Liverpool favorites to land PSGs Adrien Rabiot

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s jewel and one of the most promising young talents in Europe could soon leave Parc des Princes, with Adrien Rabiot edging closer towards the winter exit.The 23-year-old midfielder has already rejected to extend his current contract that’s set to expire at the end of the ongoing campaign, opening the way for interested parties to start the negotiations as early as January.Although Rabiot plays a notable role under Thomas Tuchel, he seems desperate to leave the Parisians in the forthcoming period, searching for new challenges.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.According to the Daily Express, Liverpool are leading the chase for the France international ahead of Barcelona and Manchester United who also reportedly set their sights on the youngster.The same source states that bookmaker Coral place the Merseysiders as 2-1 favorites to wrap up a deal.Considering Fabinho and Naby Keita both failed to adapt to the Premier League so far, Jurgen Klopp plans to bring another midfielder to Anfield to partner James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum in the center of the park.last_img read more

Ignazio Abate rues AC Milans Europa League exit

first_imgAC Milan defender Ignazio Abate believes they should have qualified for the Europa League knockout stages after their 3-1 defeat to OlympiacosGennaro Gattuso’s side headed into Athens on Thursday night needing to not lose by more than two goals to Olympiacos.After a goalless first-half, Pape Abou Cisse’s header handed Olympiacos the lead before a Cristian Zapata own goal doubled their advantage.But the Colombian defender soon redeemed himself to Milan by scoring a critical header just 110 seconds later.However, Abate’s foul enabled Konstantinos Fortounis to score a late penalty for Olympiacos to secure a 3-1 win.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.The result enabled the Greek side to leapfrog Milan into second-place in Group F on goal difference.“We had started strong and were well set out on the field. The regret is that we went behind, as we should not have conceded the opening goal,” Abate told Sky Sport Italia, via Football-Italia.“Once we got it back on track, they got that penalty. Incidents went against us. We could’ve done better and more importantly reached this final game with qualification already secured, because we had the quality to do that.“We need to take another step up. Now we must concentrate on Serie A, as we can finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.”Milan will next travel to Bologna on Tuesday in a Serie A match, where they will hope to retain their spot in the top-four in the standings.last_img read more

Racist rant report goes viral couple identitied

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 18, 2017 – Providenciales – Magnetic Media’s report on the atrocious and racist comments of an American couple at the Mango Reef restaurant has gone viral.   The story was picked up by US TV stations, especially in the hometown of the pair, Memphis Tennessee and expose to even more people the racial slurs hurled at employees of the Providenciales restaurant when the woman could not find her cell phone.  Not only did Lauren Loeb Marelle, the woman heard on that recording, accuse the staff of theft, but she threw her food onto the owner of the Mango Reef and used profane and racist language toward her also.The husband, who is Joe Marelle and his wife were commanded to leave the restaurant and eventually they were captured in a phone call, by a courageous waiter and that audio recording got to us and we reported upon the exchange which was both shocking and illegal.Over 23,000 people have viewed the reports at Facebook alone.  Magnetic Media has since been interviewed by Memphis Media houses and even the NAACP of Memphis is commenting on the contents of that recorded call.Meanwhile, the Marelle’s, who are well-to-do, company owners and executives and former Chamber of Commerce employee, have gotten a lawyer and say the recording was fabricated.  Mango Reef is not yet commenting, but Magnetic Media confirmed that not only was Lauren Loeb Marelle captured on audio but on video ranting in the restaurant and the couple reportedly did not pay their bill either.Seven Stars resort, where the pair was staying has blacklisted the couple who left the TCI on Tuesday before this story broke.#MagneticMediaNews#Racistrantreportgoesviral Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Racistrantreportgoesvirallast_img read more

Remember When Marc Anthonys I Need To Know Nets Latin GRAMMY

first_img Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards MelendiPhoto: Getty Images 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees Prev Next Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images For The Record: Shakira Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com For The Record: Shakira Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination Selena’s Legacy Lives On ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Twitter Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination Selena’s Legacy Lives On Facebook Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination The result of Marc Anthony was not only his first Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 hit, “I Need To Know,” but it also landed the singer his first-ever Latin GRAMMY Award, and the distinction of earning the very first Latin GRAMMY for Song Of The Year in 2000 for the Spanish version of the catchy tune, “Dímelo.”Anthony has gone on to win an additional four Latin GRAMMYs and two GRAMMY Awards. In 2016 he was honored as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year for his outstanding achievements as an artist and for his philanthropic work. Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever Email Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images MelendiPhoto: Getty Images Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachi Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees For The Record: Shakira Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images For The Record: Carlos Santana Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images For The Record: Juan Gabriel Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Imagescenter_img Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images For The Record: Juan Gabriel JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español Singer/songwriter takes home the first Latin GRAMMY ever awarded for Song Of The YearRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 24, 2017 – 9:00 am Thanks to the crossover popularity of Latin artists such as Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Shakira in the late ’90s, salsa master Marc Anthony was soon to join the Latin hot flash with his first English crossover album, which was self-titled. Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songs For The Record: Calle 13 For The Record: Carlos Santana NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 10, 2015 – 4:37 pm Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony on the red carpet Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners For The Record: Carlos Santana Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songs Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win remember-when-marc-anthonys-i-need-know-nets-latin-grammy Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony MelendiPhoto: Getty Images 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win For The Record: Juan Gabriel Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachi For The Record: Calle 13 For The Record: Calle 13 Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read News 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Remember When? Marc Anthony’s “I Need To Know” Nets Latin GRAMMY Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songs Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachi 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Selena’s Legacy Lives On 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images Read morelast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday May 13 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, May 13, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Selectmen MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm). Read the agenda HERE.#2) Wilmington Historical Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Wilmington Housing Authority MeetingThe Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Woburn Street School’s School Advisory Council MeetingThe Woburn Street School’s School Advisory Council meets at 3pm in the Woburn Street School’s Teachers Room. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Tech Buddies Drop-InThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Tech Buddies Drop-In Session from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Need technology help, but Brad isn’t here? Drop in at a Tech Buddies session! Tech Buddies is a new volunteer program connecting teens and members of the Wilmington community in need of assistance navigating their phones, tablets, cameras, and the Cloud.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, September 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, June 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, March 11, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Airtel acquires Aircels 4G spectrum for Rs3500 crore

