Wont be intimidated Cong on Shivakumars arrest

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress hit out at the BJP-led Centre on Wednesday over D K Shivakumar’s arrest, asserting the opposition party will not be intimidated by the “politics of persecution” and continue to pose “hard questions” to the government.It also said the 96 days of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s second term are characterised by three words — “tyranny, chaos and anarchy”. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari cited economic slowdown, “undeclared emergency” in Kashmir and the situation in Assam following the publication of the updated final NRC, to claim there has been a “complete breakdown of governance” in the Narendra Modi government’s second term. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’At a press conference, he alleged in order to cover up this complete breakdown of governance, continued “persecution” of opposition leaders was being carried out and the arrest of Shivakumar is the latest in a series of “continued political vendetta”. “D K Shivakumar’s only crime was that he provided protection to those Congress MLAs of Gujarat who were being poached by the NDA-BJP during the Rajya Sabha elections,” Tewari said. The Enforcement Directorate arrested Shivakumar in the national capital on Tuesday in connection with a money-laundering case after grilling the Congress’ Karnataka troubleshooter repeatedly over the past few days. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Has there been any conviction of any opposition leaders in the last five years? For the last five years, this politics of persecution has been carried on relentlessly against opposition leaders of every shade and hue,” he said. Tewari said the reason that there has not been a single conviction by any court of law is that there is a difference between persecution and prosecution. “Persecution only requires misuse and abuse of state instruments. When the lawyers of the government plead for custodial interrogation in the courts of law, it is a euphemism for physical, mental and emotional torture of their political opponents,” he said. “What you have been witnessing in the last five years is not unbiased, neutral prosecution but subjective, arbitrary and whimsical persecution being carried out by investigating agencies at the behest of their political masters,” Tewari told reporters. The Indian National Congress is not going to be cowed down and it is not going to be intimidated. As the premier political party of the country, it will continue to ask the “hard questions”, the party spokesperson said. “We will continue to demand answers, we will continue to agitate and we will continue to keep democracy alive in this country. We will not allow democracy to be stifled through intimidation being perpetrated by the NDA-BJP government,” Tewari said.last_img read more

Little Kids Rock To Honor Elvis Costello And Bonnie Raitt

first_imgLittle Kids Rock, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in public schools announced the honorees for its annual benefit being held Wednesday, October 18th at PlayStation Theater in New York.This year’s event will honor Elvis Costello with the Rocker of the Year Award, and Bonnie Raitt with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Founder and CEO of City Winery, Michael Dorf will be honored for his extensive philanthropic work, including efforts on behalf of expanding music education for underprivileged youth through the annually produced “Music of” tribute concerts.The Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, produced by Mark Krantz and Michael Matuza brings together artists and individuals who are passionate about bringing the transformational gift of music to children in public schools across the US. Prior years’ honorees include Smokey Robinson, Steve Miller, Steven Van Zandt, Lady Gaga, Graham Nash and Joan Jett. This year’s benefit theme, “Music Changed My Life,” is reflected in the honorees and the event’s special performances by public school students from New York City and Pasadena who receive free music lessons thanks to Little Kids Rock, Paul Shaffer, Will Lee and Keb’ Mo’, as well as additional surprise performances.“Honoring Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Michael Dorf this year is a fitting tribute to the incredible generosity and love that they have shown our kids over the years,” said David Wish, Founder and CEO of Little Kids Rock. “Mr. Costello’s commitment to social issues is an inspiration, and no other artist friend has supported our kids and teachers for as long, or spoken so frequently and eloquently on our kids’ behalves when it comes to their right to have music in their lives as Bonnie Raitt.”Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions and The Imposters. The list of performers to record his songs from Johnny Cash to No Doubt reflects his interest in a wide range of musical styles. In 2003, he began a songwriting partnership with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, resulting in six songs included in her highly successful album ‘The Girl In The Other Room’.“Having appeared in a couple of earlier Little Kids Rock nights, I very much appreciate the work that is being done in music education but confess that I am somewhat startled to find that I am this year’s honoree. Looking forward,” Costello said.Bonnie Raitt is a ten-time Grammy winner, who Rolling Stone named as both one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” and one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” She was raised in Los Angeles in a climate of respect for the arts, Quaker traditions, and a commitment to social activism. A Stella guitar given to her as a Christmas present launched Bonnie on her creative journey at the age of eight. While growing up, though passionate about music from the start, she never considered that it would play a greater role than as one of her many growing interests. Bonnie was one of Little Kids Rock’s earliest supporters back when it was just a grassroots movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since that time, Bonnie become an Honorary Board Member, conducted meet and greets with students and donors, visited classrooms and invited Little Kids Rock to sound checks and to host tables at her concerts.“It has been my privilege to represent Little Kids Rock as an Honorary Board Member for over fifteen years,” said Raitt. “When I got a guitar for Christmas as a kid I found my voice. The arts are not a luxury, they are a right, and all students should have the opportunity to discover their voice.”Michael Dorf is the founder and CEO of City Winery. He has started multiple businesses and nonprofit organizations, including his first musical venue, the seminal Knitting Factory in 1987, The Digital Club Network, Tribeca Hebrew, Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival and Oy!hoo Music Festival. Through Michael Dorf Presents, Michael has spent last 14 years producing Carnegie Hall tribute concerts, raising over one and a half million dollars for programs that bring music education to deserving youths, with the Music of Aretha Franklin, the Music of Prince, the Music of Joni Mitchell, the Music of Bob Dylan, the Music of Bruce Springsteen, the Music of Elton John, Neil Sedaka’s 50 Years of Hits, the Music of R.E.M., the Music of The Who, the Music of Neil Young, along with the Music of Simon & Garfunkel and the Music of Frank Sinatra at Central Park’s SummerStage, the Music of Robert Johnson at The Apollo Theatre and the Music of David Bowie at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.“Little Kids Rock was a natural fit to be a beneficiary of the ‘Music Of’ tribute concerts. The work they do to teach kids to play, giving them the self-confidence and inner creative streak that they might not have developed otherwise is so important,” shared Mr. Dorf. He is also the conceiver and producer of the Downtown Seder which for 25 years had presented an alternative celebrity Seder for 300 people a year in NY, Chicago, Boston, Napa, Atlanta.Benefit Committee Members include Scott Burton, Nicole Crystal, Chris Donohoe, Jules Follett, Richard Foos, Craig Kallman, Howard Kerbel, Alex Kirk, Joseph Laska, Caroline Moore, Betty Murphy, Elani Myers, Nate Riggs, Bruce Schroder, Chris Skarakis, Beau Taylor, Ken Umezaki, Steve Venz, Jose Vergara, David Wish and Cheryl Zimlich.For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.last_img read more

