Leicester ready for big party

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Leicester’s players are getting ready for another big party – and this time the fans are invited.Images of the Leicester squad celebrating its unlikely Premier League title triumph in Jamie Vardy’s house on Monday night were posted on social media and went global. Wes Morgan, Leicester’s captain, was filmed being spun around the kitchen floor while jubilant teammates danced around him, savouring one of the greatest-ever sporting stories.On Saturday, Morgan will have the honour of lifting the Premier League trophy in front of more than 30,000 fans at Leicester’s atmospheric King Power Stadium. Add Morgan’s name to the likes of Manchester United’s Roy Keane, Arsenal’s Tony Adams and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, some of the other inspirational captains to have got their hands on English football’s biggest prize.FEEL-GOOD TALESThe Leicester story is rich with feel-good tales, notably Vardy’s rise from playing non-league football to being English champions in the space of five years. Morgan’s backstory is also one to gladden the heart, too.The 32-year-old centre back was released by Notts County as a youngster and also had to start again in the non-leagues. He got another chance in the professional ranks, this time with Nottingham Forest in 2001, but was overweight and was worked extra hard by the club’s fitness staff.He became a mainstay of Forest’s team for a decade before moving to Leicester in 2012, and only got his first taste of top-flight football at the age of 30. He was error-prone in the early stages of last season but is now a commanding presence in the defence alongside fellow centre back Robert Huth.Leicester will be presented with the trophy after tomorrow’s match against Everton, which will be as much a celebration as a game of football.”I’m just going to try and hold back the tears,” Morgan said. “I think it’s going to be very emotional. It’s the biggest moment of my life. I can’t wait to lift the trophy and get my hands on it.”There’s another treat for Leicester fans tomorrow: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing before the game, honouring a commitment he gave to Ranieri in a conversation six weeks ago if Leicester went on to win the Premier League.Leicester, 5,000-1 long shots for the title at the start of the season, have achieved the unthinkable with two games still to play. For many other teams in the Premier League, there’s still plenty at stake.RACE FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUELeicester and second-place Tottenham are already guaranteed to be playing in the Champions League next season. There is a massive scrap behind them for the other two berths in Europe’s top club competition, and some big teams are going to miss out.Arsenal and Manchester City currently occupy third and fourth place, and they meet at City’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday. A loss for City could leave the team in danger of being caught by Manchester United and West Ham, who are fifth and sixth, respectively and have games in hand on Arsenal and City.last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Premier League striker Jason Euell to talk about the scrap for survival in the Premier League – the former Charlton, Wimbledon and Blackpool striker tips Newcastle United for the drop having confirmed that John Carver will stay on as manager. The Magpies take on West Brom this weekend.The former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke is predicting that Chelsea will ‘throw caution to the wind’ against Liverpool now they’ve been confirmed as Champions – and says that Brendan Rodgers is the right man for Liverpool.Elsewhere, talkSPORT Sports Breakfast presenter and former Ipswich & Manchester United striker Alan Brazil picks his ‘three to watch’ and Martin Devlin from Radio Sport New Zealand plays the predictor game ‘Tom Against The World’.last_img read more

No takers for Taarabt

first_imgChelsea have reportedly been told they can land Brazillian superstar Kaka for a cut-price £22m.QPR await offers for Taarabt. Again.The Daily Star say Real Madrid are ready to sell the midfielder and that his move to Stamford Bridge could be partly funded by the sale of Florent Malouda to Russian club Anzhi for £6m.Metro say Serbia winger Milos Krasic has emerged as Chelsea’s top attacking transfer target after being told he has no future at Juventus.Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror suggest Fulham are leading the race to sign Chris Gunter from Nottingham Forest.Blackburn and Norwich are also believed to be interested in buying the Wales defender.A transfer window wouldn’t be a transfer window without Adel Taarabt being linked with a host of top clubs only for not a single bid to materialise.And the Daily Mail say QPR are struggling to drum up serious interest in the Moroccan, who was said to be close to a move to Paris St Germain.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

A Day of Passivhaus Immersion in New York City

first_imgAlthough the idea does have a certain appeal, for most of us it would be impractical to tour all of the approximately 40 completed or in-progress Passivhaus projects in New York. But a one-day symposium focused on a selection of these projects would be easily manageable and, it turns out, is already on the calendar.On Saturday, June 23, New York Passive House, a nonprofit based in New York City, will play host to the 2012 Passive House Symposium – a detailed look at nine retrofit projects and nine new-building projects. While some of these projects are in the city (a hotbed of Passivhaus retrofit activity), the locations of others range from Long Island to upstate New York. The configurations include row houses, multifamily projects, and commercial and institutional buildings.The presenters offer an impressive level of expertise – most are architects, many are builders and certified Passive House consultants. All have extensive experience applying the Passivhaus standard in New York’s climate zones.Symposium detailsThe event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sciame Auditorium, 141 Convent Avenue, at the City College of New York’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. (click here to register). The admission fee – $40 for the public, $20 for NYPH members, $50 at the door – includes lunch and beverages. Building professionals licensed in New York State can earn 5.5 hours of professional education credits by attending the symposium.NYPH has summarized the schedule of events as follows:MORNING SESSIONSPassive House: a global standard: Tomas O’Leary, founder and director of Brooklyn-based Passive House Academy, will describe the latest developments at the Passive House Institute and Passivhaus activities generally in Europe, and how New York fits in in the emergence of the standard.Certified Passive House: Architect Bill Ryall (Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects) and Passive House consultant David White (Right Environments) will present their completed project, Orient Point, a new building on Long Island recently certified by PHI.Project roundtable: Architects Andreas Benzing, Julie Torres Moskovitz, Jeremy Shannon, and Chris Benedict will each explore different aspects of working toward the Passivhaus standard in a variety of projects.Lunch, which will include a showing of Passive Passion, a 20-minute documentary on Passive House, by Brooklyn-based documentary producer-editor Charlie Hoxie. The documentary features (See the trailer here.)AFTERNOON SESSIONSCertified Passive House: Architect Stephanie Bassler (North River Architecture + Planning) will present details about Omega Institute, an upstate institutional new-construction/addition that was certified in fall of 2011.Project Slam: Four PechaKucha 20×20 presentations: Stas Zakrzewski (Z+H Architects): “PH in France, and what construction there can show us here”; Wendy Ing (certified Passivhaus consultant): “Facing thermal bridges in an upstate home”; Ken Levenson (475 High Performance Building Supply): “Row house, multifamily, and country house”; and Chris Steffens (Lightmill Design): “Data collection in PH buildings.”Project roundtable: Architect Sam Bargetz (Loadingdock 5): “Brooklyn projects: variations”; builder Gennaro Brooks-Church (Eco Brooklyn): “Radical sustainability”; and engineer Jordan Goldman (ZeroEnergy Design): “New England PH: commonalities and differences.”PH going forward – projects on the boards: Architect Paul Castrucci (Red Industries) on “ABC NoRio: PH, a tight urban site”; Brooklyn-based Architect Greg Duncan on “Commercial PH in Brooklyn: concerns beyond residential buildings”; and engineer Lois Arena (Steven Winter Associates), who will discuss “The process of PH enclosure assembly in upstate housing.”last_img read more

