Ex-Minister asked to surrender before Ranchi court by Apr. 15

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday directed former Jharkhand Minister Yogendra Sao to surrender before a court in Ranchi by April 15 in cases related to rioting and inciting of violence. A Bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and S. Abdul Nazeer said: “The petitioner (Sao) is directed to surrender before the Additional Judicial Commissioner – 7, Ranchi, by April 15, 2019. The instant applications for modification and the miscellaneous applications stand disposed of accordingly.” Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Mr. Sao, said that there was no clarification in the SC’s order of April 4 as to where he should surrender. He said if the top court directs, Mr. Sao can surrender in Ranchi. Advocate Tapesh Kumar Singh, appearing for the Jharkhand government, said that Mr. Sao can surrender before the court of Additional Judicial Commissioner in Ranchi. He said all the case records have been transferred to Ranchi in compliance with the apex court’s order. The apex court order came on a plea of Mr. Sao seeking clarification and modification of the order on the place of his surrender. The apex court had on April 4 trashed Mr. Sao’s plea seeking to campaign for the Congress for the Lok Sabha poll and cancelled his bail, saying he had violated the bail conditions.last_img read more

O.J. Simpson to be released from prison

first_img“He’s had perfect performance as a prisoner,” LaVergne said. “I anticipate he’s going to have perfect performance as a parolee.”At the hearing, Simpson said he was “at a point in my life where all I want to do is spend time, as much time as I can, with my children and my friends.”“Believe it or not I do have some real friends,” he said.From the NFL to Hollywood Simpson was convicted in October 2008 of armed robbery, assault, kidnapping and other offenses after he and five associates — two of whom were armed — ambushed the two sports memorabilia dealers in a casino hotel room.He was sentenced to a minimum of nine years in prison and a maximum of 33 years.Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson shot to fame in the 1970s with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills after winning the prestigious Heisman Trophy — the award for the best player in American collegiate football — as a running back at the University of Southern California.He retired from football in 1979 after setting numerous rushing records and went on to become an advertising pitchman and actor (“The Towering Inferno,” “The Naked Gun”).In June 1994, Simpson’s 35-year-old ex-wife, Brown Simpson, and Goldman were found stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home.Simpson was arrested after a low-speed car chase through Los Angeles that was broadcast live by television stations and watched by millions. 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Since that falls on a Sunday, Simpson is expected to be freed no earlier than Monday, according to his lawyer and media reports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSimpson was found not guilty in 1995 of the grisly murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and a male companion, Ron Goldman, in a case that transfixed the country and became known as the “Trial of the Century.”But the former National Football League running back and actor was sent to prison in 2008 for his role in an armed robbery the previous year of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas resort.center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Simpson claimed at his trial that he was just seeking to recover personal items from the dealers and he repeated that explanation at his parole board hearing in July, where the four-member panel voted unanimously for his release.At that hearing Simpson initially did not express any remorse for his actions but eventually offered that he was “sorry that things turned out the way they did.”“I had no intent to commit a crime,” he said. “If I would have made a better judgment back then, none of this would have never happened.”LaVergne, Simpson’s attorney, told KTNV-TV that the former NFL star planned to relocate to Florida, play golf and be around his friends and family.LaVergne said he did not anticipate that Simpson would pose any problems.ADVERTISEMENT He was acquitted in October 1995 after a nine-month trial, a verdict that was greeted with disbelief by many Americans.Public views on the African-American athlete’s guilt or innocence divided sharply along racial lines.Simpson was subsequently found liable for the deaths in a 1997 civil suit and was ordered to pay damages totaling $33.5 million to the families of the victims.Simpson has been out of the limelight while behind bars, but fascination with his story lives on.“O.J.: Made in America,” a nearly eight-hour documentary about his murder trial, won the best documentary Oscar in February.And a television mini-series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” starring Cuba Gooding Jr, won nine Emmy awards. FILE – In this July 20, 2017 file photo, former NFL football star O.J. Simpson attends his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev. Nevada’s parole board says it didn’t consider Simpson’s 1989 conviction for misdemeanor spousal abuse when it granted him parole in July because it wasn’t listed in the federal clearinghouse of FBI crime data. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File )Disgraced American football star O.J. Simpson, whose racially charged 1995 murder trial riveted the nation, is expected to be released from prison as early as Monday after nine years behind bars for armed robbery.Simpson, 70, plans to relocate to Florida following his release from the Lovelock Correctional Center, the medium-security prison in Nevada where he has been serving his sentence, said his lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd ready to rip heart out of Tottenham management team

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd ready to rip heart out of Tottenham management teamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United want to rip the heart out of Tottenham’s management team.The Times says United are preparing an offer for manager Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff of Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jimenez.They are also keen on landing Tottenham’s head of coaching and player development John McDermott.Pochettino was stopped from answering questions on speculation linking him to the Manchester United job at a Spurs press conference earlier this week.When previewing Sunday’s Premier League game at Everton, questions on the subject were repeatedly shut down by the club’s press officer, who insisted the matter had already been discussed. last_img read more

