A woman who falsely accused 4 men of sexual or violent offences has been sent to prison after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, referred her sentence for being too low.Anna Judith Costin, 30, accused her victims of rape, sexual assault, or assault during early 2016. None of the men were charged, but as a result of the false reports some spent time in custody, were harassed by members of the public, or suffered psychologically.Costin was originally sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court in March, where she was given a sentence of a 3 year community order and 60 day rehabilitation activity requirement. Today, after the Solicitor General’s reference, the Court of Appeal increased her sentence to 4 years immediate custody.Commenting on the sentence increase, the Solicitor General said:“False rape allegations have a serious impact not only on the lives of the accused, but can also have an indirect but profoundly damaging effect on genuine victims of rape. It is important that Costin’s sentence reflects the gravity of her crimes.”
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Harvard University announced Wednesday that Susan Shallcross Swartz, an artist and social and environmental activist, and her husband, James R. Swartz ’64, have donated $10 million to Harvard Divinity School (HDS). The gift will establish the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies, which will fund new professorships and support fellowships and programming in the classroom and in the field.Harvard President Drew Faust praised the Swartzes for supporting not only HDS but also the broader University community. “The Divinity School plays a key role in the work and mission of the wider University,” said Faust, “and Susan and Jim’s gift — one of the largest in HDS’s nearly 200-year history — helps solidify the study of religion’s place at Harvard. We are most grateful.”Swartz, an American landscape painter whose work explores the intersection of spirituality and art, became involved with HDS in 2005, when she was invited to become the School’s artist-in-residence. Her involvement has continued over the years through service on the HDS Dean’s Council, thanks in large part to the Swartzes’ relationship with former Dean William A. Graham, whose legacy the gift also honors.“From the beginning of my association with HDS, I was impressed with the leadership of Bill Graham and with the Dean’s Council’s commitment to keeping the oldest divinity school in the country a vibrant place of scholarship and reflection,” Swartz said. “This gift will allow Dean [David N.] Hempton to take the School into the future, and to improve the currency of the leadership that HDS exercises. My hope is that the endowment will inspire scholarship and reinvigorate debate, service, and teaching for generations to come.”“Without question, Susan and Jim’s extraordinary gift will advance teaching and research in Christianity, one of our core strengths, well into the future,” said Hempton, who is also HDS’s Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies and John Lord O’Brian Professor of Divinity. “The Swartz Endowment will expand our ability to assemble the leading scholars and thinkers in the field — and to draw the talented students that they attract. We are deeply grateful to Susan and Jim for their generosity and for their continued faith in our mission.”Founded in 1816, HDS was the first nonsectarian theological school in the country and the second professional school established at Harvard. (Harvard Medical School was founded in 1788.) The School has a distinguished history of fostering scholarship and critical thinking, as well as supporting service and ministry. HDS faculty are among the world’s leading scholars in Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist belief and practice.HDS offers four degree programs that educate students who assume leadership roles in ministry, education, journalism, government, public service, and many other fields. The HDS campus welcomes students from 30 denominations, who reflect a broad spectrum of academic interests and backgrounds.Trained in watercolors and oils, Swartz now works primarily in acrylics. Her “profoundly abstract landscapes and nature scenes” are in private and corporate collections around the world, as well as in several permanent museum collections. She has received numerous honors and awards during a career spanning more than 40 years.In addition to serving on the Dean’s Council, Swartz is on the boards of the Utah Film Center and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She cofounded the Christian Center of Park City and is a founding member of Impact Partners, a documentary film organization.Swartz has worked closely with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Louie Psihoyos, and Jane Goodall on a number of environmental initiatives, and she has supported film projects — including the Sundance Film Festival and Academy Award-winning films — focused on social and environmental injustice.The Swartz gift will support HDS and Harvard’s long-term mission as planning continues for an eventual University-wide capital campaign. Harvard expects a late 2013 launch.For more information about Swartz and HDS, please visit www.susanswartz.com and www.hds.harvard.edu/.
