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first_img How Does An Artist Qualify For The Best New Artist GRAMMY Category? Facebook Twitter Take a closer look at the Recording Academy’s qualification rules to determine which artists can be considered in the Best New Artist categoryPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 8, 2018 – 8:59 am Each year the selection of GRAMMY nominees is the result of careful consideration and voting by Recording Academy members, who must both follow hard-and-fast rules as well as exercise their expert musical judgement. The Best New Artist category highlights newcomers — whether a solo artist, duo or group — but since “new” is a relative term, let’s take a closer look at how making the cut is determined.First of all, eligible artists must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the year’s eligibility period. This speaks to the essence of why Best New Artist is one of the most-anticipated categories each year, honoring exciting new talent in the music world. But sometimes rising stars take a while to reach this point, so numerical limits also help define the criteria for being “new” in this category. The first numerical rule boils eligibility down to the number of an artist’s releases. The minimum required is five singles or tracks or a complete album. The maximum is either three albums or a total of 30 singles or tracks previously released. Having more than this number of releases results in being ineligible even when an artist breaks through into public consciousness and impacts the musical landscape in a given eligibility period.However, even if this numerical release criterion is met, an artist may still be deemed ineligible if the artist achieved previous prominence, meaning the artist came into prominence prior to the current eligibility year.Another numerical limit is that an artist cannot have been considered more than three times previously for Best New Artist. This also applies to solo artists who emerge from having performed as a member in previous groups. That’s right, being previously considered three times either as a solo artist, in a previous band, or some mixture of the two means an artist is not eligible for Best New Artist consideration.For more valuable and illuminating information on all things GRAMMY Awards process, head over to GRAMMY101.com, or reach out to the Awards Help Desk at 877.637.6816, and don’t forget to tune in Feb. 10.See The Full List Of Nominees For The 61st GRAMMY AwardsRead morecenter_img Email Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? how-does-artist-qualify-best-new-artist-grammy-category-0 News last_img read more

first_img Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Are you buying Apple’s new AirPods with wireless charging… Your browser does not support the audio element. Boost Mobile Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The Cheapskate Tags See It Gadgets,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sprint Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $299 at Amazon $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $999 $60 at Best Buy 7 Apple iPhone XS 5:16 See it $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay $210 at Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Post a comment Read Google Home Hub review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The Daily Charge Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Angela Lang/CNET Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Tags Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Rylo $999 $6 at Tidal Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Best Buy Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET See It Now playing: Watch this: Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 0 $155 at Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Share your voice $520 at HP Read the Rylo camera preview Read the AirPods review On this podcast, we talk about: AirPods 2: Electric Boogaloo Google gets into gaming with Stadia Facial recognition technology and how it threatens your privacyThe 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Are you buying Apple’s new AirPods with wireless charging case? (The 3:59, Ep. 537)last_img read more

first_imgYou can see it’s mostly East Coasters who are having YouTube problems. Downdetector/Screenshot by CNET If you had troubles with YouTube or Gmail on Sunday, those issues should now be fixed.Google Cloud had been experiencing widespread problems Sunday, which wreaked havoc on YouTube, Snapchat, Gmail, Discord and a host of other popular apps and services across the eastern United States.imageYouTube wasn’t completely down for CNET’s John Falcone in Brooklyn Sunday, but some videos were inaccessible, at least temporarily. Screenshot by CNET Google pointed to “high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA, affecting multiple services in Google Cloud, G Suite and YouTube.””Users may see slow performance or intermittent errors,” the company said in a statement around 2 p.m. PT. “We believe we have identified the root cause of the congestion and expect to return to normal service shortly.”Google’s status page for Cloud confirmed the company was having issues with the service as of 1 p.m. PT. The search giant marked Google’s Cloud Compute Engine and Cloud Networking services as suffering outages on its status dashboard.At about 4 p.m. PT, the status page said the network congestion issue “is resolved for the vast majority of users, and we expect a full resolution in the near future.”As of 5 p.m. PT, the Google Cloud Status Dashboard shows all services available.”The network congestion issue in eastern USA affecting Google Cloud, G Suite and YouTube has been resolved for all affected users as of 4:00pm US/Pacific,” a Google spokesperson said late Sunday.”We will conduct a post mortem and make appropriate improvements to our systems to prevent this from happening again.”YouTube seemed to be working on the West Coast, with CNET reporters able to access the video streaming site just fine. A CNET editor on the East Coast, however, noted that he was encountering issues. One video, for example, was inaccessible for about 15 minutes.Google Cloud is the company’s hosting platform, similar to Amazon’s Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure. In addition to powering its own services, other companies such as Snapchat and Uber, rely on Google’s infrastructure to provide the backend for their apps and platforms.News of the outage quickly spread across social media, with #YouTubeDOWN and #snapchatdown rising to the top of Twitter’s Trending Topics section as users voiced their frustrations. Internet When half the internet is getting Thanos snapped #YouTubeDOWN— Matthew (SergeantM) (@SergeantM_YT) June 2, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Thank you for letting me know, though I’m sorry for the trouble! It looks like there might be a little hiccup with the Google Cloud server! You can keep an eye on their status page here: https://t.co/89IJWp8mRdThank you for your patience as this gets resolved!— Discord (@discordapp) June 2, 2019 2 Share your voice Hey there! A widespread Google Cloud outage is affecting access to Rocket League servers. Please stay tuned to our social media channels for any updates regarding this when Google Cloud service returns to normal.— Rocket League Help (@RL_Support) June 2, 2019 #YouTubeDOWN*snapchat goes down and everyone freaks out*“well at least things can’t get any worse”Youtube: pic.twitter.com/zT1Eg7OdQN— soph ♪♫ (@sophiavespolii) June 2, 2019 Apparently its not just YouTube and Snapchat That has gone down.#YouTubeDOWN #snapchatdown pic.twitter.com/pneVxUXGZv— Jack Scantlebury (@JackScants) June 2, 2019center_img 1:42 Where were you when Facebook went down? Downdetector.com, which monitors network issues, showed widespread issues for the East Coast of the US as well as in parts of Europe for YouTube and Gmail.Originally published at 1:20 p.m. PT.Updates, 2:25 p.m.: Adds comment from Google and background on Google Cloud; 4:30 p.m.: Adds that the congestion issue is resolved for most users; 5:50 p.m.: Adds comment from Google spokesperson. * #YouTubeDOWN & #snapchatdown *everyone: pic.twitter.com/YWe1ej6zWl— 48oz (@48ozMGMT) June 2, 2019 Other services that rely on Google Cloud for hosting also seemed to have experienced issues. Google Snapchat YouTube Comments Tagslast_img read more

