9 months agoJuventus to offer Benatia to Arsenal for Ramsey

first_imgJuventus to offer Benatia to Arsenal for Ramseyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are ready to setup a swap deal with Juventus for Aaron Ramsey.The Wales midfielder has already agreed Bosman terms with the Bianconeri, though could move to Juve immediately for the right deal.La Stampa says that could include Morocco defender Medhi Benatia.Benatia has not travelled with Juve to Jeddah for the Supercoppa and is keen on leaving this month.And with Arsenal in the market for a new centre-half, he is being offered to the Gunners in a straight swap for Ramsey. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chance

first_imgParents feel Chelsea’s academy players now have chanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s academy players feel there’s now a genuine path to the first team.The Daily Mail says parents, coaches and players share the sense of excitement, according to those who frequent the matches for the youth sides at the training ground in Cobham. “People suddenly feel like that if their son is good enough, he’s going to get a chance in the first team,” said one watcher. “Before it was just about going out on loan.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoINSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”. last_img read more

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Video: Refs Absolutely Botch Late Call In Syracuse vs. Gonzaga

first_imgA close up of Trevor Cooney not out of bounds.trevor cooney out of boundsSyracuse survived Gonzaga Friday night, but it wasn’t without controversy. The Orange, which rallied to overcome a five-point deficit late, almost lost in heartbreaking fashion. A phantom out-of-bounds call was at the center of the storm.Gonzaga, trailing 61-60, had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds to play, but an errant pass from Josh Perkins wound up in the hands of SU’s Trevor Cooney. Cooney, upon collecting the ball, did all he could to keep his feet inbounds.Cooney, however, was whistled out of bounds. As you’ll see below, it was a bad call.Channeling Cooney’s Balance @bballbreakdown #MarchMadness @AdamZagoria, @espn, @GregAnthony50 https://t.co/7LvScmvE9P— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) March 26, 2016Yep, he’s in, what a play by Cooney. #Syracuse pic.twitter.com/wG4pfaReio— XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) March 26, 2016Let’s review how much time is left.OK, now let’s make the wrong call.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2016#cooney was #inbounds #Sweet16 #Syracuse wooooooo pic.twitter.com/tZhkMHjAnw— Grove Street (@Grove_Street2x) March 26, 2016Tyler Lydon blocked the Bulldogs’ shot on the ensuing possession, and after two Lydon free throws, the Orange emerged victorious anyway. They’ll next get UVA in an all-ACC Midwest region showdown.last_img read more

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FS1’s Tim Brando: Notre Dame Will Eventually Join ACC Football, Is Key To Conference Launching Network

first_imgA Notre Dame cheerleader holding pompoms with the Notre Dame flag in the background.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 30: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader performs during a game against the Miami (Oh) Redhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on Seotember 30, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Miami (OH) 52-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)This week, there has been a lot of noise made about the future of a possible ACC Network, which has been long discussed as a possibility for the league with ESPN. In a column on Campus Rush, Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel called the network “imminent.” FOX Sports 1’s Tim Brando, who also calls ACC basketball games for Raycom Sports, doesn’t quite believe that we’ll see an ACC Network all that soon, but he does think it is coming, and the lynchpin to a launch is Notre Dame joining as a full conference member. That, he believes, will happen.Brando previously discussed Notre Dame’s role in the eventuality of the ACC Network on Twitter, and cleared things up a bit on “The Audible” podcast with Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel. Notre Dame/ACC talk starts around the 18-minute mark.On the ACC Network:“I do believe it’s going to happen, and I believe it’s going to happen when Notre Dame understands that it’s in their financial best interest to be in a conference, because they cannot command the same dollar from NBC or any other network by simply having seven home games televised. If you look at the revenues generated by both the Big Ten, the SEC, and the ACC without a network, as a conference member full time, they would, not only right now but certainly in the future, do much better than they are doing with their current arrangement. And I think that’s where we sit.”Brando says that if Notre Dame joins a conference in the next 10 years, the ACC is the only option:“No, Notre Dame cannot have a wandering eye. They not only signed a grant of rights with the ACC, but they signed an additional contract, which mandates that if they do become a conference member in football, there is no other place they can do that other than the Atlantic Coast Conference. And that’s through the year 2025. So (ACC commissioner) John Swofford and his people did a remarkable job when they brought Notre Dame in, to secure that when the Irish blue bloods decided ‘you know what, maybe it’s time to join a conference,’ they need to do that.”Perhaps most surprisingly, he predicts that this will unfold in the next three years.“I really believe that as we move forward, it’s a little early to be thinking about starting a linear network now, given the economics… It may not be the time in a year or two years, but in three years I believe you’ll be looking right down the pipe at an ACC Network, and I think the reason will be Notre Dame elected to become a full-time member.”The ACC is often viewed as the weakest of the Power 5 conferences, although with the Big 12’s issues, and the recent success of Clemson and Florida State, as well as a slew of strong hires this year, the league appears to be on solid ground. If it does, in fact, bring Notre Dame into the fold as a full member, it would be a massive coup for Swofford and company.[FOX Sports]last_img read more

