Xhaka speaks about Arsenals victory

first_imgThe Gunners defeated Fulham 4-1 today in the English Premier League to open 2019 with a win that puts them fifth on the tableGranit Xhaka scored in the 25th minute today for Arsenal in order to open the doors for the Gunners to beat Fulham FC 4-1.And Xhaka is very happy after his goal and explained the importance of winning at Anfield.“Of course, it was not a good game for us against Liverpool. We started well there but after we lost 5-1. We know we have a lot we need to improve, and today is the first step,” he told the club’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We know they have a new coach, a good team and we knew that before but we were playing at home and we started well, we had some chances and scored the first goals and after it went to 2-1, there were a few nerves but we are happy to have the three points.”“Yes, surprise, surprise, I can score in the box now! I am happy to be able to help the team and to take the three points, which is the most important thing,” he said about his goal.“We can learn a lot from this team. We know Liverpool have a good team this year and we have a tough programme in front of us we play West Ham away and then Chelsea at home and we want to get in the top four.”last_img read more



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Commissioner opts for press statement says crime down

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 8, 2017 – Commissioner James Smith says crime is down country wide, and while statistically this may be true, the general public is more concerned now because the heinous and ruthless nature of crime is certainly the likes of which the Turks and Caicos has never seen.The Commissioner, who prefers to be seen working, as opposed to be seen speaking to the media issued a statement yesterday which makes some good points, but allows him to once again avoid the public by avoiding a live encounter with the Media.   The Commissioner speaks about the mobilization of more CID and Uniformed officers since mid-2016 and he cites that wanted men and over 150 illegal migrants have been detained.  In the statement Commissioner Smith points to 15 people being charged in murder investigations and four, who have been charged in armed robberies.What the statement leaves out is how many cases are unsolved or open or cold; murders, armed robberies, rapes, home invasions, burglaries, roadway assaults, detention center escapees and the unknown number of illegals living undocumented in these islands.   The General Public is asking media to ask authorities why there are not raids of places where guns and drugs are known to be sold and why there is not better scrutiny at our borders which are allowing guns to enter the country not only on illegal boats, but through legal vessels which are largely unchecked at the ports because of a delay on container scanners.The Public had lots to say on the media statement; one person penned that 150 illegal migrants caught is not enough when 200 arrived in a span of a few days; another said the crime situation is being downplayed by Smith, because public awareness of crime is low because there is not sufficient information coming from Police and to the Commissioner’s advice on  how to live in these changing times, there were some who agreed that TCI residents must adapt with street smart routines but others who found the statement repetitive and insincere.The Commissioner gives 18 tips for personal safety on the streets, among them not having headphones so loud that you are not aware of your surroundings, not to resist any attacker, to give up property because it could save your life and to report crime to the police and be aware of your attacker so that you can give investigators accurate information; you can read more from the Commissioner at MagneticMediaTV.com#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more



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Migrants fill Tijuana shelters more on way to US border