first_imgA series of reactions have started pouring in following the 2015-16 Union Budget. Earlier presenting the national budget for the next fiscal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the state of the country’s economy was better placed today with its credibility re-established by a series of measures taken by his government.”I am presenting the union budget in an economic environment which is far more positive than in the recent past. While major economies of the world face difficulties, India is poised for higher growth trajectory,” Jaitley said as he started his budget speech in the Lok Sabha, reports IANS.Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the Budget was progressive, pragmatic and practical.Here are some of the comments by other BJP leaders:Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said the union budget has given the “highest priority” to infrastructure that will boost employment in the country.”This is the first time in the Indian history the FM (finance minister) has given highest priority to the infrastructure,” Gadkari told reporters outside Parliament House.”Investment in infrastructure will boost employment opportunities, give priority to rural development and agriculture,” he added.Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar termed the budget as a historical one, saying: “It has given social security to all. It’s of the poor, for the poor.”Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani praised Jaitley for giving importance to girls’ education. She said it is “a pragmatic budget that gives lot of thrust on infrastructure, skill, innovation, girls’ education.”According to Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, the budget is in the interest of the people of the country. “Steps have been taken to control inflation and increase investment.”Budget pragmatic, will re-ignite growth, says Modi Budget pragmatic, will re-ignite growth, says Modi Prime Minist… http://t.co/1MaFhWhNGO— 9ijaNews (@9ijaNews) February 28, 2015last_img read more

first_imgA Bangladeshi young man was tortured to death by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Dabri border area in Thakurgaon’s Haripur upazila early Monday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Abdur Razzak, 22, son of Abdus Sobhan, a resident of Sarkerbosti in Baliadangi upazila.Nayeb subedar Md Shaheed, company commander of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Dabri border, said that a patrol team of BSF detained Razzak when he illegally entered in the territory of Indian border area adjacent to sub pillar No 2 and main pillar No 367 of the frontier point early morning.Later, they tortured him, leaving critically injured.He was admitted to Kishanganj Hospital of Dinajpur district in Uttar India where he succumbed to his injuries.BGB held a flag meeting with BSF in this regard, added the BGB official.last_img read more

first_imgRain is hardly heartening news for Dhaka residents nowadays. Rains mean a water-logging. Memories of last year’s monsoon are still fresh in the memory of the city dwellers. Nothing has changed.In the fourth week of June, a few hours rain caused floods in several areas of Dhaka. Roads and alleys were inundated with the dirty sewerage water at Chankharpul, Siddheswari, Malibagh, Maghbazar, Tejgaon. It was impossible to cross several roads because the rain had caused dirty water to flood the streets.Prices of essentials shoot up and small businesses suffer. The city roads become excessively difficult for the physically challenged. It is not uncommon for motorcyclists to fall off their bikes into the dirty water. Passengers have to pay higher fare to commute short distances. An unbearable stench of dirty water pervades all around, compelling people to wear masks over their mouths and noses.Prothom Alo’s camera caught moments of June’s monsoon distress in Dhaka.The photo was taken from Kalshi, Mirpur on 25 June by Dipu MalakarA brief spell of rain is enough to inundate a good number of roads in Dhaka. The photo was taken on 25 June by Dipu MalakarRainwater causing floods has become a usual scene of Banga Bazar. The photo was taken on 25 June by Dipu MalakarFloodwater makes it difficult for vehicles to run smoothly in Kalshi, Mirpur. The photo was taken by Dipu MalakarA motor cyclist, seconds before he falls into the floodwater in Kalshi, Mirpur on 25 June. The photo was taken on 25 June by Dipu MalakarPeople have a hard time crossing a short distance because of the dirty water in Banga Bazar. Photo: Dipu MalakarA car splashes floodwater as its makes way though Hatirjheel on 23 June. Photo: Dipu MalakarDrivers wash their vehicles in the floodwater at Hatirjheel, Tejgaon on 23 June. A recent picture by Dipu MalakarAn auto-rickshaw driver pushes his vehicle though the water in a road of North Begunbari. A recent photo by Dipu MalakarA beggar crosses a road in Bara Maghbazar, Dhaka, with much difficulty. Photo: Dipu MalakarPassengers pay the rickshaw-puller Tk 10 to cross the flooded part of the road.  A recent photo by Dipu MalakarA physically challenged person makes his way through Chankharpul, Dhaka. Photo: Dipu MalakarShopkeepers are in difficulty as rain has flooded the area behind Mouchak market in Dhaka.last_img read more

