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Although the youngest athlete competing in Rio is 13-year-old Gaurika Singh, a swimmer representing Nepal, gymnastics is unique for its high concentration of teenage girls. This year, 16.8 percent of gymnasts are younger than 18, and all of those young athletes are women. Swimming has a higher total number of competitors under 18, but that group makes up only 9.1 percent of the field. That doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptions. Oksana Chusovitina, a 41-year-old from Uzbekistan, is competing in her seventh Olympics, making her the oldest female gymnast in Olympic history. Chusovitina will compete in the vault finals on Sunday.What about the other end of the age spectrum, where I might have a chance? With a median age of 36, equestrians are the oldest Olympians. More sedate sports also tend to have older athletes; golf and shooting are near the top of the list. Beach volleyball, tennis and cycling also have older competitors.The prize for the oldest Olympian in Rio goes to 62-year-old Julie Brougham, a rider from New Zealand who is attending her first Olympics. Brougham had her Olympic debut Wednesday, in individual dressage. But Brougham isn’t the only athlete in Rio who has lived at least six decades. There are four other Olympians who are 60 or older, all of whom are competing in equestrian events. Still, equestrian is not dominated by older competitors: Among Olympic sports, it has one of the widest distribution of ages, with athletes that range in age over a 44-year span. As I expected, gymnasts are among the youngest Olympians. Of all the groups I looked at, women’s artistic gymnastics (the “regular” gymnastics)2There are two other categories of gymnastics at the Olympics: trampoline and rhythmic. has the lowest median age — 19. That puts Biles in the very middle of her peers. Also, artistic gymnastics (along with golf) has the largest gap between the median ages of men and women participants — five years. That’s because of the sport’s high number of women and girls under 20. It’s not age holding me back from being an Olympian. If I want a shot at gold in 2056, I had better go find a horse. We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Most adults probably feel as though they missed their chance at making it to the Olympics. Even at 24, I feel decrepit and ancient watching 19-year-old Simone Biles execute flips and twists at the Rio Games with an athleticism that I will never attain. Still, Biles got me wondering which Olympic events I theoretically might still have a shot of participating in at my age (assuming I could change pretty much everything about my genetic makeup and lifestyle in a very short period of time). For each sport of the 2016 Games, I looked at the median age of the participants — overall, men and women — using data from athlete profile pages on the Rio 2016 website.1As of Aug. 3, there were 11,384 athletes on the site for which we obtained age data.
Then-Temple-forward Anthony Lee (3) shields the ball from a defender during a game against Louisville at the Liacouras Center Feb. 14. Temple lost, 82-58.Courtesy of MCTAfter taking multiple hits to his roster, it appears as if Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta has started filling the void left by four players who are no longer with the program.Per a Saturday report by ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman, Matta has received a commitment from Temple transfer redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee. Lee can as early as next season per NCAA transfer rules, as he is set to graduate in May.An OSU athletic spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Saturday.Lee — who posted a video to his personal Twitter and Instagram accounts — @AntLee_3, of his tour at Ohio Stadium Friday, averaged 13.6 points per game last season while collecting an American Athletic Conference best 8.6 rebounds per game.Lee also sent a tweet from that account at 2:24 p.m. Saturday, saying how he is looking forward to playing at OSU.“Buckeye Nation! Too blessed, been thru 2 much an Coach Matta and the Buckeye family knows what I need for this last year. Blessed! !!!” the tweet read.Listed at 6-feet-9 inches tall and 230 pounds, Lee is likely to bring stability to OSU’s post game. Junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald only tallied averages of 9.8 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game between them last season, as OSU went 25-10 and bowed out to Dayton, 60-59, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament March 20.The report comes one day after forward LaQuinton Ross announced his intentions to leave OSU one year early to pursue a professional career. Guard Amedeo Della Valle also decided to leave the program March 22, to head back home to Europe and pursue a professional career of his own. OSU is also having to replace guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft, who it loses to graduation.The addition of Lee brings OSU’s scholarship players count to 11, two below the maximum 13 allotted by NCAA rules.