first_imgIndia’s Bharati Airtel will spend Rs.3500 crore to acquire the fourth-generation (4G) spectrum from Aircel, the company said in a filing to stock exchange. The acquisition of 20 megahertz (MHz) 2300 frequency in eight telecom circles in the country will make Airtel a pan-India 4G service provider.The Sunil Mittal-owned telecom carrier, with this latest acquisition, will be locking horns with the only other pan-India 4G licence holder, Reliance Jio Infocomm. A unit of the Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries Ltd, Reliance Jio, is preparing to launch its 4G services in the second half of 2016.Aircel’s spectrum, valid up to 2030, will cover circles of Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Assam, the Northeast, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha.Citing sources the Economic Times reported that the deal will also help Aircel to reduce debt and perhaps fulfill a merger-condition with Reliance Communication (RCom), a unit owned by the other Ambani brother, Anil.The Airtel-Aircel deal comes a fortnight after Airtel’s 4G spectrum acquisition of 1800 MHz band in six circles for Rs. 4,428 crore from Videocon. According to the report, this was a second such acquisition, following RCom’s acquisition of Sistema Shyam TeleServices (MTS), since the government allowed trading of airwaves in October 2015.The liberalisation of rules for spectrum trading in India is seeing a consolidation in the telecom sector. The competition in a space crowded with 11 operators has kept the cost of spectrum high while tariff-wars offered low prices, in turn driving down the profits. The unhealthy trend is adding pressure on the already stressed balance sheet of telcos, said Mint.The daily quoted Alok Shinde of Ascentius Consulting as saying, “technological change had accompanied the evolution of the telecom market”. He said the auction of 4G in the 2300MHz band happened in a context of pre-inception business model around TD-LTE (time-division long-term evolution) technology in 2010. It was a standard with little validation anywhere in the world then, but today there is greater credence both among the technology and the business model, he added.ET reported that most telcos which acquired 4G airwaves in 2010 have even failed to meet the roll-out obligations, therefore facilitating a consolidation exercise.India’s top three telcos, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea cellular, have so far successfully rolled out 4G service in 15, five and 10 circles, respectively.last_img read more

Rickshawpuller arrested for raping minor girl

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice on Tuesday arrested a young rickshaw-puller for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in the city’s Purbail area on Monday, reports UNB.The arrestee is rickshaw-puller Faruk, son of Abdul Zabbar of Fulbari in Dinajpur district.Police said Faruk had been staying at a rented house in the area where the minor girl was also living with her parents on the same premises.They said the girl was alone at their home when her parents, both assistants to a local mason, went out for work in the morning.At noon, Faruk allured the girl out of their home and took her to the first floor of a nearby two-storey building in the area and violated her there.Hearing her screams, locals rushed in and took the victim to Shaheed Tazuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital.Faruk, however, managed to flee the scene.Later, police arrested Faruk from Mirpur area in the capital, a day after the victim’s mother filed a case with Pubail police station, said Nazmul Haque Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of the police station.last_img read more

Group Grants 16M For Places That Are Part Of Black History

first_imgBy Chevel Johnson, The Associated PressMore than $1.6 million in grants are going to 22 sites and organizations to help preserve Black history.The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the grants Friday during the 25th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.In this June 13, 2007 file photo, a youth walks by the Langston Hughes House, center, covered in ivy, in New York’s Harlem section. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)The trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund’s executive director, Brent Leggs, says the recipients “shine a light on once lived stories and Black culture.”Grants are given across four categories: capacity building, project planning, capital, and programming and interpretation.In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 file photo, Rev. Paul Gordon Carter, manager of the Harriet Tubman Home, leads a tour at the historic site in Auburn, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)This year’s awardees include the home of Negro League Baseball phenom Satchel Paige; the Emmett Till Memorial Commission; ‘The Forum’ in Chicago’s Bronzeville and more.last_img read more

Govt working on road map to accelerate exports

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to accelerate exports and to remove the hurdles faced by the industries and exporters, the Bengal government is working towards the formulation of a comprehensive road map, which will not only ease out the process but also contribute towards the economic growth of the state.State Industry, Commerce & Enterprise minister Amit Mitra will chair a high level meeting with the industrialists and all the stakeholderson June 18, with an objective of providing them with a Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsbetter platform and chalk out a road map so that the state’s export policy gets a further impetus.The export commissioner office of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) will organise the programme to work on the identified growth sectors and towards the promotion of various products from the state in the international arena. Mitra will hold the meeting to take stock of the steps that need to be taken to achieve the target.When contacted, Vandana Yadav, Managing Director, WBIDC, said that the focus areas would be the sectors like textile and garments, metal and metallurgy, gems and jewellery, food processing, handloom and handicraft. Identifying the needs of the industries and issues relating to the exports would also be looked into. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedExporters from Bengal will also get a platform to articulate the problems they might have been facing and get speedy remedies. The government will also listen to the needs of the industrialists and will also assess which areas need to be worked on, to scale up the export growth.According to sources, one of the major problems for the exporters in the state is the lack of a certifying agency. All sorts of goods that are exported abroad need to undergo clearance from the certifying agencies. As there is no city-based certifying agency, the products have to be delivered to other cities for certification. Most of the certifying agencies are based in Mumbai and North Indian cities. As a result of this, exporters from the state face difficulties. It has been learnt that the state government might take up the issue with the Centre in this regard.For example, for food processing industries, there should be a testing lab. Otherwise, it becomes a lengthy process to get the tests done from outside. Scope of setting up a testing lab may also be discussed during the meeting. Exploring the potential markets in the case of textile and garments, gems and jewellery and others would also be worked on.According to a senior government official, the move will not only help the state’s economy, but also create demands of various products in the international market. “The government has already come up with an export strategy and now it is the time for preparing a road map to iron out the problems the exporters might have been facing,” the official said.It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has made significant improvement in the building of infrastructure and the state has been poised for a big spurt in export. Various sectors like micro, small and medium enterprises & textiles, leather, IT, food processing, horticulture and floriculture and energy have seen an unprecedented growth.last_img read more

Sir Howard Stringer The BBCs governing body the B

first_imgSir Howard StringerThe BBC’s governing body the BBC Trust said the corporation is due to undergo a major management shakeup, at the same time as it appointed former Sony chairman and CEO Sir Howard Stringer to its executive board.Announcing the conclusions of a governance review, the BBC said that there would be a series of changes to the working relationship between the BBC Trust and Executive, claiming that there is currently “confusion about who is responsible for what in certain key operational areas.”Part of the plans, which are due to come into effect on April 1, 2014, include a “radical reconfiguration” that will see 60% of the BBC’s pan-corporation boards removed. The Trust said this will “eliminate duplication, speed-up decision-making and ensure that all staff understand where responsibility lies.”The BBC said that it aims to establish greater separation between the Trust and Executive, with the Trust responsible for setting the overall strategic framework for the BBC and the Executive responsible for delivering this. This will mean that the Trust will no longer be involved in operational decision making, creating a “change in the working culture on both sides.”The BBC said that it will hire more non-executive directors, who will take six seats on the board rather than the current four. These non-exec directors provide external expertise and adopt a “more prominent public-facing role.”In line with this, the BBC said that Stringer will be joining the BBC Executive Board as a non-executive director from January 1, 2014, marking the first in the series of new non-exec appointments which will continue in the new year.“People don’t just expect the BBC to produce great programmes, they want it to be run well. While much has gone well in the past, the last 15 months have seen a number of significant failures,” said BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten.“As a result Tony Hall and I have agreed some very sensible changes to how the relationship between the Trust and Executive works, so we are clearer about who does what, and we are accountable and transparent. It means the BBC can get on with the job of running the BBC, and the Trust can rightly focus on holding the Executive to account on behalf of licence fee payers.”last_img read more

