Gattuso relieved after his team finally won

first_imgAC Milan were waiting for a long time for another win and they finally managed to get it as they beat Bologna 2-1 on Sunday – and Gennaro Gattuso was relieved that his side finally picked up three points.It has been a tough period of the season for the Rossoneri and it is obvious that Gennaro Gattuso was very happy to finally see his side winning a game which will help them in their fight for top spots.The former midfielder spoke about his side’s effort as he said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Today we did everything to win the match. It was not easy for the week we lived, because of the tensions within the walls of Milanello. We put our game faces on and took responsibility. We did not win for 40 days: we keep this victory but we have to think about why we can not close the matches.”“When you win suddenly become a magician of football, blond with blue eyes. Then you stop and become ugly like Gargamella. I know this world well.”last_img read more

Denmark will field professional players against Wales

first_imgThe Danish football crisis has been patched up to allow the national team to play on Sunday in the UEFA Nations League clashAfter playing with a team made up of futsal players and third-tier footballers on Wednesday, Denmark will play with professional athletes.Amid a dispute over the national team’s images rights, players boycotted the nation.And futsal players and semi-professional footballers faced off against Slovakia, losing 3-0.Daniel James, WalesGiggs is full of praise for Daniel James Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs, footballer Daniel James is unstoppable after he helped his team secure a victory against Belarus.But now the Danish Football Association (DBU) is informing that the match against Wales will be with the full force of the national team.“It has been agreed that the DBU and the Player Association will resume negotiations on a new permanent agreement so that the first negotiation meeting will take place on Monday, September 10,” a statement quoted by Sky Sports read.“In today’s agreement, the DBU and the Player Association have agreed that the match against Wales is played under the same terms as before and that the commercial rights are handled as before in the term of the agreement.”“It is good for the national team and for everyone in Danish football that we can play the important Nations League match with the right national team and again focus on the sporting,” DBU president Jesper Moller added.last_img read more

Newsweek to Cut a Dozen Staffers

first_imgIt may seem like small potatoes compared to the massive rounds of layoffs that have rocked publishing houses like Condé Nast and Time Inc. in recent weeks, but it appears that Newsweek is bracing for another round of job cuts.According to a memo from the magazine’s top editor Jon Meacham, “about a dozen” positions will be eliminated. “As much as we would like it to be otherwise, market conditions mean that we are going to have to do our work with fewer people,” he wrote.A Newsweek spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment. Late last year, FOLIO: reported that Newsweek was considering a major overhaul, including a dramatic reduction in rate base. In May, the magazine unveiled a redesign and an editorial shift from news to news analysis.Through the first nine months of 2009, Newsweek saw ad pages fall 29.2 percent, according to PIB figures. Through the third quarter, Newsweek parent the Washington Post Co. reported a $29.7 million operating loss for its magazine publishing division (which includes Budget Travel magazine), compared to a loss of $27 million during the same quarter last year.Newsweek reduced its workforce by 44 people during the first quarter as a result of a voluntary retirement incentive the company offered in late 2008.Below is Meacham’s entire memo, via Politico:To the Staff From Jon Meacham This has been a tough day for the magazine. Because the economic climate in publishing has become ever more difficult, we have been compelled by business considerations to eliminate about a dozen positions. We are parting company with colleagues who have done much to serve the magazine and its readers. As much as we would like it to be otherwise, market conditions mean that we are going to have to do our work with fewer people. I have no spin to offer. I will say this, though: our new magazine and website have been well received by readers. The different direction we undertook earlier this year continues to appear promising in terms of building and retaining an engaged audience that we hope will be attractive to advertisers while we, like so many other organizations, seek new sources of revenue in order to fulfill our mission. Our situation is not unique. But we will keep working as hard as we can to find solutions that are. In the meantime, thanks to you all for the work you have done and will do. To those who are leaving, we will miss you, and we wish you the very best.last_img read more

Northstar Travel Media Makes a Data Play with Your Travel Insider Acquisition

first_imgB-to-b travel media and event company Northstar Travel Media has made a move into the consumer travel market with the acquisition of Your Travel Insider, a news and information provider for  travel enthusiasts.YTI publishes about three newsletters which, says the company, reach more than 1 million subscribers—and it’s that subscriber database that was a particular attraction for Northstar.Terms of the deal were not released, but Northstar Travel Media CEO and chairman Tom Kemp says that while there was a small outlay of cash up front, the company plans significant investment over the next three years, and there will be performance-based payouts during that timeframe, including this year. Roy Weiss, who founded Your Travel Insider in 2003, will become group publisher and report to Bob Sullivan, executive vice president of Northstar Travel Media.Northstar already targets the business travel industry with a variety of magazine and information brands and a group of 35 events and the deal provides the company with an instant footprint in the consumer travel market.”More and more the travel industry is going through a number of different channels [to target consumers], online and offline, and we were missing an important channel,” says Kemp. “We’re one of the few b-to-b media companies that has a natural segue into b-to-c.”Suppliers are using traditional sales channels through travel agencies and big corporate buyers, but are increasingly looking for more direct-to-consumer channels and that’s where YTI can help Northstar, says Kemp. “The thing we really like [about the deal] is Your Travel Insider owns a large database of consumers. We have access to about 40 million records and from that they’ve been able to pull behavioral appends for about 2 million and they have about 1 million active subscribers,” he says.In other words, that information provides Northstar with both a database marketing and direct-to-consumer sales opportunity. “Having that database gives you an advantage over having to build one from scratch and go direct to the consumer,” adds Kemp. “This was a big data play.”Going forward, Kemp says that there will be a significant investment in the YTI platform, with more product spin-offs and new developer, editorial and audience development staff to be hired. The plan is to double the one million active subscribers within six months. See Also: Northstar Travel Media Acquired by Wicks GroupThis is the first acquisition Northstar has made since it was acquired by the Wicks Group last July and Kemp says there are more to come. “We expect this to be the first of other direct-to-consumer acquisitions that we do,” he says. “We also have a number of deals in the pipeline in b-to-b travel as well.  We expect to do several deals over the next couple of years.” More on this topic Northstar Travel Media Expands into Asia With Acquisition Northstar Travel Media Takes Majority Stake in Inntopia Wasserstein Partners Acquires Northstar Travel Group Northstar Travel Media Buys PhoCus Wright Inc. NorthStar Travel Media Launches Event in China Northstar Travel Media Acquired by Wicks GroupJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