Countries Participate in Fisheries Workshop

first_img More than 30 government officials from 14 countries are in Jamaica taking part in the three-day Wold Trade Organization (WTO) Regional Workshop on ‘Fisheries Subsidies for Caribbean Countries’.The workshop, which opened on Tuesday (April 9) at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston, aims to update the participants on the current status and main issues in the global fisheries subsidies negotiations, and facilitate discussions on specific interests and concerns.The negotiations, which were launched at the fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in 2001, aim to clarify and improve existing WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies; strengthen WTO rules on subsidies provided to the fisheries sector; and eliminate subsidies contributing to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.Delegates attending the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2017, agreed to conclude the negotiations this year.The importance and the need for stakeholder adherence to the laws and regulations governing the oceans and seas was underscored by Chief Technical Director for Special Projects in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Courtney Cole, at the opening ceremony.He noted that IUU fishing remains a global challenge for developed and developing countries, and emphasised the universal recognition of the “vast importance of the blue (marine) economy, and the need to properly manage the resources of our oceans and seas”.“Ours is the shared responsibility to be good stewards of the economic and environmental value of the [fisheries] sector… so that we can sustainably manage, protect and preserve the oceans and seas for this and future generations,” he said.Mr. Cole further stressed the importance of broad stakeholder access to the “fairest parameters possible” and ensuring that all parties are able to operate in a global space that prohibits fisheries subsidies facilitating overcapacity, and IUU fishing practices.He said Jamaica’s position underscores the need to tackle IUU fishing practices at the local, bilateral, regional and international levels, hence the Ministry’s embarking on a comprehensive strategy to address the issue.Mr. Cole reiterated the strategy’s focus on modernising the regulatory framework and technical capacity to monitor Jamaica’s territorial waters, enhancing surveillance, and “ultimately [ensuring] that IUU vessels do not cross into our territories”.“As largely small island developing states, we in the Caribbean region will require, not just technical assistance to address IUU issues and monitor fish stocks towards improving sustainability but we also need to work collaboratively to ensure the best outcomes in the current negotiations on subsidies,” he added.Mr. Cole, in acknowledging that the region’s fishing fleet and industries are “relatively small”, emphasised the need for flexibility to facilitate development within sustainable levels through subsidies.Ultimately, the Chief Technical Director said the discussions and negotiations must be “rooted in our commitment to develop the capacity to fully exploit fisheries resources within our exclusive economic zones and other legal spaces”.It is anticipated that the workshop, which ends on Thursday (April 11), will facilitate increased stakeholder awareness and knowledge about the issues being discussed in the fisheries subsidies negotiations, now under way at the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland.This is expected to encourage greater participation by CARICOM in the negotiations, with a view to contributing to the outcome.Also represented at the workshop are The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop, which opened on Tuesday (April 9) at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston, aims to update the participants on the current status and main issues in the global fisheries subsidies negotiations, and facilitate discussions on specific interests and concerns. The negotiations, which were launched at the fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in 2001, aim to clarify and improve existing WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies; strengthen WTO rules on subsidies provided to the fisheries sector; and eliminate subsidies contributing to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. More than 30 government officials from 14 countries are in Jamaica taking part in the three-day Wold Trade Organization (WTO) Regional Workshop on ‘Fisheries Subsidies for Caribbean Countries’. Story Highlightslast_img read more

USCG Medevacs Celebrity Reflections Passenger

first_imgImage Courtesy: USCGA 47-year-old man was medevaced from the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship during the morning of April 20, some 35 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, the United States Coast Guard informed.The man, who was in medical distress, was transported along with a cruise ship nurse to the Centro Medico Hospital in San Juan.Watchstanders with the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center were contacted by the crew of the Celebrity Reflection, who requested Coast Guard assistance in transporting the passenger to a local hospital.A Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was launched to take the patient from the cruise ship, owned by US-based cruise line Celebrity Cruises.Upon arriving on scene with the Celebrity Reflection, the USCG helicopter crew hoisted the patient and cruise ship nurse onboard the aircraft and transported them to the Centro Medico Hospital in San Juan, where the patient was received by awaiting emergency medical personnel.last_img read more

Hard Rock Releases U2 TShirt For Charity

first_imgHard Rock is proud to launch its U2 Signature Series: Edition 30 T-shirt in support of human rights around the globe.Through a partnership between EDUN LIVE and Hard Rock, the limited-edition shirt will be available in stores and online, with 15% of the retail price benefitting Amnesty International in support of the organization’s human rights campaigning efforts worldwide.The world’s top artists and bands have collaborated with Hard Rock International for more than two decades as part of the brand’s acclaimed Signature Series program, helping to raise millions for a variety of worthy endeavors globally.“I hope this T-shirt generates loads of cash for Amnesty International and their tireless work towards the release of prisoners of conscience all around the world,” said The Edge of U2. “Plus there’s a guitar on it – so it’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned.”Hard Rock’s U2 Signature Series: Edition 30 T-shirt ($26) features an image of an electric guitar with angel wings, emblazoned with the words “JUSTICE,” “HUMANITY” and “EQUALITY.” A barbed wire is seen wrapped around the neck of the guitar. The back of the T-shirt bears the signatures of each member of U2, including singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.“We are thrilled that U2, Hard Rock and EDUN have generously offered to support Amnesty International in this high-profile way,” said Thomas Schultz-Jagow, Campaigns & Communications Director, Amnesty International. “We have a history of working with all three, and the combined power of us all coming together on this project will make a huge difference by raising awareness of our human rights work around the world.”“We are proud to support Amnesty International and aid in the fight for human rights worldwide through the Signature Series program,” said Annie Balliro, Senior Director of Brand Philanthropy, Hard Rock International. “Hard Rock is honored to have U2, legendary musicians and dedicated activists, join with us to raise funds and awareness for such an important organization.”The new T-shirt will be available online and at Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafe locations in New York, London and Dublin on December 10, 2012 to coincide with International Human Rights Day. It will be available in Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos worldwide beginning in February 2013. The U2 Signature Series T-shirt is printed on a navy blue EDUN LIVE T-shirt made from 100% African cotton and is available in men’s sizes.Hard Rock’s Signature Series Lineup
Hard Rock developed the concept of partnering with world-renowned musicians and bands to create and donate imaginative designs more than 20 years ago. These unique designs are reproduced onto T-shirts and sold at Hard Rock properties worldwide, with a portion of the retail price benefitting the artist’s preferred charity. U2 joins a legendary roster of rock icons – from The Who, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton, to Jon Bon Jovi, Shakira, Ringo Starr and John Lennon – who have become part of Hard Rock’s Signature Series program, which has helped to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes worldwide.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Bloomberg Philanthropies To Invest 30 Million In Arts And Cultural Organizations

