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Accepted How to decipher your college aid

With college acceptances in hand, now comes the hard part: understanding your financial aid offers.These letters are notorious for being laden with jargon that differs from offer to offer, making comparison difficult. But you can learn how to interpret award letters to understand the costs and choose an affordable option.WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AID OFFERSFinancial aid offers should include all of the federal, state and school aid you can access. That could mean free aid, such as grants, scholarships and work-study opportunities, that doesn’t need to be repaid, and unsubsidized and subsidized federal loans, which do. If these aid types are grouped together without explanation, they can be hard to distinguish.Your offer also might include a parent PLUS loan as part of the award, but avoid using it if possible. These loans have higher interest rates than loans made directly to students. And unlike typical student loans, only parents can take them on, and they require credit history to qualify.Schools also must provide the cost of attendance, but that’s not the amount you owe. It bundles indirect costs like books, supplies and transportation, with direct costs such as tuition, fees, housing and food.The cost of attendance is usually an average, says Brenda Hicks, director of financial aid at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Things like room and board could be pricier if you opt for a more expensive package, like a single room.WHY OFFERS ARE DIFFICULT FOR STUDENTS TO READSchools use different names to refer to the same type of loan.For instance, one college’s aid offer might list a “Federal Unsub Stafford Loan,” and another school’s might say “DL Unsubsidized Loan.” But they’re the same thing.Unsubsidized federal student loans are the only type of federal loan every student can access, regardless of financial need. They’re different from subsidized loans, which don’t accrue interest while the student is in school. Subsidized loans ease costs for students, which is why they’re given to those who demonstrate need.But among 455 college aid award letters, there were 136 different names used to describe the federal unsubsidized loan, according to a 2018 study by New America, a nonpartisan think-tank , and uAspire, a Boston-based college affordability non-profit .“How can we expect families and students to navigate this process if even the aid that everyone qualifies for is called something different?” says Rachel Fishman, deputy director for research with the education policy program at New America.There are two main obstacles for colleges in standardizing offers, according to Fishman: There’s no legal standard for language in award letters, and schools use different software to manage aid.In a push for more consistency, the U.S. Department of Education recently issued guidance on what schools should avoid, such as presenting the cost of attendance without a breakdown. There’s also bipartisan support in Congress to make aid offers more uniform, including two current bills.Some colleges have tried to address the problem, but others continue to use the same format they’ve used for years, says Brendan Williams, director of knowledge at uAspire.The financial aid office at the University of Nebraska Kearney overhauled its award letter last year, including colour coding each aid type and providing an estimated net cost. Net cost is the cost of attendance minus free aid. It represents the amount that borrowers will have to cover.Despite the changes, families still often want a walk-through, says Mary Sommers, the school’s financial aid director. “That’s OK, that’s our job,” she adds.HOW TO COMPARE FINANCIAL AID AWARD OFFERSTo compare financial aid award offers , experts recommend these steps:—Create a spreadsheet with separate columns for each school.—Under each column, start with the total cost of attending each school.—List each award type and amount.—Add all free aid together first and subtract from the total cost to attend.Since you want to take all free aid first, what you have left is the amount you would need to cover with savings, income or loans. Compare this bottom-line amount with other schools on the list.You can also use tools like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Compare Schools tool or the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ Award Notification Comparison Worksheet .“Bottom line: I would encourage people to take a long look at that letter, read it all, make sure they understand it and reach out when they don’t,” says Hicks.If it’s unclear how to accept one type of aid or reject another, contact the school’s financial aid office.______________________________________________This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Anna Helhoski is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: Twitter @annahelhoski.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: How to read a financial aid award letter Financial Protection Bureau: Compare Schools tool Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators: Award Notification Comparison Worksheet Helhoski Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

Court issues restrictions

The Fort Magistrate today refused to ban a protest organized by the opposition to be staged in Fort but ordered that it be confined to the pavement near the Fort railway station.The police had sought the court order against the opposition protest as it may severely disrupt traffic with many people visiting the expanded Colombo port. The joint opposition protest was organized against the incident in Weliweriya.

