Gender parity will sensitise one to women crimes Richa

first_imgMumbai: Actress Richa Chadha, who is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming film “Section 375”, says the idea is to sensitise one to women crimes and it will only happen with more gender parity within the workforce. “The gap is a reality for sure but so is the fact that there are such super woman advocates like Indira Jaising, Pinky Anand, Karuna Nandy, that we are just a step away from taking inspiration from the right people. “The government is doing their bit in setting up more Mahila courts which takes up crime cases about women and has women judges at the helm. Such initiative are surely a step in the right direction,” Richa said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Section 375” is a courtroom drama where Richa plays the public prosecutor who is fighting the case of a rape victim Anjali Dangle, played by Meera Chopra. “The idea is to sensitise one to women crimes and it will only happen with more gender parity within the workforce as far as lawyers and judges are concerned. The survivor will be in a more comfortable spot and thus gender crimes can be approached from a more lived in space,” she added. Directed by Ajay Bahl, “Section 375” also features Akshaye Khanna. The film is scheduled to release on September 13.last_img read more

Young People Lift The Spirits Of The Lonely With Valentines Day Cards

first_imgValentine’s Day is a time to spread love, but for the 43% of seniors who reported feeling lonely on a regular basis, Valentine’s Day can be an especially hard time.Video: Love Letters PSA (Extended Edition) – China Anne McClainThat’s why, the largest organization for young people and social change and AARP Foundation’s Mentor Up are teaming up for the second annual Love Letters campaign that encourages young people to create handmade Valentine’s Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults this holiday season. Handmade cards will be included in meal deliveries to Meals on Wheels clients across the country.Actress and singer China Anne McClain best known for her roles in Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm and the Disney Channel Original Movie How to Build a Better Boy is teaming up to support the campaign through a public service announcement.“I was interested in being involved as soon as I heard about the Love Letters campaign because the concept was so sweet and original, said China. “I love doing things like this and making people smile so I thought the idea was just perfect.”The campaign runs through February 15 and young people who sign up at and report back with a photo will be eligible to win a $10,000 scholarship. For official scholarship rules, click here.“Last year, members made over a quarter of a million Valentine’s Day cards for homebound seniors,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at “By combining social change with things that young people love like Valentine’s Day and crafts, young people are able to make a huge impact and use their skills.”“AARP Foundation is thrilled once again to be taking part in’s Love Letters national campaign, ” said AARP Foundation president Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “There are millions of adults 50 and older who are isolated or who have limited regular contact with others. We all remember the warm glow a Valentine’s Day card can bring, and this campaign helps young people bring that warmth back into the lives of lonely older people.”The cards made as a part of the campaign will be distributed through Meals On Wheels Association of America which serves 2.5 million seniors who are homebound due to limited mobility. The support of the volunteers and meals they provide is often is often critical to helping them maintain enough independence to stay in their own homes.“I cannot begin to express the immense impact of the Love Letters campaign on the seniors we serve,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of the Meals On Wheels Association of America. “Together, the nationwide network of Meals On Wheels programs and thoughtful volunteers can lift the spirits of thousands of isolated seniors again this year.”last_img read more

Canada defends human rights record at United Nations review

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN NewsJustice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould defended Canada’s human rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Friday.Much of the three-hour session revolved around Indigenous peoples in Canada.Dozens of countries weighed in with their recommendations on what to do

Three deaths reported at Brazil World Cup stadium TV

first_imgSao Paulo- Three people died Wednesday following an accident on the site of the stadium in Sao Paulo that will host the opening match of next year’s World Cup, Brazilian television reported.Reporters at the scene reported a crane fell across part of the metallic structure at the Arena Corinthians stadium, still under construction, bringing part of the stand crashing to the ground.last_img

Aminatou Haidars Meets With Representative of American Embassy in Rabat

Casablanca – Aminatou Haidar, the President of NGO Codesa, recently had several meetings with Heather Chase, an American diplomat working for the American embassy in Morocco, according to Codesa’s Facebook page.In an article by Moroccan publication Telquel, the two women reportedly met for two hours, discussing human rights conditions in the Sahara, with Haidar asking the diplomat to write a report on the issue.The Moroccan press, namely, a newspaper affiliated with political party Socialist Union for Populist Forces, is not happy about this meeting, calling it American “interference on a national issue.” After being contacted by a Telquel journalist, a Moroccan official stated that “this NGO is not recognized by the Moroccan government and isn’t even recognized in the United States.”Luna Jangle, press officer at the U.S. Embassy, said U.S. diplomats “regularly visit the region to discuss the topic of human rights, advanced regionalization and economic development.”It should be said that tensions between the two countries have eased up since last May, when the United States seemed to side with Ban Ki Moon, who described Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara as “occupation.”Ironically, while she has traveled the world, lambasting Morocco, Aminatou Haidar cannot deny she has been traveling with a Moroccan passport.Meanwhile, the Saharawis in the Tindouf camps in Algeria, she claims to defend areprevented from obtaining a refugee card or the right to travel either within or of Algeria or out. read more

