Prince Charles Attends StarStudded Garden Party For Princes Trust

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgThe Prince of Wales hosted a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace today to mark 40 years of His Royal Highness’s charity The Prince’s Trust.Dame Joan Collins and Gemma Arterton with Prince CharlesCredit/Copyright: Prince was joined by Prince’s Trust Ambassadors, including Sir Ben Kingsley, Fearne Cotton and Pixie Lott, alongside more than 5,000 of the charity’s supporters and beneficiaries. In the last 40 years, the charity has supported 825,000 young people.During the garden party Dame Joan Collins and Gemma Arterton presented His Royal Highness with a portrait of himself created from hundreds of images of people whose lives have been touched by the work of The Prince’s Trust.A digital book of memories containing messages recorded by young people and supporters of The Prince’s Trust was also presented to The Prince by Sir Ben Kingsley.Sir Ben Kingsley presents HRH with a Digital Book of MemoriesCredit/Copyright: Prince’s Trust was founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, and supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school or at risk of exclusion.Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping to develop self-esteem and skills for work.Singer Pixie Lott, who became a Trust Ambassador aged 18, said: “I just think that the work it does is amazing, giving young people a chance is so good. I’ve met some amazing people today, it’s lovely to hear their stories and how much more confidence they have from working with the Trust, and the way they’ve turned their lives around.” read more

How The Villanova And Duke Losses Shook The Bracket

Posted On Sep 29 2019 by

Some madness finally came to the 2017 men’s NCAA Tournament over the weekend, as overall No. 1 seed Villanova and No. 2 seeds Duke and Louisville fell. In the video above, FiveThirtyEight sports editor Chadwick Matlin looks at how the surprising wins by Wisconsin, South Carolina and Michigan affected the rest of the field.

Torrence satisfied with choice to play football

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Few can say that they’ve accomplished their lifelong dream as early as college, but Ohio State cornerback Devon Torrence can. “I pretty much always knew I wanted to be here (at OSU),” Torrence said. “I didn’t take any official visits anywhere else, man. This was the only school I wanted to go to. I waited on a scholarship here. It was just a dream come true.” Torrence and his fellow senior teammates are looking to cap their college football careers by winning the National Championship. Anything less for this talented team filled with experience would be a letdown, for players and OSU fans alike. The Canton, Ohio, native grew up wanting to become a Buckeye and now he’s on the “Silver Bullet” defensive unit, which is largely considered one of the best in the country. As a freshman, Torrence was on the team when the Buckeyes lost to Louisiana State in the 2008 National Title game at the Superdome. Losing the game was tough, Torrence said, but it helped build the bond between him and his fellow seniors. “When you get a team that’s like that, that’s lost some and had some success, it creates that perfect gel of that team that’s hungry and just wants to get out there and win and fight for each other every snap,” he said. Senior linebacker Brian Rolle talked about the importance of having a good relationship with teammates and what Torrence means to the Buckeyes’ defense. “Me and Devon, it’s like big brother, little brother sometimes,” Rolle said. “We’re always picking on each other and talking trash to each other. We talk trash just knowing we want each other to get better. We study each other all the time. Me and him, it’s a great relationship.” Chimdi Chekwa plays cornerback opposite of Torrence and has helped improve his game. Torrence said their relationship also hits on the brotherhood theme. “Chim is just like a big brother,” Torrence said. “He helps me out with little things that can help with my game. He’s really smart and pays attention to a lot of detail. I consider myself a very raw athlete at the position. He’s a lot more seasoned than I am, I would say, with some stuff. A lot of times I rely on my athleticism to get me through. But he’ll break something down and give me a different perspective and put me into position to make a lot more plays.” After losing the National Championship game in New Orleans, OSU suffered a heart-breaking, last-second loss to Texas in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, which marked the program’s third-consecutive postseason defeat. Last season, in the starting lineup for the first time, Torrence and the Buckeyes came back to win the Rose Bowl — a memory forever ingrained in his mind, and his favorite since becoming a Buckeye. “People say that we were young that year. It was my first year out there (starting),” he said. “We had a great time out in California and it’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life — just winning that game out there and having a blast.” Rolle, known for playing with “swagger,” said that Torrence has plenty of his own and he’s always pressing his teammates to improve. “Playing with him is great because Devon, he’s a guy, I would say, probably has more swagger than I do,” Rolle said. “He’s always like ‘let’s go man, we got to get better today.’ We went through walk-throughs today and he came up to me and said, ‘You gonna get better today?’ He’s always pushing himself and always pushing others to get better.” Football wasn’t Torrence’s only passion. He was drafted in the 16th round of Major League Baseball’s amateur entry by the Houston Astros and played two summers of rookie ball for the Greeneville Astros in Tennessee. He didn’t quite have the same success as an outfielder as he did with a helmet and shoulder pads. The athletic speedster hit .149 and .151 in 64 games over two seasons for Greeneville. Baseball and football are vastly different sports, which require different mindsets. Torrence mentioned how difficult it was to bounce back from mistakes or bad games in football because there is a week between games to dwell on them. In baseball, there’s usually a game the next day to help forget about mistakes. “I think that was probably the biggest adjustment for me to realize, was my mind-frame around that. I can’t give up any plays around here and, if I do, I got to forget about them right away,” Torrence said. “In baseball you have the next day to go 3-4, a double and a home run, and make a diving catch in the outfield. You can 0-3 the next day and come back and go 3-3 the next, so I think that was probably the biggest challenge for me.” Torrence said it was difficult to be a two-sport athlete. The situation was trying because he played baseball during the summer, when his teammates on the football team would be preparing for the season. Getting a late start on football was a tough adjustment to make. “I was in a different world, I would say. I wasn’t in the same situation that a lot of people were in here. My situation was very different from all types of angles,” he said. Eventually, he caught up to speed with his teammates. The relationships he’s created with them are important to him. Torrence said he’s made numerous bonds that he plans to maintain. “Those guys will be my best friends for the rest of my life. (Jermale Hines) and (Chekwa), I can rely on those guys for anything I need, or anything they need they can count on me to be there — (It’s) the same with (Cameron Heyward) and those guys. We kid and joke around all the time with each other, but I know that if I was ever in a serious situation and I needed anything really bad, that those guys would have my back,” he said. “I’m just glad that I was fortunate to come here and develop the relationships with those guys for the future.” read more

