Cassano is training with Virtus Entella

first_imgCassano has been battling a contract dispute with Sampdoria since 2016 and has not been able to play professionally againItalian forward Antonio Cassano has played with the best teams in the world.The former Bari footballer played for Roma, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Internazionale Milan.But he last played a competitive match in May 2016 with Sampdoria. He had a contract dispute with the club and went to Verona, a team he left after two weeks of pre-season training.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Now, he’s training again with Italian Lega Serie C team Virtus Entella.“I am super, super happy to be back training again,” the 36-year-old player was quoted by Football Italia.“I thank president [Antonio] Gozzi for the opportunity that he has given me. We’ll see how it goes day by day and then we’ll make a decision.”He has no contract with Virtus Entella, but he chose this club because is close to his home in Genoa.last_img read more



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Jamaicas High Commissioner to Launch Diaspora Conference in London

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, May 31, 2017 – Kingston – High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, will launch the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference and the Jamaica 55 celebrations in London, on June 1.The conference will be held over the period July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’. It is one of the key activities of Jamaica’s 55th Independence anniversary celebrations.Acting Director of the Diaspora Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Lincoln Downer, told JIS News that a Jamaica 55 UK Steering Committee that was recently established by the Jamaican High Commission will play a key role at the launch.“They have assured me that it will be exciting and engaging. I am told that there will be a mento band to welcome participants,” he said, adding that Jamaicans living in the UK and members of various community-based organisations will be in attendance.He pointed out that the Global Young Leaders of Jamaica, a network of young leaders from across the world, will have a session on the third day of the conference.“One of the outcomes that our Minister wanted was to have that mechanism for engagement of the youth, so this is the start of the process,” he said.#magneticmedianews#diasporaconferenceinlondon Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#diasporaconferenceinlondon, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more



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Vote On Consolidation Of SoHi SoHi Prep Tonight

first_imgPegge Erkeneff, Communication Liaison for KPBSD: “Tonight, the School Board will vote about the school consolidation of Soldotna Prep into Soldotna High School. If approved it would take place at the start of next school year.”  If the vote moves forward to consolidate the schools, Tony Graham will continue to be principal of the consolidated Soldotna High School.  The District Office will work with Graham on determining other site administration duties and other staff allocations and duties. In addition, this recommended consolidation would require River City Academy to be re-located to Skyview Middle School.  District administration would work with both schools in a similar manner to Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep to facilitate River City Academy’s move to Skyview. Once final board action is taken, a work group will begin moving forward with logistics and planning, according to Erkeneff. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board will cast their votes at Monday nights meeting on whether or not to consolidate Soldotna Prep School and Soldotna High School. According to the agenda, after careful consideration, the administration recommends that Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep School be consolidated into a comprehensive grades 9 – 12 high school located at the current Soldotna High School campus. The meeting will take place in Seward at 6pm, on Monday, May 6. It is open to the public. Erkeneff: “If you can’t make it to Seward tonight and you do want to testify you can go to the assembly chambers (in Soldotna) at 6pm and the meeting will be going on remotely there.” last_img read more



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TNGs New Distribution Fees A GameChanger or the Same Old Game

first_imgOver the past week I have spoken about little else than the new fees coming in from TNG, formerly The News Group, the largest wholesaler group in North America and responsible for over half of the continent’s magazine newsstand distribution. The fees, imposed unilaterally and to be implemented right away, range from two cents a copy to eight cents a copy, with 131 publications exempt.  TNG is imposing these fees in a move that is eerily reminiscent of the fee-for-distribution that Anderson News Company attempted to impose in 2009. The fee imposed then was opposed by publishers and resulted in ANCO going out of business. There are differences now. And whatever the outcome is, it will be very different from that of the ANCO affair.Which is good, as no one wants another wholesaler group to go out of business. No partner in the newsstand distribution supply chain could afford that today. As an industry, we need to try to create a situation where every member of the distribution channel is healthy and profitable. But the situation troubles me, a lot, and for many reasons. Some aspects of this TNG mandate are game changers. Some are not. But the businesses most vulnerable to the consequences of these changes are the independent publishers.I have heard—and probably so have you—comments made by some that this industry will become stronger, healthier, and more profitable by the removal of the “clutter” of the little guys from the newsstand. The irony is that the growth and stabilization of revenues in our business over the last two decades or so has come from the rise of special interest publications. Haven’t these guys been paying attention?I am troubled by the ironies. And I am troubled by the game-changing aspects of this, and by the aspects that are not game-changing at all.I am troubled that the extra fees are not being negotiated—they are being applied. That’s a game-changer. Now, is there a possibility that a publisher could talk to TNG to discuss other ways of skinning this particular cat? There might be. But to do so each publisher needs to take his or her own initiative to bring a plan to TNG. The initial wave of correspondence doesn’t include an invitation to show up at TNG to discuss. But I would encourage you to do so.The fee is expected to be updated every six months. That means that publishers cannot know what they should expect to pay for distribution of their newsstand copies throughout the coming year. They will be charged at the will of TNG. Budgeting for revenues for a year will not be possible. Planning for what might come down the pike is impossible. That’s a game-changer. The formulas used for imposing the fees are not to be shared with the publishers that they affect. Consequently, publishers have no say in how these fees are imposed, no way of improving their financial picture in the agencies. That’s a game-changer.  Experience tells us that once those fees are imposed, we cannot expect them to be rolled back. Wholesalers are not known to reverse fees, once imposed. This is not just me grousing about life. This is an explicit policy on the part of the wholesaler community. That would be the same old game. However, I have been told on excellent authority that this game is changing as well, and not for the worse. The six-month re-evaluation is formula-based. If a publisher’s standing changes for the worse, per the formula, the fee gets higher. If it changes for the better, the fee gets lower. So that’s another game-changer.Of course, once the fees are imposed, they will obviously not be restricted to TNG. They will spread to other wholesalers, of which there are mostly only two. That is the same game. I’ve heard from some industry sources that these changes are expected to succeed because the business models of publishers don’t rely on newsstand as a source. Publishers, I am told, discount subscriptions dramatically, so they don’t need the circ cash. They make their money from advertising, so they can afford to pay higher circ fees. But the publishers for whom these outdated business models still hold true are in many cases the ones exempted from the TNG fee. Many of the publishers taking the brunt of these changes depend on each revenue-generating channel to be profitable in its own right. Creating assumptions based on business models of the very publishers that aren’t hit by the consequences? That’s both an irony, and the same old game.Where we are now is not any one company’s fault, but the fact remains: There are deep paradoxes involved in the concurrent consolidation of the distribution channel and the fragmentation of publishing and its consumption. I take the wholesalers at their word that they can’t afford to stay in business under the current model. And we ignore this reality at our peril. With a 10 percent loss year over year on a fixed-cost business, the agencies need to find a way to bring their business models into alignment with today’s newsstand realities. The costs of maintaining their truck fleets are huge; the costs of maintaining their merchandising teams are huge. Revenues are slipping. And we as publishers need for them to stay in business. But from the supplier side, publishers also need to stay in business as costs keep rising and revenues keep slipping. I’ve done the math. Many of the publishers affected are already getting the thinnest slice of remit for the newsstand sales of their products. From the point of view of the wholesaler, the game is not changing as much as it needs to. The fees levied are not enough to create the profit. They are not enough to fix a system that no longer works. They are seen as a bridge. Something to keep the distribution channel alive while the game is truly, finally changed.So here we stand, yet again, on the brink of big sweeping changes, on the brink of a whole new way of doing business, and we still don’t know what it’s going to look like. But for today the changes are going to be about who can afford to stay in the game, who is going to leave, what counts as a “little” publisher and what the medium-sized publishers who don’t make the top 131 are going to do.Some are going to go with TNG’s plan. Some will talk about alternative plans, ones that meet the goals of the suppliers as well as their distribution partners, ones that keep the balls in play for at least a while longer. And some are already speaking to book distributors, direct distributors, and retailers directly. Companies are going to disappear from the system as we know it. Most—but not all—will be publishers. One thing that will not change is that publishers will continue to produce quality content that people want to read. And they will continue to find a way to get it into their audiences’ hands.The details of how that will happen are under advisement.last_img read more