first_imgBloomberg Philanthropies this week announced the nationwide expansion of the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, formerly known as the Arts Advancement Initiative.The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen nearly 300 small- and mid-sized organizations within six cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Through the two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will offer $30 million of unrestricted general operating support. It will also include arts management training in fundraising, audience development and board member engagement.“Nonprofit arts groups do so much to help cities thrive, but they often face major funding challenges. Effective management and fundraising practices are absolutely critical for arts organizations, especially those with small budgets,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “These grants will help arts groups make the most of their resources, reach more people, and have an even bigger impact on their communities.”Piloted in New York City, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported 245 grantees through AIM from 2011-2013. Participating organizations reported improvements in audience development, board engagement and fundraising over the two-year program: Audience development: 79% reached new audiences through targeted marketing campaigns and social media. Fundraising: 88% leveraged the grant to secure new contributions from donors.All organizations invited to participate are locally or internationally recognized nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. Grantees will be required to secure matching funds; reach 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in the Cultural Data Project, an online financial management tool that assists arts organizations across the country to collect, learn from, and use data effectively. The grants will be unrestricted so that recipients can use them to address their greatest needs. Invitation letters are being distributed to organizations beginning today.Bloomberg Philanthropies will partner with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to develop curricula and conduct trainings for the AIM program in each city. The comprehensive workshops will engage organizations around activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals and will include consultations and implementation support for arts managers and their boards. Board engagement: 95% improved board member engagement by adding new members and/or increasing board giving.last_img read more

Business Highlights

first_imgCHELMSFORD, Mass. — Army looks for a few good robots, sparks industry battleThe Army is looking for a few good robots. Not to fight — not yet, at least — but to help the men and women who do.These robots aren’t taking up arms, but the companies making them have waged a different kind of battle. At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized robots that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions. Competition for the work has spilled over into Congress and federal court.___Euro currency remains a work in progress on 20th birthdayFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The euro is about to celebrate its 20th birthday, but the countries that use it are still wrestling with how the shared currency should work and how to fix flaws exposed by the debt crisis that marred its second decade.The euro was launched on Jan. 1, 1999, when 10 countries fixed their exchange rates to it and handed decisions on interest rates to the newly-founded European Central Bank. Euro notes and coins went into circulation three years later.The shared currency was seen as a solution to the constant quarrels over exchange rates that had marked European politics after World War II and as a logical extension of the European Union’s tariff-free trade zone. Britain, notably, opted out, but 19 of 28 EU countries use the euro.___North Korea’s ‘Singapore shops’ expose gap in sanctions pushPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Despite the unwanted publicity of a criminal trial for one of their main suppliers, business is booming at Pyongyang’s ‘Singapore shops,’ which sell everything from Ukrainian vodka to brand-name knock-offs from China. The stores stock many of the very things United Nations’ sanctions banning trade in luxury goods are intended to block and provide a nagging reminder that not all potential trade partners are lining up behind the U.N.’s pronouncements or the Trump administration’s policy of maximum pressure on the North.Especially when there’s a buck — or a few million bucks — to be made.The stores are anything but secret.___US pending home sales slipped 0.7 per cent in NovemberWASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in November as higher mortgage rates and prices continued to squeeze would-be buyers out of the market.The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its pending home sales index dipped 0.7 per cent last month to 101.4. The index based on contract signings has dropped 7.7 per cent over the past year and has recorded 11 straight year-over-year decreases.___Tesla names Oracle’s Ellison to board in SEC settlementNEW YORK (AP) — Tesla named Oracle’s Larry Ellison and an executive from Walgreens to its board Friday as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk.Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, an executive vice-president at Walgreens Boots Alliance, join the board as independent directors, effective immediately.Musk got into trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission in early August when he said in a tweet that he had “funding secured” to take the electric car company private at $420 per share.___GOP and Democrats trade blame for shutdown, no deal in sightWASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as both parties traded blame Friday and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse.As agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power, it sets up the first big confrontation between Trump and newly empowered Democrats. Trump is sticking with his demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico, and Democrats, who take control of the House on Jan. 3, are refusing to give him what he wants.Trump raised the stakes on Friday, reissuing threats to shut the U.S.-Mexico border to pressure Congress to fund the wall and to shut off aid to three Central American countries from which many migrants have fled.___EPA proposes easing regulation of mercury from coal plantsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is considering backing off of its regulation of toxic mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.In an announcement Friday, the EPA proposes what would be another Trump administration rollback of federal enforcement under the Clean Air Act. It’s the latest administration effort on behalf of the country’s coal industry.___Wall Street faces annual losses despite solid gains for weekWall Street capped a week of volatile trading Friday with an uneven finish and the market’s first weekly gain since November. Still, a rough month of December has erased all the market’s 2018 gains and nudged the S&P 500 closer to its worst year since 2008.___The S&P 500 index fell 3.09 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,485.74. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 76.42 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 23,062.40. The Nasdaq added 5.03 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,584.52.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 1.6 per cent to settle at $45.33 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, inched up 0.1 per cent to close at $52.20 a barrel in London.The Associated Presslast_img read more

BC civil liberties association to release CSIS papers on environmental group

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is set to release what it calls a “trove” of heavily redacted documents disclosed by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service on Monday morning.They concern the BCCLA’s allegation that CSIS was monitoring the organizing activities and peaceful protests of Indigenous groups and environmentalists who were opposed to the now-defunct Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipepline project.The civil liberties association complained to the Security Intelligence Review Committee in 2014, alleging CSIS was monitoring those opposed to the pipeleine and sharing this information with the National Energy Board and petroleum industry companies. The CSIS watchdog dismissed the allegations, finding the spy service collected some information about peaceful anti-pipeline groups, but only incidentally in the process of investigating legitimate threats to oil industry projects.The BCCLA challenged the watchdog’s findings in federal court, leading to the review committee’s heavily censored report being released in Demeber 2018.Now, BCCLA says a confidentiality order by the watchdog has been partially lifted, allowing them to release the documents disclosed by CSIS, which will be published and made searchable on a website called the “Protest Papers.”last_img read more

