Colin Tourick Cost efficiency and green credentials among key drivers of change

first_imgThe biggest driver of change has been the tax system. Benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax is based on the car’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the government cranks up the BIK tax rate every year. This encourages employees to choose cars emitting ever-lower levels of CO2, particularly diesels.Many employers now wish to do their bit to help the environment, so they impose their own cap on CO2 levels. Normally 120g/km is common, but this number is reducing every year as the number of new low-emission models increases. Most employees seem to accept that these arrangements are a necessary part of the government’s green agenda.Another trend is that more and more employers now allow employees to ‘trade up’; make a monthly contribution to get the company car they want or need.The BIK tax system also encourages many workers to give up a benefit that was once quite common; free, private fuel paid for by their workplace. If someone is still receiving this benefit, they should check if it is actually giving them a benefit, because they may be saving the cost of the fuel but may be paying even more than that in extra pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) and national insurance.One big change in recent years has been car salary sacrifice schemes. Employers such as these because they represent an attractive benefit of employment and help employers meet their health and safety obligations. Rather than driving business mileage in an old ‘grey fleet’ car, their employees are driving new, properly managed and maintained cars.Despite these advantages, salary sacrifice won’t replace regular company cars; it tends to be offered to employees who would not have qualified for a company car, because it is most cost-effective for smaller, cheaper cars with low CO2 emissions; cars that are not usually used for lots of business mileage.Colin Tourick is Grant Thornton professor of automotive management at the University of Buckingham Business Schoollast_img read more

80 do not take time off for stressrelated illnesses

first_imgMore than three quarters (80%) of respondents would not take time off work for a stress-related illness, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance.Its survey of 1,006 full and time-part UK employees, also found that 90% of respondents have gone into work when feeling ill.The research also found:28% of respondents feel their workload is too great to call in sick, and 21% cite financial concerns as the reason for attending work when ill.17% come into work when feeling ill because they feel guilty for taking time off.16% of respondents think they will be viewed as lazy if they take time off for illness, 14% worry about being viewed as weak, and 14% fear they will be seen as inconsiderate.69% of respondents believe they perform worse at work when they are ill.73% of respondents have become ill as a result of another colleague’s illness.54% of respondents would come into work with the flu, and 42% would attend work with a stomach virus.23% of respondents would only call in sick if they were hospitalised or had no other choice.32% of respondents who feel less secure as a result of the EU referendum vote are more likely to come to work when ill, and 23% willing to work later or carry out unpaid overtime.Paul Avis (pictured), marketing director at Canada Life Group, said: “Presenteeism is going nowhere, with nine in 10 UK employees still coming in to work when unwell. With financial pressures and excessive workloads cited as the main causes, it is clear employers need to do more to reassure their staff that health and wellbeing is a top priority.“The vote to leave the EU has thrown everything into a state of flux, so it is of little surprise that people are now more concerned about job security and more likely to come into the office even if they are unwell. Now more than ever, it is crucial for employers to demonstrate they have a clear sickness absence policy in place that will not unfairly penalise anyone who takes time off for being ill.“It is concerning that stress and mental health issues remain so overlooked. As with physical illness, failing to tackle mental health problems can be hugely damaging not only to the individual, but to the wider business as well.”last_img read more

