Most of the scams originate in countries such as Philippines and Morocco, added DCI Mullan.Christopher (not his real name) told the Mark Patterson Show how he received a friend request from a “very attractive young lady” on Facebook.“Over a period of a few days we were chatting. She was a lot younger than I was. I’m in my 40s, she was, maybe, in her 20s.“I was going through a bitter divorce at the time and you know… I was enjoying the attention, looking for a new relationship,” he said.“Over a period of time, it progressed to another level where she asked me did I want a video chat and the conversation became quite sexual.“She got me on my phone through messenger and asked: ‘Do you want to see me naked?’“I put on video call, and all of a sudden I see a bedroom, and a girl naked, touching herself, caressing herself – she asked me to do the same thing.“Then all of a sudden she left the camera and came back and she seemed to push some sort of a button, and all of a sudden it was a video of me doing what I shouldn’t.“She says: ‘You’ve just broken the law, if you don’t send £10,000 it (the video) will be posted to various friends.’”One of the names that appeared on Christopher’s device was the name of his daughter.“I went into total panic, total panic and talk about cold sweats,” he said.The blackmailer managed to post the video onto Christopher’s Facebook timeline, but he was able to swiftly remove it.Christopher was given 24 hours to send his blackmailer the money.During this time, he described how feelings of shame, disgust and most of all fear, nearly drove him over the edge.In the end, Christopher reported the person to Facebook, and said the company was very supportive.He also spoke to the Samaritans before confiding in two close friends, who accompanied him to the local police station.“That constable was absolutely brilliant, she saw the stress I was under, she said ‘you’ve broken no law’,” he said.He explained that the police wanted to trace the IP address of the computer being used by the blackmailer.“The case is now closed, they never found out, but I went through hell for two months,” he said.Although still living under the threat of his video being released, Christopher said he felt good.“If I could just use my pain and anxiety to help just one person, then to be honest, I feel quite proud that I’ve done something. That I took a stand you know,” he said.PSNI advice on how to protect yourself online Detective Chief Inspector James Mullan of the PSNI’s Cyber Crime Unit praised the man for coming forward to the BBC to warn others of the dangers lurking on the internet.“We get about two or three reports a week across Northern Ireland of predominantly male people within the community who become victims of this type of incident,” he said.“I want to give people the confidence to come forward to the police and report it,” he said.“While we find it very difficult to get the people responsible, it’s really important that, not just the police service, but other agencies are there to support these people.” A MAN from Derry has revealed how blackmailers demanded £10,000 not to reveal an intimate video on Facebook.He told Radio Foyle’s Mark Patterson show today that he suffered two months of “hell” after being tricked into making the recording by a woman he met online.The PSNI say they are investigating 160 cases of internet sex blackmail across the North of Ireland over the past year. DERRY MAN REVEALS £10,000 BLACKMAIL DEMAND OVER INTIMATE FACEBOOK VIDEO was last modified: March 9th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet 000 BLACKMAIL DEMAND OVER INTIMATE FACEBOOK VIDEOBBC RADIO FOYLECYBER CRIME UNITDCI JAMES MULLANDERRY MAN REVEALS £10MARK PATTERSON SHOWPSNI Do not compromise your identity by removing clothes or performing intimate acts online.What goes online may stay online, be wary about accepting friend invitations on social networking sites.Do not include any sensitive, private or confidential information on your profile.Update your privacy settings.
Roisin Bradley, the Rights Respecting School Coordinator at Knockavoe School in Strabane, said their pupils had been working hard to promote the values of Fairtrade, and encourage people to consider buying Fairtrade products such as tea, coffee, sugar, chocolate and bananas.“We are a Rights Respecting School Level 2 and the rights of pupils are at the heart of everything we do,” she explained.“We actively promote Fairtrade awareness and support.“The pupils enjoy various multisensory activities to enhance their understanding of Fairtrade.“By taking an active approach and encouraging others to make better shopping choices and to purchase Fairtrade goods we are helping to ensure that the rights of workers are also supported in both the local and wider community.”Work has also been ongoing on a regional level to support the campaign for Northern Ireland to achieve the status as a Fairtrade devolved region.Further information on Fairtrade may be found on both the websites for Fairtrade Ireland www.fairtrade.ie and the Fairtrade Foundation www.fairtrade.org.ukOr by contacting Heather Hamilton at Derry City and Strabane District Council on 028 71253253 or emailing email@example.comDERRY AND STRABANE ACHIEVES FAIRTRADE STATUS was last modified: June 12th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Mayor McHugh said he was delighted that Council is taking the lead in raising awareness about responsible trading and supporting disadvantaged producers and workers in developing areas.“I think it’s fantastic that Derry and Strabane Council is taking an active approach to changing people’s trading habits by raising awareness of the issue.“If local people choose Fairtrade products it will directly impact on improving the livelihoods and working conditions of people living in developing countries, ensuring sustainable production and reducing opportunities for exploitation.”Council are part of a Fairtrade Steering Group that promotes Fairtrade locally and a number of awareness events have taken place throughout the year including one for both primary and secondary schools. DERRY AND STRABANE ACHIEVES FAIRTRADE STATUSKNOCKAVIOE SCHOOLRIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOLstrabane ShareTweet THE Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council joined the pupils of Knockavoe School in Strabane this week to celebrate the Council area achieving full Fairtrade status.Councillor Maolíosa McHugh visited the school to find out more about the work they have been doing to discover how Fairtrade operates and promote the Fairtrade message.In 2014 the former Derry City Council was awarded Fairtrade City Status and building on this achievement Derry City and Strabane District Council passed a resolution in 2015 to demonstrate Council’s support for a campaign to achieve Fairtrade status for the whole Council area.DCSDC is now the first Council in Northern Ireland to achieve Fairtrade District Status. The accolade was awarded jointly by Fairtrade Foundation and Fairtrade Ireland.