Womens soccer 12 loss to Illinois

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Ian Wright shares his views about Pogba

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgFormer Arsenal star Ian Wright has suggested that Paul Pogba’s World Cup triumph could be affecting his attitude at Manchester United.Pogba, 26, played a pivotal role in Les Bleus World Cup glory emerging as one of the tournament’s finest players.However, since returning to Old Trafford his performances have somewhat dwindled yet again.“He’s a great player, and he’s a World Cup winner,” he explained on Sky Sports’ The Debate.“He has come back and has proven that he is that guy.“But if Paul Pogba left in January, and we looked back at his Premier League CV, would you say he has been brilliant here? He still has a lot to prove!“I think he’s fantastic, that picture of him dabbing with the World Cup is brilliant, it’s going to be iconic, but at the same time, in the Premier League, he hasn’t done it properly, consistently enough yet.“Coming back with a World Cup medal has given him a false sense of security, in thinking that: ‘I’m bigger than this now.’We need to see more from him and what he’s capable of doing.”last_img read more

City Of Soldotna To Hold Public Hearing On FY20 Budget

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgGeneral Fund $10,606,500Utility Fund 2,179,393Airport Fund 203,267Equipment Replacement Fund 218,000Debt Service Fund 211,752Total: $13,418,912 According to budget documents, the following sums of money are hereby appropriated for the operations of the City of Soldotna for the fiscal year commencing on July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020, to be expended consistent with and subject to the restrictions, procedures, and purposes setforth in the City of Soldotna Municipal Code: The total projected expenditures by the City of Soldotna is $13,418,912, which is an increase of $746,203, or 6%, from the previous year. According to budget documents this is primarily due to an increase in General Fund Revenue. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council introduced an ordinance outlining the  cities budget for the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1 at their meeting on Wednesday. There will be a public hearing on June 26.last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests Issue 1 Summons

Posted On Sep 11 2019 by

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summons between April 13, 2018 and April 19, 2018:Friday, April 13Thomas J. Mustone (40, Stoneham) — Warrants (Arrest)Saturday, April 14Kristian Xherimeja (18, Saugas) — Warrant; Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License; and No or Inspired Inspection Sticker (Arrest)Sunday, April 15Jason Pereira (27, Wilmington) — OUI Liquor and Marked Lanes Violation (Arrest)Monday, April 16NoneTuesday, April 17NoneWednesday, April 18NoneThursday, April 19Nicole M. Purcell (45, Salem) — Warrant (Arrest)Kimberly Ann Sterczala (38, North Reading) — Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Suspended or Revoked License and Failure TO Stop/Yield (Summons)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Did You Know

