Remembering Munich … History-making Jamaican Olympic diver looks back at German memories

first_imgIn 1966, a Gleaner article declared: “Jamaicans are naturally athletic and agile people, and we could produce divers of world class if more attention was paid to this aspect of swimming.” This bold proclamation was made just after 10 year-old Betsy Sullivan had represented Jamaica in 3m diving competition at the 1966 Commonwealth Games held in Kingston. ” … at that age you kind of know no fear. Whatever is there to do you just do it. Life is just for living at that age, you’re enjoying yourself and having a great time, totally oblivious to the fact I had qualified to a games at age 10 and the magnitude of what that meant. I was just an average 10 year-old playing with my friends, having a good time,” she remembered. “I wasn’t there to win, I didn’t have any expectations at that age, it was just a good experience and I really enjoyed it.” Six years down the road, the then – teenager, Sullivan – now Betsy Sharpe, became the first Jamaican to qualify for the Olympics in the diving event. MUNICH 1972 It will become the scene of both her most fulfilling and horrific experiences, but for the Olympian, it was the moment that defined her for the rest of her life. “That one was the pinnacle, because once you are an Olympian, you will always be an Olympian. That is something no one can ever take away from you. I was proud to represent my country,” said Sharpe during a recent chat with The Gleaner. A great accomplishment for a bright-eyed 16 year-old; still, the Munich Olympics, which were ironically marketed as ‘The Happy Games’, will be mostly remembered for the killing of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches by a group of Palestinian terrorists who had taken them hostage. Sharpe reminisced on the scenes in the Athletes Village and how that incident not only changed the mood of the Games, but also her own perspective. “I remember probably more than I want to remember from it. We could see the terrorist standing outside on the balcony with his gun because of the way the village was set out,” she shared. “The mood of the Games changed. The last time it was held in Germany, it was held in Berlin, and the whole thing with Jesse Owens and (Adolf) Hitler, and so Germany was going out of their way to try and make this a comfortable, friendly games, and that’s how we felt about it.” The extra security detail and the jubilant reactions to the false news that the hostages had been freed are all still fresh in her mind. “I was going through the line at breakfast and I had a smile on my face and the lady that was serving me breakfast she said ‘You don’t know do you? Nobody knows.’ “And I said, ‘Know what?’ And she said, ‘They were all killed.” What didn’t die for Sharpe, is the resolve that she developed from that experience. “Its not something that I usually tell people. I don’t believe in tooting my own horn from that point of view. There is something inside of me that no one can take away from me; I know what my accomplishments are, I just feel like I can hold myself up so high from the experience of being an Olympian, and I always have that self confidence and that’s what reaching that level of sports gives you – you know who you are,” she beamed. This summer, she will have company in the chronicles of Jamaican diving history with Yona Knight-Wisdom set to carve his name beside hers as Jamaican diving Olympian after his qualification to the Rio Olympic Games.last_img read more

IBM’s New Image Recognition-Based Search

first_imgWe’ve all seen photos of ourselves in locations we can’t quite remember. Often they’re from exotic travels or from days long past. Regardless of the reason for your memory loss, IBM is working on a tool that can help. In collaboration with the European Union consortium, the company is testing SAPIR (Search in Audio-Visual Content Using Peer-to-peer Information Retrieval). The image matching search technology allows users to pull results from large collections of audio-visual content without using tags for search. Instead, users can upload images and match them to similar ones – perhaps even ones with signage and labels. The system analyzes everything from digital photographs, to sound files to video. From here it automatically indexes and ranks the media for retrieval. A recent IDC white paper reports, “The digital universe is messy…95% of the data in the digital universe is unstructured, meaning its intrinsic meaning cannot be easily divined by simple computer programs. There are ways to imply meaning to unstructured data, and the semantic web project is promising to develop the tools to help us do that in the future.” Two such “divining” projects include CoPhIR (Content-based Photo Image Retrieval) Test-Collection and IBM’s MUFIN (Multi-Feature Indexing Network). These projects tie into SAPIR’s back end by extracting data from the Flickr archive and indexing features such as scalable color, color structure, color layout, shape edges and texture. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#search#Semantic Web#web As shown in the video of Madrid’s Plaza de España, SAPIR identifies matching media in the same way that humans derive intrinsic value from visual and sensory clues. Users can also choose to combine search terms with additional text to further drill down in search results. As is the case with regular search, if you already know the city where your image was taken, you’re one step closer to finding your result. Additionally, SAPIR also has the ability to index sound and video files. While the catalogue of media is still very limited, theoretically we may one day be able to search for almost anything using this technique. If Ashton Kutcher wears a pair of sunglasses we like, we can scan the image and search for the storefronts stocking them. If we’re looking for the name of a town square, we can find it in the tags of similar images. And finally, if we’re looking to self-diagnose we can compare photos of ourselves against jaundice or malaria patients. The advantage of this tool is that we may one day have a chance to collect up the disparate bits in the digital ether and identify them as useful points of information. To test SAPIR in its early research stage, visit the homepage. You may also want to test out MUFIN to compare results. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Vizag Test: R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja strike after stubborn resistance by England openers