Migration: Around 15,000 Applications for Naturalization Received by Government

Rabat – Minister of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs, Anis Birou, said that around 15,000 naturalization applications were filed by nationals from more than 90 countries, according to Maghreb Arab Press.Speaking at an international conference under the theme “Europe – Morocco: African Migration and Human Rights Issues” on Wednesday in Rabat, the minister noted that a large operation was launched on January 2nd for the naturalization of migrants residing in Morocco, to be completed by the end of the year. Birou added that the Moroccan government has mobilized significant human and logistical resources on this initiative. “Morocco has also engaged in several actions to facilitate the integration of these new residents in Moroccan society and to provide them with decent living conditions, particularly through the education of their children, the teaching of language and Moroccan culture for adults, vocational training, access to the labor market, and medical coverage and social support,” he said. “We have taken other measures to ensure serious guarantees on all of our initiatives, such as the establishment of a mechanism for consultation with NGOs on human rights and the upgrade of the legislative and institutional framework on asylum, the rights of migrants and trafficking in human beings,” he said.Birou stressed that, in order to support the integration of immigrants, action has been organized on two levels: the first dedicated to the implementation and monitoring of the integration of immigrants at the political, social, economic and cultural levels, and review of relevant legislative and institutional frameworks, while the second part is dedicated to information monitoring, research and planning.Birou also noted that over the past several years, Morocco has become a country of residence for thousands of foreigners who came to the kingdom either voluntarily or as a result of the difficult economic and political conditions in their countries of origin.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Premiers demand compensation if Ottawa concedes to EU demands on drug patents

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The provincial premiers have undertaken a letter-writing campaign to demand compensation from the federal government for any increase in drug costs that might come of a free trade agreement with Europe.B.C. Premier Christy Clark says she and other premiers have each written to Ottawa urging federal negotiators not to agree to anything that would drive up the cost of pharmaceuticals.Among the European Union’s demands are an extension of brand-name patents for up to five years to compensate companies for time tied up in bureaucratic approvals.They also want to extend the time that a brand-name company’s recipe for a drug would remain secret from companies trying to make knock-offs.And while Ottawa has not yet formally agreed to any of the demands, it has not ruled anything out either —leaving many provincial and federal insiders, as well as trade experts, to suspect the federal government will bend to at least part of the EU ask.“All premiers have sent letters, I’m told, to the federal government, expressing our concern about this specific issue, because we want to make sure, as I said, that British Columbia’s interests are represented,” Clark told Opposition NDP Leader Adrian Dix in an exchange about drug patents on Friday.“This is something that we’ve brought to the federal government’s attention…. If this agreement is not concluded in a way that meets British Columbia’s concerns, we would like them to reimburse us for those added costs.”Behind the scenes and in public, several provinces are ramping up their campaign to fend off European demands.The provinces say they would amount to longer patent protection for brand-name pharmaceuticals, driving up medical bills for provincial drug plans, employer plans and individuals alike.“The premiers are all concerned about the impact that it could have on pharmaceutical drugs and the cost of pharmaceutical drugs,” Clark said, adding that the premiers discussed the issue at their last meeting this winter.A spokesman for International Trade Minister Ed Fast did not respond to specific questions about their stand on drug patents or the premiers’ letters.“Negotiations are ongoing and we are down to focused sessions on outstanding issues,” Adam Taylor said in an email.“Solutions to the outstanding issues are being actively explored.”A recent report from Manitoba’s health department pegged the cost of agreeing with European drug-patent demands at $80 million a year for the provincial government.Economist Don Drummond recently cited research that put the cost at $1.2 billion a year for Ontarians.Talks between Canada and the EU have graduated to the difficult stage, with both sides hoping to reach consensus by the end of the year.Negotiators are set to meet this week in Ottawa, although it’s not known whether drug patents will be part of their discussions.Ottawa has been keen to keep the provinces on side for the deal, and no premiers have threatened to pull their support over the drug issue.But the stakes are high for all parties.Many of the provinces are reeling from rising health care costs and have focused on whittling away the price of pharmaceuticals as a way to reduce their medicare bills.A concession to the EU “would strike a real blow against efforts to reduce costs,” said Dix in an interview.Asking Ottawa for reimbursement is an unworkable proposition, he added, urging premiers to step up their pressure on Ottawa instead.Provinces are included in some of the free-trade talks, but not the discussions over drug patents, because intellectual property is a sole federal responsibility.As for the federal government, concessions to the EU on drug patents might pave the way for Ottawa to be invited into the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.The TPP is a huge trade negotiation that excludes Canada for the moment, although an invitation could come soon if Ottawa can convince the United States.Plus, the brand-name pharmaceutical industry, which has substantial production in Canada, argues strenuously that better patent protection is necessary to remain competitive here. The industry argues that health care costs can’t — and shouldn’t — be controlled by favouring generic drugs over brand names, and contests studies showing higher drug costs from stricter patent protection.But if the rumour mill is correct and Ottawa does agree to part of the EU’s ask on drug patents, the federal government would also be upsetting the delicate balance between brand names and generic production that has been in play for more than two decades.An Ottawa concession would also provoke the provinces on health care at a time when some premiers are already upset with a unilateral federal decision to scale back increases in health care transfers. by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2012 9:24 pm MDT Premiers demand compensation if Ottawa concedes to EU demands on drug patents read more

