ECA and sports trials to be more student friendly at DU

first_imgNew Delhi: Starting this year, student who wish to apply at Delhi University under the Extra Curricula Activities (ECA) category and sport trials would witness a change in the admission process in the academic session 2019-20. In fact, the administration is preparing to make the quota admissions more student-friendly, that even before the start of the session, said an official. Moreover, the announcement has already been made by the admission committee that this time the trial of these quota will begin from May 20. “And the aspirant of this quota will not have to wait for cut-off,” he added.Earlier, only after the cut-off was released in the DU for past year, student can apply for ECA and sports but this time aspirant will undergo through the trial from the third week of May. However, in the last year of the DU, 60 per cent of the sports quota admission and the weightage of 40 percent of certificate was considered. And this time there may be a change in this also,” he added. Moreover, the discussions on how to keep the weight of the trial and certificates are still going on, he said. By 2017, students had to upload only one certificate for sports, but arrangement had been made to upload three certificates last year but this time committee is discussing that if administration would continue the previous year arrangement or implement the 2017 system to upload the certificate. “In short, the administration is all set to prepare to make ECA and sports trials more students friendly than earlier, so that the process will be simple and hassle free for both students and the DU administration,” official added. Mpostlast_img read more

Morocco Hails Saudi Arabias Measures for 2016 Annual Pilgrimage

Rabat – The Kingdom of Morocco hails all organizational measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the 1437 (2016) annual hajj pilgrimage, Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said Monday in a press release.The Kingdom of Morocco reiterates its high esteem for Saudi Arabia’s continuous efforts under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salmane Ibn Abdelaziz, at the service of pilgrims without exception to ensure their safety and well-being in order to perform the rite of Hajj in the best conditions, according to the same source.Morocco stresses the need for total commitment to measures taken by Saudi authorities in this regard and their absolute respect, as they are a sovereign matter guaranteeing the pilgrims’ safety, security and well-being, the press release said. With MAP read more

UN blue helmets respond to second school collapse in Haiti in five

MINUSTAH immediately deployed a specialist crowd control unit to enable rescue workers to dig through and clear the rubble, as several hundred anxious parents flocked to the Grace Divine school. A spokesperson for MINUSTAH confirmed that seven students and a teacher sustained minor injuries after the two-storey building partially collapsed around 11 a.m. this morning during a break in classes. “As far as we know there are no people trapped in the building,” MINUSTAH Spokesperson Sophie Boutaud-de-la-Combe told the UN News Centre. The religious school in the Canape Vert section of the capital is attended by some 135 children and looks similar in construction to the school that collapsed in the Pétionville suburb of Port-au-Prince last Friday, killing 89 people and hospitalizing 150. Ms. Boutaud-de-la-Combe said a senior Haitian Government official told a local broadcaster that “this is not the time to say who is responsible – it’s the time to take decisions and act.” Later this afternoon, two children suffered minor injuries when students panicked and raced out of Le Paradigme School, in the Christ-Roi neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Ms. Boutaud-de-la-Combe said the cause of the panic is not yet known. 12 November 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today rushed an emergency response team to the site of a collapsed school in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, where eight people were injured and sent to hospital this morning. read more

UN aid efforts under way in quakehit northern Afghanistan

The quake hit the mountainous Samangan province, northwest of the capital, Kabul, on Monday.Aid workers are on the scene trying to assess the extent of the casualties and the destruction in the districts of Dara-i-Sufi Bala, Dara-i-Sufi Payin and Ruyi du Ab, but some access had been blocked due to the damage.An estimated 2,000 houses are damaged or destroyed, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Livestock and goods were also lost. In addition to emergency shelter, water and sanitation and food, aid workers are assembling non-food items, including quilts, tarpaulins, jerry cans, household kits and clothes.Veterinary support for injured animals is another concern, as are transport and warehousing capacities and communications support.More details are expected once the assessment teams have completed the preliminary visits. 20 April 2010The United Nations humanitarian wing is coordinating emergency aid and assessing the damage in northern Afghanistan following a 5.3-magnitude earthquake that reportedly killed at least seven people and injured dozens of others. read more

Investments in children are key to reaching global goals UN officials say

Devoting resources to helping children will pay off in terms of reaching global development goals, senior United Nations officials said today as the General Assembly opened its three-day special session on children. “Children are not an expense, they are an investment,” Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), told a press conference at UN Headquarters. She pointed out that success in meeting international targets, such as those set at the recent International Conference on Financing for Development held in Monterrey, Mexico, would depend on how children were being treated. Concrete commitments made during the special session were crucial to achieving real progress across the world, she said. The special session offered young people the opportunity not only to be seen, but also to be heard, probably for the first time in the UN’s history, she said, noting that 132 countries had included children in their official delegations. At the same time, she stressed that the session afforded governments the opportunity to agree on new goals for children, and world leaders the chance to re-energize their commitment to achieving those goals. “It is not enough to just make promises to children; you have to keep your promises.” During a separate press briefing, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Thoraya Obaid, emphasized the need for governments to reaffirm their commitment to ensure that young people have access to reproductive information, health and education services. Ms. Obaid pointed out that each year, 15 to 17 million adolescent girls got pregnant, and 4.4 million resorted to abortion, with fully 40 per cent of those procedures performed under unsafe conditions. In addition, thousands of adolescents – most of them female – became newly infected daily with HIV/AIDS. “In today’s world, access to information, education and services will protect [girls] against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, and it’s really a matter of life and death for them,” she said, acknowledging that the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents is a delicate matter. “Fortunately, world leaders in the past have met and have agreed on many of the components of this very sensitive issue,” she said, emphasizing that by reaffirming principles adopted at previous UN conferences, the special session would pave the way to meet international development goals. read more

