Scissor-happy attackers leave a Valley in fear

first_img “With the night patrols being organised by the locals, armed with lathis, both Army personnel and militants have restricted their movements at night in the residential localities. On two occasions, there were false allegations of the Army sheltering the culprits after the attacks,” he said.In the atmosphere of uncertainty, both security agencies and militants accuse each other of carrying out the attacks. Director General of Police, J&K, S.P. Vaid claimed that rumours blaming the security forces was a ploy “to be used by separatists in their favour”.The indigenous Hizbul Mujahideen’s south Kashmir-based operational commander Riyaz Naikoo however, sees the braid-chopping as “a ploy to counter militant attacks”.“It is an Indian ploy to scare people and keep them away from militants. It’s being promoted as militants have successfully covered their movements in the past two months and the [security] agencies have failed to trace them,” said Mr. Naikoo, in an audio message released on the social media.No room for loveAnother casualty of the scare has been romance. Earlier last week, at least two youth were severely beaten by residents who accused them of cutting braids. However, police investigations revealed that the two “had gone to see their girlfriends in Baramulla and Ganderbal”.Muzaffar Ahmad Wani, a resident of Ganderbal’s Khalmulla, had to be admitted to hospital for injuries after being “mistaken for the braid-chopper as he waited for his girlfriend outside a house”.“The girlfriend resides at Ganderbal’s Nunar and had come to Kujjar area where they had planned to meet. However, the locals beat the boy who was waiting for her,” the Ganderbal police report said.CCTVs in demandNot surprisingly, the attacks have seen a sharp rise in people buying home security equipment, leaving Basit Khan a happy man. A home security dealer in Srinagar, Mr. Khan said, “Enquiries related to home security have gone up from 10 a month to over a thousand. People are looking for pepper sprays and CCTVs.”Some doctors in Srinagar have suggested that “even cases where females suffer from acute dissociative psychiatric diseases and may chop [their own] hair” are likely to be listed as cases of attacks.In fact, the Baramulla police say one girl, who claimed to have been attacked by unknown men on October 5, “turned out to be a psychiatric patient”.PTI adds:Separatists call for shutdownSeparatists have called for a shutdown in Kashmir on Monday against the incidents of braid-chopping.In a statement, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said the incidents were part of a “well-thought-out” conspiracy. “The dignity of womenfolk is at stake,” they said and urged the people to observe a total shutdown against the humiliation meted out to women. An angry protester at Baghat in Srinagar. | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad  “I was grabbed from behind. I almost choked. It was a tall masked man,” she recalls. Ms. Shazia says she did not give up and put up a fight till the attacker pulled out a spray. “Some substance was sprinkled on me. He held my wrists, and I started losing consciousness. All I could do was raise an alarm,” she recalls. Her neighbours came to her rescue.For 22-year-old Insha, a resident of Malwan in Kulgam, having her braid chopped off inside her house left her traumatised. It was late evening on September 20, when she sensed she was being pursued by an unknown man while on the way to the washroom located outside the house. She was descending the stairs when she was attacked.“All I remember is that someone poured a drop of water on my neck. As I shouted for help, I fell unconscious,” she said. Ms. Insha’s mother found her braid cut and lying on the staircase.Since then Ms. Insha has had nightmares, where masked men pull out her remaining hair. Her family is baffled over who the culprit could be.These are but a few of the several reports of women’s braids being cut off by unknown men that have sparked panic across Kashmir. According to police records, the first incident was reported on September 14 from Kulgam district, a hotbed of militancy in south Kashmir. Since then, as many as 65 incidents have been reported across the Valley with Kulgam accounting for 30 cases, followed by adjacent Shopian.Despite the police having lodged over 35 FIRs, the mystery deepens with each new incident as no culprit has yet been held nor any evidence found to link the cases.SIT on the jobChief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and announced ₹6 lakh as reward.“We have to study these cases in the backdrop of what was happening outside J&K. Unfortunately, no victim is cooperating with the police,” said Inspector General of Police Muneer Khan.The victims’ accounts follow a pattern, according to the police: unknown men sprinkle some substance to render the women unconscious, cut off their hair/braids and flee while leaving behind the braid at the crime scene.According to the State Women Commission chairperson Nayeema Mehjoor, the aim does not seem to be to “earn money from the hair but induce fear in society”. “My worry is that the failure of the police to identity culprits is only fuelling speculation. Why can’t the police solve these cases when they could carry out anti-militancy operations with great precision,” asked Ms. Mehjoor.Talking to The Hindu, Mr. Ahmad also questioned the role of the police. “The police came when we took to the streets over the incident. But they took no action.”Varied falloutThe attacks have had interesting consequences. A senior counter-insurgency police official said that since the braid-cutting scare, both “cordon-and-search operations of the security forces and activities of the militants have come down” in south Kashmir. Arifa Jan (name changed), a 29-year-old resident of Srinagar’s Azad Basti, began her normal routine on Friday morning. Given the nippy autumn weather, her chores began later than usual at 8 a.m. as she began sweeping the pavement outside her two-storey home in the congested locality that remained volatile during the 2016 street protests. Ms. Jan was done sweeping and was mopping the pavement when the door creaked open. Ms. Arifa remembers little of the strange events that followed.All she recalls is that two Kashmiri-speaking men with beards barged in and sprayed some substance on her. Minutes later, her husband, Tariq Ahmad, a readymade garments dealer, who was sipping his morning tea inside, heard a shriek. He rushed out to find his wife unconscious at the entrance. “There was an obvious bid to cut her hair,” Mr. Ahmad told this reporter.‘Police inactive’Mr. Ahmad rushed outside to check the lanes and bylanes but couldn’t detect any fleeing persons or any suspicious movement. “We decided to protest on the streets. Who could do this? Why? The police came but took no major action,” said Mr. Ahmad.Shazia Jan of Kulgam, on the other hand, was attacked under the cover of darkness. It was around 8.30 p.m. on September 23 when the 32-year-old left home to visit her neighbours. Suddenly, she felt hands around her neck. | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad A Batamaloo homemaker, whose braid was cut, being comforted by her relatives at her residence in Srinagar.last_img read more

10 dead, 25 hurt in H.P. bus accident

first_imgTen people, including three women, were killed and 25 injured when a bus they were travelling in fell into a 200-foot-deep gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district on Saturday night, the police said. The accident occurred on the Dalhousie-Pathankot road near Banikhet after the driver lost control of the vehicle, SP Monica Bhutunguru said on Sunday. Speedy action by quick reaction teams of the Dalhousie Cantonment and the civil administration helped in saving the lives of the 25 injured passengers, who were evacuated to nearby hospitals, a Jammu-based defence spokesperson said.last_img

Rhodes expects emotional finals series: ‘We want the championship so bad’

first_imgRhodes also vowed to leave everything on the line, especially with his family in attendance for the series and to celebrate his 32nd birthday on Game 3 on June 25.“If I win it, it’s gonna be more emotional for me. I’m flying in my wife and I’m flying my mother, who has never seen me play overseas. So everything is going to be very, very emotional for me, and I want my mom to be here to witness that,” he said.Rhodes, however, acknowledges the tough challenge TNT poses. After all, the KaTropa is only one of the three teams which dealt San Miguel a rare loss this conference, a 112-103 setback last May 5.  That’s why the Galveston, Texas native is more motivated than ever to avenge that eliminations defeat.“TNT is a great team all around. They have four good big men and coach Nash (Racela) does a great job,” he said. “But I think we want the championship so bad. That’s all we’re thinking about right now. I think it will be a good Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH NBA: LeBron expresses gratitude to ex-Cavs’ GM David Griffin on Twitter Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmotions are expected to run high when San Miguel and TNT clash in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.And one man who guaranteed such is Beermen import Charles Rhodes.ADVERTISEMENT The mercurial reinforcement shared that fans should expect a feisty battle in a high-stakes battle like this the Finals.“I’m a competitor. I play hard every time out there. I’m pissed off if I miss a shot, I’m pissed off if somebody score, and I’m pissed off when (Star import Ricardo) Ratliffe got 35 rebounds. So my emotions doesn’t come until the end, when it’s all said and done,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut there’s more to that for Rhodes, who, despite a nine-year professional career in the international circuit, will be playing on his first championship tiff.“I’ve been in five semifinals, so I know what it feels like. I know what the pain is, not to get the promised land, so that’s why it was so emotional for me,” he said. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