Why is Playboy making Bluetooth headphones

first_imgPlayboy Audio Playboy has a recent history of wacky ideas, and its latest oddball announcement is the company’s first Bluetooth headphones: the Playboy Audio Icon 1. You know, because the magazine interviewed Miles Davis or something.The $149 headphones promise better comfort in a lightweight design and feature the iconic bunny logo over each earcup, as well as the word Playboy on the headband.Playboy Audio says the Icon 1 has an “ultrapremium distortion-free sound combined with our powerful rich bass offers a superior, industry leading, high-fidelity listening experience”.The Icon 1 also offers “better hands-free calling” (ick) using the company’s “advanced microphone technology” and the ability to listen for up to 22 hours per charge.The magazine’s racy history is never far away, especially when it comes to fan extras like the promised and suggestively-named “Pleasures Playlist.”The Icon 1s aren’t even the weirdest thing to happen under the Playboy banner in the past few years. In 2015, after 62 years of naked centerfolds, Playboy magazine went non-nude, and yet the decision only lasted for 18 months. In March 2018, six months after founder Hugh Hefner’s death, the brand announced it was developing an online cryptocurrency wallet for paying for… the articles; yeah, that’s it.  Comments See at Turo Read the AirPods review Tags Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $59 at eBay $520 at HP The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Bluetooth Headsets Headphones,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Rylo Angela Lang/CNET $999 Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS See It Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read Google Home Hub review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy Share your voice See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sprint $299 at Amazon See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Boost Mobile Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The Cheapskate Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Post a comment Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 7 $999 $6 at Tidal Share your voice 0 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $60 at Best Buy Tags Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Chris Monroe/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Amazonlast_img read more

Revealed Amid pregnancy rumours why did Priyanka Chopra secretly visit hospital

first_imgPriyanka Chopra on the talk show.Youtube/ Nbc/ The Tonight Show starring Jimmy FallonThough it has barely been a few months of Priyanka Chopra’s grand wedding ceremony with Nick Jonas, rumours of the couple expecting their first child has already started doing the rounds. A couple of photos of Priyanka Chopra, where a small baby bump could be spotted were splashed all across. Many publications were quick to proclaim that this might well could be the reason behind her quick decision to tie the knot. However, Priyanka Chopra’s mother Madhu had set the record straight and revealed that there is no such good news coming their way.Priyanka’s mother, Madhu Chopra, had then stated that it was just a bad camera angle. She also defended Priyanka’s choice of clothing and said that the outfit was nice just that it was a bad camera angle. She also revealed that she did have a word with Priyanka about the whole issue to which Priyanka replied that since she was tired, she had a slumped posture and thus such photos.Amid all these pregnancy rumours, Priyanka Chopra was spotted at the Hinduja hospital in Mumbai recently. While this could again fuel the rumours of her being pregnant, the truth is, Priyanka had gone there to visit a relative who is ill. Unlike other times and as expected, Priyanka didn’t wave to the paparazzi or opted for photo-ops but silently made her way in and out.On work front, Priyanka was recently seen in Jonas Brothers’ – Sucker – where she looked every bit of sassy as we have known her to be. Apart from this, Priyanka is also busy with the shoot of the Sky is Pink with Farhan Akhtar. On Karan Johar’s koffee couch, Priyanka had revealed that she is in talks with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for a film too.last_img read more

Zimbabwes internet opportunities

first_imgZimbabwe’s internet opportunities8 viewsZimbabwe’s internet opportunities8 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Zimbabwe’s internet opportunities8 viewsBusinessConnectivity is climbing in Zimbabwe. Fibre cables are being rolled out bringing the internet into many homes in the capital Harare. Vusi Ndebele works for IT company Webdev – founded here over 10Ventuno Web Player 4.50Connectivity is climbing in Zimbabwe. Fibre cables are being rolled out bringing the internet into many homes in the capital Harare. Vusi Ndebele works for IT company Webdev – founded here over 10last_img

Short of money to fund your Christmas vacation Here are 5 options

first_imgA giant Christmas tree stands in front Notre Dame Cathedral as the French capital prepares for the holiday season in ParisReutersChristmas carols are already in the air. It is that fag end but the much awaited time of the year when you plan a vacation or family outings. While it always helps to have a long-term holiday fund, there can always be a scenario when one isn’t prepared to deal with slightly unpredictable vacation expenses. But nothing to worry, you can still have a Christmas-New Year blast!In this article, we take a look at 5 options that can help you in arranging funds to have a joyful Christmas vacation.Personal LoanIf your income is good, then fetching a Personal Loan would not be difficult as banks don’t ask for collateral/guarantee or the reason for borrowing. It usually takes just 3-4 days for a loan to get sanctioned. Banks/NBFCs charge interest around 14-21% a year as this is an unsecured loan and you could struggle with repayments. The processing fees are normally about 2-2.25% of the loan amount sanctioned.Travel Loan Banks offer Travel Loans at an interest of around 12-20% a year for airfare, hotels, travel insurance and holiday packages. What’s good about travel loans is they are both secured/unsecured. For amounts above Rs 2 lakhs banks ask for collateral, but as this is a secured loan interest rate is lower than personal loans.Understand terms and conditions before taking a travel loan:Travel loan EMIs must not be more than 40% of monthly take-home salaryTravel loans must be repaid within a couple of yearsIf salaried, you need to be between 21-58 years of age; employed with a reputed company and working for at least 2 years in that company. If self-employed, banks would check the business record.Banks also check identity/address proof, three month’s salary slip; you should have filed ITR for at least 2 years. For businessmen, banks check business ownership documents.Loan Against SecuritiesAnother way through which you can fund your Christmas vacation is Loan Against Securities, mainly loan against shares. Banks have a list of approved shares against which they lend.Banks could lend up to 50% of the value of shares. They create a lien against these shares and you cannot sell them.Banks open a current account with an overdraft facility and set the borrowing limit based on the value of shares. You withdraw the money from this account through an ATM or internet banking facility and repay by depositing money back into the current account. This is much easier than an EMI-based loan.Borrow With A Credit CardCredit Cards remove the burden of carrying cash on vacations. You could use a credit card for travelling and shopping. Credit cards come with interest rates of around 2-3% a month, which kick in if you don’t pay the amounts due in time.You could try using a co-branded credit card. These cards are jointly issued by banks and service providers (airlines/hotel). These credit cards are just like normal credit cards, but offer special benefits provided by the service provider.Use credit cards associated with hotels, cabs, airlines and railways. You could get free flight ticket vouchers/air travel insurance if you book through associated airlines. Associated hotels offer free stay or room upgrades at partner hotels.Borrow From Relatives And FriendsThis should be your last resort in case you are not successful in fetching a loan for yourself. Loans from friends and relatives are usually interest-free and if you can make the repayments in time, then do go for it.Insist that your friend/relative accepts a promissory note. This is an unconditional promise that you will pay a fixed amount on demand or by a specified date and sign it.(The author is the CEO of BankBazaar. Views expressed in the article are personal).last_img read more

