TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH KOS SPORTS X-BLADES

first_imgKos Sports X-Blades have provided marketing material to TFA and this will be distributed to all affiliates in the near future to enable all members to access the full range of Kos Sports X-Blades products available. Touch Football Australia (TFA) announced a three-year partnership with Kos Sports X-Blades at the National Youth Camp over the weekend that will create exciting mutual opportunities and benefits for both the sport of Touch Football and the highly respected Sporting Goods giant.TFA National Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad, and Kos Sports X-Blades sponsored player, World Cup champion Garry Sonda, were on hand to help usher in the new arrangement.  TFA will benefit at affiliate, State, and National level, with incentives for National Players, individual States, Staff, and Referees that will involve various provision of products over the terms of the three-year corroboration.TFA will also broker the opportunity for affiliates to sell Kos Sports X-Blades products as a viable revenue stream.X-Blades originated in 1989 and Kos Sports in 1992. The company was originally established as a football boot manufacturer but has since branched into sportswear and hard goods in the mainstream sports market.Kos Sports X-Blades is the current license holder for the West Tigers Apparel and Boots (NRL), Netball Queensland, NSW, WA, and Tasmania Shoe supplier, Official Footwear supplier to the NSWRL, and Touch New Zealand.Kos Sports X-Blades also has an impressive log of super star players from across the various football codes on its books.Stephen Larkham (ACT Brumbies, ARU) Brett Hodgson (West-Tigers, NRL) and Adam Campbell (Freemantle, AFL) are a few of the high profile players to wear the Kos Sports X-Blades brand proudly.Prominent Australian Men’s Open Touch Football World Cup heroes Garry Sonda, Ben Robinson, Chris and Ash Farrow, Phil Gyemore, Matt Curran, Peter Stoddart, Joel Willoughby, and Scott Mitchell are amongst X-Blades stable of sponsored stars.X-Blades also boast four of Australia’s World Champion Women’s Open Touch Football Team on their books, including National Captain Sharyn Williams, Shelley Matcham, Teena Mc Ilveen, and Kylie Hilder.The exciting new arrangement between Touch Football Australia and Kos Sports X-Blades also involves the launch of a new Touch Football line called the “Genius” range. The “Genius” range, available in October, provides lightweight mid-sole boots that fit well with comfort, support, flexibility, and durability for the Touch Football enthusiast of all levels of ability and experience.From park Touch Football to the Elite level, Kos Sports X-Blades has the shoe to suit all standards and competitive interests.In the terms of the partnership, Kos Sports X-Blades have acquired naming rights to the National Touch League Open and Seniors Tournament, as well as the National 18 Years Tournament, two of Touch Football Australia’s showcase events on the National calendar.Bill Spyros, from Kos Sports X-Blades is delighted with the arrangement with Touch Football Australia.“This long term partnership further compliments a remarkable heritage with Touch Football in Australia, from an Australian company that specifically designs and develops high technology shoes for the sport. We see this long term partnership as a perfect fit to support not only the consistent growth of Touch Football, but also allow X-Blades to become introduced to a whole new generation of players.” Mr. Spyros said.last_img read more

Tourism Earnings up 10.8 Per Cent

first_imgStory Highlights Minister Bartlett said the sector has grown consistently over the last 36 years. “It is indeed the only sector that has grown consistently. This year’s growth, so far, has outstripped all other periods of growth that Jamaica has had in tourism,” he said while commending all the players who have contributed to the development. He noted that the island continues to have record-breaking arrivals, welcoming 3.3 million visitors during the first nine months of the year, which represents an overall increase of 9.5 per cent. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is reporting gross foreign exchange earnings of US$2.34 billion for the first 10 months of the year, representing a 10.8 per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2016. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is reporting gross foreign exchange earnings of US$2.34 billion for the first 10 months of the year, representing a 10.8 per cent increase over the corresponding period in 2016.The figure puts the country in good position to reach the US$3-million mark for the year.“So, we have two full months to go, and last year, the earnings for the entire year were US$2.56 billion. So… it is just possible, with a little more effort, in the month of December in particular, for us to make US$3 billion in earnings,” Minister Bartlett said.“That would be something very special, because we would break a new threshold,” he added.He was speaking at the media launch of the 2017 Tourism Service Excellence Awards Programme at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston on November 14.The Tourism Minister informed that the country is on course to reach four million visitors for the “first time in our history (in) the first week of December”.He noted that the island continues to have record-breaking arrivals, welcoming 3.3 million visitors during the first nine months of the year, which represents an overall increase of 9.5 per cent.Minister Bartlett said the sector has grown consistently over the last 36 years. “It is indeed the only sector that has grown consistently. This year’s growth, so far, has outstripped all other periods of growth that Jamaica has had in tourism,” he said while commending all the players who have contributed to the development.He explained that several factors have led to the growth, citing the warmth of the Jamaican people, additional room capacity, and increased airlift.“If you have air access, you can get to the destination, and that’s what we did. We went out there with a very ambitious plan. We have restructured the Jamaica Vacations Company, and we have created an opportunity for (it) to be able to reach more airlines and to work with tour operators and to bring more flights into the destination,” he noted.He further cited the role of attractions, noting that “the number and quality of our attractions are ahead. In fact, we have, combined, more attractions than all of the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean”.In the meantime, he expressed confidence that Jamaica will become the number-one Caribbean destination for the British market.“As a matter of fact, we are leading at the moment, and I don’t see anything that will change that between now and the end of the year,” he said.The Tourism Service Excellence Awards Programme is open to organisations and individuals that are exemplars in the field.Nominees are drawn from all subsectors of the industry, including accommodations, craft, airport, tour and ground transport operators, rafting, and attractions or places of interest, and must display best practices and offer excellent customer service as well as environmental stewardship.Nominations close on December 22 at 4:00 p.m. Further details about the awards and guidelines regarding nomination may be accessed on the Ministry’s website at www.mot.gov.jm.last_img read more