Miami teen dead brother and sister hurt in shooting

first_imgRelative Sabrina Bramwell said, “To whom shot my cousins, the thing I want to say to you is it’s best for you to go ahead and give yourself up, turn yourself in.”A total of six children were inside the home at the time of the shooting, ranging in ages from 9 to 18 years old.A Facebook video posted by Raymond, earlier Wednesday, showed him holding up a baggie and flashing it towards the camera. Later in the video, the driver is shown holding a gun towards the 18-year-old. Police said they are aware of the video, yet it is unclear whether this is part of the shooting investigation.Raymond’s aunt recalled the moments she found him. “It was scary,” she said crying. “You are calling for help, and you come outside, and you have to drag them inside.”His aunt later realized two other children in the home were also hit by bullets. “They were just like any other kids. Sitting on the couch, watching TV, and then shots rang out,” she said.A detective could be seen speaking with Raymond’s father.One witness, who did not wish to be identified, described what he heard. “I heard the gunshots, probably took about 30 seconds, 40 seconds, close to a minute,” he said. “Guys ran across the street. Next thing I know, a car took off around the corner.” MIAMI (WSVN) – A teenager is dead and two others were injured, following an overnight shooting in a Miami neighborhood.The shooting happened in Liberty City, near 69th Street and Sixth Court, around 11:20 p.m., Wednesday.According to Miami Police, a 12-year-old and a 13-year-old were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital after being shot. They are both said to be in stable condition. However, an 18-year-old victim, who was also transported, was pronounced dead.The father of the three victims has identified the 18-year-old as Tremmelle Raymond, Jr. He said Raymond was a senior in high school, who was just a few credits shy of graduating.Officials said the 18-year-old was outside talking to his girlfriend on the phone, when the shooter or shooters approached him. Raymond’s family members showed 7News the box Raymond was sitting on outside. The container had bullet holes in it.As the victim ran inside his house to take cover, the shooter or shooters followed and opened fire, injuring the younger victims. “He literally walked up to our home, and he killed,” said Raymond’s aunt, who found Raymond after he was shot. “You shot point blank.”Raymond’s 12-year-old sister was shot in the hand, and his 13-year-old brother was shot in the leg. Police said they were both watching television, when Raymond ran inside. If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a cash reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Police said multiple rounds were fired. Crime scene investigators were on scene for several hours, combing for clues in an alleyway between two homes. “Now, detectives are investigating,” said City of Miami Police Officer Earnest Lawrence, “and combing the area to get as much information as possible.”Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said, “We don’t have a lot of information about who the suspects are. We have a few leads we’re tracking, but we don’t have a lot right now.”“Very scary,” said one neighbor. “That’s why when I heard gunshots, I said to myself, ‘Should I rollover on the floor?’”The 12-year-old and 13-year-old siblings are both students at Miami-Dade schools. “Unacceptable. It is tragic. It is dramatic,” said Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. “It is heartbreaking and painful to all of us.”Carvalho spoke about the shooting on graduation day for some schools: “For me, it’s very tragic that the joy and the triumph of graduation is interrupted by incredible community tragedy and the shooting of yet again three young people in our community.”The shooter or shooters remain at large. “God help you because it was stupid what you did,” Raymond’s aunt said. “You are a child yourself, and you take another life for what? Over stupid stuff.”The motive for the shooting remains unknown. last_img read more

Mysterious powder causes concern at Broward courthouse

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A mysterious white powder at the Broward County Courthouse caused some concern, Wednesday.Firefighters worked with a Hazmat team to figure out what they were dealing with.In the end, officials determined the powder was not toxic.Court business continued as usual as all of this went on. There was never an evacuation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

South Florida kids celebrate reading with Dr Seuss books

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – South Florida children on Thursday celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading his books.It was part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. The NEA celebrated their own anniversary by having kids in every community read a Doctor Seuss book.United Way Women’s Leadership members took part in the event by reading to kids at the United Way Center in Miami.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Kitten rescued in Deerfield Beach taken to animal hospital

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A kitten found in a car was rescued, Wednesday, in Deerfield Beach.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue Department, a 4- to 6-week-old kitten was found in a car parked at a Bank of America, near 1000 S. Federal Highway. The owner, Yolando, was grateful that fire rescue officials were able to rescue the kitten.BSO Fire Rescue spokesperson Mike Jachles tweeted that the kitten was hungry when they brought her to Hillsboro Beach Animal Hospital.The kitten is currently being cared for by animal hospital officials.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Man hospitalized after being found shot in Miami highrise