AP sources Bloomberg eyeing independent White House bid

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking early steps toward launching an independent campaign for president, seeing a potential path to the White House amid the rise of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders.Bloomberg has retained advisers and plans to conduct a poll after the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary to assess the state of the race and judge whether there is an opening for him to mount an independent campaign, according to three people familiar with his thinking. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about his plans, which were first reported Saturday by The New York Times.Bloomberg has set a March deadline to decide on whether to enter the race, to ensure his access to the ballot in all 50 states.The billionaire media executive, who served three terms as mayor of New York, is said to be concerned by Trump’s lasting hold on the Republican field and is worried about the impact of Sanders’ campaign on Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic nomination.Bloomberg’s efforts underscore the unsettled nature of the presidential race a little more than a week before the first round of primary voting. The months-long rise of Sanders and Trump has shaken up the political establishment in both parties and on Wall Street, who’ve struggled to combat their climb in primary polls.A longtime Democrat who became a Republican to run for mayor in 2001 and later switched to be an independent, Bloomberg would strongly consider a bid if the general election looked like it could turn into a contest between Sanders and Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.He is not ruling out a bid if Clinton is ahead on the Democratic side, though people familiar with his plans believe it is not particularly likely Bloomberg would challenge Clinton in a general election. But they said Bloomberg has expressed concern about the damage caused by revelations she used a private email address and server while serving as secretary of state, and he fears she may emerge atop the Democratic field as a weakened nominee.The two New Yorkers have a cordial relationship, people close to them say. They met privately at Bloomberg’s offices a few months before Clinton announced her campaign last April, before an event announcing a philanthropic initiative to measure and track data about issues affecting women and girls. Bloomberg has also spoken at events hosted by the Clinton Foundation.To prepare for a potential run, Bloomberg has also instructed aides to research previous third-party runs and is said to be willing to spend up to $1 billion of his own fortune, estimated to be about $37 billion, to finance his campaign.Bloomberg, 73, has no personal animus toward Trump — he believes the real estate developer is “a nice guy,” according to one of the people familiar with his plans— and knows him from New York’s social circuit and from dealings with Trump when Bloomberg was mayor. But he strongly disagrees with Trump’s political positions, particularly his stance on immigration, the person said.One of the richest people in the United States, Bloomberg has previously toyed with presidential runs, but concluded ahead of the 2008 and 2012 campaigns he could not win. He delivered a powerful late endorsement of President Barack Obama’s re-election effort, though he’s been known to criticize the president personally in private conversations.The founder of the financial news and information provider Bloomberg LP, he was a political novice when he launched an unlikely bid for mayor in 2001.He was trailing badly in the polls before the 9-11 attacks, but then received the endorsement of the popular then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Bloomberg played up his business expertise and campaigned as the candidate best able to help steady New York’s economy in the aftermath of the attacks.He won a narrow victory and was re-elected handily four years later. He then spearheaded a change to the city’s charter to allow him to win a third term in 2009. He oversaw a gilded age in the nation’s largest city. Manhattan shed its gritty image to become the sparkling star of film and television. Record numbers of tourists arrived. So did young professionals seeking their future. But critics noted the growing gap between the city’s rich and poor.The former mayor is largely a social liberal — he fought for same-sex marriage in New York and is pro-abortion rights — and implemented a number of health reforms in New York City, banning smoking in public places and instituting calorie counts on menus.He has also became arguably the nation’s most vocal proponent of gun control, using his fortune to bankroll candidates across the country who clash with the National Rifle Association.But liberals have found fault with his cozy ties to Wall Street and his unquestioned support for the New York Police Department, which drove down crime during his tenure but engaged in tactics that a federal judge later ruled discriminated against minorities.___On Twitter follow Jonathan Lemire at http://twitter.com/jonlemire and Lisa Lerer at http://twitter.com/llerer by Jonathan Lemire And Lisa Lerer, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2016 10:11 am MDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during the C40 cities awards ceremony, in Paris. Bloomberg is taking some early steps toward launching a potential independent campaign for president. That’s according to three people familiar with the billionaire media executive’s plans. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly for Bloomberg. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) AP sources: Bloomberg eyeing independent White House bid read more

Ohio States Carlos Hyde Im looking forward to the next step in

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) avoids a tackler during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorNobody remembers who scaled Mount Everest after Sir Edmund Hillary.Now the Ohio State football team and coach Urban Meyer head into the offseason with a few question marks on their roster, potentially none bigger than the loss of their own Hillary — senior running back Carlos Hyde.Hyde became the first running back under Meyer to run for more than 1,000 yards in a single season, finishing off the season as a leader with 1,521 yards in 2013.Meyer said Hyde has grown up as a player during his time in Columbus.“(He’s) completely different,” Meyer said Nov. 18. “First off, he’s more mature. I love Carlos. He was immature a couple years ago — like very immature. (Now) he handles his business.”Although missing the first three games of the season because of a suspension that stemmed from an incident at a Columbus bar in July, Hyde managed to put together what ranks as the seventh greatest season rushing the ball by an OSU player.He also finishes his career sixth in career rushing yards, just two behind former Buckeye great Keith Byars.After the Nov. 16 matchup against Illinois when Hyde hit 1,000 yards, the running back said he played like he had to make up for something.“You know, during my suspension I told myself it’s still possible,” Hyde said. “You just got to go even harder now. That’s exactly how I play … my mindset is, ‘I got to make up time.’ So that’s how I play.”During the 60-35 victory against Illinois, Hyde had what was potentially his greatest game as an OSU player, rushing for 246 net yards, tied for the third highest single game total in OSU history.“I watched film and we have a cut out where it’s all explosive runs and I saw other teams have a lot of success on their running plays,” Hyde said. “I kept that in the back of my mind, ‘Just be patient on your runs and let it come to you, and when it comes, just explode.’ That’s exactly what I did.”Initially after returning from suspension, Hyde was still limited in the offense, only rushing for a combined 126 yards in his first two games back. Hyde ran for more than that two game total in five of the remaining nine games, never failing to eclipse 100 yards.His run of games breaching the century mark began in a tough battle against then-No. 15 Northwestern. With the Buckeyes trailing 23-13 midway through the third quarter, Meyer turned to Hyde to bring OSU back into the game.Hyde went on to score three second half touchdowns, to go along with 168 rushing yards on the day, and help push OSU over the top for the 40-30 victory.After the victory, Hyde was emotional, lamenting the opportunities he missed because of the suspension.“That suspension, it really hurt not being out there with my brothers because I made a mistake,” Hyde said. “It was one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through.”Now the Buckeyes have to replace their workhorse running back, and his backup, redshirt-senior Jordan Hall.Although OSU does have young talent returning at running back in freshmen Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliott, Hyde will not be an easy piece of the puzzle to replace.However, the Buckeyes kick off their season hoping to do just that on Aug. 30 against Navy. Meanwhile, Hyde will have to wait until the 2014 NFL Draft in May to discover his fate. He is rated as a second or third round prospect by CBSSports.Hyde said after the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl his final season with OSU was a success but that he is looking forward to what comes next.“Like I said earlier during the season, this season reminds me of my senior year in high school,” Hyde said. “I almost finished pretty much like I finished my senior year in high school, close to 1,600 yards and like 18 touchdowns. So I think I had a pretty good career my last year here.“I’m looking forward to the next step in my life.” read more