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_img Did you know…?There is a difference between extra benefits and preferential treatment. The provision of extra benefits involve institutional staff members or boosters and is not generally available to all students. Preferential treatment occurs when institution does not have knowledge of the treatment, benefit or services being provided but is given because of the individuals athletics reputation, skill or pay-back potential.See Bylaws and 16.02.3 below for more information. Preferential Treatment, Benefits or Services. Preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual’s athletics reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a professional athlete, unless such treatment, benefits or services are specifically permitted under NCAA legislation. [R] (Revised: 1/11/94, 1/14/08)16.02.3 Extra Benefit. [A] An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete family member or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their family members or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution’s students or their family members or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., international students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. (Revised: 1/10/91, 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13)Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

UK study Calls place modest fifth in phone time use

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_img( — Remember when a phone used to be a phone? Not a camera, restaurant finder, music player, social networking check-in, or mini game diversion? A new survey makes it official. Engaging in phone calls has fallen down into the Etcetera of features use category. According to a study of 2,000 smartphone users, the time spent talking on phone is just 12 minutes a day, out of the two hours a day spent using the phones. According to O2’s “All About You” report from the UK, just browsing the Internet is the most frequent activity on smartphones, accounting for 25 minutes a day. Checking and updating social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter consume 17 minutes against the frailer 12 minutes to talk in a phone call. Press release More information: Young, affluent snap up smartphones © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further Among the usage and time breakdowns featured in the report: Smartphone users browsing the Internet (25 minutes a day), social networking (17 minutes), listening to music (16 minutes), playing games (13 minutes), and e-mail (11 minutes). Other activities that the survey timed were reading books, watching videos, and taking pictures, all for a total of 128 minutes.The “All About You” report announced Friday from mobile provider O2, which is the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited, was commissioned by O2 to mark the launch of the Samsung Galaxy SIII.David Johnson, General Manager Devices for O2 in the UK, said, “Smartphones are now being used like a digital ‘Swiss Army Knife’ replacing possessions like watches, cameras, books and even laptops.” He said the phone now plays a far greater role in all aspects of daily life. More than half, 54 percent, are using their phones instead of alarm clocks; 46 percent have stopped wearing a watch in favor of the smart phone; 39% percent have switched from using a standalone camera to using the smartphone; and more than a quarter use their phone instead of a laptop.The findings conveniently prop the new Samsung Galaxy SIII, which is rich in “next generation” functions. The phone provides S Voice,’ described as an advanced natural language user interface, to listen and respond to the user’s words, and carries eye-tracking such that the screen remains bright if the user is looking at it.While the survey findings of how the smartphone is used may not surprise most people, there are a few points of interest in the study as to how much more far-reaching the Swizz Army Knife of mobile devices may become, notwithstanding the expected leveling off of smartphone sales. One in twenty smartphone users have switched to use their phone in place of a TV (six percent) or reading physical books (six percent). Citation: UK study: Calls place modest fifth in phone time use (2012, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Give your eyes a homemade touch

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgKohl or kajal is the basic thing required to highlight eyes. But how about giving it a personal touch? Here’s how to make kajal sitting at home.Take a lamp and fill it with oil or ghee.  Keep aside a teaspoon of it.Make a wick with cotton, soak in ghee and place it in the lamp. Light the wick.Place blocks on either side of the lamp and ensure there is no breeze. Keep a silver plate upside down over the lamp, resting between the supports. Place the plate about half an inch above the lamp with the flame tip touching the plate.Let the lamp burn overnight to collect the soot on the inside of the plate.Remove the plate after the flame is extinguished. Scrape the thick coating of carbon, black powdery residue collected on the cover. Cool and add ghee drop by drop to make the soot smooth.Store in the refrigerator for two hours. You can store at room temperature thereafter. Since homemade kajal is very dark so apply it overnight and wash face in the morning or after bath. The remaining kajal leaves a beautiful and natural tint on your eyes.last_img read more

