10 months agoPellegrini says West Ham must build on victory at Southampton

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pellegrini says West Ham must build on victory at Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini says they must build on victory at Southampton.The hosts had taken the lead through Nathan Redmond, but Felipe Anderson stole the show with a quick-fire double that earned his side three points and movement into the top half of the table.“I’m happy,” Pellegrini said. “When you start with zero points in 12 then it’s always difficult to recover your position in this way. “In this moment, we are in the top ten. We will continue fighting and improving and, with 27 points, in the second round, we continue improving with our winning mentality, and we try to finish the season as near the top of the table as we can.”He continued: “I thought we played a very good game. From the first minute, we had the intention of winning the game and I thought we were very balanced in the whole game. “We worked most parts of the game in our opponent’s side and we defended very well. They didn’t have many options. “The important thing [when Southampton scored] is we continued to play in the same way, draw the game immediately, and then we scored the winning goal.” last_img read more

Vine: R.J. Hunter’s Cold-Blooded Three-Pointer Stunned No. 3 Seed Baylor

first_imgR.J. Hunter hits huge three vs. Baylor.Georgia State, the No. 14 seed in the West Region, just ended the game on a 13-0 run to shock No. 3 seed Baylor, 57-56. Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter, the son of GSU head coach Ron Hunter, hit the game-winning three-pointer from way downtown with 2.8 seconds remaining.Hunter struggled much of the day, scoring just two points in the first half. His dad coached the whole game in a rolling stool after tearing his left achilles tendon celebrating the team’s Sun Belt Conference championship last week.This is what happened to Ron Hunter when R.J. made his game-winner. March Madness is amazing.last_img

Stiff Penalties for Non-Compliance with Sugar Labelling, Packaging Standards

first_img Persons could face stiff penalties for non-compliance with the labelling and packaging standards for sugar sold in the retail market. Story Highlights Effective July 1, all sugar being sold to the public should be packaged, sealed, and labelled. Director at the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), Orine Henry, said the Standards Act provides for a fine of $3 million and 12 months in prison.center_img Persons could face stiff penalties for non-compliance with the labelling and packaging standards for sugar sold in the retail market.Director at the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), Orine Henry, said the Standards Act provides for a fine of $3 million and 12 months in prison.She was speaking at a Think Tank held on June 29 at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) offices in Kingston.Effective July 1, all sugar being sold to the public should be packaged, sealed, and labelled.In addition, all pre-packers must be registered with the NCRA.The move is in keeping with the revised mandatory standards for brown cane sugar, gazetted on December 30, 2016, which outlined the requirements for labelling, packaging and safety of sugar.Chief Executive Officer, NCRA, Lorice Edwards Brown, is appealing for all stakeholders to ensure that they are in compliance by the deadline.She called on retail outlets to remove all products from their shelves that are not labelled. Establishments that are not registered with the entity are also required to remove items.Mrs. Edwards Brown is urging consumers to be vigilant and desist from buying products “where the scooping of the sugar is done from a bag and you cannot attest for yourself that the product was handled in a hygienic manner.”Establishments interested in re-packaging and registering their product should contact the NCRA or the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).Mrs. Edwards Brown said that by June 30 a list of registered facilities will be completed and made available to the public. Manager for Standards Development and Certification, BSJ, Karen Watson- Brown, informed that the revised standards for pre-packaged sugar were prompted by changes in the international market.“There is an increased demand for food safety systems and so Jamaica must position itself to compete globally,” she pointed out.As such, she said, it is necessary for the local industry to improve its systems and processes to produce better quality sugar in order to ensure a safe, high quality product for local and international consumption.The revised mandatory standards requires the removal of some grain sizes; inclusion of more detailed labelling requirements; and that facilities preparing the sugar for sale must implement a food safety system.It also states that sugar must not be packaged at the point of sale but must be sold in sealed, labelled packages; and that there should be no foreign matter in the sugar that may compromise food safety or may be hazardous to health.last_img read more