POLICE are currently at the scene of a security alert in the town following the discovery of a suspicious device. One home in the Melmount Villas area has been evacuated. British Army Technical Officers have been tasked to the scene. ShareTweet BREAKING NEWS….HOME EVACUATED IN NORTH WEST SECURITY ALERTMELMOUNT VILLASPSNIstrabane There are no further details at present.BREAKING NEWS….HOME EVACUATED IN NORTH WEST SECURITY ALERT was last modified: August 8th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:
“We did however have reason to arrest two ladies in respect of outstanding Bench Warrants. “The first had been evading police since 2014, but to be fair she has spent a large amount of this time outside of our jurisdiction. “The second arrest had a hint of Thelma and Louise about it. “Two ladies driving about in their PJ’S trying to decide whether to have a Raymond’s, Beef Satay or McDonald’s . BALLYARNETT NPTDerryPolicePSNITwo women wanted for five years arrested by police in Derry ShareTweet “Thankfully when we put on the blue lights they didn’t make for the border. “The false name Thelma provided did not save her and she will now have to make do with a cereal bar and nicorette gum at Hotel Strand Road. “Bench Warrants issued by the court do not disappear. “If you have one it would be in your interest to address it with your solicitor asap. Don’t blame us if you have to go to court in your jammies and without makeup .“Alternatively, we could come knocking with the big red key.”Two women wanted on bench warrants arrested by police in Derry was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: POLICE in Derry have arrested two women who have been wanted on bench warrants.An officer writing on PSNI Foyle’s Facebook page: “Ballyarnett Npt were busy conducting a number of vehicle check points and patrolling our neighbourhood area last night. “By and large it was fairly peaceful in Galliagh, Shantallow and Carnhill.
“A post mortem is due to take place to determine the cause of death.“There are no further details at this stage.”Breaking news…Sudden death of man in Derry under investigation was last modified: October 17th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet BallinaskaBreaking news…Sudden death of man in Derry under investigationnorth westPolicePSNI POLICE in Derry have launched an investigation following the sudden death of a man in the city.The man died in the Ballinaska area on Monday.A police spokesperson said: “We Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a man in the Balliniska area of Derry.
Next PostGino’s Top Five Plays of the Week: December 9th Tumblr Facebook Google+ Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories New West Virginia justices take fact-finding tour By Tyler BarkerDec 10, 2018, 08:15 am 514 0 Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Mail Home NewsWatch Local News New West Virginia justices take fact-finding tour CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s newest Supreme Court justices are spending their first few weeks in office on a fact-finding tour.Court officials say Justices Evan Jenkins and Tim Armstead have been touring courts and court system-related institutions.Their first stop last month was at Highland Hospital in Charleston, where they met with staff and toured the facility with the Supreme Court’s Children and Juvenile Services director.Officials say Jenkins visited a juvenile center in Julian and a juvenile diagnostic and intake center in Barboursville.Armstead and Jenkins were appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to fill two seats on the state’s highest court until last month’s election. Armstead and Jenkins prevailed in the election and will complete the unexpired terms of two justices who retired amid a scandal over spending by the court. Previous PostTwo Virginia State Troopers Struck During Snow Storm On Sunday
Linkedin Pinterest Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More Google+ SportsSports News Concord Defense the Star in Win Over UVa-Wise By Matt DigbySep 14, 2017, 23:40 pm 731 0 Athens, WV (WOAY) – On a night where defense ruled, it seems fitting that a defensive player accounted for the only points of the game.Concord defensive back Jeremiah Johnson returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Mountain Lions a 7-0 win over UVa-Wise, for their first win of 2017.The defense made its presence known early at Callaghan Stadium, as the Highland Cavaliers’ first drive of the game ended with a blocked field goal. Two drives in the second quarter ended with interceptions, keeping the game scoreless at halftime.Concord heads on the road next week for its first Saturday game at Notre Dame College. Tumblr Mail Facebook Twitter Previous PostWeek 4 Game of the Week Preview – Independence Next PostEPA test says PCB’s in Fayette Co. soil Home Sports News Sports Concord Defense the Star in Win Over UVa-Wise
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In This Issue.* Dollar is broadly softer today.* A$ & Gold unable to hold gains.* German IFO prints weaker than expected.* Chuck on his soap box.And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts.Richard Russell Talks About Gold Accumulation.Good Day! . And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! The National League’s Central Division pennant race plot thickened last night, as my beloved Cardinals lost in extra innings to the Cubs, thus allowing the Pirates to climb within 1.5 games of 1st place. Winning the division is the key in the playoffs, otherwise you are a wild card team that has to play a 1-game play-in. Those can get pretty dicey, so there are 4 games in the season left, It’s up to the Cardinals to hold on.And hold on is what the Aussie dollar (A$) couldn’t do yesterday. Hold on to its overnight gains, losing that 1/2-cent gain I told you about yesterday morning. It didn’t take long for it go up in smoke either. One minute I’m talking about the breather the U.S. dollar was taking in the all-out assault on the currencies and the next I was watching the A$ drop like a rock. Well, the overnight traders and participants are attempting to push the A$ higher again. So, we’ll have to wait-n-see how long that is allowed to go on.Gold also couldn’t hold on to its overnight gains yesterday. Recall, that in the early morning trading I told you that Gold was up $17 on the news that the U.S. led coalition was bombing ISIS in Syria. I guess they called off the bombing, right? For Gold dropped that $17 gain like Jared Cook did with that touchdown pass on Sunday for the Rams! Gold did get to retain a couple bucks of gains, but in reality the shine was off the rally. So, did they announce that the bombing had been called off, and I was under a