Bergteamet closes large underground mine development deal with HZL India

first_imgBergteamet, headquartered in Boliden, Västerbotten, Sweden has signed an agreement with one of the the largest mining companies in India. The contract is worth between SEK100 and 200 million and is the first deal that Bergteamet closes in the mining industry in India. Hindustian Zinc Ltd (HZL) is one of the largest zinc producers in the world, with mines and smelters in India, Australia, Zambia and Ireland. HZL will invest heavily in it’s mines over the next five to ten years. Today, the company mainly extracts ore from open pits, but will move to underground mining more and more. The mission of Bergteamet in India is to drill a number of ventilation shafts.The agreement runs up to five years, and if both parties are satisfied the collaboration might be very extensive.  India has big potential in the mining industry, says Christer Gyllengahm, CEO, Bergteamet.last_img read more

Charities need to stop apologising for investing in infrastructure and that includes

first_img 1,025 Views PEOPLE WHO WORK in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector go to work day in day out with a mission to make extraordinary things happen, to provide hope for refugees, a place called home for families living in B&Bs and to never stop until cancer does. If their “A Day in the Life” was a movie, it would be Mission Impossible.But it’s not a movie, these are professional people who take it upon themselves to do extraordinary work in the growing market of social inequality, injustice and disadvantage. So, what staggers me is the attitude that is often taken to those running and working in modern charities.We don’t demonise doctors for getting paychecksFundraisers who apply professional standards to raise money to advance their cause are often met with cynicism and the charity CEO who invests in infrastructure, which will amplify the social impact of their organisations, is often accused of being careless. This is holding back a vital section of our economy that should be booming and it has to stop.Since when did it become acceptable to demonise people who take a pay cheque for saving lives, and yet we are more than happy to reward CEOs in the private sector based on their market performance. The CEO of pharmaceutical company Vertex, who manufactures the potentially life altering drug for Cystic Fibroses sufferers, Orkambi, takes home a tidy $45,000,000.Where are our priorities? Or as Rachel Renock in her article “A F****** Non Profit Revolution“ asks “Why are we so focused on making easy lives even easier when there are hard lives getting harder?” Source: Shutterstock/Andrey_PopovEmploymentWe vastly underestimate the contribution of not-for-profits to our economy and the gap they fill in a lacking State provision. Over 132,000 people are directly employed in the sector, not to mention those working in indirect jobs linked to it.Far from being a “taker”, research shows that the charitable sector contributes €5.5bn per annum to our national GDP.StandardsOf course there has been cause for questions and charities must (and are)embracing radical transparency. No longer is it good enough to behave and act like good works justifies operating to slightly lower standards in how we fundraise, pay our staff and reveal our financial records.But to operate to the highest standards requires the very best people and systems to do just that.We are consistently ranked in the top 10 of the most generous in the global giving indexUs Irish are great givers. When it comes to generosity we come up trumps. Whether it’s through our donations or our volunteerism, (over half a million people show up every week across Ireland in a voluntary capacity) the altruistic nature of helping the underdog and caring for those less fortunate than ourselves, is baked into our DNA.We are consistently ranked in the top 10 of the most generous in the global giving index. The original Irish innovators, “Gods Entrepreneurs”, were the missionaries who headed to far flung corners of the globe to provide care and education to those in desperate need. For decades there wasn’t a family in Ireland who didn’t have an aunt or uncle in the missions.The lay community has now filled that gap and continues to provide a rich tapestry of support and care in the community at home and abroad. But let’s not forget that while these people have a conviction to make a positive difference to society, they didn’t take a vow of poverty and obedience. They have mortgages and grocery bills to pay, just like the rest of us.We need to invest in the people and plans to make sure we make that happenIf we are going to make a dent in that seemingly impossible mission to eradicate cancer once and for all, to solve the homeless crisis, or to make sure no child is born to die on a dinghy afloat in the Mediterranean, we need to invest in the people and plans to make sure we make that happen.So the next time you are thinking about what cause to support remember the words of Dan Palotta in his compelling Ted talk: Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM Feb 8th 2017, 6:30 AM “Our generation does not want its epitaph to read we kept charity overhead low. We want it to read that we changed the world, and that part of the way we did that was by changing the way we think about these things. So the next time you’re looking at a charity, don’t ask about the rate of their overhead. Ask about the scale of their dreams, their Apple, Google, Amazon-scaled dreams, how they measure their progress towards those dreams, and what resources they need to make them come true regardless of what the overhead is. Who cares what the overhead is if these problems are actually getting solved?”Lucy Masterson is the CEO of Charities Institute Ireland (CII). The organisation, formed in November 2016, represents more than 200 of the country’s top charities and works to promote best practices and to restore public trust and confidence in the charity sector.Charities Regulator to animal charity – ‘sort out your books or else’>Opinion: ‘Charities need to be above reproach. After all it’s our money that funds them’> ‘Charities need to stop apologising for investing in infrastructure and that includes CEO salaries’ Charities need to invest in people and in plans if they want to make a difference, writes Lucy Masterson. 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Firefox se fluidifie sur les smartphones

