San Diego based agency aims to improve the lives of homeless youth

first_img Posted: June 2, 2019 San Diego based agency aims to improve the lives of homeless youth Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom June 2, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A local agency is improving the lives on dozens of homeless youth here in San Diego. Director Joanne Newgard and President and Founder of Doors of Change, Jeffrey Sitcov, joined the show this morning to explain their award winning music program and their upcoming auctions event, “Taking Music and Art to the Streets.” last_img read more



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Grocery delivery and pickup are changing how we buy food for the

first_img • 4 Shopping at Amazon Go is really freakin’ fast 1:19 Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now CNET Smart Home Tags Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Target Walmart Amazon Prime Amazon There’s no minimum order, so if you wanted to order a single bottle of soda just to see a self-driving delivery pod in action, you could. Nuro My grandmother loved grocery shopping. Raised on a farm in south Alabama, she spent decades dishing up three made-from-scratch meals every day and loved nothing more than casually perusing the aisles all afternoon. One generation later, my mom loathes it. A working woman in the city during the height of TV dinners, she just wants to get in, get out and get on with her day.  Me? For years I had a foot in both camps. Sometimes, the hunting and gathering of pushing a big, squeaky cart through tiny aisles feels soul-sucking. Check with me a week later, when I’m feeling less stressed and more creative, and I might sing the praises of browsing for interesting ingredients and great deals. But all of that is changing. I may never step foot in a grocery store again, and I’m 100% OK with it. Let me tell you why.Retail, reimaginedLike other retail industries touched by technology, online grocery shopping is transforming your weekly schlep to the store into just a few clicks. Stores like Kroger, Walmart and Target are harnessing in-house resources to power curbside pickup and turning to third-party providers like Instacart, DoorDash, Deliv, and Shipt for home delivery. We’re not fully automated yet, but we’re headed that way. Walmart rolled out robots to manage stores’ stock and even clean floors, and Kroger partnered with startup Nuro for autonomous delivery pods in Arizona. Even the smaller aspects of food retail are changing. When it comes to couponing, stores are finding ways to digitize and catalog deals. Target’s Cartwheel and Kroger’s ClickList both make it easy to see where you can save money and apply coupons online. I’ve tried Walmart, Target and Kroger for grocery pickup and each experience was great. When something wasn’t quite right, it nearly always came down to how I input my order. It’s a learning curve, for sure. In my early attempts to grocery shop online, I made mistakes like ordering a single banana instead of a bunch, or forgetting to apply coupons for items I wouldn’t have bought if the discount wasn’t offered. The good, the bad and the ugly fruitIt’s early in the digital grocery era, and we have pretty good options, but no perfect system. There are pros and cons to shopping in person, and just like shopping for clothes or a new car, doing things online will take some getting used to. Pro No. 1: Time savedShopping for groceries online saves time. Yes, you’ll still need to make a grocery list (if you really loathe that, consider meal kit delivery), but the process of typing in each item and adding the right brand or size to your cart is much faster than physically walking the aisles. Plus, you can do it in your PJs from the couch. Anything that lets me get work done from beneath a blanket with coffee in hand is a winner in my book.Pro No. 2: Convenience and general rage reductionI like people, but I’m an introvert. Humans are cool. We do a lot of nifty stuff, and some of us are actually pretty nice. But my shopping-cart rage is worse than my road rage, and most days I just want to avoid the grocery store at all costs. With grocery pickup, I park my car, dial a number and a hardworking store associate brings me my wares, even putting them in my trunk. I never unclip my seatbelt, I never lift a finger. It’s magical. Walmart’s grocery pickup is free, as long as you spend at least $35. Giant Eagle and the Albertson’s family of stores also offer free pickup. There are fees for pickup from some stores. Kroger charges $4.95, so check with your favorite grocery chain to find out if picking up curbside might cost you extra.  It’s important to remember that there are umbrella companies here. Kroger’s family of stores, for example, encompasses 31 brands like Ruler Foods, Harris Teeter, Fry’s and Mariano’s. The Albertson’s corporate family tree of 21 brands includes Jewel Osco, Safeway and Vons. Not all of these brands offer the same pickup and delivery services. Pro No. 3: Digital couponsRewards programs and digital coupons for many grocery stores are also available within the online shopping experience. With Kroger’s Clicklist platform, items with active coupons display a checkbox under the description. All I have to do is click to apply it and purchase the qualifying items. KrogerKroger’s app makes it easy to fill your cart, apply coupons and see your previous purchases.   Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Some stores even add discounts for pickup customers only. With stores putting so much effort into curbside service, it’s no surprise grocery chains are incentivizing it with offers like free pickup when you purchase a specific brand or a certain number of items. I’ve taken advantage of it. It’s much nicer to add another item to my cart than pay a service fee. I get to keep something. I’ll take that deal every time. Pro No. 4: DeliveryDelivery is all the rage, and for good reason. Curbside pickup is great, but if you’re a busy parent, that means you still need to load up the kids and drive to the store. If you’re not feeling well or are in the middle of prepping for a big party, home delivery can feel like a life saver. It swipes a giant task off your to-do list for the day without even putting on your shoes. You can get food from almost anywhere with companies such as Postmates, DoorDash, UberEats, Instacart and Shipt. Like pickup, fees vary, but some waive the fee for your first order of reduce it if you spend enough. wholefoods-storefrontAmazon Prime members get discounts and free deliveries from Whole Foods.  Claudia Cruz/CNET If you’re an Amazon Prime member and choose delivery from Whole Foods, you can take advantage of free 2-hour delivery and free 1-hour pickup in some cities. Most grocery delivery fees range from $5 to $12. Depending on your personal budget, that may or may not be a deal-breaker.ConsCon No. 1: The produce problemThis is the first concern most people cite when I bring up grocery delivery and pickup. Not being able to pick out individual fruits and vegetables or even meats from the deli. Someone else is making that choice for you. I hear you. You won’t get to pick out your individual items, obviously. That’s what you sacrifice for convenience. Here’s the thing: I just don’t care. It’s a risk I’m willing to take. I know there is both emotional and quality-control value in choosing your own food. I won’t pretend for one second that food isn’t deeply personal to each of us. The foods we love grows with deep roots from our childhood memories, cultural backgrounds and most memorable travels.  I think that weight and value lies in recipes. So what if someone else picks out the sweet potatoes? I’m still going to make the sweet potato casserole scribbled in illegible cursive on that decades-old, stained recipe card written by my late grandmother. If having another person help me get the shopping done means I have more time to make and enjoy that recipe with my family, I support that. Con No. 2: SubstitutionsIn many cases, stores make an effort to give you the same or better if your requested item is unavailable. Just last week, I got a bag of coffee twice the size of what I ordered because the smaller size was out of stock and I didn’t pay a penny more. While many platforms allow you to review substitutions and accept or reject them prior to pickup or delivery, you don’t get the option to view every possible replacement. If I were physically in a store and had to settle for another brand, flavor or size, I’d want to look them over. I’d love to see a system where you can browse all similar items and choose your replacement from multiple options. Are grocery stores dying?Because so many people still prefer to physically choose their food, I don’t think online grocery shopping poses as big a threat to brick-and-mortar grocery stores the way online retail does to shopping malls. However, online grocery shopping, whether it’s pickup or delivery, is a new way of getting our food that is only going to gain momentum in our two-day (and now, one-day) shipping society. Grocery stores may begin to act more like fulfillment centers, but I’m optimistic those who want to will be able to shop in person. The pickup and delivery model rests on the shoulders of hardworking employees, and if it does indeed scale to a warehouse-style operation, what does that mean for that labor force? How do working conditions change?The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union has voiced concerns regarding Amazon’s aims to cut shipping time in half for Prime members and the impact that will have on already difficult warehouse conditions. If there’s anything to keep a sharp eye on when it comes to automating these services, it’s how people are treated. No technology is worth the sacrifice of employees’ well-being. My suggestion? Give some type of online grocery shopping a try. If you want to pick out your produce or cuts of meat, do that. But first, park the car for curbside pickup of the duller things in life like garbage bags, toilet paper and dishwashing detergent. You’ll still need to pop into the store, but only for the items you really care about.The future of buying foodRight now, there are a handful of innovations being tested in the grocery retail space. Companies are trying different models for pickup and delivery, working in technology to identify where the supply chain is weak. Ford Europe has developed a self-braking shopping cart that just might solve my cart-rage issues. Amazon, which recently acquired Whole Foods, is reportedly planning a new, lower cost grocery chain. That’s in addition to the Amazon Go stores. Walmart’s Store No.8 incubator is working on AI-powered stores of the future, too. ford-sbc-001Safety first! Ford Europe’s self-braking cart aims to make the aisles safer.  Ford The way I see it, that means our entire grocery system is bound to become smarter and more efficient. It means I’ll have more time to spend with my friends and family and more time to cook and enjoy the foods I love. Who knows? Maybe someday AI and machine learning will train grocery shopping robots to pick me out the perfect bunch of bananas.  Appliances Tech Industry Mobile Apps Autonomous Vehicles Online Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: reading • Grocery delivery and pickup are changing how we buy food for the better See All Comments CNET Smart Homelast_img read more



