10 months agoSpurs, Bayern Munich keen as Gladbach coach Hecking fights to keep Hazard

first_imgSpurs, Bayern Munich keen as Gladbach coach Hecking fights to keep Hazardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach coach Dieter Hecking has made it clear he doesn’t want Thorgan Hazard sold next month.The younger brother of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Thorgan is a target for Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Sevilla as he enjoys career best form this season. Chelsea also boast a buy-back option.But Hecking has told Gladbach chief Max Eberl he doesn’t want to lose the midfielder in January.The coach stated: “Max knows exactly how I think with this question …”Hazard is tied to Gladbach until 2020. 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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Dozens wounded as series of blasts rock eastern Afghan city

first_imgJalalabad: Afghanistan’s independence day was marred by bloodshed Monday when a series of explosions shook the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding dozens of people including children. As many as 10 blasts were reported in and around the city in Nangarhar province, authorities said, and casualty numbers appeared to be rising. “The explosions were caused by IEDs in different parts of the city and as groups of people were celebrating independence day,” Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said, referring to improvised explosive devices. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Jalalabad is the scene of frequent bomb attacks, and the surrounding terrain is home to both Taliban fighters and the Islamic State group’s local affiliate. At least 19 people were wounded, Khogyani said. Zaher Adel, a spokesman for a local hospital, said about 40 wounded people had been brought in with more expected. An AFP correspondent saw children among the victims. This year’s August 19 celebrations mark 100 years of Afghan independence from British influence. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The day was supposed to be one of national pride and unity, but was overshadowed by an IS suicide attack on a crowded Kabul wedding hall that killed at least 63 people. In Kabul, locals took to the streets to wave the black-red-and-green Afghan flag, but several public events to commemorate the date were scrapped over fears of a fresh attack. “We postponed the celebrations to honour the victims, but we will definitely take revenge for our people,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said. “We will avenge the blood of our people, every drop of it.”last_img read more

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Related London Citys most punctual airport is Cit

first_img RelatedLondon City’s most punctual airport is CityJetCityJet has been revealed as the most punctual airline operating from London City Airport during the first six months.Air Southwest launches flights to Plymouth and Newquay from London CityAir Southwest has celebrated the launch of flights to Plymouth and Newquay from London City AirportEasyJet named best budget airlineEasyJet named best budget airline VLM Airlines and London City Airport have been given a boost by the release of figures showing that the carrier’s London City to Amsterdam route is the most punctual of any between the two cities.Released by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the figures show that last year some 77 per cent of VLM Airlines’ flights from Amsterdam to London City Airport hit the punctuality target of departing no more than 15 minutes late.The performance saw the Belgian carrier surpass rivals KLM, easyJet, British Airways and bmi, who fly the same busy Amsterdam-London route but using a range of London airports.Johan Vanneste, managing director of VLM Airlines, said: “It’s pleasing for everyone at VLM Airlines that our Amsterdam to London City service had such a strong year. To beat off other larger carriers in the process makes it all the more rewarding. Our business clientele, who traditionally represent around 80 per cent of our customer base, particularly value our high quality service and repeatedly return to us for our consistent punctuality.”Compiling Key Routes rankings from CAA data, aviation information specialist FlightOnTime.info shows that VLM Airlines’ London-Amsterdam performance is not only the best by a carrier on that particular route, but also one of the best on any busy route out of the capital.The busiest domestic flight route, London-Edinburgh, was topped by a punctuality score of only 75 per cent (BMI), while the busiest long-haul route to New York could only offer 69 per cent punctuality from its best provider, EOS Airlines.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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Rep Griffin votes in favor of House budget plan supporting schools workforce