OECD warns risk of severe recession in 17country eurozone is rising as

OECD warns risk of severe recession in 17-country eurozone is rising as it cuts forecasts PARIS – The 17-country eurozone risks falling into a “severe recession,” the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned on Tuesday, as it called on governments and Europe’s central bank to act quickly to keep the slowdown from dragging down the global economy.OECD Chief Economist Pier Carlo Padoan warned the eurozone economy could contract by as much as 2 per cent this year, a figure that the Paris-based think-tank had laid out as its worst-case scenario in November.In its twice-yearly global economic outlook, the OECD — which comprises the world’s most developed economies — said its average forecast was for the eurozone economy to shrink 0.1 per cent this year and grow a mere 0.9 per cent in 2013.“Today we see the situation in the euro area close to the possible downside scenario” in the OECD’s November report, “which if materializing could lead to a severe recession in the euro area and with spillovers in the rest of the world,” Padoan told reporters before the report’s release.The report forecasts Europe falling further behind other countries, particularly the United States, whose economy is expected to grow 2.4 per cent this year and 2.6 per cent next.Canada’s economy is projected to grow almost as fast as its neighbour, with GDP expanding 2.25 in 2012 and 2.5 per cent in 2013, the report says.“There is now a diverging trend between the euro area and the U.S., where the U.S. is picking up more strongly while the euro area is lagging behind,” Padoan said.Europe itself is increasingly split between a wealthier north continuing to grow and a southern rim that is sliding deeper into recession, the OECD figures show.Germany, Europe’s largest economy, will accelerate to 2 per cent growth next year after 1.2 per cent growth in 2012, while France, the eurozone’s second-largest economy, will expand 1.2 per cent next year after 0.6 per cent growth this year, the OECD said.Italy’s economy, by contrast, will shrink 1.7 per cent this year and 0.4 per cent in 2013, the OECD forecast. Spain is also set to remain mired in recession, with contraction of 1.6 per cent this year and 0.8 per cent next.Padoan called on eurozone leaders to adopt a “growth compact” to promote growth even while reducing deficits. French President Francois Hollande has made securing such a pact the focus of his European diplomacy in the first weeks of his administration.So-called eurobonds — debt issued jointly by countries in the currency bloc — could be used to recapitalize banks, Padoan said. He also reiterated his call of six months ago for the ECB to do more to stem Europe’s crisis.The ECB has an “essential” role to play in solving Europe’s crisis, Padoan said, both by using its balance sheet firepower to shore up banks and by lowering interest rates. The ECB should also consider renewing the “unconventional measures” it used last year such as buying up government bonds, “if there is need to cope with contagion problems,” Padoan said.Asian economies will also do better than Europe, the OECD predicted. Japan is forecast to grow 2 per cent this year and slow down to 1.5 per cent in 2013, while China is expected to accelerate from 8.2 per cent to 9.3 per cent.Despite their growth downgrades for Europe, the OECD’s figures are more optimistic than those of the International Monetary Fund. Last month the IMF predicted Europe’s economy would shrink 0.3 per cent this year, with the U.S. expanding 2.1 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 22, 2012 8:35 am MDT read more

April deadliest month in Iraq in five years – UN

More people were killed and wounded in violent attacks across Iraq in April than in any month since June 2008, the United Nations mission in the country said today.According to figures released by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 712 people were killed and 1,633 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence. The majority of victims were civilians, with 595 people killed and 1,438 injured. A further 117 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and 195 were injured. Baghdad was the worst affected governorate, with a total of 697 civilian casualties, followed by Diyala, Salahuddin, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Anbar. Hundreds of people have been killed or wounded in recent clashes across the country, including in Hawija, north of Baghdad, where government helicopters shot at militants hiding in the village, resulting in dozens of people killed or injured.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, Martin Kobler, has repeatedly called on Iraqi authorities to take decisive measures to stop the escalating violence, and on Tuesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all Iraqis to come together and engage in inclusive dialogue to overcome the “deep political crisis” facing the country.“It is only through dialogue and full participation in the government institutions that bold initiatives can be taken to overcome the critical phase the country is going through,” Mr. Kobler said.Earlier today, Mr. Kobler welcomed the return of Kurdistan region ministers to the Cabinet and Kurdistan region members of parliament to the Council of Representatives, following a meeting on Monday between Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nichervan Barzani. read more

Auburn Cancels Alabamas Perfect Season with Miraculous Last Second

The 2013 Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama lived up to the anticipated hype in what was arguably one of the greatest college football games in history.Auburn beat Alabama 34-28 on the final play of the game. After being tied with .1 second left in the game, the Alabama Crimson Tide missed a long last-second field goal, where the Tigers’ Chris Davis caught the ball in the back of the end zone and ran it back for a 109-yard touchdown.“What it was like?” Davis said. “Like I keep saying, God is good, God is good.”Auburn’s coach Gus Malzahn attributed the win partially to the fans.“We talked about that we wanted to keep it close, and if we could get it to the fourth quarter playing at home, with our crowd, we would find a way to win,” Malzahn said. “You know, the way we won the last two weeks is really unbelievable.” read more

