10 months agoWatford boss Gracia pleased with ‘focus’ for Woking FA Cup win

first_imgWatford boss Gracia pleased with ‘focus’ for Woking FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford did just enough to see off FA Cup opponents Woking on Sunday.Watford captain Troy Deeney came off the substitutes’ bench to wrap up their FA Cup third-round win over non-league Woking.The Premier League outfit made hard work of seeing off their hosts, Will Hughes giving them a first-half lead before Deeney was introduced late on to secure a 2-0 victory in Surrey.Hornets boss Javi Gracia said: “Before coming we knew it would be a demanding game instead of just the difference being the levels of the teams, but the players started playing very focused, knowing what they had to do.”We scored early and we had the control. We knew, while it was only one goal, we needed to kill the game, we didn’t do it until the second half but it was a good performance.” He added: “We have a good squad. The players that played today didn’t play the last games and I know all of them are ready and, like they showed today, they are available and ready to compete.”The result is not as important. It’s more important for me to see my players in a good condition and with a good attitude today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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23 days agoBarcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuable

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuableby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez was delighted with Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”It’s a very valuable victory against a direct rival,” Suarez said afterwards.”We reacted, in some ways, to correct the errors of the first half. We knew that if we kept playing that way then we could lose.”We were patient, and this is important because we created chances.”Suarez credited Ernesto Valverde with Barcelona’s stronger second half performance and the alterations the coach made at half-time.”He told us to be more organised when pressing,” Suarez said about his boss’s half-time team talk.”That’s why we have a coach, to correct these mistakes.”It’s also a compliment to the opponent because they have very quick players and they took advantage of the space we left.” last_img read more

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Ageless AntMan Paul Rudd turns 50 and no one on Twitter believes

first_img Share your voice TV and Movies Some fans pointed out that 50 isn’t exactly 150. “Does everyone think people turn into the Crypt Keeper when they turn 30?” asked Lindsey Romain. Others pointed out he’s not the only actor who manages to stay youthful. “I’m not saying Paul Rudd doesn’t look great at 50, but I raise you with Jared Leto at 47,” wrote one Twitter user. Me learning that Paul Rudd is 50 years old pic.twitter.com/qdpaSKnhuo— Felipe Sobreiro (@therealsobreiro) April 6, 2019 HOLD UP PAUL RUDD IS FIFTY?? THIS MAN IS 50??? WHAT HOW pic.twitter.com/NaPAomWyI0— chris!! 31 ✧ 53 ✧ 161 (@itslovelychris) April 6, 2019 32 Photos Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit i think paul rudd looks his age because tons of 50 year olds look that way, does everyone think people turn into the crypt keeper when they turn 30?— lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) April 7, 2019 Twitter Wait paul rudd is actually 50 afgffvgvh i thought y’all were joking omg— Syd 💜🖤 (@lesbianhawkeye) April 6, 2019 instead of saying Paul ages like fine wine I’m going to start saying wine ages like Paul Rudd pic.twitter.com/qTFm4ZXEkR— 𝐚𝐬𝐡: «𝐁𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐞 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫» (@lokiurie) April 7, 2019center_img Okay, look. I’m not saying Paul Rudd doesn’t look great at 50, but I raise you with Jared Leto at 47. pic.twitter.com/0h5mimAhQE— Mykie (@GlamandGore) April 7, 2019 Rudd himself isn’t afraid to share his secret. “I’m 80 years old on the inside,” Rudd said at a recent event, the Chicago Tribune reports. He then pointed to his chest and continued, “In here, pure darkness — and a little moisturizer.”The ageless Rudd will be seen again in Avengers: Endgame, which comes out later this month. Post a comment Actor Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, turned 50 years old on Saturday. Or maybe he didn’t, because social media had a blast pointing out his superpower seemed to be never aging. Paul Rudd turning FIFTY and looking like THIS is a perfect example of how people age when they are unproblematic. pic.twitter.com/aGCbO3N1hV— 𝓪𝓁𝒾𝒶𝓈 (@itsjustanx) April 6, 2019 0 Paul Rudd is literally aging normally he’s just hot— Christine Sydelko (@csydelko) April 6, 2019 Tags Happy 50th to the ever charming, ever boyish Paul Rudd. Fifty is incidentally the number of virgins whose blood he baths in per annum. pic.twitter.com/M1nH8kA5u9— edgarwright (@edgarwright) April 6, 2019 I could play Paul Rudd’s older brother. I’m 40.— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) April 6, 2019last_img read more

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Obama To Speak At Baker Institute Tuesday Evening

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:39 Photo by Benoit Tessier/Reuters/PBS NewsHourFormer President Barack Obama will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute tomorrow evening. Obama will share the stage with former Secretary of State James Baker at an event marking the institute’s 25th anniversary. Historian Jon Meacham will moderate the discussion.Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, said Obama and Baker will talk about their respective experiences at the summit of power. “You know, what worked for them when they were in office? What didn’t work for them when they were in office? How did Washington work, how did Washington not work when they were in office? What are some of the issues that perhaps a bipartisan consensus can be arrived at in our current situation?” Djerejian said.The event will begin at 7:45 p.m. and will be livestreamed on the institute’s website. Sharelast_img read more

