Klopp unconcerned over Liverpools away from

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels that their disappointing 2-0 defeat at Red Red Star Belgrade had nothing to do with being away from homeThe Reds surrendered their lead in Group C on Tuesday night after Milan Pavkov’s superb double earn Red Star a shock victory.It means Liverpool drop to second in the group table with another tricky trip in the Champions League awaiting them in Paris Saint-Germain on November 28.Liverpool have lost both of their away games in Europe this season, but Klopp insists it had nothing to do with the team’s display.“It made sense to make a few changes, a few we had to make and a few we wanted to,” Klopp told the club website. “In the end, it’s easy to say it didn’t work out.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…“Of course, we need to make sure it will not happen again otherwise it will be difficult because the next game is already an away game again and the last one is a very difficult home game against Napoli.“We have to make sure in Paris we do better. There were a lot of moments when we could get in control of the game and we didn’t do it, we made the wrong decisions.“I don’t think that’s anything to do with [playing] away or home, it just happened.“We will talk about that and will do it better 100 per cent, but for tonight we can’t change it anymore, unfortunately.”In the meantime, Liverpool will host Fulham in the Premier League this Sunday.last_img read more

Nikiski Student Honored For Outstanding Volunteer Service

first_imgJessica Perry from Nikiski Middle/High School, will be presented with an engraved silver medallion to recognize her selection by The Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Jessica: “They showed me how to help and act, which inspired me to help the children at B&G.” Jessica: “The main thing I have gotten out of my volunteer work is a newfound appreciation for kids.” Jessica has been a dedicated volunteer since the summer of 2016 with her local Boys & Girls Club, providing hands-on support on activities ranging from housekeeping to helping with art projects. As a State Honoree, Jessica also received $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip last month to Washington, D.C., for several days of national recognition events. She has helped with teaching choir, healthy habits instruction and art projects. She’s also provided cleanup and housekeeping support, and helped staff members with their planning. Jessica has supported nearly 100 kids and the entire staff. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A seventh-grader from Nikiski Middle/High School, will be presented with a community spirit award as one of Alaska’s top two youth volunteers of 2018.last_img read more

How ParentingWeekly Drove Online CPMs Over 30

first_imgAd networks are an easy way for publishers to generate ancillary revenue online, but the ubiquity of those same ad networks is also driving down the price of online advertising. Geo- and demographic-targeting is all the rage, but forcing ads on readers who haven’t requested them can alienate an audience quickly.ParentingWeekly, a registration-based online destination for expecting parents with an audience of more than 1.9 million, has teamed with Pontiflex, an e-mail and social acquisition platform, to leverage its sign-up advertising technology.Users are able to sign up directly within the ad, while staying on the ParentingWeekly site. The Pontiflex-enabled ads appear on the registration “thank you” pages, sweepstakes sections and on the “Steals and Deals” page. Users can receive additional information on the products.“When someone registers on ParentingWeekly, we provide a panel of different offers and the technology collects the data and sends it to the advertiser,” says Zephrin Lasker, co-founder and CEO of Pontiflex. The publisher side requires placing a piece of Javascript. “I’m no Web engineer but I could place the code in the page and get it up and running,” says ParentingWeekly program manager Marlyss Bird. “It’s transparent, we’re not sneaking subscriber names in.”Participating Pontiflex advertisers include brands such as Kimblerly-Clark. Pontiflex operates on a cost-per-lead model. While it won’t reveal the range, Pontiflex pays the publisher for the lead, takes a markup on that, and then passes it along to the advertiser.CPMs have since rise to $31 on ParentingWeekly. “This is not displacing any existing placement, we’re treating this as ‘found money,’” says Bird.last_img read more