first_imgFirefox se fluidifie sur les smartphonesLa fondation Mozilla propose une deuxième version bêta de son navigateur Firefox. Ce dernier est compatible avec Android 2.x et Maemo.Une deuxième version bêta de Firefox doit donc voir le jour sur nos mobiles. Concrètement qu’est-ce qui va changer ? D’abord, il faut savoir que cette dernière mouture fonctionne indépendamment de la première. Ensuite, elle occupe 60% d’espace en moins que la précédente sous l’OS Android. Plus légère, cet opus est aussi performant puisqu’il sollicite moins de mémoire vive. Les développeurs ont repensé l’interface afin de l’adapter davantage à l’OS de Google. Plus rapide, ce Firefox  affiche des résultats intéressants : les pages se chargent 40% plus vite qu’avant. Un moteur Javascript beaucoup plus performant affiche une vélocité supérieure à hauteur de 25%, par rapport au précédent. Le 8 novembre 2010 à 11:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Scott Hall issues new tweet addressing recent relapse after incident at Atlanta

first_img TheCyberZon Edward Bloom September 7, 2016 at 12:20 pm Now Playing Up Next SteelCity1981 Wow. What a loser comment to post. Clearly you have ZERO understanding about addition and the related issues. How about stop being such an ignorant asshole. Facebook September 7, 2016 at 12:41 pm 14 COMMENTS justice And clearly you are just an ignorant loser who spouts random insults in an attempt to put himself over hoping for more attention. Then again, I wouldn’t expect any actual understanding from a person who lives through hate colored glasses and has to resort to unimaginative name calling in order to feel like a big man. Whoa! I didn’t know he killed somebody! yeah that will give you nightmares for life no question. If you check out the WWE DVD they go into a lot of his psychological issues that stem from when he accidentally killed a man in a street fight when he was wrestling with the attackers gun. They only recently realised what was wrong with him and are now giving him very specific treatment/counselling for this illness it is likely going to get worse before it gets better and the reality is they are never 100% again but he strives to have more good days than bad. 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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list This May Be The World’s Most Unusual Drink Derek Hird Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Not personally but there have been people in my life who kicked their addictions for good and never fell off the wagon again. It depends on the person I suppose. But for Scott Hall, whenever he makes the news on wrestling sites it’s ALWAYS stories like this and has been for most of his active career and afterwards. Positive stories about Jake Roberts pop up every now & then but for Hall, this is all we ever hear about him so yes I question if he ever has really wanted to be clean & sober again. Derek Hird Steven Herrera WhatsApp WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall issued the following tweet on Wednesday morning addressing his “recent relapse” this past Saturday at the Atlanta airport.As reported earlier, Hall was escorted from a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant and was described as being “drunk, rowdy and disrespectful” to a bartender working that day.A witness said Hall was spotted drinking Coors Light and tequila shots. After a manager was unsuccessful in getting Hall to leave, local police were called and helped escort Hall from the restaurant. A police report was not filed according to the report by TMZ Sports.You can view Hall’s statement below.Thank you to everyone for your support and concern regarding my recent relapse. I’m back on track and doing well. #BadGuy #HallGood— Scott Hall (@SCOTTHALLNWO) September 7, 2016 Study Finds Gin and Tonic Drinkers Are Likely to be Psychopaths Psh, relapse. That would imply he was ever really sober to begin with. Silence! fortunately Scoot Hall is a good friend of triple H so he will not be write off from wwe legend (and its contract too) Now Playing Up Next Steve Kerekes even the strongest people have their weak moments. i never expected hall to be sober for the rest of his life without slipping up from time to time, thats why when i found out about it i was like this doesn’t surprise me. the guy is human after all. Google+ SteelCity1981 You’re probably some idiot dickhead that either gets hammered regularly, does drugs, smokes, or all of the above. Listen, anyone with half a brain knows that those are all DESTRUCTIVE. You choose to start and partake in those behaviours before they become habits and addictions, so I don’t feel sorry for Hall or anyone else that chooses this. Stupid jackass. I hope you don’t breed. The world is already overflowed with enough useless wastes of flesh. Asshole. September 7, 2016 at 9:59 am Priyanka Chopra called out after getting Nick Jonas’ age wrong on Instagram it was out of self defense the jury ruled. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next September 7, 2016 at 8:59 am Embarrasing. This guy is a write off. Don’t even understand why so many people still insist on helping him. Clearly, he can’t even help himself. 1. What does addition have to do with anything? What’s next, multiplying or dividing? *to different poster2. Who the F is Scoot Hall? Rob Giles September 8, 2016 at 1:26 am Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. September 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm September 12, 2016 at 1:44 am Pinterest As a recovering addict myself I personally know several people who have had periods of clean time, relapsed, and then we’re able to find recovery again. To say that just because he relapsed he was never really sober to begin with is ignorant. You obviously don’t know anything about addiction or recovery. last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Log, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 30, 2019 and September 5, 2019.Friday, August 30, 2019NoneSaturday, August 31, 2019Everett Bixby III (Woburn, 50) was arrested for OUI Liquor (2nd Offense) and Negligent Operation Of A Motor Vehicle. (7:13pm)Sunday, September 1, 2019NoneMonday, September 2, 2019NoneTuesday, September 3, 2019NoneWednesday, September 4, 2019NoneThursday, September 5, 2019None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

The protesters of the Vietnam war

first_imgFor many Americans, the PBS documentary on the Vietnam war brings up memories of past divisions between those who supported sending U.S. military and those who did not. It was an emotional topic for families and as the number of war casualties grew, so did the protests across the country.Listen HereHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Michael Carey – longtime Alaska reporterJohn Spitzberg – Veteran and member of Veterans for PecaeBil Bartee – Vietnam veteran and protestorStatewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Congress MLA Nitesh Rane 16 supporters arrested for assaulting engineer