Western Sahara as conflict nears fortieth year UN chief reiterates call for

“As the conflict over the future of Western Sahara and the human suffering it has occasioned near their fortieth year, the situation in north-west Africa is becoming increasingly alarming,” said Mr. Ban in a statement issued this evening by his spokesperson in New York.Emphasizing that the conflict must be brought to an end if the people of the region are to meet their shared challenges and achieve their full potential, the Secretary-General in the statement recalled that the definitive status of this territory is the object of a negotiating process being conducted under his auspices in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.“I note with regret that the April 2007 proposals of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front have not opened the way to the genuine negotiations for which the Council and I have repeatedly called,” the statement said.Mr. Ban notes that at his direction, his Personal Envoy, Christopher Ross, has intensified his efforts to facilitate the entry of the parties into negotiations without preconditions and in good faith to achieve a mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.“They have yet to do so,” said the UN chief, adding: “I urge all concerned within the region and within the broader international community to take advantage of my Personal Envoy’s intensified efforts to facilitate the launching of true negotiations in the coming months.”Spain’s colonial administration of Western Sahara ended in 1976. Fighting subsequently broke out between Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO. A ceasefire was reached in September 1991. The UN mission, known as MINURSO, is tasked with monitoring this ceasefire and organizing a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara.Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option. read more

Service and sacrifice of African peacekeepers at the forefront of our minds

Mr. Guterres was speaking the day after three Ethiopian peacekeepers serving in the United Mission in Abyei (UNISFA) were killed, when a military helicopter carrying troops crashed in the Mission compound whilst on a routine operation. Ten passengers were injured, and three are reportedly in critical condition. Addressing the fact that African countries provide almost half of all UN peacekeeping troops – including some two-thirds of all women peacekeepers and the majority of UN police – the UN chief went on to acknowledge the sacrifice of African soldiers in AMISOM (the African Union Mission in Somalia); the G5 joint force, which counters violent extremism and terrorism in the Sahel region of North Africa; and the Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad Basin, set up to restore security in areas of the Lake Chad Basin affected by the Boko Haram terror group. “To be fully effective,” he said, “these African peace operations require robust mandates from the Security Council and predictable, sustainable financing, including assessed contributions.”United Nations peacekeeping operations, the UN chief added, are “increasingly being called into areas where there is no peace to keep,” explaining that this is why he has repeatedly expressed support for peace enforcement and counter-terrorism operations, and launched the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative in 2018, which aims to provide UN missions with the means to be more effective, better equipped, safer and more robust.Mr. Guterres went on to impress upon his audience the “critical” role that women’s “equality, meaningful participation and leadership” have to play in ensuring lasting peace, citing the invaluable contributions made by FewWise – the African Women’s Network on Mediation – and the African Women Leaders Network, describing both groups as important initiatives for joint UN-AU collaboration.The Secretary-General said that he had been determined from his first day in office to been determined to forge ever closer ties between the United Nations and Africa, noting a significant improvement in strategic cooperation between the UN and the African Union. The two sides have recently signed frameworks on peace, security and sustainable development, a Joint Declaration on cooperation for peace support operations and the first Human Rights Dialogue, which he called an “encouraging step on a critical issue.” read more

Mens gymnastics No 3 Buckeyes hungry for a win at last meet

Ohio State senior Andrew Rickly competes on the parallel bars against Michigan on Feb. 4 at St. John Arena. Credit: Walt Middleton, Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter recovering from a loss against the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners, the Buckeyes are ready to take on the floor once again at their last meet of the season on Friday against No. 4 Illinois. The Buckeyes will enter the competition ranked No. 3 in the nation with a score average of 417.333 and a No. 2 ranking on pommel horse with an average score of 70.350.The Buckeyes took last meet’s loss against Oklahoma, their toughest competitor yet, as a way to build up their confidence and prepare for the challenges to come with the rest of the season.“Oklahoma is the No. 1 team, so even comparing ourselves to who was number one gave us a bit of confidence going into this week. Oklahoma was our biggest competition in the Big Ten, so we’re looking to take a lot of confidence from this meet (against Illinois) going into Big Ten,” said sophomore Joey Bonnano. “We’re looking for a successful performance that will drive us for the rest of the season.” Illinois is ranked No. 4 in the nation with a score average of 415.233 and No. 3 on the high bar (70.517) and floor (70.817). Illinois is the only Big Ten opponent to register a win against Ohio State this season. The Fighting Illini and the Buckeyes met at the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 14, their first meet of the season. Illinois won with a score of 412.150 and OSU placed second with a tally of 403.450.The Buckeyes take on their last meet of the season with four athletes ranked in the top 10 nationally. Sophomore Alec Yoder has the best pommel horse individual routine in the nation, scoring a personal best of 15.400 at the meet against No.1 Oklahoma. Redshirt senior Jake Martin is ranked No. 4 in the all-around and high bar and redshirt junior Jake Dastrup is ranked No. 4 on the parallel bars. Redshirt junior Sean Melton has a season-best score of 15.050 on floor from the Winter Cup on Feb. 18, ranked as the second-best in the NCAA. Melton was also named a member of the 2017 U.S. National Team after his performance at the Winter Cup, placing in the top six spots of each of the four events he competed in. The Buckeyes are prepared to take on their final meet of the season and are striving for the win.“The past couple weeks have been really good for us as a team in terms of practice, getting our minds ready and recovering a bit from Oklahoma … but I think we are ready, I think we’re hungry, I think we’re motivated, and we’re energetic,” said junior David Szarvas. The meet will be televised on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. read more