rock? As if! Apparently the U.S. traders didn’t like the looks of a $17 gain.The dollar is broadly softer this morning, with most currencies trading up a bit, or at least flat against the dollar. That’s a BIG change from what we saw last week, when the dollar was taking liberties with the currencies and metals. I don’t put too much into these past two days of softness in the dollar, as the short-term trend for dollar strength remains in place, as far as I’m concerned.This morning, the euro is flat, and not participating in the group of currencies booking gains against the dollar. In Germany, the Eurozone’s largest economy, the September Business Climate as measured by the think tank, IFO, slipped, even more than what was expected, printing at 104.7, VS 106.3 in August, and a consensus of 105.8. I will point out something with this data set that you won’t hear anywhere else. The headline number is still running above its long-term average. So, it’s not all bad. But the euro didn’t get any love from the IFO, today.The Norwegian krone is one of the few currencies with a loss this morning VS the dollar. Norway printed their latest Employment Data, and their Unemployment Rate edged up to 3.4% from 3.3% in June. I know, I know, why would traders make trades on data that’s 2 months old? At least they haven’t taken a pound of flesh in the krone’s value, the currency is down but not by a huge amount this morning.Norway’s Kissin’ Cousin, Sweden, printed their latest Consumer Confidence report that showed Confidence rising to a 7-year high! That’s in high contrast to the Riksbank (Sweden’s Central Bank) and their dissing the economy, and talking rate cuts. These two units need to get together and figure out what’s going on, eh?The Canadian dollar / loonie is flat this morning, after losing a shekel or two yesterday. There was a speech by the deputy Dawg, I mean the deputy Central Bank Gov. yesterday that pretty much beat down inflation pressures that are being seen in the Canadian economy, that could/should warrant a rate hike. But when you have Central Bank officials saying things like the inflation pressures are “transitory”, and not to worry about them . The loonie gets caught up in the misunderstanding.It’s all “Transitory”. That’s the buzzword used these days by Central Bankers to described rising inflation. Of course they aren’t talking about the wild price increases that have been seen in things like: Insurance, medicine, tuitions, ball game tickets, food, and gas. But wage inflation is a thing of the past apparently. And that’s the only thing the Central Bankers care about. Wage Inflation, and if there’s no wage inflation, there’s no inflation according the Central Bankers. So the rises they see in their CPI (consumer price index) are only “transitory” to them. Of course I would like to show them my meaning of “transitory” !When they use the term “transitory” they forget that we’ve been seeing prices rise in many things for years now. Which make me believe that they have taken on the Richard Nixon version of “temporary”. For it was Nixon that told us that the removal of Gold from the dollar’s backing, was merely “temporary”. Of course that “temporary” change has lasted 43 years now! I bet a lot of you didn’t know that he said that in August of 1971. But he did. and just like the Central Bankers today that keep calling inflation pressures “transitory” , it appears that using words like this may come back to bite.OK. I’ll step down from my soap box now, and get back to the currencies. But I have to warn you that the way I feel today, I just might be stepping back onto that soap box later in the letter.The Brazilian real has really lost a lot of its recent luster, that was based on two things, the interest rate differential that it enjoys against all currencies, and the polls that showed the current President, Rousseff, as losing. But guess what happened on the way to the Forum? Rousseff has taken the lead back from the challenger in the polls. Uh-Oh. Tell me that this can’t be happening! I even came up with a funny line that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago regarding Rousseff getting thrown out of office! I said, the markets would like to say to her. “We’d like to help you out, which way did you come in?” HA!The Chinese renminbi was allowed to appreciate last night marking two consecutive days this week. The stronger HSBC PMI, that we talked about yesterday, has really changed some opinions about China and the Asian region. And the BIG 3 in Asia, China, Singapore, and Japan have all seen their currencies rally on the HSBC PMI.There’s also a great article on the Bloomberg this morning, regarding President Xi Jingping’s crackdown on everything from gift giving to excessive wining and dining to level the playing field for business. This is seen as a good thing for economic growth in China. So, all those Chinese naysayers might want to think about calling off the collapse dogs.You know. I’ve talked until I’m blue in the face about debt in the U.S. and I’m not just one of those Johnny-come-lately kind of writers/ analysts. I’ve been talking about how this building up of debt without paying it down, in the U.S. since 2001. Yes, I do have some long term readers that go back that far (some even further!) and they will vouch for me when I tell you that!Another writer/ analyst that has been on this debt problem from the beginning is my friend, and writer/ publisher extraordinaire, Bill Bonner. Bill’s new letter, Diary of a Rogue Economist, which can be found here: http://bonnerandpartners.com/category/parent/dre/ had a little ditty on the U.S. Debt yesterday, so let’s see what Bill had to say.“Portugal in the 15th century. Spain in the 16th century. Followed by the Netherlands. France. Britain. And finally, the US. Each empire gets its chance to throw its weight around… and its money. About a century for each.Now, it’s America’s turn. But the US “Empire of Debt” already lives on borrowed money… and borrowed time. The dollar, US stocks and bonds – in fact, the entire capital structure – are overpriced… and in danger.Anything could happen in the near term. But in the long term… all will go down.” – Bill BonnerYes. In our monthly newsletter to clients of EverBank World Markets, The Review & Focus, I have a regular section dedicated to what I call “An Inconvenient Debt”.Well, the U.S. Data Cupboard is still in search of data to print. Today, it has the New Home Sales data for August. Let’s see if that New Home Sales data pares up with the report last week that Homebuilders Confidence was soaring. It should be interesting at least, but probably not market moving.Tomorrow’s Data Cupboard will have the August Durable Goods, which are expected to show a