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/1:24Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:21?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … After Nitesh Rane assaulted the government official, a complaint was registered at the Kudal police station which was then transferred to Kankavli police station.TwitterCongress MLA Nitesh Rane was arrested along with 16 supporters, for attacking a National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) official with mud on Thursday, July 4.The attack took place near the Mumbai-Goa highway in the Kankavli area, when Nitesh was inspecting the stretch along with his supporters. Angry over the non-construction on a service road in the area, the group poured mud over the NHAI deputy engineer, Prakash Shedkar, and tied him to a bridge.Following the incident, a complaint was registered by the engineer at the Kudal police station. The complaint was then transferred to Kankavli police station.Nitesh, the son of veteran politician and former chief minister Narayan Rane, said after the incident that he took this step for the welfare of people and to teach the government official a lesson.”Now I will myself oversee the repair work on this highway, with a stick in my hand. Every day at 7 am I will reach here. Let me see how the government system wins against us. We have the medicine to tackle their arrogance,” said Nitesh.#WATCH Nitesh Rane at Kankavali police station earlier today after being arrested for throwing mud on an engineer: Whatever you want to do, do it tomorrow. If you arrest me today, they will win. And people of Kankavali will keep dying like this. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/nUwo9zc9Pg— ANI (@ANI) July 4, 2019While Nitesh is yet to apologise for the incident, Narayan Rane condemned his actions, calling them wrong. “This behaviour is wrong. The protest over the highway issue is correct but this violence by his supporters is not correct. I don’t support this,” he said.He also added that he will ask Nitesh to apologise for the incident.Khushbu Sundar, the national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress also criticised Nitesh in a tweet.WTH!! Unbelievable that those with power can do this.. if this is what we have in @INCIndia ,what’s the difference between the hooligans of the BJP and is?? Utterly shameful.. an action must be taken immediately and he should be punished.. https://t.co/cirlVfsW8M— KhushbuSundar ❤️❤️❤️ (@khushsundar) July 4, 2019The Superintendent of Police, Sindhudurg, told India Today that Nitesh and his supporters have been booked for assault on government servant, obstructing government servant from discharging his duties, criminal intimidation, conspiracy and common intention, threatening, wrongful restraint.”The accused will be produced in court on Friday,” he added. Closecenter_img Watch: Congress MLA Narayan Rane’s son Nitesh Rane threw a bucket of mud on a highway engineerlast_img read more

Sherpur Udichi gen secy held in extortion case

first_imgPolice arrested two people, including the general secretary of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi Sherpur unit, in an extortion case on Friday night.Udichi activist Ritesh Karmakar, 37, also teacher of Muktijodda Nizam Uddin Ahmed College, and Amit were arrested from Ritesh’s Nayani Bazar residence around 11:30pm, said Inspector Md Nazrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sherpur sadar police station.Ram Poddar, a businessman at Nayani Bazar filed the case accusing 25 people, including Ritesh Karmakar, for demanding Tk 5 million extortion from him, the OC added.Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi Sherpur unit president Tapan Sarwar, Bangladesh Mohila Parishad Sherpur district unit president Joyosree Das Lakshmi and local cultural activists expressed concern at the arrest of Ritesh Karmakar.last_img read more

BNP taking over power means country ruined PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addressing a rally at Thakurgaon Govt. Boys` High School ground Thursday. Photo: PIDSeeking vote for Awami League in the next general election, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said BNP’s return to power means destruction of the country, reports UNB.”BNP’s return to power means destroying the country, burning people to death, indulging in corruption, plundering and terrorism, and creating militancy,” she said while addressing a public rally in Thakurgaon.Awami League’s Thakurgaon district unit arranged the rally at Thakurgaon Government Boys’ High School ground in the town.Mentioning that the national election will be held in December 2018, the prime minister said, “If you vote for Boat, we’ll present you a Sonar Bangla with continued development.”The PM further said, “The symbol of boat means your development and peace. It’ll provide you improved lifestyle.”Criticising Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders, Sheikh Hasina said Khaleda Zia’s two sons looted Tk 9.80 billion from banks, but did not pay back a single penny.Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated 33 development projects and laid the foundation stones of 33 others.AL district unit president Alhaj Dabirul Islam MP presided over the rally.Sheikh Hasina last visited Thakurgaon on 18 September 2001.AL general secretary and road transport and brides minister Obaidul Quader, MP, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, MP, AL presidium member Ramesh Chandra Sen, MP, AL joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam, MP and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, MP, AL organising secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury MP, among others, addressed the rally.last_img

Wingless ants glide to safety steering with their hind legs w Video

first_img Vertical perspective of a typical ant trajectory toward a fixed target surface (indicated by the heavy dark line) showing how θright and γ were measured (θleft omitted for clarity). The relative lengths of the legs and body are drawn to scale, whereas proportional dimensions of individual leg and body segments are approximate. Scientists: Ants have internal pedometer Citation: Wingless ants glide to safety steering with their hind legs (w/ Video) (2010, March 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-wingless-ants-glide-safety-hind.html The arboreal ants jump from the safety of the tree if threatened by birds or lizards, and they sometimes fall from the tree in windy conditions or in tropical storms. Researchers working at the US Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island in the Panama canal have found the ants glide back to the tree by flipping in mid-air and gliding backwards, seeing where they are going by looking between their legs, and steering using their unusually long hind legs. The elongated rear legs of the centimeter-long ants also help them latch onto the tree when landing. Lateral (top) and dorsal (bottom) aspects of the terminal segments of the hindlegs of a Cephalotes atratus worker showing the laterally flattened first hind tarsomere. Scale bar = 1 mm. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Leader of the research team, Stephan Yanoviak of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said it was important for the ants to avoid falling to the leaf litter on the ground or into water because they would most likely be eaten. Their gliding abilities allow them to steer back to the tree (usually the tree they fell from), and then climb back up to the safety of the nests built into the branches and trunk at the top of the trees.The study also learned that if the ants are attacked by predators they release an alarm pheromone that warns nearby ants to jump off the tree to safety.Yanoviak said studying the ant’s control of its fall is relevant to understanding the behavior, and also the flight of insects generally. The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Play This video shows a control drop (to indicate a straight fall) followed by three different C. atratus workers. Ant #4 exhibits a typical controlled descent. It starts to head away from the tree, but then makes a quick 180-degree turn and glides to the trunk. Ant #5 makes a nice recovery from a tumbling fall. Ant #6 was caught by an unexpected breeze coming from the top right of the screen, but was able to adjust its descent in the form of a long curving glide that ends on the leeward side of the tree. Credit: Stephan Yanoviak. The scientists studied the ants by collecting some ants and painting them with white nail polish to make them easier to spot. They plucked one or two legs off some of the ants, then climbed to the top of the trees and dropped the ants from the treetops and videoed their fall. They then verified their findings in the laboratory, where they used a high-speed video camera. The results showed the ants could still glide back to the tree even if both rear legs were removed, but they were not able to steer as well. Intact ants were able to land on a tree trunk over 90 percent of the time; ants with the mid legs removed succeeded less than 70 percent of the time, but in those with hind legs removed the success rate was reduced to about 40 percent. Explore further More information: Aerial manoeuvrability in wingless gliding ants (Cephalotes atratus), Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published online before print March 17, 2010, doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.0170 (PhysOrg.com) — The tree-dwelling tropical ants Cephalotes atratus build their nests in tall trees, but launch themselves into the air when threatened by predators. Scientists studying these wingless ants have discovered they use their rear legs as rudders to guide them back to the tree. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mamata Banerjee urges people to curb plastic pollution

