Frozen in time

first_imgWHITTIER – Prim and proper, Rebecca Bailey sat motionless in a chair – until gangster Al Capone, with a fedora pulled low over his eyes, walked up and brought her to life. In an animated voice, Bailey then told the story of her early years as a Quaker wife living with her husband Jonathan Bailey in a ranch house in Whittier. Of course, Bailey and Capone are long gone. The two characters were actually eighth-graders at Dexter Middle School, where the students created a mock wax museum as the finale event for a research project. “It’s fun to dress up as a character and do a wax museum. Who doesn’t want to do a wax museum?” said Bobbie Froehlich, the 14-year-old student who played the role of Bailey. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFriday was a dress rehearsal day. The wax museum will officially open to students and parents next week. The idea was introduced eight years ago by eighth-grade honors teacher Marjorie Lawrence, who wanted to make the students’ final research project challenging but fun. “It’s a way to incorporate eighth-grade curriculum with state standards, the students’ own interests and creativity,” she said. The work started in March, when students choose their topics. They then researched the topic, interviewed an expert on the subject and wrote an 850-word research paper based on their findings. Some students choose characters to write about, like Bailey, Mark Twain and Pancho Villa. Others focus on themes, including the design of the space shuttle and Japanese internment camps, Lawrence said. Once the paper is done, students get costumes and create a small speech to read to visitors to the wax museum. In costume, they stand frozen, until someone walks up and activates them. They then read the prepared speech. Austreberto Cueto, 13, said he dressed up as Al Capone because he wanted to find out what it was like to be a gangster in the 1930s. Daniel Peretz, 14, chose to play Moli re, a French playwright in the 1600s, because Moli re liked to stir up trouble in his day. “He seemed perfect because he was controversial and real out there,” said Peretz, who wore a black wig, velvet smoking jacket and buckled shoes for his role. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Marcus Rashford would welcome Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata at Man United

first_img Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford 1 Marcus Rashford would welcome the arrival of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata at Manchester United.The Spain international is being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his attacking options.Morata’s arrival would provide fellow striker Rashford with more competition to win a spot in the first team next season.But the England international has now revealed he would welcome the Real Madrid star’s arrival as it would help Manchester United win trophies.“I think obviously at a big club you are going to attract big players. That’s what we want as the players at the club,” said Rashford.“Anyone that can come in and help the club win trophies – which is the ultimate aim – they are the players that we want to bring in.“Good competition is important if you want to be successful.”last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp delighted with ‘big’ win over Chelsea

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp delighted with ‘big’ win over Chelseaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was delighted with Liverpool’s ‘big win’ over Chelsea.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s venomous free-kick opened the scoring after 14 minutes, with Roberto Firmino making it two before half-time with a fine header.Chelsea had chances to get back into the game, with N’Golo Kante taking one of them in the second-half to give the hosts a chance. But Liverpool staved off the Blues fightback to maintain their perfect record for the season.Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “Very good in moments, in a lot of moments I would say, in periods. Chelsea had their moments, of course, because they are just a good team. “Two wonderful goals, a lot of brilliant pressing situations where we won the ball in the perfect space but then we didn’t use the ball and that situation well enough; we could have had much [more] chances in these situations. “After half-time, two big chances, could have been three and four, but we didn’t score so it was clear the game was still open and when Kante scored his wonderful goal then it was clear ‘game on, let’s go for it’. “Chelsea did that, we had to defend it and that’s a job to do. It is a difficult place to come, it is a while ago we won here, so it feels big, to be honest. It’s a big one.” last_img read more

Legislative Update for February 24 2014

first_img24Feb Legislative Update for February 24, 2014 playpause – 0:00:00 / 0:00:00Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Categories: Audio,Newscenter_img Legislative Update for February 24, 2014 [ 4:44 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (137) In this week’s roundtable, we look at auto insurance reform and constituent service efforts with home heating assistance, flood preparation and tax information.last_img read more

Rendon supports measure opposing kayak tax

first_img Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in MichiganState Rep. Daire Rendon today voted in support of a resolution opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state.Rendon said people should not be penalized for supporting the state’s tourism industry, especially considering participation in paddle sports increases at a rate of 7 percent each year in Michigan.“Like many Northern Michigan residents, I’m passionate about enjoying the great outdoors and spending time on the water,” said Rendon, of Lake City. “This resolution sends a message to the Waterways Commission that we will not pursue a tax on good, clean fun.”The House approved the resolutions with overwhelming, bipartisan support.### Tags: Kayak Tax, Tourism Categories: Daire Rendon Newscenter_img 08May Rendon supports measure opposing ‘kayak tax’last_img read more