Couple who sacked housekeeper who let boyfriend stay at £10m mansion and

first_imgI wasn’t expecting my job to be on the line and to be suddenly homeless and have to leave the propertyRobin Pyke However, Mr Pyke denied it was a formal disciplinary meeting and described it as just a “chat in the kitchen”.In June 2016 the issues came to a head again after Mr Pyke was asked to take Mrs Gottschalk’s mother to the airport.Mr Pyke said he had plans for a Father’s Day lunch so could not do the airport trip.Mrs Gottschalk said: “She’s quite independent, my mum, she lives three minutes away. I had said ‘if there’s anything she needs please go and help her out’. I found it very rude and was embarrassed by it.”However Mr Pyke retorted: “I’m not contracted to work weekends and I had been told I wouldn’t be needed until the following Monday.”Eventually Mrs Gottschalk sent him a text stating “f–k off and get out my house”. At the tribunal, she said: “I’m not proud of it.”Mr Pyke said he was shocked as he thought the issue was “sorted”.He said: “I said in the text message ‘I’ve left you a voicemail’. I have great respect for her and there’s no reason I would speak to her in the manner that’s being portrayed. Millionaire banker Maximilian Gottschalk and his company director wife Jane outside the tribunalCredit:Vagner Vidal/INS He told the judge that towards the end of his employment he could not keep up with the work the millionaire couple, who spent time in England with their five children at Christmas and in the summer, demanded of him.He lived-in at the property and told the tribunal that the had dismissal made him homeless.”I think I have been loyal and given everything for 13 years”, he said. “At no point had I ever been questioned about my trustworthiness and I think I did the job absolutely to my full ability.”When things went wrong I tried to contact them to resolve it. Some of the issues were resolved, most weren’t. There was never any threat my job was going to be affected or on the line.” However, the Gottschalks said Mr Pyke had “breached their trust”. Mrs Gottschalk told the judge: “There were a number of emails that the house wasn’t ready in terms of basic cleanliness and issues with the garden, despite having other employees to help.”I don’t think that the role we presented was very difficult, looking after an empty house with occupants abroad.”Mrs Gottschalk said there were issues with “cleanliness in the house and his over familiarity”. 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. I don’t think that the role we presented was very difficult – looking after an empty house with occupants abroadJane Gottschalk The Gottschalks also disliked Mr Pyke’s boyfriend staying at the property without their knowledge or consent, the panel heard.Mrs Gottschalk described one morning when she awoke at 6.30am to see a man on the property she did not know.”It would be nice to know who’s on the property when we’re there with the children, it’s just a courteous thing,” she said. Addressing Mr Pyke at the tribunal she said: “I had asked you to introduce him to me because I was uncomfortable with the situation.”The judge also heard the couple were unhappy that Mr Pyke had used their cars, including a Porsche, while they were away – although he claimed he had an arrangement with them.An email sent by Mr Gottschalk in January 2016 said he was “surprised” the cars were taken out for personal use.Mr Pyke said: “I never used their cars for personal use. I agreed with them I would use the cars to get them running.”There was an agreement to use them to get them running but other than that I would cycle everywhere.”The Gottschalks told the tribunal they had given Mr Pyke a “final warning” in March this year after a formal meeting following Mrs Gottschalk finding out about his financial arrangement to keep the dog.center_img “A reasonable employer would have asked ‘why have you refused?’ or something like that before dismissing the claimant. I am satisfied the claimant was unfairly dismissed.”The reason for the claimant’s dismissal was because Mrs Gottschalk believed the claimant had been curt and had flatly refused to take her mother to the airport. I have attempted to determine whether this was the case.”The brevity of the text, in my view, does not signify a curt response. It is the nature of the text message that it is succinct, however the text message does not make reference to the voicemail.”I am satisfied the claimant left a voicemail in which he gave an explanation for his inability to take Mrs Gottschalk’s mother to the airport.” “I would have been as helpful as possible. I heard nothing for three hours so thought that was job done and dusted. The next I heard was from the PA asking if I’d seen the email. A housekeeper who drove his millionaire bosses’ Porsche and had his boyfriend to stay at their home was unfairly sacked because his employers did not follow the correct procedures, a tribunal has ruled.Robin Pyke fell out with Jane Gottschalk, who runs a successful coconut water company, after she discovered his boyfriend was staying at her £10 million mansion in Henley-on-Thames, without her knowledge.She is also alleged to have been annoyed that he was looking after someone else’s dog at the property and charging the owner £500 a week.Mrs Gottschalk and her husband, financier Maximilian Gottschalk, eventually sacked him after he refused to drive the banker’s mother-in-law to London Heathrow airport on his day off. “I wasn’t expecting my job to be on the line and to be suddenly homeless and have to leave the property.”To suddenly receive this message, I had no idea what was going on.”Mrs Gottschalk said: “It was very clear your job was at risk. You had abused your situation as house manager. You had used vehicles, you let people onto the property without our knowledge, you made money off us on our property.”In his judgement, Judge Gumbiti-Zimuto said he was satisfied Mrs Gottschalk’s account of the disputes were “more likely” to be the accurate version of events.Referring to the incident with Mrs Gottschalk he said: “Mrs Gottschalk believed the claimant has been curt, rude, had refused to take her mother to the airport, and failed to offer any other assistance to her.”I am satisfied that it was the claimant’s conduct which caused the dismissal, it was a potentially fair reason for dismissal.”However, he added: “I am not satisfied that in this case there was any investigation. What happened was that Mrs Gottschalk had formed the genuine belief that the claimant had refused to take her mother to the airport and she dismissed.”What she did not do was carry out any sort of investigation whatsoever. A reasonable investigation would have involved, at the very least, the claimant being asked why he acted as he did. Millionaire banker Maximilian Gottschalk and his company director wife Jane outside the tribunal On Tuesday, in a reserved judgement following the Nov 7 tribunal, Judge Andrew Gumbiti-Zimuto found Mr and Mrs Gottschalk had unfairly dismissed Mr Pyke and the couple will now have to pay him £8,131.The tribunal had heard that Mr Pyke had worked at the house for 13 years. He was a former gardener at the luxury home before being appointed house manager in September 2014 when the couple moved to Hong Kong to live.He claimed he was unfairly dismissed by the family after they placed him under so much stress he was forced to seek professional help before he eventually received a text stating “f–k off and leave my house”.last_img read more