negative -18% performance. But recall that July had those Huge airplane deals that saw Durable Goods rise 22% (without the planes though Durable Goods were negative) , So the August print will just be a reversal of July. I told you all last month when this happened that this is what we would see in the next month, and tomorrow, we get to see it!Before I head to the Big Finish today, I have a HUGE retraction from something I said yesterday. and at least one astute reader caught my faux pas. Boy was I ever out in left field yesterday with my saying that there have only been 3 Cardinals pitchers to post 20-game win seasons in the last 7 decades. That’s what I get for getting my info from the St. Louis Post Dispatch! UGH. So my apologies to the pitchers who have also posted 20-game seasons. Carpenter, Morris, Kile, Tudor, Forsch, Carlton, Sadecki, Broglio. joining Gibson, Andujar, & Wainwright. One would think that a so-called Big Fan like me would have caught that error right off the bat yesterday. But I will remind everyone that I write this very, very early in the morning. So, see I’m just like the Gov’t and the kids these days, it’s easier to blame someone/ something else!For What It’s Worth. Remember when I told you that Koos Jansen, the analyst that I follow on Google+, said that China now held 14,000 tonnes of Gold in reserves? OK, keep that in mind as you read this little ditty from the one and only, Richard Russell.“Consider this: from 1930 to the present, gold has risen from $29 an ounce to over $1200 per ounce. Gold pays no dividends, so the amazing advance from $20 to $1200 has been accomplished without dividends. Because gold represents pure wealth, and ultimately safety from bankruptcy, it needs to pay no dividends to attract investors. From before Biblical times, gold has been the ultimate symbol of safety and power. History shows that gold moves towards the most powerful nations. The nation that is accumulating gold runs the world as we know it.”Chuck again. Yes. and now we all know that the nation accumulating Gold is China. Of course Russia, Turkey, and quite a few others also are accumulating Gold reserves, but not at the pace of the Chinese. Oh, and speaking of the Chinese and their Gold reserves, did you see the story last week that in a recent speech a Chinese official admitted that the Chinese plan to back the renminbi with Gold?OK, I know it actually hasn’t happened yet, but when do I get to say, “See, I told you, so!”To recap. The dollar is broadly softer this morning, with only a couple of currencies not able to participate in the move against the dollar. Holding on was a problem for the A$ and Gold yesterday, as both were not able to hold on to the gains they had booked in the overnight markets throughout the U.S. session. Norwegian Unemployment ticked up, and Swedish Confidence rose higher. German IFO was weaker than expected, but remains above the long-term avg. so the euro trades flat today. And it appears that Dilma Rousseff has taken the lead in the Brazilian presidential election polls, much to the chagrin of Chuck and the markets.Currencies today 9/24/14. American Style: A$ .8885, kiwi .8075, C$ .9030, euro 1.2845, sterling 1.6410, Swiss $1.0635, . European Style: rand 11.1310, krone 6.3665, SEK 7.1520, forint 231.75, zloty 3.2495, koruna 21.4130, RUB 38.30, yen 108.70, sing 1.2650, HKD 7.7520, INR 60.94, China 6.1462, pesos 13.28, BRL 2.4105, Dollar Index 84.67, Oil $91.63, 10-year 2.54%, Silver $17.75, Platinum $1,334.50, Palladium $823.88, and Gold. $1,221.89That’s it for today. Another quiet day at the Butler house yesterday, as Kathy was gone when I arrived home. That makes taking a nap much easier, when it’s quiet! Did you see the CDC report yesterday that said that up to 1.4 million cases of Ebola could be reached by January? YIKES! And now the U.S. has another group claiming to hate us. the Khorasan Group. Brother! Well, that’s a discussion for the Butler Patio, not here! Jack Johnson is singing his song: Posters on the IPod this morning. You’ve gotta like Jack Johnson! Well, let’s see, my fantasy football team has two players now on season IR (out for the season), and two more questionable for Sunday.. UGH! I really know how to pick ’em, eh? Well, you’ve probably had enough of me for today, so I’ll end this by saying, I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday!Chuck ButlerPresidentEverBank World Markets
For residents who wanted to slow down the speed Saturday morning, the Walk 4 Water over at Snow Hinton Park was a perfect way to get the day moving.Participants walked 4 miles to represent the distance many have to walk for water in Haiti. Healing Hands International and Tide4Christ paired up to help raise money for clean water solutions in Haiti, something Gillian Kelley said is a huge problem.“The problem in Haiti is that if they don’t have their water source close to them, they have to walk a long distance, which keeps kids out of school,” she said. “They’ve got to walk every day to get water. And when they get to those water sources, they’re often not clean. So the No. 1 killer in the world is dirty water. So if we can eliminate that problem, then we can save a lot of lives.”Over the last three years, the walk has raised more than $25,000. This year’s goal was $7,500, and so far they have raised $3,035. To donate, click here.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s unemployment rate is down to what officials say is a record-low 3.5%.A news release from the state Friday says the preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate for June dropped two-tenths of a percent from the May rate of 3.7%.It’s the state’s lowest jobless rate ever, and better than the most recent national unemployment rate of 3.7%.The number represents a growth in employment of 10,456 jobs from last month. The number of people counted as unemployed dropped to 79,378.Shelby County in metro Birmingham has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.5%, followed by Marshall County in northeastern Alabama at 2.8%.The counties with the highest jobless rates are in rural west Alabama. They include Wilcox County at a state-worst 7.3%. Greene and Perry counties are next at 6.8%.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)7/19/2019 10:29:55 AM (GMT -5:00)
