Binghamton to receive $500,000 in COVID-19 relief

first_imgThe congressman says the funding helps starts a “comeback” for the city. ESG are administered by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development to help vulnerable people. “These crucial funds, secured through the bipartisan CARES Act, will help the city of Binghamton take care of their most vulnerable,” Brindisi said in a press release sent to 12 News. “Our communities have sacrificed so much, but together, we will come through this crisis.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced more COVID-19 relief funding for the city of Binghamton Tuesday. The second round of Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) from the CARES Act includes $500,000 in relief to prepare and respond to the virus.last_img

Heat’s Erik Spoelstra endorses Lakers’ Luke Walton: ‘He’s the perfect guy to coach that team’

first_imgMIAMI – As expectations ratcheted up once LeBron James signed with the Lakers in July, Luke Walton had at least one comforting thought entering the season:Someone has done it before.No one can appreciate the magnitude of Walton’s challenge better than Erik Spoelstra, who like Walton was starting his third year with the Heat when The Decision in 2010 changed the scope of his job dramatically.Spoelstra and Walton acknowledged they talked in the offseason, with Walton saying the conversation lasted several hours. While Walton preferred to keep most of the details private, but Spoelstra shared at least one thing he told Walton: He thinks he’s the right man for the job. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Walton’s situation is slightly different than Spoelstra’s but no less affected by drama: Word of an uncomfortable encounter with team president Magic Johnson reinforced the pressures Walton faces trying to whip a formerly rebuilding franchise into a playoff contender.Of course winning big in Miami on Sunday night continued to smooth things over for the Lakers, who improved to 7-2 in their last nine games. In his postgame press conference, Walton didn’t look like he was carrying much weight on his shoulders.“I try not to think that far into the future,” he said. “I’m pretty locked in on what we’re trying to do right now, but he’s, it’s nice having the best player in the world.”Rondo rejoins team in MiamiWhile he wasn’t wearing purple and gold, Rajon Rondo was on the Lakers bench, wearing a light gray suit and a blue wrap around his surgically repaired right hand, fresh off a Thursday procedure.But even unable to play for the next four-to-five weeks, Rondo was expressive. He mocked at smoothing the creases out in Luke Walton’s suit. He helped rebound and pass to Brandon Ingram during the halftime warmup. He gestured with his left about plays and movements while talking with the coaching staff.Oh yes, he talked a lot. And he did, but moreso with players than with coaches.“We made a rule tonight: He’s welcome in the coaches’ huddle but he’s not allowed to talk,” Walton quipped. “And he did pretty good with it. He had some suggestions, but it was really nice having him with the group. He just brings a great energy to our team, being on the bench with the way he talks to all his teammates.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He’s the perfect guy to coach that team,” Spoelstra said. “He has purple and gold bleeding from him. He is a Laker. He did a tremendous job with Golden State when he had to take over for Steve [Kerr], and if you look at his whole professional career, all of [it] he has been involved with are teams like this with great expectations, with a lot of pressure and a lot of noise. He doesn’t know any different. I don’t think you can find a better fit than to coach that team.”Coaching James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Spoelstra can admit now: For much of that first season, he was trying to stay afloat.Like the Lakers, the 2010-11 Heat started 8-7, and outsiders were questioning if Spoelstra, who came up through the NBA coaching ranks after starting as a video coordinator, had the chops to lead one of the most ambitious super teams ever assembled. Even when the Heat got to the Finals, they were hammered for losing to the Dallas Mavericks.“I was just trying to not screw it up,” he said. “And I was in survival mode. I didn’t want to get in the way, and I found a way to get in the way.”But now in his 11th season, after leading that core to two championships, Spoelstra is as entrenched in Miami as any coach in the NBA.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Could Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman join Tom Brady in Tampa Bay?