Sri Lankan Muslim party joins opposition

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgSri Lanka’s main Muslim party, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Sunday joined the opposition to oppose Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid to win a third term.SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem announced his resignation as justice minister in the Rajapaksa government, Xinhua reported. “I have sent my resignation to the president,” he told the media.The SLMC decision to back opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena followed several rounds of discussions.Relations between the government and the Muslim community, which makes up about 10 percent of Sri Lanka’s 20.4 million population, have been tense due to hardline Buddhist groups.Hakeem accused these groups of inciting communal violence in the southern towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala that left two people dead. The SLMC is the second Muslim party to join the opposition after Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and his All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) crossed over last week.last_img read more

MehrunNissa inspired from the Mughals

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgAshima-Leena, known and recognised for their unique style, reflect the ancient traditions of Indian craftsmanship in a contemporary vocabulary. Ashima-Leena are proud to unveil their bridal/couture collection 2016, ‘Mehr-un-Nissa’ – a visual portrayal encapsulating the dichotomous flavours of Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s most beloved Queen. Dripping in diamonds and pearls, an artful visionary, Mehr-un-Nissa proved to be a beacon of femininity and modernity. Similar to an intricate tapestry wound together by golden silks, this whimsical soul was forged not only by classic values and a penchant for the arts, but also by social responsibility and an unbridled will. She transcended societal norms at the time, reveling in traditional roles and forms of study, as well as taking unprecedented interest in political and court affairs. Multi-faceted as she was, Mehr-un-Nissa, proved to be the epitome of a modern Maharani, strong willed and dedicated but doused in softness and femininity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAntique textile crafting weaves a narrative of juxtaposition, a tale that captures the refreshing youth of Mehr-un-Nissa’s spirit without forsaking richness and regality; richly adorned brocades are used in subtle shades – pastels and shimmering hues of gold are abound, contrasted with royal odhnis of unfettered colour akin to fuchsia, peacock green, and midnight blue. Adding dimension to what is reminiscent of Mughal rule, paisleys and florals are punctuated with modern streaks of pattern and vivid colour – antique textile crafting entwining stand-alone aesthetics to produce an air of innovative intricacy. The same technique transposes heavy and superfluous embroidery, lending buoyancy and royalty to traditionalism, a modern brush of beautiful detail. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMehr-un-Nissa’s spirit resonates not only with luxury and grandiose design, but also with a quirky and boundary-breaking flair of style. During a period when the Mughal Empire was at the very peak of its power and glory, she dared to challenge what was expected of her, all the while unafraid to exhibit womanly charm. Similarly, Ashima-Leena endeavours to recreate a sense of Mughal royalty without relying upon redundant elements; class and innovation are the two ideals laced together to create a couture/bridal collection that exemplifies the lavishness of the time. Without forsaking vivacity, Ashima-Leena’s bridal/couture collection 2016 is translated through a classic aesthetic and tailored to a woman who is both charismatic and influential – a modern depiction of Mehr-un-Nissa, today’s modern Maharani. Prominence on textile, attention to detail, fabric development and complex grand embroideries are the trademarks of the ingenuity of the brand.last_img read more

Infant gets lost at Central Metro Station recovered from another

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: An officer of Railway Protection Force (RPF) rescued a six-year-old boy who had gone missing at Central Metro Station and handed him over to his parents.According to a Press communiqué, it was on Tuesday when the boy got separated from his parents at Central Metro Station. The matter was immediately reported to the security control and subsequent steps were taken by the RPF to find out the boy. He was later found at Maidan Metro Station. The RPF personnel took the boy to the station master’s office at Maidan Metro Station. The station master of Maidan Metro Station passed the information to his counterpart at Central Metro Station. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt was at around 5.45 pm, the boy’s father reached the station master’s office at Maidan Police Station. He identified the child. After proper verification and completion of necessary formalities, the child was handed over to his father. He thanked the Metro authorities for helping to get back his boy. In another incident on the same day, a woman had lost her bag containing some cash and a few documents in a train at Mahatma Gandhi Road Station. Security personnel found the bag. A phone number was found inside the bag. The woman was contacted on the phone number. The woman came to the station master’s office and got back her bag after all necessary formalities.last_img read more

Costa Rica plantation workers sue 3 banana companies over pesticide use

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgNo related posts. More than 1,000 banana plantation workers from Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama are suing Dow Chemical Co., Dole Food Co. and Fresh Del Monte Produce over alleged injuries from pesticide use, Bloomberg reported on Monday.The chemical dibromochloropropane (DBCP) was used until 1977 on banana plantations all over the world. It has been linked to a series of health problems, Bloomberg noted, including sterility, miscarriages, birth defects, cancer and kidney damage, among others. The Bloomberg report cited eight separate complaints filed since May 31 in a federal court in the U.S. state of Delaware.The pesticide, banned in the U.S. in 1979, was used to eliminate invasive worms, but workers wore no protective clothing and were not aware of the health risks, plaintiffs argue.Bloomberg noted that more than 16,000 Latin American workers have sued in U.S. courts over the chemical’s use in the past two decades, but judges dismissed most cases, saying that workers should sue in their home countries’ courts. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Slagh tapped to vice chair two budget subcommittees