first_imgMigrants fill Tijuana shelters, more on way to US border November 15, 2018 AP, Posted: November 15, 2018 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 SettingsTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The first members of a caravan of Central Americans to reach the U.S. border slept in overcrowded shelters and in tents with a view of armed U.S. Border Patrol agents, with many saying they will wait for other migrants to join them before making their next moves.Hundreds of migrants have arrived by bus in Tijuana since Tuesday, occupying the little space still available in the city’s shelters and spilling onto an oceanfront plaza sandwiched between an old bullring and a border fence topped with recently installed concertina wire.Some men climbed up on the fence to take a look at the other side Wednesday. Women and young children sleeping in tents on the plaza could see Border Patrol agents carrying machine guns in camouflage gear with San Diego’s skyline in the distance.The Juventud 2000 shelter squeezed in 15 women and their children, bringing occupancy to nearly 200, or double its regular capacity. Others were turned away. Several dozen migrants, mostly single men, spent the night at a beach that is cut by the towering border wall of metal barsThe first arrivals generally received a warm welcome despite Tijuana’s shelter system to house migrants being at capacity. Migrants lined up for food while doctors checked those fighting colds and other ailments.Some migrants said they would seek asylum at a U.S. border crossing, while others said they might attempt to elude U.S. authorities by crossing illegally or perhaps settle in Tijuana. But all of about a dozen people interviewed Wednesday said they would first wait for others from the migrant caravan to arrive and gather more information.“We have to see what we’re offered, just so they don’t send us back to our country,” said Jairon Sorto, a 22-year-old Honduran who arrived by bus Wednesday.Sorto said he would consider staying in Tijuana if he could get asylum from Mexico. He said he refused to consider Mexico’s offer of asylum in the southern part of the country because it was too close to Honduras and he felt unsafe from his country’s gangs.U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, meanwhile, visited U.S. troops posted at the border in Texas and said the deployment of military personnel ordered by President Donald Trump provides good training for war, despite criticism that the effort is a waste of taxpayer money and a political stunt. Most of the troops are in Texas, more than 1,500 miles from where the caravan is arriving.On Wednesday, there was no evidence of caravan members at Tijuana’s main border crossing to San Diego, where asylum seekers gather every morning. The San Ysidro port of entry, the busiest crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, processes only about 100 asylum claims a day, resulting in waits of five weeks even before migrants in the caravan began to arrive.The first wave of migrants in the caravan, which became a central theme of the recent U.S. election, began arriving in Tijuana in recent days, and their numbers have grown each day. The bulk of the main caravan appeared to still be about 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) from the border, but has recently been moving hundreds of miles a day by hitching rides on trucks and buses.Mexico has offered refuge, asylum and work visas to the migrants, and its government said Monday that 2,697 temporary visas had been issued to individuals and families to cover them during the 45-day application process for more permanent status. Some 533 migrants had requested a voluntary return to their countries, the government said.The Central Americans in the caravan are the latest migrants to arrive in Tijuana with the hope of crossing into the United States. Tijuana shelters in 2016 housed Haitians who came by the thousands after making their way from Brazil with plans to get to the U.S. Since then, several thousand Haitians have remained in Tijuana, finding work. Some have married local residents and enrolled in local universities.Claudia Coello, a 43-year-old Honduran, said she was exhausted after four days of hitchhiking and bus rides from Mexico City with her two sons, two daughters-in-law and 1-year-old grandson. As she watched her daughter-in-law and grandson lying inside a donated tent, she said she would wait for caravan leaders to explain her options.A few people pitched tents at the Tijuana beach plaza while most, like Henry Salinas, 30, of Honduras, planned to sleep there in the open. Saying he intended to wait for thousands more in the caravan to arrive, Salinas said he hoped to jump the border fence in a large group at the same time, overwhelming Border Patrol agents.“It’s going to be all against one, one against all. All of Central America against one, and one against Central America. … All against Trump, and Trump against all,” he said.On Wednesday, buses and trucks carried some migrants into the state of Sinaloa along the Gulf of California and farther northward into the border state of Sonora. The Rev. Miguel Angel Soto, director of the Casa de Migrante in the Sinaloa capital of Culiacan, said about 2,000 migrants had arrived in that area.Small groups were also reported in the northern cities of Saltillo and Monterrey, in the region near Texas.About 1,300 migrants in a second caravan were resting at a Mexico City stadium where the first group stayed several days last week. By early Wednesday, an additional 1,100 migrants from a third and last caravan also arrived at the stadium.Like most of those in the third caravan, migrant Javier Pineda is from El Salvador, and hopes to reach the United States. Referring to the first group nearing the end of the journey, Pineda said, “if they could do it, there is no reason why we can’t.” center_img AP Updated: 11:18 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more



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Two Motorcyclists Cited For Driving Over 90 mph On Seward Highway

