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22 days agoBoly stoppage-time header steals late win for Wolves over Besiktas

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Boly stoppage-time header steals late win for Wolves over Besiktasby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno was proud of his players after Wolves secured their first ever Europa League group stage win over Besiktas on Thursday.Most teams in the world struggle to deal with the ferocious atmosphere in Istanbul, but the Premier League outfit showed grit and determination to grab all three points. With the game destined for a draw, defender Willy Boly popped up in stoppage time to score the winner.Speaking after the game, Nuno said: “The performance wasn’t the best, we competed well but we were sloppy, we weren’t accurate when we should be and we’ve got to improve that. It’s a tough stadium and environment but we managed the game well and we kept pushing.”I was trying to find solutions with our substitutions, Adama [Traore] did well but we struggled with the final touch, that’s something we’ve got to improve.”We’ll keep on fighting, it’s a competitive group but we’ll just keep looking forward. We were in the Championship two years ago, we must be proud, the fans were superb tonight. We have to improve and keep believing in the things that we do.” last_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp insists no chance Spurs will sack Pochettino

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Redknapp insists no chance Spurs will sack Pochettinoby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp says there is no chance Spurs will sack Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine is under pressure to keep his job after a spluttering start to the Premier League season.But former Tottenham boss Redknapp believes Pochettino’s future at the North London club is secured.”Yeah, absolutely, that is not going to happen,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail. “I don’t know if they’ve overachieved. They should be finishing in the top three with that squad, that’s where they should be, there’s no doubt about that in my opinion.”But to get to a Champions League final was great for them. It was great to see them reach the final. “At the start of the year I really thought Spurs would push Man City and Liverpool a lot, lot closer. Tottenham have got a great team, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son – I thought this could be their year. “But it’s been a disappointing start for them for sure and they need to turn it around quickly, but I still think they’ll finish third.” last_img read more

Canadian special forces out of Mosul preparing for new battle in Iraq

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian special forces have left the city of Mosul and are now backing up Iraqi forces as they prepare to assault one of the Islamic State group’s last strongholds in the country.The move comes amid growing friction between the various local groups facing off against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and warnings that despite its battlefield victories, the international community has a lot more work to do in Iraq.The Iraqi military, Kurdish peshmerga and various paramilitary groups have surrounded Hawija, a city of about 150,000 people, and are waiting for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s order to attack.Victory there would represent a pivotal moment in the war against ISIL, since the group would then control only a few small pockets of Iraqi territory along Syria’s border.Canadian troops who had been helping Iraqi forces secure Mosul throughout the summer are now near Hawija, and will provide support during the upcoming battle, military spokesman Maj. Alexandre Cadieux said Friday.Canada has about 200 special forces soldiers supporting local forces in northern Iraq. Most of their work has been with the Kurds, but Cadieux said they are also now operating with other Iraqi groups.“Members of the Special Operations Task Force will provide their (Iraqi Security Force) partners with advice and assistance in the vicinity of Hawija,” Cadieux said in an email.“Canadian Armed Forces personnel are advising its partners on how to best secure their position and prevent effective counter-attacks from Daesh,” he added, using the Arabic name for ISIL.“CAF personnel also advise and assist in the detection, identification and possible prosecution of Daesh targets by our partner, or through coalition resources.”Exactly when the battle will start has been a source of speculation for several weeks.Hawija is located in territory claimed by both the Kurds, who have their own semi-independent regional government, as well as Iraq’s central government in Baghdad.That alone has created disagreements between the various forces preparing to attack the city, but the fact the Kurds plan to hold a referendum on independence on Sept. 25 has heightened tensions.Yet even if Hawija is liberated, one senior Canadian officer whose job is to organize coalition training efforts and help Iraqi officials plan operations says the hard work is just beginning.Brig.-Gen. Steven Whalen said that’s because Iraqi security forces will continue to need help as ISIL shifts to terrorist tactics such as suicide bombings, one of which killed 80 people on Friday.“This fight is not anywhere near over,” Whalen said in an interview from Baghdad, where he is leading a team of international advisers inside Iraq’s defence ministry.“From a military perspective, we are expecting that there is going to be some kind of insurgency-type scenario that will evolve. And we see some signs of it occurring elsewhere in Iraq.”Special units are being trained to deal specifically with such a threat, Whelan said, but there is also the need to make sure regular forces are able to hold territory and conduct basic military tasks.“We’re going to transition from building hardcore combat capability to moving towards giving the Iraqis training and resources to help them become self-sustaining,” Whelan said.“They’re not ready for self-sustainment yet from a security perspective.”The Liberal government recently extended Canada’s mission against ISIL until March 2019, while giving the military more flexibility to decide on its own what it needs to accomplish its objectives.One area that Canada is exploring is whether to partner with NATO to train Iraqi forces to find and disarm improvised explosive devices, though military officials said no decisions have been made.In addition to the special forces troops, Canada has surveillance, refuelling and transport planes, an intelligence unit, a helicopter detachment and a military hospital in the region to help fight ISIL.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