Answer Scripts of a public exam. Prothom Alo File PhotoAs many as 25 answer scripts of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination were recovered from Sonarpotti road in Joypurhat on Thursday night.The answer copies were of this year’s English 1st paper exam under Rajshahi secondary and higher secondary education board, reports UNB.Joypurhat police station officer-in-charge Mominul Haque said three passers-by found those answer scripts lying on the road and handed over to police.A general dairy (GD) was registered with the police station in this connection, said the OC.Read More: ‘Waves’ of question paper leaks hit childrenRead More: ‘Question paper leaks out of control’Read More: Govt asked to explain failure to stop SSC question paper leakRead More: 13 detained over SSC Chemistry question paper leak
Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Metro Screenshot The Downtown District’s Bob Eury presented his ideas for expanded park and ride service before Metro’s Strategic Planning Committee.The Management District’s Transportation Committee is floating a new plan called Metro MAX. The proposal includes seven-day-a-week service from Metro’s park and ride lots with commuter buses running in both directions. Speaking before Metro’s Strategic Planning Committee, District Executive Director Bob Eury said a lot of people who live downtown now actually work out in the suburbs.“And it’s not all sort of the way it’s been where I live in the suburbs and come to work in the central part of the city,” added Eury. “The game has changed on us at this point.”Metro board member Christof Spieler said Houston already has the infrastructure in place to implement some of those ideas fairly quickly.“I think it would be a very worthwhile thing for us to do, to basically corridor by corridor, look at where are the low-hanging fruits in moving to this,” explained Spieler.And Spieler added that the I-10 corridor might be a good place to start.“It would be really great to have a transit center at Gessner and I-10 so that buses can stop there on their way to the Energy Corridor, which adds another major employment center to the mix,” said Spieler. “I could see a Memorial City circulator bus.”Metro said it’s currently reviewing the Downtown District’s suggestions as it develops a new regional transit plan. CEO Tom Lambert said they’ve also brought TxDOT into the discussion. 00:00 /01:05 X
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black children are twice as likely as Whites to be victims of child abuse, with 1 in 5 becoming victims of neglect and/or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, according to a new study.“These data highlight that the burden of confirmed maltreatment is far greater than suggested by single-year national estimates of confirmed child maltreatment and that the risk for maltreatment is particularly high for black children, who had cumulative risk of confirmed maltreatment in excess of 25 percent for many years, and never less-than 20 percent,” the report states.Official 2011 data from child protective service agencies puts the overall child abuse figure at 1 in 100 children. But the new research places the figure at 1 in 8, with most of it taking place in the early years.The new study, which appears online in this month’s JAMA Pediatrics, uses the same protective services data (the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System – or, NCANDS—Child File), but measures it cumulatively, including all children under 18 who have been victimized, up to and including the given year.“If you have a person abused, say, at age four, and they were four in 2009. In 2014, they would be nine. If you took a yearly approach, you would only include in your measure those who were maltreated this year,” says Hedwig Lee, one of the study’s authors. “We show people who’ve experienced this at least one time before they were 18. It’s an estimate that shows the actual burden of maltreatment in children. If you experience maltreatment at any time, it affects you, so [this method] is a more clear snapshot of the population affected.”The researchers use NCANDS data from 2004 through 2011, and in that time, nearly 5.7 million children had at least one confirmed case of maltreatment during their lives (80 percent of which stemmed from neglect, as opposed to abuse, according to the study). CPS found that 174,400 Black children had been neglected or abused in 2011 alone (for most of these children, it was the first reported case).Cumulatively, researchers found that by 4 years old, Black children had a 1 in 10 chance of being maltreated. By 10 years old, the risk was 4 in 25. Put another way, that’s at least four students in every fifth-grade class. By 15 years old, Black youth had a 1 in 5 chance of having a CPS file.In 2011, White children accounted for 317,900 confirmed maltreatment cases, most of which were first offenses. (There were a total of 670,000 confirmed cases that year).Cumulatively, by 4 years old White children have a 1 in 20 chance of maltreatment; a 4 in 50 chance by age 10, and a 1 in 10 chance by age 15.Put another way, Black children are twice as likely to suffer maltreatment as White children by each of those benchmarks.