The Predators Comeback Is No Fluke

Home-ice advantage in the NHL playoffs might be a myth, but don’t tell that to the Nashville Predators. During these playoffs, the Preds are 9-1 when skating on their home sheet at Bridgestone Arena, and home wins in Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final have drawn them level with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the series, which moves back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Thursday.But it might have been bad luck in the first place that the Predators had to come home and dig out of a 2-0 hole. That’s because the Preds actually played pretty well during Games 1 and 2 in Pittsburgh, dominating possession and outshooting the Pens 64-39. If not for some uncharacteristically awful play from goalie Pekka Rinne, who stopped just 78 percent of the shots he faced in Games 1 and 2 before being pulled in the third period in Game 2, the Preds might already be planning their parade route through Nashville. (It’s not all on Rinne; some questionable officiating in Game 1 didn’t help the Preds much, either.)It was fitting, then, that Rinne’s return to form these past two games has Nashville back in the hunt for its first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Rinne was spectacular in Games 3 and 4 — he stopped 50 of the 52 shots he faced, including insane saves like this one. Rinne leads the playoffs in wins and ranks fourth in save percentage among qualified goalies. (And he’s shouldered a much larger workload than the three goalies ahead of him on that list.)Perhaps the best proof of Rinne’s revival is his dominance on high-quality scoring opportunities. The Penguins took more than twice as many shots from the slot — the dangerous area directly in front of the net1The definition of “the slot” varies depending on who you talk to, but in this case, we used its boundaries as defined by — in Games 3 and 4 as they did in the series’ first two games (20 vs. 7) but scored seven fewer goals. If the Predators hope to finish off their comeback, they’ll need their netminder — who remains the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP — to keep shaking off Games 1 and 2 and continue his excellent play.Rinne isn’t the only reason that Nashville has been able to claw its way back into the series. Nashville’s shooters have remembered how to finish: In Games 1 and 2, the Preds scored on just 6.3 percent of the shots they took. In Games 3 and 4, that number jumped to 15.3. And the Predators’ defense has limited the effectiveness of some of Pittsburgh’s top forwards. In Games 3 and 4, Phil Kessel, Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin combined for a grand total of zero points on just nine shots and combined for a -10 plus/minus. For the Pens to avoid blowing a 2-0 series lead, they’ll need their stars — in particular Malkin, who leads the league in scoring this postseason — to start playing as such.Only five NHL teams have ever come back from a 2-0 series deficit in the finals and won; the Preds are in a position to become the sixth. To do it, they’ll need to keep dominating at home and win at least one game in Pittsburgh — much easier said than done. But based on the way Nashville has played this series, even in the losses, it has the goods to earn the state of Tennessee its long-awaited first pro championship.CORRECTION (June 7, 4:15 p.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that only four NHL teams have come back from a 2-0 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup Final. There have been five. The Nashville Predators are trying to become the sixth. read more

This Japanese Dating Sim Aims to Help Women Choose Comfy Bras

first_img Wacoal is one of Japan’s biggest lingerie companies, so its employees have to have some sort of idea as to what women like. At the very least they know what makes women feel comfortable. According to a survey Wacoal performed, over 20 percent of women have difficulty sleeping because of their breasts will move about during the night. Wacoal designed a special bra to help alleviate this problem (a very real issue for some of us, I might add), which has ended up inspiring a romance game featuring handsome men who want to help you drift off to sleep.It’s called Karemin, a portmanteau of “boyfriend” (kareshi) and “sleep” (suimin), and it follows a young woman, presumably you if you’re playing, who ends up taking a class on how to get a better night’s sleep. As fate would have it, she finds herself thrust into the arms of four young and attractive instructors from the seminar who school her in selecting comfortable bras and pajama sets, helpful techniques to help her sleep, and pillow talk to help her relax and fall asleep. They’ll even wake her up in the morning, which is all kinds of adorable if you ask me.There are several different characters, ranging from the childhood friend type named Yuya Yoshida, the younger brother Asahi Kawahara, Wacoal lingerie designer Kei Kimura, pop star Miyabi Sayo, and their manager Hayato Shinonome. They’re all lookers, of course, because we wouldn’t have it any other way, and the game is free on iOS and Android. Unfortunately, it’s only available in Japanese, so you can download it and play around with it, but if you don’t speak Japanese, its intended purpose might fall flat. Still, if you have trouble sleeping and want to give it a try, it may prove useful. Hey, hot anime boys though!Check out the trailer and let us know if you can take their sexy voices. Stay on target Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img read more

