “aspirational” versus “real-life” models and coverage? Folio: What can we expect from Redbook moving forward? Rollins: What we’re doing is clearly resonating with readers and the marketplace, so we’ll continue to deliver smart, beautiful content to women whose lives are time-crunched and crazy-busy. They deserve the reminder that life doesn’t need to be perfect. It needs to be simpler, and prettier, and happier — that’s what’s most important. As September persists, and the shelf weight of the famed fall fashion issues eases, it’s time to ask not how much magazine we were given, but how well it was given to us.  Rollins: Redbook readers love style and want to live a gorgeous, well-curated life, but they’re also being pulled in a million different directions. Since their free time is in such short supply, we give them the tools to do everything faster and more easily: find a cute outfit, get a great beauty routine, design a lovely home, put something delicious on the table. Plus, we focus on helping them build confidence, advocate for themselves, and have the courage to get the job and salary they deserve. We’re a one-stop shop for women who simply don’t have the energy to read a bunch of different magazines, and we hear all the time that readers love us for that. Plus, we know that our readers want content that’s funny and voicey and celebrates how imperfect life is, so we laugh at ourselves a lot too.
 Rollins: Showing diversity — in all its forms — is incredibly important, and I think our commitment to it at Redbook is part of why we’ve attracted so many new readers. There’s such gorgeous diversity in America, and my point of view is that we should constantly celebrate it and reflect it back to our readers. I don’t want anyone to open the magazine or visit the website or interact with us on social and not feel like they are part of the conversation.last_img read more

Two GHMC staff land in ACB trap

first_imgSaroor Nagar: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Friday caught Tax Inspector M Ravi Prasad and Bill Collector J Pochaiah who are working in GHMC, Saroor Nagar Circle while accepting the bribe amount of Rs 80,000 from the complainant. According to ACB sleuths, the complainant P Janardhan Rao, a resident of Chaitanyapuri Colony lodged a complaint by stating that both the accused demanded Rs 80,000 from him to reduce the hiked tax amount by conducting re-verification and to limit the hiked tax for only a year instead of 3 years. On receipt of complaint ACB sleuths laid a trap and caught both the accused while accepting the bribe amount at GHMC ward office in Saroor Nagar. The accused officers were being arrested and produced before the Special Judge for SPE and ACB cases in Hyderabad and the case was under investigation.last_img read more

Hulu Promotes Brittany Hveem to Head of Business Affairs

first_imgHulu has elevated Brittany Hveem to the role of head of business affairs, where she leads business affairs for all development and production deals related to originals and will manage all aspects of business affairs strategy, policy and procedure.Hveem previously was business affairs director at Hulu, which she joined two years ago. She continues to report to Chadwick Ho, senior VP and general counsel.Hulu’s previous head of business affairs, Philip Matthys, left the company late last year to join Apple’s Worldwide Video team in a similar role.At Hulu, Hveem most recently oversaw efforts for original series orders including: “Looking for Alaska,” a drama series based on the bestselling John Green novel from Paramount Television and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire; “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” a limited series written and executive produced by Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton, inspired by the 1994 British romantic comedy film; “Ramy,” a comedy series based on the real-life experiences of Ramy Youssef; and “Little Fires Everywhere” from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington based on the novel of the same name. In addition to overseeing business affairs for originals, Hveem manages the business and production relationships with studio suppliers such as Warner Bros., Universal Television, Sony and Lionsgate to approve production budgets and negotiations with talent.Prior to joining Hulu in 2016, Hveem was VP of business affairs for Warner Horizon Television and before that was counsel at ABC Studios. She holds a B.A. in English from UCLA and received her law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Thermodynamics of visual images may help us see the world