No anthem or colors, but Russians are back at track worlds

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sergei Shubenkov, who won the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 world championships but had to sit out the Olympics last year because Russia was banned from international competition, said “I’ve got back almost all the rights I had.”Decked out in an electric blue Russia tracksuit at his national championships last Friday, he lamented he still can’t “take this beautiful, awesome uniform to the worlds and flaunt it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKeen to head off any Russian celebrations, the International Association of Athletics Federations has issued its 19 neutrals with strict codes of conduct.The Russian flag and national colors are banned, so uniforms in neutral colors must be approved by IAAF officials. Red, white and blue are forbidden, even on hairbands or bandages or accessories. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Their world championship preparation is subsidized by the Russian state, while entry papers were submitted by the still-suspended national track federation, whose head coach Yuri Borzakovsky expects between five and seven podium finishes.Besides Shubenkov, another medal contender is reigning world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene, who won every round of the Diamond League this season. She just wants to block out the whole doping controversy. “I don’t want to waste my emotions on that. I need them for the competition,” she said.More than two years of investigations and bans have made the team stronger, says pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova. “Everyone who’s there will support the others,” she said. “We’re all friends like never before.”There’s a return for Russia’s only track and field Olympian of 2016, long jumper Darya Klishina, while some younger athletes could be medal threats too.Sergei Shirobokov, an 18-year-old racewalker, has promise but would be a controversial champion given his links to a training center where more than 25 athletes have been banned for doping.Still, it’s far from a full team.Among the absentees are 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov and former world indoor triple jump champion Lyukman Adams. Russian media reported both were refused neutral status by the IAAF.Dozens more are serving bans, including former Olympic champions.The IAAF is retesting samples from previous championships after World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren alleged a conspiracy of drug use and cover-ups stretching back years. An apparent cover-up of suspicious drug tests on the Russian track team before the 2014 world indoor championships is of particular interest.While Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted in March the previous anti-doping system “did not work,” there’s been no rush to investigate what exactly went wrong, at least not publicly. Several officials resigned last year in unclear circumstances, but the then-Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was promoted. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FILE – In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 file photo, world hurdles 110m champion Sergey Shubenkov competes during the Russian Stars 2016 track and field competitions in Moscow, Russia. Russia plans to send 19 athletes, including Sergei Shubenkov and Maria Lasitskene, to the track and field world championships in London in August 2017 despite its suspension from international competition over widespread doping. The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia’s suspension after the International Association of Athletics Federations reviewed their history of drug testing. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)ZHUKOVSKY, Russia — They won’t hear their anthem if they win. Their national colors — even on nail varnish — are strictly forbidden. Regardless, a group of Russian athletes is back at the track and field world championships.WAlmost two years after a blanket suspension for widespread doping, and a year after just one Russian was allowed to compete on the Olympic track in Rio de Janeiro, 19 will compete at the world championships starting Friday.In London, they’ll officially be “neutral athletes,” individuals not representing any country.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Los Angeles gets Olympics with an 11-year wait—and risks Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments If the neutrals win, the IAAF’s anthem will play. Under the rules, an athlete who sings the Russian anthem faces a fine, though any legal tussles could prove embarrassing for the IAAF.The rules “seem tough and a bit ridiculous,” said Shubenkov, who jokingly suggested there might be a loophole for fur hats. “Bringing a bear on a leash, would that count?”The Russians will be in London when the IAAF holds a string of ceremonies re-awarding medals from past championships after doping cases.Some originally belonged to Russians, including Tatyana Chernova, who beat Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill to heptathlon gold at the 2011 championships but was later stripped of that medal and others.The Russians certainly looked like a team as they met Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last week at their national titles.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Russian law enforcement has sought to present McLaren’s key witness, former drug-test lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, as unreliable. The government continues to deny any role in doping cover-ups, frustrating the IAAF, which wants Russia to either accept or disprove McLaren’s findings.Still, Russia is gradually getting closer to readmission to international track and field, which would make neutral uniforms a quirk of history. An IAAF taskforce on Monday said Russia was giving drug testers better access but hadn’t done enough to investigate past offenses.“We’re coming out of those crises,” Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told reporters last week. Russian officials have toned down once-vehement criticism of the IAAF as they try to build bridges.“It’ll be hard for the athletes to compete because they are all patriots of their country,” Kolobkov said when asked if he considered the absence of Russia’s flag insulting.Whether the Russian athletes are neutral or not, he said, “everyone understands who they represent.” FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

