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Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian To Serve On National Task Force On Inmate Health

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) recently announced the formation of a joint task force to reduce jail inmate recidivism through continuity of health care services.Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, who has been a leading voice in both the local and national discussions regarding the intersection of behavioral health and the criminal justice system, has been selected to serve on the task force.The task force, made up of NACo and NSA members representing county leaders, law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, behavioral health and veterans’ services, will explore the impacts of the national mental and behavioral health crisis and the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP), which strips federal health and veterans’ benefits from individuals upon admission to jail – not upon conviction – leading to increased recidivism.“Stripping federal health benefits from those jailed but not convicted, and are presumed innocent, is a violation of their constitutional rights,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “By providing continuity of health care to those most in need, counties can help break the cycle of recidivism exacerbated by untreated physical and mental illnesses and substance use disorders.”“This task force will work tirelessly to remove the roadblocks people face in getting the care they need,” said NSA Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson. “These experienced people will fix this problem and help the thousands of mentally ill citizens trapped in Americas’ jail without the proper care.” Members of the new task force will explore the impacts of existing federal policies on recidivism and health outcomes of local jail inmates. A focus will be placed on those individuals suffering from mental health, substance use disorders and/or other chronic health illnesses.An issue plaguing sheriffs and jails throughout the United States is that of the increasing number of inmates with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Due to the lack of community resources, jails have become the de-facto mental health hospitals and treatment facilities and have assumed the liability as well. Across the nation, there is growing reliance on local jails to serve as “one-stop” treatment centers for these afflictions. Under current law, those who can afford bail keep their health care while those unable to pay – who are most susceptible to illness – face a gap in coverage. Research shows gaps in coverage lead to higher rates of recidivism resulting in over-incarceration.The double standard created by MIEP is putting undue strain on local judicial, law enforcement, public safety and human services systems leading to increased health care costs and poorer health outcomes. Having access to federal health benefits for non-convicted individuals would allow for improved coordination of care, while decreasing short-term costs to local taxpayers and long-term costs to the federal government.The suspension of federal benefits for pre-trial detainees not only presents constitutional challenges but also unjustly increases the fiscal impact on sheriffs and counties to pay for needed medical and mental health care, that but for their incarceration, the federal government would cover. These monies, if reinstated, would increase sheriffs’ ability to provide additional programming and resources to inmates and allow for a smoother transition into communities for the inmate without a lapse in benefits and medical care.Read more about the need to reinstate federal health care benefits for non-convicted justice-involved individuals here.Members of the Task Force:Co-Chair: Hon. Nancy SharpeCommissioner, Arapahoe County, Colo.Co-Chair: Hon. Greg ChampagneSheriff, St. Charles Parish, La.Delrice AdamsExecutive Director, Cook County, Ill. Justice Advisory CouncilHon. Michael AdkinsonSheriff,Walton County, Fla.Hon. Kathryn BargerSupervisor, Los Angeles County, Calif.Hon. Roy Charles BrooksCommissioner, Tarrant County, TexasHon. Brett ClarkSheriff, Hendricks County, Ind.Hon. Jerry ClaytonSheriff, Washtenaw County, Mich.Hon. Thomas DartSheriff, Cook County, Ill.Hon. Jerry DemingsMayor, Orange County, Fla.Hon. John FlynnDistrict Attorney, Erie County, N.Y., Member of the Board of Directors, National District Attorneys AssociationHon. Daron HallSheriff, Davidson County, Tenn.Hon. Michael HeldmanSheriff, Hancock County, OhioHon. David HudsonJudge, Sebastian County, Ark.Hon. Clay JenkinsJudge, Dallas County, TexasHon. Peter J. KoutoujianSheriff, Middlesex County, Mass.Hon. Steven LeifmanAssociate Administrative Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Miami-Dade County, Fla.Nick MacchioneDirector, Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego County, Calif.Hon. John McMahonSheriff,San Bernardino County, Calif.Hon. Gabriel Morgan Sr.Sheriff, Newport News, Va.Hon. Christopher MossCounty Executive, Chemung County, N.Y.Hon. Eric SeversonSheriff, Waukesha County, Wisc.Hon. Helen StoneCommissioner, Chatham County, Ga.Hon. Tim SvensonSheriff, Yamhill County, Ore.Hon. Janet ThompsonCommissioner, Boone County, Mo.Hon. Errol Toulon, Jr.Sheriff, Suffolk County, N.Y.Hon. Jenny WilsonMayor, Salt Lake County, UtahEdward ZacharyDirector, Veterans Service Office, Medina County, OhioAbout The National Association of Counties & National Sheriffs’ AssociationThe National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking; promote exemplary county policies and practices; nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks; optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings; and enrich the public’s understanding of county government. www.naco.orgThe National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the U.S., representing more than 3,000 elected Sheriffs across the nation, and with a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among Sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of law enforcement, public safety, and criminal justice. Throughout its seventy-eight year history, NSA has also served as an information resource for all law enforcement, as well as State governments and the Federal government.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)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… RelatedSenator Markey & Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian Promote Expansion Of Opioid Treatment In JailsIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff Visits DC To Advocate For Pretrial Health Care CoverageIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian Elected President of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ AssociationIn “Government”last_img read more

Audis RS 7 Sportback Launched in India at ₹128 crore Salman Khan

first_imgGerman luxury car manufacturer Audi has introduced its five-door coupé RS 7 Sportback in India with a price tag of ₹1.28 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai).Salman Khan Drives Audi RS 7 Home (varinder chawla )last_img