Womens Volleyball No 25 Ohio State loses one but wins two matches

The OSU women’s volleyball team celebrates after a win against Michigan State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Luke Swartz | For The LanternThe No. 25 Ohio State women’s volleyball (7-4) hosted the Buckeye Invitational this weekend, losing on Friday to Western Kentucky, 3-0, at St. John Arena before bouncing back that night with a win against Northern Illinois, 3-1, and another victory the next day versus Dayton at the Capital Center in Bexley. Western KentuckyOhio State returned to St. John Arena Friday to play its first game of the weekend against Western Kentucky, who picked up an early lead in the first set.Middle blocker Madison Smeathers contributed five of her team’s 13 kills, but the Hilltoppers took the first set 25-17.The Buckeyes began the second set with with four matched points, but could not hold on to the lead as Western Kentucky pulled ahead to take the second set, 25-20.Setter Taylor Hughes and outside hitter Ashley Wenz each tallied four kills in the third set, but WKU won 25-16, defeating Ohio State in a 3-0 sweep.Despite the loss, outside hitter Ayanna Swan was responsible for eight kills in the first start of her career. Alongside Swan, Smeathers assisted her team with 10 kills.“Western Kentucky is a great team and you’ve got to give them credit for coming out with a bang,” outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said.Northern IllinoisThe Buckeyes returned to St. John Arena Friday night to play their second match of the day, this time taking on Northern Illinois.Ohio State battled back-and-forth with the Huskies early in the first set with three early ties and two lead changes, but the Buckeyes quickly found their tempo.Swan carried her momentum from the previous match into this one, recording seven kills in the first set, leading the Buckeyes to their first victory of the day, taking the set 25-19.The Huskies started the second set strong, but the Buckeyes were able to match the Huskies’ high energy with 13 kills and 19 digs. Ohio State took the second set 25-21.The Huskies picked up the lead in the third set and the Buckeyes trailed with only one tied score. The Buckeyes did not find their momentum fast enough to catch up to the Huskies, as Northern Illinois’ middle blocker Chrystal McAlpin contributed four kills to the set. The Huskies had a total of four blocks against Ohio State.Northern Illinois took the third set 25-22, sending the match to its fourth set.The Buckeyes took the lead to begin the fourth set and never looked back. Middle blocker Lauren Witte was responsible for five kills, with a total of 17 for the Buckeyes.With a .394 hitting percentage, 13 digs and four blocks, Ohio State took the set 25-18, beating the Huskies 3-1.DaytonThe Buckeyes’ final game of the weekend seemed the most intense as both Ohio State and Dayton fans enthusiastically cheered each team on at Capital Center in Bexley, Saturday afternoon.With a win and a loss under their belts, the Buckeyes played an energetic first set against the Flyers. Both teams played a close game, but with 23 digs and 18 kills, Ohio State took the set 25-22.The Buckeyes picked up the pace in the second set, leaving the Flyers behind them with a 17-10 score by the middle of the set. Although the Flyers tried to catch up, the Buckeyes took the second set 25-18. Despite the loss, Dayton saw a strong performance from its outside hitter Lauren Bruns who tallied six kills with a .385 hitting percentage.Tensions rose in the third set as both teams battled back-and-forth for the win in a match filled with 12 tied scores and nine lead changes. The Buckeyes were able to pull through 25-21, sweeping the Flyers in a 3-0 match.Outside hitters Ayanna Swan and Luisa Schirmer contributed 12 and 11 kills, respectively, to the match against Dayton, both earning spots on the Buckeye Invitational All-Tournament team.Schirmer said she believes her success is a product of team effort the Buckeyes supplied her with this weekend.“Taylor is a great setter and she puts us in really great situations so I can’t thank her enough for all she does for the team,” Schirmer said. “Our passers stick their necks out to make really good passes … I wouldn’t have been able to do that without them.”Coach Geoff Carlston said he was proud of the two players for their accomplishments this weekend as well as the entire team.“We’ve had a lot of people contribute to what we’re doing, and we’re going to need that going forward,” Carlston said. Although the Buckeyes lost their first match of the Buckeye Invitational, Carlston said Ohio State’s non-conference schedule is the fifth-toughest in the country and was built to help challenge the team.“We’ve had some adversity, but I think in the end it’s going to bode well,” Carlston said. “It’s built some calluses, a little bit of toughness and all that resiliency.”The Buckeyes will head back to St. John Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to face Maryland in their first conference game. read more

Workers get April Fools Day Surprise Minimum Wage increase delayed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Mar 2015 – Seems like a prank in time for April Fool’s Day with the announcement today that minimum wage will not take effect tomorrow, April 1st. There is now a six week delay in the start of minimum wage, which was expected to kick in tomorrow. This means no boost in hourly earnings by 25% as the Ministry of Border Control and Labour sent out a notice shortly before 2 pm that the increase is not legal until May 15 now. Hundreds of workers nationwide, including a lower percentage of staff in the government employ would have been anticipating the hike from $5.50 per hour to $6.25 per hour. Bahamas raising Minimum Wage by mid August Recommended for you New Long Bay High may be delayed says Minister New Minimum Wage in Effect for Turks and Caicos Related Items:april fool’s, delayed, increase, Minimum wage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Kalank box office prediction These 4 aspects may take a toll on

first_imgKalank poster.InstagramBollywood movie Kalank starring Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur is set for grand worldwide release, but four aspects may affect its collection at the box office.Kalank is riding on huge hype and expectations. Its ensemble cast of Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt, vibrant production values featured in its promos have generated a massive amount of curiosity about the film, which is set for worldwide release on April 17. Considering this hysteria, it is expected to start with a bang and make a superb collection.But some aspects may prove very costly for Kalank and eat away its prospects at the box office. Here are those five threats.IPL feverIndia is a fast gripped by the IPL fever and there is little interest among the people to watch movies at the moment. The evening shows of a movie decide its prospects, but Kalank is surely going miss this on a huge scale, as most of the viewers will be busy watching cricket matches every evening for the next few days. Hence, its collection may be affected largely by the IPL fever.2019’s general electionsGeneral elections are the biggest sensations in the country at the moment and almost everyone is focused on it. In fact, it is the biggest entertainment for some people after the IPL. Many are busy watching political leaders pulling each other’s legs during election campaigns. This engagement might also prove costly for Kalank, as it may keep many viewers away from the cinema halls.Alleged love jihad and nationalismLove jihad and the feeling of nationalism created by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are the interesting topics of debate for many people. This feeling might force some viewers to boycott Kalank, as it deals with a love story of a Muslim guy and Hindu girl. Some right-wing audience had expressed their anguish against the makers after watching its trailer. Now, they may stay away from watching the film.Kalank comparison with SLB’s moviesSanjay Leela Bhansali is a master of storytelling and has an impeccable eye for details from palatial sets to elaborate costumes. From Devdas to Bajirao Mastani, his films are extravagant visual feasts and nothing short of poetic experiences. He has an impeccable eye for details. From palatial sets to elaborate costumes, he is a master of storytelling. Kalank song Tabaah Ho Gaye.InstagramWhen the teaser of Kalank was released on the internet, many viewers asked whether Karan Johar is trying to break into Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s grandeur and charm genre. This shows that there will be a lot of comparison with the latter’s films. Since there is a lot of difference in their way of filmmaking, it may lead to negative word of mouth, which may affect the collection of the movie at the box office.last_img read more

Flamenco performance traces the Spanish diaspora

first_imgThree hundred years ago, flamenco was an obscure dance performed only in southern Spain. There it might have remained, the pastime of peasants and Roma, unknown to the outside world. But flamenco spread: Today, dancers stomp feet and click castanets across the Americas, from Buenos Aires to Montreal.This theme of migration informs the new show “Con El Alma Aferrada” (“With the Soul Clinging”), performed this weekend by flamenco troupe Al Ándalus. Forty-eight dancers use this far-flung art form to tell the story of migrating peoples. The show takes place this Sunday at the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center.“Migration is complex and often painful,” said Rocío González Urrutia, director of Al Ándalus. “It means leaving what you have in the hopes of something better. Oftentimes, however, that which is idealized isn’t found or satisfied, and one has to continue living with that – go on despite everything and maintain hope above all.”She added that “Alma” focuses on the first third of the 20th century, when 5.5 million people left Spain for the Americas, bringing flamenco with them. The show represents the Spanish diaspora through one of its most famous dance forms. While “Alma” is a flamenco show, the choreography hints of tango and other Latin American dance styles. Courtesy Al ÁndalusOn the surface, Al Ándalus is a training program for dance students, who frequently perform around the Central Valley. But this description barely skims the surface of their abilities: Instead of the solo work that many people associate with flamenco, the Al Ándalus members perform group choreography, clapping, flipping fans, and stomping heels with perfect sychronicity.“The popularity of flamenco has been increasing over the years,” said González of the local dance scene. “In the 80s, my mother, Patricia Urrutia, from Guatemala, created one of the first schools for Spanish dance in Costa Rica. Then with the passage of time and with globalization there is more access to study materials, increased contact with flamenco dancers, and it has begun to grow. Currently in Costa Rica there are about five small dance schools and a conglomerate of aficionados that I estimate to be about 500 people.”“Con El Alma Aferrada” performs Dec. 14 at the Teatro Eugene O’Neill, Los Yoses. 4 & 7 p.m. ₡11,000 ($22). Info: Al Ándalus website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Van Gogh’s Ear, a storytelling festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Tico stand-up, founding father, and other happenings around Costa Rica French film, art walks, and other happenings around Costa Rica Little Mermaid ballet, Gamer Fair, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more