BUDVA, Montenegro – Greece’s men’s volleyball team, which made it into the European finals with some stirring comebacks, couldn’t do it again, falling to Montenegro, losing a second match 3-1 in games.Greece had lost 3-2 in Thessaloniki and needed a 3-0 or 3-1 victory away to clinch the title and started off strong, winning the first set, 25-22.But then, ahead 7-6 in the second game, Greece got bad luck when star player Panayiotis Pelekoudas suffered an injury and the team couldn’t rally without him.Montenegro came back to win that second set, 25-18 and then took the next two 25-18 and 25-21 in a hard-fought match to win the tourney and a spot in next year’s World League, the top-tier competition in international volleyball.Greece coach Sotiris Drikos said despite the loss he was satisfied with his team’s effort and said that, “The players attitude players’ attitude is exemplary as they have been training and playing for 12 months non-stop.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Spinning in 70 mph second serves, grabbing at his hamstring during points, Andy Murray gritted his way through head-to-toe cramps to win at the U.S. Open.Murray outlasted Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-5 in the first round Aug. 25 during an afternoon that was hot but not particularly humid. He was mystified that the cramps came on so early — at the start of the third set after only about an hour and a half on court.“When it starts to kind of go everywhere, you don’t know exactly where it’s going to creep up next,” he said. “When you stretch one muscle, something else then cramps, too.”It started in the back of his left shoulder, and then quickly spread to his forearm. The right-handed Murray couldn’t toss the ball high enough to get any pace on his serves.Between points, he’d twist his body to awkwardly stretch his left side. After hitting a winner, he’d reach for his quad.Murray was twice down a break in the fourth set, but the 70th-ranked Haase unraveled with a string of unforced errors. He wasted three break points in the final game, when a missed call also cost him.The eighth-seeded Murray had felt confident in his conditioning after productive training sessions in Miami, where he weathered far more heat and humidity than this. He wondered if something was amiss in his nutrition.“Cramping in my left forearm?” a bewildered Murray said. “I mean, I didn’t use my left forearm a whole lot today.”Haase, also bothered by some cramping, said he didn’t eat and drink enough beforehand because of an earlier-than-expected start — the first match on Louis Armstrong Stadium lasted just 47 minutes. But Murray said dehydration didn’t seem to be his problem.Serving for the fourth set at 5-3, Haase double-faulted on break point to allow Murray to get back on serve. Murray then went up 6-5 when he took Haase’s second serve high and whacked a forehand winner.With Murray trying to serve out the match, Haase smacked a deep return on his second break point that might have set him up to win the game. But the ball was called out, and after it was overturned on review, they had to replay the point. This time, Haase hit a volley into the net.Murray is notorious for suddenly clutching at an ailment after a poorly played point. On this day, though, the misery was clearly real. The two-time major champion went after winners to shorten points, tried to stay upright to keep the strain off his legs. It was just enough to eke out the victory.“I don’t think if it would have gone to five sets I would’ve been the favorite,” Murray said.Three years ago, he and Haase did go five in New York, with Murray rallying from a two-set deficit to win in the second round.After the loss, Haase planned to complain to the ATP that he was denied treatment during the match for a sore foot. But the Dutchman insisted he wasn’t distracted by Murray’s shows of discomfort.“I was more busy with myself, and I was struggling myself,” Haase said. “I tried to play my game. It didn’t bother me what he did.”No such struggles for top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who breezed past U.S. Open novice Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic wrapped up the final match on opening day at the year’s last Grand Slam event as the hour grew late, with fans calling out to him from the far-away seats at Arthur Ashe Stadium.“I hope it was a midnight delight for all you guys,” he told them in an on-court interview.Fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova, who missed last year’s tournament because of an injured right shoulder, made a successful return by winning the final 10 games to beat Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-0 in a matchup of 27-year-old Russians and longtime friends. Actor Alec Baldwin got into the action, too, catching an out-of-bounds shot that sailed over Sharapova and bounced into the seats.Also, 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark advanced 6-1, 3-6, 2-0 when Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia had to stop because of an injured left hip.Ninth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also needed four sets to beat Juan Monaco 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1. Nick Kyrgios — the Australian teen who stunned Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon — came back from three code violations, just one outburst away from default, in a 7-5, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (1) upset of 21st-seeded Mikhail Youzhny.Julien Benneteau, seeded 24th, was upset in five sets by fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire. Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka and fifth-seeded Milos Raonic both advanced in straight sets.Earlier, Venus Williams, 34, beat 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. The combined age of 77 was believed to be the oldest for a women’s Grand Slam pairing, the WTA said.Along with the 19th-seeded Williams, 21st-seeded American Sloane Stephens also advanced by routing Annika Beck.Second-seeded Simona Halep rallied from a set down for a 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-2 victory over 20-year-old Danielle Rose Collins, who was playing her first main draw match at a tour-level event. As a sophomore at Virginia, an unseeded Collins won the NCAA title to earn a wild card into the U.S. Open.TweetPinShare0 Shares
PIRAEUS – Olympiakos’ unbeaten run in the European League basketball tourney ended with a stinging 89-70 loss to the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa on Nov. 27.Despite the loss, the Greek team remains the favorite to clinch the top spot in its pool and advance deeper into the tourney. It won the title in 2012 and 2013.Olympiakos wasn’t into this game though as the Spanish team led 24-17 after one and 44-37 at the half before going on a 22-9 tear in the third period that put it out of reach, holding a 68-52 lead.Playing poor defense and shooting even worse, the Reds couldn’t get back into it as the winners lead grew to 87-66 and it wasn’t seriously challenged.Olympiakos captain, sharpshooter Vassilis Spanoulis, had 27 points, lifting him to fourth place on the list of all-time scorers in Euroleague competition. He also briefly played for the Houston Rockets in the NBA but wasn’t a factor. TweetPinShare0 Shares