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Theresa May warned Monday that mainstream politicians must better address public concerns about inequality, immigration and globalisation, or risk losing power to the “politics of division”.Six months after she took office following Britain’s deeply divisive vote to leave the European Union, May said the government should step up to build a stronger, more cohesive society.“We know what happens when mainstream centre-ground politics fails—people embrace the fringe, the politics of division and despair,” the Conservative leader said in a major speech in London.“They turn to those who offer easy answers, who claim to understand people’s problems, and always know what and who to blame.“We see those fringe voices gaining prominence in some countries across Europe today. Voices from the hard left and far right stepping forward and sensing that this is their time.“But they stand on the shoulders of mainstream politicians who have allowed unfairness and division to grow by ignoring the legitimate concerns of ordinary people for too long.”May’s premiership has so far been dominated by preparations for Brexit, as negotiations on the divorce are due to begin with the EU by the end of March.Referencing a speech she made when she took office, May said the referendum vote was partly driven by a sense that people “felt locked out of the political and social discourse in Britain”.Wage stagnation, concern about immigration, job insecurity and the cost of housing must be addressed, she said, repeatedly calling for “solidarity” in society.In a break from Conservative leaders in the past, May said government must step up to address Britain’s generational, financial and geographical divisions.She has promised action on the cost of housing to ease younger people’s concerns, and a new industrial strategy that would help distribute jobs and wealth from London and the prosperous southeast of England across the country.last_img read more

first_imgListen X 00:00 /50:24 Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Annual open enrollment for the individual health insurance market starts tomorrow. Houstonians who get theirs through the federal marketplace can expect some changes this year. To learn more, we talk with Kevin Nix with Legacy Community Health, Ken Janda from Community Health Choice, and Elena Marks with Episcopal Health Foundation.Also this hour: Roughly 10 percent of students in the Houston Independent School District are so-called DREAMers. Those are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents. That’s about 20,000 students in HISD alone. Recently, one of them was rushing to renew her status under the DACA program – or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But then Harvey hit, leaving her whole situation in limbo. News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee tells her story and explains what options exist for young people in similar situations.Plus: One Houstonian tries to improve the trick-or-treating experience for kids displaced by Harvey, a local professor conducts scientific research into near-death experiences, and how a local married couple started their own commercial haunted house.last_img read more

first_imgX-Men actor Halle Berry is reportedly planning to finalize divorce with husband Olivier Martinez.The Monster’s Ball star sparked the rumours after she was spotted without her wedding ring when stepping out in Los Angeles reported Aceshowbiz.“It seems Halle and Olivier have finally hit the end of the road. They’ve weathered a lot of ups and downs in their relationship – but recently, Olivier has been completely MIA!” a family friend said. “Halle is telling pals she worries that Olivier’s runaway temper could put her kids at risk. They’ve just been delaying the inevitable split,” the insider said.last_img read more

first_imgResearchers have identified a complex network in the brain that has revealed why artificial sweeteners may not be the best way to slim down. Artificial sweeteners are substitutes for sugar that provides a sweet taste while containing significantly less food energy.According to the researchers, the brain responds to artificially sweetened food by telling the animal it hasn’t eaten enough energy, thus increasing the appetite and prompting them to actually eat more.  It senses and integrates the sweetness and energy content of food, said the study conducted on mice and fruit flies.“After chronic exposure to a diet that contained the artificial sweetener sucralose, we saw that animals began eating a lot more,” said lead researcher Greg Neely, Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in Australia. “Artificial sweeteners can actually change how animals perceive the sweetness of their food, with a discrepancy between sweetness and energy levels prompting an increase in caloric consumption,” Neely added.The findings showed that inside the brain’s reward centres, sweet sensation is integrated with energy content. When sweetness versus energy is out of balance for a period of time, the brain recalibrates and increases total calories consumed. For the study, fruit flies were exposed to a diet laced with artificial sweetener for prolonged periods (more than five days). The flies were then found to consume 30 per cent more calories when they were then given naturally sweetened food. “The chronic consumption of the artificial sweetener actually increases the sweet intensity of real nutritive sugar which then increases the animal’s overall motivation to eat more food,” Neely stated in the work published in the journal Cell Metabolism.Further, the artificial sweeteners were also found to promote hyperactivity, insomnia as well as decrease the sleep quality – behaviours consistent with a mild starvation or fasting state.last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 7, 2014 3 min readcenter_img If you have one too many cards to keep track of, payment startup Plastc purports to have the solution: a single card that holds all of your pertinent information, from credit and gift cards to electronic key access. Users can store up to 20 cards (though not a driver’s license).The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company was launched in January 2013. The patent-pending, waterproof Plastc cards — which have e-ink displays and can be swiped through like an e-reader — are now available to pre-order and will begin shipping summer 2015. The card costs $155 and runs on a rechargeable, wireless battery. There are no additional fees when a customer uses the Plastc card.  