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Golden Globes 2019 Macaulay Culkin tweets like brothers nom is a shock

first_img You know, if y’all voted for me to change my name to Kieran I’d be at the Golden Globes right now. Just saying. #thanks— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 0 My brother looks so handsome at the #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/drWsLlslLh— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Whoa! Kieran has such good seats! Dude, ask Gaga why she isn’t following me on Twitter! #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 HOLY SHIT KIERAN IS NOMINATED???WHAT IS SUCCESSION?! Man, I should really answer his calls more often. Thanksgiving is going to be really awkward this year. #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Macaulay also joked he’d be at the Golden Globes if the internet had voted to change his middle name to Kieran instead of Macaulay Culkin. Kieran was one of Macaulay’s top 5 picks from the list of crowdsourced suggestions. “You know, if y’all voted for me to change my name to Kieran I’d be at the Golden Globes right now,” Macaulay tweeted. “Just saying.” Oh my god, there he is! Hi, bro! pic.twitter.com/1Y3iG18bIz— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Post a comment Macaulay continued to tweet at his brother, who sadly doesn’t have a Twitter account to respond in kind.  “Whoa! Kieran has such good seats!” Macaulay tweeted. “Dude, ask Gaga why she isn’t following me on Twitter!” And when his brother lost, he got in a little tweet-dig. “I was totally pulling for [Henry] Winkler,” he wrote.  This show is rigged!!! I was totally pulling for Winkler. #GoldenGlobes(No one tell Keiran he didn’t win)— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 7, 2019 Oh shit! My brother is at the Golden Globes?! That is so cool! #GoldenGlobes— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) January 6, 2019 2019 movies to geek out over Awkward. Share your voice 77 Photos Actor Macaulay Culkin — who’s now known as Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin thanks to a new middle name picked by the internet — had a lot to say about his actor-brother during the 2019 Golden Globes. As Macaulay live-tweeted the show Sunday, he acted surprised to see Kieran Culkin at the star-studded event. I’m guessing he was kidding, but who knows? Hollywood can be a strange place. Culkin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.   Tags Kieran’s performance as Roman Roy in the HBO series Succession earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor in a miniseries.While Kieran was initially surprised in December to be nominated, his brother Macaulay tweeted like he didn’t know about the honor at all. “Man, I should really answer his calls more often,” he wrote. “Thanksgiving is going to be really awkward this year.” TV and Movieslast_img read more



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Amazon 10inch Fire tablets 50 off at Best Buy

first_img Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 7 Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo Rylo Share your voice Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read Google Home Hub review $6 at Tidal Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See it Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Boost Mobile Now playing: Watch this: Read DJI Osmo Action preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 0 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Comments Apple iPhone XS See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tags $59 at eBay CNET Deals Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $299 at Amazon Tablets An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Amazon’s Fire HD 10 lights your tablet fire, for less Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $155 at Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 1:44 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $520 at HP Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 See at Turo Best Buy See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sprint The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read the AirPods review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) David Carnoy/CNET Today only, Best Buy is offering $50 off of Amazon’s largest tablet, the Fire HD 10, bringing the price down to $100. That matches the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the 32GB model. (Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the product featured on this page.)See it at Best BuyBest Buy is also offering $50 off the 64GB version of the tablet, which now costs $139. See it at Best BuyThe Fire HD 10 was already a pretty sweet deal starting at $150 (which remains the price for the 32GB model at Amazon, by the way, though we’ll be watching to see if it matches Best Buy’s price). Sure, it lacks the elegance of the 9.7-inch iPad and can’t match the power of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but it’s definitely a better value — especially at $100. You get a 10-inch tablet with a high-res screen and solid performance, 32GB of storage — equal to the base model iPad — and hands-free Alexa capabilities. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Amazonlast_img read more



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Was Dutch teen rape victim legally euthanised Heres what really happened

first_imgNoa PothovenInstagramA 17-year-old girl from the Netherlands, who was sexually assaulted three times during her childhood, breathed her last a few days ago. The girl died after she refused to eat or drink because of her unbearable psychological suffering and a long struggle with depression.She wanted to end her life earlier and had approached a state authorised clinic in the Netherlands but was refused because of her age.Penning an emotional note on Instagram, Noa Pothiven said that she had completely stopped eating, drinking as she was going through unbearable suffering. She said that she would die within the next ten days.Noa was first assaulted when she was 11 years of age and then when she was 12 at children’s parties. Again, when she was 14, she was raped by two men. She had hidden these incidents from her parents because she was ashamed, The Sun reports. Many reports claimed that the girl was assisted by a physician to end her life but her parents emphasised that she died at home after she refused to eat or drink and she did not end her life through euthanasia. Physician-assisted suicide is granted to those who are medically deemed sick and are “enduring unbearable and unendurable suffering”. She had earlier contacted Life End Clinic in The Hague to talk about life-ending options. She had done this without informing her loved ones.Euthanasia is granted to adults as well as children in certain circumstances.  InstagramNoa wrote in her Instagram post that “Love is letting go.””I deliberated for quite a while whether or not I should share this, but decided to do it anyway…Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, given my posts about hospitalisation, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive.””I will get straight to the point: within a maximum of 10 days I will die,” wrote Noa.She explained, “I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable.”She then said that she is breathing but is not alive and that no one can change her mind about the decision. During her final days, she was in a hospital bed in her living room because of her anorexia.Last year, her lack of eating led to her organs on the brink of failure and she had to go under a medical induced coma so she could get nutrients through tubes, Noa’s award-winning book – Winning or Learning revealed.The book also said that she had gone to the police last year to report the attacks and hoped the men will be given the justice they deserve one day.last_img read more