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Sport Minister Excited by the Prospect of Ice Hockey in Jamaica

first_imgThe Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport says she is very excited by the prospect of an Ice Arena being established in Jamaica for the sport of Ice Hockey to be played locally.Minister Grange met today with a group comprised of representatives from the Jamaica Olympic Ice Hockey Federation and from the firm, Tropical Ice Ventures of Canada which is a leader in refrigeration technology.Minister Grange heard from Jason Swales, CEO of Tropical Ice Ventures, that already he had identified an investor in Canada who interested in investing in building an ice arena along with a hotel in Jamaica.Mr Swales said also that “teams are lining up to play ice hockey in Jamaica and there are hundreds of spectators from overseas who would visit Jamaica to attend ice hockey matches.”Miss Grange said beach front land in Trelawny is what she has in mind for the establishment of the ice rink and the other attractions that would go along with it. She said the Ministry intended to engage the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) which own the lands.last_img read more

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Lorde Announced as Special Guest for Day 1 of Canadas IHEARTRADIO BEACH

first_imgVANCOUVER, Aug. 11, 2017 /CNW/ – iHeartRadio Canada is turning up the heat on IHEARTRADIO BEACH BALL, announcing Lorde as a special guest for Day 1. iHeartRadio Canada’s first-ever two-day concert event takes place Sunday, Sept. 3 (Virgin Day) and Monday, Sept. 4 (QMFM Day) in Vancouver at the PNE Amphitheatre, during B.C.’s legendary The Fair at the PNE.Lorde rocketed to fame in 2013 at age 16, when her single “Royals” went seven-times platinum, making her the youngest solo artist and only New Zealander to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987. Her full-length debut, Pure Heroine, went triple-platinum, winning her two Grammy® awards in 2013. Having been included in Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, and hailed as one of the most influential teenagers in the world by TIME, Lorde returns with her new single “Green Light“, from her second full-length album Melodrama.Lorde joins an already packed lineup for Virgin Day (Sept. 3), including Alessia Cara, Liam Payne, Scott Helman, Shawn Hook, The Strumbellas, and Virginia to Vegas. Performers confirmed for QMFM day (Sept. 4) are Blondie, Christian Hudson, Ruth B, Serena Ryder, and Train. Additional talent announcements will be made in the coming weeks. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement **Tickets for each day sold separately Tickets are available now at ticketleader.ca. In addition, listeners of iHeartRadio Canada stations across Vancouver, including Virgin Radio Vancouver and QMFM, are encouraged to stay tuned for promotional offers and ticket giveaways to IHEARTRADIO BEACH BALL. 2 p.m. Doors:  Advertisement IHEARTRADIO BEACH BALL is presented by Virgin Mobile. Advertisementcenter_img PNE Amphitheatre, 2901 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. Ticket Prices:   Twitter Venue:  Login/Register With: Day 1: Tickets range from $69 – $119 Facebook Day 2: Tickets range from $69 – $119last_img read more

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MTN Uganda Hands Over UGX66 Million to Winners of the 2018 MTN