In jails and prisons across the United States, mental illness is prevalent and psychiatric disorders often worsen because inmates don’t get the treatment they need, says journalist Alisa Roth.In her new book Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness, Roth investigates the widespread incarceration of the mentally ill in the U.S., and what she sees as impossible burdens placed on correctional officers to act as mental health providers when they’re not adequately trained.”It’s unpleasant, it’s loud, it’s claustrophobic,” she tells NPR’s All Things Considered. “You see people who are desperately sick. I mean, desperately sick. One time when I was [at the Los Angeles County jail], corrections officers came out with a man who had been strapped into a wheelchair and was bleeding from his arm because he had scratched out a piece of his own flesh.”Another day she accompanied officers as they tried to get inmates to come out for recreation time or for a shower.”And they opened the little door in the cell where you hand food trays through, and there was this almost overpowering smell of feces,” Roth says, “because this man had smeared the walls of his cell.”By some counts, Roth says, as many as half of all inmates suffer from some sort of psychiatric disorder; jails in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are now the three largest institutions providing psychiatric care in the U.S.Some correctional institutions refused Roth’s requests when she was researching her book to see their facilities. Others, including L.A. County’s jail, allowed her inside — to see firsthand what happens there.Interview HighlightsOn what Roth learned about mental health care in the criminal justice systemIt’s easy to portray these people as monsters or otherworldly, and I think we need to remember they’re real people who are just not getting the treatment they need. The officers, too, are legitimately concerned about having things thrown at them or being attacked. …Another thing that struck me there was this sense of people cycling through. We talk about the civilian mental health care system and the criminal justice system as two separate entities; [but] really, in a lot of cases, the patients in both of them are going back and forth between the two.One day when I was there, there was a man who acted up in court and was sent back to the jail. He was strapped into a restraint chair for transport from the court to the jail, and I went with the officers to retrieve him and bring him back to a cell. And they kept talking to him because they knew him. He had been there a bunch of times before, and they kept saying, “Hey, what happened? What’s going on?” And the man didn’t say anything until we were getting off the elevator, and then he started asking if he could be sent back to his old cell.On the scarcity of mental health treatmentIt is astonishing to me how difficult it can be to access mental health care in this country. In Oklahoma, I visited community clinics – outpatient clinics in the community. What happens in Oklahoma is that if you come in with symptoms of mental illness, or somebody brings you in for symptoms of mental illness, you’re given a score from one to four. And basically, if you are not actively suicidal or actively psychotic, you’re going to be diverted to some other form of treatment. You’re not going to get in to see a psychiatrist — or you’re not going to get in to see a psychiatrist for months, and months and months.Even figuring out where to go for treatment can be difficult. At one point, I was following somebody here in New York who had been in and out of the mental health care system, and in and out of jail and prison. And I wanted to see how many people — how many psychiatrists — in New York City alone accept Medicaid and how many of those would be accepting new patients at any given time.I spent probably two days making phone calls. I should add that I made those calls without worrying about losing time from my job; I wasn’t worried about running out of money on my cellphone; I wasn’t worried about where I was going to sleep that night; I wasn’t worried about getting my medication; I wasn’t worried about where my next meal was coming from. And I finally gave up – I went to one of the public hospitals here in the city. I went to the Medicaid office; I explained to the very nice clerk what I wanted to do. She handed me a sheet of paper. She said, “Well, it really depends which Medicaid plan you’re on.” And there were, I forget, five or six different options. She said “You need to go online and look up the psychiatrist, and then you need to call the office, and see if they’re accepting patients.” It’s just, it’s so – who’s going to do that? Who has the time or the wherewithal or even just the brainpower to do that?On how she sees these issues improving One of the heartening things I’ve found in all this very upsetting reporting is that there is a consensus that what we’re doing is wrong. Whether we’re talking about the people who are locked up and their families, or the corrections officers, or the prosecutors, the defense attorneys, the judges, the doctors — you name it. They’re in agreement that what we’re doing is not working, that it’s counterproductive, that we need to change. We need to figure out how to come to a consensus about what that change looks like, but at least we’re all on the same page – that this is not the way it should be and that nobody is benefiting from this situation.Noah Caldwell and Renita Jablonski produced and edited the audio of this story. Sydnee Monday adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Friends of the North End Florida Bocce Bowl On Friday, March 23rd, members of the Friends of the North End (FONE) traveled to Deerfield Beach, FL to play bocce.The match was once again organized by Domenic Piso and took place at Century Village. For the third year in a row, the North Enders were defeated by their opponents who were from Michigan, New York, and New Jersey by way of Italy. The challengers were exceptional players who made their beloved pastime look easy. Left to Right: Victor Passacantilli, Ray Capobianco (West End), Domenic Piso, Ron Fuccillo, Gus Pesaturo, Franco (New York), and Joe Ferullo Left to right: Ray Capobianco, Ron Fuccillo, Joe Ferullo, and Gus Pesaturo. Everyone is looking forward to playing again next year. Hopefully we can convince players back home like Vito Aluia, Angelo Di Girolamo, Frank Julianello and Natale De Marco to be there to help give FONE its first victory in this annual tournament.*Advertisement* 1 of 3 Ron Fuccillo shoots the ball.