Ohio State baseball looking for revenge Big Ten title in 2016 season

OSU then-sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson signs autographs before a game on April 12 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State baseball team hasn’t won its conference or made the NCAA tournament since 2009. That six-year postseason drought, however, could be put to an end this season, as the Buckeyes are returning 20 letter winners, including 10 seniors and six starters, in a lineup that projects to be among the best hitting teams in the Big Ten.OSU’s quest for the postseason is set to commence this season with four games at the Dodgertown Classic in Vero Beach, Florida.Sixth-year coach Greg Beals said he is excited about his team’s potential, making it clear that he expects the Scarlet and Gray to compete for the conference championship. “I think you approach every season with a championship mindset, and if you ask any guy in that locker room and anyone on that coaching staff, that’s our mission: to play for a Big Ten championship,” he said. “The expectation is to play up to our ability and be as consistent as we can on a daily basis. I believe with the talent on this club, the experience on this ballclub, if we’re able to play at a high level consistently, then the winning and losing will take care of itself.”Counting on the outfieldBeals said the Buckeyes have the experience needed to bring the Big Ten championship back to Columbus. A key reason, the coach said, will be the strength of OSU’s outfield.The unit will be anchored by a pair of juniors: center fielder Troy Montgomery and left fielder Ronnie Dawson.“They are experienced, high-quality players with big, big futures ahead of them,” Beals said. “I’m looking for them to have big seasons.” Montgomery will be the Buckeyes’ leadoff hitter after batting .317, with a team-high 54 runs scored in 55 games last season. Beals said Montgomery has blistering speed, as evidenced by his 35 stolen bases last season which led the Big Ten and tied a program record.Dawson, a career .307 hitter, should provide the power for the Buckeyes. He will bat third in the lineup after clubbing seven home runs and 15 doubles last season. Beals said Dawson had an outstanding offseason, which included earning all-star honors in the Cape Cod Baseball League over the summer.The Grove City, Ohio, native said he believes the team is fully prepared to start the season on a good note to build momentum early on.“We’re one unit this year, and last year we had a bitter taste in our mouths,” Dawson said. “As a team I think we’re ready. We’re excited to get out there to show people what we’re capable of. It’s going to be a big year for the Bucks.”Leadership across the boardBeals said the team’s captains, senior second baseman Nick Sergakis and junior catcher Jalen Washington, will provide the team with the leadership needed to propel the Buckeyes through the 57-game slate. Washington said the team is hungry, while Sergakis said the team will be looking for revenge on some of the teams that took it to OSU at the end of last season.“We have a high expectation, of course,” Sergakis said. “As far as last year goes, it didn’t end up the way we wanted and we want to try and correct it. We’re looking for payback this year.”Sergakis leads an experienced infield defense that in total has started 388 games for the Scarlet and Gray. Washington is in his first year as the everyday catcher and his development, along with the pitching staff’s, is going to be an important factor for OSU’s overall success.Starting out strongHeading into this season, the pitching staff will be looking to fill the void from some key departures, as it lost Travis Lakins, Ryan Riga and Trace Dempsey to graduation or the MLB draft. But fortunately for OSU, the team is returning two key pieces to the rotation in junior left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully and redshirt sophomore righty Adam Niemeyer. Tully said he is fired up and ready to take the mound as OSU’s opening-day starter.“We all worked hard this summer going our separate ways, and we’re coming back as a unit,” Tully said. “We pushed each other harder than we have before, (we) definitely (had) a good fall, and we’re ready to go.”Last season, Tully went 4-4, compiling a 4.32 ERA while striking out 44 batters. His counterpart, Niemeyer, a right-handed pitcher from Minster, Ohio, compiled a 2.16 ERA in 12 appearances last season, with a 2-0 record over four starts for the Buckeyes. Beals said Niemeyer will be the typical Saturday night pitcher and will be looked at as a guy who OSU can count on for big innings this season.“Adam’s a great competitor,” Beals said. “He’s another guy that’s got good feel for pitching the baseball, he throws a lot of strikes. I’m excited for Adam to be a regular in the rotation, he’s certainly ready for that. I’m confident he’s going to have a really good season for us.”The third and fourth spots in the rotation are set be rounded out by senior John Havird and freshman Ryan Feltner. “Havird has been throwing the ball really well,” Beals said. “He’s not a flamethrower, he’s a lefty and he’s a command guy. He’s got great movement on his fastball, plus changeup and breaking ball. And Ryan Feltner is a very highly skilled, highly touted freshman who was in the draft out of high school. I’m looking forward to seeing his first collegiate start this weekend.”Dodgertown ClassicOSU is scheduled to open versus Toledo on Friday, before playing a doubleheader against Niagara and Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Buckeyes are slated to close the season-opening series again with Toledo on Sunday. Beals said the full weekend of baseball will give him a good look into the true makeup of his team.“Obviously, we want to get started fast, but with the high expectations that this ballclub has, we’ve got to be careful that we’re not pushing too hard too soon and that we trust ourselves and just go out and play the game,” he said. read more

Football OSUs success motivated by enjoying the little things

The OSU football team and cheerleaders sing “Carmen” following the Buckeyes 62-3 win over Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes were riding high until they ran into a roadblock at Penn State. OSU lost its first game of the season after multiple games that sprung criticism of the offensive play-calling. The defeat prompted OSU coach Urban Meyer to give an alarming opinion on where the team should be at the moment.“We’re not a great team right now,” Meyer said after the Penn State game. “We gotta come back and keep swinging.”Since then, OSU has been playing its best football of the season and is in the heart of the College Football Playoff picture. But the turnaround after Penn State wasn’t the easiest thing. Several players vocalized the importance of learning from the humbling experience. However, it’s one thing to say it, and it’s another thing to actually learn from the mistakes and apply those lessons.For OSU, it is the appreciation of the little things that has made a difference.“If you don’t appreciate the little things of life, those things go away,” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “You just have to appreciate winning around here. Wins in the Big Ten are hard; I mean really, really hard. So you have to appreciate every little thing.”Price and the rest of the offensive line were responsible for six sacks and 11 tackles for loss against Penn State. The unit gathered itself and returned to give redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett the pocket he needed to make plays in the passing game. Barrett had arguably his two best games of the year against Nebraska and Maryland. Combined, he gained over 600 yards and has been responsible for eight touchdowns the past two weeks.On the defensive side of the football, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said that the Silver Bullets are also buying into the little things since the Penn State game. He said that the unit was already strong, but adversity brought them together. He added that the bond among the players is paramount in November.“I think we’re only guaranteed like 13 more days together. These seasons, they roll by and people move on,”  Lewis said. “You have to value that time and that bond with your brothers because you’ll never get it back.”The timing of three top-four teams losing and OSU hitting its peak production couldn’t be better. OSU’s offense scored 60 points in back-to-back games for the first time in 20 years. Ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff poll, OSU looks to be in a prime spot to make its second final four in three seasons.Michigan’s loss to Iowa on Saturday makes the path to the Big Ten Championship Game a bit complicated for OSU. If OSU and Penn State both win out, the Nittany Lions will represent the Big Ten East in Indianapolis on Dec. 3 by way of a head-to-head tiebreaker. Despite that, Barrett and redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard voiced their opinions on the team’s CFP fate.They see it like this: OSU wins out, the Buckeyes are in.However, the team is focused on Michigan State. Following the Maryland game, Meyer made that apparent.“November is here and we got a big one coming one week from today,” he said. read more