first_imgAdams was issued a misdemeanor citation to later appear in court for failure to stop at the direction of a police officer 1st degree and released on scene. The other motorcyclists was not located. The first incident occurred around 1:50 p.m., when the Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Highway Patrol stopped a motorcycle, driven by Aenoi Phetsalat, age 32 of Anchorage. Phetsalat was speeding 90+ mph near mile 63 of the Seward Highway. No injuries connected to the incidents were reported, according to Troopers. The second incident occurred just a few hours later at 5:07 p.m., near mile 65, AST Bureau of Highway Patrol attempted to stop two motorcycles for speeding 90+ mph. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers cited two motorcyclists accused of driving over 90 mph on the Seward Highway, on Saturday afternoon.center_img One of the motorcycles, driven by Matthew Ryley Adams, age 21 of JBER, was located five minutes later near mile 2 of the Hope Highway and was stopped. According to Troopers, the motorcycles accelerated their speeds over 130+ mph, and began passing motorists in no passing zones and driving recklessly so the pursuit was discontinued. Phetsalat’s driver’s license was revoked for DUI. Phetsalat was issued a misdemeanor citation to later appear in court for driving with a revoked driver’s license and released on scene.last_img read more



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Google denies Trumps accusations of voter manipulation

first_img Google Donald Trump Mobile Applications Mobile Apps Politics Online Internet Services The report had relied on 95 people from across 24 states, 21 of whom identified as undecided, performing daily election-related searches using Google, Bing and Yahoo. According to the report, the study showed search results were “biased in Mrs. Clinton’s favor.”Trump’s accusations on Monday came two weeks after he warned Google he’s watching it “very closely” ahead of the 2020 US election. On Aug. 6, Trump tweeted he met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to ask questions about Google’s role in the 2016 election, claiming without evidence that the search engine giant is trying to “illegally subvert” the upcoming election. “All very illegal,” Trump said in a now-deleted tweet. “We are watching Google very closely!” Share your voice Comments The original report (PDF) was published in June 2017 by Robert Epstein for the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. Epstein reiterated in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution in June 2019 that he believed Google’s search algorithm produced “biased search results” that “likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton.” Answering questions from Senator Ted Cruz in a video posted in July by right-wing news publication Breitbart News, Epstein added 2.6 million is “a rock-bottom minimum.” “The range is between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes depending on how aggressive they were in using the techniques that I’ve been studying, such as the search engine manipulation effect, the search suggestion effect, the answer bot effect, and a number of others,” he said. With 10.4 million being Epstein’s maximum estimated number of votes manipulated, it’s unclear where Trump’s 16 million figure comes from. Epstein also claimed that if Google, Twitter and Facebook support the same candidate in 2020, “there are 15 million votes on the line.” “In 2020, you can bet that all of these companies are going to go all out, and the methods that they’re using are invisible, they’re subliminal, they’re more powerful than most any effects I’ve ever seen in the behavioral sciences,” he said. Clinton tweeted a response to Trump Monday afternoon, saying the study has been debunked and was only based on 21 undecided voters. “For context, that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted,” she posted on Twitter. 13 The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted. https://t.co/0zHnWvGjSv— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2019 President Trump says Google “manipulated” voters. Google disagrees. Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google denied accusations made on Monday by President Donald Trump that the search giant “manipulated” millions of voters against him in the 2016 election. Google said Trump seemed to be referring to an old report claiming to prove that it generated at least 2.6 million votes for Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, but said the report has been “debunked since it was made.””We have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement Monday. “Our goal is to always provide people with access to high-quality, relevant information for their queries, without regard to political viewpoint.” Citing what he claimed was a “report just out,” Trump had tweeted earlier Monday that “Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election.” “Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!” he added. Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019 Tagslast_img read more



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Sudeep demands this from Dolly Sidhu after her engagement with Kabir Duhan

