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England debutant wins grandfather £17000

first_imgLewis Cook has won his grandfather £17,000 after making his debut for England at their international friendly against Italy on TuesdayThe Telegraph has reported that the grandfather, Trevor Burlingham, made a £500 bet back in 2014 that Cook would make his international debut for England before the age of 26.Back then, Cook was just 18 years-old and coming through the youth ranks at Championship side Leeds United with Burlingham making the bet at his local William Hill in Tadcaster, north Yorkshire for odds of 33/1.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…The now Bournemouth midfielder met his grandfather’s prediction by coming on as a 71st minute substitute for Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard in England’s 1-1 draw against Italy at Wembley.The bookies William Hill have now announced that it is the biggest payout they have done since awarding Peter Edwards £125,000 for his grandson Harry Wilson making his Wales debut in 2013. The winger was just 18 months old when his grandfather made the bet.Another famous story was when the father of former Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland won £10,000 for making his international debut with the bet having been made while the goalkeeper was 12 years-old.last_img read more

Lovren says Salah could top Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes if Mohamed Salah leads the club to win the Champions League, he could possibly be deemed a player of the rank of Messi and Ronaldo, and even better – the best player in the world.The Reds will be facing Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday night as they will be looking to add a sixth European Cup to their collection. Los Blancos, on the other side, will be trying to get their hands on their third consecutive Champions League title and fourth in the last five years.Ahead of the clash, Lovren voiced his opinion that Salah could easily compete with and even win over Messi and Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or.“I spoke to Mo about that. It is still quite an early stage but if we win definitely he is one of the contenders,” said Lovren, according to Sport360.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“When you score 44 in all, definitely. When you look, Messi, Ronaldo, Mo Salah, he deserves to be in the top three.”“He has the quality, the world-class experience already.”“He is so calm, a man down to earth and he deserves every credit for every goal he scored for now and definitely we will help him achieve this dream,” Lovren shared.last_img read more

Scientists propose a new type of dark matter and how we can

first_imgA simulation of dark matter filaments across the universe.  Zarija Lukic/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Dark matter is an enigmatic beast. We can’t see it, yet we know it makes up most of our universe. Finding the mysterious particle (or particles) the exotic matter is composed of has puzzled and intrigued scientists for decades. On June 6 at the Planck 2019 conference, an international meeting highlighting frontier physics research, John Terning and Christopher Verhaaren, theoretical physicists at the University of California, Davis, presented a new theory for what makes up dark matter and how we might detect it. A preprint paper of their study was uploaded to the arXiv directory on May 31. Dark matter and dark energy, two theoretical forms of matter, are thought to make up more than 85% of the known universe. When we look out into space, the evidence for the existence of dark matter is plentiful — we can see the effect it has on gravity and the expansion of the universe. We know something, an invisible particle perhaps, is lurking out of sight and responsible for the way our universe works. Scientists have long struggled to find the elusive, exotic particle that makes up dark matter, and more theories abound every year. In December, an Oxford scientist proposed that the universe was made up of a dark fluid. Others have suggested hunting for dark matter in cutting-edge new ways. Still, we have failed to detect it.Which brings us to Terning and Verhaaren’s idea. They argue for a new “type” of dark matter and a way to detect it, a one-two punch of theory and experimental validation. However, the authors of the study caution that verifying it could take quite some time. The new type of dark matter is different from previous theories, which suggest the exotic, invisible particles may be made up of weakling interacting massive particles, or WIMPs. No experiments have been able to find these particles, though scientists have built large, shielded laboratories that hope to reveal them. “We still don’t know what dark matter is,” said Terning in a press release. “The primary candidate for a long time was the WIMP, but it looks like that’s almost completely ruled out.”   The private rocket company trying to send Australia to… See SLAC, a two-mile particle accelerator next to Stanford 2 3:17 Share your voice Commentscenter_img The researchers looked at an opposing theory for dark matter with an equally fantastical name: “dark electromagnetism.” It says there’s a subatomic particle known as a dark photon which sometimes interacts with regular photons that we can already detect. The duo added their own spin to the idea by showing dark matter might be caused by “dark monopoles,” which are based on quantum theory.It all gets very tangled here, especially for us mere mortals struggling with everyday physics. The bottom line? We’ve got a new theory which proposes the “dark monopole” could be detected in an experiment thanks to its interactions with regular photons and the Aharonov-Bohm effect, which has been proven experimentally. However, the observable effect would be incredibly small — even smaller than gravitational waves — and we don’t yet have the technology to detect such minute signals right now. Alan Duffy, a dark matter researcher at Swinburne University in Australia, notes how the first detection of gravitational waves (itself only a theory until recently) took “a century of heroic scientific and engineering effort” suggesting that might be “a worry for the testability of the [new] prediction.”Where does that leave Terning and Verhaaren’s theory? Well, as a theory, of course. But that’s where all good science starts. Tags 33 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Techlast_img read more