Runners World Sees Boom In Social Media

first_imgWhile the industry sits back and reconsiders its newsstand strategy in the face of Tuesday’s bleak Fas-Fax report, Rodale’s fitness title, Runner’s World, is looking at its social engagement platforms and enjoying success.In one year, the magazine was able to increase its Facebook following by 111 percent, up to 309,070 likes as of February 8, an increase of 163,000 from January 2011 and an increase of 15,070 from since the first of this year. Similarly, the publication’s Twitter followers also saw steep increases—in one year the title increased its following on the platform by 293 percent, from 54,000 to 212,000. Furthermore, the magazine’s Twitter platform increased by 18.4 percent from 179,000 to its current number since the first of this year. “In January, we covered the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials, which selects the runners who will compete in the Olympics,” she says. “This year, NBC owned the rights and they decided to broadcast it the afternoon of the race so there was no live broadcast available. We really crept into an area where people needed coverage—we were able to live blog it, live tweet it and updated Facebook with posts midway through the race and at the end. People could follow the race live when they couldn’t do it any other way.”Leveraging itself within the running niche to create exclusive content opportunities is one way the publication has increased its value proposition to users, prompting them follow the brand. In addition to filling gaps in coverage, the magazine rolled out special social media initiatives, which also contributed to its growth.Loftus and a running pal formulated a plan to run every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day—a time of year that presents the hardest challenge to staying in shape, she says. The editor brought the idea to the staff of Runner’s World, which implemented it on social media—creating the hash tag RWRunStreak.“A lot of our audience struggles in the same way that we do in staying fit through the holidays since marathon season ends with the fall and training for spring races doesn’t start until January or February, it creates a gap that a lot of people have trouble with,” she says. “We were able to get into that space and create this initiative that people really got into. I believe the final number on that hash tag in that 40 day period between Thanksgiving and New Years generated about 7,000 unique tweets, which is pretty significant. Some people have decided to keep the streak going so the hash tag is still in rotation.”In all, the RWRunStreak hash tag generated a total of 10 million impressions—the maximum number of people that could have seen it through other people’s Twitter accounts. In the 43 days the campaign was active, the title added 34,000 new followers, a 22 percent increase.The brand’s editorial also supports its social media efforts—its most popular hash tag is RunningTips, which is supported by service driven content with original web copy or pieces from back issues. About three to five times a day the group posts original articles that include running related data, tips for motivation and racing news, which are also shared on social media sites to heighten engagement.“What helps us is we know our audience runs,” says Loftus. “They want to hear about what runners are doing so we can use these platforms to put them in touch with that and with us.” “We’ve had a few separate initiatives that have created really big boosts,” says Meghan Loftus, associate multimedia editor for the title. “For national marathons, we have a large presence on Facebook and Twitter. For those kinds of things we live Tweet the races and we point people to our website which has live blogs.”The magazine creates specific hash tags to cover live running related news from events like the New York City or Boston Marathons or other large sporting events.last_img read more

Murre dieoff around Kachemak Bay in the thousands

first_imgDie-offs of common murres have been taking place across Alaska since summer and the latest report is from Kachemak Bay, according to biologists with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in Homer.Download AudioCommon Murres, like the one held by Wildlife Biologist Leslie Slater on the beach along the Spit in Homer, are turning up along beaches all around the Kachemak Bay area.Wildlife biologist Leslie Slater says there have been two waves of mortality.“This die-off started to be noticed around mid-July in certain parts of the state. And so it continued at some level — a fairly high, noticeable level — for a couple weeks and then it seemed to diminish and then there seemed to be resurgence again of the number of carcasses that we were seeing on beaches, and that happened in mid-November or so,” Slater said.There have been die-offs reported of the penguin-like sea birds in Cold Bay in July and in Kodiak in November. Slater says they’ve also had reports from Seward, Sitka and Prince William Sound. In November starving and dead murres turned up around the Mat-Su and Anchorage areas, farther inland than usual.“It seems that then they would either be disoriented, which could be the result of ingesting a toxin or they could be very desperate in searching for food and just kept traveling up the inlet,” Slater said.Seabird die-offs have been recorded all along the west coast of the U.S. in Washington, Oregon and California this year. Slater estimates that a large number of murres have died around Kachemak bay.“Based on the duration of the time that we’ve had carcasses being reported to us, I would say, it’s into the thousands, certainly, throughout Kachemak Bay,” Slater said.The dead murres are being counted by citizen scientists all along the Spit and along the beach up to Anchor Point.“They’ve been doing this for several years and so there’s been a baseline established of what we would consider being a normal winter… and so far, it’s been at least six times the normal background amount that’s been observed,” Slater said.Slater says citizen scientists mark the murres with color-coded zip ties around a wing or foot and if you see a bird with a zip tie she says you should not disturb it because it’s part of a study.And anecdotal reports of dead murres and other birds are coming in from across the Bay. They’ve also had reports of dead tufted puffins, horned puffins and an ancient murrelet. She says the birds, along with murres, feed on small fish or dive to get invertebrates during summer. They dive for squid, crustaceans and krill during winter.Slater says murre carcasses were sent to the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin where bird flu was ruled out. The dead birds seem to have starved, but Slater says there could be other factors.“There are analysis that are pending. So it could be something that had to do with PSP, like paralytic shelfish poisoning, that was ingested at some point, but that is still unknown,” Slater said.Results from those tests should be back in January. That’s also when Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge biologist Heather Renner will be presenting a paper on the murre die-off at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage.last_img read more

Mystery over death of martyred journalist Selina Pervins son

first_imgSumon JahidThe body of Sumon Jahid, son of martyred journalist Selina Parvin, was recovered from the rail line near Khilgaon Bagicha in the city on Thursday morning.The police recovered the mutilated body from the rail line at 8:00am.“I think he has been killed. He has been threatened with death after he had appeared as a witness in cases against Chowdhury Moinuddin and Ashrafuzzaman at the International Crimes Tribunal,” Sumon’s close relative Kazi Md Bakhtiar Twinkle told Prothom Alo.“The police knew the matter. He was provided security. The police advised him to move with arms.”After carrying out autopsy, the forensic department chief at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), Sohel Mahmud told journalists that viscera of the body has been collected. He said his back, head, face, and nose bore injury marks.Sohel Mahmud, however, said it seems that the head has been separated from the body after being crashed under a train.Asked whether Sumon was left on the rail track after making him unconscious, the physician said it might have happened. After getting complete reports of viscera and autopsy, the cause of death could be ascertained, Mahmud said.Railway police station officer-in-station Yeasin Faruk said Sumon’s body was lying on the rail line.Those, who live in Shajahanpur railway station area, used to see him in the area. Sumon Jahid lived in Shajahanpur area, local people said.last_img read more