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Music in her elements

I dance for myself and not for my audience. Dance is everything for me—be it walking, talking, speaking or living,’ says Shobha Deepak Singh.Shobha started her cultural journey in 1968 when she joined Bhartiya Kala Kendra. Later, she became the first manager of Kamani auditorium. Through script writing, production and direction, she also got involved with the Bhartiya Kala Kendra. ‘I studied at Modern School and graduated in economic from Delhi University in 1963. In 1977, I completed my degree in Bachelor of Performing Arts and a decade and a half later, joined the direction course of Living Theatre, under the tutelage of the legendary E Alkazi. Here, I earned an opportunity for training in production of allied arts such as light and set design and music for plays such as Virasat, Royal Hunt of the Sun, Three Sisters, Three Greek Tragedies, A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman. I later worked as an Assistant Director for four productions,’ she explained. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’She studied dance under the tutelage of eminent artistes including Shambhu Maharaj and Birju Maharaj and took music lessons from Biswajeet Roy Chowdhary and Amjad Ali Khan.‘Not many know that I am an ardent photographer as well. I possess a rare collection of over 1,00,000 pictures of personalities associated with the performing arts which have been extensively used by leading dailies and magazines. In 1996 and more recently in November 2003, my theatrical photographs were displayed under ‘Art Heritage’, she said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘I get inspired by reading diverse subjects. Heritage architecture and daily news and happenings are my other pastimes. For me, the process of learning never stops,’ Shobha added. Rechristened as the Iron Lady of Indian Music, Shobha Deepak Singh is currently occupied with her next presentation. Titled Ramlila, she has syncronized the show. ‘I have a cross cultural approach. I have an experience of more than 40 years. Hence, the word boredom doesn’t exist in my dictionary,’ Shobha said. ‘My calendar is busy with successive events. It commences with Janmashtami, when we present ‘Krishna’, followed by Ramlila during Diwali time and then by a musical festival in the month of November,’ she added.Today, as director of the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, Shobha aspires to take it to exemplary heights.DETAILAt: Kendra Lawns,  1, Copernicus MargWhen: October 15th to November 11thTimings: 6.30 pm to 9.15 pm Phone: 41553037 read more

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Stranded tourists airlifted after rain halts in North Sikkim

first_imgDarjeeling: With the rains receding, evacuation of tourists was carried out by the Indian Army and Air Force in North Sikkim. National Highways 10, 31 and 31 C were restored, connecting Sikkim, Kalimpong and parts of Dooars with Siliguri.Connectivity of Sikkim and parts of Jalpaiguri remained cut off from Siliguri, owing to multiple landslides on National Highway 10, 31 and 31 C since Friday night, triggered by incessant rainfall. At many places the roads were washed away, while in others debris and rocks blocked the roads. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe worst affected was North Sikkim, with road connectivity between Mangan to Chungthang being totally damaged. Bridges were also washed away. The road from Gangtok to Mangan was also affected, resulting in tourists being stranded in Lachung, Chatten and Chungthang in North Sikkim.On Sunday, Trishakti Corps of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force, in coordination with civil administration, commenced air evacuation of tourists stranded in North Sikkim. On request of aid by the civil administration, helicopters of Army Aviation and Air Force were pressed into service. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe helicopters flew several sorties to Gangtok and Sevok. Around 100 persons including senior citizens, children, tourists and the sick were evacuated. Medical aid was also provided to people requiring medical assistance before they were airlifted.”The Indian Army has also made necessary arrangements for tents, blankets and food for the stranded tourists,” stated an Army release.”With rains receding on Sunday, evacuation operations were possible. Work is on to open up the roads. Heavy machinery including earth movers have been pressed into service. It will take around 14 days to repair the road from Mangan to Chungthang and around 3 days to restore road connectivity from Mangan to Gangtok. GREF is working on a war footing,” stated Karma Bonpo, District Collector, North District, Sikkim, while talking to Millennium Post. The situation in Mangan in North Sikkim has improved considerably, with water supply and electricity being restored. Some houses have been damaged. Families residing in 3 buildings in Mangan were evacuated. “However no loss of life has been reported,” added the DC.”We have been working on a war footing to open up the NH 10, 31 and 31 C in West Bengal. Earth moving and cutting machinery has been pressed into service,” stated Uttam Pradhan, Assistant Engineer, NH.It was a trying time for both locals and tourists on Saturday. While many waited on the roads, others tried to negotiate the slide near Sevok by crossing over on foot.last_img read more

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Block Health Centre at Mirik to get upgraded

first_imgDarjeeling: Block Health Centre at Mirik is all set to get upgraded to a Sub-Divisional Hospital. Incidentally, Mirik was upgraded to a full-fledged sub-division from a block in Darjeeling on March 30, 2017. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had recently stated that Mirik hospital wouldsoon be upgraded. The Health department has already given a go-ahead to the upgradation of the existing hospital to a Sub-Divisional hospital. “This is to ensure that people of the sub-division get proper medical assistance without having to go outside. A new building will be constructed in the vacant land behind the existing hospital,” stated Dr Pralay Acharya, CMOH, Darjeeling. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe existing three-storey building will be renovated and a new four-storey building will come up. Estimates are being prepared for civil and electrical works. After we get the sanctions we will float tenders for the construction,” stated the CMOH. Sanctions will also be required for human resource. “The existing building will house the Out Patient department and have diagnostic facilities. The new building will house the In Patient department including Male and female medical wards; Male and female surgical wards; Obstetric ward; Paediatric ward; SNSU and a 6-bed HDU. A blood bank is also on the anvil,” stated Doctor Acharya. Currently, Block Health Centre is 30-bed and consists of five doctors and 15 nursing staff. “With the upgrade, there will be 100 beds with 20 doctors. The nursing staff strength will also be increased” added the CMOH.last_img read more

