Helen's Blog - Tuesday March 4th 2014
Hi there hope you’re well today & here are some of the stories that are making the news today
The man who delivered pizza to the Oscars has been given a one-thousand dollar tip.
Edgar Martirosyan says he didn't expect to end up on stage at the ceremony on Sunday night.
Host Ellen DeGeneres ordered the pizza and helped him hand out slices to stars including Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep before putting tips in Pharrell Williams' hat.
The cash was presented to him on Ellen's chat show last night.
AVATAR TO THE RESCUE
Elderly people could be cared for in their own homes by electronic avatars to help them live independently.
The avatar could appear as a figure on a television screen, a tablet computer or as a hologram and would be able to detect whether people are in pain and alert the emergency services, researchers claim.
Heart rate and blood pressure could be monitored by the avatar and it would remind people to take medication. It would also be capable of knowing if someone had fallen over or was in pain, according to the University of Kent.
A spokesman for the university also said the avatar could potentially analyse a person’s speech, movement and facial expression to detect mood and formulate an appropriate response.
The university is taking a leading role in the project to support the UK’s ageing population. The avatar system – known as Responsive InTeractive Advocate (Rita) – would not need computer literacy and would be no more challenging than switching on a television, the spokesman added.
The project is being headed by Kent’s Centre for Child Protection and has won a share of £2.4 million in funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).
It is one of six aimed at developing new cost-effective ways of helping elderly people to continue to live comfortably and independently in their own homes.
A WOMAN SCORNED
Could this be one of the best take downs from a scorned wife?
This classified ad in a newspaper appears to show an act of revenge against a cheating husband and his pregnant mistress.
The listing offers Patrick Brown and Shara Cormier congratulations on the news they are expecting a baby together – and it’s apparently signed by Brown’s wife Timeshia.
It reads: ‘I would like to say congratulations to Shara Cormier and Patrick Brown. They are expecting a baby. Hope you both are really in love and I hope it works out. Always, Patrick’s wife, Timeshia Brown.’
It is unclear precisely where and when this advertisement was published, although it appears the parties involved could be from an area in Sabine County, Texas.
An image of the advert was uploaded yesterday to social news sharing site reddit by user kavien, who says they found the picture being shared on Facebook.
A foolish teen who boasted about her dad's discrimination payout on Facebook has cost him $80,000 (£47,750) after breaching a confidentiality clause.
Patrick Snay, 69, sued Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami for age discrimination and won $10,000 in back pay and an $80,000 settlement, reports say.
But the daughter's post looks set to be one of the costliest Facebook posts ever.
The teen told her friends: "Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver.
"Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT."
Word of the girl's cyber boast eventually reached the school; they then refused to pay the settlement, saying Snay broke his confidentiality agreement.
"Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do," the judge said according to the Miami Herald.
Under the terms of the agreement the head master was supposed to stay tight-lipped but instead told his daughter.
Snay, who is now headmaster at Riviera Preparatory Academy in Coral Gables, can still appeal to overturn the decision at the Florida Supreme Court.