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Stowaway falls from Kenyan plane flying over London found dead in residential

first_imgKenya Airways flight.ReutersA body of a man suspected to be a stowaway was found in a London garden on Sunday. It is believed that the man fell from a plane heading to Heathrow Airport.London’s Metropolitan Police investigation confirmed that the man fell from a landing gear compartment of a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi. After the plane landed, a bag, water and some food were found in the landing gear area of the aircraft.It is reported that that body of the individual fell few metres away from a resident who was sunbathing in the garden.BBC report that that the resident was “shaken” after the witnessing the unfortunate sight.The neighbour of the resident revealed that he saw “blood all over the walls of the garden” after a sound of hitting the ground by force was heard. According to the police statement, the police responded to the call from Offerton Road in the south London neighbourhood of Clapham at 3.39 pm after the resident claimed “a body was discovered in a garden,” CNN reported.Police stated the man is not yet identified and the post-mortem examination will be conducted. The death is also not being treated as suspicious.Kenya Airways said the aircraft was inspected and no damage was reported.Who is a stowaway?A stowaway is an individual who illegally hides in a vehicle (ship, aircraft, train, cargo, truck or bus) in order to avoid paying for the travel.last_img read more



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4 tourists missing in Moinot Ghat Coxs Bazar

first_imgIn separate incidents, four tourists went missing in Moinot Ghat in Dohar of Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar sea beach on Tuesday, reports UNB.At Moinot Ghat, two college students and their university-going friend went missing while swimming in the Padma river around 5:00pm, said officer-in-charge of Dohar police station Sirajuddin.However, the identity of the missing was yet to be known, he said, adding that divers were searching for them.  In Cox’s Bazar, a teenage boy went missing in the bay near the Laboni Point of Cox’s Bazar Sea Beach around 10:00am, said senior assistant police super of Cox’s Bazar Tourism Police Raihan Kazeny.The victim is Sudipta Dey, 17, son of Shital Chandra Dey. He passed this year’s SSC examination from a BGB Pilkhana school in Dhaka.Sudipta along with his family members went to the sea beach in the morning.At one stage of swimming in the sea at the Laboni Point, he was washed away by waves.last_img read more



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Fujitsu unveils device that lets printed paper become interactive w video

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Explore further New smart e-book system more convenient than paper-based books More information: via Diginfo Recognizing that tablet computers and smartphones have not yet made real paper obsolete, engineers at Fujitsu have created a device that allows people to use printed products in ways they’ve become accustomed to doing with electronic media. The system works by utilizing standard computer cameras, an overhead projector, image processing and electronics to run it all. In practice, it looks like a cylinder, about two feet tall that sits on the edge of a table. At the top of the cylinder is an overhang that contains the electronics, cameras and projector. To use the system, a person lays a piece of paper—or even an open book—on the table and allows the system to recognize it, which appears to happen very quickly. Next, the user reaches out a hand and extends a single finger for using as an interactive device. The system scans the finger noting its size, orientation, and even its color. This is to allow it to differentiate it from all other objects on the table. Once the system learns all it needs to know about the finger, the user can use it to highlight text on the printed page, graphics or pictures. Dragging them off to the side causes the highlighted material to be captured as a single unit and held for later use. The system also recognizes web page addresses and highlights them automatically. Tapping them with the finger causes the associated web page to be opened and stored in the area next to the printed material. It can also overlay information over the top of the printed material if desired.The engineers at Fujitsu also added another separate feature to the system that allows a user to manipulate virtual 3D objects in virtual space using their fist. At the demonstration, reps for the company indicated that the system is not yet ready for sale, but plan to make it so sometime next year. They added that they believe such technology would be very useful as a demonstration device, for travel agencies, for example, or as a way to allow users to interact with and fill out forms at governmental offices.center_img (Phys.org) —Fujitsu Laboratories has unveiled a new twist in touch-screen technology—an overhead projector/camera device that turns printed pages into interactive media. Called the Fingerlink Interaction System, it lets users highlight text or images using a single finger then drag them to one side for future use; tap on web-links and have web pages open, or use their fist to animate virtual 3D objects. 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. Citation: Fujitsu unveils device that lets printed paper become interactive (w/ video) (2013, April 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-fujitsu-unveils-device-paper-interactive.htmllast_img read more



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Voices should tell a story

first_imgSonam Kalra, the gifted musician blends gospel numbers with hints of sufi music . The Sufi Gospel Project that took off last year is one such creation that perfectly presents this concept. She believes that the music they (the six members of the project) create transcends religions and faiths. We got talking to the vocalist and tried to know more about her. Read on…How would you define your musical philosophy?Musically, I think what appeals to me about voices is that they should be big voices and tell a story – that to me is what a voice should do, sing yes, but also speak, tell you a story without necessarily spelling it out.  Shobha Gurtu, Begum Akhtar and Ella Fitzgerald’s voices were like that- filled with stories that made you want to keep listening to them, for that one glimpse into their hearts, Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’their souls. What/Who inspires you?My greatest inspiration has been my parents, Aneeta and Surjit Kalra. I sing for them. I sing for God. It’s that simple.In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are?Honestly, I think it’s a great time in India to be in  the field of music, there are so many live music venues and audiences as well as festivals. And technology and social media have made it so easy to put your music out there so really, I have no complaints. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTell us about your best tracksAsking me to tell you what my best track would be like asking a mother to choose which child she loves more, each one of the songs is something I have created with my musicians so how can I choose? I love each of them.What songs top your playlist right now?What I am listening to right now is Hum Dekhenge a composition sung by Iqbal Bano based on an  Urdu Nazmwritten by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, with a revolutionary theme. I recently composed a song for women’s rights (for One Billion Rising) based on another poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz so I have been researching a lot of Faiz lately. What suggestions/advice would you have for newbies in music?The only advice I can give to anyone in life is that you should be true to yourself and what you believe in. Take risks, don’t imitate. Be the best you that you can be. You have to work hard, whatever you do, not just in the field of music.   How did you guys come together/start off?I first conceived of this project when I was asked to sing gospel music to commemorate the birth centenary of the Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan at the Inayat Khan Dargah in Delhi. I had sung gospel in churches and at other music venues but for the Urz of Inayat Khan, I wanted to create a sound that blended the faiths. I belong to the Sikh religion and am often asked why I sing gospel. My answer is always the same – because God has no religion. It’s not a band but a genre of music that I have created. The Sufi Gospel Project is a genre of music that blends together the many voices of faith, through song and music.last_img read more



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The joy of freedom

first_imgDuring the event, the ambience gave a nostalgic patriotic feel to the whole place. The stalls were set up selling tiranga flags, t-shirts, bangles, badges, kites, candy floss etc. 100 kites on a single string high flew high at all three Dilli Haats. Jashn-e-Azaadi at Dilli Haat had a lineup of cultural programmes throughout the event. A piano artiste played his tunes at public demand at the venue. There was a flag hoisting ceremony at 10 am on 14 August. Dilli Haats had folk music and dances each evening at 6.30 onwards from 13 to 15 August. All the Dilli Haats illuminated during the Jashn-e-Azaadi celebrations and gave the visitors a chance to shop for the tricolors merchandise, khadi products etc.last_img