Nell Scovell ’82 has been one of Hollywood’s funniest writers for more than 30 years, working on “The Simpsons,” “Monk,” (the original) “Murphy Brown,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and as the creator of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” She was almost always the only woman in the writers’ room, and recounts the good and the bad of those many moments in her recent memoir “Just the Funny Parts … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club.”Scovell returns to campus Friday to teach “Topical Joke Writing” as part of January Arts and Media Seminars (JAMS!). In an interview, Scovell talked about writing as a team sport and her place in the #MeToo movement.Q&ANell ScovellGAZETTE: How did this joke workshop come about?SCOVELL: What Jack Megan (of the Office for the Arts) does for Harvard arts is incredible. There was nothing like these programs when I was a student. Three years ago, he invited me to speak to students, and pulling that talk together helped me get a handle on what I wanted to say in “Just the Funny Parts.” He reached out again this year and asked me to do a workshop. I thought of “Topical Joke Writing” because, thanks to social media, it’s something everyone’s doing now, and it might be interesting for students to develop these skills.For a late night talk show, you sit in a room with 12 other people, talking about topics, throwing out ideas, and honing them. The idea is to duplicate that process for a group of undergrads. We asked them to submit two to five jokes as an application for the class. One student sent one that was worthy of Seth Meyers: “Dr. Henry Heimlich, inventor of the Heimlich maneuver died last week at the age of 96. (Beat) I’m so sorry, I told myself I wouldn’t get choked up.”We’ll talk about voice and brevity. One thing I noticed in a lot of the submitted jokes was there’s too much wind-up. Part of the point of topical jokes is that they are based on this common knowledge of our culture and politics, so you can shorthand. I also hope that there is some learning about the creative process and how it’s rarely just one person alone. It starts with a personal spark. But when you share with the group, the joke gets judged and often gets improved. Every student can learn from that joint endeavor. “Dr. Henry Heimlich, inventor of the Heimlich maneuver died last week at the age of 96. (Beat) I’m so sorry, I told myself I wouldn’t get choked up.” — Joke submitted by student applying for Scovell’s workshop GAZETTE: You had so many highs and lows in that space. Can you talk about being part of a writers’ room?SCOVELL: I want to introduce the students to writing as a team sport, which can be so satisfying. People come at comedy from different perspectives, which is why you want diversity in your writers’ room and why the joke you never thought of is part of the work you’re making.My favorite time at Letterman was when we would get our topic for the top 10 list and go back to our offices for 45 minutes and grind out all the jokes we could think of. It was “Joke Writing 101.” We had to hand our page to the head writer, and he would rifle through the pages and select various jokes to read out loud. It was just delightful.GAZETTE: “Just The Funny Parts” just came out in paperback, but was originally published last March, a few months after the #MeToo movement swept Hollywood.SCOVELL: When writing the book, I shared a #MeToo story from early in my career when I was sexually assaulted by a head writer. I was very nervous about sharing it publicly. Then the October before my book came out, #MeToo breaks, and so many women were telling their stories. I shifted from being nervous to not being able to wait to add my voice.In 2018, the Writers Guild of America West conducted a study about sexual assault and harassment. Sixty-four percent of women said they had experienced it. That’s two-thirds! I had already been part of the harassment part of the discussion in 2009 when I wrote about the hostile work environment for women at Letterman, but I shifted focus to adding diversity to the writers’ room.All these issues fall under general misogyny, but obviously there’s a range of behaviors that hold women back in the workplace. It’s not one or the other, and they often get thrown at you. Just talking about it is a huge step to changing the system.This interview was lightly edited for length and clarity.