Amazon plans to buy 26 stake in Mukesh Ambaniled Reliance Retail

first_imgReliance Industries LimitedAmazon is in talks with Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries to acquire about 26 percent in Reliance Retail. Reliance had been in talks with Alibaba Group for a similar acquisition which was scrapped due to a valuation rift.Amazon is aiming to step into India’s large brick-and-mortar chain. The acquisition will help the e-commerce major to gain a long-term hold in the industries where shopping is concentrated on public outlets.According to The Economic Times, the proceedings for the acquisition are going forward slowly. It also states that Amazon is planning the deal cautiously by taking the foreign direct investment (FDI) norms into consideration.The e-commerce giant wants to play safe by acquiring less than 26 percent to avoid getting barred due to FDI norms. Amazon LogoAPAs per the ET report, the Seattle-based firm aims to be an investor in Reliance because of its market-leading position in consumer electronics and mobile phones. Amazon also has been trying to get into the grocery vertical and Reliance’s grocery stores might help the e-commerce gain momentum in the long run.The report additionally states that the Mukesh Ambani-led company is looking forward to the deal to ease Reliance Retail’s outstanding debt of about Rs 2.88 lakh crore. The successful completion of the deal will help Reliance become a seller on Amazon India platform.The recent changes in FDI norms by the Narendra Modi government allows 51 percent in multi-brand retail. The new norms allow 100 percent overseas investment in cash-and-carry or wholesale stores and online marketplace to help third-party sellers with a platform to sell their goods. grocery (Representational Image)Reuters fileReliance Retail has been operating about 10,644 retail stores in about 6,700 cities. The major part of the revenue of Rs 73,508 crore last year was generated from electronics, grocery, and fashion. Total e-commerce retail business in the country accounts to three percent, which is expected to double by 2021, according to a study by Deloitte and Retailers Association of India. Amazon and Flipkart have seen a steady increase in their revenue even after drastic changes in the FDI policy.last_img read more

Suu Kyi follows Israels Begin in turning away from peace

first_imgMyanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to the nation over the Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar September 19, 2017. Reuters File PhotoMyanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the latest in a long line of Nobel Peace Prize laureates to disappoint many of those who once applauded her, and probably won’t be the last, a cautionary tale for the 2017 laureate who will be named next week.Suu Kyi is facing international criticism, including from fellow peace prize winner Desmond Tutu, for not doing more to stop what the U.N. says are mass killings, rapes and the burning of villages taking place in Rakhine state. The violence has forced 421,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighbouring Bangladesh.That is a turnaround from 1991, when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded her the prize and praised “her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”. Once awarded, the prize cannot be withdrawn.“This has happened many times before that laureates have been criticised,” said Professor Geir Lundestad, who was the secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 1990 to 2014.Lundestad said the prize remains a force for good, even if some winners later fall short of its ideals: “Aung Sang Suu Kyi was a very important spokeswoman for human rights in Burma and much of Asia. You cannot take that away from her.”The Nobel prizes were established by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, whose fortune came in part from making and selling arms. The peace prize, worth 9 million Swedish Krona ($1.1 million) will be announced on Oct. 6 and can go to one or more individuals or organisations.A number of winners of the peace prize have gone on to launch wars or escalate them.Israeli leader Menachem Begin ordered the invasion of Lebanon in 1982, four years after sharing the Nobel with Egypt’s Anwar Sadat for their Camp David peace accord. Sadat was assassinated by an Islamist army officer in 1981.Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat shared the 1994 prize with Israel’s Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres for the Oslo accords, which have not brought a lasting settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Rabin was assassinated by a far-right nationalist in 1995 and Peres was voted out of office eight months later. Arafat later presided over the Palestinians during the second intifada, a violent uprising against Israeli occupation.Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, awarded the prize in 1990 for his role in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end, sent tanks in 1991 to try to stop the independence of the Baltic countries, though he later let them become independent.U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shared the 1973 prize with North Vietnam’s Le Duc Tho for what turned out to be failed efforts to end the Vietnam War. Tho declined the award, the only laureate ever to do so, accusing Washington of violating the truce. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese.When U.S. president Barack Obama won in 2009 just months after taking office, even he said he was surprised. By the time he came to Oslo to collect the prize at the end of the year, he had ordered the tripling of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated,” he said in his speech. “I’m responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill, and some will be killed. And so I come here with an acute sense of the costs of armed conflict.”PRICE TOO STEEPAmong Suu Kyi’s critics is Tutu who, in a Sept. 7 letter to his “dearly beloved younger sister” writes: “If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep.”On 19 September, Suu Kyi condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished. While Western diplomats and aid officials welcomed the tone of her message, some doubted if she had done enough to deflect global criticism.Dan Smith, the director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, said the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize might even have harmed the Rohingya.“She has an aura,” he said of Suu Kyi, adding that maybe her stellar international reputation “masked the true awfulness” of abuses over many years of the Rohingya.“When she responded to questions about the Rohingya by saying ‘why are you focusing on them, not on other issues?, people were inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt.”Suu Kyi was the rare winner, like Nelson Mandela, to rise from political prisoner to national leader. Mandela stepped down after five years as South Africa’s first black president with his reputation largely unblemished, but some of his allies from the apartheid-era liberation movement faced scandals in office.“Maybe it’s this move from the image of the bold, heroic defender of human rights and ordinary people … into what is inevitably a more grubby world of politics where compromises are made” that tarnishes reputations, said Smith.SAINTS AND SINNERSEven saints face criticism. Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel winner canonised by Pope Francis last year, was faulted in 1994 by British medical journal The Lancet for offering neither diagnoses nor strong pain killers to dying patients in her Calcutta hospice.The decision to give the award in 2012 to the European Union was criticised at the time. Brussels was then imposing tough financial bailout conditions on member Greece that many economists said destroyed livelihoods. Tutu, among others, also faulted the EU as an organisation that uses military force.The risk of disappointment arises because Nobel committees pick laureates for the hope they carry or a recent achievement, rather than the sum of a career, said Asle Sveen, a historian of the Nobel Peace Prize.“It is always a risk when they promote somebody, because they are getting involved in politics,” he told Reuters. “And they cannot predict what is going to happen in the future.”“That is what makes the Nobel Peace Prize different from all the other peace prizes,” said Sveen. “Otherwise you would give the prize to very old people just before they die.”Among the favourites are parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, such as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State at the time.The deal, which saw Iran agree to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international sanctions, has been criticised by hardliners in both Tehran and Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump called it “an embarrassment to the United States” in a speech at the United Nations this month, and has suggested Washington could repudiate it.Experts on the prize say it is precisely the sort of breakthrough among foes that the committee tends to recognise.“This is the first time that a country subjected to Chapter VII (of the U.N. Charter) has seen its situation resolved peacefully,” said Henrik Urdal, Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, referring to how Iran’s nuclear programme is no longer labelled a threat by the U.N. Security Council.“Focusing on the EU and Iran would also be a signal to the United States that the Iran nuclear deal has a broad support base,” Urdal told reporters.Other possible contenders are Pope Francis, Syria’s “White Helmet” rescue crews, the UN refugee agency UNHCR and its high commissioner Filippo Grandi. UNHCR has already won twice.Last year’s prize went to Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts to end half a century of war that killed a quarter of million people.last_img read more

