Frank Gardner meets paralysed student after diving accident

first_imgUK viewers can watch Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story on on BBC iPlayer.- Advertisement – The BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner was left paralysed 16 years ago after he and his cameraman, Simon Cumbers, were ambushed by al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Frank Gardner was shot six times and paralysed; Simon Cumbers was killed. In a new documentary he meets other people who have been paralysed as an adult. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

VESSEL Signature 2.0 laptop backpack is impressively durable and weather resistant » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – The VESSEL Signature 2.0 laptop backpack is durable and weather-resistant. And it uses an easy-to-clean material so you don’t have to worry about the muck and grime of the world sticking to it. With intentionally designed organization and a 22-liter capacity, it can hold all you need in a day. Use its dual-zip main compartment for your large items and rest assured that its waterproof zippers will keep them safe. Additionally, the padded laptop compartment holds up to a 16″ MacBook Pro, and the two vertical side pockets provide easy access. What’s more, there’s a front exterior zip pocket for important items. You can even use the bottom zip compartment to store shoes. Designed with a trolley sleeve that slides over rolling luggage handles, it’s great for travel! Finally, with an air-mesh back panel and adjustable, ergonomic shoulder straps, this laptop backpack provides comfort and breathability.last_img read more

World Cricket Championship 3 Comes Out of Beta, Brings New Features Like World Tour

first_imgWorld Cricket Championship 3 brings features like new controls, animations, real-time motions of athletes and professional cricketers, advanced AI, women’s cricket mode, a comprehensive career mode with over 400 tournaments, international leagues and much more. The user has to have coins to access modes and these can be gained by watching adverts or even levelling up in the game.With the latest edition of World Cricket Championship 3, there is a new Player Name Presets feature that allows gamers to easily simulate country teams with regional name flavours for all their favourite teams. “No more tedious editing is needed every time you want to play as Australia instead of India. With Name Presets you’ll get access to regional squads that are mapped to your own in terms of performance and abilities. Have a few favourites in mind? Naturally you can also further customize these as you wish,” the company explains.The Hot Events game mode in World Cricket Championship 3 lets you participate in live events with players across the world. While there is one free invite per player, users can purchase more invites if they wish to. There is also a new world tour mode that lets you face off against countries, and get rewarded with kits and other goodies. As mentioned, there is also a fresh women’s cricket mode for slight variation. In addition to world tour, gamers can also play the Ashes to Ashes series which also offers unique rewards.- Advertisement – Multiplayer cricket game World Cricket Championship 3 is out of beta and is live on Google Play and App Store. The latest edition brings new features and animations to the game. Makers Nextwave Multimedia conducted a three-phase beta testing of WCC 3 before making it go live on the app stores. The company claims that the beta testing saw an average of over four million players take part in it for 49 minutes daily. The franchise saw an upsurge in downloads after the lockdown, and is currently at 143 million downloads.World Cricket Championship 3 aka WCC 3 is out of beta and is now live on both Google Play and the App Store as a free download. There are in-app purchases available inside the app for playing different modes, and users will need to register to start playing. The mobile cricket game offers realistic visuals of a cricket match in a stadium, along with commentator voices from Aakash Chopra and Matthew Hayden to add bit more of realism to the game. The predecessor World Cricket Championship 2 even won the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation challenge, with 74 percent of total votes in gaming category.- Advertisement – For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to [email protected]last_img read more

How to win again in Georgia? Listen to the Black leaders who got us to the dance in the first place

first_img– Advertisement – But activists on the ground in Georgia don’t need any more firing up. They’re there. Like Mary-Pat Hector, a graduate student at Georgia State University. “We just continued to do the work,” even though conventional wisdom said flipping the state was unlikely. “We refused to leave any votes on the table.” Now, she says, she hasn’t done graduate homework for months. “But we have a runoff coming,” she said. “Now we need to figure out how to keep this momentum going through Jan. 5.”The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7. They’ve energized an activist team that flipped Georgia. Abrams’ group alone registered 200,000 new voters in the past two years. The People’s Agenda, under the leadership of Helen Butler—who runs the organization, which was founded by the late civil rights icon Rev. Joseph Lowry—made more than 1 million phone calls and text messages to potential voters. They held candidate forums around the state, sent out election mailers, trained more than 1,300 people, and literally got people to the polls by giving them rides. “Black voters showed up, stood in line and were committed to making sure their voices were heard,” Butler said. “They were willing to exercise those rights.”“COVID has really highlighted how all of this is connected to their everyday lives and what it means not to have benefits or be able to work,” Butler said. “Not getting relief programs, not having a plan for mitigating COVID so they can get back to their normal lives, it brought home what public policy and what elected officials do to their everyday lives.” This is one of the most salient arguments Ossoff and Warnock can make. The Senate under Mitch McConnell, with the full participation of Georgia Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, continues to take up substantive pandemic relief bills. McConnell has been sitting on that relief since May 15 when the House passed the HEROES Act, and he’s not going to let Biden save the day next year if he remains in control of the Senate.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Twitter Says It Labelled 300,000 ‘Misleading’ US Election Tweets