Related: 4 Things Businesses and Consumers Need Before They Adopt Mobile PaymentsThe company is also showcasing a smartphone app on the site called Plastc Wallet that links up with the card and alerts a user when they make a purchase. For concerns about security and privacy, the app requires the pin number and facial recognition to access data.And if it seems like a card that contains all of your identifying and financial information is just asking to get lost, the app alerts you if you get too far from the card. If you do lose it, the company says on the site that it locks up and can be remotely wiped clean.Related: Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is ‘Better Than Currency’So what does this mean for the mobile payments space now? Apple’s new digital wallet service Apple Pay is being touted as a game changer before it is even announced, and it is entering a growing field that includes Amazon, the newly independent PayPal, and startups like Square, Stripe and Plastc’s more direct competition, Coin.The Verge reports that the two-year-old Coin which announced its card back in November with plans to begin shipping the eight-card storage product this summer — but it hasn’t made an appearance yet.Related: Apple Pay May Be the Creative Leap That Outmaneuvers SamsungPlastc cards come equipped with a barcode, magnetic strip, a pin number you key in on the display, and an EMV chip (a fraud-prevention technology). As of now, Coin cards do not support that chip. This a vital difference between the two companies, in Plastc’s favor. By October 2015, retailers and restaurants must transition over to chip cards — if they don’t want to be held liable for counterfeit fraud. So if a business continues to accept magnetic-stripe credit cards after this deadline, they will be held responsible for any fraudulent activity.While it is still too early to determine which platform will win out, the evolution of the credit card is putting these companies on notice. Related: PayPal Spawn Have Advanced Where the Online Payments Giant Has Stood Still Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgA lot of things make working in tech difficult. Technical debt is one of them. Whether you’re working in-house or for an external team, you’ve probably experienced some tough challenges when it comes to legacy software. Most people have encountered strange internal software systems, a CMS that has been customized in a way that no one has the energy to fathom. Working your way around and through these can be a headache to say the least. In this year’s Skill Up survey, we found that Technical debt and legacy issues are seen by developers as the biggest barrier to business goals. According to 49% of respondents, old technology and software is stopping organizations from reaching their full potential. But it might also be stopping developers from moving forward in their careers. Read the report in full. Sign up to our newsletter and download the PDF for free. Technical debt and the rise of open source Arguably, issues around technical debt have become more pronounced in the last decade as the pace of technical change has seemingly increased. I say seemingly, because it’s not so much that we’re living in an entirely new technical landscape. It’s more that the horizons of that landscape are expanding. There are more possibilities and options open to businesses today. Technology leadership is difficult in 2018. To do it well, you need to stay on top of new technologies. But you also need a solid understanding of your internal systems, your team, as well as wider strategic initiatives and business goals. There are a lot of threads you need to manage. Are technology leaders struggling with technical debt? Perhaps technology leaders are struggling. But perhaps they’re also making the best of difficult situations. When you’re juggling multiple threads in the way I’ve described, you need to remain focused on what’s important. Ultimately, that’s delivering software that delivers value. True, your new mobile app might not be ideal; the internal CMS you were building for a client might not offer an exemplary user experience. But it still does the job – and that, surely is the most important thing? We can do better – let’s solve technical debt together It’s important to be realistic. In the age of burn out and over work, let’s not beat ourselves up when things aren’t quite what we want. Much of software engineering is, after all, making the best of a bad situation. But the solutions to technical debt can probably be found in a cultural shift. The lack of understanding of technology on the part of management is surely a large cause of technical debt. When projects aren’t properly scoped and when deadlines are set without a clear sense of what level of work is required, that’s when legacy issues begin to become a problem. In fact, it’s worth looking at all the other barriers. In many ways, they are each a piece of the puzzle if we are to use technology more effectively – more imaginatively – to solve business problems. Take these three: Lack of quality training or learning Team resources Lack of investment in projects All of these point to a wider cultural problem with the way software is viewed in businesses. There’s no investment, teams are under-resourced, and support to learn and develop new skills is simply not being provided. With this lack of regard for software, it’s unsurprising that developers are spending more time solving problems on, say, legacy code, than solving big, interesting problems. Ones that might actually have a big impact. One way of solving technical debt, then, is to make a concerted effort to change the cultural mindset. Yes, some of this will need to come from senior management, but all software engineers need to take responsibility. This means better communication and collaboration, a commitment to documentation – those things that are so easy to forget to do well when you could be shipping code. What happens if we don’t start solving technical debt Technical debt is like global warming – it’s happening already. We feel the effects every day. However, it’s only going to get worse. Yes, it’s going to damage businesses, but it’s also going to hurt developers. It’s restricting the scope of developers to do the work they want to do and make a significant impact on their businesses. It seems as though we’re locked in a strange cycle where businesses talk about the importance of ‘digital skills’ and technical knowledge gaps but ironically can’t offer the resources or scope for talented developers to actually do their job properly. Developers bring skills, ideas, and creativity to jobs only to find that they’re isn’t really time to indulge that creativity. “Maybe next year, when we have more time” goes the common refrain. There’s never going to be more time – that’s obvious to anyone who’s ever had a job, engineer or otherwise. So why not take steps to start solving technical debt now? Read next 8 Reasons why architects love API driven architecture Python, Tensorflow, Excel and more – Data professionals reveal their top tools The best backend tools in web developmentlast_img read more