first_img Explore further More information: Greg J. Stephens, et al. “Statistical Thermodynamics of Natural Images.” PRL 110, 018701 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.018701 (a) A grayscale image of a forest. Photo by Dan Ruderman. (b) The same image after it is quantized into two equally populated levels of black and white. The researchers found that small patches within this quantized image retain substantial local structure. This finding led them to discover that the photo is scale-invariant—its structure stays the same as its scale changes. Credit: Greg J. Stephens, et al. ©2013 American Physical Society (a) 4 x 4 patches from the quantized forest image with the lowest energy states, starting with the lowest energy states of all: solid black and white blocks. The other patches are local minima, and many of them can be interpreted as lines and edges. The scientists speculate that the visual system might build neurons that identify these local minima in order to build a representation of the world. In part (b), the researchers computed the average light-intensity images that correspond to those in part (a). These average images resemble those that trigger neuron responses in the primary visual cortex. Credit: Greg J. Stephens, et al. ©2013 American Physical Society This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Copyright 2013 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of The scientists saw this scale invariance as a hint that natural images may have something in common with a physical system at a critical point. In physical systems, scale invariance emerges only when the temperature reaches a critical value, at which point a phase transition occurs between two phases characterized by different forms of order.To examine whether the ensemble of natural images has its own critical point, the researchers treated the distribution of pixels as the Boltzmann distribution for a physical system, where the patterns of pixels in the small patches are associated with different energy levels according to their probability. Remarkably, as the patch size increased so too did a peak in the specific heat, a thermodynamic variable that characterizes fluctuations in the energy of the ensemble. These results suggest a sharp transition in the thermodynamic limit of large patch sizes, similar to how a physical system reaches this limit at a critical temperature.The researchers found that this approach to the thermodynamics of images also shares similarities with Zipf-like distributions. According to Zipf’s law, elements in a group (for example, words in a book) that are sorted from most common to least common will follow a pattern where the second most common element is 1/2 as common as the first, the third most common element is 1/3 as common as the first, etc. Zipf-like distributions have been found to hold for many different situations, and here the scientists found that they also closely describe the distribution of the size of pixel patches ranked by the structure as determined by their black and white pixels.Perhaps the most interesting implication of viewing natural images from a thermodynamics perspective is what it reveals about the nature of image patches that correspond to the low energy states. The patches with the absolute lowest energy states are those that are either all black or all white. However, a small number of patches have pixels in both states yet are considered local minima, since flipping any single pixel would increase the energy. Looking closer at these patches, the researchers found that many of them have distinct patterns, such as edges between dark and light regions.The researchers speculate that the importance of these local minima in natural images may help us and other creatures “see” our surroundings, even when our eyes don’t absorb every pixel. The visual system may build neurons that are tuned to these “basins of attraction.” In other words, these low-energy patches may assist the brain in filling in the details using some kind of error-correcting code based on the thermodynamics of the visual world. A team of researchers at Princeton University has taken a closer look at images of nature and proposed that the scale invariance of images closely resembles the thermodynamics of physical systems at a critical point, with the distribution of pixels in the images analogous to the distribution of particle states in a physical system such as a ferromagnet. The parts of an image that correspond to the low-energy states, or local minima, have surprisingly interpretable structure, and these thermodynamic characteristics may help the brain see.The researchers, Greg J. Stephens, Thierry Mora, Gašper Tkačik, and William Bialek, at Princeton University, have published their study on the thermodynamics of images in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In their study, the scientists analyzed an ensemble of photographs taken in a forest at Hacklebarney State Park in New Jersey. The researchers converted the grayscale camera images to binary (black and white) images. Although intensity information was lost in the quantization, many details such as the structure of the trees and a body of water could still be identified. The worlds smallest 3D HD display Journal information: Physical Review Letters The researchers then divided each binary image into much smaller patches composed of 3 x 3 and 4 x 4 pixels and examined the distribution of black and white pixels in these patches. To quantify how much structure is present in these tiny segments of natural images, the researchers measured the entropy of the distribution of pixels. Randomly distributed pixels would give an entropy level of 9 and 16 bits, respectively, for the 3 x 3 and 4 x 4 pixel regions. But the researchers found that the entropy levels of the same-sized regions from the photo were only 6.5 and 11.2 bits, suggesting that substantial local structure remains in the tiny patches.To explore how local image structure changes with scale, the researchers averaged neighboring pixels within each image and repeated their patch analysis. After such “coarse-graining,” the image had lower resolution, but remarkably both the entropy and pixel distribution were unchanged from the original image. Even after repeating this coarse-graining process four times, the pixel distributions in the small square regions remained the same, indicating that the photo is scale-invariant—its structure stays the same as its scale changes. Citation: Thermodynamics of visual images may help us see the world (2013, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—Although researchers know that a large portion of the brain is devoted to visual processing, exactly how we interpret the complex patterns within natural scenes is far from understood. One question scientists ask is, is there something about the structure of the visual world itself that enables our brains to process and understand our visual surroundings, and is this structure something that can be described quantitatively?last_img read more