Making the singles count

first_imgRelaxed at a practice session on the eve of the fourth ODI against England in Bangalore in November 2008.Sachin Tendulkar is the complete batsman. Neither fast bowlers nor mystery spinners nor hard pitches nor damp decks nor dust bowls nor heat nor cold nor dusk nor dawn nor razzmatazz have,Relaxed at a practice session on the eve of the fourth ODI against England in Bangalore in November 2008.Sachin Tendulkar is the complete batsman. Neither fast bowlers nor mystery spinners nor hard pitches nor damp decks nor dust bowls nor heat nor cold nor dusk nor dawn nor razzmatazz have found him wanting. Ten thousand questions have been asked and all have been answered, most of them in the affirmative. Half-a-dozen downturns have been endured and all have proved temporary. Injuries have laid him low and none has crushed him. Thirty dubious decisions have been suffered and all have been accepted. It has not only been the runs or the brilliance of their making that have set him apart. It’s a mistake to regard him as an ordinary man and outstanding cricketer. There is nothing ordinary about him. He is cricket’s second miracle.Durability and equanimity count amongst his strengths. His longevity and continuity tell that tale. Harmony has also been important to success. It’s not just that he loves batting as another man relishes beer. Was ever a sportsman so lacking torment? Cricket has never been an ordeal to him, merely a game, his game, India’s game. He has sacrificed privacy for his talent and considered it a small concession. Although India speaks loudly in his cricket-he can only be fully appreciated once its turbulence adulation and exhaustion have been taken into account -he is not an especially Indian batsman. He has soaked up local and imported, past and present, and taken the guts out of them. He is at peace with himself and has been able to absorb the influences around him. It’s too easy to cast him as a genius, as if that provided the entire explanation. He is an independent and intelligent cricketer with a profound understanding of the game.advertisement”Cricket has never been an ordeal to Sachin. He has sacrificed privacy for his talent and considered it a small concession.”Roebuck is a former captain of Somerset and one of the most respected writers on the game With his family at the unveiling of his wax double in Mumbai before it moved to Madame Tussauds, London.Another quality can be added to the list. Tendulkar’s enthusiasm for cricket is beyond quenching. Through it all he conveys pleasure, retains vitality as others wilt. Crucially he loves the game, and serves it well. How many masters can truly say that? Tendulkar is no innocent, yet there is simplicity in his batting and impishness in his manner. At the crease he looks happy, a man in his element. He does not need to goad himself. Nor can any strut be detected in him. Never mind that he dominates the statistics, is widely admired, or that his play has seldom been equalled; he still respects colleagues and foes and the game itself. He does not take liberties. It is the unchanging approach of an unchanging man.His appetite for the game is evident in the length of his career and in every innings he plays. Tendulkar’s batting is illuminated but not defined byresounding drives, flicks off the pads or cuts as savage as any treasurer dare contemplate. Of course, these provide satisfaction but they are a gift from the gods. His character is revealed in another, less captivating part of his repertoire. He is a magnificent stroke player but he is also a master of the manufactured single.Sachin’s singles illustrate the workings of his mind. The humble run has never been neglected. It’s hard to think of another batsman of his stature as keen to tuck the ball into a gap and scurry. Of course, the bowling does not hold any fears. Just that his job is to score runs, and a single is better than a dot. Apparently Bradman sought a single off his first ball. Tendulkar is like that every ball. To watch him at the crease is to observe a batsman aware of every peril and the location of every fieldsman. Has any batsman the game has known collected as many runs with mild taps into the perennial gap behind square leg?Tendulkar is no innocent, yet there is simplicity in his batting and impishness in his manner. At the crease he looks happy, a man in his element. He does not need to goad himself. Nor can any strutbe detected in him. Receiving the Padma Vibhushan from the President.Opponents have studied the charts and observed the tactic and still cannot stop him. Captains cannot find a man to fill the hole without weakening their defences. Bowlers suffer as their prey politely guides their best offerings into a convenient gap and trots a single. Nor is the off side is neglected. Tendulkar is as calculating player adept at opening the face of the bat and encouraging the ball to speed away behind point. Another run, another small victory, another blow landed in the enduring and cut-throat battle between bat and ball.Opponents cannot build pressure on so elusive a batsman, and cricket is a game of pressure, of canny and rash decisions taken in the hot moment. Bowlers are frustrated to find their most lethal offerings, the summation of all their knowledge, experience and power, pushed away for a simple run. What is the point?It is this ability to create runs from thin air that sets Tendulkar apart. Ordinarily stolen singles are the work of the humdrum practitioner. Tendulkar has turned them into an art form. Consider the manner of their taking, the modesty, skill and anticipation required, and then the genial dash towards the other end. Radio commentators insist they once heard him call a single before the ball had even arrived. Tendulkar is ahead of the game.Nor does he forget about anxious partners. He wants the run not to fill his own account- though like all batsmen he is mindful of that-but because it is good cricket and improves the team’s position. He is not selfish. He is also a superb judge of a run. In 169 Test matches he has only been run out seven times. His partners have been caught short on 13 occasions. How many of them have been his fault? He has batted with Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and others of that ilk. Doubtless some of them were bunnies whose judgement in these matters is notoriously unreliable. Considering all the singles scampered, it is a remarkable record.Celebrating India’s victory over Pakistan in the third cricket Test match at Rawalpindi in April 2004.Despite all the passing years and the vast tally, Tendulkar’s high regard for quick singles tells of discipline, hunger and a willingness to serve. His spirit does not tolerate rebellion or ego. Throughout he has uplifted team and country with deeds. Indians scared of pace? Ask Brett Lee or Wasim Akram. Cannot score runs overseas? Check the books. Dare not defy the Australians? The deed was most thrillingly done. He was not slaying dragons or dismantling demons; he did it because he could, because he wanted to score runs and to win.Still he is there, looking fresh and alert, still a player of pedigree, still humble, still wary but then suddenly fascinating about batting. And he’s not done yet. Still he is scoring hundreds, talking sense in that curiously high pitched voiced, driving the ball past the bowler or pinching a single and looking as pleased as a child who has found a plum, always he is absorbed. How many runs has be scored. Has he once appeared bored? Has he thrown his wicket away? Has he let the team down? Once? He has taken guard a thousand times for his country alone and always looked keen.Still, all good things come to an end. Fleetingness is part of it. It’s the same for the players, the knowledge that soon it will be over, this childhood dream taken into adulthood, this acquaintance with excellence.Tendulkar has been around so long it’s hard to imagine the game without him. Eventually another talent will appear. Let them outlast him. Let them outscore him. Let them surpass him in one formof the game let alone in three. And let them do it in India.advertisementadvertisementHis singles illustrate the workings of his mind. The humble run has never been neglected. It’s hard to think of another batsman of his stature as keen to tuck the ball into a gap and scurry.last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson upset for crocked Souare

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson upset for crocked Souareby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was upset for Pape Souare after an injury setback in their FA Cup win over Grimsby.Hodgson hopes the injury isn’t serious.He said, “I’m very disappointed for him. I’ve worked with him for over a year and he’s done so well to get back from a horrendous injury, and he’s been out there every day in training trying his very best to get better and show me that he’s a good player. Unfortunately, he’s found a guy like Patrick van Aanholt in front of him.“Today was the day that I was hoping to get him on the field of play and show what he shows us in training and come off the field victorious and happy. To come off injured was a bitter blow, and it was an unfortunate thing where he was bowled over, fell awkwardly and picked up a shoulder injury. I can only hope that he can recover quickly, but it’s not a minor injury; it could keep him out for weeks.” last_img read more

We have to concentrate on River Plate for now DOnofrio on

first_imgRiver Plate President Rodolfo D’Onofrio says the club is concentrating on the final on Sunday.Also there are no discussions on the future of midfielder Exequiel Palacios who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid recently.D’Onofrio who disclosed this in an interview with Marca said:“I wrote to Florentino Perez a few days ago to thank him for having us at the Bernabeu. We are not currently talking about Palacios but about twenty days ago Butragueno spoke to Enzo Francescoli about the player, but with a view to continuing negotiations later.”River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“The economic differences between Real Madrid and River are very large. It’s very difficult to retain a player, but history tells us that the player sees a future opportunity and we can’t cut his career. The club can’t be closed and must open themselves up to negotiation. That a player from River goes to Madrid is also prestigious for River.”On the readiness of Palacios to play at Madrid, he said:“He’s at a great level, but I think it would be good to play for one more year in Argentina. However, that is not my decision.”“We will negotiate, Madrid know that. He is very young but he is very serious, and seems older than he is. A very complete player. If they really love him, the move would be ideal for both the player and Real Madrid.”last_img read more

AL men repressing women BNP

first_imgBNPBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leader Abdul Moyeen Khan on Wednesday alleged that ruling party men are repressing women and indulging in various misdeeds across the country with the ‘blessings’ of the government.”How is it possible to violate a young girl promising her to help get admitted to a college? The offenders couldn’t dare commit such a misdeed without the blessings of the government and administration that control power,” he said.Speaking at a human chain programme, the BNP leader further said, “I’m forced to say it with a serious concern that Bangladesh has been put under the grasp of evil forces. It’s my question whether are we living in a civilised country or in an African jungle?”Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal, BNP’s women wing, arranged the programme in front of the National Press Club condemning and protesting at the violence against two women in Bogra unleashed by ruling party men.The leaders and activists of the organisation registered their protest against the incident wearing black clothes in their heads.According to media reports, Bogra town Sramik League convener Tufan Sarker with the help of his party cadres abducted a female student from her home and raped her last month.Sramik League is the workers’ wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League.The ruling party men allegedly beat up the girl and her mother, and shaved their heads as they went to local councillor Rumki’s house seeking justice on Friday.Police arrested Tufan, his wife, mother-in-law, councillor Rumke and some other perpetrators in connection with the incident.Moyeen, a BNP standing committee member, asked the government to let people know who pampered Tufan and his associates to commit such heinous crime. “The sources of power of the offenders are guns and terrorism. The country can’t run in this way.”To get rid of the current situation, the BNP leader urged the government to hold a fair election under a neutral administration quitting power. “I would like to say the government should step down, and arrange a fair election if it has minimum sense of shyness.”He alleged that repressive acts and all forms of misdeeds have got spread during the rule of the current government as it has destroyed all the state and social institutions.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged the government is regularly arresting journalists and sending them to jail using the section 57 of the ICT act as Sheikh Hasina established one-party rule Baksal in a different form.He termed a historic incident the release of the full text of the Supreme Court verdict that annulled 16th constitution amendment at a time when the ruling party men established a reign of terror across the country.The BNP leader said this verdict has created a bit of fresh hope among people to have the rule of law restored in the country.Speaking at the programme, Mohila Dal president Afroza Abbas urged the government to punish those arrested in connection with the torture of the two Bogra women by shaving their heads the way they did it with the victims.She also demanded the government ensure the highest punishment for main accused Tufan, his brother and other culprits.last_img read more