UPDATE List Of Charities And Steps To Donate As Harvey Relief Grows

first_imgUnited Way Relief Fund:To give to the United Way Flood Relief Fund visit unitedwayhouston.org/flood or text UWFLOOD to 41444 BarkerRipley:Working in collaboration with other agencies, BarkerRipley picks up after the initial emergency responders and work on helping people restart their lives. To donate to BarkerRipley visit their site here. The flooding and devastation caused by Harvey has not stopped since it made landfall Friday night. Home have been destroyed and thousands have been displaced.There are many who feel compelled to help the afflicted in any way they can.If you plan on donating to Harvey relief here are some charities and things you should consider. Share Red Cross:The Red Cross has been organizing shelters to aide families displaced by the storm.They rely on monetary donations to provide immediate relief.Use this link to donate or  text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross in Texas has also asked people to volunteer. They announced Friday that they would be training volunteers at their shelters through a “fast=track” course. The Salvation Army also announced it would be accepting volunteers to hand out supplies and food at shelters. Check for a local group in your area that is sending volunteers. USAID CIDI:USAID is the U.S. Agency for International Development Office, and the CIDI is the Center for International Disaster Information.Their mission is to guide and inform the public, including religious and community groups; diaspora; embassies; non-profits; corporations; businesses and governmental organizations about the most effective ways to support international disaster relief and recovery.They have released a detailed guide on the steps you should take to donate responsibly. Other charities to donate to include:The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in north, central and east Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society.The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.What to watch out for:Before you donate, it is important to know where your aide is going.By using organizations like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau, you can make sure you know your money is being used to help.last_img read more

ATM Fees Among The Highest In Houston

first_imgPublicDomainPictures.net Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img X ATM fees have gone up across the county for the past 14 years.In Houston, bank customers are paying on average $5.18 when they’re using other banks’ machines – the third-most nationwide.A survey by Bankrate.com looked at the 10 largest banks in 25 metro areas.Greg McBride, the company’s chief financial officer, said the bank that owns the ATM usually charges around $3.The issue is with what your own bank charges on top of that.“(In) many other parts of the country, we actually saw more accounts and more banks that were allowing their own customers to go outside the network for free,” he said. “You’d still pay the ATM owner but at least you wouldn’t pay your own bank. In Houston, that wasn’t the case.”To avoid costly charges, he said, you should only get cash at your own bank’s ATM or find out if your bank is part of a network that lets you access other machines for free. 00:00 /00:54last_img read more

The guru and the mantra

first_imgJD Institute of Fashion Technology officially launched Tarun Shienh, CMD Premia Group as the mentor for the students of interior design at Eros International Continental recently. The event witnessed the association of two eminent personalities, Shienh who is a renowned name in the field of real estate and RC Dalal who is a pioneer in the field of design education. Rohit Bal, mentor for Fashion Design department at JD Institute also graced the occasion.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Shienh would be closely working with the student designers of interior design department and would absorb them in the industry. Talking about the event the mentor said, ‘I am very excited and honoured to be a part of JD Institute of Fashion Technology. The Indian interior infrastructure sector is growing at a CAGR of 5-7%. Employment of interior designers is expected to grow 19 percent till 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. This gives immense opportunities and scope for one to make a career in interior design. My aim is to enhance knowledge about the industry, design, layout, material selection and market intelligence’.Dalal said having Shienh is a great way to boost the learning and the exposure of jediiians. ‘We wanted to raise the bar for student designers and give them an experience of live projects, while also enabling them to get insights about the industry,’ he said.last_img read more

A digital journey with France

first_imgShowcasing the strength of India–France present and future partnerships – from trade to industry, and technology to arts, Bonjour India has set-up a unique pavilion at Children’s Park, India Gate. Titled ‘The Experience,’ the exhibition presents the scale and richness of the past, present and future relations between France and India. Divided into three spaces inspired by the three keywords of Bonjour India – Innovation, Creativity and Partnership, it hosts forty areas of creative and innovative cooperation between the two countries. ‘The Experience’ offer audiences an interactive and immersive multimedia experience of 45 minutes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn Thursday evening, The Ambassador of France, Alexandre Ziegler along with Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar was present for the launch of ‘The Experience’– a digital journey with France along with Dr Bertrand de Hartingh, Curator General of Bonjour India, Director of the French Institute in India.Created and curated by the French Institute (French Embassy) in India, the project has been co-curated and implemented by the agency SpaceMatters, headed by Amritha Ballal and Suditya Sinha. The structure is an expression of modern urban architecture and the exhibits in the interior are intended to represent an experience using technology at its forefront. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIFI and SpaceMatters pushed to have a completely public exhibition in completely public spaces. The structure boasts of over 10000 sqft of space and 9 metres in height, housing high-end digital equipment to tell the story of the Indo-French journey over time. The whole structure has been designed and custom built to be used not just for this occasion – but in a manner that is so flexible that it can be used in whole or parts – creating a sculptural and most importantly usable public installation – it combines, technology and new material, with the ingenuity of craft.At the launch of ‘The Experience’, The Ambassador of France, Alexandre Ziegler said, “Today, we saw the launch of ‘The Experience’ which is a very important visual expression for Bonjour India showcasing the long term collaboration between India and France in a modern and innovative format. The modern structure curated by the French Institute in India in collaboration with an Indian design firm – Space Matters is a strong representation of our efforts to bring forward collaborations reflecting on our past and present to build a strong future.”The third edition of Bonjour India 2017-18 is a four-month-long mega voyage across India that will celebrate Indo-French partnership as well as shape the next decade of human exchange between the two countries. From November 2017 to February 2018, Bonjour India covers 100 projects in 33 cities across 20 states and union territories.last_img read more