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Disabled peoples organisations DPOs are to cons

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts.The UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) last week delivered a report on the UK government which included more than 80 recommendations for improvements to its implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.It was, said the committee, the highest number of recommendations it has ever produced for a country undergoing its review process.The committee’s “concluding observations” on the UK’s progress in implementing the convention followed a two-day public examination of its record in Geneva last month.But a delegation of DPOs that attended the public examination – and had briefed members of the committee on the many breaches of the convention by the UK – were appalled at how disabled people’s views were misrepresented by the government in Geneva.And they have now told Disability News Service (DNS) that they will be “considering a joint position on boycotting engagement with government” until it can be trusted not to misrepresent the views of disabled people and their organisations.Ellen Clifford (pictured in Geneva), a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “Responses by government representatives throughout the CRPD process have further proved how they exploit any form of engagement to dishonestly validate policies that are actively harming disabled people and retrogressing our rights.“What we want to do is try and establish a shared platform of non-engagement until the government can be trusted to do that in good faith and listen to what we say and not misrepresent those engagement opportunities.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, who also attended the Geneva session, added: “How can we work with a government whose policies are catastrophic and who deny there is anything wrong?”Karen Jochelson, the head of the Office for Disability Issues and the UK delegation, told the committee during the examination in Geneva that “constructive dialogue, collaboration and coproduction with disabled people is key to the UK meeting its ambitions to progressively realise disabled people’s rights”.She said the UK government had “a strong record in engaging with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations, representative groups and service users to inform and influence policy”.And she praised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – ODI is part of DWP – for working with disabled people and DPOs to improve personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA), even though both disability benefits have been the subject of angry protests and campaigns over the damage they have caused tens of thousands of disabled people.DPOs in Geneva were particularly appalled to hear Jochelson’s “offensive” claim that the 2,000 pages of evidence the committee received – much of it from DPOs who had spent years compiling proof of the government’s breaches of the convention – were partly “a testament” to ODI’s efforts to promote the UN review process among disabled people and their organisations.Clifford said: “It was at that point where people (from the DPO delegation) got upset.“Not only were we being dismissed and not being listened to, but the dire situation [facing disabled people] was being used as evidence [of engagement].”DPAC and other DPOs believe that this misrepresentation mirrored the way Conservative ministers have repeatedly claimed that disabled people and their organisations have co-produced controversial government policies, such as the introduction of PIP and changes to the work capability assessment, the eligibility test for ESA.In April, DNS revealed how DWP wrongly claimed that DPOs had “co-designed” plans to force new ESA claimants to take part in its punitive new health and work conversation, plans that disabled activists had described as “DWP skulduggery”, “pernicious”, “oppressive”, “punitive”, and “abusive”.Meanwhile, the delegation of UK DPOs – which also included Disability Rights UK, Equal Lives, The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland, the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Black Triangle and the British Deaf Association – has welcomed the UN committee’s conclusions and recommendations.And there was satisfaction among the DPO delegation at the influence the disabled people’s movement has had on the CRPD process by working together to provide evidence to the committee about breaches of the convention by the UK government.Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had told the UK government’s delegation during the examination: “I want to see you coming back as world leader [on disability rights], which at the moment I am afraid you’re not, but disabled people’s organisations from whom I draw inspiration are in fact the world leaders in your country.”The DPO delegation said, in a joint statement, that they had “established themselves as a force to be reckoned with following a long campaign of challenging the government’s blatant disregard for the lives of Deaf and disabled people in the UK”.Clifford said: “The working relationship we established through this process stands us in better stead for collective action.”Sarah Rennie, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, who was also in Geneva, said the “collaborative way” DPOs had worked together had “clearly been highly effective at advocating for the interests of disabled people in the UK”.And she said she hoped they would continue to work together in a way that was “inclusive of all disabled people, including the smaller DPOs”.Lazard welcomed the committee’s “damning verdict” but said it would come as no surprise to disabled people in the UK, who were experiencing “increasing levels of poverty and exclusion, massive cuts to social care and independent living support and hundreds of thousands of people being forced through a totally discredited and punitive assessment regime”.She said the committee’s conclusions were in “stark contrast” to the government’s “denial, spin, misinformation and frankly disdain for disabled people and our organisations, disdain for the mountain of evidence that shows things are actually going terribly wrong for disabled people and disdain for the UN process itself”.Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, called on the UK government to “cut the rhetoric and start delivering on these excellent recommendations”, and welcomed the committee’s decision to raise concerns at the use of compulsory mental health detention and treatment.Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “It is a relief to see that the UK government’s appalling treatment of disabled people has been called out by the UN committee.“The concluding observations give a clear sense of direction for the UK and devolved governments.”Dr Terry Riley, BDA’s chair, welcomed the committee’s recommendation that the UK government “finally legislate to protect language rights of deaf people”.He said: “Deaf people have been passed over too long; there can now be no doubt that the government has been taken to task. Without language rights, we have no human rights.”Tara Flood, ALLFIE’s director, said: “We are delighted that the committee has highlighted the government’s shocking disregard for the human rights of disabled children and young people to be included in mainstream education and we welcome the committee’s call for a strategy to end the segregation and institutionalisation of children and young people from their families and communities.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said there was now “irrefutable” evidence that the UK government was operating as a “rogue government”, and that it was “totally disregarding” its international treaty obligations and showing “contempt for disabled people”.He also criticised the reaction of opposition leaders in the UK, who had failed so far to speak out strongly on the commission’s report.He said: “We feel forgotten as disabled people. There is always something else more important. It has just been a blip on the radar and it is all forgotten.“We have done all our hard work as DPOs these past seven years but it comes to a point where the so-called opposition parties should step up to the plate and go to war with the Tories on our behalf.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said: “When the chair of the disability committee described the situation that disabled people face as a ‘human catastrophe’ she was reflecting what Norfolk’s disability community has been experiencing over the last seven years. “In a very short space of time we have gone from having some of the best rights in the world to a crisis situation where people are dying because of the barriers and discrimination caused by austerity.”In response to the CRPD report, a DWP spokeswoman said: “These concluding observations are the latest part of a standard review process that all member states that ratify the convention go through.“We are considering the full report in the context of cross-government work on disability issues, and will provide further information to ministers in DWP in due course.”She added: “We’re disappointed that this report fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives, and our ongoing commitment to furthering the rights of disabled people.“Almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work over the last four years and we spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“The UK is a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.“The UK has some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected.“This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and CanadaPicture by Natasha Hirstlast_img read more