Tulip gives birth to baby boy

first_imgRaphael Mujib St John Percy. Photo: BSSTulip Siddiq, a niece of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, gave birth to a baby son at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead in the UK.Baby named Raphael Mujib St John Percy appeared just before 10:00am on Saturday, London based the Camden New Journal reported.The PM’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana’s daughter Tulip Siddiq and her husband Christian Percy thanked staff of the hospital.“We are extremely grateful to the doctors, nurses, midwives and staff at the Royal Free hospital for their brilliant work and for looking after our son so well,” Siddiq said.Raphael is the second child of Tulip who gave birth to daughter Azalea in 2016.Siddiq, the Hampstead and Kilburn MP, was at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead on Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after being taken by taxi to the House of Commons car park so that she could take part in the vote of confidence in Theresa May’s crisis-hit government, said the newspaper.Earlier in the week, she had been pushed in a wheelchair to take part in Tuesday night’s Commons vote which saw MPs overwhelmingly reject May’s European Union withdrawal terms.Siddiq had delayed the Caesarean in order to vote against the Brexit deal, raising new calls for a proxy system allowing MPs to vote without being present in special circumstances.last_img read more

The colour power

first_imgCelebrating the spirit of colour orange, Camera Unlimited has brought its new photography exhibition titled Tangerine Tales to the Capital. Orange colour is considered pious in many religions like saffron robes of Buddhist monks, vermilion tilak on the forehead of a sadhu, bright orange turban worn by Sikh devotees and these symbolic visuals which can be seen in every day life have been captured very creatively by the photographers.An eighth exhibition in the series, this is an effort to blend the work of established as well as upcoming photographers, showcasing their talents on a common platform. The exhibition features photographs by Ahmed Firoz, Ambika Sethi, Dinesh Sethi, Krishan Sharma, Lubna Sen, Marta Martinez, Nitin Arjun, Rajesh Ramakrishnan, Rohit Kumar, Shilpi Choudhuri, Shivani Punia and Shoba Jolly. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Each photographers has interpreted the theme in a different manner. From a peeling orange wall depicting disturbed calmness to the explosion of vibrant expressions and colours of festival Holi, from abstracts in still life to surreal frames in motion, sunrise to sunset, the contradictions in the photographs may be obvious yet they all are tied by the common thread of colour – orange.The colour orange means different things to each of us. For some it may be the burst of energy, the passion of a glowing fire, while some associate it with the calmness of a sadhu’s robe and symbol of the autumn leaves. All the photographs on display are printed on Canvas and are framed in an identical manner which ensures that each of the artwork stands out and mark it’s impression on visitors.When: Till 24 NovemberWhere: Arpana Caur Academy of Fine Arts & Literaturelast_img read more

•  Switching gears a nuclear deal with Iran could

first_img •  Switching gears, a nuclear deal with Iran could send oil prices lower… Iran and six world powers (the US, the UK, Germany, China, France, and Russia) are trying to resolve a 12-year dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. The deal on the table would allow Iran to enrich uranium for power generation only. The US and its allies don’t want Iran to build a nuclear bomb. The two sides have been negotiating for almost two years. They were hoping to reach a deal by today, but now the BBC reports that negotiations will likely continue over the weekend. Reuters says a deal “could be the biggest milestone in decades towards easing hostility between Iran and the United States.” A deal could also cause oil prices to drop… Right now, Iran is under strict sanctions. The United Nations won’t let countries sell weapons to Iran. And the European Union won’t buy oil or natural gas from Iran. As a result, Iran’s oil exports have fallen from 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2011 to just 1.2 million bpd today. In January 2013, Iran’s oil minister said oil sanctions were costing his country between $4 and $8 billion per month. Iranian officials say oil exports could nearly double, to 2.3 million bpd, if the two sides agree on a nuclear deal and the US and its allies lift the sanctions. Iran is the sixth-biggest producer of oil in the world, and it has the fourth-largest oil reserves. If it doubles its exports, it will add over 1 million bpd to an already oversupplied market. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a cartel of 12 oil-producing countries that includes Iran, is already producing 31.28 million bpd. That’s its highest rate of production since August 2012. The price of oil is down 49% since June 2014 and 12% in just the last month. •  Back in the US, a huge company is raising prices… Starbucks (SBUX), the largest coffee chain in the US, just announced it will raise prices on most of its drinks by 5 to 20 cents. Starbucks isn’t raising prices because coffee is getting more expensive. The price of coffee beans has dropped 44% since last October. Instead, it’s increasing prices to pay for rising wages and rent prices. And it’s not the only big company dealing with rising costs… Walmart, the world’s largest private employer, announced in February that it would give raises to 500,000 of its lowest-paid employees. T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Gap are also planning similar wage hikes. For now, rising wages aren’t causing prices to rise much. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), a government measure of inflation, showed a 0% inflation rate in May. But we prefer to use data from the Billion Prices Project (BPP) to measure inflation. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management created the BPP. It collects the prices of 5 million items sold by hundreds of retailers in order to estimate inflation. Right now, the BPP also says inflation is low. This chart compares the CPI to the PriceStats Inflation Gauge, an inflation index calculated using data from the BPP: Are US ATMs Next to Fail? It’s more likely than you think. Economist reveals stunning evidence… Read more At 11:32 a.m. ET on Wednesday, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) broke. The NYSE is the largest stock exchange in the world. Investors couldn’t buy or sell stocks on the NYSE for nearly four hours. Trading resumed at 3:10 p.m. The NYSE’s management blamed a technical glitch. It assured investors that the outage wasn’t due to a cyberattack on NYSE computers. It was the worst malfunction of a major stock exchange since the “Flash Freeze” of 2013, when stocks stopped trading on the Nasdaq for over three hours. •  The NYSE outage added to a crazy week… Earlier this week, we told you that the Shanghai stock market had plummeted 28% since June 12. It was the worst crash in Chinese stocks in two decades. We also showed you how Chinese stocks are extremely volatile. They go through huge booms and huge busts. On Thursday, Chinese stocks switched from bust to boom. After dropping a stunning 19% in one week, the Shanghai soared 11% on Thursday and Friday… its biggest two-day rally since September 2008 during the global financial crisis. We’re not impressed. We pointed out yesterday that the Chinese government has halted trading on 51% of all mainland Chinese stocks. A rally in a market where investors can’t sell 51% of stocks is totally meaningless. – According to both the CPI and BPP, prices only rose by about 0.2% from May 2014 to May 2015. When we do get meaningful inflation, it’ll likely show up in the BPP before it does in the CPI. We’ll be watching both… and we’ll tell you when we start to see inflation.center_img This could wipe out MILLIONS of Americans If you hold any of your savings in the U.S. dollar or you own any assets priced in our currency (like stocks or bonds), then you absolutely must see this urgent warning now. Recommended Links —last_img read more