Drugs and crime threaten recent stability in GuineaBissau warn UN officials

“Although there seems to be a downward trend in the trafficking of cocaine through West Africa over the past few months, drug trafficking and organized crime remain a significant challenge for stability in Guinea-Bissau and the sub-region,” said Joseph Mutaboba, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s representative in the West African nation.According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), there has been a significant drop in drug seizures in West Africa over the past 18 months, corroborated by a similarly strong decline in European drug seizures with West Africa as the suspected source.However, as UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa told the Council, international efforts may have caused the trafficking routes to move further south, or farther inland.“The threat to Guinea-Bissau – though less obvious than in the past – is still serious,” he stated, noting that there have been reports of smuggling through many privately-owned islands of the Bissau archipelago. “The Government needs greater assistance to gain control over these islands, which provide a safe haven for light aircraft and fast boats,” said Mr. Costa. “I therefore urge this Council not to be complacent.”The Executive Director also highlighted three new “disturbing” trends in the region. The first is that a growing amount of the drugs coming into West Africa are being consumed locally. “This is new, though not surprising,” he said, noting that low prices and high supply of cocaine, particularly in Guinea-Bissau, cause havoc among youth who are already affected by other problems.In addition, there are reports of drug use – as well as trafficking – affecting the military, and, since July, UNODC and Interpol have been investigating numerous West African sites where they found large amounts of chemicals used in drug processing.“West Africa is now on the verge of becoming a source of drugs, not only a transit area,” said Mr. Costa. “Organized crime is growing indigenous roots.”Mr. Mutaboba reported that along with drug trafficking and organized crime, stability in Guinea-Bissau is also threatened by “hegemonic politics” and intra-party divisions. “Much depends on the governing party’s ability to evolve away from exclusionary politics and develop inclusiveness and accountability.”Presenting Mr. Ban’s latest report on Guinea-Bissau, Mr. Mutaboba noted that the Government has focused on managing the consequences of the high-profile assassinations that took place in March and June, and there is a perception that in other critical areas, limited progress has been made.In March then president João Bernardo Vieira was assassinated amid tensions between the Government and the military forces in a country marked by decades of civil conflicts, coups d’état and uprisings.Then in June presidential candidate Baciro Dabó and the former defence minister Helder Proença were assassinated on the eve of the official launch of the electoral campaign.Despite the tensions that followed the killings, the country held peaceful elections and President Malam Bacai Sanhá was inaugurated on 8 September. Mr. Mutaboba, who heads the UN Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS), stressed the need for a “transparent and thorough” investigation of the assassinations, as well as the alleged coup d’état of June, to fight impunity, restore public confidence and establish truth.Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil, who chairs the Guinea-Bissau Configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, highlighted additional challenges facing the country, including reform of the security sector, and building State institutions that are able to address basic social needs, ensure security and promote human rights. In a statement read out by Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for November, the 15-member body reiterated the importance of consolidating democracy, security, the rule of law, national reconciliation and the fight against impunity to ensure sustainable peace in Guinea-Bissau.It took note of the ongoing consultations between the UN, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), to assist the Government in investigating the political assassinations of March and June. “The Security Council calls upon the Government of Guinea-Bissau to expedite this process, and calls on the above mentioned organizations and the international community as a whole, to bring their support to this end.” The Council also urged the Government to take the necessary actions to, among other matters, combat drug trafficking and organized crime, and to ensure that the security sector is effective, professional and accountable. 5 November 2009The prospects for political stability in Guinea-Bissau appear to be good but are threatened by drug trafficking and organized crime, United Nations officials warned the Security Council today. read more

Passerby saves Royal Docks cat Felix from River Thames after it was

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A passer-by rescues the Royal Docks’ cat Felix after he plunged into the Thames amid a bitter battle with a rival.last_img