De Boer fired by impatient Palace after only 4 games

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Facing yet another fight to avoid relegation from the world’s richest league, Palace seems destined to lurch back to survival mode. That likely means regressing to the style of play that Allardyce and Pulis developed, namely being more obdurate at the back and hitting teams on the break.The well-travelled Hodgson does not have a definitive preferred playing style, although his time with England from 2012-16 was marred by dull and cautious performances at major tournaments. He hasn’t coached since leaving the England job after the country’s elimination by Iceland at last year’s European Championship, and his last job as a club manager was at West Bromwich Albion from 2011-12.Arriving on a three-year deal , De Boer had ambitions of making Palace entertaining to watch and integrating more youth-team players. Parish and the club’s American owners — David Blitzer and Josh Harris — backed this bold vision.They have acted decisively, though maybe prematurely, in removing De Boer. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Sunday Sept. 10, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)The impatience and short-term thinking in modern-day soccer was highlighted Monday when Frank de Boer was fired by Crystal Palace only four Premier League games into his task of changing the ingrained playing style of the English team.Hours after Palace chairman Steve Parish called for “some sense” regarding the speculation surrounding De Boer’s position, the club’s board decided to end the Dutchman’s 77-day stint in charge and thanked him for his “dedication and hard work.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Palace has lost all four of its league matches under De Boer, without even scoring a goal. The last team to make such a start in England’s top flight was Preston in 1924.Still, it was undeniable that De Boer needed time to implement a more expansive and entertaining style of play requested by the club’s hierarchy, which is a giant leap from the pragmatism, directness and counter-attacking favored by two of Palace’s three most recent managers — Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn terms of games played, De Boer’s tenure is the shortest of any permanent manager in Premier League history.Palace lost to Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea before the international break, and then 1-0 to Burnley on Sunday despite an improved display at Turf Moor which showed that De Boer’s methods might be starting to take effect. De Boer spoke after the game of having “hope for the future,” but he won’t be part of it. British media reported that former England coach Roy Hodgson, who is 70, was in line to take over at a club where he was a youth-team player in the 1960s.While De Boer was gaining plenty of sympathy for his plight, critics of the decision to fire him placed the blame on those who hired him in the first place. Why ask a manager to implement a new playing approach and not give him a decent opportunity to see the change through, especially after only one transfer window when De Boer was unable to bring in the kind of attacking players to suit the new style?“You try to ask a bit of time for your work,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Monday, when asked about Palace’s decision. “To finish this experience after only four games, I’m sorry for him.”De Boer was in charge of Inter Milan in his previous job for just 84 days before being fired early last season. He didn’t even last that long in his first foray into English soccer.As a former player and coach at Ajax and also a former Barcelona player, De Boer is wedded to a philosophy of possession and fluidity generally favored by the Dutch. It got results at Ajax — he won four straight league titles — but he has found it difficult to transfer that abroad.ADVERTISEMENT Surprising start to season: Madrid struggles, Barcelona thriveslast_img read more

Frommhold Royce Johnson might be the future of Ohio State field hockey

At the end of this season, the Ohio State women’s field hockey team will lose four players, including its top three scorers, but the future seems to still be bright. Three women are playing in their first year at OSU — sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold, freshman midfielder Emma Royce and freshman forward Peanut Johnson. — two of whom lead the team in minutes on the field. Growing up and playing field hockey in Berlin, Frommhold received multiple awards. She was named the best defensive back in 2006 and 2007 at the German indoor championships and the best player at the championships in 2006, 2008 and 2010. She is also a member of the U-21 Germany National Team . As a freshman, Frommhold played in Germany and then transferred to OSU. She said her biggest transition to playing here was combining school and her sport. “We don’t have a college league, we only play in club. The practice between the classes is different than Germany to here,” Frommhold said. Since the first game of the 2012 season, Frommhold has stepped into a starting role. She has started all 17 games, is fourth on the team in goals with six and has tallied four assists. She also has the second most playing time on the team with 1,197 minutes. Frommhold described one lesson she learned from this season so far. “Prepare to have a lot of practice, not only two times per week,” Frommhold said. “Everyday be prepared to practice.” Hailing from Kingston upon Thames, U.K., Royce has played in all 17 games this season and following the season opener has been part of the starting lineup. She has scored two goals and leads the team in playing time with 1,203 minutes. The mental toughness required by players is the biggest lesson Royce said she would take from her first season of college play. “People underestimate how much work and effort and strength you need,” Royce said. “I’m certainly going to prepare myself mentally for not just playing good teams but playing great teams.” Coach Anne Wilkinson said the biggest adjustment for the two international players would be the frequency OSU plays games. “There’s no time to let down … in international (leagues) they don’t, maybe, play three games a week. They’re not used to that grind here … going day in and day out,” Wilkinson said. When it came to Johnson, a Dayton native, Wilkinson said what she learned was “the physicality of the game.” The season opener was the only game Johnson has not played. Since then, she has started six games, come off the bench to play in ten other games and has scored five goals and three assists. Johnson also described the lessons she’s learned from her freshman season. “How much work you put forth as a whole team, like you have to have a common goal and make sure you are on the same page when you are going into the season and each game, and I think that will carry into next year as well,” Johnson said. read more