Posted On Aug 9 2019 by

first_img Categories: News,Slagh News 18Jan Slagh tapped to vice chair two budget subcommittees Legislator will vice chair Appropriations Subcommittees on Corrections and Joint Capital OutlayState Rep. Bradley Slagh has been named as vice chair of two state budget subcommittees by House Speaker Lee Chatfield for the current legislative session.Slagh, of Zeeland, will vice chair the subcommittees on Corrections, and Joint Capital Outlay as well as serving on the subcommittees on Higher Education and Community Colleges, and Natural Resources and Environmental Quality.“It’s a great honor to be selected to participate in our state’s budget deliberations,” Slagh said. “There must be value in each and every dollar spent by the state, as the revenue we use represents a sacrifice made by hard-working taxpayers across our state. I intend to keep that in mind with every decision we make.”The first-term lawmaker, who represents the people of Ottawa County, spent 18 years in the financial services industry, 5 years as Zeeland Township Supervisor and 11 years as Ottawa County Treasurer.“It’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Ottawa County for so many years, and I will continue to uphold our values in this new role on our state’s budget committee,” Slagh said.The representative’s office can be reached at (517) 373-0830 or read more

A disabled lawyer has launched a groundbreaking l

Posted On Jul 31 2019 by

first_imgA disabled lawyer has launched a ground-breaking legal case against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over his claim that it deliberately discriminated against him in rejecting his claim for disability benefits.Daniel Donaldson (pictured), founder of the Scottish social enterprise law firm Legal Spark, believes DWP has chosen to discriminate against him and other people with mental health conditions in the way it has dealt with their personal independence payment (PIP) claims.He says DWP disregarded the evidence relating to his mental health – and focused instead on other impairments – and made no attempt to seek medical evidence about his mental health from his GP, while his assessor lied about his medication.He believes, like many other disabled campaigners, that the system uses people without the right training and qualifications to assess PIP claims.He said: “The DWP refused to accept anything from me, and thereafter I had to appeal and wait. “In the meantime, debt, frustration and stress ensued. My health deteriorated – they actually made it worse.”He believes that people with unseen impairments, such as mental health conditions, have been “left playing second fiddle” in the PIP claims process.Donaldson points to the recent legal case in which the high court found that regulations that came into force last year were “blatantly discriminatory” because they meant that people who were unable to plan or undertake a journey due to overwhelming psychological distress would receive fewer qualifying points when assessed for PIP.DWP later decided not to appeal against that court decision.Donaldson said he hoped that other PIP claimants in Scotland, and across England and Wales, will follow his lead and take legal action if he is successful, which he believes “would make DWP think twice before playing a discrimination game”.He had been receiving PIP from 2013 until it was removed following a reassessment in November 2016.It was only reinstated last October, after he took his appeal to the social security tribunal.It was, he said, a “year of hell”, in which he fell into debt and struggled to maintain his independence.His case will be heard by Glasgow Sheriff Court, and he is seeking nearly £5,000 in damages, to cover bank charges, the removal of his bus pass, and £4,000 in compensation for the discrimination.Donaldson is also taking legal action under the Equality Act against the Scottish government, because it failed to take on responsibility for PIP from DWP when it had the powers to do so from 2016.Although the Scottish parliament last week approved legislation to set up a new social security system for Scotland – which will include the delivery of PIP and other benefits – Donaldson says it should have done this sooner.He said: “The Scottish government must take urgent action to stop the discrimination in the administration of PIP.“To ignore the problem and place the blame elsewhere is totally unacceptable.”Donaldson also argues that the Scottish government should have altered the eligibility for free bus passes to ensure that claimants could continue to use them while appealing against losing their PIP.A DWP spokeswoman said: “We cannot comment on this individual case as the legal action is ongoing.“We’re absolutely committed to ensuring that disabled people and people with health conditions get the right support they need, and we want every person to feel they are treated fairly, with respect and dignity.“Everyone has the right to appeal a decision if they are unhappy and additional information can be provided to support a claim.”A Scottish government spokesman said: “We have repeatedly called on the UK government to halt the roll-out of PIP in Scotland, most recently following the report of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which called for a review of PIP due to the damage it is causing people.“When the Scottish government begin delivery of disability benefits, we have categorically ruled out requiring anyone to undergo a disability benefit assessment by the private sector.“We will also listen to the independent disability and carers benefits expert advisory group and our experience panels to ensure our system is fairer.“We want to remove unnecessary barriers to those entitled to make a claim and reduce the amount of face-to-face assessments carried out.”He had not commented on the bus pass issue by noon today (Thursday).Donaldson said the UK government had created “a hostile and degrading environment for disabled people” by “using public policy to strip people of their statutory entitlement to benefits”, including PIP and employment and support allowance (ESA).He said: “The ESA payments are a lifeline for disabled people who cannot work or cannot find suitable work.“PIP is there to support disabled people who require financial support to maintain their independence. They are statutory entitlements.”He said the only way the government can avoid paying “this essential support is by denying all the evidence that is put before them”.He added: “This is why the majority of cases are overturned on appeal at the social security tribunal.“There is no place for disability discrimination in the provision of public services, and it is important that both the UK and Scottish governments are reminded of that.”last_img read more