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Robots in travel slowly gaining Australian approval

first_imgRobots in travel slowly gaining Australian approvalRobots in travel slowly gaining Australian approvalAustralian travellers are divided on how much a robot could add to the holiday experience, according to a global study by travel deals company Travelzoo. The study reveals that two thirds of Australians are open to the idea of a robot working in roles such as a receptionist in a hotel, however almost half admitted they find robots quite frightening.The Travelzoo Future of Travel project includes a poll of over 6,000 people in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Australia to understand if consumers are ready for robots and artificial intelligence to play a major role in travel and hospitality.Robots are already being used in many international hotel chains such as Marriot International, Holiday Inn and Hilton and some cruise lines have put robot bartenders and guides into their ships. Industry reports cite the total spend on robots will exceed USD40 billion by 2020, with Asian countries Japan, South Korea and China leading the market in both spend and development.As a global average the Travelzoo research reveals nearly 80% of consumers expect robots to play a big part in their lives before 2020, with three quarters believing they will make their lives significantly better. Almost two thirds are comfortable with robots being used in the travel industry.In Australia opinions were mixed. Notably 93% of respondents have concerns that robots could be weak in softer skills such as showing emotions and the same number are worried about robots taking away jobs from humans. Australians are also concerned that robots will be unable to understand informal language such as slang, irony and the Australian sense of humour.Those in the Australian pro-robot camp highlight the unlimited energy levels of robots and eight in ten respondents believe robots can handle data faster than their human counterparts. The majority of perceived benefits are around data handling, memory and skills like communicating multiple languages.Australians also prefer their robots to look like machines rather than humans, however their voice should sound human rather than robotic. Chinese respondents by contrast prefer their robots to look human – with 76% saying they prefer this.Commenting on the survey findings, Cemlyn Jones, said, “Right now is a very exciting moment in the history of the travel industry – ground breaking technology is revolutionizing what is possible from the perspective of customer service, entertainment and personalization. Robots and artificial intelligence are making their debut on the tourism stage, and our research into global acceptance of robots working in the travel industry is largely positive.”“It is fascinating to see some cultural stereotypes emerge from the research into global acceptance of robots. The UK and Australian participants worry the most about humour and irony being lost on robots, and the French and Spanish are completely unaccepting about replacing their waiters with robots – even if a human waiter is much less efficient than a robot!”Jones concluded, “While the advent of technology such as robot butlers and bartenders is hugely exciting, it’s also very clear from our research that consumers from all markets surveyed see the combination of robots and humans working in tandem in customer-facing roles in travel as the ideal solution.” TravelzooSource = Travelzoolast_img read more



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It is something you are always reminded of especi

first_img“It is something you are always reminded of especially at Christmas.“It was just mayhem. A friend of mine said ‘your Barney is alright, he walked out of the bar, and he walked out of the bar and into an ambulance’.“I thought he must be just injured. It was when we went to the hospital that we found out it was all internal injuries he had.”She said she now wants the RUC investigation into the killings to be reopened.“There are plenty of cases like ours that people have not found out anything at all. At least then you would know that justice has been done for five lives that should never been taken.“It is horrendous that there are people out there who know, but I always say they have to live with it. It must be on their mind all the time,” she said.The 45th anniversary of the attack was marked with a service at St Columb’s Church in Derry’s Waterside on Tuesday.Afterwards, a candlelight procession made its way up Chapel Road to the memorial stone outside the bar.DERRY WIDOW CALLS FOR PROBE TO BE REOPENED INTO ANNIE’S BAR MURDERS was last modified: December 20th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Mass held in St Columbs Church in Watersside for victims of Annie’s bar massacre. No one has ever been brought to justice for the sectarian murder of five men in the pub just a few days before Christmas in 1972THE widow of a man murdered in a loyalist gun attack in Derry over four decades ago has called for the investigation into the case to be reopened.Bernard Kelly, 26, was one of five men shot dead by a loyalist death squad in Annie’s Bar on December 20, 1972.The naked sectarian attack has become known as the ‘forgotten massacre’ of the Troubles. ShareTweet His widow said reopening the case could bring “justice for five lives that should never have been taken”.No one has ever been brought to justice for the killings.The five men – Michael McGinley, 37, Charles McCafferty, 32, Charles Moore, 31, Frank McCarron, 58, and Bernard Kelly – had been watching a football match when loyalist gunmen opened fire with a sub-machine gun and a pistol.Mrs Kelly, who was pregnant when her husband was killed, told BBC Radio Foyle: “It is just like yesterday. ‘FORGOTTON MASSACRE’BERNARD KELLYDerryDERRY WIDOW CALLS FOR PROBE TO BE REOPENED INTO ANNIE’S BAR MURDERSRUC INVESTIGATIONST COLUMB’S CHURCHWatersidelast_img read more



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In This Issue   Currencies except the euro pos