Northam Apologies for Racist College Photo

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaVirginia Gov. Ralph Northam released a statement on Friday apologizing for an uncovered racist photo from his 1984 East Virginia Medical School yearbook that depicts him and another man in blackface and in Ku Klux Klan garb.An accompanying quote under the photo reads: “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world, so I think I’ll have another beer.”Virginia Governor Ralph Northam apologized Friday for an offensive photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook page.CBS News reported that it conducted further research, uncovering another page in Northam’s yearbook at the Virginia Military Institute that displays nicknames listed underneath his name, including the word “Coonman,” a known racial slur.The photo and CBS’ discovery have led some to call for Northam’s resignation.Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris of California and former Obama Administration official Julian Castro as well as NAACP President Derrick Johnson have each called for Northam’s immediate resignation.Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine also demanded that Northam step aside.“This causes pain in a state and a country where centuries of racism have already left an open wound,” Kaine said in a statement.“I hope the governor …. Now takes the time to listen to those he has hurt and reflect on how to move forward,” Kaine said.The Governor released the following statement:“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.“This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service.“But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.“I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”Several hours later, Northam posted a video on Twitter saying his previous statement fell “far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor” and “I believe you deserve to hear directly from me.”“That photo, and the racist and offensive attitudes it represents, does not reflect the person I am today, or the way that I have conducted myself as a soldier, a doctor, and a public servant,” Northam said.“I am deeply sorry. I cannot change the decisions I made, nor can I undo the harm my behavior caused then and today. But I accept responsibility for my past actions, and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust.”last_img read more

Need to utilise solar power make the most of it

first_imgDelhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday said that we are blessed with abundant sunlight in this part of the world and solar energy is the cleanest and cheapest source of energy and one should make the most of it. Jung was speaking during the inauguration of an awareness programme on renewable energy with special emphasis on solar energy at Delhi Secretariat which was organised by the Department of Power, Delhi and Solar energy corporation of India jointly.The L-G stressed upon the need for popularising the installation and use of solar energy. He said that the growing consumption of energy has resulted in increased dependence on fossil fuels, coal, oil and gas, which are all finite resources and are available in limited quantities. He said if small initiatives are taken at the grassroot level, the solar mission can become a success.last_img read more

Discussed food and spices with PM MODI Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

first_imgCliched as it may seem for chefs to love their spices, for Sanjeev Kapoor, one of the most celebrated ones on television, that was the topic of an ‘interesting’ discussion when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and whipped a meal up for him in Abu Dhabi.During Modi’s trip to Abu Dhabi in August, Kapoor was flown in specially to prepare a vegetarian meal for the strictly vegetarian prime minister.“I spent over an hour with the prime minister and we were only talking about food and spices and the treatment through spices. It was interesting to discuss with the PM the correct use of spices and the miracles they can do when used correctly,” Kapoor told reporters when he was capital. Chef Kapoor also eagerly shared an anecdote Modi had related to him. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The PM told me the story of someone he knows, who had a heart issue and doctors said nothing could be done to correct it. Then he was advised to empty a capsule and fill it with freshly ground red chilli. He (Modi) said the man never had a problem after that,” said the chef, recalling his hour-long conversation with the prime minister. The right combination of spices are the trick to dish out the best food,” Kapoor said. “For me, when I’m cooking with Indian food, spices are very important as I literally have to breathe them. The use of spices makes Indian food unique,” Kapoor added. He said a combination of cumin, clove, pepper and cardamom are his favourites from his spice-box and, barring cumin, he can even use the other three in his desserts! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“All these spices —cumin, clove, pepper and cardamom are so diverse that they can create magic by changed combinations. One can accentuate pepper, underlay it with cloves, with a hint of cumin and cardamom, it’s like a whole another world,” said Kapoor as his senses came alive while speaking of spices. It is only Indian food that can take as little as two or three spices to as many as 20 in the same dish, unlike any other cuisine in the world, Kapoor added. Through his cookery shows as well, he always tries to bring in relevance to food to suit the times, Kapoor said, adding that it doesn’t mean that he serves the same at his restaurants as is depicted on his TV shows.“For the very reason, that I know how to target my audience and I know what to sell, that all my books sell so well. One needs to know what to write so as to make it sell,” the celebrity chef added.His chain of restaurants, Yellow Chilli, would soon be hitting the Gulf markets in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and other places within the next four months, he added.last_img read more