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man is fighting for his life after, police said, he was found shot in a high-rise near Downtown Miami, Friday night.City of Miami Police responded to the scene just before 10 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about a disturbance on the 21st floor of the Opera Tower, located at 1750 North Bayshore Drive.Responding officers found shell casings in one of the upper floors and followed a trail of blood to find the victim with gunshot wounds on the 16th floor.“Right now, we do not know what we’re looking for, we do not have any suspect information, we don’t know who’s behind this act,” said Miami Police Officer Kiara Delva. “All we know is that we have an adult male victim that had been shot located on the 16th floor, and transported in critical condition.”Miami Fire Rescue transported the victim, who is between 30 and 40 years old, to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.Some residents of the hi-rise were unable to return to their units. “All the building was shut down, not able to get into my apartment with my car or by foot,” said resident Mary Jacques-Lopez. “They told us it was a shooting and a crime scene, and that there was no way we could get in.”Police are currently searching for a shooter. They have not been able to provide a description of the subject, and a motive remains unclear. If you have any information on this shooting, 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

Plane makes crash landing at Pembroke Pines airport

first_imgLast night (approx 2AM) officers responded to the North Perry Airport regarding a plane which crashed in the middle of the runway. Investigation revealed that the landing gear failed to deploy. Luckily the pilot was uninjured, and the plane was safely removed from the runway. pic.twitter.com/oHpPfxklXJ— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) July 30, 2018According to Pembroke Pines Police, the plane crashed at around 2 a.m., Monday. The crash happened in the middle of the runway due to landing gear that failed to deploy.Police said the pilot was uninjured and the plane has since been removed from the runway.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A small airplane made a crash landing at North Perry Airport overnight.last_img read more

US Coast Guard offloads 5 tons of cocaine at Port Everglades

first_imgPORT EVERGLADES, FLA. (WSVN) – The U.S. Coast Guard seized more than five tons of cocaine at sea in the Atlantic and unloaded the massive haul at Port Everglades on Wednesday.The drugs were seized over the past couple of months from five suspected smuggling vessels and two floating bale fields. They were found in international waters off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America.Cmdr. Eric Helgen, the executive officer of USCG Cutter Hamilton, gave credit to the crew.“The time away from their family and the time spent on the seas, this is the finish line,” Helgen said. “This is why many of them join the Coast Guard and why they do what they do.”Numerous U.S. agencies, along with the cooperation of several Central and South American countries, also played a role in trying to intercept the drugs.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Search underway for armed man in 2018 Fort Lauderdale convenience store robberies

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale Police have stepped up their search for a man who, they said, robbed several convenience stores at gunpoint in 2018.Surveillance video captured the man jumping the counter at a Kwik Stop near Northeast 20th Avenue and East Commercial Boulevard, May 20.The footage shows the robber holding down the clerk at gunpoint as he cleans out the register.Investigators believe the man is responsible for five additional robberies between May and October, including Chevron and Marathon gas stations along North Federal Highway.If you have information on these armed robberies or can identify the man involved, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Troopers Conducting High Visibility Enforcement Effort For Holiday Weekend

first_imgAccording to a ‘Focused Enforcement’ state trooper dispatch, while the troopers are out to curb DUIs, they will also be on the lookout for additional driver behaviors that often contribute to fatal crashes, such as speeding and driving too fast for conditions. The focused enforcement by the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers over the holiday is intended to prevent major injury and fatality crashes through enhanced enforcement. Don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report any time of the year by calling 911! To learn more about REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) visit http://www.dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/hwysafety/REDDI.shtml. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State and Wildlife Troopers started the Annual Click It or Ticket high visibility enforcement effort on Monday. The effort runs through June 2. Colonel Barry Wilson, Director of the Alaska State Troopers: “Memorial Day weekend serves as a kick-off to summer. People celebrate with barbecues, camping and other family gatherings. We want people to go out and have a good time. We just ask that you do it with a plan in place to get home safe… wear your seat belt. Additionally, if you choose to consume alcohol, don’t drive impaired, be sure to have a designated driver, stay the night or call a cab. Again, if you plan to celebrate on Memorial Day weekend, have a plan to get home safe.”last_img read more

