Project Oscar offers prize as incentive to charity affiliates

first_img Howard Lake | 5 March 2005 | News Project Oscar, the fundraising telephone service for charities, is offering a reverse osmosis water filter for the most successful affiliate charity, who can then use it as a prize for their charity supporters.The prize will go to the first charity that signs up 500 new subscribers to the Project Oscar service before August 2005.Project Oscar say that the prize can be used as the winner wishes. For example, it could be a prize in a “Who-can-gain-the-most-supporters” competition amongst your charity shops and/or volunteers. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Project Oscar offers prize as incentive to charity affiliatescenter_img  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell

first_img Receive email alerts ZimbabweAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence CorruptionCovid19ImprisonedPredatorsJudicial harassment August 5, 2020 Find out more News Letter about coronavirus-linked press freedom violations in Zimbabwe Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Held for the past six weeks and now in a maximum-security prison, Chin’ono is “unwell,” one of his lawyers reported in a tweet yesterday. RSF has learned that Chin’ono has had a Covid-19 test but the result has not yet been announced. When reached by RSF, another of his lawyers, Beatrice Mtewa, said the risk of infection was “high” in the prison because of “over-crowding, no social distancing, no water, soap or sanitizers – basically non-compliance with recommended Covid protocols.Tomorrow’s hearing will be the fourth time that a court has considered a request for his provisional release.Chin’ono was arrested at his Harare home on 20 July on the official grounds of several tweets in which he urged Zimbabweans to take part in an anti-corruption protest planned for 31 July. The police say he is charged with “incitement to commit public violence” and “incitement to participate in a gathering with intent to promote public violence.” An outspoken critic of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government, Chin’ono had in June helped to expose a case of overbilling for medical supplies to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Several persons close to the government, including the president’s son, have been linked to the scandal, which resulted in the health minister’s arrest.“This renowned investigative journalist is being subjected to political and judicial persecution that is now putting his health in grave danger,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “His reporting and his views on corruption should never have led to imprisonment. His worsening health and exposure to the coronavirus must convince the authorities to release him at once. Keeping him in prison would seem like an preliminary sentence. The authorities have been warned repeatedly and we hold them entirely responsible for his fate.”RSF and the Zimbabwean branch of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), a regional press freedom organization, sent a joint letter to information minister Monica Mutsvanga a month ago about the increase in arbitrary arrests of journalists, calling for Chin’ono’s release and an end to police abuses against journalists in connection with their coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.RSF has registered 15 press freedom violations in Zimbabwe, including ten arrests of journalists, since the start of the coronavirus crisis. This is more than in any other African country. Help by sharing this information to go further Reports Despite the promises of change that accompanied the dictator Robert Mugabe’s fall in 2017, the press freedom situation is still very worrying in Zimbabwe, which is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. On the eve of a court hearing to consider another request for the release of Hopewell Chin’ono, a well-known Zimbabwean investigative journalist who has just been tested for Covid-19 in prison, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for his unconditional release. ZimbabweAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence CorruptionCovid19ImprisonedPredatorsJudicial harassment November 27, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en September 1, 2020 Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail November 12, 2020 Find out more Zimbabwean journalist and documentary film maker Hopewell Chin’ono (2nd L) consults with his lawyer Doug Coltart while police search his office in Harare on July 21, 2020, a day after he was arrested and charged with incitement to commit public violence. Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP Follow the news on Zimbabwe Newslast_img read more