first_imgServices for children and seniors. More money would be invested in child welfare and foster care programs, as well as programs for seniors. House Bills 5578-9 advance to the Senate as work to finalize the next state budget continues. Savings for taxpayers. A prison would be closed, reflecting successful efforts to reduce Michigan’s inmate population. Budgets for several state departments decline as state government becomes more efficient, effective, and accountable. The budget plan continues a trend of prioritizing what’s most important. School safety. More than $25 million would be added to improve school security. The OK2SAY program also would be expanded. Road repairs. Addressing a critical need for improvement, the state will spend more on roads than ever before in its next budget as part of a multi-year effort. Michigan also must focus on getting road money to where it is needed most and making repairs last longer, Griffin said. State Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan today voted in favor of a House budget plan investing more than ever before in Michigan schools, with a focus on preparing students for the workforce.The plan approved by the House would increase the budget supporting K-12 schools to $14.8 billion. It includes the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years, with increases ranging from $120 to $240 per student.“The best way to build a better Michigan for our children and grandchildren is to invest in their education, and we are doing just that with this budget,” said Griffin, who was a teacher before serving in the House.  “We are focused on getting kids ready to succeed in work and in life.”The House plan also focuses on mental health services, helping senior citizens, and improving roads while eliminating waste.Highlights of the House plan for the budget year starting Oct. 1 include:Workforce development. More than $100 million is added to talent development and workforce preparation programs at the K-12 level, plus significant investments in other programs such as Going PRO. It’s part of the strategy to continue Michigan’s economic comeback, which has seen unemployment drop from 14.6 percent in June 2009 to 4.7 percent last month. Campus safety. Provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities are included. Health care. Access to mental health services will be improved so Michigan residents can live healthier, happier and more independent lives. Services to military veterans, problem-solving courts, crime victims’ rights initiatives and other efforts reflecting the House CARES task force report are included. More resources would fight the opioid crisis, including money to help identify specific drugs in overdose cases – a key part of knowing which drugs to target in treatment and prevention. Resources would be added to increase access to doctors in underserved areas. 24Apr Rep. Griffin votes in favor of House budget plan supporting schools, workforce preparation ### Categories: Griffin News,Newslast_img read more

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UKTVowned entertainment channel Dave has launched

first_imgUKTV-owned entertainment channel Dave has launched a seven-day catch-up TV service on the YouView platform.The service, which went live today, allows viewers to access content on the channel through a Dave-branded on demand portal and through YouView’s seven-day scroll back programme guide.The channel is the first of UKTV’s free-to-air channels to launch a seven-day catch-up service on YouView and is available to all YouView customers. History channel Yesterday and lifestyle service Really are due to follow later this year.last_img read more

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Investment group Kaprain has acquired the number t

first_imgInvestment group Kaprain has acquired the number three Czech cable operator Rio Media, according to local reports.Kaprain already owns the Nej.cz cable network and the move will double its customer base to over 200,000. The transaction is subject to approval by the Czech competition watchdog.Kaprain Group founder Karel Pražák said that the combination of Rio Media with Nej.cz would create the second largest provider of cable services in the country – after Liberty Global – and added that Kaprain was considering other consolidation opportunities in the Czech market.Rio Media was created by Argus Capital in 2009 as a consolidation vehicle for the Czech cable industry. The grouping brought together a number of smaller local players into a single entity with the aim of providing triple-play services to customer throughout northern Bohemia and Moravia.Pražák founded Kaprain four years ago, with a focus on investing in real estate, industry and the financial sector.UPC Czech Republic, now under a single management structure with Liberty Global’s Slovakian unit, remains by far the largest player in the country’s cable business.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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Dserine produced by gut microbiota protects against acute kidney injury show study

