Cheryl Burke Runs The Grove For Hearts

first_imgCheryl Burke (“Dancing with the Stars”) served as the honorary host for “WE RUN THE GROVE”, a free 10K or 13.1 mile run / walk to support the American Heart Association, LA’s fight against heart disease, on April 26, 2014 at The Grove.Cheryl Burke hosts We Run The Grove at The Park at The Grove on April 26Credit/Copyright: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicAfter the run, the 400 participants were able to enjoy a complimentary breakfast, post-run activities and a photo op.The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. They team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join them, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of their offices around the country, or visit heart.org..last_img read more

Buckeyes close out regular season with Big Ten split

The Ohio State women’s tennis team closed out the 2010 regular season this weekend winning one of two matches at home to finish at 18-8 overall and 5-5 in conference play.Coming off a hard-fought victory at Indiana the previous weekend, OSU welcomed the Wisconsin Badgers to Columbus Friday night for the first match of its final homestand.Able to carry over the momentum from the previous weekend, the Buckeyes made quick work of the overmatched Badger squad with a 7-0 victory.The convincing victory marked the team’s record-best ninth shutout of the year, surpassing its previous best of eight attained in both the 1978-1979 and 2006-2007 seasons.“It was a big match,” coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “We needed to get that win for Big Ten seeding and NCAA purposes, so that was an important match and fortunately we were able to get it.”Following Friday’s strong showing, the Buckeyes returned to the OSU Varsity Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon hoping to take down Goliath in the form of the No. 6 Northwestern Wildcats.Despite being backed by an enthusiastic, packed house, Northwestern proved to be too much to handle, downing the Buckeyes with relative ease 5-2.One of two seniors playing her final home match in scarlet and gray, Christina Keesey provided one of OSU’s few bright spots of the day downing her opponent in straight sets 7-6, 6-2.“Northwestern is a great team, and we knew we had to fight hard today,” Keesey said. “I was glad I was able to end the way I did, and the team battled as hard as we could so that’s all you can ask for.”With the regular season now behind them, the team has its sights set on Iowa City, where it will travel for the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday with high expectations.  “I was pretty pleased with the whole weekend,” Merzbacher said. “We competed pretty well and the Big Ten is wide open, so when we go to the Big Ten tournament I think we can play with anybody.” read more

Smarter stronger Mike Brewster starts anew with Jacksonville Jaguars

At the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft April 28, former Ohio State center Mike Brewster was still waiting on the phone call that could change his life. At the time, his NFL dreams were on hold. All 253 draft selections had come and gone, and he was not among the players selected. But Brewster did not have to wait much longer for his opportunity to play in the NFL. By the end of that same Saturday night, Brewster signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars. As an undrafted free agent, Brewster had the opportunity to choose which team he would sign with. He told The Lantern that the Jaguars were the right team for him. “It was the best situation, as far as they didn’t draft any linemen,” Brewster said. “Their (offensive line) coaches had been in contact with me probably more than anybody. That made me feel comfortable.” As a four-year starting center for the Buckeyes, Brewster started 49 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in school history. Brewster’s former coach Luke Fickell has the longest streak at 50 straight games. In 2010, Brewster was named to the Football Writers Association of America All-American Team, and was named first-team all-Big Ten by the media. Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck told The Lantern that the Jaguars were “fortunate” to be able to sign Brewster as a free agent. “Every guy we bring in here is a guy that we believe can compete to make our team,” Heck said. “Mike is a guy that I think has a legitimate shot to make a team, to develop into a solid pro, and he’s going to get that opportunity here to compete, to take his game to another level. If he earns it, he’ll make the team and play.” Brewster, a native of Orlando, Fla., said returning to his home state was a big factor in his decision to go to Jacksonville. “I prayed to come home, and it happened in a mysterious way,” Brewster said. “I’m as happy as I could be. Nobody loves the state of Florida as much as I do.” Brewster could have declared for the 2011 NFL Draft following his junior season, but said he has no regrets about his decision to return to OSU for his senior year. “I grew up, learned a lot, I got smarter, I got a lot stronger, and then things just didn’t really go my way,” Brewster said. “I don’t regret it … I could have left after my junior year, but it was important for me to come back and try to help the program.” Brewster said ending up with the right team was more important to him than being drafted. “(Being drafted in the) fifth (round) and before, it’s a pretty decent signing bonus, but other than that, you just want the right fit,” Brewster said. “I was nervous that someone was just going to snatch me up in the sixth or seventh, just to take me.” Heck said Brewster will play multiple positions on the interior offensive line during this summer’s training camp and preseason as he attempts to make the Jaguars’ final 53-man roster. “We’ll give him a lot of work at center,” Heck said. “I think he’s a guy that’s got the physical makeup and mental makeup to be a center in this league. He’ll also cross-train as a guard.” Heck said he believes Brewster has the necessary mental attributes to succeed as an NFL center. “I like Mike’s intelligence, I like his demeanor,” Heck said. “I think that both of those things suit him playing an interior line position, particularly center where he’s got to really be the quarterback of the offensive line.” Heck also addressed the areas of Brewster’s game where he must improve. “He needs to work on being consistent with his gun snaps, keeping himself in better balance,” Heck said. “These are things that everybody needs to work on.” Even after going undrafted, Brewster remains confident that he will have a successful NFL career. “At the end of the day, you can either play or you can’t,” Brewster said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a fourth-, fifth-, sixth-, seventh-round pick, undrafted … the best players are going to play. I’ll make it work, and I guarantee you I’ll be playing football for years to come.” read more