“It highlights the importance of thinking about how, in the United States, many disparities that occur…are examples of the ways in which the history of racism can lead to disparate outcomes among groups,” Lee says, pointing out that overwhelmed parents of color are much less likely to have access to support such as comprehensive healthcare, lactation consultants, therapists, nannies, and the like.“When we think of [the data’s] racial disparities, it’s not necessarily bias among CPS, but more about the large problems of social disparities. In many cases parents are overwhelmed and not receiving enough support. That’s a social and economic problem.”CPS confirmed cases of abuse or neglect are most likely to occur in infancy and toddlerhood, across race and in both annual and cumulative measures. A more accurate interpretation, according to study co-author, Christopher Wildeman, is that in the case of babies and toddlers, maltreatment is both easier to identify as such, and more likely to be discovered. “Young children are quite fragile, so maltreatment they experience — whether abuse or neglect — is more noticeable than it would be with older children. If you yank a two year-old by the arm and you yank an eight year-old by the arm, the two year-old could end up with a separated shoulder from the incident, whereas the eight year-old might feel resentful and hurt, but may not present symptoms of an injury,” Wildeman explains. In addition, “folks – whether teachers, physicians, or other folks in the community—are just more attentive to small children, and the folks at CPS are no different.” In addition to the rate difference between CPS’s annual count and this study’s cumulative count, there’s also a huge difference between CPS rates and self-reporting from adults who were maltreated as children. “Self-reported rates are higher because to have a case confirmed there has to be enough evidence and there’s a high level of proof,” Lee explains. “There’s going to be discrepancy…[especially if] they’ve never had contact with CPS. Our estimate might be conservative. It’s clear that people may be slipping through the cracks.”The study does not make recommendations or offer sociological explanations regarding the disparities it highlights, but it does point out that child maltreatment is a serious public health issue. In addition to the moral implications, child maltreatment is associated with higher rates of mortality, obesity, HIV/AIDS infection, and mental health problems.Children who have been abused or neglected are more likely to engage in criminal activity as teens and/or adults, and five times more likely to attempt suicide. One cited study estimates that the social toll stemming from the effects of child maltreatment costs the United States $124 billion every year.“The results of this study provide valuable epidemiological information,” the researchers conclude. “Being able to assess the extent and severity of maltreatment across populations and time can inform policies and practices that can be used not only to reduce maltreatment, but also to improve population health and reduce health disparities.”
Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Digital entertainment firm Wattpad and talent agency Huayi Brothers Korea have partnered to adapt Wattpad stories for film, TV and digital outlets.Wattpad, an online community of readers and writers, will use machine learning software to sift through the 565 million stories it houses. The selected stories will be adapted for screen, with the two companies set as co-producers.“Wattpad’s model is the future of entertainment, using technology to find great storytellers and bring them to an international audience,” said, Jay Ji, CEO, Huayi Brothers Korea.“In an era of entertainment abundance, working with Wattpad means access to the most important things in the industry: a data-backed approach to development, and powerful, proven stories that audiences have already fall in love with.” Previously known as SIM Entertainment, Huayi Brothers Korea is a talent company that has its own stock market listing in Korea and is predominantly owned by Chinese film studio Huayi Brothers Media. It represents talent including Kim Ok-bin, Han Sun-hwa, and Kin Yoon-seok.Wattpad has a slate of over 20 films in the works in Indonesia with streaming platform iflix. It produces ‘Light as a Feather,” with AwesomenessTV and Grammnet for Hulu in the U.S. Its feature film “After,” based on Anna Todd’s best-selling novel, will hit theatres on April 12, 2019.