Commentary Reds Indians need more from All Stars to make run at

Courtesy of MCTMajor League Baseball’s All Star Game featured both up-and-coming players making their first appearance in addition to veterans who have been there many times before. This year’s Mid-Summer Classic saw a pair of Cleveland Indians who had never been invited to the game before and a trio of Cincinnati Reds that have been the part of festivities multiple times. The American League defeated the National League 3-0 Tuesday night, to earn home-field advantage in the World Series.Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has made an incredible turnaround after a tough start to the season. At the end of April, there was probably not a single Tribe fan who believed he would get invited to the All Star Game. With a batting average hovering around .200 at the beginning of May, it was difficult not to think 2013 may be a long season for Kipnis.However, the second baseman solidified his spot on the American League All Star roster with a terrific month of June, hitting a scorching .419 and posting an on-base percentage of .517, both of which led the AL. Kipnis leads the Indians in hits, RBI, batting average and on-base percentage at the break, and if the they have any chance of making the playoffs they are going to need more of the same from him.Aside from Kipnis, Justin Masterson is Cleveland’s other All Star. Also making his first appearance in the game, Masterson has been the one pitcher for Cleveland that the team has received consistency from during the first half.For the Reds, first baseman Joey Votto seemingly has cemented himself as a member of the All Star Game since winning NL MVP in 2010. He leads the National League with a .434 on-base percentage and is seventh in the league with a .318 batting average. The Reds star leads the league in on-base percentage because his plate discipline is something like we have never seen before, and he refuses to swing at pitches out of the zone.Three-time Gold Glove winner Brandon Phillips typically earns a trip to the All Star game due to his defensive abilities, but his bat is also a good reason he played in New York Tuesday. Phillips’ 74 RBI is second in the NL, and that kind of production from a second baseman can be attributed to him consistently hitting fourth in the lineup, a spot that is designated for driving in runs. Reds manager Dusty Baker has put Phillips in the leadoff or second spot in the lineup in years past, but leaving him to bat after Votto is where he really thrives.Aroldis Chapman made his second appearance at the Mid-Summer Classic Tuesday night. Known as the “Cuban Missile” across baseball for his fastball that tops out over 100 miles per hour, the Reds’ closer is on pace to finish the season with over 40 saves. If it were not for the bullpen in front of him blowing leads prior to the ninth inning, Chapman would easily have another five saves to his name.Kipnis doubled in a run in his only plate appearance Tuesday night, and Masterson was not sent to the hill by manager Jim Leyland. Votto and Phillips both went 0-2, and Chapman was able to show off his skills in the seventh inning as he struck out Adam Jones to end the inning.Regardless of each players production Tuesday night, it’s clear that both Cleveland and Cincinnati need their All Stars to keep playing like All Stars as they push toward the playoffs. read more

White Gray Support Final Council Budget With Reservations

first_imgThe council members with the highest percentages of Blacks in the District of Columbia supported the budget that the city’s legislative body passed recently but voiced some concerns with it.On June 13, the D.C. Council unanimously passed the nearly $14 billion fiscal year 2018 budget on its second and final vote. Despite the unity, D.C. Council members Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) and Trayon White (D-Ward 8) did have issues.Trayon White, who represents Ward 8 on the D.C. Council, said he supported certain parts of the 2018 budget, including funding for farmer’s markets in Ward 8. (Courtesy photo)Gray primarily complained about the lack of total funding for completion of the streetcar line on H Street-Benning Road, N.E. to Minnesota Avenue., N.E.“The $54 million cut to the streetcar line is an affront to the residents of the East End,” Gray, who served as the District’s mayor from 2011-2015, said in a statement. “The purpose of the line was to connect Ward 7 to Georgetown not Union Station. The vision was at some point to connect the street car line to the Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road metro stations.“It seems that the residents of the east end have to wait longer to get service while other parts of the city are included in this budget.”Gray said was not pleased that the United Medical Center, located in Ward 8 near the border with Prince George’s County, had $136 million cut from its budget and said “that facility is already on the ropes.”Nevertheless, he was satisfied with the $300 million for a new medical center that will be located on the campus of St. Elizabeths East in Ward 7 and thanked D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) for working with him to secure the funding.White, who is the council’s newest member, said that his ward is the one that needs the most help from the city.“We have falling incomes in the city and a lot of income inequality,” he said in a statement. “More residents are migrating east of the Anacostia River because of the high cost of housing. Residents in my ward have issues with access to health care, child poverty and high level of unemployment.”White noted that the budget process wasn’t easy and singled out crime fighting initiatives and efforts to eliminate food deserts in his ward. “I am happy that $75,000 was allocated to the NEAR [Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results] Act,” he said. NEAR attempts to fight crime by using public health tools instead of law enforcement.White praised the council for funding grocery store options such as farmer’s markets in a ward that only has two full-service supermarkets for about 70,000 people. Funding for businesses in Wards 7 and 8, $11.9 million in building and supporting recreation centers and increasing money for those enrolled in the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) were also praised by White.D.C. Council member Robert White (D-At Large) said he supports the budget in terms of returning citizens and tenant programs while D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) said she supported the 10 percent increase in the D.C. Office of Aging and senior citizens in general.“This budget is supportive of seniors,” Bonds said in a statement. “What I hope we can do next time is to work on increasing the size of senior wellness centers.”D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) expressed approval at establishing the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program’s funding that included extending the age of eligibility to 24 years of age, permanently.“I supported this because the people wanted it,” Silverman said in a statement. “This is the city’s largest job employment program. Many young people told me that this was there only employment option and we as a city must do something to help young people to increase their employment options whether it is through programs or mentoring.”The budget will go to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) where she will likely sign it and it will be transmitted to the U.S. Congress for a 30-day review. If the Congress takes no action, the budget will go into effect on Oct. 1.last_img read more

Cops save errant biker after mishap while evading nakachecking

first_imgKolkata: Days after a policeman was injured while intercepting an errant biker, two youths met with an accident at Moulali crossing on Tuesday night, while trying to evade naka-checking.According to sources, on Tuesday night traffic police personnel from Sealdah traffic guard were conducting naka-checking. At around 11 pm, police saw two youths on a bike coming from Sealdah towards Moulali crossing. When the bike got near the police, the rider noticed that checking was in progress. Seeing police trying to stop him, the biker then reportedly tried to take a left turn to avail CIT Road. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, he lost balance after the front wheel went over the slippery tram track and fell on the road. Behind the bike, there was a taxi, which was going towards Mallik Bazar. Seeing the two youths fall, the driver applied sudden brake and was able to stop the taxi. But situation turned worse after a goods vehicle, which was coming behind the taxi, failed stop in time and rammed into the back of the taxi. Due to the impact, the taxi started moving and it hit the bike and the two youths. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSeeing the collision, one of the police personnel dragged away a youth who was close to the taxi. Later, both the youths were detained and the bike was temporarily seized. Later, the rider was prosecuted for dangerous driving and driving without helmet and released as per the provisions of the law. On Monday night, a traffic police constable was seriously injured while intercepting an errant biker riding without a helmet. The police- man identified as Tapan Oraon had tried to stop the two-wheeler by holding onto the grab rail. Seeing Oraon trying to detain him, the errant biker increased the speed all of a sudden, due to which Oraon lost balance, fell on the road and received multiple injuries.last_img read more