first_imgAlastair Cook led England’s dogged resistance with a diligent fifty before falling to the final delivery of the day as India stayed on course for victory in the second Test on Sunday.Trapped in front by a Ravindra Jadeja delivery, Cook reviewed but could not get the lbw decision overturned in what was a massive blow to England ahead of an intriguing fifth day’s play on Monday. (SCORECARD)Joe Root was batting on five with the tourists on 87-2, still needing 318 runs for an improbable victory on a track offering significant turn and uneven bounce.Chasing a daunting 405 on a deteriorating wicket, Cook and Haseem Hameed initially defied the Indian bowlers, who could not separate the openers in the afternoon session.Hameed lived up to his ‘Baby Boycott’ moniker, frustrating the home bowlers with his solid defence even if the 19-year-old took a couple of painful blows to his body during his three-hour spell at the crease.In desperation for a breakthrough, India captain Virat Kohli wasted both reviews on Cook in successive overs, trying to get his counterpart leg-before.After India spent 50 overs toiling without success, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Hameed leg-before with a delivery which kept low.Cook brought up his 53rd test fifty in 171 balls but his late dismissal for 54 was a disappointing end to a day England had begun well by bowling India out for 204 in their second innings.England paceman Stuart Broad (4-33) was exceptional despite physical discomfort as he and leg-spinner Adil Rashid (4-82) claimed six of the last seven India wickets after the hosts had resumed on 98 for three.advertisementBroad is nursing a foot injury and will be assessed after the test but there was no let up in hostility from the bowler who troubled the Indian batsmen with his probing cutters.Ajinkya Rahane was out on 26 when he surrendered to one such leg-cutter and, surprised by the extra bounce, gloved it to Cook at slip.Broad then got Ashwin caught behind to peg back India before Rashid took over.The 28-year-old dismissed Wriddhiman Saha and then struck a body blow, tempting Virat Kohli into a wild drive only for the edge to fly to slip where an airborne Ben Stokes took a spectacular one-handed catch.Debutant Jayant Yadav made 27 not out as he and Mohammed Shami added 42 for the final wicket in the first ever test match in the port city of Visakhapatnam.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton join battle for West Ham defender Reece Oxford

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton join battle for West Ham defender Reece Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have joined the battle for West Ham defender Reece Oxford.Everton are joining the race to land West Ham’s Oxford, says the Daily Mail.The central defender’s future is uncertain after manager Manuel Pellegrini said he may benefit from a move.The 20-year-old, however, will not consider a loan move.And Everton are among the clubs interested in taking Oxford when the transfer window opens. last_img read more

9 months ago’Secret’ Juventus medical today for Ramsey

first_img‘Secret’ Juventus medical today for Ramseyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set for a Juventus medical today.Gazzetta dello Sport says Ramsey is ‘set to have his Juventus medical in London on Sunday’ as the Italian giants look to finalise a deal for the Welshman. Ramsey’s contract expires in north London in the summer and as he is free to discuss terms with teams abroad, it appears Juventus are closing in on a smart free transfer. He will undertake part of his medical in secret in London, just a day after Arsenal suffered defeat to city rivals West Ham. Ramsey is expected to sign a five-year contract worth £140,000-a-week plus bonuses if he plays 50 per cent of all the games in a season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days ago​Guardiola told Man City players to eat f***ing s*** after Spurs loss