first_imgKichcha Sudeep with Kabir Duhan SinghTwitterKannada actor Kichcha Sudeep has made a strange demand from Punjabi singer Dolly Sidhu after her engagement with Kabir Duhan Singh, who is playing an important role in multilingual film Pailwaan.Kabir Duhan Singh is one of most sought-after actors for negative roles down south. Having made his debut with the Telugu film Jil (2015), he has played the villain in over 20 movies in Telugu, Kannada and Tamil languages in the last five years. He has two big-ticket projects in his kitty and Pailwaan, which features him in a very strong role opposite Sandalwood superstar Sudeep.Having taken a break from Pailwaan shoot, Kabir Duhan Singh got engaged to Dolly Sidhu on June 22. He tweeted a photo of the engagement and wrote, “And It Happened ❤️❤️❤️#Gratitude .” His fiancée also tweeted, “So I closed my eyes and opened my heart to the new beginning ❤️ @Kabirduhansingh #taken #blessed #newbeginnings #kabirduhansingh #dollysidhu.”Soon after hearing the news, Kichcha Sudeep took to his Twitter account to wish the would-be couple. He retweeted Kabir’s post and wrote, “Wohhh…… Happy for u mate @Kabirduhansingh.. Stay blessed… I hope she cooks well.. N feeds u enough for me to look fitter than u … Happy for both of u,, cheers.” Kabir Duhan Singh’s engagement with Dolly SindhuTwitterSudeep’s funny demand surprised many of his followers but it was a pleasure for Kabir Duhan Singh feed him and take his blessings. He quickly responded to the Kichcha star and said that he is waiting for him and his wife Priya to come to his home for dinner. The Pailwaan villain replied, “Ha ha ha ha need your blessings sir and m waiting for you and priya man at my home for dinner “However, Kichcha Sudeep is seen locking horns with Kabir Duhan Singh, who is playing an antagonist in his upcoming action drama film, which is released in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil on August 9. It is one of the most hyped films of 2019 and the confrontation between the two actors will be one of the highlights of the movie.last_img read more



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Titan shares glitter on betterthanestimated Q3 results

first_imgShares of Titan Company flared up on the BSE on Wednesday in response to the better-than-expected December quarter (Q3) results. The Titan stock gained as much as 9.66 percent intraday high to hit Rs 431 and was trading at Rs 422 at around 1.15 pm in reaction to higher-than-estimated net profit growth of 13 percent YoY to Rs 256 crore.  Read: Indian gold jewellery demand fell to 7-year low in 2016, says WGCThe company derives about 80 percent of its total revenues from jewellery sales under the brand name Tanishq. In Q3, jewellery business rose 15.4 percent to Rs 3,255 crore from Rs 2,820 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal.”A good festival and wedding season contributed to growth in retail sales…despite some headwinds on account of demonetisation,” the company said in a statement.Income from watches increased 5 percent to Rs 508 crore. Overall income rose 14.7 percent to Rs 3,905 crore in Q3 from Rs 3,404 crore.In the previous quarter (September 2016), Titan had reported a marginal fall in overall income to Rs 2,660 crore while net profit grew 23.5 percent to Rs 181 crore.Share prices of other gold jewellery companies were also trading with gains, with Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) up 1.98 percent at Rs 72 and PC Jeweller trading 2.86 percent higher at Rs 389.The BSE Sensex was down 54 points at 28,280.last_img read more



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Harvey Worsens Overcrowding At Harris County Jail

first_img Share KUTOvercrowding at Harris County jail has been exacerbated in part by a loss of beds and a court backlog in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.The Houston Chronicle reports that the jail is over capacity by more than 200 inmates and 280 have already been sent to other counties. Harvey rendered more than 1,000 jail beds and the county’s criminal courthouse unusable, which has led to bloated dockets and disorderly trial schedules.But some say overcrowding was a chronic problem before Harvey, attributed to judges’ reluctance to issue personal release bonds and prosecutor’s charging decisions.The sheriff’s office is preparing a formal request for nearly 200 portable jail beds. But the jail could see more relief soon as more than 140 beds and some courtrooms are reopening in coming weeks.last_img read more



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Forecasters Tornado Hit Baltimore Amazon Center Killing 2

first_imgBy The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — Officials confirm it was a tornado that ripped apart some of an Amazon distribution warehouse in Baltimore, killing two men who worked for outside employers.The National Weather Service reports the tornado Friday night packed winds peaking at around 105 mph (169 kph) and traveled 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) through Baltimore.Emergency personnel look over damage, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, after a weather-related building collapse at an Amazon distribution warehouse on Baltimore’s southeast side Friday night. Chief Roman Clark tells the Sun that a 50-foot wall collapsed late Friday at the Amazon Fulfillment Center as a storm hit the area. (Ulysses Munoz/The Baltimore Sun via AP)The twister also blew over a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 and smashed through garage doors at a van rental facility.The storm pulled off part of the Amazon building’s roof, including iron rafters. That caused concrete panels along a 50-foot (15-meter) section of wall to collapse. A dozen cargo trailers were scattered.The Baltimore Sun reports the victims were a 54-year-old employee of a real estate consulting firm and the 37-year-old owner of a trucking company that contracted with Amazon.last_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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Optical fibre scopes coming to Nabanna to bolster security