first_imgNearly half of Trump’s tweets were flagged by the platform in the days following the election, as the president claimed, without evidence, that he had won and that the process had been tainted by massive fraud.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – Of the 3,00,000 flagged tweets, 456 were covered over by a warning message and had engagement features limited, users could not like, retweet or reply to the posts, said Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s head of legal, policy and trust and safety, in a blog post.She estimated that 74 percent of people who saw the problematic tweets did so after they had been labelled as misleading or flagged with a warning message, and sharing of the posts, as a result, declined by about 29 percent.During the election period, Twitter posted messages on American users’ pages which were seen 389 million times that “reminded people that election results were likely to be delayed, and that voting by mail is safe and legitimate,” Gadde added.- Advertisement –center_img Twitter labeled 3,00,000 tweets related to the US presidential election as “potentially misleading” in the two weeks surrounding the vote, making up 0.2 percent of election-related posts, the company said Thursday.The social network said the labels were issued between October 27 and November 11, one week before and after the US presidential election on November 3, which Democrat Joe Biden won over incumbent Donald Trump.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Carly Pearce Has Learned to ‘Take Back the Power’ Amid Divorce

first_imgPearce has become a symbol of women empowerment throughout her career, and she has no signs of stopping now.“I think I [will] just continue to write what I know and what I go through,” she said of her music moving forward. “I am a 30-year-old woman, and obviously [I’ve] been through things that a lot of girls and women have been through.”- Advertisement – Silver linings. Carly Pearce opened up about how she has grown over the past year following her split from estranged husband Michael Ray.“I think for me, I’ve learned how strong I am,” the country singer, 30, exclusively told Us Weekly on Thursday, November 12, after slaying the 2020 CMA Awards red carpet with some help from Hot Tools 24K One Step Pro Blowout and Styler. “[I] learned what it really means to just take back the power.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – She feels it is her “duty” to continue to sing about her ups and downs and “write things that empower women in the way that I want to be empowered and feel good about.”Us confirmed in June that Pearce and Ryan had called it quits after tying the knot in Nashville in October 2019.The pair sparked relationship speculation in July 2018 and announced their engagement five months later.Carly Pearce Has Learned Take Back Power Amid DivorceCarly Pearce and Michael Ray AFF-USA/ShutterstockIn the wake of her breakup, Pearce took the 2020 CMAs stage to perform her hit “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” The track, which is a breakup anthem, features Lee Brice on the album version.Brice, 41, was not at the awards show after he tested positive for COVID-19. He was replaced by Lady A’s Charles Kelley.“I truly have no words for this one,” the “Next Girl” singer wrote via Instagram ahead of the big night. “I have dreamt of singing one of my songs on the @cma awards since I was a little girl, and it’s finally happening. Watch Country Music’s Biggest Night LIVE next Wednesday on ABC as I perform ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now’ with @leebrice! (And probably low key cry into my microphone) #cmaawards.”With reporting by Kayley StumpeListen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The “It Won’t Always Be Like This” singer announced her separation from Ray, 32, in June and noted that it has not been easy to navigate such a public breakup.Carly Pearce Has Learned Take Back Power Amid DivorceCarly Pearce. Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock“When you go through things publicly, there’s no hiding. You just kind of have to own it and I’m owning that and trying to see the good in it,” she explained. “I think the good in it is that I’m now able to be somebody that’s reminding women at their worst [all’s not lost].”The “Every Little Thing” songstress added: “If I can save a woman from being in a relationship or being in something that makes her feel not worthy, then it’s worth it.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