Canadian family affected by fatal bus crash in Mexico

first_img Share Wednesday, December 20, 2017 OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says at least one Canadian family has been affected by a bus crash in eastern Mexico that has killed an estimated dozen people.The department says it is providing consular assistance to the family, but could not provide further details about how many Canadians were in the bus and whether they were killed or injured.Authorities in Mexico say of the 31 people on the bus, at least 12 people were killed and 18 were injured Tuesday.The bus was carrying cruise ship passengers to Mayan ruins when it flipped over on a highway.Quintana Roo state Civil Defence spokesman Vicente Martin says seven Americans and two Swedes were among the injured, but says authorities hadn’t yet established the nationalities of the dead.Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises says in a statement that passengers from two of its ships, the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, were involved.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthVideo images from the scene show the bus on its side in vegetation off the two-lane highway, with some survivors lying on the pavement and others walking around.Public Security of Quintana Roo state said in a statement that emergency responders took the injured to hospitals in Bacalar, Chetumal and Tulum.The agency says Mexican officials have been in contact with consular offices to assist families of the victims and injured, including citizens of the U.S., Sweden and Brazil. The Canadian Press Canadian family affected by fatal bus crash in Mexico Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Earn 10 commission when booking on TravelCars agent platform

first_img Friday, December 14, 2018 Earn 10% commission when booking on TravelCar’s agent platform Posted by Travelweek Group LOS ANGELES — TravelCar.com has launched a new incentive program for agents in both Canada and the U.S., just in time for the holidays.Travel agents who use TravelCar’s ‘Travel Agent Platform’ to book parking reservations for their clients will earn a 10% commission, plus be entered in a contest to win up to US$250 in Amazon gift cards.Reservations must be made between Dec. 14, 2018 and Jan. 7, 2019.The platform was launched in October as a way for agents to book parking at airports, seaports, train stations and city centres in more than 50 countries. The company has already partnered with more than 40 agencies in the U.S. and Canada.TravelCar’s parking network in the U.S. covers more than 50 cities, including 18 of the top 20 major airports with parking options at the top four airports in Canada.“We value our travel agent partners and wanted to create an incentive program for the holiday season that would let them know how much we appreciate their business,” said CEO and Co-Founder Ahmed Mhiri. “This is just the first of many incentive programs to come and we look forward to working with our current and future travel agent partners.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesThe contest is open to all travel agents and agencies based in the U.S. and Canada. Agents can sign up for access for free at join.travelcar.com and begin making reservations for clients.center_img Share Tags: Agent Incentives, TravelCar << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Silvers sojourn above the 20 spot price didnt l