SpiceJet to declare Q3 results on February 14

first_imgSpiceJet, the Ajay Singh-owned budget airline, will be declaring its December 2016 quarter (Q3) results next week. Jet Airways and Interglobe Aviation, owner of IndiGo, have already announced their Q3 financial performance, reporting a fall in net profit due to weak pricing and high fuel costs.”Spicejet Ltd has informed BSE that the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company will be held on February 14, 2017, inter alia, to consider and approve, the un-audited financial results of the Company for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016,” the company had said earlier this month.Read: SpiceJet cabin crew and ground staff get new uniform courtesy Nimish Shah; 5 best airline uniformsFor Q3, Interglobe Aviation posted net profit of Rs 487 crore, down 25 percent from Rs 650 crore in the corresponding period last financial year while Jet Airways saw its net profit fall 69 percent to Rs 142 crore in comparison to Rs 467 crore for the third quarter in 2015-16. The companies had attributed lower ticket prices and rising fuel (ATF) costs to the fall in net profit.The share price of SpiceJet closed 0.23 percent higher at Rs 64.05 on Friday (February 10, 2017) on the BSE. Jet Airways shares ended 0.19 percent lower at Rs 373 apiece while Interglobe closed 0.89 percent lower at Rs 838.For the second quarter ended September 2016, SpiceJet had reported 103 percent spurt in net profit to Rs 58.9 crore from Rs 29 crore in the corresponding period last year, on the back of lower fuel costs and higher operating income. It was also the seventh straight quarter when the airline earned net profit after years of losses.Its income from operations rose 35 percent to Rs 1,400.39 crore from Rs 1,040.13 crore in the year-ago period.Recently, SpiceJet was in the news for its mega order to buy 205 aircraft from Boeing for $22 billion.”SpiceJet’s new order underscores its drive to compete more effectively in India’s cut-throat low cost travel market. The deal for up to 205 737MAXs will certainly put it on par with Indigo for domestic dominance and the added range of the 737MAX fleet will allow SpiceJet to open up routes deeper into Asia and even parts of Europe/CIS states,” Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research, told the International Business Times, India.The current fleet size of SpiceJet is 40 aircraft as against 126 of IndiGo and 114 of Jet Airways.Other players in the Indian civil aviation market include unlisted entities such as state-owned Air India, AirAsia India, Vistara and GoAir.IndiGo has the largest market share in terms of passenger volumes in the domestic air traffic business.last_img read more

After Ruling On Texas Sanctuary Cities Law Opponents Say Theyre Down But

first_imgJulian Aguilar/The Texas TribuneOn the last day of the 85th legislative session, protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4 — the “sanctuary cities” law — fill up the rotunda of the state Capitol in Austin on May 29, 2017. After opponents of Texas’ immigration-enforcement law were delivered what they said was a “punch to the gut” by a federal appellate court, they stressed Wednesday that they weren’t completely out of the fight.A panel of three 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled Tuesday that most of Senate Bill 4 can remain in effect while the case plays out. That came after it was partially blocked by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio last summer.Attorneys and immigrants’ rights groups who fought against SB 4 said their next move isn’t clear but that they’re considering seeking a hearing before the entire 5th Circuit.“There are a lot of parties [involved], so we are coordinating on this,” Efrén Olivares, the racial and economic justice director for the Texas Civil Rights Project, told reporters during a conference call. “But procedurally, the next step would be to request an en banc hearing.” There is also the possibility of asking the U.S. Supreme Court, he said. Share The plaintiffs’ attorneys admitted Wednesday that they were not surprised at the ruling due to the 5th Circuit’s conservative leanings, so it’s unclear how much faith they will have in pleading their case before the entire court. But, they said, there remains the option to show that in its implementation, SB 4 leads to several constitutional violations.The legislation prohibits law enforcement supervisors from preventing their local law enforcement officers from questioning the immigration status of people they detain or arrest. It also punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration “detainers” — requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation — in the form of jail time and penalties that exceed $25,000, and it prohibits local entities from pursuing “a pattern or practice that ‘materially limits’ the enforcement of immigration laws” or prohibits “assisting or cooperating” with federal immigration officers as reasonable or necessary.Olivares said that while the next step in the appeals process is being considered, the lawyers and their supporters will also prepare for the case to head back to San Antonio. Tuesday’s ruling was only on the temporary injunction of SB 4; now, the district court is set to consider the law itself.In a statement released after Tuesday’s ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the decision shows the law doesn’t run afoul of the U.S. Constitution. “I’m pleased the 5th Circuit recognized that Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans,” he said. “Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes.”One of the most controversial components of SB 4, what opponents call the “papers please” provision, was never halted and has been law since September. In his August ruling, Garcia allowed that part of the law to go into effect but said officers cannot prolong a stop for longer than necessary and can’t make an arrest solely based on immigration status. Olivares said he’s already heard this hasn’t always been the case and said that’s one of the challenges to the law that could be presented to the district judge.“Police officers are prolonging the stops on purpose just to allow for Border Patrol or [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agents, and that is unconstitutional,” he said. “We know that is happening around the state and particularly in border areas, so we are keeping track of that.”Another option is for local governments to adopt or continue policies where being charged for an alleged misdemeanor doesn’t trigger automatic arrest, said Bob Libal, the executive director of Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based immigrant rights and private-prison watchdog group.“Local officials need to act swiftly to stop the arrest-to-deportation pipeline that will be accelerated by SB 4,” Libal said. “They can start by enacting policies that end discretionary arrests while ensuring that scarce public resources are not wasted on unnecessary immigration enforcement actions that terrorize the immigrant community.”last_img read more

April 6 2015On April 7 2015 the ASU JULIE ANN WR

first_imgApril 6, 2015On April 7. 2015 the ASU JULIE ANN WRIGLEY GLOBAL INSTITUTE OF SUSTAINABILITY is hosting “Paolo Soleri, Beyond Form” film at the Harkins Valley Art Theater on 509 S Mill Ave in Tempe, AZ 85281.This cinéma vérité style documentary presents a fresh look at the genre and ground-breaking architect Paolo Soleri. He remains largely unknown outside of architectural circles, but his legacy as an artist, builder and urban theorist is staggering. Narrated by actor-activist Peter Coyote, Aimee Madsen’s documentary takes a close look at Soleri’s origins and lifelong labor of love–called Arcosanti, set in the unforgiving desert outside Phoenix, Arizona.Aimee Madsen, the film’s director/producer, will lead a post-film discussion with Roger Tomalty (co-writer/director of Paolo Soleri Studios) and Mary Hoadley (Arcosanti site coordinator).View trailer here.Free parking is available at the Brickyard Parking Garage. Bring your ticket and the theater will validate.Attendees are encouraged to bring their eWaste to this event. Any electronic item that has a cord or takes batteries can be recycled. Potential items include: cell phones, mice, keyboards, monitors, old computers, alarm clocks, chargers, and any media such as cds, disks, flashdrives, and film.Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Doors open 6:30 p.m. Showtime 7:00 p.m. Harkins Valley Art Theater 509 S Mill Ave Tempe, AZ 85281RSVP Now »last_img read more