David Davis and Michel Barnier kick off Brexit talks with an exchange of

first_img“You have to learn to put one foot in front of the other, because sometimes you are on a steep and rocky path. You also have to look at what accidents might befall you – falling rocks.”You have to be very careful to keep your breath, you have to have stamina because it could be a lengthy path. And you have to keep looking at the summit, the outcome. That’s what I learnt when mountain-walking.” First formal meeting between @EU_Commission and @DExEUgov. #Brexit #hiking— European Commission (@EU_Commission) June 19, 2017 Our manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today. David Davis and Michel Barnier have kicked off the Brexit talks with an exchange of hiking-related gifts.The Brexit Secretary gave Brussels’ chief negotiator a rare book on mountaineering- a French language version of Regards vers l’Annapurna, signed by one of the two authors.Mr Barnier presented Mr Davis with a hiking stick a traditional carved wood walking stick from his home region of Savoie.  A UK source said: “Both gifts reflected their shared love of climbing and mountaineering.” 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. Speaking after meeting the Prime Minister in May, Mr Barnier said it had been an opportunity for them to discuss their “shared passion” of rambling and hiking in the mountains.And in a barely-veiled warning to Theresa May, he drew a parallel between the perils of mountain-walking and the negotiations ahead of her.”If you like walking in the mountains, you have to learn a certain number of rules,” he said.last_img read more