first_imgBrady will be in a new team’s system for the first time in his career. In addition to the familiarity of a former teammate, Edelman in Tampa would give Brady an elite trio with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The Pats could get a mid-round pick (Tampa Bay has picks No. 76, 117 and 139) in a draft with great depth at wide receiver. A potential trade seems to make sense for both sides.Edelman posted a video thanking Brady with Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you” as the background music. #ThankYouTom @TomBrady— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) March 17, 2020The NFL is a business, but it still doesn’t feel right for these two to play on different teams. If the Pats or Bucs call each other, maybe that won’t be the case. Tom Brady is a Buccaneer, which makes sense only because right now nothing makes sense.As wild as it is for fans to come to terms with seeing Brady in a Bucs jersey (preferably the creamsicle throwbacks), it’s presumably nothing compared to how Julian Edelman is feeling. The Patriots’ veteran wide receiver has played his entire nine-year with Brady, and some recent social media activity suggests he wants that to continue. Interesting “Like” on @Edelman11 page.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 19, 2020Edelman “liked” a tweet from Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders that claimed Brady playing without Edelman is like “(Michael) Jordan without Scottie Pippen, peanut butter without the jelly and Ice Tea without Sugar.” Edelman’s account has since unliked the tweet, but it’s still easy to wonder if he has any desire to remain teammates with Brady.MORE: How the Buccaneers became Tom Brady’s best fitThe direction the Patriots are headed is unclear. In typical fashion, they let key players like linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins sign big-money contracts elsewhere in 2020. Safety Devin McCourty and guard Joe Thuney are back, so maybe New England is loading up to remain a contender. It all seems to depend on who lines up under center.Edelman, who will be 34 in May, could be on the move if the Patriots want to get younger. Bill Belichick has a known preference for moving on from players a year early rather than a year too late, and Edelman is coming off a productive season with 100 catches and 1,117 yards. Of course, the Patriots wide receiving corps was already a weak spot in 2019, and trading Edelman won’t help that if they’re trying to contend for a Super Bowl in 2020. 2020 mock draft: Bucs get more support for Brady at No. 13last_img read more

Brand South Africa’s assessment of national perceptions reveal improved levels of pride and patriotism among South Africans

first_imgWith around 66% of the population under the age of 34, South Africa is one of the youngest countries in the world, which is why people are optimistic about prospects for future generations. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Johannesburg, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 – Brand South Africa today presented the outcomes of a range of research papers at a round table discussion hosted by PowerFM.  This was part of an ongoing research programme aimed at contextualising South Africa’s attractiveness as an inward destination for investment, tourism and skills.Download press releaseKey findings emerging from the National Perceptions Audit – one of Brand South Africa’s flagship research projects – indicate that South Africans are optimistic about prospects of future generations, with respondents reporting that the country has made the most progress over the last 10 years in fields of education, religious tolerance, public transportation infrastructure, housing and improved access to medical facilities and treatment thereof.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research Dr Petrus de Kock said: “South Africans on the whole are extremely proud of the country and its achievements. Key concerns however, pertain to crime, corruption, and lack of employment opportunities. That being said – survey results also indicate that citizens want to focus on solutions and that South Africans are willing to take action, rather than wait for someone else.”The National Perceptions Audit also measured the levels of active citizenship and social cohesion among South Africans, and results reflect that there is a generally positive attitude towards fellow citizens and relatively high levels of social cohesion despite the income inequality and insufficient employment opportunities.Research reports that were presented for discussion at the roundtable included:Reports on South Africans being a united nation against the attacks on foreign nationals;Findings on levels of active citizenship and social cohesion;Results on evolving the Nation Brand identity through a collective heritage;Findings from the WEF Africa Research Seminar Report; andBrand optimism and Youth development findings from Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Research.The range of competitive and human development indicators that were studied and presented by Brand South Africa – together with international investor perceptions of the country provide building blocks that can effectively contribute to South Africa’s national competitiveness as outlined by the National Development Plan (NDP) which seeks to increase productivity, and thus improve living standards for South Africans.Dr. de Kock concluded: “The NDP can be seen as part of South Africa’s National Competitiveness Programme that identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances. It is important for South Africa to manage its reputation, to ensure the country is positively positioned internationally – because this improves the country’s competitiveness, which in turn will attract investment, business and trade which is tied to job creation.”Follow the conversation on  @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

On Privacy in Social Networks: What Drives Users?