One Last Dispatch From The Land Of Chess Kings And Billionaires

Left: While waiting for the title ceremony, Magnus Carlsen is finally able to relax with his father by his side. Right: Following his defeat, Karjakin was clearly disappointed while speaking to the Russian media. He confirmed rumors about travelling to New York with a Virgin Mary icon. Watching an elite chess match in person is at once enjoyable and discomfiting. You follow the players’ actions — their moves, their mannerisms — for long stretches of time. You hang on each one and imbue it with meaning. You become so familiar with their moves that you can rattle them off later from memory: “queen to h6,” say, or “rook to e2.” You try to understand why the players did what they did. The moves can be beautiful or inscrutable or frustrating or disappointing. You try to imagine what you would do if you were in one of their chairs. You try to predict what they will do next. You try and make sense of their postgame explanations. But you aren’t them, and you can never really understand.On Wednesday, the final day of the World Chess Championship, hundreds crowded into the Fulton Market Building in lower Manhattan to watch, trying to understand. Magnus Carlsen, the defending champion, No. 1-rated player in the world and the closest thing the sport has to a rock star, was facing his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, in a series of speedy tiebreaker games. The 12 lengthy games that had stretched over the previous 19 days — I attended 11 in person — ended tied and the two grandmasters were back in their chairs in a soundproof glass box to break the deadlock. It was the biggest day in chess in many years. Carlsen, the former wunderkind, was clinging to his title and his legacy, while Karjakin and the Russians were hoping for a return to the days of Soviet chess hegemony. On the fourth game of the tiebreaker, and the 16th of the match, Carlsen attacked the Russian’s king, Karjakin resigned and the two shook hands. It was over. You had to elbow your way through knots of onlookers to get anywhere in the venue’s sprawling VIP wing. Men in suits and expensive shoes crowded around TVs, watching the games and sipping martinis. The room was at a low murmur — equal parts English and Russian with an occasional dash of Norwegian. The clinking of glasses and the ratatat of ice in cocktail shakers punctuated the chess talk.Like a Russian nesting doll, a VVIP section had been set up for Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire, and company within the VIP section. It was newly roped off and closely monitored by scary-looking bodyguards. Thiel, a Donald Trump supporter and a strong chess player himself, and Yuri Milner, the Russian billionaire venture capitalist, sat at a board inside. With apologies to Beyoncé, it was $6 billion at a chess table. Accompanying them: Bennett Miller, who directed “Foxcatcher,” about the wrestling-obsessed murderer and multimillionaire heir to the du Pont fortune, and the Icelandic grandmaster Hedinn Steingrimsson, who was giving them a private analysis of the ongoing championship game taking place just a few yards away.A buffet and wine bar had been installed for the guests from Silicon Valley who’d arrived that day, and bored-looking members of their entourages lolled on large couches, poking at iPhones. Word around the venue was that the billionaires had paid $50,000 for these privileges. (The match’s organizer wouldn’t comment on the figure.) Much later in the evening, some other journalists and I raided their buffet, eating what must have been thousands of dollars worth of cold mini tacos.“Are you security?” the writer Brin-Jonathan Butler asked one of the well-dressed, well-built men keeping close watch over the well-heeled chess lesson.“Something like that,” he responded ominously. “I wouldn’t bother them, if you don’t mind.”This World Chess Championship scene was somewhere at the intersection of Bond film, Trump fundraiser and museum gala. There are other internal chess-world squabbles. Agon Limited, the match’s organizer, filed an application for a restraining order and injunction against a number of popular third-party chess websites, just before the match began. The websites’ alleged transgression? Relaying chess moves live, which Agon saw as a violation. The application was denied by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, who wrote that “robust reporting of factual data concerning the contestants’ moves” best served the public interest. Agon’s CEO, Ilya Merenzon, told me that the company would continue to pursue the matter in court, and was also proposing legislation to cement their rights to the games they organize.I discussed the case with Macauley Peterson, the content director for chess24, one of the defendants, on the floor of the venue during one of the early games. He kept glancing away from me at people walking by. He said he was worried about who might be eavesdropping.The tournament’s organizers have declared their own victory, though, bragging that the 20-day biennial championship had drawn some 10,000 spectators to its location in the South Street Seaport. But that’s less than, say, half the average attendance of the worst team in baseball for any one of its 81 home games this year. And the event’s only two main sponsors were PhosAgro, a Russian producer of phosphate-based fertilizer, and EG Capital Advisors, a Russian investment management company. Not exactly Nike and Coca-Cola. Spectators in the VIP lounge. A production team from Russia created an atmosphere for VIPs more often seen in Moscow than Manhattan. Despite the high-powered, moneyed interest, and its prime New York City location, the match was sparsely covered by the American press — as chess is generally — and given little attention outside the core chess world. It’s unlikely to increase the game’s reach or exposure as the organizers may have hoped. That did happen once in the States — in 1972 — but that was because of Bobby Fischer.The troublesome shadow of Fischer stretches over every conversation of chess’s success and future in the U.S. He was the best American player of all time, and its only modern world champion. His legacy is stained by his vocal anti-Semitism, and comments that he was pleased with the terrorism on Sept. 11, among other things. But in his chess prime, he carried the U.S. on his back while sitting at the board, having taught himself the game, largely alone, in a shabby Brooklyn apartment. And he won.While this year’s championship lacked the colorful characters and Cold War narrative of Fischer’s title run — although some journalists tried to revive them — it did have some of the controversy.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the game’s international governing body, FIDE, was absent from the match, having been sanctioned by the U.S. for business connections with the Assad regime in Syria. Ilyumzhinov is no stranger to controversy. He insists he was abducted by aliens. They were wearing yellow spacesuits and nabbed him from his Moscow apartment in 1997, taking him away to a distant star. He considers chess “a gift from extraterrestrial civilizations.” Left: Magnus Carlsen, 26, at the World Chess Championship’s opening gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Right: Sergey Karjakin, 26, tests the overhead lights in the playing hall. All photographs by Misha Friedman Left: A branded vodka bar assured VIPs were sufficiently entertained throughout the tournament. Right: Ekaterina, a Karjakin family friend, flew in from Moscow just for the tiebreaker round. But despite the controversy and the finances, what’s really missing from chess is a character.The U.S. has three players in the world Top 10, any one of whom could have a shot at challenging Carlsen for the title in two years. They’re undeniably fantastic players. But they seem less like compelling national characters — and less like artists — than Fischer did. They’re technicians, raised in a computer-chess age. Carlsen ended the match and extended his world championship reign with a beautiful move on Wednesday evening — whether he’d admit its beauty or not — sacrificing his queen to entrap Karjakin’s king. But in one of the postgame press conferences, Carlsen said chess was a sport and a science. For art, he said, you’d “have to look elsewhere.” Left: Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrated astrophysicist, and Fabiano Caruana, the No. 2 ranked chess player in the world, chatted about baseball. Right: Peter Thiel showed up for the decisive tiebreaker round and had a grandmaster at his side to explain the games live. Tickets were expensive, but there were a lot of young fans at every game, especially on weekends. After the match — after the trophy presentation and the cake and the champagne — our photographer and I tracked down the Norwegian contingent at an after-after-party at a steakhouse a couple miles uptown. It was a festive scene. Holiday garland and lights festooned the bannisters and the restaurant was a cozy respite from the cold and rainy November day outside. Carlsen was sitting at a far table in the crowded dining room with about 50 others. He was eating. With a fork. Like a person. It was odd to see him with something other than a chess piece in his hand.I wanted to talk to him. I’d been watching him for hours most days for the past three weeks. But honestly I had no idea what I’d say. Carlsen famously hates interviews. But I was saved. “No questions. Definitely no,” his manager, Espen Agdestein, told us. “He’s very tired. We’re just relaxing.”I’m not Carlsen. But I understood. read more