Optimised underground loading with new tool from Atlas Copco

first_imgAtlas Copco has developed an innovative digital tool that takes the task of choosing the right loading solution for tunnels and mines easier than ever. Called Loading Optimizer, the tool will find solutions that perfectly match conditions at the worksite. “Mucking out is often a case of trial and error in which different solutions are tried and tested at the worksite until the most suitable one is found. This can be a costly and time-consuming process – but not anymore. A new digital tool from Atlas Copco allows various methods and types of equipment to be evaluated in relation to key parameters from the worksite and then identifies the most favourable option.”Called Loading Optimizer, the tool is able to process a large number of variables that can be altered and fine-tuned multiple times, explains Johannes Hansson, Global Projects Manager at Atlas Copco. “This means that key factors such as methods, equipment specifications, the type of ventilation system, and other factors can be combined evaluated in variety of ways,” he says. “This is a huge advantage because it enables you to clearly see the impact of these variations on efficiency, productivity and costs.” In this context, one of the most crucial parameters is the ventilation arrangement. The dimensions of a tunnel or drift, the space required in the roof for ducting and the area that is left for equipment is not an easy equation.“Loading Optimizer takes care of all that by synchronising the data with our Serpent ventilation system to get just the right balance,” says Hansson. “The tool also simulates alternative solutions on screen and shows how these will impact on efficiency and productivity.” A typical case in point involves the location of loading bays. By reducing the number of bays, the distance between each bay increases, meaning less rock needs to be excavated. However, the program demonstrates how the loading capacity can be maintained by changing the loading method, for example from front end loading to side-dumping or continuous loading. Hansson concludes: “It’s all about making it easier to find the right setup that will result in high loading capacity and cost efficiency.”Other benefits of the Loading Optimizer include the possibility to evaluate selected method/equipment options and produce complete overviews of costs as well as customised spread sheets of the selected solution. The full version of Loading Optimizer is currently offered only in conjunction with consultations with Atlas Copco specialists, but starting in May 2015 planners will be able to obtain preliminary proposals for loading solutions on the web at loadingoptimizer.comlast_img read more

Greek American candidates reelected in US

first_imgGreek Americans’ John Sarbanes, a Maryland Democrat and Gus Bilirakis, a Florida Republican and Co-Chairman of the parliamentary group for Greek issues, have been re-elected in the House of Representatives. Massachusetts Republican Niki Tsongas, wife of the late Greek-American Senator and candidate for U.S. President, Paul Tsongas has also been re-elected. The winner of yesterday’s election, is a longtime friend of the Greek community and supporter of Greek interests Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, who won his second six-year term in the U.S. Senate. One of the most bitter races playing out in 2012, has been the race for the Nevada Senate claimed by Democrat Shelly Berkley, a Greek Jew from Thessaloniki, who seems will be defeated by incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller. If Berkley is not elected, there will no longer be a Greek Senator in the Parliament, after Republican Senator Olympia Snowe’s decision not to seek re-election. Former U.S. Rep. Dina Titus is returning to Congress, this time from Nevada’s 1st District, while John Arvanitis, a New Jersey Democrat and James Kargas, a Texas Democrat did not make it. In New York, Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney has won the 12th congressional seat. At state level four more Greek immigrants have been re-elected in New York: Democrat State Sen. Michael Giannaris, incumbent Republican Dean Skelos, Democrat Aravella Simotas and Republican Nicole Malliotakis. Barack Obama was re-elected as president of the US for another four years, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Libs promise 100000 grant if reelected

first_imgIt was announced that the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh and Districts will receive a funding boost of $100,000 if the Napthine government is re-elected in the impending elections. Announced by the state member for the Southern Metropolitan Region, Georgie Crozier, and Liberal candidate for Oakleigh Theo Zographos, the money will assist the parish in upgrading their church hall, used by thousands of parishioners. “The Napthine government has a proud record of fighting for the Greek community and will continue to do so,” said Ms Crozier. The funding will be an addition to the recently announced $200,000 upgrade for the community’s main hall. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