Michael Lang Discovery Networks International has

first_imgMichael LangDiscovery Networks International has upped Michael Lang, its UK-based corporate development and digital chief and the former CEO of movie studio Miramax, to president, international development, digital and Discovery Nordics.Lang, who will report to Discovery Networks International president and CEO JB Perrette in his new role, will be responsible for leading the overall business of the Nordic region consisting of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.Since joining Discovery in April, Lang has worked on digital initiatives including the recently-announced joint venture with Major League Baseball Advanced Media to launch BAMTech Europe, which will provide distribution platforms for sports, news and entertainment clients including Discovery’s own Eurosport Digital.Discovery is among the top three broadcasters in the Nordic territories through its ownership of TV Norge and Kanal 5 as well as its international brands. Discovery said that the region would also be key to its sports ambitions in Europe, particularly following its acquisition of rights to the Olympic Games from 2018.In his capacity as DNI’s Nordic chief, Lang will take over some of the responsibilities previously held by Dee Forbes, whose role as president and managing director of Northern Europe was split after her departure, with Susanna Dinnage taking over as president and managing director in the UK and Ireland, and Benelux being headed up by Alco De Jong under DNI’s CEEMEA division, headed by Kasia Kieli.Forbes left Discovery in April to take over as the first female director-general of Irish public broadcaster RTÉ.Lang will continue to head up DNI’s corporate development and digital efforts outside the US, in which capacity he will report to Bruce Campbell, chief development, distribution and legal officer.“In a little over six months, Mike has delivered tremendous value to our business, such as our ground-breaking BAMTech Europe partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media.  He is a visionary and strategic leader, who will build on these strengths and unlock new opportunities for our Nordic business,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery Communications.“I have known Mike a long time, and he has always demonstrated a unique blend of operational expertise, business development and transformative thinking. Expanding Mike’s role to lead the Nordics business will help us to further secure long-term growth with the help of the highly experienced Nordic management team led by Harald Stromme and Christian Kemp,” said Perrette.last_img read more