2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines You Need to Know

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Consumers arent as Inspired as Marketers About GDPR Principles and Data Privacy

Posted On Jul 24 2019 by

first_img Consumer Awarenessdata privacyGDPRGDPR Principlesmobile marketingNewsOgury Previous ArticleMulti-Touch Attribution Is Dead: Measured Launches Cross-Channel Incrementality Measurement for MarketersNext ArticleMarketing and Ops: Leveraging A Brands Most Powerful Duo Consumers aren’t as Inspired as Marketers About GDPR Principles and Data Privacy Laws Sudipto GhoshMay 23, 2019, 6:30 pmMay 23, 2019 GDPR One Year On: Latest Survey Shows Consumer Awareness around Data Use is Very Low about GDPR Principles Marketing teams may have managed to surf the turf with EU’s GDPR Principles in the first year. As we inch toward the first GDPR anniversary, market analysts and Data Privacy trend watchers are constantly churning data on GDPR impact. They provide insights on how GDPR transformed the data industry globally -for businesses and for consumers. In an interesting data research on GDPR Principles, Ogury found that less than 10% (only 8%) of consumers globally feel they have a better understanding of how companies use their data since GDPR’s introduction.Ogury also found these interesting trend on what consumers truly understand about GDPR compliance.52% of consumers globally still don’t understand how their data is used after reading consent forms and privacy policies.When given a clear and fair choice about which data to share and to what purpose, 7 out of 10 consumers globally choose to share their data rather than paying to access content.In addition, roughly half of consumers (52% globally) answered that they still do not understand how their data is used. This, despite acknowledging they have read Data Privacy Policy at various websites. This was even higher in countries where GDPR has been implemented for one year, where 58% of respondents from European countries do not understand how companies use their data.Ogury conducted a survey of 287,571 consumers, examining attitudes towards mobile marketing, advertising and data use.Coinciding with the first anniversary of GDPR, the survey is the largest of its kind to date. Its findings reveal that consumers are still mostly in the dark when it comes to how their data is collected, stored and used.Data Ecosystem Privacy Has Reached a New Level of MaturityIn a recent blog, LoopMe’s Stephen Upstone wrote, “We need to be honest with ourselves: the race to become GDPR compliant before the deadline was no easy task. AdTech providers were planning several years ahead of time – and even last minute we had clients coming to us with lots of questions.”Co-Founder and CEO of Ogury, Thomas Pasquet, commented, “GDPR has not been taken seriously enough by organizations. These might be disheartening numbers for lawmakers and regulators, who will have no doubt hoped for a far greater level of understanding from the very consumers that GDPR is designed to protect. But, marketers should similarly take heed of this admission by users that the message is not getting through in sufficient numbers.”How does GDPR impact US Consumers?According to another report by nCipher,  Personal Data Privacy Is Hot-Button Issue in America, Where Distrust Runs High! Yes, GDPR Principles in the US data market is a very tough challenge for Marketing teams. The nCipher survey data indicates that protecting personal information has become of paramount importance for many Americans. More than half (52%) of Americans said data privacy is important to them. Forty-one percent said protecting their personal information is their top concern.“Thirty-two percent said safeguarding their personal data is as important to them as their own physical protection. Six percent said only protecting their family is more important than protecting their personal data.” – nCipher SurveyWhy?Only 4% of the respondents trust organizations to do what they say they’ll do when it comes to not sharing their personal data28% said nothing makes them trust that their personal data will not be shared61% of Americans are not OK with some organizations sharing their private dataGDPR Awareness Shockingly Low; But, Are Organizations Still Failing Consumers?Consumers are yet to fully understand how GDPR Fines and GDPR Principles protect their interest from data-preying companies.The study’s findings indicate that businesses have not properly instituted a requirement for explicit and informed user consent for data collection and usage. 