Chelsea leading the race to sign Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain

first_imgChelsea are the frontrunners to sign Juventus’ star striker Gonzalo Higuain, with the Italian champions looking to secure the services of Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi as a replacement.The Bianconeri signed the Argentine from rivals Napoli two seasons ago for a reported fee of €90 million, but they will be willing to let him go for the right offer. Chelsea are currently leading the race for Higuain, and Juventus believe they can get around €70 million in exchange for his services, according to CalciomecartoFranck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.French Ligue 1 champions, Paris Saint Germain, are also interested in signing the 30-year-old, who has scored a total of 55 goals since his transfer to Juventus, but the Seria A giants will only let their star player depart when they find a replacement.This will represent a major investment for the Blues as they look to overhaul their squad following last season’s disappointing fifth-place finish in the English Premier League, which saw them miss out on a spot at next season’s UEFA Champions League. If the move pulls through, he will likely be reuniting with former Napoli boss, Maurizio Sarri, who has agreed in principle to take over at Chelsea next season.last_img read more

Cunningham hails Cardiffs deserved victory

first_imgCardiff City defender Greg Cunningham says hard work paid off for them in their shocking 1-0 victory at Leicester City on Saturday.Víctor Camarasa hit a stunning injury-time strike to hand the visitors their first away win of the season after James Madisson failed to score from the penalty spot.It was an impressive result for Cardiff City who moved further clear of the relegation zone, and Cunningham is proud of his team’s display at the King Power Stadium.“I don’t think he could have hit it any sweeter,” Cunningham told the club’s website, speaking of Camarasa’s goal.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That’s the quality that he possesses and we’re very grateful to have somebody of his caliber at the Club.“Away from home it’s vital to stay as solid as possible and the longer we hold on, the more the opposition will get frustrated. They’re the home side and have added pressure to entertain their home fans.“Everyone’s been working so hard and putting a shift in and it’s a deserved result.”last_img read more

Kessie is following in the footsteps of Bakayoko

first_imgTiemoue Bakayoko should be an example to all AC Milan players, according to Franck Kessie.AC Milan breezed past Empoli 3-0 at the San Siro thanks to goals from Piatek, Kessie and Samu Castillejo.The win took the Rossoneri within a point of third place, awaiting Inter’s match with Fiorentina.However, the Ivorian midfielder who was on target feels Milan players should emulate the hard-work of Chelsea loanee Bakayako in their quest for a Champions League ticket.“There’s a long way to go yet. We have to keep going, pick up three points every time and continue to win,” Kessie told Football Italia.“We just have to work hard and do what the Coach asks. I have to continue like this, do better than last season and try to score more goals.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Bakayoko was jeered during the first few months of his Milan career, on loan from Chelsea, but was given a standing ovation at San Siro tonight.Kessie goal… cheeky… #MIlan pic.twitter.com/wQNPn4PVFe— Jay 🇮🇳 (@JayGooner_) February 22, 2019“This is football, when things go badly, everyone jeers. Now Bakayoko is doing remarkable things, helps the team so much and we must remember if we all follow his example, we can win every game.”Milan are still in the hunt for the Coppa Italia and with Piatek in prolific form, it may be risky to write them off.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons UniFirst Offers Tips To Help Businesses Beat The Flu Season