AL supporters bring broom procession against rival candidate in Kachua

first_imgDeclaring him persona non-grata in Kachua upazila, a group of women on Friday brought out a ‘broom procession’ against Awami League-nominated candidate in Chandpur-1 constituency, Golam Hossain.The procession, led by female affairs secretary of upazila AL Rownak Ara Ratna, Mohila AL upazila unit president Salma Sahid and its general secretary Taslima Chowdhury, started from in front of the upazila AL office in the afternoon.It ended at Kachua bypass road after parading the main roads of the upazila headquarters.Later, the processionists burned the effigy of Golam Hossain, also former chairman of National Board of Revenue (NRB).Speaking on the occasion, Ratna said Golam Hossain has no connection with the upazila Awami League.”Leaders and activists of upazila AL and its associate bodies won’t accept anyone except Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir in this constituency,” she said.The ruling party handed out nomination papers to both Mohiuddin and Golam Hossain for contesting the upcoming general election from Chandpur-1 (Kachua) constituency.Both of them also filed nomination papers to the returning officer.last_img read more

Dum Dum Park pandals set to amaze people

first_imgKolkata: While the Puja committees in Salt Lake are trying to stand out this year, Puja committees in Dum Dum Park are also trying their best to attract pandal hoppers with unique themes.This year, Dum Dum Park Bharat Chakra Puja committee’s theme is Ghore o Baire. The theme is based on women empowerment. According to members of the Puja committee, women are not staying behind at home in modern times. Based on the theme, the pandal has been constructed in two parts. One of the part is open. In this area, several models of women driving different vehicles can be seen. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the second part, the idol of Goddess Durga will be seen on a shivlinga. “Our concept is that women are not staying behind or being dominated by men anymore. On the contrary, men in the present society are helping women to go ahead and make their mark in society. Inside the second part, we have tried keep a spiritual environment. Several paintings of Goddesses from different countries will be there to portray the dominance of women in the past,” said Arjun Goon, secretary of the Puja committee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNot far from Bharat Chakra, Dum Dum Tarun Dal is also doing their best to outshine other pandals in the area. This year, Tarun Dal’s theme is Abahon. While entering the pandal, people will see children running through a bush of kash flowers. After that sunflower petals with face of children will be seen cascading down from the ceiling of the pandal. On the top, people will see Shiv and Parvati welcoming the children. “Everyone loves children. So do the Gods and Goddesses. Also, activities which children usually do such as painting and playing, will be portrayed through paintings,” said Biswajit Prasad, secretary of the Puja committee.last_img read more

How This StrongerThanSteel Material Could Change the World

first_imgDecember 21, 2014 Graphene is just one atom thick, but it’s poised to cast a wide shadow over the future of business. Some 200 times stronger than steel yet lighter than paper and more flexible than a contortionist, graphene is hailed as a miracle material with the potential to revolutionize products and processes across industries from consumer electronics to biomedicine. First isolated in 2004 by physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who won a Nobel Prize for their efforts, graphene is essentially a crystalline carbon allotrope with two-dimensional properties. Its atoms are packed in a hexagonal pattern that resembles chicken wire, and it’s so thin, it’s virtually transparent. The unique structure translates to thermal, electrical and magnetic properties no other material can match, and the commercial applications are almost limitless. For example, graphene’s flexibility could lead to breakthroughs in wearable devices, and its feather-light weight could yield more streamlined, fuel-efficient aircraft. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has even donated $100,000 to the University of Manchester to help fund development of graphene-based condoms.“Graphene has so much potential for use in many different businesses and many different areas,” says Elena Polyakova, CEO of Long Island, N.Y.-based Graphene Laboratories, whose Graphene Supermarket supplies nanocarbon and graphene products to more than 7,000 enterprise and academic customers. “It can replace many materials that are currently on the market.”Graphene R&D far eclipses commercial activity, at least for now. Technology consultancy Cambridge IP states that developers and manufacturers have filed 13,000 graphene-related patents in the past five years alone, and in late 2013 the European Commission launched a billion-euro, 10-year graphene research initiative that brings together academic institutions and industrial groups from 17 nations. An Allied Market Research forecast says the graphene market will reach $149.1 million worldwide by the end of the decade, experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 44 percent between 2014 and 2020, thanks largely to surging interest from the electronics and automotive sectors. Case in point: In April, Samsung Electronics, working with South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University, announced a graphene synthesis method that promises to speed the material’s commercialization, touting its potential for use in flexible displays and other cutting-edge products. IBM has also unveiled a graphene-based integrated electronic circuit designed to boost wireless data transmission speeds.But just because graphene is a miracle doesn’t mean it’s perfect. For starters, it lacks the “band gap” present in other semiconductor materials, meaning its conductivity can’t be switched on and off. Possible solutions include building in artificial breaks to open and close circuits or altering graphene’s core makeup with chemical additives. The problem is further compounded by high manufacturing costs and quality-control issues that limit the volume of defect-free graphene that’s available to researchers.Startups like Ottawa, Ontario-based Grafoid, a graphene-focused business development firm, are tackling the production challenge head-on. Grafoid has invested in the patent-pending MesoGraf process, which generates pristine graphene from raw graphite ore, a cost-effective, single-step production method that eliminates harsh chemicals that could hamper the material’s fundamental properties. Such processes have the advantage of being better for the planet. In fact, graphene’s low environmental impact may turn out to be its true legacy. Researchers at Rice University have proved that adding graphene oxide to water-based drilling fluids can improve oil extraction by minimizing potential leakage. Graphene may even replace some metals and other natural resources mined for manufacturing, says Gordon Chiu, founder, president and CTO of Grafoid and co-inventor of MesoGraf. “Imagine taking something that was 100 percent oil-dependent and making it only 50 percent oil-dependent by mixing in graphene. Not only is the product lighter and stronger, but it’s also safer for the environment,” Chiu says. “I’ve always believed in new materials that can change the way we do things. Graphene has the ability to fundamentally impact how we operate as a species while still being technologically advanced.”  Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the December 2014 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Related 7 flights for under £45Seven cities seven