01Aug House mental health task force hosts first meeting Tags: CARES Task Force, Mental Health The Michigan House of Representatives bipartisan mental health task force kicked off its research by hosting a panel at the Livingston County EMS Center in Howell on Monday, Rep. Klint Kesto announced.The task force seeks to explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to live happier, healthier and more independent lives. This comprehensive approach addresses the hurdles people face each day, including veterans with post-traumatic stress injury, victims whose lives are altered by traumatic crimes or prisoners who struggle with underlying mental health disorders.“Today’s panel was an eye-opening experience,” said Rep. Kesto, of Commerce Township, who co-chairs the task force. “I appreciate the comments about how we can make the mental health system better – getting better outcomes and targeting dollars where they can do the most good.”Panelists included Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy, Connie Conklin, executive director of Livingston County Community Mental Health; Judge Carol Sue Reader of the 53rd District Court, Jamie Wright, Veteran Justice Outreach Worker for the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Dave Stanifer; Mental Health Services Director for Woodland Correctional Facility, Judge Michael Hatty of the 44th Circuit Adult Drug Court; Dr. I. David Yanga, chief medical officer for Brighton Center for Recovery, Dr. Stephen Pinals of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital; and Francine Zysk, court administrator for the 53rd District Court.Following the conclusion of the meeting, the task force took part in a tour of the Livingston County Jail to learn about how the county houses inmates with mental health disorders and drug addiction.The task force will hold its next meeting Aug. 17 at Hope Network in Grand Rapids.####Bipartisan task force members convene for their first meeting held in Livingston County. Categories: Kesto News Rep. Klint Kesto, of Commerce Township, (left) and Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, (right) serve as co-chairs of the task force.
Telecom Slovenia reported quarterly revenues and operating profits that were both down year-on-year, but named its TV partnership with Antenna Group among its operating highlights for the first three months of 2013.Last month Telecom Slovenia formed a joint venture with European media investment firm Antenna Group to run a TV channel in Slovenia. The Planet TV network, which began transmitting a full programme schedule in November 2012, is to be 49% held by Telekom Slovenia, with Antenna taking the remaining 51%.In its quarterly earnings report, the firm said that expanding in the long term beyond traditional telecommunications activities to television, digital advertising, management services, cloud computing was important for operators to remain profitable.“The trend of declining revenues from traditional fixed and mobile telephony services continues. Telekom Slovenije’s revenues in the mobile segment were down primarily due to the migration of subscribers to new, less expensive packages that include a higher number of services,” said Telecom Slovenia.In the quarter the firm reported operating revenues of €190.5 million, down 1.7% year-on-year. Its operating profit amounted to €20.3 million, down 11%, however net profit was up slightly at €14.5 million.
‘Above target’ Viaplay subscriber growth has led to a positive Q2 for Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group.The company added 65,000 subscribers in what is normally a “quiet quarter” due to “seasonality in the sports subscriber base”.Speaking on the company’s earnings call, CEO and president Anders Jensen (pictured) said that this was “driven by a combination of healthy gross intake, lower churn levels, and ground-breaking new B2B deals”. He continued: “We have added more original programming and acquired more content and live sports, which have all contributed to Viaplay’s growth, as have our ongoing technology and product developments.”Viaplay has added 244,000 subscribers over the past year, to make up a total of 1.421 million subscribers. Customers of the service represent 60% of NENT Group’s total subs.Jensen added that streaming has become increasingly important to the company’s strategy, stating that “put simply, capturing the streaming opportunity is the key factor in driving long-term value for our shareholders.”Speaking on the topic of Viaplay’s pricing, Jensen specifically cited Netflix’s strategy and suggested that any adjustments could damage the OTT service’s growth: “On Viaplay, we are now announcing price increases on sports in Denmark as our first step, and we are following the development of Netflix price increases that we now see traveling through Europe. If and when they come to the Nordics, we will increase at the same – to the same levels. “We think it’s a bit premature to start to create our own price category. We don’t want to offset the very healthy growth patterns that we see right now, but we believe that pricing power is one of the key tools going forward as the category gets more and more interesting and people are trading down on traditional TV packages. This is still cheap.” Subscription sales account for 60% of NENT Group’s revenue, with Viaplay accounting for 60% of that. ‘Subscription & Other sales’ were up 8%.Overall, Group sales increased by 6% and the operating income for its combined business segments grew by 5%.Advertising sales accounted for 26% of group sales and were down by 3%. Jensen attributed this to the Ice Hockey World Championship not being aired on Swedish free-tv and the “continuing soft TV and Radio advertising markets.”NENT Group has heavily invested in content in recent times, with five new Viaplay originals debuting in the quarter and a further six new shows in production. In Q2, the company also announced several sports rights agreements including exclusive coverage of Alpine and cross-country skiing from 2021, the Open golf championship until 2024, and Danish Superliga football until 2024.