Costa Rica seeks to reactivate the Union of Banana Exporting Countries

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica will lead a process to evaluate if the countries that were part of the Union of Banana Exporting Countries (UPEB) are interested in reviving the organization, created in 1974.Tania López Lee, vice minister of agriculture and livestock, said that Costa Rica obtained the approval of other Central American countries to organize talks to revive UPEB and to incorporate Ecuador as a new member.This is one of the agreements reached at the last meeting of the Central American Agricultural Council, held in Colombia on Sept. 25.Past UPEB member countries included Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. Ecuador, the world’s largest banana exporter, has confirmed interest in joining the organization.Efforts among member countries will be led by a working group from Costa Rica’s Agriculture and Livestock Ministry and the National Banana Corporation.A series of scandals involving bribe accusations, high taxes and lawsuits diminished UPEB’s influence in the world export market, and its activity has been limited to charging a small tax on corporate banana exports. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

We now need now to ensure as this building goes

first_img“We now need now to ensure, as this building goes back on the market that a new tenant can be found that will deliver a top-class facility in this site.” McCallion disappointed that distillery plans for Ebrington now stalled was last modified: June 4th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: “After a huge amount of work behind the scenes to find a replacement for the Quiet Man Whiskey Distillery following its withdrawal due to a tax change implemented by the British Government, we had a Scottish developer in partnership with American drinks giant, Luxco, ready to step in and take over the distillery. “Unfortunately the two sides in the proposed partnership could not agree on the distribution rights for the product in the US and the deal has fallen through. “This is disappointing, particularly given all of the hard work that had been put in by all sides to try and ensure we would see this project revived.“There has been real progress happening on Ebrington in recent times with the new hotel about to begin construction and the new office building also at an advanced stage. ShareTweet Construction stalled again at The Quiet Man whiskey distillery in DerrySINN Féin’s Elisha McCallion has said it it important the redevelopment of the Ebrington site continues so it can reach its full potential.The Foyle MP said: “The Ebringtion site offers huge potential for the redevelopment and the regeneration of our economy. American drinks giantDerryebrington squareELISHA MCCALLIONFoyle MPLuxcoMcCallion disappointed that distillery plans for Ebrington now stalledQuiet Man Whiskey DistillerySinn Feinlast_img read more

Making money is first and foremost about backing t

first_imgMaking money is first and foremost about backing the right people.Next, it’s about timing.Casey Research readers have had great success by identifying, following, and backing up-and-coming stars. The best of the best in the business.          In this video, Louis James from Casey Research introduces you to two innovators of tomorrow.These are two people whom smart investors are following very closely.last_img