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Guardiola told Man City players to eat f***ing s*** after Spurs lossby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola spoke passionately to players after their Champions League defeat against Tottenham last season – in a bid to inspire them onto domestic glory.City felt hard done by when they went out on away goals in the quarter finals of the European competition to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs last term.They went out in heartbreaking fashion when what seemed like a late winning goal was ruled out by VAR.The Sun reports that Pep said the following to his players after the game: “I’m proud of you. I know you feel like s*** and you think it’s not fair.”Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to do now. Eat this f****** s*** that we have to eat.”Because we did everything to eliminate Spurs and they f****** beat us, we’re out on our f****** a*****.”Now we just have to fight for everything we have left, stand up and fight for what we can still win.” last_img read more

May 10 2000 Arcosantis diverse and talented cera

first_imgMay 10, 2000Arcosanti’s diverse and talentedceramics studio staff gets a little help from the thirty architecture studentsvisiting from Japan for ten days. Ed Werman, ceramics manager, was so delightedhe treated everyone to Arcosanti bakery goodies. Photo by Cliff Herstedlast_img

More than half of UK adults now media multitask w

first_imgMore than half of UK adults now media multi-task while watching TV, though an increasing number still view TV on their main living room screen, in what Ofcom hailed as “the reinvention of the 1950s living room.”In its 2013 Communications Market Report, published today, the UK broadcast regulator said that people are still coming together to watch TV in the living room – with 91% of UK adults watching their main TV set each week, up from 88% in 2002.However, Ofcom noted the “increasing array of digital media” vying for peoples’ attention, with 53% of UK adults multi-tasking on different devices while watching TV on a weekly basis. This figure was even higher among young people at 74%.This activity was driven by an increase in smartphone and tablet ownership, with Ofcom noting that 51% of UK adults now have a smartphone, and 27% a tablet – almost double the proportion compared to two years ago.Some 25% of adults, and 44% of young people, were found to regularly ‘media mesh’ – or do something else related to what they are watching on TV, including talking on the phone (16%), texting (17%) or using social media (11%) to discuss what they are watching.However, Ofcom noted that participating directly with programmes was less common, with just 6% entering competitions or voting about what is on TV, and 3% using a programme app.“Newer social television apps such as Zeebox or GetGlue, which enable viewers to chat about the programme as they watch, have yet to make an impact, with only 1% of viewers claiming to have used these while watching television,” Ofcom added.The report claimed that ‘media stacking’ – or using smartphones and tablets for completely unrelated activities while watching TV – was another “major social phenomenon” with 49% of people doing this each week. Such activity included surfing the net (36%), social networking (22%) or online shopping (16%).Though Ofcom said that the average household now owns “at least three” internet-enabled devices, it claimed that people were increasingly reverting to having a single TV in their household at 41%, compared to 35% in 2002.Live TV viewing is also on the rise. In 2012, TV accounted for 90% of all viewing, with the average person watching just more than four hours a day  – 15 minutes more than in 2008.The remaining 10% of viewing was time-shifted, but Ofcom said that the BBC iPlayer, the most-used TV catch-up service in the UK, accounts for just 2% of BBC programming consumed.“Many people are using video-on-demand services, but the majority are viewing less often and for shorter periods than watching linear TV,” said the study.Some 53% of people surveyed claimed to watch short video clips online on a regular basis, while 40% claim to watch TV programmes, either streamed or downloaded, via TV catch-up services, such as BBC iPlayer or 4oD.  Just 16% claimed to use other VOD services, such as Netflix, Lovefilm Instant, and Vimeo on a regular basis.“Our research shows that increasingly families are gathering in the living room to watch TV just as they were in the 1950s – but now delivered on bigger, wider and more sophisticated sets. Unlike the 1950s family, however, they are also doing their own thing. They are tweeting about a TV show, surfing the net or watching different content altogether on a tablet,” said James Thickett, Ofcom’s director of research.last_img read more

