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Renee also discussed the ability to make automobile headlights smart for safer driving, building smart cities and capturing enough information to cost efficiently human genome sequences to address cancer treatment more effectively.It was a motivational kickoff to what has already been an exciting conference. Follow coverage live on twitter with #IDF13.Tomorrow I will recap some of the insights I’m gaining for mobility and business.Chris@chris_p_intel If there was one theme that came though big at #IDF13 in the Brian Krazanich (BK) and Renee James keynote this morning was that size matters. The smaller the device the more personal and scalable the use case bigger the data challenge and the bigger the opportunity to change the world.BK opened with the dramatic innovation that is happening at Intel emphasizing the importance of SOC (System on a Chip) integration – demonstrating how Moore’s Law is enabling this future reduction in size of chips. After showcasing the latest latest 22nm and 14nm products powering everything from powerful data center infrastructure to 60 new 2 in 1 personal computing devices to Atom based phones to a new architecture called Quark, that is 1/5th the size and 1/10th the power of Atom to enable the Internet of Things.The message was about the power and opportunity for integration: from technology integration to delivering integrated computing experiences. As Intel moves to an SOC focused approach to innovation core CPU real estate on today’s chips are taking up less and less of the overall silicon footprint as new capabilities are integrated. This integration is enabling the delivery of advanced system capability to smaller devices that are located virtually everywhere.Renee showed how we can take full advantage of this approach describing an integrated computing solution exhibited in healthcare for wearable technology where a current bedside health monitoring system is being replaced by a wristband and in the future implanted technology on a patient so that we can move patient care out of the hospital, reducing the cost and improving quality of care.
All organizations generate a lot of data. The challenge is knowing what to do with it—and what it can do for you. From gathering to reporting, this quick primer will help you get started transforming raw data into insights that will help your nonprofit be more strategic.Nonprofit data fits into four general categories:Financial and internal operations data: Think basic metrics like cash on hand, expenses, volunteer hours, and staff training. These are crucial for budgeting and making program decisions.Marketing, communications, and fundraising data: Also called “outreach” data—how many people signed up for your newsletter, or the number of new donors from your latest campaign.Program data: Arguably the most crucial for articulating the effectiveness of your mission, this includes things like the number of clients your organization served and the outcomes of that service.External data: Just like it sounds, external data comes from sources other than your organization, like the Census Bureau or private research firms.Lots of options, right? And you probably have limited resources. Here’s how to narrow down which data you collect so you can get the most bang for your buck.Focus on data that helps you answer important questions.Before you begin gathering numbers, decide what you want to know. Be specific. Instead of a broad-ranging question—“Is Facebook really working for us?”—ask one that requires specific answers: “What tangible results are we getting from Facebook?” The data could be engagements per post type, new likes over time, or donations resulting from specific types of status updates. Your analysis might show, for instance, that you aren’t getting much from Facebook, but you might also learn that your organization isn’t putting much into it.Beware of “it would be interesting to know…”If you don’t have a plan to use a certain type of data, it might not be worth going down lots of little rabbit holes. It’s easy to get carried away with gathering lots of data out of free-ranging curiosity. Focus on answering those specific, measurable questions we just talked about.Now that you’ve clarified your questions, it’s time to collect the data to answer them. These tips will get you started.Get buy-in from your team.You’ll probably depend on other people to help collect data. The key is helping them understand how it will benefit them—and that it won’t just be extra work. Here’s a great example of how data analysis helps your team target its efforts where they’re effective and skip where they aren’t.How many people is your team meeting at outreach events?Of those, how many are signing up for your newsletter?Of that second group, how many are further engaging in some form, like volunteering or donating?The events generating the most people in Question 3 are the ones your team should focus on. They can skip events with the lowest numbers.Appoint a data czar.Find the person who likes to run numbers and is good at Excel. The data might live in lots of places and be viewed by lots of people, but that one person collects it and helps explain it to the rest of the team.Start small, but with big impact.If your nonprofit is shifting to being more data informed, address resistance by looking at specific key questions your group is facing and finding data to answer them.Let’s say you want to increase fundraising from individual donors but don’t know who is the most effective target. Break down one year of donor records by how they originally made contact with your organization: Maybe some participated in programs (we’ll call them “alumni”), others signed up for your e-newsletter, and others are on your board. Your data shows that alumni are giving much higher average gifts—almost double—but fewer are actually giving. You make a small shift in communications and ask alumni to give using language that reflects their relationship with you. This results in more alumni making donations because now they feel engaged and part of the community.A really simple piece of data analysis can have a big impact.Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.In some ways, you’ll never know the full impact of your programs, but you can know how you’re doing along the way. Six months after a training, for example, call people and ask what they learned and if they made any changes because of it. You might not be able to call everyone, but you (or an intern) could call 20% or 60% of them. You can look at just a few pieces of data that will move you toward a better understanding of your impact.Record your method for Future You.When you go back to collect and report on the same type of data months or even years later, odds are you won’t remember how you did it. Write down your method in simple language so you—or someone else—can replicate it later and generate data that you feel confident comparing over time. Adapted from Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 webinar “Data Management Strategies to Maximize Your Success” with Heather Yandow from Third Space Studio. Download the complete webinar here.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 25, 2012June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, May 24th, found that the effectiveness of long-acting reversible contraception is superior to that of contraceptive pills, patch, or ring. This is important news for the global health community–especially in light of Melinda Gates’ recent announcement of her decision to make family planning her signature issue and primary public health priority.From the Time Magazine article about the study:The study involved 7,486 women participating in the Contraceptive Choice Project, run by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The women, aged 14 to 45, were given their choice of contraception for free and then tracked for up to three years for unintended pregnancy. The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that longer-lasting contraceptives were up to 20 times more effective — that is, women using IUDs, implants or hormone injections were up to 20 times less likely to get pregnant — after three years than the shorter-acting methods of birth control.Read the study here.A number of news organizations have written about the study:Time Magazine, Which Birth Control Works Best? (Hint: It’s Not the Pill).The Wall Street Journal, Long-Lasting Birth Control Cuts Pregnancy RateABC News, Birth Control: New Research Gives Boost to IUD EffectivenessShare this:
Posted on September 11, 2012August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A message from our friends at Women Deliver and Catapult, a new crowdfunding platform that supports projects advancing the lives of girls and women around the world:As the Catalyzing Partners, Women Deliver and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have invested in the development and implementation of this platform in order to drive investments from people to projects that advance the lives of girls and women globally.For an introduction to Catapult, please watch our 2-minute video at http://www.catapult.org.The Platform operates through donors browsing different projects by location, topic or need and donating individually or creating donor teams to fund those projects that interest and inspire them. Once a project is fully funded, donors can access detailed information on how their funding has been used to change lives. At the same time, through Catapult’s “Curator” feature, champions for girls and women can promote projects in their specific areas of focus thus fueling a funding powerhouse for girls and women. Catapult never takes a fee from partners – it’s free!As you probably know, online crowdfunding is transforming how people give. As of 2011, charitable giving through crowdfunding platforms exceeded 676M and grew at an average rate of 43%. Women Deliver’s goal for Catapult is to establish and maintain sustained, long term funding infrastructure capable of scaling many thousands of projects and delivering millions of dollars in funds to benefit girls and women over the next decade.By listening to women’s funds and organizations, and providing a platform for their projects, Catapult will strengthen the efforts of individuals and organizations working for gender equality. The platform provides an open, direct channel between projects in need of funds and a new generation of citizen donors, leveraging existing networks to fund, sustain and bring work to a global audience.If you are interested in learning more about Catapult, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Catapult is also looking to engage girls and young women as advocates of crowdfunding for girls and women, and would welcome your nominations of girls and young women whom they believe would be great at communicating this message.For more information on the Catupult project, click here!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 11, 2012August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force is delighted to announce that the application process for the second cohort of Young Champions of Maternal Health is now open! Applications are currently being accepted from candidates from Ethiopia, India, and Nigeria.To reduce maternal mortality and morbidity over the long-term, emerging public health leaders need to be equipped with the skills, commitment, and vision to respond fully to multiple causes and consequences of maternal mortality and morbidity.The Maternal Health Young Champions Program, a partnership between The Institute of International Education and the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard School of Public Health, offers a unique fellowship to 10 young people who are passionate about improving maternal health in their home country.These Young Champions of Maternal Health will be students or young graduates in public health or a related field who are committed to improving maternal mortality and morbidity through either research or innovative field work in their home country. They will be matched with in-country mentors from selected organizations for a nine-month research or field project internship focusing on a particular area of maternal health.The fellowship includes leadership training and participation in the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania.Click here for eligibility criteria and to access the application.Applications are due November 10, 2012.For more information about the Young Champions of Maternal Health program, including blog posts from the first cohort, click here.Share this:
For 61 years, Better Health (a Network for Good customer since 2017) has addressed the unmet healthcare needs of Cumberland County’s low-income residents through education, referral, and assistance. Since 2015, Executive Director and CEO Amy Navejas has managed a small team of ten staff. Though they are small, they are mighty—that small staff touched over 7,000 people in 2017.Caring for a communityOriginally, Better Health filled emergency medications for individuals in need. Over time they evolved to meet the needs of the community; aiding with things that strain a low-income person’s financial reserves, such as emergency dental extractions, eyeglasses, and travel to the larger North Carolina hospitals.“We don’t want anybody to have to choose between food and rent and a critical medical need.”In the 1970s, Better Health launched an education-based diabetes program to help clients manage their disease along with their doctor. Through the program, a patient can get their blood sugar and blood pressure checked; take classes; and even borrow wheelchairs, walkers, and other medical supplies from Better Health’s 1,000+ donated items.Dedicated to patients of all ages, Better Health also helps families with children who are significantly obese create a wellness program. The entire family attends the program together. By providing a safe outlet where children can become physically fit and adopt more healthy lifestyle habits, the entire family learns better health and fitness.“I wear many, many hats.”On any given day, you’ll find Navejas writing or reporting on a grant, reviewing program updates from staff, managing the organization’s financials, and of course lots of meetings—board meetings, committee meetings, fundraising meetings, community meetings.But she hadn’t always planned on becoming a nonprofit CEO. A law school graduate, Navejas switched careers after the birth of her first child.“To be a great attorney you have to bring home boxes and boxes of files every night and pour over them to prepare for court. I watched my firm’s senior partners arrive before all the other staff and leave well after dark. I wouldn’t want to do that any other way in order to be completely prepared for clients. After my daughter was born, I realized that schedule wasn’t conducive to the kind of family life that I wanted to have.”From a young age, Navejas’ parents and grandparents instilled in her a passion for helping others. She followed that passion to Carolina Collaborative Community Care, and when the opportunity at Better Health came up, she jumped on it.“I love it here. There are always challenges and I love working through hurdles, making progress, and finding creative solutions. Sometimes a client walks through our doors, deeply in need, and they don’t expect us to be able to help because everyone else they’ve gone to has said no. We try to find a way to say yes, not a reason to say no. The relief I see on their face when I tell them they’ll be taken care of is all the motivation I need.”Passion for the missionWhen it comes to leading a nonprofit, Navejas relies on her small but mighty staff. The single most critical factor she looks for in a team member is someone who has that passion and that connection with the mission.“It’s all about finding the right people. If someone has the passion and the work ethic, they can be trained and do well. Being such a small organization, that makes a big difference. Our staff has made a huge impact. Better Health excels at what we do because our staff is so dedicated.”Women in Philanthropy is an ongoing blog series in celebration of Women’s History Month, featuring some of the incredible women Network for Good has the pleasure to work with.Read more on The Nonprofit Blog
Posted on October 22, 2015October 13, 2016By: Sandeep Bathala, Senior Program Associate, Maternal Health Initiative, Wilson CenterClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Maternal mortality causes 56,000 deaths every year in India, accounting for 20 percent of maternal deaths around the world. Women who are born into the lower castes or are tribals – India’s indigenous groups – are especially likely to lack access to quality health care. Over 40 percent of these women also belong to the lowest wealth quintile.An investigation of 29 birth-related deaths in one hospital in the Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh revealed that 26 of the women were tribals, explained Poonam Muttreja, executive director of the Population Foundation of India, at a Wilson Center event.Abhishek Kumar of the India Health Action Trust and International Institute for Population Sciences said that scheduled tribes and castes make up 25 percent of India’s population and disparities within such a large social group should be expected. However, progress on improving antenatal care and medical assistance at delivery has been slowest for lower caste and tribal women, especially those living in the northern, central, and eastern regions of the country.Only the richest of the rich scheduled castes/tribes are benefiting from caste-based government programs, economic development, and expanding maternal and reproductive health care services, said Kumar. He suggested further investigation is needed into individual factors such as economic and educational status to determine why the most egregious disparities continue.More research is required to understand factors associated with the lack of access to health services between and among social groups in what will soon be the world’s most populous country.I have heard successful stories of scaling up quality and equitable maternal and newborn health programs across the world over the past few days. 1,000 of us from over 75 countries are poised to apply the lessons we learned to catalyze commitment and accelerate maternal and newborn health within the post-2015 development framework.I hope to learn more about how to reach the most vulnerable women and newborns before the next Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference. Effective approaches to improve equitable care must continue to be given priority. To hear about programs described at the conference that have increased adolescent’s access to quality care that is affordable and accessible; addressed supply side issues; provided incentives for providers and users; partnered with the private sector; or entailed innovative community-based solutions, check out Crowd 360 digital hub. This week has been so enlightening.Sandeep Bathala is reporting from 2015 Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City for the Wilson Center, Maternal Health Task Force, and UN Population Fund.Photo: “Mother and child” ©2007 Mike Reys, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 29, 2017December 20, 2017By: Samia Khatun, Project Manager, Global Safe Motherhood Projects, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for a reduction in global maternal mortality to fewer than 70 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030. Achieving this target will require specific attention to postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), which is estimated to cause more than a quarter of maternal deaths worldwide. The burden of PPH is even higher in certain regions: In Eastern Asia and Northern Africa, more than 35% of maternal deaths are attributable to hemorrhage.A relatively basic set of interventions can dramatically reduce the rates of PPH, including skilled care before, during and after childbirth, active management of the third stage of labor (AMTSL) and, in many cases, administration of uterotonics. The preferred uterotonic of choice is oxytocin, which is delivered to the mother by intravenous injection immediately following delivery. Where oxytocin is not available, storage conditions are inadequate or health workers are not trained to administer it safely, misoprostol is currently the best alternative. Unlike oxytocin, misoprostol tablets do not need to be refrigerated or administered with a syringe, which can make it a more viable option in low-resource settings.In 2012, the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO) produced guidelines for the prevention and treatment of PPH with misoprostol along with a chart detailing recommended dosages of misoprostol when used alone for a variety of gynecologic and obstetric indications. In June 2017, FIGO released an updated chart informed by recent scientific evidence and developed through consultation with maternal health experts.The chart, divided into stages of pregnancy, outlines recommendations for dosages and routes of administration for misoprostol use for several indications including medically induced abortion, clinical management of miscarriage, cervical preparation for surgical abortion, fetal death, induction of labor and management of PPH. The chart has been endorsed by the FIGO Prevention of Unsafe Abortion Working Group and the FIGO Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health Committee.Some of the changes to this updated version include the addition of alternative routes for misoprostol administration and the introduction of secondary prevention of PPH. A group of experts agreed that secondary prevention of PPH is a strong, alternative approach to universal prophylaxis because it involves medicating far fewer women (only 5-10%), thus risking fewer adverse effects and substantially reducing costs.While the development of the dosage chart and its dissemination are critical steps in reducing the global burden of PPH, further work is needed to ensure that misoprostol is included in national essential medicine lists, high quality misoprostol is available—particularly in low-resource settings—and that health workers are trained to administer it safely.For more information, please contact Samia Khatun.—Download different versions of the new FIGO misoprostol charts in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.Learn more about the updated FIGO guidelines.Read about barriers to misoprostol use in developing countries.Access resources related to the maternal mortality targets under the SDGs.Share this:
Udaipur: South Korean auto major Hyundai plans to start rolling out upgraded BS6 compliant models, including diesel trims, on a regular basis by early next year, a top company official said. The company, which is present in the country through a wholly-owned subsidiary, also plans to simultaneously keep selling BS4 vehicles till end of March next year in order to offer lower priced units to prospective customers. “I estimate that by the end of this year or early next year, the introduction of BS6 vehicles will happen,” Hyundai Motor India MD and CEO SS Kim said in an interview. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn terms of technology, the company is ready with most of the work from research and development perspective, he added. Kim, however, clarified that the ramp up of BS6 models is going to happen in a gradual manner. Hyundai currently has just one product, the recently launched Grand i10 Nios, that is BS6 compliant. The model’s petrol trim is BS6 compliant while the diesel variants are still conform to BS4 regulations. In comparison, Maruti Suzuki has seven petrol models that are now BS6 emission norms compliant. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWhen asked if the company’s entire current product portfolio would see an upgrade to BS6 levels, Kim said, “As per our plan, all products, including diesel variants, will be upgraded to BS6 level.” He said the company will continue the production and sales of BS4 vehicles until the end of next year. “With BS6, the prices of cars is expected to go up so if the customer wants to buy some economical product, it is our responsibility to provide and supply that,” he added.
Fire Fighters are working to extinguish a fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park – John Luke Keiper CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire and Fort St. John Fire Department are responding to a house fire in the Shady Acres Trailer Park.The fire was reported by eyewitnesses to have started at around 5 p.m. Five fire trucks from the Charlie Lake Fire Department and Fort St. John are on scene fighting the fire.We understand the fire has only affected only one home in the trailer park. Residents are asked to stay away from the area to allow emergency crews the room they need to fight the fire.As we get more information we will update this story. Fire Fighters from Charlie Lake and Fort St. John are fighting the fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park. Fire Fighters from Charlie Lake and Fort St. John are fighting the fire in Shady Acres Trailer Park. 1 of 3
CALGARY, A.B. – Imperial Oil Ltd. raised its dividend nearly 16 percent as it reported that its first-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago.The Calgary-based energy company says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 22 cents per share, up from 19 cents.The increased payment to shareholders came as Imperial reported a profit of $293 million or 38 cents per diluted share for its first quarter. That compared with a profit of $516 million or 62 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Rich Kruger, Imperial’s chairman and chief executive, says Alberta’s mandatory production curtailment order significantly affected the company’s financial performance.Kruger says improved upstream realizations were more than offset by reduced downstream margins.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that BJP’s politicization of the “surgical strikes” on terror camps in Pakistan will not help it in the Lok Sabha election in Delhi. “Whatever happened after the Pulwama attack on India-Pakistan border and the way BJP’s conduct was, which politicized it, it is causing damage to the BJP. There’s a notion that it is helping it but it is not, at least not in Delhi,” he told reporters here. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Kejriwal said people were now largely divided between “Modi-bhakts” and those who don’t back Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that the Aam Aadmi Party “will do whatever is in its power to defeat Modi”. Kejriwal also said that many people had told him that they were apprehensive of a Pulwama-like attack just before the Lok Sabha polls. “I am only saying what people told us… They told us that they were apprehensive for the last two years that they (BJP) will either foment a conflict over Ram Mandir or between India and Pakistan,” he said. A suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF troopers in Pulwama in the Kashmir Valley on February 14, leading the Indian Air Force to bomb the biggest training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan.