Poland Vive Kielce wins in last match of regular season

bunticglogowKielcePolandpolskavive kielce ← Previous Story Thierry Omeyer at 3rd International Handball Goalkeepers Camp in Makarska! Next Story → Pick Szeged without Sulc and Blazevic in Poland In order to play the last match in the regular season of the Polish League, Vive Targi Kielce arrived in Głogów straight from Szeged. Local team Chrobry Głogów was able to equal Polish Champions only in the first half – for 23 minutes the result was more or less within a draw; the beginning was not too fortunate for both teams in the matter of goal scoring – there were a lot of misses. Later on Vive started gaining an advantage. In the second half they were on the lead the entire time and did not allow Chrobry to get a satisfactory result. The final result was 33:25 for Kielce. What might have been interesting, was that a young right-winger Mateusz Mazur was given a chance to play for almost entire match which was much longer than usual. The top scorer for Kielce was Denis Buntić (7) who seems to be fully recovered after the injury.TEXT: Martyna Usnarska read more

Sergei Gorbok to get back to RK Vardar Skopje

← Previous Story Denmark & Switzerland “perfect partnership” for Men’s EHF EURO 2022 and 2024 Next Story → TOULON NEXT STATION: Jasmina Jankovic to change Germany after nine years Sergei Gorbok One of the best Russian players of the last decade, Sergei Gorbok, is on the way to get back to RK Vardar Skopje. The reigning VELUX EHF Champions League winners will have to built a new squad after many departures at the end of Raul Gonzales era, who also is going to leave Skopje next summer, when he will overtake Paris Saint Germain.Luka Cindric (PGE Vive Kielce), Arpad Sterbik (Telekom Veszprem), Mijailo Marsenic (Fuchse Berlin), Ilija Abutovic (Rhein Neckar Lowen) will leave the team with their coach who will be replaced by Roberto Garcia Parrondo.The new re-signing has to be the 35-years old left back shooter who already played for Vardar in period 2014-2016, afterwards he came to Pick Szeged. read more

Facebook group advertises leaving work to go to the pub for summer

first_imgSomething for the weekend: With this summer’s heatwave hitting offices up and down the UK, a particularly brazen portion of the nation’s employees are claiming to plan on ditching work for a self-imposed summer half day, inspired by an unusual Facebook event.As temperatures hit 38 degrees Celsius this week, community group The Sesh has created a new public event on social media platform Facebook, called ‘Leave work and go [to] the beer garden, they can’t sack all of us’.The suggested half day off work, set for Monday 19 August 2019, currently has just under 30,000 confirmed attendees, as well as 100,000 interested individuals, who are toying with the idea of downing tools to instead enjoy an afternoon relaxing in a nearby pub garden, swapping the office water cooler for bar beverages and outdoor seating.This event has surfaced at the same time as national trade union centre the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has voiced its support of the policy of staff heading home once temperatures reach 30 degrees Celsius, or 27 degrees Celsius for those performing manual labour; the TUC is even campaigning to see a change in the law to introduce a new maximum indoor temperature for workplaces.Frances O’Grady, general secretary at TUC, said: “While many of us love to see the sun, it’s no fun working in a baking office or a stifling factory. Bosses should do all they can to keep the temperature down.“The easiest way for staff to keep cool inside is being able to work in more casual clothing. While shorts and vest tops may not be appropriate for all, nobody should be made to suffer in the heat for the sake of keeping up appearances.“It’s in bosses’ interests to provide a cool and comfortable work environment. [Staff] who are unable to dress down in lighter clothing, or who work in offices without air-conditioning, fans or drinking water, are going to be tired, and lack inspiration and creativity.”Here at Employee Benefits, while we agree that the idea of a half day off work to take advantage of this uncharacteristic British weather is a great idea, we are not too sure about the idea of downing tools without checking first. Employers might do well to take note of the groundswell of approval for this event, though, and consider whether a sanctioned summer half day could work for them…last_img read more

Aventura Police release video of car believed involved in road rage incident

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Aventura Police have released a key clue regarding a case of road rage in the hopes of tracking down a dangerous driver.Officers believe a faded gold 2005 or 2006 Ford Focus hit a driver, who got out of their car to approach the Focus driver, and took off from the scene.There is damage to the front right passenger side of the car and the paint on the right side of the roof is rusted away.The hit and run happened along Northeast 182nd Street and Biscayne Boulevard in Aventura, on Jan. 14, a Monday.The person who was struck remains in critical condition.If you recognize this vehicle, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Jony Ives 15 most iconic Apple products and designs