first_imgRoku has added BBC catch-up service iPlayer to its UK service. The over-the-top service said it was about to make a raft of other content announcements as it ramps up activity in Europe. “This is among the first of many significant content partnerships for Roku in Europe and we look forward to making additional announcements in the coming weeks,” said Clive Hudson, vice-president and general manager for Europe at Roku.In the UK and Ireland Roku’s set-tops retails at £49.99 (€60) and £99.99 and allow customers to access iPlayer, Netflix, Crackle and other streamed content on their TV as well as browse the internet and play casual games.last_img read more

first_imgGerman broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has inked a distribution deal with Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom.The agreement will see the Swiss versions of Sat.1, ProSieben and Kabel Eins air on the service in high definition. The channels will launch in June and is the latest carriage deal between the two companies.last_img

first_imgSky Sports has extended its broadcast partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board by two years, until 2019.The new deal will extend Sky’s cricket partnership into its 14th year and covers England Test matches, all one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches, some women’s and England Lions matches, as well as at least 60 days of domestic country cricket matches each summer.“We’re passionate about our commitment to the game, including the men and women’s England teams and the County set up, and we’re delighted to extend our partnership with the ECB,” said Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports.“Since 2006, our viewers have enjoyed the incredible successes of the England team, including three Ashes victories, winning the ICC World Twenty20 and becoming the number one Test team in the world.  We look forward to continuing the partnership until at least 2019.”last_img read more

first_imgJonas KarlenThere have been wide-ranging management changes at the Modern Times Group as the free and pay TV operator reorganises its business along country lines. New territory managers positions have been created for Sweden, Denmark and Norway, MTG’s three largest markets.Anders Jensen takes becomes CEO of MTG Sweden under the new structure, overseeing all pay and free TV activity in the country. He was previously head of free TV across Sweden, Denmark and Norway.Kim Poder takes the CEO role at MTG Denmark and Trygve Rønningen at MTG Norway.The streaming and digital side of the business is also being rejigged. Jonas Karlén will become CEO of streaming service Viaplay, having been in charge of Nordic pay TV since 2013. Viaplay was previously run by MTGx boss and company chief digital officer Rikard Steiber, but as of mid-August, Karlén will assume control. Steiber will remain as MTG’s overall digital boss.In other changes, Jette Nygaard-Andersen is upped from executive VP to CEO of CEE free-TV and digital, overseeing operations the Baltics, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Also in the CEE region, Marek Singer becomes CEO of MTG’s Prima TV joint venture in the Czech Republic.MTG told TBI that no staff are leaving the organisation as a result of the changes. Executive VP Jakob Mejlhede retains responsibility for programming and content development, and MTG senior VP, Peter Nørrelund, for sport.“These changes reflect our desire to capitalise on fast moving consumer trends in our markets, as video viewing is increasingly multi-screen, online and mobile,” said Jørgen Madsen Lindemann (pictured, top), MTG President and CEO.He added: “Our modern organisation must therefore combine local execution with central Group functions that drive synergies and operational efficiency. The combination of our country organisations, the MTGx digital accelerator, and Nice content businesses is a winning formula.”last_img read more