first_img Silver’s sojourn above the $20 spot price didn’t last long…and the Far East low, around $19.50 spot, came just before 3:00 p.m. local time…a few minutes before the 8:00 a.m. BST London open. After that, it was pretty much the same chart pattern in silver as it was in gold…with the sell-offs and rallies coming at the same times as gold as well.  Nothing free market about this. Silver’s low price tick in New York came just before 12:30 p.m. EDT…and Kitco recorded that as $19.38 spot.  The high tick in the Far East came shortly after 8:00 a.m. Tokyo time…and that looked to be around $20.30 spot.  Silver had an intraday price move of about 5 percent. Silver closed at $19.69 spot…back under $20 spot…and down 43 cents on the day.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of the July delivery month, was 32,500 contracts. JPMorgan wanted gold back under $1,300…and silver under $20…and they got their wish Not surprisingly, gold got sold down right from the time that trading began in the Far East at 8:00 a.m. in Hong Kong.  An interim low was in just minutes before the London open…and from there it didn’t do much until the 8:20 EDT Comex open in New York. The rally that began at that time, ran into a seller of last resort at 9:00 a.m….and then it was all down hill until 1:00 p.m. EDT.  The rally from that point lasted until 2:45 p.m…and then it got sold down for about thirty minutes before trading sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close. The low tick at 1:00 p.m. EDT was recorded by Kitco at $1,275.40 spot…and the high…around $1,301 at the 8:00 a.m. open in Hong Kong. Gold closed at $1,282.60 spot…down an even $16.00 on the day.  Gross volume, with the lion’s share being of the high-frequency trading variety, was around 172,000 contracts. The dollar index, which closed in New York Friday afternoon at 82.41, jumped up about 10 basis points at the open on Sunday night in New York…and then chopped higher…hitting its high tick of 82.82 at 8:20 a.m. EDT, the exact time of the Comex open. But by 9:00 a.m. the index was back to 82.54…and traded sideways from there.  Then, starting around 1:00 p.m. EDT, it fell down to 82.31 by 2:30 p.m…before recovering a hair into the close.  The index closed at 82:45…up a whole 4 basis points from Friday’s close.  Here’s the 2-day dollar index chart. Gold: Dead Cat or Raging Bull? While GLD has tanked, gold bullion is selling like hotcakes. What is going on? For answers, The Street and Casey Research will host a free investors’ webinar on Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m. EST – with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others. Register here to watch. (Click on image to enlarge) Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) (Click on image to enlarge) (Click on image to enlarge) Once the rallies in these metals are allowed to begin, it will be interesting to see how far JPMorgan will let the prices run to the upside now that they’re mega-long in both gold and copper…and they’re probably pretty much out of their short position in silver as well.  I would guess that they’re short positions in both platinum and palladium are either immaterial….or covered in other markets. I believe that today is options expiry on the Comex for all four precious metals…and the big traders have to be out by the end of the Comex session on Wednesday…and everyone else before first notice day, which is Friday.  The next four trading days…the end of the week and the quarter…could be educational in the precious metal markets. If we get through the Comex trading session today without any serious price activity in either gold or silver, we’ll be looking at a Commitment of Traders Report for the record books on Friday.  However, as we’ve already discovered in the past, “da boyz” are very good at withholding data from this report if it suits them…and it may suit them at this stage of the game.  We’ll find out at 3:30 p.m. EDT on that day. Not much happened during the Far East trading session on their Tuesday. All four precious metals got sold down a bit, but recovered going into the London open.  Gold volume is pretty high…46,000 contracts…but it’s a good bet that the vast majority of that is of the high-frequency trading variety.  Silver’s volume, net of roll-overs, is close to ‘normal’…whatever that means these days.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:20 a.m. EDT…gold is up a hair from Monday’s close…and silver is flat.  Both platinum and palladium are up well over a percent. The dollar index is down about 14 basis points. Because of its effect on this Friday’s COT Report, I’ll be more than interested in what happens during the Tuesday trading session in New York today. And here’s your ABSOLUTE LAST CHANCE to sign up for Casey Research’s FREE ON-LINE VIDEO EVENT.  It’s entitled “GOLD: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull?“ It features Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, Steven Feldman, Rob McEwen and Jeff Clark. They explore the recent fluctuations of the gold price and what it means for investors. Does gold’s drop signal the end of its bull run, or is it just taking a breather? Should investors load up on or unload gold? The free online event Gold: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull? hosted by The Street and Casey Research, with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others will provide some answers.  This free video airs today, June 25th at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.  It will be available for viewing after the initial stream for those who have schedule conflicts.  You can check it out…and then sign up for it here.  Based on the events of the last few weeks, it pretty much goes without saying that it will be worth your time. See you here tomorrow. The gold stocks gapped down at the open…hitting their nadir at around 10:20 a.m. in New York.  From there, they more or less traded sideways until just after 12:00 o’clock noon EDT…and then they rallied until 2:45 p.m. when gold printed its afternoon high tick.  Then they got sold off with the gold price going into the close.  The HUI was hit for another 4.19%. The silver shares got crushed again, with some of the juniors getting hit for double-digit losses.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index was down 5.48%. (Click on image to enlarge) As I’ve stated before, along with every seller that’s dumping his position in a panic, or forced liquidation…is a ‘strong hands’ buyer[s] that’s scooping up everything that is falling off the table.  Unless their intent is to sell on the upside to cap any price rally, they won’t be selling any time soon. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 151 gold and 8 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories.  In gold, it was “all the usual suspects”.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. With the end of the June delivery month at hand, there shouldn’t be too much left on the delivery schedule for either metal…and the First Day Notice numbers will be posted on the CME’s website late on Thursday evening…and I’ll have them for you in Friday’s column.  July is a big delivery month for silver…but not for gold. There were more withdrawals from both GLD and SLV on Monday.  In GLD, authorized participants withdrew 135,302 troy ounces…and in SLV it was a chunky 3,281,198 troy ounces.  Whether the withdrawal from SLV was of the ‘plain vanilla’ variety [or otherwise] is a question that I’ll have for Ted when I talk to him on the phone later today.  Personally, I could make a case for either scenario. The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 224,600 silver eagles. It was a busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  They reported receiving 1,659,533 troy ounces of silver…and shipped out 540,763 troy ounces.  The link to that activity is here. In gold, the same depositories received 4,950 troy ounces…and shipped 321.50 troy ounces [10 kilobars…all from Brink’s, Inc.] out the door.  The link to that activity is here. It was another very decent day at the store, but it was wall-to-wall silver sales.  We didn’t sell an ounce of gold to anyone…either over the counter, or on an order-in basis. It’s Tuesday, but I took the axe out…and cut the stories down to a minimum…so I hope you can find the time to read the ones that interest you the most. The data suggests that JPMorgan has been the dominant buyer in COMEX gold, silver and copper on what have been deliberately set lower prices. In fact, there is no real connection between these three commodities other than JPMorgan being the most aggressive buyer amid sharply lower prices. Certainly, no one would suggest the fundamentals in these three different commodities had changed over the past few weeks to account for the dramatic price smashes. The only possible connection is JPMorgan. Since JPMorgan has been buying gold, copper and silver so aggressively, it is most reasonable for me to conclude that the price of these three commodities will move sharply higher once JPM gets all that they can get by rigging prices lower…actually, it looks like they are done by my reckoning, but with crooks you can never be sure until afterward. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…22 June 2013 I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into Monday’s price action in gold and silver…although it was obvious to me that JPMorgan wanted gold back under $1,300…and silver under $20…and they got their wish.  Both attempts by both metals to rally to any degree got turned back in New York trading before they could get too far. Platinum and palladium weren’t spared…and although the markets for these two precious metal are almost microscopic when compared to gold and silver, JPMorgan also has a considerable short position in both of these as well.  It was obvious that they worked them over pretty good during the New York session yesterday. Here are the 3-year weekly charts for all four precious metals…plus copper.  You can see that, except for palladium, they are all horribly oversold…and this condition didn’t happen by accident, of course.  Oversold conditions, engineered or otherwise, don’t normally last long…and these will come to an end at a time of JPMorgan’s choosing, as they are running the show in all of these commodities at the moment.last_img read more