CAIRO– Ambulances and fire engines could be seen barreling toward the campus, while firefighters readied water hoses inside the university in an effort to extinguish tires set on fire earlier by student protesters.Egyptian police on Monday used teargas to disperse protests staged by hundreds of Al-Azhar University students who support ousted president Mohamed Morsi as the latter tried to get out of the university’s campus in eastern Cairo.At least 37 students suffered gas inhalation as plumes of teargas could be seen billowing from the university’s main entrance after scores of anti-riot police blocked the university gate to prevent student protesters from pouring out, eyewitnesses said. Ambulances and fire engines could be seen barreling toward the campus, while firefighters readied water hoses inside the university in an effort to extinguish tires set on fire earlier by student protesters.Some students accused police of firing shotguns loaded with birdshot to disperse them, asserting that several students had been injured in the melee.Anadolu Agency, however, could not immediately verify the claims.The clashes came a day after police besieged Al-Azhar University’s student dormitory to prevent dormitory students from joining protests on campus.Students had pelted police with stones from inside the dormitory while police had responded by firing teargas.Since its new academic year began in October, Al-Azhar University has been at the epicenter of student protests against Morsi’s July 3 ouster by the military.
Photo by zimbio.comCam Newton, the former Heisman Trophy winner, said he conversed with enigmatic Johnny Manziel “a few times” this summer. Apparently, whatever Newton had to offer did not stick, as the news gets worse each day for “Johnny Football.”The latest is that a Las Vegas broker said he paid Manziel $7,500 to sign helmets, a blatant violation of NCAA rules that could render the rising sophomore ineligible for the upcoming season. Not good.Newton survived an NCAA investigation into pay-for-play allegations. He was not found to have committed any wrongdoing and was not suspended from any games.Manziel “has to go through these types of situations to know how to handle them in the future,” Newton said. “When somebody comes up to you and asks for your autograph, you don’t know if they’re going to do it for good or bad” purposes.“For any college athlete you are vulnerable to so many things,” Newton said. “You think everybody loves you for who you are.“When I was there at college, so many people wanted from me and I wanted to give so much,” he added. “Like I would sign this and give my time and this, this and that. And nobody was looking at it through my [eyes]. If you say no to this particular person, you are going to be a [jerk]. You are going to be the person that people look at as, ‘What’s up? We came out here and supported you and cheered for you and you can’t sign an autograph?’ Never mind that you signed 300 other autographs before. But that’s the nature of the beast.”Despite whatever Newton shared with Manziel, the Texas A&M star has struggled to stay out of the news since leading Texas A&M to an 11-2 record and an upset win over No. 1 Alabama en route to becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman.The latest potential problem involves an ESPN report that the NCAA is investigating whether Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs last January.Newton said he hopes “that everything works out in the best for him so he can get back to what he likes to do and that’s playing football.”
PHI88PHI89CHI 3, PHI 24-1.2– 1994Dallas17051731+26✓ OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 2015New England17221740+17✓ YEARTEAMWEEK 5 ELOWEEK 12 ELODIFFERENCEMADE PLAYOFFS CIN84CIN79CLE 16, CIN 30-4.3– 1990San Francisco17271710-16✓ 2007New England17231806+84✓ DET53MIN56MIN 30, DET 23+6.6– Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2004New England17041742+38✓ The past month and a half has been rough for KC fans to say the least, but all is not lost. The Chiefs still have a 79 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions, partly because the AFC West doesn’t have another team that’s above .500, and partly because just one of their remaining five opponents has an Elo rating that’s above average: the suddenly hot L.A. Chargers.But Chiefs fans have become all too familiar with Smith’s explosive starts and dismal finishes — Smith led KC to a 9-0 start in 2013, before ending the regular season 2-5 and losing the AFC Wild Card game to the Colts. The team’s fate could rest on whether Andy Reid decides to yank Smith as the starting QB in favor of rookie Patrick Mahomes II, who the team selected with the 10th pick in the 2017 draft. In his junior year at Texas Tech, Mahomes led all FBS schools in passing yards and tacked on a 4.1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. While the first-year gunslinger would be thrust into a high-pressure environment if he takes over for Smith, Mahomes might be the spark that the Chiefs so desperately need.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWeek 12 in our NFL predictions game — in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm — saw the readers beat Elo by an overall 5.5 points, just their second victorious week of the year. Their biggest individual victory came in the Chargers’ 28-6 drubbing of the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day — readers picked up 12.4 points on that game. L.A. sits at 5-6 after two straight wins, and our model now gives the team its highest chance to date of making the playoffs — though, granted, that chance is just 26 percent. The readers had more confidence in the surging Vikings than our Elo system did, and readers were rewarded with 6.6 points after Minnesota took care of Detroit 30-23.The biggest loss for the readers came when they put too much faith in Jacksonville (we’ve warned you before); the Jaguars fell to the Cardinals 24-27, which resulted in a 12.9 point loss for the readers. And they didn’t put enough faith in the Bengals, as Cincinnati thwarted Cleveland 30-16, yielding a 4.3 point loss for the readers.Make sure you get your Week 13 predictions in early, and thanks for playing. NE90NE90MIA 17, NE 35-1.1– WSH68WSH71NYG 10, WSH 20+0.0 1986Chicago17501706-44✓ NO55NO53NO 20, LAR 26-0.1– PIT78PIT84GB 28, PIT 31+0.6– No prizes will be awarded for working out where KC’s problems lie. While the team’s defense has actually improved as the season has progressed — the team allowed 22.2 points per game during the 5-0 start compared with 20.8 since — the Chiefs’ offense has been woeful. Former MVP favorite Smith has received the brunt of the criticism, and rightly so: During the 5-0 start, Smith had the best passer rating in the league, but he had just the the 17th-best rating in his next six games. As for Hunt, the running back who was the favorite for offensive Rookie of the Year just a few weeks ago, his yards per carry plummeted from 6.3 in his first five games to 3.2 in his next six. As a group, the Chiefs have made another piece of forgettable history: The team’s decline on offense since Week 5 is tied for fifth-worst in the NFL since 2001. 2011Green Bay17241772+48✓ 5Kansas City201752.833.3-19.5 3Denver201357.436.1-21.3 CAR57CAR67CAR 35, NYJ 27+5.4– 4Denver200850.930.2-20.7 2007Indianapolis17111736+25✓ TEN52TEN61TEN 20, IND 16+5.7– 5N.Y. Giants201441.121.6-19.5 1941Chicago17141766+52✓ 1973Miami17071771+64✓ OAK64OAK63DEN 14, OAK 21-2.7– 2017Kansas City17011584-116? 2Indianapolis200758.036.4-21.6 RANKTEAMSEASONFIRST 5 GAMESNEXT 6 GAMESDIFFERENCE PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS 1942Chicago17481775+27✓ SEA78SEA79SEA 24, SF 13-1.7– KC78KC74BUF 16, KC 10+3.5– Source: PRO-FOOTBALL-REFERENCE Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group DAL68%DAL56%LAC 28, DAL 6+12.4– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 12Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 12 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game The worst midseason dips on offensePercentage of offensive drives that resulted in a score, since 2001 Great teams don’t have meltdownsDifference in Elo after Week 5 and after Week 12 among teams that had an Elo rating of at least 1700 after Week 5 1Chicago200650.0%28.0%-22.0 JAX55JAX64JAX 24, ARI 27-12.9– The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. Through Week 5 of this NFL season, there was no team better than Kansas City. The Chiefs were 5-0 with a league-best offense in almost every major category, and they’d chalked up statement wins over New England and Philadelphia, who are now the best teams in their respective conferences. Alex Smith was the best quarterback in the game and on course for one of the greatest QB seasons in NFL history. Rookie Kareem Hunt was breaking the league as the best running back in the game, averaging more than 120 rushing yards per game and more than six yards per carry. And as we detailed, the last time the Chiefs were that good, they won Super Bowl IV. Life in the Midwest was bliss.Few could have predicted what has happened since, though. The Chiefs’ decline began in Week 6 with a 19-13 defeat at home against the Steelers; it took a further nosedive two weeks ago when they lost to the lowly New York Giants; and it reached a nadir in their Week 12 loss to Buffalo, the latest setback in what has become one of the most mystifying breakdowns in recent memory. The Chiefs have recorded just a single win (over the Broncos) in their past six games and now sport a 6-5 record, and they have undergone the league’s third-biggest drop in Elo ratings in that time — only the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers and quarterback-less Broncos have dropped further. Fans in KC will be wondering how far their team’s performance might fall, and for good reason: This kind of collapse is essentially unprecedented. Among teams that had an Elo rating of at least 17001Elo ratings measure the quality of teams. An Elo rating of roughly 1500 is considered average. after Week 5 of the season, Kansas City’s decline is the largest through Week 12 in NFL history. ATL78ATL78TB 20, ATL 34-1.9– 1998Denver17121773+61✓ BAL68BAL67HOU 16, BAL 23-2.8–
