RnaG to remember life of famed Donegal writer this weekend

first_imgThe 50th anniversary of the death of famed Donegal writer Séamus Ó Grianna, or Máire, takes place this weekend.And on Friday 25 October at 2 pm Damien Ó Dónaill will present a documentary about the writer on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.Ó Grianna from Tóin a’Bhaile in Rann na Feirste, was a prolific writer, and his work is renowned for its beautiful, rich Irish. His novel Caisleáin Óir, and short story collection Cith is Dealán, are amongst his best-known works. In the programme Séamus Ó Grianna 1889 – 1969 on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Friday, Damien Ó Dónaill will interview some of those who knew him about his life, and he will speak to scholars who have studied his work.We’ll also hear archive material from Séamus, his son Feilimí, and his brother Seán Bán. Guests will include Prof Nollaig Mac Congáil, Dinnie Dhónáill Ó Domhnaill and Dr Tony Mac Ruairí.This weekend, starting on Friday evening, there will be a celebration of Séamus Ó Grianna’s life at Áislann Rann na Feirste, with events including lectures, a walk, dramas, and a night of music on Saturday night.Séamus Ó Grianna 1889 – 1969 will be broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Friday 25 October at 2 pm, and is presented and produced by Damien Ó Dónaill. RnaG to remember life of famed Donegal writer this weekend was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Redknapp disappointed to lose out to West Ham after trying to sign striker

first_imgQPR manager Harry Redknapp admits it was a blow to miss out on Carlton Cole, who is set to re-sign for West Ham in the coming days.The former Chelsea striker was released by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce during the summer and then failed to prove his fitness when subsequently given another chance to earn a contract.Rangers were therefore hopeful of convincing Cole to join them in the wake of injuries to forwards Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora, but were left disappointed when he was offered a return to Upton Park after all.“I was interested in Carlton Cole but he’s signed for West Ham,” said Redknapp.“The situation is that we’ve got one striker, Charlie Austin. Where are you going to find someone? It’s difficult.“I wanted Carlton but he’s been at West Ham so is going [back] there, and finding someone on loan is hard.”See also:Redknapp unsure whether Chevanton is the answer to QPR’s striker shortage 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

What will it take for Klay Thompson to miss Game 3 of NBA Finals?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Klay Thompson is officially listed as questionable for Game 3 of the NBA Finals due to left hamstring tightness, but he said Tuesday it’s hard to envision a scenario in which misses he the first playoff game of his career come Wednesday night.Thompson suffered his injury with 10:40 left in the fourth quarter of Game 2 … [vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/04/bang_6363a72c-895f-4159-8286-b8c325d578b4″]last_img read more

Opting Out of Google Analytics Tracking is Now Easy

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Google Analytics has quickly become a very popular Web analytics tool for publishers who want to learn more about their visitors. Not every user, however, is comfortable with the idea of giving even more data to Google and these publishers. Today, Google released the beta version of a browser plugin that allows users to opt-out of Google Analytics tracking. The plugin is available for Internet Explorer (versions 7 and 8), Google Chrome (4 and higher), and Mozilla Firefox (3.5 and higher).Installing the tool is as easy as heading over to the site and installing the browser plugin. After this, your visits to sites that use Google Analytics will not be registered by Google Analytics and website owners won’t see your visit in their stats. Even though your visit won’t appear in Google Analytics, it is worth noting that the Web server’s logs will still show that you visited the site.Google now also gives publishers the ability to provide their visitors with an extra level of privacy. Publishers can now choose to anonymize IP addresses sent to Google, so that a user’s exact geographic location (which the IP address often reveals), will remain hidden.Do You Care Enough to Opt Out?Google promised to release this tool about two months ago. For publishers, this is obviously not an ideal situation, as they rely on accurate statistics to manage their sites and tweak their marketing efforts. But it remains to be seen how many users will actually install this plugin. According to Google spokesman Brian Richardson, who spoke to the Los Angeles Times earlier today, only one in 15 visitors to Google’s Ads Preferences Manager actually decides to opt out of the personalized advertising program. Google Opt Out Feature Lets Users Protect Privacy By Moving To Remote Village Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Different Clients, Different Strategic Outcomes

first_imgOne client’s perception of what strategic value is may not be another’s.If a company is a startup and growth is their most important strategic outcome over the next 24 months, the ideas that will drive growth are going to be valued more than some other initiative.Another company in the same industry as the startup may instead need to increase their profitability. The solutions that help them improve their profitability are going to be strategic to this company based on their priorities.A third company might be pursing market share and be willing to deal with lower profitability to gain market share. Maybe they have first-mover advantage and time is of the essence.A fourth company might be pursuing acquiring clients at the higher end of the market, where they can create greater value for people who perceive that value and are willing to pay a premium for it.Generally, the more your solution can contribute to your prospective client’s most strategic initiatives, the greater the perception of value. Without doing good discovery work, it can be difficult to attach what you do to what your prospect needs. And worse still, when you believe that every one of your prospects is pursuing the same strategic outcomes, you can be proven wrong. Not everyone is pursuing cost savings, even if their purchasing and supply chain people give you reason to believe that’s true. All prospects are not pursuing speed to market or market share. And many of them would trade one for the other.It’s important to have a theory about what your dream clients want and need. You also need to know enough about the intersection of your business and theirs to know what kind of challenges may compel them to change now or in the future. But if you want your initiative to displace initiatives higher up on their list of priorities, you make that easier when you can tie your solution to what they really want. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Indian casinos across US wary of betting on sports books

first_imgLas Vegas, Dec 26 (AP) Two dozen large-screen TVs showing football and other sports line the walls. There’s beer on tap, bar top seating and leather chairs. Chicken wings are on the menu. And at this American Indian casino in the heart of college-football mad Mississippi, you can legally bet on the games.The sports book owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is the first to open on tribal lands outside of Nevada following a US Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, a no-brainer business decision given the sports fans among its gambling clientele.”We are basically two hours from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and then, we are just an hour from Mississippi State. We have Ole Miss just to the north of that, and we have Southern Miss they’re not SEC, but they are a player. We are not that far from Louisiana,” said Neal Atkinson, the tribe’s director of gaming.The book at Pearl River Resort is packed every college football Saturday, but remains an outlier months after the high court opened the door for expanded sports gambling across the United States by striking down a federal ban.Tribes enthusiastically welcomed the decision in May but since then, the regulatory challenges and low-margin nature of the business have sunk in.Few Indian casinos have an enviable location like the Choctaw and many need state approval to add sports betting to their offerings.Indian casinos started small three decades ago, but they have grown to be an annual USD 32.4 billion segment of the US gambling industry.advertisementThe roughly 475 casinos operated by nearly 240 tribes create jobs for tribal members and profits that help pay a variety of services, including health care and housing.Some casinos only have games like bingo or pull tabs that don’t need state approval. But the majority of them also have state-authorized slot machines, blackjack and other table games, according to the National Indian Gaming Commission.Many tribes share a portion of casino profits with state governments in exchange for exclusive rights to conduct gambling operations within their states.To offer sports betting, the majority of tribes would have to renegotiate compacts that vary widely in cycles and the issues covered, though some tribes believe their existing agreements already give them the right to offer the new wagers.”There’s a broad spectrum in Indian Country covering two extremes: Tribal nations that would not benefit at all, and on the other end, tribal nations that would significantly benefit,” commission chairman Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri said.”Those are largely business decisions that each tribe will have to make given its own economic landscape and its unique market realities.”Some federal lawmakers have also proposed regulating sports gambling more widely, adding yet another layer to a complex debate already involving commercial casinos and lotteries, plus sports leagues themselves.So far, only the Santa Ana Pueblo near Albuquerque, New Mexico, has followed the Choctaw’s effort into sports gambling. Neither tribe was required to obtain additional state approvals.Contrary to popular belief, sports betting is a low-profit business that requires highly skilled employees. In Nevada, sportsbooks last year contributed only 2.4 per cent of the gambling revenue of casinos statewide dwarfed by the proceeds from table games and slots.The limited payoff has tribal casinos balancing the allure of a Las Vegas-style amenity with the risks of opening compacts for negotiations.”Tribal leadership is extremely protective of what they have because it’s meant so much to us, and there’s always a risk of upsetting the apple cart,” Washington State Gambling Commission member Chris Stearns said.”Is this going to help us? Is this going to hurt us? That’s really at the heart of why you see Indian tribes gently venturing into sports betting…In a lot of states, tribes write a check out to the state in exchange for exclusivity.So, any time there’s a new gambling product, and you ask the state to authorize it, there is a risk the state will say ‘Sure, but it is going to cost you.'”The only sports book in New Mexico, inside the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, began taking wagers in October. It offers bets on professional and college sports, but not for games involving two public in-state universities.In Washington state, all casinos are tribally operated. Changing the state’s laws to allow betting on sports would require a 60 per cent super-majority vote in the legislature or a ballot initiative. Only then could sports betting be added to a tribal-state compact.In California, where tribes have exclusivity on casino-style gambling, voters would have to approve a change to the state constitution.advertisementCasinos are operated on and off reservations in South Dakota. Before the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe can try to to edge out its nearest competition across the state line in Iowa, South Dakota’s constitution will have to be amended through a public vote.The legislature could choose to put the question before voters or supporters could gather enough signatures to add the measure to the 2020 ballot. If the measure passes, it would open the opportunity for tribes to negotiate their compacts with the state.Tribal councilman Kenny Weston said a sports book could attract new patrons who may also choose to play games already offered and spend nights at the hotel for big sporting events, like MMA fights.”Normally, with the brick-and-mortar casino like we have, we attract a lot of older crowds and retired people,” Weston said. “I think with sports betting we can bring a different age demographic and different people…and have the opportunity to do the same that they do in Vegas.” (AP) SCYSCYlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp insists he’s counting on Lallana

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists he’s counting on Lallanaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he’s counting on Adam Lallana this season.The midfielder has been linked with a move away this month.Klopp said, “Adam is actually in outstanding shape – I said it a few times maybe, but it’s unbelievable in training. So we have to say it was close in the last game: ‘Do we start him or not?’ and stuff like this. “It’s really, really good and it’s like always in life, if you learn from your experiences… you cannot learn too much from being injured and stuff like that, but how is your mood? Adam is a player who always wants to play. He would play four games a day if possible just from his desire to play football. “He is really, I would say in the moment, in the best moment since I know him, just like as a person he is fantastic. He will have a big part of our season I am really sure and that’s cool. But in training everything is good, when he came on everything was good so far, so now he is ready to take these little steps.” last_img read more

Global stock markets sink slammed by tech losses

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea – Shares fell in Europe and Asia on Wednesday as tech stocks extended losses following sell-offs of their U.S. peers overnight. Investors are selling technology-related shares on concern governments might tighten scrutiny over Facebook after it was revealed that users’ data was shared with a consulting firm affiliated with President Donald Trump.KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 dropped 1 per cent to 6,930.51. France’s CAC 40 slid 1.4 per cent to 5,043.96 and Germany’s DAX lost 1.6 per cent to 11,784.17. Futures augured weak starts on Wall Street. Dow futures fell 0.3 per cent while S&P futures also retreated 0.3 per cent.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 sank 1.3 per cent to 21,031.31 and South Korea’s Kospi slid 1.3 per cent to 2,419.29. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index sank 2.5 per cent to 30,022.53 while China’s Shanghai Composite Index dropped 1.4 per cent to 3,122.29. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 retreated 0.7 per cent to 5,789.50. Stocks in Taiwan, Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries also fell.BAD DAY FOR TECH: Investors cut their holdings of Asian tech stocks after a series of incidents sent their U.S. peers lower again. One of those cases is a report that authorities will investigate a fatal crash that involved a Tesla electric SUV equipped with a semi-autonomous control system. In Asia, Samsung Electronics Co. fell 2.6 per cent and Sony Corp. lost 1.1 per cent. Softbank Group Corp. slumped 4 per cent. Tencent Holdings Ltd. was down 4.6 per cent.ANALYST VIEWPOINT: “So what spooked markets? Well, it looks like the rearing of the (ugly) Facebook privacy infringement was a convenient excuse to sell-off ahead of the long weekend,” Mizuho Bank said in a commentary.OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 68 cents to $64.57 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract declined 30 cents to settle at $65.25 a barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 52 cents to $68.94 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 105.64 yen from 105.34 yen. The euro fell to $1.2386 from $1.2404.last_img read more

RCMP find boat in Northern Manitoba search for Kam McLeod and Bryer

first_imgThis is the damaged aluminum boat found by #rcmpmb officers on the shores of the Nelson River during a helicopter search on friday afternoon. pic.twitter.com/56Ez8alVTs— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) August 4, 2019The RCMP say members of the team are highly trained and have access to a range of advanced equipment to assist in their underwater searches.Earlier this week the RCMP announced they would scall back the search for Schmegelsky and McLeod in Northern Manitoba.  In the next Province, the OPP have been investigating several tips that the pair is now in that Province.  So far the OPP have not been able to confirm the tips.The Underwater Recovery Team is about to search an area of interest. Police say a damaged aluminum boat was spotted on the shore of the Nelson River on Friday. pic.twitter.com/CRCtast2F5— Joe Scarpelli (@ScarpelliGlobal) August 4, 2019Police continue to stress, that if you believe you’ve seen Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemelsky, contact your local police department immediately or 911.  Sightings have been posted to social media before being shared with the RCMP, that has caused delays in the investigation.According to MyGrandePrairieNow.com, the RCMP have confirmed the pair were seen in a Fairview Gas Station on July 20.  The sighting was not reported to the RCMP until several days later.  This is the second confirmed sighting of the pair in Alberta. The last confirmed sighting of the pair was on July 22 in Gillam Manitoba.  The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019. GILLAM, M.B. – RCMP have started to search the Nelson River near Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation in the hunt for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.On Sunday the RCMP confirmed they called in Underwater Recovery Team on Friday after finding RCMP officers searching from a helicopter, located a damaged aluminum boat on the shore of the Nelson River.Based on this new information, five members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were immediately deployed. They arrived in Gillam on Saturday, August 3rd, and are expected to conduct a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest today.last_img read more