first_imgCloud TV service Magine TV has partnered with Thailand-based cable network CTH, marking its first entry into the Asian mobile TV market.Magine TV will power CTH’s over-the-top offering, distributing CTH’s entertainment and sports channel packages – including Barclays Premier League coverage – across Thailand.Magine CEO, Ambuj Goyal, hailed the deal as a “major step” for the company. “Live sports events such as Premier League football matches are integral to CTH’s offering, and create a huge demand on OTT platforms in terms of the number of users streaming concurrently.”Amarit Sukhavanij, CEO of CTH, said: “We are delighted to partner with Magine, a truly best in class in the OTT space, to move CTH into an area of offering which is becoming more and more relevant in Thailand.”Sweden-based Magine launched commercially in its home market in March 2013 and in Germany in April 2014. The firm delivers live linear TV channels and catch-up content over the web to all screens – including mobiles and tablets – and last month acquired Nordic streaming service Plejmo to allow for greater VoD development within the Magine TV platform.last_img read more

first_img I received an e-mail from reader Johan Kuster yesterday—and he pointed out the following: “When I look at the chart of GDXJ for the last 5 days, I noticed that there is high volume trading at the end of the day and EXACTLY at 3:59 the volume rises to the extreme. Today GDXJ was pushed down close to 3% in 1 minute thanks to somebody selling the stock. This looks like a criminal activity to me. What idiot would sell that amount of shares in 1 minute?“ It could be ‘da boyz’ or day traders.  But whoever they were, they weren’t selling for maximum profits.  Nothing would surprise me, dear reader—and by now this sort of activity shouldn’t surprise anyone.  It looked like the HUI and Silver 7 index suffered from a similar disease yesterday—and it seems to be cropping up more and more.  Here’s the GDXJ chart from yesterday so you can see what he’s referring to. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. Please send us an email for more information, ir@freegoldventures.com The first photo is of a “Christmas Beetle” that Nick Laird sent my way last night—and this particular variety goes by the Latin name Anoplognathus smaragdinus.  It’s a member of the scarab family—and if you wish to order a mounted specimen, you can do so here. What’s amazing in all of this is that we haven’t heard anything except stony silence from either the World Gold Council or The Silver Institute.  Of course they and their members are all bought and paid for, so hearing nothing should not come as a total surprise.   They’d rather go bankrupt, or lose millions, than admit to the price management scheme, let alone do anything about it. The only miner with gonads big enough to even broach the subject was Keith Neumeyer over at First Majestic Silver.  They’re having their 3rd quarter conference call next Wednesday–and he might have more to say about it at that time. And as I type this paragraph, the London open is about 15 minutes away.  Silver and gold, which the HFT boyz and their algorithms sold down to new lows around 2:30 p.m. Hong Kong time, have now recovered most of those losses, but are still down a bit from Thursday’s close in New York.  Net gold volume is already north of 50,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is just over 12,000 contracts. Platinum received the same treatment as gold and silver—and came within an eyelash of hitting a new low tick for this move down.  Palladium also got hit, but it still has about $20 to go before it sees a new low. The dollar index peaked out around 88.17 just before 1 p.m. Hong Kong time, is now down 6 basis points as of this writing. Today at 3:30 p.m. EST we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday—along with the companion Bank Participation Report.  I’m just hoping that all the price/volume data from the Tuesday trading session will have been reported in a timely manner.  Too bad that none of the data from Wednesday will be in either report, as that was a monster capitulation day to the downside in all four precious metals. I’ll have all the data for you in tomorrow’s column. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:10 a.m. EST, I see that the rallies off the early afternoon lows in Far East trading weren’t allowed to get far, as they all got capped at 9 a.m. GMT in London and, with the exception of silver, all are up a bit from yesterday’s close in New York. Net gold volume is now around 65,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is about 16,000 contracts.  It’s obvious that most of today’s volume so far was associated with the new low prices set in these two metals, as there hasn’t been a lot of volume since I reported on them just before the London open. The dollar index is back to unchanged. Since today is Friday—and we’ve already set new lows in gold and silver in the thinly-traded Far East market earlier today, I’m not even going to hazard a guess as to what might happen in New York, as prices are now completely in the hands of JPMorgan et al—and their HFT buddies. That’s all I have for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that only 1 lonely gold contract was posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Monday. The CME Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed that November open interest in gold increased by 5 contracts to 61 contracts—and November o.i. in silver is now at 102 contracts, down 33 contracts from yesterday because of delivery that was posted yesterday. Not surprisingly, there was another withdrawal from GLD.  This time it was 96,113 troy ounces.  And as of 9:52 p.m. EST yesterday evening, there were no reported withdrawals from SLV. Since yesterday was Thursday, Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List,” updated his website with the in/out movements over at iShares.com for the week ending at the close of business on Wednesday—and here is what he had to report. “Analysis of the 05 November 2014 bar list—and comparison to the previous week’s list:  1,952,482.9 troy ounces were added. No bars were removed or had a serial number change.” “The bars added were from Kazakhmys (0.5M oz), Shui Kou Shan (0.4M oz), Yunnan Copper (0.2M oz), and 8 others.” “The overallocated cannot be calculated, as the monthly withdrawal is factored in the bar list, but was not factored in to the daily iShares reports.  Missing from the bar list is the 2,073,283.6 withdrawal from Tuesday (which includes the approximately 150,000 troy ounce monthly expense withdrawal).“ The link to Joshua’s website is here. There was another sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 6,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—and 1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.  They didn’t report selling any silver eagles, of course—and it remains to be seen if they produce any more this year, as the time to retool for the 2015 silver eagles is coming up hard. Just as an aside here, I’ve heard reports from readers that the premiums on silver eagles have already gone up at their local bullion stores in the U.S.—and our supplier confirmed that, as of yesterday, one U.S. bullion producer has already raised prices across the board for their entire product line. It was another busy day for in/out activity at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  In gold, 47,104 troy ounces were reported received—and 50,244 troy ounces were shipped out.  The ‘in’ activity was at Canada’s Scotiabank—and the ‘out’ activity was at HSBC USA.  The link to the action is here. In silver, nothing was reported received, but a very decent 937,957 troy ounces were shipped off to parts unknown—and the link to that activity is here. China officially released their September gold import data via Hong Kong through regular channels on their Friday morning—and that enabled Nick Laird to update his charts.  I, along with other commentators, had given up using Hong Kong imports as a proxy for China’s gold consumption.  That still may be the case, but here’s the chart anyway. All was quiet yesterday There was no price activity worthy of the name in Far East trading on their Thursday—and not much in Comex trading either.  But, having said that, the three tiny rallies that did occur—starting with the one at the Comex open—all got sold down before they could get anywhere. The high and low ticks aren’t worth looking up. Gold closed on Thursday in New York at $1,14.30 spot, up $1.30 from Wednesday close.  Net volume was pretty decent at 144,000 contracts. Here’s the 6-month U.S. dollar index chart so you can get the longer-term view.  I don’t know if you’ll agree or not, but it’s my opinion that this rally is getting a little long in the tooth. It will be interesting to see how much gold they import through Hong Kong in October. I have a lot of stories today, and a very decent number of them fall into the must read category—and I hope you have the time for them.  Of course—and as is always the case—the final edit is yours. There has been little to no net selling of real silver from any known source—and all the data indicate net buying or holding (Silver Eagles and ETF flows). The only selling of silver that can be confirmed is the selling and short selling by technical funds on the COMEX over the past few months. At a minimum of 50,000 contracts (250 million oz), the selling by no more than 40 speculative traders in the managed money category equals the entire world production of the primary silver miners. It is not necessary to imagine unknown sources of silver selling when the US Government has openly certified that no more than 40 speculative traders have sold in a few months more than what the world’s primary silver miners produce in a year. Quite frankly, were it not for this certification, I couldn’t begin to explain this sell-off in silver or in any of the other CME metals. I’m not talking about predictions and speculation; I’m talking about the only explanation possible. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 05 November 2014 All was quiet yesterday, except for the gentle price capping in gold during the New York session and, for a change, there were no new low price ticks set in any of the precious metals. Here are the 6-month price charts for all four precious metals once again. Silver spent the entire Far East and early London trading session shedding 10 cents from its price.  The rally that began at the 8:20 a.m. EST Comex open yesterday, got capped about 10:20 a.m.—and after that, the price traded sideways for the remainder of the day. The price traded within a 25 cent range yesterday and, like gold, the high and low aren’t worth my effort to look up. Silver finished the Thursday trading session at $15.425 spot, up 11 cents on the day.  Net volume was pretty chunky as well, at 40,000 contracts. Platinum and palladium both traded a few dollars higher until the Comex open—and then sold down quietly after that into the 5:15 p.m. EST close of electronic trading  Platinum was closed down another 12 dollars—and palladium finished lower by 8 dollars.  Here are the charts. The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 87.47.  From there it traded flat until about 11 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday morning—and then it fell down to 87.19 within an hour or so.  It didn’t do much until the 8:20 a.m. EST Comex open—and then it blasted up to around 87.90 within minutes.  It rallied a bit more after than—and closed the Thursday session at 88.07—up another 60 basis points, at another new record high for this move. It was exactly the same chart pattern in the silver equities.  At their highs, they were up more than 7 percent until a thoughtful soul sold them down in the last forty-five minutes of trading, just like the gold stocks.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 4.82%. Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own, so you can see the very subtle price capping that occurred during the New York trading session yesterday.  It wasn’t much, but it was there. Sponsor Advertisement The gold stocks gapped up about 2 percent at the open in New York yesterday—and hit their highs [up 6 percent at 3:30 p.m.—and in the following forty-minutes the stocks gave up a third of their gains as the HUI finished up only 3.90%.last_img read more

