Gallaudet won its football game this past weekend against Castleton State College in Vermont. The Bison racked up about 448 yards rushing, spoiling the Spartans homecoming. The final score was Gallaudet 49, Castleton 18. The Bison is now 2-2 for the season and 1-1 in conference play. Sophomore running back Phillip Hayes scored three touchdowns. Quarterback Jimmy Gardner earned Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Player of the Week honors two weeks ago in Gallaudet's 34-7 victory over Hiram College of Ohio. The roster has players from 32 different states.
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Michael Saalfeld took the Men's 800m for the US. Russia earned Silver and Mexico took Bronze.
The Ukraine won the Men's 4x400m Relay and the US took Silver.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The US lost in straight sets to the Ukraine in Women's Volleyball at the Deaflympics in Taiwan. The Americans earned a Silver medal. They took a Bronze in the last Summer Games in 2005.
The US Women's Beach Volleyball team also lost to the Ukrainians who go on to play for the gold.
On the men's side, the American volleyball team won their semi-final matach and will face the Men's Ukrainian team in the finals.
The US basketball team beat Greece 64-57, the smallest margin of victory so far for the Americans. The Americans have now won five games straight.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
American Craig Saalfeld increased his lead over a Russian competitor in the Decatholon after eight events in the competition.
Some 50 members of the deaf community gathered to demonstrate against planned budget cuts at a state Capitol hearing in Hawaii yesterday. The Deaf Services Section of the Vocational Rehabilitation serves several hundred people. The overworked staff is being cut and the offices moved to a less disirable location. The deaf services program has been in operation for a dozen years.
Friday, September 11, 2009
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Computers are now better at lip reading than humans, according to a new study out of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. A machine-based lip reading system significantly outperformed more than a dozen human lip readers during tests. The recognition rate was only 32% for the human lip readers. But the computers figured out what was being said about 80% of the time. Unlike the people involved in the test, the machines didn't need to see the full face of the speaker in order to do well. Scientists say the information they've gathered suggests there may be some novel ways to quickly improve lip reading. Researchers will present details of the study at the 8th International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing that starts today at the University of East Anglia.
The FDA has approved the newest implant from Cochlear Americas. The Nucleus 5 System is designed is for those with severe-to-profound hearing loss. It's the smallest and thinnest cochlear implant, so far from the Australian-based company.
Cochlear also reported today that it has lifted its annual profit by 13%.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
A deaf man in Maine claims Augusta police twice refused to provide him with an interpreter after he requested one. An investigator for the Maine Human Rights Commission has sided with Wayne Draper in his case against Augusta. The Commission next meets two weeks from today. This could be grounds for a lawsuit against the city which claims there was no harm done because Draper was able to communicate in other ways to officers.
Police stopped Draper in 2007 for taking someone's vacant hunting stand. He showed the investigating officer card that said he wanted an interpreter but Draper claims the officer refused and wrote a note to him. Draper was never charged with a crime and the tree stand owner physically threatened him. Police again refused his request for an interpreter, eventually providing one for him at the police station later after Draper was insistent.
The closing ceremonies of the 21st summer Deaflympics will include a large open-air banquet in Taipei. The focus will be Taiwanese delicacies like beef noodle, steamed dumplings and oyster omelet. Theatre director and playwrite Stan Lai designed both the opening and closing ceremonies. Deaflympics' rules state that the final soccer game must be played at the main stadium. That means he'll have only two hours to put everything in place. This will be the first time an International Olympic Committee sanctioned event has ended with a serving of banquet. There will be about 300 tables for the athletes while the spectators (numbering about 15,000) will be given a box of food. During the meal, music, dancing and singing will fill the stadium.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
There have also been complaints about incomplete information appearing on the Deaflympics website and there are accusations that the posted information is incomplete, tardy and bias toward the Taiwanese team.
Although the country spent $6 million on the games, there are also a variety of problems with the competitions themselves. For instance, the Taipei Stadium swimming pool has only 8 lanes when Olympic-size pools should have ten. That's forced athletes to drive two hours out of town to swim in a back up pool.
Monday, September 7, 2009
The US Deaflympics women's basketball team beat the Taiwanese team 96-14 in their opening round. If the US wins the tournament, it would be the third straight time the Americans have won the gold.
The US men's soccer team played the Japan team to a tie. Both teams still have an opportunity to advance. They take the field again tomorrow. On the women’s side, the US shut out Germany 4-0.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The Chinese team did not march in the procession of athletes. Instead, a single athlete carried the country's flag. China blamed the absence on a scheduling problem but many believe the move was deliberate because Beijing frequently objects to Taiwan's participation in international events.
A record 4,000 athletes from 81 countries are registered to compete this year.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
A Ventura County attorney says it was right not to hire the woman after making a reasonable effort to accommodate her. The county is required to respond in writing within two months.
This disorder only affects the bones in and around the ear. About one-in-ten of those who contract the disease will suffer progressive hearing loss. Only half of 1% of the general population get it but 10% of the Anglo and Hispanic population are affected by it. It's rare among African Americans. Women come down with it twice as often as men. The most common treatment for otosclerosis is stapedotomy surgery.
These are medications that can damage your inner ear. For instance, some antibiotics are "ototoxic" meaning they can impair your hearing and balance. Aspirin can even cause temporary problems. If you’re having a hearing problem, ask your doctor about any medications you’re taking.
This form of hearing loss happens naturally with age. It’s a persistent ringing, hissing, or roaring in the ears. It’s frequently caused by exposure to loud noise or certain medicines.
Presbycusis is a form of hearing loss happens naturally with age. It can be caused by changes in the inner ear, auditory nerve, middle ear or outer ear. Some of its causes are aging, loud noise, heredity, head injury, infection, illness, certain prescription drugs, and circulation problems such as high blood pressure. Studies indicate it is probably inherited.
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Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, president, National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and vice president/dean of Rochester Institute of Technology for NTID.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Deaflympics has picked Taiwanese carrier China Airlines as the official airline for the 21st Summer games in Taipei. The games begin September 5 and run through the 15h. The airline will provide discount tickets and an excess baggage allowance. Cabin crews and ground service employees have been taking sign language training to help improve their service to deaf and hard-of-hearing-passengers. Travel information brochures and films with English subtitles are being included on all flights.
The head of a deaf services company goes to court this morning, accused of not paying an employee. Mary Moylan claims Viable president John Yeh owes her more than $7400. Another trial is set for October on the civil contract claim.
The Maryland-based video relay service was recently bought by New York-based Snap!VRS. The company was recently searched by the FBI in connection with an investigation of a Florida company whose owners have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud the federal government. Viable says it is fully cooperating with the investigation.