Football Buckeye defense is nuts preparing for Indiana

OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore knocks the ball out of the hands of a Rutgers player during the Buckeyes game on Oct. 2. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorUrban Meyer is a fan of  big, mobile quarterbacks, running the ball and defenses that do not give an inch. This season, the Ohio State coach has all three elements, with the defensive unit quite possibly being the most impressive part of the team.Against Rutgers, the Silver Bullets simply dominated. Surrendering just 116 total yards, OSU held Rutgers to its worst completion percentage this season, at just 18.75 percent. The only real offense given up by the Buckeyes on Saturday came courtesy of Rutgers junior running back Robert Martin, who produced 40 yards on 13 carries. Overall, OSU surrendered an average of 2.2 yards per carry, its best number this season.Meyer loves to play defensive football, and his team has given him record-setting defensive football this season. After a few slow offensive starts at the beginning of each game, he said the key has been the play of his defense, which has kept the Buckeyes in every game.“You know, any time you have great defense that’s — just the way the game of football is, you have great defense, thing are going to get usually rolling for you at some point,” Meyer said. “Even if you struggle a little bit.”Although a statement performance on the defensive side of the ball has the Buckeyes feeling well about their remaining Big Ten opponents, Indiana is not a team to sleep on. Redshirt junior quarterback Richard Lagow is second in the Big Ten with 1,278 passing yards, and leads the conference in terms of yards per attempt among other starting quarterbacks.In the backfield, junior Devine Redding is off to a fast start, picking up 413 yards rushing, averaging 5 yards per carry, but has failed to find the endzone. OSU has yet to surrender a rushing touchdown this season.Off to a 3-1 start, Indiana is coming off a barn-burner matchup against then-No. 17 Michigan State. The Hoosiers stunned the Spartans in overtime, picking up their third win of the season.Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said he is not shocked the Hoosiers won. In the mind of Worley, it was all about the skill level of each team.“If both teams play hard, the best team should win on Saturdays,” Worley said. “I think both teams played hard, and the best team won.”Indiana presents a dynamic attack, which promotes an interesting challenge to the Buckeyes. Allowing just 9.0 points per game, OSU has one of the best defenses in the nation, which is exactly why OSU defensive coordinator Luke Fickell feels his unit is ready for the test of the Hoosiers.“We talk about objectives all the time, and objectives are things we measure every single day, every week,” Fickell said. “We try to leave the goals and the big long-term things until the end of the year. We know we’re are on the right path, we know we gotta continue to improve, but we like where we are right now.”OSU sacked Rutgers redshirt junior Chris Laviano three times, with three different players dragging down the quarterback. Redshirt junior Tyquan Lewis, redshirt freshman Robert Landers and freshman Nick Bosa all broke through the offensive line and took down Laviano.So far, Lewis and Bosa have two sacks each this season, while Landers picked up the first sack of his OSU career.For the first time this season, OSU’s defense failed to record a turnover. Incredibly, Rutgers is the first offense this season to prevent the Buckeyes from scoring a defensive touchdown.Indiana ranks as one of the worst in the nation in interceptions thrown per game, giving up nearly two picks per game. Although the Hoosiers give up plenty of picks and OSU missed out on forcing a turnover Saturday, redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore said grabbing another interception is not the goal.“I feel like if you’re too thirsty to get an interception, that’s when things go bad, so I’m just going to continue to play my technique and if it comes, it comes,” Lattimore said.Looking to continue their dominance on defense, the Buckeyes will face Lagow, Redding and the rest of the Hoosiers on Saturday in Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. in their second Big Ten game of the season. read more