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies except the euro post gains. *  RBI advisors chooses the wrong words. *  Russia makes largest one-month Gold purchase for them. *  Fisher sticks to his guns. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. China’s 3rd QTR GDP Shrinks. Good Day!.. And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! I’m feeling much better today, so here I am back in the saddle at the office. The Eagles are playing: My Old ’55 on the IPod, and like the Eagles, I too am riding with Lady Luck. The Happy Song is playing now, and I’ve said this before, but if you’re in a bad mood when that song comes on, you’ll soon change moods! Not that I’m in a bad mood or anything. Just kind of strange this morning. Well, the BIG NEWS overnight was the Chinese 3rd QTR GDP report that printed at +7.3%, down from the 7.5% in the 2nd QTR. But, and this is a Big BUT so I’ll treat it as such. BUT, the 7.3% 3rd QTR print, was better than the forecasts.. And if there’s something we’ve all learned over the years together, is that sometimes / most times, beating the expectations is the most important thing. And so it was with the Chinese renminbi/ yuan overnight, as it was allowed to appreciate again. Remember, that China’s target for 2014 GDP is 7.5%…  And the thing I want to point out here is that the Chinese Gov’t has said that the 7.5% figure was a “soft target”. So, any downside miss that’s near 7.5% would be tolerated by the Chinese Gov’t. And I think that with them allowing an appreciation of the renminbi / yuan overnight, that they are saying just that! So. That’s the Big News overnight. Elsewhere, the currencies and metals seem to have some control over the dollar. The Aussie dollar (A$) has moved back over 88-cents , and kiwi is within spittin’ distance of 80-cents again. These moves higher won’t make the Central Bank Governors of the Reserves Bank of Australia (RBA) and New Zealand (RBNZ), very happy, for it was just two weeks ago, that each respective Central Bank Gov. deep sixed their currencies, in hopes of promoting growth. The RBA will get to view what a cheaper currency does to their CPI (consumer inflation) numbers today. Recall that in August, Aussie CPI was +2.3%, which is over the 2% target of the RBA, and since then the A$ has been deep sixed. So, this report should be quite interesting, eh? On a sidebar this morning. The Bloomberg says that the Total Oil CEO, you know the one that called for an end to the petrodollar dominance, died overnight in a freak airplane crash in Moscow. This is the stuff of conspiracy crazies, like me, but I have to leave it at that, for I could type out my whole message and have it nixed, so I won’t go there. But if you’re ever on the Butler Patio. The one currency that you would think would be participating in a soft dollar market, the euro, is lagging this morning, and in fact it’s in the red! Huh? Why yes, Virginia, the euro can be soft when the dollar is getting sold VS other currencies. I have to say that while I don’t like the European Central Bank (ECB) and their insistence in joining the U.S., Japan and U.K. in interfering in their respective economies, I do like that they have decided to be open about the whole thing. The ECB said that they will print a portfolio statement each week, so that everyone can see what they’ve bought. No need to be a member of any Central Bank’s data bank to see this, the ECB will print it and send it to the markets each week. Of course, I’m no fan of Central Bank Interference. For, in most cases, the respective country has to print money to interfere.  Not the Chinese, but the U.S. Japan, and U.K. did. Speaking of printing money. Which as you know doesn’t really actually happen any longer, as it’s all digits in a computer. But for GP I like to say printing money. Well, after 6 years of doing this, here in the U.S. what do we have to show for it? A strong stock market, that’s beginning to show its true colors as the money printing is taken away, and market participants realize that the U.S. economy never caught up with the stock market.  I only talk about the stock market here to illustrate the money printing part, please don’t mistake me for someone that knows stocks! I do know the economy, probably better than most economists. As Dizzy Dean used to say, “It’s not bragging if you can do it”!  This economy has been a house of cards from the beginning, and I told you that. Built on stimulus after stimulus, money printing, after money printing, and liquidity coming out our ears. The economy became addicted to stimulus, money printing and liquidity. And then one day, just like that old dragon Puff, he sadly slipped into his cave. And so too will the economy once the Spinning Wheel comes to a stop on stimulus, money printing, and liquidity. And oh, I almost forgot, ZIRP. (zero interest rate policy) Speaking of ZIRP. I read a short piece on the Bloomberg this morning, that said that traders were pushing back their calls of rate hikes, and that has the dollar on the run this morning. Hmmm.  I wonder where they got that idea? Pfennig Readers? Probably! HA! The Brazilian real continues to be pushed and shoved around by the upcoming election that will take place this coming Sunday. The polls show the race to be very tight. like Tupperware. (my good, close, friends are laughing right now)  The two opponents couldn’t be more different and that gives the people of Brazil a clear decision as to who they want running their country. A candidate that has pushed the economy to the brink of no return, and wants another turn at bat, or a candidate that is seeking an end to Gov’t intervention. Well, there are more deciders here, but, these are the two major ones. I know which candidates the markets like. and it isn’t the one that has intervened and brought the economy to its knees. In India overnight, a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) advisor mentioned that with the price of Oil dropping, the pressures on inflation have dropped, thus giving the RBI the ability to make a rate cut.  And the rupee got sold! Sure all that stuff the advisor talked about is true, but how sure is he about how long this dip in Oil prices might last? Is it the new price of Oil, or is it just another dip like we’ve seen in the past 8 years? I think the RBI, the advisor, and the rupee would have been better served to just add a couple of words to his report. Like “if” the price of Oil remains low, it “could” reduce the inflation pressures, and “a rate cut could be discussed”.  Do they need a new writer at the RBI? I’m available, but I won’t move to India. Well, Gold was up about $5 when I came in, and now it is barely holding on to a gain, and Silver has gone into the red this morning. If traders are pushing their calls for a rate hike back, like I said above, wouldn’t that bring about a metals rally? Of course it would! If there were no manipulators.  And then we have news that Russia’s Central Bank purchased 1.2 Million ounces of Gold in September. If you were lucky enough to see me talk on the video screen in Panama last month, you know how I went through the central Banks in Asia and the Middle East and talked about their increases of Gold reserves. Russia was a main player in the roster of countries raising their Gold reserves, so to see them continue to add makes me smile. And 1.2 Million Troy Ounces was the largest one-month purchase Russia has ever made, and brings their total to 37 Million Troy Ounces. So, in August, Russia had increased their reserves in Gold to 9% of the total reserves, so it’s easy to assume that their total reserves in Gold are now over 10% of the total reserves!  I still say that Russia is following China’s lead on Gold accumulation, so that they too can one day place a backing of some sort of Gold to their currency. Then the two Countries that are bound and determined to remove the dollar from the reserve status, will have the most attractive currencies in the world, backed with Gold.  Write this down in your journal, and then one day, you can refer back to it, and say. “By George, that Chuck sure knew what he was talking about!” Speaking of making me smile. That GEICO commercial with Ickey Woods getting excited having his number called is hilarious! It was just on one of our TV’s here, and I don’t even have the sound on, but know what he’s saying and started laughing out loud!  Now that’s funny! As I’ve said a few times recently, the fall in Oil prices sure has hurt the petro-currencies like Norway, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and Canada, but the currency that seems to take it the worst is the Norwegian krone. Norway had seen falling Oil revenues before the price of Oil began to slide, so this Oil price slide has really negatively affected the krone.. Norway still has the deep pockets it will need to navigate through this, so I wouldn’t get too upset with this news. The U.S. Data Cupboard is still pretty much barren, with only some Existing Home Sales data later this morning to print. As I told you yesterday, before my battery power ran out,  the stupid CPI will print on Wednesday. It’s difficult to tell if the Fed members actually use this data or not. I sure hope they don’t! Before I head to the Big Finish today. I don’t want anyone to think all I do is get tough with the Fed. I wanted to take a minute here, to point out that Fed member Fisher, who is one of the hawks on the FOMC, made comments yesterday that let everyone know where he stands on Quantitative Easing, and now the thought that the Fed could be considering extending it. Fisher hasn’t changed his outlook that there’s no reason now to not end QE.   And for that stance, I have to give him credit. He made a statement in the past, and he’s sticking to it, no matter what is presented in front of him. I like that! So, Fisher gets a Gold Star today. For What It’s Worth. Today’s piece is a little different and I found it on MarketWatch.com it’s about doing better. The title is: If Monday morning is so bad, here’s what you can do about it.  And is written by Stewart Friedman. enjoy. Work/life balance” is a misguided metaphor for grasping the relationship between work and the rest of life. And the idea that work competes with life ignores the more nuanced reality of our humanity. It ignores that life is the interaction of the four domains of work, home, community, and the private self. Of course, you can’t have it all – complete success in all corners of your life, all at the same time. No one can. But even though it can seem impossible to bring these four domains into greater alignment, it doesn’t have to be. Three guiding principles: Be real; be whole, be innovative. The most successful people harness the passions and powers of the various parts of their lives, bringing them together to achieve what I call “four-way wins” – actions that result in life being better in all four domains. They make it their business to be conscious of what and who matters most. Their actions flow from their values. They strive to do what they can to make things better for the people who depend on them and on whom they depend. You can achieve a kind of integration that will, in turn, help you have the impact you want to have and lead a life in which you stay true to yourself, serve others, and grow as a person. This integration is the key to leading a meaningful life – the life you want. It starts with three guiding principles: Be real; be whole, be innovative. But what does that mean? To be real is to act with authenticity by clarifying what’s important to you. It’s your answer to this basic question: What matters most to me? To be whole is to act with integrity by recognizing how the different parts of your life affect each other. This means identifying who matters most to you at work, at home, and in the community; understanding what you need from each other; and seeing whether and how these needs mesh. To be innovative is to act with creativity by experimenting with how things get done in ways that are good for you and for the people around you – taking realistic steps aimed at scoring four-way wins. These principles come alive in skills you can practice every day.” -Stewart Friedman Chuck again. I know, I know that was quite long, but I thought it was very good. and something we all could take something from and use it in our lives.  and then maybe you think it’s all BS. Oh well, I can’t please all the people all the time. To recap. The currencies, except for the euro, seem to have some bias over the dollar this morning. The A$ is back over 88-cents, and kiwi is within spittin’ distance of 80-cents again. Chinese 3rd QTR GDP was the BIG NEWS overnight, and printed a +7.3% growth figure, down from the 2nd QTR’s 7.5% gain, but it beat the expectations, and that’s what counts these days, eh? Russia purchases it’s largest one-month amount of Gold in September, and a RBI advisor could use some help choosing the right words, and Chuck has offered his services.. Currencies today 10/21/14. American Style: A$ .8810, kiwi .7990, C$ .8885, euro 1.2750, sterling 1.6155, Swiss $1.0565, . European Style: rand 10.9865, krone 6.5610, SEK 7.2120, forint 240.33, zloty 3.3095, koruna 21.6380, RUB 40.99, yen 106.80, sing 1.2715, HKD 7.7560, INR 61.31, China 6.1410, pesos 13.49, BRL 2.4895, Dollar Index 85.18, Oil $83.30, 10-year 2.18%, Silver $17.43, Platinum $1,269.78, Palladium $765.00, and Gold. $1,249.55 That’s it for today. Well, yesterday was quite the blur for me, as I slept most of the day, but when I woke up, I felt alive again! I even fixed myself a spaghetti dinner. I had 4 pots or pans on the oven cooking away, bread in the oven, and it was all just for me. I could have invited neighbors or my kids to dinner, but. Thought that they probably already had dinner plans. So, I sat down, ate, and then had a BIG mess to clean up! UGH! That’s why I prefer to go out to eat, there’s no mess for me to clean up! Well, the World Series begins tonight. I’ve always been a National League guy, no matter who’s playing I root for the National League team. But this year, that might change, as the other team from Missouri, is the American League Champion, the K.C. Royals. It’s just that I can’t get past that 1985 Don Denkinger debacle. Never have, never will. So, I guess I’ll just not watch it! Yeah, that’s the ticket! I just finished reading my friend, Jim Powell’s latest letter. Jim does such a great job of summarizing things. And we put to bed the November Review & Focus the other day, the cutoff gets earlier in the month and earlier in the month every year. pretty soon, I’ll be putting the next month’s R&F to bed on the 1st of the preceding month! HA!  Oh well, it is what it is. and I carry on despite the requirements!  And, so. it’s time for me to get out of your hair for today, and I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more