As of the close yesterday the double bottom in go

first_imgAs of the close yesterday, the double bottom in gold was about 15 bucks away—and it’s a given that they’ll be gunning for it—plus more, if what they did to the silver price yesterday is any indication.And as I type this paragraph at 12:45 a.m. EDT gold, which had traded mostly flat for the greater part of the thinly-traded Far East trading day on their Friday, came under pressure shortly before 1 p.m. Hong Kong time—and is down a bit more than 10 bucks.  Silver came under the same price pressure shortly after 9 a.m. Hong Kong time and is down about two bits.  Platinum isn’t doing much.  Palladium tried to rally during the early going in Far East trading, but then got sold down below its New York close by 9 a.m. Hong Kong time—and is actually up a buck or so at the moment.  Volumes in both gold and silver are astonishingly high already.  The dollar index, which was trading flat, began to rally around 12:40 p.m. in Hong Kong—and is now up 40 basis points.Today, at 3:30 p.m. EDT, we get the latest COT Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday.  I’d guess we’ll see slight improvements in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver, but that is entirely inconsequential compared to what the report would show if one could be produced at precisely this moment.It’s obvious that JPMorgan et al are going all out to get as favourably positioned as possible in the Comex futures market, as I expect whatever lows are set going forward will never be seen again once the the inevitable rallies that will follow all this, begin.  The Fed meeting—and the ensuing ‘strength’ in the dollar index—are just the smoke screen that they’re using to do the dirty.And as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s column at 4:57 a.m. EDT, I see that the HFT boyz and their algorithms are back—showing up in all four precious metals at 7 a.m. GMT in London.  The LBMA must open at 7 a.m. and not 8 a.m GMT this week.  They dropped the gold price another $18 in minutes—and at one point silver was down over 50 cents from its Thursday close.  Both are now off their lows by a bit.  Platinum and palladium also got hit as well, but they’ve rallied back to almost unchanged, at least for the moment.Here’s the silver chart as of 4:55 a.m. EDT.Gold volume has exploded to 95,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is 21,000 contracts.  The dollar index, which had been up over 50 basis points at one time, is now up ‘only’ 42 basis points.With today being month end—and Hallowe’en—it appears that JPMorgan et al have nothing but tricks up their sleeves for all the precious metal enthusiasts today—and I must admit that I’m not expecting great things when I roll out of bed and check the charts later this morning.But this too, shall pass.See you tomorrow. Silver price is now back to where it was in the first quarter of 2010The gold price wasn’t allowed to do much in early Far East trading on their Thursday—and developed a negative bias around 1 p.m. Hong Kong time—and by the time JPMorgan et al were through, with the low tick coming at 11:30 a.m. EDT, they had gold down around fifteen bucks from it’s Thursday close.  It recovered a few dollars off that low by noon, but then chopped sideways for the remainder of New York trading session.The high and low tick were recorded as $1,216.50 and $1,195.50 in the December contract.Gold closed yesterday at $1,198.80 spot, down $12.80 from Thursday’s close.  Net volume was very high at 195,000 contracts.The silver price didn’t do much in Far East trading up until shortly before 2 p.m. Hong Kong time.  At that point the HFT boyz and their algorithms showed up—and the rest, was they say, was history.  The low tick was in at 11:15 a.m. EDT—and from there it bounced off that low a few times before rallying a bit.  After 12:30 p.m., the price chopped sideways in a tight range until the 5:15 p.m. EDT close of electronic trading.The high and low in silver were reported as $17.205 and $16.33 in the December contract, which was an intraday move of a hair over 5 percent.Silver finished the Thursday session at $16.46 spot, down 63 cents from Thursday’s close.  That’s a new low price for silver going back to March of 2010.  Net volume was a whopping 74,000 contracts.Platinum also ran into the same not-for-profit seller shortly before 2 p.m. in Hong Kong.  It’s low came minutes before 12 o’clock noon in New York.  It rallied a few bucks from there before trading flat for the remainder of the Thursday session.  Platinum was closed down 17 bucks.The palladium price got smacked twice yesterday.  The first time was at the New York open at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening—and the second time was at the London p.m. gold fix on Thursday.  Like platinum, JPMorgan et al set the low of the day just minutes before noon EDI—and the price didn’t do much after that.  Palladium was closed down 16 dollars on the day.The dollar index closed at 85.99 late on Wednesday afternoon in New York—and then took three steps up to its 86.41 high tick, which came shortly after London opened on their Thursday.  From there it quietly sold back to the 86.00 mark by 12:20 p.m. EDT.  It gained some back by 2 p.m.—and then traded sideways into the close.  The index finished the Thursday session at 86.18—up 19 basis points on the day.Once again the gold shares got crushed, as the HUI closed lower by 7.44%—the biggest one-day decline that I can remember—and I can remember quite a lot.  The HUI is down almost 12 percent in the last two trading days.The silver equities fared better, but that’s only a relative term in this situation, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index got hammered for another 5.65 percent.The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day 1 of the November delivery month showed that 2 gold and 44 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday.  In silver, the only short/issuer was Jefferies—and R.J. O’Brien and Canada’s Scotiabank stopped 25 and 18 contracts respectively. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.As I said in yesterday’s missive, barring any surprises, the November delivery month will be a yawner—and it’s certainly lived up to its advanced billing.The CME Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed that November open interest declined by 207 contracts and now sits at only 67 contracts left—minus the two in the previous paragraph.  In silver, the November open interest is now down to 164 contracts, minus the 44 posted for delivery tomorrow that were mentioned above.There was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday, as an authorized participant took out 38,449 troy ounces and, once again, there was no change in SLV.Since there were no withdrawals or additions to SLV during the reporting week, which ended on Wednesday,  there was no report from Joshua Gibbons yesterday.For the second day in a row, there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.I’ll certainly be interested if they update their sales report for today, which is the last business day of the month.  If they don’t, the sales report for Monday should be quite something, as the mint has now gotten into the practice of withholding sales at the end of the month if it pushes silver eagles sales for the current month, too high.There was no gold received at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, but 96,450.000 troy ounces were shipped out—and that amount is precisely 3,000 kilobars, probably heading to China.  The link to that activity is here.It was a very quiet day in silver, as nothing was received—and only 7,060 troy ounces were shipped out.Nick Laird surprised me with the latest withdrawal from the Shanghai Gold Exchange for the week ending October 24.  It was another very chunky amount, as 59.684 tonnes were reported withdrawn—and here’s Nick’s most excellent chart.Once again I don’t have a lot of stories for you today—but there are several in here that fall into the absolute must read category so I hope you can make time for them.Since the commercials are so collusive and in control of the technical funds’ trading activities, they can do with the technical funds as they see fit. I truly believe that the key to understanding the manipulation is to know that the commercials control everything that the technical funds do; just like a puppeteer controls a puppet. If it were otherwise, we wouldn’t see the clear pattern in managed money behavior in silver (and other COMEX/NYMEX metals) of massive technical fund buying as prices rise and selling on declining prices, always ending in extreme positions at reversal points. With this in mind, the only explanation that seems plausible to me as to why the commercials let the technical funds off the hook the last two occasions of extreme managed money shorting is because the commercials were biding their time and waiting for a more opportune time to put it to the technical funds. Let’s face it, the technical funds have been like the goose that laid golden eggs for the commercials. You don’t cook and eat a goose like that without a thought. What I’m saying is that the commercials know that they can maneuver the technical funds into any extreme position at any time they want and that earlier in the year the commercials let the technical funds off the hook because they knew they could do it again whenever the commercials desired. (That’s my explanation, but if anyone has a different take, please drop me a note). – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 29 October 2014Yesterday’s price action in all four precious metals in general, but gold and silver in particular, should have come as no surprise, as JPMorgan et al attempt to drive as many of the Managed Money traders as possible off the long side and onto the short side in gold.I must admit that I was more than taken aback by the hatchet job that they managed to perform on the silver price, because with the Managed Money already holding a record short position, the selling had to come from somewhere other than the Commercial category—and that only leaves the small traders in the Nonreportable category as the long sellers/short buyers.Of course it’s possible that the Managed Money has gone even shorter than they already have, but without a Commitment of Traders Report to look at, it’s impossible to tell—and none of the price action of the last three trading days, including today, will be in the COT Report that comes out later this afternoon.Here are the 6-month charts for both both gold and silver—and as I mentioned at the top of this column, the silver price is now back to where it was in the first quarter of 2010.last_img read more

I think Im coming down with somethingUsually tha

first_imgI think I’m coming down with something.Usually that means I prepare a mug of tea, add a spoonful of honey kept solely for such occasions, and add a dash of lemon juice. This elixir, I’ve been told, will soothe my sore throat and coax my raspy voice back to normalcy. But does it actually work?”I have to say, when I have patients that are sick, I often ask them to sip hot tea,” says Dr. Edward Damrose, chief of laryngology at Stanford Health Care. “But I’m not sure that it’s the tea itself that has the beneficial property, or that the warm water cuts through the phlegm and makes patients feel good.”To figure out whether the classic tea drink alleviates a sore throat, it helps to know what causes a sore throat in the first place. As Damrose explains, the throat is divided into two parts: a pharynx and a larynx, and both can be infected at the same time or separately. We use our pharynx when we swallow food or liquid. Bacterial or viral infections can cause the pharynx to swell and lead to a sore throat.When we speak, on the other hand, we use our larynx, the part of the throat that contains our vocal cords. Viral infections make it more difficult for the vocal cords to vibrate, causing us to lose our voices.How exactly this happens is something of a mystery. “We have a lot of ideas but not a definite answer,” says Dr. Jennifer Long, assistant professor of head and neck surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. One theory suggests that white blood cells storm the vocal cords, causing them to swell and preventing vibration. Another theory is that viruses injure the surface of the vocal cords, making it difficult to vibrate. “For being a common problem, it’s surprising how little we know,” Long says.On top of this uncertainty, there’s not a lot of good research on whether tea or honey can help a sore throat or lost voice, according to Dr. Maya Sardesai, an associate professor of otolaryngology and surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. High-quality health studies typically use placebos, but that’s difficult in this case, Sardesai explains. Most people can tell whether they’re drinking tea and honey, so creating placebos for study participants is challenging.These difficulties aside, all three doctors are willing to speculate about whether tea, honey and lemon help a sore throat and voice loss.Let’s start with tea. Because liquids and food go down our pharynx, not our larynx, Damrose points out that any beverage is unlikely to have a direct effect on our vocal cords. But tea could still help a sore throat that results from a swelled pharynx. Research has shown green tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which could help decrease a sore throat’s swelling. Perhaps more importantly, according to Damrose, when people drink a liquid like tea, the act of sipping and swallowing prevents irritating coughing. Warm liquid can also help remove throat phlegm. Long and Sardesai recommend teas with low caffeine, because caffeine may lead to greater acid production and irritate the throat further.As for honey, “it’s really very speculative” whether honey helps throat pain, according to Long. Honey might be a natural anti-coughing agent, but so far research is inconclusive. On the other hand, none of the doctors suggest that honey might harm the throat.That’s not the case for lemon. “I actually worry about too much lemon because it’s so acidic, and acids can be irritating” to the throat, says Long. Sardesai agrees, though she notes that “lemon does have vitamin C, and vitamin C is thought to be helpful early in some infections.” Damrose notes another plus: Lemon has antibacterial properties, which could fight off bacterial sore throat.The tea-honey-lemon trifecta has a mixed report card. For more tested treatments, the doctors recommend resting, inhaling steam and — in the case of voice loss — speaking as little as possible (yes, that includes cutting back on whispering). Symptoms should subside within two weeks, and if not, a trip to the doctor is warranted.I’ll do my best to follow the doctors’ advice. Just as soon as I finish my cup of tea.Natalie Jacewicz is a science writer based in New York City. You can find more of her work here. Gnawing Questions is a semi-regular column answering the food mysteries puzzling us and our readers. Got a question you want us to explore? Let us know via our contact form. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A huge study on the possible health benefits of dr