Football Michigan offense starts with the run game

OSU junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) takes his position during their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorMichigan played its first game of the season without redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight last week, and if they proved one thing in their 20-10 victory over Indiana, it’s that its offense now relies almost solely on the shoulders of senior running back De’Veon Smith.Even if the injured Speight does return against Ohio State, Smith will still likely be considered the most crucial part of the Michigan offense.The senior running back set a career-high with 158 rushing yards in last Saturday’s victory over the Hoosiers and accounted for both of Michigan’s touchdowns.This trend is not something that has been entirely alien to their offense, however. Of the 60 touchdowns scored this season by the Maize and Blue, 39 have come on the ground while only 17 have come through the air and two have come on defensive plays. Smith is responsible for 10 of those rushing touchdowns.But this style of rushing offense is a bit different from one that the Buckeyes have faced in other games this year. The Wolverines run with a pro-style offense, meaning they rely heavily on the play of the offensive line and count on their quarterbacks being styled more to pass than to run.The play of the running backs is different than that of most other college-style offenses, but junior linebacker Chris Worley knows exactly what to expect out of the running backs.“It’s not going to be guys trying to run around you,” Worley said. “It’s going to be guys trying to run through your face.”OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley said in this game, the defense will have to focus more on stopping Smith and the rushing offense than their air attack.“They don’t throw the ball as much because they run the ball a lot,” Conley said. “But we’ll be forced to stop the run and play the pass whenever it comes.”Facing a run-heavy offense, the Buckeyes should feel confident about their chances in slowing down Smith given how their defense has played against the run this year. OSU ranks 18th in fewest rush yards allowed per game and has only allowed four touchdowns to be scored on the ground, tied for second among FBS teams. They have also only allowed opponents to average 3.39 yards per carry, good for 18th fewest among FBS schools. For redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis, that ability to plug up the run comes down to more than just preparation, it rests on the defensive line’s mentality.“It doesn’t really matter to me, because every team has their scheme with what they’re going to do,” Lewis said. “At the end of the day, it’s about who’s going to put their hand in the dirt and just going. You can play whatever formation you want to play, we’re going to play whatever defense we have to to dominate.”In Michigan’s 14-13 loss two weeks ago to Iowa, Speight suffered a broken collarbone on his left side. Filling in for the redshirt sophomore was redshirt junior quarterback John O’Korn, a transfer from the University of Houston. O’Korn failed to deliver much as he finished the game with only seven completed passes in 16 attempts for a total of 59 yards. He was also only capable of running for 19 yards on six rush attempts.For a time, it appeared O’Korn was headed towards his second career start in a Wolverine uniform as many early reports indicated Speight was unable to play for the remainder of the regular season. However, Speight has not officially been ruled out and now rumors emerge that he could still be Saturday’s starting quarterback.The signal caller at the beginning of the season, Speight had given the Wolverines a starting quarterback with the ability to provide the team with a strong air attack. He had completed 160 of his 257 attempted passes for a 62.3 percent completion rate, thrown for 2,156 yards and had 15 touchdown passes to only four interceptions. Lewis acknowledges that while it isn’t easy to prepare when such an important position remains a question mark, the team will be prepared by Saturday to face whomever is behind center.“It could be rough depending on if one’s a runner or not,” Lewis said. “They have a really solid foundation with what they’re going to do: run the ball, throw when necessary.” read more

Jupitermedia Reports 67M Loss

first_imgA previously unreported $40 million goodwill impairment charge, associated with the recent sale of its online images business, has lowered Jupitermedia’s year-to-date profits from a $27 million net loss to a loss of $67 million. The fee was absorbed during the third quarter, which attributed to a net loss of $62.6 million for the period.Jupitermedia reported the goodwill fee Tuesday as part of an amendment to its third quarter financial statement, which it originally released last week. Revenue through the first nine months was $100.5 million, down slightly from $104.2 million during the same period last year.”Our online media division continues to be impacted by the economy, which has put pressure on our advertising and job board sales,” chairman and CEO Alan Meckler said in the original earnings statement. “We have, however, made progress in reducing operating expenses, specifically with our costs of sales and general and administrative expenses.”Last month, Jupitermedia—which also owns online networks Internet.com, EarthWeb.com, DevX.com and Graphics.com—agreed to sell online images business Jupiterimages to digital photograph and online media powerhouse Getty Images for $96 million in cash. At the time, Jupitermedia said it expects to incur a non-cash loss of approximately $95 million upon the closing of the transaction. In July 2007, Jupitermedia acquired New York-based media community and creative job listing Web site Mediabistro.com for $23 million.last_img read more

Google Is Adding FactChecked Medical Info to Search Results

first_img Let’s be honest: the Internet has made slight hypochondriacs of us all. According to Google, one in 20 Google searches are conducted in the quest for health information, which is why the search giant is doubling down on the medical information it presents.Starting this week, whenever you key in an illness-related search on Google, you’ll get a snapshot of medical facts right upfront. For example, if you type in “migraines” or “food allergies” into the search box, now a white box will come up in the top right hand corner of the screen with a description of the ailment, with links to causes, symptoms, tests, treatments, prognosis, prevention and the National Library of Medicine. The info is accompanied by a line cautioning users to “consult a doctor if you have a medical concern.”Related: Cubicles Were Originally Designed to Set Us Free and Now They’re Slowly Killing UsProduct manager Prem Ramaswami explained in a company blog post that the search information was put together by a team of doctors led by Dr. Kapil Parahk, and M.D., MPH and Ph.D who taught at Johns Hopkins and worked with the White House before joining Google, and was fact-checked by medical doctors at the Mayo Clinic and Google. While the new feature is intended to be useful, Ramaswami warned that it isn’t meant to serve as medical advice. “We know that cases can vary in severity from person to person, and that there are bound to be exceptions,”  he wrote in a blog post. “What we present is intended for informational purposes only—and you should always consult a healthcare professional if you have a medical concern. But we hope this can empower you in your health decisions by helping you learn more about common conditions.”Back in October, Google was reportedly piloting a new feature that allowed users who look up health symptoms to video chat with a doctor instantly. The company is also said to be developing an ingestible cancer-detecting pill and contact lenses that monitor blood sugar.Related: 23andMe’s Database of Genetic Information Is Going to Make It Lots of Money February 10, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Enhance Your Résumé with Essential Excel Skills for Less Than 40