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Flu season is back, and it can cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars in sick days and lost productivity if not carefully managed in an office environment or workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.The CDC cites the annual direct costs for the flu in the U.S., such as hospital and doctors’ office visits and medications, as an estimated $4.6 billion. The flu causes U.S. employees to miss approximately 17 million workdays, at an estimated $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity.“Businesses should be proactive in helping keep workers and customers safe from getting the flu virus by taking steps to help prevent the spread of germs in their facilities,” says Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications at UniFirst Corporation, a leading provider of work uniforms and facility service products to businesses throughout the North America. “This is the time of year when our facility service and hygiene programs see a marked increase in demand for such items as alcohol-based hand sanitizers, like Purell®, anti-bacterial hand soaps, disinfecting cleaning products, hands-free soap and paper dispensers, and touch-free faucets and flushers.”The following are some helpful tips to help prevent work environments from becoming a breeding ground for germs that can cause the flu and other seasonal illnesses.Educate employees about the importance of regular hand washing. Additionally, businesses should provide employees and customers with hand sanitizer dispensers and/or wipes where soap and water are unavailable. Alcohol-based gel and foam sanitizers are proven to be effective at killing viruses that cause both common colds and the flu (for maximum effectiveness, these products should contain 60% to 95% ethanol or isopropanol).Encourage employees to get a flu shot. The flu vaccine provides the best defense against contracting the virus, according to the CDC. The more people who get vaccinated, the more difficult it is for influenza to spread through communities. The CDC has found that the flu vaccine can reduce a person’s risk of getting the flu by as much as 40–60 percent. Some companies make getting the flu shot easy and convenient by offering on-site flu-shot clinics for employees.Discourage employees from coming into close contact with anyone with flu-like symptoms. The flu virus is highly contagious, so avoiding contact with colleagues, friends, or family members with the virus can help reduce the risk of catching the flu. Encourage employees to take sick days when they truly need them.Provide routine office cleaning that includes disinfecting surfaces and objects in work and public areas that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Pay special attention to doorknobs, keyboards, and phones.Make sure work environments have an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, disposable wipes, and other facility service and hygiene products. Many employers turn to facility service providers, like UniFirst, to help ensure ancillary products are delivered on regular schedules so they’re always stocked and available when needed.“Comprehensive facility service programs can play an important role in the battle against the spread of seasonal illnesses,” added Soreff. “Many of our business customers also find that having Purell sanitizer and wipes readily available has added benefits by creating positive impressions with both staff and customers. In fact, customers are often quite appreciative when places of business show such commitment to creating and maintaining cleaner and healthier environments.”By following these tips, businesses can feel confident that they are truly helping their employees and customers stay healthy during the cold and flu season.About UniFirstHeadquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products; and with more than 250 service locations, over 300,000 customer locations, and 14,000-plus employee Team Partners, the company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. For more information, contact UniFirst at 800.455.7654 or visit UniFirst.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from UniFirst.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst Celebrates 18th Annual Founder’s DayIn “Business”Wilmington’s UnFirst Earns Top-10 Spot On Apparel Magazine’s List of ‘America’s Leading Apparel Companies’In “Business”Wilmington’s Rite Aid Now Offering Flu ShotsIn “Business”last_img read more

St Thomas St Dorothys To Hold Birthday Party In A Bag Drive

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Parish of the Transfiguration is holding a “Birthday Party In A Bag” drive during the weekend of March 9-10.Parishioners are asked to donate:Cake MixFrostingCandlesJuice Boxes/PouchesParty PlatesParty CupsParty NapkinsParty FavorsTable ClothesBalloonsToy For Birthday Child$5.00 gift cards to Market Basket to help families purchase ice creamDonations may be left at the entrances of St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s during all masses on March 9th and 10th. Donations will be given to local children and families in need.Monetary donations (if by check, please make payable to “The Parish of the Transfiguration”) or gift cards can be brought to the Parish office or placed into the offertory marked “Birthday Party in a Bag.”(NOTE: The above announcement is from the latest Parish Newsletter. The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSt. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s To Hold Food Drive On July 13-14In “Community”2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”4 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”last_img read more