A call for grassroots activism to raise awareness for the reunification of

first_imgOn the 22nd June 2018 I did a live protest from inside the British Museum seeking the return of the Parthenon Marbles and SculpturesThe return of the Parthenon Marbles and Sculptures is an important issue and therefore I would appreciate it if you could all like and share the post! Also Like my Facebook page “JIMMELLAS – RETURN THE PARTHENON MARBLES” Στις 22 Ιουνίου 2018 έκανα μια ζωντανή διαμαρτυρία από μέσα του Βρετανικού Μουσείου που ζητο την επιστροφή τa γλυπτα και αγάλματα του Παρθενώνα στην Αθήνα.Η επιστροφή των γλυπτών και αγάλματα του Παρθενώνα είναι ένα σημαντικό ζήτημα και, επομένως, θα εκτιμούσα εάν θα μπορούσατε να κάνετε LIKE AND SHARE αυτή τη θέση!ReturntheMarbles #parthenonmarbles #Athens #parthenonsculptures #ReturntheMarbles #AcropolisMuseum #BritishMuseum #γληπτατουπαρθενονα #Παρθενονας #Greece #Ελλάδα #caryatidPosted by Jim Mellas – Return the Parthenon Marbles on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For most of the Greek people visiting the British Museum, the first moment they step into the Greek antiquity gallery and face the Parthenon Sculptures for the first time, is a highly emotional and confronting experience. For Jim Mellas, this happened on Friday 22 June. “I’ve been to Athens many many times, I’ve been to the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum, but this was my first time in London and the British Museum,” the Melbourne-based barrister tells Neos Kosmos.“I didn’t know what to expect, and it was raw and original. On a personal level, it was a very emotional moment. They don’t belong there, they belong in Athens.”Despite not knowing what to expect, Mr Mellas went to the museum determined. “I have been passionate about the Parthenon Marbles and what the British did for many many years and I had decided that if I ever went to London, I was going to the British Museum first to see them and second to make some sort of protest,” he explains.“I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do.” What he did was have a T-shirt made, sporting the slogans ‘Return the marbles’ and ‘I am Greek and I want to go home’ on the front and back. “I had seen that slogan in another campaign a few years ago,” he explains.“I thought I’m going to get the T-shirt made and I’m going to walk around London and go to the museum and see what happens.”What happened far exceeded his expectations. The actual protest was rather uneventful. The guards were unfazed, only a tour guide showing some concern – but was quickly reassured when the barrister explained that he was not someone going around to cause trouble – while many people came and expressed their support, praising Mr Mellas for his silent protest.The real impact of this silent protest started showing in social media. “I had decided from the beginning that if I’m going to do a protest, I would videotape it and post it on Facebook and Twitter,” he explains, “for my friends and other people to see it, but I didn’t expect the response that I got.Within three weeks, his video was seen by more than 73,000 people, then Facebook took it down for some reason. Then in August, Mr Mellas reposted it, asking his friends to share; it quickly gathered 142,000 views. At the moment, the viral video has “got close to a quarter of a million views around the world,” according to Mr Mellas.“And I’ve been getting about 100-200 messages away from people around the world,” he says. “Most of them come from people in Greece, also Greeks from the UK, the US and Australia, but there are a lot of non-Greeks as well sending their support.”The video has also received some negative feedback, mostly from people in Greece saying that the country is facing other problems and has other priorities, at the moment. “It’s true, it is not the most important issue,” Mr Mellas agrees.“But it is an issue, and the more messages I get, I feel that I’m making a small contribution to raising awareness about it. Having been to Greece a lot of times, I found that the attitude amongst the Greek people is kind of defeatist; they say ‘it would be good, but we are never getting them back’.That is why, If we can get a grass-roots movement happening at the same time, I think it can only add to what is being done on a political level,” he says, praising the work of the groups and committees in Australia, the UK, the US and all around the world that campaign for the return of the Parthenon Scuptures.“They are doing a great job on a political and diplomatic level,” he says, stressing the need for them to convince not only the British government, but also the Greek one, because “the Greek side is not that straightforward either,” he says.This is where a grass-roots movement comes into. “There are hundreds of thousands of Greeks in Australia and all around the world,” he says. “If there are enough people going to the British museum with a t-shirt or making another sort of protest, maybe there will be some effect.”Watch the Facebook video below:last_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

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

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 grant that’ll unlock $10 million for teachers through 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

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’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

