Into the Wind: The Life of Carwyn James, published by Y Lolfa, by Alun Gibbard, £14.99In a near antithesis of the Byrne book, this biography of Carywn James is an epic read stretching to well over 400 pages. Author Alun Gibbard interviewed more than 100 people and provides the definitive profile of the visionary Welshman who masterminded the Lions’ only victorious series in New Zealand.The book covers the four central strands of James’s life – literature, broadcasting, politics and rugby – and Gibbard isn’t afraid to highlight the contradictions in James’s complex personality. There are shades of Shakespearean tragedy about the coach’s sorry decline into alcoholism and his lonely death at 53.Billy Vunipola: Wrecking Ball, published by Headline, £20This wonderful book, ghosted by Gershon Portnoi, focuses on Vunipola’s remarkable journey from the tiny Tongan village of Longo Longo to the Test stage via South Wales, Bristol, Harrow and Wasps.Something of a wild child, we learn of a litany of misdemeanours, the ‘tough love’ of his parents and his eating problem that saw him weigh as much as 152kg (almost 24st) when turning professional. Nowadays he eats broccoli for breakfast and dates a dietician.Feared and revered the world over, the mighty No 8 will be back in England’s colours on their summer tour following injury. The contenders for Rugby Book of the YearThe annual Sports Book Awards exist to showcase outstanding sports writing and publishing. Launched in 2003 by the National Sporting Club, the concept has evolved into a prestigious televised awards dinner at Lord’s cricket ground each spring.There’s been a Best Rugby Book category since 2008, when a panel of judges from the Rugby Union Writers’ Club decided to make the late and great Andy Ripley the inaugural winner for his intimate memoir detailing his battle with prostate cancer. Ripley’s moving acceptance speech remains an all-time highlight.Last year’s recipient, Paul O’Connell for his autobiography The Battle, was the tenth rugby winner and brought back-to-back success for Ireland following Tom English’s award for No Borders in 2016. There will be no hat-trick, however, as this year’s shortlist – selected from books published in Britain and Ireland in 2017 – leans heavily on English and Welsh literature. Polaris, who published a book on the 1971 Lions, are based in Edinburgh.This year’s ceremony takes place on 7 June. Here, Rugby World sums up the six contenders for the London Sporting Club Rugby Book of the Year, listed in alphabetical order…Rob Andrew: The Game of My Life, published by Hodder & Stoughton, RRP £20Who knew politics could be so interesting? The former England and Lions fly-half is now in charge of Sussex cricket, but he signs off from rugby by charting the grim cycle of boardroom power plays, internal reviews and playing disasters that occurred during his decade upstairs at the RFU.Andrew cut through the clutter to help forge a workable agreement between the union and Premiership clubs. The book, penned with the aid of Chris Hewett and David Norrie, also dedicates a sizeable rump to his 11 years at Newcastle Falcons, including a brilliant analysis of that superstar-in-waiting, Jonny Wilkinson.Lee Byrne: The Byrne Identity, published by Y Lolfa, £9.99The literary equivalent of a drive with Lewis Hamilton. The Welshman whizzes through his 47-Test career, touching on everything from reckless betting and attempted extortion to dyslexia and depression.Leaving school at 15 without any qualifications, Byrne seemed destined for a labourer’s life until being put on the path to rugby stardom by the Scarlets. His running lines, siege-gun boot and fitness made the full-back a key component of the successful ‘Warrenball’ rugby that Wales favoured for so long.It’s a gripping book written in collaboration with Richard Morgan. When Lions Roared, published by Polaris, by Peter Burns and Tom English, £17.99 Wasps: The Official History, published by VSP, £25Hot on the heels of Harlequins’ history, which was shortlisted at the Sports Book Awards last year, comes the official history of their one-time London rivals.A joint effort by Barney Burnham, Marcus Williams and Duncan Jones, it relates the cherished memories and achievements of the club that allegedly failed to become an RFU founder member because their delegates went to the wrong pub. It’s comprehensive, beautifully presented and, unlike so many history books that get bogged down in minutiae, easy to read.Flying the flag: Wasps supporters at the recent Premiership semi-final against Saracens (Getty Images) Follow that: last year’s rugby winner Paul O’Connell at a book signing in Limerick (Inpho) RUGBY BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNERS2008 Ripley’s World – Andy Ripley (Mainstream)2009 Seeing Red: Twelve Tumultuous Years in Welsh Rugby – Alun Carter and Nick Bishop (Mainstream)2010 Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary – John Daniell (Ebury Press)2011 The Grudge – Tom English (Yellow Jersey)2012 Higgy – Alastair Hignell (Bloomsbury)2013 The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players – Stephen Cooper (History Press)2014 City Centre – Simon Halliday (Matador)2015 Beyond The Horizon – Richard Parks (Sphere)2016 No Borders: Playing Rugby for Ireland – Tom English (Arena Sport)2017 The Battle – Paul O’Connell (Penguin Ireland)Man of his word: Simon Halliday picked up the rugby gong in 2014 for City Centre (Getty Images)Commended: ex-Scotland star Kenny Logan’s book was shortlisted at the 2010 awards (Getty Images) Rugby World looks at the six contenders for this year’s Sports Book Awards at Lord’s LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Wasps Tom English pairs up with Peter Burns to bring us a blow-by-blow account of the 1971 Lions tour, when John Dawes and Co turned the history books upside down. It’s nostalgia at its finest, with the story told partly in the words of the players, All Blacks as well as Lions.Discussion points include the violence of the Canterbury match, the casual genius of Barry John and the unforeseen consequences for world rugby – New Zealand went back to the drawing board and have dominated the ensuing four decades.