Ohio State players upset over loss of Sprinkle confident in defense without

Tracy Sprinkle (93) lays on the field with a leg injury. He left the game following his injury during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWith one shove from a Bowling Green offensive lineman, the season of Ohio State redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle took an abrupt turn on Saturday afternoon. The shove sent Sprinkle backwards, causing his right knee to buckle awkwardly inward.OSU coach Urban Meyer shared the news that many Buckeye fans feared while watching the starting defensive tackle off the field. The training staff that helped Sprinkle off the field told the coach that the injury was with his patella tendon.“It’s a surgery and a season-ending is what I’ve been told. We’ll update further as we know more,” Meyer said. “And that’s the worst part of this darned game is when a guy gets hurt, especially a guy like that who has committed so much to this team and program. Our prayers are with Tracy.”Few comeback stories are as unique as that of Sprinkle. After being dismissed from the team for off-the-field issues, Sprinkle earned his way back to the Scarlet and Gray and earned the trust of Meyer.Many held high expectations for the Elyria, Ohio, native. The OSU coaching staff spoke volumes about Sprinkle during spring drills, and ultimately rewarded his hard work with a starting role.The comradery the Buckeyes have keeps the team close, and results in a universal feeling of sorrow throughout the entire program when a player is injured. Fellow OSU defensive linemen were pleased by how the team performed on Saturday, but felt a certain level of remorse for what their teammate had went through.“He’s everything. When we think of Rushmen, ‘How She ‘Gon Eat,’ everything. That’s Tracy,” junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said. “I hate to see him go down, but I know he will still be there in spirit and he’s going to bounce back. He will definitely bounce back.”The replacement for Sprinkle, redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, did not record any tackles against Bowling Green. Jones is a former three-star prospect according to 247Sports, and will most likely be moved into the second defensive tackle position, with junior Michael Hill moving over to take over up to fill the hole left by Sprinkle.The depth of the team that Meyer has talked about for the past few months will likely be put to the test following the injury to Sprinkle. Currently on the depth chart, the Buckeyes have three defensive tackles other than Sprinkle. According to the roster, there are eight total players at the position.Replacing a starter is never an easy task for any team, but redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard knows the team is up to the challenge.“We can’t really replace a guy like Tracy, but young guys and other guys like ends gotta step up and improve their game and pick up what he left behind. But, he’s still going to be there for us,” Hubbard said. “We’ll see if we move guys around, but I’m confident in Dre’Mont Jones and Davon (Hamilton) all them to help us.”Hamilton, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle from Pickerington, Ohio, took advantage of his playing time, picking up a share of a sack with Holmes.Any changes Meyer and the rest of the OSU coaching staff make are expected to be announced later in the week.The Buckeyes will be put to the test, minus Sprinkle, on Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. against Tulsa in Ohio Stadium. read more

Review Iran – Portugal

first_imgIran’s passion and desire paid off in injury time, but Ansarifard’s penalty kick wasn’t enough to send Iran through to the next stage. Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring at the end of the first half, while Ronaldo missed a penalty in the second.#IRNPOR // The teams are in! pic.twitter.com/tmsdH1iunk— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 25, 2018In the 3rd minute of the match in Saransk, Cristiano Ronaldo had the first attempt on goal which was calmly saved by Alireza Beinravand. In general, Iran’s goalkeeper was nervous, making three mistakes within the first 15 minutes. In the 16th minute, Amiri kicked Adrien Silva, giving Ronaldo a free kick. His attempt was blocked by the wall. In the meantime, Morocco surprisingly took the lead against Spain, but Isco levelled the score just five minutes later. Iran was playing as expected, with eleven men behind the ball deep in their own half when Portugal was in possession. However, they were more aggressive in attack than usual when they had the ball. Kicks, fouls and tackles were plentiful. Scoring opportunities… not so much.Top 5 biggest Flops in World Football Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – August 24, 2018 Time to talk about an infamous list of players who we thought would become world stars but ended as the biggest flops and disappointments in…The Iranians were gaining confidence as the game wore on and just as it seemed the teams will head to the half-time break tied, Ricardo Quaresma and Adrien Silva played a wonderful one-two, which was followed by a spectacular shot by Quaresma that landed in the far corner of the net. His signature, technically perfected shot with the outside part of the boot gave his team an all-important 1-0 lead.In the 50th minute, Ronaldo was carelessly fouled on the edge of the box. Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres didn’t blow the whistle initially, but after the replay booth signalled him to take a look, he changed his decision and showed on the penalty spot. The Iranian players were vivid, captain Ehsan Hajsafi was booked, but the rulling was correct. It was a foul and it was a penalty. It took some time for passions to calm down. When everyone thought Ronaldo would tie Harry Kane as the tournament’s top scorer, Iran’s goalkeeper read his shot and made the save. Milad Mohammadi replaced Hajsafi three minutes after the penalty miss.Two consecutive fouls riled up Ricardo Quaresma, so he went after Ezatolahi, the player who committed the second one, earning himself a booking. Fernando Santos did the right thing by pulling him out in the 69th minute. Bernardo Silva came in as the substitute. At the same time, Ghoddos replaced Jahanbakhsh. Ansarifard became Iran’s third captain today after coming onto the pitch instead of Ezatolahi in the 76th minute. Team Melli was using every atom of energy in order to combat the Portuguese and attempt a comeback. The tension on the field was palpable. Nevertheless, The Navigators seemed to have the match under control.The hearts of all Portugal fans around the world must have stopped for a second when Caceres was looking at a video replay of Cristiano Ronaldo inadvertently punching an Iran player in the jaw. Fortunately for the entire 2018 World Cup, the referee made the right call and showed him only a yellow card. While that was going on, Morocco amazingly took the lead again in the match versus Spain. In the 93rd minute, Caceres was in the replay booth once more, this time checking whether to give Iran a penalty for a hand ball. Even though it didn’t look like the Portuguese defender touched the ball on purpose, the penalty was given. Karim Ansarifard converted and the game was tied.While that was going on, a replay in Kaliningrad gave Spain a second goal which tied that game as well. Right after Iran scored, Mehdi missed a tremendous opportunity to bring joy to the stadium filled with Iran fans. As it turned out, it was the last interesting moment of a pulsating encounter. Portugal and Spain moved on to the Round of 16, but the injury time goals changed the outlook of the final standings. Spain finished first on goal difference and will face Russia, while Portugal finished second and will play Uruguay.last_img read more

James Milner hails Liverpools perfect start

first_imgLiverpool midfielder James Milner believes that the club have made the “perfect start” in the Champions League by beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in their opening gameLast season’s beaten finalists blew their two-goal lead at Anfield on Tuesday night after Kylian Mbappe’s equaliser just eight minutes from time.But a stoppage-time winner from substitute Roberto Firmino secured Liverpool all three points in Group C.“It is the perfect start for us. Hopefully, we can build on that,” Milner told BT Sport.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I think it would have been very disappointing not to win. They didn’t create too many and we had a number of chances.“I can’t say enough good things about Bobby. To come off the bench after his injury at the weekend is incredible really.”Milner also got his name on the scoresheet with Liverpool’s second of the game from a penalty.It means that the English midfielder has now scored his last 10 goals from a spot-kick.last_img read more

Koeman touts Netherlands enormous progress

first_imgNetherlands coach Ronald Koeman is happy with the “enormous steps” his side has taken after they defeated France 2-0 in the UEFA Nations League.The Netherlands have found their feet again under Ronald Koeman, after having failed to qualify for the last World Cup in Russia.They could finish top of their Nations League group if they draw with Germany on Monday, and Koeman is happy with his side’s progress.“This was a complete match at the very highest level,” Koeman told Sky Sports.Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“I was not expecting a perfect match from our side but that’s really what it was. We were very, very good.“I was surprised by the France line-up and the way they played, but our match was perfect. We dominated the match for 90 minutes.“I also did not expect that this team would be as far in their reading of a match.We have shown on such a night that we have made enormous steps. From the beginning to the end we played really well.”last_img read more

Solari hopes Messi plays in El Clasico

first_imgThe Real Madrid coach wants the Argentinean superstar to play for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.Real Madrid and Barcelona will play in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.The first leg will be played tomorrow at night at Camp Nou, while the second leg is scheduled for February 27th at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.But Barca’s superstar Lionel Messi might not play the first leg of the Semifinal, because of a thigh problem in Saturday’s 2-2 Spanish La Liga draw with Valencia.“In football, it is good for the best players to play in all games,” Solari said to ESPN as he wants Messi to play this match.“That is how it is.”When asked if the doubt over Messi’s participation will change his preparation for the match, Solari replied: “Not at all.”“Nobody is undroppable in football,” he said after being asked about Vinicius JuniorMadrid will have one less day to prepare for the match, as Barcelona played earlier in the weekend, but for Solari, that’s just something that happens in football.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I hope not, although it is curious, to say the least,” Solari said.“We do not set the calendar, which is for La Liga [authorities] to answer for. We just have to go out there and give our best.”Madrid has a very difficult month of February, as they take on Barcelona tomorrow in Copa del Rey, then on Saturday, they visit Atletico Madrid.Next week Los Blancos will play against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, and then will have two La Liga matches: against Girona and Levante.They end their February month hosting Barcelona in Copa del Rey action.🎙💬 This is what Solari had to say about tomorrow’s Clásico!#RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Wi3GkRrs6b— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 5, 2019last_img read more

San Diego Board of Supervisors vote puts North County development on 2020

first_imgSan Diego Board of Supervisors vote puts North County development on 2020 ballot KUSI Newsroom, December 11, 2018 Posted: December 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Voters will decide whether a controversial North County housing development goes forward, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.After a public hearing, the board voted 4-0 — Ron Roberts was absent – – to place the Newland Sierra project on the March 3, 2020, ballot.The board’s action came two months after a Sept. 26 vote amending several provisions in the county general plan that allowed for Newland Communities to build in the Miriam Mountains area, directly west of Interstate 15 and near the cities of Escondido, San Marcos and Vista. The proposed development is in an area noted for wildlife and a tranquil ambience.Newland wants to build 2,135 homes on the 1,985-acre site. The development would also feature 81,000 square feet of commercial space, a six- acre school site, 35.87 acres of public and private parks, 19.2 miles of multi- use community trails, an equestrian staging area and 1,209 acres of open space.The project would include numerous eco-friendly features, including solar panels, electric-vehicle charging stations, xeriscaping and gray-water systems, according to the developers.Opponents gathered roughly 117,000 signatures and presented their petition to the county.Supervisor Dianne Jacob — who was not at the Sept. 26 meeting — said the public will vote on whether the board made the right decision on Newland Sierra and “sound off on the general plan and a project in a high-fire zone, with 2,000 homes over what the general plan allows.”Board Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar said putting the Newland Sierra development on the ballot “lets voters do their homework.”She said the signature-gathering campaign was impressive, adding that while out in some locations, “I could barely get a leg out of my vehicle door before encountering signature gatherers, although some were not as well- informed.”Rita Brandin, senior vice president and development director of Newland Communities, told the supervisors the company is confident that voters “will embrace the plan when they hear the truth and many benefits.”She said that 80 percent of Newland Sierra homes would be attainable to working families, and that her company plans to invest $175 million in the community.Development opponents earlier in the meeting urged the supervisors to approve a referendum. Many reiterated concerns associated with Newland Sierra, including wildfire dangers, noise pollution, limited water supply, school overcrowding and greater traffic congestion.Tony Eason, who lives in the Deer Springs Oaks mobile home park in San Marcos, said an overwhelming majority of area residents do not want the Newland Sierra project, describing it as yet another attempt to destroy the Merriam Mountains. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Caltrans spends more than 63 million a year on removing litter graffiti

first_img Ed Lenderman, KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Caltrans District 11 said it spends more the $6.3 million dollars annually removing litter, debris, graffiti from the highway, this total includes storm water prevention.Caltrans Corridor Director Mario Orso explained the departments’ new nine-step process to maximize litter collection work.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has more on this story. Posted: February 28, 2019 Categories: California News, KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman, KUSI Newsroom Caltrans spends more than $6.3 million a year on removing litter, graffiti February 28, 2019 Updated: 6:40 PMlast_img read more

Monday Iditarod Update – Shaktoolik

first_imgSixty-seven mushers began the race for Nome last Sunday, and the winner is expected early this week. Top five mushers as of 6 a.m., Monday.Nicolas PetitMitch SeaveyJoar Leifseth UlsomRay Redington JrPeter Kaiser Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sixty-seven teams are signed up for the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) trek over mountain ranges, frozen rivers and other dangerous terrain.  Defending champion Mitch Seavey is currently in second place and out of the Shaktoolik checkpoint at 3:43 a.m.center_img Nicolas Petit of Girdwood was leading the Iditarod on Monday morning, and he was the first musher out of the checkpoint in Shaktoolik.last_img read more