Saudi Arabia coach keen to forget feeling of shame

first_imgJuan Antonio Pizzi has admitted that he is keen to forget this “feeling of shame” as soon as possible after Saudi Arabia were thrashed 5-0 by the hosts Russia in the opening World Cup gameThe Russians proved to be too much for the Falcons on Thursday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Goals from Yury Gazinsky, Denis Cheryshev, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin sealed a convincing 5-0 win for the hosts.“The opposing team really didn’t have to make a huge effort to win this game,” said Pizzi, according to Sky Sports.“We have now to forget this feeling of shame and start thinking about the next match.”The Argentine coach conceded that the defeat will raise uncertainty over his future at Saudi Arabia.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“The way I feel right now makes that a valid point but whatever happens I’ve got my philosophy and I’ll try to do as best I can. I trust in our plans and I trust in my players and I trust we’ll have a better performance in our next game,” he said.Pizzi, who has been in charge for the last seven months after replacing the fired Edgardo Bauza in November, insists that the display did not do Saudi Arabia’s potential justice and has now urged his team to turn their focus to Uruguay in the next game.“This game should not be a point of reference. We didn’t play the way we planned to. It is left to us to be positive and start thinking about the next match,” he said.“I believe that we came into this tournament well prepared and the players were ready to show that they could play at the World Cup. We did not show today what we have done in our previous games.”Saudi Arabia’s match against Uruguay will take place in Rostov on June 20.last_img read more

Alaska Public Media Alaska Dispatch News Take State To Court Over National

first_imgAlaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News are taking the State to court because the state government has failed to provide documents regarding the National Guard Scandal.Download AudioThe two media outlets sued the state on Oct. 8 after being denied public records requests filed last spring. The Attorney General’s office agreed to provide emails, documents, and document logs related to the scandal to avoid going to court. To this date, they have only provided a few emails.The media outlets are asking the courts to expedite the process and hear the suit as soon as possible. They want the Governor’s Office to provide the documents before next week’s election.In the request to the court, the media outlets say they believe the Attorney General’s office is trying to get the documents but they are reaching a bottleneck at the Governor’s Office.The judge will hold a hearing on the issue tomorrow afternoon.last_img read more

Myanmar marks 30 yrs of prodemocracy uprising

first_imgA student holds a portrait of General Aung San during a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the 8888 uprising in front of city hall in Yangon on 8 August 2018. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the 8888 Uprising that took place on 8 August 1988, part of broader anti-junta demonstrations across the country that catapulted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi into the spotlight. Photo: AFPStudents and former activists in Myanmar marked the 30th anniversary of the famed 1988 pro-democracy uprising with a rousing but low-key ceremony, the culmination of three days of events to commemorate the revolt and its brutal suppression.Some 2,000 people packed the Yangon University recreation centre, which was festooned with red flags sporting the “fighting peacock” logo of the movement that helped catapult Aung San Suu Kyi to prominence.They crammed past exhibitions of photos and paintings, wrote messages of support on a mock prison cell wall, and took turns waiting for a photo next to a sculpture of a symbolic clenched fist.Former protest leaders mounted the stage to reflect on the struggle against the military that first seized power in a 1962 coup.”After 30 years, we students have come back here again,” Min Ko Naing, one of the more prominent protest leaders, told the crowd to applause.”But some aren’t able to come back.”After years of economic decline and a tightening clampdown on rights, student-led protests swelled into nationwide strikes and marches on 8 August 1988.But troops rushed in to stamp out the movement, shooting protesters and locking them up en masse.The number of political prisoners in Myanmar’s fetid jails swelled while many fled the country into prolonged exile.A student flag, known as the Fighting Peacock flag, which was used during the 1988 student protests, is hung at the main entrance of the University of Yangon during a gathering to mark the 30th anniversary of the uprising in Yangon on 8 August 2018. Photo: AFPDuring the uprising, Suu Kyi — the daughter of independence hero General Aung San who had returned from England to care for her sick mother — was seen as a beacon of hope, giving rousing speeches to adoring crowds and maddening the paranoid junta.She was placed under house arrest for a combined total of 15 years before being released in 2010 and leading her National League for Democracy (NLD) party to victory in historic 2015 elections.But her reputation as a global icon for rights has been shattered due to her handling of the country’s Rohingya crisis.Reconciliation with the army has been one of Suu Kyi’s priorities since she came to power, angering many frustrated with the ongoing presence of the military in political life.”I don’t like the NLD government as they don’t have the capacity to run a country,” said 71-year-old Cho Aye, who said he took part in the uprising. “They broke their promises.”Few expect a change of government in the next election in 2020, but some prominent members of the 88 uprising have decided to start their own party in a sign of disillusionment with the NLD.”It is wonderful to be here to celebrate together but we need to work a lot to move forward,” Ko Ko Gyi, a former 88 student leader who is helping start the new party, told AFP after speaking on stage.last_img read more