Scandinavian VOD site Voddler is going global with

first_imgScandinavian VOD site Voddler is going global with a revamped service and new focus on legal content sharing with friends. The new-look Voddler revolves around two new services – LiveShelf and ViewShare. These allow viewers to assemble a cloud-based ‘shelf’ of content that they can access from any device and share with up to 10friends.In an extension of its core VOD service roots, Voddler will charge a €5 per-month for users to be able to watch shared content from their friends. It will also support cloud access for uploaded, ripped DVDs and content downloaded legally from other sites, as it searches for new revenues in an increasingly crowded VOD space.The majority of the VOD content that it supplied previously will still be available to buy and the firm is in talks with all the major content operators to offer more titles – which can be purchased on top of the ViewShare fee.Currently Voddler has deals with three of the six Hollywood majors – Disney, Warner and Universal – and is in talks with up to 50 more content providers, it claimed, ranging from indies, broadcasters and studios.Speaking at a launch event in London, Voddler CEO Marcus Bäcklund said that the new Voddler is currently available in its existing five markets – the four Scandinavian countries and Sweden – and will roll out to the rest of Europe, including Russia, this week. It will launch in North and South America, Asia and Oceania in the coming weeks.The revamp follows Netflix’s Nordic launch last year and the rollout of HBO Go in the region. However, Bäcklund said this was not the reason for the new service launch.“We took this decision before it [the market] was so crowded. We were almost alone, we had a big market share, we had all these deals with studios, but still it was almost impossible to make a profit. So obviously at that point we thought about how could we build this service layer on top of our technology?” Bäcklund told DTVE.Voddler’s LiveShelf service is powered by its VoddlerNet proprietary P2P-based streaming solution. The Voddler store currently has some 2,000 titles, but Bäcklund said it aims to ultimately fill its LiveShelf cloud with “every movie” on the web, using ViewShare as a legal alternative to peer-to-peer filesharing.“Look at the size of a Pirate Bay cloud, it’s massive. I don’t want to be less. I want to fill this cloud,” he said. He added that the studios, which take a cut of the ViewShare fee have also been behind the scheme, as it effectively re-monetises purchased content.Voddler was initially founded in 2006 and has taken €24 million in funding to date from investors including Cipio Partners and Nokia Growth Partners.last_img read more

Altice said that its US177 billion €157 billio

first_imgAltice said that its US$17.7 billion (€15.7 billion) deal to acquire US cable player Cablevision is now “fully funded” after two fund partners agreed to take a US$1 billion stake.Funds advised by BC Partners (BCP) and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) agreed to buy 30% of the equity of Cablevision for roughly US$1 billion.The deal comes after Altice bought a 70% majority stake in US cable operator Suddenlink from BCP and CPPIB in May, with the two funds retaining a 30% interest in the business.Cable and telecom investor Altice said that with equity insurance and recent Cablevision debt financing, “the acquisition of Cablevision is fully funded” and is expected to close in the first half of 2016, once regulatory approvals have been gained.“We are extremely pleased that BC Partners and CPPIB – our future partners in Suddenlink – have also agreed to invest alongside us in Cablevision and to continue to accompany Altice in its long-term oriented growth and investment strategy in the US,” said Altice CEO, Dexter Goei.BCP co-chairman and managing partner, Raymond Svider, added: “We are delighted to continue to invest in partnership with Altice and CPPIB, and are highly confident in Altice’s ability to further enhance network quality, increase customer satisfaction, and meaningfully improve financial performance at Cablevision.”last_img read more