Business Magazines Need to Find their Purpose for Being in Business

first_imgAs 2009 mercifully marches toward its long-awaited end, the magazine field is littered with battered, bruised, bleeding and sometimes even deceased bodies of America’s business magazines. In a turnaround of almost Biblical proportions, the business category, which enjoyed seven or so of the fattest years in magazine history in the 1990s now is suffering through seven or more of the leanest.Some of this pain and suffering is purely cyclical, of course, on several dimensions. What goes up must come down, and business magazines in the 1990s were so far up that it was almost inevitable that they’d fall to earth with a thud in the 2000s. You can chalk some of it up to category fatigue and even more to the bad behavior, malfeasance and criminal undertakings of many of the poster children whose faces graced America’s business magazines as heroes, shortly before they graced the cells of America’s prisons as inmates.And then, of course, in a recession with the depth and breadth of our current economic meltdown, business magazines—which traditionally depend on business-to-business advertising more than business-to-consumer magazines—find themselves hit harder than other categories. Business which themselves aren’t buying anything are hardly likely to spend money advertising to other businesses which also aren’t buying anything. It’s a perfect non-revenue producing feedback loop. Rules of Engagement Have ShiftedBut there’s also a structural problem that business magazines have been slow to respond to: business and the world of work have been changing at a rapid and dramatic pace. The rules of engagement seem to have shifted; how to play the game, how to win, what winning even means—all are undergoing massive and uncharted changes.Now, you’d think that this new and dramatic narrative would provide business magazines with exactly the kind of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explain the new world of business to baffled, scared, and fear-frozen readers. The problem is, of course, that the magazines are themselves so baffled, scared and fear-frozen, they are as more a part of the scene than they are seasoned observers helping make sense of it. Add to that the burden of reinventing old and tired brands that no longer seem relevant to a world of transforming technology, global competition, economic recalibration and career recalculation, and it’s not hard to see why most business magazines are concentrating on surviving rather than self-reinvention.Staying in Business vs. Having a Purpose for Being in BusinessStill, as 2009 drags to a weary and welcome close, there’s reason for hope that 2010 will promise new life. There’s the acquisition by Bloomberg of BusinessWeek for a song—a huge upside opportunity if it means leveraging Bloombergs multi-platform approach to business journalism and financial analysis to BusinessWeek’s historic capacity for smart essays and clever idea packaging. But that’s only one title. Every business magazine has the same opportunity—a chance to grab on to the fascinating and dramatic “story line” that is shaping up in the new, emerging world of business. If the surviving business magazines each finds its own distinctive voice to educate readers to the huge changes under way in the economy and in the world of work, and they commit to a publishing world where the job of the magazine is to start a useful, colorful, dynamic conversation with a community of readers who need help making new and valuable connections, then 2010 can be a great year of re-invention and re-commitment to the real purpose of business magazines. (On the other hand, if they keep doing what they’ve been doing, they may survive, but it won’t really matter; they’ll gradually become less and less relevant.)This isn’t just idle speculation on my part; for the last year I’ve been traveling and speaking extensively on the changing face and shape of business, and everywhere I go, both in the United States and abroad, I find eager, hungry, actively involved audiences—people who care deeply about what happens next in the world of business. These are business executives, but also political and non-profit leaders. They are dissatisfied with the current explanation of the role of the corporation in society and they are disgusted with a public conversation that seems stuck on matters of superficiality and celebrity. They want authenticity, integrity, and real dialog—and instead they feel they’ve been getting a steady diet of status-quo thinking, round-up-the-usual-suspects journalism, and convenient excuses for why things can’t change.The exciting truth is we are at the threshold of a new era in business. All over the world we’re witnessing massive discontinuities in how work gets done, who does it, how value is created, where it gets created—one epoch is ending, another is just being born. What business magazines need to do is to embrace the changes and challenges that are rocking the world of business—get in front of the evolving story line; engage readers in a conversation; challenge the status quo instead of offering bland reassurances that the status quo will prevail; generate useful, provocative debate; discover new voices who champion new ideas and unconventional practices.It’s not just a matter of finding a way to stay in business; it’s a matter of having a purpose for being in business in the first place. Entrepreneurship is the answer to the companies business magazines cover; it’s also the answer to the future of the magazines themselves. It’s not even a question of returning to profitability. It’s a question of returning to relevancy.last_img read more

Ad Spending Skid Tacks on Another 39 Percent Dip in Q2 2015

first_imgAdvertisers continue to throttle back their spending as they appear to grope for answers to what strategy works best in a changing, challenging media environment. Based on a breakdown of the numbers for different channels, Kantar theorizes that two things are happening: more advertisers are shifting dollars to less traditional channels, such as digital types that are unmeasured, and others are simply cutting back on spending for whatever reason. But advertising on digital platforms gained 2.4 percent for the quarter. Paid search surged almost 8 percent, but that was tempered by an almost 5 percent decline in online display (desktop PC) advertising. In other main categories, television advertising was down 4.5 percent; radio was up 5 percent; and out-of-home spending grew 4 percent. Kantar’s data shows that 15 of the 22 distinct media types it follows logged ad spending declines in this year’s second quarter. The biggest declines were felt in the print sector. Newspaper ad spending dove almost 13 percent. Magazine spending fell nearly 8 percent, paced by Sunday magazines’ whopping 42 percent decline, Spanish language titles’ 14 percent dropoff, B2B magazines’ 6 percent drop and consumer magazines’ 5.5 percent retreat.  That performance marks a continuation of a stubborn and perplexing spending retreat that began around 2010. Kantar says the new numbers confirm that measured ad growth is on track to lag nominal GDP for the fifth consecutive year. It’s “a streak that might once have seemed unimaginable but now would seem to be par for the course,” stated Jon Swallen, chief research officer at Kantar Media North America, in a press release. Media trends watcher Kantar Media says U.S. ad expenditures totaled $38 billion in the second quarter of 2015, 3.9 percent less than was spent in the same period in 2014. Preceded by a drop-off in this year’s first quarter, the second-quarter decline means comparative first-half spending is also down this year, by the same amount, 3.9 percent. Digging into the digital platform’s numbers, Kantar found paid search advertising’s best categories were retail, auto dealers and travel. Online display ad expenditures were hit hard by lower CPMs and reduced page traffic, it says. Magazine spending’s decline was contained due to “vigorous” gains in food, pharmaceutical and travel & tourism spending.last_img read more

Publishers Talk Vulnerabilities and Opportunities on Final Day of Folio Show

first_imgWhile this sounds like an industry-insider podcast, only 11 percent of its audience actually works in alcohol. By creating such unique and specialized content, the podcast has become the “voice in everyone’s head when they’re buying whiskey,” said Philburn.At larger organizations, it’s possible to take advantage of the level of intimacy that podcasts provide, since it’s still a nascent market. Law.com is going through that journey now, unrolling podcasts that cater to its audience of lawyers, judges, and academics.“When we initially started doing this, our approach was everybody just do a podcast and we will figure out,” said Leigh Jones, editor-in-chief of Law.com. “We weren’t getting what we wanted.”Instead, Jones formalized the editorial process and decided she would co-host the podcast with director of newsroom innovation Vanessa Blum. By deciding to own it between the two hosts, they were better able to convince editors to buy in without having to rely on every editor fully becoming comfortable with the platform. And they also endear themselves to listeners who hear their voices every week.→ Read our Day One recap here.This same leap of faith happens almost everyday on social, where the strategies to attract eyeballs constantly change.At Brides magazine, they’ve built one of the largest social followings in the wedding space, which is quite the achievement considering the competition in the vertical. And Lisa Gooder, executive director of the brand, says they take risks, particularly with events, like social media takeovers or expanded coverage of readers’ weddings. But by always keeping the brand’s purpose in mind, they have a guide in the creative process.“Our brand is about authenticity, modern, inclusive [and] celebratory,” said Gooder. “Social is dedicated to these ideas.”This feeling of constant vulnerability has long played out in the journalism space. The dynamic of an industry that is constantly looking for new revenue streams as traditional efforts slide, along with the attacks the press has received from President Trump, it could create an environment of fear. Instead, as the panel “The State and Business of Journalism” highlighted, this environment encourages stronger coverage and more dedicated storytelling.“Everyone trusts some form of media,” said Brian Stelter, senior media correspondent at CNN. “If you don’t trust CNN, you probably trust Fox News.”The challenge, he continued, is whether the information provided by the media source is reliable, trustworthy, and providing of a service that benefits the community. This concern is heightened by the fact readers have grown more insular in what they read.But it’s impossible to ignore the business side of the organization, since it plays into what’s covered. As Time writer Eliana Dockterman explained, if you want to cover a story in the middle of the country, you have to convince an editor that it’s worth the cost of travel and reporting. But with tight budgets, the ability to actually pursue such a story becomes, “inherently a business challenge,” Dockterman added.The panel was moderated by Erik Wemple, media critic at The Washington Post, and also included Matt Heimer, features editor at Fortune, Slate’s outgoing editor-in-chief, Julia Turner.Wemple didn’t hold back his concerns about some of the current threats to the state and business of journalism, from political to technological. But some of these business concerns aren’t self-inflicted, which transitioned into the challenge that publishers have with Facebook.To try and provide some clarity, Christine Trodella, head of North America publisher sales at Facebook, offered advice on what works on the platform. Develop content that’s “interactive and engaging with people,” advises Trodella. “Give people a voice, and they will potentially interact.”This is where video rears its head, as Trodella showcased Facebook Watch, the platform’s newest video venture, by highlighting how CNN launched Anderson Cooper Full Circle on the social site. It’s unique content is only provided to followers on the platform and users can partake in choosing which stories Cooper tells.All of these efforts are meant to ignite brand loyalty—which will hopefully lead to profits—but that loyalty isn’t something that can be faked. As explained in the last panel, “Attracting and Nurturing Brand Loyalists,” finding these loyalists can leave your brand exposed to negative press, social media backlash, or angry fans. To prevent such a turn, again it requires dedication to your brand identity and purpose.“How successful are we in giving a great experience,” said Carola Jain, head of brand at Spartan Race, describing the question she asks about her own company. If Spartan puts on a great race, helps people get into shape, and live healthier lives, then “brand loyalists will spread the word,” she added.Without that internal understanding of the brand’s mission, influencers won’t follow since they can smell something that isn’t authentic. “Spend a lot of time on who you are and who you’re trying to impact,” says Brittany Hennessy, an author and co-founder of Carbon, an influencer platform.With a good product, the influencers will embrace it. Then the vulnerability will become a value add. Trying something new isn’t always within the fabric of publishers, especially if they’re unsure of the results. In the final day of the 2018 Folio: Show, speakers highlighted how fighting through these moments of discomfort with a new brand, platform, or strategy can lead to more loyal readers and customers.Back in 2005, podcasts were barely on most people’s radar. That’s when many leaders within the space took their initial steps in dominating the platform.CaskStrength Media managing director Christina Philburn detailed her and her husband’s journey in taking such a leap, launching a podcast about whiskey. Thirteen years later, WhiskeyCast pulls in mid-six figures a year, publishing twice a week.last_img read more

More Information Needed to Assess DODs Plans to Reduce Workforce GAO Concludes

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Pentagon has failed to outline how it plans to achieve savings in its civilian and contractor workforces that the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill calls for, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).Section 955 of the measure requires the department to achieve savings in the cost of the civilian and contractor workforces from FY 2012-2017 at the same rate as military personnel costs associated with reductions in end strength decline.“While DOD developed a plan for reductions in the civilian workforce, it did not provide details to understand how these reductions would be achieved or any information demonstrating that the goals were being achieved,” the report states.“Without this information, Congress has limited assurance on how the department will achieve required savings and whether the savings will be achieved in a manner that is consistent with workforce management laws,” GAO said.DOD has reduced the size of its civilian workforce by 3.3 percent from FY 2012-2016, but civilian personnel costs dropped by only 0.9 percent, the agency found. Over the same period, military end strength has declined by about 6 percent, and personnel costs have fallen by about 8 percent.The congressional watchdog agency found that the Pentagon would need to reduce spending on its contractor workforce by about $4.1 billion from FY 2012-2017 to match the planned reduction in military forces over the same period.“At a time when the entire federal government is facing fiscal challenges that are likely to continue, DOD must plan strategically for reductions to its civilian and contractor workforces to achieve savings,” the report stated, according to the Military Times.last_img read more