Ozone therapy a viable alternative to conventional treatment

first_imgTired of conventional medicinal treatments? Try ozone therapy, used widely during World War I to disinfect wounds and which has proved to be useful in treating chronic cases of asthma, chronic obstructive airway disease, diabetic foot ulcers, various cancers and more.The blue-coloured form of oxygen, which nourishes healthy cells and destroys malfunctioning ones, rejuvenates cells and helps in healing wounds and repairing tissues. “It is safe and is very effective because it attacks and removes disease-causing agents, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, molds, yeast and toxic metals,” said Dr SS Sibia, director of Ludhiana’s Sibia Medical Centre. Ozone is an element found naturally in the atmosphere and a molecule consists of three atoms of oxygen. It quickly combines with the blood, lymph and other tissues of body and is more powerful than plain Oxygen. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When medical ozone enters the bloodstream, it separates into O2 and O, the healthy cells, armed with antioxidants, absorb the O2 and repel the O, which zeroes in on the diseased cells and neutralises them, Sibia explained.“We also use it as complementary therapy in treatment of various types of cancers and for general immune-activation for allergic diseases and improve the body’s inherent resistance,” Sibia added. The most commonly reported success stories are of diabetic foot treatment with Ozone. Ozone therapy is administered in many different ways in the human body – drinking ozonated water, saunas, rectal means, intravesical, ozonated saline, soft tissue and joint injection and directly ozonating the patient’s blood. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOzone can be injected into and around the joints for the treatment of inflamed and painful joints and is even effective for non-healing ulcers.Ozonised oil is used as an ointment for pain relief and is even used as antiseptic. There’s another aspect to ozone therapy. “It involves injecting ozone into the skin, which boosts oxygen levels and helps to deeply cleanse impurities in the skin. It is used for the treatment of both oily and acne prone skin and also reduces inflammation,” said Dr Chiranjiv Chabbra, a dermatologist at the national Capital’s Skin Alive Clinic. “Ozone therapy works wonders for most people. It’s 100 per cent natural with zero chemicals, zero medication, zero down time, zero discomfort, and zero side effects. It’s relatively affordable too,” Chabbra added.To this end, Ozone can be used to balance the skin’s ph level and lighten its tone. It also works wonders for lines, wrinkles and open pores.“A large number of people are coming to resolve issues of infected skin and we recommend ozone therapy as it helps to get rid of dry and infected layers,” said Dr Priyanka Prakash, a dermatologist at Gurgaon’s Paras Hospital. Many centres offer ozone therapy for aesthetics and against dandruff, acne and a host of other skin conditions.last_img read more

Stephen Hawking Introduces Intels Connected Wheelchair

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 11, 2014 2 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. On Wednesday, Intel quietly hosted its annual development conference in San Francisco. We may have been distracted by the Apple Event going nearby – all those glowing photos of the new iPhones and iWatch (sorry, Apple Watch) – but Intel showcased some pretty neat stuff as well.The most intriguing: A connected wheelchair, designed by a team of the company’s engineering interns and currently being developed by Intel’s Internet of Things department.Related: 5 Quotes About Meaning That Will Frame How You Define EntrepreneurshipThe device collects health data from the user, including heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature, according to the Verge. In addition, the chair allows users to quickly and efficiently evaluate the wheelchair accessibility of new locations.Physicist Stephen Hawking, whose life story will soon be brought to the silver screen in the biopic drama The Theory of Everything, showcases the connected wheelchair in an Intel video.“I am the guy who made black holes cool,” he says, before speaking about how Intel’s connected wheelchair is just one example of “how science and technology can help people with disabilities.”Related: Samsung Snaps Up Smart-Home Startup SmartThings”I’ve lived my life on the edge pushing the boundaries of not just science but what my body can do. Medicine can’t cure me, so I rely on technology,” Hawkings says. “This is a great example of how technology for the disabled is often a proving ground for the technology of the future.”Watch the video below.  last_img read more