Workplace wellness programs barely move the needle study finds

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 16 2019Workplace wellness programs — efforts to get workers to lose weight, eat better, stress less and sleep more — are an $8 billion industry in the U.S.Most large employers offer some type of wellness program — with growth fueled by incentives in the federal Affordable Care Act.But no one has been sure they work.A host of studies over the years has provided conflicting results, with some showing savings and health improvements while others say the efforts fall short.Many studies, however, faced a number of limitations, such as failing to have a comparison group, or figuring out whether people who sign up for such wellness programs are somehow healthier or more motivated than those who do not.Researchers from the University of Chicago and Harvard may have overcome some of these obstacles with one of the first large-scale studies that employs more sophisticated research techniques. It was published Tuesday in JAMA.They randomly assigned 20 BJ’s Wholesale Club outlets to offer a wellness program to all employees, then compared results with 140 stores that did not.The big-box retailer employed nearly 33,000 workers across all 160 clubs during the test.After 18 months, it turned out that yes, workers participating in the wellness programs self-reported healthier behavior, such as exercising more or managing their weight better than those not enrolled.But the efforts did not result in differences in health measures, such as improved blood sugar or glucose levels; how much employers spent on health care; or how often employees missed work, their job performance or how long they stuck around in their jobs.”The optimistic interpretation is there is no way we can get improvements in health or more efficient spending if we don’t’ first have changes in health behavior,” said one study author, Katherine Baicker, dean of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. (Dr. Zirui Song, an assistant professor of health policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School, was its co-author.)”But if employers are offering these programs in hopes that health spending and absenteeism will go down, this study should give them pause,” Baicker said.The study comes amid widespread interest in wellness programs.The Kaiser Family Foundation’s annual survey of employers found that 53% of small firms and 82% of large firms offer a program in at least one of these areas: smoking cessation, weight management and behavioral or lifestyle change. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)Some programs are simple, offering gift cards or other small incentives to fill out a health risk assessment, take a lunch-and-learn class or join a gym or walking group. Others are far more invasive, asking employees to report on a variety of health-related questions and roll up their sleeves for blood tests.A few employers tie financial incentives to workers actually lowering risk factors, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol — or making concerted efforts to participate in programs that might help them do so over time.The Affordable Care Act allowed employers to offer financial incentives worth up to 30% of the cost of health insurance, leading some employers to offer what could be hundreds or even thousands of dollars off workers’ deductibles or premiums to get them to participate. That led to court challenges about whether those programs are truly voluntary.In the study reported in JAMA, the incentives were modest. Participants got small-dollar gift cards for taking wellness courses on topics such as nutrition, exercise, disease management and stress control. Total potential incentives averaged $250. About 35% of eligible employees at the 20 participating sites completed at least one module.Related StoriesStudy: Less than 50% of U.S. adults exposed to court-ordered anti-smoking advertisementsUnpleasant experiences could be countered with a good night’s REM sleepResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairResults from those workers — including attendance and tenure data, their self-reported health assessment and results from lab blood tests — were specifically compared with similar reports from 20 primary comparison sites where workers were not offered the wellness gift cards and classes. Overall employment and health spending data from all worksites were included in the study.Wellness program vendors said details matter when considering whether efforts will be successful.Jim Pshock, founder and CEO of Bravo Wellness, said the incentives offered to BJ’s workers might not have been large enough to spur the kinds of big changes needed to affect health outcomes.Amounts of “of less than $400 generally incentivize things people were going to do anyway. It’s simply too small to get them to do things they weren’t already excited about,” he said.An accompanying editorial in JAMA noted that “traditional, broad-based programs like the one analyzed by Song and Baicker may lack the necessary intensity, duration, and focus on particular employee segments to generate significant effects over a short time horizon.”In other words, don’t give up entirely on wellness efforts, but consider “more targeted approaches” that focus on specific workers with higher risks or on “health behaviors [that] may yield larger health and economic benefits,” the editorial suggested.It could be, the study acknowledges, that 18 months isn’t enough time to track such savings. So, Baicker and Song also plan to publish three-year results once they are finalized.Still, similar findings were recently reported in another randomized control trial conducted at the University of Illinois, where individuals were randomly selected to be offered wellness programs.In one interesting point, that study found that wellness-program participants were likely already healthier and more motivated, “thus a primary benefit of these programs to employers may be their potential to attract and retain healthy workers with low medical spending.”Everyone involved in studying or conducting wellness agrees on one thing: Changing behavior — and getting people motivated to participate at all — can be difficult.Steven Aldana, CEO of WellSteps, a wellness program vendor, said that for the efforts to be successful they must cut across many areas, from the food served in company cafeterias to including spouses or significant others to help people quit smoking, eat better or exercise more.”Behavior is more complicated than simply taking a few wellness modules,” said Aldana. “It’s a lifestyle matrix or pattern you have to adopt.” This article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