FAA investigates recent laser attack reports

first_imgSince 2005 about 35,000 laser pointing incidents have been reported to the Federal Aviation Administration. (Photo: FAA)Recent police reports indicate aircraft on the Kenai Peninsula are being targeted by handheld lasers.Listen nowAccording to Kenai Police Chief David Ross, three laser incidents were reported to the Kenai Police Department in 2016. The incidents occurred in April, November and December.Ross said all reports are immediately turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration for further investigation.Allen Kenitzer is the regional public affairs officer for the FAA. He said they take this matter very seriously and investigate each report.“Lasers can distract pilots,” Kenitzer said. “There have been several reports of pilots being temporarily visually impaired by these lasers, and some of these exposures have resulted in operational problems, including giving up control of the aircraft to another pilot or aborted landings.”When aimed at an aircraft from the ground, the light from a handheld laser can travel more than a mile. Pointing a laser at a plane can the light can disorient and temporarily blind pilots.According to a release from the FAA, those who have been subject to such attacks describe them as similar to a camera flash in a pitch-black car at night.Kenitzer said there have been about 35,000 reported incidents nationwide since they began tracking them in 2005.“There have been incidents where it could have been accidental, but that’s more just a flash. I mean we’re talking about people pointing a laser at an aircraft and concentrating it on that aircraft,” Kenitzer said.No aircraft have crashed as a result of a laser incident.It is a federal crime to deliberately shine lasers at aircraft. If convicted, a person can face up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines.If you have information about an incident or see someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, contact your local police department.last_img read more

Netflix Picks Brillante Mendoza Drug War Show AMO as First Philippines Series

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Global streaming giant, Netflix has picked up drug war drama “AMO” as its first series from The Philippines. The show was produced by broadcaster TV5 and directed by Brillante Mendoza. Netflix will roll it out worldwide from April 9, 2018.AMO tells the story of Joseph, a high school student who starts out as a small-time “shabu” peddler, whose involvement in the drug trade eventually gets him entangled in the violent and dangerous circle of drug lords, crooked cops, and corrupt government officials.The series stars Vince Rillon, an upcoming indie film actor from the movies “Captive,” “Fallback,” and “Bagahe,” and Derek Ramsay, a veteran of numerous movies and TV shows.Mendoza is The Philippines’ best-known film director, with credits that include “Service,” “Kinatay” and “Thy Womb.” The most recent of his three Cannes competition titles “Ma Rosa” similarly probes the milieu of small time drug dealers and the endemic violence and corruption of the police. A timely production, it highlighted the brute force of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial war on drugs. It has been estimated that since Duterte’s election, more than 3,000 drug dealers and users have been shot dead by police.center_img “AMO is a bold and suspenseful show that has the potential of capturing thrill-seeking audiences worldwide,” said Robert Roy, VP of Content Acquisition at Netflix.“We are excited to finally be able to share AMO with everyone. Brillante has done a beautiful job in bringing paper to life, and the show’s acquisition provides an additional platform to help share the first-ever Filipino series on Netflix to a worldwide audience,” said TV5 President & CEO, Chot Reyes, in a statement.last_img read more

Social media use linked to depression loneliness

first_imgExcessive use of social media including Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram is associated with poor well-being which could lead to depression and loneliness, researchers have warned. The study, published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, showed that limiting screen time on these apps could boost one’s wellness. “When you are not busy getting sucked into clickbait social media, you are actually spending more time on things that are more likely to make you feel better about your life,” said Melissa Hunt from the University of Pennsylvania in the US. For the study, researchers from the varsity, included 143 undergraduate participants. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe team designed their experiment to include the three platforms most popular with the participants. They collected objective usage data automatically tracked by mobile phones for active apps, not those running in the background, and asked respondents to complete a survey to determine mood and well-being. The participants were then randomly assigned to a control group, which had users maintain their typical social-media behaviour, or an experimental group that limited time on Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram to 10 minutes per platform per day. In addition, the participants shared mobile phone battery screenshots for the next three weeks to give the researchers weekly tallies for each individual.last_img read more