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to further strengthen the security arrangement in the state Secretariat Nabanna, a decision has been taken to install optical fibre scopes in the building.With installation of the optical fibre scopes, video of a moment along with sound will get captured and will help security officers get minute details of the place that will get captured in the video.Sources said that video footages that get captured through optical fibre scope will be monitored from the control room in Nabanna itself. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to senior officers in the state secretariat, the step has been taken considering the need to further enhance the security arrangement in Nabanna, where everyday there is constant movement of VVIPs. The 14-storeyed building houses the office of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior officials, including the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of police.The optical fibre scope will be installed at strategic locations and the places have been identified by the expert policemen who look after the security of Nabanna. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that the state secretariat is under the coverage of surveillance cameras. A decision was also taken to set up separate dog squads, especially for security of the state secretariat. With setting up of dog squads, there will be a separate team for the security of Nabanna.Recently, 244 CCTV cameras were installed and it took the total number of CCTV cameras in to around 400.The step to install more CCTV cameras was taken to bring each and every place in and around the state secretariat under the coverage of surveillance cameras. The CCTV cameras were installed both inside and outside the building. Cameras were also installed at parking lots.A survey was conducted to identify the places where the CCTV cameras need to be installed and based on the same, the work of installing the cameras was carried out.last_img read more



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Evan Peters Emma Roberts are going great

first_imgEmma Roberts and her American Horror Story co-star Evan Peters have been in an on-and-off relationship, but the couple now seem to be in a happy space.Peters, 28, who was present at the premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel, said he loves her, reported People magazine.“She is really great. I just love her,” Peters said when asked about their relationship status.The Kick-Ass actor is also a big fan of Roberts and admires her work in “Scream Queens”. “I have been watching. I love it! She’s so funny in it. She’s spot-on with the character,” he said.Peters started dating 24-year-old We’re the Millers actor in 2012 and the duo and got engaged in 2013.The couple called of their engagement earlier this year, but were spotted holding hands and spending quality time together last month.last_img read more



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Women less sensitive to pain than men

first_imgWomen tend to forget pain that they suffered more quickly than men, confirmed a new study in mice and humans, challenging the widely held belief that the fairer sex are more sensitive to pain than men. The study, by researchers from Canada’s University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), showed that men and women remembered earlier painful experiences differently. While men (and male mice) remembered earlier painful experiences clearly, women (and female mice) did not seem to forget. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen experiencing pain again, men seemed to be stressed and hypersensitive in remembering, but women were not stressed by their earlier experiences of pain. “If remembered pain is a driving force for chronic pain and we understand how pain is remembered, we may be able to help some sufferers by treating the mechanisms behind the memories directly,” said lead author Loren Martin, Assistant Professor at the UTM. “What was even more surprising was that men reacted more, because it is well known that women are both more sensitive to pain than men, and that they are also generally more stressed out,” Martin added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, published in the Current Biology journal, the team conducted experiments on both humans and mice where they were taken to specific rooms and made to experience low levels of pain caused by heat delivered to their hind paw or forearm. Further, human participants were asked to wear a tightly inflated blood pressure cuff and exercise their arms for 20 minutes, while each mouse received a diluted injection of vinegar designed to cause a stomach ache for about 30 minutes. When the next day the participants returned to either the same or a different room and heat was again applied to their arms or hind paws, men rated the heat pain higher than they did the day before, and higher than the women did. Similarly, male mice returning to the same environment exhibited a heightened heat pain response, while mice placed in a new and neutral environment did not.last_img read more



