ESLRF Lauded for Progress with Farmers

first_imgESLRF CEO Ms. Smith traditionally welcomes Dieng to the Orphan Grain Farm During his recent visit to Liberia, the Regional Director for West and Central Africa of the World Food Program (WFP), Abdou Dieng, praised the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation for its enormous work with farmers in the country, specifically Montserrado County.This was after Dieng had also lauded WFP-Liberia and some of its beneficiaries for the level of work done by the foundation and its partners.Mr. Dieng, chatting with several farmers during a show case visit of some WFP-sponsored projects at the Orphan Grain Farm in Lower Johnsonville in Montserrado County, said he is impressed with the level of commitment local farmers have invested to grow more food in the country.He made the statement when he climaxed his visit on Wednesday, April 19 with a tour of WFP and Government of Liberia-supported projects in Montserrado County.He arrived in Liberia to hold bilateral discussions with development partners, including representatives of the European Union, USAID, and the World Bank, officials of the Embassies of Sweden and Germany, among others.Ms. Smith, the Executive Director of the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation (ESLRF), said the WFP executive’s visit to the country is a big boost, adding that it has reawakened Liberian farmers to redouble their efforts toward food production.She added that her foundation with support from WFP and other partners will continue to buttress the efforts of Liberians farmers.The foundation with support from WFP-Japanese grant pilot project is currently working with over 7,000 famers in Montserrado County, she said.She named food items such as rice, beans, and oil; and various tools including shovels and cutlasses as some of the materials her organization provided to the beneficiaries with support from WFP.She called on WFP and the Ministry of Agriculture to continuously empower farmers, if agriculture must enhance food security.Meanwhile, several farmers from the Orphan Grain Farm including other surrounding farm members within Montserrado County have hailed the WFP and the ESLRF for supporting them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Poverty in South Africa ‘is declining’

first_img2 October 2008 A new report released by the Presidency has found that there has been a reduction in both absolute income poverty, which is the income of poor people, and in relative income poverty, which is the gap between the average income of poor people and the poverty line. Social assistance The report, entitled “Towards a Fifteen Year Review Synthesis Report”, reviews the government’s successes as well as shortcomings and challenges over the last 15 years, and investigates the impact of government programmes in improving the lives of South Africans. “When using the R322 per person [per month] poverty line, in 1995 about 53% of households was living below that line. In 2005, that figure has decreased to 48%.” Even if absolute conditions of people might be improving, he said that the fact that the upper income groups were experiencing a faster rate of improvement in their conditions started to create a sense of relative poverty in lower income groups. While many poor South Africans were lifting themselves from abject poverty, the rich in South Africa were getting richer, most likely due to access to economic opportunities. The Department of Public Works also has programmes which are aimed at assisting with fighting poverty and assisting in income generation. While the Expanded Public Works Programme did absorb a large number of unskilled labourers, the report found that challenges remained, in that the projects were of short duration and training was often inadequate. “The targets in 2004 were to create one million work opportunities by 2009 . that target had already been met by April 2008,” he said. “There is the challenge that these [work programmes] are of short duration and the training that is meant to take place is not taking place at the optimum level.” Netshitenzhe explained that during periods of high rates of growth it was those who were already well-off who were better positioned to take advantage of that growth. Despite the decrease in the amount of poor people in the country, Netshitenzhe noted that many studies, including the Income Expenditure Survey by Statistics South Africa found a widening inequality gap in the country. Source: BuaNews Netshitenzhe added that when using the lower poverty line measure of R174 per person a month, the number of households in 1995 stood at 3%, decreasing in 2005 to 2%. “What we have established is that income poverty has actually declined, contrary to conventional wisdom,” policy coordination and advisory services head Joel Netshitenzhe told reporters at the Union Buildings in Pretoria this week. “In terms of macro-social trends, a high level of economic growth has exposed one reality that we believe society needs to take to heart . that a higher rate of growth does not necessarily result in a reduction in inequality,” he said, adding that in recent years, inequality especially amongst racial groups, except among Africans, had not been reduced. Widening inequality gap Various studies have confirmed that social grants were well targeted and contributed considerably to poverty reduction. Of social grants, the report indicated that 62% of the total went to the poorest 40% of households, and 82% to the poorest 60%. Even if absolute conditions of people might be improving, the fact that those who are on the upper rim are experiencing a faster rate of improvement in their conditions, it starts to create a sense of relative poverty in the lower ranks, he said. “Social grants have played a very critical role in this regard . from 2.5 million beneficiaries in 1999 to just over 12 million in 2007, the social grants system is the largest form of government support for the poor,” Netshitenzhe said. “Most by far is in the form of the child support grant, which reached 7.8 million beneficiaries in 2007 compared to 34 000 in 1999.”last_img read more

Greiner Farm to sell in Wood County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Drained, productive farmland is coming up for sale March 10. This farm is located in Section 5, Henry Township, in Wood County. There are 5 WC Auditor parcels containing a total of 130.87 acres m/l of farmland. The farm will be offered at public auction all together as one parcel. This farm fronts on Cygnet Road. Soils are primarily Hoytville clay with some Nappanee and Sloan soils.There is no buyer’s premium and $25,000 down at auction, with the balance due at closing on or before 45 days. Guaranteed Certificate of Title and Deed with prorated real estate taxes. Possession at closing. Statements made sale day take precedence over all printed material.The owners are Sue Greiner, Peggy Hawkins and Jerry Greiner, heirs of Robert and Aneta Greiner. The auctioneers are Steve Powell and Shad Ridenour. The auction will be held Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the N. Baltimore American Legion Post, 539 E. South St., N. Baltimore, OH 45872. For more, call (419) 304-1263 or e-mail or visit read more

Search Startup Bans Content Farms, But is That What People Really Want?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#search#web marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img Large quantities of low quality content, of marginal relevance, intended to draw visitors through search, but drive them to click through ads to other sites – that’s what’s called a content farm. The voices of critics of Google are getting louder with allegations that the world’s leading search engine has been thoroughly gamed and is now drowning in content farmed links. Content farm is a very subjective designation, though.Search startup Blekko is betting that web users want to search without seeing results from companies that are pumping out low-quality content just for the ad revenue. But is one person’s low quality content another person’s more-accessible reading material? Today Blekko released a list of the top 20 domains that its users have clicked the “SPAM” button on in their search results. Content from those sites will never show up in a Blekko search again, the company says. What do you think of this list?“These sites are the worst spam publishers on the Web according to our users,” said Rich Skrenta, CEO of Blekko. “They are literally responsible for millions of pages on the Web that our users say are just not helpful and they’d prefer they were banned permanently. So we’re going to do that for them.”The list is: ehow.comexperts-exchange.comnaymz.comactivehotels.comrobtex.comencyclopedia.comfixya.comchacha.com123people.comdownload3k.competitionspot.comthefreedictionary.comnetworkedblogs.combuzzillions.comshopwiki.comwowxos.comanswerbag.comallexperts.comfreewebs.comcopygator.comWant to see what search results from those domains look like? You can’t do it using Blekko anymore, but here’s a Google Custom Search Engine that searches inside just those domains alone. LoadingAre These Spam Domains? Maybe NotA lot of these domains are pretty obnoxious, but that’s just my opinion. Other peoples’ opinions are different. People complain about Demand Media’s eHow, for example, but the site also has one of the most popular free iPhone apps in the iTunes store. The content is directly useful, highly readable and easy to navigate.In a semi-literate, post-functional world, people need basic instructions on everyday matters. Picture the dystopia in the movie Back to the Future II, where Biff ends up a powerful media mogul and the world is awash in insipid, screeching, 24-hour infomercials. That’s kind of where we live, folks, and our brains have turned a little softer than some of us might like as a result.Where else are you going to learn about basic things in this world? On Wikipedia? Have you read a Wikipedia entry lately? In a semi-literate, post-functional world, people need basic instructions on everyday matters. Picture the dystopia in the movie Back to the Future II, where Biff ends up a powerful media mogul and the world is awash in insipid, screeching, 24-hour infomercials. That’s kind of where we live, folks, and our brains have turned a little softer than some of us might like as a result.Where else are you going to learn about basic things in this world? On Wikipedia? Have you read a Wikipedia entry lately? They trend wonky, over-detailed from the top and according to a New York Times report yesterday, written almost entirely by men.The content on the domains above may seem like spam to the egg-headed geniuses behind Blekko, and the highly discerning early customers of that site, but I don’t think they always look like spam to the rest of the people on the web. Fixya is another domain that’s on that list that I guarantee loads of everyday people are thankful for, not calling for banishment of. The site is littered with advertisements and poor writing. News flash: so is the rest of the world. That might offend the sensibilities of enough sophisticated Blekko users to click that Spam button on the Blekko site, but we’ll see who wins long-term – Blekko or the content farms.I use Blekko every day. But I don’t use it for “spam control.” The determination of whether something is spam or not is really about context. I use Blekko for other types of context filtering. The ability to set up custom lists of domains not to exclude, but to limit a search to, is what’s most useful for me about Blekko. I use the site to limit my searches and see what tech bloggers have written about a subject, or what tech industry analysts have, or bloggers who cover developments in the Middle East, or venture capitalists. I understand that most people don’t want to perform searches limited to contexts as sophisticated as that, perhaps. But those same masses of users who don’t want to do anything too sophisticated are also likely to want some easy-to-read tutorial content like what you find on eHow. Is Blekko intending to serve just people who are interested in creating their own topical collections, or are they aimed at mainstream users? Do mainstream users really dislike these sites that Blekko is now banishing? I’m not so sure they do.Banishing “content farms” may make sense in the minds of the people behind Blekko, but I’m not sure it’s the best idea for everyone. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Jordan Spieth refuses interview after 3rd round of PGA Championship