Eligible NBFCs can get licence to offer forex transactions to individuals RBI

first_imgMumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Tuesday said systematically important non-deposit taking NBFCs offering foreign exchange transactions on individual accounts will be eligible to obtain Authorised Dealer (AD) Category-II licence from it. AD-Cat II means entities that are authorised by the RBI to deal in foreign exchange for specified purposes. These include upgraded full-fledged money changers (FFMCs), select regional rural banks, select urban cooperative banks and certain other entities. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe RBI noted that a large segment of population is increasingly getting connected with forex transactions on individual accounts. To increase the accessibility and improve the efficiency of services extended to the public for their day-to-day non-trade current account transactions, the RBI said “it has been decided that systemically important non-deposit taking investment and credit companies shall be eligible for Authorized Dealer- Category II (AD-Cat II) licence”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe central bank further said NBFCs having a minimum investment grade rating are eligible for the licence. It also said NBFCs offering forex serives should have a board-approved policy on managing the risks (including currency risk) and handling customer grievances arising out of such activities. A monitoring mechanism, at least at monthly intervals, shall be put in place for such services, it added. The eligible NBFCs desirous of undertaking AD-Cat II activities should approach the RBI for the licence. The different types of Authorised Money Changers are AD-Cat I Banks AD-Cat II and FFMCs.last_img read more

Morocco Waitress Kidnapped and GangRaped

first_imgCasablanca- Rape, in its most inhuman forms, still prevails in Morocco despite all efforts to combat it. A waitress was recently gang-raped in Meknes.According to daily Assabah, a 19-year-old waitress was kidnapped then gang-raped by four people in Meknes. The three suspects were presented to the Prosecutor on charges of kidnapping, violence and rape. The young waitress was kidnapped at 4:00 a.m. at the café where she works, before the eyes of the café owner and his customers. According to local police, the café clients could not intervene to save the girl as the three suspects were drunk and armed with swords they used to kidnap her. The waitress told the police that she had already been the victim of rape when she was 17, but never dared to report that to the police because of her fear of the consequences. The abolition of Article 475 of the criminal code, which allowed rapists to flee justice by marrying their victims, does not seem to change the bitter truth about rape in Morocco. The rate of violence and child rape are still high in the kingdom, and the reasons for that mainly are attributed on the lack of stricter laws to punish the perpetrators.   © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

MLK Justice Fighters Gary Russell Sr

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comWhat’s in a name?  If you’re Gary Russell it means a “bloodline of royalty.”  However, in real world vernacular it means raising world champions who are leaders in their community.The senior Russell is the patriarch of Maryland’s first family of boxing.  As father, coach, mentor, manager and husband he is the ultimate role model for a crew of champions who have turned the sweet science into a family enterprise and an inspiration for their neighbors in Capital Heights.Gary Russell, patriarch of Maryland’s first family of boxing. (Courtesy Photo)His four sons share his name though each has enjoyed a different path to personal and championship success. “Mr.” Gary, Jr., the eldest, is currently the World Boxing Council’s Featherweight Champion after becoming the first of the family to make the United States Olympic Team. He now the shares knowledge gained on the path to his title by assuming his father’s role as head coach of Team Gary Russell for his brothers as his career continues.Gary Allan III has hung his gloves up but works close with Gary, Jr. as an assistant in the corner during fights. Gary Antonio is an undefeated 12-0 professional Bantamweight. “The Last Russell” – Gary Antuanne – is an Olympic bronze medalist who is 7-0 as a professional as a rising lightweight and was a 1995 high school valedictorian at Croom High in Prince George’s County.Team Gary Russell is providing opportunities for the next generation of boxers to follow them.  Through the Team Russell Amateur Invitational Jr. Camp, they are mentoring young fighters between 12-18 years old on through boxing skills development while improving nutritional habits.Russell, Sr. believes that arming his sons with the knowledge of their ancestry and finding an something to drive them are key to his leadership.“Once [Black kids] learn they are descendants of kings, they’re motivated to be great.”last_img read more

Troy Carter Launches QA a New Music and Tech Company

first_imgTroy Carter, formerly Spotify’s global head of creator services and Lady Gaga’s manager for the first five years of her career, has teamed up with his longtime friend and business partner J. Erving to form a “new, modern music and technology company” called Q&A. The pair, who formerly worked together in Carter’s Atom Factory company, are joined by co-founder Suzy Ryoo (Atom Factory, OMD) and Tim Luckow (Stem, GHouse).According to the announcement, the company seeks to “empower the next generation of artists through technology, tools and services.” In its first move toward expansion, Q&A will merge with Human Re Sources, the digital distribution and label services company launched by J. Erving in 2018. The merger allows Q&A and Human Re Sources to “build an integrated solution for artists via distribution, management, label services, and data analytics with a highly collaborative artist-driven approach,” with a stated goal of creating an ecosystem where entrepreneurial artists are supported throughout their entire career. Creative Community for Peace to Honor Top Music Execs for Second Annual Gala The first release for the merged companies is Philadelphia singer/songwriter Pink Sweat$, following on the success of Human Re Sources artists like Peter Manos, Charlotte Lawrence and Brent Faiyaz as well as the YBN collective.Carter will continue in his role as entertainment advisor to the Prince estate. As Spotify’s head of global creative services — which he described to Variety as “a sort of conduit between the music business and Spotify, a bit of a translator and a bit of a diplomat” — Carter headed up a team of several dozen employees and instituted several artist-development programs, including ones for emerging artists as well as a program to promote songwriters called Secret Genius (along with an awards show) and a songwriters’ camp. Yet perhaps more significantly he has acted as a strong and vocal liaison to the artist and industry communities.“My time spent at Spotify allowed me the opportunity to see gaps that still exists between the music business and technology,” says Carter. “Modern artists have to be more entrepreneurial than ever before. They’re looking for a lot more than music distribution, they want experienced teams that can help build long-lasting careers. We designed the company to allow artists of any size to have a shot at success. Whether you choose to stay independent or continue on to major label, our goal is to help creators through the process with a high level of service and intuitive software.”“Troy is one of the smartest and forward-thinking people I know. This industry is ever-changing and creators are more proactive today than I’ve ever seen,” says Erving. “Troy and I have always taken an artist-forward approach to the music business and we believe that artists and their needs should always be put first.” Popular on Variety Related ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Troy Carter’s Q&A Pacts With Warner Musiclast_img read more