How a Wrongly Imprisoned Maryland Man Got His Life Back

first_imgBALTIMORE, Maryland — They called him Mandela. Some inmates knew it was a nickname. Some didn’t. Either way, it didn’t matter much to Walter Lomax. He appreciated the comparison. Walter Lomax, 70, was wrongly incarcerated for close to 40 years of his life. Here, on Nov. 8, 2017, he stands in his Baltimore office of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, an organization that fights for the rights of people with parole-eligible life sentences. (Julie Depenbrock/Capital News Service)He was a stern man — a writer. And like the late, long-incarcerated South African president, Lomax had been imprisoned unjustly. By the time he was released in 2006 after serving nearly 40 years for a murder he did not commit, Lomax had taken Mandela as his middle name. Two years later, he published “Mandela Conquers the Cut: Essays from Prison.”Though he was transferred to and from many detention centers, Lomax spent much of his time behind bars at the Maryland House of Correction for Men, nicknamed “The Cut.” Located in Jessup, Maryland, The Cut was a notoriously violent place. An almost Dickensian prison, opened in 1879, The Cut was so-called for its closeness to the path of the B&O Railroad. As the prison became more and more violent — with riots in the ‘40s, ‘60s and ‘70s — the name gained new meaning. In 2007, then-Gov. Martin O’Malley closed the doors of The Cut after the death of a correctional officer.Lomax told the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service that even before then, the maximum security prison had been listed as “one of the most dangerous places in the country to be incarcerated.”“My incarceration was a really tragic and horrible experience,” he said.Those first 10 years, Lomax spent in a “state of suspended animation,” he wrote in “Mandela Conquers the Cut.” He kept expecting someone to notice his innocence, but no one did. He went “from outright disappointment to almost complete madness.”It was only after that first decade he began to work.Wrongly incarcerated from ages 20 to 59, Lomax taught himself to read and write, and eventually became editor of The Cut’s monthly magazine — “The Conqueror.” “I wasn’t politically connected,” Lomax said. “My family didn’t have any funds, and so I realized the only way I was going to get out of prison was: I was going to get myself out of prison.”The long redemptionIn 1967, Lomax was arrested for the murder of Robert Brewer, the night manager of Giles Food Market in Baltimore — a white man.Lomax’s trial, which occurred in the months after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the ensuing riots on the streets of Baltimore, resulted in a guilty verdict from the all-white jury. Lomax on Nov. 8, 2017, holds a 2014 photo of him and his sister with attorney Billy Murphy from the day he was exonerated. (Julie Depenbrock/Capital News Service)Five witnesses had identified Lomax — a young, black male — as the killer. Though his hand was in a cast that would have made firing a gun nearly impossible, and no physical evidence was found to connect him to the murder, Lomax was sentenced to life in prison.Repeatedly, he petitioned for a new trial — and repeatedly, he was denied.Then, in the mid 1990s, Centurion, a nonprofit dedicated to “vindication of the wrongly convicted,” started looking into Lomax’s claim of innocence.Baltimore attorneys, Booth Ripke and Larry Nathans, represented Lomax as he filed a motion to reopen his case and alter his sentence. Their post conviction petition alleged that Lomax had been represented by incompetent counsel and focused on the problems of proof, as well as a cross-racial identification.This is what really happened, the attorneys said: About a week before Brewer’s murder, Lomax was chaperoning his sisters at a YMCA dance in Baltimore and was attacked by a group of teenagers. “Lomax was stabbed in his right hand so hard that the knife fractured a bone,” according to the National Registry of Exonerations, which has kept records of every exoneration in the U.S. since 1989. “He was kicked repeatedly and suffered bruised ribs and had difficulty walking for the next two weeks.”Just hours before the shooting on Dec. 2, 1967, Lomax had a 15-layer plastic splint put on his right hand, “rendering the hand immobile,” according to Centurion.While he was recovering, he lived with his older sister, who took care of him.Lomax was subsequently arrested after three witnesses picked him out of an en masse line-up.On Dec. 13, 2006, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Gale Rasin sentenced Lomax to “life suspend all but time served with probation.” He was free, though the convictions of attempted robbery and murder remained on his record.  Rasin acknowledged the strides Lomax had made behind bars. Illiterate when he entered prison, Lomax had not only learned to read and write — he’d gone on to earn his GED and associate’s degree. He took creative writing classes, tutored fellow inmates, and almost single handedly put together the prison’s monthly magazine. “He became the prisoner poet, then the probationer poet,” Rasin said. “And now he will just be the poet.”Clarinda Harriss, an English professor at Towson University, came to know Lomax as the prisoner poet in the ‘70s when the two began exchanging letters. Together, she and Lomax formed a “kind of two-person writing workshop.”“He was clearly exceptionally intelligent and talented,” Harriss said. “Totally self-taught.”On the day of his release, Rasin quoted a poem called “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”Harriss was in the courtroom for the next hearing. She remembers her friend Lomax telling the judge: “Your honor, when I looked up the poem you quoted … I felt kind of funny. It was about a grasshopper. But it was beautiful, and it was about what you do with your life, and here it is.”Restorative justiceIn 2009, a new state law granted defendants with new evidence the right to request court hearings — and three years later, Baltimore’s then-State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein established a unit dedicated to investigating the cases of those who claimed they were convicted in error.Lomax’s attorneys requested that this Conviction Integrity Unit take a look at his case. They presented “newly discovered evidence,” including that a composite sketch was made of a suspect based on the descriptions of four eyewitnesses. Also included was a police report from an eyewitness to the robbery and murder. That witness, who looked through many mugshots, did not make a positive identification of the gunman, but did choose a “look-a-like,” according to the report. Neither the composite sketch nor the police report was provided to Lomax’s original defense.Another piece of evidence that was not disclosed in the trial was an interview with a woman — Peggy Jean Barnette — who said she heard gunfire and saw a man emerge from an alleyway “carrying a bag in one hand and his other hand in his coat pocket,” according to court documents. “Ms. Barnette gave a description of the individual she saw, which was significantly different from the physical characteristics of Petitioner