With Clemons on the court, the Fighting Camels score 1.12 points per possession, according to Hoop Lens — or at a rate that would be among the best in the country if maintained over an entire season. When he sits, the team scores 0.84 points per possession, or at a rate that would rank around 300th if maintained. Without Clemons, the team’s effective field goal percentage drops more than 10 percentage points, and the team’s turnover percentage spikes almost 7 percentage points. As a pick-and-roll ball handler, he has scored more points this season than everyone else on the team combined, according to data provided by Synergy Sports.This season, Clemons is scoring 30.1 points per game, tied for the second-highest mark by any player since 1992. Charles Jones in 1996-97 was the last player to average more than 30 points per game over a season, while Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene came close in 2016-17, hitting 29.97. Clemons has scored in double figures in 111 consecutive games.2He scored 9 points against Gardner-Webb on Jan. 1, 2016 — the only time in his 126-game college career that he scored fewer than 10 points.He can also take the roof off an arena. Behind a 44-inch vertical3The combine record belongs to D.J. Stephens, who cleared 46 inches in 2013. and sculpted physique, Clemons has made a habit of dunking on defenders. Hard. Of Campbell’s 22 dunks this season, he has eight. “It’s like, ‘You’re 5-9!?’” McGeehan said, bewildered.4Last week, the university uploaded a YouTube video appropriately titled, “Campbell Men’s Basketball – Chris Clemons – Dunks.” Clemons is leaned on heavilyThe NCAA men’s basketball players with the highest share of their team’s possessions that season, since 2016-17 Chris Clemons is the shortest of the scoring greatsThe top 25 NCAA men’s basketball scorers and their height Hersey HawkinsBradley1984-883,0086’3″ Alphonso FordMississippi Valley State1989-933,1656’1″ Larry BirdIndiana State1976-792,8506’9″ Freeman WilliamsPortland State1974-783,2496’4″ 2018-19Ja MorantMurray St.So36.26’3″175 Lionel SimmonsLa Salle1986-903,2176’7″ 2018-19Chris ClemonsCampbellSr37.55’9″180 Chris ClemonsCampbell2015-193,1065’9″ Tyler HawsBYU2010-152,7206’5″ Mike DaumSouth Dakota St.2015-193,0066’9″ 2018-19Justin JamesWyomingSr36.06’7″190 Danny ManningKansas1984-882,9516’10” J.J. RedickDuke2002-062,7696’4″ Alfredrick HughesLoyola Chicago1981-852,9146’5″ 2017-18Roddy PetersNicholls St.Sr36.86’4″195 2016-17Chris ClemonsCampbellSo37.05’9″180 Otis BirdsongHouston1973-772,8326’3″ Pete MaravichLSU1967-703,6676’5″ Harry KellyTexas Southern1979-833,0666’7″ Oscar RobertsonCincinnati1957-602,9736’5″ 2016-17Ronnie BoyceSan FranciscoSr37.96’3″158 Tyler HansbroughNorth Carolina2005-092,8726’9″ 2018-19Jordan DavisNorthern ColoradoSr36.26’2″185 Byron LarkinXavier1984-882,6966’3″ Elvin HayesHouston1965-682,8846’9″ McGeehan hasn’t wasted a second of his point guard’s eligibility. Clemons has played at least 80 percent of team minutes each season on campus. As a senior, he’s taking on 93.1 percent.Over the past three seasons, Clemons has finished no lower than seventh nationally in KenPom’s percentage of possessions used metric, which measures how many possessions a player used while on court, assigning credit or blame to the player when his actions resulted in an ended possession. He leads the country this season, absorbing 37.5 percent of the team’s possessions. “Obviously,” McGeehan noted, “he’s heavily relied upon.” SeasonPlayerTeamYr.PossessionHeightWeight Hank GathersLoyola Marymount*1985-902,7236’7″ Daren QueenanLehigh1984-882,7036’5″ 2017-18D’Marcus SimondsGeorgia St.So35.86’3″200 2016-17Tiwian KendleyMorgan St.Jr35.16’5″190 No state has a glossier tradition in men’s college basketball than North Carolina. It has produced 13 national championships.1This is second only to California’s 15. The state has accounted for six national titles since 2000. No other state has more than three over that span. It is home to the sport’s fiercest rivalry: Duke vs. North Carolina. It has seen more than a hundred All-Americans and dozens of Hall of Famers cut their teeth on its courts, including Tim Duncan, Vince Carter and Michael Jordan.You might think that the state’s all-time leading scorer is one of those all-time greats. But he’s actually a current player. He’s not a Tar Heel or a Blue Devil or even a Demon Deacon. He’s a Fighting Camel in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Far from the spotlight, Chris Clemons, a senior at Campbell University in the Big South Conference, is making college-basketball history in a state that’s long on it.As a high schooler, Clemons was an all-state athlete in Raleigh, smack dab in the backyard of the ACC. When the power conferences overlooked him, Campbell didn’t. In fact, it sometimes brought the entire coaching staff to watch him hoop. “I told him when I was sitting in his living room that I thought he’d be the all-time leading scorer in Campbell history,” Campbell head coach Kevin McGeehan told me.Only five players in NCAA history have scored more than Clemons has. And his 3,106 points have not come easy: Clemons is 5-foot-9, at least 4 inches shorter than each of his teammates. But that disadvantage wasn’t a problem for McGeehan. “I’ve never thought twice about his height,” he said. 2017-18Tiwian KendleyMorgan St.Sr37.86’5″190 2017-18Milik YarbroughIllinois St.Jr35.56’6″230 Should his average hold, Clemons will finish the season with a 38.9 percent usage rate, which would give him three of the top 25 marks produced by players since 2009, the first year for which data is available.5Among players qualified for the points per game leaderboard. His career usage rate (35.9 percent) figures to edge former BYU star Jimmer Fredette for the top spot by any player over the past decade.There have actually been plenty of undersized, high-usage players on college courts. Clemons is just relied upon much more than any of the rest — and has been since he arrived on campus. Since 2008, there have been 450 seasons that saw a player shorter than 5-foot-10 appear in 20 games and play at least 40 percent of team minutes, according to BartTorvik.com. Of that sample, Clemons is in line to finish with the first, third, fourth and 23rd highest usage rates.Let’s remove the height restriction. Given those same qualifications, since 2008 there have been 522 seasons of a player producing a usage rate exceeding 30 percent. Of that pool, Clemons is on track to post two usage rates that rank in the top 15 and another one that ranks in the top 45. *Transferred from another schoolSource: Sports-Reference.com 2018-19Lamine DianeCal St. NorthridgeFr37.16’7″205 Doug McDermottCreighton2010-143,1506’8″ 2016-17Michael WeathersMiami (Ohio)Fr37.56’2″161 Allan HoustonTennessee1989-932,8016’6″ Reggie LewisNortheastern1983-872,7096’7″ 2017-18Trae YoungOklahomaFr38.5%6’2″180 lb. This season, only one player6UTSA’s Jhivvan Jackson. has taken a higher share of team shots than Clemons’s 39.3 percent.7 He hasn’t finished lower than fifth since his freshman campaign, when he ranked 22nd. This would be the fourth consecutive season that Clemons has finished in the top 25 in percentage of team shots taken, a feat of production that has never been matched since KenPom began tracking such metrics.8Since 2004.The Fighting Camels made their only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1992, five years before Clemons was born. This season, Clemons has Campbell roaring into shape to make a run at a second, provided the team wins its conference tournament.Which is to say: Clemons has the perennial green light to do everything. “I always had one,” Clemons said. “But I don’t remember it being like this.”Have coaches ever told him not to shoot? “I haven’t heard that lately,” he said.Is there anything McGeehan wouldn’t trust Clemons to do? “Probably give me a haircut.”Clemons’s numbers are more impressive when you consider the system under which he plays. Watching him, you get the sense that he could get to the rim or drain a jump shot around 10 seconds before he actually does. McGeehan runs a hybrid version of Pete Carril’s Princeton Offense that relies on quick ball movement and constant motion. It also typically suffocates tempo, as the Princeton Offense is ostensibly designed to limit huge production by either team. Campbell has ranked outside the top 190 in average offensive possession length each season since 2013. This season, it ranks 265th in adjusted tempo. Campbell averages 68.4 possessions per 40 minutes, which is tied for 238th nationally. North Carolina, for instance, averages nearly eight more possessions per game.Despite all of his success, Clemons may not ever reach the next level. To be sure, there have been other players under 5-foot-10 to reach the NBA: Muggsy Bogues, Earl Boykins, Calvin Murphy, Spud Webb. There have even been a few who have done it since the turn of the century: Isaiah Thomas, Kay Felder, Nate Robinson. Clemons, who has declared for the NBA draft after each of the past two seasons only to return to campus, is unlikely to join them via that route.The irony is heavy: One of the greatest scorers of all time, in arguably the state with the richest college basketball tradition, plays just a short drive down the road from perhaps the most-talked-about college athlete of all time, for a team that packed in fewer than 2,000 fans per home game last season. The smallest guy on the court is dealt the largest offensive burden and has most of the team’s dunks. The pint-sized player with the larger-than-life impact.“When it’s all said and done,” McGeehan said, “I’m probably going to go back and say, ‘Wow, did that really all just happen?’” 2016-17Marcus KeeneCentral MichiganJr37.05’9″175 2018-19Markus HowardMarquetteJr35.35’11”175 PlayerSchoolYearsPointsHeight 2017-18Ethan HappWisconsinJr35.66’10”235 2018-19Ethan HappWisconsinSr35.26’10”237 2017-18Chris ClemonsCampbellJr34.95’9″185 2016-17Jordan WashingtonIonaSr37.66’8″235 Source: KenPom Kevin BradshawU.S. International*1984-912,8046’6″ Keydren ClarkSt. Peter’s2002-063,0585’9″