Rep Pagel casts vote providing state tax relief for Michigan residents

first_img29Jan Rep. Pagel casts vote providing state tax relief for Michigan residents Categories: News,Pagel News State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Oronoko Township, recently joined his colleagues in the Michigan House to overwhelmingly approve legislation giving Michigan residents broader income tax relief and allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money.The proposal, in response to federal tax reforms signed into law last month, continues and increases the personal exemption ceiling for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens in the form of an expanded credit.“This sets Michigan residents up to receive state tax relief in the face of federal changes,” said Pagel. “It was an important, needed step and I’m happy the legislature worked together to get it done. The federal law created some unintended consequences and protections were going to go away for hard-working people.”The package’s main bill, sponsored by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township, ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, Hauck’s bill increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston provides a tax credit for those 62 and older – $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill from Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.Essential public services will not be affected because of the changes. The House has also added a specific provision to make sure public school funding is not negatively affected.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

Justins note America is in unprecedented territo

first_imgJustin’s note: America is in unprecedented territory.For starters, the average American is over $40,000 in debt… and that’s grown 15% over the past four years. Meanwhile, wages and the U.S. economy aren’t keeping up…Stansberry Research founder Porter Stansberry believes there is only one possible outcome: a “Debt Jubilee.”That’s why today, we’re sharing the first chapter of Porter’s book The American Jubilee. In it, he reveals the four conditions that would bring about a debt jubilee, and shows just how close we are to one taking place…By Porter Stansberry, founder, Stansberry ResearchIf you study American history, you’ll see that Debt Jubilees occur only in a unique type of extreme political environment.After all, a Jubilee is a radical measure.The government essentially steals money from one group and hands it to another.In order for this to occur, four elements must be in place… Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?We have the largest gap ever between the rich and poor…We have huge increases in violent protests about immigration and race…We have a completely ineffective government…And we have extreme animosity toward the “elites” from both the left and right.Check… check… check… and check.There’s actually a name for this type of political and social phenomenon.It’s called “populism.” And it emerges every 30 to 40 years. There must be cultural threats from those with different values or from outsiders (in other words, minority populations and immigrants). During the 1930s, just like today, the wealthy acquired a much higher-than-normal percentage of our nation’s wealth…And in both the 1930s and today, the percentage of the population who were foreign-born was higher than normal… causing animosity among the “common man.”Just like today, the economic conditions of the 1930s caused extreme income inequality.Back then, the top 10% earned 45% of all income (compared with 50% today) and owned 85% of the wealth (compared with 75% today).Even the political characters are the same…The 1930s saw a popular socialist presidential candidate just like we had in 2016. Huey Long was a former governor of Louisiana and a U.S. senator. He proposed an income cap at $1 million… a 30-hour federal work week… and 100% income taxes at the highest level.Long even established 27,000 “Share Our Wealth” clubs around the country and had a radio show that was listened to by one in five Americans.So where did this all lead?It led to America’s most dramatic Debt Jubilee to date…Regards,Porter Stansberry Founder, Stansberry ResearchJustin’s note: According to Porter, a financial revolution is already starting to take place across America. Many aren’t aware of it. But the Charlottesville riots… the burning of inner cities… the resurgence of neo-Nazi groups… and the “Black Lives Matter” protests are all signs that a Jubilee is imminent.But you still have time to protect yourself. Porter and his team of analysts have put together a presentation to explain everything. You’ll learn how the Jubilee will play out, as well as the steps you can take to survive… and prosper… once it hits. Watch it here.In Case You Missed It…On April 26, 2018, Casey Research is hosting a pivotal event… the Pot Stock Millionaire Summit.At this summit, Doug Casey, along with Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno, will discuss five frontier marijuana stocks set to soar as legalization gets underway. These stocks are the best ways to get in on what Forbes calls “the best ground-floor opportunity we’ve seen since the early days of the internet.” Sign up right here. Populist movements are characterized by extreme anger at the government, at the wealthy, at the establishments, and at “newcomers” and minorities.As the director of an Alabama group that tracks violence and hate crimes around the country told Newsweek in June 2017: “There has been a massive explosion of violence across the country.”I’m sure you’ve seen this yourself.The hatred and anger is like nothing I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. And it’s coming from all sides. A member of my staff went to a book reading in Baltimore by one of the most famous left-wing authors in the country.The author told the crowd that he wished he could go back in time and smother Donald Trump in his crib as a baby… or convince Trump’s mother to have an abortion.This epitomizes the political and social environment in America today.From the protests and marches… to the refusals to stand during the national anthem…From Black Lives Matter to the anti-immigration movements… to the rejuvenation of white supremacists… to the tripling of membership in the Democratic Socialists of America.It’s clear we are in the middle of an extreme “populist” period in America.Ray Dalio, one of the richest men in America, studied the political environments of the past 100 years and concluded in March 2017…The last time that it [populism] existed as a major force in the world was in the 1930s, when most countries became populist. Over the last year, it has again emerged as a major force.Look at this chart. The big spikes show when populist politicians got the most votes in America and abroad…So, what does this all mean?It proves that what we’re experiencing today is eerily similar to what happened in the 1930s… right before the biggest and most radical Debt Jubilee in American history. The economic comparison is stunning.Interest rates hit zero leading up to each of these periods…The government went into mega money-printing mode during both periods…Printing money caused the stock market and other risky assets to boom during both periods… boosting the wealth of the rich, but doing nothing for the poor… — How I almost lost $1,000,000 in 8 hours In 8 hours, I almost lost my entire $1,000,000 life savings. But by using this “secret key” technique… I saved all my money… generated a fortune… and got to retire at 42, with more security than I’d ever imagined. I’ve been quietly using it for the past 26 years to make millions. Click here and see my “secret key” in action. Recommended Link Recommended Link Why the SECOND crypto megaboom will be bigger, starting on April 30 The Bitcoin bull market will go down in history – but DON’T WORRY if you didn’t get rich. Because the second megaboom will be MUCH BIGGER. In fact, it will DWARF anything we’ve seen, minting a whole new class of crypto millionaires. Will you join them? — The government must be ineffective at providing solutions. And there must be growing anger toward the “elites.” The wealth gap must be getting dramatically bigger.last_img read more