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Blood test may predict preterm birth

first_imgA simple blood test may soon be able to predict whether a pregnant woman is at risk of delivering her baby preterm, say scientists, an advance that may help better manage related birth complications. Pregnancy can be a time of uncertainty for expecting mothers and their clinical care teams. Nearly 10 per cent of births are preterm, taking place before 37 weeks gestation. Preterm birth can result from several conditions, including preterm labor, preterm rupture of the placental membrane, or preeclampsia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMothers who have previously had preterm deliveries are considered at increased risk, but predicting spontaneous preterm birth is challenging, particularly in the cases of first-time mothers, which account for about one-third of the nearly four million births nationally each year. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US have been developing a blood test to help predict who may be at increased risk and who may be at lower-than-average risk for spontaneous preterm delivery. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn a study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, showed that five circulating microparticle proteins found in first-trimester blood samples may provide important clues about risk of spontaneous preterm birth. “A lot of the issues in pregnancy that result in spontaneous preterm birth begin at the end of the first trimester when the placenta becomes vascularised,” said Thomas McElrath, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Researchers have found that proteins contained in circulating microparticles in the blood may hold important clues about spontaneous preterm birth.last_img read more



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Four days of savings with G Adventures Cyber Weekend Sale

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Four days of savings with G Adventures’ Cyber Weekend Sale Thursday, November 23, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — G Adventures’ Cyber Weekend Sale includes big discounts on more than 200 trips on six continents, with deals worth up to 30% off regular prices.The sale goes live at midnight (ET) on Nov. 24 at gadventures.com/cyber-sale. Multiple departures for 2018 are priced under $1,500, says the company. Bookings must be made before 11:59 p.m. ET on Cyber Monday, Nov. 27.“This is our way of giving thanks for our thousands of passionate followers and loyal customers who share our love of travel and global adventure all year long,” says Aizaz Sheikh, Canadian Marketing Director for G Adventures. “They deserve a chance to get out there and do more with their hard-earned breaks in 2018. We hope these savings help even more people get out of their vacation comfort zones next year.”Discounted offerings include:30% off select adventures in Haiti and Jamaica25% off select yacht-based adventures in the Galapagos25% off select land tours in Southern Asia, including Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos20-25% off select land and river cruise adventures in Peru20% off select sailing journeys in Sri Lanka and Thailand20% off select land and rail tours in India20% off select adventures in Morocco, Egypt and Jordan20% off select safari tours in Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia and South AfricaMore news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemA list of all the travel industry’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals can be found here. The list will be updated daily leading up to Black Friday (Nov. 24) and through until Cyber Monday (Nov. 27). Tags: G Adventures, Promotions Posted bylast_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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Medianet Donates Code To IAB Tech Lab To Promote Open Transparent Marketplaces

first_img IAB Tech LabMarketing TechnologyMedia.netNewsOpenRTB 3.0Programmatic Supply ChainVaibhav Arya Previous ArticleUtilizing Marketing Data to Create Emotional Customer LoyaltyNext ArticleMadison Logic Unveils New Data Cloud to Accelerate ABM for B2B Organizations Globally  Code Donation Made at IAB Tech Lab Innovation Day: Transparency and a Secure Supply ChainMedia.net, a contextual advertising company emerging as a leader in programmatic, made a donation of code to the IAB Tech Lab to further the IAB Tech Lab’s efforts to promote transparency and security in tech supply chains.  The donation was announced at the May 6th IAB Tech Lab Innovation Day: Transparency and a Secure Programmatic Supply Chain.“Safety and Transparency are two core principles of the Media.net Marketplace,” said Vaibhav Arya, Media.net CEO.  “The IAB Tech Lab has been working hard to help the industry solve both challenges.  The release of OpenRTB 3.0 protocol was a step in the right direction.  We strongly believe that adoption of this protocol, along with the subsequent rollout of ads.cert will help the industry make collective progress towards safer and more transparent supply chain.  We are donating the code for our OpenRTB convertor and ads.cert verification tool in order to accelerate adoption of these important initiatives and support the IAB Tech Lab in pushing the entire industry forward.”Marketing Technology News: Gartner Says Marketers Must Focus on Helping Customers in Order to Remain Competitive TodayDeveloped by Media.net’s team of more than 600 engineers, the code includes key features:Transformation from OpenRTB 2.x protocol to 3.0 and vice versa; solves for lack of backward compatibility between the two versions of the protocolMore than 400 objects mapped between OpenRTB 2.x protocol to 3.0, ensuring partners can take advantage of the 3.0 protocol benefitsSolves for ads.cert Digital Signature Verification, in-memory caching for minimizing latency and sampling capabilities to reduce costsExtendable code to support various business uses and reporting requirementsSam Tingleff, Chief Technology Officer of the IAB Tech Lab, said, “Open source code and tool contributions from our members very tangibly help advance industry adoption of critical new technical standards.  We look forward to continued collaboration with Media.net and others to further the deployment of OpenRTB 3.0 and support its objectives around anti-fraud, transparency, and security.”Marketing Technology News: Dell Technologies Cloud Accelerates Customers’ Multi-Cloud JourneyMedia.net has one of the most comprehensive portfolios of advertising technology in the industry across search, native, display, mobile, local, products and video. Its platform and products are licensed by some of the largest publishers, ad networks and other ad tech companies worldwide.  By market cap, Media.net is one of the Top 5 largest ad tech companies worldwide.  By revenue, Media.net is the second largest contextual advertising business worldwide.  Media.net has 1300-plus employees in key operation centers across—North America, Europe and Asia.  Media.net’s US HQ is based in New York, and Global HQ in Dubai.Marketing Technology News: NICE Workforce Management AI Based Strategic Planner Receives CUSTOMER Magazine Product of the Year Award Media.net Donates Code To IAB Tech Lab To Promote Open Transparent Marketplaces PRNewswireMay 6, 2019, 7:28 pmMay 6, 2019 last_img read more



