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Gabriel T.,The New York Times
Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology | Year: 2017

In this vivid first-person case history, political reporter Trip Gabriel describes experiencing a classic episode of transient global amnesia. He was near the average target age of 61. Although no cause has been established for the syndrome, as with many other patients his episode appears to have been triggered by contact with water: He was racing a sailboat. While remaining alert and handling complex sailing maneuvers, he suddenly developed amnesia that left him with no recollection of finishing two races, returning to shore, drinking a beer with his friends, needing help finding his car, and not knowing where he was or where he lived. When he did not arrive home on time, his wife called him and quickly recognized his disorientation. She helped him drive himself home and took him to the hospital, where he was evaluated for a stroke. A brain magnetic resonance imaging scan was normal. He started to become aware again about 9 hours after the start of the attack, but was kept in the hospital until his anterograde amnesia resolved fully about 23 hours after onset. He has no memories of 12 hours (from 3 hours before the attack started through the time he regained awareness in the hospital). He was reassured to learn that a recurrence is unlikely. He finds parallels to his experience in the films Memento and Inside Out. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

News Article | April 18, 2017

When asked whether President Donald Trump will release his tax returns, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump cannot do so as he is under audit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns in office, he will reportedly become the first American president in 40 years to do so. In the press briefing, Spicer said that Trump had made it clear during the campaign last year about the status of his income tax returns. Trump has used the same explanation about him being under audit by the IRS since early last year, according to reports. Trump is not the first president whose tax returns have created controversy. In the decadeslong history of presidential tax returns, there have been others as well whose tax returns have raised questions. In 1973, when the Watergate scandal was at its peak, tax experts demanded for an audit of the then-President Richard Nixon. The IRS refused, but one of the agency's employees leaked information showing that despite having an income of more than $200,000, Nixon paid only $792.81 in federal income taxes in 1970 and $878.03 in 1971. Nixon also took a huge number of deductions, which included $570,000 for the gift of his vice-presidential papers to the National Archives. He apparently asked his aide to show that transaction as a backdated entry to the previous year. Nixon eventually had to his show his tax returns going back to 1969, and was later hit with a tax bill of $471,431 plus interest. “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook,” Nixon told reporters in November 1973, amid the scandal over his taxes. “Well, I am not a crook.” He resigned less than a year later. Former President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 tax return showed that he paid taxes at an effective rate of 40 percent. However, Reagan took advantage of the signature tax cuts that he passed when he was in office. In 1987, he gave only 25 percent of his income to the IRS. According to 1987's tax returns, the former president's income that year included not only his presidential salary, but also his income from his movie career and autobiography. In 1994, the then-President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton, released their tax returns for several years to silence all those questioning the couple's Whitewater Development Corporation, which was formed in 1978. The real estate venture failed but some claimed it involved illegal dealings by the couple. Three separate inquiries were held but no evidence  were found against the Clintons. Then-Senator Barack Obama's tax returns in 2008 reflected a huge spike in charitable donations during his presidential campaign. The New York Times also reported at the time how Obama's income rose drastically from book royalties. Some of Obama's largest donations went to the Trinity United Church of Christ. In 2005 and 2006, the church reportedly received $27,500 from Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.

News Article | April 19, 2017

"Despierta con Cala es una solución a tus límites no identificados, patrones de pensamientos repetitivos y a las ataduras de tu historia antigua; esa historia que tenemos que reformular para usarla desde su poder y no desde la victimización", afirmó Ismael al presentar la gira. La conferencia está basada en el Método C.A.L.A de Vida (Constante Aprendizaje para el Liderazgo en Acción), un programa de auto-estudio que ofrece una serie de herramientas mentales estratégicas para ayudar a las personas a convertirse en la mejor versión posible de sí mismas. La gira continuará en Toronto (Canadá), el 2 de junio. Luego se trasladará a Miami (EEUU), Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Sucre y La Paz (Bolivia) y Bogotá y Medellín (Colombia), entre otras ciudades que se irán sumando. Más información en: "Nuestro equipo de académicos y coaches ha trabajado junto a mí durante cinco años para crear una poderosa guía de crecimiento personal y profesional, utilizando las más recientes investigaciones en neurociencias, comunicación no violenta, programación neurolingüística, psicología positiva e inteligencia emocional", añadió Cala. La agenda de Cala se completa en las próximas semanas con charlas y presentaciones de libros en ciudades como Dubai (5 de mayo) y Madrid (4 de julio), y conferencias empresariales en San Diego, Ciudad de Guatemala, San José de Costa Rica y Buenos Aires, entre otras actividades. Estratega de vida y desarrollo humano, autor best-seller y conferencista internacional. Durante más de cinco años presentó el show CALA, en el prime time de CNN en Español. Actualmente es considerado uno de los comunicadores más importantes del continente y su mensaje de emprendimiento social, mindfulness y bienestar es referencia para millones de personas que siguen su obra en libros, seminarios, talleres y conferencias a lo largo de toda Hispanoamérica. Cala ha recorrido más de 25 países y ha impactado a cientos de miles de personas con su mensaje. Actualmente es colaborador oficial en el programa "Despierta América", de la cadena Univisión, y escribe una columna semanal para más de 50 publicaciones de América Latina y Estados Unidos. "The New York Times" le calificó como "el Larry King latino". Autor de los best sellers "Despierta con Cala", "La vida es una piñata", "El analfabeto emocional", "El poder de escuchar", "Un buen hijo de P…" y "El secreto del bambú", Cala nació en Santiago de Cuba (1969) y es licenciado en Historia del Arte por la Universidad de Oriente. Es coautor del libro "Beat the curve", junto a Brian Tracy. Se graduó en la Escuela de Comunicación de la Universidad de York de Toronto y ostenta un diploma de Seneca en Producción de Televisión. Ha trabajado con grandes maestros como Deepak Chopra y John C. Maxwell y se ha formado junto a coaches como Tony Robbins y Miguel Ruiz. Cala pertenece al claustro de profesores colaboradores de Atlantis University y Next University. Es presidente de Cala Enterprises Corporation. Visita:

News Article | April 25, 2017

storybooth’s online digital media platform brings young people’s real stories to life through animation, on self-inspired topics from their own lives, ranging from bullying, to racism, first heartbreaks to first triumphs. In just one year, storybooth has received more than 26,000 contributed stories and accumulated more than 40 million video views. Some of storybooth’s top performing stories include: storybooth won the Webby Award in ‘Best Youth Site,’ comprised of websites for those under the age of 18. Referred to as ‘the Internet’s highest honor’ by The New York Times, the Webby Awards honor excellence in 6 major media types: Websites, Film & Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Social, Mobile Sites & Apps and Podcasts & Digital Audio. “Young people are particularly drawn to storybooth because we’re tackling the topics other media hasn’t, or won’t, in a way that gives kids a voice and the power to create content on the issues that matter most to them,” said storybooth founder, Marcy Sinel. “We’re thrilled to be recognized by the IADAS and the Webby Awards, and are excited to continue to produce more of these amazing stories.” Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) select the Nominees for both awards in each category, as well as the Winners of The Webby Awards. In the spirit of the open Web, The Webby People’s Voice is awarded by the voting public. Each year, The Webby People’s Voice Awards garners millions of votes from all over the world. Viewers can watch the 21st annual Webby Awards on Tuesday, May 16, on Storybooth was also recently honored at the Shorty Awards, which recognizes the best of social media. To learn more, view the PRWeb release here: storybooth is a digital media platform that collects real stories from young people in their own words, selects stories, and publishes them on the platform’s YouTube channel, website and mobile app. The platform’s mission is simple: empower kids through the telling of their true stories to help them feel connected, inspired, and not so alone in the world. Combining storytelling, with short form animation allows the platform to elevate these true stories in a way that young people connect to, are entertained by, and watch over and over and over again. This platform also offers brands and agencies new and unique ways to engage with young audiences. Learn more at Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)—a 2000+ member judging body. The Academy is comprised of Executive Members—leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities—and Associate Members who are former Webby Winners, Nominees and other Internet professionals.

Stafford T.,University of Sheffield | Dewar M.,The New York Times
Psychological Science | Year: 2014

In the present study, we analyzed data from a very large sample (N = 854,064) of players of an online game involving rapid perception, decision making, and motor responding. Use of game data allowed us to connect, for the first time, rich details of training history with measures of performance from participants engaged for a sustained amount of time in effortful practice. We showed that lawful relations exist between practice amount and subsequent performance, and between practice spacing and subsequent performance. Our methodology allowed an in situ confirmation of results long established in the experimental literature on skill acquisition. Additionally, we showed that greater initial variation in performance is linked to higher subsequent performance, a result we link to the exploration/exploitation trade-off from the computational framework of reinforcement learning. We discuss the benefits and opportunities of behavioral data sets with very large sample sizes and suggest that this approach could be particularly fecund for studies of skill acquisition. © The Author(s) 2013.

A system and method for automatically detecting and extracting semantically significant text from a HTML document associated with a plurality of HTML documents is disclosed. The method may include receiving a HTML document, parsing the HTML document into a parse tree, segmenting the parse tree into one or more segments of one or more unique paths, processing the one or more segments based at least the HTML document, and extracting one or more processed segments from the at least the HTML document based on a predetermined number.

A system for and method of generating and visualizing one or more sharing event cascade structures associated with one or more content sharing events that occur across a network may include generating a plurality of sharing event nodes in the one or more sharing event cascade structures based on data associated with at least one of a system log and a database, wherein each sharing event cascade structure graphically represents a history of one or more content items being shared among a plurality of users of the network, and presenting, on a display device, a content sharing visualization diagram that illustrates the one or more sharing event cascade structures and enables a user to analyze sharing patterns associated with the plurality of users of the network.

A system and method in accordance with exemplary embodiments may include receiving a message from a location-aware mobile device associated with a user, receiving content delivery information from the user, formulating a content package at least based on the content delivery information, and sending a content message associated with the content package to the location-aware mobile device via a network.

An interactive interface of an embodiment of the present invention comprises a mirror surface; a sensor configured to receive an input from a user; a processor communicatively coupled to the sensor; the processor configured to identify a user identification based on the input, retrieve user specific content associated with the user identification; and identify one or more interactions with the user, wherein the processor comprises a speech processor and a video processor; and an output configured to display content associated with the user identification and responsive to the interactions on the mirror surface.

A system of generating advertising inventory by marketers sharing content with others via a social network or other electronic communication across a network. This embodiment may include allowing one or more content providers to provide links to content items. The content items may be provided directly by the content provider or by a clearinghouse entity or other intermediary. A subscriber may then search for relevant content items from one or more content providers. The subscriber may provide ancillary content for association with the selected content item. Thus, when the subscriber shares a URL identifying the selected content item via a social network, the URL may be encoded with a unique identifier identifying the subscriber. When the URL is clicked by a user, an ad server on the publishers side may recognize the unique identifier and display the content item with the ancillary content provided by the subscriber.

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