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first_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content October 19, 2011 – The development of Alzheimer’s disease drugs and early detection has been hindered for years because no imaging agents or diagnostic tests existed. The only definitive way to diagnosis the disease was through cadaver brain biopsy samples. However, new radiotracers have been developed to illuminate the beta amyloid plaques that accumulate in specific areas of the brain in Alzheimer’s patients.Using positron emission tomography (PET) and the radiotracer 11-C Pittsburgh Compound B (PIB), Roche said treatment with its drug candidate monoclonal antibody gantenerumab showed amyloid decrease in the brain of Alzheimer patients. This is the objective of the SCarlet RoAD trial, which will investigate the efficacy and safety of gantenerumab in patients in the early or prodromal stage of Alzheimer’s disease.With early or prodromal Alzheimer’s disease, a person’s memory loss is worse than can be expected by the normal aging process alone; even so, their ability to get on with daily activities is not affected to such an extent that they would be diagnosed with dementia.The study used gantenerumab at two different doses or placebo. Brain amyloid was measured in 16 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease using PET and PIB. Alzheimer’s disease brain slices from an independent patient sample were incubated with gantenerumab at increasing concentrations and with human microglia in an ex vivo phagocytosis assay.The next step is investigate whether removal of brain amyloid translates into clinical benefit for patients at doses of gantenerumab that reduce brain amyloid and are well tolerated, with a favorable safety profile.The study, “Mechanism of amyloid removal in patients with Alzheimer disease treated with gantenerumab,” is published in the October issue of Archives in Neurology.It is the first time clinical data has been published for gantenerumab, an investigational compound with a mechanism of action targeted at the early stages of Alzheimer’s.Results from Phase I clinical trials and ex vivo studies demonstrated that gantenerumab treatment results in a dose-dependent reduction of brain amyloid, possibly through phagocytosis via brain microglial cells. Amyloid load increased in patients receiving placebo treatment.”These results and especially the rapidity of the effects observed on amyloid removal are very encouraging and pave the way for the development of a novel treatment for Alzheimer’s disease,” said Luca Santarelli, global head of Roche neuroscience disease translational area. “Our approach is to utilize biomarkers to diagnose and treat the disease at a very early stage before significant damage to the brain has occurred.”Gantenerumab is an investigational fully human anti-amyloid beta monoclonal antibody designed to bind to amyloid plaques in the brain and remove them. It is hoped this approach will slow progression of the disease, an outcome that cannot be achieved with currently approved treatments.”Our objective was not only to demonstrate the effects of gantenerumab on brain amyloid, but also to start elucidating its mechanism of action,” added Santarelli, “this is extremely important to fully understand the compound’s therapeutic potential for Alzheimer’s disease.”Since amyloid accumulates in patients’ brains about 15 years prior to the onset of dementia, future clinical studies with gantenerumab will focus on Alzheimer’s in the early or prodromal phase. It is hoped early diagnosis and intervention, before significant damage to nerve cells has occurred, will offer optimal benefit to patients.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | October 19, 2011 New Imaging Agent Helps Prove Effectiveness of Alzheimer’s Drug News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Transat brings back popular Super Early Booking Promo on Sun packages