first_imgA huge study on the possible health benefits of drinking alcohol will be completely shut down, because its credibility was compromised by frequent and early interactions between alcohol industry executives, scientists and government officials.That was the decision made by Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health. “Is it even possible at this point that the results of such a trial would have sufficient credibility to influence anybody’s decision-making?” asked Collins. “That does, in fact, seem quite doubtful.”George Koob, director of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which partly funded the trial, agreed. “I feel that the trial is irrevocably damaged,” said Koob, at a meeting of an advisory committee that gives advice to the NIH director.The Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health Trial was designed to follow over 7,000 people for years, at a cost of around $100 million. Half of the study’s participants would be instructed to abstain from alcohol, while the other half would be told to have a drink every day. The study was being funded in part by major players in the alcohol industry, through a nonprofit foundation linked to the NIH.An investigation by The New York Times revealed that scientists and NIH officials had met with alcohol company executives and appeared to solicit money from them in violation of government policy, prompting the NIH to shut down enrollment in the trial and do its own investigation.A report released Friday on the results of that investigation says that several National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism staffers “hid facts” from other staffers, and that there appeared to be an effort “to intentionally bias the framing of the scientific premise in the direction of demonstrating a beneficial health effect of moderate alcohol consumption.”The report includes emails, with names redacted, including one in which a staffer voices concern about the NIAAA appearing to solicit a gift from industry, “which we absolutely cannot do.” Another email from a staffer at the foundation noted a story the alcohol industry press saying that the foundation was raising money from industry for a large study, but that “no one here” knew what it referred to.”I think a very flashing neon light is staff conducting activities that they are trying to hide from other staff. That tells you that something is being done here that everybody recognizes has crossed a line,” said Collins. “Another very clear line is if that interaction involves a manipulation of what the research plan is going to be to achieve a certain outcome that would be beneficial to the donors. And that was clearly happening in these discussions as well.”Only 105 people had enrolled in the trial before it was suspended, said Collins, who expressed gratitude to the press for initially uncovering the problems with the study.”We do want to use this as a teachable moment,” he said. Collins noted that public-private partnerships have allowed valuable research to move forward for things like Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, Parkinson’s disease and cancer in ways that are “above reproach in terms of the way in which they were put together and the way the science is being conducted.”But this kind of interaction with industry clearly has risks, said Collins, who added that he will work with other officials to more clearly lay out the ethical boundaries that cannot be crossed. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A mental health charity has been heavily criticise

first_imgA mental health charity has been heavily criticised for its decision to announce a partnership with a controversial US insurance giant that has made significant financial gains from government incapacity benefit reforms that it influenced through its lobbying.The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) said the new partnership with Unum would see the two organisations work together to tackle the stigma of mental health in the workplace and encourage employers to safeguard the mental health of their employees.But disabled activists who learned of the partnership this week are horrified that a mental health charity would join forces with an organisation that has made money from the controversial programme to reform incapacity benefits and has bragged about steering government policy on those reforms.They point out that many thousands of people with mental distress have either died or had their health further damaged by the reforms.Mo Stewart, the disabled activist who has led efforts in the UK to raise concerns about Unum’s influence, has written to a trustee of the charity to alert him to the company’s background.She told Disability News Service (DNS) she had “spent the past six years researching the links between this American insurance corporate giant with the British government*, their funding of a research centre to produce policy-based research that was used to justify the introduction of the fatally flawed WCA, and the fact that they were identified as the second worst healthcare insurance company in America”.She said: “It remains cause for serious concern that this American corporate giant continues to infiltrate the agencies concerned with the welfare of our most vulnerable people.”Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of the user-led, grassroots network Shaping Our Lives, also raised concerns about the partnership.He said: “Organisations like MHF (and Mind and Rethink etc) hog the resources, the credibility and still largely sign up to a traditional psychiatric/medical model which isn’t really working and isn’t really helpful.“For this sort of thing to be lurking as well means – well – what friends and allies have we really got, if such liaisons are underpinning organisations claiming to speak for us?”Unum was once described by a senior US law official as an “outlaw company” and it has been repeatedly exposed in the US courts for its refusal to pay out on large numbers of genuine insurance claims by disabled people.In 2011, Unum launched a major marketing campaign to promote the need for its income protection insurance (IPI) policies, just as the coalition began its three-year programme to reassess about 1.5 million existing claimants of old-style incapacity benefit through the work capability assessment (WCA).Disabled activists insist that the hated WCA is simply a public sector version of the tests used by companies like Unum to justify turning down valid IPI claims, and that by making the process of applying for the out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance (ESA) harsh and stressful, it has made IPI look more attractive.Three years ago, DNS revealed the existence of a Unum document from 2005 which bragged that government policy on disability assessment and management was “moving in the same direction” as Unum’s own views, and was “to a large extent being driven by our thinking and that of our close associates”.In 2002 – six years before the Labour government launched the WCA and the new ESA – Unum submitted a detailed memo to the Commons work and pensions committee.In the memo, Unum called for fundamental reform of the welfare system, and said the government “must ensure both that work always pays more than benefits, and more importantly that it is clearly seen to do so”, while laying out proposals with a strong resemblance to the ESA/WCA reforms that would be introduced several years later.The Unum memo suggested retaining a form of IB for those “genuinely incapable of undertaking any work whatsoever”, as Labour did with the ESA support group.It stressed in the memo that the company – then known as UnumProvident – was “confident that its policies and approach to [IPI] claim management and rehabilitation can be replicated more widely for those on IB” and that it would “particularly welcome the opportunity to put them into practice”.Despite this memo, and other evidence, John Letizia, head of public affairs for Unum UK, said in a statement: “Unum does not and never has lobbied on the topic of welfare reform or related matters.”He said: “As with many other businesses, Unum partners with various organisations on issues of mutual interest.“Our research in this case aims to tackle the stigma of mental health in the workplace in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, a fantastic charity with who we wish to help reach and educate businesses on this important issue.”The Mental Health Foundation refused to respond to the particular criticisms of Unum, but a spokesman said: “As a UK mental health charity that seeks to reach the broadest possible audience, we are always looking for ways to amplify our message and to develop new evidence to ensure everyone is able to enjoy good mental health.“That includes entering into partnerships with companies to help increase our reach and our capacity to undertake new research.“These are sometimes difficult judgements to make and we are guided by an assessment of whether the output of a partnership will break new ground and positively benefit people’s lives.“To that end, we took a decision, which we stand by, to work with Unum on an important project which we are confident will uncover fresh insights on how employers can build a more supportive environment for people experiencing mental distress into their everyday business activity.”He added: “On the issue of welfare reform, like many charities we have raised concerns about the disproportionate effect on mental health that some welfare reform measures have had.“We remain concerned, and as an organisation that speaks truth to power, we continue to raise questions and promote debate through our policy, research and campaigning activities.“We will not hesitate to raise any concerns directly with Unum, if needed, and have found them open to constructive dialogue.”*Her book, Cash Not Care – The Planned Demolition Of The UK Welfare State, will be published later this year by New Generation Publishinglast_img read more