with respect to age, skin tone, and clothing,” Bernstein wrote. “Further, the individual’s ability to run away sharply contradicted Petitioner’s physical state at this time…”“Thus, in the unique situation here in which the only evidence of Petitioner’s guilt consisted of cross-racial identification, the ability to have challenged the accuracy of this type of eyewitness identification creates a substantial or significant possibility that the outcome of the trial would have been different,” Bernstein continued.In April 2014, Lomax’s convictions were vacated. The prosecution dismissed all charges. The person who murdered Robert Brewer that night in December — 50 years ago — has never been found.WorkLomax turned 70 at the end of last month and has aged gracefully. He’s fit and wiry, with a few gray hairs here and there. Inside his office at the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, he wears glasses, a tan suit, and a few assorted items of jewelry — a necklace and a ring on his pinky. He doesn’t talk much about those years in prison — two-thirds of his life. “I have not yet completely come to grips with that,” Lomax says. “And it may be one of the reasons why I stay so focused and so involved in the work I do.”When he was released, Lomax knew he wouldn’t be able to get a job with his convictions intact. So he decided to continue the work he’d started in prison. In response to then-Gov. Parris Glendening’s 1995 declaration that “life means life” — which effectively ended the possibility of parole for anyone with a life sentence — Lomax and others at the Maryland House of Correction formed the Lifers’ Coalition. Now, that organization, which Lomax directs, is known as the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative. The nonprofit works to defend the rights of parole-eligible prisoners — particularly those serving life sentences.Together with the Justice Policy Institute, a national nonprofit focused on justice reform, Lomax’s organization produced a documentary called “Blocking the Exit,” which focuses on those serving life sentences, as well as victims and their families. Lomax’s nonprofit has most recently supported legislation that eases the compensation process for those who’ve been exonerated — under the sponsorship of Maryland Sen. Delores Kelley, a Democrat representing Baltimore County. Lomax serves with Kelley on a 10-person task force to address erroneous conviction and imprisonment. The panel, whose meeting last week was postponed by the governor’s office, is charged with making recommendations for a compensation standard before the end of the year.“The formula will end up making it more likely that we can get something done, so these people aren’t without anything,” Kelley said in an interview. It was because of Lomax that Kelley fought to get a new law passed last session — one that would allow exonerees to bypass a pardon and get compensation from the state. Exoneration, which is not a legal term, “occurs when a person who has been convicted of a crime is officially cleared based on new evidence of innocence,” according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Under Maryland law, a pardon is defined as an “act of clemency” from the governor.Previously barred from compensation because he’d not yet received a pardon, Lomax is in the process of submitting a request to Maryland’s Board of Public Works. “Mr. Lomax has served 39 years,” Kelley said. “He’s 70. To have him pass on to the great beyond with nothing — if we could do something — is something we have to consider.”Harriss, who later became Lomax’s editor at BrickHouse Books, said most people in Lomax’s situation would be outraged. She recalled when Lomax visited her classes at Towson University. One student said Lomax seemed almost “inhuman.”“She meant that his lack of bitterness seemed beyond human capability,” Harriss said. “She was right about that.”Life outsideAt an age when most of his peers have retired, Lomax has thrown himself into his work. “It’s a 24/7 job,” he says. “I’m in here Saturdays and Sundays.”When asked about what he does in his free time, he pauses a while. “I like to read. Listen to music,” he says. “I work out.” Though he’s never been married, he has family — a son and a daughter, eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, as well as countless nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. When all of them get together, they just barely fit into a picture frame. For decades, Lomax’s family has contended his innocence.“When I was arrested and incarcerated, the people who believed the most in my innocence were the women in my life — my mother and sisters. These were the people who understood me and knew that I was not capable of committing such crimes,” Lomax wrote in his book. Lomax said these women helped shape his character and the way he views the world and treats people.“My brother’s been gone so long. I just thank God that he’s back with us and that he’s still in his right mind,” said Audrey Lomax Brice. “To be incarcerated so long and come back so strong. … We’re just trying to make up for the lost time. Just shower him with love.”In Lomax’s Baltimore office, every picture on the wall has a meaning — a memory. There are photos of Judge Rasin, of family members, political figures. Michelle and Barack Obama have a place and, of course, so does Nelson Mandela. A portrait of Lomax’s chosen namesake rests dead-center on the cream-colored wall.But perhaps Lomax’s dearest possession is a framed photo of him and his sister, Carolyn Lomax, taken the day he was exonerated in 2014. The two siblings are together — and they are clasping hands.Carolyn Lomax, called “Lady C” by her family, passed away two years later.ScarsIn Maryland, 33 people have been exonerated — and of those 33, only five have been compensated by the state. Lomax meets with other Marylanders who’ve been wrongly imprisoned — people like Michael Austin, Kirk Bloodsworth, and Leslie Vass. Vass, who served 10 years for armed robbery and was pardoned in 1986, got to know Lomax while they were both behind bars. They were in the Maryland Penitentiary together back in 1975, Vass said.“At the time of my conviction, I was 17. Walter was already inside the institution,” Vass said. “He had a lot to do with motivating me to continue my education.” When they were imprisoned in Hagerstown, they began working on their cases together through a legal clinic. The two remain good friends.“We relate on a level that no one else who hasn’t had that experience can relate to,” Lomax says. “You know that you’re talking to someone who can understand what you’re feeling, what it is you’re going through.”He stops, his eyes glazed in the half-light of this afternoon in northeast Baltimore. “People will look at a person. On the outside, they look healthy. Psychologically, they seem sound. But after you’ve had that experience, you will never be the same person,” Lomax says. “You will never be the same as before. Because you weren’t able to develop naturally and unfold, as people do. Grow and mature, as they do. You just have that psychological scar that will be there for the remainder of your life, knowing that.”last_img read more