first_imgWinners of the 2018 MTN API App Challenge pose for a group photo after receiving their cash prize at the MTN Uganda offices in Nyonyi Gardens, Kampala on Friday March, 29th 2019 | Photo By PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest. Advertisement MTN Uganda has today handed over cash prize worth UGX66 million to the winners of the 2018 MTN API App Challenge. The award ceremony was held at the telco’s head offices in Nyonyi Gardens, Kampala.The cash prize was shared among 9 winners from three categories; Transport, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), and HORECA. The overall winners from each category received UGX10 million — while the 1st and 2nd runners-up received UGX7 million and UGX5 million respectively.In addition to the cash prize, all the winners stand eligible to compete for seed capital from the UGX1 billion MTN Innovation Fund. – Advertisement – Speaking at the award ceremony, MTN Uganda Acting CEO, Gordian Kyomukama said the telco is committed to supporting innovations by enabling developers leverage their infrastructure.“Our platforms such as the MTN API App Challenge are a statement of our commitment to innovation with ICT space in Uganda,” said Gordian.The MTN API App Challenge launched in 2018, saw about 203 applicants submit for the challenge. The challenge was focused on building solutions for digital payments. From the pool of applications, 22 emerged as finalists. Nine from the HORECA category, Eight and Five from the Transport and FMCG category. Out of the 22, 9 came out winners — 3 from each category.In the Transport Category; Easy Matatu emerged as overall winners. The team developed an app that enables carpooling using matatu’s.Easy Matatu emerged as overall winners in the Transport Category of the 2018 MTN API App Challenge | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.In the HORECA Category; App About were overall winners. They developed an app that enables Hotel/Restaurant/Cafe owners to make pre-sales for events.App About emerged as overall winners in the HORECA Category of the 2018 MTN API App Challenge | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.In the FMCG Category, Minute Five came out as the overall winners. Their solution — an online shopping platform to make grocery shopping easy for those who cannot move to the market.Minute Five emerged as overall winners in the FMCG Category of the 2018 MTN API App Challenge | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.Ugandans are now set to benefit from a wider community of developers using the MTN Open API to monetize various innovations in key industries.MTN has opened a new portal on its website called MTN Marketplace. Developers will upload their startups for easy reach by the consumers/public. All the apps in the MTN API App challenge can now be accessed via the portal.last_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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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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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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Researchers look in detail at the interfaces in perovskite solar cells

first_imgPerovskite solar cells with different materials as HTMs also present different colors. Credit: ICIQ Explore further 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. Perovskite-based solar cells are the fastest-advancing solar technology to date. Since they were first used in 2009, perovskite solar cells have achieved high efficiencies (over 22% under standard solar irradiation) at low production costs. Although most of the perovskite components are optimized, there’s still room for improvement. Especially in reference to the Hole Transport Materials (HTMs) employed.The collaboration, among researchers from ICIQ’s Palomares and Vidal groups, the Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces group at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and IMDEA Nanocienca, sheds light on the reasons behind the differences observed in perovskite solar cell performance by comparing four different HTMs that present close chemical and physical properties.Little changes can be powerfulPerovskite-based solar cells are approaching the stability necessary to be trusted as potential commercial products under working conditions. The major concern is the materials used—particularly spiro-OMeTAD,the most widely used HTM, which is prone to degradation. Therefore, current research is focused on finding alternatives. “Scientists have been designing new molecules that could replace spiro-OMeTAD for years. Looking for molecules with similar electrical and optic characteristics than spiro-OMeTAD and hoping to get similar results. But when testing new HTMs, instead of getting similar results, the cells worked very badly. So we decided to understand why this happened,” explains Núria F. Montcada, a postdoctoral researcher at the Palomares group and one of the first authors of the paper. The researchers realized that new molecules with the potential to replace spiro-OMeTAD as HTM were selected on the basis of their properties in solution. However, in functional solar cells, these molecules are prepared in the form of thin films whose surfaces, in turn, are placed in contact with other materials, forming interfaces. The created interfaces may confer changes in the properties of the molecules.Through the collaboration with ICMAB scientists, the surface work function of each HTM layer on perovskites solar cells was measured to find that “Spiro-OMeTAD energy levels align perfectly with respect to the other components of the cell, while the energetic landscape is less favorable for layers of the new HTM molecules tested. Surfaces and interfaces created in the solar cell stack have a crucial role in the functional device performances,” says Carmen Ocal, researcher at ICMAB. “We have to be aware that the perovskite-HTM interface may shift the energy levels and produce undesired energy misalignments. We’ve come to demonstrate that the study of molecules needs to match the conditions under which the molecule is going to be used—otherwise molecule design is just trial and error,” says Montcada. More information: Ilario Gelmetti et al, Energy alignment and recombination in perovskite solar cells: weighted influence on the open circuit voltage, Energy & Environmental Science (2019). DOI: 10.1039/C9EE00528E Journal information: Energy & Environmental Sciencecenter_img Revealing the microscopic mechanisms in perovskite solar cells A collaboration led by ICIQ’s Palomares group deepens the understanding of the impact that changing the materials in a perovskite solar cell has on its performance. The results, published in the peer-reviewed journal Energy & Environmental Science will inform the design of the components of solar cells, thus increasing their commercial appeal. Provided by Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia Citation: Researchers look in detail at the interfaces in perovskite solar cells (2019, April 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-interfaces-perovskite-solar-cells.htmllast_img read more