Its Time

first_imgBy AFRO StaffWith the recent death of Speaker of the House Michael Busch, the Maryland House of Delegates is left with a yawning void. During the Speaker’s illness, Speaker Pro Tem Del. Adrienne A. Jones stood at the podium and steered the ship through the end of the Legislative Session. On May 1, the members of the House of Delegates will convene to elect a new speaker, and the AFRO American Newspaper endorses Speaker Pro Tem Jones, the first Black pro tem Speaker of the House in the state’s history, to become the state’s first Black Speaker of the House.Maryland Delegate Adrienne A. Jones (Courtesy Photo)Jones has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1997, when she was selected to finish the term of the late Del. Joan Parker. In 2003, Busch selected Jones to be his speaker pro tem and she has served effectively in that post for the last 16 years. Jones is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee and chair of the Education and Economic Development Subcommittee. She also serves on the vital Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission).At the end of the volatile 2019 Maryland General Assembly, Speaker Jones proved she is more than capable of leading the Maryland House of Delegates under difficult circumstances. During her years as a Delegate, she has worked to make the State of Maryland a better place to live and work. Although there are others worthy of taking the mantle of Speaker, we believe Jones is the best person at this pivotal time to lead Maryland’s House.last_img read more

The dance of the universe

first_imgThe renowned Irish social psychiatrist Diarmuid O’Murchu, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order who has travelled the world over as a workshop leader, says: ‘The dance of Shiva symbolizes the dancing universe itself, expressed in the ceaseless flow of energy going through an infinite variety of patterns that melt into one another.’The Neemrana Music Foundation and Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presents this dance, often referred to as ‘The Cosmic Dance of Shiva’, being presented by the renowned dancers Madhu Gopinath and Vakkom Sajeev’s Samudra Arts. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The presentation is structured as a repertory recital, with a series of vignettes describing various aspects of Shiva woven together. Beginning with a chant, the Swayambhu, the self-created Shiva linga is described. From this emerges a sattvika (serene) form of Shiva. Sensuality in his form then emerges as his romantic mood and lasya are explored. The lasya here is not soft, but masculine and firm in its grace. A different interpretation of His Ardhanreeswara form showing the union of the male and female follows and becomes the focus. Shakti here is contained within Shiva. A celebration of his different moods then follows in a Tandava piece, where various bhavas, anger, joy and sensuality are explored. The composition concludes with a vigorous dance, where Shiva’s form as the destroyer and as the ultimate crucible of cosmic energy is represented. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSiva is the Divine Dancer, visualized in terms of motion and vibration, who in 108 varied movements interprets the mathematical Law of the Universe. Nataraja personifies the kinetic aspect of Siva’s divinity – the elemental force through the power of which the whole universe is created, sustained, and ultimately destroyed. This cosmic dance of Siva is called Anandatandava, the Dance of Bliss. It symbolizes both the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, and the daily rhythm of birth and death. Siva depicted as Ardhanarishvara (half man and half woman) represents the union and differentiation of Yin and Yang (the eternal feminine and masculine principles), complementing, supplementing, initiating, completing and fulfilling the divine play of the Transcendent Reality with the manifest reality, in the phenomenal world of myriad changes of names and forms. Siva as Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance, is therefore a quintessential symbol for the meaning of life itself – and the dance, its rhythms, and melodies, for the universe itself. In Siva’s dance, the body becomes the spirit.WHEN: 26 February, 7 pmWHERE: Kamani Auditoriumlast_img read more