For the eightandahalf years she spent in prison

first_imgFor the eight-and-a-half years she spent in prison, Kristan Kerr looked forward to one thing every month: a visit from her daughter, Chloe. Visit by visit, she watched Chloe grow from a toddler into a young adult.”I just watched her grow all the way up,” Kerr says. “One visit, she couldn’t read, and then the next visit she was reading something to me.”Convicted for aggravated robbery in 2011 – she was the driver — Kerr says she wasn’t making good choices back then, and it meant missing out on a lot.She and Chloe would talk on the phone and send letters and visit, but she says you can’t do the physical, nurturing part of parenting from prison. Even though Kerr trusted that Chloe was being cared for by her grandmother, she says you never stop worrying about your kid.There are more than 225,000 women behind bars, according to the most recent 2017 federal statistics. Half are in state and federal prisons, the other half in local jails. It’s actually a slight decrease, coming after years of ballooning incarceration among women.From 1980 to 2016, the country saw a 700% increase in the number of women behind bars. Exactly how many are mothers isn’t well tracked, but a survey of women in Texas prisons showed more than 80% of them are moms.Lawmakers across the country are now considering ways to send fewer moms with minor children to jail and prison, and to help preserve parent-child bonds when they’re locked up.In Texas, lawmakers are considering bills that would promote diversion programs, probation or other community-based sentences over jail or prison time to avoid breaking up families. Tennessee recently passed legislation to do that.There were some tough times for Chloe, who’s now 12. It was hard seeing other kids with their moms, but she says it’s been good since her mother was released in October. Not that it’s been easy, exactly.”It’s been a little bit challenging because I’ve still got to get used to her, I’ve got to learn her, get comfortable with her,” Chloe says. But, she adds, “I’m happier now that she’s here, that I get to see her every day.””Many of the women, once they get arrested, are scrambling to find someone to take care of their kids,” says Michele Deitch, who studies prison issues at the University of Texas at Austin. “So a lot of kids get shuttled from place to place, and if they’re not able to find a place for them, then many of the kids end up in foster care.”Other states are looking at incarcerating parents closer to their children, and expanding visitation so kids can see mom or dad more often. Incarcerated parents who have stronger relationships with their kids, Deitch says, behave better while inside, and are less likely to commit future crimes after they’re released.”It’s really critical for the parent to not lose touch with their child, and to stay involved and to feel like they can make a difference in the child’s life to be aware of what’s happening to them,” Deitch says.Growing up with their incarcerated parents can be damaging to their children. That’s part of the reason children with incarcerated parents are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system themselves, according to Dallas lawyer Brittany Barnett. She launched Girls Embracing Mothers, a nonprofit aimed at improving outcomes for girls and their incarcerated mothers, after her own mother was sent to prison.”Even though I was a young adult when my mom went to prison, my sister and I were devastated by her incarceration,” Barnett says. “It not only impacts the person in prison, but the children are the hidden victims of their parents’ crimes.”Kristan and Chloe Kerr took part in the Girls Embracing Mothers program. Barnett says she’s optimistic about reform legislation, but hopes it’s just a first step toward a more effective and less punitive justice system.”These women aren’t bad women, they made bad choices,” Barnett says.Texas Rep. James White, a Republican, says the crimes women commit are often different from their male peers. He heads the House Committee on Corrections, and introduced a bill to address issues faced by women in prison, including pregnancy and childbirth.”I hear a lot of offenses that are linked to domestic violence, so they may stab their spouse that’s abusing them and their kids,” White says, “young women that have experienced repeated sexual abuse from a family member, women who have fallen into the trap of addiction.”Researchers agree that a history of trauma underlies a lot of the criminal behavior that lands women in jails and prisons. Kristan Kerr says many of the moms in prison with her struggled with psychological and behavioral issues.”Women, they love their kids,” she says. “Maybe they’re stuck with addiction but that’s a sickness, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want their children.”Since she’s been out, Kerr has been working through a list of goals she set for herself to rebuild her life. She’s got a job, got her driver’s license, and she’s spending lots of time with her daughter. Copyright 2019 KERA. To see more, visit KERA.last_img read more

Marijuana Workers Now Outnumber Bakers and Other Common Careers

first_img Next Article Add to Queue –shares For an industry still in its early stages, legal marijuana already has surpassed many other businesses in generating jobs.In a new report called the Marijuana Business Factbook 2017, the marijuana industry is reported to have created 165,000 to 230,000 full- and part-time jobs in the United States. According to the report, that means there are more people working in the marijuana industry than there are bakers, dental hygienists and massage therapists.The job numbers include those working at cannabis retail stores, growing facilities, marijuana-infused product companies, testing labs and ancillary businesses such as transportation and security. The numbers represent “marijuana’s rapid transformation out of the black market and into a viable economic force,” according to the report.Related: Sorry, But No You Can’t Smoke Marijuana on the Las Vegas Strip Yet.Practical mattersThe numbers also underscore one of the two practical considerations for political leaders that go beyond the decades-old “war against drugs” debate that continues at the federal level.The first is that legalized marijuana generates huge amounts of tax income for state and local governments. For example, Oregon expects to reap $200 million in adult-use marijuana taxes by 2019, and that money will go to schools, roads and law enforcement.The tax dollars generated by Colorado and other western states have politicians in other cash-starved states, such as Illinois, hoping to legalize marijuana to help balance governmental budgets.The second, which the report focused on, is job creation. Nationwide, the numbers are expected to skyrocket as California, Massachusetts and Nevada allow adult-use sales and another big state, Florida, moves forward with a regulated medical marijuana industry.Though all the new legal marijuana markets will take time to fully develop, “they have the potential to create tens of thousands of new jobs in the marijuana industry,” according to the report.Putting it in perspectiveMarijuana also has been a boon to small businesses. The majority of the jobs in marijuana are concentrated on smaller operations that only need a handful of employees.Part of the reason for this is the fact marijuana remains an illegal drug at the federal level. Because legalization has happened in a state-by-state manner, large marijuana companies employing hundreds of workers have not materialized.Related: NBA Champion John Salley Talks About the ‘Seed to Sale’ Process for Cannabis BusinessBut the jobs continue to multiply. Assuming that most marijuana industry workers do not require a college degree, here are some other, similar occupations that the marijuana industry has either surpassed or approached in the number of workers:Short-order cooks (181,600)Electronics Installers and Repairers (136,100)Library Assistants (210,700)Boilermakers (17,400)Sheet metal workers (141,000)Again, the employment numbers will only grow as legal marijuana operations go into effect in new states. Moving forward on the debate about marijuana, expect politicians to start referencing the economic benefits of cannabis over long-held objections. They may find the economic bottom line on the marijuana industry is too strong to ignore. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Free Green Entrepreneur App dispensaries.com Guest Writer Marijuana Workers Now Outnumber Bakers and Other Common Careers July 11, 2017 Image credit: David McNew | Getty Images 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How much has legalizing marijuana helped create jobs? Just look at the numbers. Marijuana Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