25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A one-stop online site to log people’s change of address has clocked up its 50,000th charity supporter.www.iammoving.com features more than 1,500 different organisations such as banks, local authorities, utility companies, leisure clubs and government departments. People moving house can log on and tell a full range of organisations their new address details on the free-to-use service.The company has found that charities are one of the favoured categories people use the site for. Charities using the site include Cancer Research UK, NCPCC, Help the Aged and British Red Cross, as well as many small local charities. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Individual giving Howard Lake | 30 May 2008 | News One-stop online change of address site hits 50,000th notification About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
TCU students finish intramural season, enjoy indoor soccer ReddIt Mitchell Stehly printThe American Osteopathic Association urges the public to become familiar with the hallmark signs of classic illnesses like measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox and whooping cough. Those with symptoms of these illnesses are strongly urged to isolate themselves until they are evaluated by a physician.TCU has three suspected cases of chickenpox on campus, according to an email from Dr. Jane Togerson on Tuesday.Togerson, the Brown Lupton Health Center’s medical director, said there are several precautions students can take.“Remember to wash your hands frequently and watch for signs and symptoms,” the email read. “Visit your healthcare provider or the health center for evaluation.”Togerson described symptoms as an “itchy, blister-like rash.”Additionally, the Center for Disease Control includes tiredness and fever as possible symptoms of chickenpox.“The rash appears first on the trunk and face and can spread over the entire body causing between 250 and 500 itchy blisters,” according to the CDC website.The disease is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and can be serious in people with weakened immune systems, according to the CDC.“Chickenpox is spread person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing,” Togerson wrote.Students can visit the health center’s website for additional information and hours of operation. ReddIt Linkedin + posts Development plan revealed for Berry/University, some express opposition Facebook Mitchell Stehlyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mitchell-stehly/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Mitchell Stehlyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mitchell-stehly/ The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years The109: Development plan revealed for Berry Street Facebook Previous articleDr. Kent P. Scribner named Sole Finalist for FWISD SuperintendentNext articleWendy’s robbed on West Berry Street Mitchell Stehly RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Mitchell Stehlyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mitchell-stehly/ Paschal catcher commits to TCU Linkedin Mitchell Stehlyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mitchell-stehly/ Twitter TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer
WhatsApp Twitter Sinn Fein plans for ‘all female’ election candidates are sexist and discriminatory, says male party member snubbed for election run Sinn Féin bill to reinvest proceeds seized by CAB in disadvantaged communities passes first stage Trolley crisis at UHL shames the Minister – Maurice Quinlivan T.D. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Long gynaecological waiting lists must be addressed– Maurice Quinlivan T.D. Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice QuinlivanSinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Business Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD today called for more clarity to be provided by the government on preparations to support businesses in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Questioning the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys this morning in the Dáil, the Limerick City TD said;“Brexit edges closer and closer and we still have no idea what it will look like.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “With less than one year to go, PricewaterhouseCoopers is now predicting a hard Brexit is the most likely outcome.“We have had the Border issue long fingered last December and again in March of this year. We need clarity and a firm commitment from Government on this most vital concern to the island of Ireland.“European Council President Donald Tusk this morning reaffirmed the position that there will be no withdrawal agreement without a solution to the border.“I am extremely concerned that the weak Tory government in London, with DUP influence, could end up scuttling the entire Brexit deal simply to promote their nationalist England first agenda.“With Boris Johnson ridiculously talking about London borough borders and Teresa May recently citing the completely unacceptable US-Canada model, it is clear the British government still have no answers on the Irish border question.“What will businesses do on March 30th 2019 if no deal is struck by then? Where will their exports usually destined for Britain go? What will happen to our food supply chain?“Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland will no doubt be inundated with calls, and queries in the run up to this date and beyond in the case of a hard Brexit? What plans are there to inflate staffing numbers and resources, even temporarily, for such a possibility?“With less than a year to go now to that possibility, we need to hear what the government have planned to date in this regard. Businesses need clarity on whether preparations are under way to assist them in such a scenario.