first_img Source:https://www.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/latest-research/62441 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 27 2018BackgroundThe kidney is an organ not only for excreting body waste by urine but also for maintaining body homeostasis in close cooperation with other organs. By producing various hormones, the kidney, for example, generates new erythrocytes in the bone marrow through erythropoietin, maintain bones turnover through activation of vitamin D, and controls blood pressure through renin-angiotensin system. In addition, it has recently been shown that the kidney plays an important role in affecting longevity. However, the relationship of the kidney to the gut (the gut microbiota1)) have not been studied in detail.Amino acids exist as enantiomers, i.e., D-amino acids and their L-forms. The term “amino acids” has generally referred to the L-amino acid form or to the mixture of the L- and D- enantiomers. Recent progress in analytical technologies now makes it possible to distinguish the D-amino acids and their L-forms of about 20 amino acid species that are essential in our body. These amino acids are referred to as chiral amino acids. The D-amino acids and their L-forms of an amino acid have the same chemical formula, but are mirror images in three-dimensional structure, analogous to the difference between the left and right hand. Most interestingly, the D-amino acids and their L-forms differ significantly in their functions in living systems. L-amino acids are constituents of proteins, one of the most important components of living cells. On the other hand, the functions and mechanisms of production of D-amino acids are less clear.ResultsResearchers from Kanazawa University, in collaboration with those from Waseda University, RIKEN, Okayama University, Kyushu University and Kitasato University have investigated kidney functions in relation to the gut (the gut microbiota), paying particular attention to the fact that the kidney maintains body homeostasis and the internal environment in cooperation with a number of other organs.To assess the effect of acute kidney injury (AKI)*2) on gut microbiota, we performed gut microbiota analysis with mouse feces after ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury to an AKI model. The gut microbiota were examined to reveal that specific gut bacteria were influenced by AKI. In addition, we explored the contribution of the gut microbiota to the pathogenesis of AKI. I/R injury was induced in germ-free (Gf) mice that have no gut microbiota with or without fecal transplantation from normal mice. I/R injury was worse in the Gf B6 mice than in the normal B6 mice. Interestingly, fecal transplantation from normal mice attenuated the renal pathology in the Gf B6 mice. These results suggested that the gut microbiota changed due to I/R injury and that possible substance(s) protective for the kidney was produced by the gut microbiota.Related StoriesLow dose of endotoxin could have protective effect on men at risk of acute kidney injuryResearchers investigate whether hypertension poses health risk to older kidney donorsCommon metric may not accurately assess kidney function of Indian patientsNext, in order to identify the substance(s) protecting the kidney against I/R injury produced by gut microbiota, comprehensive analyses of chiral amino acids were performed. While various D-amino acids were detected in the feces, only D-serine was detected in the kidney. The result suggested that D-serine was produced by the gut microbiota of AKI mice and transported to the kidney via the blood circulation. Furthermore, since D-serine was not detected in the feces of Gf mice, it was suggested that gut microbiota produced D-serine in response to AKI. In addition, D-serine metabolizing enzymes in the kidney were found to increase the D-serine concentration after I/R injury. Thus, the D-serine concentration in the kidney increased due to augmentation of D-serine production in the kidney in addition to the production of D-serine by the gut microbiota after I/R injury.Further, in order to examine the effects of D-serine produced by the gut microbiota on the kidney, D-serine dissolved in drinking water was administered to normal mice. The oral administration of D-serine mitigated the kidney injury in normal mice and D-serine-depleted mice. These results showed that D-serine played roles in protecting the kidney from AKI.Lastly, it was investigated whether similar mechanisms exist in human patients with AKI. The blood D-serine level of such patients was found to be higher than that of healthy subjects, showing a high correlation with creatinine, one of the markers of renal disorders.Thus, it was revealed that some gut bacteria respond to AKI, producing D-serine, a substance protective for the kidney, thus affecting the kidney via the blood circulation.Future prospectsThis study has elucidated the mechanism by which the kidney interacts with gut microbiota through the D-amino acid. Further, genomic information concerning the gut microbiota that change upon AKI has been deposited in DDBJ/GenBank/EMBL from the present study. Information on the chiral amino acid analyses has also been published. These are expected to contribute to further studies on the kidney and the gut microbiota and to more studies of chiral amino acids.In the future, it will be necessary to establish whether the change of D-amino acid levels due to AKI appear more rapidly than the biomarkers*3) known so far, and whether analogous mechanisms exist for chronic renal disorders.We expect that the present study will contribute to the development of biomarkers and medications for AKI based on the utilization of D-amino acids.last_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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Rey Vargas puts on boxing clinic behind jab to retain WBC junior