first_img— — • These stocks soared because Trump made it his mission to revive the U.S. coal industry… Trump did this for a couple of reasons. Number one, he wants to bring back coal mining jobs. He also believes that a strong domestic coal industry “protects our national security, public safety, and economy from intentional attacks and natural disasters.”But don’t worry if you missed out on this big move in coal stocks.That’s because Trump could soon spark another big rally in energy stocks… and this one could blow the move we saw in coal stocks out of the water.I’ll show you how to position yourself for this in a minute. But first, let me tell you what Trump’s up to…• On June 1, Trump issued a controversial directive…He told Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to ensure that coal-fired and nuclear power plants stay open.I say “controversial” because many people don’t think Trump should be supporting coal over cleaner energy sources. Other critics warned that the move could raise energy prices.Still, I expect Trump to follow through on this.That’s because the White House has already instructed the Department of Energy (DOE) to place a two-year moratorium on nuclear power plant closures. The Trump administration is also considering a plan that would direct regional transmission companies to buy power from coal and nuclear plants.Trump’s calling for these measures because he wants to ensure a reliable energy source and to “promote the national defense and maximize domestic energy supplies.”If this goes through, it would be an unprecedented intervention by the federal government into the domestic energy market. It would also likely have massive implications for one commodity. And no, not coal. Recommended Link Recommended Link Why the Next Mega Bull Market Is NOT in StocksDr. Steve Sjuggerud says that another, hidden Melt Up is just beginning. Prices are as cheap today as they were in 1991. Full details here… Trump Declares National Emergency President Trump has mobilized his entire Administration to battle this problem by declaring it a National Emergency under federal law. And Congress just approved $6 billion to fight it. Now a company is joining the battle by tackling one of the biggest problems our country has ever faced. In the past, companies in this niche saw peak gains of 95,800%, 63,400%, even 216,100%. Could this new company be the next to ride this unique wave? Get all the details here before it’s too late. • I’m talking about uranium… The primary fuel used in nuclear power plants.It’s also one of the world’s most dependable energy sources. Unlike many renewable energies, it’s a form of base power. It provides power around the clock. It doesn’t matter if the wind’s blowing or if the sun’s shining.Uranium is also one of the world’s cheapest sources of energy.• Because of these advantages, uranium accounts for about 20% of America’s power needs… But get this… The United States only produces about 7% of the uranium it uses.The rest comes from abroad. And about one-third comes from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, which is problematic for obvious reasons.In short, America’s uranium supply is incredibly fragile. This is why Trump’s putting U.S. nuclear energy “first.”In his eyes, it’s a matter of economic and national security. And I expect Trump to do a lot more for the nuclear energy industry in the coming years.• Energy Fuels and Ur-Energy are calling for major reforms to America’s uranium industry… Energy Fuels and Ur-Energy are two of America’s biggest uranium producers.Recently, they asked the U.S. Commerce Department to radically rethink its uranium policies. Specifically, they requested that 25% of all U.S. uranium be purchased from U.S. producers for national security reasons. That’s about three times more uranium than U.S. producers currently provide. They also think that U.S. agencies should be required to buy all uranium from domestic sources. • Now, companies lobby for changes like this all the time… Often their requests fall on deaf ears.But I think Trump will take this request seriously. After all, he’s already shown a serious commitment to reviving the country’s nuclear power.And here’s the thing…• Trump won’t have to do much for uranium to skyrocket… Again, that’s because uranium is already dirt cheap.It’s down 83% since 2007. And it’s down about 34% over the past three years. That makes it the worst-performing major commodity, according to Palisade Research.More importantly, the uranium price is now below the industry-wide cost of production. This means the typical uranium producer is losing money.This isn’t sustainable. Sooner or later, the price of uranium will rise. And when it does, watch out. We could have a “rip your face off” rally on our hands.But don’t just take my word it…• Doug Casey’s extremely bullish on uranium, too… A few days ago, Doug said in an interview that “uranium may be my single favorite commodity.”Doug also said that now’s a better time to buy uranium than it was before the last major bull market.Keep in mind, the price of uranium soared from $10 to $140 during the last bull market. The best uranium stocks went 20-to-1 or 50-to-1. Some even went 100-to-1.So, consider speculating on uranium stocks if you haven’t yet.The safest way to do this is with the Global X Uranium ETF (URA). It allows you to bet on a basket of uranium stocks, which is less risky than buying individual stocks.Just understand that uranium stocks are extremely volatile.Blue-chip uranium stocks can swing 5% or more in day. Junior uranium stocks can move 20% or more.If you can’t handle that volatility, you should stay on the sidelines. And if you’re willing to speculate, don’t bet more money than you can afford to lose. Use stop losses. And take profits when you get them.Regards, Justin Spittler Lima, Peru June 20, 2018P.S. Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno is also bullish on uranium. He’s dedicated a section of his portfolio to the best uranium plays he’s found. And all are still buys today. You can access these names—and all of Nick’s research on the sector—with a subscription to Crisis Investing. Reader MailbagAre you planning on investing in uranium? Let us know your thoughts on this idea—and any questions or suggestions you have for the Dispatch—right here. By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch“America First.”Donald Trump has been pledging this since the campaign trail. And unlike some of his promises, Trump’s stayed true to these words.He’s already put America first when it comes to trade, national security, immigration, and most recently outer space.Now, you might not agree with these policies. But the Dispatch isn’t about politics. It’s about making money.And you can’t deny that Trump’s “America First” approach has helped spark some huge market moves.Just look at this chart. It shows the performance of the VanEck Vectors Coal ETF (KOL) compared to the S&P 500 since Trump’s inauguration.You can see that KOL rose up to 49% at its peak after Trump’s inauguration… compared to a 27% peak gain for the S&P 500.last_img read more