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In Michigan Its Beginning to Smell A Lot Like Cannabis

first_imgLegalize It In Michigan, It’s Beginning to Smell A Lot Like Cannabis Free Green Entrepreneur App Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. –shares Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneur 3 min readcenter_img Add to Queue The state legalizes adult-use marijuana on December 6th, making it the first in the Midwest. December 3, 2018 Image credit: Shutterstock Jonathan Small Residents of the Great Lakes State will have something to feel great about this Thursday, as adult-use marijuana goes legal. Last November, voters overwhelmingly endorsed Proposition 1, which legalized marijuana for adults over 21, and the law goes into effect on December 6th. This doesn’t mean that everyone will be able to light up and smoke the day away.Quite the contrary, the state has put strict requirements on recreational use, while state and local legislators get to the hard part of figuring it all out. This has been a common occurrence for many states new to recreational use. Michiganians are most likely hoping that the transition goes a little faster and smoother than it has in, say, Massachusetts.  Related: Adults In Massachusetts Can Legally Buy Marijuana Starting TodayDespite the likely speedbumps, green entrepreneurs and enthusiasts in Michigan still have a lot celebrate: Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize so-called recreational marijuana. This is a fact not lost on “cannabis counsel”, Matt Abel, who told the Associate Press, “It’s certainly going to smell like freedom,” starting Thursday.Here are some things you should know about Michigan’s rollout.Don’t Drive More Than 2.5 Michigan residents who are 21 or older can possess or transport up to 2.5 ounces of flower or 15 grams of concentrate.  They can also grow up to 12 plants, but it can’t be in public view. Just in time for the holidays, you are allowed to gift 2.5 ounces to another person, but they can’t pay you for it. Did someone say stocking stuffer?There’s No Place But HomeYou are permitted to consume your 2.5/15 in the confines of your home or on private property, but it’s illegal to smoke it in public. So don’t think about lighting up a home-grown joint while taking an evening stroll. Also, even though you’re allowed to smoke it at home, your landlord has the right to prohibit it. There’s Nothing In StorePot shops are still a ways away, as state regulators are working on a licensing system for marijuana businesses, including growers, processors, transporters and retailers. For now, if you want marijuana then you need to either grow it yourself or have a medical card. Pot Taxes Will Pay Dividends Once the commercial sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles is permitted through state-licensed retailers, the goods will be subject to a new 10-percent tax, which will be earmarked for schools, road and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.Related: As Michigan Awaits Millions in Marijuana Tax Revenue, Massachusetts Still WaitsExpect Some Pot DesertsThe new Michigan law allows for local municipalities to ban pot in their jurisdictions. In fact, some communities have already begun doing this. What will result is a situation that states such as California are familiar with — so-called ‘pot deserts’ or pockets of land where consumers can’t buy pot. Related: California’s ‘Pot Desert’ ProblemPot Possession Prosecution Will Be DownSome good news: According to the Associated Press, Michigan police and prosecutors will likely dismiss any pending misdemeanor cases involving small amounts of marijuana. But State police spokesman, Mike Shaw, says it’s still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. “This law isn’t going to change that,” he said.  Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