first_img • reading • Jony Ive is leaving Apple: 15 of his most iconic products and designs Jony Ive Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Comments Jony Ive at WWDC 2019. James Martin/CNET Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, announced Thursday that he’s leaving the company later this year. He will start his own design firm, for which Apple will be a primary client. During his nearly 30 years working for the tech giant, Ive designed several of the company’s most memorable hardware products, including the iPhone and iMac, and had a hand in other significant projects as diverse as iOS 7 and Apple Park.Ive’s singular focus on minimalism and simplicity shaped Apple’s design language, and he was a key part of Apple’s comeback in 1997, along with former CEO Steve Jobs. In recent years, Ive has taken on more of a managerial position, but his influence and original designs still endure. To see the legacy and impact of Ive’s tenure at Apple, check out this roundup of his most important products. 4:26 Our first MP3 players: iPods, SanDisk Sansas and more See All 19 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 5 iMac G3 (1998)  Apple iMac G3 (Bondi Blue) Hardware ShootThe iMac G3 in Bondi Blue. iCreate Magazine/Getty Images A computer that wasn’t just a grey box? In a dull world where almost all computers looked the same, Ive decided that color was the answer. First available in a bright shade called Bondi Blue, the iMac G3 later added 10 other colors, from Lime to Strawberry, and two patterns. A plastic translucent shell allowed you to see inside the all-in-one machine; there was no floppy drive, the mouse was round and it was the first Apple computer to use USB ports. As Steve Jobs said, “It looks like it’s from another planet. A good planet. A planet with better designers.”iBook G3 (1999)Apple Museum in KievThe iBook G3 NurPhoto/Getty Images The translucent, colored panels from the iMac G3 quickly migrated to other products. The slim case of the iBook G3, made of rubber and plastic, bundled a large keyboard and a 12.1-inch display. It looked sort of like a handbag, and it even had a handle for easy carrying. G4 Cube computer (2000)Apple Museum in KievThe Power Mac G4 Cube. NurPhoto/Getty Images Another computer that didn’t look like a computer, the G4 Cube wrapped the guts in a clear polycarbonate skin. It was shiny, sure, but some users later reported hairline cracks. Apple brushed off the complaints by calling the cracks “mold lines” formed as “a part of the injection molding process.”   G4 Cube speakers (2000)apple-pro-speakers-primary-100632055-largeApple G4 speakersChristopher Phin/MacworldLike a collection in a fashion show, these ball-shaped speakers were a perfect accessory to the angular G4 Cube computer. The actual speakers were Harmon Kardon, and they were powered by a USB port.Apple iSub speakers (2000)41wche1wcflApple iSub speakers Amazon Also a collaboration with Harmon Kardon, the iSub looked like it should be in a lab holding a specimen for analysis. Or maybe it looked like a jellyfish, but it was another conservation piece that perfectly fit the G4 Cube collection. Apple_iBook_G4.jpgThe iBook G4. Apple iBook G4 (2000)After the audaciousness of the iBook G3, Ive returned to a more traditional laptop design with the iBook G4. It ditched the bright colors for a solid-white polycarbonate shell and, though boxier than its predecessor, the rounded corners kept it from being a brick.iPod (2001)design-museum-london-california-exhibit-22The first iPod. Andrew Hoyle/CNET It wasn’t the first MP3 player, but the incredibly simple design — the genius scroll wheel let you scan through a long song list quickly — and user interface made it fun to use. Of course, the iPhone would eventually cannibalize the iPod line completely, just as the iPod consigned the portable CD player to history.   Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 18 Apple products that changed the world Share your voice Apple head of design Jony Ive departs to start his own… 10:17 Apple iMac_G4_CNET.gifThe iMac G4 on the cover of Time magazine Courtesy of Time iMac G4 computer (2001)The iMac G4’s design was as big of a departure from the iMac G3’s as that machine was from any computer before it. Most remarkable was Ive’s success in cramming everything electronic into a dome-shaped base that even had an optical drive. Meanwhile, the super-thin display was suspended on an arm that you could swivel and tilt. Colors were gone as well, in favor of a white and silver scheme. The device looked so unusual, it landed on the cover of Time magazine. “At best, people thought it was rather odd,” Ive told CNET at the time. “I actually think this is less shocking than the [original] iMac was.” apple-imac-g5-1-9ghz-17-inch_1.jpgThe iMac G5. Apple iMac G5 (2004)With its sturdy L-shaped stand, deep bottom bezel and large display, Apple’s all-in-one iMac G5 would become the template for all subsequent iMacs. Though it’s been nearly 15 years since its launch, you can still see its aesthetic influence in today’s aluminum iMacs and the iMac Pro. To Ive, the screen was always the centerpiece of the device. In 2009 when he introduced that year’s iMacs, Ive said: “There’s not a detail there that doesn’t need to be there. There are no visual interruptions, distractions. There’s just no other noise. Everything is about the display.”iPod Mini (2004)Apple Releases New iPodsThe iPod Mini. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images As the smaller and more affordable version of the iPod, the iPod Mini was extremely popular and came in a variety of bright colors. Encased in an elegant unibody design, the device introduced Apple’s famous “click wheel,” or as Jobs described it at the time, a “solid-state scroll wheel.” The space-saving wheel enabled users to navigate the iPod by turning and pressing down on the large white wheel located in the center. At its launch, Jobs praised the device’s small size and said it was “pretty stunning” and “really, really beautiful.” The iPod Mini was replaced in 2005 with the even slimmer iPod Nano. iPhone (2007)All the iPhones, from the 2007 original iPhone to 2018's iPhone XS.All the iPhones, from the 2007 original iPhone to 2018’s iPhone XS. Angela Lang/CNET Perhaps no other tech device has had more of an impact than the iPhone. Combining the capabilities of an iPod, a phone and a handheld computer that connects to the internet, the iPhone revolutionized how we communicate and access information. When Jobs unveiled the first iPhone, he emphasized its 3.5-inch touchscreen and said Apple “designed something wonderful in your hand.” It shared a nearly identical design motif as the first iPod Touch (a line of devices that continues today). Fast-forward to 2017: When Ive introduced the 5.8-inch iPhone X, he described it as a “physical object that disappears into the experience.”iPad (2010)034-ipad-pro-2018The Apple iPad Pro. Sarah Tew/CNET At first it might have seemed hard to convince some people that the iPad was simply more than a larger iPhone, but to its credit the iPad did help usher in a new era of large-screen tablets. Equipped with a 9.7-inch display and a physical home button, the iPad was a sleek and powerful tablet, and it now comes in a variety of sizes. In a promo video introducing the iPad, Ive said, “When something exceeds your ability to understand how it works it sort of becomes magical — and that’s exactly what the iPad is.”iOS 7 (2013)Septimius_07_610x436.jpgiOS 7 on the iPhone 5S. CNET staff In addition to hardware, Ive was heavily involved in the design of Apple’s 2013 mobile operating system iOS 7. It was one of the biggest overhauls the OS underwent, and ushered in an era that replaced a dated skeuomorphic interface with a more modern, flat aesthetic. Bright pastel colors, translucent notification shades and a homescreen with a parallax depth effect breathed new life into the iPhone. To Ive, iOS 7 represented simplicity. “[Simplicity is] about bringing order to complexity,” he said in a 2013 promo video. “iOS 7 is a clear representation of these goals.”Apple Watch (2014)apply-watch-comparison-8The Apple Watch Series 3 and 4. Angela Lang/CNET Apple’s first fitness tracker, the Apple Watch, debuted in 2014 and featured a stainless steel body, a rectangular display, a digital crown and swappable bands. It was one of the best-designed wearables at the time, but compared to rivals like the Pebble Steel, the Watch was expensive and had a short battery life. That didn’t stop Ive from singing its praises, and in 2018, when he introduced the Apple Watch Series 4, he said it was, “a device so powerful, so personal, so liberating; it can change the way you live each day.”Apple Park (2017)apple-park-steve-jobs-theater-3860Apple Park James Martin/CNET Apple’s new headquarters, which sprawls across 2.8 million square feet and houses over 10,000 employees, features a huge circular building (nicknamed the Spaceship), an auditorium dedicated to Steve Jobs, and over 9,000 trees. Though the main architect was Norman Foster and his firm, Ive contributed heavily to the campus’ design. In an interview with the design magazine Wallpaper, Ive noted that he expected the campus to adapt along with the company. “The building will change and it will evolve,” he said. “And I’m sure in 20 years’ time we will be designing and developing very different products, and just that alone will drive the campus to evolve and change.” Mobile Phoneslast_img read more