first_imgHe says he knows what it’s like to live the life of an outcast.Siddharth Dube came of age as a gay man in India in the 1990s — a time when a law dating back to 1864, Section 377, criminalized homosexuality, calling it an “unnatural offense.” (The law was struck down by India’s Supreme Court in September 2018.)Now a specialist in poverty and public health policy, Dube has written a memoir, An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex.The book is not just about his own quest to find love and societal acceptance. It’s also an account of the activism of India’s marginalized sex workers and LGBT community as they battled violations of their human rights in the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic — having blood drawn without consent, for example.A graduate of Tufts University, the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and the Harvard School of Public Health, Dube has worked and consulted for the World Bank, UNICEF and the World Health Organization and was senior adviser in 2005-2006 to the executive director of UNAIDS, a special United Nations effort to tackle AIDS.You write about how you were constantly taunted during your school years for acting like a “sissy boy.” How did you cope during this difficult time? I coped by trying to my utmost to behave just like other boys, including my brothers, to exactly copy their mannerisms and their interests. I also desperately excised any aspects of my mannerisms that I thought were feminine and hence forbidden to males, including gentleness. Unfortunately, my efforts didn’t succeed. All through my school years, and then into my undergraduate college years in Delhi, I was mocked and ostracized for being “sissy” and “girly.”How did your family treat you?I was enormously lucky as my parents were not only fiercely protective of us children but they also had a remarkably independent-thinking streak. So I didn’t face any censure from them about my femininity — not once! In contrast, I did begin to feel a sense of distance and inferiority to my brothers as a result of being teased by them about my feminine looks and mannerisms.Do you think it’s any different for boys growing up today in India – or around the world? Do we still hold the same rigid and potentially damaging views about gender? Boys and men in many parts of India are raised to be far more gentle and “feminine” — and comfortable with physical and emotional intimacy — than is the norm for Western/American males. This was true then [in the ’70s], and remains true until today.Yet despite those attitudes, you lived as a gay man in India in the 1980s and ’90s at a time when homosexuality was outlawed by Section 377. What was that like? Arguably, the worst impact was the deadening sense of fear we all lived in. I remember the utter terror I felt when I was arrested with my long-term partner in Delhi one night in 1988, merely because we lived openly together. The only reason we weren’t persecuted further was because of my family’s privileged position. Few other Indians had that kind of protection, and so the wiser course in those dangerous times for most gay Indian men and women was to be invisible, to deny themselves normal, fulfilled lives.How damaging was this silence for the LGBT community? The silence had to do with a very real fear of persecution, exposure and shame. The consequences were tragic. For instance, there is no doubt that countless gay men and trans individuals in India contracted HIV as a result of the fears engendered by Section 377. By now, because of the AIDS pandemic, it is well understood how criminalization and marginalization multiply the risks of disease, for instance by keeping people from openly learning about safe-sex methods or by forestalling healthy romantic relationships.And now that the law is gone …?There is an enormous sense of relief, the feeling that we can hope to lead full lives with the expectation of happiness and fulfillment just like everyone else.Another huge impact is in restoring a sense of self-respect and dignity. And we are now filled with hope and determination that these changes will be speedily reflected in vital legal and policy changes in India — such as in terms of equalizing marriage, inheritance and adoption rights irrespective of sexual or gender orientation.In your book, you tell us how the AIDS pandemic affected the lives of women sex workers in India. The first few cases of HIV in India were identified in women sex workers in 1986. Consequently, [these women sex workers] came to be associated with AIDS, just as the United States epidemic came to be associated with gay men.And just as in the U.S. with gay men, women sex workers in India were the victims of persecution and abuse by the government as well as from other quarters. They were arrested in mass drives, their blood was drawn without consent and they were cruelly incarcerated for months and even years, separated from their children and families without being told why. It is because of those experiences that countless sex workers in India have long demanded decriminalization of their work.And you support that position?Decriminalizing sex work frees the many women, trans individuals and men who sell sex from the fear of prosecution by the police and other arms of the state. It is the necessary starting point for enabling them to tackle the other hardships they face, ranging from societal stigma and imbued notions of shame to feelings of powerlessness.How did sex workers and people from the LGBT community push back against the societal stigma of AIDS? Tell us about the pioneers of the movement who helped bring about societal acceptance. Change came through the efforts of pioneering individuals and grassroots groups. For instance, in my book I document the life of Selvi, one of the very first sex workers to be identified with HIV, back in 1986. She suffered [an] abusive marriage, years of selling sex to support herself and her young son, her HIV diagnosis and then long years of imprisonment because she was an HIV-infected sex worker.Right until her death in 1998, Selvi was a tireless crusader, not only to keep other sex workers from contracting HIV but importantly also for far-reaching legal reform, beginning with decriminalization, in other words with getting the exploitative police out of their lives.In 1993, you joined the health policy division of the World Bank as a policy analyst. You are very critical of the experience in your book. Actually, I’m critical of much of what is called international development. Its failures are chronic and multitudinous. The blame for these failures spans all the way from both donor- and developing-country governments to Westerners who continue to think of poorer countries in damagingly sensationalistic terms, for instance as hotbeds of “modern-day” slavery.But regarding the Bank, yes, I felt that in small ways and big, the institution’s entitlements and power crippled its ability to promote well-being in the countries it worked in. It became clear to me on a firsthand basis from the public health projects that I worked on. Our reports were written from the best hotels.Despite several visits to such countries as Kenya and Uganda, I knew next to nothing about them, feeling much like a rich first-world tourist gazing uncomprehendingly at “third world” sights from a cocoon of luxury.What are the lessons that the global development community should never forget in the past four decades of battling HIV/AIDS? One critical lesson is to pay heed to data and other forms of empirical knowledge.In the case of India’s sex workers, for instance, a wealth of data shows that today only 1 in 10 ever work in a brothel. Instead, the overwhelming majority operates from their homes or small lodges, often using mobile phones. Yet, in the popular Western imagination, all of India’s sex workers work in the heinous conditions of Mumbai’s brothels of the 1980s.And there is a pointed lesson about humility. The West simply does not hold all the answers and have all the knowledge. It speaks volumes that U.S. government policies on AIDS, sexual rights and reproductive rights have more often than not put destructive moralizing before humanitarian and social justice imperatives [for example, groups worldwide receiving U.S. funding were barred from discussing condom use with young people and many adults, with the exception of “those who practice high-risk behaviors].The title of your book refers to an “indefinite sentence.” But now that Section 377 has been abolished, what does the title mean to you?The indefinite sentence is indeed lifting now for gay and trans individuals in India. But it continues for sex workers — and my motivation in writing this book was to draw attention to the terrible injustice done to them.How did writing this book change you?It changed me in more ways than I can count. There’s a special kind of liberation that has come from being able to make clear sense of my life, to make sense of the needless harm that was done to me. I needed to be in my 50s to be able to see my life in this larger perspective.Of course, only a portion of this book is about me — more than half is about the scores of women sex workers, gay men and trans women whom I’ve met over the decades. And getting to write a history of their remarkable lives and efforts, which have led to all kinds of progress in India, was equally transformative for me.Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, India, who has written for The International New York Times, BBC Travel and Forbes India. You can follow her @kamal_t. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