first_img Here’s a fun fact: Microsoft Excel is among the most in-demand tech skills out there, with nearly 80 percent of middle-skill jobs requiring Excel proficiency (among other digital know-how).”But wait,” you might be thinking. “Excel isn’t all that special. I mean, isn’t it just a simple spreadsheet program?” Well, yes and no. It is a spreadsheet program, to be sure, but its functions extend far beyond basic number-crunching and table-making. “Simple” it is not.From creating data-based charts to forecasting trends, you’ll become an expert in all of Excel’s capabilities when you enroll in the 2019 Microsoft Excel Bootcamp Bundle. On sale for a limited time in the Entrepreneur Store, its 78-hour education is designed to turn you into a data-crunching pro with tools and training you can someday use as leverage to score a better salary or professional title.The bundle includes five different courses on various uses of Excel, the first being a beginner-friendly primer on the program’s latest edition. (You need to start somewhere, right?) Across 160 lectures and 32 hours of content, you’ll discover how to use Excel to solve complicated problems, automate spreadsheets, design graphics, and use Pivot Tables — basic yet essential knowledge that’ll serve as a solid foundation for the rest of your learning.Next up is “Advanced Excel,” a 20-lecture class covering intermediate-to-advanced functions within Excel. It’ll show you how to create complex graphs within minutes, automate your spreadsheets with macros and VBA (Visual Basics for Applications) — i.e., Microsoft’s programming language — use superpower functions to solve problems, and crunch intricate sets of raw data using Pivot Tables and Power Pivots.Once you’ve mastered those topics, you’ll move on to a course dedicated solely to Pivot Table. Within Excel, this feature lets you automatically sort data from one table and present it in another, which helps you draw conclusions from said data more efficiently. It can be a tough function for many users to grasp, but after completing all 39 modules within this training, you’ll be a Pivot Table pro in no time.The bundle’s fourth offering comes in the form of a CPDUK-accredited class on VBA, the aforementioned computer language that’s built into most Microsoft programs for streamlined data analysis. As you work your way through four hours of content, you’ll learn how it can be used to automate tasks and operations within Excel; define and manage different variables; set up subroutines; and more.The bundle concludes with a comprehensive course on how Excel can impact business decisions. Using a process inspired by a methodology that’s taught to major financial institutions around the globe, this class will show you how to use financial modeling and forecasting techniques to turn data into solid business decisions. It (as well as the four other courses in the bundle) will make an excellent addition to your résumé.For the next few days, Entrepreneur readers can sign up for lifetime access to the 2019 Microsoft Excel Bootcamp Bundle for only $39.  Register Now » 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 2, 2019 Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Costa Rica unveils preliminary 30man roster for the World Cup

first_imgRelated posts:Signs point to a World Cup return for Costa Rican star Bryan Oviedo A sigh of relief for Costa Rica as Cristian Gamboa’s knee injury won’t require surgery 2 days before the World Cup, Costa Rica loses another player to injury Costa Rica great Paulo Wanchope insists Ticos will ‘keep surprising the world’ Costa Rica national team coach Jorge Luis Pinto revealed his preliminary 30-man roster for the World Cup on Monday morning. The players will report to the team’s pre-World Cup training camp. The roster will be whittled down to it is final 23 players on May 31.“There is a base. The training camp can subtract or add, that I made clear.” Pinto said during a press conference at team headquarters Proyecto Gol in San Rafael de Alajuela. “The players know that they have to give everything,”Pinto praised the strong play of Keylor Navas, Diego Calvo and Christian Bolaños entering the training camp. He also lamented the loss of injured star Bryan Oviedo. Waylon Francis, Junior Díaz and Heiner Mora will be among the players competing for Oviedo’s spot at left-back.Four players — Esteban Alvarado, Hansell Arauz, Jairo Arrieta and Ariel Rodríguez — are on the team’s waiting list. Alvarado, a talented goalkeeper in the Netherlands, was a mild surprise. Pinto and Alvarado had a falling out in 2011, but Alvarado reconciled with Pinto and the Costa Rica Football Federation over the past few monthsBesides Alvarado, other surprises included Kendall Waston, Mora and Arauz, of Costa Rica football league champions Saprissa, a title won by the team last night.The United States also named their 30-man roster today.Costa Rica 30-man rosterGoalkeepers:Keylor Navas (Levante)Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)Daniel Cambronero (Herediano)Esteban Alvarado (AZ Alkmaar)Defenders:Giancarlo González (Columbus Crew)Jhonny Acosta (Alajuelense)Michael Umaña (Saprissa)Roy Miller (New York Red Bull)Óscar Duarte (Club Brujas)Junior Díaz (Mainz 05)Cristian Gamboa (Rosemborg)Heiner Mora (Saprissa)Kendall Waston (Saprissa)Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew)Midfielders:Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa)José Miguel Cubero (Herediano)Óscar Esteban Granados (Herediano)Carlos Hernández (Libre)Celso Borges (AIK)Ariel Rodríguez (Alajuelense)Michael Barrantes (Aalesund)Christian Bolaños (FC Copenhague)Diego Calvo (Valerenga)Hanzell Arauz (Saprissa)Forwards:Bryan Ruiz (PSV)Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake)Joel Campbell (Olympiacos)Randall Brenes (Cartaginés)Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)Marco Ureña (Kuban Krasnodar) Facebook Comments Esta es la lista de preseleccionados de Pinto. #LaSele ¿Qué opinan? pic.twitter.com/1fbo9BTHue— Puro Deporte (@PuroDeporteLN) May 12, 2014last_img read more