From Steven Tyler to Steve Wozniak The Woman Rocking The Silicon Valley

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Warning to residents of the Waterloo region of Ontario: for the next four days, things are going to get really loud. The inaugural FUZEnation technology and music summit has kicked off, bringing together visionary business leaders, tech innovators and the most forward-thinking artists in music.On the eve of opening day, I spoke with co-founder Rebecca (Lambrecht) Warfield about the festival and what attendees can expect.Beacher: In a nutshell, what is FUZEnation?Warfield: Conceptually, FUZEnation is the celebration of music and technology, and a partnership between our company FUZE and Live Nation. It’s a multi-day event featuring brilliant minds talking about tech breakthroughs and a celebration of electronic music. I am one of the co-founders and one of the executive producers of the event. This area of Ontario is called “The Silicon Valley of the North.” The technology industry is just booming here and this event truly is a passion project of mine. I worked for years in management in the music industry, and you can’t be involved in music and not be involved in tech. The two go hand in hand. JB: Can you talk a little bit about your background and how it influenced your involvement with this project? RLW: I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As a kid I was always trying to make stuff that someone would buy. I started my career as a talent producer for shows like the American Music Awards and the Golden Globes and the Country Music Awards. Each of these shows would have 25 musical performances and presenters, so I was constantly working with performers, publicists, producers — everyone involved with making these shows happen. It was this incredible mix of A-list artists and upcoming artist in all genres. I worked with Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie. Alicia Keys was always an amazing collaborator. I joined the Britney Spears team on the Circus Tour, which was the biggest tour that ever went out at the time.Eventually, I left and formed my own company, the Chicane Group, which focuses on management, consulting and producing. I’m partners with Larry Rudolph at Maverick, managing Steven Tyler on all of his Aerosmith and solo projects, and his philanthropic efforts. Related: How Jeff Beacher Turned Madness Into MillionsJB: I know your work with Steven has meant a lot to you.RLW: The most touching and feel-good project was his first-ever charity, Janie’s Fund, to provide hope and healing for abused and neglected girls. We researched the best way to go about it and partnered with Youth Villages. In the past nine months, we’ve raised $1.8 million for the programs and have provided 300 girls with 18,000 days of care over the next year. Steven had wanted to start this charity ever since he wrote “Janie’s Got a Gun” in 1989, and to be a part of the launch and to make it happen is by far the most rewarding experience over the last couple of years. JB: How did the festival come about?RLW: I was working with a concert promoter a couple years ago in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and he came to me with a new idea about an EDM contest and concert. We brought in a local marketing and branding expert, Shevaun Voisin, who is very dialed into the booming tech industry in the area. We started brainstorming. I always loved the interactive portion of SXSW but wanted to do something sleeker. I have a talent producing company, Proven Talent, with Colleen Grillo and I knew we could book a great lineup. I sold the concept to Live Nation who gave us the green light for financing and we partnered with them to create the first of what we hope will be many global events right here. JB: Who will be performing?RLW: Kygo, Adventure Club, Keys N Krates, The Him, Kaneholler. The first few days will feature iconic speakers like Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit. Then we have an amazing panel with local game changers and disrupters. We’re kicking it off with music, A-Trak, legendary turntablist will perform. Related: Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian ‘Building a Business Mostly Isn’t Fun’JB: Talk about the connection between music and tech.RLW: Inventors are the new rock stars. They take an idea from their head and follow it from start to finish. And I think that creative process can be very similar for musicians. It might be using the other side of the brain, but it is essentially the same: bringing a thought to life, often with a lot of trial and error and setbacks along the way. The spark of creative passion is the driving force in bringing a product to market or a work of art to the public. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 28, 2016last_img read more

NSW strengthens trade ties with Singapore and Malaysia

first_imgStuart Ayres with Campbell WilsonMinister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres has returned from a four-day mission to Singapore and Malaysia where he met with investor groups focusing on financial technology, urban redevelopment, tourism and hospitality.“Both Singapore and Malaysia are priority markets for NSW which is why we were in-country spruiking NSW as a great place for investment,” Mr Ayres said.“We are well positioned to make the most of the opportunities available in south-east Asia but we have to work for it. It is a highly competitive market and Australia is a draw card, but we want to bring them specifically to NSW.”In Singapore, Minister Ayres signed a two-year agreement between the NSW Government’s major tourism and events agency Destination NSW and low cost airline carrier Scoot. The partnership includes multiple marketing campaigns to increase inbound tourism from Singapore to Sydney and across Regional NSW.“We will continue the strategic relationship the NSW Government has enjoyed with Scoot over the past four years to increase visitation to our State,” Mr Ayres said.He also met with the Singaporean Minister for Trade and the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry to talk about opportunities for further collaboration.“Singapore is Australia’s fifth largest trading partner and Malaysia is Australia’s fifth biggest source of foreign direct investment in Asia,” Mr Ayres added.“The meetings revealed how highly these countries view the investment possibilities in NSW, with our expertise in financial and professional services and Triple A credit rating.“Both countries are signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will provide further opportunities for NSW business over and above our existing free trade agreements.” Destination NSWSource = Destination NSWlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter In early 2014 Six S