Saturday marked the first time since 1998 that the women’s draw at the U.S. Open was won by an American not named Serena or Venus. Sloane Stephens, who was ranked 957th in the world in July and entered the tournament unseeded, beat fellow American (and good friend) Madison Keys handily, 6-3, 6-0. Stephens, Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe, all of whom made at least the semifinals at this year’s Open, are all 25 years old or younger and have tons more tennis to play in their primes. Could they be the players who finally take the torch carried so long by Serena and Venus Williams?Before Thursday, it had been 36 years since every player in the semifinals of the women’s draw at the U.S. Open was an American. And before Saturday, the last American not named Williams to lift the U.S. Open trophy was Lindsay Davenport, who dominated the game from 1998 to 2000, finishing the 1998 WTA season as the top-ranked player in the world and nearly collecting a career Grand Slam over the course of just three seasons.1Davenport now coaches Madison Keys. Not a bad influence to have in your box. The Williams sisters’ dominance notwithstanding, American women have had a rough go of it at the U.S. Open — and have seen less success at every other major as well — during the past two decades. But that wasn’t always the case. During the first 20 years of the “Open era,”2The Open era began in 1968 when the French Open decided to allow professionals to play alongside amateurs. the women’s draw at the U.S. Open saw 15 champions from the U.S. It took American women three years to capture their first U.S. Open title in the Open era (Virginia Wade of Great Britain was the first to lift the trophy, in 1968, and Australian legend Margaret Court, who along with Billie Jean King is the only woman to win the U.S. Open in both the pre-Open era and the Open era, won in 1969 and 1970). But after that slow start, American women won 15 of the next 17 titles. King won in 1971, 1972 and 1974 (her last time) before passing the torch to Chris Evert.Evert dominated the tournament from 1975 to 1982 — her six titles in that span are tied with Serena Williams’s for the most in the Open era.3Helen Wills Moody — also an American — still holds the all-time record, with seven titles. Tracy Austin picked up two titles, in 1979 and 1981, and Martina Navratilova, who became an American citizen in 1981, won four of her own from 1983 to 1987.4She lost in the 1985 U.S. Open final to Hana Mandlíková.This American pre-eminence carried over to the other majors as well. From 1971 to 1987, U.S. women won at least one major in each season.51988 and 1989 were busts for anyone in women’s tennis not named Steffi Graf. In 1988, Graf asserted herself as the best tennis player on the planet by winning all four majors — and Olympic gold. In 1989, she won three of the season’s four majors. And from the beginning of the Open era through 1984, 12 different Americans made it to at least one Grand Slam final (and five of those 12 won at least one Grand Slam).The parity that once existed in U.S. women’s tennis dwindled a bit in the years that followed Navratilova’s final title at Wimbledon, in 1990 — at least in terms of the number of players who made it to a Grand Slam final. In the subsequent 27 years, just nine Americans have made at least one Grand Slam final. But of those nine, six have gone on to win at least one Grand Slam.Before Stephens did it on Saturday, the last American not named Williams to lift a trophy at a major was Jennifer Capriati, who knocked off Martina Hingis at the 2002 Australian Open. Fifteen years is a huge gap in parity, but the work of the sisters alone in this period — particularly Serena Williams, who won 23 titles — still meant that this would go down as one of the most dominant eras of American women’s tennis. The pair have won 30 of the last 75 finals and have combined for eight U.S. Open trophies.In the end, it’s fitting that the final major of the 50th season of Open-era play would go to an American — of the 199 majors contested over that span, 85 have been won by an American, by far the most of any country. And if Stephens, Keys and Vandeweghe have anything to say about it, that number should only grow. And above all, parity in American women’s tennis appears to be on the upswing again.
By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Thursday’s show (May 24, 2018), Neil, Kyle and Chris discuss the conference finals yet again. Just how magical is Boston’s home-court advantage? Just how tired is LeBron James? Is the Rockets’ bench too thin for the starters to stay fresh? And what’s with Kevin Durant’s shot selection?The crew also talks about how the NFL’s new national anthem policy differs from the NBA’s in fewer ways than you might think.The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed
The Ohio State men’s hockey team won its eight consecutive game Friday. The No. 7-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 11 Lake Superior State 5-2, increasing their winning streak to eight games and unbeaten streak to 10 games. With the win, OSU improved to 11-3-1 on the year, and moved into first place in the CCHA with a 8-2-1-1-conference record. LSSU falls to 10-5-2, 6-4-1-1 in the CCHA. Senior forward Danny Dries scored twice, and sophomore forwards Chris Crane, Alex Lippincott and Alex Szczechura added goals as OSU went on to win the first game in a two-game set against the Lakers. After almost two weeks off since their 6-5 win against then-No.7 Michigan on Nov. 19, the Buckeyes came out firing in the first period. Lippincott scored from the right circle to give OSU a 1-0 lead at the 12:28 mark in the opening period. Following a slashing penalty by LSSU, the Buckeyes went on the power play, and Crane took advantage, scoring with 1:04 remaining in the first period off a pass from freshman forward Ryan Dzingel. The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers 17-4 in the opening stanza and led 2-0 after twenty minutes of play. Both teams went scoreless in the second period, but LSSU had multiple scoring opportunities in front of OSU’s net. Senior goalie Cal Heeter made multiple stops and finished the game with 29 saves. Dries scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal at the 15:10 mark in the third period. Dries got the puck south of LSSU’s goal line, fired the puck off the Lakers’ goalie, and it bounced into the net, giving the Buckeyes a 3-0 lead five minutes into the final period. LSSU responded with a power-play goal with 10:17 remaining. Freshman defenseman Kevin Czuczman got the puck in the left circle and put it into the top shelf, cutting OSU’s lead to two. Szczechura scored at the 12:55 mark with an assist from sophomore defenseman Curtis Gedig increasing the lead to 4-1. LSSU would score again with 4:54 remaining, and pulled their goalie shortly after. Dries got the puck inside OSU’s blue line, and scored his second goal of the game on an empty net with 2:51 to play. The Buckeyes and Lakers will play again at 8:05 on Saturday night at the Schottenstein Center..
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kassik’s Brewery once again took home first place at the 2018 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival with their Buffalo head Barley Wine. Debara and Frank Kassik opened the brewery in North Kenai in 2006, and this year they defended their 2016 and 2017 title with their Buffalo Head Barley Wine win. Kassik’s Brewery is the result of Debara purchasing a home brew kit for her husband Frank for Christmas a few years back. Frank’s passion for brewing began and soon he became a proficient home brewer. In 2004 Frank and Debara spent the summer building a 36×50 shop while working their regular jobs with the hope of building a brewery. The Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival was held on January 19 & 20, in Anchorage. According to their website, the brewery opened its doors on memorial weekend 2006 with the Beaver Tail Blonde and Moose Point Porter. The Moose Point Porter was one of Frank’s home brew recipes scaled up for the brewery. Never in the twenty-four year history of the festival has a three-peat been accomplished. The festival featured over 300 beers, meads, and ciders from 70 brewing establishments located her, nationally, and globally. Frank Kassik, the head brewer for Kassik’s: “The winner for this years was a very small amount, only about 106 gallons and that was it. We actually did brew a second barley wine, which we have on sale that is very close to the winner, but what we do have available is a very small amount. You’re just going to have to come see us.” This is the third year in a row that Kassik’s has taken home first place, and makes Kassik’s the first brewery ever to win back to back first place medals three times in a row. Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Kassiks-three-peat-1-1.mp3VmJennifer-on-Kassiks-three-peat-1-1.mp300:00RPd
WILMINGTON, MA — Strive 24-Hour Fitness (3C Lopez Road, Wilmington) is celebrating a Grand Reopening with new owner Matt Moisan on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 6pm.Come check out the only private, full-service club around that boasts access 24/7/365. The public, trainers, and business owners are welcome. Refreshments from Pressed Cafe will be served.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Wilmington’s Strive Fitness Celebrates Grand ReopeningIn “Photo of the Day”The Dunkin’ Next To The RMV Holds Grand Reopening, Donates $2,000 To Wilmington Fourth of July CommitteeIn “Business”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, January 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque speaks at the iftar programme at a city hotel on Friday. Photo: Muslim Aid UK, BangladeshMuslim Aid UK Bangladesh has distributed foods among sixty thousands destitute families this year on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.Organisation’s country director Khairul Hafiz said this while addressing an iftar programme organised in honour of eminent citizens of the country, at the Spectra Convention Centre in the capital city on Friday. He said the organisation has been relentlessly working for the betterment of the poor and underprivileged people in the country. He also highlighted the organisation’s different ongoing programmes.Speaking at the programme as the chief guest, liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque said Muslim Aid UK Bangladesh has been working in the country since 1991, for the welfare of the underprivileged people in the region.The minister said the Muslim Aid UK Bangladesh’s efforts for improving the lot of the country’s poor people will help the current government turn Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041.Khairul Hafiz chaired the iftar programme addressed, among others, by Gokul Krishno, joint secretary and director of NGO affairs bureau, and Khan Abul Bashar, deputy director of the district social services office of Dhaka.Muslim Aid, a London-based international charity organisation, has been working in Bangladesh since 1991 following the devastating cyclones that hit the country in that year.The organisation is currently working in almost all of 64 districts through its core development programmes and special programmes across the country with 1,274 dedicated staffs.