If You Still Call Amazon an Online Retailer Heres One More Reason

first_img Stephen J. Bronner News Director It depends heavily on its cloud business, not ecommerce. Next Article Entrepreneur Staff –shares Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue February 1, 2018center_img Enroll Now for $5 2 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. If You Still Call Amazon an Online Retailer, Here’s One More Reason to Stop Amazon Image credit: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Amazon is staggeringly good at selling things online. In just North America last year, the company generated $2.8 billion in operating income. That’s a 20 percent jump from 2016, according to a release connected to its latest earnings report.But, that’s not the complete picture. It’s still-growing international sales segment saw a $3 billion loss in operating income.Related: The Surprising Ways Amazon, Apple and Microsoft Really Make Their BillionsThank goodness for Amazon Web Services. The company’s cloud division helped propel Amazon to some of the best numbers in the company’s history. The cloud service saw $17.5 billion in net sales last year. After expenses, the division still brought in an operating income of $4.3 billion, a 39 percent increase from 2016, ensuring a total annual net income for the company of $3 billion.And this segment of Amazon’s business will continue to grow. The company announced several high-profile clients for AWS in its report, including Disney, Turner, Symantec and the NFL. Amazon also expanded AWS infrastructure in France and China, and plans to open new zones in Bahrain, Hong Kong and Sweden between now and early 2019.The company is also expanding its AI offering to include transcribing and translating services and deep-learning powered video analysis. It also announced AWS Media Services, which will provide cloud tools for video providers.Related: Here’s How You Can Use Alexa at WorkAmazon also further entrenched itself in the workplace with Alexa for Business.While the company continues to burn money in its bid to get the world to buy everything from the “everything store,” it will have AWS propping it up.Of course, Amazon’s incredibly strong retail segments are still essential to the company and only part of its many growing offerings. The lesson for entrepreneurs is to watch how AWS’s growth and continued success is helping the company invest and make inroads in AI, international ecommerce or media that many other companies can’t.”Our 2017 projections for Alexa were very optimistic, and we far exceeded them,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and founder, in a statement. “Expect us to double down.”last_img read more

Apple Says It Does Not Want to be an Elitist Company as

first_imgApple Apple COO Jeff Williams also said analysts ‘don’t really understand the cost of what we do.’ Apple Says It Does Not Want to be an ‘Elitist’ Company as iPhone Prices Continue to Rise Next Article Apple’s COO Jeff Williams told students in North Carolina on Friday that Apple does not want to be an “elitist” company.As reported by Apple Insider, Williams gave a short speech at Elon University followed by a Q&A session. A student asked Williams about Apple’s plans to lower iPhone prices, citing a recent report which claimed the iPhone costs significantly less to manufacture than its sale price.”The stories that come out about the cost of our products [have been] the bane of my existence from the beginning of time, including our early days,” said Williams. “Analysts don’t really understand the cost of what we do and how much care we put into making our products.”Williams said he’s cognizant of the iPhone’s climbing price point,which means it has fallen behind in key markets where consumers have less disposable income. In India for example, Apple commands just 3% of market share.”We do not want to be an elitist company. That’s not — we want to be an egalitarian company, and we’ve got a lot of work going on in developing markets,” Williams said.His comments come after Apple has continued to raise the price of iPhones. The average selling price of the phones has increased by nearly 27% to $793 since 2010, helped in no small part by the $1,000 iPhone X. February 25, 2019 Add to Queue Apply Now » 2 min readcenter_img –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on Business Insider 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Isobel Asher Hamilton Apple COO Jeff Williams Image credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez via BIlast_img read more

Russia Launches First Rocket From New Spaceport at Second Attempt

first_img Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Rockets Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Image credit: Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images –shares Russia launched its first rocket from a new cosmodrome on Thursday, a day after a technical glitch forced a postponement of the event in a sign of continuing crisis in the nation’s space industry.An unmanned Soyuz-2.1A rocket, carrying three satellites, roared into a clear blue sky from the launchpad at Vostochny cosmodrome in the remote Amur Region near China’s border at 0501 Moscow time (0201 GMT), state television showed.The satellites separated from the rocket’s third stage about nine minutes into the flight and headed for their designated orbits, Russian news agencies quoted officials from the space agency Roscosmos as saying.The launch was called off less than two minutes before lift-off on Wednesday, upsetting President Vladimir Putin. He had flown thousands of kilometers to watch what Russian media and officials called a historic event.”I want to congratulate you. There is something to be proud of,” Putin told cosmodrome workers and Roscosmos officials after watching Thursday’s launch at Vostochny, Russian media reported.”The equipment overreached itself a little bit yesterday,” he said. “In principle, we could have held the launch yesterday, but the equipment overdid its job and stopped the launch. This is a normal thing.”His remarks contrasted with his tough words after Wednesday’s aborted launch, when he criticized Roscosmos and government officials for the large number of technical problems in the space industry, saying that “there should be an appropriate reaction”.Putin reprimanded Roscosmos head Igor Komarov and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and military industries, Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.Corruption and glitchesProblems with Russian space rockets are worrisome not just for the Kremlin but also for the U.S. space program. NASA has depended on Russia to fly its astronauts to the International Space Station since it retired its space shuttle.Delays and corruption have blighted work on the new cosmodrome. A European Space Agency launch in French Guiana, using a similar Russian Soyuz rocket, was also delayed by technical problems this month.The Soviet Union pioneered manned space flight when it fired Yuri Gagarin into space in 1961.But since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia’s space program has had to retrench for lack of cash. For years it filled gaps in its budget by taking paying tourists into space.The Vostochny spaceport, the first civilian rocket launch site on Russian territory, is intended to phase out Russia’s reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome, which it leases from ex-Soviet Kazakhstan.”The main thing is that this launch pad is now working, it has been prepared well by you and it is functioning,” Putin told cosmodrome workers on Thursday. “We are now facing a second stage here, to accommodate a heavy rocket.””We have a lot of work in front of us, and it’s daunting. But beyond all doubt, this is … a very serious step forward in the development of Russia’s space exploration.”(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Roche) April 28, 2016 3 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The Soyuz 21 A rocket is launched on April 28, 2016 near Tsiolkovsky (former Uglegorsk). Add to Queue Register Now » Russia Launches First Rocket From New Spaceport at Second Attemptlast_img read more