A disabled access expert has questioned why 10 Dow

first_imgA disabled access expert has questioned why 10 Downing Street – which has one of the most iconically-inaccessible front doors on the planet – has been presented with a high-profile access award.Images of the front entrance to the prime minister’s home and offices – with its two steps to the front door – are shown every day all over the world.But despite staff needing to bring out a portable ramp if a wheelchair-user wants to enter the grade I listed building through the front entrance, 10 Downing Street was presented with an award at last month’s Blue Badge Style Awards.The awards recognise venues that have “made an effort to attract guests with disabilities”, and those nominated are rated on their style, facilities and accessibility, with other winners including the Ritz Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany, the Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair, and the Dandelyan cocktail bar on London’s South Bank.The citation for the “above and beyond” award said that 10 Downing Street had “pulled out all the stops” on access.Historic England – the government-sponsored public body responsible for “championing England’s heritage” – told Disability News Service this week that it had advised the Cabinet Office on recent access improvements to the building, including a new internal lift, but that so far there had had been no discussions about the steps at the front entrance.Tracey Proudlock, founder of the leading access consultancy Proudlock Associates, and a former government adviser on disability equality, questioned why 10 Downing Street had been handed an award.She said the need to use a ramp at the front door showed that 10 Downing Street had not gone “above and beyond” on access, and she contrasted it with the “great thinking” that had gone into the “creative” access work at Canterbury Cathedral.Proudlock said that front doors are often symbolically important on access.She said: “In terms of Number 10, it is where you deliver your petition or go in to get your new ministerial job.“I think the entrance to Number 10 is really symbolic.“At any front door, disabled people don’t want to be treated differently and that is still happening here.“No matter how quick they are at deploying a temporary ramp, it’s still not an inclusive provision.“Getting out a portable ramp isn’t really a modern approach to providing inclusion.”Proudlock said that just because a building had grade I listed building status, that did not mean that features such as steps to a front door could not be removed.She added: “When big decisions on access are taken, they have to involve disabled people, and at the moment often they do not.”Earlier this year, she wrote in her blog how the Bank of England had come up with an ingenious solution to provide level access at its historic front entrance.She wrote: “If front entrance access can be achieved at the Bank of England – built in 1734, when most disabled people would have been in the workhouse or infirmary – it can be done in a lot more places…“Everyone blames everyone else for why it ‘can’t be done’ or ‘isn’t worth doing’.“Important public buildings, however historic, are no less important to members of the public who happen to be disabled.”A Number 10 spokeswoman said: “Downing Street is committed to accessibility and we have undertaken a programme of works over recent years to make sure this historic building is accessible to all who visit.”This includes improved accessible toilets, “increased ramping”, and a new lift providing access to the state rooms.She said: “We’re proud to have these efforts recognised by the Blue Badge Style Awards.”She said the front door was “manned by a custodian constantly, meaning that it is accessible 24/7 to those who require the use of a ramp”.But she had failed to say by noon today (Thursday) whether there had been any discussions about removing the steps at the front entrance.Historic England confirmed that the Cabinet Office was “rolling out a programme of improvements to the grade I listed complex to proactively address disabled access”.She said: “Historic England advised on the recent installation of the award-winning lift [inside] Downing Street and regularly discusses listed building alterations with Cabinet Office.”Another spokeswoman added later: “There have not yet been any formal discussions with Cabinet Office about alterations specifically to the front steps of Number 10.“The accessibility audit is still being worked through and we will continue to advise as necessary.”Fiona Jarvis (pictured, outside 10 Downing Street), founder of Blue Badge Style and a wheelchair-user herself, said the award recognised the effort made by 10 Downing Street in recent refurbishments.She said in a statement: “They now have stylish toilets for people with disabilities on every floor and stairs that turn into a lift, allowing people with disabilities to get from the main building to the rest of the rooms more easily.“Immediately you arrive they come out with a portable ramp, which means you can negotiate the iconic front steps which are tied by a grade I listing. “More than anything it’s their attitude to doing their best for people with disabilities that won them the award.”Asked why the award had been given when the front entrance was so clearly inaccessible to wheelchair-users, a spokeswoman said that Jarvis “recognises the issue with the steps, but her experience was that [because] they got the ramp out so quickly, there wasn’t a problem getting in to the building”.last_img read more