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Advertising Trends You Should Consider in 2019

first_imgAdvertising Here’s why you need more video than ever. 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Add to Queue It’s a new year, filled with new challenges to advertising professionals. The slow death of traditional advertising vehicles (TV, newspapers), the rise of new ones (mobile, video) and the rise of a new generation of consumers who simply will not be interrupted (millennials, Gen Z), means those responsible for spreading the word about products or services are going to have to work more innovatively to accomplish their goals. Here are some of the trends to be aware of heading into the New Year.AI in advertisingWe have seen huge growth in targeted advertising, where the message is made to fit the viewer. For years, the quest for advertisers has been to ensure that their message is really hitting its mark. Artificial intelligence, machine learning and its associated technologies, can help do that. AI helps eliminate the guesswork in targeted advertising. With access to relevant information about a cohort (or even an individual audience member), advertisers can ensure that messages that aren’t effective, or that work against a brand’s positioning, don’t get through.In addition, AI will likely help engineer a major upgrade in programmatic advertising. A powerful tool for optimizing campaigns already, programmatic advertising will get even more accurate, targeting audiences, verticals and customers with far greater precision and cost effectiveness.Related: 10 Marketing Influencers That Every Entrepreneur Can Learn FromContent is (still) kingEver since the early dawn of media, content has been a major focus for advertisers. To engage customers, you have to give them something. After nearly a decade of social media as a constant in our everyday lives, consumers have come to expect blog posts, videos, social media updates, and other authentic content when engaging with a brand. Now that everyone is “doing” content, you need to do it better in order to stand out and break through the clutter.As mentioned earlier, AI can help build a better content strategy. By better targeting audiences, companies can more effectively hone their stories, blog posts, videos and other content pieces to tailor fit and engage their users for a longer period.Contextual advertisingThanks to GDPR, the new European protocol on user privacy, online advertising is set to undergo major changes in 2019. The “right to be forgotten” that GDPR prescribes means that companies can’t collect information about people without their explicit consent. How can companies run targeted advertising campaigns without personalized data?The answer is contextual advertising: determining the characteristics of a target audience based on the content of the web pages they visit. General data about the interests of visitors to that page gives advertisers a clear context of how to appeal to those visitors. With legislators in the United States considering adopting rules (as is already the case in California) similar to those of GDPR, the importance of context to advertisers is likely to grow.Related: 10 Laws of Social Media MarketingMore video than everGeneration Z, the cohort born roughly between 1995 and 2015, will become the biggest single population group in the world in 2019; already, one third of the world’s population was born since the year 2000. One thing this group likes to do is watch videos; according to an infographic by Awesomeness TV, the average Gen Zer spends watches about 68 videos a day.What that means, of course, is that video is going to be an even more important advertising channel in the years to come. An even more effective way of using video — especially for Gen Z — is to enable them to participate in creating those videos. According to a study by the Guardian, Gen Z is very creative and tends to trust their own cohort over others. Enabling them to creatively engage with a brand could go a long way to getting them on board and enable your brand to better harness the power of sharing.Connected TV and over-the-top ad growth to continueAs cord-cutting increases and more viewers move toward connected/smart TV and over-the-top (OTT) app viewing — and away from linear TV viewing — advertisers are becoming enamored with CTV/OTT advertising.A seminal study by Freewheel indicates that ad views on OTT grew 35 percent between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018. That was in a year when some 33 million Americans were set to drop pay TV altogether. That number will probably grow in the next few years, as people replace cable subscriptions with the growing number of devices (Apple TV, Amazon TV, Roku, etc.) and apps that offer a huge variety of content.That content has, until recently, been “immune” to advertising. But, as consumers move away from linear TV and toward connected/smart TV and OTT app viewing, advertisers will as well, but they will need to consider new ad models and formats that are more aligned with these on-demand viewing experiences.Because of differences in the way ads are delivered and in the way effectiveness is measured — and because advertisers have a greater ability to zero on their specific audiences — the ads they run on TV will need to be revamped in order to ensure advertisers get the ROI they seek.Voice search advertising breakoutNobody really knows how many Echos and Google Homes are out there — estimates going into the holiday season claim about 50 million — and by the end of the year, there are likely to be millions more. It’s too tempting a market for Amazon and Google to ignore, and while there have been some outright ads on all the platforms, 2019 is likely to see a more sophisticated approach, such as partnerships with brands that will allow for organic use of the devices, peppered with ads directing consumers to specific products or services.The challenges for advertisers have never been greater; to reach audiences, you have to “micromanage” the message and use new and innovative ways to get the message across. With some insight into these trends, advertisers will be better prepared for what 2019 brings. Next Article VIP Contributor Image credit: Sean Gallup | Getty Images January 17, 2019 Katherine Hays Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Advertising Trends You Should Consider in 2019 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Co-Founder and CEO of Vivoom Inc.last_img read more

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Autonomys Former Execs Fight Back After HP Sues for 51 Billion

first_img March 31, 2015 Autonomy’s Former Execs Fight Back After HP Sues for $5.1 Billion Add to Queue 1 min read British IT entrepreneur Mike Lynch will file a counter claim against HP, he said on Tuesday, a day after the U.S. company lodged a claim against him and his former colleague Sushovan Hussain for damages of $5.1 billion over his management of Autonomy, the British IT company it bought in 2011.Autonomy was supposed to be the $11.1 billion centerpiece of a shift into software for HP, but the deal turned sour a year later when it wrote off three quarters of the company’s value, accusing Lynch and his colleagues of financial mismanagement.A HP spokeswoman confirmed the company had filed a claim against Lynch and Hussain in London’s Chancery Division High Court alleging they engaged in fraudulent activities while executives at Autonomy.”The lawsuit seeks damages from them of approximately $5.1 billion,” the spokeswoman said.(Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Susan Thomas) This story originally appeared on Reuters Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article –shares News and Trends Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: REUTERS | Stephen Lam Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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One time use of Marijuana could affect teen brains finds study