Harvard University and Deerfield Management, a health care investment firm, have established a major strategic R&D alliance to speed the development and translation of biomedical and life-science innovations into transformative treatments that can improve life, health, and medical care. Through a newly launched company called Lab1636, Deerfield has committed $100 million in initial funding to support the alliance.Spearheaded by the Harvard Office of Technology Development (OTD), the alliance is expected to catalyze the development of novel therapeutics and rapidly drive innovations toward clinical validation.“We envision the Harvard-Deerfield collaboration as a powerful means to fuel translational research across the University, enabling promising innovations to advance beyond their laboratory roots,” said Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber.“By working with an alliance partner who is prepared to support early stage research and to invest in the success of preclinical and clinical-stage commercial development, we’re enhancing the opportunities for Harvard’s life-changing innovations to reach patients in need,” added Isaac T. Kohlberg, senior associate provost and chief technology development officer at Harvard. “Success in a research alliance requires a partner with a long vision and operational and development expertise, as well as the financial resources, and we’re delighted to launch this initiative with Deerfield.”A private company wholly owned by affiliates of Deerfield, Lab1636 will support Harvard R&D projects throughout various stages of drug discovery and development, for example enabling studies to explicate the biology of disease, validate therapeutic targets, or achieve a proof of concept necessary for filing an Investigational New Drug (IND) application.“Harvard is an outstanding partner for an alliance,” said James E. Flynn, managing partner at Deerfield. “The University’s outstanding science, breadth of technologies, and mix of esteemed junior and senior faculty constitute a fertile environment for the continuous generation of novel insights. This, in combination with its experience advancing potential therapeutics, makes it the perfect place to establish an impactful translational partnership.”At any research university, the most commercially promising innovations eventually outgrow the lab bench, requiring greater resources or more focused development than an academic setting can provide. In addition to funding research on campus, Lab1636 may facilitate licenses to outside companies and is equipped to provide substantial support to the launch and growth of new startups dedicated to developing Harvard technologies.“The sheer scope of this collaboration with Deerfield may prove transformative for Harvard research,” said Vivian Berlin, managing director of strategic partnerships in OTD. “This alliance has immense potential to bridge the development gap, ensure continuity of resources, and complement our other major translational programs, such as the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator.”Kohlberg added, “We hope that our R&D alliance with Deerfield will further sustain and speed the commercialization of innovations from across the University toward societal impact.”Harvard’s R&D projects to be funded by Lab1636 will be selected by a joint advisory committee, and the projects will be initiated by principal investigators from labs across the University. The projects will generally focus on the development of novel therapeutics, ideally advancing many to a stage that would enable the filing of an IND application and, if successful, the commencement of clinical trials in patients.
View Comments Les Miserables The marquee lights of the Imperial Theatre, the home of Les Miserables on Broadway, will be dimmed on September 1 at approximately 10:15 pm, following the evening performance, in memory of cast member Kyle Jean-Baptiste. He passed away early Saturday morning at age 21, having made history at the Imperial on July 23 when he became the first African-American actor, and the youngest person ever, to play the lead role of Jean Valjean on the Great White Way.A native of Brooklyn and a graduate of the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Baptiste attended Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio where he starred in numerous productions. The day after his graduation, he was hired to join the ensemble of Les Miserables and understudy the role of Jean Valjean, beginning performances on June 23. Baptiste had been scheduled to depart Les Miserables on September 6 to board the new Broadway production of The Color Purple.“The tragic loss of Kyle to our company, just as he was on the threshold of a brilliant career, is a numbing reminder of how precious life is,” said producer Cameron Mackintosh in a statement. “His spirit was infinite and his voice from God—we are all so sad not to have spent more time with him, for he truly was a rare talent and a special person. Our loss is heaven’s gain and our prayers are with his family and friends.””We mourn the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle Jean-Baptiste, an immensely talented actor who followed his dreams that led to playing the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway. He was a rising star who graced our stage for too short a time, but his historic achievements and what he represents for the future will be remembered and honored when the Imperial Theatre dims its lights on Tuesday evening following the show,” added Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.”The Kyle Jean-Baptiste ’15 Music Theatre Scholarship has been established at his alma mater, Baldwin Wallace University, to carry forward Kyle’s legacy and benefit music theater students. To make a gift in memory of Kyle, please make your check payable to Baldwin Wallace University, note “Kyle Jean-Baptiste MT Scholarship” on the memo line and send to Baldwin Wallace University, c/o Advancement Services, 275 Eastland Road, Berea, Ohio 44017. To make an electronic gift, go to https://www.b-wcommunity.net/give, in the designation dropdown, select Kyle Jean-Baptiste, and follow the prompts. For more information, please call 440-826-2750. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA continues to press for patent law reforms that would ban abusive patent demand letters and lawsuits that can harm the financial services industry, as well as the consumers it serves.In a statement with other trades, submitted for the record of today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Patent Demand Letter Practices and Solutions, CUNA laid out principles that should be applied to any forthcoming patent reform legislation.“We fully support (the committee’s) goal of developing legislation to tackle the scourge of bad faith patent demand letters. Financial institutions of every size have been targeted by Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), often referred to as patent trolls, who in most cases assert patents of dubious quality through vaguely worded demand letters or intentionally vague complaints.”The letter adds that hundreds of credit unions and banks have been targeted by such entities, “using tactics resembling fraud or extortion.”Chief among any legislative solution should be provisions clarifying the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to fight against deceptive practices, while not affecting legitimate patent holders’ rights to assert their patent rights. continue reading »
Balancing fraud protection with the customer experience continues to be a difficult objective for all credit card issuers, including credit unions. Strategies to achieve this balance are only becoming more complicated as the payment fraud landscape evolves to address upticks in e-commerce transactions, data breach fallout and other cybersecurity vulnerabilities.An important first step in fine-tuning a credit union’s fraud program is to look at ways to improve the generation and management of false positives. Frequent false positives undermine a cooperative’s reputation, generate frustrating cardholder experiences and may even result in the loss of long-time, loyal members.Analyzing authorization rules, including the specialty status given to certain cardholders, is a smart place to start. Often, issuers will place affluent or frequent-traveler cardholders into a no-decline status to better manage these VIP cardholders’ experiences. Especially as spear phishing attacks against wealthy individuals become more prevalent, this all-too-common strategy is becoming increasingly risky. If not managed properly, it can result in significant losses for the cooperative.Generally, limiting the number of authorization rules within a particular portfolio will improve both the frequency and cardholder-impact of false positives.Deciding which rules to keep and which to eliminate, however, can seem complicated. Data analytics can be a tremendous help to card teams working to refine their authorization strategies. In a recent engagement with a large credit card issuer, our analysts were able to reduce a set of rules from 46 to 12 while capturing 10 percent more fraud dollars and generating 26 percent more in spend (from reduced declines).By taking a look at the last two years’ card transactions, as well as data on confirmed fraud cases during the same time period, card teams develop a much clearer picture of what’s working and what isn’t. Armed with this data – made even clearer when combined with information from credit bureaus – credit unions can virtually draw a line between those authorization rules that have historically been the most effective and those that have generated the most false positives.In our experience with both large and small issuers, we’ve found the more complicated a rule, the less effective it is. Similarly, rules focused on a particular card number (first digit or BIN) are not as accurate as others. As well, valid Card Verification Value (CVV) at the time of transaction does not strongly indicate the transaction is good. Among the fraud transactions IQR has analyzed, nearly 70 percent included a verified CVV.The current fraud climate is making false positives more of a common occurrence. In fact, a recent CreditCards.com survey of frequent credit card users found that among those who had purchases questioned or blocked, half said the charges were legitimate. This trend could very soon make proficiency at eliminating the “false alarm” hassle from the lives of consumers a significant differentiator for credit unions. 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Zarana Shah Zarana Shah is Manager of Analytics at IQR Consulting, a provider of data analytics solutions to retail and financial services firms. With more than six years of analytics and consulting … Web: www.iqrdataanalytics.com Details
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions often tell us they run into trouble when it comes to their social media, creating friction between the marketing team and the compliance team. Social media is a great way to reach members and promote products and services to potential members, but it is a common area of compliance confusion. The advertising regulations apply the same to social media posts as they do to other advertising – there are no free passes for social media. I know this can be frustrating to marketing teams trying to be fun or keep messaging short, but there just aren’t any exemptions to the regulations I can offer here.What I can offer, however, are a few tips. If these tips are followed closely, they could help minimize your social media compliance risk and keep the marketing and compliance teams singing in harmony.Present key items legibly. Specifically, an NCUA official advertising statement or Equal Housing logo. Not only do these items need to be present when applicable, but they also need to be clear and legible. A simple way to ensure you are staying compliant is to add the NCUA official advertising statement and the correct Equal Housing logo clear and legibly to your credit union’s main cover image, like the large banner images you see on Facebook and Twitter. Then you don’t have to worry about including these items in each post or tweet and it will always be clear and legible.