first_imgJordan Spieth hits out of a bunker on the 15th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)FARMINGDALE, N.J. — Jordan Spieth’s third round in the final group of the PGA Championship with runaway leader Brooks Koepka will have to speak for itself.Spieth didn’t talk to the media.ADVERTISEMENT Minutes after signing his scorecard on a scrambling round of 2-over 72, the 25-year-old Texan refused a request by The Associated Press for an interview.A man with Spieth said no one in the media had asked to talk to the player after the round and he was not going to do a one-on-one interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSpieth, looking to become the sixth player to win the career Grand Slam, spent five minutes signing autographs for fans around the putting green at Bethpage Black. He then started to walk to the clubhouse when he was approached again by the AP, once more asking for an interview.He was polite in his refusal, but he would not discuss his round that included two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. He will enter the final round tied for eighth place with Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele at 3 under, nine shots behind Koepka, who has a seven-shot lead. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the eight stroke-play events this year when he played on the weekend, Spieth on average has finished 14.5 strokes behind the winner. He has yet to finish in the top 20, with his best result a tie for 21st at the Masters. Chris Wondolowski breaks Landon Donovan’s MLS goals record Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “I did eight (interviews) yesterday and I think I have said most everything to be said,” Spieth said as he turned and walked away. “I’m good.”Spieth, who shot 69 and 66 in his opening two rounds, said he would talk after the final round.His third round was all over the place on the 7,459-yard public course. He hit seven of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens and needed 30 putts. His main problem was he couldn’t get anything close to the pin. His birdies putts came from 13 and 7 feet on Nos. 12 and 13. His double bogey on No. 9 resulted after he found a greenside bunker from the fairway, had his bunker shot land 47 feet from the hole and three-putted.A shot from the fairway to a greenside bunker also cost him a bogey at No. 4. Missing the fairway led to a bogey at No. 16.Spieth is winless since the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale. He had chances on the back nine of two majors last year and failed to capitalize.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Why BJP leaders only attacking oppn not highlighting own achievements Akhilesh Yadav

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Monday asked the BJP why its leaders were only attacking the opposition in their rallies and not highlighting their own positive achievements. In a tweet, he said the people wanted stable jobs, not a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman). He attacked the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the plight of ‘shiksha mitras’ or contractual teachers among others and assured those unemployed of his support. “Why is the BJP targeting opposition parties in its rallies? Does it not have any positive achievements in its five-year rule. Fearing people’s wrath and defeat, BJP leaders and workers are avoiding campaigning and are making excuses that the weather is too hot,” Yadav claimed.last_img read more

Two men get 10 years jail for robbing man of Rs 500

first_imgGurugram: The district court in Gurugram has sentenced two men to rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 each for allegedly attacking a man with sticks and robbing him of Rs 500 in 2017. The convicts, Anoop Sharma alias Ramphal, 28, and Kuldeep, 22, both residents of IMT Manesar, were held guilty for the offence under sections 379-B, 420, 205 of the IPC.The victim, Rajesh Kumar, a native of Rohtas, Bihar, was returning from duty to his rented room in Sector 3, Manesar around 1:15 am on July 23, 2017, and had reached Bas Village Chowk when two men, armed with sticks, intercepted and beat him up. The accused men took the victim’s voter ID card and snatched Rs 500 from his trouser pocket. Two policemen, who were on patrol, heard the commotion and arrested the accused men. After a rise in incidents of snatching in Haryana, the state government had added two clauses (379 A and 379 B), defining snatching as a non-bailable offence, which will attract rigorous imprisonment for 10 to 14 years and a fine of Rs 25,000. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderEven though there are claims by Gurugram police that incidents of snatchings have reduced, two incidents on an average are reported daily from the city. The incident occurred despite the fact that snatching is a non-bailable offence in Haryana in which conviction can lead to five to 10 years of imprisonment. One of the biggest impediments is the lack of filing the FIR in most of the cases to pursue the case further. There are also problems in identifying the victims who normally target their victims in groups. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRecently, a person who was accused of stealing the phone from the women was let off by the court due to lack of evidence. What seems to be a worrying factor in these cases is that most of the criminals who start of criminal activities like snatchings are not deterred even when they are held by the police. “Most of the culprits continue to indulge in these activities and progress toward becoming more sinister criminals who then commit burglaries, kidnappings and murder. Snatching is a stepping stone for them to enter into big crime,” said a police official from Gurugram police.last_img read more

Rep Rendon invites residents to March office hours

first_img Categories: Daire Rendon News 21Feb Rep. Rendon invites residents to March office hours State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City will sponsor local office hours for the month of March.“Office hours are an opportunity for residents to meet face-to-face with me and ask questions, offer ideas or share thoughts regarding state government,” Rep. Rendon said.The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, March 2Crawford County: 9 to 10 a.m. at Goodale’s Bakery, 500 Norway St. in Grayling; andKalkaska County: Noon to 1 p.m. at Trout Town Tavern & Eatery, 306 Elm St. in Kalkaska. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to speak with the representative, may contact her Lansing office at (517) 373-3817 or Monday, March 5Ogemaw County: 9 to 10 a.m. at West Branch Area Chamber of Commerce, 422 W. Houghton Ave. in West Branch;Roscommon County: Noon to 1 p.m. at Markey Township Hall, 4974 E. Houghton Lake Drive in Houghton Lake; andMissaukee County: 3 to 4 p.m. at Missaukee County Commission of Aging, 1980 S. Morey Road in Lake City.last_img read more