Intels profits slipped 29 yearonyear as the f

first_imgIntel’s profits slipped 29% year-on-year, as the firm said it would focus on its Core and Atom processors – the latter of which are designed for devices like tablets and smartphones.For its second quarter, profits came in at US$2 billion, compared to US$2.8 billion a year earlier. Revenue also dipped 5% year-on-year to US$12.8 billion, compared to US$13.5 billion in Q2 2012.Commenting on the results, recently appointed CEO Brian Krzanich said: “In my first two months as CEO, I have listened to a wide variety of views about Intel and our industry from customers, employees and my leadership team and I am more confident than ever about our opportunity as a company.”“Looking ahead, the market will continue buying a wide range of computing products. Atom and Core processors and increased SOC [system on a chip] integration will be Intel’s future. We will leave no computing opportunity untapped. To embrace these opportunities, I’ve made it Intel’s highest priority to create the best products for the fast growing ultra-mobile market segment.”No mention was made in its earnings of Intel’s much anticipated TV service, which is expected to launch later this year.last_img read more

Daydream View headsets Google has launched the fir

first_imgDaydream View headsetsGoogle has launched the first phones that are compatible with its Daydream VR platform and revealed its new Daydream View headset and controller.At a launch event in San Francisco, Google unveiled its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, which are equipped with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat software and are the first to come ‘Daydream ready’.The Pixel phones have high-resolution displays, high-fidelity sensors and are equipped with Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 821 mobile processor – and Google said that a lot more Daydream-ready phones are now “on the way from leading Android smartphone makers”.The Pixel phones are due to launch later this month, while the Daydream View headset plus controller is due to follow next month in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia – priced at US$79 in the US, £69 in the UK and €69 in Germany.Designed and developed by Google, the headset works with any Daydream-ready phone, is made with soft and breathable fabric and will come in a choice of three colours.The controller meanwhile contains sensors that are designed to understand movements and gestures, with Google claiming “it’s so precise that you can draw with it”.Google’s new Pixel phones“We’ve brought some of the most popular Google apps into VR. With YouTube, you can watch the entire library of videos on a virtual big screen and experience immersive videos from creators like Buzzfeed, PrankvsPrank, Meredith Foster, CollegeHumor, Tastemade, UnboxTherapy and VSauce2,” said Google in a blog post announcing the launch.A VR version of Google Street view will allow users to take virtual tours of “more than 100 of the world’s most amazing places like the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal” while the Google Play Movies app will makes movies and TV episodes available to watch “in your own virtual theatre”.Content from Hulu, HBO and Netflix will also be available to watch on a “virtual big screen” in VR, while other VR launch partners include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and a VR experience for Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, produced by Warner Bros.Google first announced its Daydream platform at its I/O developer conference in May and said at the time that Samsung, Alcatel, Asus, Huawei, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, and ZTE will all launch Daydream ready smartphones.“The Daydream platform underlines Google’s commitment to virtual reality and 360-degree content as major focus areas,” said CCS Insight VR and wearables analyst, George Jijiashvili.“Daydream lowers the entry barriers for smartphone makers wanting to deliver high-quality virtual reality experiences, which so far only Samsung Gear VR has been able to offer thanks to its partnership with Oculus.”However, Jijiashvili cautioned that the fragmentation that exists with different versions of Android is “likely to limit the addressable market for the VR platform.”The Pixel phones are available for pre-order now and will launch in the UK on October 20, priced from £599 for the 32GB Pixel to £819 for the 128GB Pixel XL.last_img read more

All us old warriors in the GATA camp will have our

first_imgAll us old warriors in the GATA camp will have our hi-gain antennas turned up in anticipation of a price smash.I wouldn’t read much into yesterday’s price action in gold, as it was just another day off the calendar as Ted Butler is wont to say.The low came around 12:30 p.m. in London local time…7:30 a.m. in New York…and the gold price attempted to rally from there.The strange event of the day was the spike high tick [$1,735.50 spot] that came at precisely 2:00 p.m. Eastern time in the New York electronic market. It, along with every other tiny rally during the Comex trading session, got cut off at the knees before they could really develop into anything.Gold closed at $1,727.60 spot…up $2.70 on the day.  Net volume was pretty light at around 130,000 contracts…about 15 percent higher than on Tuesday.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own.  The spike at 2:00 p.m. is very noticeable here.  I’m not sure it means a whole heck of a lot, put you hardly ever see this kind of price action in the New York electronic market.The silver price action on Wednesday had a lot more structure to it…although its overall price pattern was virtually the same as gold’s.  The low, like gold [around $32.35 spot], came at 12:30 p.m. GMT in London…and the subsequent rally got hit at the 2:00 p.m. spike high [$33.05 spot] in New York electronic trading.  The rally from the low to the high was around 70 cents.Needless to say, the silver price got sold off after that…and closed at $32.74 spot…up 24 cents.  Net volume was around 35,000 contracts…about 1,000 less than Tuesday.I was going to post the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart at this point but, once again, it’s M.I.A. on Kitco’s website.It should be obvious once again that without the intervention of JPMorgan and friends, both silver and gold would have finished materially higher on Wednesday…and that applies to Monday and Tuesday New York price action as well.The dollar index spent the second day in a row chopping around mostly above the 81.00 mark…and finished the day at 81.12.Despite the fact that the gold price traded mostly in positive territory yesterday, the gold stocks turned out to be just stocks, as they got caught up in the sell-off of the general equity markets as well.  Their price path mirrored the DOW almost exactly…and when the smoke cleared, the HUI was down 4.59%…closing almost on its low of the day.The silver stocks got smoked as well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 4.97%.The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 14 gold and 1 silver contract were posted for delivery on Friday from within the Comex-approved depositories.Over at GLD, an authorized participant withdrew 77,512 troy ounces of gold…and there were no reported changes in SLV.There was a small sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They sold 5,500 ounces of gold eagles…500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 500 silver eagles.There was big activity over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  They reported receiving 1,145,782 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 1,514,655 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here.I have no charts today, so here are a couple of ‘critter’ photos that Nick Laird sent me over the last few days.  The first is an Australian Bushturkey that he photographed from his front verandah.  Unlike the domesticated variety, this fellow can fly and, despite its name and their superficial similarities, the bird is not closely related to the American turkey.The spider below is not related to Shelob…but looks like it could be.  It’s a Golden silk orb-weaver…and in real life is about 15 cm [6 inches] across…which gives you some idea of the size of the web they spin.  I saw one of the South American varieties of this spider when I was visiting Pucallpa in Peru…and it gave me the horrors.  A big spider here in Canada would be 2 cm. I have the usual number of stories for a week day, so I hope you have the time to at least skim the parts that I’ve cut and paste from each one.  The first story could have come right from the front page of the National Enquirer…but it’s actually from The Telegraph.I feel quite comfortable predicting that gold prices will, within the next year, be at $2,000…perhaps higher. – Barrick Gold CEO Jamie SokalskyThe gold price didn’t do much of anything on Wednesday…and it’s been more or less like that ever since this week began.  Volumes have been very light as well.  As I said yesterday, this has to change, as all the owners of Comex December futures and options contracts have to sell, roll, or stand for delivery between now and the end of the month…and there are mountains of these contracts still on the books.  I would guess that the real serious activity won’t start until next week.  Whether or not we get a big engineered price decline between now and the end of the month, is still debatable…but I’m always on the lookout for such an event.I wasn’t enamoured with the share price action yesterday.  Even though the Dow was down, it wasn’t down that much…and both gold and silver spent most of the day in positive territory…and closed in the black as well.All of us old warriors in the GATA camp will have our hi-gain antennas turned up in anticipation of a price smash…because in the ‘old days’…an out-of-blue-for-no-good-reason drop in the precious metal equities, was pretty much always a precursor to a waterfall decline in metal prices.  Will that be the case this time?  Beats me…but if it is, I won’t be surprised.Tomorrow we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday…and I’ll be more than interested to see if last Wednesday’s monstrous volume spike had any internal effect on the Commercial net short positions in both metals.Nothing happened price or volume wise in either precious metal during Far East trading on their Thursday…and that situation has carried over into the first couple of hours of London trading as well.  The dollar index is flat.   However, I expect the Comex trading activity to be quite different.  As I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s column at 4:45 a.m. Eastern time, gold is down a couple of bucks…and silver is down a bit over a dime.I hope your day goes well…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 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In many ways Essence Group Holdings Corp is a ho