Biggest steal of this IPL season 3 unknown players who can be

first_imgWith the IPL, nothing is low-key. There is hype, there is money, and then there are expectations. However, each year we do have players who slip under the radar during the auctions owing to their low base price, but then emerge as tactical signings right through the season for their respective sides.The teams which have been successful have always found a great mix of marquee players and utility players in their mix and this season promises to be no different for the sides. Here in this article, we take a look at three such players who were low key at the auctions but have the potential to strike big in the tournament.Heinrich Klaasen South African batsman Heinrich Klaasen (R)GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe South African was acquired by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for his base price of 50 lakh but he could become a steal at that price. This could be a tactical purchase after they let go Quinton de Kock. Klaasen can be the wicket-keeper as well as the opener in the side. With Shimrin Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis as key components of the middle order, RCB should look to give Klaasen an extended rope at the top of the order. Ashton Turner Ashton Turner’s innings helped Australia win the fourth ODI in Mohali.Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesNot many people in India would have known Ashton Turner before he decided to announce his arrival with a smashing innings in the Mohali ODI against India in the recently-concluded series. Well, this is nothing new for the Australian, who is one of the brighter stars in Australia and also one of the key players for the hugely successful BBL side, Perth Scorchers.He has so far played a total of 69 T20s and has scored 1061 runs. Also, he has picked 17 wickets at an excellent average of 16.41 and an economy rate of 6.97 from 24 innings. Rajasthan Royals could well have plucked out a brilliant player from the auctions and this season could be a defining one for Turner.Sherfane RutherfordThe West Indian-all-rounder has been identified as Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting to be the X-factor for Delhi Capitals this season. He is a genuine all-rounder who bowls at a fair clip and also uses the long handle to great effect. He erupted on the scene when he struck a hundred in the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada. He scored an unbeaten 134 from 66 balls with 11 fours and 10 sixes in the innings.”Rutherford actually arrived for the camp without his kit and he has been borrowing stuff from other people. He, like most West Indian talents, is a strong and clean hitter of the ball and he can also bowl some overs for us when needed. He is a top talent in my book and a perfect addition to the batting line-up after our Indian talent. He just needs a bit of time to settle down and to get used to the wickets and conditions,” Ponting said on Tuesday.last_img read more

Bank of China gets green signal from RBI to open branches in

first_imgThe People’s Bank of China (PBOC)ReutersBank of China, one of the four largest public sector banks in China is all set to open its operations in India, after receiving a license from the Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday, July 4. The approval was under process for over three years before getting the final nod.Bank of China has branches in 51 countries and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has categorized it as a Global Systemically Important Bank (GISB). However, when it comes to India, Bank of China will only be the second Chinese bank after Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC) to open a branch in the country.The approval of the Chinese bank can be seen as the initial gateway for overseas banks planning to start is lending activities in one of the fastest growing economies in the world.Besides Bank of China, there are banks from other countries like the Netherlands, South Korea, Malaysia and Iran that have sought an approval from the RBI to kick off its operations in India. Though, the central bank is yet to issue the approvals. People walk past a barricade inside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) headquarters in Mumbai. [File photo from June 7, 2017]REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeBank of China will further identify the branch for initiating its first operations and would also be seeking regulatory approval separately for the branches.The move to allow 106-year-old Bank of China to initiate its operations in India was taken last month during interaction between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s president, Xi Jingping on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.China had also given an NOC to Indian banks to operate in its country since 2006. In total seven branches were given permission by the Chinese administration.India’s biggest public sector lender The State Bank of India was the first to start its operations in the neighbouring country, where it currently has two branches. The other Indian banks operating in China are the Bank of India, the Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank.Bank of China was under the radar of security agencies until June this year amid speculations that the People’s Liberation Army had a stake in the bank. The NOC to initiate its operations were provided after clearance from the security agency.last_img read more

Who will be eliminated from Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house This poll

first_imgBigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutAfter Saravanan was shown the door mid-way, three contestants like Losliya, Sakshi Agarwal and Abhirami Venkatachalam are facing the elimination test this week on Vijay TV’s popular reality show Bigg Boss Tamil 3.The International Business Times had conducted a poll to understand the audience’s pulse on this week’s eviction and the result is out. If we go by the response from our readers, Sakshi Agarwal will be evicted from Bigg Boss Tamil 3.Yes, she has got 40.72 percent of votes for eviction. The actress has been in the receiving end from the viewers for weeks now. The unnecessary drama that she created around Kavin and Losliya’s friendship in previous weeks is apparently backfiring her.Surprisingly, Losliya, who has been people’s favourite, has got 33.73 percent of votes in the polls in which thousands of our readers cast their vote. The initial love that she had earned from the audience seems to have lost to some extent.Abhirami has garnered 16.73 percent of votes. It clearly indicates that she will be safe this week. The actress seems to be enjoying the support of Ajith fans for being part of Nerkonda Paarvai. However, a section of fans want her to be out of the show as she is not giving content.However, Saravanan’s name was also in the poll as he was also nominated and he got 8.82 percent of votes. Going by our readers’ verdict, one among Sakshi or Losliya will be shown the door. However, there is a possibility of the evicted contestant being sent to the secret room this week in Bigg Boss Tamil 3. Have your say in the pollWho will be evicted from Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house this week? 1. Sakshi Agarwal 40.72% 2. Losliya 33.73% 3. Abhirami Venkatachalam 16.73% 4. Saravanan 8.82% So far, Fathima Babu, Vanitha Vijayakumar, Mohan Vaidya, Meera Mitun, Reshma Pasupuleti and Saravanan are out of Kamal Haasan-hosted show. Meanwhile, actress Kasturi Shankar has been given wild-card entry to Bigg Boss Tamil 3.last_img read more

BNPs 22 relief trucks to Ukhia obstructed

first_img-Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has alleged that its trucks carrying relief materials for distribution among Rohingyas in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, was obstructed by the government.Party leaders who had come to distribute relief in Cox’s Bazar made these allegations at a press conference on Wednesday at the district BNP office.They said that 22 of their trucks carrying relief were not allowed to proceed to Ukhia.Till 11:00pm Wednesday night, the trucks remained parked by the Cox’s Bazar central Shaheed Minar in front of the district BNP office. The trucks contained rice, lentils, flattened rice (cheera), oil, salt, sugar, biscuits, water and other relief goods.Former member of parliament from Cox’s Bazar and BNP’s fisheries secretary Lutfur Rahman told Prothom Alo, they had wanted to distribute relief goods among the Rohingyas in Ukhia’s Kutupalong and Balukhali camps on Tuesday, but as the prime minister Sheikh Hasina would be visiting the Kutupalong camp, this was changed to Wednesday morning.The district administration changed this to Wednesday afternoon, on the excuse that diplomats would be inspecting the Kutupalong Rohingya camp. However, police prevented the trucks from going to Ukhia in the afternoon.Cox’s Bazar deputy commissioner Mohammed Ali Hossain told Prothom Alo, according to government rules, the DC office must first be informed of any relief to be distributed among the Rohingyas. That has been followed so long.He asked, if anyone took truckloads of relief among the thousands of Rohingyas, who would be responsible if anyone was killed in a stampede? There was no obstacle to distribute relief in keeping with the rules.Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference held at 3:00 pm in the afternoon at the Cox’s Bazar party office, BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas said BNP wasn’t there for politics. It was there to distribute relief. It was a crime for the government to obstruct relief distribution.He said they had brought relief materials for 9000 Rohingya families in Cox’s Bazar. They had wanted to provide roof materials for shelter to 3500 families. He said, “We will never hand over our relief goods to the government. BNP will not go according to the government or DC’s orders. We will provide the relief ourselves.”BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan told the press conference, everyone should be distributing relief to the Rohingyas, but the government is preventing BNP from doing so.last_img read more

Upcoming elections very much important Hasina

first_imgAL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina presides over a meeting of party’s Parliamentary Board and Awami League Nomination Board for local government elections at her official Ganabhaban residence on Friday. Photo: PIDRuling Bangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said neither Awami League nor her government wants the Magura or 15 February, 1996-like elections in the country anymore, state news agency BSS reports.”We don’t want to see Magura or 15 February, 1996 type elections in which BNP rigged votes,” said Hasina while talking to the nomination seekers for elections to three city corporations, 10 union elections, three upazila elections and five municipality elections after a joint meeting of Awami League Parliamentary Board and Awami League Nomination Board for local government elections at her official residence Ganabhaban.Sheikh Hasina said the upcoming elections are very much important for the government as the national election is approaching fast.”Naturally, these elections are very much important for us… There’s win and loss in elections; make sure these don’t tarnish Awami League’s image; work together so that we could serve people,” she said.Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of the ruling party, said the city corporation elections are vital and all have to work for the nominated candidates of the party.”It’s very much important to gain the trust and confidence of voters.”She mentioned that all will have to abide by the decisions of the party and there should not be any intra-party feud during the elections.More than 6,000 elections were held in the country under the Awami League tenure and BNP could not prove any allegation against these elections, Hasina said.The AL president said the drive against militancy, terrorism and drugs is going on and it will continue.”We want to establish Bangladesh as a peaceful country.”She called on the party leaders and activists to inform the voters about the “massive developments” taken place during the tenure of the AL government.”You’ll have to tell the voters that if AL is voted to power again, there’ll be continuation of development,” she added.last_img read more

Where Is All The Government And Private Money For Harvey Going

first_img 00:00 /09:44 Since Harvey hit, we’ve heard a lot of questions about where money raised for the relief effort would be spent – along with where state and federal recovery funds would go.Well, our colleagues over at the Texas Tribune have been digging up these numbers and issuing periodic report cards on what agencies like FEMA and the Small Business Administration have been spending so far – along with where all the money raised by different private campaigns will go.The Tribune recently released its second report card, and Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty went through some of the figures with reporter Morgan Smith. David J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X Listen Sharelast_img read more

National Collegiate Prep Boasts Perfect Graduation Rate

first_imgKeimare, Brittany, Iyanna and Donte are students at National Prep.National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter School (National Prep) hosted their Invention Convention in conjunction with the Metro Warriors STEM Organization (MWSO) and IT Computer Wiz Kids in Southeast D.C. on Nov. 12. The school was very proud to open its doors this year to the community at large to come out and see their students’ inventions.National Prep offers disadvantaged youth in D.C. the opportunity to excel above their circumstances and environments. The program is focused on providing a solution to the urgent need of closing the achievement gap for students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).The school’s environment provides students with a world-class, hands-on education. Many students have expressed that National Prep makes them feel like they are cared for and that they belong to something bigger than themselves. “It feels like a family at my school,” students said.Melvin Stallings, STEM Coordinator and Conceptual Physics Teacher at National Prep.The staff, teacher and student partnerships have resulted in the National Prep achieving a 100 percent high school graduation and college acceptance rate. National Prep also boasts that they offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) program that provides students with an international studies component. Instead of a regular high school diploma, students can receive an advanced degree with a more rigorous grading structure.Melvin Stallings, STEM Coordinator and Conceptual Physics Teacher at National Prep and Prep student Donte with a STEM remote control car.Melvin Stallings, STEM coordinator and conceptual physics teacher for National Prep has a background in biology and chemistry with degrees from both Notre Dame and Norfolk State. He formerly worked for the Baltimore City Police Department as a crime investigator. Stallings was excited about sharing his encounter with Jennifer Ross, founder and executive director who hired him to bring STEM to National Prep. “National Prep didn’t have a STEM program, but Ms. Ross gave me a chance,” he said.“We have a very diverse group of kids here. Students are eager to learn something new,” said Stallings. “Students here ask questions. They want to know how does this relate to physics. How does this relate to the real world? And they express they don’t really want to do this if it doesn’t relate.”National Prep uses STEM as a vehicle to bridge the gap on how it relates to their daily lives. The school’s motto is, “STEM is for life.” When asked about the future of the program, Stalling expressed his desire to see the program expand. He said, “In the next two years we’d like to have 100-150 students. This program is a good vehicle to obtain scholarships. A lot of our students want to become engineers and scientists so I tell them do summer internships and summer jobs so you can obtain those opportunities.”In March 2015, National Prep STEM students will travel to California to participate in the national championship competition at the National Society of Black Engineering Conference. To learn more about National Prep visit http://nationalprepdc.org.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday September 3