Library dedicates room to Andrews family

first_img Print Article By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration A room at the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge was dedicated to the Ben Andrews family at a ceremony Sunday afternoon.The adult fiction room is now the Andrews Room in memory and honor of three generations of master craftsmen. Their work stands today as testimony to the talent, skill and dedication of Ben Andrews and his descendants.“The dedication of this room to the Andrews family is something that we are extremely proud to be a part of,” said Sara Bowden, library board chair. “The City of Brundidge is in the process of expanding the library to include a second wing and the board wanted to recognize the man who built the present library building in 1897.” Floyd and Boykin were master carpenters whose work is a part of the city’s business and residential communities.Floyd laid his first brick at the Bill Jackson home on East Troy Street and Boykin laid the brickwork on the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library sign that was designed by Brundidge artist Larry Godwin and built the ramps on both the library and city hall buildings.Two other library “heritage rooms” have been named in memory of Knox Ryals, previous owner, and Janie Wallace, who was the librarian for about two decades. Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Andrews also built the Bass House, which now houses the Brundidge City Hall, and the McEachern house, which no longer stands, and other buildings and houses in Brundidge and the surrounding area.Ben Andrews was born in 1836 in rural Pike County and lived much of his early life in the Williams Chapel area. He built the original Williams Chapel church building.Andrews’ son, Jim, was also a master builder and built many houses in Brundidge including those originally owned by Monroe Logan, Henry Barr, C.L. Golden, Merlin Bryant, Tom Carlisle and Bill Jackson.Jim Andrews had eight children, Richard, George, Elizabeth, Boykin, Joe, Floyd, David and Napoleon. Five generations of Andrews from all across the country gathered at the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library Sunday for the dedication service.The Andrews’ legacy as master builders began before 1897 but the home that Ben Andrews built for the Mathias Lightfoot family is one of his most storied works.“Back then, there were few plans for buildings,” said Brundidge City Councilman Lawrence Bowden, who presented the dedication program. “Most of the time the builder was told what the person wanted and he built it. Ben Andrews was a master carpenter, stonemason and brick mason. He was extremely talented. He designed the intricate gingerbread trim work on the house.” Sponsored Content You Might Like Jobless numbers fourth lowest in state While unemployment is wreaking havoc on homes throughout the state, Pike County is experiencing the opposite. For the fourth straight… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Library dedicates room to Andrews family Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Empty Bowls luncheon set for this Friday

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen University receives more than $3.4 million from CARES Act Troy University has been awarded a total of $3.443 million by Gov. Kay Ivey, as part of the $75 million… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Empty Bowls luncheon set for this Friday By The Penny Hoarder Perhaps, it’s not a widely-known fact that, back during America’s Great Depression, the model for the soup kitchen was actually originated with Al Capone, the notorious gang leader from Chicago.Capone’s intention was to clean up his gangster reputation. His soup kitchens served three meals a day for those who were unemployed during Hard Times. During the Great Depression, a soup kitchen could be found in every city and every town. Society made sure that soup was available for every person who was hungry.Today, soup kitchens continue to help feed the hungry of the world. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip The Pike County Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls Luncheon is a throwback of sorts to the soup kitchens of the Great Depression.  The luncheon features different soups, chilies and stews. Each participant chooses an “empty” handmade, pottery bowl to take home as a reminder of the tens of thousands of people around the world who know the meaning of real hunger, said Kim May, director of the Pike County Salvation Army Service Center and Thrift Store.“Our Empty Bowls Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Bush Baptist Church Family Life Center,” May said. “It will be Empty Bowls, almost as usual. We will have 19 soups, stews and chilies made by some of the best cooks in town and some of the best restaurants, dessert and bottled water. Because of COVID-19, diners will have the option of dining in or carrying out.”May said the tables and chairs will be arranged to comply with social distancing and all participants will be asked to wear masks when going through the soup line and selecting an “empty bowl” to take home.center_img Tickets for the 2020 Empty Bowls Luncheon are $20 and are available at the Salvation Army Service Center at 509 South Brundidge Street in Troy and at the door.All proceeds from Empty Bowls support the Pike County Salvation Army Food Pantry and friends and neighbors in need. Email the author Sponsored Content Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Published 10:12 pm Monday, September 14, 2020 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “Those who chose the carry-out option will have their choice of three “soups,” dessert and bottle water and, of course, a clay bowl.Ed Whatley will be the featured entertainment for the fundraising event.last_img read more