Digital and adjacent activities boosted ProSiebenS

first_imgDigital and adjacent activities boosted ProSiebenSat.1’s top line in the third quarter, helping push the German TV group’s revenues to €576.9 million, up 13.9% year-on-year.EBITDA climbed by 7.1% to €151 million. Digital and adjacent activities’ share of revenues increased by 21.5% to €124.1 million.The company said its Maxdome service now had a market share of 35% in the video-on-demand segment.Basic pay TV subscribers increased by 12% to four million, with HD customers rising by 72% to 3.9 million.Revenues from the German-speaking market rose by 6.5% to €421.9 million, with the audience share of its channels growing by 1.7 percentage points to 28.5%. ProSiebenSat.1 said it outperformed the domestic advertising market, thanks in part to the expansion of its portfolio with channels Sixx, Sat.1 Gold and proSieben Maxx.Production unit Red Arrow increased its revenues by 5.6% to €30.9 million in the quarter.“We significantly increased revenues and earnings again in the third quarter of 2013. We continue to expand dynamically in the digital and adjacent segment,” said CEO Thomas Ebeling. “Our digital activities already contribute more than 20% of our consolidated revenues. In the years to come, we will extend our leading position as a digital entertainment and e-commerce-powerhouse. By 2018, we want to generate €1 billion extra revenues compared to 2012. With our strong core business and new growth areas, we are in the best position to achieve this.”last_img read more

Polish service provider Netia managed to arrest a

first_imgPolish service provider Netia managed to arrest a year-on-year decline in revenue in 2016, posting revenues of PLN1.522 billion (€352 million) for the year, down 3%. The 2015 financial year had seen a fall of 10%.However, EBITDA for the full year was PLN447 million, down 5% year-on-year.Netia said its decrease in revenue was down to losing revenue-generating units served via third-party networks.Netia saw steady growth in take-up for its TV service, ending the year with 182,000 TV subscribers, up 5,000 in the fourth quarter, and average revenue per customer of PLN56.Next-generation access broadband subscribers increased by 14,000 in the fourth quarter, ending the year at 181,000.Business-to-business revenues also helped boost the company’s performance, delivering a 3% increase to PLN185 million thanks to an improvement in wholesale traffic.Chairman and CEO Tomasz Szopa said that he was happy with the solid results achieved in the face of strong competition. He sid trhat the number of services sold had increased and that Netia’s investment in its infrastructure was paying off.last_img read more

In This Issue   No taper talk   Second quart

first_imgIn This Issue. *  No taper talk *  Second quarter growth *  ADP on the rise *  Third time is a charm And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Let’s hurry up and wait some more… Good day.and welcome to the month of August as well as another Thursday morning. The month of July ended up with more twists than a good thriller novel, but at the end of it all, the Fed was the main character and it looks like this will continue to be the case. It’s all about the Fed. What will the Fed think about this or that? How will the Fed react to this or that? Every bit of data is scrutinized as to how it would impact the Fed’s view on tapering. As data exceeds or falls short of expectations, the markets will continue their erratic behavior until the Fed is not so mysterious in their ways. Unfortunately, the Fed meeting did nothing to address any of the question marks that have been present in the markets for the better part of a month and a half. The statement following the meeting contained no new language on the conditions for maintaining the current pace of asset purchases. These statements are so open ended and can be interpreted in several different ways, but I think most economists would still consider this a dovish environment. The Fed did refer to the pace of growth as modest instead of moderate as it had in the past while they also acknowledged that housing has been strengthening but mortgage rates have been on the rise. The biggest change came by way of saying the committee recognizes that inflation persistently below its 2% objective could pose risks to economic performance, but it does anticipate that inflation will move back toward its objective over the medium term. This was apparently a nod to St. Louis Fed president Bullard who was banging the drum on the dangers of inflation running too low. Both you and I know that real world inflation is much, much higher than the government’s calculation, but they feel this low inflation could hamper growth. At the end of the day, all of the pomp and circumstance for tapering got pushed once again, so don’t expect any slowdown in market volatility for at least another month. Actually, at this point it’s actually closer to another six weeks since the next meeting will take place on September 17 and 18. If the Fed is concerned about higher interest rates via bonds and if they do decide to taper in Sept, who is going to be lining up at the door to buy such a low yielding asset. Will the Fed heads now shift focus toward doing what’s necessary to keep mortgage rates down? I guess we’ll need to stay tuned. Moving on to GDP, we had the initial reading of second quarter results come in much higher than expected. It’s still nothing that would light any fires, but the 1.7% annual pace beat the expected result of 1.0% as well as the first quarter’s revision down to 1.1% from 1.8%. So, let me get this right. First quarter GDP is at 1.1% and second quarter GDP is at 1.7%, so where is this progress that economists are pounding their chests about and justifying an imminent taper. From a realist standpoint, why would the Fed decide to taper in September when GDP yielded a sub-2% rate for a third straight quarter unless they are trying to cut deficit spending. As nice as it would be to say, I don’t think the latter is the case. When the bar is set low, its easy to get excited. Consumer spending slowed in the second quarter when compared to the first quarter, but I didn’t see any headlines bringing light to that bit. I saw where the revisions made to the way GDP is calculated added 0.6% to the 2012 bottom line, so now the economy grew 2.8% last year. In the end, we still have two more revisions before the third quarter results arrive, but if history is a guide, revisions haven’t exactly been friendly. Then again, the calculation is now different so we shall see. In the precursor to jobs jamboree Friday, payrolls as reported by ADP came in much higher than expected by rising to 200k. We also saw the June report get revised upward by 10k to 198k. The report indicated that manufacturers, construction companies, and other goods producing industries increased by 22k while payrolls at service providers climbed 177k.Thats great news to see employers added 200k workers in the month of July, but we need to know what kind of jobs we’re talking. There’s a big difference between part-time, lower wage positions compared to full time jobs that would contribute to self sufficiency and a money spending lifestyle the country needs to survive. While the spot light was solely on the US yesterday, we will see it shift across the pond as both the ECB and BOE have policy meetings going on as I write. The dollar finished the day lower, but it was interesting to watch it move throughout the day. After we had the US economic reports, the dollar shot up and gold was, at one point, down $20 as traders were getting juiced up on the better than expected data. Once the Fed statement failed to address any tapering plans, or really anything of any importance for that matter, we had a nice little turning of the tide. The Norwegian kone and Swedish krona finished the day in positive territory by close to 0.75%. There wasn’t any data to push them to the top, so it looks as though the big sell off after Swedish GDP disappointed may have been overdone. The rest of the currencies in positive territory had less than 0.5% gains on the day while the euro was able to retain the 1.33 handle as I walked out the door last night. The paring back of the dollar helped, but the number of people unemployed in the eurozone fell for the first time in two years. Since we’re only talking 24k people compared to the 19 million out of work, it didn’t impact the unemployment rate. A currency that has been seeing a lot of red, the Brazilian real, came to the surface for some air and actually appreciated a fraction of a percent. It was a very ugly morning for this currency yesterday as it fell to 2.3016 and marked the weakest point since April 2009. It looks like the Brazilian central bank is trying to defend the 2.30 handle as they intervened in the currency market three times yesterday morning and succeeded in propping the real to about 2.28. Higher inflation remains a problem in Brazil so a weaker currency helps fan the flames of inflation, hence the government action. As I came in this morning, the dollar is up pretty much across the board as the market is waiting for the ECB to do its thing. It’s similar to what we saw yesterday prior to the Fed meeting in that traders want to remain on the cautious side in case policy makers overplay the stimulus card. We did see a eurozone manufacturing report break into the positive side of 50 by rising to 50.3 in July. Other than that, just playing the waiting game. For What Its Worth.”In the end, I abandoned my initial aversion to holding gold,” concludes N. Gregory Mankiw in The New York Times. Mankiw is about as establishment as it gets – a “New Keynesian” who runs the Harvard economics department and was chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush. A few weeks ago, a friend asked him if gold belongs in his investment portfolio. “My instinct was to say no,” but instinct wasn’t enough. So Mankiw dug a little deeper and made several shocking discoveries. To wit: .               “All the gold ever mined amounts to 174,100 metric tons. If this supply were divided equally among the world’s population, it would work out to less than 1 ounce a person.” .               “Its price is largely uncorrelated with stocks and bonds. Despite gold’s volatility, adding a little to a standard portfolio can reduce its overall risk.” Yes, we know. Your mouth is agape at such revelations. Wrote Mankiw, “A small sliver, such as the 2% weight in the world market portfolio, now makes sense to me as part of a long-term investment strategy.” Well, it’s a start. We also had Richard Russell, the dean of newsletter men who begain penning his Dow Theory Letters in 1958 which was the same year Mankiw was born say “I like the way [gold is] acting,” Mr. Russell has noticed the gold stocks – represented by the GDX ETF – are now trading above their 50-day moving average for the first time all year. “Since the miners tend to move before bullion,” he concludes,” I consider this action bullish for the whole gold universe.” To recap.The question marks prior to the Fed meeting still remain as there was no mention of tapering stimulus measures. The statement following the FOMC meeting is still dovish, while the Fed voiced concern about low inflation (government calculated) and rising mortgage rates. Second quarter GDP came in much higher than expected but remained below 2% for a third straight quarter. Personal consumption also fell while the ADP jobs report says we added 200k workers in July. The BOE and ECB meet today, so we’ll see if there are any sound bites. Norway and Sweden topped the list yesterday while the Brazilian central bank had to intervene three times in one day. Currencies today 8/01/13. American Style: A$ .8983, kiwi .7945, C$ .9706, euro 1.3228, sterling 1.5223, Swiss $1.0739, . European Style: rand 9.8776, krone 5.9266, SEK 6.5691, forint 225.86, zloty 3.1990, koruna 19.6025, RUB 33.0310, yen 98.76, sing 1.2719, HKD 7.7558, INR 60.4437, China 6.1778, pesos 12.7407, BRL 2.2746, Dollar Index 82.05, Oil $106.91, 10-year 2.60%, Silver $19.85, Platinum $1,440.55, Palladium $732.45, and Gold. $1,324.00 That’s it for today.I had a very nice surprise at the office yesterday as all of the folks in the St. Louis office threw a baby shower for me as well as the others who either recently had or will soon have a new edition. I am blessed to be surrounded with such a wonderful group and for that, I am thankful. Thanks again to all involved. The MLB trade deadline was yesterday, and much like the Fed meeting, there was a lot of chatter leading up to it but there wasn’t much action once the dust settled. That about does it for me today. Until tomorrow, Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Disabled activists are calling on the Department f