Four More Local Zika Cases Confirmed In Texas

first_imgCopyright 2016 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM. No mosquitoes that were trapped have tested positive for Zika, but officials admit, finding infected insects is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Ironically, the news of four more Texas cases comes on the same day Florida declared all areas of that state free of active Zika transmission. Sharecenter_img WENDY RIGBY / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOTexas is the second state after Florida to record local transmission of the Zika virus from mosquito to human.Four more cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in Texas, in the same Brownsville neighborhood where the first cases were pinpointed last month. Containment efforts are still underway.The Cameron County Health Department reports that since the first local case of Zika was pinpointed at the end of November, four more cases of the virus transmitted from mosquito to human have been verified by an Austin state health lab.CREDIT WENDY RIGBY / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOOn Nov. 29, 2016, teams of workers from the Cameron County Health Department went door to door in a neighborhood where a locally-inquired Zika case was identified.Last week, teams of county health workers went door to door in the southwest Brownsville neighborhood where the health threat made its first local appearance in Texas. The first set of tests from urine samples taken from that area yielded these latest positive results, which may not be the last. Cameron County Health Administrator Esmeralda Guajardo says the City of Brownsville is stepping up mosquito control.“They already had enhanced their vector control activities,”Guajardo explained.”But they are, of course, going to kick it up a little higher and they’re going to be a little bit more proactive in making sure that people understand and get rid of the places where mosquitoes breed.” WENDY RIGBY / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOPeople who live in the southwest Brownsville neighborhood where five local cases of Zika have been detected are taking mosquito control into their own hands in some cases.last_img read more

Optical lifting demonstrated for the first time w Video

first_img More information: Stable optical lift, Nature Photonics (2010) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.266 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Cyclogyro Flying Robot Improves its Angles of Attack Play (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in New York have predicted, observed and experimentally verified a micrometer-scale object being lifted only by a beam of laser light. Optical lifting may be useful for powering micromachines or improving the design of solar sails for interstellar space travel. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen 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. Unlike aerodynamic lift, which has gradual lift angles, the optical lift angles were around 60 degrees, which Swartzlander said was striking, very powerful, and could be compared to a plane taking off at 60 degrees. “Your stomach would be in your feet,” he said.Swartzlander described the findings as “almost like the first stages of what the Wright brothers did,” and said the next step would be to test lightfoils in air and experiment with a variety of materials with different refractive properties, and with other wavelengths of light.center_img Explore further Citation: Optical lifting demonstrated for the first time (w/ Video) (2010, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-optical-video.html Time-lapsed composite image (1.67 s per shot) of a semi-cylindrical rod lifting sideways from left to right near the bottom of a glass chamber, as a result of a transverse optical lift force. Image credit: Nature Photonics, doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.266 Light has been known for some time to be capable of pushing objects and this is the principle behind the solar sail, which uses light to push vehicles along in space. Now, a new study by physicist Dr. Grover Swatzlander and colleagues of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York shows light is also capable of creating the more complex force of “lift,” which is the force generated by airfoils that make a plane rise upwards as it travels forward.In a paper that appeared online in Nature Photonics on December 5th, Swartzlander and colleagues describe their demonstration of light providing optical lift to tiny lightfoils. The experiment began as computer models that suggested when light is shone on tiny objects shaped like a wing a stable lift force would be created. Intrigued, the researchers decided to do physical experiments in the laboratory, and they created tiny, transparent, micrometer-sized rods that were flat on one side and rounded on the other, rather like airplane wings. They immersed the lighfoils in water and bombarded them with 130 mW ultraviolet laser light from underneath the chamber. As predicted, the lightfoils were pushed upwards by the light, but they also moved sideways in a direction perpendicular to the beam of light, in other words they were optically lifted. Symmetrical micro-spheres did not show the optical lift effect.In aerodynamic lift, which is created by an airfoil, the lift occurs because the wing shape causes air flowing under the wing to move more slowly and at higher pressure than that above the wing. In optical lift, created by a lightfoil, the lift is created within the transparent object as light shines through it and is refracted by its inner surfaces. In the lightfoil rods a greater proportion of light leaves in a direction perpendicular to the beam and this side therefore experiences a larger radiation pressure and hence, lift. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Play Videos: Nature Photonics, doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.266 last_img read more

Kolkata Metros special services for Dec 25 New Year

first_imgKolkata: In anticipation of heavy rush of commuters on Christmas eve, Christmas and New Year’s eve, Metro Railway, Kolkata, will run special services up to midnight on December 24, 25 and 31.”The first service will start at 8 am instead of 6:45 am and the last service will be available at 23:10 hours instead of 21:55 hours from both ends i.e. Dumdum and Kavi Subhash for all the three days,” a senior official of the Metro said. The official informed that on December 24 there will be 300 services, on Christmas Day there will be 224 and on December 31 there will be 300 services. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe first and the last Kavi Subhash-bound services from Noapara will be on 8.17 am and 23:04 hours respectively on all the three days while the first Noapara-bound service from Kavi Subhash will be at 8:00 am. The time of last Noapara-bound service from Kavi Subhash on December 24 and 31 will be 22:05 hours and on December 25 it will be 22:07 hours. Special planning has been made for crowd management at Park Street station on these three days. From 1 pm onwards, passengers leaving the Up platform (towards Dum Dum) of Park Street station will have to exit from the Mayo Road side gate. Likewise, passengers who wish to leave the Down platform of Park Street station will have to do so by using the Museum side gate and the Kyd Street gate for the exit. The two gates on the Maidan side will be allowed for entry only.last_img read more