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Google denies Trumps accusations of voter manipulation

first_img Google Donald Trump Mobile Applications Mobile Apps Politics Online Internet Services The report had relied on 95 people from across 24 states, 21 of whom identified as undecided, performing daily election-related searches using Google, Bing and Yahoo. According to the report, the study showed search results were “biased in Mrs. Clinton’s favor.”Trump’s accusations on Monday came two weeks after he warned Google he’s watching it “very closely” ahead of the 2020 US election. On Aug. 6, Trump tweeted he met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to ask questions about Google’s role in the 2016 election, claiming without evidence that the search engine giant is trying to “illegally subvert” the upcoming election. “All very illegal,” Trump said in a now-deleted tweet. “We are watching Google very closely!” Share your voice Comments The original report (PDF) was published in June 2017 by Robert Epstein for the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. Epstein reiterated in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution in June 2019 that he believed Google’s search algorithm produced “biased search results” that “likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton.” Answering questions from Senator Ted Cruz in a video posted in July by right-wing news publication Breitbart News, Epstein added 2.6 million is “a rock-bottom minimum.” “The range is between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes depending on how aggressive they were in using the techniques that I’ve been studying, such as the search engine manipulation effect, the search suggestion effect, the answer bot effect, and a number of others,” he said. With 10.4 million being Epstein’s maximum estimated number of votes manipulated, it’s unclear where Trump’s 16 million figure comes from. Epstein also claimed that if Google, Twitter and Facebook support the same candidate in 2020, “there are 15 million votes on the line.” “In 2020, you can bet that all of these companies are going to go all out, and the methods that they’re using are invisible, they’re subliminal, they’re more powerful than most any effects I’ve ever seen in the behavioral sciences,” he said. Clinton tweeted a response to Trump Monday afternoon, saying the study has been debunked and was only based on 21 undecided voters. “For context, that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted,” she posted on Twitter. 13 The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted. https://t.co/0zHnWvGjSv— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2019 President Trump says Google “manipulated” voters. Google disagrees. Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google denied accusations made on Monday by President Donald Trump that the search giant “manipulated” millions of voters against him in the 2016 election. Google said Trump seemed to be referring to an old report claiming to prove that it generated at least 2.6 million votes for Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, but said the report has been “debunked since it was made.””We have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement Monday. “Our goal is to always provide people with access to high-quality, relevant information for their queries, without regard to political viewpoint.” Citing what he claimed was a “report just out,” Trump had tweeted earlier Monday that “Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election.” “Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!” he added. Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019 Tagslast_img read more



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BAE Systems Qinetiq Thales Which companies will benefit from increased UK defence