Author Talk: Join us on Tuesday, June 18th as author Cristian di Spigna will share his findings on Dr. Joseph Warren from his new release Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero. Drop in on his talks at 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30 p.m. and learn about Paul Revere’s close friend and famous Bostonian who became a symbol for the cause of national independence!*Advertisement* June Wednesday, July 3rd Hammered Dulcimer Concert, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Award-winning musician Dave Neiman plays jigs, reels, and Baroque and Renaissance tunes that Paul Revere and his family may have enjoyed. Once again our summer events showcase the talents of incredible musicians, artisans, artists, and performers. We encourage you to stop by on a Saturday afternoon this summer to immerse yourself in aspects of daily 18th century life, or make Boston a destination during our annual Harborfest celebration around the 4th of July. It is May 2, 1775 and Rachel Revere has only heard from her beloved husband Paul once since his legendary midnight ride on the 18th of April. Still isolated from one another due to the Siege of Boston, Rachel desperately tries to create a plan which shall safely take her children: six step-children from Paul’s first marriage and a newborn baby of their own, from the reach of the British Regular Army in Boston. In this program, you will help Rachel, as she carefully considers the dangers and demands of each plan. Find out if Rachel is successful in her perilous mission to unite her family, amidst the wake of an American Revolution. Monday, July 1st Patriot Fife and Drum, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy a lively concert of music that accompanied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their beloveds, and waged war. David Vose and Sue Walko provide fascinating insight into each selection they perform. All events are included the price of admission: adults $5, seniors & college students $4.50, children 5-17 $1. Members and North End residents admitted free at all times. In summer, the Revere House is open daily, 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. 22 A Loyalist Perspective on the Revolution 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 Hear a first-hand account of the abuses loyalists suffered at the hands of emboldened “patriots.” Michael Lepage takes on the role of Chief Justice Peter Oliver, brother of Andrew Oliver, a stamp collector. Rendezvous with Rachel Revere is brought to the PRH by History At Play. Founded in 2010, History At Play travels nationwide to chronicle the stories of influential and often forgotten women through immersive theatrical performances. www.HistoryAtPlay.com 3 18th Century Watercolor Artist 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Audrey Jones Childs will demonstrate 18th century watercolor painting using period appropriate watercolor paints and brushes. Come watch her paint and learn how the brushes and paints were made. 20 A Revolution of Her Own! 1:00, 1:45, & 2:30 The captivating story of the first woman to fight in the American Military: in 1782, Deborah bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the Continental Army. Experience her arduous upbringing, active combat, and success as the first female professional soldier (in part, due to the assistance of Paul Revere). Deborah’s passion takes you back in time! Length: 30 min. 13 Hammered Dulcimer Concert 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Award-winning musician Dave Neiman plays jigs, reels, and Baroque and Renaissance tunes that Paul Revere and his family may have enjoyed. Boston Harborfest Events 29 Colonial Dance Tunes and Love Songs 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. In the guise of itinerant musicians, Al Petty & Deirdre Sweeney perform popular 18th-century tunes such as “Mr. Isaac’s Maggot” and “Jack’s Health” on the penny whistle, flute, fife, & other instruments. 10 Colonial Herbalist 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Learn about the healing benefits of common and uncommon plants from a true expert. Judy Grillo portrays a colonial herbalist demonstrating techniques and wisdom passed on by generations of women who cared for their families with plants grown primarily in their kitchen gardens. August 24 The Tailor’s Craft 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Clothing historian Henry Cooke takes on the role of an early Boston tailor. Watch as he “takes the measure” of visitors, then sits cross-legged, fashioning waistcoats from luxurious fabrics and “slops” from coarse weaves. 27 Glass Harmonica Concert 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Vera Meyer plays early American melodies on the intriguing instrument that Ben Franklin invented. The ethereal, haunting tones Meyer creates as she places her wet fingers on the rims of rotating glass bowls will mesmerize all who listen! Friday, July 5th Colonial Dance Tunes and Love Songs, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. In the guise of itinerant musicians, Al Petty & Deirdre Sweeney perform popular 18th-century tunes such as “Mr. Isaac’s Maggot” and “Jack’s Health” on the penny whistle, flute, fife, & other instruments. 17 The Art of Spinning 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The art of spinning is best learned by the young, and Zoe Lawson has been practicing the craft of spinning by drop spindle and on a wheel since childhood. She shares her techniques while in 18th century garb, accompanied by her fellow fiber artist and father, Fred Lawson. 15 Colonial Basket Weaving 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Rather than in plastic bags or cardboard boxes, colonists stored cheese, chickens, and candles in specially designed baskets. Fred Lawson and Karen Ziino weave and sell reproductions copied from period originals. July 6 Fife and Drum Concert by the Boston Alarm Company 1:00, 1:45, & 2:30 Treat yourself to a sprightly concert of fife and drum music! Dressed in civilian clothing reproduced from period originals, alarm company members play marches and beat out cadences used to warn citizens of impending attack. 31 Rendezvous with Rachel Revere 1:00, 1:45, & 2:30
Mary Farrow is the innovator behind Gramsly, an online platform that allows you to send customized care packages to people aged 50 and older. After manyÂ years of sending care packages to her grandparents, the MIT and Harvard graduate, realized she was on to something. “I was inspired to start Gramsly because of my relationship with my grandparents. They live far away and I’ve struggled to stay close. I created Gramsly to help people like me but, since the launch, I’ve found that I’m also solving a business problem: Companies that serve older adults need to build relationships with their clients, and we help them do that,â€ said Farrow who has a Ph.D. in biological sciences in public health.