Artificial Intelligence The Key to Personalized Care

first_img Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Samir ParikhContrary to what many people believe, artificial intelligence (AI) has played a role in breast screening technology for a number of years. Hologic, for example, has been leveraging AI in device development as early as 2006, when it trained its first piece of technology to classify a patient’s breast density through breast tissue pattern and texture analysis. More than a decade later, AI has continued to progress. The benefit of time has not only allowed R&D professionals to learn more about the technology, but has also allowed the AI technology to become more precise thanks to the growing body of images in the database. The industry has carefully watched AI’s technological evolution, slowly showing its support as more benefits are realized, and today we’re seeing many radiologists lean in and embrace AI with open arms. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Samir Parikh AI’s Impact on Breast Cancer ScreeningDuring the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Hologic polled more than 300 attendees, including radiologists and radiology administrative professionals, and found that all participants agreed that there is an application for AI in breast cancer screening. Additionally, respondents indicated that AI will have the greatest impact in the future on personalized screening pathways through the creation of new risk models. While AI very much has a present-day application, it’s clear that its greatest impact is still yet to come as we strive to deliver more personalized care.Currently, as we all know, there are standard breast screening guidelines for the “average risk” patient without any known risk factors like a family history of breast cancer and increasing patient age. These are two of the biggest risk factors among building a unique profile indicating how “at-risk” a patient really is, and all factors combined can subsequently influence an individual’s screening protocol — including the age she starts, frequency and even the imaging modality for screening.Breast density is a specific example of a risk factor where AI is particularly useful for determining a patient’s screening pathway. Women with very dense breasts are four to five times more likely to develop breast cancer than women with less dense breasts, making it important to be able to classify each patient’s density.1,2 Doing so requires the patient to get a mammogram, though. Without AI, radiologists must visually assess the images from the exam to determine a woman’s breast density using the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) founded by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in 1993. Utilizing AI technology, however, removes any subjectivity associated with this manual process by automatically categorizing each patient’s density based on the thousands of breast images that it is trained by radiologists to know. As a result, radiologists can more confidently provide the most appropriate screening plan for each individual moving forward.Aside from breast density, it has also been suggested in more recent studies that parenchymal texture features, which are measures of the local distribution of the parenchymal tissue, may also provide complementary information regarding an individual woman’s risk for breast cancer.3,4 This is yet another example of how risk stratification is being used, for which AI can offer assistance. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more PreviousNext Feature | Women’s Health | July 03, 2019 | By Samir Parikh Artificial Intelligence: The Key to Personalized Care Countless possibilities can impact the future of global healthcare and AI is the first step toward breakthrough that will change the landscape of personalized medicine Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Samir Parikh is the global vice president of research and development for Hologic. In this role, he is responsible for leading and driving innovative advanced solutions across the continuum of care to drive sustainable growth of the Breast and Skeletal Health Division. Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content References:1. Boyd NF, Guo H, Martin LJ, et al. Mammographic density and the risk and detection of breast cancer. N Engl J Med. 356(3):227-36, 2007.2. Yaghjyan L, Colditz GA, Collins LC, et al. Mammographic breast density and subsequent risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women according to tumor characteristics. J Natl Cancer Inst. 103(15):1179-89, 2011.3. H. Li et al., “Computerized texture analysis of mammographic parenchymal patterns of digitized mammograms,” Acad. Radiol. 12(7), 863–873 (2005).4. Manduca et al., “Texture features from mammographic images and risk of breast cancer,” Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 18(3), 837–845 (2009). FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more AI and Risk AssessmentAI will continue to play a significant role in risk stratification and risk assessment to drive more personalized patient care and outcomes. Patient history, family history, evidence-based clinical conditions, image-based phenotypes (e.g. texture/pattern/AI based features) and many more such attributes and innovations will further augment and strengthen the personalized health profile assessment along with risk models. There are countless possibilities to impact the future of global healthcare and our journey in AI is the first big step toward breakthrough that will change the landscape of personalized medicine. It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s a matter of when. read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more last_img read more


first_img TRAVEL – Sultanate of Oman – Sur – 21/03/10ph. Andrea FrancoliniExciting news for Australian travellers planning a trip to Oman with the launch of a convenient online visa process.“We’re thrilled about this online visa service”, says Mona Tannous – Country Manager Sultanate of Oman Tourism Australia/New Zealand.“Whilst the existing visa-on-arrival is a simple process, the online service makes for a seamless arrival experience meaning visitors can quite simply start their holiday sooner.”Australian passport holders can apply online through the Royal Oman Police Website before they travel.“The website takes users through the process step-by-step in plain English. The different visa types are clearly described along with pricing and permitted lengths of stay. It really couldnt be simpler”, says Ms Tannous.A 10 day tourist visa fee is approximately AU$17.Sultanate of Oman Tourism reminds New Zealand passport holders that they do not need a visa to visit Oman.last_img read more