Editors note This story was originally published

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was originally published on November 14 and has been updated to reflect a new commentary on Yemen published in The New England Journal of Medicine.Three weeks ago, 10-year-old Sara was sitting up in her bed at a hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen. A small hole sliced into her throat was helping her breathe.She was recovering from a rare bacterial infection, called diphtheria. The bacteria had paralyzed part of her body. And there was only one reason why Sara was so sick: Yemen’s civil war.For the past three and a half years, both sides — the Saudi-backed government and Iran-backed rebels — have continually used disease and famine as weapons of war, two doctors write Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.Health-care providers can no longer stand by silently and let these atrocities occur, Dr. Louise Ivers and Dr. Amir Mohareb of Massachusetts General Hospital write in the commentary.”The rules of war, which protect health-care facilities, are being broken,” Ivers tells NPR. “International conventions guarantee medical organizations can do their work [in war zones]. Violations of those conventions should be a concern to everybody — for everybody’s future.”Throughout the civil war, both sides have attacked hospitals, pharmacies, water-treatment plants and sewage systems. During the first seven months of fighting, Doctors Without Borders reported that 39 hospitals were bombed — even though the charity gave the facilities’ GPS coordinates to both sides of the war. At the same time, troops have blocked key ports, preventing aid, fuel, drugs and vaccines from entering the country.As a result, diseases like cholera and diphtheria have cropped up and spread. Medical staff have had to flee. And 14 million people are on the brink of a famine.In the commentary, Ivers and Mohareb are calling on physicians around the world to advocate for a complete cease-fire and to urge the U.S. to stop supplying Saudi Arabia with weapons and logistically support.”Health-care workers are in a really unique position to stand up and say, ‘We understand what’s going on here. We understand that diseases, like diphtheria, don’t just emerge from thin air. They are caused by gross negligence of war rules or actual deliberate attempts to interrupt healthcare structures,’ ” Ivers says. “Doctors have a collective responsibility to take action.”Every 10 minutes a child dies in Yemen, on average, from a preventable disease, the United Nations says. More than 400,000 children are starving. Another 1.5 million are acutely malnourished and need aid to survive.”Yemen has become a hell on earth for millions of children,” says UNICEF’s regional director Geert Cappelaere. “Today every single boy, every single girl in Yemen is facing extremely dire needs.”Now Cappelaere — along with leaders of the United Nations and the World Health Organization — fear that lifesaving aid is in jeopardy.Just days after Cappelaere left the hospital, fighting in Hodeidah became so severe that health workers could no longer access the hospital. Many patients, including Sara, were quickly evacuated.And this violence is threatening to block food, medicine and other supplies coming into Yemen, warned U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on France Inter radio on Monday.With a major port on the Red Sea, the city of Hodeidah is a lifeline for humanitarian aid in Yemen. Eighty-five percent of the country’s food typically passes through this port, the World Health Organization says.”If the port at Hodeidah is destroyed, that could create an absolutely catastrophic situation,” Guterres says.It could push 12 million people — the number of Yemenis already close to famine — over the brink, says Suze van Meegen, protection and advocacy adviser in Yemen for the charity Norwegian Refugee Council.”We would be looking at death on a very, very large scale,” van Meegen says.For this reason, the U.N., UNICEF, WHO and numerous other humanitarian organizations are calling for an immediate cease-fire.”Not next week. Not in three weeks,” van Meegen says. “We need everyone to lay down their weapons and come back to the table to look for a real solution, not a violent one.”The Trump administration echoed that same sentiment two weeks ago. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in a statement that peace talks must begin this month.At the same time, though, the U.S. continues to sell billions of dollars in weapons to the Saudis. And until it stopped last week, the U.S. was helping to refuel Saudi planes used in Yemen’s war. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Information System Leaders and More – New York News