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >In early 2014, Six Senses Laamu, in collaboration with Ocean Dimensions, launched a partnership with The Manta Trust and became a valuable supporter of its flagship program – the Maldivian Manta Ray Project. The Manta Trust was formed in 2011 to coordinate global research and conservation efforts for mantas, their close relatives and their habitat.While on site at Six Senses Laamu, The Manta Trust team dives twice daily at the nearby dive site – Hithadhoo Corner – where they monitor the atoll’s unique reef manta ray (Manta alfredi) population’s cleaning, courtship and mating behavior. By simply photographing black and white spot patterns found on the belly of every manta, the team can identify each individual – just as we do with fingerprints.Since surveys began, 100 different mantas have been found and identified in Laamu Atoll – and the number is still growing. Even more exciting news is the recent discovery of Laamu’s first ever oceanic manta ray (Manta birostris) that was named William by a lucky Six Senses guest who spotted this gentle giant during his dive.Resident reef manta rays can be found regularly at Hithadhoo Corner, or commonly known as Manta Point. Less than a ten minute boat ride from the resort, this site can give divers the unique opportunity to see these majestic creatures almost all year round – something that cannot be offered by any other seasonal dive sites around the Maldives.Since diving at Hithadhoo Corner can be challenging, it is recommended that guests visiting this site are experienced divers. Prior to each dive, The Manta Trust team gives a briefing on how to dive sustainably with mantas, how to photograph them, and how to ID each individual. For those wishing for a full day experience, these guests have the opportunity to join The Manta Trust team for all their dives and become a “Researcher for the Day”. Guests fortunate to ID a new manta ray are invited to name their newly found mantas – another distinctive experience offered by Six Senses Laamu.Beth Taylor, manager of The Manta Trust’s Laamu project, says, “Reaching 100 identified individuals is a very exciting milestone for the Laamu project. During the ten months of research, we have encountered many amazing sightings including plenty of courtship behavior, nine pregnancies, Laamu’s first baby manta, Baby Maya and now William, the first ever oceanic manta ray. As the season continues, we are excited to see what new discoveries we can make with guests here at Six Senses Laamu and how many new members we can record in the Laamu population.”Moving forward, the Manta Trust’s Annie Murray has designed a brand new PADI specialty course, The Maldivian Manta Ray Conservation Specialty, which will be offered at Six Senses Laamu. This specialty course is made up of two dives at Hithadhoo Corner, following in-depth training in manta biology, global threats, behavior, photo-identifying and image cataloguing, while directly contributing to The Manta Trust research.“This unique new specialty course provides divers with a fantastic opportunity to learn in detail about the lives of these majestic animals in an ideal and beautiful location. With the largest recorded population of manta rays in the world, the Maldives really is a manta sanctuary providing divers with some of the best encounters they can find. The skills which they will gain through the course can be applied when diving all over the world and will provide divers with the tools needed to contribute directly to the science being conducted by the Manta Trust,” said Adam Thol’hath, assistant manager of The Manta Trust’s Laamu project.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Jørgen Madsen Lindemann The Modern Times Group has

first_imgJørgen Madsen LindemannThe Modern Times Group has said its recent restructuring has cost it SEK700 million (€74 million) in the most recent quarter.The free and pay TV group has undertaken a company-wide restructure, announcing 300 job losses in August as part of a programme of cuts across its operations in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the UK.More than half of the restructuring charges, announced in 3Q results this morning, relate to redundancy payments to outgoing staff.The company has said previously the restructuring will result in annual savings of about SEK600 million, taking full effect from 2017. MTG said this cash will be reinvested.MTG has been investing in digital services, buying Turtle Entertainment and MCNs Zoomin.TV and Splay.“We have then invested SEK 1.2 billion in three market leading digital businesses in high growth online video categories, and we have also invested to secure key sports rights and studio deals for years to come,” MTG said. “This will enable us to develop our brands and products to deliver even more premium content across even more screens and platforms.”The company posted 3Q revenues of SEK3.8 billion, a 5% increase year-on-year. Stripping out one-off restructuring costs and the SEK77 million cash from the sale of Swedish cabler Sappa, EBIT profit was up almost 10% at SEK240 million.In the wake of the results, MTG CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann (pictured) said: “We are shaping the future of entertainment by creating and growing communities around brands, content and services that consumers love.”last_img read more