CTC Media and its part stakeholder Modern Times Gr

first_imgCTC Media and its part stakeholder Modern Times Group have each said they are evaluating their business interests after Russian legislators moved to limit foreign ownership of domestic media firms.Responding to new legislation that passed the first reading in the lower house of the Russian Parliament, the State Duma, earlier this week, Russia’s CTC Media said it is “monitoring these developments and evaluating their potential impact on the company and its stockholders.”The new law, which is subject to two further two readings and then confirmation from the Federation Council and Russian Federation President, would mean that non-Russian companies can hold no more than 20% of domestic media companies – including TV broadcasters.CTC Media is currently 38% owned by Modern Times Group, a Swedish listed company, and 25% owned by Telcrest Investments Limited, a Cypriot private limited company. The rest of the business is owned by a number of public stockholders, including US and European investors.MTG said it is also closely monitoring the situation and “analysing what potential actions may be taken, in order to protect shareholders’ interests, in the event that the law is enacted. This applies both to the shareholding in CTC Media and MTG’s other TV and broadcasting business interests in Russia.”If Russia’s new media law is approved, it will come into force on January 1, 2016 and will apply to both existing and future foreign ownership interests. Russian media firms would have until January 2017 to restructure and fall in line with regulations.At the same time, CTC has elected MTG president and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann as co-chairman of CTC Media, in place of Lorenzo Grabau, who is stepping down.It has also appointed MTG’s chief financial officer Mathias Hermansson back to the CTC Media board as a director. He previously served as a member of the CTC board between December 2009 and April 2013.Grabau is CEO of Investment Kinnevik, which is MTG’s founding and largest shareholder. He is stepping down from the CTC Media Board to focus his time on Kinnevik and its portfolio of listed and unlisted entities.last_img read more