first_imgIn many ways, Essence Group Holdings Corp. is a homegrown health care success story.Founded in St. Louis, it has grown into a broader company backed by a major Silicon Valley investor. Essence now boasts Medicare Advantage plans for seniors with some 60,000 members in Missouri and across the Mississippi River in Illinois. It ranks among the city’s top 35 privately held companies, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. And market research firm PitchBook Data values the company at over $1.64 billion.But a recent audit by the federal Health and Human Services inspector general, along with a whistleblower lawsuit, have put the St. Louis health care standout under scrutiny. Medicare officials also are conducting a separate audit of Essence.The same growth and use of big data that attracted venture capital cash are getting a renewed look from government officials who estimate that Medicare Advantage plans nationwide overcharge taxpayers nearly $10 billion annually.The April audit of Essence — the first in a series of upcoming audits scrutinizing some Medicare Advantage plans across the United States — revealed that the St. Louis company could not substantiate fees for dozens of patients diagnosed with stroke or depression.The government pays privately run insurance plans like Essence using a formula called a “risk score” that is designed to pay higher rates for sicker clients and less for patients who are in good health.”There’s great temptation to push the envelope on risk scores without the supporting documentation in the medical files, especially for depressive disorders,” says former Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who now works as a political analyst. While in office, McCaskill in 2015 called for an investigation into overbilling practices by insurers running Medicare Advantage plans.In the Essence audit of 218 cases, HHS found dozens of instances in which the health plan reported patients had an acute stroke — meaning the patients had strokes that year — when they actually had suffered strokes only in past years.HHS also discovered that Essence had charged Medicare for major depressive disorder diagnoses for several enrollees, but the doctors had not recommended a treatment plan — indicating the patients likely had a less severe form of depression. In five cases, HHS couldn’t find any medical records to support payments for a diagnosis of acute stroke or major depressive disorder.Essence denied wrongdoing but agreed to refund $158,904 that Medicare paid for those patients who were reviewed in the audit, and committed to correcting any other errors.Medicare Advantage: The next Silicon Valley frontierEssence is part of the Medicare Advantage boom — such plans now treat more than 22.6 million U.S. seniors. That’s about 1 in 3 people on Medicare. And with that growth, the money has followed — top investors, including Google, have poured more than $1 billion into health care companies that have Medicare Advantage aspirations.Essence’s medical technology arm, Lumeris, which helps power its Medicare Advantage plans, is key to those ambitions. And last year Lumeris received a commitment of $266 million over the next 10 years from Cerner, a leading electronic medical records firm. Cerner declined to comment for this story on its investment.Essence, and companies like it, are venture capital darlings because they draw deeply on data mining by entities such as Lumeris to hone health care delivery and cut costs.But Essence now finds itself in the middle of a national reckoning with the federal government, which is attempting to reduce overbilling by the Medicare Advantage industry that it says costs taxpayers up to $10 billion a year. Previous efforts to claw back such overpayments have been delayed by an onslaught of lobbying efforts by private insurers.More overcharging alleged in lawsuitThe Missouri whistleblower suit alleges Essence, Lumeris and its local partner, Lester E. Cox Medical Centers, used data-mining software to identify patients for an “enhanced encounter” that jacked up the patients’ risk scores to boost Medicare payments.The suit was unsealed in January after being filed in 2017 by Branson, Mo., family doctor Charles Rasmussen. In his lawsuit, Rasmussen said he worked for Cox from 2013 through August 2017 and treated more than 2,000 patients there. He and his lawyers declined to comment on the case.After a training session on “enhanced” coding practices, one doctor wrote to Cox officials in an email that was quoted in the lawsuit. The doctor said the Essence team had used the case of an 86-year-old patient that the doctor described as “pretty healthy for looking sick on paper” as an example of a potential coding “opportunity.” The doctor wrote that the man’s care likely cost less than $2,000 a year, but Essence’s “enhanced” coding techniques could “capture around $11,000 from Medicare.”The lawsuit alleges: “Because of this fraud, hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars have been siphoned from the United States.”The case is pending in federal court in Springfield, Mo. On July 15, a judge denied Essence and Cox’s joint motion to dismiss the case.Essence and Lumeris denied the whistleblower’s allegations in a statement to Kaiser Health News. Lumeris spokesman Marcus Gordon says the allegations were “wholly without merit.” In the emailed statement, he says the companies would “continue to vigorously defend against these baseless claims,” adding that its programs “result in higher quality care and better health outcomes for our members.”In a written statement, Cox Media Relations Manager Kaitlyn McConnell says the company has reviewed the allegations. “We adamantly deny them, and believe we are fully compliant with the law.” “As always, patients are our top priority,” McConnell adds, “and we will continue to focus on providing quality and compassionate health care to the communities we serve.”St. Louis roots, ambition far beyondEssence grew in 2007 after St. Louis physician and software designer Dr. Thomas Doerr and his venture capitalist brother, John Doerr, an early backer of Amazon and Google, invested in the company.Good national press followed, much of it noting the company’s commitment to developing innovative medical software to improve patient care and cut costs. Neither of the Doerr brothers would comment for this article.In December 2015, Medicare awarded Essence a 5-star rating, a coveted indicator of high-quality medical care. That helped make the plans popular for customers in Missouri, says Stacey Childs, the regional liaison for CLAIM, the state’s health insurance assistance program. She credits its A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau and high star rankings year after year for helping create a swell of excitement when Essence expanded to the Springfield area of Missouri in 2015.And its Lumeris-powered technology is growing nationally, including partnerships with Stanford Health Care in California and medical groups in Florida and Louisiana. It also has been deployed to other regions, bolstered by Cerner’s investment, for a joint program managing Medicare Advantage plans called the “Maestro Advantage,” according to the partnership’s website.Coding questionsBut Rasmussen, the Missouri whistleblower, alleges that Lumeris software played a role in overcharging Medicare.The lawsuit alleges physicians were encouraged to examine high-risk patients the medical software identified for “Enhanced Encounter” appointments — even sending recommendations for some patients who were in hospice — to reevaluate their risk scores.Physicians were paid $100 to examine patients for each of those encounters, according to the suit. On its website, Lumeris has said those appointments create “new cash flows to enhance physician incentives and increase the level of physician engagement.”In a statement to KHN, Taylor Griffin a spokesman for Essence said, “We compensate physicians for the substantial extra time and effort to meet with our members and gather information essential to delivering better care. It is a program designed around capturing the health status of the member and not on capturing codes.”At least one Essence-affiliated doctor has questioned the ethics of the initiative, according to court documents. “All I have heard about since we signed on with Essence is about coding to get paid more,” the unidentified doctor alleged in an email to Cox officials. “This is doing little to enhance these patients’ care.”Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit, editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. 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Only about one in five of the disabled and other u