The Department for Work and Pensions has refused t

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions has refused to name the charities and other organisations being paid millions of pounds to help deliver its new disability employment programme across England and Wales.All six of the new Work and Health Programme contracts went “live” last week, and DWP announced the main contractors in October.But it has refused to say which smaller organisations are helping to deliver the programme as sub-contractors.DWP’s reluctance to do so is likely to be linked to criticism that has been aimed at disability charities that were set to play a significant role in the new programme.When Disability News Service contacted seven of the largest disability charities – most of which are not user-led – in December 2016, none of them ruled out seeking Work and Health Programme contracts.But disabled activists have raised concerns that winning such contracts could mean that these and other charities would be unwilling to criticise the government on social security reform.All seven of the charities contacted in December 2016 insisted then that any contracts they won from the government would have no impact on their campaigning work.There are also major concerns about the programme itself, which is part of the government’s much-criticised Improving Lives work, health and disability strategy, with its “cruel and disastrous” emphasis on “work as a cure”, the placement of employment advisers in health services, and the continued use of benefit sanctions to “punish” disabled claimants.Disability News Service submitted a freedom of information request last month in a bid to discover which voluntary and private sector organisations would be helping to deliver the Work and Health Programme (WHP).But when DWP responded to the request earlier this month, it said the subcontracting organisations were still “subject to change”, but that it would “seek to publish a list of the confirmed main sub-contractors supporting the WHP” following “go live of all WHP contracts” in the week beginning 15 January.That date passed last week, but no list has yet been published.When DNS asked why it had not been released, a DWP spokeswoman said the department “will seek to publish a list of the sub-contractors in due course”.She refused to comment further.Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “It is no surprise that DWP are unwilling to release details of firms involved in colluding to exploit disabled people for their own profits and this simply confirms the underhand way DWP run their programmes and their diabolical practices. “We look forward, together with Boycott Workfare, to finding out which organisations will be involved in implementing the new disability employment programme.”Denise McKenna, co-founder of the Mental Health Resistance Network, said: “No one who is on the side of disabled people is celebrating the delivery of the Health and Work Programme, as it will wreck lives.“Perhaps the successful bidders will choose to celebrate their wins in private, because they know these contracts are shameful.“Disabled activists have called out charities on their close links with the DWP and their failure to remain independent of Tory ideology.“The private firms who take on these contracts, along with the charities, will be closely watched by activists.“Their identities can’t be protected by the DWP forever.“We are used to the DWP being secretive. After all, they have so much to hide.”The main WHP contractors are Remploy (in Wales); the charity Shaw Trust in central England and the home counties; Reed In Partnership in north-east England; Ingeus in the north-west; and Pluss in the south of England.Remploy, formerly owned by the government, is now mostly controlled by the US company Maximus.Maximus has a disturbing track record of discrimination, incompetence and fraud in the US, while Remploy slashed the pay of service-users who were taking part in inspections of health and care facilities, after taking on three Care Quality Commission contracts, and has since been heavily criticised for its performance in delivering those contracts.last_img read more