As viewers become accustomed to watching video on

first_imgAs viewers become accustomed to watching video on multiple devices, channel operators must ensure their content can be viewed on as many platforms as possible.The popularity of tablets and smartphones has given new impetus to multi-device distribution of content. Many broadcasters have developed an online presence, struck video-on-demand deals with existing or new distributors and are looking to take advantage of the proliferation of smartphones and tablets to extend awareness of their brands. However, few currently view over-the-top distribution, whether via the web or smartphones – or even video-on-demand on cable and IPTV services – as a strong revenue-earning opportunity for now. And most are looking to develop on new platforms in partnership with existing pay TV distributors.“What makes this business interesting is that every country is different,” says MGM Networks International president Bruce Tuchman. Whether to go off-net and strike deals with over-the-top providers is something that should be weighed against the strength of the existing distribution model in a particular market. “Our goal is to extend the business and get it to as many people as possible. We are creating assets and driving increasing revenues, but you have to be very conscious of your existing pay platforms if you are in business with them,” says Tuchman. He sees relatively little evidence that OTT players offer a better opportunity than existing distributors in any of the markets in which it is present, but he points out that a number of years ago industry executives were having similar conversations about IPTV, and before that the conversation was about the prospects for DTH players going up against established cable operators.In terms of extending the availability of content (and the channel brand) to new devices such as iPads and smartphones, Tuchman says that “it’s important for us to know what’s going on with these devices – it’s the subject of a lot of intense analysis right now – but it’s still early days. These are not huge revenue opportunities – but they might be in the future.”For the most part, MGM Networks’ involvement so far is focused on the ‘TV Everywhere’ services being trialled or rolled out by cable operators and others. Tuchman says that the company looks at extending rights to these on a case-by-case basis. “Security and authentication is important. Everyone is focused on the same things. If any of these technologies are to be deployed they have to be deployed in a secure and sensible manner,” he says.According to Paul Robinson, global CEO and founder of children’s channel KidsCo, the company is seeing an increasing demand from operators for VOD content. It has around five VOD deals in place “and that is growing” says Robinson. “The non linear elements is absolutely becoming more significant. It’s not a significant part of the revenue but it is an important part of the overall consumer offer.”Far from achieving additional revenue from non-linear platforms, there is a risk that such activity could actually prove costly. Rights need to be negotiated with the content owners and then channel operators have to be able to physically deliver that content in the correct format for each operator’s VOD platform. KidsCo benefits from operating a completely tapeless workflow – it delivers everything digitally. But, says Robinson, the multitude of formats in the digital video world means transcoding costs can be significant. “One of the challenges of digital media is that there are so many different standards, and transcoding costs can be prohibitive, particularly for smaller platforms. We try and move towards a common standard and we want to work with platforms that want to do that as well.” Transcoding issues aside, Robinson is adamant that its pay TV partners are best placed to deliver non-linear services.  “In  a world where there is so much choice and clutter, there is value in having a platform provider locally in the market who provides internet, telephony and TV,” he says. “Our role is to support that relationship and provide the platform with content and a service that will enhance their customer experience. I don’t think creating our own [online] platform is on the agenda at the moment.Robinson also sees value in creating apps as a way of boosting brand recognition. It has already created an iPad app for the Korean market in partnership with operator CJ Hellovision. The channel expects to forge similar partnerships in Europe but Robinson points out that rather than developing bespoke apps for each market, it will localise common apps.“We want to develop apps that can help to localise the brand but are also transferable to other platforms. For example, the fact that TiVo is deployed in the UK and Spain will allow you to create an app that works on both platforms. You don’t want to create a bespoke app for each market,” he says.Marketing toolFor most channel suppliers, non-linear digital initiatives are still essentially seen as marketing tools extending brand awareness and driving interest back to the linear channel. This certainly applies to social media. “Social networking is a very strong tool for our marketing and PR efforts,” says Jesús Perezagua, president, Fox International Channels Europe and Africa. “It’s an important part of all our promotional plans and it allows us to reach and connect with our viewers – and for viewers to connect with our brands – in a uniquely personal and immediate way. We will continue to experiment with new ways to build this direct connection between viewers and our channels.”Social media also has a role in the marketing of adult content, despite the fact that viewers are often looking for discretion. European adult content aggregator Marc Dorcel has embraced social media. “In the adult industry, we cannot use traditional communication means, such as TV campaigns. Therefore we have to follow different paths and be creative,” says managing director Gregory Dorcel.The fact that adult content users generally wish to remain anonymous means the web has actually become a core marketing tool for Marc Dorcel. “We work hard on creating a relationship with the users. Our products are not traditional and our audience often wishes to remain anonymous, so the web and social networks allow this and offers a real mode of expression for them and for us,” says Dorcel.Last year, for example, the company launched a “crowd funding” project, calling on the web community to help fund the production of an adult movie, with contributors being offered the chance to make key decisions in the production process. “It allowed thousands of web users to co-produce an adult movie,” says Dorcel.For all the major channel providers, maintaining relationships with existing pay TV distributors remains paramount, however. There is little appetite to go over-the-top independently of existing affiliate relationships.“I think we are primarily in the business of supplying quality video channels to longstanding video distribution partners,” says Sean Cohan, senior vice-president, A+E Networks International. “We’ve got to be thoughtful about managing potential conflicts and making sure all of these work in mutually beneficial ways. You want to learn about what works on the web and you want to promote your brand to existing and new consumers. It’s a mix of appealing to old and new viewers and serving your cause on your linear channels. We need existing platform partners to be successful. We also recognise there are alternative providers out there and we may work with them but we need to be cognisant of the core linear offering.”Gaining revenues from multiplatform and non-linear distribution is still in its very early stages. Nevertheless, Dean Possenniskie, managing director, Europe at A+E Networks, says that the company’s experience on the Sky Anytime service in the UK shows that there is potential to build premium advertising inventory as well as promote the brand. “We are beginning to see premium advertising rates and viewers on our Anytime offering,” says Possenniskie. “We tend to put shows in there that are franchises in themselves and build the brand that way – such as Ice Road Truckers or Pawn Stars. We’ve seen our viewership increase but it’s been accompanied by substantial growth in viewing on our linear channels as well.”For Sony Entertainment Network, which focuses on the South-Asian market internationally, the case for and against the OTT model is not quite so cut and dry. “I don’t think that it is a simple one or the other in our market. It is important to form partnerships and carriage deals with existing pay TV providers as they would have access to the largest customer base and be able to offer the full service that subscribers would expect,” says Neeraj Arora, executive vice-president and head of international business, Sony Entertainment Network. “However, I also see the relevance of developing a bespoke in-house service to reach our target demographics where they are possibly not as highly represented in the UK and western Europe.”In Spain, Eduardo Zulueta, managing director of Chello Multicanal, reports that the Liberty Global-owned channel provider, having had considerable success in developing its brand online and then as smartphone apps (particularly for its popular Canal Cocina cooking channel), is now looking to launch an iPad app in October. “The Cocina smartphone app is by far the most successful thing we have done,” says Zulueta. “In terms of OTT, we are working hand in glove with the distribution platforms and we believe in TV everywhere initiatives. We are doing everything we can to support that so that our linear channel and on-demand content is available to our subscribers on all the screens they might want.” However, he says, Multicanal’s research shows that its viewers still prefer to watch the linear channel.In the newsNews, where reach is paramount and the web has already long been seen as a substitute for linear TV, is clearly a genre that lends itself to multi-device distribution. France 24 claims to have been the first TV channel to offer live broadcasting on the iPhone, having launched a free streaming service in three languages in March 2009. It now offers apps on iPads, Android and WP7 devices as well as on Philips connected TVs. The move into the multiscreen space has been a natural one, according to Frank Melloul, France 24’s head of strategy, development and public affairs, who says it is in keeping with the lifestyles of the channel’s viewers: “We cater for a demanding audience that is constantly on the move and who needs to stay informed of all the latest news and business developments wherever they are in the world,” he says.The services are certainly proving popular, with over two million France 24 smartphone apps having been downloaded by February 2011. Moving forward, the broadcaster is planning to better integrate its apps across different devices. “We expect the upcoming release of an application based on smartphones, tablets and connected TVs that offers a multi- and cross-screen experience,” says Melloul.For Casey Harwood, senior vice-president, Turner Europe, a key recent trend has been the emergence of user-generated content as an important element in the newsgathering mix and as a way to bring channels closer to their viewers. Turner’s CNN has developed its iReport platform to solicit user-generated content. The next likely innovation, he believes, will be location-based mobile apps, delivering location-specific feeds to mobile users. “We are looking at the whole travel vertical and what that means for us with regards to where we can add value,” says Harwood.On the multi-device front more generally, Harwood says that Turner, in common with other pay TV channel providers, will look at ‘TV Everywhere’ initiatives in partnership with existing distribution partners. “If we feel the need to augment that it’s something we will do but always in tandem with the pay TV provider,” he says. However, in less developed pay TV markets, he says the company could look to do more – but only in a way that boosts its linear channels.Another news broadcaster, pan-European channel provider Euronews, is planning to launch a unified Euronews application for iOS and Android devices, as well as an app specifically designed for people on the move. The pan-European news broadcaster has already delivered apps related to specific content – specifically its No Comment TV YouTube channel and a Euronews Live app – but this will be the first time it has launched a universal app providing access to all its content.“We are working on two apps,” says CEO Michael Peters. “We will have a pure Euronews app which will be the same for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. We are also working on an app just for the iPhone – Euronews Express – for people in a hurry.”Euronews is also working with Google to run a series of live interviews of major figures who will relate questions posted by citizens on the internet. The first in the series will be with European Commission president José Manuel Barroso. For Peters, the key to multi-device distribution is to provide content that matches the context in which it is viewed. We will have a pure Euronews app which will be the same for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.Michael Peters, Euronewslast_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links The single threat that neither Trump nor Hillary is ready for… A new law threatens to restrict your access to your own cash in America…and the resulting event will threaten to shut down every single ATM. This threat will catch Trump AND Hillary completely unaware… Congressmen and billionaires have already prepared – have you? Go here to watch the video presentation… – Editor’s note: We believe dedicating a portion of your portfolio to gold is the best move you can make right now. And despite gold’s big year so far, this bull market is just heating up… Today, in place of our normal market commentary, we’re passing along expert insight from Palm Beach Letter editor Teeka Tiwari. As you’ll see, Teeka likes gold today for the same reasons we do here at the Dispatch. And like us, he says now is the time to take advantage… From Teeka Tiwari, editor, The Palm Beach Letter: It’s been a long time since I liked gold. Almost nine years, in fact. Back in September 2007, I recommended gold to my readers at $750 per ounce. I predicted it would go to $2,000 per ounce. It “only” went to $1,920. I haven’t heard any complaints… Since early 2012, I’ve hated gold. It was nothing personal. The charts were telling me that gold was in a bear market. So I’ve been sitting on the sidelines. But that’s all changed recently… You see, while I’ve been patiently waiting… a number of factors have begun converging. And just recently, they activated one of my “bull” triggers… telling me it’s time to buy again. A Gold Trigger I Haven’t Seen in Years I’m a chart and big-picture trend guy. I look for big trends driven by economics, demographics, and shifts in political policies. When I’m analyzing long-term trends, I use Point & Figure (PNF) charts. It’s an underused form of technical analysis that not many people are aware of. I’ve found it’s excellent in measuring the “battle” between buyers (demand) and sellers (supply). What I like about PNF charts is they screen out a lot of the “noise” that you get on a candlestick or bar chart. Take a look at the PNF chart of gold below. If you’re a novice investor… you might not know what to make of it… The downtrend line is in red. You can see that gold has clearly broken the downtrend line that had been in place since 2011. (The Xs represent demand… and the Os represent supply.) Will This “TERRIFYING” Video Leave You Speechless Too? Over the past few weeks, this terrifying video has been viewed thousands of times… Have you seen it? We believe Doug Casey’s forecast is too urgent to ignore, so if you haven’t viewed this video, I urge you to click here now. WARNING: Doug’s shocking revelation about America’s future is controversial. It may anger some. Viewer discretion is advised.center_img This is an incredibly bullish sign. This breakout tells me that gold has started a brand-new bull market. These Two Forces Are Driving Up Gold It’s not just the charts that have me bullish. I’m seeing two bullish forces lining up behind gold. The first is negative interest rates. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, there is $13 trillion of negative-yielding global government debt… At the beginning of 2014, there was none. Let me explain why this is very bullish for gold. When institutions consider buying gold, they pause. That’s because gold pays no dividend. Investors have to rely solely on capital appreciation to see any profits. Throughout history, cash and cash equivalents (such as bonds) have always paid interest while you hold them. So institutions have preferred to hold cash and bonds over gold. That is no longer true. — Due to low and negative interest rates, it’s now cheaper to hold gold than it is to hold cash or bonds. This is the first time in 5,000 years that it’s been cheaper to hold gold than cash and cash equivalents. This is going to cause hundreds of billions of institutional dollars to flow out of cash and bonds and into gold… and that is very bullish. Another bullish force for gold just took place in the U.K. In June, 52% of U.K. voters chose to leave the European Union. No one thought it could happen. Certainly not the elite. But the repercussions have been reverberating throughout the world. The British pound is at its lowest level in over a decade. And European banks are feeling the pain. Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and The Royal Bank of Scotland are all down more than 50% over the last year. The truth is no one knows for certain how Brexit will play out. But one thing is known: It’s caused a lot of fear and uncertainty in the market. With negative rates and growing global uncertainty, investors are turning to a safe haven asset—gold. The combined forces of negative interest rates, European uncertainty, and gold’s recent breakout are what has me so bullish on gold. And I believe it’s just the beginning… How We’re Taking Advantage of Gold’s Uptrend Over the next few years, I expect two things will happen… The first is interest rates will go even lower as central banks struggle to “fix” the global economy. The second is we’ll see even more uncertainty strike across Europe. My analysis of the current available gold supply—matched with the new demand I see coming—suggests that these forces will be enough to push gold up to $3,600 per ounce. (It’s currently trading near $1,325.) One easy way to profit from this trend is to own physical gold. I recommend holding a small portion of your assets (3-5%) in physical gold as a chaos hedge. In times of turmoil, gold will serve as a store of value for your wealth and as a ballast for your portfolio against any financial chaos. By owning physical gold, you could more than double your investment when gold hits $3,600. But if you want a chance to capture massive gains from gold’s rally, I suggest a different approach… You’re going to want to put a small portion (no more than 1% in each position) of your assets in a few small-cap companies leveraged to the price of gold. These include smaller gold-mining, royalty, and processing companies. Investing in these types of stocks is what PBRG founder Tom Dyson and I call “asymmetric” investing. An asymmetric investment is an idea that has massive upside potential. This can vary from 10-100 times the initial investment. With that range of returns, you don’t have to put a lot of money into an idea. That’s the asymmetric part. Your potential upside is so huge… you can risk a very small amount of money (even just $1,000) and still put yourself in a position to make tens of thousands—perhaps even hundreds of thousands—of dollars in profits. The gold bull market is coming, and now is the time to buy in. Editor’s note: Teeka recently used his “asymmetric” investing strategy to uncover a tiny $2 gold stock in Peru with a major stake in a brand-new gold discovery. And the stock could go up 400%… even 500%… Click here to learn more about this incredible opportunity…last_img read more