British prime minister Theresa May arrives at Finsbury Park Mosque in the Finsbury Park area of north London, on 19 June, 2017, after a vehicle was driven into pedestrians nearby. Photo: AFPBritish prime minister Theresa May vowed to fight terrorism and extremism “whoever is responsible”, after a white van driver ploughed through a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a London mosque on Monday.Speaking outside her Downing Street residence, May said the attack was “a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms and our determination to tackle them must be the same, whoever is responsible”.May said the attack was “every bit as sickening as those that have come before”, referring to three Islamist-inspired attacks in London and Manchester this year that have killed 35 people and injured around 200.The attack “targeted the ordinary and the innocent… this time British Muslims as they left the mosque,” she said, adding that police would provide any additional protection needed for mosques.“This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal: it seeks to drive us apart,” she said.“There has been far too much tolerance of extremism… including Islamophobia,” she said, announcing the creation of a new commission to fight extremism in the same way as racism.
By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated PressBRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Ahead of campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on the state’s favorite son, savaging NBA star LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation’s most prominent African-American men.Melania Trump’s spokeswoman quickly distanced the first lady from the criticism of James, saying in a statement Saturday afternoon that it appeared James was “working to do good things on behalf of our next generation” and that the first lady would be open to visiting his new school for at-risk children. The statement didn’t criticize the president.In this July 30, 2018 file photo LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference after the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)Trump blasted James late Friday after an interview aired with CNN anchor Don Lemon in which he deemed Trump divisive. Although James has long been a Trump critic, calling the president “U bum” in a 2017 tweet, the tweet was Trump’s first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron.The tweet came hours before Trump traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for a rally north of town in support of the Republican in a special U.S. House election on Tuesday. Once in Ohio, however, Trump stayed away from the controversy and never mentioned James as he hammered away at Democrats and other favorite targets.“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Trump posted. “He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”Trump then, unexpectedly, appeared to weigh in on the growing debate over who is the greatest NBA player of all time, James or Michael Jordan, by writing “I like Mike!”Many former and current professional athletes, including Jordan, jumped to James’ defense.“I support LeBron James. He’s doing an amazing job for his community,” Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday.Trump has long denounced the media — CNN in particular — and rarely lets a slight go unnoticed. But the attack on James, who was being interviewed by another Black man, to some resembled a racial dog whistle. He routinely deems Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who is also Black, as “low IQ” — an insult he repeated during the Ohio rally Saturday night.Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who at times criticizes Trump, tweeted: “Rather than criticizing @KingJames, we should be celebrating him for his charity work and efforts to help kids.”Trump has repeatedly been questioned about his views on race, from deeming many Mexican immigrants “rapists” during his campaign kickoff speech for the Republican presidential nomination to placing blame on “both sides” for the violent clash between White supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago.James, who campaigned for Trump’s opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and has not been shy about using his celebrity for social causes, did the interview from the public school he opened, called the “I Promise” school. Every student receives free tuition, as well as free food, a uniform and even a free bike.In the interview, James said he “would never sit across” from Trump, though he would talk to former President Barack Obama. James’ publicist declined to respond to Trump’s tweet, but early Saturday afternoon, James retweeted a post from the “I Promise” school and said: “Let’s get it kids!! Love you guys.”Lemon responded to the president, invoking both the administration’s forced-family-separations policy and Mrs. Trump’s social media etiquette campaign.“Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages? #BeBest” Lemon tweeted.James played for over a decade — and in two stints — with the Cleveland Cavaliers and delivered a title to the championship-starved region in 2016. Although he departed for the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this summer, the superstar remains very popular in the Buckeye State, and Trump’s attack could be a gift for the Democrat in Tuesday’s special congressional race.“I don’t have to tell (asterisk)anyone(asterisk) what LeBron James means to Ohio,” tweeted Democrat Danny O’Connor, who was running against state Sen. Troy Balderson.The White House did not immediately respond to a request to clarify Trump’s remarks. But even some Trump allies chided him.Geraldo Rivera, the journalist and Trump confidant, broke with the president to say he wished Trump “turned other cheek re @KingJames & @donlemon While I disagree with their conclusion that @POTUS is using sports to divide America along racial lines, they’re both sincere & intelligent men. LeBron just pledged millions for a school for underprivileged kids.”Along with Jordan, a number of other athletes spoke out in support of James.Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe tweeted: “It should be beneath the dignity of a sitting POTUS to take racist shots at D. Lemon and Lebron James.” NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns wrote: “So let me get this straight: Flint, MI has dirty water still, but you worried about an interview about a man doing good for education and generations of kids in his hometown?”Before entering politics, Trump frequently praised James and his own family tried to recruit him to the New York Knicks in 2010. But commenting on someone’s intelligence, including his own, has long been a Trump trope. He has been criticized for complimenting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (“smart cookie”) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (“very smart”) and has been known to praise himself as “a very stable genius.”But he also uses “stupid” — or variations thereof — as a favored insult. He has used it to describe the FBI, the NFL, Democrats, the filibuster, the nation’s immigration laws, journalists, trade policies and how the nation’s leaders have dealt with topics like Iraq, Muslims, Canada and China.He also, after then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called him a “moron,” challenged his own Cabinet member to an IQ test.___Associated Press writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, N.C., contributed to this report.
On Monday at 10 a.m. EST, the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo will release their latest Housing Market Index (HMI) for May, a measure of market conditions based on three factors, with a range of zero to 100.While the March HMI was unusually high, reaching 71, April stayed steady at 65. All three individual components (present single family sales, next six-month single family sales, and prospective buyer traffic) reported losses month over month, but were still strong.The prospective buyer traffic component indicated rising interest in new home sales, as it scored above the breakeven level of 50. It topped 52 in April, a slight drop from 53 in March.Present single-family sales and single-family sales for the next six months both showed slight decreases month-over-month, but remain high. Present single-family sales for April dropped to 74 from 77 in March, and single-family sales for the next six months dropped to 75 from 78 in March.NAHB reports that there is a continuing demand for home construction, although builders have faced several challenges such as high regulatory costs and increasing material prices.The NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months, and also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers. Scores for each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.Data from the NAHB/WellsFargo HMI can be found here.This Week’s ScheduleFannie Mae Economic & Housing Outlook, TuesdayHousing Starts, Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. ESTCollingwood Group Chairman Tim Rood on Fox Business Network’s Cavuto, Tuesday, 12 p.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Applications, Wednesday, 7 a.m. EST in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The Week Ahead: Watching Market Conditions Following Unusual Highs May 14, 2017 755 Views Share Construction index National Association of Home Builders Wells Fargo 2017-05-14 Seth Welborn
I take a scientific view on these things. Unless you’re born a hermaphrodite, you’re equipped as either a male or a female, with designated X and Y chromosomes. If the kid wants a sex change later in life—and can afford to pay for it—then that should be a possibility. But for the parent to put that on its birth certificate is nothing but a political statement. As far as I’m concerned, you can call yourself whatever you want. If a person wants to self-identify as a two-headed crustacean from Mars, that’s fine. Anybody should be or do or have whatever they want—as long as they don’t aggress against other people or their property. I mean who cares how you “self-identify”? You’re giving other people more information by which they can judge what type of a being you are. I like more information about the person I’m dealing with. I think the current trend to self-identify as all manner of bizarre things is aberrant, and even sick. But it’s a matter of personal choice. The key is not getting the State or the law involved. Justin: So, what’s fueling this trend? Doug: This is just one of the many subsets of a greater phenomenon: the collapse of Western Civilization. Western Civilization is built upon the acknowledgment and understanding of physical reality, and concepts such as truth, honesty, and science. When Bizzarro World is accepted as being equally valid in the eyes of the law and most people, then a society is in trouble. This whole multi-gender, sex change and whatever trend is just one subset of the worms eating away at the culture. It’s why primitive and authoritarian forces like Islam are on the rise. They’re retrogressive, and repugnant to anyone that believes in Western values. But they offer certainty about what’s right and wrong, proper and improper. And—sad to say—the average person may be so degraded that he’ll choose that over the uncertainty presented by personal freedom and responsibility. It’s a pity. Many, or even most, of the people in the West are renouncing personal freedom and responsibility—even denying the reality of being born a boy or a girl—and substituting them with floating abstractions. Justin: What role should the government play in all this? Should they acknowledge these things? Doug: Well frankly, I don’t believe in government identification documents, driver’s licenses, or anything of the sort. Yes, I understand that over the last 100 years society has come to accept the supposed “necessity” of everyone having “papers,” like a dog or a cow. It’s a very recent phenomenon. But insofar as ID is needed, the market could and would provide it far better than the State. Are you a non-person if you don’t have a birth certificate? If this whole intersex, transgender thing wasn’t politicized