A disabled benefit claimant with high support need

first_imgA disabled benefit claimant with high support needs who has lost more than £40 a week after having to transfer onto the new universal credit – forcing him into even greater poverty – has challenged the government to defend its drastic cuts and reforms.Mark Golden, from Yorkshire, estimates that he paid more than £100,000 in income tax and national insurance during his working life before he was forced to leave his job by a serious injury at work.Now the wheelchair-user is having to confront the reality of the impact of the introduction of universal credit on disabled people, after being forced off employment and support allowance (ESA) and onto the new system.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has repeatedly refused to provide details of exactly how universal credit will affect disabled people in different situations financially, insisting instead that more than a million disabled people will be better off by £100 a month under universal credit.But Golden’s case appears to demonstrate how many disabled people with high support needs will be forced into even deeper poverty by universal credit.On 1 December, Golden – who has both physical and mental health impairments – had to move from Bradford to Bridlington so he could be nearer his family, because of his deteriorating health.Because of his change of circumstances, he was told that he would have to move from the ESA support group – and associated disability premiums – onto the much-criticised universal credit.He was shocked to be told that he would receive only £149 a week in living costs benefits on universal credit, compared with £191 a week on ESA, severe disability premium (SDP) and enhanced disability premium (EDP).Out of that £149, he must also contribute £17 a week towards his housing costs.Out of the remaining £132, he must also pay child support (£10 a week), credit card repayments (£20, after having to replace his fridge-freezer and washing-machine), contents insurance (£2 a week), about £6 a week on his mobile phone (he has no landline or broadband), TV licence (£3 a week), gas and electricity (£27 or £28 a week), and £10 a week he budgets for clothing and footwear (he gets through five or six pairs of trainers a year because he drags his left foot).He already has to restrict his use of central heating, only turning it on when the temperature in his flat falls below ten degrees, even though he has Raynaud’s disease, which affects extremities such as the fingers and toes in cold temperatures.This leaves about £50 a week for food and other essentials like toiletries and cleaning products, but that is without the £20 a week he budgets for MOT and car repairs, the £20 a week he previously spent on petrol, which he can no longer afford, and council tax of more than £20 a week he has been asked to pay, which he is hoping the council will reduce.He has been left with a choice of spending his little remaining weekly income on food, heat or transportation. He is likely to have to sell his car, leaving him even more isolated than he is already.He will eventually receive some compensation for the loss of SDP – likely to be less than £20 a week extra, backdated to when he moved onto universal credit – once regulations laid before parliament this week are voted on by MPs.He also receives personal independence payment of £145 a month to cover some of his disability-related extra costs, but he uses this to pay for personal care, provide the support he needs for visits to shops and other busy locations, and to pay for taxis when he is too ill to drive.In a letter to his MP, the Conservative Sir Greg Knight, Golden described both how inaccessible he had found the universal credit process and the impact on his income, writing: “As a constituent of Bridlington I would like to inform its MP of what is happening in his constituency. And how Universal Credits is so unfit for purpose.“The whole process has left my health even worse and I can totally understand why people are actually taking their own lives due to the process and awards of Universal Credits.”He told Disability News Service that he wanted the government to explain how it could justify the “dread and high stress levels” caused by the introduction of universal credit, which was leaving him and others with less money and “causing even more hardship and very difficult decisions on what areas you can cut back on in an already frugal lifestyle”.He said this was “pushing people into even more poverty and hardship” and having a “massive” impact on both their physical and mental health.He said: “Over the past few years, disabled people of this country have been made to jump through the government’s hoops to receive what they are entitled to, in many cases going through not only the benefit allocation but also the appeals processes.“At times, it makes one feel like you are having to grovel for what you’re entitled to.”A DWP spokesperson said: “People can access support online, via our helpline or in the jobcentre and Mr Golden regularly uses his online journal to communicate with the DWP.“In some circumstances, home visits can also be arranged to support a claimant with their claim.“Where a claimant is unable to make or maintain their claim online, they are able to do so using the claims by phone process.”She said the government was “committed to supporting people with disabilities and health conditions.“The SDP is not part of universal credit because we have simplified disability provision within universal credit.“This change ensures that around one million disabled people will receive more in universal credit than the legacy benefits system.”Despite this, a report by the Commons work and pensions committee suggested last month that even claimants with higher support needs would be worse off under universal credit because of the loss of SDP and EDP, saying that universal credit “does not match what those claimants could have received under the legacy system, with the premia in place”.DWP continues to refuse to say if it accepts this statement is correct.Only last week, the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton, told her Labour shadow, Marsha de Cordova, that it would be too expensive to find out how many disabled people claiming SDP had been moved onto universal credit since June last year – and in the previous 18 months – in circumstances like Golden’s.Golden will be one of the last recipients of SDP to be moved on to universal credit, at least for several months, as new regulations came into force yesterday (Wednesday) that prevent any further migration of such claimants – apart from those involved in a small pilot programme – until the main “managed migration” process begins next year.Ministers laid this and another set of regulations before parliament on Monday (14 January), following a statement made by employment minister Alok Sharma on 11 January.The other set of regulations – which will have to be approved by MPs – will allow the government to run the small pilot, which will involve a maximum of 10,000 claimants of legacy benefits, including ESA, moving onto universal credit, which will begin in July.The regulations will also provide transitional protection for former recipients of SDP like Golden who have already moved across to universal credit, and those who will do so in the future.But even when these protections are introduced, ministers have previously suggested there will be compensation of only about £80 a month, compared with potential losses for Golden of more than £180 a month.The government will report on findings from the pilot before introducing legislation that will allow it to extend the “managed migration” to a further three million people on legacy benefits, including hundreds of thousands on ESA.The DWP spokesperson said: “The department will be providing a transitional payment to those who have already moved to universal credit who had SDP before they moved and who are eligible. This will be a lump sum and ongoing payments. “The transitional payments are within the main managed migration regulation package, laid today (Monday), which will be debated prior to the pilot, when parliamentary time allows.“Both the lump sum payment and the ongoing payments will commence after the managed migration regulations are passed.”She added: “The aim of the pilot is to ensure that claimants on all legacy benefits, with a range of differing characteristics, are successfully migrated to universal credit.“The department is currently working closely with a wide and diverse range of stakeholders to design the managed migration process and we are considering our approach to the pilot.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Apple Presents a Pretty Good Take on Shark Tank With Its First

first_img Entrepreneur Staff 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. –shares Next Article Enroll Now for $5 Stephen J. Bronner Add to Queue News Director June 8, 2017center_img Apple Presents a Pretty Good Take on ‘Shark Tank’ With Its First Foray Into TV Image credit: Planet of the Apps 3 min read Apple debuted its first TV series, Planet of the Apps, on Tuesday, and guess what? The first episode was actually good!In the show, entrepreneurs pitch the apps they’ve built to a panel of judges made up of Gary Vaynerchuk, Honest co-founder Jessica Alba, Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow and will.i.am, who is involved with a few tech companies.Related: All the Updates From Apple WWDC 2017The first half of the pilot follows the Shark Tank format: The contestants introduce themselves and their apps to the panel. The difference here is they have 60 seconds to do so in an “escalator pitch” — in which they literally ride down an escalator. The judges then use iPads to vote on whether they’d like to learn more about each given app. If at least one judge does, the contestant presents further. If one of the judges is still interested after this second round, the entrepreneur can choose which leader they’d like to have as a mentor.For me, the nice thing about watching Planet of the Apps was that the judges’ feedback always aligned with my thoughts. Only three concepts made it to the next round — one failed in the second round — while the judges swiftly passed over most of the others. And I didn’t question those decisions.During the second half of the show, the entrepreneurs behind the two apps that were chosen, Pair and Companion, discussed next steps with their partners, Alba and Vaynerchuk, respectively. The advice was stock for any frequent readers of Entrepreneur — know what the value of your product is, look at it from all angles, understand what makes it different from the competition — but the judges delivered it intelligently and entertainingly. If this show proves anything, it’s that Alba has serious business chops.In the final segment of the show, the entrepreneurs pitch a panel of venture capitalists from Lightspeed Venture Partners with their mentors at their side.Related: Why Apple’s Video That Imagines a World Without Apps Makes Me SadBecause the first episode is free, I definitely recommend giving it a watch if the concept strikes your fancy. But in terms of its mass appeal, I have my doubts. As opposed to Shark Tank, which features pitches for general consumer goods, Planet of the Apps strictly focuses on programs that run on mobile devices. I suspect most people just don’t care about apps outside of the most popular ones we all use consistently.I also have my doubts about the show’s potential reach because of its limited distribution. Since it’s an Apple-produced series, it’s only available via iTunes, and you have to pay to watch. This limits its potential audience severely.We’ll just have to wait and see if Planet of the Apps can escape these limitations. ‘Planet of the Apps’ is the latest take on the pitch show, but its appeal may be limited. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Applelast_img read more