first_imgInformation System Leaders, and More – New York News RelatedRutgers Supply Chain Analytics Student Spends Summer at Amazon, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. Beginning a Career in Supply Chain at Amazon – Rutgers Business School Rutgers Business School exchange student Qiying Xu recently had an opportunity to put her supply chain management theory and Lean…June 25, 2018In “Featured Home”3D Printing Research, Success Without Passion, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. Award-Winning Paper Explores How Designers Innovate in 3D Printing Communities – Stevens Institute of Technology SOB News In a new paper from Gaurav Sabnis, Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business Assistant…October 3, 2018In “Featured Home”New York City MBA Information Technology ProgramsInformation Technology (IT) is critical to the business world. It allows organizations to work more efficiently and helps maximize productivity. IT also covers a range of areas from computer applications to remote access networks, security engineering systems, and communication. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for Information System…June 5, 2017In “Featured Home” regions: New York City Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.Teaching Creativity, Strategy to Tomorrow’s Information Systems Leaders – Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business BlogThe Stevens Institute of Technology SOB spotlighted assistant professor of Information Systems Dr. Aron Lindberg, whose Digital Innovation course is a cornerstone of the master’s program in Information Systems.Dr. Lindberg writes, “Digital products and processes are central to what businesses do today. And information systems professionals need to participate in the process of creating those products and services, and continuously pushing the envelope in search of innovation.”He adds, “With all the data available today, you need the scientific method to ensure you’re doing your analysis in ways that are reliable and valid. Otherwise, you are not going to make good business decisions.” Information Systems Master’s Program Director Dr. Paul Rohmeyer lauded Dr. Lindberg’s course, which “blends technical, management, strategy and entrepreneurship components, and presents them in an environment much like where they’ll work once they graduate.”You can read the full article here.NYU Stern Congratulates Paul Romer on Winning the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics – NYU SternNYU Stern’s Paul Romer was recently awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics “for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis.”Romer has conducted “applied research on the many ways that policymakers in the developing world can use the growth of cities to create economic opportunity and pursue social reform” as part of the NYU Stern Urbanization Project, which he also founded.Romer also directs the Marron Institute of Urban Management, which “deepens the fundamental understanding of cities by working with civic innovators to improve urban management.”You can read the full release from NYU here.Talking with … Albert Greco – Gabelli ConnectGabelli School of Business‘ “Talking with …” feature recently spotlighted professor of marketing Albert Greco who is currently researching a business history book about the post-1980 U.S. trade book business and has a business history book proposal under review about the marketing and financing of World War II in the U.S.Greco discussed what interests him most about teaching consumer behavior, which he has analyzed in some shape or form since 1985.“Consumer behavior looks at great questions and issues related to who, what, when, where, how, and why consumers decide to buy, or not buy, products and services. This means analyzing issues related to age, gender, style, prestige, the channels of distribution, etc.”Greco also talked about issues related to university presses, which he described as “critical to the intellectual life of universities and academics, but many of them are small to medium-sized undercapitalized presses, and they need to address costly back-office operations and scale issues.”You can read more from the interview here.center_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Last Updated Oct 23, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

US May Force Shell Company Owners Out of the Dark Amid Panama

first_img The U.S. Treasury Department intends to soon issue a long-delayed rule forcing banks to seek the identities of people behind shell-company account holders, after the “Panama Papers” leak provoked a global uproar over the hiding of wealth via offshore banking devices.A department spokesman said on Wednesday the rule would “soon” be turned over to the White House for review and issuance, but did not confirm any timetable for the initiative, which has taken years.Governments around the globe have launched probes into possible financial wrongdoing after 11.5 million documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, nicknamed the “Panama Papers,” were leaked to the media and reports emerged Sunday. Mossak Fonseca has said it was the victim of a computer hack, and that it has consistently acted appropriately.The papers offer “validation for those who have been screaming for a decade” about the need for financial institutions in the United States and elsewhere to address risks of money laundering, terror finance and other crime by identifying people who clandestinely control legal entities, former Treasury official Chip Poncy told Reuters.The leaked documents may give banks a glimpse into the kind of information on true, or “beneficial” owners, that they regularly should be obtaining to better understand the cross-border money flows they facilitate, said Poncy, one of the architects of the Treasury rule, which has been in the works since 2012.But simply having a client who is linked to the offshore shell companies highlighted in the Panama papers “doesn’t necessarily mean much,” said a former FinCEN official who asked not to be named due to his role in the private sector. What would be significant is “inconsistent information or payment flows that now connect” in ways that suggest possible illicit activity, he said. In mid-2014, Treasury’s anti-money laundering unit, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), issued a proposed rule on beneficial ownership. Differences of opinion between the various financial regulators vetting the rule and an obligatory analysis of costs to industry has slowed the process, as has pushback from the banking industry.The FinCEN rule is expected to require only that banks and brokerage firms request information from customers regarding beneficial owners, but not require them to verify that information through investigation.In fact, there is no way for banks to verify such information, said Rob Rowe, a lawyer with the American Bankers Association. The ABA is “watching to see what happens with the Panama papers,” he said.”That’s always been the problem. Banks can collect information but there is currently no mechanism to verify it or keep it updated, outside asking the company,” he said.(Reporting by Brett Wolf of Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence; Editing by Randall Mikkelsen, Bernard Orr) Reuters U.S. May Force Shell Company Owners Out of the Dark Amid ‘Panama Papers’ Fury Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –sharescenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue April 7, 2016 Image credit: Shutterstock Finance Apply Now »last_img read more

