One of the group’s goals is to end the “cultural silence” about HIV and AIDS among Latinos, Zaldivar told City News Service “In our culture, we have a lot of issues we choose not to discuss,” Zaldivar said. “Sexuality and sex is one of them and that contributes to unsafe sex, which contributes to HIV. We are trying to break down the barriers to communicate with our community.” With the hope of building AIDS awareness, some 300 people will form a human red ribbon on the Dodger Stadium field before tonight’s Los Angeles Dodgers-Colorado Rockies game. The seventh annual “Strike Out AIDS” night will also include a message played on the stadium’s video board from Dodger coach and 1970s pinch-hitting star Manny Mota. Angie Apodaca, who had a son die from AIDS, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to state Sen. Gilbert Cedillo, D-Los Angeles. Proceeds of sales of up to 2,000 tickets to the game will benefit the educational and AIDS monument maintenance program of The Wall Las Memorias Project, a group providing HIV/AIDS education, outreach and support services for families and individuals who have lost a loved one to AIDS, said Richard Zaldivar, the group’s founder and executive director. The group also was responsible for the construction of a monument to AIDS victims in Lincoln Park in Lincoln Heights. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The cameras that Greuel unveiled Wednesday say: “Stop! It is illegal to vandalize this area. Your photo has just been taken and we will use this photograph to prosecute you. Leave now!” email@example.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – With graffiti on the rise, city officials on Wednesday said they are deploying high-tech security cameras to the east San Fernando Valley to catch vandals in the act. The FlashCam, a solar-powered gizmo being used at spots heavily hit by graffiti, shines a light and uses a recorded voice to warn potential vandals to move along. When motorists drive through an intersection and see a flash from a similar camera, they know they’ve run a red light and that “a ticket is on the way,” City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said. “This is the same concept,” she said. The city is putting three new FlashCam cameras in Greuel’s East Valley district, where graffiti crews’ work has tripled this year. She is putting up $35,000 in matching funds to help buy an additional 10, with residents and businesses expected to put up another $35,000 to buy those cameras. The city has been using the cameras elsewhere for eight years, and has more than 70 of them in operation. Based on where taggers are spraying graffiti, city officials move the cameras around, putting them in alleys, parks and other graffiti hot spots. The cameras are made by a Chatsworth-based company, Q-Star Technology. In recent years, the company has sold thousands of the cameras to cities and businesses in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. “It’s like any other technology: It’s not foolproof,” said Steve Hillsman, company president. “But if you’ve got a problem area, it works.” The camera uses a motion-detection system and comes on when someone is loitering in front of the lens. When it takes a photo, it plays a recorded voice through a loudspeaker.
1 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has vowed not to take West Brom lightly and refused to rule out further full-time celebrations if his side are held at home by the Baggies again.Last year Tony Pulis’ side claimed a 2-2 draw at Anfield, though the hosts only snatched a point thanks to a stoppage-time leveller from Divock Origi, and Klopp was so delighted he orchestrated on-pitch celebrations in front of the Kop.Reacting in such a manner to a point against West Brom was derided by critics, yet Klopp insisted that was merely a consequence of his admiration for every team in the Premier League.The Reds now have a run of league fixtures against West Brom, Crystal Palace and Watford, all of whom they dropped points to early in Klopp’s tenure.“The differences between the Premier League and all the other leagues in world football is that (there are) big individual qualities in all of these teams,” said Klopp. “I think we all know the reason for it and that’s the big difference.“Nobody will go through and have at the end 120 points or something because there are a lot of difficult hurdles to jump over and West Brom is for sure one of them. They fight for every point.“I respect them all and I showed it last year when we played West Brom. I celebrated the point and it was a little bit surprising for most of the people but I was happy.“I don’t know in this moment if I would celebrate a draw again, it depends on the game we play on Saturday. Everything’s possible.”The Reds’ Achilles heel under Klopp last year was their dropped points against the likes of West Brom, who they failed to beat either home or away.With what could be construed as an enviable run of games until a Merseyside derby just before Christmas, Klopp will be keen for his team not to slip up in fixtures they are expected to win.The German thinks the key to avoiding complacency setting in is to treat each opponent with the same regard.“We don’t lose or win against another team because of the name or the common history; it’s because of performances,” he declared.“That’s what we have to do. If we want to be successful we should win a lot of games. First of all, we shouldn’t care about the name of the team, where we play them, at home or away, we have to win, we have to win, we have to win, that’s how it is.“For this you need to be lucky in different situations, you need to force it sometimes, always you have to fight for it. I don’t make differences between these types of teams.”In addressing his team news, Klopp confirmed that “nobody is ruled out at this moment”, meaning Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could be back after a hip problem picked up on international duty. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