first_imgTransat brings back popular Super Early Booking Promo on Sun packages << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, May 1, 2017 Posted by Tags: Transatcenter_img MONTREAL — Transat’s Super Early Booking Promotion is back, featuring exclusive advantages and value-added extras on fall and winter Sun vacations.Now in its second year, the promotion applies to bookings made by June 30, 2017 for travel between Nov.1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.Clients who book any South package with Transat’s Super Early Booking Promotion will pay a deposit of only $100 and benefit from:Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee on all-inclusive packages (if a package becomes available at a lower price than the one paid, the difference will be refunded up to $400 per adult)The option to modify their travel dates up to three hours before departureAn upgrade to Option Plus for Luxury or Distinction Collection packagesA $50 future travel vouchersAlso as part of the promotion, cruise enthusiasts and clients who book a South or Duo package will receive a $50 future travel voucher and only pay a deposit of $100.“Canadians often have the impression that it’s better to wait until the last minute to buy their South packages in order to take advantage of the best rates,” said Annick Guérard, President and General Manager of Transat Tours Canada. “But by booking now, they will be guaranteed to have the dates, hotel and destination they want, all while benefiting from our Price Drop Guarantee.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthAs for travel agents, they can earn at least 10x Bonbon rewards for every individual or group booking, and 12x Bonbon rewards for packages to Bahia Principe, AMResorts and Meliá Cuba hotels.Transat’s new Sun brochure is expected to drop in June, featuring all the details of its 2017-18 South program. Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

Costa Rica court orders Colombian exguerrilla member to be deported to Panama

first_imgAn Administrative Immigration Court on Wednesday ordered Libardo Parra, a former Colombian ex-guerrilla militant, to be deported to Panama, Costa Rica’s Public Security Vice Minister Freddy Montero reported.The court on Aug. 28 denied for a fourth time Parra’s asylum application. He has maintained a legal battle with Costa Rican authorities to avoid being deported to Colombia, where he is wanted after being convicted on kidnapping charges.In Costa Rica, Parra served a sentence for money laundering and was released from the Foreigner Temporary Detention Center in May 2012.Parra also served part of his sentence in a maximum-security section of La Reforma prison, north of the capital, as he was considered a highly dangerous prisoner.High ranking officials at the Public Security Ministry and at Costa Rica’s Office of Intelligence and Security held negotiations with Panamanian officials in order to deport Parra, after the court’s ruling last week, Montero said.Costa Rica is the fifth country in Latin America that refused to grant asylum to the Colombian man. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Welcome to the valley Haason7Reddick NFLDraft

first_imgWelcome to the valley @Haason7Reddick!! #NFLDraft #CardsDraft— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) April 28, 2017 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Yet, three quarterbacks went before Arizona picked and, after all, the Cardinals lost key veterans Tony Jefferson and Calais Campbell in free agency.Patrick Peterson certainly seemed excited. Sack city!!! Welcome to the birdgang @Haason7Reddick !— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) April 28, 2017 D-E-F-E-N-S-E‼️‼️‼️!!! #NFLDraft #CardsDraft— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) April 28, 2017Chandler Jones, Antoine Bethea, Tyrann Mathieu and Markus Golden also welcomed their new teammate. Welcome to the @AZCardinals, @Haason7Reddick! @PaniniAmerica already has your #NFL card ready on #PaniniInstant! Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Please don’t take reddick AZ lol let him fall to purple and black— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) April 28, 2017 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling OOOOOKKKKKKK!!! #CardsDraft— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) April 28, 2017center_img – / 16 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Very popular pick at draft in Philly— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) April 28, 2017Haason Reddick received a boisterous welcome upon the Arizona Cardinals taking him 13th overall in the NFL Draft on Thursday.The Temple linebacker was in Philly, after all.But the favorable applause was also heard in Arizona, where Reddick’s new teammates expressed their excitement. If they’d read the mock drafts and heard the Cardinals express how they needed a quarterback of the future, they’d probably not expect Arizona to draft for defense. 0 Comments   Share   In this Sunday, March 5, 2017, photo, Temple defensive end Haason Reddick runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Reddick is enjoying the draft process even as other potential pros get antsy for the big day to arrive. Maybe it’s because he went to school in Philadelphia, at Temple, and the draft will be in Philly. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Welcome to the @AZCardinals @Haason7Reddick #CardsDraft #BirdGang— Markus Golden (@markusgolden) April 28, 2017 — David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) April 28, 2017 Time to get to work, @haason7reddick! You ready?!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) April 28, 2017Of course, offensive players welcomed Reddick to the team as well. Welcome to the squad! @Haason7Reddick— D.J. Humphries (@74_hump) April 28, 2017Jefferson, now with the Baltimore Ravens, apparently liked the pick as well. He wished aloud on Twitter that Arizona would pass on the linebacker in order for Reddick to fall to Baltimore.last_img read more