Mudgal other stalwarts to feature in Jaipur cultural fest

first_imgJaipur will witness a star-studded week when music stalwarts like Shubha Mudgal and Vidya Shah will come forward to perform at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) as a part of Navras 2017 – a performing arts festival, spanning over a period of 9 days from March 18 – 26. The festival will present a series of rich and diverse productions of theatre, contemporary dance and sufi, classical, pop and fusion music. The idea is to give the audiences a chance to experience the arts and its impact in a range of spectacular spaces within the JKK premises. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSays Pooja Sood, DG, JKK, “We are proud to present a variety of nationally acclaimed performances in art, music, dance and theatre to the audiences in Jaipur. If Navras means to have new experiences, then it is our endeavor that the audiences enrich themselves in experiencing theatre, dance and music in new and diverse ways.”Noted singer Shubha Mudgal and her band Koshish, will be opening the festival with a sonorous performance. Equally at ease with popular music and fusion projects, Shubha Mudgal is one of India’s acclaimed vocalists who has specialised in Hindustani classical music. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe days that follow will witness many artistic presentations including dance productions – Ganapati by Adishakti andTimeless by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, theatre productions – Kaumudi by Abhishek Majumdar and White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour. The festival will also witness the premier of ‘Phool Kesula Phool’ – a theatre production commissioned by JKK and directed by Rajasthan’s bright talent Rajendra Panchal. JKK will also be presenting ‘Tilchatteyki Diary’, a play for children that was also commissioned in summer 2016. In an attempt to introduce audiences to alternative viewing strategies, several experimental productions have been invited to Navras. For example, in White Rabbit Red Rabbit, there is nothing between the actor and the audience – no directorial vision and no production design. The script is handed over to the artist on the stage and then he/she has to improvise and make it interactive. Dil-o-Danish, a long durational reading of Krishna Sobti’s celebrated novel about Delhi and the Ganga-Jamuna tehzib of the city will be held in a specially conceived tent outdoors. As the audiences immerse themselves in the story of Delhi they will also get to ‘taste’ ‘Dilli ka khaana’ which will be served as a part of the reading session. Directed by Anuradha Kapur, this work borders between theatre and a reading.There will also be an exhibition, ‘Women on Record’, curated and designed by photographer Delhi-based ace photographer Parthiv Shah on March 26. The exhibition which will run in the Museum Galleries 2 and 3 of Jawahar Kala Kendra till the end of April, is a showcase of a world of incredible women, of black and white era, of the Salon, the Tawaifs, stories, riddles, anecdotes, photographs and songs. This will be enunciated by a performance of classical music by Vidya Shah .last_img read more

MLNET 10 RC releases with support for TensorFlow models and much more

first_imgLast week, the team behind ML.NET announced the release of ML.NET 1.0 RC (Release Candidate), an open-source and cross-platform machine learning framework for .NET developers.  ML.NET 1.0 RC is the last preview release before releasing the final ML.NET 1.0 RTM (Requirements Traceability Matrix) this year. Developers can use ML.NET in sentiment analysis, product recommendation, spam detection, image classification, and much more. What’s new in ML.NET 1.0 RC? Preview packages According to the Microsoft blog, “Heading ML.NET 1.0, most of the functionality in ML.NET (around 95%) is going to be released as stable (version 1.0).” The packages that will be available for the preview state are TensorFlow, Onnx components, TimeSeries components, and recommendation components. IDataView moved to Microsoft.ML namespace In this release, IDataView has been moved back into Microsoft. ML namespace based on feedback the team received. Support for TensorFlow models This release comes with added support for TensorFlow models, an open source machine learning framework used for deep learning projects. The issues in ML.NET version 0.11 related to TensorFlow models have been fixed in this release. Major changes in ML.NET 1.0 RC The ‘Data’ namespace has been removed in this release with the help using Microsoft.Data.DataView. The Nuget package has been added for Microsoft.ML.FastTree. Also, PoissonRegression has been changed to LbfgsPoissonRegression. To know more about this release, check out the official announcement. Read Next .NET team announces ML.NET 0.6 Qml.Net: A new C# library for cross-platform .NET GUI development ML.NET 0.4 is here with support for SymSGD, F#, and word embeddings transform!Alast_img read more

TravelBrands promotes new long stays with prize giveaway

first_imgTravelBrands promotes new long stays with prize giveaway Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA — Through July 9 TravelBrands Specialty by Exotik Journeys is giving travel agents a chance to win one of three prizes including a $500 allowance on any fam trip hosted by TravelBrands, $500 in marketing money to help boost agents’ businesses and $250 in Loyalty Rewards.To take part agents must share any of Exotik Journeys’ long stay program flyers.“We have fine-tuned Exotik Journeys’ products to satisfy all travellers. Our long stay programs are one of many products that offer a unique vacation experience,” says Nathalie Tanious, Vice President, TravelBrands. “This giveaway allows agents to promote these unique vacation types to their clients while giving them a chance to win some valuable prizes.”Ten agents will be selected after the contest period to receive one of the prize options available. To qualify for the giveaway agents can do at least one of the following:Share any of Exotik Journeys’ long stay program flyers to their social media pages (i.e. Instagram and Facebook) and add “#ExotikJourneys” to the postAdd a long stay flyer to their own websiteShare any long stay flyer with their databaseShare the Exotik Journeys Facebook page to their own followers and encourage their clients to ‘like’ the pageMore news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsTravel agents are asked to send proof of participation to Sonia Fabris, Commercial Analyst, TravelBrands at Sonia.fabris@travelbrands.com.Flyers will be available through the Access platform, under the e-flyers page. The flyers will also be posted on the ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ Facebook page.For more information about this contest and to access the qualifying long stay program flyers visit travelbrandsaccess.com.center_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Exotik Tours, TravelBrandslast_img read more