Two shot at Birmingham hospital, police say

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — Two people were shot at a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, Wednesday evening, police said.Police responded to a call of a reported shooting at UAB Highlands Hospital, Birmingham Police Lt. Pete Williston said in a press conference. They located the two victims and then proceeded to search the hospital.The suspect was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Williston said.There is no additional threat to the public, police said.The victims were listed as being in critical condition.Further details were not immediately available.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Better public services hinges on leadership

Comments are closed. Effectivepeople management must be at the centre of the drive for continuing serviceimprovement in the public sector, says an Audit Commission report. Thestudy, Managing People, is compiled from findings of local authorities’ firstround of comprehensive performance assessments (CPAs). It shows high- scoringcouncils link people strategies to corporate objectives to achieve highperformance.Thecommission identifies six factors critical to successful people management:empowering leadership, people management strategies, managing performance,capacity building, workforce diversity and recruitment and retention.Thereport finds that developing and motivating staff is the responsibility ofmanagers at all levels in an organisation and is not the sole prerogative of HR.TraceyDenison, chair of the task team for CPA run by the Society of PersonnelOfficers’ (Socpo), which was consulted on the research, agreed with thecritical success factors highlighted by the commission. However,she warned processes must not become more important than outcomes. “Wehave to  make sure authorities modernisetheir people and management procedures and create policy and proceduralframeworks to support innovation,” she said. “We must keep an eye onthe outcome. The process should not be an end in itself.”KenDavies, senior specialist at the Audit Commission, said the report shows thecorrect application of people policies is critical to improving services andwould form a key component of future assessment frameworks.Examplesof good practice in the report included Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council’sdiversity policy, which uses scrutiny committees and internal and externalinterest groups to promote the policy.TheLondon Borough of Ealing was singled out over recruitment and retention, afterestablishing its own employment bureau to address shortages of teachers, socialworkers and IT specialists. Better public services hinges on leadershipOn 8 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. read more

Wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks still facing ‘unrelenting fixation on the hair of a 16-year-old’

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailtirc83/iStock(BUENA, N.J.) — The attorney for Buena High School wrestler Andrew Johnson, whose forced pre-match haircut was videotaped, has asked the state’s Division of Civil Rights (DCR) to further investigate the “unrelenting fixation on the hair of a 16 year old young man.”The lawyer, Dominic Speziali, provided more information to the DCR, which launched an investigation after the teenager was told to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match in December.Speziali said a scheduled wrestling match Wednesday was “abruptly canceled” after referees had reached out to the school’s athletic director about whether Johnson would need to wear a head covering.Johnson’s family is raising questions about the conduct of certain high school wrestling officials since the initial incident and “the motivation of all persons and entities involved.” The DCR declined to comment to ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img January 10, 2019 /Sports News – National Wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks still facing ‘unrelenting fixation on the hair of a 16-year-old’last_img read more

Clinicians fear NFL’s concussion settlement program protocols discriminate against Black players