FirstofitsKind Consumer Benefits Coverage Index Illustrates Benefits Spending Patterns Across US

first_imgNew Index Provides Insights and Creates a Model to Help Consumers Better Understand and Prioritize Benefits Investments Benefitfocus, Inc., a leading cloud-based benefits management platform and services provider, announced the release of the Consumer Benefits Coverage Index (“the Index”). The Index creates a model for evaluating how adequately a consumer is protected through the employer-based benefits they’ve purchased. The value of the Index lies not only in serving as a benchmark for consumers to compare their own benefits coverage to that of their peers, but also to provide greater awareness on how they could better protect themselves and their families. For its initial findings, Benefitfocus examined a representative sample of US consumers and determined that the average consumer may not be adequately protected in key areas, and that there is opportunity for additional education when it comes to benefit selection.“We provide insight for the entire benefits industry comprised of employers, brokers, carriers and product suppliers into the purchasing behavior and coverage gaps present among consumers,” said Ray August, President & CEO, Benefitfocus. “The Index processes millions of enrollment transactions from our platform and transforms them into a simple model for employers and consumers to evaluate the fitness of their benefit decisions and raise their benefits IQ.”Marketing Technology News: Evergage Appoints Laura Saati as VP of Customer Success for Evergage’s Retail PracticeCreated by Benefitfocus using its proprietary, annually recurring research (previously published in the State of Employee Benefits reports), the Index draws on anonymized, actual benefits enrollment data pulled from the BENEFITFOCUS Platform. The Index examines consumers’ spending decisions specific to voluntary benefits, defined for the purposes of the Index as those non-medical benefits offered through an employer but paid for partially or solely by the consumer. These benefits span across three product categories—health (e.g., dental, vision or health advocacy), wealth (e.g., life insurance or health spending accounts) and lifestyle (e.g., identity theft protection or pet insurance). Each benefits category in the Index is scored on a scale from 0 to 100 (with an aggregate score range of 0-300), reflecting the average spend by a consumer in these categories relative to their peer group. Scores can fall in one of three ranges that approximate optimal and sub-optimal coverage based on how similar or dissimilar an individual’s coverage is to their peer group.Marketing Technology News: DemandBlue launches DemandBlue Labs, a Salesforce Innovation Org for its Customers“Our goal is to use our massive data intelligence to drive greater awareness of the benefits purchasing habits of working Americans,” said Jennifer Clark, Director of Artificial Intelligence Strategy at Benefitfocus. “For employers, this data set may help them optimize their benefits offerings based on their employee demographics. For consumers, the Index sheds much-needed light into purchasing habits and may lead to a better understanding of what makes sense for individuals based on their salary, age, etc. – which are constantly changing. The Index provides a framework to refer to when considering coverage and life transitions.”Marketing Technology News: Tappx launches App-ads-txt.com to Drive Adoption for App-ads.txt First-of-its-Kind Consumer Benefits Coverage Index Illustrates Benefits Spending Patterns Across US PRNewswireApril 23, 2019, 4:03 pmApril 23, 2019 Artificial IntelligenceBenefitfocusBENEFITFOCUS PlatformBenefits Coverage IndexMarketing TechnologyNewsRay August Previous ArticleFishbowl, Inc. Names New Chief Revenue OfficerNext ArticleGlocally and Storied Partner to Develop Digital Ad Units Distributing Local Social Contentlast_img read more

Polygenic screening could inform breast cancer risk in female survivors of pediatric

first_img Source:http://www.aacr.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 26 2018Bottom Line: A combined evaluation of common variants with small effects and rare predisposing mutations among young female childhood cancer survivors may further stratify this high-risk population for subsequent breast cancer risk.Journal in Which the Study was Published: Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer ResearchAuthor: Zhaoming Wang, PhD, associate member in the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in MemphisBackground: Female childhood cancer survivors have an increased risk of developing subsequent breast cancer compared with the general population. This increased risk has largely been attributed to cancer treatment regimens, such as chest irradiation and/or exposure to high-dose chemotherapeutic agents. Current screening of this population relies on treatments and doses used to treat childhood cancer, Wang explained.Wang previously found that survivors of childhood cancer have an increased risk of subsequent breast cancer if the survivors carry pathogenic or likely pathogenic (P/LP) mutations, such as mutations to the BRCA1 gene. “Our current study attempts to investigate the contributions to the risk of subsequent breast cancer by considering the full picture of breast cancer genetic susceptibility, which includes common genetic variants with small effects (polygenic determinants) in addition to P/LP mutations (monogenic determinants),” said Wang.How the Study Was Conducted: Wang and colleagues utilized information from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study (SJLIFE) by analyzing whole-genome sequencing data for 1,133 female cancer survivors of European ancestry. Of these survivors, 47 developed one or more subsequent breast cancers.The researchers constructed a polygenic risk score (PRS) for individual survivors by calculating the weighted sum of 170 common breast cancer risk alleles present in each survivor’s genome. The researchers also evaluated the presence of P/LP mutations in 11 breast cancer predisposition genes. Relative rates of subsequent breast cancer incidence were estimated.Results: Following multivariable analysis, the researchers found that survivors in the highest PRS quintile had 2.7 times the risk of subsequent breast cancer compared to survivors in the lowest quintile. Survivors treated with chest irradiation had even higher risk; those in the highest PRS quintile treated with radiation had three times the risk of subsequent cancer compared to those in lowest quintile treated with radiation.Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionSurvivors who carried P/LP mutations had 21.8 times increased risk for subsequent breast cancer compared with those who didn’t have P/LP mutations. Survivors treated with chest irradiation and who carried P/LP mutations had 10.3 times increased risk for subsequent breast cancer compared with those who didn’t have P/LP mutations treated with chest irradiation.”The PRS can identify individuals with high breast cancer risk that do not carry known pathogenic mutations,” Wang said. “Our results indicate that both polygenic determinants and large-effect rare mutations (monogenic determinants) contribute to the risk of subsequent breast cancer independently.”Notably, PRS was significantly associated with risk of subsequent breast cancer only in women less than 45 years old.”Our data supports the hypothesis that genetic risk factors play a more important role in the development of subsequent breast cancers in younger women,” Wang said. “However, this observed age-specific association could be partly due to the smaller sample size of older survivors in our study.”P/LP mutations were defined as mutations to the following breast cancer predisposition genes: BRCA1, BRCA2, TP53, PTEN, CDH1, STK11, NF1, PALB2, ATM, CHEK2, and NBN.Author’s Comments: “Our findings suggest that polygenic screening can inform personalized breast cancer surveillance in female childhood cancer survivors,” said Wang. “This method can be utilized in the clinical setting to enhance the identification of high-risk survivors to enable the early detection and potential prevention of subsequent breast cancer.”Wang also said, “Our results indicate that personalized breast cancer surveillance strategies for survivors should incorporate prior exposure to specific anti-cancer treatments, the presence of P/LP mutations, and the cumulative presence of small-effect common variants, as represented by a polygenic risk score.”Study Limitations: Limitations of the study include a relatively young cohort of childhood cancer survivors. Additionally, analysis was restricted to survivors of European ancestry; follow-up studies should be conducted within other non-European ethnic groups.last_img read more