Aloft Hotel Adds SiriEquipped Rooms

first_img Enroll Now for $5 August 29, 2016 David Murphy Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Aloft Hotel Adds Siri-Equipped Rooms –shares Next Article Add to Queuecenter_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Hey Siri, fluff my pillow and make sure I’m awake at 7 a.m. for my workout. And make me a coffee at 6:55 a.m. so I can wake up to that sweet aroma, slam it and run out the door. Now, tell me a bedtime story.That’s an ambitious list of tasks for Apple’s digital assistant, but some vacationers will soon get a chance to have Siri serve as their digital butler if they’re staying at either the Santa Clara or Boston Seaport Aloft Hotel. If you’re in one of the hotel’s new Siri-equipped rooms, you’ll get an iPad to play around with that comes with a customized app that lets you control many of the room’s options by yelling “Hey Siri.” “Forget the phrase ‘at the touch of your fingertips.’ Today’s early adopter, hyper-connected global traveler wants a level of personalization unlike ever before, and that means being able to control their hotel experience with the sound of their voice. We’re thrilled to be the first hotel brand to bring voice activation to our guests in this way, using Siri to control room temperature, lighting and more during their stay,” said Brian McGuinness, global brand leader at Aloft Hotels, in a statement.Personalized welcome screens on the aforementioned iPads will help guests familiarize themselves with what they can (and can’t) do by yelling at Siri. It’ll also be the way in which each guest (or one guest, speaking on behalf of the room’s occupants) gets the iPad to recognize his or her voice for “Hey Siri” commands.Once set up, guests will be able to use Siri to control their room’s temperature (thanks to the room’s HomeKit-enabled Ecobee thermostat), adjust the room’s Philips Hue lighting, turn music on and off (so long as guests sign into their iTunes accounts on the iPad first) and figure out various attractions to visit around their particular hotel. It stands to reason that guests will also be able to use Siri for most of the conventional requests they might normally use Siri for: setting alarms, figuring out complex mathematics and other queries like that.Aloft will reset the iPads upon checkout. Image credit: PC Mag 2 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Sirilast_img read more

Welcome to the Eventbrite App Marketplace and Our New Partners Constant Contact

first_img Eventbrite App MarketplaceEventbrite’s APIhubspotMarketing TechnologyNewsSurveyMonkeyTechnology Previous ArticlePantheon Launches Community and Advocacy Program for Drupal and WordPressNext ArticleClear Software and Automation Anywhere Announce Strategic Partnership Welcome to the Eventbrite App Marketplace and Our New Partners: Constant Contact, Gift Up!, Lennd, and Prism MTS Staff WriterApril 19, 2019, 3:05 pmApril 19, 2019 We’re unveiling the Eventbrite App Marketplace, the next iteration of what we formerly called Eventbrite Spectrum. With a brand new look and feel, the Eventbrite App Marketplace was reimagined to make it even easier for event creators to find and leverage 100+ trusted apps to help them save time, run events more efficiently, and, ultimately, sell more tickets.More specifically, beyond the fresh coat of paint, the interface has been re-designed to be easier for creators to discover apps, and the revamped documentation and guides help make it faster and easier for developers to build with us. The beauty of the Eventbrite App Marketplace is that all of the apps play seamlessly with Eventbrite’s platform, connecting with the simple click of a button. This means that creators have the power to extend and tailor the functionality of the Eventbrite platform to suit the specific needs of their business.Matt Whitlock from Northern Nights Music Festival comments: “Our festival has been around for seven years, and during that time we’ve made great use of the apps that integrate with Eventbrite. Apps like Mailchimp Sync, ToneDen, and Social Ladder’s Ambassador Program are highly valuable tools that help us both broaden the reach of Northern Nights Music Festival with attendees, and throw a successful event from start to finish.”Marketing Technology News: OpenText Invests and Drives Growth in Asia Pacific RegionTo unearth and deliver the best solutions we work closely with our diverse community of partners, developers, and creators to build a more adaptable and powerful global ticketing and event technology platform. Adding to an already solid lineup of leading software partners and platforms like HubSpot for marketing, sales, and service software, SurveyMonkey for collecting feedback, and ToneDen for automated social marketing; We’re excited to welcome four new app partners:Constant Contact: Constant Contact makes it easy for creators to build professional emails to promote events, track registrations, send follow-up emails, and import registrants as email contacts. Creators can also easily add event content to any email template with a simple drag-and-drop tool and can seamlessly transfer contacts from Eventbrite to Constant Contact.Gift Up!: Gift Up! is a simple way for creators to sell gift cards on their own website for events listed on Eventbrite. With this integration, the Gift Up! app automatically tracks and syncs the sold gift cards as discount coupons in a creator’s Eventbrite account and the result is an easy gift card purchase process for the gift-giver, and a simple experience for the receiver.Lennd: Lennd is an event management platform for festival creators that manages credentials and ticket requests for vendors, sponsors, artists, media, and staff. With this integration, creators can quickly spin up forms to facilitate requests and approvals for event access and sync the collected data into Eventbrite.Prism: Prism is committed to simplifying the complex process of booking live music and comedy shows, managing rooms, and routing tours with one source of truth so event creators can be more efficient and successful. With this integration, Prism helps bring various pieces of event management into a single, consolidated system all within Eventbrite.Marketing Technology News: Pegasystems Honored with Multiple Awards for Helping Organizations Digitally Transform Their BusinessEventbrite continues to invest in the platform to make it as easy and as simple as possible for partners and developers to build with Eventbrite.Adrian Taveras from Prism shares: “I evaluate numerous integration opportunities throughout the live music technology space. Our experience with Eventbrite’s API and Eventbrite’s partner program has been best-in-class. The API is incredibly well-documented and robust which has enabled us to deploy our deepest integration to date with a ticketing partner. I often reference Eventbrite’s API to new partners developing new endpoints.”This is just the beginning for the Eventbrite App Marketplace. There will be more to share as we continue to build it out to further extend the power of the Eventbrite platform.Marketing Technology News: HG Insights Partners with Forrester to Expand Worldwide Technology Adoption Coveragelast_img read more