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRichVintage/iStockBy PETE MADDEN, CHO PARK and RYAN SMITH, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The NFL insists that its concussion settlement program does not require the clinicians who evaluate former players for payouts to make race a factor in their determinations. Several of those clinicians, however, appear to disagree, and some of them fear that the league’s recommended protocols discriminate against Black players.In August, a group of neuropsychologists who measure cognitive decline in former NFL players seeking financial compensation through the league’s landmark settlement program took to their professional listservs to discuss some recent industry news. Two Black former players — defensive end Kevin Henry and running back Najeh Davenport — had filed a lawsuit against the NFL, accusing the league of “explicitly and deliberately” discriminating against Black players filing dementia-related claims.The NFL has repeatedly dismissed the lawsuit as “entirely misguided,” claiming that the use of any so-called demographic corrections to interpret test results is left entirely up to “the sound discretion of the independent clinicians administering the tests in any particular case.”But the former players are alleging that such corrections are, in effect, mandatory. And according to emails sent through private online forums, obtained by ABC News, some of those same clinicians lament that the league’s protocols supersede their professional judgement, sometimes leading to a “drastically different outcome” for former players seeking help.One neuropsychologist claimed the league’s program manual offered no such flexibility: “I don’t think we have the freedom to choose,” the clinician wrote. “If we do, apparently many of us have been doing it wrong.”Another bemoaned their possible complicity in a system that perpetuated “racial inequity” in payouts: “Especially in the correct [sic] of our current state of affairs, I’m realizing and feeling regretful for my culpability in this inadvertent systemic racism issue,” the clinician wrote. “As a group we could have been better advocates.”And another contended that while their “required reliance on these norms is spelled out in the manual,” it was still up to them to consider the consequences of their compliance: “Bottom line is that the norms do discriminate against Black players,” the clinician wrote. “So now what? In this time of reckoning, like many professions, I think we need to look closely at the expected and unexpected ramifications of our practices.”In a pair of wide-ranging interviews with ABC News, which will be featured in a special edition of Nightline on Wednesday, Henry and Davenport blasted what they described as a two-pronged program that treats white players one way and Black players another.“I just want to be looked at the same way as a white guy,” Henry told ABC News. “We bust chops together, bro. We went out together and we played hard together. You know what I mean? It wasn’t a white or Black thing. We lost together. We won together.”At the crux of the controversy: the NFL’s concussion settlement program manual recommends the use of a “full demographic correction,” in which a player’s cognitive test scores are compared to average scores, or “norms,” for similar demographic groups, and then adjusted to account for expected differences in age, gender, education — and race.The practice, widely known as “race-norming,” is in use across several different medical fields as a supposed safeguard against misdiagnosis. But because these “norms” assume that the average Black player starts at a lower level of cognitive functioning than the average white player at the outset of their careers, the former players say, Black players need to show larger cognitive declines than white players to qualify for compensation.“What the NFL is doing to us right now … when they use a different scale for African-Americans versus any other race?” Davenport said. “That’s literally the definition of systematic racism.”In response to questions from ABC News, an NFL spokesperson issued a statement saying that the concussion settlement, which has paid out more than $800 million to retirees and their families to date, was “agreed to by all parties, with the assistance of expert neuropsychological clinicians and approved by the courts more than five years ago” and “relied on widely accepted and long-established cognitive tests and scoring methodologies.”“The settlement seeks to provide accurate examinations to retired players,” the spokesperson continued, “and thus permits, but does not require, independent clinicians to consider race in adjusting retired players’ test scores as they would in their typical practice.”The NFL also emphasized the role of independent clinicians and third-party administrators in the process.“The NFL Parties play no role in the independent clinicians’ examinations, and any resulting diagnoses are reviewed by a neutral court-appointed claims administrator,” an NFL spokesperson said. “Challenges to diagnoses are reviewed by neutral court-appointed special masters and ultimately the court itself.”Attorney Christopher Seeger, who served as class counsel for the former NFL players and negotiated the landmark settlement with the league, issued a statement through a spokesperson that called on the court overseeing the administration of the settlement to issue a “clarification” on the issue.“The use of race-based demographic norms is ultimately left to the clinical judgment of the neuropsychologist and is not mandated by the settlement,” Seeger said in a statement. “To the extent that there is any perceived confusion, we would support a clarification from the Court to make it clearer that the use of demographic adjustments, including for race, is not required, and that the neuropsychologist examining a player should use their professional judgment to select the appropriate demographic adjustments to apply to the player’s test results.”The NFL Players Association, the labor union representing current and former players, declined to comment.But Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, part of a group of lawmakers who sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in September seeking more information on the league’s plans to “address alleged racial bias” in the system, said the practice would appear to undermine the NFL’s stated commitment to addressing racial inequity.