it would be a non-problem. People have always thought and believed things that are not just outlandish but at odds with reality. But frankly, who cares—as long as they can’t impose their views on anyone else? They’re destroying their own lives, but it’s not my problem. Although it’s a symptom of a much bigger problem. But, to answer your question directly, the doctor should put “male” or “female” in the box, because those are the choices that correspond with physical reality at the time. Justin: I agree, Doug. The state should leave this alone. But I will say that it’s hard to stay on top of all the developments in the gender world. Just look at this survey that VIDA, a non-profit feminist organization, put out recently: There are 26 “sub-genders” to choose from. I didn’t even know that was a thing until I saw this. Doug: Yeah, they’re really innovative. Insane, actually. I’d say they hate themselves even more than I’m sure they hate straight white males. There are clearly many flavors of psychological aberration. Once again, it’s nothing that the politicians should get involved in. Let people put down whatever they want on their survey cards. I just feel sorry for the kids of these crazy people. It’s going to make their lives harder, but not everybody is dealt a Royal Flush at birth. On the bright side, maybe Nietzsche was right when he said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” So, here’s a kid that’s going to start playing his game of Texas Hold ‘Em of life with an unsuited 2-7. I’m sorry for him, but that’s what we call the luck of the draw. He’s going to grow up likely having to endure all kinds of harassment. A bit like what Johnny Cash sang about in “A Boy Named Sue.” Justin: But what about the child? They obviously had zero say in this. Should the government prevent people with “psychological aberrations” from doing this to children? Doug: Well, you and I may think that these people have psychological problems. But who can objectively quantify this? It would likely be left up to psychiatrists. But my experience is that psychiatry is the lowest rung of specialties on the medical ladder. They generally don’t have to know any real medicine beyond what it took to get their union card. Their cure for psychological problems is generally passing out pills, many of which are extremely dangerous. Plus, most psychiatrists are troubled people themselves. They become psychiatrists to bounce their own aberrations off of the person that’s paying them there to tell them his. They’re the last people to make this determination. We can all have our opinions on who’s crazy. But I don’t think there should be any formalized law or regulation on the topic. I don’t want the state involved in any of this stuff. You know, in Germany there are some names that you can’t give your kid. They won’t allow you to call your kid “Freedom” or “Liberty.” Those names are illegal to give your kid in Germany. Freedom isn’t much in fashion in the land of Karl Marx, National Socialism, the Stasi, Christian Democracy, Social Democracy, and what-have-you. Then again, why shouldn’t some state bureaucrat determine what I call my kid, or for that matter what the kid calls himself? God forbid the drones and proles might get the idea they could actually own themselves! Justin: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today, Doug. Doug: My pleasure. Justin’s note: Every month, Doug shares his unique insights in The Casey Report, our flagship publication. If you sign up today, you’ll get complete access to all of our archived content, including recent essays by Doug on the Greater Depression, the migrant crisis, and technology. You’ll also receive specific, actionable advice to help you protect and grow your personal financial empire. You can sign up for a risk-free trial of The Casey Report right here. 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Justin’s note: Just when I thought I’d seen it all…I recently read this story about a baby born in Canada that wasn’t designated a sex. Its birth certificate simply lists “U” under the sex category. The Gender-Free ID Coalition believes that this stands for “unspecified or unknown.”But it’s impossible to know for sure. You see, this has never happened before. It’s a “world first,” according to CNN.You see, the baby was born “outside the medical system” to a nonbinary, transgender parent…and did not undergo the traditional genital inspection after birth. Here’s why the child’s parent wanted it this way: It is up to Searyl [the child] to decide how they identify, when they are old enough to develop their own gender identity…I am not going to foreclose their choices based on an arbitrary assignment of gender at birth based on an inspection of their genitals.It’s a bizarre situation, to say the least. So I called up Doug Casey to try to make sense of it… Justin: What do you make of this, Doug? Doug: The parent in question is obviously very confused. Perhaps they’ve just been brainwashed by the wave of political correctness that’s washed over the world like a tsunami of raw sewage; if so, it’s possible they can recover. Perhaps they have the neurological wiring of one sex but the body of the other; I imagine that’s quite possible, and is nobody’s “fault.” Maybe they experienced some childhood trauma that made them hate their own sex, or gender, or whatever. Maybe any of a number of other things. In times past, someone like this would be viewed as a curiosity. They might have worked in a circus sideshow. Today they’re taken seriously. Look, almost everybody has problems, fears, inadequacies—issues—of one type or another. But if you want to succeed, you do your best trying to overcome, de-emphasize, or hide these things. You don’t go out in public and broadcast them. Why not? For the same reason a chicken with a physical peculiarity doesn’t—the rest of the flock will peck her to death. This person isn’t courageous; he’s just got less sense than a chicken. What’s worse, this person is burdening a child with their psychological aberrations—not very nice on the part of the parent. I’m a believer in nature over nurture, so the kid will likely survive and be whoever he/she or it is. But the idiot parent isn’t going to make growing up any easier for him, her, or it. Then again, I understand Facebook has designated about 48 sexual or gender identities… And people seem to live on Facebook. — Recommended Link
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In a few days, I’ll move into an even nicer apartment. And the realtor for this property is asking the same price in pesos. So, I thought I’d be paying around the same price in dollars. But I was shocked at how much more expensive it’s going to be. At first, I couldn’t figure out why. Then, the answer came to me…• The U.S. dollar has been obliterated this year… Just look at this chart… The dollar has lost 4% of its value against the peso this year. That’s why it’s suddenly much more expensive to rent an apartment in Mexico. Of course, I didn’t write this essay to get you to feel sorry for me. I wrote it because my experience illustrates just how much the dollar has weakened… and not just against the peso. • The dollar has weakened against just about every major currency this year… It’s down 5% against the euro… 5% against the Swiss franc… and 3% against the Japanese yen. If you’re an American, this is a problem. It means the money in your wallet doesn’t go as far. Unfortunately, I don’t see this trend changing course anytime soon. To understand why, look at this chart: You can see that the dollar has been in a downtrend since the start of 2017. And, as Doug Casey likes to say, a trend in motion tends to stay in motion. More importantly, the dollar just broke through major support. This suggests that it’ll likely keep falling. And I’m not the only analyst who’s turned bearish on the U.S. dollar.• 13D Research is calling for a weak dollar, too… Most people haven’t heard of 13D Research. But it’s one of the world’s best institutional research firms. They offer some of the best research money can buy. Most of this information is only available to paid subscribers. But they occasionally share insights with the public. Two weeks ago, they published an eye-opening piece on the U.S. dollar. I consider this essay required reading, so be sure to read it here. But the most important point is that 13D thinks the dollar’s in the early innings of a major downturn… This month’s price action is the beginning of the next down-leg for the dollar and we believe its bear market could last as long as seven years… In the years ahead, the appreciation in other currencies versus the USD could be far greater than anyone currently imagines. You read that right. The U.S. dollar could be stuck in this downturn until 2025. 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But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what 13D had to say: A weak dollar has tremendous implications for almost every asset class, particularly because of the huge amount of capital concentration in U.S. dollar assets and the relentless bullishness that caught so many by surprise. In short, most investors aren’t ready for a weak dollar. They own too many U.S. stocks and bonds. That’s a problem according to 13D, which sees major “excesses” in the stock market. The firm also recently warned that U.S. Treasury bonds could be “on the verge of a breakdown from a large topping-pattern.”• In short, it’s time for investors to take precautions… And that’s because the U.S. bond market is already flashing danger. Just look at this chart of the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT). This fund tracks the performance of U.S. Treasury bonds with maturities greater than 20 years. You can see TLT recently rolled over. It’s now down 4% since the start of the year.• U.S. stocks are also looking weak… Just look at this chart of the S&P 500… You can see it’s down 6% over the last four days. It’s now back to where it was at the start of the year.• Now, it’s too early to say if these drops will continue… But stocks and bonds could be in serious trouble if the dollar continues to slide. So take precautions if you haven’t already. The first thing you should do is take some chips off the table. Once you’ve done that, consider using your profits to buy physical gold. As Casey Research readers know, gold’s the ultimate safe-haven asset. It’s survived every financial crisis throughout history. Because of this, many investors take shelter in gold when stocks and bonds run into trouble. Gold’s also an inflation hedge. It tends to gain value when the dollar loses value. In short, there are many reasons to own gold right now. So consider adding some to your portfolio today.Regards, Justin Spittler Tulum, Mexico February 6, 2018 P.S. Be sure to watch this new presentation our team put together. It shows why a special group of gold stocks could soar 500%… and what you need to do today to take advantage. It all boils down to a secret strategy. And 2018 is shaping up to be the best time in history to use it… Reader Mailbag Today, a reader responds to our recent essays on the electric vehicle (EV) revolution (catch up here and here): Yes, it’s true that EVs will use a lot of copper, but that same copper will be used over and over again, since most cars and trucks get recycled. Most new cars use less copper than those of years ago due to advanced systems to control various systems in a car or truck. The taillights, for instance, had to be connected to a switch on the dashboard with fairly heavy wire to handle the current in previous days. Now there is just a single heavy wire from the lighting circuit and a much smaller signal wire that tells the various lights what to do. Another factor is the use of LEDs, which use a lot less current and hence much smaller wire. Because of the cost of copper, the auto manufacturers have been on this case for many years, and the improvements they have made are significant. My guess is that this process will continue. Some of the heavier circuits in the drive train of EVs may even use aluminum.—Don Share your thoughts on the EV revolution—and how you’re planning on profiting from this megatrend—right here.