first_imgDisabled activists are calling on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to release secret reports which could prove whether it has been engaging in a propaganda campaign to demonise disabled people in the media.DWP has told Disability News Service (DNS) that it will not release documents compiled by its own communications department that describe the impact of its briefings to the media on disability benefit reform.DWP initially denied that any such documents existed, but DNS has discovered that a monthly report is compiled describing the impact of its press releases and other media briefings.These reports could reveal how DWP has briefed mainstream newspapers – including the Daily Mail, the Sun and the Daily Express – on its social security reforms, and how it judged their subsequent coverage.Disabled activists and opposition politicians have repeatedly raised concerns that ministers or civil servants have briefed newspapers in a way that encourages them to report inaccurate and misleading articles with headlines such as “75 per cent of incapacity claimants are fit to work” and “Disabled benefit? Just fill in a form”.After DNS lodged a freedom of information request in August, asking “whether the department keeps a record of which actions by DWP communications have led to the publication of welfare stories that appear in the media”, DWP initially insisted that no such reports existed.It also denied keeping any record of complaints the department made about social security-based news stories that have appeared in national newspapers over the last five years.Following a fresh request by DNS on 19 September – after discovering a reference to monthly impact reports on a former press officer’s social media profile – DWP has now admitted that it does hold “some of the information” DNS is seeking.But it is now claiming an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act because, it says, releasing the information would “prejudice the commercial interests” of both DWP and “third parties”.DNS has asked DWP to review this decision, and plans to appeal to the Information Commissioner if it does not release the reports.A spokesman for Disabled People Against Cuts said: “It is very much in the public interest to know the extent to which the DWP have been engaging in a propaganda campaign to demonise disabled people in the media.“We already have evidence that this has and is taking place, and we require full disclosure – nothing less is acceptable.”A DWP spokeswoman appeared to suggest that the two FoI requests had asked for different information – which was why DNS was originally told such documents did not exist – and insisted that it did not hold a record of “DWP communications” work*.Asked what the commercial interests were that would be damaged by releasing the reports, she said: “You’ve already asked for a review into this [freedom of information] response.“You will receive the appropriate response once the correct processes have been followed.”And asked if the reports would show that the department had been engaging in a campaign to stir up hostility towards disabled people in the media in order to justify government cuts and reforms to disability benefits, she said: “We disagree with the premise of this question.“DWP press office and communications directorate is proud of the work we do to promote the interests of disabled people.“We promote schemes such as Access to Work, and through our Disability Confident campaign we have helped to dispel myths about employing disabled people and have highlighted the valuable contribution they make to the workplace.“We are particularly proud of our recent work with campaigning groups to persuade the Premier League to make all their stadia accessible by August 2017.”DWP has been the subject of a string of complaints from disabled activists and politicians over its communications with the media over the last five years.In 2011, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith was criticised by the work and pensions select committee for “pandering to the Daily Mail” and sending out misleading press releases about incapacity benefit reform.Duncan Smith protested then that he was unable to control how the media covered welfare reform stories, but promised DWP would improve the way it dealt with statistics on disability benefits.Just 24 hours later, he provided quotes to selected news organisations – including the Mail – suggesting that thousands of disabled people were receiving disability living allowance they were not entitled to.In 2013, Esther McVey, at the time the Conservative minister for disabled people, claimed in the Mail on Sunday that coalition plans to abolish working-age DLA had led to a huge increase in applications by people desperate to claim the benefit before it was replaced by the new personal independence payment.The article talked of an “extraordinary ‘closing-down sale’ effect, with rocketing claims as people rush to get their hands on unchecked ‘welfare for life’ before McVey’s axe falls on April 8”.But the interview was based on government figures which actually showed the number of working-age claimants fell by more than 1,600 in the relevant three-month period.The following week, Duncan Smith repeated the claims, even though his department had been alerted to McVey’s use of the misleading figures.And last year, the disabled Tory peer Lord [Chris] Holmes, who heads the equality watchdog’s disability committee, was asked by members of the all-party parliamentary disability group if the hostile rhetoric of his party’s ministers had helped fuel hate crime.Ministers have repeatedly blamed the tabloid press for whipping up hostility towards disabled benefit claimants, and insist that they have done everything they can to “stop the rumour mill”.*By 9pm this evening (19 November), DWP had not been able to clarify how these two requests were differentlast_img read more