first_imgOnly about one in five of the disabled and other unemployed people receiving support from the government’s new work programme have so far secured a “job outcome”, according to official statistics.It is the first time the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released figures showing how successful its new Work and Health Programme (WHP) has been in securing paid jobs for disabled people and others seeking work.But the figures show that, for the 1,360 people who began to receive support through the programme in January 2018, after 13 months only 270 of them (or 19.9 per cent) had secured a job outcome (defined in most areas as 16 hours per week for 26 weeks at minimum wage, or six months in self-employment).Of the 2,840 people who started in February 2018, 470 have a job outcome after 12 months’ support (16.6 per cent).Despite the release of the “job outcome” statistics, the publication does not show how many disabled people have secured work through the programme.Under the Work and Health Programme, people are referred by jobcentres to receive support from organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors, which are paid extra when that person achieves a job outcome.About four-fifths of those receiving support through the programme have been disabled people, since its roll-out across England and Wales began in November 2017.The other groups receiving support are those who are long-term unemployed – the only participants whose involvement is mandatory – and those DWP calls the “early access” group, which includes care leavers, carers, refugees, homeless people, survivors of domestic violence and ex-members of the armed services.In all, there have been 51,490 starts on the programme, with 3,140 job outcomes (a proportion of just 6.1 per cent), although this will rise as many participants have not been on the programme long enough to qualify as a successful employment outcome.Ken Butler, welfare rights and policy adviser for Disability Rights UK, said the job outcome rate did not appear to be “a notable success”.He added: “Given that the WHP is only accessible by three groups of claimants – the ‘disability group’, the ‘long-term unemployed group’ and the ‘early access group’ – it would seem daft for the DWP not to monitor how many from each group achieve job outcomes.“How else will it be able to see how well the WHP is performing for any or all of these groups?”The Work and Health Programme is part of the government’s Improving Lives work, health and disability strategy, which has been criticised for its “cruel and disastrous” emphasis on “work as a cure”, the placement of employment advisers in health services, and the continued use of benefit sanctions to “punish” disabled claimants.A DWP spokesperson said: “Our Work and Health Programme is part of our wider commitment to ensuring every disabled person who wants to work can do so.“The Work and Health Programme is targeted at individuals who face significant barriers to gaining employment – and need longer-term support – and therefore it is not surprising that at this stage in the programme the numbers achieving a job outcome are low. “Those starting the Work and Health Programme more recently have had a shorter time to achieve a job outcome and therefore it is not meaningful to divide job outcomes by the number of starts.“For example, the cohort of starts from December 2017 have only completed 14 of a possible 21 months of the programme.“As we investigate and quality assure our data we will release further breakdowns of our statistics where possible.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