Large national study of veterans highlights health disparities and areas of unmet

first_imgThese are our nation’s veterans. They served our country, and they deserve access to things made available to everyone. The PROMIS instrument is being used more and more for health care, and we hope to see it integrated into veteran care as well.”Lead author Sherri LaVela, a research associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a department of veterans affairs scientist The instrument used in the study may be a useful tool for health care providers to assess veteran patient’s physical and mental health, as indicated by the positive associations between scores and clinical documentation which suggests clinical validity for targeted measures, LaVela said.The study was published last week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.The VA serves more than 8.3 million veterans in the U.S. annually.”Seeing how veterans fare relative to population norms is important because it gives us a fuller picture of their health and allows us a cursory glance at how they are doing in general,” LaVela said. “Estimates like this are important because they provide normal ranges for health measures across cohorts.”Veterans have enhanced options of seeking care outside the VA, which makes it crucial to have an accurate measurement of health status and symptoms among population-based samples. Being able to simply, yet effectively, collect these data will identify unmet needs in which to intervene.”Patients using PROMIS-29 answered a short series of questions about their health and quality of life. The survey is scored to indicate if they are experiencing disturbed sleep, anxiety, depression or pain, for instance. Given the responses, the patient and their health care team can follow up and schedule a doctor’s appointment.Related StoriesSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyPerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”If a veteran has poor scores, we want to get them in and take a look,” LaVela said.Veterans in the study also scored lower for physical function than civilians and lower for satisfaction with social role, such as being satisfied with their ability to work, do regular personal and household responsibilities, and perform daily routines.Patient-reported data can be used to inform health care providers about symptoms, perceived state of health and are especially important to understand patient experiences among people with chronic diseases.The ability to quickly and easily identify health disparities in veterans is important because it can prompt health care providers to intervene. For example, the study found that relative to general population norms, veterans reported worse scores for pain interference. The VA has been integrating innovative, patient-centric approaches ways into treatment options. Using pain as an example, the VA has a stepped-care pain management approach that can be used for intervention, and recently the VA implemented mindfulness types of interventions to help veterans with pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions that may afflict veterans, LaVela said.Former Marine Dustin Lange said seeing how a veteran’s health stacks up against the general population can serve as much-needed motivation for a veteran to go see the doctor.”A lot of times, veterans might be hesitant to go to the hospital or not get proper checkups,” said Lange, a U.S. Veteran who spent eight years in the Marines and is now the associate director of the Chez Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.Lange has taken the PROMIS-29 survey, though not for this study. His score indicated some disturbances in his sleep, which prompted him to schedule a doctor’s appointment. His clinical checkup validated his PROMIS-29 results. Lange said he hopes PROMIS-29 becomes more widely available for veterans, because he thinks it could motivate veterans to see a doctor.”As a vet, you’re able to see, ‘Am I having similar problems to the general population? Do I have higher sleep or pain problems?” Lange said. “Seeing that difference from the general population could prompt a vet to visit the VA and get help.”Source:Northwestern UniversityJournal reference:LaVela, S. et al. (2019) Use of PROMIS-29® in US Veterans: Diagnostic Concordance and Domain Comparisons with the General Population. Journal of General Internal Medicine. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 4 2019For the first time, a large national population of United States veterans used the same standardized tool that the general population uses for tracking health.More than 3,000 veterans from across the country used the tool to self-report their health in the study led by a researcher from Northwestern Medicine and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Findings showed that veterans scored worse in several areas, including feeling more anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep disturbance and pain compared to people in the general population.These self-reported outcomes were valid because they matched physician diagnoses documented in medical records, the study found.The study’s scientists believe patient self-reporting will be a successful way to track the health of veterans, who may be hesitant to seek medical care.The self-reporting tool – a survey called PROMIS-29 – is commonly used in the general population but not widely or systematically offered to veterans. The scientists mailed the survey to veterans for this study, which is the first to report PROMIS-29’s use in a large national cohort of veterans.last_img read more

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