first_img Related7 flights for under £45Seven cities, seven cheap flights, seven tickets to the time of your life (well maybe) for less than £45.6 flights for less than £70Keep mum sweet this Mother’s Day and book a bargain weekend getaway.10 flights for under £40We pick 10 of the cheapest flights on Skyscanner this week – just the ticket for a brilliant bargain break. Doctor Who is done for another series and it’s a whole month until Homeland starts. Before Strictly takes over your life, get out of the house and explore a new and exciting city for less than £40.1. Malmo from £36Love your Swedish/Danish crime dramas? Then Malmo gives you the best of both worlds. A 25-minute train ride from the Danish capital, Copenhagen, and you could be exploring one of Sweden’s most ‘continental’ cities. Trawl the designer stores on Gamla Väster, or pick up some unique souvenirs in Möllevȧngstorget’s open air market. Make sure to pack your Sarah Lund jumper!2. Linz from £35Linz goes a long way to prove that Austria is not all Von Trapp children and lederhosen. Since being named European Capital of Culture in 2009, the former industrial city has become a hub for contemporary art and architecture. Check out the Warhol paintings in the Lentos Kunstmuseum, a huge cube made entirely from steel and glass. If you like your cities a little less shiny, then Linz’s Old Town still serves up neo-gothic cathedrals and hefty slices of Linzer Torte fruit pies.3. Turin from £34Next to Neapolitan pizza, Turin’s Fiat 500 has got to be one of Italy’s most famous exports. Four wheeled icons are not all that Italy’s fourth largest city specialises in. Visitors flock to the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist to gaze upon the Turin Shroud, believed to bear the imprint of Christ’s face on his way to the cross. Take a break from all that racing around with a gelato from Pepino, the first parlour to put ice cream on a stick and dip it in chocolate. 4. Gerona from £38Bored of Barcelona? Gerona is just north of Barca and has its fair share of late night tapas bars and sangria stops along its very own Las Ramblas. But what gives Gerona much of its unique character is The Call, the Jewish quarter that’s a labyrinth of narrow lanes, charming archways and medieval museums. It’ll tempt you to put any other Spanish city on hold for a while.5. Faro from £39Faro isn’t that far away! Hop on a three-hour flight and be transported back in time to medieval Portugal. Spend the sunshine hours sitting in a café on a cobbled side street amidst a jumble of white-washed houses. For an unusual after-dark adventure, head to the Capela dos Ossos, the 19th century chapel built from the skulls of over 1000 monks.6. Brussels from £26The cheapest on the list, you’ll have more beer money to spend in Brussels, the perfect city for an old-fashioned pub crawl. Many of the bars in Belgium’s capital are kitted out with traditional wooden benches and fireside dens. They serve the finest Belgian brews and rounds are typically topped-off by baskets of sourdough and sausages. Sounds like the start to the best Hergé adventure. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Modern Times Group MTG has appointed Liberty Glo

first_imgModern Times Group (MTG) has appointed Liberty Global executive Rotem Hakim as its director of business development for pay TV emerging markets.Hakim will take the role in MTG-owned Viasat Broadcasting’s pay TV emerging markets team as of May 26.He joins from Liberty Global, where he has worked for 10 years, most recently as programming director working with VoD and linear pay-TV channels, as well as gaming and music.Within Liberty, Hakim also previously worked as head of business development for Chello On Demand, part of the firm’s former content division Chellomedia. Prior to Liberty Global, he worked at the tech companies Emblaze Systems and IBM and the telecoms company Barak I.T.C.“Rotem is a top performer with a unique understanding of how content and technology can complement one another, gained in a 20 year long career in the media, technology and IT industries. His extensive commercial and technical expertise in all aspects of digital content services – across TV, web and mobile – make him the ideal person to grow our pay TV business further,” said Aleks Habdank, chief operating officer, pay TV emerging markets, MTG.last_img read more

An international coalition of brain researchers is

first_imgAn international coalition of brain researchers is suggesting a new way of looking at Alzheimer’s.Instead of defining the disease through symptoms like memory problems or fuzzy thinking, the scientists want to focus on biological changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s. These include the plaques and tangles that build up in the brains of people with the disease.But they say the new approach is intended only for research studies and isn’t yet ready for use by most doctors who treat Alzheimer’s patients.If the new approach is widely adopted, it would help researchers study patients whose brain function is still normal, but who are likely to develop dementia caused by Alzheimer’s.”There is a stage of the disease where there are no symptoms and we need to have some sort of a marker,” says Eliezer Masliah, who directs the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging.The new approach would be a dramatic departure from the traditional way of looking at Alzheimer’s, says Clifford Jack, an Alzheimer’s researcher at Mayo Clinic Rochester.In the past, “a person displayed a certain set of signs and symptoms and it was expected that they had Alzheimer’s pathology,” says Jack, who is the first author of the central paper describing the proposed new “research framework.”But researchers began to see the flaws in that approach when they took a close look at the brains of people receiving experimental drugs for the disease, Jack says. “About 30 percent of people who met all the appropriate clinical criteria did not have Alzheimer’s disease.”Their memory or thinking problems were being caused by something else.So researchers have been looking for more reliable ways of determining whether someone really has Alzheimer’s. And they’ve focused on the two best-known brain changes associated with the disease.”What we’re seeing now is that Alzheimer’s disease is defined by the presence of plaques and tangles in your brain,” Jack says. And in this way of thinking, he says, “symptoms become the result of the disease, not the definition of the disease.”Once it was virtually impossible to detect plaques and tangles in a living person. But over time, scientists have developed a number of ways to spot the abnormalities using special brain scans or tests of spinal fluid.These tests for what are known as biomarkers of Alzheimer’s are allowing scientists to do experiments that would have been impossible relying on symptoms alone. “One could, let’s say, start preventive treatment five years before the onset of the symptoms,” Masliah says.The new approach has detractors, who argue that it’s not yet a reliable replacement for clinical symptoms in research. And proponents have responded to these complaints by including symptom measures in their proposal, and acknowledging that biomarkers are still in an early stage of development.Proponents have also stressed that the biomarker approach is not yet the right tool for most doctors who treat Alzheimer’s patients.”It’s a research framework meant to be tested, a tool for researchers, not for the doctor’s office,” says Maria Carrillo, chief scientific officer of the Alzheimer’s Association.But Carrillo hopes that when drugs to prevent Alzheimer’s finally arrive, biomarker tests can show who should get them.The proposal, and several commentaries supporting it, appears Tuesday in the April 2018 issue of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Long before he began studying for a career in heal