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uEducator, journalist, public intellectual and proud son of East Baltimore, D. Watkins’ new book, “The Beast Side,” is nothing short of a literary classic for the 21st century, chronicling  life on the streets of one of America’s great and deeply flawed cities, Baltimore. We’ll talk to Watkins about his transcendent book, politics, race, education and more. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Cards Upend Notre Dame 53 in Series Finale

first_imgNext Game: INDIANA 3/26/2019 | 5:00 p.m. A two-out solo home run by Cait Brooks in the fifth pulled the Irish within a run. Live Stats Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The Irish (18-10, 3-3) got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning. Katie Marino led off with a hit and eventually crossed the plate on Melissa Rochford’s single. Quinn Biggio’s RBI hit brought Rochford home to make the score 4-2. SOUTH BEND, Ind. –The University of Louisville softball team defeated Notre Dame 5-3 Sunday at Melissa Cook Stadium in the teams’ ACC series finale. The Irish threatened in the sixth when a single, a walk and a fly out placed a pair of runners in scoring position, but reliever Danielle Watson got a fly out to Butler in left field to end the inning. In the seventh, a leadoff hit by Ali Wester brought the tying run to the plate, but back-to-back fielder’s choices prevented a runner from getting into scoring positon and a groundout to Maddy Newman at second secured the win. Caitlin Ferguson had two hits, scored twice and a registered pair of stolen bases and Kyra Snyder collected two RBIs to help lead the Cardinals at the plate. Megan Hensley (8-1) notched the win and Danielle Watson picked up her first save of the season. Previewcenter_img Snyder’s two-run single sparked a three-run fourth as the Cards extended their lead to 4-0. Hensley got the inning started with a walk and was lifted for pinch runner Jordyn Wolfe, who took second on Rebecca Chung’s sacrifice bunt. Ferguson reached safely on an infield hit to put runners on the corners and proceeded to steal second. Snyder’s hit plated both runners and she would eventually score on a wild pitch. The Cardinals (20-10, 3-3 ACC) will return to action on Tuesday when they play host to No. 20/22 Indiana at 5 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium. Hensley picked up her team-best eighth win of the season after giving up three earned runs on five hits and striking out two in 5.1 innings. She also registered one of Louisville’s eight hits in the game. The Cards tallied six stolen bases in the contest with Butler registering career-high three stolen bases, Ferguson had two and Melton swiped her team-best 15th of the season. Matchup History The Cards pushed their lead back to two runs in the sixth. Freshman Charley Butler delivered a two-out single, stole second and third and scored on junior Celene Funke’s base hit, bringing the score to 5-3.  Louisville struck first with a run in the second inning. Ferguson led off the frame with a single, stole second and crossed the plate on senior Madison Cousineau’s double to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. Alexis Holloway (8-6) took the loss, surrendering four earned runs on five hits and striking out one in 3.1 innings of work. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Sangeet Natak Akademi nominates Durga Puja for UNESCOs cultural heritage tag

first_imgKolkata: Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s apex cultural body, has nominated Kolkata’s Durga puja to be included in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for the year 2020. It may be mentioned that it was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had prodded the state Tourism department to make a serious pitch to have the Durga Puja festival listed by UNESCO.The department made a presentation to a team from UNESCO to have the festival listed in the latter’s ‘List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA team had visited the city in January and in a meeting with representatives from across the country as well as the South Asian countries, sought preliminary applications from all of them them about the tangible and intangible heritage of their respective states and countries. The meeting was hosted by the state Tourism department. Bengal’s Durga Puja has been showcased in a big way across the globe with Banerjee ushering in a grand end to the Puja by organising a stunning Red Road carnival where as many as 70 of the city’s best-known Durga idols paraded this year. The he extravaganza, touted to be second only to the renowned Rio Carnival stepped into its third year in 2018. In its nomination of Durga Puja for the Representative List, the SNA stated that: “Durga Puja is the best instance of the public performance of religion and art in the city. It witnesses a celebration of craftsmanship, cross-cultural transactions and cross-community revelry. …….The exemplary character of Durga Puja lies in its ability to not temporarily bind itself to the ritual occasion. Its dynamism lies in it being a constantly mutating event – in its fusion of tradition with changing tastes and popular cultures, and in the adaptation of the iconographies of Durga and the styles of her temporary abodes to cater to new regimes of art production.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that every year, UNESCO adds to its list of ICH cultural traditions and arts from around the world, either as ‘In Need of Urgent Safeguarding’ or in its ‘Representative List of ICH of Humanity’. India’s nominees are proposed by the SNA which was appointed as the nodal agency for ICH by the Union Ministry of Culture in 2011. India currently has 13 ICH on the list, including the Kumbh Mela, the dance forms of Chhau, Kalbelia and Mudiyettu , Vedic and Buddhist chanting and the tradition of brass and copper utensil making in Punjab’s Jandiala Guru.last_img read more

NotOkGoogle Employeeled town hall reveals hundreds of stories of retaliation at Google

first_imgNote: This article now includes stories of various other Google employees about the retaliation they faced, which they have shared with Google Walkout for real change. Last week, two Google Walkout organizers accused the company of retaliation against them over last year’s Google Walkout protest. The two Google employees, Claire Stapleton, YouTube Marketing Manager and Meredith Whittaker, head of Google’s Open Research were told their roles would change dramatically including calls to abandon AI ethics work, demotion, and more. In regards to this, both women hosted a Retaliation Town Hall to share their stories and strategize this Friday. The event was also live-streamed to other Google offices. 350+ Google staffers attended the Town Hall, where Stapleton said, that after her public sharing of retaliation earlier this week, Google executives tried to undermine her “in emails this week to thousands of my friends and colleagues”. In those emails, Google executives challenged Stapleton’s claim saying that she was “never demoted”. “What’s true is that there was a demotion, and after my lawyers got involved, it was reversed,” Stapleton wrote, in a statement viewed by Wired. Whittaker also provided further updates on the retaliation she faced. She said that her manager told her in late December she would likely need to leave Google’s Cloud division. The same manager told her in March that the “Cloud division was seeking more revenue and that AI Now and her AI ethics work was no longer a fit. This was a strange request because the Cloud unit has a team working on ethical concerns related to AI.” During the March meeting, Whittaker claims her manager also told her that there are “two kinds of people at Google…those who quit, and those who stay and hate every minute of it and try to destroy it. I was taken aback, since my work has always aimed to ensure that Google lived up to its purported values and treated its workforce, and the rest of the world, with respect.” Recently, Google dissolved it’s AI ethics council after nearly 2,600 employees, including Whittaker, signed a petition against the appointment of Kay Cole James, president of the Heritage Foundation. Employees were upset by James’ anti-trans and anti-immigrant political statements. Whittaker also signed the petition protesting Google’s infamous Project Dragonfly, the secretive search engine that Google is allegedly developing which will comply with the Chinese rules of censorship. Meredith Whittaker was also a leader in the anti-Maven movement. Google’s Project Maven, was focused on analyzing drone footage and could have been eventually used to improve drone strikes on the battlefield. More than 3,000 Google employees signed a petition against this project that led to Google deciding not to renew its contract with the U.S. Department of Defense in 2019. In her statement on Friday, Whittaker says that on April 1, a few days before the petition was drafted, she got approval from Jeff Dean to transfer from Cloud to Google’s Research and Machine Intelligence group. Two weeks after the petition was sent, Whittaker claims her transfer was killed. Other Google employees also spoke about employee discontent at Google ranging from the ethics of performing work for the US Department of Defense to the handling of sexual harassment claims. Following the statements of Whittaker and Stapleton in the town hall session, several current and former Googlers took to Twitter to register complaints and share their experiences of facing retaliation from the company. They expressed their disagreement with Google’s policies with the hashtag #NotOkGoogle which was trending on Friday. “This does not seem to be an isolated incident”, Vanessa Harris, Google Product Manager “I am grateful that I quit Google”, Liz Fong-Jones, ex-Googler, current SRE Dev Advocate @honeycombio She also talked about Google’s retaliation against her which forced her to quit. “This is just the tip of the iceberg”, Dr. Alex Hanna, a computational social scientist at Google Cloud Mila Hardt from Google Health division “I emailed @EileenTNaughton later again in November, just after the town hall meeting and her promises for change. I pledged her again to help stop the planned disposal of me. This time she never responded! My last day was after Thanks Giving! Thanks, Google for the gift!”, Vida Vakilotojar, Xoogler The town hall group also published an internal document with a new set of “demands”. The document which was seen by The Guardian includes a “transparent, open investigation of HR and its abysmal handling of employee complaints relating to working conditions, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation”. Other demands include a public response from Google co-founder Larry Page, and that Google meets the demands that were issued in the Google walkout. “Google has had six months to meet [those] demands; in that time, they’ve partially met only one of them,” the document states. “Google seems to have lost its mooring and trust between workers and the company is deeply broken. The company has no clear direction and is just progressing from crisis to crisis lately.” Google did not respond to specific questions about the town hall’s meeting. A spokeswoman said in a statement: “We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and publicly share our very clear policy. To make sure that no complaint raised goes unheard at Google, we give employees multiple channels to report concerns, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.” Other activist and worker groups also rose in solidarity. “The impact @mer__edith has in AI ethics is second to none. What happens to her at Google will be a gauge for the wellbeing of the entire field. Watch closely.”, Moritz Hardt, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Berkeley University Update: Yesterday, Google Walkout for real change published a blog post on medium sharing stories of retaliation from various other Google employees. “When I reported something unethical happening at Google, Employee Relations fudged data to protect Google.” “Retaliated against for defending a mother who reports to me. HR dismissed it as “poor behavior” “I reported my tech lead to my manager for sexual harassment, but my manager thought I was ‘overreacting’ ” “My first two years at Google I was not promoted due to bias. While my peer was promoted with the same ratings and same tenure, I was not. When I asked my manager about this I was told that I was being an “emotional woman.” How is this happening at Google? Clearly this pattern should not be allowed to continue. Read Next Google announces new policy changes for employees to report misconduct amid complaints of retaliation and harassment. #GoogleWalkout organizers face backlash at work, tech workers show solidarity Google employees ‘Walkout for Real Change’ today. These are their demands.last_img read more

Streaming content has overtaken live programming a

first_imgStreaming content has overtaken live programming as “the viewing method-of-choice” among Americans, according to Deloitte’s latest ‘Digital Democracy Survey’. The ninth edition of the research report claims that, on a monthly basis, 56% of US consumers now stream movies and 53% stream TV, compared to 45% who prefer to watch TV programs live.Among millennials aged 14-25, nearly 60% of time spent watching movies occured on computers, tablets and smartphones, making movie viewing habits “decidedly age-dependent,” said Deloitte.Some 68% of respondents were also found to ‘binge-watch’ three or more episodes of a given programme in one sitting, with 31% of Americans doing so on a weekly basis.“Personal viewing experiences and the ability to consume media at your own pace is significantly impacting how US consumers value their content devices and services,” said Gerald Belson, vice chairman, Deloitte and US media and entertainment sector leader.“Today, binge-watching, and the ability to watch what we want, when we want, and where we want, is an exciting cultural phenomenon that is shifting consumer behaviours and attitudes towards curating an individual experience.”The survey found that the internet was the most valued service to an overwhelming 93% of millennials. Despite this, 58% of millennial internet subscribers said they still value pay TV, with 22% of those who don’t currently own a television planning to purchase a new television within the next 12 months.However, a quarter of millenials also said they had either cancelled their pay TV subscriptions in the last 12 months or hadn’t had pay TV for more than a year.The research surveyed more than 2,000 consumers, aged 14 and older in the US to assess technology, media, and telecommunications consumption trends.last_img read more

The European Commission has urged the European Par

first_imgThe European Commission has urged the European Parliament and member states to finalise key legislation and complete its Digital Single Market strategy by 2018.In its mid-term review of the 2015 Digital Single Market plan, published last week, the EC said that “good progress has been made” overall, and that it has delivered 16 key measures – which adds up to 35 proposals and policy initiatives in total.However, it outlined three three main areas where further EU action is needed: to develop the European Data Economy to its full potential; to protect Europe by tackling cybersecurity challenges; and to promote online platforms as responsible players of a fair internet ecosystem.“The commission has lived up to its promise and presented all main initiatives for building a Digital Single Market. Now, the European Parliament and member states need to adopt these proposals as soon as possible, for new jobs, business and innovation to take off across Europe,” said vice-president for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip.“Two years on, we propose to update our strategy to reflect new challenges and technologies. We need cyber-secure infrastructure across all parts of the EU so that everyone – everywhere – can enjoy high-speed connectivity safely.“We have already agreed on strong EU rules for personal data protection; we now need to make sure that non-personal data can flow freely to assist connected cars and eHealth services. We need high-performance computing along with a digitally skilled workforce to make the most out of the data economy. All these areas are essential for Europe’s digital future.”The EU has already reached important agreements to end mobile roaming charges on June 15, 2017 for all travellers in the EU; to release the 700MHz band for the development of 5G and new online services; and to allow portability of content by as early as 2018, so that Europeans can travel with the films, music, video games or e-books they have subscribed to at home.The EC claims that a “fully functional Digital Single Market” could contribute €415 billion per year to the EU’s economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.last_img read more