Ranjani Murali wins Womans Voice Award at AKLF 2019

first_imgKolkata: US-based Indian poet Ranjani Murali received the ‘Woman’s Voice Award’ at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) here. Murali received the award on Sunday, the last day of the literary festival. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh apart from a citation. The objective of the award – ‘Prabha Khaitan Womans Voice Award’ – is to recognise and encourage creative writing by women in India, to create a forum for their work and to support the publication of their writing, AKLF Director Anjum Katyal said. Murali’s first book of poems ‘Blind Screens’ was published in July 2017 while her second book of poems ‘Clearly you are ESL’ had earlier won ‘The Great Indian Poetry Collectives (GIPCs) Editors Choice award.last_img read more

Enjoy kink Heres how to handle the drop you may feel after

first_imgShe added: ‘It’s a terrible thing for someone to feel bad about who they are – it’s why community is so important.’Marilyn agreed: ‘Sometimes the bottom might think: “Oh well how can I be a good person if I like being hit?” or humiliated, or whatever it is we’re doing.‘How can I be a good person and person of value? That all hits you in a drop,’ she said.Photo: istolethetv / FlickrAnother part of feeling a drop might be a physical reaction.During an intense scene, you might be putting your body through strenuous positions.If you strain your muscles too hard, you might get a build up of lactic acid. This, in turn, can lead to you feeling sore.How to prevent a dropThe best way to prevent a drop is open and honest communication with any scene partner you might have.An important way to do this is to negotiate with your partner beforehand about what you might need after the scene.This could be as simple as a back rub, a cuddle or sharing a meal together.Another great way to prevent a drop is to take things slow.Susan explained: ‘One of the ways to prevent a drop is to have a more gradual build-up in the scene and then a more gradual drop off.‘For example, if you wanted to do a caning scene, you start with the spanking, you warm up with a good 15 minutes of spanking and tapping lightly with the cane. Then you might administer a stroke of the cane.‘Then you do your caning for however long you want and then you taper off. You stroke the rest of the body as a decline or you cuddle a lot afterwards,’ she said.Photo: torbakhopper / FlickrRizzo agreed: ‘I like to do a cool down period where the impact is not as hard but is still present. It’s a slow change instead of a hard stop.’Vigorous stretching beforehand and taking vitamin B is also a good way to deal with lactic acid build up.Susan also said it helps not to do drugs or drink alcohol before or during a scene.After care: Dealing with a dropEvery good BDSM-lover knows to have good after care when your scene is done.After care is giving your body or mind what it needs in order to alleviate or stop a drop from happening.Marilyn is a mistress and is currently in several master/slave relationships, where she’s the authority.Even though she’s a top, she says she still experiences a drop in ‘virtually every level of play scene’ she does.She explained she can be doing some very intense scene work, involving inflicting high levels of pain. But this is the complete opposite to how she is in the real world.So a form of after care for her is scheduling a check-in with her partner after the scene is done.She said: ‘Even though I’m the top, I need reassurance that I’m not evil. So that’s the reason I personally need a check in.’Photo: torbakhopper / FlickrRizzo agreed and said he likes to follow up with subs he plays with in the days after, via text or phone calls. He always wants to make sure they’re OK physically and mentally, and if there is anything he can do for them.He joked: ‘Remember – if you break it, you buy it. So don’t break it!’Susan said a great way to deal with a drop is to have some chocolate.She explained: ‘It helps mirror the oxytocin. So it can really help. Often, at parties, they can have little tables of sweets and chocolates.’Marilyn said: ‘If I’m doing a scene on a Sunday for example, on Tuesday I’m going to time it so I’m not doing anything emotional because I know I’m going to be in a little bit of a funk.‘That might be the time that I go do a massage,’ she said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- ‘I tend to play pretty hard,’ Rizzo Barajas from Martinez, California told Gay Star News. ‘Usually involving blood or very hard physical impact play.’Rizzo identifies as a queer agender person of color. British model Zander Hodgson comes out as gayEveryday moments of gay history captured on new websiteLGBT Witch-hunt: North Carolina no longer welcomes transgender travelers and residentsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… He’s also a switch, which means he alternates between taking either the submissive or dominant role during Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism (BDSM) sessions.But sometimes after a heavy session (also known as a scene) he’ll go from extreme pleasure to an intense drop in his mood.‘It’s kind of like extreme temperature changes,’ he said. ‘Running from the pool to the hot tub and then back to the pool.’He continued: ‘It’s jarring for me to go from having the hell beaten out of me to sitting and having a cup of water while trying to socialize.’Photo: Joe Abbruscato / FlickrMarilyn Hollinger from Millbrae, California describes herself as a ‘sadist, mistress, femme top who likes to play very hard’. She’s been in the leather scene since 1986 and identifies as a lesbian.She described a ‘drop’ as a bit like a skydive.Marilyn said: ‘In a usual scene, I find I experience euphoria and it’s almost like an altered state – it can feel like a drug sometimes where you’re just in such a state of pleasure and extreme emotional or physical feelings.‘So when you’re in this high state, at some point, you come down. You come down into this normal state but sometimes you dip and that’s called a drop,’ she said.What is a ‘drop’?Susan Wright from Phoenix, Arizona is the founder and spokesperson for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.She said: ‘A drop is a feeling of depression or bodily decline.’ Susan said it’s a drop from the intense emotional, physical and mental feelings you had during the scene.Dr Brad Sagarin is the Head of the Science of BDSM Research Team at Northern Illinois University.Their research examines the positive physiological and psychological effects of consensual BDSM activities.Sagarin explained: ‘Both bottoms and tops show increases in relationship closeness and reductions in psychological stress from before to after their scenes.’Bottoms show increases in cortisol (a hormone associated with physiological stress) during scenes and tops show a ‘pleasurable altered state associated with optimal experiences.’Photo: Franco Folini / FlickrDr Richard Sprott at the California State University wrote in the 2016 Journal of Positive Sexuality that ‘drops’ can happen to anyone.They believe there are two different types of drop – immediate after-scene drop and drops that can happen days later.Both types can leave people in a deep psychological process that leads to feeling ‘lost, ungrounded, disconnected, unsatisfied, depressed, irritable, vulnerable, raw, sad’.The science behind a dropSprott and Randall theorize a ‘drop’ can be a process of grief and bereavement. Grief ‘refers to the emotional and cognitive reactions that a person has when one experiences a loss or separation.’They also believe drops can be the result of a person losing their identity.They wrote: ‘One’s self, or a central identity, is changing in some way. And that change involves a loss of the old self – the old identity.’Susan said drops can range from being very mild to very intense, boiling down to endorphins and adrenaline.She said: ‘After a scene, my body is trying to deal with flushing those chemicals out of your system and you really feel it.’Photo: torbakhopper / FlickrSusan also says a person experiencing a drop might have a little internalized shame.She said: ‘For some people, the shame of being kinky and having done what you did may be the reason for a drop. We have so much societal disapproval and perhaps what they did conflicts with what their ideas of what a good person does.’last_img read more