What Weve Learned Since Going 20

first_imgThe balancing act between horizontally-oriented public conversation and top-down editorial control has already proven to be the primary editorial challenge at our new site. At times the flow of good user content is so fast that our staff’s best stuff gets lost in the shuffle. Yet shutting off the UGC spigot would kill what’s best about the site and lessen the importance of the community. The perfect balance is elusive, and how well any site handles these conflicting impulses will be the measure of its success.Make Contributions Fine Grained, Non-OverlappingWhile we love the diehard fans who upload five-minute, edited videos, the vast majority of our readers still spend just a few minutes on the site. We knew that Freeskier.com had to accommodate the needs of every potential community member, whether he has one minute or one hour to participate. So we’ve created options ranging from simple social editing functions like voting on stories and commenting, to mid-range efforts like posting photos, to very large time commitments, like posting edited videos.So far, our audience posts photos over videos at a ratio of more than 10-to-1, and most readers still come to view one piece of content, rank it with a thumbs up or down, post and comment and leave. User contributions at Freeskier.com are fine grained, and no one’s contribution depends on another user’s efforts. This combination keeps a broad swath of readers involved.Niches Can SucceedOur readers will continue to spend time at MySpace and Facebook, and we will continue to integrate our site with the social-networking giants. At the same time, the Freeskier community is a place where our readers can be big players in a small group. Facebook may be a digital global metropolis, but we’re striving to make Freeskier.com a tight-knit ski town where everyone knows each other. Patrick Crawford is VP of editorial and online at Storm Mountain Publishing – publishers of Freeskier Magazine, Freeskier.com, Snowboard Magazine, and Snowboard-mag.com. He holds an M.A. in Mass Communication Research from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a youth-driven, niche title for skiing enthusiasts, Freeskier Magazine was uniquely positioned to experiment with blending online community orientation with traditional media production. Our readers (and staffers) are mostly men in their 20s, tech-savvy computer owners, a generation all but born with cell phones and video cameras in their hands. They’re so comfortable with forward-looking technologies that when we launched a video podcast last fall, we logged over a million downloads in the first year. So this fall we upped the ante with a relaunch of Freeskier.com in an attempt to fuse the community features of Facebook, the social editing of digg.com, the video-sharing of YouTube and traditional content production. A little over a month after launch, the preliminary results are coming in, and we can begin to assess the lessons learned. Balance Your Community’s Voice and Your ContentOne of the primary challenges in opening Freeskier.com to readers was to maintain a spotlight on our own stories and video without relegating user generated (UCG) content to some obscure corner of the site. Social editing sites like digg.com succeed precisely because they allow content from the smallest bloggers and the biggest news outlets to compete for attention on a level playing field. In order to replicate some of social editing’s egalitarian vibe without losing our own voice, we opted to sort most content on the site by type (video, stories, photos), rather than by author. Most pages of Freeskier.com display content from readers and editors side-by-side, signaling to readers that their best efforts will be treated equally with our best work, and hopefully motivating them to contribute high-quality material. At the same time, only content “promoted” by our edit staff appears on our homepage, which gives us the opportunity to highlight good UGC when appropriate, and to ensure that prominent positioning is allocated to specific stories and projects when needed. last_img read more

Host Communities Push Projects to Sustain Travis AFB

first_imgOfficials from the communities that host Travis Air Force Base in northern California are considering several projects to support the installation.Under one proposal, Solano County would issue bonds to finance the construction of a civil engineering facility that would allow the base to consolidate more than 50 scattered engineering operations and buildings, reported the Daily Republic. A new facility would make the base more efficient and free up space needed for flight operations, said Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine, who traveled to Washington, D.C., last week with colleagues from Fairfield and the county to promote Travis on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon.The budget for the project, which does not yet have a specific timeline, is between $20 million and $30 million, Augustine said.“Our plan is we want to move forward with the base as quickly as possible,” said David White, city manager for Fairfield.The delegation also discussed plans to develop a 70-acre parcel under the Air Force Community Partnership Program. The plan is intended to provide a new source of revenue for the installation through a lease for the property.“Nothing is on paper, so anything is possible,” Augustine said. “But I don’t think it would be housing. It would more likely be commercial and maybe some light industrial.”The delegation also discussed efforts to secure a more reliable water source for Travis. With several of the base’s existing sources expected to end, the installation intends to develop more groundwater sources. At the same time, Travis is discussing the possibility of obtaining a secondary water source from Fairfield or Vacaville, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Rosalía Announces First Solo North American Tour