PlayStation 3 Banned In Europe

first_imgSony’s PlayStation 3 was yanked from retail stores across Europe, after court in the Netherlands requested all shipments to be stopped until further notice. The decision is believed to be fallout from a dispute between Sony and LG.The two companies have have been duking it out over the PlayStation Blu-ray disc playback feature. On this side of the pond, Sony is suing over LG phones. Both companies claim that the other is infringing on patents. This is part of a new set of lawsuits over patent infringement in the past couple of weeks. Sony has issued a public statement over the suit, saying that it is currently looking into the matter. LG, on the other hand, has not yet issued a response. Via X Bit Labslast_img read more

CBSE maths exam Board to meet principals mulls grace marking

first_imgAmidst complaints among CBSE class XII students over the “difficulty level” of their mathematics examination, the board has called some school principals for a meeting to discuss the matter and is also mulling whether to give a relaxation in the marking for the paper.According to HRD ministry sources, one of the options on the table could also be an “improvement exam”, on which a broader consensus has to be evolved.Board officials said there have been some changes in the pattern of the paper and that schools may not have been “intimated accordingly” in that regard. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe all-India exam conducted on Wednesday left students disappointed and concerned as they found the mathematics paper too tough. Teachers also felt that the paper required higher order thinking skills (HOTS) which, as per the examination pattern, forms 10 to 20 per cent of the paper. “There have been some changes in the question paper pattern and some schools may not have been intimated accordingly. So, we want to ensure that students are not put through any kind of harassment,” said a Central Board of Secondary Education official. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThese issues would come up in the meeting with the principals which, the official said, would include “the nature of the questions, the level of difficulty, etc”.The official also said that an evaluation committee will meet after the exams are over to take stock of the grievances of the students and decide whether any grace marks could be awarded to them. It was also indicated that the question pattern framed was to ensure that there is rationalisation in the marking system.last_img read more

New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports

first_imgNews | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Artificial intelligence tool developed at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute uses natural language processing to rapidly assess unstructured data July 29, 2019 — Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as well as human reviewers – and much more rapidly – in extracting clinical information regarding changes in tumors from unstructured radiology reports for patients with lung cancer.The AI tool performed comparably to trained human “curators” in detecting the presence of cancer; and whether it was responding to treatment interventions, stable or worsening.The goal of the study, said corresponding author Kenneth Kehl, M.D., MPH, a medical oncologist and faculty member of the Population Sciences Department at Dana-Faber, was to determine whether AI tools can extract the most high-value cancer outcomes from radiology reports, which are a ubiquitous but unstructured data source.Kehl noted that electronic health records (EHRs) now collect vast amounts of information on thousands of patients seen at a center like Dana-Farber. However, unless the patients are enrolled in clinical trials, information about their outcomes, such as whether their cancers grow or shrink in response to treatment, is recorded only in the text of the medical record. Historically, this unstructured information is not amenable to computational analysis and therefore could not be used for research into the effectiveness of treatment.Because of studies like the Profile initiative at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, which analyzes patient tumor samples and creates profiles that reveal genomic variants that may predict responsiveness to treatments, Dana-Farber researchers have accumulated a wealth of molecular information about patients’ cancers. “But it can be difficult to apply this information to understand what molecular patterns predict benefit from treatments without intensive review of patients’ medical records to measure their outcomes. This is a critical barrier to realizing the full potential of precision medicine,” said Kehl.For the current study, Kehl and colleagues obtained more than 14,000 imaging reports for 1,112 patients and manually reviewed records using the “PRISSMM” framework. PRISSMM is a phenomic data standard developed at Dana-Farber that takes unstructured data from text reports in EHRs and structures them so that they can be readily analyzed. PRISSMM structures data pertaining to a patient’s pathology, radiology/imaging, signs/symptoms, molecular markers and a medical oncologist’s assessment to create a portrait of the cancer patient journey.Human reviewers analyzed the imaging text reports and noted whether cancer was present and, if so, whether it was worsening or improving, and if the cancer had spread to specific body sites. These reports were then used to train a computational deep learning model to recognize these outcomes from the text reports. “Our hypothesis was that deep learning algorithms could use routinely generated radiology text reports to identify the presence of cancer and changes in its extent over time,” the authors wrote.The researchers compared human and computer measurements of outcomes such as disease-free survival, progression-free survival, and time to improvement or response, and found that the AI algorithm could replicate human assessment of these outcomes. The deep learning algorithms were then applied to annotate another 15,000 reports for 1,294 patients whose records had not been manually reviewed. The authors found that computer outcome measurements among these patients predicted survival with similar accuracy to human assessments among the manually reviewed patients.The human curators were able to annotate imaging reports for about three patients per hour, a rate at which one curator would need about six months to annotate all of the nearly 30,000 imaging reports for the patients in the cohort. By contrast, the artificial intelligence model that the researchers developed could annotate the imaging reports for the cohort in about 10 minutes, the researchers said in a report in JAMA Oncology.“To create a true learning health system for oncology and to facilitate delivery of precision medicine at scale, methods are needed to accelerate curation of cancer-related outcomes from electronic health records,” said the authors of the publication. If applied widely, the investigators said, “this technique could substantially accelerate efforts to use real-world data from all patients with cancer to generate evidence regarding effectiveness of treatment approaches.” Next steps will include testing this approach on EHR data from other cancer centers and using the data to discover which treatments work best for which patients.The senior author of study is Deborah Schrag, M.D., MPH, chief of Division of Population Sciences at Dana-Farber and a medical oncologist.For more information: Reference1. Kehl K.L., Elmarakeby H., Nishino M., et al. Assessment of Deep Natural Language Processing in Ascertaining Oncologic Outcomes From Radiology Reports. 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2015 Forecast Calls for Bounce in Home Sales