first_imgDr. Julie Rickard thought her visit to Wisconsin over the Christmas holiday would bring a break from her day job working in suicide prevention in Wenatchee, Wash.The visit didn’t go as planned. After a tense fight broke out between her mother and another family member, everyone dispersed. Rickard readied herself for the trip back to the Pacific Northwest.At the airport, she received a call from her mother, Sheri Adler. This was not out of the ordinary — Adler, like many adoring mothers, always calls her daughter after parting ways.On the phone, Adler wanted to tell her daughter how much she loved and appreciated her.”Normally I would think, ‘Oh that’s a sign of suicide,’ but it was during my layover,” Rickard says. “I had just left her, and my whole life she had always cried when I left and would always say I love you.” This time was different. “This time,” Rickard says, “it was goodbye.” When the plane landed, Rickard received another call. Her mother, at age 72, had tried to take her own life.”I went home, and I guess I just didn’t know how to handle it,” Adler says about the suicide attempt. “It was just more than I could put together … I just made a stupid mistake. I guess I just wanted to give up, because I felt like I wasn’t a good mom. And that’s all I ever wanted to be.”Since the attempt in January, Rickard has helped her mother find care. Adler now takes medication and meets with a therapist for depression and help coping with family issues. They both say she’s doing better. Still, the episode reflects the vulnerability of a group that researchers call a “forgotten” population, particularly when it comes to the issue of mental health: senior citizens.The Risk Among Seniors Across the country, suicide rates have been on the rise, and that rise has struck the nation’s seniors particularly hard. Of the more than 47,000 suicides that took place in 2017, those 65 and up accounted for more than 8,500 of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Men who are 65 and older face the highest risk of suicide, while adults 85 and older, regardless of gender, are the second most likely age group to die from suicide.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 47.8 million people over the age of 65 in the U.S. as of 2015. By 2060, that number is projected to reach 98.2 million.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here.That concerns mental health experts like Dr. Jerry Reed, who manages suicide, violence and injury prevention at the nonprofit Education Development Center.”It’s likely that if we have a problem now, we may very well have a problem in the future if we don’t pay attention,” says Reed.What’s particularly worrying, say experts like Reed, is that when seniors attempt suicide, they are far more likely to die than those who are younger.Research has found that one out of four senior citizens that attempt suicide dies, compared to one out of 200 attempts for young adults. While the precise reasons for these figures remain unclear, experts suggest seniors are frailer and thus more vulnerable to self-inflicted injury. They can also be more isolated, which makes rescues more difficult, and perhaps even plan their attempts more carefully. Why Seniors Are At RiskThere are myriad reasons that elderly adults are more susceptible to the nation’s 10th leading cause of death.One of the most prevalent is loneliness. Older adults often live in isolation and may be struggling with the death of a lifelong husband or wife, or with the grief of losing other close family or friends. Research has shown that bereavement is “disproportionately experienced by older adults” and can often trigger physical or mental health illnesses like “major depression and complicated grief.” With children often far from home, parents and grandparents can be left miles away, craving the love and human connection family visitation brings.Aging can also present transitions that are difficult to cope with. Approximately 80% of older adults live with a chronic disease – such as arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure — and 77% have at least two, according to The National Council on Aging.As senior citizens lose the ability to complete once routine daily tasks, depression can set in. Physical ailments might end a senior’s ability to drive, read, engage in conversation or other activities that allow a person to stay independent or find meaning.”Transitions are a very difficult period for someone in life, and if you’re not prepared for that transition, you tend to notice every single behavior that marginalizes or sets you aside from other people,” Reed says.For Adler, it was a combination of factors that led her to want to end her life. She lives more than 1,500 miles from her daughter, whom she describes as her best friend, and that distance, she says, and the isolation that came with it, proved difficult. “It helps to be around other people … when [my daughter is] so far away, it just seems hopeless,” Adler says. “And I did something stupid … I just couldn’t take it anymore.”Rickard, a psychologist, feels that when her mother lost the ability to read books in the aftermath of a stroke, her mental health was negatively affected and she lost a part of her identity.Adler also says that as an older person, she sometimes feels stigmatized — she says people avoid talking to her and don’t want to engage. Growing older in America can be “very hard,” she says. “People don’t talk to you.” Knowing What To Watch For Research on suicide among the elderly is scant, which means loved ones and caretakers are often unaware of the warning signs. But experts say there are certain behaviors that should be considered red flags. These include stockpiling medication, rushing to revise a will, using alcohol or drugs increasingly, altering sleep habits, sharing statements of hopelessness and withdrawing socially.The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention also warns of seniors saying goodbye or expressing the feeling of being a burden.Following a rash of suicides in nearby senior citizens communities, Rickard in 2012 founded the Suicide Prevention Coalition of North Central Washington State. The coalition’s work has helped drive down the number of suicides in the area. Now, Rickard works as the program director at American Behavioral Health Systems, a provider of substance abuse treatment services. She is also spearheading one of the nation’s only pilot projects to coach physicians and residents in long-term care on the warning signs of suicide. Rickard believes that through human contact, medical and psychiatric help, exercise, physical well-being, regular visits to primary care providers and hydration, seniors can improve their mental health.”Oftentimes there’s a belief that it’s a normal part of aging for people to feel bad, or to go through loss, or to have lots of death and grief, and to just not recover from their depression, when in truth it’s very recoverable and it’s something we should be targeting,” Rickard says.Unfortunately, Rickard says, seniors are often left behind in America.”If we treated them they wouldn’t feel like they were swimming in the middle of the ocean with no life preserver,” Rickard says.As for her own mother, she says she hopes she now realizes there is nothing she could ever do to be a “burden” to her. “It’s a gift to me when she asks for help or I get to be there for or just spending time with her,” Rickard says. “And what I hope millions of people hear in this message is that they’re not a burden either.”If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. 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