FDA warns against use of jewelry to relieve teething pain in children

first_img Source:https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm628932.htm Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 21 2018Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted parents, caregivers and health care providers to the safety risks that jewelry used for relieving teething pain pose for children. The agency warned that they should not be used to relieve teething pain in children or to provide sensory stimulation to persons with special needs, such as autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The FDA has received reports of death and serious injuries to infants and children, including strangulation and choking, caused by teething jewelry, such as amber teething necklaces.Teething jewelry can come in various forms, including a necklace, bracelet or anklet, and can be worn by either an adult or child. Such products are produced and sold by a large number of manufacturers and individuals. They are often used by parents and caregivers to relieve infants’ teething pain and other ailments. Teething jewelry may also be used by people with special needs, such as autism or ADHD, to provide sensory stimulation or redirect chewing on clothes or body parts. The beads of the jewelry may be made with various materials such as amber, wood, marble or silicone.”We know that teething necklaces and jewelry products have become increasingly popular among parents and caregivers who want to provide relief for children’s teething pain and sensory stimulation for children with special needs. We’re concerned about the risks we’ve observed with these products and want parents to be aware that teething jewelry puts children, including those with special needs, at risk of serious injury and death,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “Consumers should consider following the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations of alternative ways for treating teething pain, such as rubbing inflamed gums with a clean finger or using a teething ring made of firm rubber. Given the breadth of the market for these teething necklaces and jewelry, we’re sharing this important safety information directly to consumers in order to help prevent injuries in infants and kids.”The risks of using jewelry for relieving teething pain include choking, strangulation, injury to the mouth and infection. Choking can happen if the jewelry breaks and a small bead enters the child’s throat or airway. Strangulation can occur if a necklace is wrapped too tightly around the child’s neck or if the necklace catches an object such as a crib. Other concerns include injury to the mouth or infection if a piece of the jewelry irritates or pierces the child’s gums. In addition to choking and strangulation concerns, amber teething necklaces contain a substance called succinic acid, which allegedly may be released into an infant’s blood stream in unknown quantities. Manufacturers of these products often claim succinic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory and relieves teething and joint pain. The FDA has not evaluated these claims for safety or effectiveness and recommends parents not use these products.Related StoriesStudy shows potential culprit behind LupusCreating a physical and genetic map of Cannabis sativaVitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart diseaseToday, the FDA issued a safety communication after receiving a small number of medical device reports, including one death. One report involved a 7-month old child who choked on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet while under parental supervision and was taken to the hospital, and another involved an 18-month old child who was strangled to death by his amber teething necklace during a nap.In addition to avoiding using jewelry to relieve teething pain, the FDA continues to recommend that caregivers avoid using teething creams, benzocaine gels, sprays, ointments, solutions and lozenges for mouth and gum pain. Benzocaine and other local anesthetics can cause methemoglobinemia, a serious condition in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood is reduced. This condition is life-threatening and can result in death.The FDA will continue to closely monitor adverse event reports associated with jewelry used for relieving teething pain and will communicate further as warranted. The agency encourages consumers and health care professionals to report injuries or adverse events that occur from using teething jewelry by filing a report at 1-800-FDA-1088 or online at MedWatch, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting program.last_img read more

IBM to release worlds largest facial analytics dataset

first_img Explore further (1) One of the biggest issues causing bias in the area of facial analysis is the lack of diverse data to train systems on. So, this fall, we will make publicly available the following as a tool for the technology industry and research community:A facial attribute and identity training dataset of over 1 million images to improve facial analysis system training built by IBM Research scientists. It’s annotated with attributes and identity, leveraging geo-tags from Flickr images to balance data from multiple countries and active learning tools to reduce sample selection bias. Currently, the largest facial attribute dataset available is 200,000 images so this new dataset with a million images will be a monumental improvement. Additionally, data sets available today only include attributes (hair color, facial hair, etc) or identity (identifying that 5 images are of the same person)—but not both. This new dataset changes that to make a single capability to match attributes to an individual.A dataset which includes 36,000 facial images – equally distributed across all ethnicities, genders, and ages to provide a more diverse dataset for people to use in the evaluation of their technologies. This will specifically help algorithm designers to identify and address bias in their facial analysis systems. The first step in addressing bias is to know there is a bias—and that is what this dataset will enable.(2) Earlier this year, we substantially increased the accuracy of our Watson Visual Recognition service for facial analysis, which demonstrated a nearly ten-fold decrease in error-rate for facial analysis. And, we are continuing to drive continual improvements. A technical workshop is being held (by IBM Research in collaboration with University of Maryland) to identify and reduce bias in facial analysis on Sept 14, 2018 in conjunction with ECCV 2018. The results of the competition using the IBM facial image dataset will be announced at the workshop. Furthermore, our researchers continue to work with a broad range of stakeholders, users and experts to understand other biases and vulnerabilities that can affect AI decision-making, so that we can continue to make our systems better.”AI holds significant power to improve the way we live and work, but only if AI systems are developed and trained responsibly, and produce outcomes we trust. Making sure that the system is trained on balanced data, and rid of biases is critical to achieving such trust.As the adoption of AI increases, the issue of preventing bias from entering into AI systems is rising to the forefront. We believe no technology—no matter how accurate—can or should replace human judgement, intuition and expertise. The power of advanced innovations, like AI, lies in their ability to augment, not replace, human decision-making. It is therefore critical that any organization using AI—including visual recognition or video analysis capabilities—train the teams working with it to understand bias, including implicit and unconscious bias, monitor for it, and know how to address it.As a company that leads in driving diversity and inclusion in the corporate world, discrimination of any kind is against IBM’s values. We are deeply committed to ensuring AI technologies are developed without bias.For more than a century, IBM has responsibly ushered revolutionary technologies into the world. We are dedicated to delivering AI services that are built responsibly, are unbiased and explainable. Our business has been guided by a set of Trust and Transparency Principles, which includes our firm belief that companies advancing AI have a responsibility to address the issue of bias head-on. And we are continually working to evaluate and update our services, advancing them in a way that is trustworthy and inclusive. 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. Society is paying more attention than ever to the question of bias in artificial intelligence systems, and particularly those used to recognize and analyze images of faces. At IBM, we are taking the following actions to ensure facial recognition technology is built and trained responsibly: AI researchers design ‘privacy filter’ for your photos that disables facial recognition systems Provided by IBM Citation: IBM to release world’s largest facial analytics dataset (2018, June 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-ibm-world-largest-facial-analytics.htmllast_img read more