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today urged people to curb plastic pollution on the occasion of World Environment Day. “Today is World Environment Day. Following this year’s theme, let us pledge to beat plastic pollution. Let us pledge to make every day #WorldEnvironmentDay,” the CM tweeted this morning.India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day celebrations. With “Beat Plastic Pollution” as the theme for this year’s edition, countries would be coming together to combat this particular environment concern. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) today organised a programme at its headquarters on this occasion.Speaking at the programme, Kalyan Rudra, the chairman of WBPCB, said people need to take “constructive steps” to end the menace of plastic pollution.”We must refrain from burning plastic openly. Also, people should stop littering plastic waste on roads, water bodies and sea beaches. Whenever you use plastic carry bags, ensure that the thickness is more than 50 microns,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedRudra also advocated segregation of plastic waste at source.”Local authorities, be it urban or rural, should provide bins for dropping recyclable waste,” he said, adding that pollution board was coordinating with several civic bodies in south Bengal on this issue.As per the 2015 Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report, 3670 tonne of solid waste was generated in Kolkata every day, of which 425.72 tonne happened to be plastic waste, Rudra told reporters.”We must stop using disposable plastic bags (below 50 microns),” he said.At Alliance Francaise du Bengale, a paper-bag making workshop was arranged this morning for people of different age groups.”The workshop was aimed at making people aware of eco-friendly products,” a spokesman at the centre said.last_img read more

Now Salman Khan supports striking FTII students

first_imgActor Salman Khan on Thursday joined the league of top Bollywood personalities in supporting the striking FTII students, who are facing rustication for opposing the appointment of TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute. Salman said the ‘Mahabharat’ star should pay heed to the students’ demand and step down from the post. The actor’s support comes a day after the institute warned the students to end the strike or face “strong administrative action, which may include rustication”. “I think that he (Chauhan) should listen to the students …because the students have made our industry, worthy industry…,” Khan said.The students have been agitating for more than a month, following Chauhan’s appointment, alleging that he lacks “vision and stature” to head the FTII. Rishi Kapoor, his son Ranbir Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anupam Kher, filmmakers Kundan Shah, Aziz Mirza, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Kiran Rao, , Sudhir Mishra, Sayeed Mirza, Resul Pookutty and Piyush Mishra have voiced their reservation.last_img read more