“I appreciate that a hard Brexit remains just a possibility at this stage, but if the British negotiations to date are anything to go by, things are only set to get worse.” Mr. Quinlivan concluded.More about politics here. Email Maurice Quinlivan appointed Chair of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Committee TAGSBrexitBusiness Enterprise and InnovationMaurice Quinlivan TDMinister Heather HumphreysSinn Fein Facebook Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry Linkedin NewsPoliticsMore clarity needed on preparations to support businesses in no deal Brexit scenario says Limerick TDBy Staff Reporter – April 18, 2018 1116 Advertisement Print Previous articleTwo Limerick primary school students honoured at art competition in DublinNext articleLimerick launch of Liz Price’s new book takes place next Friday Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Local NewsBusiness $13.4 Billion Contact Lense Markets – Global Forecasts to 2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.com Pinterest TAGS Facebook Twitter DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– The “Contact Lense Market – Forecasts from 2020 to 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The contact lenses market is evaluated at US$9.461 billion for the year 2019 growing at a CAGR of 5.98% reaching the market size of US$13.408 billion by the year 2025. Contact lenses is a thin, curved lens placed directly on the surface of the eyes for numerous reasons such as to offer corrective vision, or due to cosmetic and therapeutic reasons among others. The global contact lenses market is projected to show a significant growth over the next five years which may be attributed to the fact that there has been a growing demand for these lenses over glasses due to several benefits. Moreover, the growing prevalence of common eye diseases also propels the demands for contact lenses thus, playing a significant role in shaping up the market growth during the next five years. Additionally, a decent growth is expected on account of the growing aging population in many parts of the world since old aged people are more susceptible vision-related issues. However, there has also been a significant demand for lenses among the millennials for cosmetic contact lenses since these lenses are specially designed to change the appearance of the eyes with vibrant colours. Moreover, the growing investments by the market players in the form of increased investments in R&D for the launch of new products to gain a competitive edge in the market further show the high growth potential of the market. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease is projected to negatively impact the market growth, particularly during the short run due to declined demand. This can be backed up by the fact that major players in the market have reported declined revenues since their operations were temporarily suspended due to numerous government restrictions. This, combined with the declining end-user demand is a major factor that has led to a decline in the market growth for a short period of six to eight months. Competitive Insights The players in the contact lenses market are implementing various growth strategies to gain a competitive advantage over its competitors in this market. Major market players in the market have been covered along with their relative competitive strategies and the report also mentions recent deals and investments of different market players over the last few years. The company profiles section details the business overview, financial performance (public companies) for the past few years, key products and services being offered along with the recent deals and investments of these important players in the contact lenses market. Key Topics Covered: 1. Introduction 1.1. Market Definition 1.2. Market Segmentation 2. Research Methodology 2.1. Research Data 2.2. Assumptions 3. Executive Summary 3.1. Research Highlights 4. Market Dynamics 4.1. Market Drivers 4.2. Market Restraints 4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis 4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis 5. Contact Lenses Market Analysis, by Type 5.1. Introduction 5.2. Soft 5.3. Rigid Gas Permeable 5.4. Hybrid 5.5. Others 6. Contact Lenses Market Analysis, by Design 6.1. Introduction 6.2. Spherical 6.3. Toric 6.4. Multifocal 6.5. Others 7. Contact Lenses Market Analysis, by Application 7.1. Introduction 7.2. Corrective 7.3. Therapeutic 7.4. Cosmetic 7.5. Others 8. Contact Lenses Market Analysis, by Distribution Channel 8.1. Introduction 8.2. Online 8.3. Offline 9. Contact Lenses Market Analysis, by Geography 10. Competitive Environment and Analysis 10.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis 10.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness 10.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations 10.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix 11. Company ProfilesBausch Health Companies Inc.Carl Zeiss AGCooperVisionEssilor International S.A.Hoya CorporationJohnson & JohnsonSynergEyes, Inc.AlconEyeMeditech Sdn BhdContamac For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/8thdc1 View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005465/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH OPTICAL SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Pinterest Davis Polk Welcomes Capital Markets Partner Jason Xu in Beijing Local NewsBusiness Twitter TAGS By Digital AIM Web Support – February 21, 2021 WhatsApp BEIJING–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 21, 2021– Davis Polk today announced that leading Hong Kong capital markets lawyer Jason Xu will join the firm as a partner in the Corporate Department in Beijing. “We are delighted that Jason will be joining Davis Polk,” said Neil Barr, Davis Polk’s