New analysis highlights need for rigorous evidence to back up The Global

first_img Opaque methodology: Without further details in the public domain, the methodology used by The Global Fund in calculating the lives it has saved cannot be verified or reproduced by external researchers. More transparency in its modeling methodology, the authors argue, would build confidence in the organization’s claims among funders and external researchers. (Since a draft of the analysis was shared, The Global Fund has revised its methodology statement on its website, but the authors call for further improvements). Distinguishing The Global Fund’s institutional impact from the impact of the broader partnership:The analysis suggests The Global Fund results report conflates the impact of The Global Fund “partnership”—encompassing other donors, NGOs, and country governments—with the impact of The Global Fund as a standalone institution with an annual budget of roughly $4bn. The authors argue that distinctly separating the activities of The Global Fund from activities carried out by partner organizations would make its impact much clearer. For example, domestic policies in large countries such as India and South Africa have led to significant investments to tackle tuberculosis and HIV;in addition, economic growth is estimated to be responsible for a significant reduction in maternal and child deaths from 1990-2010. The impact of both of these external factors is not distinguished in The Global Fund’s claim of saving 27 million lives. Unreliable data: Much of the data is from countries where statistical systems are weak or non-existent. The authors acknowledge the difficulties of working with these restraints but reiterate their call for data to be collected in rigorous performance evaluations to supplement the results of modeling exercises. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 25 2019The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (‘The Global Fund’) asserts they and their partners have saved 27 million lives—but more rigorous evidence and data is needed to back up that claim, according to a new analysis published in The Lancet this week.The analysis, by Dr Rocco Friebel of The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Rachel Silverman, Amanda Glassman, and Dr Kalipso Chalkidou of the Center for Global Development (CGD), calls on The Global Fund to publish more robust data and be more transparent in its official impact reports, and highlights ways the financing organization can improve its evidence base.The authors note The Global Fund is likely to have had a positive impact, having distributed over $39 billion of aid funding around the world, but suggest improvements the organization and others could adopt for their impact measurement and reporting, including: Related StoriesReversing drug resistance in tuberculosis bacteriaEngineers crack the code to quickly diagnose anti-malarial drug resistanceScorpion venom contains compounds that could help fight Staph and tuberculosis bacteriaCommenting on the analysis, Dr Rocco Friebel, lead author and Assistant Professor of Health Policy at LSE, said: “There is no doubt organizations like The Global Fund do great work but to ensure continuous donor investment they need to be more open and honest with their reporting,””The methods and underlying data of the modeling exercise conducted by The Global Fund and others should be released and subject to public scrutiny. The organization should be clear about its methodology, share relevant data and open itself up to peer review. Taking these steps toward openness will instill confidence in partners and lead to more sustainable fundraising for aid relief.”Amanda Glassman, chief operating officer at the Center for Global Development, said: “Funders have tough choices to make, and a more grounded and evidence-based assessment of The Global Fund’s actual impacts would help the organization make its case in the difficult replenishment cycle ahead.””Our concerns are not new,” added Kalipso Chalkidou, director of global health policy at the Center for Global Development. “For years, we’ve called for The Global Fund to stand on firmer ground when estimating the lives its work has saved. The Global Fund does important work, and in order to make sure everyone has confidence in that work, it’s time for the organization to take our calls for transparency seriously.”Rachel Silverman, policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, said .”Global health partnerships, including The Global Fund, hold a position of immense responsibility as the stewards of scarce aid dollars. To best serve the populations in need of that assistance—and to attract additional resources in the upcoming replenishment cycle—we hope that The Global Fund and other funders will embrace the highest standards of evidence and accountability.” The analysis also details current shortcomings of The Global Fund’s evaluations, including:center_img More rigorous performance evaluations: Rather than relying on theoretical, modeled results alone, more rigorous performance evaluations would help assess whether The Global Fund’s grant recipients are delivering the services and products being financed. Structuring grants to prioritize evidence from the start: Taking this step would help ensure the most effective projects and products are being funded. Expanding the scope of impact evaluation: As well as expanding evaluations, The Global Fund should refocus on areas where evidence is most needed, such as particularly large projects and programs using new and untested strategies. Publishing the data and models used to estimate impact: Where empirical evidence isn’t available, The Global Fund should at least make the data and models used to estimate impact available to researchers and the public. Source: read more