first_imgEl Mal Querer Tour, named after the Spanish pop star’s latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performancesJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Mar 19, 2019 – 1:25 pm Rosalía is set to perform at some of the most popular music festivals around the globe, including Primavera Sound in Spain, Lollapalooza (Argentina and Chile) and Coachella, but the Spanish pop star isn’t stopping there when she gets to the States. Now, she has announced her first solo North American Tour with a string of dates that will bring her to select cities in the U.S. and Canada.El Mal Querer Tour, named after her latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances. Then she’ll play San Francisco on April 22, New York on April 30 and close out in Toronto on May 2. RELATED: How Rosalia Is Reinventing What It Means To Be A Global Pop Star “I’m so happy to announce my first solo North American tour dates,” the singer tweeted.Rosalía won Best Alternative Song and Best Fusion/ Urban Interpretation at the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards in November and has been praised for bringing flamenco to the limelight with her hip-hop and pop beats. During her acceptance speech she gave a special shout-out to female artists who came before her, including Lauryn Hill and Bjork. Rosalía has been getting some love herself lately, most notably from Alicia Keys, who gave the Spanish star a shout-out during an acceptance speech, and Madonna, who featured her on her Spotify International Women’s Day Playlist. Tickets for the tour go on sale March 22. For more tour dates, visit Rosalía’s website.2019 Music Festival Preview: Noise Pop, Coachella, Ultra & MoreRead more News Rosalía Announces First Solo North American Tour rosal%C3%ADa-announces-first-solo-north-american-tour Twitter Email https://twitter.com/rosaliavt/status/1108072594455097344 Rosalía Announces First Solo North American Tour Facebook last_img read more

First Annual Wilmington Tennis Open To Be Held On August 11

first_imgWILMINGOTN, MA — The Friends of Wilmington Tennis is holding the First Annual Wilmington Tennis Open on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Wilmington High School courts.There will be two categories — adult doubles (high school grads & older) and junior singles (grammar school to high school seniors). Players must be able to keep score, serve, and bring a can of new hardcourt/extra duty tennis balls.Registration costs $20. All proceeds to benefit the Friends of Wilmington Tennis.Registration form can be found HERE. Email your information to friendswtennis@gmail.com.Tournament directors include Matt Hackett, Rob Mailey, and Kathleen Reynolds. Call 978-729-3600 or email friendswtennis@gmail.com with any questions.The event’s rain date is Sunday, August 12, 2018.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… Related2nd Annual Wilmington Tennis Open Set For August 10In “Sports”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington High School To Administer PSAT Exam On Saturday, October 19In “Education”last_img read more

Ford 3Dprinted the manifold for Ken Blocks 900hp F150 Hoonitruck

first_img This is the largest 3D-printed metal car part Ford Share your voice News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: 0 Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ More about 2019 Ford Ranger More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img While 3D printing has been working its way into the industry mostly via plastic, 3D-printing metal objects is gaining popularity, too. BMW has already invested in the tech, and Bugatti used it to build a gnarly titanium brake caliper. HRE, an aftermarket wheel company, used 3D printing to assemble some of the wildest wheels I’ve ever seen, too.The build process for Block’s intake manifold took five days to complete, and if you’re interested in seeing how everything came together, be sure to check out Ford Performance’s video below. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Auto Tech Car Culture Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker 3D printing Ford 2:26 Tags Enlarge ImageThis is an aluminum monster, not to be confused with the other Aluminum Monster. Ford Ken Block has been doing wild stuff behind the wheel of Ford vehicles for years now, and one of his latest cars required him to lean on the manufacturer’s work in 3D printing.In the process of building his 900-plus-horsepower “Hoonitruck,” which stars in Block’s new Gymkhana 10 video, it was determined that they’d need a big, complex intake manifold to supply the truck’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with air. Off-the-shelf solutions clearly wouldn’t be able to handle the air required to make all that power.Thus, Ford Performance came to the rescue. Working with Ford’s own engineers in Europe, as well as RWTH Aachen University in Germany, the team designed and 3D-printed an aluminum intake manifold that could handle the required volume of air. Ford claims it’s the largest 3D-printed metal part ever installed on a functioning vehicle. Post a commentlast_img read more