The number of kids who struggle with thoughts of s

first_imgThe number of kids who struggle with thoughts of suicide or who attempt to kill themselves is rising. New research, published Wednesday in Pediatrics, finds children ages 5 to 17 visited children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts about twice as often in 2015 as in 2008.The study found kids of all ages are affected though increases were greatest for older adolescents. Lead author Gregory Plemmons, a pediatrician and researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., says the study results confirmed what he had been seeing at the hospital.He says he hopes clinicians and families take note. “The No. 1 thing to take home is that it’s important to talk about this and important to ask about it,” he says.The findings line up with past data showing a steady increase in teen suicide over the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last year that a drop in adolescent suicide in the 1990s and early 2000s reversed course in 2008, though it has not yet reached peak levels seen in the 1980s. It’s not clear what has contributed to the increase, but the study noted the 2008 financial crisis may be one factor.Plemmons and his co-researchers examined billing data from 2008 to 2015 from a database of 49 children’s hospitals across the U.S. They included all emergency department encounters, stays for observation and inpatient hospitalizations at those hospitals. However, community hospitals were not included.The researchers turned up 115,856 visits for suicidal ideation or attempts, during the seven-year period. Such visits represented 0.7 percent of total children’s hospital visits in 2008, but by 2015 had increased to 1.8 percent of all visits. More than half the visits required at least one night of hospitalization, and nearly 1 in 7 required intensive care.Older teens were more likely to end up in the hospital and had the greater increase in hospital visits. About half of suicide-related hospital visits for the time studied were from teens ages 15 to 17, but 12- to 14-year-olds closely trailed them, making up 37 percent of visits. Children ages 5 to 11 made up the remaining 13 percent.One of the study’s most striking findings was a seasonal trend in hospital visits. Throughout the years, visits peaked in midfall and midspring and fell to the lowest point in the summer. “We knew there was an association with school seasons, but actually seeing that mapped out was surprising,” says Plemmons. It suggests a link with school pressures. “It really speaks to the stress and the strain at school,” says Dr. Robert Dicker, associate director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. “Kids appear to be under much more academic success to achieve and their perception of falling short.”Dicker, who was not involved in the study, noted possible influences from the media, particularly social media.Plemmons also drew attention to social media’s influence. “You’re becoming more disconnected and not having relationships with real people, and at the same time, you’re being fed a false distortion of what reality is, where everything looks great onscreen,” he says.Cyberbullying and sexting, he adds, could also be risk factors. “These kids have to deal with pressures that we didn’t deal with.”Other possible contributors noted in the study included earlier puberty in girls, since reaching puberty is a risk factor for suicide. Girls made up two-thirds of the hospital visits in the study period.But none of these possibilities is definitive. “This type of study is very good at revealing trends but cannot address causality,” says Dr. Laurel Williams, chief of psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Despite being the third-leading cause of death in adolescents, suicide is still relatively rare, making it harder to study causes, she says. But it is important to screen for depression and anxiety, she says. Her institution also uses validated screening tools to screen adolescents and is exploring teleconsultation strategies to help pediatricians manage cases if they feel underprepared or uncomfortable. “We know there are a lot of patients still out there who have clinical depression who are not accessing care,” Plemmons says, adding that it’s important for adults to identify resources in their area for struggling teens. Parents can start with their child’s primary care doctor.But the most important first step is one anyone can take.”The current best method for identifying risk is to ask,” Williams says. “Asking a young person how they are feeling, not just how they are doing, is essential. We need to give young people the time and space to talk about how they are feeling. This involves developing closer relationships over time, not something you can scramble at the last minute or only in moments of crisis.”Plemmons also emphasized the importance of talking to adolescents about the issue. “There’s still a huge stigma and anything you can do to destigmatize it helps,” he says, adding that a fear still exists among some pediatricians and parents that discussing suicide may suggest it to adolescents. “We know from literature that that’s not the case,” Plemmons says. “Talking about it can sometimes help reduce the risk.” If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