In This Issue Dollar is in same position as y

first_imgIn This Issue. * Dollar is in same position as yesterday. * But there are a couple of bright spots today! * Aussie Trade deficit drops significantly! * China to stimulate their economy. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Oil Plunges Below $50! Good Day!…  And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! The Spinners song: I’ll be around, greets me this morning. Talk about a song with a beat, rhythm, and you can dance to! (sounds like I’m on Bandstand, HA!)  Well day one away from the desk, was interesting, when I encountered technical problems and the Pfennig had a delayed departure. These were not your normal, everyday technical problems, we had to call in the guys from Jacksonville to look into the problem! But all is well now, and everything worked like a charm all day yesterday, so getting the Pfennig out on time this morning should be a lay-up. Well, this morning is much like yesterday morning in that the dollar still has the conn. But there are a couple of bright spots this morning, and one really dark spot. let’s start with the really dark spot. The Russian ruble is plunging again, and is back above 60 (at 63 and change).  The price of Oil dropped below $50 yesterday, and that was the catalyst to the ruble plunge. Yes, the other petrol currencies are also doing the rope a dope, but the dollar is pounding them all, just not as badly as the ruble is getting pounded this morning. So. Let’s spend a minute with this latest drop in the price of Oil. $48. WOW!  It’s quite a phenomenon, how quickly this price dropped, don’t you think? Those out there that have far greater gray masses than I, think that this drop has come because of a supply glut. Really? From $100 to $48, because of a supply glut? I guess in this day and age, anything is possible, eh? But I prefer to think of this as something that has happened because of outside forces. I’m not able to talk about the conspiracy thought I have, so I’ll just leave it at that!  There is a supply glut, though, I’ll admit to that, but that can’t be the single factor here. Not with that kind of fall. I see that another 17 Oil rigs closed down here in the U.S. last week. Recall last week I told you about how closing Oil rigs was a sign that the price of Oil had gotten too cheap, and that we would probably see the closing of Oil rigs continue. My good friend, and author that everyone should read, Dennis Miller, told me that you can’t really associate the Oil industry having problems with Oil rigs closing, and then he went on to explain why. I truly appreciated his contribution.  So, apparently, I’m barking at the wrong tree here. But you know me, I’m so darn hard-headed, I’m going to keep barking until the squirrel gives up and comes down! So, all along I’ve been telling you about countries that are enjoying the price drop of Oil. And you can add Australia to that list! The Aussie November Trade Deficit fell to A$925 Million, VS an estimate of A$1.6 Billion.  Exports rose 1% from Rocktober, along with imports. Of course the cheaper A$ gets some credit for this nice looking report. But if the Aussie Trade Deficit can print as pretty as this in November, imagine what the December print will look like!   So the two of the bright spots in the currencies today are the Aussie dollar (A$) and N.Z. dollar/ kiwi. The A$ got things moving in the right direction when the Trade data printed, but then really got on the rally horse when it was announced that China was going to inject $1 Trillion in stimulus into their economy. Now, let’s see, what does Chuck have to say about this meddling in the economy, for he has been so darn tough on the U.S., Japan, U.K. and Eurozone for their meddling. Hmmm. Well, this is what I think. Front and Center the thing to think about here is that there’s a MAJOR difference between China and those other countries that meddled and are still meddling in their economies, and that is China has the Treasure Chest of reserves / cash that they can dig into and not upset the applecart with debt.  the other countries simply added to their debt, so that future generations will have to deal with. But I’m no fan of meddling in economies, but if you have to meddle, and all countries and their Central Banks these days think they know better and that they have “to do something”, then I would rather it came from money that was saved for a rainy day, than from future generations’ taxes and liberties. Kiwi joined the A$ in rallying on the news of the good Trade data and the Chinese $1 Trillion of stimulus. I just have to wonder if this love for these two is a one-day and done thing, which has been the MO lately.  The news in the early part of 2014 was all about the rate hikes in N.Z. and eventually it will return here this year, but problem not until the 2nd half of the year. Gold has found its way above $1,200 again. , I see where the great Porter Stansberry believes that Gold has hit its bottom and is ready to take off again. I’ve always held Porter in high regard, and his calls have been bang on in the past few years, so much so that I’m telling you this now. Now I can’t say stuff like that, but Porter can, and I can tell you that he said it, so heed his words folks. He’s so darn smart! Another guy that I believe is quite intelligent, James Rickards, says that investors should buy their Gold now while they can, because he feels that when it begins to soar, that obtaining physical Gold will be difficult.   Of course these are guys that might have vested interest in telling you to buy Gold now. and then they might just want to help you so they can make tons of money in the future the next time they tell you to do something!  Whatever the reason, these are just opinions by these guys, and they could end up being wrong, right? I’m interested in the Gold / Oil ratio.. It has caught my attention. Just another thing for me to keep track of, and I’m not sure it tells me anything. but I’m intrigued and think it just may tell me something if I study it long enough! HA!  Anyway, the Gold / Oil ratio yesterday was 1 oz. of Gold cost 23.9 Barrels of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Oil.  Just for grins I went back in history and found that in 1973, the ratio was 1 oz. to 41.4 Barrels of WTI.  Now, I’m not saying that the ratio is going to go back to 1973 levels. NO WAY! I’m not saying that! I’m just saying for it to get there, the price of Oil would have to drop more.  So, can anyone guess why I picked 1973?  At the same time, another fellow that I believe is smarter than the average bear, (way smarter actually!) Mike “Mish” Shedlock, has posted some nasty things to say about the Chinese renminbi becoming the next reserve currency.  I’ve always held what Mish had to say in high regard, but I do believe that either he didn’t understand what was asked, or something was misunderstood, period.  Because, you long time dear Pfennig readers know that I’ve said that by the end of this decade, which is now 5 years from now that the renminbi would be the reserve currency, not now, not next year!  They, the Chinese, still have tons of work to do, of which, Mish pointed out in his rant, but one has to step back and take note of all the changes the Chinese have made to date that are going to allow their currency to become the reserve currency, and the promises they’ve made to make the remaining ones. Remember, the Chinese were the ones that said that , “It’s time for an end to the dollar standard”.. not me, not anyone else in the West, but the Chinese, and if I’ve learned one thing from my years of studying the Chinese, they don’t say stuff just to impress people! The only say things when they mean to do something about them! So, the so-called safe havens are back on the front page of the newspaper this morning. Japanese yen, if you can get past the heavy, belly laughing, is rallying. U.S. Treasuries, again, if you can get past the laughing, are below 2% (10-year) and when you count inflation they are negative, and Gold. well, this one finally makes sense, are all stronger this morning.  I don’t know if you noticed one long-time upstanding member of this so-called safe haven club, is missing. The Swiss franc. The franc is weaker again this morning, and once again the cross with the euro is getting dangerously close to the 1.20 floor the Swiss National Bank (SNB) set for the cross a few years ago.  (1.2014, as I write). Remember what I told you the SNB would have to do to defend this cross, and going to negative rates won’t really do the trick for too long. The SNB would have to sell francs and buy euros. And who would want to own euros right now? Speaking of Treasuries. the Treasury bubble just keeps getting air pumped into it. I don’t know any other way to explain this. The Treasury bubble should have popped 5 years ago, but it’s still floating around the room avoiding the pins. The 10-year has a 1.99% yield today. And like I just said, when you factor in inflation, the 10-year yield is negative. OK, so let me get this straight, for 10-years you get to have the U.S. Gov’t use your money, and you pay them?  Oooooh, where do I sign up for that? Here? Oh, thank you kind sir, you have been so helpful with my money. To whom do I make this check that represents my life savings to? . What? You don’t think that scenario doesn’t play out? Better think again my friend. The euro just slipped below 1.19. When I turned on the screens this morning, the euro was trading in yesterday’s clothes, but has just slipped below 1.19. The poor beleaguered single unit has had to endure a lot lately. Greece, Draghi’s love affair with all-out QE, recessions all around. Speaking of negative yields on Gov’t bonds. the German Gov’t bond, called bunds, is trading with a negative yield. OUCH! Now that’s going to leave a mark!  What does these bond moves indicate to us? Well, if you ask the bond king, Bill Gross, he would tell you that it means that the Fed won’t hike rates until late in 2015, and maybe not then either!  Speaking of Bill Gross, have you seen the massive withdrawals from the PIMCO bond funds follow Gross to Janus Funds?  No wonder they call him the bond king, the size of these moves were mega-massive! The U.S. Data Cupboard is back on board today, but first, yesterday’s Data Cupboard fare was vehicle sales for December, which were very nearly bang on with expectations, thus making it a real December to remember for car companies! (remember platinum and palladium should be beneficiaries of cars being built for sale). OK.. today’s cupboard has Factor Orders for November (that seems so long ago, right? ) Rocktober’s Factory Orders printed a negative -.5%, and the expectations for November are for another negative print.  I know it’s only Tom Terrific Tuesday, but, this Friday is a Jobs Jamboree Friday. It’s never too early to start thinking about this report and all the games the BLS plays with it. I say that facetiously, of course, but there is always a touch of seriousness with me when it comes to the BLS. For What It’s Worth. Well, I found this, and thought it played nicely in the sandbox with my call that Japan is a basket case. the whole article can be found here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-02/death-nation-japanese-births-drop-lowest-ever-deaths-hit-all-time-high   And here are a few snippets.. Supporters and opponents of Abenomics may debate the metaphorical death of Japanese society as a result of the terminal hyper-Keynesian, hyper-monetarist policies implemented by Abe and Kuroda for the past 2 years until they are blue in the face, but when it comes to the literal death of Japan, there is no debate: as the FT succinctly puts it “deaths outnumbered births in Japan last year by the widest margin on record, underscoring the scale of the challenge facing the government as it tries to ensure a dwindling pool of workers can support growing ranks of pensioners.” Indeed, while Japan may or may not survive the collapse in the Yen, which will send the Nikkei225 soaring although nobody will be able to enjoy this unprecedented paper wealth because nobody can afford to eat, drive or heat their house, and all Japanese companies will be long bankrupt, it now looks almost certain that the death of Japanese society will not be due to a runaway printer, but due to, well, death itself. As the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reported earlier this week, while Japan recorded 1.001 million births in 2014, or the lowest number in recorded history, this was offset by 1.27 million deaths: also the highest on record. Chuck again, the article goes on to give you numbers and data on the how the drop in population will take place and when. You know, I’ve described this demographics problem in Japan several times in the past, and I keep telling you that Japan’s problems center around how they will not allow foreigners to take up residence in their country. They need them badly, but. it’s not going to happen in Japan, they would rather go down with the ship rather than fixing the hole in the floor of the boat! To recap. Much of the same dollar strength today as yesterday, but we are seeing a couple of bright spots in A$’s and kiwi, yen, and Gold.. the price of Oil has fallen below $50 and the latest plunge in black gold, Texas Tea, has caused another plunge of the Russian ruble. Aussie Trade data was better than expected, and China announced that they would spend some of their treasure chest cash in the amount of $1 Trillion to stimulate their economy, and Chuck describes the difference in meddling here. The 10-year U.S. Treasury has a yield below 2% again, making it actually negative when you factor in inflation. Where do I sign up for that?  Currencies today 1/6/15. American Style: A$.8125, kiwi .7730, C$ .8490, euro 1.1895, sterling 1.5200, Swiss $ .9900, . European Style: rand 11.7385, krone 7.7160, SEK 7.9260, forint 268.25, zloty 3.6190, koruna 23.2670, RUB 62.83, yen 119.30, sing 1.3360, HKD 7.7535, INR 63.57, China 6.1256, pesos 14.95, BRL 2.7125, Dollar Index 91.61, Oil $48.66, 10-year 1.99%, Silver $16.26, Platinum $1,214.38, Palladium $799.00, and Gold. $1,210.40 That’s it for today. Well, baseball will announce the newest Hall of Fame class today. Three pitchers, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, and Pedro Martinez appear to be shoo-ins for the Hall, thus making this year’s class as strong as last year’s.  I’m a real stickler on the Hall of Fame, and I have problems with a lot of the players that get elected. They should all be held to the same on-field performances of the Babe, Stan the Man, Cy Young, and so on. if not, why are they getting in? Because they were the best of their era? That doesn’t cut it with me!  Oh well, it is what it is. Congrats to those that get elected today.  Football in St. Louis and Missouri is over, our college basketball teams are very good this year, hockey plays a couple games a week, and baseball is still a ways off. these are the dark days of winter for sports here. UGH!  Dionne Warwick is singing: Walk on by to me right now, I just melt when I hear her sing that song. It rained a little bit here yesterday, but not a big thing, and I was able to sit outside most of the day. I’m reading another James Patterson book right now. I’m hooked on this guy’s books, and he sure has a lot of them!  OK, I’ll get out of your hair for today. I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