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series by Alex Korth on privacy. In the next post, he will cover problem areas that originate from provider goals and market mechanics.To date, we witness the mass adoption of social networks. Roughly every 10th citizen of this planet uses these services to communicate with others. For the satisfaction of human need like socialization and self-esteem, users visit these services – very often more than daily. In communication, regardless of online or offline, people put their privacies at risk for some benefit. In the offline world, we learned since our childhood how to do this properly with respect to the culture we live in. We learned how physics of the world around us work: We know when spoken word is recorded or who can see us communicating with someone. For most given communication situations, we perceive a level of transparency by sensoring the surroundings to control the receivers for what we want to say. For instance, we know how loud to speak in a crowded, noisy room so that only our communication partner gets us. We also know that a postal service’s personnel will be able to read a postcard we send. To communicate in a social network, we intuitively try to adopt learned social norms from the offline to the online world. Unfortunately, the transparency and tools for control we need to maintain our privacy do not find equivalent counterparts there.Compared to everyday communication offline, social networks bring a new party into play: the providers. The fact that providers can freely define their platforms’ rules for communication is one reason for many of the problem areas highlighted in the following. Commercial providers run social networks as an ecosystem to generate content and knowledge. That is content about users and other things like locations or photos. From that content, knowledge can generated and monetized, such as to run targeted ads. This ecosystem must be ensured to remain attractive to its users. Otherwise, they would stop to revisit it. However, Nielson found users to vary in heavy contributors, intermittent contributors and lurkers. This inequality holds more true the harder a feature is to handle. For instance, to found and populate a group is way harder to do than to like something, which requires a single click only. Hence, providers design their platforms’ rules for information flow so that this rare, valuable content can be spread as broadly as possible. Any tool that chokes the flow of user content is counter-productive to this goal.The users of a social network want to satisfy human needs. Therefore, we expose some of our personal information to, in return, receive a satisfaction. Like in the offline world, we need tools that provide us with transparency and control of the audience for our content. The problem is as simple as controversial: as users want to control the reach of their personal stuff, which is most likely a limiting need, providers want to spread user-generated content as wide as possible to keep up the heartbeat of their products.In this three post series, I want to deal with the problem areas involved in this field. As highlighted in the below graphic, this post concentrates on the users’ decision-making process as well as their behavior as to befriending other users and its consequences. 1: Privacy Balance and the Privacy ParadoxThe privacy balance is something we control all of a sudden and both online and offline. As Alan Westin observed, every time we are communicating or in public, we make adjustments between our needs for solitude and companionship, intimacy and general social intercourse, anonymity and responsible participation in society, and reserve and disclosure. In the online world, examples for privacy balance can be found in e-commerce applications: users expose selected personal data, such as credit card details and our postal addresses, for the benefit of not having to leave their homes to shop goods.The privacy paradox kicks in when the satisfaction of human needs, such as belonging, self-esteem and respect by others, gets involved. Research has shown that users who claimed to protect their privacies, at the same time acted against their stated concerns by switching off privacy preserving controls or massively exposing private information. We are distorted in our decision making process. Subconsciously, we trade off long-term privacy for short-term benefits.2: Befriending StrangersIn most social networks, mutual access to personal information of two users is granted if they are befriended. So far so good; friendships can be considered a proper and intuitive means to control the reach of personal information and content. However, there are three drawbacks relevant here: alexander korth Tags:#privacy#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Firstly, in most social networks friendships are not qualifiable. That means that we are able to control future information flow only in a binary way: either there is access granted, or not. There is nothing in between to, say, private stuff can be addressed to one group of friends, and business content to another. Even if a social network lets you group, tag or define lists of friends: do you actually use there features? Most don’t.Secondly, trust in online systems has been shown to be of lesser perceived necessity than in face-to-face encounters, encouraging people to befriend strangers as a result of disembodiment and dissociation. The problem is missing feedback functions or a reminder that future information flow is received by these strangers. Thirdly, providers exploit the second point to encourage users to befriend others. By applying principles like game mechanics, they provide an easy way to collect friends and satisfy our need for self-esteem and social inclusion while at the same time paving ways for a broader future spreading of content. How did you like the first two of nine problem areas we described here? Did you notice the problems and pitfalls by yourself? Please share your thoughts in the comments!Photo by rpongsaj Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Small Screen of Infinite Distractions