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The Department for Work and Pensions is considerin

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions is considering forcing all sick and disabled people on out-of-work disability benefits to take part in “mandatory” activity, its new green paper has revealed.The suggestion of compulsory activity is revealed in a single line of the 92-page work, health and disability green paper, published this week.Such a change would mean that all people on out-of-work disability benefits – even those who are terminally-ill or have the very highest support needs – would have to stay in regular touch with their local jobcentre or risk having their benefits sanctioned.The measure would affect those in the support group of employment and support allowance (ESA) – and the equivalent group in the new universal credit – a group which is currently not expected to carry out any work-related activity at all.The green paper, Improving Lives, says ministers “could consider implementing a ‘keep-in-touch’ discussion with work coaches” for people in the support group, which “could provide an opportunity for work coaches to offer appropriate support tailored to the individual’s current circumstances” and “could be explored as a voluntary or mandatory requirement”.It comes only a month after the new work and pensions secretary, Damian Green, secured widespread praise for announcing an end to repeat assessments for those on ESA with “the most severe, lifetime conditions”.He said then that the government would “sweep away unnecessary stress and bureaucracy which weigh them down” and that “if someone has a disease which can only get worse, making them turn up for repeated appointments to claim what they need is pointless bureaucratic nonsense”.Now Green (pictured, announcing some details of the green paper to MPs) appears to have decided that the same group of people should be forced into repeated contact with a “work coach”, or lose some of their benefits.Asked about this inconsistency, a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokeswoman did not deny the possibility of mandatory activity for all those in the support group.She said: “We recognise that people in the support group have limited capability for work related activity – but that does not necessarily mean they should be left without any support at all.“We believe it is important to give claimants the opportunity to take up the offer of personalised and tailored support if it is appropriate for them, regardless of what group they are placed in following the WCA.”The green paper’s repeated emphasis that the government wants to “reinforce work as a health outcome” is also likely to alarm many disabled campaigners and healthcare professionals.It says the government will increase the number of job advisers in healthcare settings and ensure that “all health professionals are sufficiently trained and confident to have work-related conversations” with patients.It also warns that ministers “want to make the benefits of work an ingrained part of the training and professional approach of the health and social care workforce”.Asked whether DWP accepted that many disabled people and health professionals believe that it is dangerous and unethical to view employment as a health outcome, particularly for people in mental distress, a spokeswoman said that “evidence shows that being in the right work is good for health and that being out of work can have a detrimental effect on health”.She said that the government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies mental health treatment programme was “voluntary at every stage and that includes the employment support offer within the programme”.There may also be concerns about new mandatory “health and work conversations” in which work coaches will use “specially designed techniques” to “help” some ESA claimants “identify their health and work goals, draw out their strengths, make realistic plans, and build resilience and motivation”.The green paper claims that these conversations were “co-designed with disabled people’s organisations and occupational health professionals and practitioners and the Behavioural Insights Team [the controversial ‘Nudge Unit’, which is part-owned by the Cabinet Office]”.There has so far been little or no analysis of the green paper in the mainstream media or from politicians, with most of the coverage and comment occurring before it was published and so based on extracts offered by DWP.Much of that media coverage repeated Green’s claim that the government would provide more “personalised” employment support for disabled people.But the green paper provides little evidence of real personalised support.Measures likely to be widely welcomed include plans to remove the 12-month time limit on permitted work for those in the ESA work-related activity group (WRAG), and the possibility of funding for some local peer support groups.The green paper suggests that those placed in the WRAG will be allocated employment support places in either the new Work and Health Programme or the specialist Work Choice programme, while DWP will expand peer support job clubs – whose effectiveness was backed in research earlier this year by Disability Rights UK and The Work Foundation – to 71 Jobcentre Plus areas with high numbers of ESA claimants.Ministers will also test a voluntary, supported work experience programme for young disabled people, and increase funding for Access to Work’s mental health support service.The DWP spokeswoman said the personalised support “includes a range of new interventions and initiatives, [and] is designed to provide more tailored support which work coaches will offer” to disabled claimants.There was widespread media coverage of Green’s pledge to reform the work capability assessment (WCA), the controversial eligibility test for ESA which has been implicated in hundreds – and possibly thousands – of deaths of disabled people, and in causing significant harm and distress to tens of thousands of others.But the green paper suggests little reform of the assessment process itself, although ministers say they would introduce a separate process for deciding what kind of employment support an ESA claimant should be signposted to.It does suggest that the WCA process should be able to draw on information “from the NHS, the adult social care system or through other benefit applications” if this is “appropriate and relevant”.And it suggests that there could be “a more appropriate process” for the “small proportion” of ESA claimants with the highest support needs, which could include “a simpler assessment process”.Asked about the WCA reform plans, a DWP spokeswoman said there had been five independent reviews of the WCA, which had made more than 100 recommendations, “the vast majority of which we have accepted”, while DWP was now “consulting on a new approach to deciding entitlement to financial employment support”.Questions are likely to be asked about the green paper’s pledge to introduce an extra 300 disability employment advisers (DEAs) to jobcentres, increasing the total number to 500.The green paper fails to point out that, as recently as January 2014, there were 900 DEAs spread across the country’s 719 jobcentres, before hundreds were removed by ministers.As recently as March, the previous – short-lived – work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, promised to recruit an extra 500 DEAs.Asked to confirm these figures, a DWP spokeswoman would only repeat that there will be an extra 300 DEAs.In addition, DWP will recruit about 200 “community partners”, who will have “personal and professional experience of disability”, with many of them apparently to be seconded from disabled people’s organisations.These community partners will work with Jobcentre Plus staff to “provide valuable first-hand insight into the issues individuals with a health condition or disability face in securing and sustaining employment”, and will draw on their local knowledge.Questions may also be asked about the green paper’s refusal to provide any end date for the repeated ministerial pledge to halve the disability employment gap.Asked if there was any target date, the DWP spokeswoman declined to provide one, but said the government was “committed to halving the disability employment gap” and had “helped nearly 500,000 more disabled people into employment over the past three years”.There will be widespread concern at the statement in the green paper that ministers believe there should be a greater role for income protection insurance policies, which employers can take out privately to help address the risks and impact of ill-health among their employees.Many disabled activists have grown increasingly concerned at the influence of at least one provider of such policies, which has been blamed for undermining the system of out-of-work disability benefits.In September, a book by disabled researcher Mo Stewart detailed the influence of the US insurance giant Unum over successive UK governments, and how it had undermined the social security system in order to boost the market for its own income protection policies.And there is likely to be frustration that, yet again, there is a strong focus on encouraging employers to be more “disability confident” – with a suggestion of offering them “financial or other incentives” to employ disabled people – but no mention of any measures to force them to implement their Equality Act duties on employing disabled people.A DWP spokeswoman told DNS: “Businesses are required to fulfil their legal obligations under the Equality Act.“As part of the consultation, we ask what the expectation should be on employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.”Meanwhile, there is confusion about whether ministers plan to scrap Work Choice, the specialist employment programme for disabled people, as was announced in last November’s spending review.The green paper suggests instead that places on Work Choice will still be offered to ESA claimants from 2017.The DWP spokeswoman said that the “Work Programme and Work Choice have been successful in supporting participants into work, but the current economic context demands a new approach” through a new Work and Health Programme, but by 11am today (Thursday) she had failed to clarify whether Work Choice will eventually be scrapped.Help for those who are furthest from the job market will still be available through the Specialist Employability Support programme, according to the green paper, with the possibility of more places on the scheme for ESA WRAG claimants.The green paper also promises to “open up apprenticeships” to young people with learning difficulties, by making “adjustments” to English and maths requirements, while it will work with social enterprises and disabled entrepreneurs to set up apprenticeships “specifically for young disabled people”.A consultation on the green paper will run until 17 February 2017, and among the ways to comment are via an online 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Apple Is Hiring and You Can Work From Home