Google Doodle honors classroom heroes for Teacher Appreciation Week

first_img Tags Our wishlist for Google I/O 2019 3:13 Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Originally published May 6, 6:03 a.m. PT.Update, at 6:32 a.m. PT: Added details about Google grants for teachers, 8:52 a.m. PT: Added more details about Rodney Robinson. Share your voice Google had almost 60,000 doodles to choose from for Teacher Appreciation Week. Google Google is celebrating teachers on Monday. If you check out the search engine’s page, you’ll see a crayon-style Google Doodle surrounded by pencils, protractors, apples, puzzle pieces and other school-related images.”Today’s Doodle was created in partnership with the 57 2019 US State Teachers of the Year who visited Google in January for their first group meeting and explores the theme ‘A day in the life of a teacher,'” Google said in a blog post.In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Google said it’s making one its largest teacher-focused grants — a $5 million Google.org grant that’ll unlock $10 million for teachers through DonorsChoose.org. For every dollar that’s donated to the nonprofit, Google will add 50 cents, from Monday to Tuesday, up to $1.5 million total. Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year, created the doodle. Robinson said he went into teaching to honor his mother, Sylvia Robinson, who was denied the opportunity to become an educator because of poverty and segregation. Instead, his mother opened an in-home daycare center for children in the neighborhood and taught in a different way. Today, Robinson teaches social studies in a juvenile detention facility in Virginia. “I work to create a positive school culture and empower my students to become civically minded social advocates,” Robinson said.When he was chosen as Virginia’s Teacher of the Year, Robinson said he was “elated.”  “Google’s homepage today is a tribute to teachers, and I feel proud to see the contribution I made — alongside my 56 fellow State Teachers of the Year — up there for everyone to see,” Robinson said in a blog post. Teacher Appreciation Week was trending on Twitter Monday morning as thousands took to social media to celebrate educators.Even with that sort of recognition, teachers often find themselves in a tough situation, living on modest salaries while running classrooms with a lack of resources and having to purchase supplies out of pocket. Over the last year, those working conditions have led to walkouts, sickouts and strikes. Internet Culturelast_img read more