In This Issue   Currencies are mixed today ag

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies are mixed today, again. *  Krone takes its turn in the woodshed. *  Durable Goods Orders go negative. *  The Swiss Gold Referendum revisited. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. It’s A FOMC Day!  . Good Day!…  And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! The Moody Blues song: New Horizons, from the Seventh Sojourn album greets me this morning, what  wonderful song to start the day with. And it puts me in a good mood to start the day, you can’t beat that with a stick! I’m teetering this morning between feeling good or bad. I don’t know which way this is going to go, but I sure hope it’s what’s behind door #1! Today, we have the FOMC meeting, which will dominate the markets now until the dust has settled on the announcement, that Quantitative Easing / QE has ended, but maintain their bias that rates will remain near zero for a “considerable time”. The currency markets don’t know whether to feel good or bad about what is thought to be what’s on the docket for the FOMC this afternoon. Yes, ending QE is a good thing, fundamentally, for you give back to the markets, the direction of bonds. Where it should reside at all times, but has been in the hands off and on, of the Fed since March 2009. But. The Fed is going to keep a lid on interest rates for a “considerable time”. What that means in terms of actual time is anyone’s guess, could be a year, could be 6 months, could be 2 years, could be all the way to infinity!  Of course, I don’t believe the Fed will pull a Buzz Lightyear to infinity and beyond, as I truly believe that rates, while stuck in the mud right now, will eventually rise, and when they do, the Fed will be playing catch-up, as they always do, and the rate hikes will be swift and strong! So, it would be reasonable safe to say that the higher yielding currencies should be taking this “considerable time” message to heart. I have to laugh when I type the words “higher yielding currencies”  because it’s all relatively speaking, and the total currencies that qualify would fit in your shirt pocket!  But nonetheless, there are those that do qualify, like the Brazilian real, which spent Monday in the woodshed, after having to go out and pick out its own switch, is on the rally tracks today, with a nice strong positive move this morning.  The Russian ruble is another currency that qualifies, but there’s nothing good happening to the ruble these days folks, so let’s move along here, for this is not the droid we’re looking for, right now. The S. African rand, has always been in this higher yielding currency camp, and it’s doing just fine this morning. And then two charter members of the group, the Aussie dollar (A$), and N.Z. dollar / loonie, who don’t exactly have high yields, but when compared to the zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) countries of the U.S., Japan, Eurozone, Sweden, and so on. Well, the A$ and kiwi are the big winners this morning, as they are outperforming the other currencies, which isn’t saying much considering that Swedish krona got whacked yesterday for their rate cuts, and the Norwegian krone is taking its turn at the whacking station after posting some bad data this morning. Yes, Norway saw their Retail Sales go negative in September, and their Unemployment Rate rise in August. That’s a one-two punch in the gut for the krone, as I’ve told you all previously that the Norway’s Central Bank, the Norges Bank, was teetering on whether or not to cut rates, and when you get data like this, you tend to shift your weight to the rate cut side. For those of you keeping score at home, Norwegian Retail Sales for September were negative -.1%, VS +.6% in August, and a consensus for a .7% rise. So, very disappointing I must say, but. it is only one month’s data, so let’s all calm down a bit, and back off that whacking you’re giving the krone this morning! Norwegian Unemployment in August rose to 3.7% VS 3.4% in July. Looky there! 3.7% Unemployment without BLS hedonic adjustments, and everyone is imitating Chicken Little. And in Sweden. the underperformance of the krona continues, but not at the same pace as yesterday’s whacking. Overnight we had a government funded forecaster utter these words. “FX intervention is the best way to boost CPI”.   OK, what he’s saying here, is the same line that we’ve heard from Japan, and the U.S.  That a weaker currency is the best way to boost consumer inflation.  Sure. if you get the currency weak enough! But then not only is inflation going to begin to become a problem, but the loss of purchasing power for the consumers is a real burden, and then you’ll have higher inflation with no growth. Stagflation.. Oh boy, sign me up for some of that good feeling we had during the Carter Administration! NOT! So, getting back to A$ and kiwi. The kiwi rally could end up being very short-lived today, as Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) will meet and then send a couple of RBNZ members out on the speaking circuit. I’m pretty sure that the RBNZ will take this opportunity to inject some verbal intervention to bring kiwi downward. This has been the RBNZ’s MO for a long time now, going back to the previous RBNZ Governors.  That is back to the Gov. that took over after Don Brash left the RBNZ.  For Don Brash knew the importance of a country having a strong currency. Well, I’ve read quite a bit the past day and night, and I continue to come away with a feeling that economists and analysts are going to have egg all over their collective faces.  Take the call that interest rates in the U.S. are going to be going higher sooner than originally thought. But then you look at the forward rates, and it appears that the markets have pushed the timing of the first rate hike by the Fed, out three months into the future. This puts the first rate hike at one year from now. And by then, I’m afraid that this will all be a moot point, because the lack of liquidity in the markets is going to become a real problem this winter, and maybe even before, and when that happens. Well, let’s just say, things will be different around here, and the Fed will be calling its team together for a gathering at the QE Table. The thought around the world these days, except in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, and S. Korea is that a country needs a weaker currency to promote inflation, and growth. It’s a weak currency fallacy. Which happens to be the topic of this Sunday’s Pfennig & Pfriends article. My long-time friend, and current Boss, Frank Trotter, is putting that one together, so I’m already excited to open it up on Sunday morning and read it!  So, I sure hope that what I have to say here doesn’t steal any of his thunder. I associate the weak currency fallacy with countries that don’t have strong backbones when it comes to what’s important in providing a strong economy, business growth, providing price stability, and other things.  Speaking of China, the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) allowed another appreciation in the renminbi/ yuan overnight. That marks 3 consecutive days. I’m telling you now so you can listen to me later, the Chinese know what the color of the Gov’t PMI (manufacturing index) is going to print like tomorrow. I expect an increase in the index above 50, and making the Chinese look smart, because they raised the level of their currency prior to the print! OK. well. the FOMC meeting is this afternoon. This is the meeting where QE ends. The last round that has been around since being announced by Ben Bernanke on Sept 13, 2012, when $85 Billion of Treasuries and Mortgage Backed bonds were to be bought every month.  Good riddance to QE3, I must say!  I still don’t know how any country’s leaders allow their Central Bank to take on Quantitative Easing.  But Japan started all this back in the late 90’s. And just about every major market country has followed Japan’s lead since then. So, it’s coming to an end here in the U.S. today.  The bond market will be handed back to bond traders, and the era of easy money on the streets will come to an end. But for how long? OK. Well, the U.S. Data Cupboard yesterday was very disappointing, as Durable Goods Orders fell -1.3%, which was below market expectations of a .5% gain.  After a couple of months of wild swings due to Airplane orders, this data finally got to show its true colors, and they were not what everyone thought they would be. Which reminds me of that funny clip of the old Arizona Cardinals football coach, Dennis Green, saying over and over again, “They were who we thought they were”.   There’s nothing else on the Data Cupboard’s docket today, other than the FOMC meeting this afternoon. I’ll be sleeping when Fed Chair, Janet Yellen tells us all what the committee has decided. See, I don’t let these things get in the way of a good nap! HA! Gold is flat today, and I’ve got a great deal to talk about with Gold in the FWIW section today, so I’ll tie this up in a bow and hope you stick around until the FWIW section to see what I had to say about Gold today. Before I head to the Big Finish today, I wanted to follow up on my thought yesterday about Mr. Svensson, you know the fellow who left the Riksbank in a huff, because they wouldn’t let him call the shots, and how he had attended Princeton with Bernanke and Krugman, so I tied it up in bow regarding his (Svensson’s) call for Quantitative Easing / QE.   But dear reader, Dick A., responded to the Pfennig Blog site: www.dailypfennig.com  and said this. “Who is teaching these guys this stuff? Svensson was a grad student at MIT from ’74-’75. Krugman got his PhD from MIT in ’77. Bernanke got his PhD from MIT in ’79. But here is the icing on the cake: Stanley Fischer (NOT Richard Fischer of the Dallas Fed) got his PhD from MIT in ’69; Stanley Fischer was Bernanke’s thesis adviser. And finally  Stanley Fischer is the new Vice Chair of the Fed; after having left the Bank of Israel.”  Now We Know! Oh. I see said the blind man as he spit into the wind, it’s all coming back to me now! For What It’s Worth.  Earlier this month or late last month, I don’t recall the exact date, I told you about the Swiss Referendum that will take place at the end of November.  I told you that the Referendum could be HUGE for Gold.  I told you that the Referendum  would require The Swiss National Bank (SNB) to: 1. Hold all Gold reserves in Switzerland (they currently reside in Canada and the U.K.)  2. Not allow the SNB to sell any Gold and 3. Bring the total of Gold reserves to 20% of its total reserves.  Well, yesterday, I was reading my latest letter from Grant Williams, Things That Make You Go Hmmm.  which in my opinion is the absolute best letter you can read! And Grant Williams was talking about this Referendum, and he supplied me with a number that will blow your mind, to borrow a phrase from the early 70’s. Basically Grant Williams says that “the SNB has two choices. They can choose to reduce the size of their balance sheet, to meet the 20% figure, or they can buy Gold”.  Hmmm, what door do you think the SNB will choose? I know which one I think they’ll choose, and it’s certainly not the one that requires the SNB to reduce their balance sheet!  So. if the SNB were to have to buy Gold to meet the 20% requirement, (they currently hold about 7.6%) based on their current balance sheet, they would need to buy approximately 1,700 tonnes of Gold. (thanks to Grant Williams for that number, that I did not have before!)   WOW! OK, the SNB will have 5 years to meet the 20% requirement, but. given the SNB’s propensity to print Swiss francs, wouldn’t it make sense to start right away with the buying of Gold? OK. I know, I know, this referendum has to pass first before this all comes to be real. And I know how I got my hands caught in the cookie jar, looking ahead at the polls in Brazil. So, this all has to be taken sitting down, and not running to the nearest precious metals store! But. and you knew I would have something to say here, wouldn’t it make some sense to buy ahead of this referendum, that is, if you’re looking to buy in the first place? And if you’re not, tsk, tsk.  And OH! You know when I sat down, as edged on to do by the Big Boss, and ran some figures based on yesterday’s price of Gold $1,225. I came up with a total of 1,800 tonnes of Gold the SNB would have to buy. That’s nearly the annual supply of Gold folks!… And I guess at this point it’s important to talk about polls. The latest poll showed a 49% Ja vote (YES), not yet a majority, but here’s the kicker that I think will turn this vote to Ja. There’s no real opposition to the referendum. Except the Gov’t (& SNB). And from what I’ve read over the years, I doubt the Swiss people like the Gov’t telling them what to do. So, there you have it. Of course as we go through November, that rotten month of cold, steel gray, raw, bare limbed trees, days, I’ll be keeping you up to date on what’s going on in Switzerland. To recap. The FOMC meets today, and the markets have blinders on regarding anything else going on today. The higher yielding currencies are outperforming the other currencies. The Russian ruble is the exception in the higher yielder camp, but these days, the ruble gets blamed for everything. Yesterday it was Sweden’s krona getting taken to the woodshed, and today it’s the Norwegian krone, as Norwegian Retail Sales went negative in September and the Unemployment Rate rose to 3.7% from 3.4%, OH THE HUMANITY! 3.7% Unemployment, the sky is falling, the sky is falling!  Currencies today 10/29/14. American Style: A$ .8880, kiwi .7945, C$ .8960, euro 1.2725, sterling 1.6125, Swiss $1.0555, . European Style: rand 10.8485, krone 6.6565, SEK 7.3485, forint 242.65, zloty 3.3180, koruna 21.8195, RUB 42.75, yen 108.10, sing 1.2725, HKD 7.7555, INR 61.34, China 6.1405, pesos 13.44, BRL 2.4610, Dollar Index 85.44, Oil $81.84, 10-year 2.28%, Silver $17.21, Platinum $1,270.38, Palladium $797.25, and Gold. $1,228.90 That’s it for today. Well. Baseball’s World Series comes down to a Game 7 tonight.  In any sport, I love a Game 7. Hockey, Basketball, you name it, you don’t get more drama, and tension than in a Game 7! A player will shine tonight, and push his team to victory. I go back to what I said after Game 1,when the Giants had crushed the Royals, when a Royals fan texted me and said that the Royals were going to get swept, and I said, “Nah, they’ll come back”.  For once I didn’t give them the Chuck’s kiss of death! Bob Seger is singing his song: Turn the Page, from 1972! I’m telling you that in my opinion, the best rock and roll was made from 1965 to 1976. That’s where my 10 albums that I take to the island would come from, I can guarantee that!  My wife always makes fun of my music that I listen to. Oh well. Yes, there has been great stuff since 1976, but remember he had that disgusting disco era, then electric drums music era, then grunge, and then whatever it is they listen to today. I do have some newer songs on my IPod, but they are the exception for sure! My wife says, “That song is too cool for your IPod”.  Well, I guess we had better get moving toward the exits so we can get a good seat for the FOMC meeting this afternoon. So, with that.. I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