first_img Image credit: via PC Mag Next Article Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apple Apple Is Hiring, and You Can Work From Home The Cupertino tech giant is currently looking to hire a number of full- and part-time At Home Advisors who will provide technical support from the comfort of their own domicile. Reportercenter_img January 17, 2018 2 min read Angela Moscaritolo Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Searching for a new job? Apple has some sweet work from home opportunities you might be interested in.The Cupertino tech giant is currently looking to hire a number of full- and part-time At Home Advisors who will answer questions about Apple’s products and services, offer troubleshooting advice and technical support — all from the comfort of their own domicile.”If you love exploring the ways technology helps you do all your favorite things, you’ll probably be great at sharing your knowledge with others,” Apple writes on its jobs page. “That’s what you’ll do every day as an Apple At Home Advisor.”If working from home for Apple isn’t incentive enough, consider this: All At Home Advisors, even part-timers, get a “robust benefits package” that includes paid time off, Apple product discounts and resources that promote career growth. Just don’t expect to slack off all day. “If it sounds casual, make no mistake — this is a professional role,” Apple writes.Applicants should have a “quiet, distraction-free work space with a door you can shut, an ergonomic chair, a desk … and your own network connection,” Apple advises. The company requires its At Home Advisors to have high-speed internet (5 megabits download and 1 megabit upload) from a “reliable service provider.” Those selected for the role will receive paid training as well as an iMac and headset to do the job.”Working from home isn’t for everyone, but if you’re confident, disciplined, and self-motivated, home can be a place where work and life don’t clash — they collaborate,” Apple writes.Interested? Head here to see a list of open At Home Advisor positions and apply. –shareslast_img read more



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US Chain Restaurants Will Be Required to Disclose Calorie Counts on Menus

first_img Add to Queue Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The U.S. government will publish sweeping new rules on Tuesday requiring chain restaurants and large vending machine operators to disclose calorie counts on menus to make people more aware of the risks of obesity posed by fatty, sugary foods.”Obesity is a national epidemic that affects millions of Americans,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told reporters on a conference call on Monday.”Strikingly, Americans eat and drink about a third of their calories away from home.”The FDA’s new rules, which are part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, set a national standard for restaurant chains with 20 or more outlets and will pre-empt the patchwork of state laws.Under the rules, calories must be displayed on all menus and menu boards. Other nutritional information – including calories from fat, cholesterol, sugars and protein – must be made available in writing upon request.The new calorie rule covers meals at sit-down restaurants, take-out food, bakery items, ice cream from an ice-cream store and pizza, which will be labelled by the slice and whole pie. Seasonal menu items, such as a Thanksgiving dinner, daily specials and standard condiments will be exempt.The final rule, unlike a 2011 proposal, includes movie theaters, amusement parks and alcoholic beverages served in restaurants, but not drinks mixed or served at a bar.Restaurants have one year and vending machine operators have two years to comply with the new rules following publication in the Federal Register.Panera Bread Co in 2010 became the first company to voluntarily display calorie information at all its cafes nationwide. Others, including McDonald’s Corp and Starbucks Corp, followed suit.The agency said it amended its proposals after considering more than 1,100 comments from industry, public health advocates and consumers.It narrowed the scope to clearly focus on restaurant-type food. Still, there are nuances: Foods such as deli meat bought at a grocery store counter will be excluded. But the rules will apply to food eaten in grocery stores, such as meals purchased at in-house cafes.Hamburg acknowledged that calorie counts for pizza slices and many other foods made on the premises will vary. Restaurants may draw on databases, cookbooks and food package labels to calculate calories.The restaurant industry has supported a national standard for years and welcomed the changes.”We believe that the Food and Drug Administration has positively addressed the areas of greatest concern,” said Dawn Sweeney, chief executive of the National Restaurant Association, which represents 990,000 restaurant and food-service outlets.Not all industry groups were satisfied.”We are disappointed that the FDA’s final rules will capture grocery stores, and impose such a large and costly regulatory burden on our members,” said Peter Larkin, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association.National Automatic Merchandising Association, representing the food and refreshment vending industry, said it will “reserve judgment” on the impact on the industry, but said that two years was insufficient “implementation time”, especially for small businesses.The rules aim to close a gap in the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which established nutrition labeling on most foods, but not restaurant or other ready-to-eat foods.Katie Bengston, Panera’s nutrition manager, said menu labelling has not affected its business: “We did not notice a jump in sales from higher calorie items to lower calorie items.”(Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington; Editing by G Crosse and Richard Chang and Simon Cameron-Moore) Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters –shares 3 min read Reuters November 25, 2014 Regulations U.S. Chain Restaurants Will Be Required to Disclose Calorie Counts on Menus Register Now »last_img read more