first_imgLong before he began studying for a career in health care, Marlon Munoz performed one of the most sensitive roles in the field: delivering diagnoses to patients.As an informal interpreter between English-speaking doctors and his Spanish-speaking family and friends, Munoz knew well the burden that comes with the job. He still becomes emotional when he remembers having to tell his wife, Aibi Perez, she had breast cancer.A few days after Perez underwent a routine breast biopsy 17 years ago, Munoz received an unexpected call from her physician. The doctor spoke no Spanish and Perez spoke little English, so they called Munoz, who could act as a go-between. But when the doctor said the biopsy had revealed stage 1 breast cancer, Munoz hedged.Without delivering the bad news, he left work and drove to a park near the family’s home in Pennsauken, N.J. He sat on a bench and sobbed. When he finally mustered the strength to go home, knowing Perez and their children were preparing for the next day’s Thanksgiving feast, he struggled to find the words. “You don’t have to tell me,” Munoz recalls his wife saying. “I already know.””That’s when I broke into tears,” says Munoz, who now works in the radiology department — and as a volunteer medical interpreter — at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.Perez survived and is cancer-free today, but the family has never been the same. Being the bearer of bad news strained Munoz’s relationship with his wife at this most vulnerable time, and years later, they say they still wish it could have been handled differently.Census data suggest that as many as 1 in 10 working adults in the U.S. has limited English-language proficiency. Meanwhile, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and subsequent orders and laws require hospitals and other facilities that offer medical services and receive federal funds to provide “meaningful access” to patients, so they can make informed decisions about their health. With few exceptions, this means that providers must offer qualified interpreters, as well as translations for prescriptions and other medical documents.”It’s the law,” says Munoz.Previous research has suggested that such accommodations improve clinical outcomes and reduce persistent disparities in health care overall. And yet, despite the law, and despite the obvious benefits, thousands of hospitals and other medical facilities continue to fall short, leaving patients — if they are lucky — relying on family members and friends to be ad hoc interpreters of maladies and medical care. It’s an informal and imperfect form of triage that unfolds in clinics across the country every day, with potentially harrowing consequences should something be lost in translation.Gaps in communicationNo one really knows how widespread the problem actually is, but even the scattered data that are available paint a bleak picture — and one that has persisted for decades. Just 39 percent of hospitals, for example, reported collecting any kind of data on the language proficiency of patients in a 2004 survey of 272 hospitals.Last year, a study published in Health Affairs suggested that little had improved. Despite requirements for data collection on race, ethnicity and language needs outlined in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the researchers determined that such data availability in commercial, Medicaid and Medicare managed care plans “remained largely incomplete.”A 2016 survey of 4,586 hospitals by the American Hospital Association, meanwhile, suggested that only 56 percent offered some sort of linguistic and translation services, a very slight improvement over the 54 percent recorded five years earlier. Yet, another survey suggests that 97 percent of physicians see at least some patients who have difficulty understanding English.”The reality is, if you can’t communicate with a patient, you can’t provide care,” says Mara Youdelman, managing attorney at the National Health Law Program in Washington, D.C., who works on language-access issues.”It shouldn’t be an add-on,” she says. “It should be a required part of providing high-quality health care.”Gabriela Jenicek, the director of language services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, remembers one young mother-to-be who was eight months pregnant and at high risk. The woman had been referred to Jenicek’s hospital from another clinic, which had allowed the woman’s sister-in-law to interpret her doctors’ words.Providers at the clinic told the sister-in-law that the woman’s fetus was at risk of heart damage. But the sister-in-law never told the mother-to-be, Jenicek says. In blissful ignorance, the pregnant woman had enjoyed her baby shower and even prepped a nursery.When they arrived at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “she had to be told the child would not make it,” Jenicek recalls. “She had no time to prepare.”Misunderstandings, and bad resultsResearch over the past 15 years has established that language errors and misunderstandings are common when professional interpreters aren’t used.A 2010 report by the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and National Health Law Program found that of 1,373 malpractice claims, at least 35 were linked to inadequate language access.In one case, a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl was rushed to the emergency room with what appeared to be a bad case of the stomach flu. Her parents spoke no English, and no on-staff interpreters were used — even when the doctor prescribed a medication that isn’t usually recommended for children. Instead, hospital staff communicated in English with the girl and her 16-year-brother, and the family was sent home with written instructions — also in English — to return to the hospital immediately if the girl experienced certain side effects.The girl had an adverse reaction to the drug, suffered a heart attack and died. The physician and hospital settled the malpractice claim for $200,000.Even short of death and injury, more recent research indicates that without trained interpreters, patient satisfaction and outcomes can plummet. A 2016 review of palliative care services, for example, concluded that patients who struggle with English don’t adequately grasp their diagnoses without professional interpreters and also had more pain and anxiety. A 2017 survey showed that 46 percent of dental students do not feel adequately prepared to treat patients whose primary language is not English; 44 percent said their dental school clinic did not have formal interpreter services.Perhaps most alarming, today’s medical school students appear to be getting the message that language-access issues aren’t important and that they will be easily forgiven for a lax approach, according to a recent study published in Academic Medicine. That study, co-authored by Dr. Alexander Green, a physician and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, concluded the problem stems from “a learning environment and organizational culture that value efficiency over effective communication.”In an essay published in the American Medical Association’s Journal of Ethics, which devoted its entire March 2017 issue to language access, Green called for a “major culture shift” in medicine, on par with the shift in expectations of hand-washing.”It needs to be not only easy,” Green said in an interview, “but an expectation.”A lack of enforcementFiston Laka Bondjale was given political asylum in the U.S. almost two years ago after living in Congo, but he knew the language barrier would make it difficult for him to seek treatment for chronic stomach pain.”Every time I think, ‘What can I tell the doctor?’ In French, I can explain it easily,” he says. “But I’m afraid to go to the hospital because maybe I’ll get the wrong medicine.”The one time Bondjale did go to a hospital in Washington, D.C., he and the doctor struggled to communicate because no French interpreter was on site. “I asked him to use simple words, but that was hard for the doctor,” he says.When he moved to Minnesota, he couldn’t sleep, but he still resisted seeking medical help because of his rudimentary English. Finally, a fall on the ice prompted a trip to a clinic, where he was able to use a phone-in French interpreter.For such patients, success in navigating the medical system depends on a variety of factors: Which state you live in; whether you are in an urban or rural area; how many people speak your language nearby. As it stands, there are no universally agreed-upon standards for training or licensing interpreters. Patients and providers often don’t understand the law, and there is little funding for enforcement.Recent surveys of doctors show that expectations for language access are far from the norm. Of 1,563 physicians surveyed between 2011 and 2016 by Critical Measures, a consulting company in Minneapolis, roughly half were “relatively unfamiliar” or “unfamiliar” with the legal requirements of working with interpreters.Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s tougher stance on immigration has created an atmosphere in which immigrants have become more hesitant to speak out, according to Flores of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.”The policy landscape is as bleak as it’s ever been,” Flores says.Even in big city hospitals that are more likely to offer language services, getting a professional interpreter isn’t a given, and for patients, there’s little in the way of recourse. Filing a complaint requires knowing about the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights and having the communication skill, or the assistance, to report a violation and seek a remedy. The office received just 210 language-access complaints during the five-year span ending in 2017, an HHS spokesman reported.But according to Leon Rodriguez, the former director of the Office for Civil Rights from 2011 to 2014, such numbers mask the real contours of a problem that is difficult to address.”When you think about housing discrimination, it’s sort of clear: You don’t want to get caught renting to one family and not another,” Rodriguez says. “Language access is softer. It doesn’t have the same shock value.”Resources at the agency are also stretched thin. Roughly 120 investigators on staff cover all civil rights issues, including discrimination on the basis of gender, disability, age or race. Administrators there do have the power to withhold federal funds for failing to provide adequate language services, but virtually everyone agrees that too many cases slip through the cracks — even though language services have real financial benefits, too.Worth the priceWhile a true cost-benefit analysis hasn’t been done in the United States, some studies have identified an association between the availability of language and translation services and fewer readmission rates and fewer malpractice claims. A 2017 study, for example, found that an academic hospital could save an estimated $161,404 each month by avoiding 119 readmissions when patients had consistent access to interpretation.”The larger, forward-looking health care providers understand that language access benefits bottom lines,” says Bill Rivers, executive director at the Joint National Committee for Languages.But they may also be the only facilities that can really afford it.One day last fall, interpreter Muhiyadin Aden navigated the labyrinth of hospital buildings at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis — a big, urban hospital known for its language services — and eventually arrived at the blue- and orange-hued halls of the emergency department.Aden opened the door to a windowless exam room, where a Somali woman wearing a hijab and a floral skirt was lying on the exam table, her left ankle encased in a walking boot. Her sister sat across from her.A nurse walked in with good news: The X-ray hadn’t shown a major fracture. As Aden interpreted, the woman’s face lit up. “Good, I’m happy!” she said in Somali. The nurse, looking at the patient, continued: “You can sleep on it, you can walk on it; it’s for comfort,” she said of the boot. Aden’s voice was animated and he used gestures as he interpreted. The patient’s face showed relief: “Ah, ah!”Although naproxen is an over-the-counter medication, the nurse gave the patient a written prescription, highlighted and folded so she could hand it to the pharmacist. Depending on the time of day, the nurse knew that there might or might not be a Somali-speaking pharmacist working at the center’s pharmacy.The thorough approach takes time. One survey showed that 85 percent of community health centers spend more time on patients with limited English. At Hennepin County’s hospital, former interpreter services manager Michelle Chillstrom, who now works at the University of Washington Medical Center, estimates exams with interpreters take 50 percent longer.In other words, hospitals and clinics need to be comfortable with the idea of doctors seeing fewer patients per shift. A movement known as value-based care, in which providers are paid for outcomes instead of the frequency of services, could pave the way for improved language access, says Green, the researcher who studied med students’ perceptions of language access.Such a system would provide rewards based “not just on the number of visits each day, but on the quality of care and outcomes,” Green says. In such a scenario, hospitals would be penalized if a patient had to return more than once because a language barrier led to a treatment problem.Technology is helping to address language barriers — though it remains imperfect. One study, for example, pointed out that in some British medical contexts, having seizures is sometimes referred to as “fitting” — as in, “having a fit.” But one Swahili language app translated the English “Your child is fitting” to “Your child is dead” in Swahili.At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, locally referred to as CHOP, staff members say that the app translates the phrase “Please come to CHOP” as “Please come to be cut into pieces.”There is no doubt in Marlon Munoz and Aibi Perez’s minds that their health care has been compromised because of language barriers. Some services simply weren’t available in Spanish when Perez was being treated for her breast cancer — no Spanish-speaking psychologist to help Perez understand how the chemo worked, for example, and no Spanish-capable pain manager.Worse, though, was the confusion and pain that ensued after Perez finished chemotherapy. She had been given a choice between a variety of medications for controlling the hormones relevant to her type of breast cancer or surgery to remove her ovaries and accomplish the same. Not understanding much about the pros and cons of each choice — and feeling too young to have her ovaries removed — Perez opted for one of the medications.”That was our first mistake, just to take everything they told us and just take all the information — a lot of information with medical terminology about something you didn’t know,” Perez now says. “You don’t know what they’re giving you, the side effects you’re going to get.”That first medication caused blue and purple marks all over her stomach and violent mood swings. “In the morning she’d be happy, and then later I’d say, ‘Hey, how do you feel?’ and she’d break into tears,” Munoz remembers.Next, they tried a medication that made her skin feel so tight that she would shriek at the accidental touch by one of her kids. Finally, they tried a medicine that had to be injected monthly to her stomach with a needle “as thick as a pen,” Munoz says, leaving her stomach blue. After a year of experimenting, Perez decided to have the surgery.”If we had understood [the consequences],” Munoz says, “we wouldn’t have had to go through that year of pain to make the same decision in the end.”Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer.This story was produced by Undark, a nonprofit, editorially independent digital magazine exploring the intersection of science and society. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A disabled woman has told how her local council is