Grief linked to sleep disturbances that can be bad for the heart

first_img Sad depressed woman sitting in her bed late at night, she is pensive and suffering from insomnia. Photo credit: 123rf.com AddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionPhoto credit: 123rf.comThe study, “Bereavement, self-reported sleep disturbances and inflammation: Results from Project HEART,” was recently published in Psychosomatic Medicine. It compared the self-reported sleep habits of recently widowed people to a control group. Both groups had sleep disturbances, such as insomnia.The researchers found that the link between sleep disturbances and inflammation was two to three times higher for the bereaved spouses. Inflammation was measured by the level of proinflammatory cytokines, which are designed to be short-term fighters of disease but are linked to long-term risk for health problems including cardiovascular disease.Corresponding author Diana Chirinos, a research assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine who began examining the topic as a Rice Academy postdoctoral fellow in Rice’s Department of Psychological Sciences, said the study suggests that these bereaved individuals are more susceptible to the negative health effects of poor sleep.“The death of a spouse is an acutely stressful event and they have to adapt to living without the support of the spouse,” she said. “Add sleep disturbance to their already stressful situation and you double the stressor. As a result, their immune system is more overactivated.”Chirinos said she and her fellow researchers already knew widowed individuals had higher levels of inflammation. Prior work revealed that in the first six months after the loss of a spouse, widows and widowers are at a 41 percent higher risk of mortality, and 53 percent of this increased risk is due to cardiovascular disease. However, they wanted to find the specific cause.“Now we know it’s not the grief itself; it is the sleep disturbance that arises from that grief,” Chirinos said.Chris Fagundes, an assistant professor of psychological sciences at Rice and the principal investigator for Project HEART, said the finding is another revelation in the study of how human behaviors and activities impact inflammation, and it adds to a growing body of work about how bereavement can affect health. His initial work showed why people who have been widowed are at higher risk of cardiovascular problems and premature death by comparing their inflammation with matched controls.“While working in my laboratory as a post-doctoral fellow, Diana did a great job incorporating her expertise in sleep data collection into this project,” he said.Ultimately, the researchers hope the findings will help to design better health interventions for those suffering from loss.The study included 101 people with an average age of 67. Half were bereaved (identified through obituaries), and the rest made up the control group.The study was co-authored by Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow at Rice; Daisy Alvarado, BUILDing scholar at the University of Texas at El Paso; and Jason Ong, a researcher in the Department of Neurology and the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine at Northwestern.The work was supported by grant 1R01HL127260-01 from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Photo link: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/news-network.rice.edu/dist/c/2/files/2018/11/70264912_l-2jcudpz.jpgPhoto credit: Rice University/123rf.comLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.center_img ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduGrief linked to sleep disturbances that can be bad for the heartRecently widowed people more likely to have sleep disruption that exacerbates levels of inflammation and increases heart health riskHOUSTON – (Nov. 9, 2018) – People who have recently lost a spouse are more likely to have sleep disturbances that exacerbate levels of inflammation in the body, according to new research from Rice University and Northwestern University. These elevated levels of inflammation may increase risk for cardiovascular illness and death.last_img read more

Augmedix the Google Glass App for Medical Data Entry Raises 16 Million

first_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Carly Okyle Startup Funding –shares Apply Now » Assistant Editor, Contributed Content Augmedix, the Google Glass App for Medical Data Entry, Raises $16 Million Google Glass may no longer be the shiny, new thing that every developer in Silicon Valley wants to play with, but it’s still attracting investor attention.A San Francisco-based startup called Augmedix, which aims to “rehumanize” health care through Google Glass, today raised $16 million in Series A funding. The company’s Glass-based platform assists doctors with data entry, thus freeing them up for more time with patients. The platform extracts information from the audio-visual of a doctor’s conversation with a patient and uses it to update electronic health records in real time. It also allows doctors to verbally call up a patient’s records or test results.Related: How This Google Glass Startup Is Saving Doctors TimeAlthough other companies have backed away from the much-anticipated and little-used wearable tech platform, Augmedix has rolled out deployments in 10 states throughout the country. The money will allow the company to continue its work and perhaps add to its roster of 100-plus employees.The money for this round of funding comes from DCM , Emergence Capital Partners and Great Oaks Venture Capital. In June of last year, the company raised $7.3 million.Augmedix now has a valuation close to $100 million, according to CEO Ian Shakil.  Related: OK, Explorers: A New Version of Google Glass Is Coming Next Year  center_img 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article January 12, 2015 Add to Queuelast_img read more

Amazon Is Getting Ready to Publish Its First Batch of Crowdsourced EBooks

first_imgKindle Scout Guest Writer Next Article February 24, 2015 Last fall, Amazon introduced a platform to let the crowd choose books for publication. Now the first batch of those books are about to make their debut.Applying the upvote Reddit model to publishing, the Kindle Scout program allows readers to vote on their favorite excerpts from potential e-books over a 30-day open voting period; Amazon publishes the ones that generate the most positive response.Today, the company has announced that the first 10 books selected via this literary version of a popularity contest will be published on March 3, with preorders beginning today. Genre-wise, it’s a mixed bag, including steamy romance (A Highland Knight’s Desire), science fiction (Pit Bulls vs Aliens), mystery (Unpaved Surfaces) and thriller novels (Running From the Past). The books will be available only on Kindle.Related: Amazon Releases Small Army of New Kindles and E-ReadersWhile Amazon’s Kindle Scout publishing program depends on the consensus from the crowd, top-contenders also have to pass muster with a dedicated Kindle Scout team that sifts through popular titles and ultimately makes the final decision on what gets published and what doesn’t. The whole process takes no longer than 45 days from submission to selection.Selected authors are awarded a 5-year renewable publishing deal, a $1,500 advance, 50 percent royalties on ebook sales, and the option to take back the digital publishing rights if the book doesn’t earn them at least $25,000 over a five-year-period.As 50 Shades of Grey decisively proved, well-written novels typically favored by publishing houses and stories that capture the public’s imagination in powerful (and lucrative) way don’t always overlap, so it will be interesting to see if this program will be able to unearth the next cultural (if not necessarily literary) sensation. Related: 5 Secrets to Recognizing an Industry Ripe for Disruption The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Amazon Is Getting Ready to Publish Its First Batch of Crowdsourced E-Books Apply Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Kindle Scout –shares Add to Queue 2 min read Laura Entislast_img read more