Delhi boys

first_imgTell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off? The 3 Founder Members (Ayush, Salman & Zaman) were associated with the Music Society of Ramjas College, DU. So the foundation of Astitva was laid there only, during years of playing together & performing for college.What was the first big break for you guys? Life till now has been a joy ride. We have loved every bit of it and still are cherishing the turns. Well, MTV Rock On Season 2 Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ was the first thing that made us visible pan India, right after that we started getting calls from colleges outside Delhi/NCR.In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene?Considering the numbers of bands that get formed every day, we’ll say it’s getting pretty difficult, but on the other side opportunities are opening up everywhere, say the number of music festival’s happening across India and even in Bollywood. They are experimenting with fresh musicians, resulting in ample opportunities. We have got the recognition via TV shows, music festivals and even government initiatives. Overall,Nothing comes or happens over night, you’ll have to stay honest to your art and treat it like work as well. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat do you think about the main issues are for the people who want to start their own band in India? Don’t start a band or become a musician just because you want to or because you recently attended a concert and now you want the same treatment. It’s a lifelong commitment just like any other profession the only difference is, here you turn your passion into profession. We feel the desire to turn big over night and lack of consistency is what killing it. Look around you’ll find musician’s shuffling around bands, as soon as they start getting little recognition ego’s come in, result disbanded or two new bands. You can find it happening in famous bands too. Starting a band is almost like starting a company, except the monetary goals. Every member should have his/her individuality and expertise and obviously the same aim and priority. You’ll never prevail if few members are just treating it as a hobby. What/Who inspires you? As per our genre (multi genre hindi), our influences are spread over a wide range from Hindustani Classical, Fusion, Sufi to Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues. Each and every member has his taste and favorites. Tell us about your best tracks We have just released our debut album Patang Dor under the label of SaReGaMa India. It took us 6 years to finally decide on to launch it, when we felt it was the time and we were ready to live upto the name & taste of music. The album promises a wide range of genres from Alternative Rock and Folk Jazz to Blues, Fusion and Hip-Rock. With tracks such as Tu Hi Bata, Bawri, Raat Ki Daastaan, Patang Dor, Na Jao and Paas Ao, the band lives up to it’s tag of a multi-genre band. But the twist in the story is rendered in the form of the Smoker’s Mix version of Tu Hi Bata, and Electronic track produced by Karan Mehta. How has Delhi been for you guys?This is where I Belong.. Delhi is my home thats the title of official delhi anthem that we composed in 2012 for and that’s the feeling we have deep down for Delhi. Delhi has been just like our home, the love, support, opportunities, recognition… everything we could have dreamed of!! Be it playing at festivals, composing official anthems to being the only band to perform at Qutub Festival with biggies like Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan, Aarif Lohar and Hariharan. It’s a long journey ahead, no matter where ever we go… whatever we achieve… deep down we’ll always be a ‘Dilliwala’!last_img read more

Zuckerberg Some Tech Is Worrying but Not Facebook

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag How Success Happens May 26, 2017 2 min read The story of Facebook’s founding has entered American legend, but its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t resist briefly rehashing its conception in a Harvard dorm room during a commencement speech at his alma mater on Thursday.Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook before dropping out of Harvard, also used his speech to explain his view of technology in starkly clear terms: he believes that technological progress as a whole is threatening to many people’s way of life, but certain individual technologies, including Facebook, actually change people’s lives for the better. It all comes down to a sense of purpose, according to Zuckerberg. Millennials like him have it, while many older people have lost it thanks to technological change.”When our parents graduated, that sense of purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community,” Zuckerberg said. “But today, technology and automation are eliminating jobs. Membership in a lot of communities has been declining, and a lot of people are feeling disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void in their lives.”His remarks echo those of many government and business leaders who are grappling with the prospect of robots taking over people’s jobs. The European Union is even considering a form of social security tax on automated factories to make up for an anticipated decline in wages being paid to humans. Others, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Steve Mnuchin, aren’t as worried about a robot revolution.To Zuckerberg, though, not all technology is menacing, especially not the world’s largest social network. Echoing the company’s motto, he explained that Facebook is the way the world connects, and he suggested that the world is a better place because of it. “This idea was so clear to us, that all people want to connect, so we just kept working on it,” he said, recalling early coding sessions in his dorm room.What Zuckerberg didn’t get around to in his speech is that more than 10 years after those sessions, Facebook is now a multinational company that snapped up many smaller ones, including Instagram, which the Royal Society for Public Health recently determined to be the “most detrimental” social media platform for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Man sues British Airways for seating him next to obese passenger