Apple Wants a Simpler and More Transparent Royalty Scheme for Music

first_img 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. July 18, 2016 –shares This story originally appeared on Business Insider Apple CEO Tim Cook Next Article Add to Queue Apple is proposing a radical change to the way artists are paid when their music is streamed online, Billboard reports, and the suggestion could hurt rivals like Spotify and Google.First, let’s explain how royalties are calculated right now. It’s a tricky process: Every streaming company negotiates its own secret deals with rightsholders. The amount paid out varies per region, and per song. It’s so confusing that streaming service Spotify even has a post on its website that tries to explain it all.Apple wants to shake up the current system. Billboard saw a proposal by Apple to the US Copyright Royalty Board that wants something much simpler. Instead of a complicated formula with lots of variables, Apple is proposing a system where rightsholders are paid 9.1 cents per hundred plays. That means that 100 streams would be roughly equal to one paid download. It’s a more elegant approach to royalties that could end the confusion over the process. Billboard calls it “simpler and more transparent.”But Apple’s proposal isn’t just a noble attempt to fix the music industry. It could also hurt rival streaming services like Spotify and also YouTube. The new royalty scheme would mean that any streaming services that offer free streams would have to pay out a much higher amount of royalties, as it would be calculated per play, not as a percentage of revenue. Apple Music doesn’t have a free tier, of course.The proposal by Apple isn’t likely to happen overnight, though. It’s still early days for the board, and any of its decisions would only come into force at 2018 at the earliest. European Technology Reporter at Business Insidercenter_img Apple Wants a ‘Simpler and More Transparent’ Royalty Scheme for Music Apple James Cook 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: JStone | Shutterstocklast_img read more

Using nanotechnology to fight dementia

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 10 2018In the human brain, nerve cells – so-called neurons – care for the transmission of electrical signals. They form the functional component responsible for sensations, stimuli and memories. In the presence of dementia, there is an adsorption of proteins outside the neurons, which then leads to the death of the neuronal cells. How to prevent the death of neurons is still the subject of scientific research today.In a recent transnational research project funded by the EU Joint Program on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), which is funded in Germany by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), researchers are now trying to address this question.While project partners in Italy, Great Britain, Belgium and the USA investigate the exact processes in the brain, the MPI-P explores methods to transport drugs. The overcoming of a natural barrier in the body – the so-called blood-brain barrier – represents the main challenge. Drugs to be used in the brain must be able to pass this barrier first before acting in the brain.For this purpose, the Mainz scientists are working on nanocapsules that are supposed to overcome the barrier. On the one hand, it has to be taken care on a long circulation time of the nanocapsules in the blood in order to increase the probability of interaction with the target cells in the affected brain areas. For this, it is important to design the nanocapsules so that they are not directly excreted by kidney or liver. On the other hand, special “address labels” – consisting of proteins – must be placed on the capsule surface in order to be recognized and absorbed by the target cells, much like a key with a lock. “We are still filling our nanoscale capsules with dye,” says Dr. Svenja Morsbach, group leader in the department of Prof. Katharina Landfester at the MPI-P. “If the transport through the blood-brain barrier with the nanocarriers works, we hope we can simply exchange the dye for a suitable drug.”Related StoriesWorld’s first 3D heart printed using patient’s own cells and biological materialsComing soon: New home blood-testing device for people with chronic illnessesNanotechnology treatment reverses multiple sclerosis symptoms in miceThe partners involved in the project in Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the USA are examining the exact processes in the brain in parallel with the development of the transport system in Mainz. Here, so-called “exosomes” and “neurotrophic factors” are of major interest. Exosomes are small “miniature cells” that can be released by real cells to communicate with each other. These have a dimension of only about 100 nanometers – that is 100 billionths of a meter in size. At the same time, “neurotrophic factors” are biochemical messengers responsible for the growth and survival of nerve cells. The interaction of exosomes and neuron-stimulating factors is seen as the main focus for the understanding of dementia by researchers.The project is designed for a period of three years and is funded with over one million euro, of which a share of more than 400,000 euros is attributed to the subproject of the Mainz scientists. The researchers hope that understanding the disease itself and developing a functioning transport system will be an important step in the treatment of dementia.​ Source:http://www.mpip-mainz.mpg.de/5458095/PM2018-23last_img read more

Two hour gap between dinner and sleep is overrated says Japanese research

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 22 2019We have been advised to take a light dinner and leave a gap of at least two hours between dinner and bed time in order to maintain a healthy body weight. Now, new research suggests that this is not really necessary. The study results appear in the latest issue of the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health. Image Credit: PAKULA PIOTR Source:https://nutrition.bmj.com/content/early/2019/01/08/bmjnph-2018-000011center_img Related StoriesI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyExperts have had us believe that going to be right after dinner can have a long term ill effect on health and also raise the risk of diseases such as cancer. New research coming from the Graduate School of Health Sciences at Okayama University in Japan has found that this gap is not necessary to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. The Japanese are advised to leave a two-hour gap between their dinner and bed time at least thrice a week for good health. The study was conducted out by Su Su Maw (a Ph.D nursing student), and Chiyori Haga, associate professor in the Department of Nursing at Okayama University.The team analyzed information gathered from 1,573 healthy middle aged and older adults living in Okayama in western Japan between 2012 and 2014. The population of two thirds women and most were over the age of 65 years. None of the participants were diabetic. They looked at the diet, lifestyle, smoking status and other factors of these participants. Blood glucose levels as well as HbA1c levels of these participants were monitored. Some of the participants (16 percent men and 8 percent women) went to bed regularly within two hours of their dinner.Results showed that HbA1c levels of the cohort of participants had a steady rise from 5.2 per cent average in 2012 to 5.58 per cent in 2013 and 2014. This was seen irrespective of the time gap between dinner and bed. Researchers could conclude that the time gap had little effect on the blood glucose control of participants. On the other hand, blood glucose control was significantly affected by lack of physical activity, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, raised blood pressure and other detrimental lifestyle habits.The authors of the study write, “Contrary to general belief, ensuring a short interval between the last meal of the day and bedtime did not significantly affect HbA1c levels… More attention should be paid to healthy portions and food components, getting adequate sleep and avoiding smoking, alcohol consumption, and overweight, as these variables had a more profound influence on the metabolic process.”last_img read more