first_imgIn a recently-leaked memo to the UKs Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, former UK Joint Forces Command chief Sir Richard Barrons issued a dire warning on the state of the UK military.According to him, Britain could not sustain a full-scale conventional attack from Russia, particularly from the air. He also raised serious concerns that Britains Armed Forces are reliant on small numbers of expensive equipment, such as new aircraft carriers, which we cannot afford to use fully, damage or lose.This warning comes in spite of a rising defence budget, with the Government – late last year – committing to increase defence spending by nearly £5bn ($6.5bn, €5.8bn) by 2020/21, and to meet the official NATO target to spend 2% of GDP (economic output) for the rest of this decade.European NATO countries have relied on the US for too longBut it is not just the UK that is to raise defence spending this year and beyond. Fears over Russian aggression (eg. in the Ukraine), homegrown terrorist attacks, the ongoing civil war in Syria and the immigration crisis across Europe are all highlighting the need for Europe as a whole to spend more on defence and security.Of the 28 NATO countries, only 5 spent NATOs objective of 2% of GDP, including the US and UK. But what is clear from NATOs own data is that Europe has increasingly relied on the US as a defence shield, while progressively cutting their own defence spending, by a total of 12% from 2008 to 2014 (Chart 1).Why these European defence cuts are finally to be reversedThe key catalyst is political. We have the US Presidential election to come in November this year, with Republican candidate Donald Trump raising tough questions about what the United States should expect from its allies, many of which are not contributing their fair share financially or militarily to NATOs common defence. This is not even to mention Trumps stated admiration for Vladimir Putin, which is a clear concern to European NATO members.Lets not forget that Russia has been spending more of its economic output on its military might, just as most of NATO has done the opposite (Chart 2).Just as was seen during the Brexit debate, immigration has become a hot topic across Europe in advance of parliamentary elections in France (due in April 2017) and in Germany (Autumn 2017).More importantly, Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel and her CDU/CSU party have been losing ground in a number of local elections in the former East Germany and now in Berlin, forcing her into an about-turn on her liberal immigration policy regarding refugees.As a result, there is huge pressure to see European governments reacting to the electorates concerns over security and immigration with extra spending. Note that France spends only 1.8% of its economic output on defence and Germany an even weaker 1.2%. There is thus scope to increase spending in the next year and beyond.Who will benefit from higher defence and security spending?Now, we should not forget that defence and national security tend to be highly nationalistic topics, with each European country tending to favour their own national defence companies wherever possible.The largest defence industries in Europe reside in France and in the UK. In France, both Thales (French code HO) and Safran (French code SAF) are defence-oriented companies that should benefit from higher French and German military and security-related spending.In the UK, the key company to invest in is BAE Systems (UK code: BA/). BAE is a huge defence supplier to the UK and US in particular, so are well-placed to see a pick-up in orders and sales from this change in trend in NATO defence spending.BAE Systems has the added attraction of offering a good income, at around 5% in dividend yield annually. So you as an investor are paid to wait in this share.Other beneficiaries from increased spending on security and defence include G4S (UK code GFS) who provide much of the private sectors security manpower, including security personnel and infrastructure for the 2012 London Olympics.Increased intelligence and electronic surveillance spending (think MI5, MI6 and GCHQ) should be a boon for Qinetiq (code QQ.), while increased spending on military aircraft should help aerospace companies Rolls-Royce (code RR.), Meggitt (MGGT), Cobham (COB) and Chemring (CHG).All things considered, BAE would be my top pick of UK companies to buy into this defence spending boost.last_img read more



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Government completely bans import of solid plastic waste to fight pollution

first_imgSolid wastePhoto:ReutersThe central government has now completely banned the imports of solid plastic waste/scrap into the country. The decision has been taken to fight the ever-growing plastic waste in India. As per the official data, the country generates 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste daily. In the past, such imports were partially banned as only the special economic zones (SEZ) were allowed to import such solid wastes. Additionally, the government had also allowed the imports of plastic waste/scrap by export-oriented units (EOUs) which used to procure it from abroad as post-recycling resources.Quoting one of the environment ministry officials, National daily, the Times of India reported that keeping up with India’s commitment to completely phase out single-use plastic by 2022, the government has now entirely banned the imports of solid plastic waste. He added, “The country has now completely prohibited the import of solid plastic waste by amending the Hazardous Waste (Management & Trans-boundary Movement) Rules on March 1.” He further said that the rules were changed because of the huge mismatch between waste generation and recycling capacity in the country. NGT orders Rs. 10,000 fine for public littering, segregation of solid waste Pictured: Rag pickers collect recyclable material at a garbage dump in New Delhi November 19, 2014.ReutersIt is to be noted that China had banned such imports a few years ago. Meanwhile, India became one of the largest importers of plastic waste. In India, many companies were misusing the partial ban on the pretext of being in an SEZ. The country lacks the adequate capacity to recycle plastic waste and it is because of this reason a huge amount of such wastes remains uncontrolled. This eventually causes heavy damages to soil and water bodies. A study conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) shows that out of 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste per day around 10,376 tonnes remains uncollected. The figures are astonishingly high as it is almost 40 per cent of the total waste generated.The ministry has made changes in the existing rules, now white category (practically non-polluting or very less polluting) of industries will dump their hazardous wastes generated to authorized users, waste collectors or disposal facilities. Since its inception in 1950, global plastic production has increased exponentially, from 2 million tonnes to 380 million tonnes in 2015. Its sheer convenience — lightweight and durability – has made this man-made material present in every sphere of human existence. In the last 70 years, 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced.last_img read more