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Born in Spain but of African descent, Bisila Bokoko was so moved by a trip to discover her roots that she set up the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project. Through it, she builds libraries, donates books to African children, and runs a scholarship fund. Bisila Bokoko’s African Literacy Project aims to have five libraries in Africa by the end of this year. (Image: Nancy Mteki from Zimbabwe Arinze Nwokolo/Zen Magazine) Melissa JavanA donation of books by a foreigner led to a Ghanaian man teaching himself how to make a windmill, put to use to provide energy for his village. This is one of the success stories of the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (BBALP), which was started five years ago.That foreigner, Bisila Bokoko, met William Kamkwamba on her first visit to Ghana in 2009. She explains that Kamkwamba’s family could not afford to send him to school, prompting her to find a way to help him and others in similar situations. BBALP grew out of this desire to help.“Through the programme, he read a book about windmills. He learned of their use as an alternative and powerful energy source,” says Bokoko. “Kamkwamba was inspired to build a windmill, which later created enough electricity to power his own household and eventually his entire village.”Although she was born in Spain, Bokoko is of African descent. She says it is an amazing feeling to see how books can shape people’s lives. “Also, you realise that it takes a little bit to do much… I believe there are more young men and women like William Kamkwamba in other parts of Africa, and I would like to supply them with books that can inspire them in similar ways.”Bokoko, the executive director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce, has been living in the United States for about 15 years. When she eventually went back to her roots in Ghana in 2010, it was an eventful trip: she met Barima Offe Akwasi Okogyeasuo II, the chief of Kokofu, who gave her the title Queen Development Mother. “With this title, Chief Okogyeasuo II offered me a piece of land, where we decided to build the first BBALP library,” Bokoko says. Bisila Bokoko says she feels flattered to be called Queen Development Mother. (Image: Arinze Nwokolo/Zen Magazine)She laughs, saying the title does make her feel royal. “This title was a life changing experience. Due to this prestigious appointment I decided to build libraries; therefore I owe this project to the chief of Kokofu and John Hutchison [the guide who introduced her to the chief]. They gave me this honour.”Bokoko says she fell in love with Ghana and its people. “I returned from the trip with a desire to contribute, and help Africa develop and grow.”Although she saw a serious need to build infrastructure to empower people though education, health care, and medicine, she decided to supply something close to her heart: books. “Since then, I have been working to create an African literacy project, focused on building libraries around Africa. The first one was established in Kokofu, in the Kumasi Region in Ghana.”With 8 000 books already donated to people in Ghana, Bokoko says the project’s aim is to set up five libraries in Africa by the end of this year.Her campaign has grown since the first donation. There are now library projects benefiting children in Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda. “We have co-operated with various schools, educational institutions and other partners to send books to Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and South Africa.“We have [also] recently created the BBALP Scholarship Fund in order to help talented children get access to education in countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ghana,” she says.“Every library and every country is an adventure. Collecting the books for the children, finding the right partners, meeting the children in person, and having the opportunity to read some stories to them, is a beautiful experience all in – one that I would like to pursue in other countries with the simple goal of spreading the love for books.”Bokoko says she tries to visit the four libraries once a year. “We have some volunteer librarians visit the locations once a year.”This philanthropist says her favourite books donated to the libraries include books that children love: The Secret for Kids, Dr Seuss, and travel books.Her beautiful moments mainly involve children. “Recently in Chirumanzu in Zimbabwe, I witnessed how kids were beyond happy when we gave them books to keep at home. Some of them said: ‘This is the first thing that I have [had] in my life that is only mine!’”In a blog post carried by the American news portal, Huffington Post, Bokoko speaks of witnessing a child’s excitement when he or she receives a book as a priceless and heartwarming experience. She says the Kokofu library is a community project, a place where families and communities can practice togetherness, and emphasise their love for books. Bisila Bokoko with the children of Zimbabwe during the launch of Chirumanzu library. (Image: Nancy Mteki from Zimbabwe)She has learned a lot from the people of Ghana, Bokoko says. “I learned a gracious generosity, the impeccable desire of enjoying life to the fullest, and to be happy with whatever is in there. I also learned the power of loving each other and elegance in the way they keep tradition. Ghana stays always in my heart and has provided me with a sense of what life is really about.”Alongside her other work, Bokoko is the global ambassador and strategist for Pikolinos, the Spanish show brand. She uses this position to promote the Maasai Project, a line of shoes and bags designed in Kenya by over 3 000 Maasai women. She started work on this project in 2011, and says it has been a great experience to be able to spread the collection of Maasai-designed shoes around the world.Watch how the project to aims to improve educational opportunities:
Here at ReadWriteStart, we’ve mentioned the importance of credibility as an entrepreneur when meeting with venture capitalists and potential investors, but it is also important to carry that credibility forward into your company as you interface with customers. Amid rumors that it was extorting businesses by offering to de-emphasize negative reviews in return for adverting purchases, social review site Yelp announced Monday that it would be “lifting the veil” on its review system and removing controversial features in hopes of securing customer trust.Yelp features a review filter that sorts through reviews of local businesses to determine which is more trustworthy and places the top ones on the business’ profile page. Some have claimed that Yelp was helping businesses pick the best reviews to show if that company was purchasing advertising on Yelp, a clear case of extortion that the company has vehemently denied, calling the claims a “conspiracy theory.”Now when users visit a business’ Yelp profile, they can choose to look over the reviews the filter has automatically reviewed by clicking a link near the bottom of the page near the pagination links (not exactly the easiest feature to find, I had to search for “filter” to find it). Yelp has put a CAPTCHA pop-up between the profile and the filtered results to keep robots from crawling the filtered data. Perhaps this is an attempt to prevent them from figuring out how to game the system. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market When I tested this new feature on one of my favorite downtown Phoenix restaurants, LoLo’s Chicken and Waffles, I saw some similarities among the 25 filtered reviews. A handful were from users who live in other states or who are what Yelp calls “less established users,” and some were either very short, or filled to the brim with Internet abbreviations and misspellings or slang. Others, whose content was hidden from view, had managed to violate Yelp’s review guidelines or terms of service, which I can assume means a variety of things including profanity or obvious spam.Yelp is also discontinuing the use of the “Favorite Review” feature, which Yelp packed with advertising deals to businesses. Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman says they decided to remove the feature in hopes of eliminating any confusion.“Despite our best efforts to educate consumers and the small business community, myths about Yelp have persisted,” writes Stoppelman. “[The “Favorite Review” feature] led some people to the wrong conclusions about whether businesses could control the review content on their page. (They can’t.) So, to eliminate the opportunity for that misconception, we’ve eliminated the feature.”By allowing users to go under the hood and see filtered results, Yelp is, I believe, taking a significant step in the name of transparency and openness. While they aren’t revealing any special algorithms for how they determine what makes trustworthy reviews, they are responding in a timely and appropriate manner to the continued allegations of foul play. Regardless of the merit of these claims, Yelp seems bent on securing the trust of their users, a practice every startup should mimic. Also it is important to remember that a certain level of transparency is attractive to users, but not too much. There is a boundary between what should be shared with the community and what should be deeply guarded company secrets, such as fancy algorithms or the inner workings of the site’s major functions. Users can trust a company more when they feel they have some sort of insider’s view of the company through partial transparency. Simply blogging about the company’s activity is sometimes enough to satisfy this need, but other times is may be appropriate, as Yelp has done, to incorporate features which help to underscore the product’s attempts at truth, honesty and validity, if those are major facets of your business. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#tips Related Posts
Washington excise tax rules on interstate sales of tangible personal property and minimum nexus thresholds have been amended.Minimum Receipts Thresholds Establish NexusUnder the amended rules, a person making retail sales is deemed to have business and occupation (B&O) nexus when its receipts meet certain thresholds. The receipts threshold is met when the person has:more than $267,000 in receipts from Washington; orat least 25% of total receipts in Washington.Trailing Nexus StandardIn addition, Washington’s trailing nexus standard has been revised. If a person stops the business activity that created nexus in Washington, nexus will not immediately end. Nexus will continue in the calendar year following the calendar year in which the person had nexus with Washington.The amended rules can be viewed on the Washington Department of Revenue website at https://dor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/Docs/Rules/draft/20-193-19401cr3pfrmdraftMarch2018.pdf.WAC 458-20-193 and WAC 458-20-19401, Washington Department of Revenue, effective April 6, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
This week at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas, the Intel Health & Life Science team displays many new and exciting ways to make health more personal through technology. In the booth, we will share the You 24×7 Cardiovascular Wellness Study – a Big Data approach to clinical research.What’s unique about the You 24×7 Cardiovascular Wellness Study is researchers are using a big data analytics platform to bring together a wide range of data – from daily life plus clinical data – to get a more complete picture of the participants’ wellness. Hundreds of volunteers wore an activity tracker 24×7 for six-months and contributed their EHR, clinical lab reports and remote patient monitoring data, including weight and blood pressure, for a team of cardiologists and sleep experts to analyze at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).Find out more: OHSU Wearables Big Data Analytics PaperStudy Details: A Basis Peak watch provided minute-by-minute data on activities, sleep stages, pulse, calorie burn, perspiration and skin temperature. Participants told the investigators that having their own dashboard to view their information — on the watch itself, on a smart phone app, as well as in a web browser — helped them understand their lifestyle choices, quantifying their sleep quality and exercise levels, for example.Some of the participants also had weight scales and blood pressure monitors in their home. Every time they take a reading, the data streams wirelessly to an Intel-powered remote patient monitoring gateway, and the gateway uses the 3G network to send the information securely to a cloud environment.The Basis Peak watch, scale, blood pressure cuff, clinical data and EHR all contributed to a robust data set and this is definitely Big Data — a half-billion data points over the course of the trial.Exploring expanded data sets:A team of cardiologists, sleep experts and biostatisticians at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute are now drilling into all that 24×7 data using the Trusted Analytics Platform to explore associations between daily life and clinical findings.It’s a new, big data approach to discovery, taking advantage of wearable devices, home monitoring devices and gateways, and a Big Data analytics platform. It allows scientists to shed light into blind spots like sleep quality to test associations and patterns in data never before available. We think information about the actual daily lives of patients is an untapped resource for a wide range of healthcare stakeholders, including patients themselves.
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