“If ABC’s reporting is true, the NFL has apparently pressured doctors to disqualify Black former NFL players from benefits they earned,” Wyden told ABC News. “Shortchanging former players based on their race is both racist and rank hypocrisy, in light of league’s promises to push for racial justice. The NFL needs to stop trying to run out the clock and finally start treating Black ex-players fairly.”Race-norming has a long, fraught history, both inside and outside of medicine. But it has its proponents.In a declaration submitted to the court overseeing the settlement, Dr. Scott Millis, one of the neuropsychologists who helped design the program, said the consideration of “demographic factors, including race, when assessing premorbid intellectual functioning” is both a “widely-used” and “commonly accepted” clinical practice.“Race demographic normative adjustments, in particular, were designed and intended by the neuropsychological community to correct for the fact that certain racial groups were consistently obtaining disproportionately low scores on cognitive testing and thus were being incorrectly classified as cognitively impaired,” Millis wrote. “Misdiagnoses of cognitive impairments … can be very harmful. A misdiagnosed retired player could undergo unnecessary treatment, or plan his future based on a misunderstanding of his current abilities and likely progressive decline.”Its critics, meanwhile, say the practice can perpetuate the problem it was designed to address.In a paper published in JAMA Neurology in December, Dr. Katherine Possin of the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco, criticized the program and warned against “the use of race-adjusted norms as a crude proxy for lifelong social experience.”“In many clinical situations, false negatives cause even greater harm, such as when needed services are deemed unnecessary,” Posssin and her colleagues wrote. “This case is reminiscent of a damaging, century-long history of assuming that differences on intelligence tests (IQ) are primarily inherited and then using this false assumption to legitimize unequal distribution of resources by social class.”Henry, 52, played eight seasons in the NFL from 1993 to 2000, all of them for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After he retired, Henry briefly worked for Coca-Cola, but the job didn’t last long. He says he began experiencing headaches, memory loss and depression, all of which he suspected were the result of the repeated head injuries, including 10 concussions, he says he suffered during his playing career. He hoped the NFL’s concussion settlement program could provide a lifeline.In 2017, Henry was evaluated by a neuropsychologist and a neurologist, who gave him a battery of tests to measure his overall cognitive functioning, including language, learning and memory. They determined that Henry was suffering from a “severe” cognitive impairment consistent with “mild dementia,” which qualified him for compensation from the league. But the claims administrator rejected Henry’s application, citing multiple factors, including concerns about the validity of his performance on the tests and the use of “incorrect normative scores.”In 2019, Henry was tested again, this time by a different clinician. This time, the clinician applied the “full demographic correction” recommended in the program manual. This time, Henry did not qualify for compensation, leaving him baffled that he should be put in a different category than some of his former teammates.“I felt so betrayed and I still feel that way,” Henry told ABC News. “Two different systems. How can that be OK?”Davenport, 41, had a similar experience. He played seven seasons in the NFL from 2002 to 2008, most of them for the Green Bay Packers. In the years after he retired, he obtained an advanced degree and worked in education. But he says he began to experience similar symptoms, which he associated with his history head trauma. In 2019, Davenport was evaluated by Dr. Charles Golden, a Florida-based neuropsychologist who then evaluated former players for compensation through the program.Golden determined that Davenport was cognitively impaired, and believing that race-norming was merely a recommendation, he did not apply the full demographic correction. But when Davenport applied for compensation, the NFL appealed, arguing that Davenport’s testing was “invalid” and “his neuropsychological test scores may have been calculated with improper demographic norm adjustments.”“They said why didn’t you use the Black norms?” Golden told ABC News. “And I wrote back, basically, ‘I didn’t use the Black norms because I thought it was unfair to apply one set of norms to one of the player groups, another set of norms to another group of players.’”The special masters handling the dispute, however, was dissatisfied with Golden’s reasoning, saying “significant questions remains as to what system of adjustments Dr. Golden used in assessing Mr. Davenport, and how reflective that approach is of his general practice.” They granted the appeal in part and remanded Davenport’s claim to the administrator to seek more information from Golden.Emails obtained by ABC News suggest that Golden’s experience was not an isolated incident.In August, a neuropsychologist who evaluated former NFL players through the concussion settlement program told colleagues that clinicians faced consequences for anything less than strict adherence to the program’s guidelines.“My experience,” the clinician wrote, “is that when clinicians deviate from the algorithm, there are multiple inquiries levied at them.”Another clinician responded, calling that assessment “right on target.”