78% of users globally don’t read consent notices in their entirety.When asked whether they felt their understanding of how companies used their data had improved since GDPR came into effect, the majority of respondents answered “No”. What’s more, consumer awareness of GDPR itself is still low. In the UK, 59% of respondents said their understanding was no better than before the law came into effect, while a further 29% said that they didn’t even know what GDPR was. Amongst the European countries surveyed, an average of 39% of respondents were unaware of GDPR.Thomas added, “Businesses need to deeply understand what GDPR is and in turn educate consumers around the importance of data sharing; this level of consumer education will become increasingly important across the globe. We are already seeing this level of education begin to happen in the US as we prepare for the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.”The Importance of Explicit User Consent Elie Kanaan, Ogury’s CMO, said, “The industry desperately needs to earn back consumers’ trust, by granting them a clear and fair choice and gaining their explicit consent. That means consent notices must be in plain words, published in plain sight.” He continued, “There is an opportunity to simultaneously alleviate consumer privacy concerns and increase mobile engagement – by committing to explicit, informed, and unambiguous user choice; from opting-in to customized marketing, to exercising their right to be forgotten. Unfortunately, over the past year, companies have failed to take GDPR seriously, which means there is a chance that the industry will be led to more privacy scandals and concerns in the near future.”GDPR News and Insights: OneTrust Launches Policy and Notice Management Solution to Centrally Manage and Update GDPR and CCPA Privacy Policies & DisclosuresConsumers Don’t Care About Legislations; They Care About Clarity and Fairness of ChoiceThe survey also revealed that, when given an explicit choice, 71% of respondents globally would be prepared to share data from their mobile apps and website usage as well as contact details as an alternative to paying for access to apps and online content.With regards to user choice, Kanaan, added, “The fact that 71% of mobile users globally would share their data if they know exactly what data is being collected and how it will be used, tells us clearly that consumers are willing to contribute to preserve a free internet as long as the exchange is fair and respected. It also confirms the market assumptions that drove the design of Ogury Consent Manager with Fair Choice. This product introduces three clear and fair options: accept anonymous data to be collected and used to receive customized marketing; Opt-out from sharing data and therefore receive irrelevant ads; Or pay a fair price in exchange for a marketing-free and data collection-free environment.”This survey points to the fact that it is time for a transformation globally around how advertising and marketing is done today. If businesses do not begin to take GDPR seriously, they risk major consequences through various sanctions that will be detrimental for companies not operating under the law as it stands.How to Win with GDPR and Consumer Sentiments?Businesses should enable Marketing and Sales teams to fully understand GDPR Compliance at a granular level. Employees should implement GDPR principles in their interaction with various online and mobile touchpoints. A move towards consented data sharing and advertising creates a safer environment for consumers and brands, restoring trust and integrity to the industry, and helping to create a more mature and respectful internet.To participate in our GDPR pieces, drops us a line at news@martechseries.comlast_img read more

Human sperm retains its complete viability within different gravitational conditions