The pandemic doesn’t care about your politics

first_imgx Trumpism expanded the GOP tent. Don’t expect Republicans to abandon it now.The politics of blaming someone else appeals to more than White AmericaTrump’s followers may thrill to the promise of trade wars and border walls, but what excites them even more is his gleeful transgression. They do not embrace him in spite of the schoolyard insults, Twitter tantrums and conspiracy nonsense, but because of these things, which represent weapons in a fight to liberate public life from the straitjacket of respectability as defined by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, the dean of students and the human resources department. xBiden managed the debates over China, trade, and international supply lines, by seizing on the openings provided by Trump’s epic failures on all those fronts. The Covid debate, in a surprise that still hasn’t been fully appreciated, created those openings. 2/— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) November 14, 2020WaPo:After a summer of protest, Americans voted for policing and criminal justice reform xHere’s a thing I want everyone to understand. There is a roughly 12-day lag between rising cases rising hospitalizations. So the 1.5 million (!!!) confirmed cases from the last 2 weeks have not yet factored into stories about packed emergency rooms.— Ed Yong (@edyong209) November 15, 2020Ed Yong/Atlantic:‘No One Is Listening to Us’More people than ever are hospitalized with COVID-19. Health-care workers can’t go on like this.Emergency rooms are starting to fill again with COVID-19 patients. Utah, where Nathan Hatton is a pulmonary specialist at the University of Utah Hospital, is currently reporting 2,500 confirmed cases a day, roughly four times its summer peak. Hatton says that his intensive-care unit is housing twice as many patients as it normally does. His shifts usually last 12 to 24 hours, but can stretch to 36. “There are times I’ll come in in the morning, see patients, work that night, work all the next day, and then go home,” he told me. I asked him how many such shifts he has had to do. “Too many,” he said.Emergency rooms are starting to fill again with COVID-19 patients. Utah, where Nathan Hatton is a pulmonary specialist at the University of Utah Hospital, is currently reporting 2,500 confirmed cases a day, roughly four times its summer peak. Hatton says that his intensive-care unit is housing twice as many patients as it normally does. His shifts usually last 12 to 24 hours, but can stretch to 36. “There are times I’ll come in in the morning, see patients, work that night, work all the next day, and then go home,” he told me. I asked him how many such shifts he has had to do. “Too many,” he said. This Coronavirus Surge Does Not Have to Be So HorrificAmerica is entering a difficult period. But the outcome is not foregone.In the spring, when the coronavirus was spreading across the planet, Americans took steps — slow and uneven as they might have been — to bring the first U.S. outbreaks under control. Houses of worship and nonessential businesses closed. People resigned themselves to wearing masks in public. They worked from home if they could, to reduce the risk to those who could not.The federal government deployed resources to help people stay home. Major league sports suspended games. Broadway suspended plays. Families suspended vacations. Schools closed. Nursing homes and hospitals banned visitors. It was painful, and in some cases devastating — and it was still not enough to stamp out the virus in America.Still, those steps mattered a great deal.Case counts came down in places where they had been up, like New York City and Seattle. Surges that followed in early summer were beaten back, if not wholly quelled. In time, even nursing homes saw some decline in cases. While the economy tumbled grievously, the bottom did not fall out. Newly expanded unemployment benefits, combined with some $500 billion in federal aid, enabled small businesses to close or reduce their payrolls without setting off a surge in poverty rates. Easy credit for big businesses and stimulus checks for nearly everyone else also helped.Much more could and should have been done. An egregious lack of national leadership gave the virus too consistent an edge, and far too many lives and livelihoods were still lost as a result. But for all those avoidable losses, we also gained crucial understanding of how this virus works, and of how it might be defeated. Moderna announces its vaccine works and joins Pfizer a ready to launch:2 doses, but doesn’t need the special cooled refrigeration. – Advertisement – Will Bunch/ less-racist brand of Trump populism could bring a GOP dynasty unless Dems do something | Will Bunch With a wave of votes across the country, Americans backed a string of measures increasing police oversight, elected