Nurses potentially suffer from sleep deprivation and common sleep disorders

first_imgWe were surprised by the number of nurses potentially suffering from common sleep disorders, most notably, chronic insomnia and shift work disorder.”Lead author Francis Christian, M.D., a second-year fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 10 2019According to preliminary results of a new study, there is a high prevalence of insufficient sleep and symptoms of common sleep disorders among medical center nurses.Results show that 49% of participating nurses at an academic medical center averaged less than 7 hours of sleep per night, and the overall average nightly sleep time was 6.6 hours. Symptoms consistent with chronic insomnia were identified in 31% of nurses, and excessive daytime sleepiness was found in 4.5% of them. Twenty-seven percent of nurses used medications to help them sleep, and 13% reported using medications to stay awake. Symptoms indicative of shift work disorder were present in 31% of nurses. About 18.5% of nurses also had a moderate-to-severe risk for obstructive sleep apnea. Related StoriesSleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsSleep quality linked to memory problems in new studySleep makes synapses ready for new learningThe American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults should sleep 7 or more hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. According to the authors, nearly 100,000 deaths are estimated to occur each year in U.S. hospitals due to medical errors, and sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are significant contributors to this risk.The study involved an online survey of 1,165 nurses at a tertiary care medical center. Questions asked about topics such as their sleep schedule and medications. Questionnaires such as the STOP-BANG and Epworth Sleepiness Scale were used to assess the nurses for sleep disorder symptoms.”Nurses are at increased risk for circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders such as shift work disorder,” said Christian. “Recognition needs to take place so that we can screen appropriately and make scheduling modifications to help alleviate the burden of shift work disorder among nurses.”The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep and will be presented Monday, June 10, in San Antonio at SLEEP 2019, the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS), which is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.Source:American Academy of Sleep MedicineJournal reference:Christian, F. et al. (2019) Sleep Health of Nursing Staff in an Academic Medical Center: Results of a Survey Study. Sleep. read more

How cryptocurrency discussions spread

first_img More information: Maria Glenski et al, Characterizing Speed and Scale of Cryptocurrency Discussion Spread on Reddit, The World Wide Web Conference on – WWW ’19 (2019). DOI: 10.1145/3308558.3313702 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. Every day, thousands of messages on Reddit [and elsewhere] contain discussions of cryptocurrencies. Some of these trigger follow-up discussions. Some lead to increased interest in a cryptocurrency—not just a discussion of that cryptocurrency, but its actual price/value. Clearly, not all cryptocurrencies are equivalent—and analyzing a set of them can reveal how bad actors might exploit those differences.Led by PNNL data scientist, Dr. Svitlana Volkova, the team analyzed three years of discussions on Reddit from January 2015 to January 2018. The team measured the speed and scale of discussion spread related to Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Monero cryptocurrencies. Findings include:On average, there are 3,600 comments posted each day for Bitcoin; 500 for Ethereum; and 380 for Monero.Not every post triggered a discussion. The rate of ineffective posts—posts that do not receive any additional commentary—is up to 5x higher with Bitcoin and Ethereum than Monero.People respond quicker to Bitcoin posts. For example, it takes on average 11 minutes for someone within the Bitcoin subreddit to comment; 20 minutes for Monero; and 27 minutes for Ethereum.Bitcoin discussions grow the fastest, followed by Ethereum and then Monero.Discussions around Monero have largest median lifetimes. Ethereum discussions have the largest possible lifetimes, and, Bitcoin discussions have the lowest median lifetime of the three coins. Citation: How cryptocurrency discussions spread (2019, June 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Explore further A rapidly increasing percentage of the world’s population is connected to the global information environment. At the same time, the information environment is enabling social interactions that are radically changing how and at what rate information spreads. As part of an effort to understand communication patterns and build a quantitative framework for how this information expands online, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a United States Department of Energy national laboratory, recently examined cryptocurrency discussion threads on Reddit. Their findings, presented at the Web Conference 2019, not only shed light on how cryptocurrency discussions spread but could inform artificial intelligence applications for modeling information spread across internet social environments to help identify and model criminal activities by state and non-state actors exploiting cryptocurrencies.center_img “Cryptocurrencies are quite unique observable units of information in the way discussions about them spread across social platforms,” said Volkova. “These social signals are quite useful, and by incorporating them with machine and deep learning, we intend to build predictive models that hit on causal relationships between different variables so we can explain model decision-making processes.”The findings gathered by Volkova and her colleagues, PNNL researchers Maria Glenski and Emily Saldanha, provide valuable insights into how information expands and evolves in social platforms. Likewise, by focusing on a specific social phenomenon, the team hopes to compare the spread of cryptocurrency discussions with other viral trends, such as the spread of computer vulnerabilities and misinformation. Provided by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory NSA leak fuels rise in hacking for crypto mining: report PNNL data scientist, Dr. Svitlana Volkova and her the team analyzed three years of worth of crypto discussions on Reddit from January 2015 to January 2018. Credit: Andrea Starr, PNNL Photographerlast_img read more