Facebook faces a day of reckoning at least on Wall Street

first_imgThere’s a scratch in Facebook’s Teflon coating. Facebook hammered as user growth cools © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. Facebook’s user base and revenue grew more slowly than expected in the second quarter of 2018 as the company grappled with privacy issues, sending its stock tumbling after hours. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) The social network’s user base and revenue grew more slowly than expected in the second quarter as the company grappled with privacy issues, sending its stock tumbling after hours.The company also warned that it expects revenue growth to decelerate in the next couple of quarters as it promotes new, and for now less profitable, products— such as its Stories disappearing message feature. It is also allowing users to make “more choices” around data privacy amid public outcry and regulatory pressures.The earnings covered the company’s first full quarter since the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal erupted. But analysts attributed the user growth shortfall largely to European privacy rules that went into effect in May, not to the furor over the political consulting firm with ties to President Donald Trump, which improperly accessed the data of tens millions of Facebook users.With an hour before trading began Thursday, shares had plunged more than 19 percent, plucking about $17 billion in net worth out of the pocket of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.Still, the results suggest that Facebook may have weathered the scandal without major harm to its business, even if its public image has taken a hit. While revenue fell short of Wall Street estimates, it did so by only about 1 percent; profits, meanwhile exceeded forecasts.But Facebook continues to grapple with big existential questions, ranging from its users’ privacy to tech addiction to how it deals with fake news and misinformation, hate speech and extremism on its service.At times, it has seemed as though Facebook can’t quite decide where its values really lie. For instance, it continues to straddle the line between policing what users say and remaining a neutral platform in an increasingly divided world, and between protecting privacy while collecting as much information on its users as possible.Facebook had 2.23 billion monthly users as of June 30, up 11 percent from a year earlier. Analysts were expecting 2.25 billion, according to FactSet. User growth—both on a monthly and daily basis—was flat in the U.S. and the rest of North America, while it declined slightly in Europe.Facebook has largely saturated in the U.S. and Western European markets, and is now looking to countries such as Brazil, India and Indonesia for new users. Revenue from these regions, however, is far below what Facebook rakes in from the U.S. and Europe.The company earned $5.1 billion, or $1.74 per share, up 31 percent and above analysts’ estimates of $1.71.But revenue—up 42 percent to $13.23 billion— was slightly below the $13.34 that Wall Street was expecting.Facebook said the European privacy rules, called General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, did not have a big effect on the quarter’s revenue, but also noted that they were only in effect for about a month before the quarter ended.Over the long term, GDPR may end up favoring Facebook and other large companies that have the resources to adapt to new requirements. They could similarly disadvantage smaller, lesser known companies that don’t have the resources to comply and which could face big fines if they don’t.One bright spot for Facebook has been Instagram, the photo-sharing app it bought for $1 billion in 2012. Instagram now has more than 1 billion users, and analysts expect it to be a model for how Facebook molds its other big app purchase, WhatsApp, into a lucrative business. So far, WhatsApp doesn’t show ads, and its founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton left Facebook amid disagreements over advertising and other issues.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Facebook faces a day of reckoning, at least on Wall Street (2018, July 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-facebook-day-reckoning-wall-street.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Kerala mulling 10 cess on GST introduction of special lottery

first_imggaming and lottery August 21, 2018 To rebuild lives, Kerala needs doctors, nurses, packed food: Alphons 2 Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan COMMENTS flood RELATED Keralacenter_img GST SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENT As Kerala struggles to raise resources for rehabilitation in the wake of devastating floods, the state government today demanded that it should be allowed to impose a 10 per cent cess on the GST and also introduce a special lottery.This decision was taken at a state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here today.The flood-ravaged state has asked for the GST council’s permission to introduce 10 per cent cess on the GST as part of its efforts to mobilise more resources for rehabilitation, besides planning to introduce a special lottery, a government press release said.The Cabinet also decided to accept the materials supplied by individuals and voluntary organisations outside the state and distribute the same in relief camps.In view of the flood situation, all plantation workers will be given 50 kg of free ration.Fire department personnel, police and revenue officials as also fishermen who took part in the rescue operations will be given a certificate of the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority in recognition of their services, it said.The devastating deluge has left 223 dead and over 10 lakh people homeless over the last fortnight. 373 dead in Kerala since May 30 due to rains, floods, landslides SHARElast_img read more