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first_img Sponsor Advertisement The sellers of last resort were always at the ready Gold rallied a bit a few hours before the London open, but that wasn’t allowed to last—and the gold price got sold down right in the the 8:20 a.m. Comex open.  The subsequent rally attempt cut cut off at the knees minutes after the equity markets opened in New York.  By 10:30 a.m. EST, gold was at, or close, to its low of the day—and from there it chopped sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close. The CME reported the high and low ticks as $1,247.60 and $1,226.50 in the February contract. Gold closed in New York at $1,231.10 spot, down $9.60 on the day.  Net volume was pretty decent at 142,000 contracts. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 67 gold and 8 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  In gold, the short/issuers didn’t matter, but the biggest long/stopper was, once again, JPMorgan Chase in its in-house [proprietary] trading account with 65 of those 67 contracts.  In silver, JPM stopped five contracts in it’s proprietary trading account as well—picking up nickles in front of a steam roller, one would think.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. Another day, another withdrawal from GLD.  This time it was 67,033 troy ounces.  And as of 10:20 p.m. EST yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. And, for the second day in a row this week, there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint, which I find most strange. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday, it was the fifth day in a row that JPMorgan Chase reported receiving precisely two tonnes of gold kilobars into the Eligible category in their warehouse.  I’d love to know who the refiner is, and who owns them.  The link to all of yesterday’s activity in gold is here. It was a monster day for silver in these same Comex-approved depositories on Monday.  They reported receiving 1,133,903 troy ounces, and shipped out 786,243 troy ounces.  The link to that action is here. I have a lot of stories for you today, even more than I had in my Tuesday column, so I hope you can find the time to wade through the ones that interest you. The delivery situation in the December Comex gold and silver contract month continued to feature JPMorgan as almost the exclusive taker (stopper) of gold deliveries and the leading stopper of silver deliveries. So far this month, JPMorgan has taken 4,426 of the 4,614 gold contracts offered for delivery in the bank’s proprietary (house) trading account, or almost 96% of the total gold contracts issued. This would appear to be fitting for a bank I allege to hold a market corner in Comex gold. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 14 December 2013 It was another day where all four precious metals wanted to rally, but the sellers of last resort were always at the ready.  And, like Monday, there was a decent amount of volume associated with yesterday’s price action, so it’s a good bet that the technical fund short covering rallies were met by JPMorgan et al selling their long positions, or going short themselves.  There are a negligible number of producers or consumers in the Comex futures market in precious metals.  Virtually all of the big players are hedged in the OTC market—and that certainly includes all the miners that have sold metal forward.  Yesterday was the cut-off for the reporting week for Friday’s COT Report.  It’s a good bet that there will be an improvement in the Commercial net short positions in all four precious metals, but there have been capped rallies for the last three business days since last Thursday’s big engineered price decline, so the report won’t be quite a positive as it might have been. Here are the 30-day charts for both silver and gold.  The last five candles on each chart is the data that will be in Friday’s COT report.  The big engineered price decline in both metals last Thursday is obvious—as are the other JPMorgan et al-instigated price declines shown on these charts. Even though silver did better on a price basis yesterday, the shares were softer—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index only bears a passing resemblance to the HUI chart, as it closed down 0.55%. The gold stocks gapped down about a percent at the open, but then rallied back to unchanged on the back of the 9:30 a.m. EST price spike yesterday.  Once the price got squashed, the shares followed, hitting their low of the day at 10:30 a.m. EST—coinciding precisely with the low tick of the day in gold.  The shares rallied back a bit from there, but then chopped sideways into the close.  The HUI finished down 0.47%. The price action in silver was almost the same as gold’s.  The brief price spike above $20 spot early in Hong Kong trading got met by the usual seller[s] of last resort.  The absolute low price of the day occurred a few minutes before the Comex open—and the 9:30 a.m. EST rally in silver also met the same fate as gold at that particular juncture.  Within minutes, the silver price was back below the $20 spot mark.  From it’s post-rally low, the silver price never got a sniff of the $20 price mark again. The high and low prices for silver were reported as $20.23 and $19.675 in the March contract. Silver closed at $19.95 spot, down 1.5 cents from Monday’s close.  One can only fantasize about what the silver price might have closed at if left to the free markets yesterday.  Net volume was pretty heavy at 46,000 contracts, so JPMorgan et al had to throw a lot of paper silver at the price to keep it from doing what it really wanted to do.center_img Gold and silver prices were as quiet as the proverbial church mice in Far East trading on their Wednesday—and volume was extremely light, with virtually all of it of the HFT variety.  London has been open about 20 minutes as I write this paragraph—and not much is happening there, either.  The dollar index has been as flat a pancake since it opened in New York at 6 p.m. EST last night. I would guess that the financial world is waiting for what Bernanke & Co. have to say for themselves later this afternoon when they’re finished their deliberations on the hopelessness of it all.  I would certainly expect there to be a “reaction” in the precious metals—and probably a few microseconds before the announcements are made.  Such is the way of the “free markets” nowadays. And as I send off today’s efforts to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EST—I note that all four precious metals had tiny rallies shortly after London opened for business, and with the exception of palladium, these rallies were hit hard almost immediately.  Silver made it up to $20 spot, but that was as far as it was allowed to get, at least for the moment.  Volumes, which had been fumes and vapours at the London open, have blown out by more than 50% in both gold and silver during the last couple of hours, so it’s obvious that these rallies are running into the usual resistance from what I would think would be “all the usual suspects”.  The dollar index still isn’t doing a thing. I’m not sure what to expect when the smoke goes up the chimney over at the Fed tomorrow afternoon, but whatever happens, I expect a lot of movement in the precious metals—and the U.S. dollar index.  I’ll see you here tomorrow—and I’ll certainly be talking about the aftereffects then. But it was platinum and palladium [in particular] that got hit the hardest on Tuesday.  Like gold and silver, their highs of the day came at 2 p.m. Hong Kong time.  From there they drifted lower, but really got sold down starting late in the London lunch hour, with the lows coming at, or just after, the 1:30 p.m. EST Comex close.  Here are the charts. The dollar index closed in New York on Monday afternoon at 80.11.  From there it drifted lower, hitting its Tuesday low of 80.00 at precisely 8 a.m. GMT, which was the London open—a data point i reported on in The Wrap in yesterday’s column.  From there it rallied to its high of 80.25 at 10:30 a.m. EST in New York, which just happened to be the post-rally low ticks in both gold and silver in New York yesterday.  By the Comex close, the index was back to 80.01—and from there rallied a few basis points into the close.  The index finished the day at 80.04, which was down seven points from Monday. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, info@uraniumenergy.com.last_img read more