first_img In keeping with other recently released predictions, the latest housing forecast from market research firm IHS Global Insight calls for modest growth in home sales in 2015 following what’s been a disappointing year.In her outlook, IHS economist Stephanie Karol focuses on two major trends that have shaped the housing market in 2014: low household formation and diverging trends for new versus existing-homes.According to data from the Census Bureau, the country saw the addition of only 467,000 new households between March 2013 and March 2014, well below the post-recession average of about 600,000 per year.While formations are expected to disappoint again in 2014, Karol predicts next year will see the addition of 1.08 million new households, with economic growth driving up the rate of new formations—and demand for new housing.”As a swell in steady employment joins with rising wages, household formation should climb, boosting homeownership rates,” she said.With demand projected to rise, Karol anticipates homebuilders will respond by ramping up housing starts, closing the massive gap between existing single-family inventory and the unsold stock of new homes (which she estimates at nearly 40 to one) and boosting new home sales up to 480,000.Together, both new and existing-home sales are forecast to rise to 5.34 million annually, the result of improving home equity spurring more homeowners to sell.”As a result, inventories have expanded—and families, who are no longer being consistently outbid by investors with plenty of cash on hand, have entered the market in sufficient numbers to stabilize median price growth in the 4–5 percent range,” Karol said. “Overall, the post bubble-landscape will continue into next year, but with slightly smoother terrain.” Forecast Home Sales IHS Global Insight 2014-12-09 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News 2015 Forecast Calls for Bounce in Home Salescenter_img December 9, 2014 459 Views Sharelast_img read more

Survey Labor Force for Residential Construction is 35 Million Strong

first_img March 9, 2015 483 Views ACS National Association of Home Builders Residential Construction 2015-03-09 Samantha Guzman Share Survey: Labor Force for Residential Construction is 3.5 Million Strongcenter_img About 8.9 million people worked in construction in 2013, according to the most recent American Community Survey (ACS) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). According to the NAHB and estimated 3.5 million people worked in residential construction, accounting for 2.4 percent of the employed civilian labor force in the U.S. These numbers show modest job gains since 2011 when construction employment bottomed out. Employment level within the industry still remain lower than in the housing boom, when more than 11 million people worked in construction and home building employed more than 5 million people.The NAHB residential construction employment estimates include self-employed workers. Counting self-employed is particularly important in the home building industry since they traditionally make up a larger share of the labor force. According to the 2013 ACS, one out of four construction workers is self-employed, while an economy-wide average does not reach 10 percent of the employed labor force.California had the most residential construction workers. Almost half a million California residents worked in home building in 2013, accounting for 2.9 percent of the state employed labor force. Florida came in second with 295,000 residential construction workers. Florida has fewer residents than Texas and about as many as New York but employs more residential construction workers accounting for a relatively high 3.5 percent of the employed state labor. Even though this share is well above the national average, it is drastically lower than in 2005 when Florida registered the highest share among all 50 states and the District of Columbia at 6.2 percent.Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico are still slow to show job increases after being hit hard by the housing crisis. Nevada has a job loss of 57.3 percent, Arizona is 51.5 percent, and New Mexico sits at 49.7 percent in job losses. Despite these significant job losses, home building in Nevada and Arizona continues to employ a relatively high share of local workers, with 2.9 in Nevada and 2.5 percent in Arizona of the employed civilian labor force.States with high prevalence of seasonal, vacation homes top the state list with the highest share of residential construction workers in 2013. Idaho, with almost 4 percent of the employed labor force working in home building, takes the top spot on the list. Vermont, Montana, Maine, Utah, and New Hampshire are next on the list.The NAHB estimates show that the average congressional district has close to 7,900 residents working in residential construction, but that number is often significantly higher and actually exceeds 16,000 in Montana’s single Congressional district.Idaho’s 1st district comes second with more than 15,000 employed in home building. Texas’ 29th District that serves the eastern part of the Greater Houston area is a close third with just under 15,000 residential construction workers residing there. New York’s 1st district concludes the top ten list with more than 13,000 home building workers residing there.By design, Congressional districts are drawn to represent roughly the same number of people. So generally, large numbers of residential construction workers translate into high shares of residential construction workers in their district employed labor forces. The 29th District of Texas has the highest share of residential construction workers in its employed labor force at 4.8 percent. Florida’s 18th and 19th Districts are close behind with 4.7 and 4.5 percent. in Daily Dose, Data, Featuredlast_img read more

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