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Men Notice Messes As Much As Women Heres Why They Dont Clean

first_imgOn a typical day, men spend a third as much time cleaning as women. Does that make women beacons of cleanliness, while men are genetically unable to see the messiness in their midst? This myth is a common explanation for why men don’t do as much housework as women. Men walk into a room and apparently can’t see the dust bunnies gathering on the floor or the piles of laundry stacked up on the couch.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65875-why-men-do-less-housework.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  It lets men off the hook for not doing their fair share of the household cleaning. But in a recent study we show that men aren’t dirt-blind — they can see mess just as well as women. They are simply less severely penalized for not keeping their spaces neat and tidy. Chore inequality Despite massive gains in education and employment, women still shoulder a larger share of the housework than men. Women today spend, on average, roughly an hour and 20 minutes per day cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. About a third of that is just spent cleaning. Men, on the other hand, spend about half an hour performing these duties — and only 10 minutes scrubbing and tidying. This household chore inequality is evident over time, across professions and even when women work longer hours and make more money. Even in Sweden, where government policies are strongly geared toward promoting gender equality, women do more housework. Swedish women do two times as much daily housework than men even though women are much more likely to work full-time than in other countries. Naturally, the more time spent on chores, the less a woman has to spend on other activities like sleep, work and leisure. The same mess In our study, which was recently published in Sociological Methods and Research, we asked 327 men and 295 women of various ages and backgrounds to assess a photo of a small living room and kitchen area. By random assignment, some participants rated a photo of the room looking cluttered — dirty dishes on the counter, clothing strewn about — while others examined a much tidier version of the same room. All participants looked at the one photo they were given and then rated how messy they thought it was and how urgently it needed cleaning. The first thing we wanted to know was whether men and women respondents rated the rooms differently. Contrary to popular lore, men and women saw the same mess: They rated the clean room as equally clean and the messy room as equally messy. Differing expectations So if “dirt blindness” isn’t to blame, why do women do more housework? One argument is that social expectations are different for men and women. Women may be judged more harshly for having a less-than-spotless home, and women’s awareness of these expectations may motivate them to do more. We tested this idea by randomly telling participants that the photo they were looking at depicted either “John’s” or “Jennifer’s” living space. Then we asked them to rate Jennifer’s or John’s character — how responsible, hardworking, neglectful, considerate and likable they were — based on the cleanliness of their home. We also asked participants to assess the extent to which she or he might be judged negatively by unexpected visitors — extended family, bosses and friends — and how much responsibility they believed Jennifer or John would bear for housework if they were working full-time and living alone, working full-time and married with children, or a married, stay-at-home parent. This is where things got interesting. Participants rated the photos differently depending on whether they were told that a woman or a man lived there. Notably, respondents held higher standards of cleanliness for Jennifer than they did for John. When they were told the tidy room belonged to Jennifer, participants — regardless of gender — judged it less clean and more likely to inspire disapproving reactions from guests than when the same exact room was John’s. We’ve all heard ‘men are lazy’ Still, we did find that both men and women pay a large penalty for having a cluttered home. Compared to their tidier counterparts, both Jennifer and John received substantially more negative character ratings and were expected to garner much more negative judgments from visitors. Interestingly, John’s character was rated more negatively than Jennifer’s for having a messy home, reflecting the common stereotype that men are lazy. Yet participants did not believe John would be any more likely than Jennifer to suffer negative judgment from visitors, which suggests that the “men are lazy” stereotype does not disadvantage them in a socially meaningful way. Finally, people were more likely to believe that Jennifer would bear primary responsibility for cleaning, and this difference was especially large in the hypothetical scenario in which she or he is a full-time working parent living with a spouse. That people attribute greater responsibility for housework to women than men, even regardless of their employment situation, suggests that women get penalized more often for clutter than men do. Judge not People hold women to higher standards of cleanliness than men, and hold them more responsible for it. Some women may internalize or embrace such standards. But for many, it is unlikely a love of cleaning but rather a fear of how mess will be perceived that is the real problem — and one possible reason why many women frantically clean their home before unexpected visitors arrive. The good news is that, with enough collective willpower, old-fashioned social expectations can be changed. We could start by thinking twice before judging the state of someone’s home, especially our own. Sarah Thebaud, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara; Leah Ruppanner, Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Melbourne, and Sabino Kornrich, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Emory University This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. 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