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: British Airways Man sues British Airways for seating him next to obese passenger Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 19, 2018 LONDON — British Airways is being sued by a man who says he suffered personal injury while seated next to an obese passenger.Stephen Prosser, 51 of south Wales, is suing the airline for £10,000 after being forced to endure a 12-hour flight from Bangkok to Heathrow while seated next to a man “the size of Jonah Lomu”, the late New Zealand rugby player.While in Pontypridd county court last week, the self-employed civil engineer said his requests to cabin crew to be seated elsewhere were turned down due to the fact that the Boeing 777 was fully booked. He also claimed the crew did not permit him to swap seats with another passenger.As a result, Prosser, who is 5’3”, was forced into a “position of unnatural posture”. He described the obese passenger as being 6’4” and over 300 pounds, whose body was “overspilling into my seat by some inches”.Prosser also noted that the passenger had to “force his buttocks between the arm rests of the seats” and that, due to his size, his arm would rest on Prosser’s arm rest, inadvertently turning up the volume of his audio “to an extremely loud volume each time.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesOh, the horror.Prosser went on to say that as a result of the uncomfortable flight, which took place in January 2016, he was left with continual back spasms and in injury that caused his sacroiliac joint at the bottom of his spine to malfunction, reports The Guardian. The incident also re-aggravated a 12-year-old spine injury, prevented him from working overtime, affected his relationship with his partner, and forced him to give up mountain biking.British Airways representative Timothy Salisbury said cabin crew described the passenger as “tall but not overweight so had had encroached on the other seat”.The customer service manager onboard the flight also said in a witness statement that Prosser did not appear to be in any discomfort during the flight and was seen asleep at times.last_img read more

Costa Rica sentences British man to 25 years in prison for killing

first_imgA Costa Rican court has sentenced a 21-year-old British man to 25 years in prison for stabbing a Czech tourist to death in 2011.Alfred Saunders, from London, pleaded guilty in June to stabbing a graduate student at an ecological tourist farm in northwestern Alajuela. Alexandra Drbohlavova, 22, had been studying at the University of Miami in Florida. On her winter break, she was volunteering at the British-owned farm in Costa Rica.The court, located in the city of San Carlos in the country’s Northern Zone, handed down the sentence on Friday, according to a report by the news site crhoy.com. Costa Rica’s justice minister told crhoy.com that Saunders would have to complete at least half of that sentence in a Costa Rican prison before applying to be repatriated to the U.K.A Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman, Tatiana Vargas, said that an arduous investigation in coordination with the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) convinced Saunders to plead guilty.“In this case, the trial debate stage was removed, due to the accused accepting the charges, and he surrendered to a brief proceeding,” Vargas said in a statement.According to the British newspaper The Daily Mail, Interpol had released a preventative alert on Saunders, warning of past violent behavior and mental health issues. Interpol said Saunders could commit violent and sexual crimes in the future. Saunders had been a registered mental patient in the U.K.’s National Health Services, according to British media reports.Despite this, Saunders entered Costa Rica via the border with Nicaragua. Saunders showed up at the farm, which is near the border, and met Paul Donati, the father of one of the farm’s owners. Saunders had few possessions, and Donati loaned him a tent to stay for the night. Donati awoke and found Drbohlavova at 10:30 p.m. She had been stabbed 15 times, according to police reports.According to British media, Saunders has high-profile parents. He was living with his mother, a leading psychoanalyst in the country, before he set out on his travels. His father is an English professor at King’s College.Saunders never spoke about his motivations for the crime. Media reports said that Drbohlavova rejected sexual advances from Saunders. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Lithuania plans to revamp its digitalterrestrial

first_imgLithuania plans to revamp its digital-terrestrial frequency plan this year following the completion of digital switchover in 2012.Frequencies will be changed in the western part of the country in February, followed by the western, north-eastern and south-western regions in March and the rest of the country in June.The changes are designed to allow more efficient use of the available frequencies following the shutdown of analogue broadcasting at the end of last year, and will affect both free DTT channels and the Gala pay TV service provided by telco Teo.last_img read more

Maciej Stec Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat

first_imgMaciej StecPolish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has appointed Maciej Stec, sales director at Telewizji Polsat and a member of the Polsat board, to its board. Polsat chairman Zygmunt Solorz-Żak said that Stec had knowledge of the media and advertising market and skills related to the creation and moentiisation of content and would provide an important contribution to the realisation of synergies between media and telecommunications.The latest board appointment follows the recent resignation of long-serving Cyfrowy Polsat president Dominik Libicki over differences in the implementation of group strategy.last_img read more