Source:https://en.ktu.edu/news/smart-life-collar-created-by-lithuanian-scientists-will-save-lives/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 10 2018The startup company Smartmedic and a team of researchers of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania developed a smart life-collar prototype which inflates once in contact with water thus keeping the head of its wearer above the surface. Buddy, the Life-Collar can be vital for parents of young children, who are still not confident in water.Drowning is one of the most often causes of accidental death among small children (1-4 years). Around 5 thousand children drown in Europe every year. This mostly happens in lakes and rivers, and parents’ supervision is not always sufficient means of protection.Related StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear'”Our smart life-collar is working similarly like an airbag in a car. Once the sensor installed into the collar touches the water, it activates the release mechanism, which fully inflates the airbags in 3-4 secons, and they lift the wearer into the surface of the water. The head of the swimmer is kept over the water and he or she cannot drown”, says Tadas Juknius, the author of the idea.The first functioning prototype of Buddy, the Life-Collar was created by Tadas Juknius in Smartmedic company, then PhD student at KTU. Later, working together with researchers of KTU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design – Valdas Grigaliūnas and Algis Karpavičius – Juknius developed and improved the prototype.Buddy, the Life-Collar weighs approximately 120 grams, the weight of a cell phone. It is worn around the neck, and the accessory doesn’t restrict movements of a child. It is made from high-tech materials meant for long term usage. Once in water the collar inflates itself in 3 seconds, which is an optimal speed for protecting the child from injuries and being efficient in saving life.”We have introduced our prototype in international fairs, and received very positive reviews. The next stage is designing a prototype for mass production”, says Kristina Judinė, head of the company Smartmedic, which is a commercialization partner of Buddy, the Life-Collar.
Cuba slashes internet costs A woman uses her smartphone to surf the internet in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The state telecommunications company of Cuba launched on Wednesday the latest, and most extensive, of a recent series of test runs of a mobile network that would give ordinary citizens greater access to the internet than has existed before on the island. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) The state telecommunications company of Cuba launched the second, and most extensive, of two test runs of a mobile network that would give ordinary citizens greater access to the internet than has existed before on the island.Service was to be free of charge from early in the morning until midnight as the company, known by its initials as ETECSA, tested the capacity of the system, which the government had previously said would be available this year.People across Cuba said they were able to gain access, though others said they couldn’t get online or were able to do so only after repeated attempts because of an apparent flood of users.Cubans like Isbel Ortiz, a 48-year-old resident of Havana who works as a government-approved tour organizer, said she would work and check Facebook and chat with her sister in the U.S. from her phone instead of having to walk seven blocks to the nearest Wifi hotspot.”This is a good work opportunity for me,” Ortiz said.Student Marcos Marzo said he was able to get online while visiting a relative in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, using his phone to watch a Jennifer Lopez video on YouTube and chat with a friend in Costa Rica using WhatsApp. People get connected to the internet using their phones at a park in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The state telecommunications company of Cuba launched on Wednesday the latest, and most extensive, of a recent series of test runs of a mobile network that would give ordinary citizens greater access to the internet than has existed before on the island. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) People use their smartphones to surf the internet while sitting outside, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The state telecommunications company of Cuba launched on Wednesday the latest, and most extensive, of a recent series of test runs of a mobile network that would give ordinary citizens greater access to the internet than has existed before on the island. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) Explore further People use their smartphones to surf the internet while sitting outside, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The state telecommunications company of Cuba launched on Wednesday the latest, and most extensive, of a recent series of test runs of a mobile network that would give ordinary citizens greater access to the internet than has existed before on the island. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) A policeman gets connected to the internet using his phone in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The state telecommunications company of Cuba launched on Wednesday the latest, and most extensive, of a recent series of test runs of a mobile network that would give ordinary citizens greater access to the internet than has existed before on the island. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) “It was a very fluid connection with voice and video,” he said.Cuba still lags behind the rest of the Western Hemisphere in internet connectivity, a legacy of government control of technology and communications that began to be eased under former President Raul Castro.Public access to the internet in Cuba was limited to tourist hotels until 2013. The government has since authorized Wi-Fi hotspots and cybercafes. ETECSA conducted another recent system test for a shorter period. Pedestrians use their smartphones to surf the internet in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The state telecommunications company of Cuba launched on Wednesday the latest, and most extensive, of a recent series of test runs of a mobile network that would give ordinary citizens greater access to the internet than has existed before on the island. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) A woman uses her smartphone to surf the internet in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. The state telecommunications company of Cuba launched on Wednesday the latest, and most extensive, of a recent series of test runs of a mobile network that would give ordinary citizens greater access to the internet than has existed before on the island. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan) One of the world’s least-wired countries was a little more connected on Wednesday. The telecommunications company has previously said that its 5 million customers would have internet access this year but it has not announced a date. It also remains to be seen whether the network will be strong and open enough to amount to universal access, said Ted Henken, a sociologist and Cuba expert at New York University.”Cuba is still in last place in the region (in terms of connectivity), though you have to admit it has been getting better,” Henken said. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Published on Sangh Parivar groups demand ordinance for Ram temple Declining an urgent hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute case, the Supreme Court Monday fixed the politically sensitive issue for first week of January before an “appropriate bench” and left a decision on the timeline to it, sparking demands for an ordinance for construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site.The order by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi triggered a chorus of demands from within the BJP and various Sangh Parivar outfits that the Centre bring an Ordinance or legislation in the Winter session of Parliament for early construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls without waiting for the apex court verdict.However, Congress and Muslim groups wanted all stakeholders to wait for the verdict.Observing that the apex court has its “own priorities”, the CJI said the future course of hearing on multiple appeals filed against the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute will be decided by the “appropriate bench” that will be constituted. “We will fix the date of hearing of the Ayodhya dispute case before the appropriate bench in first week of January,” said the bench, which also comprised Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government and deity Ramlala respectively, sought early listing of the appeals in the case after referring to their long pendency.“We have our own priorities. Whether the matter will be heard in January, February or March, the appropriate bench will decide,” the court said after a brief hearing.As many as 14 appeals have been filed against the high court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77 acre land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.Amid the clamour for an ordinance or alternatively bringing in a legislation in the Winter session of Parliament, the Congress called for restraint and awaiting the Supreme Court verdict without linking the issue to “votebank politics”. The winter session is likely begin in the first half of December. The Centre said it had full faith in the judiciary and fully respects it.Outlining the government’s stand, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, at the same time, said a lot people in the country want the case to be heard quickly.The RSS said the Supreme Court should take an early decision on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue and that if there are any hurdles in the path of Ram temple construction at the site, the government should bring a law soon.“The Sangh believes that a Ram Temple should be constructed early at the birthplace and should get land for temple construction at the birthplace. With the construction of the temple, an atmosphere of unity and harmony will be created.“With this in view, the Supreme Court should take an early decision and if there is any difficulty, the Government should make a law to remove hurdles in the construction of the Ram temple to grant land at the Ram Janmabhoomi site,” RSS chief spokesperson Arun Kumar said in a statement. BJP’s estranged ally Shiv Sena also stressed that the Ram temple is an issue of faith and demanded that the government come out with an Ordinance soon.Opposing any ordinance, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaddudin Owaisi dared the government to take this route, saying the BJP refers to the Ram Temple again and again.“If they have the courage, they should bring an Ordinance on Ram Temple construction. They are trying to scare us about bringing an Ordinance, why don’t they bring it,” he said.Iqbal Ansari of Sunni Waqf Board, a litigant from the Muslim side, welcomed the decision of the court and said it will wait for the verdict.“The demand for making a law is a political gimmick since a political party always raises the issue of the construction of Ram Mandir in any way ahead of Lok Sabha polls,” he said in a veiled reference to the BJP.The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said whatever the Supreme Court has ordered should be honoured.Union minister and senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh said Hindus are “running out of patience” on the Ram temple issue while his party colleague Vinay Katiyar alleged that the issue was being delayed “under pressure” from the Congress, which denied the charge.“The decision is being delayed under pressure from the Congress. People like Kapil Sibal and Prashant Bhushan are pressing for delaying the issue. Till when will Ram bhakts (devotees) wait? In 2019, the Congress will come to know,” he said.Another BJP leader Sanjeev Baliyan said, “I am surprised at the priorities of the court. I am of the view that the Ram temple should be constructed. The government should explore all possibilities.” Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, however, observed that it was a familiar story every five years before the elections when the BJP tries to polarise the issue.“The Congress’s stated position is that the matter is before the Supreme Court and everyone should wait until the Supreme Court decides… We should not jump the gun,” he told reporters.The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) said Hindus cannot wait eternally for a court judgement on the Ayodhya land dispute case and asked the government to bring a law for building a Ram temple. 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