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A traffic light pole near Guinea Fowl Service Station was driven out of the ground at about midnight last night.It is believed that a car was travelling down Egerton Road and turning right into Murchison Street at the robots when the driver failed to brake. He hit the robot and the front of his car was damaged.According to eyewitnesses, when the car came to a standstill, the driver got out and ran into the service station.No injuries were sustained. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

FBI hair analysis problems reveal limits of forensic science

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirk Odom was convicted of a 1981 rape and robbery after a woman identified him as her attacker and an FBI specialist testified that hair on her nightgown was similar to hair on Odom’s head.But DNA testing some 30 years later affirmed what Odom long had maintained: The hair wasn’t his; neither was the semen left on a pillowcase and robe. A felony conviction that imprisoned him for decades was overturned in 2012 by a judge who declared it a “grave miscarriage of justice.” “I was hoping that I was going to go home that day,” Odom, recalling his trial in Washington, D.C., said in an interview. Instead, “they sentenced me to 20 to 66 years in prison.”His experience is but one example of flawed forensic science from the pre-DNA era, a simmering problem that now appears far more widespread than initially thought. The Innocence Project, which works to exonerate the wrongly accused, has identified 74 overturned convictions in which faulty hair evidence was a factor. Now, a new disclosure by the FBI that experts gave erroneous testimony on hair analysis in more than 250 trials before 2000 suggests that number could rise dramatically.Defense lawyers say the latest revelations — on top of established concerns about bite mark identification and arson science — confirm fears about the shortcomings of old-fashioned forensic techniques and could affect thousands of cases. Advancing technologies have put such techniques under more scrutiny, including from judges, and highlighted the limits of once-established practices.“There are forces converging at the moment that are finally bringing some recognition to the failings of many venerable techniques,” said Chris Fabricant, director of strategic litigation at the Innocence Project. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes The FBI still considers microscopic hair analysis valid, but has also acknowledged its scientific limitations and uses it now in conjunction with more scientifically reliable DNA testing.The Justice Department in 2012 embarked on a review of criminal cases following high-profile exonerations in which microscopic hair analysis was used. The government has identified nearly 3,000 cases in which FBI examiners submitted reports or may have testified in trials involving hair analysis.The government provided an astonishing update last month when it revealed that of the 268 trials reviewed as of mid-March, investigators found erroneous statements from FBI experts in nearly all of the cases — including in death-penalty prosecutions. The review is limited to cases dating before 2000 in which FBI examiners provided evidence. But the number of affected cases would almost certainly be much higher if the review took into account cases involving state examiners who were trained by the FBI.Still, no one knows how many defendants have been wrongly convicted because the existence of flawed testimony — often just one element of a prosecution — does not establish innocence.“What it does mean is that those cases need to be looked at very closely to see what role hair played in the case,” said Norman Reimer, executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 0 Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life A 2013 Associated Press investigation concluded that at least 24 men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite-mark evidence — the practice of matching teeth to a flesh wound — were exonerated since 2000. Meanwhile, some high-profile criminal cases involving arson science have come under renewed scrutiny amid debunked fire investigations. Last year, a Pennsylvania judge threw out the conviction of a Korean immigrant who had spent 24 years in prison for his daughter’s death.When subjective speculation is injected into a trial under the guise of science, “then a real perversion of justice is what happens,” Fabricant said.Microscopic hair analysis, which involves comparing hair specimens through a microscope, has for decades been an established FBI practice and passed along at seminars to hundreds of state-level examiners.But critics say the technique lacks objective standards, with limitations that have led experts to overstate its evidentiary value too often.Though this kind of evidence may be used to include or exclude individuals who could be a potential source of hair, critics note that there’s no way to conclusively know how common or rare the specimen is because no national database of hair specimens exists. A 2009 report from the National Academy of Sciences described as “highly unreliable” testimony purporting to identify a particular defendant through hair analysis. Advocates say they are working to ensure that individuals potentially affected have opportunities to challenge their convictions. They’ve also encouraged states to do their own audits because most of the prosecutions were local cases. The Justice Department has said it will waive procedural objections, including statute-of-limitations claims, in federal cases.Odom, 52, always maintained his innocence, saying he was home asleep at the time the assault occurred. But the hair evidence and eyewitness identification proved persuasive, and Odom spent more than 20 years in prison before being released on parole in 2003.The big break came when the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, which has focused attention on the flawed science and ultimately established Odom’s innocence, reopened his case following the earlier exoneration of another local man because of faulty hair evidence.DNA testing on evidence pulled from storage showed that the hair on the woman’s garment could not have come from Odom. The conviction was thrown out — a relief for a man who had been a registered sex offender and whose travel had been hampered.When the call came that he’d been cleared, Odom was on a nighttime plumbing job, “and I just yelled out in happiness. It was a very joyful moment.” Top Stories In this photo taken April 30, 2015, Kirk Odom speaks to The Associated Press at his home in southeast in Washington, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Odom was convicted of a 1981 rape and robbery after a woman identified him as her attacker and an FBI specialist testified that hair on her nightgown was consistent with hair on Odom’s head. But DNA testing some 30 years later affirmed what Odom long had maintained: The hair wasn’t his, nor was the semen left on a pillowcase and robe. A felony conviction that imprisoned him for decades was overturned in 2012 by a judge who declared it a “grave miscarriage of justice.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ___Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Probes into missing CY money covered up