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 15 2019A survey from 2018 had found that 2.1 million students from middle and high schools have smoked marijuana at least once. A new study looked at the effects of marijuana or cannabis on the brains of adolescents.The results of the study were published in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuroscience this week. The researchers were alarmed to find that marijuana or cannabis can affect the teenage brains after even a single use.The team of researchers looked at the brains of 46 fourteen year old students from England, Ireland, France and Germany. They noted that those of the participants who had smoked just one or two joints had a higher brain volume compared to the teenagers that did not. The gray matter in these teenagers was larger. This area of the brain is altered with maturity of the brain. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that with aging the brain size normally decreases. The researchers have said that this study shows that marijuana could affect the normal aging process of the brain.Hugh Garavan, lead author of the study and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont School of Medicine, explained that the cortical region of the brain of these teenagers were “going through a process of thinning.” He said that the normal maturation and pruning process of the brain was being affected by the marijuana. “So, one possibility is that the cannabis use has disrupted this pruning process, resulting in larger volumes (i.e., a disruption of typical maturation) in the cannabis users. Another possibility is that the cannabis use has led to a growth in neurons and in the connections between them,” he said.Related StoriesPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskGaravan said in a statement, “Most people would likely assume that one or two uses (joints) would have no impact, so we were curious to study this — and especially to investigate if first uses may actually produce brain changes that affect future behavior like subsequent use.”The team accepts that this is a small study with a small number of participants and thus the results should be interpreted carefully. Larger and long term studies are needed to understand the effects of marijuana on the brain and health. Marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, a psychoactive component that leads to several problems including slowing of the reaction time, raising heart rates and also affects the short term memory of the individual.“As is always the case, more research is needed to replicate these effects, to try to understand the mechanisms, and critically, to unearth what additional factors may identify which cannabis-using kids show these effects and which ones don’t,” said Garavan.Data from the National Institute of Drug Abuse has said that 32.6 percent of the tenth graders have used marijuana at least once. On the flip side, 10 states in the United States and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. It is also being studied in disease conditions such as pain, muscle spasms, seizures, nausea seen with cancer chemotherapy etc. Source:http://www.jneurosci.org/content/early/2019/01/14/JNEUROSCI.3375-17.2018last_img read more

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Colon cancer could be made more aggressive by common oral bacteria

first_img Source:Fusobacterium nucleatum promotes colorectal cancer by inducing Wnt/β‐catenin modulator Annexin A1. EMBO. DOI:10.15252/embr.201847638. By Lois Zoppi, BAMar 5 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Findings published by researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have identified a common oral bacterium that accelerates colon cancer growth. The discovery could make the detection and treatment of aggressive colon cancers easier.Rost9 | ShutterstockColon cancer is the second largest cause of death in the US. The American Cancer society released figures showing that in 2017 over 95,000 new cases of colon cancer were predicted. The figures also showed that colon cancer incidence rates were “fairly equal” between men (47,700) and women (47,280).“Almost 40% of deaths” from rectal cancer are misclassified as colon cancer on death certificates, reliable statistics on deaths from colon cancer, in particular, are difficult to generate.However, the Colorectal Cancer Facts and Figures 2017-2019 report predicted that an estimated 27,150 men and 23,110 women would die from colorectal cancer in 2017.It is well documented that colon cancer is caused by genetic mutations that build up over a period of decades.Now scientists have been able to compose a more detailed picture, and have shown that approximately a third of colorectal cancers are linked to F. nucleatum bacteria, which occurs in tooth decay.Leader of the study Yiping W. Han Ph.D., professor of microbial sciences at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons said that “mutations are just part of the story,” and that “other factors, including microbes, can also play a role.”Han’s new study builds on previous work by her research team that found that F. nucleatum creates FadA adhesin, a molecule that triggers a signaling pathway in colon cells that has been linked to several cancers.Unusually, the researchers found that FadA adhesion only speeds up the growth of cancerous cells and leaves healthy cells untouched, and colon cancers associated with the bacteria F. nucleatum often become some of the most aggressive.The motivation of this new study was to “find out why F. nucleatum only seemed to interact with the cancerous cells,” Han explained.Using cell cultures, researchers found that protein Annexin A1, responsible for stimulating cancer growth, was not present in noncancerous colon cells. Later tests both in vitro and in mice confirmed that disabling Annexin A1 stopped F. nucleatum bacteria from binding to cancer cells, thus inhibiting their growth.Additionally, it was discovered that F. nucleatum actually increased the production of Annexin A1, which drew in more of the bacteria. We identified a positive feedback loop that worsens the cancer’s progression. […] We propose a two-hit model, where genetic mutations are the first hit. F nucleatum serves as the second hit, accelerating the cancer signaling pathway and speeding tumor growth.”Yiping W. Han, Lead Researchercenter_img The National Center for Biotechnology Information has an RNA-sequencing dataset publicly available, which includes information from 466 patients with primary colon cancer.Researchers studied this dataset and found a positive correlation between higher Annexin A1 expression and poorer prognoses, but made no distinctions between sex, age, or the cancer stage or grade.The researchers are now looking for ways to develop Annexin A1 as a biomarker for more aggressive cancers. They also hope that this research will lead to the development of new treatments for colon cancer, among others, using Annexin A1 as a potential target for the new treatments.last_img read more