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first_imgSchool officials have issued warnings to parents ahead of the second season of the Netflix drama “13 Reasons Why,” which premieres this week. The first season, which centered on the suicide of a high school student, triggered cautions from the National Association of School Psychologists. Netflix has responded to concerns by adding PSA-style messages filmed by the cast and putting up a web site with links to resources.The national attention comes at a time when, new research suggests, one in five teens may have considered suicide. And school leaders are starting to recognize that they have a lifesaving role to play.Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers. And experts argue it’s more than just an individual mental health issue. It’s a public health issue, affected by the web of relationships that exists in the place where most teenagers spend more waking hours than anywhere else.Take a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Rami Benbenishty, Ron Avi Astor and Ilan Roziner analyzed hundreds of thousands of high school students’ responses to the California Healthy Kids Survey, which students take in grades 5, 7, 9 and 11 across the state. It asks a range of questions about topics like bullying and feelings of belonging.On average, one in five students answered “yes” to the question, “During the past 12 months, did you ever seriously consider suicide?”This is known as “suicidal ideation” and is an important indicator of someone who might be seriously depressed, anxious, stressed or who may actually attempt suicide.This study was the first using this survey to look at rates of suicidal ideation within schools. The study was repeated across two waves of the survey, for extra reliability.Suicidal ideation rates ranged widely across schools in the study, from a low of 4 percent to a high of 67 percent. At the high end, that’s 2 out of 3 students considering ending their lives.Schools with higher reported levels of victimization, such as bullying and fighting, had higher rates of suicidal ideation as well. So did schools with higher rates of victimization linked to discrimination — where students were targeted for their race, gender or sexual orientation. So did schools with more girls — girls tend to report a higher level of suicidal ideation generally.And here’s what the study authors found most important: These school characteristics accounted for an individual’s risk of thinking about suicide twice as much as the observable characteristics of the individual.”What this means is that we can understand the phenomenon of suicidal ideation far more when we include all the school factors,” Ron Avi Astor, a professor at the University of Southern California, told NPR.And that implies, the authors wrote in the paper, that “it is possible that certain school characteristics either enhance or buffer the influence of individual characteristics.”These findings are new. And they have a few different implications for policy, Astor told NPR. First, the wide range in rates of suicidal ideation, from 4 to 67 percent, suggests resources ought to be targeted to those schools at the high end of that range.Second, he said, suicide prevention should go hand in hand with other school-climate efforts targeting bullying and discrimination. “We need a new type of setting-oriented intervention around climate, welcoming, warmth, community,” he says.Prevention and postventionCalifornia is one state that’s focusing more attention on this issue. After a series of high-profile clusters of student suicides in northern and central California, the state passed a law mandating schools to establish suicide prevention, intervention and “postvention” programs. Postvention refers to the steps a school takes after a loss.Doreen Marshall is a psychologist with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Her group just released a new edition of a toolkit for schools: “After a Suicide.” It focuses on postvention and preventing contagion.”Adolescents really look to their peers for signals on how to be in the world,” Marshall says. “When they lose a peer by suicide, kids may identify with the person who died.”The core insights here echo Astor’s study: Suicide needs to be thought of as an environmental risk, not just an individual mental health issue. And, schools can help. The toolkit’s recommendations include:Put an appropriate time limit on spontaneous memorials, including online message boards or shrines at school, to avoid glamorizing or romanticizing the student who died.Be sensitive to cultural differences in attitudes toward death and the morality of suicide.Communications to the media should include warning signs, information about community resources and messages of hope and recovery.Share accurate information on social media, to stop rumors.Use social media to share resources, promote prevention and to respond to rumors and to students who may be at risk.”Schools need to have suicide on their radar,” Marshall sums up. “At any given moment there are students in their school who are having suicidal thoughts, who are engaging in suicidal behaviors. We want schools, as the gatekeepers beyond families, to be mindful.”Responding to students in EscondidoKimberly Israel is a coordinator of community outreach for the Escondido Union School District, a K-8 district in northern San Diego County. The district is part of a consortium working with Astor’s research team at USC to apply research to school climate and safety.Her middle school students report a suicidal ideation rate slightly higher than the average — between 19 and 25 percent over the last several years.”When you start to calculate that out, it’s a lot,” she says. “You start thinking of actual students, it’s just this kind of sad reality.”They haven’t yet been successful in changing the percentage of students who report thinking about suicide in Escondido. But, Israel says, there are other indicators of the positive impact they’re having.In response, over the last decade, Escondido has increased its investment in social and emotional services and providers. “We decided about six years ago that our goal was to get our kids to understand the resources available to them,” Israel says, “not only for their time in school, but as they continue on in college and beyond.”To that end, every sixth-grader gets classroom-based lessons on depression awareness and suicide prevention. Parents are offered a free class at the same time, and teachers are regularly re-trained on spotting risk factors.The district strengthened its relationships with community mental health providers, including those who serve low-income families.And just about every day, says Israel, a staff member at one of the district’s 23 schools is doing a formal risk assessment or an informal screening on a student who’s been identified by herself, a peer, a family member or a staff or faculty member as being potentially at risk for suicide.In a formal risk assessment, parents are notified and a referral is made to services inside or outside the school. Or, if the need is severe enough, a student may be recommended for hospitalization or even committed involuntarily.As a result, more students are receiving mental health services. Students report feeling safer and more connected to school. Student behavior is better.They do all this with 27 social workers, 10 school counselors and a handful of school psychologists, plus their community agency partners — for 16,000 students.”It’s not big on paper,” Israel says, but the ratio of students to providers compares favorably with other districts in the county (and across the country, for that matter).Across the schools that Astor’s team studies, moving the needle on suicidal ideation has been tough, he says. “Our whole way of thinking as a society is focused on the individual level rather than the setting level.”Districts like Escondido have “great resources” to respond to threats once they’re made known, but “it makes lots of sense that even gold standard districts have a hard time lowering this earlier warning flag.”He said that his new study suggests creating schools were fewer students are bullied, and paying attention to student composition, could start to improve prevention efforts. But, more research is needed. 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The Hot Zone a sixpart National Geographic minis