A respected investment house just issued a major w

first_imgA respected investment house just issued a major warning… Regular readers know that emerging market stocks have crashed recently. EEM, a large ETF that holds emerging market stocks, lost 32% in less than four months this summer. In a recent note, analysts at Goldman Sachs (GS) said this isn’t just a run-of-the-mill selloff. It’s the next phase of the global financial crisis that began in 2007. Here’s what the analysts at Goldman Sachs had to say: “Increased uncertainty about the fallout from weaker emerging market economies, lower commodity prices and potentially higher U.S. interest rates are raising fresh concerns about the sustainability of asset price rises, marking a new wave in the Global Financial Crisis.” Goldman considers this the third wave of the financial crisis. The first wave was the U.S. housing crisis in 2007, which caused the S&P 500 to drop 58%…and almost took down the global financial system. The second wave was Europe’s sovereign debt crisis in 2012, when entire countries like Greece, Portugal, Ireland, and Spain almost went bankrupt. •  Like us, Goldman Sachs believes that near-zero interest rates are the main cause of these financial problems… Yahoo Finance explains (emphasis ours): One of the reasons Goldman is concerned about emerging markets is that lower interest rates globally have fueled credit growth and a debt buildup, especially in China, and that’s likely to impede future economic growth. Goldman noted that downgrades for emerging market economic and earnings outlooks have spurred fears of a “secular stagnation” of permanently low interest rates and fading equity returns. Regular readers know central banks around the world have cut interest rates to near zero to stimulate their economies. This has made it extremely cheap to borrow money. It’s allowed people, businesses, and governments to borrow obscene amounts of money over the last few years. We’re not talking billions…we’re talking trillions. Companies in emerging markets were some of the biggest borrowers. Last month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported that corporate debt of nonfinancial firms in emerging market economies has more than quadrupled in the last ten years. It jumped from $4 trillion in 2004 to $18 trillion in 2014. Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported: Emerging-market corporate debt as a proportion of gross domestic product grew 26 percentage points in the decade through the end of 2014, to 74%, with the largest increases in China, Turkey, Chile, Brazil, India and Peru, the IMF said. For the past couple years, emerging market economies have been growing fast. And fast growth can mask the problems associated with too much debt. But when growth slows down, companies that borrowed too much have trouble paying back their debts. That’s what’s happening now… Regular readers know that many emerging markets, like Russia and Brazil, are in recessions (their economies are shrinking). And the IMF expects emerging markets to grow at just 4% this year, the slowest pace since 2009. Plus China, the biggest emerging market and the world’s second-biggest economy overall, is growing at its slowest pace since 1990. Here’s more from Goldman Sachs: …[W]ith bond yields in real terms close to zero, and policy rates at historical lows, this extraordinary combination of events has raised concerns about the sustainability of the financial returns on a forward-looking basis… Recommended Links •  The recent turmoil has been great for gold, which just hit a three-month high… The price of gold reached its highest level since early July today, closing at $1,165. Gold is up 5.9% in the last month alone. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 is up just 3.3%. Regular readers know we encourage everyone to hold physical gold as insurance against financial crises. Gold has preserved wealth for thousands of years…through economic depressions, stock market crashes, and world wars. We recommend that all readers own a healthy amount of gold. It’s the single most important financial asset you can own…especially if Goldman Sachs is correct that we’re entering the next phase of the financial crisis. •  Gold stocks have surged recently as well… GDX, an ETF that holds large gold mining companies, has jumped 20% in just the last month. While we recommend owning physical gold for protection, we recommend owning gold stocks for their explosive profit potential. It’s not uncommon for gold stocks to jump 20-to-1 or even 30-to-1 during gold bull markets. That’s because gold stocks are leveraged to the price of gold. Even after spiking 20%, gold stocks are still incredibly cheap. GDX is down 76% from its record high in 2011. Louis James, editor of International Speculator, explains what the big move in gold stocks means. …It shows that there’s plenty of money on the sidelines, waiting for a clear signal that it’s safe to get back in the market. It’s more than proof of concept. What we’re seeing is buying from “early adopters.” These people know that once it’s obvious that gold is back in bull mode, today’s low prices on the best picks will only be seen in the rear-view mirror. Louis also points out that gold’s February high of $1,302.10 is a key level… I’m also sure that when gold does take out February’s peak, it will be an obvious “Buy” signal to many investors who are less confident than today’s early adopters. And when it takes out 2014’s peak of $1,380, the signal should be loud and clear, even to the deaf. Each successive prior peak surpassed will add confidence until “everyone knows” that there’s a gold bull charging up the slopes…and all our stocks will be trading much higher. And he recommends staying disciplined and using today’s low prices to build positions in the best gold miners. No one can know exactly when it starts. What we do know is that all the fundamentals say it’s coming. That makes this year’s indecisive dragging along the bottom the time to make volatility our friend and build solid positions in the best of the best gold stocks. Louis has spent years touring mines in some of the most far flung places on the planet. He’s on a first name basis with all the major industry players. And he knows the geology inside and out. This is why readers of Louis’ investment research service, International Speculator, get to hear about the “best of best” gold stocks every month. In just the past decade, International Speculator has told readers about opportunities to make gains of 100% or more nearly 25 times. Louis expects to make even bigger gains during the next gold bull market. Take International Speculator for a risk-free trial today to learn of his favorite 10-bagger candidates (a 10-bagger is a stock that goes up 1,000%). Chart of the Day Gold stocks appear to be in a bottoming process… Today’s chart shows the performance of the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index (HUI). The HUI tracks fifteen large gold miners. The HUI has been in a downtrend since 2011. But this summer, it stopped falling and started bouncing up and down in tight range. Professional investors and traders call this “trading sideways.” It’s a sign that gold miners are trying to carve out a bottom. On Friday, the HUI hit a three-month high. Time will tell if this is the beginning of the next big rally in gold stocks… – Meet the Man Who Made a Fortune When the Market Tanked 51-year old retiree from California made a killing in 2008 and 2009 … and has been waiting; for the next crash. Learn why, here.center_img — Goldsmith: Why I Work For Doug Casey Now—Eye-Opening Report from Former Stansberry Director Sean Goldsmith recently left Stansberry to work alongside one of the most influential economists in the world today, Doug Casey. There’s probably not another American alive today who has done as many international deals and learned as much about global economies, currencies, and the inner workings of foreign governments. “Now,” says Casey, “we’re on the cusp of a new and major crisis here in America, one that’s going to be much more severe, different, and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009…” Goldsmith explains the full details here. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida October 13, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