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NREL launches electrification futures study series

The Electrification Futures Study examines U.S. scenarios with widespread electrification in all sectors: residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation. Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Provided by National Renewable Energy Laboratory Lighting the world—electrification strategies for Sub-Saharan Africa Citation: NREL launches electrification futures study series (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-nrel-electrification-futures-series.html What end-use electric technologies are available for the highest energy-consuming services today, and how might the technologies advance over time? How might widespread electrification impact national and regional electricity demand and consumption patterns? How would the U.S. electricity system need to transform to meet changes in demand from an electrified economy? What role might demand-side flexibility play to support reliable operations of a clean electricity grid? What are potential costs, benefits, and impacts of mass electrification?”With significant improvements in electric technologies—particularly in electric vehicles but also in other sectors—we’ve seen a dramatic increase in interest in electrification from electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, and others,” said Trieu Mai, NREL senior researcher and principal investigator of the study. “Widespread electrification could have major energy, economic, and environmental impacts to the entire U.S. power system and broader economy. In this study, we plan to quantify some of these impacts.”NREL has just released the first in the series of reports under the study, Electrification Futures Study: End-Use Electric Technology Cost and Performance Projections through 2050.This report uses a combination of recently published literature and expert assessment to develop future cost and performance projections for end-use electric technologies, including light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles, and residential and commercial heat pumps.Three advancement trajectories, spanning a large but plausible range given historical trends and innovation possibilities, are developed for each end-use technology considered for the transport and buildings sectors. The report also provides a comprehensive assessment of the literature on industrial electrotechnologies and highlights significant research gaps for that sector.Electrification Futures Scenario Analysis Slated for Spring 2018Data from the End-Use Electric Technology Cost and Performance Projections through 2050 report, is available on the Electrification Futures Study website. The data will be used in the Electrification Futures Study scenario analysis, which will explore the extent of end-use technology adoption, energy and electricity consumption patterns, and supply-side futures under different levels of electrification. Ultimately, these electric technology cost and performance projections will be used to estimate the range of incremental costs and fuel use in the electrification scenarios to be examined in future publications.”Beyond our use, we hope the technology projections and literature review presented in this first report will be an informative source for R&D managers, planners, and researchers interested in electrification technologies,” said lead author Paige Jadun, energy analyst in NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is spearheading the Electrification Futures Study, a research collaboration to explore the impacts of widespread electrification in all U.S. economic sectors—commercial and residential buildings, transportation, and industry. Over the next two years, NREL and its research partners—Electric Power Research Institute, Evolved Energy Research, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Northern Arizona University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory—will use a suite of modeling tools to develop and assess electrification scenarios designed to answer the following questions: 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. Explore further read more

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Eyes on Spotify as music innovator debuts on stock market

The Swedish company will begin trading later Tuesday as SPOT on the New York Stock Exchange, bringing a fresh new stage to a service founded a decade ago.In a rare move, Spotify will list existing shares directly on the bourse rather than issuing new stock, allowing its founders and investors to maintain control and avoiding the cost of hiring Wall Street underwriters.Spotify will nonetheless be closely watched as it starts trading as the market weighs whether to believe that the company—big in cool factor but short on profit—has a rosy future.John Tinker, analyst at Gabelli and Co., kicked off assessments of Spotify by rating it a hold—advice neither to buy nor sell.While anticipating that Spotify share prices could start off strong, he saw risks for the company—which has yet to extract itself from the red.”Apple is growing faster than Spotify and has a different business model whereby music does not have to be profitable on a standalone basis,” he said.Spotify said in a regulatory filing that it had 159 million monthly users including 71 million paying subscribers—twice that of closest rival Apple Music, which the iPhone maker launched in 2015 to win a slice of the growing streaming market.Spotify warned last week that its sales growth was likely to slow this year, but that it still expected to post a narrower annual loss.Making streaming mainstreamSpotify has helped change the way much of the world listens to music by popularizing streaming—unlimited, on-demand songs online.In the United States, the largest music market, revenue from recorded music grew a robust 16.5 percent in 2017, marking the first time since 1999 at the dawn of online music that the business has expanded for two years in a row.The growth—in line with global trends—was almost entirely attributable to the rise in streaming subscriptions, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.Spotify has also managed to mollify critics, at least for now, thanks to its massive reach.Pop superstar Taylor Swift, who once railed that Spotify was short-changing artists and boycotted the service, recently debuted a video as an exclusive to the platform.Few prominent Western artists still refuse to stream on Spotify other than rap mogul Jay-Z, who runs his own fledging rival Tidal, and his wife Beyonce.But Spotify faces rising competition not just from Apple but from retail behemoth Amazon, which has boasted of quick growth for its new service. Google is also looking to cash in further from streaming through YouTube, while Facebook has sealed deals with the three major record label conglomerates in anticipation of further music projects.’Ups and downs’Spotify’s 35-year-old chief executive and co-founder Daniel Ek, in a blog essay before the stock listing, said he believed his company had ample “room to learn and grow.””I have no doubt that there will be ups and downs as we continue to innovate and establish new capabilities,” he wrote.”Nothing ever happens in a straight line—the past 10 years have certainly taught me that. “My job is to ensure that we keep our foot on the pedal during the ups, so that we don’t become complacent, and that we continue to stay the course with a firm grip on the wheel during the downs.” Spotify’s music service seeks to drum up $1 billion in IPO © 2018 AFP Spotify on Tuesday makes its long-awaited debut on the stock market as the streaming platform that has shaken up the music industry hopes to strike a chord with investors. Explore further Traders work on the floor during the Spotify IPO at the the New York Stock Exchange on the day the music streaming service begans trading its shares as SPOT Citation: Eyes on Spotify as music innovator debuts on stock market (2018, April 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-eyes-spotify-music-debuts-stock.html 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. read more