In September 2016 the town of East Liverpool Ohi

first_imgIn September 2016, the town of East Liverpool, Ohio, captured national attention when a photo of a local couple’s overdose went viral. It showed a woman and her boyfriend sprawled comatose in the front seats of a car, while the woman’s 4-year-old grandson sat in the back. The image was originally posted by the local police department. Overnight, East Liverpool, a town of just over 11,000 people, became the face of the opioid crisis enveloping parts of the country.Like many small communities in the Appalachian region, East Liverpool struggles with a foundering economy. The town is in the Mahoning Valley region, once home to a thriving steel industry. The region now has high unemployment and low average income, and has seen a steadily rising opioid overdose rate over the last decade. The viral photo triggered a painful moment of self-reflection in East Liverpool. The community took steps to address its addiction problem, but progress has been spotty. New funds became available for treatment, and a local clinic started offering medication-assisted treatment in town, but it has since shut down. The police department got a grant to start a quick-response team to help connect overdose patients to recovery services, but then funding ran out. Photographer Ian Brown traveled to the East Liverpool area several times to document this community and talk to people about how they feel about their town and their own futures. Here are the faces, and words, of the people of East Liverpool.In 2013, after seeing people she was close to struggle with addiction, CeCe Douglas (right) brought together a group of women in the community to start a grassroots nonprofit called Enough is Enough. The group helps people connect to treatment options in the community and also runs food drives and coat drives. She thinks local government and the community should be doing more to help combat addiction. Clentona Gist (left) is Douglas’ half-sister. Gist is recovering from a family tragedy that happened several years ago. Gist says Douglas has been her primary support since then, as she struggles with grief and works on her recovery from a crack cocaine addiction.Ryan Stovall (left), the mayor of East Liverpool and a part-time police officer, Brian Allen (center), the city safety manager, and John Lane (right), the police chief, together made the decision to release and post the photo that went viral in 2016, sparking a national conversation about the opioid epidemic.They instituted a more aggressive approach to policing to crack down on drug dealers, including a community-based program encouraging citizens to report any suspicious, drug-related activity they witness. The administration also created a Facebook page where photos of people charged with drug offenses are posted in an effort to “out” dealers and make it known that East Liverpool is taking a stance against drugs.Some in the community say that this tougher approach may just be moving the problem out of East Liverpool to neighboring communities. But Stovall stands by it, saying he “would gladly share our effective eradication approach” with other communities.Stovall says that his administration is now shifting its focus from law enforcement to economic growth. “Economic diversity and jobs are the key to our continued success,” Stovall said via email. Tawnia Jenkins grew up in East Liverpool and still lives in the house she was raised in. She began using and dealing drugs in the late 1990s, she says, when she lost her job and needed to supplement her income. Jenkins was eventually arrested and served time in prison. When she was released, she says it was difficult to get a job as a felon, but eventually she put herself through college. She now works as a drug intake counselor and peer support specialist at a local outpatient recovery clinic, the Family Recovery Center.Jenkins says she wanted to come back and help: “I returned home to become a thriving, supportive citizen of East Liverpool.” She says the town has a long way to go in tackling addiction.”The cops may say they have cracked down, but there is still an epidemic here,” she says. “There are more bars and empty buildings than resource centers or even housing for people who want to get clean but can’t due to living arrangements.”She says the town also lacks activities for young people to be involved in: “When you look at downtown, you see empty buildings and lost hope.”Melody Monteiro grew up in East Liverpool and works as a drug intake counselor for people facing incarceration. She says the town already had an addiction problem, including crack and alcohol, before that infamous overdose photo.”The [2016] picture highlighted a problem that had been ongoing for years,” she says. It wasn’t until middle-class people started dying of opioid overdoses that the town started waking up to the severity of its problem, she says. Monteiro says she would like to see more resources going toward residential treatment and supportive living environments for people in recovery, like halfway houses. Without long-term support, people with addiction may end up relapsing. Inpatient residential treatment options are scarce in the area, especially for women.Shannon Marie Johnson is a mother of four who lives in East Liverpool. She says she has lost a lot of good friends and acquaintances to heroin. She says talking to her kids about these deaths has been one of the hardest things she has ever had to do. But she says, she still has optimism about the future of the town.In 2015, Glen McMillin Jr. was hit by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle. After the accident, he was prescribed pain pills by his doctors. He became addicted and began buying pills from dealers in town until he eventually started using heroin. McMillin says he overdosed three different times. Here, he is pictured standing in the ditch where he had his third overdose. He was revived with Narcan and was in intensive care for five days. Afterwards, he got on Vivitrol, a medication that treats opioid addiction and became involved in a faith-based nonprofit treatment program, which, he says, changed his life. He has been in recovery for over a year.Josh Lytle used to use and deal drugs and has spent time in prison. His father began a faith-based treatment program in 2008 called Family Care Ministries as a way to deal with Lytle’s addiction and incarceration. In 2016, Lytle and his family moved to East Liverpool to open a new chapter of the ministry. He has partnered with the police department and has been offering assistance, treatment and counseling for people struggling with addiction and for their families.Officer Kelsey Hedrick is a 21-year veteran of the East Liverpool Police. He runs the East Liverpool Police Museum and takes visitors on tours of historic crime sites in the town. He thinks the police have been doing a good job fighting the drug epidemic with the resources they have.Mitzi Stoddard says she used heroin for seven years before she got into court-ordered recovery two years ago. She went to a rehab center, where she says she learned she had to change more than her drug use. “You have to change your entire life and the way you think,” she says. Addiction is a family matter for her. She says she watched a loved one overdose in 2017 and watched the paramedics revive them, using several doses of naloxone, the overdose antidote.Stoddard says the community needs an economic boost and more addiction treatment resources, including long-term rehab, trauma counseling and mental health counseling.”We need long-term care … 90 days to 6 months. Those type of inpatient facilities they have some in neighboring counties,” she says.Ian Brown is a freelance documentary photographer from Toronto. His series, “American Dreams”, is a collection of portraits of people across the U.S. His Instagram is @ianbrownphotography.This story was edited by Meredith Rizzo and Carmel Wroth of NPR. Design and development by Alyson Hurt of NPR. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

The Labour party has refused to say if it will tak

first_imgThe Labour party has refused to say if it will take any action to support a newly-elected disabled MP who has been prevented from taking part in some House of Commons debates because of access barriers.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how Labour’s Jared O’Mara had been unable to attend a couple of debates in the Commons chamber because there were no seats free and he cannot stand for longer than five or 10 minutes.O’Mara (pictured, centre), who was elected for the first time in Sheffield Hallam last month, told DNS last week: “There has been a couple of times where I have not been able to get a seat and so I have not been able to attend.“The thing is with the Commons chamber, it is 650 MPs but there’s not 650 seats, so for busy events… there’s not enough seats for everybody. It’s ridiculous in this day and age.”The story caused outrage among many on social media, with Twitter and Facebook users branding it “shocking”, “grotesque”, “ridiculous”, “appalling” and a “disgrace”, while another said the Commons was “not a seat of #democracy unless everybody can sit in it”.Another said: “The thought of a disabled MP with nowhere to sit during a Commons debate takes my breath away.”But one disabled person, who said he previously worked in parliament, was critical of O’Mara.He said on Twitter that the MP could obtain a “prayer card” from a member of Commons staff, which he could use to reserve a seat for the remainder of that day if the chamber was likely to be busy.When asked what steps it was taking to ensure that O’Mara was able to take part in the work of parliament whenever he needed to, a Labour spokesman said in a statement: “Parliamentary authorities should take the concerns of Members of Parliament with disabilities seriously and make every effort to ensure they are able to carry out their jobs effectively.”Asked whether this meant it was taking no action to support O’Mara to address this access issue, the party had failed to reply by noon today (Thursday).The House of Commons refused to comment last week on the issue of seating in the chamber.It said instead that it “aims to provide a positive, inclusive working environment where people are valued for the skills and experience they bring to work, whilst being representative of the society they serve”, which means “making parliament more accessible, diverse and free from discrimination and meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010”.last_img read more

Rice sociologist to release results from 31st annual Kinder Houston Area Survey

first_imgAddThis ShareAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHOUSTON – (April 18, 2012) – Rice University sociologist Stephen Klineberg will release findings next week from the 2012 Kinder Houston Area Survey, the 31st annual study that covers such topics as Houston’s current economic outlook, quality-of-life considerations and demographic transformations.Klineberg will discuss highlights from the survey during a luncheon hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research at noon April 24 at the Westin Galleria Ballroom, 5060 West Alabama St. Who: Stephen Klineberg, co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology.What: Results of the Kinder Houston Area Survey and the trends seen in the 31 years since the annual survey began. Topics include Houstonians’ views on job opportunities, their fiscal health, the American economy, local traffic, air pollution, the new interest in walkable urbanism, ethnic diversity, illegal immigrants, gay rights and public education, among others.When: Tuesday, April 24, noon luncheon, followed by a 2 p.m. media session.Where: Ballroom (luncheon) and Sage Room (media session), Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 West Alabama St.Members of the news media who want to speak to Klineberg about the 2012 Kinder Houston Area Survey should attend the 2 p.m. April 24 media session and RSVP to Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at or 713-348-6777.-30-The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University was launched in 2010 to advance the understanding of the most critical issues facing Houston and other leading urban centers. The institute conducts scientific research, supports educational programming and engages in public outreach to foster the development of more human and sustainable cities. Learn more about the Kinder Institute at read more

Many people underestimate the impact of sprains say foot scientists

first_img Source: Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 20 2018Thousands of people are increasing their risk of chronic ankle problems by underestimating the impact of sprains, according to foot scientists.Podiatrists at the University of Salford say sprains, picked up in sports like football, often need more attention than people think and if left uncorrected could predispose individuals to develop repeated ankle problems.Following a sprain, up to 70% of individuals develop lasting symptoms such as the ankle feeling unstable or starting to giving way and are vulnerable to recurrent sprains.Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryThe research in the Journal of Ultrasound Medicine, using ultrasound scanning techniques, found differences in ligament size between those that have had ankle sprains and those who have not.People developing chronic instability generally had longer, thicker anterior talofibular ligaments than people with healthy ankles.Dr Chelsea Starbuck, who leads a series of ankle studies in the university’s School of Health & Society, said: “Once the pain of a sprain eases off people tend to treat their ankles as fully recuperated. However, sometimes there are underlying weaknesses or functional deficits which can augment with repeated twists.”It is still unclear why some individuals develop long term symptoms, yet others do not.”As part of that mission, the team is welcoming volunteers who have had an ankle sprain in the past two years. Volunteers will undergo an ultrasound scan and have their ability to perform functional tasks assessed with a 3D motion capture programme.The team says that improving understanding of the causes and characteristics of ankle instability will help in the development of remedies such as shoe design and orthotic supports to prevent sprains.One possible remedy for instability are supportive ankle-collars. Added Dr Starbuck: “We don’t know how these perform but have been commissioned to carrying out a project with New Balance to test a prototype shoe which features a flexible ankle-collar to support the ankle joint.”last_img read more