first_imgMORE: Sign up for DAZN and watch boxing and MMA live in Canada After the win, Vargas once again made it clear that he might want to move up in weight to face WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. Another possibility could be a title-unification fight with IBF and WBA titleholder Daniel Roman, who was in attendance Saturday night and told DAZN that it’s only a matter of time before he and Vargas meet in the ring.Vargas is interested as well.(•_•)<) )╯Unification/ \\(•_•)( (> Fight/ \(•_•)<) )> ?/ \ pic.twitter.com/uyMzyNijWM- DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) July 14, 2019Vargas (34-0, 22 KOs) did everything behind the jab Saturday night, showing solid ring generalship to keep an aggressive Kameda at bay. When Kameda did land power shots, they definitely put Vargas on notice, but the challenger’s output was too few and far between and he didn’t cash in on the punches that did connect.Kameda had a point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct for throwing a late punch in the 12th round and Vargas survived the game challenger’s desperation-mode rally to have his hand raised in the highly efficient win.Although Kameda did everything to unnerve Vargas during the fight’s promotion, even sticking his tongue out at the champion during Friday’s weigh-in, Vargas just had too much savvy and guile with his game plan.Here’s how the rest of the Vargas-Kameda card went:Ronny Rios makes Diego De La Hoya quit for sixth-round KO; super bantamweightsRios unleashed a left hook to the body and an uppercut to drop De La Hoya in the sixth. Still feeling the effects from the body shot, De La Hoya (21-1, 10 KOs) told the referee that he wasn’t going to continue. Rios improved to 31-3.Ronny Rios gives Diego De La Hoya his first professional loss! 👊#WatchOnDAZN pic.twitter.com/6kBYs4ApFm- DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) July 14, 2019Rios landed 52 percent of his power punches and overcame early fireworks to really dig into De La Hoya, who’s the cousin of boxing legend and Golden Boy Promotions head Oscar De La Hoya. That made it two big upset losses on the night for two of Golden Boy Promotions’ bright, young prospects.Joet Gonzalez stops Manuel Avila by sixth-round TKO; featherweightsGonzalez brought the pressure for the entire fight, and it paid off with the stoppage. Rey Vargas wisely worked behind the jab as the taller fighter with a reach advantage, while Tomoki Kameda made his power shots land with emphasis – especially when they came as counterpunches.But at the end of the 12-round bout, there was no doubt that Vargas had firm control throughout and was the more active fighter, having thrown and landed more punches, including 443 attempted and 51 connected jabs, respectively. Judges saw it that way, too, each scoring it 117-110 in favor of Vargas, who retained his WBC junior featherweight title at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. and live on DAZN on Saturday night, despite the boos from the crowd, which seemed to appreciate Kameda being the aggressor. Con esta victoria, se demuestra la potencia que tiene @JoetGonzalez1 👊#VargasKameda pic.twitter.com/Am3AIDYwbY- DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) July 14, 2019After the victory, the 23-0 Gonzalez called out Shakur Stevenson for a fight. Roger Gutierrez shocks Eduardo Hernandez with first-round KO; junior lightweightsRoger Gutierrez just DROPPED Rocky Hernandez in the first round! 😱#WatchOnDAZN pic.twitter.com/E6xVTaYD6i- DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) July 14, 2019Gutierrez caught Hernandez by surprise with a solid right hook that dropped “Rocky” for the first time in his career and knocked out the Mexican fighter for the first loss of his career. Big upset!Undercard resultsAlexis Rocha def. Berlin Abreu by eighth-round TKO; welterweightsRuslan Madiyev def. Ricky Sismundo via unanimous decision; junior welterweightsJousce Gonzalez def. Jorge Padron by first-round KO; lightweightsJonathan Esquivel def. Gregory Clark via first-round KO; super middleweightslast_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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Actor Urmila Matondkar joins Congress meets Rahul Gandhi

first_imgpolitics Published on Indian National Congress Actor Urmila Matondkar on Wednesday joined the Congress after meeting party chief Rahul Gandhi at his residence.Rahul welcomed her in the party fold and wished her the best. Later, at a press conference, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the actor will contribute in spreading the Congress ideology and strengthening the party.“I am here because I believe in the ideology of Congress and what the party stands for. I have not joined the party for the sake of elections,” she told reporters.“I am here to stay,” she said, adding her entry in the Congress was not about elections. COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHAREcenter_img Elections 2019 March 27, 2019 Congress President Rahul Gandhi greets Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar as she joins Congress Party. Photo: PTI   –  PTI national elections COMMENTSlast_img read more

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