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouTWO probes into money missing from Cyprus Airways’ coffers have been suppressed, with government ministers and the company’s board dragging their feet in rendering the carrier viable, pilots union PASYPI’s head Petros Souppouris said yesterday.In a news conference following the union’s general assembly, Souppouris accused ministers and board members of “failing to take the appropriate measures” required to restore the company’s viability and fulfil the five criteria set by the European Union to allow the carrier to continue operations.“Serious mistakes have been made, the most serious among them being that they failed to replace the management that led the airline into this mess,” he said.Souppouris singled out a statement by former Cyprus Airways chairman Tony Antoniou in October 2013, in which he spoke of “irregularities and misappropriation of public funds,” as well as talk of €100m lost by the Communications minister.“This money was not spent by the employees,” he said.He added that it was not just €100m that was lost over the last two to three years, but an additional €150m raised through the sale of company assets.Acknowledging that the former management under Antoniou was able to bring down the company’s operating costs and limit the losses for 2013 to €16m – down from a projected €50m – Souppouris argued that the company was in dire need of aviation experts who could have completed the transition into profitability.“Instead, the only effort that was made was aimed at protecting five or six directors,” he said. “We are extremely angry with this.”“There has been misappropriation of public funds,” he added. “There have been probes, and instead of the company’s chairman punishing the directors, he forwarded them to ministries.”During the news conference, PASYPI handed reporters copies of correspondence between the union and ministries, the Attorney General’s office, the Auditor General, the House President, and the House Watchdog, Ethics and Finance committees.“Everyone washes their hands and no one checks the Cyprus Airways irregularities,” he said.PASYPI secretary Chrysanthos Hadjichrysanthou said the Auditor General replied to the union yesterday, saying the company fell outside his mandate.But last month, the Attorney General’s office told PASYPI that it should forward any evidence it had concerning the issue to the police.“How would we have evidence, since the probe reports are locked in ministry drawers?” Hadjichrysanthou wondered.Asked about the effort to privatise the airline, Souppouris said the union is fully supportive as the company hasn’t been competitive for the last ten years.“Therefore, we need a strategic investor who can grow Cyprus Airways properly, in collaboration with the government,” he said.He argued that, once revitalised, the company can contribute up to €500m a year to the country’s GDP.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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