first_imgYesterday, I did a keynote speech with Jeb Blount. A keynote is normally one person speaking, but the client asked us to speak together to close out their conference. So we got together and built a little slide deck and decided to sit on stools and take turns speaking.It took a lot of trust, but we decided that when one of us finished speaking, they’d just stop talking, and the other person would just start speaking. There was no weird, repetitive handoff, like “Jeb, what do you think?” It worked perfectly.Listen Up NowOne of the points we hammered home was the importance of listening. We were driving home ideas about how you treat people, and how poor treatment makes people feel unimportant, like they are a transaction. While Jeb was sharing how critical it is to look people in the eye, to listen deeply to what isn’t being said, and to focus all of your attention on the person speaking, I took out my cell phone and started flipping through screens, ignoring Jeb and ignoring the audience of 500 people. When Jeb finished speaking, I didn’t say anything. I waited an uncomfortably long time, until Jeb said, “Anthony?“I looked up and asked our audience how bad that felt having someone who was supposed to be deeply engaged with them deeply engaged with his phone instead. I asked them if they felt insulted while I was busy ignoring them, and if they felt unimportant. They agreed that the experience was awful for them. And they agreed that they use a different screen, but that they don’t always give their clients their full attention because they are busy on a screen.Look Up NowThis is what we do now. This is who we are becoming.We have an individual in front of us who needs our full attention, and we instead look at the small screen of infinite distractions.We have a chance to connect with people who are important to us—and to our business—and we ignore them, choosing instead to pay attention to people who are far away from us.We act as if we might miss something on the Internet, even though nothing disappears from the Internet while the opportunity to connect with a real person does.We fear the wrong danger.The people who are able to exercise the self-control necessary to give another person their full attention are going to have a commanding advantage over the people with crooked necks who can’t pull themselves away from the small screen of infinite distractions. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Yusuf Mannan pays ode to Burma teak

first_imgMannan’s line of library furniture looks like colourful waves on the wallAllium sativum, better known as garlic, is a mundane kitchen essential. But Bangladesh-based designer Yusuf Mannan has put a new spin on the staple with his Lehsoon range of lamps, which mirror the shape of their namesake. The lampshades,,Mannan’s line of library furniture looks like colourful waves on the wallAllium sativum, better known as garlic, is a mundane kitchen essential. But Bangladesh-based designer Yusuf Mannan has put a new spin on the staple with his Lehsoon range of lamps, which mirror the shape of their namesake. The lampshades, fashioned out of translucent fabric, mimic the delicate garlic casing while the pedestal is a roughly-hewn piece of teak wood.The Lehsoon lamps are fashioned from fabric and teakThe National Institute of Design (NID) graduate’s other muses are equally eclectic. He claims to be inspired by the Shakers, an 18th century religious group founded in England, local Gujarati artisans called kakas and even charming doll’s houses. Inevitably, this 33-year-old’s creations reflect his varied influences while celebrating individuality and technique.Mannan believes that beauty and functionality go hand in hand. As a result, his line of furniture and lifestyle products bear the unmistakable stamp of originality while addressing practical concerns. The designer’s miniature collection is made out of salvaged scraps of woodThough imaginative, the young designer likes to steer clear of over-the-top ornamentation. Instead, he loves to play around with natural textures and shapes while crafting his products.At his Dhaka studio, you can browse through the Mangrove Collection which sings paeans to untreated wood. The series is noted for its spartan chairs, tables and recliners with grainy, unpolished surfaces. “I am mostly inspired by the natural world. When in doubt, I try and draw parallels from nature to come up with a solution,” he says by way of explanation.Despite possessing a bare-bones aesthetic, all his furniture pieces exude personality. And yes, his designs are a far cry from heavily-embellished items that populate most urban living spaces. “A lot of my recent creations take inspiration from Shaker furniture that rarely sported elaborate details,” says the maverick.Over his decade long career, Mannan has worked with sundry materials but it is wood that ticks all his design checkboxes. “My first and only love is wood, Burma teak to be more specific. It has beautiful grains, the sweetest fragrance and is very forgiving too,” he explains.Reconfiguring familiar shapes is Mannan’s forte. So his Library Collection has curved racks in vibrant tones instead of conventional straight-lined shelves. Cocking a snook at tradition, the designer has also come up with a miniature line of furniture with thumb-sized beds, tables and dressers that are just right for a doll’s house. “I salvaged scraps of wood and set out to make miniatures. At that scale you really begin to understand the material better and when you revert to actual scale, you start being more precise,” he elaborates on his style, adding that his next step would be to make entire dollhouses, down to the last little detail.The Time Tree installation, made for Wipro, combines wires and clocksNo stranger to the world of unorthodox shapes and proportions, Mannan has a unique way of functioning. He barely sketches on paper anymore. When an idea strikes, he rushes to his workshop, starts drawing on a piece of wood and eventually executes the design. All his creations are handcrafted and retailed through his website.But this avant-garde designer, who employs traditional wood-crafting techniques in new ways, also has a knack for fashioning thematic interiors. He started a firm called Bent by Design in 2007 with Hidish Salam, a furniture designer from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and T.When an idea strikes Mannan, he executes the design without drawing on paperKuldeep, another alumnus from NID. Since then, the trio has worked on different platforms of design. But the jewel in the label’s crown is the futuristic experiential space in the Wipro campus, Bangalore. From an installation made out of clocks and colourful cables titled Time Tree to lines replicating race tracks, the space is built around a Formula 1 theme.”The F1 pit stop has been used as a metaphor for speedy customer service,” explains the designer.Just like the sport, design, according to Mannan, is synonymous with play. But it is serious play, and he definitely wants to stay ahead of the pack.advertisementlast_img read more