The 2 features your home blood pressure monitor should have

first_img Omron HeartGuide puts blood pressure on a watch Wellness 1. An upper-arm cuff should be your first choice  When it comes to at-home monitoring, new guidelines from the AHA only recommend the use of upper-arm cuff oscillometric devices that have successfully passed validation protocols. (Oscillometric devices automatically detect and analyze pulse waves so you don’t have to rely on someone to listen with a stethoscope.) Although other options — like wrist and finger cuffs and wearable sensors — exist, upper arm cuffs are the most accurate, says Yale Medicine cardiologist Erica S. Spatz, MD. The AHA recognizes validation protocols from the following organizations: the German Hypertension League, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the European Society of Hypertension and the British Hypertension Society — with the BHS protocol’s being the most complex and thorough. A new international universal validation protocol is being developed that may become the new standard, so keep an eye out for that. Qardio Arm blood pressure monitorThe Qardio Arm wireless blood pressure monitor has passed British and Irish Hypertension Society validation protocols.  Qardio Many blood pressure monitors currently being sold haven’t been validated. So before you buy one, check to make sure it has. You can find a list of validated monitors — like these from Qardio and Omron — on the British and Irish Hypertension Society and Dabl Educational Trust websites. Another important factor is if the person who will be using the blood pressure monitor is a child, pregnant or has atrial fibrillation or a large arm circumference, the monitor you buy should also have been validated within these populations.  2. Find a cuff that fits These days home blood pressure monitors come with a lot of bells and whistles, like smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity, but the most important feature to look for is a cuff that fits your arm, properly compressing the brachial artery. “All too often, the fit of the blood pressure cuff is imperfect,” Spatz says. “This can result in under- or overestimation of the blood pressure — and many people may be misdiagnosed [with hypertension].” But here’s the good news: “Guidelines exist for how large a cuff one needs based on the length and circumference of your arm,” says cardiologist Jennifer Haythe, MD, co-director of Columbia Women’s Heart Center. “When you visit your doctor ask them what size cuff is appropriate for you.” You can also take the measurements yourself or with the help of a pharmacist.  “The first step is to measure the circumference of the upper arm; use the middle of the upper arm around the bicep,” Spatz says. “Take the circumference, in centimeters, and multiply it by 80% to get the right length and 40% to the get the right width of the bladder cuff. The bladder of the cuff is the part that fills with air, not the extra length of Velcro.”  And then use these AHA guidelines: blood-pressure-arm-cuff-sizes Target:BP “Upper arm cuffs come in an extra-large size, which should fit most large arms,” Haythe says. “If it’s too small, your doctor may recommend a thigh cuff to be used on the upper arm.” According to the AHA, there is data showing this method can be accurate, but research is limited.  If you have larger arms that are significantly wider near your shoulder than your elbow, you may also want to get a cone-shaped or “contour” cuff. Research finds that using standard cylindrical cuffs can produce inaccurate measurements because the variation in arm size causes the bladder to expand irregularly. If an extra-large cuff does not fit, the AHA recommends measuring your blood pressure at the wrist. Although measuring at the wrist tends to be less accurate than the upper arm, a meta-analysis shows it tends to be better than the forearm or finger.  contour-cuffAn example of a contour-style blood pressure cuff.  Medline “Arms come in all shapes and sizes, and people with obesity should not feel bad about having a difficult time finding the right cuff size,” Spatz says. “It is really unfortunate that the cuffs have not evolved to match different arm sizes.” If you do end up needing a wrist-based blood pressure monitor, again, check that it’s been validated. And then follow these instructions, with one change: “Rest your elbow on a table and bring the cuff to the level of your heart, as when reciting the pledge of allegiance,” says Spatz. Keep your arm relaxed and your hand resting against your chest until the reading is complete.  Read more: 10 accurate blood pressure monitors you can order online Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It See It Now playing: Watch this: • Adorama The American Heart Association recommends that people with hypertension measure their blood pressure at home. Canva The Apple Watch’s electrocardiogram app is clear indicator that medical devices are moving out of the doctor’s office and into our homes. And for the most part, that’s a good thing — health and fitness products let people keep tabs on various vital signs without having to pay for an office visit. One wellness area that’s particularly hot is blood pressure. Organizations like the American Heart Association recommend that people with high blood pressure measure it at home and the heart health industry has stepped up to help make that happen.  From a blood pressure cuff that doubles as a smartwatch to smartphone apps that measure your systolic and diastolic blood pressure using just the tip of your finger, monitors are becoming more compact and easier to use. But, the AHA warns, that doesn’t mean they’re accurate. But before you buy just any old home blood pressure monitor, here are two big things cardiologists want you to know.  $399 Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $399 $349 Apple News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch?center_img See All $349 Apple The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch reading • The 2 most important things to look for in a blood pressure monitor Apple Watch Series 4 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.  Post a comment See it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 18 Photos Best Buy Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 0 Tags Share your voice 2:58 Applelast_img read more