Managing Partner. “He will join our outstanding team of lawyers in China. Demand for elite Hong Kong law advice continues to grow, and Jason adds important bench strength that will further enable us to deliver the highest level of service to our clients in the region.” Mr. Xu will join Davis Polk from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, where he serves as deputy head of equity capital markets in China. His practice focuses on equity capital markets matters, including Hong Kong IPOs, rights issuances and follow-on offerings. He also advises on domestic and cross-border public and private M&A and regulatory matters. Mr. Xu has experience across a broad range of industries, including technology, pharmaceuticals, financials, industrials and real estate. “Jason will be a tremendous addition to our team in Beijing,” said Howard Zhang, head of Davis Polk’s Beijing office. “His impressive experience in Hong Kong corporate matters will be of great value to our clients.” “Jason is a dynamic and exceptionally skilled lawyer, and one of the preeminent corporate practitioners in China,” said Li He, co-head of Davis Polk’s Greater China practice. “He will be an excellent complement to our market-leading team and will anchor the future of our Beijing presence.” Jason Xu said, “I am honored to be joining Davis Polk. I have long been impressed with the phenomenal team of lawyers here in China, and I look forward to helping the firm extend its reach in Hong Kong capital markets work.” Mr. Xu received a B.A. from China University of Political Science and Law in 2003 and a B.A. from the University of Oxford in 2006. A native Mandarin speaker, Mr. Xu is also fluent in English and Cantonese. About Davis Polk. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (including its associated entities) is an elite global law firm with world-class practices across the board. Clients know they can rely on Davis Polk for their most challenging legal and business matters. Our approximately 1,000 lawyers located in 10 offices in the world’s key financial centers and political capitals collaborate seamlessly to deliver exceptional service, sophisticated advice and creative, practical solutions. Visit davispolk.com. About Davis Polk’s China Practice. Davis Polk is a leading global law firm in China, handling transactions and disputes for Chinese corporates, multinationals, funds and financial institutions. Our clients rely on us for our commercial-minded and creative advice in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions, as well as in investigations, enforcement and disputes. Our team combines in-depth knowledge of the Chinese market with extensive international experience. We boast one of the largest presences among the top global law firms in China, with more than 100 legal professionals in Beijing and Hong Kong. Substantially all of our lawyers are native or fluent Chinese speakers. We offer a fully integrated platform advising on U.S., Hong Kong and English law. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210221005066/en/ Katie Moss, Director of PR & Communications,[email protected] KEYWORD: CHINA ASIA PACIFIC INDUSTRY KEYWORD: LEGAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOURCE: Davis Polk Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/21/2021 11:20 PM/DISC: 02/21/2021 11:21 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210221005066/en Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous articleTrae Young, Clint Capela boost Hawks past Nuggets 123-115Next articleSIGN4L presenta nuevas capacidades de guerra electrónica en IDEX 2021 Digital AIM Web Support
News UpdatesPIL In Delhi HC Seeks Direction To Safeguard Interest, Provide Interim Custody Of Children Orphaned Due To COVID Sparsh Upadhyay9 May 2021 4:25 AMShare This – xA Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition has been moved before the Delhi High Court seeking direction to Union of India, Government of NCT Delhi to safeguard the interest of the children who have lost their parents to Covic-19 and who do not have anyone else to take care of them and face the risk of being trafficked. The petition, moved by Jitender Gupta, practicing lawyer of Delhi, has impleaded Union Of India, Ministry Of Women & Child Development, Ministry Of Health & Family Welfare, Government Of NCT Of Delhi and Delhi Police as party respondents.The bench of Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh is likely to hear the plea on Monday (May 10)Averments in the plea Claiming that many children who have lost their parents during Covid-19 are also facing a risk of being trafficked, the plea prays, “Interim custody of such children be granted to their relatives or to child care homes while also exploring options for legal adoptions after duly scrutinizing all those who have expressed interest to adopt such children.” Further, the plea states that considering the urgency of the situation due to the complete collapse of health care infrastructure in national capital resulting in loss of hundreds of lives on a daily basis, the plea was being moved before the Delhi High Court to safeguard the security and the welfare of these children. The plea avers that the respondents have failed to perform their statutory duty towards the protection of life and personal liberty of general public and that no action was taken to safeguard the interest of the children who have lost their parents to Covid-19. Apart from this, the Petitioner has also sought financial compensation for the family members of those citizens who have lost their lives after being denied access to adequate health care in terms of hospital admission, oxygen cylinders, injections, medications, etc. In this backdrop, the plea prays: Direction to the Respondents to safeguard the interest of the children who have lost their parents to Covid-19 and who do not have anyone else to take care of them and face the risk of being trafficked Issue a writ of mandamus or any other appropriate writ order or direction to the Respondents to grant appropriate financial compensation to the family members of those citizens who have lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic after being denied access to adequate health care Infrastructure / Facilities in terms of hospital admission, oxygen cylinders, injections, medications, etc. In related news, dealing with a plea seeking direction to Union of India and Delhi Government to come up with a scheme to provide appropriate compensation to the families of the patients who died due to shortage of Oxygen, the Delhi High Court yesterday disposed of the plea by directing the Government to treat the plea as representation. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh directed that the plea be treated as representation and it be decided in accordance with the law, rules, regulations, and government policy applicable to the facts of the case.TagsChildren Orphaned Due To COVID Orphan Children #Delhi High Court Delhi High Court Chief Justice D. N. Patel Justice Jasmeet Singh Next Story
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Police in Washington state launched an extensive search Saturday in the area where a girl missing since 2009 was found dead last fall.The remains of Lindsey Baum were discovered last year by hunters in a remote region of central Washington, but they were not identified as the 10-year-old who went missing while walking to a friend’s house in 2009 until this week, Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO reported.The case captured national attention nine years ago when Baum disappeared the night of June 26, 2009 walking just 10 minutes from her home to her friend’s to ask if she could spend the night.“I think somebody took her,” her mother Melissa Baum told ABC News in 2009, hours after her disappearance. “I’m trying to constantly push away the bad thoughts.”The family from McCleary, Washington, searched for about an hour after she remained missing past her 10 p.m. curfew, but found no trace of her. The family called police, who simultaneously began a search effort and criminal investigation.Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott told ABC News in late June 2009, “We’re not ready to give up hope.”There were no signs of Lindsey Baum until the hunters discovered remains in September 2017 in Kittitas County near Ellensburg, which were identified by the FBI on May 9, according to KOMO. The station reports there was a delay in identifying the remains because they were not associated with a crime.The search launched Saturday, about 20 miles west of Ellensburg, was delayed until spring by heavy snow in the mountainous area of Mount Rainier National Park.Ellensburg is almost 200 miles east of Baum’s hometown of McCleary, Washington, which is located near Olympia.Search crews are working in heavily forested areas with steep cliffs and ravines hoping to find new evidence in the case, which has no suspects.“It’s humbling to see the level of support for this case,” Kittitas County Undersheriff Clayton Myers said in a release. “These search teams and investigators are among the best there are and they understand the relevance to the investigation, the family and the community. To watch them work, you would never guess they come from over 10 different agencies.”Officials said 29 dog teams were brought in to aid in the search.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – Rashema Melson is no stranger to adversity. The 23-year-old, who had lived for three years in a Washington, D.C. shelter, made headlines as the valedictorian of Anacostia High School’s Class of 2014 with a full scholarship to Georgetown University.On Saturday, Melson graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in justice and peace studies — the first person in her family to graduate from college. Her next steps are a job at a service organization in D.C. and law school, she told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV.Melson spoke with ABC News last week, sharing her path to graduation and some of the hardships she endured throughout her life.She grew up in southeast D.C., bouncing between public housing and homelessness, living in the infamous D.C. General Family Shelter — the notoriously-troubled mega-shelter which closed last October.She even, at one point, lived in an abandoned house. Melson said she used to wake up to the sting of bed bug bites, constantly changed schools and ate food straight from the can because there were no plates.“My life has always been rough,” Melson told ABC News. “Homeless or not, in Southeast, it’s rough, regardless,” she explained. “The circumstances are just rough due to the fact that we don’t have the tools or resources as everyone else.”Reading and education helped Melson focus and imagine a different life for herself, and the support of her friends motivated her to finish her studies. She left Georgetown after her freshman year to get married, and when the marriage didn’t work out, it was her friends who successfully urged her to return to Georgetown and complete her degree.To people going through difficult situations, her advice is that things always get better in time.“Just know that your blessing is there waiting for you, you just have to go get it,” she said.Melson told ABC News that she hopes someday that Americans will be able to entertain a more expansive view of homelessness.“How do you know that I am homeless? Because, am I supposed to look dirty? Am I supposed to stink? What does that mean?” she wondered aloud.“It’s not offensive when people do it but you really can’t tell anything from looking at a person.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.