Tributes have been paid to Stephen Hawking the wo

first_imgTributes have been paid to Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned physicist and “disability icon” who was seen by many disabled people as a hugely-important role model, who died this week.Among the disabled people who highlighted the importance of his achievements was the political journalist Dr Frances Ryan, who said on Twitter: “Growing up disabled in Britain, you don’t get many role models.“But seeing a genius, witty and kind Prof gain the world’s respect from his wheelchair meant something. All of us know we can reach for the stars.”Professor Tom Shakespeare, professor of disability research at Norwich Medical School, said on Twitter that “as well as his brilliant career in Physics”, Hawking had “allied himself to the disability rights struggle time and again” and “always challenged assumptions”.He added: “Stephen Hawking showed that you could make strides, even if you couldn’t walk; that you could have a powerful voice, even if you couldn’t talk; that you could be disabled and change the world. RIP.”Another disabled campaigner, Kaliya Franklin, who tweets at @BendyGirl, said Hawking showed others that “the richness and depth of human experience is part of all [of] us, regardless of appearance or ability to speak out loud” and that he had showed that disabled people “could achieve anything, at a time when so many were still institutionalised”.There was also irritation from many disabled people at the repeated efforts of the mainstream media to hail Hawking as an “inspiration” for “overcoming” his impairment.Disabled scientist Fiona Robertson said on Twitter: “Don’t say he ‘overcame’ his illness.“He was still disabled. He was both disabled and brilliant, not ‘in spite of’.”Robertson was another who had seen Hawking as a role model.She said: “As a young teenager, my battered copy of A Brief History of Time revealed to me how much people yearn for the complexity of science, to understand reality, to connect with that awe.“As a disabled scientist, I looked to #StephenHawking to see that I still had a role to play.”She was one of many who pointed out that he was only able to be “the light of cosmology” because “he had access to medical care, social care, adaptive technology, mobility aids”.She added: “He succeeded because of his brilliance *and* his access to support.”Franklin agreed, pointing out that he was enabled to live his rich life by “the NHS, PAs to support independent living, PAs to support his work, assistive tech and most importantly, to be surrounded by people determined to ensure those things happen”.The Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds highlighted “the wondrous ways Professor Hawking explained the cosmos and its complex beauty” but also how he had supported disability rights, including criticising cuts to support for disabled students and fighting to protect the NHS.Marsha de Cordova, the disabled MP and Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said Hawking had been “a ground-breaking physicist, a firm advocate for the NHS, and a staunch defender of the welfare state and human rights – from opposing the Vietnam war to standing up for the Palestinian people” and had “never let his disability define him”.Disability Rights UK marked Hawking’s death by reposting the speech he gave as the fourth annual Jack Ashley Memorial Lecture last October.In the lecture, he spoke about his life with motor neurone disease, and his belief in the principles of the NHS, that good care should be provided “at the point of need, to everyone, without regard for personal circumstance, or ability to pay”.He added: “It is important that care is available, without any of the added burdens for people that come with private health insurance.“My team and I have had experience of dealing with health insurance companies in the US, and that disappointing experience shows that a health insurance company will try its best not to pay.”He also spoke in the lecture of his public row with Jeremy Hunt over the health secretary’s “cherry picking” of evidence on weekend NHS care, which Hawking said was “unacceptable”.He added: “International comparisons indicate that the most efficient way to provide good health care is for services to be publicly funded, and publicly run.“The more profit is extracted from the system, the more private monopolies grow, and the more expensive health care becomes.”He also said in his lecture that disabled people “must find new ways of doing things”.He said that he had travelled internationally, visited Antarctica, dived in a submarine, and experienced gravity-free space flight, as well as writing books, appearing in television programmes, and lecturing in the Royal Albert Hall.He told the audience: “I am not showing off. I am explaining that disabled people can do anything if they have a fierce will to succeed.”But he stressed, as other disabled people did this week after hearing of his death, that his international travel “involves an entourage of dedicated assistants and nurses, and my fame protects me against some of the types of indignity that we often suffer”.last_img read more

Snapchat Introduces a Group Video Call Feature

first_img April 6, 2018 1 min read Next Article Plus, 82Labs raises $8 million, and a self-care startup raises $5 million. –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Snapchat introduced a new video group chat feature. This new addition will let you chat with 16 of your closest friends and do a voice call with up to 32 people. Getting started is simple. You tap the video icon in the group chat or start a call with a few people and then invite new friends to join.The hangover recovery drink from 82Labs has raised $8 million. This special morning-after recovery drink has vitamins, electrolytes and an herbal medicine called DHM that apparently makes your hangover magically go away. The new funding is from Altos Ventures, Slow Ventures, Strong Ventures and Thunder Road Capital.A self-care startup called Shine raised $5 million in series A funding. Shine is a free service that sends you a daily text to help you thrive. It sends quotes, research-backed articles and actionable advice to help you start your morning off right. Shine has 2 million active users to date. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »center_img News and Trends Snapchat Introduces a Group Video Call Feature VIP Contributor Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Venturer Snap Introduces A Group Video Call FeaturePlus, 82Labs raises $8 million dollars, and a self-care startup raises $5million dollars!last_img read more

Twitter Retweets Can Now Contain Photos Videos GIFs

first_img Image credit: via PC Mag Twitter Retweets Can Now Contain Photos, Videos, GIFs New Twitter features roll out at a snail’s pace, with the memorable big changes being the increase in character limit and the switch from stars to hearts. This week we got a smaller, but still significant change to retweets. It’s now possible to retweet with a photo, video, or GIF attached.As The Verge reports, retweeting until now has been limited to two options: a simple retweet of the original tweet, or you could retweet with a comment. It’s that second option which is being expanded to allow the inclusion of media. So clicking “Retweet with comment” will now allow you to embed a photo, a video, or a GIF.For now, the retweet tweak is limited to Twitter on Android, iOS, or the Twitter mobile website. Desktop users don’t have access to it yet and these new media-rich retweets will look a little strange on desktop until that’s fixed. Even so, it’s sure to be a welcome update by users who’d rather not be limited to text when sharing someone else’s tweet with their followers.From Twitter’s point of view, the change proved quite challenging because it was difficult to get the layout right without things looking confusing. Stacking media can make the stream of information look muddled, so Twitter needed it to be very clear how the media was linked between the two tweets. This was achieved by placing the original tweet in a smaller box below the retweet, but also indented from it. That way the retweet looks more prominent, but it’s visually quite clear it’s a response to the indented tweet below.Retweeting with media is already being used and some major brands are taking full advantage, including Game of Thrones. It’s one of those features that will soon become a natural part of retweets and we’ll all forget how limited retweeting used to be. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag Senior Editor Next Article center_img It’s a relatively small change for users, but apparently a really challenging new feature for Twitter to implement and get right. May 7, 2019 Twitter 2 min read Apply Now » Matthew Humphries –shareslast_img read more