PHOTOS Zópilot blows everyone away with farewell show at San Josés Cine

first_imgZópilot! performed for the last time on Friday, Dec. 4 at Cine Magaly in San José. Dressed in white, Andrés Araya, David Bolaños, Marco Alfaro, Franco Valenciano and Jorge Guri (ex-Florian Droids) hit the stage at 10 p.m. for what was an unforgettable night. Marco Alfaro and David Bolaños rock on stage at the Cine Magaly. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe theater was transformed into a unique setting with cones covering the stage, some with black-and-white designs, and others plain white. Everything about the night was unusual: the venue, the music, the visuals.An ecstatic audience observed as if watching a live movie. The night began with heads bouncing in the audience along with Zópilot!’s melodies. Valenciano gestured for everyone to stand up, and two fans rushed to the front to dance. Andrés Araya and Franco Valenciano enjoying the night. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThen, a peculiar character appeared on stage: the masked man. Drinking a beer, the masked character again told everyone to stand up. The audience responded.As the night progressed, so did Zópilot!, with their infectious form of progressive rock. The impeccable acoustics at Cine Magaly made the show crystal clear, and fans could perfectly listen to Bolaños’ and Alfaro’s guitars accompanied by Araya’s defined bass lines and Valenciano’s ecstatic drumming.Songs such as “La Prisa,” “Sornaca,” “Delorean,” and others from a new LP were all part of the setlist for the night.Zópilot! complemented the show with blissful audiovisuals projected on the cinema’s screen. Amazing animations by Pietro Valenciano injected an extra dosage of euphoria to the night. Franco Valenciano demonstrating his mad skills on the drums. Alberto Font/The Tico Times David Bolaños playing a guitar solo. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Andrés Araya rocking along with his bass. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Marco Alfaro killing it with his guitar solo. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesBand members seemed in a bit of disbelief by the number of people who joined them for their last performance – the theater was packed – and they channeled that energy into the music. Marco Alfaro, David Bolaños, Franco Valenciano and Andrés Araya happily saluting the audience after an amazing concert. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThis was undoubtedly one of the best concerts of the year for the Costa Rican music scene. It was a show eight years in the making, and years of friendship were reflected in two hours of pure bliss. No one wanted the night to end.Long live Zópilot! Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTOS: Sights and sounds of Costa Rica’s first Nrmal Festival Costa Rican band Zòpilot! performs for the last time tonight at Cine Magaly Jazz Café to host first annual Costa Rican Women in Music Festival VIDEO: AZ’s ‘Back To Myself,’ filmed in Costa Rica, makes the rounds ahead of ‘Doe or Die, Vol. 2’last_img read more

Businesstobusiness music provider Stingrays sub

first_imgBusiness-to-business music provider Stingray’s subscription video-on-demand offerings have surpassed the milestone of 100,000 paying subscribers across North America and Europe.Stingray’s SVOD offering is available through service providers such as Amazon, Comcast, and Telefónica.The SVOD service allows users to access unlimited, curated music programming for a monthly fee.Separately, Stingray has acquired Macquarie Media Operations-owned in-store media provider Satellite Music Australia.Satellite Music Australia provides in-store media for over 2,200 locations and the deal marks the latest extension of Stingray’s move into the Asia Pacific and Australian markets. The company previously acquired SBA Music and Digital Music Distribution as well as striking a distribution agreement with local pay TV provider Foxtel.“We are delighted to welcome SMA to the Stingray portfolio of in-store media services,” said Eric Boyko, president, co-founder, and CEO of Stingray.“Over the past few years, we have worked diligently to grow and solidify our Australian presence. This latest investment demonstrates our confidence in our future in the region. The SMA team has grown a fantastic business and I believe that together we can achieve great success and provide local clients with superior service.”last_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