Lastly, Chicago P.D. was tasked with a different challenge: covering the Black Lives Matter movement. After Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) chose to do the right thing — and in turn, stand up against the Blue wall — the police force turned against him.“This season, we’ll see that it’s hard to be both a proud, principled Black man and a results-oriented, tough cop,” showrunner Rick Eid told Us, referring to “It’s always been difficult to be a Black cop in Chicago. In 2020, it got even harder.”He also noted that some people in the unit will feel differently about the changes happening: “The world is changing, but that doesn’t mean all of our characters have changed — or that they agree with all the various changes that are taking place.”- Advertisement – Tackling current events head on. During their Wednesday, November 11, season premieres, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. — three shows that follow the lives of first responders — tackled the current events happening in 2020.While Chicago Med and Chicago Fire dove into the coronavirus, Chicago P.D. went deeper into the Black Lives Matter movement and police reform.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “As a hospital show, we always knew we would have to cover it,” executive producer Diane Frolov told Us Weekly ahead of the season 6 debut. “Real-life doctors have been at increased risk and have been disproportionately infected. We felt we had to show that.”On Chicago Fire, it was a bit different, since firefighters already wear masks while at work. Cocreator Derek Haas revealed to Us that they worked with their consultants and real firefighters on staff to find out what protocols actual firehouses were putting in place.“I think when you see the first episode, you’re gonna say, ‘OK, it didn’t feel like any different, other than there were people wearing masks in scenes that they probably wouldn’t have been before,’” he told Us exclusively. “We bring into the story line the fact that there are no civilians in the bullpen like we’ve always had, which is true. Other than that, it’s going to feel current.”- Advertisement – Scroll through the gallery to see how each premiere covered the events of 2020.
Justyn Wood and Susan Chenoweth with Riley Wood, 11, at the home they are selling in Hamilton that has an in-built skate bowl. Picture: Adam Head.HOUSE for sale: Six bedrooms, a heated pool, big backyard, oh, and a massive concrete skate bowl in the living room.You heard correctly. Just when you thought you had seen it all when it came to weird and wonderful homes, this three-level Queenslander in the affluent Brisbane suburb of Hamilton has hit the market with a unique selling point.RELATED: Futuristic submarine-inspired development surfaces in BrisbaneSpa king’s beachside trophy home for saleGlamour home has $110k drivewayVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream home has its own indoor skate park00:36This house at 32 Joynt St, Hamilton, has a concrete skate bowl inside it. Picture: Place Estate Agents.Formerly owned by a man who founded many of the city’s skate parks, the property at 32 Joynt Street is one of the more unusual listings Drew Davies of Place Estate Agents has ever had the pleasure of marketing.“Half expecting to see a 2 foot plywood ramp in the driveway, you can imagine my absolute shock when right there, inside one of the living rooms, was one of the gnarliest concrete skateboard bowls I’ve ever seen,” Mr Davies said.The huge concrete skate bowl inside one of the living areas of the home. Picture: Place Estate Agents.So excited by the finding, Mr Davies wasted no time in grabbing a skateboard and giving it a go — expensive suit and all.Unfortunately, a couple of hours later, he was laid up on the couch at home with an ice pack strapped to one leg and nursing a torn calf muscle.The front of the house at 32 Joynt St, Hamilton. Picture supplied by Place Estate Agents.“This property was made for me to sell it,” Mr Davies said.“It’s the sort of thing dreams are made of. It speaks to my inner child.“I left my Mother’s Day lunch to skate on this bowl!”The three-level house at 32 Joynt St, Hamilton, also comes with a pool. Picture: Place Estate Agents.Mr Davies said he had been contacted by professional skateboarders from around the world since putting a 15 second teaser video of him skating in the bowl on social media.“Great properties are still getting great interest in this market, so I know it will sell,” he said.Owner Justyn Wood said the skate bowl was one of the reasons he bought the house seven years ago. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHomes perfect for self-isolation01:37“I’ve got two boys and I could just see that they would love having it,” Mr Wood said.“It takes up a fair bit of the basement level and it’s a real fun zone for kids.“It’s soundproof from the rest of the house so they can make all the noise they want down there.”Inside the house at 32 Joynt St, Hamilton, which is for sale. Picture: Place Estate Agents.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoAmerican professional skateboarder Tom Schaar even used in it when he last toured Australia.“It was a rainy day and he couldn’t skate outside, so he came over to my place,” Mr Wood said.“I don’t think there are any others in Australia inside — and possibly the world.”Plans of the bottom level of the home, which shows how big the skate bowl is.MORE: ‘Better to sell now’: Block expert selling his own propertyInside tropical resort-like Gold Coast wonderThe home was previously owned by Robert Lewers, the founder of Concrete Skate Parks, which explains the skate bowl.But Mr Wood said the house would appeal to more than just four-wheeled fanciers.“Aside from (the skate bowl), it’s a beautiful family home with a parents’ retreat and it’s in an awesome location in Brisbane,” he said.The home itself is beautifully styled and perfect for family living.The quintessential Queenslander sits on a large 910 sqm block, just 4km from the CBD.The property is being marketed by Drew Davies of Place Estate Agents and is scheduled for auction on June 6.Strap in! 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