reform-minded prosecutors, loosened drug laws and passed other proposals rethinking key elements of law enforcement and justice in their communities. When the first election returns started coming in from Texas’ Zapata County — a hot, dusty corner of the Rio Grande Valley with oil rigs and a large Latine population — some online voting-fraud sleuths thought there’d been a voting machine glitch, or worse. How could a county that had voted nearly 2-1 for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton show President Trump narrowly ahead? These votes, taken together, signal that after a summer of protest brought renewed scrutiny to the justice system, many Americans were open to rethinking how it functions — particularly on the state and local level, where policies have a stark impact on how people interact with the justice system. Infection vs disease prevention? Still questions amidst the great news. By the way you can stop Biden from meeting with Anthony Fauci, but not the manufacturers:xcenter_img xGoing to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath on 100% Vapotherm. They tell you there must be another reason they are sick. They call you names and ask why you have to wear all that “stuff” because they don’t have COViD because it’s not real. Yes. This really happens. And— Jodi Doering (@JodiDoering) November 15, 2020 NBC:‘Joe’s a blue-collar guy’: After years of declining power, union leaders look to BidenOrganized labor believes it has a friend coming to the White House. Here’s what’s on the agenda.After a strained relationship with Barack Obama’s White House and a sometimes downright hostile one with President Donald Trump’s, organized labor turned out to help elect Biden and is now pinning their hopes on his incoming administration to help them fight the long-running decline in union membership and influence.Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, the massive federation of unions that represent more than 14 million workers, said Biden’s resurrection of the blue wall in the industrial Midwest was “union made.”“We delivered,” Trumka told NBC News. “He said he’s going to be the most pro-worker president we’ve ever seen, and I absolutely believe him.”And union leaders like Trumka, many of whom have known Biden for decades, view him as one of their own. – Advertisement – Kevin D Williamson/WaPo: “It was a pretty good day for meaningful change in criminal justice reform,” said Ronald Wright, a law professor at Wake Forest University and a criminal justice expert. “The priorities I was watching didn’t win everywhere, but they won a lot more than they lost.” x The reality is that baffled, faraway Twitter posters and their assumptions about Texas’ Hispanic vote hadn’t encountered actual voters like 72-year-old retired social worker and teacher Maria Elia Ramos of Rio Grande City, who shrugged off Trump’s xenophobic and sometimes racist rhetoric as well as hectoring family members on Facebook to vote for the GOP. “We have a right to decide,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “Our family values are more in line with Republicans.”Zapata County’s centrist Democratic longtime congressman, Henry Cuellar, told the Texas Tribune that the heavily Latine region is “homogenous, deeply religious, pensively patriotic, socially conservative, and it’s hurting economically.” Indeed, for these mostly working-class voters it was arguably “the economy, stupid.” They feared some of the national Democratic rhetoric on the oil industry and the U.S. Border Patrol — two big sources of jobs — while many took special notice of Trump’s name on this summer’s $1,200 federal stimulus check. The idea (justice reform) is a winner. The slogan (defund the police) is a loser.xAgain: by far the main influence was massive GOP turnout vs. 2018. Wins in reddish districts then hard to repeat. Also many indies (and some GOPers) wanted to vote against Trump but still reject Dems.— Greg Mitchell (@GregMitch) November 14, 2020Dana Milbank/WaPo:Trump’s racist appeals powered a White evangelical tsunamiWhite evangelicals are only 15 percent of the population, but their share of the electorate was 28 percent, according to Edison Research exit polling, and 23 percent, according to the Associated Press version. Though exit polls are imprecise, it seems clear that White evangelicals maintained the roughly 26 percent proportion of the electorate they’ve occupied since 2008, even though their proportion of the population has steadily shrunk from 21 percent in 2008.WaPo editorial: In non vaccine news:- Advertisement – – Advertisement – xWhich is what I will do for the next three nights. But tonight. It’s me and Cliff and Oreo ice cream. And how ironic I have on my “home”Hoodie. The South Dakota I love seems far away right now.— Jodi Doering (@JodiDoering) November 15, 2020last_img read more