This year malaria got a cool new cartoon Aardman

first_imgThis year, malaria got a cool new cartoon. Aardman Animations, creator of the popular “Wallace and Gromit” claymation films, and actor Hugh Laurie teamed up for a 2-minute video on the history of this disease, which claims 450,000 lives a year. It’s called “Malaria Must Die, So Millions Can Live.” And it stars “Mozzie the Mosquito.”It’s very clever. And accurate. But some malaria specialists are actually more impressed with a 1943 anti-malaria video, produced by Walt Disney for the U.S. government and starring the Seven Dwarfs.The 10-minute film explains how malaria is spread — and how it might be stopped. And it’s surprisingly relevant in 2018.”I gotta say, it was a very well-done video,” says Daniel Sledge, an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Texas, Arlington.”It’s very practical,” he says. “Avoiding standing water is really critical. Screening windows is really critical.”In his research, Sledge has focused on malaria control and eradication in the United States, particularly before 1950.The Disney video details many of the important measures Americans took to protect themselves from malaria, he says: getting rid of standing water, screening windows, papering over cracks in the walls, even weeding ponds and lakes to make it easier for fish to eat mosquito larvae.Most of the things they describe are “really, honestly, best practices,” he says.Lessons for todayBut not everything in the video holds up. Coating standing water in oil to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, for instance, would ruin drinking water in addition to causing environmental damage. And in many places, it’s impossible to weed the vast bodies of water where mosquitoes breed.In the film, Bashful happily pumps clouds of green insecticide over a lake. “A thin film of Paris green is strong enough to kill the wigglers [mosquito larvae], but won’t kill the fish,” the narrator confidently explains. Paris green was an insecticide used mainly in the 1940s but was soon replaced by the more powerful DDT. DDT, of course, has been banned in many countries for its environmental and health side effects.Spraying with insecticides still plays a role in preventing malaria, especially in Africa. The insecticides — including, in some countries, DDT — are sprayed on the walls of homes, where some mosquitoes rest after feeding.Other techniques shown in the video are still widely used.”Bed nets, certainly,” says William Moss, professor of epidemiology, international health and molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Moss’s expertise is in malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa. While malaria still exists in many parts of the world, including Asia and Latin America, it is most deadly in Africa. About 90 percent of the yearly deaths happen there, Moss points out.Bed nets treated with insecticides are perhaps the most widely used method to prevent the spread of malaria, Moss says. “Millions and millions of nets have been distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa in the past decade,” he says, calling them a “cornerstone” of malaria control.”That’s had an important impact on reducing numbers of infections and child mortality,” Moss says. Indeed, the treated bed nets have reduced child deaths — from all causes, not just malaria — by 20 percent, the CDC says.Moss also highlighted the importance of getting rid of standing water and making home improvements to prevent malaria.”If you close the open eaves and put screens on [windows], that can have a major impact,” he says. He says these techniques may be hard to apply on a wide scale in sub-Saharan Africa. “But it is an important strategy,” he adds.In the 21st century there are other tactics critical to treating malaria and preventing its spread — notably diagnostic tests and new medications to treat the disease.How cartoons help malaria controlThe Disney video comes in two languages, English and Spanish, so it’s likely that Latin America was a target audience in addition to the U.S., where malaria was still a problem in many parts in 1943.Regardless of its intended audience, Sledge says, “the Disney video was very well-done and probably had very high-quality technical advisers.””Slightly updated, it would be very useful,” he adds — for preventing not just malaria but other diseases as well, such as dengue, West Nile, yellow fever and Zika.The fun, sometimes silly animation seems to lighten the mood and make the instructions more fun to follow. After all, when it comes to fixing up a house yourself, sometimes you might feel a little Dopey or Grumpy.”It has a broad appeal,” Moss says. The video reminded him to Dr. Seuss’s wartime pamphlet, “Ann Drinks Blood.” Ann — short for anopheles, the type of mosquito that carries malaria — loves going out at night (“she’s a real party gal”) and drinking… GI blood. The lighthearted illustrations had a serious message: American soldiers were at risk of contracting malaria in many battlefields, but they could take steps like covering up and using bed nets to minimize their risk.Bigger pictureAs important as those measures were, however, they are mostly individual-level efforts. There are larger improvements communities and governments can make in to prevent and eradicate malaria.William Moss says there’s a sort of “philosophical divide” in addressing malaria. Some researchers focus on high-tech interventions, he says, while others believe improving socioeconomic status — especially the condition of homes — “is really critical to decreasing malaria.”For instance, in the video, a mosquito bites a poor man suffering from malaria, and transmits it to a rich man — who then falls into financial ruin because he’s unable to work.”There’s a very strong link they’re trying to make between malaria and poverty,” Moss says. Researchers often focus on the rates of mortality from malaria, he says. Perhaps focusing on the economic costs as well could prompt changes, he says.Daniel Sledge points out another crucial way the United States controlled malaria: creating county-level health departments to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks.”In the United States, we put in place high-quality local public health infrastructure, disease surveillance, things along those lines – to make sure these diseases are not a problem,” Sledge explains.The efforts outlined in the video may help individuals protect themselves and their neighbors from the disease, but some changes need to come from the top, he says.”You can do all this stuff, but if you don’t make it permanent, the disease will come back,” he says.Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Imagine for a minute A company makes a vaccine th

first_imgImagine for a minute: A company makes a vaccine that protects kids from a life-threatening disease but, with little warning, decides to stop selling it in the U.S.That’s exactly what happened last year in West Africa, for a vaccine against rotavirus — a disease that kills about 200,000 young children and babies each year.As NPR reported in November, the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. announced it was ending a long-term agreement to supply its rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, at a reduced price to families in four West African countries. At the same time, the company began selling the vaccine in China, for more than 12 times the price.Merck’s decision meant that more than 2 million babies were at risk of missing the vaccine, health experts told NPR.”You have a major manufacturer of a vaccine announcing that they’re going to exit from the market, and it created a bit of a panic for countries that were accustomed to having this vaccine,” says Deborah Atherly of the nonprofit PATH, which helps develop vaccines for low-income countries.Now the situation has changed — for the good.After NPR broke the news of Merck’s pullout, other vaccine manufacturers stepped up to fill in the gap. “Because of these efforts, very few to no children will miss out on rotavirus vaccination in these four countries,” Gavi wrote to NPR in an email.This is a huge success story, Atherly says. “We deal with tons of challenges in global health, and this is one, in which the global health community rallying with the countries, has really created success.”Rotavirus is a ubiquitous infection. “Almost every child, whether you live in the U.S. or you live in a developing country, is infected with this disease,” says Dr. Mathuram Santosham, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins University who has studied the disease for more than 40 years. In rich countries, the infections are rarely lethal but can be severe. Before the U.S. introduced the rotavirus vaccine in 2006, infections caused more than 50,000 hospitalizations each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.In poor countries, without good health care systems, rotavirus can be deadly. Children can have six to 20 bouts of diarrhea in a day and dehydrate extremely fast, Santosham says. “It is particularly important for the children in the poorest countries — and the poorest children in the poor countries — to receive this vaccine.”But the vaccine is expensive. Here in the U.S., it costs about $200 for a course of two-to-three doses administered in the first year of a baby’s life. So in 2012, the two companies that manufacture a vaccine, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, agreed to drastically reduce the price for poor countries to about $10 a course.For six years, the pharmaceutical companies stuck to those agreements. GSK delivered nearly 220 million doses to 42 countries. And Merck delivered more than 30 million doses to four countries in West Africa — Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, and São Tomé and Príncipe.But last year, Merck informed UNICEF and Gavi that it would not ship about a third of those doses for 2018 and 2019. And in 2020, the company would stop supplying the vaccine altogether to West Africa. The company told NPR that “supply constraints” were preventing it from fulfilling its agreement to the West African countries. The company also expressed “deepest regret to all of the parties involved” in an email to NPR.It looked like more than 2 million babies would go without the vaccine. At the time, GSK told NPR it wasn’t able to help the countries in West Africa because the company was experiencing its own supply problems. “We also cannot confirm the availability of the doses necessary to support new programmes in 2019,” the company wrote in an email.But then after NPR’s story aired, GSK changed course. The company is now filling in almost half of the vaccine gap left by Merck. Earlier this year, GSK begun supplying Rotarix to the Ivory Coast — where nearly a million babies are born each year. “GSK is pleased that we have sufficient capacity and hopes to fulfill the demand for Rotarix in Ivory Coast for as long as required,” a spokesperson wrote in an email to NPR.The other part of the vaccine gap will be filled largely by one of two Indian pharmaceutical companies. Last year, the World Health Organization gave its stamp of recommendation two new rotavirus vaccines, Rotavac and Rotasiil, which are manufactured by Bharat Pharmaceuticals and Serum Institute of India, respectively. Back in November, health experts said three West African countries — Mali, Burkino Faso, and São Tomé and Príncipe — would eventually switch to these vaccines. But that was expected to take at least two years.Now all three countries are speeding up the timeline and plan to roll out the new vaccine by 2020, says Heather Deehan, chief of UNICEF’s Vaccine Centre. In the meantime, the countries are relying on stocks of the Merck vaccine to continue immunizations.”As a result of a strong collaboration among UNICEF, the countries and manufacturers, there was no interruption in the countries’ vaccine programs,” Deehan says.In a follow-up interview with NPR, Merck’s chief marketing officer, Michael Nally, said that one reason the company ended its agreement with Gavi was because the competing vaccines were more desirable for low-income countries than RotaTeq. GSK’s vaccine requires one less dose, while the Indian vaccines will be less expensive.”We’ve had to come to a conversation around, we are probably not going to be the product of choice in those markets,” Nally said.In the meantime, Merck has successfully launched sales of RotaTeq in China. The vaccine is now available in at least seven Chinese provinces, and a course costs about $130, or about 12 times the cost of the vaccine in the West Africa. Merck’s Chinese distributor, Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products Co., hopes to obtain more than $450 million worth of the vaccine in the next several years. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A disabled MP has spoken of her pride at being abl

first_imgA disabled MP has spoken of her pride at being able to speak openly about being dyspraxic, after having to hide her diagnosis from employers for years before she entered parliament.Emma Lewell-Buck (pictured) was previously a social worker but was “acutely aware that if there were any job cuts that would come around, it would be used against me and I would be the first one in the dole queue”.She said sheused to take work home with her at weekends, work late into the evening andstart early in the morning because, like many other disabled people, she feltshe had to “go the extra mile” and “work that little bit harder to proveyourself or keep up”.She wasspeaking at the launch event of Neurodivergent Labour (see separate story), a political campaign group that will fight forthe rights of people with neurological differences such as autism, dyslexia,dyspraxia and dyscalculia, both within the party and in wider society.Lewell-Buck,the shadow minister for children and families – who later confirmed toDisability News Service that she is happy to be described as a disabled MP –said that being dyspraxic affected her every day in her work.She said:“Every single thing I do I need to prep for meticulously, down to the tiniestdetail. “But I’m oneof the lucky ones because I am in a job where I can openly speak about mydisability and I can use my profile to raise awareness.”The MP forSouth Shields said she was only diagnosed at the age of 27, after beingassessed by an educational psychologist on the advice of a lecturer while shewas studying for a masters degree.She said:“My whole life clicked into place. I suddenly realised why, when I was growingup, I always felt different to other kids and always used to isolate myself. “I realisedwhy I put my shoes on the wrong feet, why I couldn’t tie my laces properly,button my coat up, why I was always spilling my drinks and why the whole familyalways referred to me as ‘our clumsy Emma’. “I wasalways so frustrated that things that used to come so easily to other kids wereso, so hard for me.”This caused“tremendous low self-esteem and self-confidence” as a child, she said.But she saidshe now saw her dyspraxia as an advantage.She said: “Ijust see it as I’m a little bit different to some of those around me. I’veembraced it. “It doesn’tdefine me, it’s just part of me. I’ve been forced to adapt and face thosechallenges, and come up with solutions, and I certainly don’t feeldisadvantaged.”She thankedthose neurodivergent party members who had developed the idea of the neworganisation, as well as shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who has supportedthe idea over the last three years and spoke at Saturday’s launch event.She said:“It is thanks to you that people like me have the confidence to talk about andembrace who we are and thanks to all of you that the fabulously neurodivergentpeople have been given this platform to help us on the way to that much-neededsocietal and cultural shift.”Lewell-Bucksaid that she, McDonnell and other Labour colleagues were “determined to changethe culture of our society and how neurodivergent people and people withdisabilities are treated. “Ourapproach is a clear move away from the dehumanising and debilitating hostileenvironment we have seen under the Tories to one where people will be treatedwith dignity and respect.”She said itwas “the neurodivergent people in this world who have always been the bigthinkers, and creators and innovators. “We are theones who always have the ability to think outside the box and come up withsolutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.”Among thedecisions agreed by the launch event was to endorse a draft Labour autism andneurodiversity manifesto that neurodivergent party members have spent threeyears developing.Included inthe manifesto are calls for neurodiversity training for all teachers andteaching assistants as part of their “core training”, support forneurodivergent students, smaller class sizes, and neurodiversity to be includedin the school curriculum.Lewell-Buck,who is leading on Labour’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)reforms, said the proposals in the draft manifesto were “an exact fit to thosethat I have been arguing for behind the scenes in my team meetings”, becauseshe was committed to making SEND “an embedded and intrinsic part of our overalleducation system”.She saidthat a good education “can make the difference between where you begin in lifeand where you end up. “I am livingproof of that: a dyspraxic, dyslexic, shy working-class girl, growing up on theestate where I did, and never destined to be a member of parliament. “So goodeducation can absolutely make the impossible happen. I am proud to be a LabourMP and I am very proud to be dyspraxic.”She added: “You have all stopped me feeling different and I have found my home and for that alone you are always going to have my help and support, and I look forward to working with you all.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

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Microbes causing cystic fibrosis change rapidly within 23 years after first infection

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 5 2019A new study, recently published in Nature Communications, has looked at infections in Danish youth with CF over a period of 10 years. This is the largest longitudinal study to date of the evolution – both involving traits and genes – of the disease-causing microbes that persistently infect young CF-patients.CF-patients have a genetic defect which results in dehydrated sticky mucus in the lungs, leading to severe and persistent lung infections often caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.The research shows that within the first two to three years after infection with P. aeruginosa, the bacteria are already adapting rapidly to the environment, growing slower and optimizing their fitness to survive.”Across all of our patients within the first three years, the bacteria on average slow their growth rates significantly and they reduce their susceptibility to ciprofloxacin, a first line drug in treatment of CF-patients. This means that one should pay extra close attention in this period of time to avoid the infection becoming persistent,” says Jennifer Bartell, Postdoc at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) and co-first author.Looking beyond antibiotic resistanceClinicians usually focus on detecting antibiotic resistance during infections, and this appears to be an effective way to follow the development of short-term acute infections.Antibiotic resistant bacteria are identified by their ability to survive above a specific concentration of an antibiotic. The researchers saw a rapid increase in the concentration of antibiotics that the bacteria could tolerate. But at the same time, few bacteria achieved detectable antibiotic resistance in the early infection period of CF. The researchers suspect this pre-resistance adaptation to be an underused marker of progression in the infection. This pre-resistance adaptation likely occurs in other persistent infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).Besides looking for antibiotic resistance, clinicians also monitor bacterial mucoidity – a trait where bacteria produce a protective, slimy coating, as a marker of a chronic infection.But according to the new study, bacteria can become persistent and resilient to treatment regardless of the appearance of mucoidity. Other bacterial traits such as the ability to attach to surfaces and aggregate in biofilms – hefty structured layers of adherent cells – evolve more consistently in these persisting infections than mucoidity and may serve as a better sign of early chronic infection.Related StoriesHinge-like protein may unlock new pathways for cystic fibrosis treatmentBritish teenager with life-threatening infection successfully treated with phage therapyHuman pancreas on a chip could help identify possible cause of CF-Related Diabetes”We can see which traits might actually be valuable for the clinicians to monitor in addition to antibiotic resistance,” says Lea Sommer, Postdoc at Rigshospitalet and co-first author.Potential for new diagnostic toolsThe researchers identified these important evolving traits of P. aeruginosa by screening 443 isolates from 39 young cystic fibrosis (CF) patients over a ten-year period and mapping traits adapting in tandem using statistical modeling approaches. Usually, studies focus on bacterial isolates collected from older CF-patients with chronic infections, who have become multi-drug resistant and already have adapted to the human lungs.These results emphasize that trait evolution measurements are important and should not be neglected, even though genomic tests are advancing.”In this early phase, the bacteria change a lot and become much more robust, but the doctors do not necessarily see this with current clinical measurements,” says Lea Sommer.Going forward, the researchers wish to find out how the adapting bacteria respond to a larger panel of antibiotics that are used to treat patients. Armed with this comprehensive map of evolutionary pathways, clinicians would have a much better chance of categorizing the infection and, hence, take the necessary precautionary steps.”In the clinic, doctors would potentially be able to take a single patient’s bacterial screening data and analyze how this patient responds to the current treatment. As we gain experience with more patients, it will be easier to assess what can be done to stop the transition to chronic infection, “says Jennifer Bartell.Thus, this could pave the way for developing more fine-tuned personalized treatments for all patients suffering from continuous persisting infections, such as CF, COPD, and perhaps diabetics with chronically infected wounds.Source: http://www.biosustain.dtu.dk/nyhedsbase/nyhed?id=933A4764-BAD0-43E4-89FD-72537C033759last_img read more