In Case You Missed It… Tonight at 8 pm ET leg

first_img In Case You Missed It… Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, legendary speculator Doug Casey will host an exclusive FREE training webinar called “Doug Casey’s Biggest Speculation in History.” Doug’s never done anything like this before. But right now, he’s more interested in this rare investment situation than any other—and he’s so convinced this is something you need to do, that for the first time, he has put together this extended free training for you. Click here to register immediately. — Justin’s note: Yesterday, I told you why every government in the world is nervous about bitcoin…and why it’s set to move even higher from here. Today, I’m continuing this theme by sharing a new interview featuring Teeka Tiwari, one of the best cryptocurrency analysts in the world.Below, Teeka tells Palm Beach Daily analyst Nick Rokke why he underestimated bitcoin and why you should add some to your portfolio today. He also reveals where he thinks bitcoin’s price is headed in 2018… Nick: Who attends a cryptocurrency party? Teeka: This one had a lot of young entrepreneurs. But these weren’t your typical, foolhardy young entrepreneurs. These were really sophisticated guys. What was different about these guys from other entrepreneurs I’ve seen in the past is they already have existing businesses. One young man I met has 300,000 users on his blockchain application. Another person had 200,000 people on his platform. This is a big difference from the deals we’ve seen so far, which have been little more than a good idea and a white paper. The quality of projects coming to market in 2018 is very high. Nick: What does that mean for investors? Teeka: It means there will be a lot more opportunities to profit from cryptocurrencies. And the big boys are taking notice. They’re excited about these new projects. Over 1,700 people attended this conference. And most of them were from hedge funds, venture capital firms, family offices, and endowment funds. These are all people who are slinging around billions of dollars. And they’re all excited about investing in the cryptocurrency market. They wanted to meet these young entrepreneurs. That’s the biggest thing I noticed… the amount of institutional demand for cryptocurrencies that’s out there. I vastly underestimated how badly institutions want to get into this space… vastly underestimated. Justin’s note: As I mentioned, Teeka is one of the world’s leading crypto experts. He’s traveled the world and met with the top insiders to learn as much as he can about the booming crypto market. And his boots-on-the-ground research has helped his subscribers make life-changing returns following his recommendations. He currently has five crypto plays in his Palm Beach Letter portfolio, with an average gain of 3,270%. But don’t worry if you haven’t bought cryptos yet. There’s still time to get rich off this boom. You can learn how by enrolling in Teeka’s Crypto Millionaire Master Plan. This crash course teaches you everything you need to know about cryptos. Click here to get started. Nick: How’s that possible? You’ve been talking about the tidal wave of money coming into cryptos all year. Teeka: It’s not going to be a tidal wave… It’s going to be the biggest ocean of money in the history of the world. And that money hasn’t even hit the markets yet. The opportunity in cryptos is just beginning. But back to your question. Here’s why institutional demand is much bigger than I initially thought… These institutional investors will be able to trade the new bitcoin futures contracts later this year. But that’s not the same as owning physical bitcoin. Right now, they can’t own bitcoin because of an issue called “custody.” You see, these large funds can’t hold onto their own investments. Most of them have contracts that state a third party will hold onto their assets as a custodian. This rule is in place to protect investors from potential fraud. So, these funds have institutions like Morgan Stanley or Goldman Sachs have “custody” of their investments. There are no institutional-grade custodians for cryptocurrencies yet. They need that piece in place before they can put money to work in the actual bitcoin market. Think about it being the difference between owning a futures contract on gold and actually owning gold bars. A futures contract can be held in a brokerage account whereas a gold bar needs to be held in a physical vault. As I said, right now there are no bitcoin “vaults” approved for institutional use. The good news is that will change next year. A slew of new companies is rising up to meet the custody challenge. Once custody is in place, the stage will be set for institutions to trade in the physical bitcoin market. And when that happens, billions—or even trillions—of dollars will be flowing into the space. And I hope everyone has an allocation to bitcoin before this money flows in. The move is going to be huge. Nick: What will all this institutional money do for the price of bitcoin? Teeka: I recently told my Palm Beach Confidential subscribers that bitcoin will reach $25,000 next year. And I am very confident it will reach that point. Some analysts at the conference project a bitcoin price of $300,000 by 2022. That’s not unreasonable. So, my price may be on the conservative side. Nick: Thank you for talking to us again, T. Have fun in Bogotá. Teeka: No problem. Recommended Link Silicon Valley Rocket Scientist’s December 19th Prediction Could Lead to 35,000% Growth Watch him lay out his bold prediction in full detail here.center_img — Nick Rokke, analyst, The Palm Beach Daily: T, you just left Consensus in New York… It’s one of the biggest cryptocurrency conferences in the world. What was it like? Teeka Tiwari, editor, The Palm Beach Letter: The energy there is incredible. It’s exciting. And all these guys want to network… get to know each other, and talk cryptos. It’s a new field and there are no established players yet. And if you’re not out there networking, you’re going to be left behind. I only planned to stay one night… But I stayed longer. I kept getting invited to private events hosted by hedge funds and initial coin offering (ICO) projects. I find some of my best ideas at these events. One party I attended was hosted by Mike Novogratz. He’s the manager of the biggest crypto hedge fund in the world. And he was one of the first Wall Street guys to realize the importance of cryptos. A couple years ago, Mike invested $500,000 in ether when it was under $1 per coin. He’s been following the space for a while. So, I wasn’t going to turn down an invite to his party. Reader Mailbag Today, a reader weighs in on cryptos: FREE EVENT TONIGHT: Doug Casey’s #1 Speculation for 2018 Tonight, legendary speculator Doug Casey is holding an emergency briefing to reveal “the biggest speculation in history”… It’s about a trend that could make you a lot of money in 2018… and Doug’s giving away the names of three stocks from his watchlist to all attendees… Click here to register for free. Recommended Link Hi. I am new to all this. I have never really invested on my own. I have looked into bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The reason I am interested in this is the world wants to go to a cashless society so digital currency makes sense in a way. I really have no retirement and am looking for something.—Calvinlast_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

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

CopacinoFujikado Helps Brands Navigate LGBTQ Marketing Beyond Pride Month

first_img Brand Pride GuideCopacino+FujikadoLGBTQ+ communityMarketing TechnologymicrositeNews Previous ArticleStepStone Acquires Majority of US Technology Provider AppcastNext ArticleCalendar-Based Scheduling Now Available for Geopointe on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace Copacino+Fujikado Helps Brands Navigate LGBTQ+ Marketing Beyond Pride Month Globe NewswireJuly 2, 2019, 5:52 pmJuly 2, 2019 Seattle Creative Agency’s LGBTQ+ Employees Spearhead Pride GuideCopacino+Fujikado, an independent creative agency in Seattle, Washington, announces the launch of its first-ever Brand Pride Guide, entitled “Rainbow with a Cause.” The guide takes the form of a microsite and offers tips to brands around how to use Pride flags and their respective colors in internal and external communications, generating increased awareness across the advertising and marketing industries beyond Pride Month.“We wanted to do something coming off of Pride that reflected our personal queer identities and our identity as an agency, while educating our peers on how to reach the LGBTQ+ community in an authentic way,” said John Line, Senior Account Director at Copacino+Fujikado.Marketing Technology News: Digital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy Colleagues“As a queer person in advertising, I continually see my community asking brands to do better, but I rarely see an industry perspective on how to help brands make that progress,” said Caroline Henry, Senior Copywriter at Copacino+Fujikado. “We all know slapping a rainbow on your logo doesn’t cut it; you have to communicate exactly how you’re helping the LGBTQ+ community 365 a year.”“Rainbow with a Cause” aims to do just that, helping brands navigate marketing to the LGBTQ+ community in an authentic way. It covers the history of Pride, correct Pride flag usage, and how to ensure your brand’s efforts steer clear of  “Rainbow-Washing,” or using the Pride flag purely for publicity or profit, year-round. As the guide states, “LGBTQ+ consumers are savvy and painfully aware when a brand doesn’t dive any deeper than a pretty glitter exterior.”Marketing Technology News: Selligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel ExperiencesThe idea originated from Copacino+Fujikado’s LGBTQ+ employees and came into fruition with the help of the agency’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative group, EDGE, which stands for Empowering Diversity and Growing Equity. Founded in 2018, the initiative aims to empower everyone at Copacino+Fujikado and create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture at the agency, in its work, and beyond.Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Wins 2019 Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Awardlast_img read more