Dealing With Internal Security Threats

first_img May 6, 2003 –shares Technology Next Article Add to Queue 4 min readcenter_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s often the internal, not external, threats that pose the greatest risk to your network. Are you prepared for the worst? Dealing With Internal Security Threats Q: How easily could a nontechnical internal employee hack my company’s network?A: With all the recent press regarding the sharp rise in Internet-based external threats, is it any wonder that internal threats continue to be overlooked? Many companies today continue to focus the majority of their budgets and effort on “external” penetration and denial of service (DOS) risks. Regardless of the source, you will consistently find that internal security breaches continue to lead to external breaches by a significant majority. In fact, the risk of internal attacks is very likely to rise in the coming year due to the growth, sophistication and ease of use of hacking tools available online.For years, security professionals have commonly communicated the vulnerabilities of operating systems and network services–such as Web, e-mail, ftp and telnet–to the public in many forms. In order for would-be hackers or disgruntled employees to take advantage of these published vulnerabilities, they’d have to create application code or scripts after studying the notes of a select group of experts who originally discovered and documented the vulnerability. Taking advantage of these security holes would require a level of knowledge beyond that of many common IT administrators and the majority of nontechnical individuals. Hence, the most common threats from nontechnical internal employees have mostly been limited to a matter of improperly managed permissions, weak authentication and other administrative-level issues.Over the past year, the number of precoded exploit applications has been on the rise. The more sophisticated hackers are now writing and publishing applications that nontechnical individuals can use on UNIX or Windows PCs. These exploit applications can scan internal networks for vulnerable servers and then perform a specific exploit against the selected target.The most common type of attack used by these new applications is DOS attacks that crash production servers with little or no way to track the source of the problem. Crashing a server is a significant issue since it not only affects productivity, but can also corrupt data, causing integrity issues. The need is apparent for constant attention to security patches and fixes as well as internal auditing and/or intrusion detection systems.Internal auditing is one critical aspect of a security plan that can reduce the risk associated with these new attack tools. However, many internal-auditing projects, if they are being done at all, focus on high-level policy issues like weak passwords, directory and file permissions, and disaster-recovery procedures. Often, it is only the external audits that commonly test for the actual operating system and network service vulnerabilities being exploited by this new age of hacking tools. It is vital that the IT managers evaluating security-auditing vendors be sure that internal-auditing vendors provide a comprehensive analysis of the operating system and application vulnerabilities. Without this analysis, these new risks to business continuance and data integrity may go undetected until they directly affect the bottom line.Many managers assume that nontechnical employees do not pose a significant risk to business continuance from an information security standpoint. Unfortunately, because of the easy access to more sophisticated exploit tools, that assumption is costing business today in terms of service outages and lost revenue. Know your risks and remediation requirements by performing an internal audit before your company becomes the next victim.Michael Bruck is the founding partner of BAI Security, an 8-year-old information security consulting firm. Bruck leads his security team with a successful 16-year background in IT management and senior engineering positions. He is also the developer and author of best practices that are becoming standards in the information security consulting business. He can be reached via www.baisecurity.netor by e-mail at mbruck@baisecurity.net.The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, not of Entrepreneur.com. All answers are intended to be general in nature, without regard to specific geographical areas or circumstances, and should only be relied upon after consulting an appropriate expert, such as an attorney or accountant.last_img read more

Hillary Clinton on Why Failure Should Not Hold You Back

first_img Entrepreneur Staff Hillary Clinton on Why Failure Should Not Hold You Back 2 min read November 9, 2016 Nina Zipkin Add to Queue Image credit: Getty Images | Justin Sullivan Next Article Goalscenter_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares The Democratic candidate provided valuable advice in her concession speech. In a graceful concession speech in New York City on Wednesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton brought her historic campaign to a close with some valuable advice about how to contend with failures and setbacks in the course of your career.After thanking her family, her running mate Sen. Tim Kaine, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, her campaign staff and volunteers across the country, Clinton reflected on what she had learned in her decades of service.Related: 5 Ways to Get Going Again After You’ve Survived a Setback”I’ve had successes and setbacks and sometimes painful ones,” she said. “Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public and political careers. You will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”Clinton also encouraged unity.Related: Why True Entrepreneurs View Setbacks As Opportunities”I still believe in America, and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future,” she said. “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.”She wrapped up her speech emphasizing the importance of continuing to work hard, pursue every dream and opportunity and have the strength and courage of your convictions.No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, that’s advice we can all take to heart. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