New study estimates prevalence and risk factors for misuse of prescribed opioids

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 6 2019A new Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety study estimates the prevalence and risk factors for self-reported misuse of prescribed opioids in the general adult population.Based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the study’s investigators estimate that of more than 89 million US adults who used prescription opioids every year, close to 3.9 million (4.4 percent) reported misusing the prescribed medications. Prescribed opioid misuse was most strongly associated with co-occurring misuse of opioids without a prescription, misuse of benzodiazepines, other drug use disorders, history of illegal activity, and psychological distress.”While most people who are prescribed opioid medications use them as prescribed, a minority tend to use a higher dose, use the medication more frequently, or for a longer time than prescribed,” said lead author Dr. Ramin Mojtabai, of Johns Hopkins University. “Prescribers should be especially vigilant about the possibility of misuse among patients who are prescribed more potent opioid medications and prescribed these medications for long-term use.”Source: https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/pharmacoepidemiology-and-drug-safety/study-estimates-misuse-prescribed-opioids-united-last_img read more

Cascade aggravates hereditary storage diseases

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 26 2019In rare, hereditary storage diseases such as Sandhoff’s disease or Tay-Sachs syndrome, the metabolic waste from accumulating gangliosides cannot be properly disposed of in the nerve cells because important enzymes are missing. The consequences for the patients are grave: They range from movement restrictions to blindness, mental decline and early death. Scientists at the University of Bonn now demonstrate why these gangliosides also accumulate in patients with other storage diseases and cause a deterioration in them. The results will soon be presented in the Journal of Lipid Research and can be read online in advance.Lysosomes take over the function of the stomach in living cells. They digest superfluous metabolic products and break them down into their components, which are then available for the cell’s urgently needed new building and operating materials as part of the recycling process. If digestion in the lysosomes is blocked, for example as a result of genetic defects, this “cell waste” is stored. The growing mountain of waste materials can be toxic to nerve cells and may result in an early death, even in childhood.In Tay-Sachs syndrome and Sandhoff’s disease, components of nerve cell membranes cannot be properly degraded, resulting in the ganglioside GM2 being stored in the lysosomes. Gangliosides are water-insoluble fats, so-called lipids, which occur mainly in the ganglion cells of the nervous system. If the GM2-degrading enzyme Hex A is missing or impaired, for example due to genetic defects, destructive ganglioside storage occurs.In Sandhoff’s disease the degradation enzymes Hex A and Hex B are inactive. As with Tay-Sachs syndrome, GM2 storage leads to the destruction of nerve cells. Affected children develop normally in the first months of life; later on, blindness, movement restrictions and mental decline occur – and eventually an early death. Enzyme replacement therapies have failed due to the impermeability of the blood-brain barrier for these substances.Researchers recreate conditions in the test tubeTogether with his colleagues Dr. Susi Anheuser and Dr. Bernadette Breiden, Prof. Sandhoff has deciphered the role of the molecular environment in the lysosome for the successful degradation of GM2. In the test tube, the scientists reconstructed the tiny bubbles (vesicles) on which the GM2 is degraded in the “cell stomach” (the lysosome). Normally, the auxiliary protein GM2AP helps to catch and release the GM2 that sits on the shell of the bubbles. It can then be degraded together with the degradation enzyme Hex A to harmless GM3. However, when the function of Hex A is blocked, it is stored – with fatal consequences for nerve cells.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear’An active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaIn the test tube, the scientists investigated the influencing factors that inhibit or improve the degradation of GM2. For example, the smaller the vesicle in the “cell stomach” and the more negatively charged their surface is, the easier the degradation enzyme’s access to the GM2 and the better the “digestion” functions. The presence of cholesterol and sphingomyelin, on the other hand, significantly reduces GM2 degradation. The investigations showed that the storage of these lipids in Niemann-Pick diseases triggers an additional GM2 accumulation in the lysosome, which significantly exacerbates the type C clinical picture even though the GM2-degrading enzyme Hex A is intact and active. “Genetic disorders of the degradation enzyme evidently trigger a cascade of as yet unknown consequential damages,” summarizes Sandhoff.In another work Sandhoffs team shows that this cascade principle also applies to hereditary mucopolysaccharidoses. In these disorders, one of the storage substances, chondroitin sulphate, triggers additional ganglioside storage in the nerve cells by inhibiting GM2 degradation. In addition to existing short stature, coarse facial features and liver enlargement, it also causes learning difficulties and startle reflexes, which can, however, be alleviated in the animal model by inhibitors of GM2 formation.”The aim of current therapeutic approaches is to prevent the production of GM2 for these hereditary storage diseases,” said Sandhoff. Drugs that are currently on the market only partially fulfill this requirement. “Perhaps gene replacement therapy, which has already been successful in animal models and will soon be used in patients, will be more successful,” said the biochemist. With the help of ferries, genes with the correct blueprint for the GM2 degradation enzyme will be introduced into the nerve cells of the brain. Sandhoff: “Hopefully the future will soon show whether this is actually a therapeutic option.” Source:University of BonnJournal reference:Sandhoff, K. et al. (2019) Membrane lipids and their degradation compounds control GM2 catabolism at intralysosomal luminal vesicles. Journal of Lipid Research. doi.org/10.1194/jlr.M092551. Previous therapeutic approaches have not led to any significant successes in these neurodegenerative gangliosidoses.”Prof. Dr. Konrad Sandhoff, senior professor at the LIMES Institute of the University of Bonnlast_img read more