FurtherMore campaign aims to counter radio silence in metastatic breast cancer patients

first_img More moments More milestones More memories The resulting MBC Radio Silence report, initiated and funded by Eisai, highlights that many women with advanced breast cancer feel isolated, nervous and alone. In addition, there is a growing need for HCPs to manage both the physical and emotional aspects associated with the disease.The report outlines the following call-to-action points identified to improve the management and experience of people with MBC. There is a need to have:Improved public awareness of MBC as a distinct diseaseThere is a need for public education that living with MBC is very different from living with early-stage breast cancer, as it is a disease that can be controlled but currently cannot be cured – this will help prepare patients as well as educate family members, employers, policy makers and wider society as to the nature of the disease.Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerMetastatic breast cancer patients feel isolated and need more support from HCPs, report revealsMore tailored support for the unique needs of people with MBCThere is a huge discrepancy between information and support currently delivered to women with early disease and those with MBC. Information needs to be streamlined and tailored to women who are facing a terminal diagnosis and there needs to be improved access to social support, to help them make informed decisions and make the most of the remaining time.Greater focus on providing routine access to multidisciplinary teams from the point of diagnosisIntegrated care needs to be delivered to MBC patients upon diagnosis using multidisciplinary teams. This should include a variety of specialists including psychologists, palliative care specialists and MBC specialist nurses, to ensure that oncologists have support in delivering tailored continuity of care through to end of life and the isolation experienced by patients is minimised.The FurtherMore campaign – countering radio silenceTo coincide with Eisai’s MBC Radio Silence report, a new campaign called FurtherMore has been launched by Eisai with advice from pan-European and national patient associations.The FurtherMore campaign showcases the lives of women with MBC across the world through real and personal experiences. Many of these women have found something unexpected from their diagnosis; something universal; a deeper sense of meaning in their lives and their hopes for living as long as possible. FurtherMore explores MBC through these unique and powerful stories, and celebrates what can be achieved when people with this diagnosis get the support they need to live their life to the full.Find out more about FurtherMore at www.furthermore.life.The FurtherMore campaign now calls on people with MBC and their families, to share their own unique and inspiring stories via social media with #FurtherMore and #MBC, and celebrate how they are living their lives with: An MBC patient survey was distributed via patient advocacy groups and through HealthUnlocked between 12–28 August 2018 and had 171 responses from four European countries (France, Italy, Spain, and UK) and Russia. A healthcare professional (HCP) survey was distributed via SERMO between 12–24 August 2018 and had 82 responses from four European countries (France, Italy, Spain and UK). Eisai received advice from the following patient advocates and HCPs to provide insights into the survey findings and agreed a call-to-action to address the unmet patient and HCP needs in MBC: Professor John Crown, Consultant Medical Oncologist, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland • Dr Alexia Bertuzzi, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Humanitas Research Hospital IRCCS, Milan, Italy Dr Ana Casas, President & Founder, Fundación Actitud frente al Cáncer, Spain; Medical Oncologist, Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, Seville, Spain Elisabetta Veneziani Santonio, Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) Collaborator, AYA project, Cancer Center Istituto Clinico Humanitas in Milan, Italy Jean Robinson, advanced breast cancer patient, UK Andrea Cannon, Breast Care Nurse Consultant, Think Pink Foundation, Australia The hope is that, through these stories, we will raise awareness of MBC, and empower all people affected by the disease to go further in sharing information with their HCP about how they truly wish to live out the remainder of their lives.The FurtherMore campaign was initiated and funded by Eisai Europe Ltd. as a service to support people living with MBC. Eisai is dedicated to their corporate human health care (hhc) mission, which is giving first thought to patients and their families, and to increasing the benefits health care provides.Source: https://www.eisai.com/ Nov 22 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) survival time has doubled in the last few decades in some countries. However, the fight doesn’t stop there. People diagnosed with MBC, also known as advanced breast cancer, want to enjoy the extra moments and create more memories with the extra time they have.To understand challenges currently faced by people with MBC and the doctors that care for them, two surveys were funded and initiated by Eisai Europe Ltd.:last_img read more

FDA offers funding to create the most advanced living mimicry of a

first_img Source:https://www.cuanschutztoday.org/researchers-creating-the-most-advanced-3d-human-lung-to-test-e-cigs/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 12 2019The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus announced the funding of $3.4 million by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create the most advanced living mimicry of a human lung to identify toxicity and cancer-causing potential of emerging tobacco products.To study the effects of a human smoker, the research team led by Kambez H. Benam, DPhil, Assistant Professor at the CU School of Medicine, will create the first-in-kind multi-cellular three-dimensional (3D) living structure of a human lung containing cells that naturally line our conducting airways. This includes the physiological scaffold – also known as extracellular matrix, on top of which the airway lining sits, the soldiers of our immune defense – also known as leukocytes, and the matrix-embedded stromal cells that are critical for development and resolution of organ injury.Related StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear’Bacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerThis microengineered human lung will allow a better understanding of the harm of e-cigarettes and hookah by evaluating the impact on genes, proteins, pathways, and cell/organ function. In the past, laboratory animals have been widely used to assess the effects of conventional cigarette smoke and more recently e-cigarette vapors; however, translation of findings to human has been challenging.”Providing the next generation of a human lung model to compare the toxicity of emerging products, particularly hookah and e-cigarettes, will help identify dangerous and carcinogenic formulations,” said Dr. Benam. “This study has an unprecedented potential to advance the available toolkits for FDA to better protect and promote public health concerns around tobacco products.”Tobacco-related products such as e-cigarettes and hookah are drastically gaining popularity; but, the biological impact of their emissions on human lung is not well characterized.This project adds unique capabilities to Dr. Benam’s work on recently developed technological platforms, namely ‘Small Airway-on-a-Chip’ and ‘Breathing-Smoking Human Lung-on-a-Chip’ published in Nature Methods and Cell Systems.With the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in June 2009, the FDA acquired the authority to regulate manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products in order to protect public health. As of 2016, FDA finalized a rule extending its regulatory authority to cover all tobacco products, including waterpipe tobacco.last_img read more