Exconvict charged in longmissing Illinois boy hoax

first_img KUSI Newsroom, CINCINNATI (AP) — A 23-year-old ex-convict accused of pulling a cruel hoax by pretending to be a long-missing Illinois boy was charged Friday with making false statements to federal authorities.The FBI said Brian Rini had made false claims twice before, portraying himself as a juvenile sex-trafficking victim.The Medina, Ohio, man was jailed in Cincinnati on Thursday, a day after telling authorities he was 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. The FBI declared Rini’s story a hoax after performing a DNA test.The charge should send a message about the damage such false claims can do, said U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman.“It’s not OK to do it because of the harm that it causes, the pain, for the family of that missing child,” Glassman said.Rini’s story had briefly raised hope among Timmothy’s relatives that the youngster’s disappearance had finally been solved after eight long years. But those hopes were dashed when the test results came back.“It’s devastating. It’s like reliving that day all over again,” said Timmothy’s aunt Kara Jacobs.Rini was jailed for a bail hearing on Tuesday. His public defender did not immediately return a message. Rini could get up to eight years in prison.Rini was found wandering the streets on Wednesday and told authorities he had just escaped his captors after years of abuse, officials said. He claimed he had been forced to have sex with men, according to the FBI.When confronted with the DNA results, Rini acknowledged his identity, saying he had watched a story about Timmothy on ABC’s “20/20” and wanted to get away from his own family, the FBI said.Rini said “he wished he had a father like Timmothy’s because if he went missing, his father would just keep drinking,” the FBI said in court papers. A message left with Rini’s father for comment was not immediately returned.Glassman said authorities were skeptical early on of Rini’s claim because he refused to be fingerprinted, though he did agree to a DNA swab. Rini also looks older than 14, but Glassman said investigators wanted to make sure “there was no opportunity missed to actually find Timmothy Pitzen.”Rini’s DNA was already on file because of his criminal record. He was released from prison less than a month ago after serving more than a year for burglary and vandalism.He twice portrayed himself in Ohio as a juvenile victim of sex trafficking, and in each case was identified after being fingerprinted, authorities said.In 2017, Rini was treated at an Ohio center for people with mental health or substance abuse problems, according to court papers.Timmothy, of Aurora, Illinois, vanished after his mother pulled him out of kindergarten, took him on a two-day road trip to the zoo and a water park, and then killed herself at a hotel. She left a note saying that her son was safe with people who would love and care for him, and added: “You will never find him.”After Rini’s account was pronounced a hoax, Timmothy’s grandmother Alana Anderson said: “It’s been awful. We’ve been on tenterhooks, hopeful and frightened. It’s just been exhausting.”She added, “I feel so sorry for the young man who’s obviously had a horrible time and felt the need to say he was somebody else.” KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 5, 2019 Ex-convict charged in long-missing Illinois boy hoax April 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more