Tuscaloosas Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah 5K returns for it

first_imgTuscaloosa’s Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah 5K returns for its fifth year Aug. 18.The annual 5K and fun run, held at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa, benefits the Thomas Plott Foundation in its quest to fund research for cystic fibrosis.The race begins at 8 a.m., and registrants can pick up their packets Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Expeditions in the Tuscaloosa Galleria, 1657 McFarland Blvd. N., Tuscaloosa.To register or to learn more, visit plottfoundation.org.last_img

Labour has pledged to transform the social secur

first_imgLabour has pledged to “transform” the social security system and to set out a bill to repeal cuts to disabled people’s benefits within a year, in one of the headline measures of a mini-manifesto devoted solely to disability issues.The document, Nothing About You, Without You, was launched last weekend in Manchester, and expands on policies laid out in the party’s main election manifesto, as well as including some new pledges*.One of these is a promise to develop a network of “independent living hubs”, which would “be run by disabled people, foster independence, facilitate peer or advocacy support” and provide practical support.This mirrors the pledge made by the Labour government in its Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People report in 2005, which called for every area to have “a user-led organisation modelled on existing CILs [centres for independent living]”.The party has told Disability News Service (DNS) that it will ensure local authorities have the resources to create these hubs, although decisions on whether to set them up will be made locally.  There is also a promise to halve the disability employment gap, a pledge originally made by the Conservative party in 2015 but now dropped from its latest manifesto after the government made little or no progress towards achieving the target over the last two years.Labour has so far declined to say how long it would take to halve the gap, other than “as soon as possible”.The disability manifesto also says that local public sector or voluntary organisations would carry out the new “personalised, holistic” assessments that it previously announced would replace the heavily-criticised work capability assessment and personal independence payment (PIP) assessment.Labour’s disability manifesto is the product of a series of disability equality roadshows held across the country over the last six months, a process headed by the shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams, with the party stressing that it has been produced “with and for disabled people”.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) said disabled people had been “demonised and dehumanised by the Conservative’s devastating cuts and a social security system which punishes, rather than supports, disabled people”.He said: “Labour will ensure that disabled people and people with mental health conditions have access to the support they need and will work with disabled people to build an inclusive society, where no one is held back from fulfilling their potential and realising their aspirations.”Much of the document is devoted to attacking the record of the Conservatives in government over the last seven years, while there are few details about the policies Labour is proposing.One such example is its pledge to “build more accessible and disabled-friendly new homes” as part of a commitment to build 100,000 new affordable homes every year.When DNS asked what proportion of these homes would be built to Lifetime Homes standard and how many would be wheelchair-accessible, the party said this would be “needs-led”, although a Labour government would make funding available for councils to “assess and fully meet local needs”.Despite the lack of detail in the disability manifesto, there are many statements of principle – and some firm policies – that are likely to attract disabled voters.The document pledges to deliver an education strategy that is “inclusive”, and says a Labour government would replace the current assessment for the new education, health and care plans – introduced under the coalition government’s Children and Families Act 2014 – an eligibility test that Labour says is being used to restrict support to “all but those with the most severe needs”.The disability manifesto also promises to “change the culture of the social security system, from one that demonises sick and disabled people to one that is supportive and enabling” and is “efficient, responsive, and provides basic support”.It also promises “stronger laws and proper enforcement of the Equality Act” to protect disabled people from discrimination at work and when applying for jobs, and says there will be a new right to flexible working for “employees with an impairment or chronic condition”.There is a pledge to ensure university courses are accessible to disabled students, “including through scrapping tuition fees, [and providing] course support and support for living costs” – although there is no mention of whether a Labour government would reverse Tory cuts to disabled students’ allowance – and another to increase the number of disabled apprentices.And there is a pledge to provide “seed corn funding” to develop local organisations offering “supportive” employment for disabled people who cannot participate in mainstream work.It says that an example of the kind of enterprises that might benefit is Enabled Works, in Leeds, a workers’ co-operative that was set up following the closure of the Leeds and Pontefract Remploy factories.On public transport, the disability manifesto promises to stop the expansion of driver-only operated trains, because “guards are essential for allowing disabled passengers access to trains”, while Labour will reverse the cut to the funding of the Access to All rail station access improvement programme, first revealed by Disability News Service last year.There is also a promise to “open up democracy” to disabled people, by ensuring that the party’s own disabled members can “participate fully in all local party activities, and that there is a fair and accessible selection process for all candidates for local, regional and national levels of political office”.The disability manifesto pledges to make “reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates in recognition of the additional costs that they face”.But there is no mention of reopening the Access to Elected Office Fund, which provided funding for the extra costs faced by disabled candidates seeking election to parliament and local councils, and was closed by the Conservative government after the 2015 election.*One of the only analyses of Labour’s disability manifesto to be published so far, by disabled activist David Gillon, can be found herelast_img read more