“The concern for me would be taking the decision out of the clinician’s hands about whether the race variable should be used in norming regardless of the individual history,” the clinician wrote. “Should the ‘premorbid functioning’ of someone who completed a graduate degree and had a successful career in another field after retiring from football be assumed to be lower simply because of race?”“I think nuanced arguments like this,” the clinician added, “and well-reasoned deviations from the standard approach are not very likely to be listened to.”Exactly how many former players might have been denied compensation as a result of race-norming remains unclear.The NFL has issued payouts for more than 1,200 of the more than 3,100 claims it has received to date, but the league has repeatedly rebuffed requests — including a request from ABC News — to release demographic data on program payouts, making it difficult to determine whether race-based adjustments have skewed payouts along racial lines.Cyril Smith of the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder, which represents Henry and Davenport, said his own attempts to pry the data from the league have been unsuccessful.“We’ve asked the NFL … for that information, and they haven’t told us,” Smith told ABC News. “We’re sure that that information is out there. And we’re highly confident that it will show that Black players have been disapproved at higher rates than white players. But we don’t have those data yet.”ABC News, however, was able to obtain a data analysis that suggests that the impact of the practice on payouts could be significant.At the request of an attorney who represents several former NFL players, a neuropsychologist who has evaluated former NFL players under the concussion settlement program recently re-scored the results of cognitive tests from a group of 94 Black former players. The resulting dataset was shared exclusively with ABC News.Nine tests were deemed “incomplete” because of “missing raw scores,” leaving a sample of 85 scores recorded by approximately 40 different clinicians between 2016 and 2020. When the clinician interpreted the test scores as if those former players had been white, 34 of them met the criteria to receive payouts through the program. When the clinician applied the recommended demographic correction to those same scores, however, only 10 of those same players qualified.Eight former players who were initially scored at a “Level 2” neurocognitive impairment, which according to the program manual signifies “moderate dementia” with evidence of a “severe decline” in cognitive functioning, were adjusted to a “Level 0,” signifying no impairment, after the correction was applied.An additional 13 players who were initially scored at a “Level 1.5” neurocognitive impairment, which according to the program manual signifies “early dementia” with evidence of a “moderate to severe decline” in cognitive functioning, were also adjusted to a “Level 0.”In response to questions about the data from ABC News, an NFL spokesperson defended the practice.“Adjustments in test scores based on age, education, race, and gender have been used by clinicians in every-day clinical neuropsychological practice, and were developed by neuropsychological experts to achieve diagnostic accuracy, many years before the settlement’s creation,” the spokesperson said. “Normative adjustments for race, in particular, were developed to correct rather than perpetrate racial bias in neuropsychological tests which, without adjustment, were misdiagnosing Black test-takers as cognitively impaired at up to three times the rate as White test-takers.”Smith, however, offered a different takeaway.“The NFL has embraced a racially discriminatory scheme for adjusting these test scores,” Smith told ABC News. “That’s what Kevin Henry and Najeh Davenport have in common with hundreds or thousands of other Black retired players under the settlement agreement.”A third former NFL player has since joined Henry and Davenport in challenging this process in federal court.In October, former NFL defensive end Amon Gordon, who played for eight different teams from 2004 to 2012, reportedly appealed the denial of his application for compensation on a similar basis.The medical literature on race norming continues to shift amid an ongoing racial reckoning across many major industries. Last year, a group of Harvard-affiliated doctors highlighted the “potential dangers” of “race-adjusted algorithms” they identified in several different medical fields in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.“When clinicians insert race into their tools, they risk interpreting racial disparities as immutable facts rather than as injustices that require intervention,” the doctors wrote. “Researchers and clinicians must distinguish between the use of race in descriptive statistics, where it plays a vital role in epidemiologic analyses, and in prescriptive clinical guidelines, where it can exacerbate inequities.”And Henry and Davenport are seeking, in addition monetary damages, a declaration that the “compelled or presumptive use of race-adjusted normative data to the detriment of Black Settlement Class members under the auspices of the Settlement Agreement is illegal under federal law.”Henry said he’s fighting not only for former players, like himself, but for current ones.“That’s the only reason why I’m doing this. That’s going to be a group of guys that are going to come behind me. I’m coming out for them,” Henry told ABC News. “They don’t think they need me, but they need me. Now. You need me. You need me speaking out because you’re going to need me. You’re going to need me later. They’re going to do you just like they doing me.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img February 3, 2021 /Sports News – National Clinicians fear NFL’s concussion settlement program protocols discriminate against Black playerslast_img read more