Research shows possibility to shift the circadian rhythm of night owls

first_img Wake up 2-3 hours before regular wake up time and maximise outdoor light during the mornings. Go to bed 2-3 hours before habitual bedtime and limit light exposure in the evening. Keep sleep/wake times fixed on both work days and free days. Have breakfast as soon as possible after waking up, eat lunch at the same time each day, and refrain from eating dinner after 7pm. Establishing simple routines could help ‘night owls’ adjust their body clocks and improve their overall physical and mental health. Insufficient levels of sleep and circadian misalignment can disrupt many bodily processes putting us at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.”Professor Debra Skene from the University of Surrey Having a late sleep pattern puts you at odds with the standard societal days, which can lead to a range of adverse outcomes – from daytime sleepiness to poorer mental wellbeing.”Co-author Dr Andrew Bagshaw from the University of Birmingham “We wanted to see if there were simple things people could do at home to solve this issue. This was successful, on average allowing people to get to sleep and wake up around two hours earlier than they were before. Most interestingly, this was also associated with improvements in mental wellbeing and perceived sleepiness, meaning that it was a very positive outcome for the participants. We now need to understand how habitual sleep patterns are related to the brain, how this links with mental wellbeing and whether the interventions lead to long-term changes.”Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsTwenty-two healthy individuals participated in the study. For a period of three weeks participants in the experimental group were asked to: The results highlighted an increase in cognitive (reaction time) and physical (grip strength) performance during the morning when tiredness is often very high in ‘night owls’, as well as a shift in peak performance times from evening to afternoon. It also increased the number of days in which breakfast was consumed and led to better mental well-being, with participants reporting a decrease in feelings of stress and depression. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 10 2019A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of ‘night owls’ – people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits – could lead to significant improvements in sleep/wake timings, improved performance in the mornings, better eating habits and a decrease in depression and stress.New international research by the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey in the UK, and Monash University in Australia, showed that, over a three-week period, it was possible to shift the circadian rhythm of ‘night owls’ using non-pharmacological and practical interventions.The study, published in Sleep Medicine, showed participants were able to bring forward their sleep/wake timings by two hours, while having no negative effect on sleep duration. In addition, participants reported a decrease in feelings of depression and stress, as well as in daytime sleepiness.”Our research findings highlight the ability of a simple non-pharmacological intervention to phase advance ‘night owls’, reduce negative elements of mental health and sleepiness, as well as manipulate peak performance times in the real world,” lead researcher Dr Elise Facer-Childs from Monash University’s Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health said.’Night owls’ are individuals whose internal body clock dictates later-than-usual sleep and wake times – in this study participants had an average bedtime of 2.30am and wake-up time of 10.15am.Disturbances to the sleep/wake system have been linked to a variety of health issues, including mood swings, increased morbidity and mortality rates, and declines in cognitive and physical performance. Dr Facer-Childs said ‘night owls’, compared to ‘morning larks’, tended to be more compromised in our society due to having to fit to work/school schedules that are out of sync with their preferred patterns.”By acknowledging these differences and providing tools to improve outcomes we can go a long way in a society that is under constant pressure to achieve optimal productivity and performance,” she said.This intervention could also be applied within more niche settings, such as industry or within sporting sectors, which have a key focus on developing strategies to maximize productivity and optimize performance at certain times and in different conditions.Source: University of Birminghamlast_img read more

Raising transparency in the online advertising ecosystem

TYPES also developed Data Broker, a privacy-by-design advertising and marketing solution. Araujo says that it “helps end users to share and benefit from their data in the digital advertising ecosystem.”Products to boost business and protect privacy and personal dataSome solutions are ready to hit the market, while others are well on their way. The corporate web browser plug-in is being commercialised for SMEs. One of the project partners, a digital agency, will offer the open-source version to its customers.The subsidiary of a global security services company is expected to introduce the network proxy tool to its client base. “This is a huge success for the project and the potential it can offer, because the company has a portfolio of several dozen companies who purchase solutions for improving their users’ web experience,” says Araujo.The web survey tool is freely available on the project website. Several partners intend to offer the Web Portal as a public service, aimed at maintaining transparency and creating awareness among citizens of personal data’s value.There are plans to apply for public research funds to maintain the Facebook Data Valuation tool, which informs Facebook users in real time about the money they’re generating for the social networking website. It’s the only product of its kind in the marketplace. A patent has also been issued for the Data Broker algorithms.”Key market players and national organisations from the advertisement sector have expressed concern about the impact the project will have on established business models,” says Araujo. “Despite this, there’s a certain underlying realisation that something needs to be done regarding transparency, and that the EU’s new legislative framework for data privacy that comes into force in 2018 will make tools not only relevant, but needed.””The rise of the digital economy must not need be equated with a loss to our privacy, even more when it is a fact unprecedented in history that minors have become major users of the services provided. The existence of parental controls is not enough to protect them when it comes, for example, to sharing their location in real-time,” says Azcorra. “IMDEA Networks will continue work about the online advertising ecosystem in the context of the recently launched “MyBubble” initiative in collaboration with University Carlos III of Madrid and the MIT. MyBubble focusses on the personalization filter, the so-called “filter bubble” generated by online services on the basis of our preferences and interests, and how it influences the information we access.” Provided by IMDEA Networks Institute The explosion of online advertising is raising serious data privacy concerns. Credit: @IMDEA Networks Institute 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. Explore further Advertisers track users when they are online by shadowing them as they browse websites, perform web searches or watch movies. Tracking companies build a profile of each user based on such activities.Collecting and processing personal data and then offering it to interested parties often means maintaining a balance between sustaining the many gains the industry brings and concerns over the privacy of internet users. The TYPES project “protects individuals’ privacy while empowering them to control how their data is used by service providers for advertising purposes,” says Rosa Araujo, from Eurecat (Barcelona, Spain), project coordinator. “By raising end user trust and advertiser transparency, all stakeholders of the advertising ecosystem stand to benefit.”Arturo Azcorra, director of IMDEA Networks Institute (Madrid, Spain), one of 10 consortium members that have collaborated in the project, says, “TYPES has created solutions that protect user’s privacy while empowering them to control how their data is used by service providers for advertising purposes. At the same time, TYPES has raised awareness about the need to take decisive action to protect users’ online rights and to ensure that the use of personal data, if and when it happens, is transparent and entails a reasonable value added to users.”TYPES has created tools designed to support the idea of a healthier, more transparent and thriving online advertising sector. This suite of tools enables users to “better understand how their personal data is used online, ultimately building a strong foundation on which both industry and they can thrive,” says Araujo.The web browser plug-in (available in corporate and open-source versions) and network proxy tools detect privacy violations. Araujo explains that they allow users to “know what information is being collected and tracked by websites and advertisers, among others.”Data valuation tools estimate the value that the online advertising market or users associate with data that is mostly unknown and particularly difficult to assess. Software includes the Web Survey tool, Data Valuation Web Portal, YouTube Video Valuation tool and the Facebook Data Valuation tool. “Divulging such information would be beneficial for both end users and the online advertising industry,” notes Araujo. The online advertising business, led by companies like Google or Facebook, generated over $200 billion revenue in 2017, with an interanual growth over 15 percent. This online advertising explosion is raising serious data privacy concerns. Citation: Raising transparency in the online advertising ecosystem (2018, March 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-transparency-online-advertising-ecosystem.html New tool to show advertising revenue generated by each Facebook user read more