SAP Strengthens CX Suite to Help Customers Close the Experience Gap

first_img Account-Based Marketingcustomer experienceMarketing TechnologyNewsSAP C/4HANASAP Cloud PlatformSAP SE Previous ArticleJust 17% of Online Shoppers Make Frequent Purchases via Voice While 63% Are Compelled to Click from SocialNext ArticleiClick Interactive, BTG WELINK and Tencent Form Strategic Partnership to Set Lifestyle Service O2O Benchmark in China SAP Strengthens CX Suite to Help Customers Close the Experience Gap PRNewswireMay 7, 2019, 12:39 pmMay 7, 2019 SAP SE announced new features for its SAP C/4HANA suite of leading customer experience (CX) solutions to help businesses and organizations establish more personalized relationships. The latest cloud developments enable trusted, customized customer interactions; effective training for sales and customer-relations teams; and improved communications between employees and partners.“It is time to break down the silos that create a gap when companies believe they are providing a better experience than their customers perceive,” said Alex Atzberger, president, SAP Customer Experience, SAP. “We are continuing to add new features to SAP C/4HANA and together with the capabilities of Qualtrics can help companies close this gap and succeed in the Experience Economy.”Already, an increasing number of customers – such as Verizon Communications Inc., Colgate-Palmolive Company, Coty Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co. – are selecting SAP C/4HANA solutions. Some of these customers will attend SAP Customer Experience LIVE, taking place May 7–8, 2019, in Orlando, Florida, to present their solutions.Marketing Technology News: Tetra TV Launches Transparent Advertising Network for Connected TVSAP C/4HANA Foundation Improves Developer Experience SAP today announced the availability of SAP C/4HANA Foundation, which enables system administrators and developers to implement cloud solutions from SAP conveniently and quickly.SAP C/4HANA Foundation is automatically deployed to all customers of SAP C/4HANA free of charge and includes:A cockpit as single-entry point for administrators and developers to view implemented solutions and subscribed applicationsA console to authenticate new users and manage user authorizationsExtensibility options running on SAP Cloud Platform Extension Factory and project “Kyma” that provide administrators and developers with the tools to meet the challenges of a fragmented IT infrastructureSAP Debuts Plans for Enterprise-Grade Customer Data PlatformBuilding on the foundational services from the SAP Customer Data Cloud and SAP Marketing Cloud portfolios, SAP plans to evolve and complement these solutions to deliver an enterprise-grade customer data platform. The customer data platform will initially:Provide core capabilities that unify first-party customer data from online and offline sources in a centralized repositoryImprove data quality and resolve identities into a single, enriched customer profileMake data instantly available to connected SAP and non-SAP applications for real-time activationMarketing Technology News: Neustar Integrates TiVo TV Viewership Data into Multi-Touch Attribution ModelsTraining Cloud for SAP Litmos Reinforces People ExperienceA training cloud for the SAP Litmos solution is the latest addition to the SAP Customer Experience portfolio, offering targeted, continuous learning to equip people with the knowledge and skills they need to perform at their best. It includes a built-in library of award-winning course content designed to master sales and customer service. With 15 million users and growing, customers increasingly appreciate the value of learning to build an engaged, informed, dynamic workforce to heighten customer satisfaction, retention and advocacy.Ruum by SAP – For a Better Collaboration ExperienceThe integration of the Ruum by SAP solution, project management software as a service (SaaS), will improve collaboration and efficiency for users of SAP Marketing Cloud, SAP Commerce Cloud, SAP Service Cloud and SAP Sales Cloud portfolios. Ruum helps users of SAP C/4HANA overcome organizational silos, manage project-related work more effectively and reduce costs by spending less time on administrative tasks and eliminating the need for team members to jump between different programs or systems. Ruum is a portfolio company that grew out of SAP.iO Venture Studio, the internal incubation program managed by SAP.iO.Account-Based Marketing Helps Marketers Deliver Better Brand Experiences Today, SAP is introducing new capabilities to its SAP Marketing Cloud solution, providing marketers a greater degree of precision and targeting to improve pipeline performance. Armed with these capabilities, marketers can gauge brand engagement better, drill into account details and automatically create target groups based on individual consent and preferences.Marketing Technology News: PushSend Launches All-in-One Marketing Platform That Brings Enterprise Capabilities to SMBslast_img read more

New project reveals beautification processes used by women over the ages

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 9 2019Centuries of dangerous practices used by women in the pursuit of beauty are being showcased in a new project revealing brutal beauty regimes, from sewing hair into eyelids to replacing eyebrows with mouse skin.Birmingham City University Design for Performance student Amber Ayers has produced a range of new images showcasing the beautification processes used by women over the ages from the ‘absurd’ to the lethal.The challenging portraits show the lengths women would go to conform to societal standards of beauty from ancient Egypt, Elizabethan and Victorian England, to today’s Instagram age.Amber is bidding to reveal the extent of the pressures facing women, leading some to endure painful and gruesome procedures, while also charting the history predating the trend for injectables such as Botox and collagen by hundreds of years.Among Amber’s discoveries were processes taken by English aristocrats, Egyptian royalty and centuries of other women across the globe, which include: Amber’s studies, which focus on creative design, used makeup, hair, wig styling, costumes and Photoshop to produce the images, which recreate some of the most shocking sights.She believes influencer and celebrity culture in today’s society has replaced the pressures to be seen as affluent, which hallmarked the acts of previous generations. We have tested and regulated a lot of procedures, beauty and makeup products throughout the years, but you still hear so many horror stories online and in the news about women and men putting themselves through unnecessary treats to ‘look better’.”Amber Ayers, Birmingham City University Related StoriesLoose double-stranded RNA molecules spur skin rejuvenationVitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart diseaseScientists develop accurate, wearable voice recognition device”I think we will forever be testing new beauty products and procedures which could potentially be dangerous and viewed as absurd, but unfortunately this is the only way we learn. Just like we learnt the hard way not to put lead on our faces like they did in the Elizabethan era.”I believe pressure is put on the younger generation through social media. There are way too many influencers and famous people creating standards that are impossible for young women to meet without having some kind of injection or using some ridiculous beauty regime.”A lot of young girls are impressionable and will believe anything an influencer will say. I’m not saying that all famous people or influencers are bad people, but there are standards being set that could lead to young women potentially putting themselves in danger.”All images in the collection were captured by fellow Birmingham City University student Paige Bowater who studies photography.The project was produced as part of Amber’s end-of-year project and was displayed at Birmingham City University’s Inspired Festival, which showcases the work of students studying on courses in its Arts, Design and Media Faculty.Amber hopes the images will help people to think again about the actions they take in the hope of looking beautiful, and highlight quite how absurd and brutal some practices are.She added: “I hope the impact this project has on people is just realization, realization of the fact we have a problem within society. Hopefully this project makes people stop and think for a second and question their views and choices when it comes to beauty.”What will be the next beauty trend? What will be the new dangers? And what will be the new absurd? When is too much, too much?” Source:Birmingham City University Sewing hair directly into the eyelids to extend eyelashes during the 1800s Using a metal device using screws to reshape the nose during the Victorian era Covering the face with lead makeup – leading to lead poisoning Using mouse skin to create eyebrow wigs Crushed insect lipstick Belladonna and lemon juice eye drops used to dilate pupils – which could cause blindness Shoe polish mascara Cigarettes to keep you ‘healthy’ – which aged the skin and caused an array of health problems from cancer to emphysemalast_img read more