Fiat Chrysler slams brakes on Renault merger

first_img Relations between Renault and Nissan have been strained since the arrest of former boss Carlos Ghosn in November Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, or FCA, had stunned the markets last week with a proposed “merger of equals” with the French group that would—together with Renault’s Japanese partners Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors—create an auto giant spanning the globe. The French government, which controls 15 percent of Renault, gave the deal a conditional green light, with analysts suggesting it wanted more control over the combined group alongside Fiat’s Agnelli family.FCA said late Wednesday it “remains firmly convinced of the compelling, transformational rationale” of the tie-up, which it said was “carefully balanced to deliver substantial benefits to all parties”. “However it has become clear that the political conditions in France do not currently exist for such a combination to proceed successfully,” it said in a statement. On Thursday, FCA chief John Elkann stood by the decision to start, and then leave, the merger talks.”When it becomes clear that the conversations have been brought to the point beyond which it becomes unreasonable to go, it is necessary to be equally brave to interrupt them,” Elkann wrote in a letter to employees published by Italian media. The merger plan was welcomed by analysts as one of the few deals in the auto sector that might prove a success Nissan had cautiously received the news of a proposed Fiat-Renault merger Citation: Fiat Chrysler slams brakes on Renault merger (2019, June 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-fiat-chrysler-merger-renault.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Italian-US carmaker Fiat Chrysler on Thursday pulled the plug on its proposed merger with Renault, saying negotiations had become “unreasonable” due to political resistance in Paris. Pointing to falling sales volumes in major auto markets, she said “mega-mergers designed to save on capital expenditures remain inevitable”.On Tuesday, Renault’s board had said it was studying FCA’s offer “with interest”, but held off final approval pending further deliberations. By Wednesday, all Renault directors had come round in favour of the merger, with exception of employee’s representative affiliated with the powerful CGT union and two from Nissan who abstained, according to a source close to Renault. The two Nissan directors were said to have asked for more time to approve the deal. There was no official comment from Nissan headquarters in Tokyo.Relations between Renault and Nissan have come under strain since the arrest in November of their joint boss, Carlos Ghosn, who awaits trial in Japan on charges of financial misconduct. Explore further Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was “firmly convinced of the compelling, transformational rationale” of its merger proposal A source close to the finance ministry said the French government “regrets the hasty decision of FCA”.”Despite significant progress, a short delay was still necessary so that all conditions set by the state could be met.”Le Maire indicated the French government was amenable to changes at Renault despite FCA’s U-turn.”We remain open to the prospect of industrial consolidation, but once again, in calmness, without haste, to guarantee the industrial interests of Renault and the industrial interests of the French nation,” he told the French parliament.For his part, Elkann said FCA “will continue to be open to opportunities of all kinds that offer the possibility of strengthening and accelerating the realisation of this strategy and creating value”. Renault expressed its “disappointment” at the about-turn.”We view the (Fiat) opportunity as timely, having compelling industrial logic and great financial merit, and which would result in a European-based global auto powerhouse,” it said in a statement.The combined group, including Nissan and Mitsubishi, would have been by far the world’s biggest, with total sales of some 15 million vehicles, compared to both Volkswagen and Toyota, which sell around 10.6 million apiece.Shares in Renault plunged by more than six percent on the Paris stock exchange. In Milan, FCA shares also initially slid but then recovered to close up 0.1 percent.Nissan holds keyDespite the verbal sparring that erupted after FCA’s announcement, industry experts did not rule out talks being resumed. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire had laid down conditions for the tie-up with FCA, insisting there be no plant closures and that the Renault-Nissan alliance be preserved. The Renault source said Le Maire had asked for another board meeting next Tuesday following his return from a trip to Japan where he was to discuss the proposal with his Japanese counterpart at a meeting of G20 finance ministers. Blame gameA source close to FCA said it was the “sudden and incomprehensible” objections by Le Maire’s ministry that had caused the deal to collapse.Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said: “When politics tries to intervene in economic procedures, they don’t always behave correctly, I don’t want to say any more.” But Le Maire stressed that, of his conditions, only the explicit approval of Nissan remained to be secured, while aides denied that the ministry had played politics with the deal. Fiat Chrysler said it would be unable to reach an agreement with the French government over the proposed merger with Renault © 2019 AFP “The collapse of the proposed Fiat Chrysler/Renault merger leaves both firms exposed to the shifting dynamics of a sector at a crossroads,” Ilana Elbim, credit analyst for Hermes Investment Management, said in a note. Renault says board will meet Tuesday to respond to Fiat Chrysler bidlast_img read more

Instagram rolls out new features to counter bullying with AI

first_img Citation: Instagram rolls out new features to counter bullying with AI (2019, July 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-instagram-features-counter-bullying-ai.html Explore further © 2019 AFP There have been growing calls around the world for greater oversight of platforms like Facebook and Twitter, amid widespread criticism over bullying, as well as the spread of hate speech and fake news.Instagram, which has more than a billion users worldwide, is a platform focused on images, allowing users to post photos and videos, which can then be commented on by other users.The company said it has used artificial intelligence to monitor bullying and harmful content for years, and will now use the technology to detect when a user is about to post something offensive and issue a warning.”This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment,” Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, said in a statement.”From early tests of the feature, we have found that it encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful once they have had a chance to reflect.”The other new feature—”Restrict”—is aimed at limiting abusive comments on a user’s feed.”We’ve heard from young people in our community that they’re reluctant to block, unfollow, or report their bully because it could escalate the situation, especially if they interact with their bully in real life,” Mosseri said.Now they will be able to make posts from an offending person visible only to that person.”Restricted people won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram or when you’ve read their direct messages,” Mosseri added.Instagram’s move is the latest in a series of steps taken by social networks to protect users, especially from younger segments of society.According to a survey published by the Pew Research Center last year, 72 percent of US teenagers said they used Instagram.Bullying is just one of the many fronts on which social media titans have faced scrutiny in recent years.There have been growing calls for regulation of such platforms over the spread of hate speech and fake news—including allegations of states using social media to try and influence elections in rival countries—as well as more oversight of how they collect and use customer data.Firms like Facebook, in response, have rolled out policy changes and features aimed at increasing transparency and safety. Instagram ramps up battle against bullyingcenter_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain Instagram will introduce new features aimed at curbing online bullying, the Facebook-owned platform announced Monday, as social media giants face increased scrutiny over the harassment faced by many users. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Leaving India a big mistake will return in 24 hours says IMA