Peter Sands took over this month as the new head o

first_imgPeter Sands took over this month as the new head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. But before he’d even officially taken his seat at the Fund’s offices in Geneva, he was under attack for a new partnership with Heineken.In January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Global Fund announced it was partnering with Heineken to “fight infectious diseases in Africa.” The world’s second largest beer company will help the Global Fund with the delivery of health-care supplies in markets where Heineken already has an extensive distribution system.A coalition of global health organizations, however, many of whom focus on alcohol and drug abuse, called for the Global Fund to cancel the Heineken alliance.In an open letter to Sands, who supported the deal, the health advocates said alcohol is a major risk factor for the spread of HIV and TB. They also said alcohol adversely affects development efforts such as “poverty eradication, health for all, gender equality, economic prosperity, sustainable consumption, ending violence and building safer and resilient cities.”They also believe that the partnership creates a conflict of interest. One part of the beer company could be working with local health ministries to improve their pharmaceutical distribution networks while another part of the company could be working against those same ministries to potentially block new alcohol control measures.”We very much see this as an incompatible partnership for global health,” says Katie Dain, the CEO of the NCD Alliance, a coalition of groups that focus on non-communicable diseases, and one of the lead authors of the open letter condemning the Heineken/Global Fund deal.”What this partnership is doing and what we are really concerned about is that it’s giving a halo effect to an industry that really isn’t supporting the health of people in Africa,” she told NPR.Seth Faison, head of communications at the Global Fund, said in an email to NPR that the fund need to get away from “business-as-usual” if the world is going to reach its goals of eliminating AIDS, TB and malaria by the year 2030. And he said Heineken can help them reach those ambitious targets.”Specifically, Heineken can provide expertise in demand-forecasting and quality control during shipment, data management and supply chain logistics,” he wrote. “Bottom line, it’s about getting lifesaving medicines and other health supplies where they are needed, when they are needed.”Africa is one of Heineken’s fastest growing markets. The Dutch beer giant has 45 breweries across the continent. It just opened a new plant in Ivory Coast and is building another one in Mozambique.But the business model isn’t strictly business. Beer companies, including Heineken, have a long history of philanthropy in Africa, sponsoring sports teams and underwriting civic events. And Heineken has promised to buy at least 60 percent of its raw materials locally for its Africa operations by the year 2020.Heineken turned down a request for an interview about this new Global Fund partnership controversy but in an email said, “[The partnership] gives us an opportunity to bring our supply chain and marketing expertise to help the Global Fund reach specific target groups that otherwise would go underserved.”This model of public-private partnerships is nothing new. (Do some of these partnerships cross a line? Share your thoughts below.)Pepsi has donated millions to Save the Children to fight malnutrition in India and Bangladesh. UNICEF announced an agreement in 2016 with the food, beverage and consumer goods giant Unilever to expand access to clean drinking water in four African countries. Stella Artois is currently working with Water.org.The Global Fund has set up a program with Coca Cola called Project Last Mile that’s very similar to the Heineken arrangement. Project Last Mile offers logistical support for the distribution of medicines and health-care supplies in Africa.”The perception that Project Last Mile is about putting meds on Coke trucks or putting condoms in Coca-Cola cases, that is not really what the project is about,” says Erika Linnander, senior technical officer at the Global Health Leadership Institute at Yale University.Linnander says Project Last Mile really is about transferring institutional knowledge from a private company, Coke, to the public health sector in eight African countries. For instance, Coke’s supply chain managers in South Africa helped the ministry of health set up a new network to distribute HIV medications. The goal was to allow patients to pick up their government-issued meds in more convenient places, like post offices and private pharmacies.”Of course that’s what Coke does really well,” Linnander says. “They engage with all these kiosks all across the country and get their product onto all different kinds of shelves. So they [Coke] helped with the strategic planning on how do you push your product, these meds, out to other pick up points.”Linnander has written evaluations of Project Last Mile She says Heineken would probably bring similar logistics expertise to its partnership with the Global Fund. Linnander adds that the partnership with Coke has also been controversial at times. Some local politicians have questioned why Coke’s motives and whether the program is appropriate. Coke has been criticized by public health officials in many parts of the world for contributing to the burgeoning diabetes problem.Linnander says she’s given this a lot of thought herself. “You know, I work in a department of global health,” she says. “I think it’s useful to be transparent about the potential business benefits to Coca-Cola, mostly just in terms of goodwill and branding and things like that. If this we’re a nutrition intervention I think I would feel very differently and very uncomfortable. But this [Project Last Mile] typically is about supply chains.”The criticism of the Global Fund/Heineken partnership, however, continues. The influential medical journal The Lancet just came out with an editorial saying Sands should scrap the Heineken alliance. The editorial says the new head of the Global Fund with this partnership is “alienating large parts of the global health community.”John Norris, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, has written a lot about public private partnerships in international development. He says these associations can be difficult politically but he argues that global health advocates are better off engaging with the beer industry rather than declaring Heineken too toxic to stomach.”A lot of the philanthropies that are now very much mainstream sprung up from robber barons who made their money in lots of unsavory ways,” he says. “I can certainly understand a legitimate grievance coming from the community that deals with noncommunicable diseases worried about a company that sells alcohol being involved with the Global Fund. But you know, we now live in a world that is so interconnected, we need to figure out how to have companies inside the tent.”Your Turn: The ethics of a charity’s partnershipEvery charitable group relies on a helping hand. Do some partnerships, like the Heineken-Global Fund arrangement, cross the line? Share your thoughts in the tool below by Tuesday, March 20. We’ll post some of your responses on the blog next week. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The Afghan boy arrived at the US military hospit

first_imgThe Afghan boy arrived at the U.S. military hospital in Kandahar with severe burns from the chest down. He was about 5.”I knew as soon as I saw him it was just too much surface area,” says Kit Parker, who, at the time, was an Army Civil Affairs officer working with Afghan villagers. “I knew he was going to die.”Even so, Parker and his team sergeant, Aaron Chapman, stayed at the hospital throughout that night in 2003, while military doctors worked to keep the boy alive.”There’s no greater sense of helplessness than to stare into this child’s eyes knowing that you can’t save them, you can’t help them,” Chapman says.Parker recalls feeling “horror, rage [and] despair” that night. “It was the most scarring event of the war for me,” he says.The experience influenced the careers of both men. Chapman went on to become a government agent investigating crimes against children.Parker returned from the war to his civilian job as a biophysicist at Harvard. But the memory of the injured child continued to haunt him.”I couldn’t save that kid,” he says. “But that doesn’t mean there’s not something I could do.”So Parker assembled a team of young scientists. Their job: Find a better way to heal burns and other wounds.The team focused on a discovery made in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when surgeons began correcting birth defects in babies still in the womb. After these babies were born, doctors took a close look at the sites where incisions had been made.”And they realized that they typically healed with a lot less [scarring] or, in some cases, without any scars at all,” says Christophe Chantre, a graduate student and researcher in Parker’s lab.One reason is that fetal skin, unlike adult skin, contains large amounts of a substance called fibronectin. So Chantre and his team set out to create a bandage made of the stuff.”Our idea was to actually try to replicate this fibronectin-rich environment to get a better healing process,” Chantre says.To do that, they needed to spin fibronectin into incredibly thin strands known as nanofibers. Eventually, they found a way to do this using a kind of souped-up cotton candy machine.Then the team applied dressings made from these nanofibers to wounds in mice. The wounds healed with very little scarring. And they also healed faster.”The wounds treated with fibronectin closed at around Day 11 and the control was several days later — at, on average, Day 14,” Chantre says.Perhaps most impressive, the structure of the new skin was similar to healthy skin. It even contained hair follicles, which are not found in scar tissue, the team reported in March in the journal Biomaterials.In a second study, published in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials, researchers from Parker’s lab showed that another sort of nanofiber could also help wounds heal faster.”This nanofiber is made of cellulose and soy protein,” says Seungkuk Ahn, who led the effort. The soy protein releases a form of estrogen that is known to promote skin regeneration, Ahn says, “so the bandage generates new tissue formation.”The soy wound dressing does not decrease scarring as effectively as fibronectin does, Ahn says. But it is far easier and less expensive to make, so it could be more suitable for very large wounds.The new wound dressings are an advance, Parker says. But they represent only a small step toward helping people like the child with severe burns he saw in Afghanistan 15 years ago.”I don’t know if my technology would have helped that night,” Parker says. “I doubt it.”The little boy’s burns were just too extensive. But Parker hopes the dressings will someday help another injured child.”Once we’ve saved a kid,” he says, “then we’re evening the score a little bit.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Updated at 1005 am ETDemocrats on the 2020 camp