Popular Line messaging app starts crypto trading spinoff

Japan’s crypto exchange to refund to customers after theft Line is a very popular messenging app in Asia © 2018 AFP Japan’s biggest messaging app Line said Wednesday it was launching a financial services spinoff to allow users to exchange and trade virtual currencies. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Popular Line messaging app starts crypto trading spinoff (2018, January 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-popular-line-messaging-app-crypto.html Line said its new business would “provide a variety of financial services, including a place to exchange and transact virtual currencies, loans, and insurance.”The transactions will be made inside the messaging app, which already incorporates a mobile payment system.Line has a relatively small presence in the US and Europe, but is hugely popular in Japan and several other countries in Asia, where cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are heavily traded.Line said it had already begun the process of registering its new virtual currency business with Japan’s Financial Services Agency, which regulates cryptocurrency exchanges in the country.Its shares rose on the announcement, closing up 2.57 percent.The announcement follows a massive $530 million heist of cryptocurrency last week from Japanese virtual currency exchange Coincheck.The loss exceeds even the $480 million stolen in 2014 from another Japanese virtual currency exchange, MtGox.Japan’s government has slapped Coincheck with an administrative order, and governments around the region and further afield have begun tightening regulations on virtual currency trade.But cryptocurrencies have remained stubbornly attractive to investors, particularly in Japan where ultra-low interest rates have left few good options for returns on cash.Line was launched in 2011 after Japan’s quake-tsunami tragedy damaged telecoms infrastructure.It combines features from Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp with games and a mobile payment service. read more

Uber shifts policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service

This June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber, in San Francisco. Uber’s ride-hailing service will give its U.S. passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to reverse its reputation for brushing aside bad behavior. The shift announced Tuesday, May 15, 2018, will allow riders and drivers to file allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment in courts and mediation instead of being locked into an arbitration hearing. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) SoftBank’s acquisition of 15 percent of Uber closes Citation: Uber shifts policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service (2018, May 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-uber-shifts-policy-alleged-sexual.html Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The shift announced Tuesday will allow riders and drivers to file allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment in courts and mediation, rather than being locked into an arbitration hearing.The San Francisco company is also scrapping a policy requiring all civil settlements of sexual misconduct to be kept confidential, giving victims the choice of whether they want to make their allegations public.Nothing in Uber’s previous policy prevented its riders and drivers from asking police to open criminal investigations into their accusations.Uber’s new approach represents a conciliatory step from CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. He was hired last August amid a wave of revelations and allegations about rampant sexual harassment in Uber’s workforce, a cover-up of a massive data breach , dirty tricks and stolen trade secrets .Khosrowshahi has vowed to “do the right thing,” repair the damage from previous missteps and lure back alienated riders who defected to rivals such as Lyft.Not to be outdone, Lyft announced Tuesday it would also scrap its rules binding passengers and drivers to private arbitration and confidential settlements in civil cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct.While applauding Uber for making a “good decision,” Lyft also made a veiled reference to the legal pressures that may have contributed to the change.Uber is shifting its stance after receiving an open letter from the New York law firm Wigdor LLP, which already has filed a lawsuit seeking to be certified as a class action representing women who allege they have been raped, sexually harassed or abused in other ways by Uber drivers.The letter , sent on behalf of 14 women, called upon Uber’s board to drop the arbitration requirement to shine a light on abusive conduct.”Silencing our stories and the stories of countless other female victims emboldens predators by failing to hold them accountable,” the letter asserts. “This vicious cycle perpetuates senseless violence.”Jeanne Christensen, a Wigdor partner, congratulated Uber for shedding the arbitration policy, a move she said “will begin a process to reduce future suffering by women passengers.But she said in a written statement Tuesday that Uber continues to fight against class-action status for the 14 women she represents, showing it is “not fully committed to meaningful change” because victims are more likely to pursue claims as part of a group.The changes governing sexual misconduct come a month after Uber announced it will do criminal background checks on its U.S. drivers annually and add a 911 button for summoning help in emergencies. It’s an effort to reassure its riders and address concerns that it hadn’t done enough to keep crooks from using its service to prey on potential victims.Giving victims of sexual assault or perceived sexual harassment more options sends an important message that Uber is taking the issue more seriously, said Kristen Houser, a spokeswoman for Raliance, a coalition of groups working with Uber to prevent sexual abuse on its service.It may also spur more complaints. For example, Houser said riders may now be more emboldened to report inappropriate behavior, such as when a driver asks them out for a date.”You want people to report lower level infractions so you can nip them in the bud before they become bigger problems,” she said.By the end of the year, Uber will also start to publicly report incidents of alleged sexual misconduct in hopes of establishing more transparency about the issue throughout the ride-hailing and traditional taxi industries.”We think the numbers are going to be disturbing,” said Tony West, a former government prosecutor during the Obama administration who became Uber’s chief legal officer after Khosrowshahi took over. Uber’s ride-hailing service will give its U.S. passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to shed its reputation for brushing aside bad behavior. 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. read more

SC declines Keralas urgent hearing plea against new panel on SabarimalaSC declines

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT The Supreme Court on Friday declined an urgent hearing on a fresh plea of the Kerala government challenging the High Court’s decision to set up a panel to oversee pilgrimage at Sabarimala, which has witnessed protests after women of all age groups were allowed entry into the temple.The Kerala High Court, on November 28, had ordered the setting up of a three-member committee to oversee law and order at the shrine.Earlier, the State government had moved the top court seeking transfer of pending pleas relating to the Sabarimala temple from the High Court to the apex court, alleging that members of “right-wing outfits” are obstructing the implementation of its verdict allowing all women inside the shrine. courts and legal sabarimala December 07, 2018 Published on SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more