Doctoral thesis focuses on the role of oxidative stress in Wolfram syndrome

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 29 2019In the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tartu, the first animal testings were conducted using antioxidant peptides designed and synthesized by scientists in Tartu, which may reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress also develops with a rare incurable genetic disease called Wolfram syndrome and it is studied profoundly by scientists all over the world.Doctoral candidate of the Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine at the University of Tartu, Rando Porosk, explained that oxidative stress is a condition where the reactive species, such as free radicals, dominate over the antioxidant defense system, and this may cause tissue damage as a result, for example. Source:Estonian Research Council Related StoriesStudy reveals long-term benefits of stress urinary incontinence surgeryDogs and cats relieve academic stress and lift students’ mood, according to a new studyGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”In his doctoral thesis titled “The Role of Oxidative Stress in Wolfram Syndrome 1 and Hypothermia”, Porosk studied the role of oxidative stress in the case of mild hypothermia or reduced body temperature as well as rare Wolfram syndrome. The latter is caused by a wolframin gene defect which also causes diabetes insipidus, diabetes mellitus, optical nerve atrophy and neurodegenerative disorders. A person suffering from this syndrome has diabetes as well as he/she will be blind and deaf.According to the doctoral candidate, there is knowledge of Wolfram syndrome in the case of wolframin deficiency, as intracellular endoplasmic stress, as well as oxidative stress occurs. “We described the level of oxidative stress more profoundly than ever before in the model of mice suffering from Wolfram syndrome constructed by us and showed how the antioxidant UPF peptides designed by us decrease oxidative stress in various tissues.”In Porosk’s doctoral thesis, the animal model has been described better when compared with earlier ones. This animal model can now be used in further research for describing Wolfram syndrome. “Profound description of metabolism provides information for further studies on a protein with hitherto unknown biofunction which is also wolframin that causes Wolfram syndrome. This way, its biofunction can be described even more profoundly.”The mild hypothermia is used quite a lot in clinical practice for avoiding tissue damage. Right now, it is not exactly known what the protective hypothermia mechanism is about. “We showed in the research that mild hypothermia causes a stress response in various cell lines,” said Porosk in conclusion.center_img Oxidative stress is the cause for concern primarily for those whose organism has more reactive species or whose antioxidant defense system is weaker. Deficient defense system may also result from the scarcity of certain vitamins.”Rando Porosk, doctoral candidate of the Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine at the University of Tartulast_img read more

Nextgeneration heat pump offers more affordable heating and cooling

first_img Provided by CORDIS Citation: Next-generation heat pump offers more affordable heating and cooling (2018, June 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-next-generation-cooling.html An international team of researchers has joined forces to meet Europe’s rising need for affordable and efficient geothermal solutions. Their work, which has received EU support through the GEOTeCH project, focuses on providing cost-efficient renewable heating and cooling for houses and small buildings.The GEOTeCH team has targeted this market for a good reason. According to the International Energy Agency, buildings are responsible for 30 % of global energy consumption and a substantial percentage of CO2 emissions. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in particular make up about half of the energy used in buildings. And the sector is expanding, which makes reduced energy consumption and the use of renewable sources even more important.Project partners have used advances made in geothermal heat pump technology to develop a novel dual-source heat pump (DSHP) unit for heating, cooling and domestic hot water production. An article published in the International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies provides information on the system’s characteristics and performance.The innovative DSHP takes advantage of either air or ground heat sources, depending on operating and climatic conditions. It’s able to select the most favourable heat source or heat sink (for heating or cooling, respectively) in a way that allows it to operate as an air-to-water or brine-to-water heat pump. Therefore, in winter it can provide hot water for heating buildings, using either the air or the brine from the ground as heat sources. Alternatively, in summer, it uses the air or brine as a heat sink to provide cooling. The unit also ensures year-round domestic hot water, which in summer it can generate using the system’s condensing waste heat.The pump is being demonstrated and monitored in four sites across Europe, one of which is UK project partner De Montfort University Leicester (DMU). Five boreholes have been drilled at DMU in locations where there was enough soft ground to drill down at least 10 m. Heat exchangers have been installed in four of the boreholes. In the fifth hole, temperature sensors have been set up to record data on changes in ground temperature. Data is also being recorded on energy consumption and comfort levels in the demonstration site, which replicates a small domestic building. “Geothermal energy is the future – it’s a clean and sustainable source of power,” says Prof. Greenough of DMU in a news item posted on the University’s website. “It does not produce greenhouse gases that can be harmful to the atmosphere. We want to know more about how heat pumps perform to support their rapid use across Europe. Most people rely on gas but there is a limited supply of fossil fuels, whereas geothermal heat pumps can make use of the practically limitless heat from the sun that falls on the ground and warms the air around us. People wrongly think that these heat pumps are expensive and that you need a lot of space to install them, but that need not be the case.”Through its research, GEOTeCH (Geothermal Technology for €conomic Cooling and Heating) is promoting more widespread use of renewable heating and cooling systems in the future. More information: GEOTeCH project website: www.geotech-project.eu/ A novel geothermal heat pump makes cost-effective, energy-efficient heating and cooling of buildings a reality. How? By harnessing heat sources from the air or ground. Dandelion wants to play a role in home geothermal Credit: Designua, Shutterstock Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more