Budding Chelsea branch reveals its blooming cheek

first_imgYou might think only a brave person or company would try to compete directly with the extreme gardening talents on display at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.But London agent Pastor Real Estate, which recently launched a branch not far from the internationally-famous horticultural gathering, had a go.The agency, whose new branch is just 700 metres from the gates of the show, unveiled its attempt at a floral display last week, which as you can see, now dominates the branch entrance.Pastor Real estate commissioned local floral artist Paul Thomas to create their display.The company was hoping to catch the eye of the 150,000 visitors who throng the area every year both to see the RHS show but also the green-fingered efforts of local homeowners and businesses, who often maintain their displays for several weeks following the main event.“The brief was to create something quintessentially English, incorporating Pastor’s brand colours of red and white into the design; celebrating the great British summer and Chelsea Flower Show,” says Paul.“I chose beautiful iceberg white rose plants and fresh red strawberries, accented with an abundance of beautiful English foliage and plants, to create the most spectacular display around the building’s entrance.”Mark McManus, Pastor’s Marketing Manager (pictured) says: “Chelsea, as an area, really characterises the term ‘quintessentially British’ and we were keen to incorporate our brand colours red and white, so when Paul suggested the idea of ‘strawberries and cream’ for the floral arrangement, we knew it would work really well.” Pastor Real Estate May 30, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Budding Chelsea branch reveals its blooming cheek previous nextAgencies & PeopleBudding Chelsea branch reveals its blooming cheekThe new Chelsea branch of London agency Pastor Real Estate this year pulled a green fingered stunt to rival the nearby RHS show.Nigel Lewis30th May 20180575 Viewslast_img read more