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Nicotinamide riboside supplementation confers significant physiological benefits to mothers and offspring

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 23 2019ChromaDex Corp. today reported that results of a first-of-a-kind preclinical study on lactation have shown that supplementation with the unique B3 vitamin nicotinamide riboside (NR, or Niagen) confers significant and enduring physiological benefits to mothers and offspring. Conducted at the University of Iowa by Principal Investigator Dr. Charles Brenner, the Roy J. Carver Chair & Head of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa, as well as a founding co-director of the University of Iowa Obesity Initiative and Chief Scientific Advisor of ChromaDex, the study results were published yesterday in the journal Cell Reports.NR is a cell-charging vitamin clinically proven to boost NAD, a critical coenzyme as essential to cells as food, water, and oxygen. The preclinical study was designed to test the hypothesis that postpartum might disrupt maternal NAD levels and that supplementation with NR might benefit mothers and their offspring.Childbirth is followed by a period of profound metabolic stress. This study, conducted in mice and rats, is the first to measure postpartum NAD levels and the effects of NR supplementation during this time. The authors observed that rodent mothers supplemented with NR lost more weight and produced more milk than their control counterparts. NR supplementation also changed the composition of mothers’ milk, increasing levels of a molecule that promotes the growth and health of neurons called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) in the offspring.While the researchers only fed NR to the rodent mothers, this maternal supplementation led to lasting benefits for their offspring. The offspring of NR supplemented mothers showed greater coordination, strength, and capacity for learning even weeks after being weaned from their mothers. These offspring also had higher levels of BDNF and increased neuronal growth in parts of their brains. While the authors were very encouraged by these results, they acknowledged that additional research is needed to understand whether these findings may translate into humans.”This is a truly disruptive discovery of what nicotinamide riboside could do to create higher-quality milk for new mothers,” says Bruce German, Ph.D. and John E. Kinsella Endowed Chair in Food, Nutrition and Health and professor at the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis and member of the ChromaDex Scientific Advisory Board. “Using two species of rodent, Dr. Brenner has discovered that postpartum is a specific stress of the maternal NAD system and the effect of NR on the mammary gland, an energy-driven tissue. This groundbreaking work opens the door to more research into how nicotinamide riboside could be used to improve the lives of women and their children.”Related StoriesSlug serves as ‘command central’ for determining breast stem cell healthTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceDogs and cats relieve academic stress and lift students’ mood, according to a new studyAlyssa Dweck, MS, MD, FACOG, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a consultant at the Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service at Massachusetts General Hospital also commented on the study. “This study is very exciting for a number of reasons, from the potential long-term cognitive and behavioral benefits in offspring to postpartum weight loss in new mothers.””In the 15 years since I discovered nicotinamide riboside as a vitamin, I’ve been continuously impressed with the power of this molecule to address metabolic stress,” said Dr. Brenner. “We’re extremely excited by what we’ve seen NR do during postpartum and what the mom’s NR supplementation does for her offspring. We are looking forward to testing these discoveries in people so that we can explore the potential for Niagen in women’s and family health.””We are excited that this latest study extends our existing body of research and greatly adds to our understanding of the potential of this unique vitamin,” says ChromaDex CEO Rob Fried.To date, ChromaDex has pioneered NAD research by investing millions of dollars in safety and human clinical trials on its patent-protected NR (commercially known as Niagen), with New Dietary Ingredient and Generally Regarded as Safe designations notified to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ChromaDex has supplied Niagen at no cost to over 160 leading institutions for research, including Dartmouth, the National Institutes of Health, University of Iowa, and the Scripps Research Institute. Source:http://investors.chromadex.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=212121&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2384497last_img read more



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New method could lead to more personalized treatment of advanced prostate cancer

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 3 2019Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified blood-based biomarkers that may determine which patients will benefit from continued hormonal therapy for advanced prostate cancer. The results are published in the journal JAMA Oncology. The researchers envision that this discovery may eventually result in a test that contributes to a more personalized treatment of the disease.Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in Sweden. Approximately one in four will be diagnosed with or progress to metastatic prostate cancer. Initial systemic hormonal treatment works well for most patients with metastatic prostate cancer. But over time, the tumor develops resistance, resulting in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).A continued hormonal treatment for the mCRPC condition with drugs such as Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) and Xtandi (enzalutamide) provides additional clinical benefit, however not all patients respond to these treatments. Thus, in order to avoid unnecessary side effects and pharmaceutical expenses, it is necessary to identify those men who will benefit from the medicines before treatment is started.This problem is now closer to being resolved through new results by researchers at Karolinska Institutet.”Our method can identify patients who are likely to have a poor outcome to these treatments and therefore should be offered other alternatives, if available,” says lead author Bram De Laere, postdoc at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.The researchers’ methodology is based on an analysis of prognostic biomarkers, with known associations with therapy resistance, in the blood of patients with mCRPC.In prostate cancer, treatment resistance can be caused by changes in genes such as the androgen receptor (AR) and a gene called TP53. Most often, these resistance markers have been studied on a one by one basis, which has led to conflicting results between independent scientific publications.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerSpecial blood test may predict relapse risk for breast cancer patientsStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryInstead, the researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a method for investigating all known resistance markers in AR and TP53 simultaneously. This was first done in a larger patient cohort, in a study published last year, where the researchers were able to show that individual markers in AR were not independently associated with outcome, when correcting for clinical characteristics, circulating tumor burden estimates and mutations in TP53.They now show that in the subset of the patients without TP53 mutations, the number of AR resistance markers can indeed provide independent prognostic information.”We see that the prognosis is poorest for men with three or more resistance markers in AR,” says Johan Lindberg, researcher at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet, and senior author of the study. “This suggests that patients with a normal TP53 gene, without or with a small number of AR resistance markers would benefit more from continued hormonal treatment with medicines such as Zytiga and Xtandi.”Consequently, the research group is introducing a new concept, the AR-burden – a measure of the number of treatment relevant changes in the AR gene.The researchers are now working on improving their method of measurement and validating it retrospectively in patients recruited during the recently initiated ProBio clinical trial (NCT03903835).”Our goal is to create a test that can be used routinely in clinical practice so that patients can receive more personalized treatment,” says Johan Lindberg. Source:https://ki.se/en/news/a-new-method-to-select-the-right-treatment-for-advanced-prostate-cancerlast_img read more



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