[RELATED: Sensor Monitors Seniors and Aids in Care]Since starting Gramsly, Farrow has used Google Analytics and relevant key words to build a customer base in which over 90% make repeat purchases, and she’s achieved an average of 22% monthly revenue growth for nine months straight.In addition to Farrow’s passion for building Gramsly into a brand that is synonymous with making older people happy, and expanding into other products and services for seniors, Farrow has an exceptional background in science and engineering. She’s received fellowships and awards, including a postdoctoral grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a UNCF/Merck Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Harvard Graduate Prize Award for minority graduate students.Black Enterprise caught up with the tech innovator to learn more about her career journey.Black Enterprise:Â Tell us about your background.Farrow: Before making the leap into entrepreneurship, I was a researcher at Caltech. I have a bachelor’s degree from MIT and a Ph.D. from Harvard. I have long had an interest in increasing female participation in science and technology. As a graduate student, I was one of the founders of Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (HGWISE), an organization that supports female graduate students in STEM disciplines.How long did it take you to go from idea to execution with Gramsly? I believe in the lean startup model, so I wanted to execute as quickly as possible. The first products were shipped to my beta testers within a month from when I first had the idea.Since launching Gramsly, what are the top three challenges you’ve faced and how have you overcome them? The biggest challenges all businesses face are how to get customers, make them happy, and keep them coming back. Our solution is to make a great product, provide excellent service, and always listen to our customers. When I first launched Gramsly, I interviewed dozens of seniors to get their feedback on the product, and conducted market research to identify likely customer demographics. This helped us get our first customers and was instrumental in product development. We also regularly collect feedback from our customers to find out how we can improve.Statistics show fewer women than men in STEM fields. Do you have any ideas on how we can engage more young women to purse STEM careers? Â Initiatives that encourage active participation and give real-world tech experience are crucial. This includes hackathons, tech internships, and startup labs. One organization that is doing a great job at this is Black Girls Code.What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from taking the leap from employee to entrepreneur?Â The biggest lesson you learn as an entrepreneur is that execution is everything. Get things done and don’t be afraid of mistakes.Describe your experiences as a black woman in the tech space? Very positive, actually. The secret is to act as if you belong and no one will question your right to be there.Your best piece of advice for a young woman pursing a STEM career.Â Take ownership of your professional development. Make as many connections as you can. Build a strong network and be proactive about asking for help. Also, always look for ways you can help others. Someone you help out might be in a position to return the favor in ways you can’t predict.Follow @Gramsly on Twitter and Facebook. TECHNOLOGYLISTSOur Best Videos be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/tech-founder-creates-online-platform-that-sends-customized-care-packages-to-seniors/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/tech-founder-creates-online-platform-that-sends-customized-care-packages-to-seniors/
With its focus on introducing black girls to the technology industry and the world of coding, it’s fitting that the organization Black Girls Code was featured on one of the most watched TV shows, which showcases a powerful, black female lead, Empire.Siliconrepublic.comÂ reports, “In last night’s (October 5) episode, Cookie Lyon—played by Taraji P. Henson—is shown around a Black Girls Code seminar by Angelo Dubois (Taye Diggs), a wealthy lawyer working in the civil service.”Founded by Kimberly Bryant, an electrical engineer, in 2011, Black Girls Code educatesÂ adolescentÂ girls of color about technology and programming. Black Girls Code holds a series of workshops and labs across the country, as well as regular hackathons–coding marathons that allow the young women to hone their coding skills.Bryant has enlisted the assistance of powerful partners, including Google, to fulfill the Black Girls Code mission. Earlier this year, Black Girls Code and Google led a day-long workshop, in which girls ranging in age from seven to 17 were taught how to build a computer game. This workshop took place at Google’s Chelsea Market headquarters., and the girls were taught how to build a game using the programming language, Scratch.In 2014, Toyota awarded $25,000 to Bryant for Black Girls Code. The grant was presented during Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend tour, where Bryant was honored for her work.In the scene fromÂ Empire, Cookie asks Dubois what Black Girls Code is all about, to which he replies, “This is the future–this, right here. This is how we rise.â€Needless to say, Black Twitter and #blerds everywhere went wild: be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/black-girls-code-makes-cameo-foxs-empire/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/black-girls-code-makes-cameo-foxs-empire/ Oh, snap! @BlackGirlsCode got a shoutout on @EmpireFOX!!!— Megan Rose Dickey (@meganrosedickey) October 6, 2016 The Black Girls Code Twitter account thanked followers and other Twitter users, including Vivica A. Fox, for the congratulatory response they received, after being mentioned on the show. The account also advised that those interested in supporting Black Girls Code can help by shopping at its online store and by donatingÂ to the organization. @TayeDiggs after watching empire on black girls code! All STEM black women just clapped!— Chanel Johnson (@DC_STEMTastic) October 7, 2016
McBride Sisters Wine (Image: Ashleigh Reddy) Lexi Butler, Chef Hilary Jacobs, Isabel Cespedes (Image: Ashleigh Reddy) Bianca St. Louis provides holiday tips. (Image: Ashleigh Reddy) “This is not your usual Thanksgiving. It includes a lot of diaspora-inspired food and everybody who is involved is a black-owned business, which is pretty amazing,” stated Butler.“I think that in the tech world, especially as a black person, it could be very isolating, so to have black women in tech coming together for a three-hour experience, with black-owned businesses and just celebrating black unity and womanhood, is very important.”Additionally, Bianca St. Louis, founder of The CEsuite, had a few key takeaways for self-care while surviving the holidays. Sometimes the holidays can get to you, being forced to hang out with a bunch of family members that you may not like, but now, a new trend has emerged. Introducing… Friendsgiving!Sista Circle, a group of black women in tech, recently celebrated their first annual Friendsgiving at Phenomenally in San Francisco. The event was curated by Isabella Cespedes and hosted by the founder of Sista Circle, Lexi Butler. Don’t spend all your life on social media. Really invest in building an offline community.Invest in fortifying different data points that remind you of what’s great about yourself.Find what works for you.Honesty is key. Take consistent audits of where you are. Self-Care Tips MONEYLISTSThe Grio Archives “When we were conceiving the event and decided we wanted to do a meal together around Thanksgiving, the holiday itself feels very loaded for folks, in particular folks of color, and so we really wanted to boil it down to its essence,” Cespedes told Black Enterprise. “At the heart of that was this concept of family and communion and at the heart of why we started Sista Circle is around fellowship and communion and support, so we wanted to be able to reflect that.”The food and drinks were extremely rich and eclectic and even more interesting, it was all sourced from entrepreneurs of color. Hil’s Cooking catered the meal and the McBride Sisters winery provided wine for the group. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/sista-circle-black-women-in-tech-celebrate-friendsgiving/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/sista-circle-black-women-in-tech-celebrate-friendsgiving/