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Prez bats for translating verdicts of HCs in local languages

first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind presents the LL.D. (Honoris Causa) to Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam at a special convocation ceremony at Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, in Chennai, Saturday, July 13, 2019. – PTI COMMENT July 13, 2019 President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday advocated translating high courts’ judgements into vernacular languages so that people are able to understand them. “Over the years, our understanding of law and its applications has become larger and sophisticated,” he said addressing a special convocation of the state-run Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University. Yet, Kovind asked, if enough attention was being paid to issues of legal infrastructure and access to justice, especially for ordinary citizens and added that there was a need to enhance legal literacy and simplify the legal rules. “It is important to not only take justice to the people, but also to make it understandable to litigating parties in a language they know. Perhaps, a system could be evolved whereby certified translated copies of judgements are made available by high courts in local or regional language,” he said. The president recalled that he had put forth this suggestion in October 2017 while addressing the valedictory of the diamond jubilee celebration of the Kerala High Court. “I am happy to learn that some other high courts have also responded to the suggestion positively. The language of certified copies could be Malayalam in the Kerala High Court or Tamil in the Madras High Court, as the case may be,” he said. Political parties in Tamil Nadu have for long been clamouring for Tamil as a court language in the Madras High Court. Batting for equal access to law for poor and disapproving abuse of adjournments, the president said the need to make the provision of justice speedier and affordable places a great responsibility on the lawyer community. “Our legal system has a reputation for being expensive and prone to delays. There are some who tend to use and abuse the instrument of adjournments as a tactic to slow down proceedings, rather than a response to a genuine emergency. “This makes obtaining justice costly for the litigant. It would be a travesty of our republican ethic if a poor person did not get the same access to the law as a rich person,” he said. Kovind congratulated Justice P Sathasivam (Governor of Kerala and former chief justice, Supreme Court), Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde (judge, Supreme Court) and Justice V K Tahilramani (Chief Justice, Madras High Court) who were conferred LL D (Honoris Causa) degrees by the varsity for their distinguished services to law and justice. 0 SHARE Published on language SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS eventslast_img read more

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SC allows Meghalaya plea to call off rescue operation of trapped miners

first_img Next SC allows Meghalaya plea to call off rescue operation of trapped miners’ bodiesThe Supreme Court has allowed a plea filed by Meghalaya asking to call off the rescue mission that is still looking for the bodies of the miners who went missing in a rat hole.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:03 IST Rescue operations at the Meghalaya mining site.Seven months after 15 people were trapped in an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya, the Supreme Court Friday allowed the state government’s plea seeking its permission to call off the ongoing operation to retrieve the bodies.The illegal mine is located at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills district, about 3.7 km deep inside a forest and can be accessed after crossing three streams.It was flooded in December last year trapping 15 miners when water from the nearby Letein river gushed into it.A bench of Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai passed the order while hearing a petition which had sought urgent steps for rescuing the miners trapped in the rat-hole mine since December 13 last year.Rat-hole mining involves digging of narrow tunnels, usually three-four feet deep, for workers to enter and extract coal. The horizontal tunnels are often termed “rat holes” as each just about fits one person.During the hearing on Friday, senior advocate Anand Grover, appearing for the petitioner, told the court that the state has filed an application seeking permission to call off the operation.”We are not opposing it (application filed by state),” Grover told the court, adding, “Now we are no longer on the issue of (rescue) operation”.The petitioner told the court that there should be a standard operating procedure (SoP) which could be followed in case of such eventuality as had happened in Meghalaya.The bench said that it would hear the issue relating to the SoP after four weeks.The apex court had in March this year directed the petitioner to “ascertain from the relatives of the deceased if they wish to have the bodies recovered having regard to the fact that they may be already in a completely decomposed condition.”The court was earlier told that remotely operated underwater vehicles (RoVs) had detected three bodies in the mine.Earlier, the Centre had told the court that it has to “believe in miracles” for the 15 miners to come out alive.Also Read | Rain batters Meghalaya, throws life out of gearAlso Read | SC asks trapped miners kin if they wish to get decomposed bodies recoveredAlso Watch | Operation rat-hole mining in Meghalaya; Poaching politics in KarnatakaFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjeelast_img read more

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