first_imgUpdated at 10:05 a.m. ETDemocrats on the 2020 campaign trail are emphasizing their support for expanded abortion rights, but in Washington, House Democrats are preparing to retain a decades-long ban on most federal funding for abortions. Presidential candidates including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris have denounced the funding restrictions under what is known as the Hyde Amendment. Harris has said it targets poor women who rely on federal health care benefits; Warren says she would “lead the fight to have it overturned”; and Biden now says that backing Hyde violates his belief that health care is a human right.But these Democrats, along with most Democrats who served in Congress since the provision has been attached regularly to spending bills, have a history of voting for spending bills that include the Hyde Amendment.The House is set to vote next week on a bill that would extend the prohibition for at least another year. That is creating extra tension for the more than one dozen Democrats who are splitting time between campaigning for their party’s nomination and legislating in a politically divided Washington. Origin of Hyde AmendmentNamed for its author, Illinois Republican congressman Henry Hyde, the 1976 vote was a response to Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, which came three years earlier. At the time, Democrats had a wide majority in the House. More than 100 Democrats voted for the amendment when it came up for a stand-alone vote, providing more than half of the support for the addition to that year’s labor and health bill.Since then, it has been baked into annual spending bills. This year, it is part of a broad package that funds the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, Energy and State departments. Democratic leaders blame divided governmentHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is one of many abortion-rights supporters in Congress who have resigned themselves to supporting spending bills that include the Hyde restrictions.”I do not think it is good public policy, and I wish we never had a Hyde Amendment, but it is the law of the land right now,” Pelosi told an audience this week at an event sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. “I don’t see that there is an opportunity to get rid of it with the current occupant of the White House and some in the United States Senate.”The health portion of the House Democrats’ first major spending bill is loaded with several major Democratic priorities, including more than $2 billion for Alzheimer’s research and more than $3 billion to fight AIDS. That’s why leaders tamped down an effort by freshman Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley to strip the Hyde Amendment from this year’s funding bill. House Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., told reporters this week that she wishes the Hyde Amendment didn’t exist. She explained that the party is now overwhelmingly in favor of abortion rights and most members would prefer to get rid of the amendment, but spending bills need bipartisan support to avoid another government shutdown. “You know, we are where we are,” Jayapal said. “People don’t want to throw that into an appropriations bill that has to go to a Republican Senate and be signed by a Republican president.”The view from the campaign trailDemocrats in Congress acknowledge that presidential candidates have to take a stand. Biden was recently forced to come out against Hyde after abortion-rights supporters — and other Democratic candidates — attacked the former vice president for publicly backing the ban. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said a number of the candidates running for president are in the same position as Biden.”I believe that every single candidate for president who served in either the House or the Senate — every single one of them — voted for an appropriations bill that contains the Hyde Amendment,” Jeffries said at a press conference.The list includes Harris, Biden, Warren and nearly a dozen other candidates.But not all candidates accept that framing. In an interview this week with The NPR Politics Podcast, Harris said supporting spending bills isn’t the same as supporting Hyde.”Let’s be clear, I’ve not voted for the Hyde Amendment,” Harris said. “The Hyde Amendment is the law. And so it has been attached to other funding bills, and until we repeal it, which is what I am in favor of, it will be attached to federal government funding bills. That’s the problem with the Hyde Amendment.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA 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… A chain of cake shops has thanked a disabled campaigner for drawing its attention to access failures that prevented wheelchair-users entering three of its stores.Konditor said it was “ashamed” of its previous access failings and has apologised to “anyone who has visited [our] shops in the past and been unable to gain access”.It has now pledged to make a financial donation to a London disabled people’s organisation (DPO) after admitting it was previously unaware of its duties under the Equality Act.The access failings were spotted by Esther Leighton, co-founder of the disabled-led campaigning organisation Reasonable Access, after she was unable to enter three of its six London stores.After she raised her concerns, with support from Reasonable Access members, Konditor agreed to improve access at the three stores, providing each of them with low-cost portable ramps that allow wheelchair-users to cope with single steps at their entrances.Now Konditor is backing Inclusion London’s Disability Justice Project, which supports London DPOs to use the law to make disabled people’s rights to independent living and access to goods and services a reality.Konditor will donate 20p to the project every time it sells one of its most popular cakes over the next six months.Leighton said she had asked Konditor repeatedly to buy ramps for its inaccessible stores.In similar situations, she has taken the service-provider to court, but once the problem reached the company’s head office, she said, “Konditor turned the situation around”.She said: “They fixed the problem, made amends including by selling cakes for the Disability Justice Project, which is a cause close to my heart, and so I look forward to being a loyal customer for many years to come.”Leighton said: “I have an ongoing frustration with high street shops without step-free access, particularly when this can often be fixed with a simple ramp available online for as little as £50.“I am unable to get up even small steps, so this is a barrier which unnecessarily limits me.“Despite the Equality Act 2010 duty being very clear that shops should have ramps, many do not do so.”She added: “I find being denied access to businesses, particularly luxury ones like this, utterly demoralising; it makes me feel like a second-class citizen and it makes me frustrated that 24 years after the law said that ‘reasonable adjustments’ (like a ramp) should be made, that they are not.“I find trying to enforce my rights very difficult, too.“Sometimes I need to go all the way to court (as it’s usually impossible to get lawyers for such cases) and this is costly in time and money, as well as upsetting.“However, it’s often the only way to get this change made, so there isn’t an alternative to ensure I and other disabled people are treated better.“In Konditor’s case, I am really delighted that they made the situation right and this wasn’t necessary.“They’re also keen to share with other businesses the many positives of making changes that ensure a welcome for all people, which makes me happy as it’s improving the world for everyone.” She encouraged other disabled people who are angry at not being able to access a service, even after asking for improvements, to use the law to help bring about change.She said: “You don’t need to be a lawyer to do this, though you do need to have time and be able to deal with sometimes complex paperwork.”Leighton encouraged disabled people to contact Reasonable Access – which supports disabled people who are using the law, particularly the Equality Act 2010, to advance disability rights – if they want to speak to others who are taking such action, and also to contact their local MP.But she said they should also campaign for a more effective enforcement mechanism, and she added: “Changes this basic could be enforced by the local council, for instance, rather than requiring individuals to do it.“That would be better for businesses and disabled people.”Svetlana Kotova, Inclusion London’s Disability Justice Project co-ordinator, said: “Konditor admitted their mistake and took this opportunity to make their shops more accessible. “If other providers of goods and services had similar attitude, everyday experience of many disabled people would be very different.“However, it is important to remember that Konditor took those steps because Esther Leighton explained to them what is required by the duty to make reasonable adjustments.“This shows how much work still needs to be done to ensure providers of goods and services, including small businesses, understand their duties under the Equality Act and comply with it.   “We know access is good for everyone and we hope this example will encourage many more businesses to adopt a similar approach.”Paul Cons, Konditor’s chief executive, said: “Until Esther bought this issue to our attention, I’m ashamed to say we had simply not fully considered the needs of our disabled customers or realised what was required of us by law.“This has been a welcome wake-up call for us and we’re glad to have addressed this issue in the business. “Thanks to a passionate campaigner like Esther, we’ve made the changes, but feel she shouldn’t have had to bring it to our attention in the first place.”Picture: One of the three stores Esther Leighton was unable to enterlast_img read more