Potential treatment for rare poliolike illness shows no signal of efficacy

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 9 2018Researchers have been searching for possible treatments for the polio-like illness causing paralysis in children, called acute flaccid myelitis. But a new study shows no signal of efficacy for one potential treatment, the antidepressant fluoxetine. The study is published in the November 9, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.Research suggests that the virus called enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, is one possible cause of acute flaccid myelitis. Lab tests showed that fluoxetine had antiviral effects against EV-D68, so the antidepressant was suggested by various experts as a possible treatment for acute flaccid myelitis, which can cause sudden muscle weakness in the arms, legs or neck, drooping eyelids and difficulty swallowing, speaking and breathing.”The lack of an efficacy signal for the treatments for acute flaccid myelitis evaluated in this study emphasizes the need for development and prospective evaluation of more effective treatment and prevention strategies for this potentially devastating condition,” said study author Kevin Messacar, MD, of Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.For the retrospective study, researchers looked at the cases of 56 children with acute flaccid myelitis in 2015-2016 from 12 medical centers across the country. The children ranged in age from 2-1/2 to 9 years old.The 28 children who received more than one dose of fluoxetine were compared to the 26 children who did not receive the drug and two who had only one dose and were considered part of the untreated group. The children’s muscle strength in their arms and legs was recorded to determine whether the drug was effective.At their first exams, there was no difference between the two groups in muscle strength. But by the end of the study an average of seven months later, the children who had taken the drug had lower strength scores than the children who did not receive treatment. After adjusting for factors that could affect the results, such as age, sex, other treatments the children received and their strength level at the first exam, the researchers found that on a scale of 0 to 20 that grades muscle strength throughout all four limbs, the strength scores of children who received the drug worsened by 0.2, while the scores of those who did not receive the drug improved by 2.5.Related StoriesNumber of fully-immunized Australian kids hits record highUsing Light Scattering to Characterize Protein-Nucleic Acid InteractionsNovel vaccine against bee sting allergy successfully testedThe researchers also looked at the strength score of the weakest limb in each child and found the difference in this score from initial examination to latest follow-up was worse for children who received the drug than those who did not.The drug was well-tolerated by the children, with the number of side effects similar between those receiving the drug and those who did not.A total of 91 percent of the children were sick before developing acute flaccid myelitis, with 71 percent having fever and 73 percent having respiratory symptoms. Weakness started an average of 8.5 days after the start of the illness.More than 40 percent of the children had an enterovirus in their system, with 36 percent having EV-D68. A total of 57 percent of those who received the drug had EV-D68, compared to 14 percent of those who did not receive the drug.Messacar noted that the study has several inherent limitations in that it was looking back in time, patients were not chosen at random to receive the treatment or not and doctors and patients and their families were aware that they were receiving the drug. In addition, the small number of patients may make it difficult to draw definite conclusions.Source: https://www.aan.com/PressRoom/Home/PressRelease/2678last_img read more

Study identifies psychosocial factors that affect sexual satisfaction in postmenopausal women

first_imgSexual health challenges are common in women as they age, and partner factors play a prominent role in women’s sexual activity and satisfaction, including the lack of a partner, sexual dysfunction of a partner, poor physical health of a partner, and relationship issues. In addition, menopause-related problems such as vaginal dryness and pain with sex have been identified as problems affecting sexual function, yet few women seek treatment for these issues, despite the availability of effective therapies.”Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 10 2019The number of women regularly having sex declines with age, and the number of women enjoying sex postmenopause is even lower. Although these facts are not surprising, the causes for these declines may be because previous research focused largely on biological causes only. However, a new UK study identifies psychosocial contributors. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).It’s hard to pick up a woman’s magazine or ob/gyn journal anymore without reading an article about how and why a woman’s libido and level of sexual satisfaction decline during and after menopause. Substantial research has been conducted into biological reasons such as hot flashes, sleep disruption, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse. Much less is known about the effect of various psychosocial changes that are common postmenopause. These include body image concerns, self-confidence and perceived desirability, stress, mood changes, and relationship issues.Related StoriesSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchSleep makes synapses ready for new learningOf the research that has been conducted regarding psychological influences, most of it has focused on quantitative results. A study of nearly 4,500 postmenopausal women involved in the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS), however, looked at free-text data to better understand why women felt a certain way and the depth of those feelings.Among other things, the UKCTOCS sexual activity data showed that, at baseline, before the start of annual screening, approximately half of the women were sexually active. A decrease in all aspects of sexual activity was observed over time: sexual activity was less frequent, not as pleasurable, and more uncomfortable. The primary reason for absence of sexual activity was the lack of a partner, mainly because of widowhood.Other commonly cited reasons for decreased activity included (in rank order) a partner’s medical condition, a partner’s sexual dysfunction, the woman’s own physical health problems, menopause-related symptoms, and prescribed medication. Contributing most often to low libido were relationship problems, logistics, and perceptions of aging. Only 3% of participants described positive sexual experiences, whereas only 6% sought medical help for sexual problems.Study results appear in the article “Sexual functioning in 4,418 postmenopausal women participating in UKCTOCS: a qualitative free-text analysis.” Source:The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)last_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