first_imgLeaving India a big mistake, will return in 24 hours, says IMA Ponzi Scam main accused Mansoor KhanIMA Jewels founder Mansoor Khan, who is accused of perpetrating financial fraud worth crores, on Monday said that he will return to India in the next 24 hours and that leaving India was a big mistake.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 17:32 IST Mansoor Khan, Main accused in IMA Ponzi Scam CaseHIGHLIGHTSIMA Jewels founder Mansoor Khan said he will return to India in next 24 hoursThe SIT probing the matter has also denied giving more time to suspended Congress MLA Roshan BaigMansoor Khan, in an audio message accused Baig of taking Rs 400 crore from him and not refunding itIMA Jewels founder Mansoor Khan, who is accused of perpetrating financial fraud worth crores, on Monday said that he will return to India in the next 24 hours and that leaving India was a big mistake.He said, “God willing, I will return to India in the next 24 hours, I have full faith in Indian judiciary. First of all, leaving India was a big mistake, but circumstances were such that I had to leave. I don’t even know where my family is.”The Special Investigation Team probing the matter has also denied giving more time to suspended Congress MLA Roshan Baig, whose involvement in the scam is also being investigated. Baig was supposed to appear before the SIT on Monday, however, he had asked for time till July 25. Rejecting his plea, the SIT has asked him to appear on July 19.Earlier, Mansoor Khan, in an audio message accused Baig of taking Rs 400 crore from him and not refunding it.Baig had refuted the allegation, saying the statement was “frivolous, baseless and mischievous.”The SIT has arrested five people in connection with the scam including the deputy commissioner of Bengaluru urban district BM Vijay Shankar and assistant commissioner of Bengaluru North sub-division LC Nagaraj.While Vijay Shankar got Rs 1.5 crore, Nagaraj received Rs 4 crore from Khan to cover up the case and issue favourable reports repeatedly for IMA Jewels, after the Reserve Bank of India expressed concern about the functioning of the firm.Others who have been arrested include a corporator, a Bangalore Development Authority officer and a village accountant.The SIT had in the past raided many IMA showrooms and recovered cash, gold, silver, valuable gems and costly perfumes.Over 25,000 complaints have been filed against the company, demanding that their money be returned.ALSO READ: IMA ponzi scam: SIT asks suspended Congress MLA to appear before itALSO WATCH: Siddaramaiah could be the reason for my suspension: Suspended Cong MLA Roshan BaigFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShreya Sinhalast_img read more

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VIEW MORESimon de Trey-White—Eyevine/Redux1 of 9WorldPhotos: Indian Village Shocked By Brutal Rape and Murder CaseTIME PhotoJun 02 2014The specter of sexual violence continues to haunt India A year and a half after the gang rape and murder of a student aboard a New Delhi bus sparked nationwide street protests once again the nation is confronting a similar act of evilLast Wednesday two sisters were found hanging from a mango tree after they had been gang-raped and strangled in a field near their home in rural Uttar Pradesh The girls apparently aged 14 and 15 had been looking for somewhere to relieve themselves as there was no toilet at home — a predicament they shared with nearly half of India’s 12 billion populationHundreds of angry villagers stayed next to the tree throughout the evening silently protesting the lackluster police response Officials who allegedly shrugged off initial reports of the teenagers’ disappearance have now detained five people in connection with the attack including two policemenNevertheless protests continued outside the office of the state’s chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday only to be dispersed with water cannons Demonstrators claim that the girls were targeted as they were dalits — or “untouchables” India’s lowest caste — and that their status also lay behind the muted police responseWhether caste was a contributing factor has yet to be determined What is undeniable however is that India is in the throes of a seeming rape epidemic with almost daily reported occurrences of assaults against women girls and even babies In the countryside village elders have been known to mete out rape as punishment for females they deem to be going against their traditionsAmid the most recent uproar in Uttar Pradesh a 22-year-old was found gang-raped and murdered in the Baheri area She had been forced to drink acid before being strangled a post-mortem revealed And on Saturday a youth allegedly attempted to rape a female priest inside one of the state’s templesNew Indian Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi was taciturn about sexual violence during his recent triumphant election campaign That certainly cannot remain the case much longer—Charlie CampbellWhat if you could drop time bubbles around villains that slowed your bullets just long enough to queue up your own swarm of lethal projectiles Remedy Entertainment’s Quantum Break lets you do precisely that and more turning you into a time-warping gunslinger “As [Jack] Joyce [the game’s protagonist] the [time] fracture imbues you with time powers like being able to shoot and move faster than your enemies dodge gunfire and momentarily zip around areas like The Flash” I wrote in my review “The most clever of these ‘time stop’ places temporal bubbles around enemies that slow your bullets letting you ‘stack’ a dozen shots from a handgun which become a burst of machine-gun-like fire when the bubble vanishes I imagine itd be cathartic if youre a bad shot Or a sadist” Write to Matt Peckham at 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MacLaren as the director of the 2017 Wonder Woman film Warner Bros’ first major female superhero movie in more than a decade according to the Hollywood Reporter Jenkins has directed episodes of Entourage and The Killing and made her film debut with the indie Monster which won Charlize Theron an Oscar for Best Actress Jenkins was at one point slated to be the first woman to direct a film for Warner Bros’ rival Marvel Studios She was tapped for Thor 2 but left over “creative differences” Speculation about whether sexism was involved that decision swirled when reports leaked that Natalie Portman was “enraged” over the departure The same questions arose when MacLaren an Emmy-winning director who had built up an impressive résumé directing what are widely considered to be some of the best episodes of Game of Thrones Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead left the Wonder Woman project Some critics grouped Jenkins’ and MacLaren’s departures together to suggest that studio executives might be barring women from the superhero genre altogether Jenkins taking the helm could silence critics who just days ago had accused the studio of sexism (Even Lynda Carter who portrayed the lasso-wielding hero on the TV show Wonder Woman in the 1970s said the film needed women behind it) It could also keep the film on track for its 2017 release date beating out Marvel which won’t release its first female-centric superhero film Captain Marvel until 2018 Gal Gadot who has proved her grit in the Fast and Furious films will still star in Wonder Woman as the superpowered Amazonian warrior Despite the fact that there have been some 50 superhero movies made just in the past 10 years from Spider-Man to The Dark Knight to X-Men to The Avengers no woman has directed any of the major films (Lexi Alexander directed a comic-book-inspired movie Punisher: War Zone in 2008 but the fan base and box-office numbers come nowhere close to the numbers a Wonder Woman or Supergirl movie might produce) Last year 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