first_imgA disabled woman has told how her local council is threatening to spend several days watching her every move as she eats showers and uses the toilet, in order to check if planned cuts to her care package will meet her needs.The woman, Jane*, a survivor of serious sexual, physical and emotional abuse, and a former Independent Living Fund (ILF) recipient, spoke about the council’s “violation” at a parliamentary campaign meeting this week.The meeting was held to launch Inclusion London’s report on the impact of last year’s ILF closure, as part of the Rights Not Games week of action organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)**.The report, One Year On: Evaluating The Impact Of The Closure Of The Independent Living Fund, includes information from all 33 London local authorities, and concludes that there has been a “dramatic postcode lottery” in the support provided to former ILF recipients since the fund closed.In four local authority areas, more than half of former ILF recipients have had their care packages cut since it closed.In all, at least 185 former ILF recipients have so far seen their support cut, out of a total of about 1,300 across London.The report calls for a national, needs-led system of support, independent of local authorities, free at the point of delivery and paid for through taxation.Jane told the meeting, which was hosted by Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell, that as an ILF recipient she had received 84 hours of support a week (including 35 paid for by the council), but the local authority wanted to cut this by 46 hours a week.The 84 hours support – together with unpaid care provided by her personal assistants that means she is supported almost 24 hours a day – has enabled her to participate in her local community, chair three disability organisations, and even attend the Glastonbury festival to deliver a talk about disability rights.After the ILF closure, her council initially wanted to cut her care from 12 to three hours a day, but is now suggesting a package of 38 hours a week.It has already suggested that she could survive on microwave meals – which she says would both damage her health and be unaffordable – and use incontinence pads for up to 12 hours a day.But at the last meeting with council officials earlier this summer, she was told that once the cuts to her package were in place, they wanted to send a team of people to observe the impact on how she uses the toilet, showers, gets in and out of bed and her wheelchair, and feeds herself.She was in tears as she told this week’s parliamentary meeting: “That really breaks me. I can’t bear the thought of having a team of people invade my privacy, come to my toilet, my bedroom.“It was bad enough when they suggested I use nappies, incontinence pads; to feel so violated in the name of saving money… I want every single person to stand up and stop this.”She had earlier described in a post on DPAC’s website that such action would be an “incredible, humiliating, dehumanising invasion of my privacy and home” and a “stripping away of every last vestige of my dignity”.Jane said this made her feel like “a goldfish in a bowl, lacking privacy, freedom, spontaneity, rights, dignity; dreading when the plug is going to be pulled by people who think it’s okay to leave one without the funds and care and mobility support which keep me afloat”.She told Disability News Service after the meeting: “When they cut, these cuts will be hurting people who are already struggling. It is so inhuman.“They don’t consider the mental and psychological effects of what they are doing, let alone the physical.“It is torture that they are putting people through and it can be so far-reaching. They have no idea of what people are living with.”*Not her real name**DPAC has set up a legal fund to help former ILF recipients like Jane challenge cuts to their support packagesPicture: Protesters performing outside Downing Street after the Inclusion London meetinglast_img read more

Congress Is Right to Challenge the SBAs Program Expansion

first_img Next Article –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Congress Is Right to Challenge the SBA’s Program Expansion Add to Queue In office for less than two months, Maria Contreras-Sweet, the new head of the Small Business Administration, is already embroiled in a dispute with Congress over the direction in which her agency is moving. The SBA has been pushing educational initiatives for high-potential startups and for larger and older small businesses in place of programs for its traditional constituencies. Members of the House Small Business Committee on both sides of the aisle have criticized the move. And, on this issue, they are right.The dispute was triggered by the SBA’s efforts to reallocate funds from its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and SCORE programs to an educational program for owners of larger and older small businesses and a program to fund new business accelerators. The change means the agency will allocate fewer of its resources to helping micro-entrepreneurs start businesses.But the real fight isn’t about money. It’s about who should decide the agency’s direction and what principles should guide their choices.Related: Tread Lightly on Regulating the Sharing EconomyCongress, not government bureaucrats, should decide what types of small-business support programs this country should have. They are the ones accountable to the voters for how tax dollars are spent. And they are the ones with the legal authority to create small-business support programs. As Oregon Democrat Kurt Schrader put it in a recent House Small Business Committee hearing, “It’s our job, not yours, to come up with the programs that should be going forward.”Moreover, the SBA is taking advantage of a loophole to put its new programs in place. The Small Business Act grants the federal agency the authority to establish pilot initiatives not authorized by Congress, as long as those programs are of limited cost and duration. Congress’s intent in providing this authority was to give the agency flexibility in carrying out the legislative body’s wishes. But, as the House Small Business Committee recently wrote, the SBA “abuses this authority” by setting up pilot programs that do not expire and by failing to seek Congressional approval for its initiatives. In fact, the House Small Business Committee found that 17 of 22 SBA educational initiatives have been put in place without specific Congressional authorization.Economic efficiency, not agency ambition, should guide the choice of entrepreneurship-support programs. The agency should not add programs that duplicate efforts undertaken in other parts of the government. A 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found 52 overlapping federal entrepreneurship-support programs among the SBA and just three other federal agencies. Moreover, several SBA educational programs duplicate the efforts of other SBA training initiatives.Related: Don’t Hurt Entrepreneurship In Fighting Income InequalityOnly when the private sector fails to allocate resources efficiently should the government intervene in the marketplace. But some of the agency’s programs target needs that the private sector already satisfies. The agency’s new initiative for older and more established companies, for example, duplicates programs administered by Goldman Sachs and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.Similarly, in a recent Congressional hearing, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, Democrat of New York, asked rhetorically about the SBA’s new accelerator program: “What gap are you filling that the private sector is not?” The Congresswoman indicated that there is no market failure justifying government intervention because the private sector has already poured $5 billion into 100 accelerators on its own.Ironically, Ms. Contreras-Sweet and her predecessor at the SBA, Karen Mills, may be accomplishing something few in Washington have been able to achieve in recent years – motivating bipartisan support for legislation. The recent efforts by the SBA to expand its educational programs have both Republicans and Democrats on the House Small Business Committee suggesting legislation to limit the SBA’s discretion in establishing new programs.Related: To Help Small Business, Cut Regulation 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Professor at Case Western Reserve University SBA Guest Writer Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Scott Shane May 21, 2014last_img read more