Probing and prosecuting Trump’s transgressions is vital to preserving our democracy for generations

first_img– Advertisement – But Biden has also signaled that he intends to reestablish the wall that existed between the White House and the Justice Department before Trump came in and decided the department was there to serve his every whim—be it defending him and his friends, threatening his political enemies, or fabricating investigations of his political rivals. In some ways, it makes perfect sense that Biden doesn’t want his entire presidency consumed by probes into Trump, his minions, and an inevitable cycle of recriminations. But Donald Trump so misused and abused the federal government that his entire tenure represents an assault on American democracy itself, not to mention a series of crimes against humanity, ranging from literally ripping children away from their parents and caging them to intentionally slaughtering hundreds of thousands of Americans through coronavirus denialism and weaponization of disinformation.For those reasons, Trump and those who did his bidding must be held to account through both criminal inquiries and uncovering information that could mar the reputations of certain individuals for life. This is absolutely critical to preserving the integrity of our republic moving forward. Using the U.S. government to commit crimes against humanity cannot be tolerated at any level. – Advertisement – Biden can preach unity all he wants, but it is incumbent upon the incoming administration to make it glaringly clear that efforts to subvert our democracy and use the federal government for malign political purposes carry with them a steep cost for everyone involved. This is a fundamental part of safeguarding our democracy. Otherwise, the next autocrat—who will surely be far more competent than Trump—won’t think twice before trodding the same paths Trump did, but with greater efficacy and fervor. Biden clearly wants to make his presidency about healing our nation. Part of that healing includes inoculating it against the fascist impulses that are pulsing through the conservative movement right now. If House Democrats want to limit their number of inquiries by focusing on several key areas or specific transgressions, that’s a reasonable approach. But don’t pull any punches in those investigations—they must be thorough, relentless, and unsparing.As for the Justice Department, Biden should simply pick good people and get out of their way—as most American presidents have done for centuries. Both the criminal and civil divisions of the department must be allowed to follow the trail of Trump-era transgressions unfettered by Biden’s political agenda. Just like Trump was wrong to so explicitly give his Justice Department marching orders, the same will be true for Biden even if his guidance is in the service of restraint. – Advertisement – But no matter what happens, the ongoing investigations of Trump and his family business at the state level by the Manhattan DA and New York attorney general will continue. Biden’s wishes should and must have zero impact there.  Biden could potentially affect how rigorously Trump is investigated on several levels, including by seeking to set the tone for the Democratic House majority and his own Justice Department. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will also take part in shaping how much energy is devoted to reviewing Trump’s tenure with a scaled down Democratic majority and competing factions within her caucus. Whether Democrats manage to regain a majority in the Senate could also play a role in shaping House Democrats’ overall agenda. Having a functional Democratically controlled Senate that might actually pass much of Biden’s agenda rather than simply leaving bills to die in the upper chamber would surely motivate the House caucus to focus more heavily on passing critical legislation that can actually help the country dig out of Trump’s COVID-19 recession hole.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Briton has second vCJD case found in US

first_img A CDC spokesman, David Daigle, told the AP there is no connection between the man’s diagnosis and the finding of BSE in a Texas cow earlier this year. That cow died in April on a Texas farm and never entered the human food or animal feed supply. The AP reported that 185 people from 11 countries have been diagnosed with vCJD since 1996. Of those cases, 158 were in Great Britain, 15 in France, 3 in Ireland, and now 2 in the United States. Countries reporting one case are Canada, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, and Spain. Born in the United Kingdom, the man lived there from 1980 until 1996, a period when residents were at risk for exposure to BSE-infected beef products, the AP reported. Although the AP story said the Scottish medical authorities have confirmed the diagnosis, it wasn’t clear how. A conclusive diagnosis of vCJD is ordinarily made only on autopsy. The United Kingdom’s National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh, Scotland, has told the CDC that the case must be reported as a US case. The man wasn’t admitted to a Houston hospital while he lived there. He didn’t have any invasive medical procedures or receive donated blood, other possible routes of transmission for vCJD. He returned to Britain earlier this year, where he remains under medical care. “He lived in the United Kingdom for the whole time they had a problem,” said Lawrence B. Schonberger, a CDC epidemiologist, as quoted by the AP. “Almost certainly, this case represents a continuation of the outbreak that is going on in the United Kingdom, and it is just by convention that he happened to have gotten sick here.” “It re-emphasizes the need for us to be strong in terms of controlling this mad cow disease from all over the world,” Schonberger said in the AP story. “People need to take it seriously. It’s a bad disease.”center_img His sojourn in the United States was called “too brief relative to what is known about the incubation period for variant CJD,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta said. The disease can incubate for years. The first American case of vCJD also occurred in a young adult from Great Britain, a woman named Charlene Singh, 25, who was living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She died in June 2004. The patient is a 30-year-old man who has lived in Houston for the past 4 years, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday. The brain-wasting disease is believed to be caused by eating meat products from cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. CIDRAP News story on death of Florida woman from vCJD See also: Nov 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A second case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) has been reported in a US resident, although American authorities said he is thought to have contracted the illness in his native Britain.last_img read more