Sony at CES 2017 534 Million PS4 Consoles Uncharted 4 has 87

first_imgSony unveils a higher-end PlayStation 4 Pro better-equipped to handle 4K graphics and VR content. Image Credit: SONY Advertisement Sony’s CEO Kazuo Hirai has revealed that the company has sold 53.4 million PS4s over the console’s lifespan. For what it’s worth, the PS3 sold more than 80 million consoles worldwide as of November 2013. Let’s not be surprised to see the PS4 surpass the PS3 numbers.In a little less than a month, the company has sold 3.4 million PS4 consoles. It’s no mean feat considering it already had strong sales leading upto the holiday season and the Xbox One S receiving drastic price cuts in primary markets like the US and UK. PS4 sales topped 6.2 million units from November 21 to January 1. PS4 software sale for the same period passed 50.4 million units.Uncharted 4 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has reached 8.7 million total copies sold worldwide across digital and retail, as of December 21, so it may have increased since then. Hirai however didn’t, mention how much of these sales could be attributed to the PS4 Pro or PS4 Slim though he did say that PS VR is selling well, without providing figures, NDTV news reports. Quite a few regions don’t have the PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim or the PS VR just as yet. Sony hasn’t mentioned when the consoles will be available globally.[related-posts]last_img read more

Reddit Hacked Despite SMS TwoFactor Authentication

first_img Reporter Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. August 2, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares Image credit: via PC Mag Guest Writer Reddit Reddit Hacked, Despite SMS Two-Factor Authentication 3 min read The hacker gained access to Reddit’s internal systems by circumventing SMS-based two-factor authentication on employee accounts. Register Now » Michael Kan Add to Queue Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Next Article Reddit on Wednesday reported a data breach. The good news? Nothing too major was likely stolen. The bad news? It involved a two-factor authentication scam.During the mid-June intrusion, the hacker accessed an old backup of Reddit that contained user data such as hashed passwords from 2007. The culprit also viewed logs from Reddit’s “email digests,” which can associate a username with an email address, if you provided it.In other words, the breach appears to have only exposed email address information for existing users and scrambled password data for long-time Reddit fans from over a decade ago.”The attacker did not gain write access to Reddit systems; they gained read-only access to some systems that contained backup data, source code and other logs,” Reddit engineer “KeyserSosa” said in a post detailing the security incident.Nevertheless, the breach is raising alarm bells in the IT security community because the attacker did so by breaking into employee accounts that were supposedly protected by two-factor authentication.These accounts were configured to not only need a password upon login, but also a special one-time passcode that would’ve been sent over the employee’s smartphone via SMS messaging.”We learned that SMS-based authentication is not nearly as secure as we would hope, and the main attack was via SMS intercept,” Reddit’s KeyserSosa said, without elaborating.How does a hacker go about stealing SMS messages? It’s not as hard as you might think. In the past, cybercriminals have assumed a victim’s identity to trick cellular providers into essentially giving them access to the person’s phone number. Hackers with more technical expertise and the right hardware can also tamper with cellular technologies to collect nearby SMS messages or temporarily spoof someone’s phone number.Whatever the case may be, Reddit is using the security incident to encourage the public to switch over to non-SMS-based two-factor authentication. This involves your smartphone generating the special one-time passcode over an app. Another solution is to use a hardware-based security key, which is what Google has done to stop phishing on company employee accounts.If you don’t have two-factor authentication, it’s a good idea to use it on your most important accounts, like Facebook or your bank, which can usually be activated in the settings page. Even the SMS-based authentication is better than simply protecting your account with a password.For Reddit users who may have had their login credentials stolen in the breach, the website will reset passwords and message affected users with tips on how they can protect themselves.”Whether or not Reddit prompts you to change your password, think about whether you still use the password you used on Reddit 11 years ago on any other sites today,” the site said.last_img read more