All Prime Members Now Have Access to Amazons PresstoBuy Dash Buttons

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Guest Writer Five months ago, Amazon unveiled its pilot Dash program in which a select group of users could order an array of household products via the push of a button.Now, it’s expanding the program to all Prime Members, as well as creating buttons for 11 new brands, bringing the total of brand-specific buttons to 29. Together, this group — which includes Ice Breakers, Bounty, Smartwater, Kraft, Huggies, L’Oréal and Gatorade — encompass 500 different products.For the uninitiated, here’s how it works: Amazon Prime members can now purchase any number of the available branded Dash buttons, physical devices built to be positioned around the house. Each button connects to a member’s iPhone or Android smartphone, and can be customized to order a specific quantity of product from its corresponding brand (you can set up your Clorox button to order a three-pack of disinfecting wipes, for example) whenever it’s pushed. Amazon then follows up by sending an order confirmation to the phone, allowing you to cancel if you have second thoughts. Also, the mega retailer has a “Dash Button Order Protection,” meaning members can’t place a new order until the prior one ships.Amazon Dash ButtonImage Credit: AmazonThe buttons cost $4.99 (meaning that in theory, the ability to buy with one click in real life can add up quickly), but Amazon will credit Prime members for the cost of each button provided they actually order something with it. While this sounds more than a little ridiculous — it’s easy enough, after all, to simply re-order household products on Amazon’s site — simply pushing a conveniently placed button when you realize you’re out of garbage bags is more seamless than going online to do so later.Related: Amazon Dash Makes Shopping as Easy as Pushing a Button Image credit: Amazon.com | Facebook –shares Add to Queue Amazon All Prime Members Now Have Access to Amazon’s Press-to-Buy Dash Buttons 2 min readcenter_img September 2, 2015 Next Article Laura Entis Dash Button Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Elon Musks Artificial Intelligence Project Just Got a Free Supercomputer

first_img Elon Musk’s Artificial Intelligence Project Just Got a Free Supercomputer August 16, 2016 –shares Huang onstage at an Nvidia even in San Jose. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Image credit: Image credit: Kim Kulish—Corbis via Fortune Jonathan Vanian Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 3 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand OpenAI non-profit gets a powerful new toy to research AI.An Elon Musk-backed artificial intelligence research group just got a brand new toy from chip maker Nvidia.Nvidia said on Monday that it had donated one of its new supercomputers to the OpenAI non-profit artificial intelligence research project. OpenAI debuted in December with financial backing from Tesla and SpaceX CEO Musk along with money from other high-profile technology luminaries like LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.OpenAI’s goal is partly to create a non-profit outside the corporate sector that could research artificial intelligence technologies without a financial incentive. The concern is that many companies like Google and Facebook that are researching artificial intelligence technologies would horde talent and only work on projects beneficial to their financial interests.Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang personally delivered the supercomputer, the newly introduced DGX-1, last week to OpenAI’s San Francisco office. A photo accompanying the press announcement shows both Huang and Musk looking at the supercomputer, which Huang signed.“To Elon and the OpenAI Team!” wrote Huang on the supercomputer’s body. “To the future of computing and humanity. I present you the world’s first DGX-1!”Would like to thank @nvidia and Jensen for donating the first DGX-1 AI supercomputer to @OpenAI in support of democratizing AI technology— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 9, 2016OpenAI and Nvidia did not explain what exactly the supercomputer would be used for. Nvidia announced plans for the machine, described as equivalent in power to “250 servers in a box” and costing $129,000, in April. At the time, the company said that universities like MIT, University of California at Berkeley and Stanford would get access to the supercomputers.Nvidia has marketed the DGX-1 as a supercomputer built to specifically handle a trendy artificial intelligence technique called deep learning, which has been adopted by in recent years by companies like Google and Facebook. For example, they have used deep learning to train computers to recognize objects in photographs.Nvidia has been benefiting from a current boom in artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies with its lineup of computer chips known as GPUs that can power both technologies. In August, Nvidia reported that it had $1.43 billion in second quarter revenue, a 24% year-over-year increase.“Strong demand for our new Pascal-generation GPUs and surging interest in deep learning drove record results,” Huang said in a statement at the time.In June, OpenAI said that one of its goals involves building an “off-the-shelf” robot and releasing its blueprints for other companies and organizations to manufacture.Last week, OpenAI research scientist Ian Goodfellow explained on the question and answer website Quora that both Musk and OpenAI backer and Y Combinator president Sam Altman were “quite involved” with the non-profit and that “both are in the office each week.”In June, OpenAI released some results of its artificial intelligence research into what’s known as unsupervised learning, which generally refers to the ability of computers to learn from so-called unlabeled data that have not been refined by humans. Elon Musk Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Sri Lankan Student Hacks Presidents Website to Delay Exam

first_imgHacks Next Article That’s one way to get out of a test. Contributing Writer Register Now » Sri Lankan Student Hacks President’s Website to Delay Exam –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queuecenter_img August 31, 2016 This story originally appeared on PCMag Image credit: Shutterstock 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Don Reisinger There are the usual ways to get out of a test, and then there are the interesting ways to skip a test. One teenager from Sri Lanka allegedly chose the latter.A 17-year-old Sri Lankan is being detained on charges of hacking the website of President Maithripala Sirisena, according to the BBC. After taking over the site on Thursday and Friday, a group called the Sri Lanka Youth requested that national exams, scheduled for April, be rescheduled so as not to conflict with the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations, the report says.News of teenagers doing dumb things isn’t all that Earth-shattering, but the teen took things up a notch. He, or whoever carried out the attack, added a message on the president’s site read that urged him to “take care of the security of Sri Lankan websites” or face the possibility of “a cyber war.”According to the BBC, the unidentified teen was detained until law enforcement could determine the extent to which the threats were real. It’s unknown whether he was actually behind the hack or if he worked alone.President Sirisena’s site was first hacked last Thursday with the aforementioned message, but was soon reclaimed after officials realized it was breached. The group again hacked the site on Friday, but didn’t display a message. As of this writing, the president’s site is back up and running.last_img read more