Americas First Bank Robbery was Nearly the Perfect Crime

first_imgIn 1793, Scotsman Patrick Lyon arrived off the boat in Philadelphia, looking to seek his fortune and play his part in the American Dream. Philly was the home of the United States government back then, so it made sense he’d be realizing his ambitions there. Lyon was a master smith whose skills would come to be in high demand. It didn’t start that way though. According to the website of the city’s historic Carpenters’ Hall, he “writes that his first American employer cheated him of wages. Eventually, his skill as a locksmith, blacksmith ‘and clever mechanic’ earned him a good reputation and a decent living. His work impressed many, especially his creation of an excellent fire engine.”He probably saw that initial disappointment as a bump in the road to success. However, it wasn’t the only obstacle Lyon encountered before he finally established himself in life. Following that brush with a devious employer, he was then caught up in a situation that threatened not only his standing but his very liberty.Bank of Pennsylvania building designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Engraving by William Birch.Five years after his arrival, Lyon was arrested and imprisoned as the prime suspect in America’s first ever bank heist.The target was the Bank of Pennsylvania, which at the time was temporarily operating out of Carpenter’s Hall. Ironically this financial institution had escaped a previous attempt to steal its contents before setting up shop to await construction of new premises.As Saturday night became Sunday morning of August 1, 1798, $162,821 was lifted from the Bank’s vault. The news was shocking, and Lyon was in the frame because he had recently worked on the vault doors at his workshop.Carpenters Hall, by M. P. Simons.High Constable John Haines saw him as the natural culprit, with the $2,000 reward playing no part whatsoever in his reasoning. The h2g2 website colorfully describes “chief suspect” Lyons as “one of those ingenious Celts from the old country who could open up the cleverest locks devised within a minute.”Haines didn’t have to hunt Lyons down like a dog. In fact the master smith had arrived back in Philadelphia dog tired, having made a 150 mile journey on foot upon hearing of the robbery. He had his own strong suspicions about who might have committed the crime.Lyons had more on his mind than criminality of course. He’d made the trek from Lewistown (Lewes), Delaware, having fled Philadelphia with his young apprentice. This was to escape a natural calamity that had engulfed the city, to which the daring heist was merely a worrying footnote.Philadelphia, 1800.Yellow fever had been carried across America by mosquitoes since the late 17th century. But in 1793, as Lyons made his new home in Philadelphia, so did Caribbean refugees who were carrying the notorious disease.History.com uses the affliction’s other name when summarizing the effects. “Yellow fever, or American plague as it was known at the time, is a viral disease that begins with fever and muscle pain. Next, victims often become jaundiced (hence, the term “yellow” fever), as their liver and kidneys cease to function normally. Some of the afflicted then suffer even worse symptoms. Famous early American Cotton Mather described it as ‘turning yellow then vomiting and bleeding every way.’”The Arch Street wharf, where the first cluster of cases was identified.The outbreak was claiming as many as 100 lives a day, including those of Lyons’ wife and child. Evacuation was on everyone’s mind, from officials to citizens. The bereaved artisan had hoped to beat a hasty retreat, but at the last minute he was called upon to undertake an important task. A job involving the vault doors of the Bank of Philadelphia.His new customers were Samuel Robinson and Isaac Davis. Robinson was part of the Carpenters’ Hall hierarchy and facilitated the Bank’s stay therein. As for Davis, he was a stranger to Lyons. There was an air of mystery about proceedings, with the urgent nature of the assignment being a little too urgent for Lyons’ taste.He believed the locks and fittings were substandard and not fit for purpose. h2g2 writes that Lyons “watched Davis try the new keys repeatedly. After Lyon had finished working, he met both men at a restaurant and had an uneasy feeling that they were uncomfortable seeing him.”Carpenters’ Hall in 1905.Things fell into place for Lyons when he heard about the big steal, miles from the scourge of Yellow Fever. His apprentice hadn’t been so lucky and died a couple of days after they departed. The Scottish smith felt he had no option but to return to the lion’s mouth and report his suspicions.He was promptly locked up in a cramped, unsanitary environment which put him squarely in the fever’s path. Some accounts state having expended so much effort avoiding the disease in the first place, Lyons finally contracted it, though thankfully survived the experience.Story Of A City: New York (1946)Luck was also on his side in a way he couldn’t have foreseen. For reasons best known to himself, one of the robbers was utterly incompetent.Isaac Davis, the stranger who had accompanied Samuel Robinson with the vault doors and taken such an interest in them, was one of two men who’d carried out the deed. The other was Thomas Cunningham, a bank porter. His role in the story is crucial but relatively short as he died from Yellow Fever days later.A sum of $162,821 had been taken from vaults of the Bank of Pennsylvania.Davis had begun depositing large amounts of money stolen from the Bank of Philadelphia… back into the Bank of Philadelphia. It didn’t take long for authorities to smell a rat and Davis soon confessed. Lyons had been imprisoned for 2 months by that stage.Unfortunately, it wasn’t the end of his misery. He was eventually released in 1799, having languished unnecessarily behind bars. The affair was an embarrassment for the higher-ups, and they didn’t want to admit their terrible mistake. Instead, they tried to cast Lyons as an accomplice.Meanwhile, Davis kept his freedom, with merely a legal slap on the wrist. h2g2 speculates, “Perhaps because he was the son of a judge, he was only required to repay the stolen money and was removed from the Carpenters’ Company list.”Lyons became symbolic of an individual who’d beaten the system.Lyons wrote a pamphlet about his ordeal, though readers may have been dissuaded from his plight by the elaborate title: “Narrative of Patrick Lyon Who Suffered Three Months Severe Imprisonment in Philadelphia Gaol on Merely a Vague Suspicion of Being Concerned in a Robbery of the Bank of Pennsylvania With his Remarks Thereon.”In 1805, after a period of hardship and his good name in the mud, Lyons rallied against his prosecutors in a landmark civil case. The Carpenters’ Hall website mentions that “The jury deliberated four hours and returned with a whopping $12,000 verdict in favor of Lyon. The defendants appealed and were granted a new trial set to begin in March 1807. Just as the second trial was to start, an agreement was reached awarding Lyon $9,000.”Pat Lyon at the Forge by John Neagle.Lyons became symbolic of an individual who’d beaten the system. A portrait was commissioned from artist John Neagle in 1826, though this had a simpler title than the subject’s pamphlet: Pat Lyon at the Forge.As described by h2g2 it “was often reproduced in media of the time. Lyon became a symbol of the ingenious craftsman. He went through persecution because he was a recent immigrant. Restored in fortune, he became affiliated with the same people who had oppressed him.”Read another story from us: Despite early 1900s discrimination, an African American woman founded a bank in Virginia, becoming the first female bank president of any race in the U.S.In attempting to secure justice, an innocent man had been subjected to the very worst the concept had to offer. He was now financially secure, though perhaps chose to keep his funds in a vault other than that of the Bank of Philadelphia.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.last_img read more

Change Habits Change Your Industry

first_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Experts explain how understanding the way humans create new habits can accelerate the adoption of your new tool or service.Arun Sundararajan recently experienced the power of a behavior-changing app. The professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business accidentally walked out of a yellow New York City cab without paying. He’d become so used to Uber’s invisible prepayment model that he’d forgotten to reach for his wallet. Behavior shifts like these are essential for any startup to become mainstream but can take months, even years. Sundararajan, who researches how information technologies transform society, says entrepreneurs should understand that human behavioral change isn’t a single event, but a gradual process. So whether a platform targets social, cognitive or biomechanical behaviors, startups can take steps to accelerate mainstream adoption.“One strategy is adding features that mimic the old-world experience to enhance familiarity,” says Sundararajan. “They can integrate what people might miss from the old experiences they are trying to disrupt, and create that bridge.” For instance, Airbnb launched its own concierge service, so that travelers could still feel pampered as if they were at a traditional hotel.  Addressing individual behaviors, as opposed to group behavior, can also streamline the process. Companies looking to control how people interact have the least control because he says those patterns are firmly set. “Whereas when you’re trying to change individual behavior, the company can bake a lot of behavior-changing capability into the product itself.”For example, MyFitnessPal has a database of nutritional information for more than 3 million foods built into the app. This allows individuals to easily track their daily caloric intake.But entrepreneurs shouldn’t ignore the power of social context, says Oliver Ryan, founder of Social Workout Media. The app gives co-workers, a bridal party, or any group of friends a platform to set healthy goals and track progress. From side-planking for a minute every day for a month, to going vegan for a year, it has hosted more than 40,000 group challenges. Just like having a workout buddy can spur you to finish a tough workout, friends who use a particular app or tool together can motivate positive behavior.Apps and tools with social group features can also deter negative behavior. Promises Treatment Center, a national drug and alcohol rehab center, provides exiting patients with a free app. Users can add friends and share meetings, track progress, and receive daily positive messages to prevent relapse. To date, approximately 5,000 people have downloaded iPromises.Related: How Life Has Changed Since the 1964 World’s FairHottest of the Hot: The Most Exciting Trends in Innovation Right NowDropbox Users: Your Life Just Got Easier April 25, 2014 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifercenter_img Listen Now 3 min read The NYU professor discusses technology and behavioral change at a recent tech meetup.Image credit: Northside Media Grouplast_img read more