Call for AG Hill To Resign Arises Amid Harassment Investigation

first_imgThe lawmaker said an intoxicated Hill put his hands on her back, slid them down her back, put them under her clothes and grabbed her buttocks, according to the memo. She told him to “back off” and walked away, but Hill approached her again later and again reached under her clothing and grabbed her. She again told him to “back off,” according to the memo.The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assaults unless they come forward publicly.The investigating law firm, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, was recently hit with an ethics grievance over a separate investigation into harassment allegations leveled at another powerful Republican elected official — this one in Ohio. Like the Hill investigation, Taft concluded that the conduct of the Ohio lawmaker was “inappropriate,” but not in violation of state harassment policies.The law firm investigated Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz over comments he made while speaking at a retirement party on April 25. The complaint was made against Seitz after a roast in January 2018 for chief of staff Mike Dittoe. According to the report from the investigation, Seitz said he made jokes about two women representatives and about former Sen. Cliff Hite, who resigned in October 2017 and admitted to acting inappropriately toward a female state employee. Seitz told the Taft attorneys he referenced the Marvin Gaye song, “Let’s Get it On,” when speaking of Hite and described some representatives as wearing a “tin foil hat,” as an allusion to someone believing in conspiracy theories.Advocacy groups in Ohio filed a grievance against Taft after the investigation because Seitz for two reasons: The lawmaker previously had worked for Taft for more than 30 years, and Taft had made a campaign contribution to Seitz at the same time it was investigating him.A cursory Indiana Lawyer search of available online campaign contributions found Taft has made no reported donations directly to Hill through the end of 2017. A spokesperson for Taft did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment Tuesday.Hill, a former Elkhart County prosecutor, has been viewed as a rising Republican star. He was the single greatest vote-getter in Indiana history when he was elected to office in 2016.In May, he warmed up the crowd at a rally held by President Donald Trump in Hill’s native Elkhart.  He’s also visited the White House several times since Trump took office. In response to the allegations against him, Hill released this statement to media:“These allegations are deeply troubling.“Following dinner, I was invited to AJ’s lounge for the legislative end of session party.“The celebration at AJ’s was very crowded with, legislators, lobbyists, staffers, and others. The atmosphere was light and jovial, as would be expected in a bar.“I interacted with several people — talking, laughing, and telling stories. At no time was my behavior inappropriate nor did I touch anyone in an inappropriate manner.“While the celebration continued, I left with the gentleman who had invited me and went home.“I have never been contacted by an investigator. I have not been informed of who made these allegations nor have I been provided any due process with regard to these vicious allegations.“The lack of due process regarding this prejudicial investigation is concerning. I have never received a copy of this ‘confidential’ report along with the specific allegations made against me. While meeting with legislative leaders yesterday I requested a copy of this report but my request was denied despite the fact that the legislature acknowledged they had given it to the media. There is a fundamental lack of fairness to this entire process.” IL for www.theindianalawyer.comIndiana Attorney General Curtis Hill was investigated this year after four women claimed he touched them inappropriately at a bar. Hill was investigated by the same law firm that recently drew an ethics complaint about its handling of a separate investigation that cleared a powerful Ohio lawmaker. Meanwhile, Indiana’s Democratic Party leader has called on Hill to resign.The Indianapolis Star obtained an eight-page memo written by the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister, which wrote the document for legislative leaders who investigated the allegations against Hill.The memo states that a lawmaker and three legislative staffers said Hill inappropriately touched them at a party in the early morning hours of March 15, shortly after Indiana’s legislative session came to a close.Hill, a Republican, denied the allegations, calling them “deeply troubling.”“At no time was my behavior inappropriate nor did I touch anyone in an inappropriate manner,” Hill said in a statement to the newspaper. He also said he was never contacted by an investigator and that he hasn’t “been informed of who made these allegations.”But legislative leaders said in a joint statement on Monday that the investigation was completed and “the matter has been addressed with the Attorney General to the satisfaction of the employees involved.”One of the accusers, who spoke to the newspaper on the condition that she not be identified, expressed anger over Hill’s denial.She said she was satisfied that the investigation was conducted and that the women involved were treated fairly, but she said she was “disappointed that nothing can be done to censure him formally.”“This was a pattern of behavior that was witnessed by many,” she told the newspaper.On Tuesday, Indiana’s Democratic Party chairman urged Hill to resign. Chairman John Zody said the allegations against Hill are “beyond troubling and wildly inappropriate.”Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer said the GOP has “zero tolerance for sexual harassment,” but stopped short of calling for Hill’s resignation.Hill’s office did not respond to AP’s request for comment Tuesday morning. He previously denied the accusations.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issued this statement Tuesday:“I’m in a remote area of Montana with Janet celebrating our anniversary for a few days. I have limited information from media sources I’m able to access.“We took great care to update our sexual harassment policies for the executive, legislative and judicial branches in the past few months. No one should be subjected to unwanted sexual advances. I commend House and Senate leaders for their immediate and formal follow up to the allegations presented to them.“I’ll return to Indianapolis late tomorrow night. Until I’ve reviewed the facts in detail, I will have no further comment.”The document, dated June 18, states that Hill’s alleged conduct toward the legislative employees may have been “inappropriate,” but was “likely not severe or pervasive enough to result in a hostile work environment.” However, the firm found that Hill’s conduct toward the lawmaker was “likely egregious enough to meet the threshold of ‘severe.’”The memo includes details from interviews conducted with six women who attended the end-of-session party. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more