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Kobie Announces the Launch of Kobie Alchemy X a Next Generation RealTime

first_imgLoyalty Experience Marketing Firm Publicly Releases Newest and Most Innovative Technology, Combining All the Very Best Features of a Loyalty Platform to Elevate the Customer ExperienceKobie, a global leader in loyalty marketing, announced the launch of Kobie Alchemy X, the next generation real-time loyalty platform within the Kobie Loyalty Cloud.Kobie Alchemy X was built using configuration as a key design component, removing the need for custom development when new or modified business requirements arise. Kobie Alchemy X includes a modern, marketer-friendly interface to guide users through the creation and delivery of contextual, personalized customer interactions. With over 600 APIs, Kobie Alchemy X is fully extensible for marketers to integrate into their current environments.A key component of Kobie Alchemy X is the Experience Engine. This robust engine manages an infinite number of marketing use cases to reward and recognize customers in real time, delivering loyalty at scale. The Experience Engine ingests and aggregates data to fuel treatments that drive unique customer experiences, and it is fully integrated with all other loyalty modules that help drive incremental customer engagement.Marketing Technology News: Batterii Unveils New Co-Creation App to Eliminate All Traditional Focus Groups“Serving brands across multiple industries with one platform requires a product approach and a technical discipline that categorizes and delivers customer engagement functions into their smallest common components,” said Marti Beller, president of Kobie.  “Only when this is achieved can a platform deliver limitless combinations to support thousands of client and customer use cases. After being exposed to platforms all over the globe, I am confident Kobie Alchemy X is the solution designed to best serve the increasingly dynamic, digital consumer experience.”Kobie Alchemy X also enables all of the services offered in the Kobie Loyalty Cloud, from loyalty consulting to advance analytics to creative services, delivering a holistic approach for marketers to deepen emotional connections and interactions with their customers.Marketing Technology News: Does Gen Z Marketing Hold Key to Brand Loyalty?“Kobie’s latest technology is designed to drive desired behaviors along the entire customer journey,” Beller said. “By taking a powerful platform like Kobie Alchemy X and coupling it with our end-to-end service offerings within the Kobie Loyalty Cloud, we provide marketers with the tools they need to increase their enterprise value through loyalty.”Marketing Technology News: MicroStrategy Scores Highest in Four Use Cases in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms Report Kobie Announces the Launch of Kobie Alchemy X, a Next Generation, Real-Time Loyalty Platform to Power Customer Experiences PRNewswireMay 29, 2019, 3:43 pmMay 29, 2019 KobieKobie Alchemy XKobie Loyalty CloudLoyalty MarketingMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticlePipeliner Launches Automation Add-on SuiteNext ArticleH2O.ai Named a Leader for AutoML Solutions in Latest Evaluation by Independent Research Firmlast_img read more



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