first_imgThe Hot Zone, a six-part National Geographic miniseries that premieres Monday night, is based on a true story about Ebola. In 1989, a shipment of monkeys from the Philippines arrived at a private commercial lab in Reston, Va. The intention was to use the macaques for testing. Only many of them died.The lab wrapped infected monkey cells in aluminum foil and shipped them in a box to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), in Frederick, Md.The eventual finding: The monkeys had Ebola – a strain that came to be known as Ebola-Reston and that is, as it turns out, the only known strain of the potentially fatal virus that is not thought to be lethal in humans.Thomas Geisbert, then an intern at USAMRIID, was a member of the team investigating the virus. As a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas, he continues working with viruses like Ebola.National Geographic is hedging about accuracy — it says the series was “inspired” by the 1989 events. And they are airing a documentary on Wednesday at 11 p.m. about the virus: “Going Viral.”Nonetheless, at a time when Ebola is still in the headlines, with an ongoing outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo, we wanted to assess how the miniseries tackles the virus. What does it get right? What does it get wrong? So we asked Geisbert to critique and fact-check.Geisbert says he’s sure the series “may be entertaining for the general public, but it is quite flawed in terms of any historical accuracy and there are numerous scientific flaws.” A few of the flaws:No blisters. In the opening scenes, a man in an African town becomes ill and breaks out in multiple large blisters all over his face. A doctor ultimately diagnoses him with Marburg, a viral cousin to Ebola. But while Marburg and Ebola can cause a rash, they wouldn’t cause marble-size blisters as the show portrays, says Geisbert.Dr. Jaax didn’t ID the virus. Nancy Jaax, a U.S. army veterinary pathologist (played by Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) is depicted as identifying the virus. In fact, Geisbert says humbly, he was the one who identified the strain along with Peter Jahrling, then a medical officer at USAMRIID and now chief of the Emerging Viral Pathogens Section of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (He’s played by Topher Grace of That ’70s Show fame.) While Geisbert is named in the book on which the TV show is based, he’s not a character in the miniseries.Culturing clash. “Medically speaking Nancy is a veterinary pathologist not a virologist or microbiologist,” says Geisbert. “The whole sequence of events where she is trying to culture the virus is a joke. Pathologists don’t do — that virologists do.” Ebola-Reston can’t make humans sick. In the miniseries, a worker at the monkey lab gets sick and is taken to the hospital, seemingly because of his exposure to infected monkeys. In fact, one lab worker did get sick but the issue was his diabetes, says Geisbert, who adds that workers exposed to the strain did develop antibodies to Ebola as a result.Glove goof. Nancy Jaax is wearing protective gear as she works to identify the virus in the TV show. She comes in contact with Ebola-infected monkey blood despite wearing gloves – and the blood touches an open wound. She did in fact have a glove issue in another case but not when investigating Ebola-Reston, says Geisbert. What’s more, in the TV series she is quickly given the all-clear but at that time, says Geisbert, she would have had to be quarantined for at least days and possibly weeks while awaiting test results if there had in fact been exposure to the virus.Despite the inaccuracies he saw in the series, Geisbert says, “I do think raising public awareness [of Ebola] is not a bad thing.”And he was gratified by the positive depiction of USAMRIID. “The miniseries does showcase people who devoted their lives to science,” he says. “You may not get much accurate science, but you may say, ‘Wow, that’s a cool thing to do when I grow up. And that’s a good thing.”Fran Kritz is a health policy reporter based in Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News. Find her on Twitter @FranKritz Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more