Sprint TMobile have to sell 265B deal to antitrust cops Update

The all-stock deal values each share of Sprint at slightly more than 0.10 T-Mobile shares. Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent, would own about 42 percent of the combined company. Japan’s SoftBank, which controls Sprint, would own 27 percent, and the remainder would be held by the public.The companies said they expect the deal to close by the first half of 2019 and would result in about $6 billion in annual cost savings. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, left, and T-Mobile CEO John Legere are interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 30, 2018. To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) The deal announced Sunday would combine the nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless companies and bulk them up to a similar size to Verizon and AT&T, the industry giants.But the companies argued that the combination would allow them to better compete not only with those two rivals but also with Comcast and others as the wireless, broadband and video industries converge.”This isn’t a case of going from 4 to 3 wireless companies—there are now at least 7 or 8 big competitors in this converging market,” T-Mobile chief executive John Legere said in a statement. He would be the CEO of the combined company.T-Mobile and Sprint have been considering a combination for years. But a 2014 attempt fell apart amid resistance from the Obama administration. And in 2017 another potential deal fell through as well.The combined company, to be called T-Mobile, would have about 127 million customers. Consumers worry a less crowded telecom field could result in higher prices, while unions are concerned about potential job losses.In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure acknowledged that getting regulatory approval is “the elephant in the room.” One of the first things the companies did after sending out the deal’s news release was to call Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Explore further The companies stressed that they plan to have more employees following the combination, particularly in rural areas, than they do as stand-alone companies now.They also emphasized that the deal would help accelerate their development of faster 5G wireless networks and ensure that the U.S. doesn’t cede leadership on the technology to China.And they said the combination would allow them to better compete with a growing number of competitors in a changing market.Verizon and AT&T have been expanding their video-content businesses, while cable companies have been moving into wireless. That allows a single company to combine home and wireless internet and use content to support the communications businesses.Comcast, the cable giant that finished buying NBCUniversal in 2013, offers customers wireless service by reselling access to Verizon’s network. So does another dominant cable company, Charter. To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T. T-Mobile CEO John Legere, left, and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure pose for photos on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 30, 2018. To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Investors have been anticipating a deal like this for some time. In addition to the thwarted attempt three years ago, the two companies were poised to combine in October, but the deal was called off after what analysts said was a disagreement over control of the combined company.The deal will have to be reviewed by the Justice Department and the FCC.National carriers had not been able to get a deal through under President Barack Obama. But the FCC in September deemed the wireless market “competitive” for the first time since 2009, which some analysts say could make it easier to present a deal.The 5G aspirations are at the heart of the agreement, and the new technology could allow companies to provide faster service to people’s homes.Sprint’s Claure likened going from 4G to 5G to switching from black-and-white television to color. The combined company plans to invest up to $40 billion in its network in the first three years, which executives said would drive more hiring and better service for customers.Sprint has a lot of debt and has posted a string of annual losses. It has cut costs and made itself more attractive to customers, BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk said, but it hasn’t invested enough in its network and doesn’t have enough airwave rights for quality service in rural areas.T-Mobile, meanwhile, has been on a yearslong streak of adding customers. After the government nixed AT&T’s attempt to buy the company in 2011, T-Mobile led the way in many consumer-friendly changes, such as ditching two-year contracts and bringing back unlimited data plans. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 30, 2018. To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Consumers are paying less for cellphone service thanks to T-Mobile’s influence on the industry and the resulting price wars.Advocacy organizations said the deal will likely lead to higher cellphone plans because there will be less competition. Michael Copps, a former FCC chairman and an adviser to the watchdog group Common Cause, said consumers will “lose a lot of the innovation and competitive spirit that T-Mobile had” when it was challenging not just AT&T and Verizon, but Sprint as well.But Mark Lowenstein, a mobile-industry consultant, said the move shouldn’t be seen as a consolidation in the wireless industry.”That era is over,” he said. “This is a new industry structure—where wireless is competing in the larger broadband space.”The move makes sense for developing 5G, he added.”There is no way we were going to build four national 5G networks,” he said. The combination “gives the U.S. a better chance of getting to 5G faster, innovating quicker, and competing with China in the global 5G race.”Shares of T-Mobile fell $4.80, or 7.4 percent, to $59.72 in afternoon trading Monday. Sprint shares fell 97 cents, or 15 percent, to $5.53. Sprint, T-Mobile end merger talks Citation: Sprint, T-Mobile have to sell $26.5B deal to antitrust cops (Update) (2018, April 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-sprint-t-mobile-265b-antitrust-cops.html T-Mobile CEO John Legere wears Sprint-yellow sunglasses on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 30, 2018. To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) read more

Egypts Bent Pyramid Opens for First Time in More Than 50 Years

first_img The ministry’s project department restored the 331-foot-tall (101 meters) Bent Pyramid and its satellite during their closure. Some of this restoration process included work on the internal and external stairs, the addition of a lighting network, and the repair of some of the stone work in the corridors and burial chamber. In addition, the ministry announced that its archaeologists had found the remains of an ancient wall that dated to the Middle Kingdom, about 4,000 years ago. This nearly 200-foot-tall (60 m) wall sits south of another pyramid from the 12th dynasty pharaoh King Amenemhat II, which is also in the Dahshur necropolis. In recent years, Egypt has announced archaeological discoveries with the hope of increasing tourism, which took a hit after a 2011 uprising against the Egyptian government. An ancient mummy with a funerary mask. Credit: Photo courtesy Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities “Sneferu lived a very long time … the architects wanted to reach the complete shape, the pyramid shape,” Mohamed Shiha, director of the Dahshur site, said, according to The Guardian. “Exactly where he was buried, we are not sure of that. Maybe in this [Bent] pyramid, who knows?” Shiha said. The Bent Pyramid, as well as the other pyramids in the Dashur royal necropolis (a part of the Memphis necropolis), are registered as World Heritage sites with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndo Purrfect Photos: Cat Mummies and Wooden Cat Statues Discovered at Ancient Egyptian Burial Complex A recently discovered mummy in a sarcophagus. Credit: Photo courtesy Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities For the first time since 1965, two pyramids built by the ancient Egyptians, including the unique “Bent Pyramid,” are being opened to the public, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. The two pyramids — the Bent Pyramid and its satellite in the Dashur royal necropolis — sit about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Cairo. Both are more than 4,000 years old. Along with the announcement, made Saturday (July 13), the ministry revealed its latest discoveries of stone, clay and wooden sarcophagi, some of which contained mummies with wooden funerary masks. The findings also included stone-cutting tools dated to the Late Period, which lasted from 664 B.C. to 332 B.C., or about the time of Alexander the Great. [Photos: Exquisitely Preserved Ancient Tomb Discovered at Saqqara]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65944-bent-pyramid-egypt.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  The Bent Pyramid, built in about 2600 B.C. by the Pharaoh Sneferu during the Old Kingdom, is a one-of-a-kind structure. Archaeologists note that its architecture is a transition between the Djoser Step Pyramid, built between 2667 B.C. and 2648 B.C., and the Meidum Pyramid, which also dates to 2600 B.C., Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said in a statement. The pyramid almost looks like its shedding: the bottom half is still covered with its original limestone casing. The sides rise at a streep 54 degrees angle, but later tapers off at a 43 degree angle toward the top, giving it a “bent” look. Photos: Teen’s Skeleton Buried Next to Pyramid in Egypt Photos: Mummies Discovered in Tombs in Ancient Egyptian Citylast_img read more

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advice on how to proceed adding she didn’t do anything wrong"The superintendent reports to the Grand Forks School Board so it would be safe to say all members are his supervisors" Jentz wrote in an emailWhen asked why the teacher and non-teacher complaint policies differed Jentz wrote "We have procedures and policies in place for many reasons and paramount is the safety and well-being of our students and staff"Forming a ‘clear avenue’Businesses in general tend to have a written policy on how to handle complaints and many require documentation if a problem is reported said Tina DeLaCruz a client services associate for The Village Business Institute based in Fargo"The ongoing joke is you document everything" she said but documenting instances can serve several purposesFirst it helps assure workers their employer is willing to listen and offer solutions to resolve an issue she said It also provides a procedure that can help prove a problem is a recurring matterAn open records request by the Herald revealed no complaints filed against Nybladh in his decade-long tenure in his position The district also has no complaints on file against former Superintendent Mark Sanford who led the district for almost 26 years before Nybladh took over Jentz saidAnother open records request by the Herald sought emails between board members and Nybladh None mentioned the latest incident and the employees involved did not file a written complaintThe district has a policy on sexual harassment but not how to handle complaints against other forms of harassment or bullying between co-workers"The board places trust in its employees and desires to support their actions in such a manner that employees are freed from unnecessary spiteful or negative criticism and complaints" the district’s policy saidWhen asked if there is a way to determine if Nybladh bullied an employee Jentz said "We do have a bullying policy However the bullying policy is specific to students"It’s common for workplaces to have little or no policy on bullying DeLaCruz said"Unlike harassment it may not be illegal" she said of bullyingThere should be a "clear avenue" on the process of filing and handling a complaint against a superintendent board member Matt Spivey said He supports the full board being involved in superintendent complaints as well as documenting complaintsHe also suggests hiring an independent consultant to review the central office’s atmosphere and morale"I think this has drawn light to this situation" he said "I don’t think it is something we have ever come across"Jentz anticipated a policy change proposal from Terry Brenner—the district’s director of curriculum instruction assessment and professional development—who will become the superintendent in July"He knows his job doesn’t start until July 1 so he wants to be very cognisant of that and not make any real plans or step on anyone’s toes before that" she said adding any proposal brought to the board before then would have to come from a board member or Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson who has assumed the duties of Nybladh The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Friday morning dismissed the appeal brought by the Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki against his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal CCT The Appeal Court which dismissed the argument of Saraki that the CCT was not a court of competent jurisdiction to handle the criminal charges preferred against him ruled that “The CCT is a court of criminal jurisdiction albeit limited jurisdiction” The three-man panel of judges led by Moore Adumein held that the tribunal was properly constituted to try the Senate President adding that “The immediate question is whether it is a court or not There is no inherent difference between a court and a tribunal The only difference is that tribunals in most cases handle special cases “The tribunal has power to impose sanctions according to the law It is a court with specific criminal jurisdiction” it asserted Regarding Saraki’s argument that the CCT is not properly constituted to try him Adumein stated that the two-man panel of the Tribunal was the minimum quorum required according to the interpretation act to sit in judgment on any issue; hence the tribunal did not err in law to commence trial against Saraki with a two-man panel Meanwhile another member of the panel Justice JE Ekanem upheld Saraki’s appeal declaring the charge before the CCT as incompetent Justice Ekanem specifically quashed the charge and discharged Saraki on the basis that the Deputy Director at the Ministry of Justice M M S Hassan who signed the charge did not specify who authorized him to initiate the criminal proceeding “A look at the charge showed that Mr Hassan instituted the action pursuant to section 24 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act 2004 which permits only the Attorney General of the Federation to initiate criminal proceedings” Justice Ekanem stressed that though the constitution permits the Solicitor-General of the Federation SGF to commence criminal action in the absence of the AGF he said that Hassan failed to produce any document showing that he was properly authorized by the SGF “The opening paragraph of the letter Hassan sent to the CCT on September 11 wherein he applied to commence trial against the appellant is very instructive “He merely said ‘ I am authorized to file this action’ but did not say that he was authorized by the Solicitor-General He went short of identifying who authorized him “It is therefore my view that the charge before the tribunal is incompetent It is for this view that I hold that this appeal has succeeded and I hereby set-aside the charge and discharge the accused person” Justice Ekanem held With this development it still not clear whether the Senate President’s case will continue at the Code of Conduct Tribunal on November 5 as earlier fixed President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate to confirm the reappointment of Umoru Ibrahim as the Managing 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