Collagen powder found to be effective in wound closure

first_imgDuring normal wound healing, collagen acts as a scaffold for cellular entry and growth in the wound bed and encourages the deposition of new collagen. While collagen has been used as a wound healing adjuvant, a good comparison to the standard of wound care has been lacking.”Adam Friedman, MD, interim chair of the Department of Dermatology, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, author on the study Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 8 2019Collagen powder is just as effective in managing skin biopsy wounds as primary closure with non-absorbable sutures, according to a first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology by a team of physician researchers at the George Washington University.The team investigated the efficacy of topical collagen powder compared to primary closure on the rate and quality of full-thickness wound healing through histopathological analysis of healing and comparison of symptoms and early cosmetic outcomes.Collagen is best known as an essential structural component of several organs, importantly the skin, but it also plays a pivotal role as a signaling molecule in the regulation of all phases of wound healing. Therefore, externally applied, collagen powder has significant potential for wound healing and care due to its ability to stop bleeding, to recruit immune and skin cells central to wound healing, as well as stimulate new blood vessel formation, and can be left in wounds without causing irritation or facilitating bacterial growth. Related StoriesArmy research may help improve cancer treatments and treat combat woundsFibrinogen a key player in health and disease, says new studyHow electrical stimulation promotes wound healingFriedman’s team administered two punch biopsies to eight volunteers and treated one wound with a daily topical collagen powder and the other with primary closure. Wounds were biopsied at four weeks for analysis and subjects were asked to rate the itch, pain, and treatment preferences throughout the process.The researchers found that six out of eight collagen-treated wounds were completely healed after four weeks after initial wounding and all wounds were completely healed eight weeks after the second biopsy. Patients reported similar pain and itch for both primary closure and collagen, with most attributing the itch to the adhesive dressings rather than the wound itself. The team concluded that based on these findings, wounds treated with collagen powder healed at least as well as those treated with primary closure and that the powder can be applied safely for at least four weeks.”Given the cost and time to place and remove sutures and the potential reimbursement for collagen, using topical collagen powder for punch biopsy wounds may be easier on the patient, not requiring an additional visit for suture removal and yielding an equivalent or possibly better wound healing outcome,” Friedman said. “Moving forward we need to further examine the parameters of collagen use on wounds, including duration of therapy and wound sizes.” Source:George Washington Universitylast_img read more

Who could join Apple in Wall Streets 1 trillion stock club

first_img Who’s next?That’s the “$1,000,000,000,000 Question” stock traders and 401(k) investors are pondering after the iPhone maker on Thursday became the first U.S. publicly traded stock to surpass a market value of $1 trillion.Finding companies with the clout, the sales, the killer product and the dominance to grow into a stock with a thirteen-digit market capitalization is all about focusing on the giants, the biggest companies that populate the large-company Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index.Gaining entrance to this club isn’t about who you know. It’s all about corporate wealth—or how much a company is worth measured in stock value.Here are three American-born tech giants that could soon be hanging out with Apple in $1 trillion stock club.Amazon (Market value: $889 billion; 12.5 percent shy of $1 trillion)The Jeff Bezos-led juggernaut is not only the king of the retail e-commerce space, with roughly 50% of the total market, according to eMarketer, it is also a lead player in the public cloud computing business via its Amazon Web Services unit. Additionally, Amazon makes lots of money—and is expected to keep growing earnings at a fast clip. In the quarter that ended in June, Amazon reported sales of $52.9 billion and a profit of $2.5 billion, the first time its quarterly net income has topped $2 billion. The company told Wall Street that it expects third-quarter net sales between $54.0 billion and $57.5 billion, which equates to year over year growth of 23 percent to 31 percent. After Amazon’s strong second-quarter results, Michael Graham, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity, raised his price target from $2,000 a share to $2,100. Achieving that would hurdle Amazon past the $1 trillion market value barrier. The bull case of Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak is $2,800, which would propel Amazon’s market capitalization to nearly $1.4 trillion. Amazon shares closed at $1,823.29 on Friday.Alphabet (Market value: $851 billion; 17.5 percent shy of $1 trillion)Google is the place many people go to conduct internet searches. The world’s leading search engine has leveraged that into a massive advertising business that helps Google parent Alphabet ring up huge profits. The company reported sales of $32.7 billion and a profit of $3.2 billion in this year’s second quarter, and that was after accounting for a $5.1 billion fine imposed by the European Commission. Alphabet is also sitting on lots of cash— $102.3 billion as of June 30. The money enables it to buy back its own shares, which makes the company’s earnings look even better, as well as invest in itself. The company spent $5.1 billion in research and development in the second quarter, money that’s being put to work in investments such as Waymo, its self-driving car project, artificial intelligence projects and its YouTube video streaming service. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Who could join Apple in Wall Street’s $1 trillion stock club? (2018, August 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Are tech titans teetering atop the market? KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Andy Hargreaves continued to recommend the company’s shares in a July 23 note to clients, writing that “Alphabet continues to invest heavily in front of large growth opportunities, while its core ad business continues to churn out impressive growth.” Alphabet shares closed at $1,238.16 on Friday.Microsoft (Market value: $830 billion; 20.5 percent shy of $1 trillion)Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has transformed itself from a so-called “old tech” company to one on the cutting edge of one of the tech industry’s fastest-growing businesses: cloud computing. A 23 percent jump in revenue to $9.6 billion in the quarter ended in June helped drive a 17 percent overall increase in sales to $30.1 billion. “Our early investments in the intelligent cloud … are paying off,” Nadella said in the company’s most recent earnings report. Wall Street analysts remain bullish on the stock, with Oppenheimer’s Timothy Horan recently upping his price target to $120. That would put the shares within striking distance of a $1 trillion market cap. “We expect a very strong next few quarters,” Horan told clients in a research note. Microsoft shares closed at $108.04 Friday. Explore further ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Apple is the reigning king of Wall Street, the newest and only member of Wall Street’s “$1 Trillion Stock Club.”last_img read more