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first_imgRadiation impairs the quality and viability of human sperm, and these effects are expected to be greater on fresh sperm than on frozen samples, which are cryopreserved in special cryostraws and transported in cryotanks. So our first step was to investigate gravity conditions and frozen sperm samples. Our best option will be to perform the experiment using real spaceflight, but access is very limited.”Dr Montserrat Boada from Dexeus Women’s Health in Barcelona Source:European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019Zillionaires like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who see the ‘colonization’ of space as an answer to the Earth’s ever threatened resources will be reassured to learn that human sperm retains its complete viability within the different gravitational conditions found in outer space.In a study reported today at the 35th Annual Meeting of ESHRE investigators said that the lack of difference in a range of sperm characteristics observed in frozen sperm samples exposed to microgravity and those maintained in ground conditions ‘open the possibility of safely transporting male gametes to space and considering the possibility of creating a human sperm bank outside Earth’.The results are presented here in Vienna by Dr Montserrat Boada from Dexeus Women’s Health in Barcelona, whose group worked with microgravity engineers from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona. The Aeroclub Barcelona-Sabadell of Spain was responsible for the parabolic flights to create microgravity conditions.As background to the study, Dr Boada explained that, while the effects of microgravity on the cardiovascular, musculo-skeletal and central nervous systems are well known and tested in space flight, relatively little is known about the effects of different gravitational environments on human sperm and eggs. ‘Some studies suggest a significant decrease in the motility of human fresh sperm samples,’ said Dr Boada, ‘but nothing has been reported on the possible effects of gravitational differences on frozen human gametes, in which state they would be transported from Earth to space.’The study was performed using a small aerobatic training aircraft (CAP10), which can provide short-duration hypogravity exposure. The plane executed a series of 20 parabolic maneuvers, providing 8 seconds of microgravity for each parabola. Overall, ten sperm samples obtained from ten healthy donors were analyzed after exposure to the different microgravities found in space and ground gravity.Related StoriesResearchers identify chemical compounds that increase stability of haploid cellStudy explores factors that impact fertility preservation decisions in transgender youthLong-term cryopreservation of semen does not affect future clinical outcomesThe sperm analysis comprised a full range of measurements currently performed for fertility testing – concentration, motility, vitality, morphology and DNA fragmentation – and results found no difference whatsoever in any of the parameters between the microgravity space samples and the control group samples from Earth. Indeed, said Dr Boada, there was 100% concordance in DNA fragmentation rate and vitality, and 90% concordance in sperm concentration and motility. These minor differences, she added, ‘were more probably related to heterogeneity of the sperm sample than to the effect of exposure to different gravity conditions’.Dr Boada described this as a preliminary study and her group will now move on to validate the results and then to larger sperm samples, longer periods of microgravity and even fresh sperm. ‘But we do need to know,’ she added. ‘If the number of space missions increases in the coming years, and are of longer duration, it is important to study the effects of long-term human exposure to space in order to face them. It’s not unreasonable to start thinking about the possibility of reproduction beyond the Earth.’Dr Boada noted that one reason for using frozen sperm in this study was the known effect of radiation on fresh sperm.last_img read more

What an MIT professor learned analyzing 1 million credit card offers

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first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Retirement investment fund conflicts cost Americans Credit: MIT Sloan School of Management Shopping for a new credit card? MIT Sloan finance professor Antoinette Schoar has some advice: Read the fine print, or at least the Schumer box. And double-check that your financial adviser is looking out for your well-being.center_img Provided by MIT Sloan School of Management Why investing in analytic infrastructure is important to your work”Intellectually and from a science perspective, I’ve always been really interested in understanding how people’s psychology and behavior influence all the decisions and choices they make, and it’s very exciting in economics and finance nowadays that we’re trying to model the human decisions much more realistically and much more holistically than ever before. And the big data that we have now that gives us so many dimensions of what people do also allows us to do that.”Right now there’s a huge rat race going on that all financial service companies, and companies in general, are now really trying to catch up in building internal teams, in building this analytic capability, to mine the data and to compete on all these dimensions.”I think on the one hand it actually means that products will be more and more tailored to our needs, which is a good thing, right?”Data that matters “What we seemed to find in our study is that the [credit card] offers that are offered to less educated people rely in their pricing much more on these additional fees. Late fees, over limit fees, maybe default APRs that switch on once you’ve had a default. While people that are more educated, their cards seem to rely much more on the quite straightforward features, like they are paying an annual fee, and they’re paying an interest rate, but they are relying much less on these late fees and over limit fees.”We did differentiate or compare financial advisers who are what is called fiduciary standard advisers, so they are abiding by a fiduciary standards rule that means they have to put their client’s interest first. And we compared those to advisers who are actually just brokers. And brokers in the U.S. only have to abide by a rule that forces them to not defraud the customer, but that’s a very low bar if you think about it, right? And so we actually found that the fiduciary standard advisers were giving better advice than the brokers.”What should you focus on in the future?”The more companies can model our behavioral biases, the more they can use them in extracting rents from us or catching us in moments when we’re inattentive or when we are not necessarily focused enough on choosing the right credit card, the right mortgage, or any of these products.” Citation: What an MIT professor learned analyzing 1 million credit card offers (2018, August 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more