Our galaxys black hole spewed a super bright light and scientists dont

first_img Here’s a timelapse of images over 2.5 hr from May from @keckobservatory of the supermassive black hole Sgr A*. The black hole is always variable, but this was the brightest we’ve seen in the infrared so far. It was probably even brighter before we started observing that night! pic.twitter.com/MwXioZ7twV— Tuan Do (@quantumpenguin) August 11, 2019 Scientists aren’t quite sure why this strange flash occurred, but it’s apparently nothing to be concerned about. Speaking to ScienceAlert, Tuan Do (an author on the study which spotted the bright light) said the flash could be the result of another star (S02) passing close by, thereby changing the way gas flows into the black hole. Another working theory is the flash was caused by G2, a gas cloud which also recently passed close (36 light-hours) to the black hole in 2014. There is a possibility this is a delayed reaction to that event. 3 Other teams and telescopes, such as Spitzer, Swift, Chandra, and ALMA, have also been observing Sagittarius A*. Do is curious to see if they too spotted the strange emission. Perhaps that data can help shed new light on this strange burst of infra-red light. Taken when I was @keckobservatory, this raw image shows the brightest Sgr A* has ever been observed in the infrared (center). The emission associated with the black hole also changed by a factor of 75 over that night. Is Sgr A* waking up? Will we finally see 🎆? pic.twitter.com/lX7ZO2PhX2— Tuan Do (@quantumpenguin) August 8, 2019 16 Photos What is a black hole? The universe’s dark, mysterious monsterscenter_img Tags Sci-Tech Culture Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science In news that reads like the beginning of a dire science fiction novel Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, has emitted a large burst of infrared radiation brighter than anything ever produced by that black hole. The black hole is well-known to scientists, and was one of the subjects of our first ever efforts to image the cosmic beasts, but its still throwing up new mysteries all the time.After observing for over four days using the Keck II Telescope in Hawaii, a team that has been studying Sagittarius A* for 20 plus years noticed the infrared light increased by 75 times.  Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

TlingitHaida Pushes For Larger Tribal Role In UN

first_imgTlingit-Haida Central Council’s Will Micklin attends the United Nation’s World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Sept. 22, 2014.. (Photo courtesy Indianz.com)Alaska’s largest tribal government has joined an international effort to boost Native influence in the United Nations.The Juneau-based Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska wants a larger forum to address its concerns.The U.N. has focused attention on indigenous issues in recent years, such as returning artifacts to tribes and preventing violence against women.Jacqueline Johnson-Pata is executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, as well as part of the central council’s leadership.She told a recent tribal assembly that a more formal arrangement is needed.“Tribes and governments, elected representatives of indigenous nations, should have a voice in the United Nations. We shouldn’t just go as an organization. But we should go as a representative government,” she says.Central Council First Vice President Will Micklin agrees.“We are a nation with longstanding international relations with other countries and have issues that cross boundaries,” he says.Micklin is also CEO for an Indian band near San Diego and executive director of the California Association of Tribal Governments. He’s a strong advocate of United Nations involvement.“The only way to address these issues like climate change, like water resources, like fisheries, like the environmental impacts of extractive industries is to engage in the international arena,” he says.The 30,000-member central council is part of a nationwide movement pursuing increased involvement in the United Nations. It’s been active for several years.Micklin says the effort stems from the U.N.’s 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which also targets discrimination and human-rights violations.“We envision and have proposed to the secretary general all rights and privileges for indigenous governments the same as a member state,” he says.That would put tribal members on committees and allow them to submit reports.“The only distinction is we would not be able to vote as a member state in the general assembly,” he says.He says tribal governments have met with U.N. and federal officials, and they’ve found support.Terry Sloan is director of the New Mexico-based group Southwest Native Cultures. The Navajo-Hopi, who already serves on United Nations committees, says more outreach is needed.“What’s happening is that a lot of the tribes aren’t fully aware of this declaration, what it means and what it contains. So there is going to be some sort of an educational process throughout the country,” he says.He also says many indigenous groups outside the U.S. aren’t aware of the effort. Many have faced violence when attempting any form of organization.Sloan just returned from a meeting following up on the U.N.’s World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.He says there was no consensus and years could go by before formal recognition happens. But he remains optimistic.“When and if and how long it takes to get the implementation process through, we will see great gains for the Native Americans of the United States,” he says.Sloan says despite differences, the Obama administration is very supportive of the U.N. effort.He says the U.S. could become a model for other countries’ tribal government roles in the international organization.last_img read more