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Ellen DeGeneres Gives Away Tickets Rallies Astros Fans at The University of

first_imgAttention all @UHouston students. You have 3 hours til you need to be at the E. Cullen building and be on my show.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” held a local Twitter live shot at the University of Houston on Tuesday, October 24th.Ellen tweeted on Monday and Tuesday inviting  Houston Astros  fans to arrive to the E. Cullen Building on campus dressed in the biggest costumes they could find for a chance to win World Series tickets. – / 9 I’ve got something very big planned for tomorrow. If you’re anywhere near @UHouston, be ready. #EarnHistory— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017 I’m giving away something huge at @UHouston tomorrow. I’m not gonna tell you what it is. (#WorldSeries tickets.)— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017center_img Everything’s bigger in Texas! Today, 3:30PM @UHouston… wear the biggest outfit for a chance to win tickets to one of the big games!— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017Via live shot, Ellen asks her fans to rewrite the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” explaining why they should go to a championship game.The finalists with the best costumes were narrowed down, and after singing their songs, Ellen declared UH students  Damian Falcon, Tahj Bell, and Jesus Quiroga the winners of the World Series tickets I can’t believe the amazing turnout at @UHouston today. Thank you to each and every person who showed up. You’re all incredible.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 Sharelast_img read more



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Northeast Social Security Office Temporarily Closes

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROCiting unexpected repairs, officials have closed the Postal Plaza Social Security office in Northeast D.C. until further notice, the Social Security Administration announced April 30.People with existing appointments there should expect to hear from the administration with two options: to either receive services over the phone, or to reschedule their appointments to another office. The administration operates two offices in the District nearby. One is in Anacostia at 2041 MLK Jr. Ave. SE and the other is downtown at 1300 D St. SW.  The closure will not affect people with telephone appointments. Employees have been temporarily moved to other offices close by.Most Social Security services don’t require an office visit. To peruse through benefits or get more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. People 18 and older can sign up for a “My Social Security” account, which allows beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients to see their benefit verification letter, review payment history and earnings records.People who don’t receive benefits can use their online account to obtain a Social Security Statement that details earnings information and estimates of future benefits.Most services, meanwhile, are available by calling the administration at 1-800-772-1213. The deaf and hearing impaired should call Social Security’s TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.last_img read more



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Intel lines up 14 Ivy Bridge processors