SpotX Earns Independent Recertification for TAG AntiFraud AntiPiracy AntiMalware ICQ Seals via

first_img Marketing TechnologyNewsTAG CertifiedTAG PlatinumTAG Platinum StatusTrustworthy Accountability Groupvideo advertising Previous ArticleBotkeeper’s Updated Dashboard Gives More Power to the UserNext ArticleCallsign Chooses Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform, to Deliver More Secure Communications for Banking Customers SpotX Earns Independent Recertification for TAG Anti-Fraud, Anti-Piracy, Anti-Malware, ICQ Seals via BPA Worldwide PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 6:12 pmMay 31, 2019 Video Advertising and Monetization Platform Among First Supply-Side Platforms (Ssps) in Industry to Achieve “Tag Platinum Status” by Earning All Four Seals from Trustworthy Accountability GroupSpotX, the leading global video advertising and monetization platform, announced it has maintained its TAG Platinum Status by being recertified for all four seals awarded by the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) through independent validation by global assurance provider BPA Worldwide. Seals earned by SpotX include the TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal, TAG Certified Against Malware Seal, TAG Certified Against Piracy Seal, and TAG Inventory Quality Guidelines (IQG) Compliance. The independent recertification of all seals further strengthens SpotX’s long-time commitment to brand safety and full transparency.“SpotX is one of the few companies to achieve TAG Platinum Status and independent validation of all four TAG compliance programs: Inventory Quality, Anti-Fraud, Anti-Malware and Anti-Piracy,” said Richard Murphy, BPA’s Executive Vice President of Technology Assurance. “Their commitment to quality and transparency should be recognized and applauded by the industry.”The TAG Certified Against Piracy Program helps advertisers and ad agencies avoid damage to their brands from unsafe ad placements that facilitate the distribution of pirated content and counterfeit products. By blocking sites that commit piracy, SpotX ensures that no money is paid to these entities. The TAG Certified Against Malware initiative works to eliminate the distribution of malware through the digital advertising supply chain, and the TAG Certified Against Fraud Program combats the negative impact of counterfeit online traffic by providing a suite of anti-fraud tools to aid in compliance. The goal of TAG’s IQG program is to create a common framework and language to ensure both campaign goals are reached and informed decisions can be made in programmatic environments.Marketing Technology News: Qlik Kicks Off AI In Action: The Qlik Analytics Tour, The Largest Roadshow In Data & AnalyticsSpotX is recognized as a leader in brand safety and was also an early adopter of ads.txt, the IAB Tech Lab’s technical solution for publicly declaring which companies are authorized to sell digital inventory, thereby combating unauthorized and spoofed impressions across the platform. SpotX is also in full support of app-ads.txt which is identical to ads.txt but specifically designed for mobile in-app and over-the-top (OTT) inventory .“At SpotX, we’re committed to ensuring a brand-safe environment for our advertisers and eliminating any and all bad actors,” said J. Allen Dove, CTO at SpotX and one of the founding members of the IAB’s ads.txt and ads.cert initiatives. “We believe in the importance of implementing multiple processes and technologies to combat fraudulent activity and will continue to keep our ecosystem free of fraud and push to maintain the integrity of the industry as a whole.”Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc.Although there is no silver bullet to eliminate ad fraud, SpotX offers multiple layers of protection by taking a commonsense approach in identifying and eliminating suspicious traffic and bad actors via its in-house Brand Safety Team, licensing with several anti-fraud vendors that both pre-filter invalid traffic and monitor impression quality. The company has also made a strategic decision to avoid doing business with any entity that is not seen as adding value to the ecosystem, and has taken a firm stance on not allowing any low-quality OTT apps or OTT resellers on its platform. In fact, only one out of 100 media owners wishing to do business with SpotX are actually approved and integrated.“The TAG Platinum Status achieved by SpotX marks the highest level of achievement across all four of TAG’s program areas, and it demonstrates the extraordinary commitment of SpotX to ensuring a safe and transparent advertising ecosystem,” said Mike Zaneis, CEO at Trustworthy Accountability Group. “We are delighted to recognize SpotX for its recertification across TAG’s programs and equally pleased it took the extra steps of independent validation through BPA Worldwide, one of TAG’s most important partners in ensuring rigorous compliance across the industry.”Marketing Technology News: Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel”last_img read more

Study findings may explain sporadic outbreaks of C difficile infections in hospitals

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 16 2018Washing contaminated hospital bedsheets in a commercial washing machine with industrial detergent at high disinfecting temperatures failed to remove all traces of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), a bacteria that causes infectious diarrhea, suggesting that linens could be a source of infection among patients and even other hospitals, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.”The findings of this study may explain some sporadic outbreaks of C. difficile infections in hospitals from unknown sources, however, further research is required in order to establish the true burden of hospital bedsheets in such outbreaks,” said Katie Laird, PhD, Head of the Infectious Disease Research Group, School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom and lead author of the study. “Future research will assess the parameters required to remove C. difficile spores from textiles during the laundry process.”Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryDanbury Hospital launches ‘Healing Hugs’ for its most vulnerable patientsHave cancer, must travel: Patients left in lurch after hospital closesResearchers inoculated swatches of cotton sheets with C. difficile. The swatches were then laundered with sterile uncontaminated pieces of fabric using one of two different methods — either in a simulated industrial washing cycle using a washer extractor with and without detergent or naturally contaminated linens from the beds of patients with C. difficile infection were put through a full commercial laundry where they were washed in a washer extractor (infected linen wash) with industrial detergent, pressed, dried, and finished according to current the National Health Service in the United Kingdom’s healthcare laundry policy (Health Technical Memorandum 01-04 Decontamination of Linen for Health and Social Care (2016). Researchers measured the levels of contamination before and after washing.Both the simulated and the commercial laundering via a washer extractor process failed to meet microbiological standards of containing no disease-causing bacteria, the study found. The full process reduced C. difficile spore count by only 40 percent, and this process resulted in bacteria from the contaminated sheets being transferred to the uncontaminated sheets after washing.Researchers concluded that thermal disinfection conditions currently required by the UK National Health System are inadequate for the decontamination of C. difficile spores. There may be potential to spread C. difficile back into the hospital environment as linens could be a source for outbreaks at other healthcare facilities through businesses that collect, launder and redistribute rented linens to multiple hospitals and care facilities, as is the case at NHS facilities.The research team, which also includes PhD student Joanna Tarrant, is working closely with the Textiles Services Association in the UK to continue research to find which combination of laundering parameters will remove C. difficile spores from hospital bedsheets. Source:http://shea-online.org/last_img read more