Sliding along on water

first_imgThe research team has already demonstrated the viability of the process. Amann and his team are currently looking for partners in industry with whom they plan to further optimize the ionic liquids. “One challenge is that the movement of the shaft generates heat which causes the water to evaporate,” the scientist says. “Now we’re looking for ionic liquid mixtures which inhibit the evaporation.”More efficient electric motorsThe ion-water mixture is better for the environment than oil, and it also helps to make slide bearings even more efficient. Amann continues, “The shaft glides better when it is wetted with water. This reduces energy consumption compared to operations using considerably more viscous oil.” In addition, corrosion is avoided. Normally the oxygen in the water reacts with steels containing iron, ultimately resulting in rust. The electric field prevents this from happening. A new slide bearing design with water lubrication and galvanic coupling prevents tribocorrosion without additional electricity. Credit: Fraunhofer IWM The new in situ tribometer can measure wear and friction values directly on the slide bearing during operation. Credit: Fraunhofer IWM Citation: Sliding along on water (2019, July 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from In two projects together with their colleagues at the University of Freiburg, both publicly funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing, the experts at Fraunhofer IWM developed even more than the slide bearing with its electro-chemical internal workings. They also designed a new measuring device, referred to as an in situ tribometer, capable of monitoring metallic wear and friction values directly on the slide bearing during operation. Until now it has only been possible to measure the wear on a bearing by disassembling the bearing before assessing and measuring the surfaces. This is highly time-consuming: “Our new tribometer now makes it possible to measure wear in situ, not only making it easier to develop feasible water-based lubricants, but also to continuously monitor bearings,” Amann points out.New application of a familiar principle in cathodic corrosion protectionThe water lubricant in galvanically coupled slide bearings developed by Fraunhofer IWM is a new application of a long-known principle: active cathodic corrosion protection, which works without additional electricity. This trick prevents rust and corrosion of metals which come into contact with water. What is referred to as a sacrificial anode, a less precious metal, is inserted into the aqueous environment. This anode slowly dissolves, emitting ions into the liquid in the process and creating a small flow of electrons toward the metal to be protected, functioning as a cathode. A negatively charged protective layer then develops on the metal’s surface, preventing rust as well as tribocorrosion. This is because positively charged cations from the ionic liquid or water lubricant collect on this negatively charged surface.A negatively charged protective layer then develops on the metal’s surface, preventing rust as well as tribocorrosion. This is because positively charged cations from the ionic liquid or water lubricant collect on this negatively charged surface. Turning water into lubricantThe researchers use this electric voltage arising between the aluminum in the slide bearing and the iron in the shaft to turn the water into a lubricant. “We mix what are called ionic liquids into the water,” explains Dr. Tobias Amann. “The ionic liquids are fluid salts which contain anions and cations.” These ions are rearranged in the electric field and then collect on the interior side of the sintered metal ring in such a way that their ends are pointing upward, toward the rotating shaft. This forms a kind of galvanically generated protective layer on which the shaft can glide. Bearings are usually lubricated with mineral oil-based lubricants, preventing wear on the bearing from metal on metal contact. In Germany, approximately one million tons of lubricant are used every year. The manufacture, application and disposal of oil is a burden on the environment.Introducing water-based lubricants would greatly benefit environmental protection. But until now, the fact that metal parts corrode when they come into contact with water has been a major obstacle. A working group at the Fraunhofer IWM in Freiburg has succeeded in using additives to change water in such a way that it could be used as a lubricant at some point in the future. This meant a double success for Dr. Tobias Amann and his colleagues at the Fraunhofer IWM: first, the lubrication achieved is much better, since water is not as viscous as oil. Second, corrosion is prevented.The researchers developed the details of their process using a slide bearing, a bearing which resembles a ring that surrounds a rotating steel shaft. The ring is made of several layers structured from the outside to the inside as follows: a sleeve surrounding the bearing, a layer of aluminum and a layer of sintered metal that surrounds the shaft itself. The trick is that the inner sintered layer is traversed by a small channel which lets water flow between the rotating shaft and the outer aluminum layer. This direct connection is decisive in the electro-chemical process, based on the fact that an electric voltage arises between a base metal such as aluminum and a more precious metal such as iron, even without having to apply any kind of external electric field. Provided by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Explore further In the galvanically controlled frictional contact, the ionic liquids collect on the metal surface and improve the tribological friction and wear. Credit: Fraunhofer IWM Liquid crystal as lubricant Machine bearings are usually lubricated with various oils. But today large quantities of these oils still end up in the environment. The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM has developed a method which will in the future make it possible to lubricate slide bearings using water, a much more environmentally friendly approach. 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

What will it take to live on the moon

first_imgThis is a design for a small habitat that could be assembled on the moon. Credit: Haym Benaroya/Rutgers University-New Brunswick Citation: What will it take to live on the moon? (2019, July 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from With NASA planning to revisit the lunar surface by 2024 and send multiple expeditions by 2028, Rutgers University’s Haym Benaroya is optimistic that people will someday live on the moon. Benaroya, a distinguished professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has spent most of his career focusing on lunar settlement and space exploration issues.Benaroya, who works in the School of Engineering and wrote “Turning Dust to Gold: Building a Future on the Moon and Mars” and “Building Habitats on the Moon,” and specializes in designing structures for extreme environments, discussed the challenges of living on the moon.What do you study?How to design structures for extreme environments like the moon, Gulf of Mexico and North Sea that are very challenging and potentially dangerous. The main challenge is to determine the forces these structures will face so we can design ones that will survive.How would you describe the forces and environment on the moon?It’s a low-gravity environment in a vacuum, with very high to very low temperatures and intense radiation from the sun. Micrometeorites the size of sand grains travel around 10 miles a second, so shielding is needed to keep them from going through you.What would the first structures on the moon be like?Initially, very small. A lunar base may have two or three rooms the size of a typical office. We will bring structures—basically prefabbed cylinders like the ones on the International Space Station—from Earth. One concept is to cover them with about 10 feet of regolith—the small rocks covering the moon’s surface—because that would shield the interior from micrometeorites, extreme temperatures and radiation.What physiological and psychological challenges are there in living on the moon?It is a psychological challenge for most humans to live in small spaces. The low-gravity environment changes blood flow and affects the eyes, bones and muscles. Some regolith particles are tiny and jagged, and they get into astronaut suits and machines. One issue is how to filter them from space suits, prevent astronauts from dragging them into structures, and safeguard rovers and other equipment outside.How many years would it take to establish a year-round station or colony on the moon?Ten to 15 years if we’re really serious about it. We have much of the technology. The biggest challenge is ensuring that people survive on the moon. Initially, astronauts will live there for six- to 12-month stints like they do on the space station.How important is a mission to the moon overall?It’s a very positive mission that focuses on the future. If we say we’re going to go to the moon and Mars and we’re exploring the solar system, we’re doing it to enhance humanity and we will learn lots of things that will help people on Earth. We could create a whole new civilization and economy. It can take humanity to the next level, with huge leaps in capabilities and options for many people. Explore furthercenter_img Israel’s SpaceIL says it won’t try second moonshot Provided by Rutgers University 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

Karnataka Suspense continues for JDSCong

first_imgPublished on Karnataka Uncertainty continues over the survival of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition in Karnataka, as Legislative Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar is yet to take a final call on the resignation of 10 rebel MLAs.All the 10 rebel MLAs (seven from Congress and three from JD(S)) personally met the Speaker on the Supreme Court’s instructions.While addressing the reporters after the meeting, the Speaker said: “I need time to examine whether the resignations are genuine.”“The delay is not my fault because the MLAs did not communicate with me and rushed to the Governor. Is it not the misuse of the Constitutional post? Later, they approached the Supreme Court. My obligation is to people of this State and the Constitution. I am delaying the decision because I love this land and I do not want to act in haste,” explained Ramesh Kumar.The Speaker further said “I scrutinised resignations based on Rule 202, Karnataka Assembly Rules & Procedures. I will personally hear from three MLAs on Friday. If this is being considered as a delay, should I accept the resignations without giving it a thought? Shouldn’t I follow the Constitution?”“Only five resignations were in order and the other (eight) sent to me were not in a prescribed format. I wrote back to all the eight MLAs saying that if you want to really go ahead with resignations please resend it to me in prescribed format. After they submit their resignations, it is my duty to check if they voluntarily, genuinely submitted the papers without any pressure. Considering the kind of political developments we are seeing, it is also my duty to enquire into these aspects. Otherwise, I will be failing to do my duty,” Ramesh Kumar added.Supreme CourtOn Thursday, a Supreme Court Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had asked the Karnataka Assembly Speaker to decide on the resignation of the MLAs during the course of the day and intimate the court by Friday.On hearing the Supreme Court directive, Speaker filed a petition before the Apex Court seeking more time to process the resignation letters.HDK puts up a brave faceExpressing confidence that the government would survive, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said he was ready to face No-Confidence motion if moved by the opposition BJP.Both Congress and the JD(S) have issued notices and whip to MLAs to attend the 10-day legislative session commencing on Friday.Congress’ chief whip, Ganesh Hukkeri, urged all the party’s MLAs to attend session to pass the Finance Bill; failing which those absent will be disqualified under the Anti-Defection Law.Meanwhile, the JD(S) filed a disqualification petition against the three rebel MLAs — Narayan Gowda, Gopalaiah, and H Vishwanath. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTcenter_img July 11, 2019 SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more