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) — A new lineup of 14 Ivy Bridge processors are out of the bag from Intel. Thursday’s announcement by Intel involves new processors for mobile computers and desktops, but special attention is focused on four of those processors, which are destined for the Ultrabooks market. Intel made Ivy Bridge news last month with an announcement of quad-core parts destined for high-end laptops and desktops. The newest crop includes dual-core parts catering to more market segments, Explore further Intel introduces first batch of Ivy Bridge processors © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: Intel lines up 14 Ivy Bridge processors (2012, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-intel-lines-ivy-bridge-processors.html Of the group of processors, six are desktop-grade. The rest are mobile, and four are the ultra-low voltage. They will carry a U at the end of their name. The new processor announcement is well timed as days ahead of the planned debut of new Ultrabook devices powered by Ivy Bridge processors, which will make their debut at Computex Taipei 2012. Some Ultrabooks sporting Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge Core processors will start to go on sale, including models with touchscreens.The ultra-light computers carrying the Intel name will be promoted aggressively. Intel sources say that the number of Ultrabook type machines, about 11, on the market today, will grow to over 110 designs in the pipeline. Some of the touchscreen Ultrabooks will be convertible, whereas the laptops can be turned into tablets. To support success, Intel has had to invest on processor technology that can elevate Ultrabooks. Intel Ivy Bridge designers have improved battery life and they have enhanced some security features. Intel technologists also say that they have raised the bar on specs to define a device that can become a third-generation Intel Core-based Ultrabook device. A revised definition of what it takes to build an Ultrabook includes requirements affecting performance, mechanical design, battery life and processor component characteristics for an Ultrabook. The third-generation Intel Core Ultrabook devices wake up from deep sleep state to full use (keyboard interaction) in less than seven seconds and are able to wake from sleep mode fast. They will load and run favorite applications quickly. Ultrabook devices must offer at least five hours of battery life, while many meet the recommended level of eight hours-plus. Ultrabook devices based on the new processors must have either USB 3 or Thunderbolt technology to enable rapid transfer capabilities. Also, the Ultrabook systems use chip-level authentication similar to hardware tokens.last_img read more



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You are loved Inspiring messages installed on StokeonTrent bridge in effort to

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Volunteers put up messages of hope on the bridge over the A50 between Meir and Meir Park Lisa, aged 47, of Hyde, said: “We have decorated 31 bridges in Manchester and 34 people have told me they are still here today because they saw what was written.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Hayley Travis, Rachel Birks, Christine Travis, and Lisa Carr on the bridge over the A50 between Meir and Meir Park Volunteer Lisa Carr, aged 32, who works as a mental health nurse around North Staffordshire, said: “If we can do something, even to stop just one person, then we have done something worthwhile. We decorated the bridge with messages of hope, just to remind people that they are loved and that they will be missed, little quotes. Hopefully it will stop them.” Read MoreFamily demands NHS answers into death of dad-of-seven, 43, found dead in Stoke-on-Trent pub just two days after being discharged from hospital   Volunteer Rachael Birks, aged 40, from Chesterton, said: “With what has been going on recently, and stories I have seen in The Sentinel, I decided to give my support. The quotes are all there to hopefully make someone think twice. Hopefully we are going to decorate all the bridges in Stoke-on-Trent and go along the A50 and A500.” Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailInspirational messages have been put up at a bridge where a mother-of-one fell to her death. While the circumstances surrounding Stephanie Housley’s tragic death have yet to be ascertained, organisers behind the messages hope to reach out to people  struggling with mental health issues and who may be contemplating taking their own life. On Sunday volunteers decorated the bridge on the A50 in Meir  with messages of hope, as well as helpline numbers which they hope will result in lives being saved. They also hope to visit all the bridges in Stoke-on-Trent to try to offer hope to vulnerable people at their lowest ebb. Their efforts were backed by the Bridge The Gap project, which has decorated motorway bridges across Manchester with inspirational quotes. Driver named following fatal collision Lisa Carr and other volunteers pin up inspirational messages on the bridge over the A50 between Meir and Meir Park Notes left on the bridge included ‘choose to keep going’, ‘suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem’, and ‘just wanted to let you know, you are loved’. Read MoreDad-of-three died after being struck by train at a Stoke-on-Trent station   The Bridge The Gap project was launched by Lisa Barnes in Manchester last June. A year earlier she had stood on the top of a railway bridge in Tameside and contemplated taking her own life. She was there for three hours before a negotiator managed to talk her down. Meanwhile police have issued an appeal for witnesses as they look to piece together Stephanie Housley’s final movements before the 34-year-old, of Meir, fell from the bridge at 6.45pm on Monday, March 11. Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 656. Read More’I’d do anything to have you back’ – Brother shares this poignant last photo with ‘amazing’ Steph, 34, who fell to her death from A50 bridge Need help? If you are experiencing mental health problems, feeling suicidal, or are concerned about someone else, support is available. Speak with your GP, who can refer into appropriate local services, contact the Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline on 0808 800 2234 for out-of-hours support, or call the Samaritans on 116 123 for a listening ear 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.last_img read more



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