Third win against Bayern for goalkeeper Marwin Hitz

first_imgThe goalkeeper defeated the Bavarians with FC Augsburg and now with Borussia Dortmund and he is very happy about how things have turned outPlaying against Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga is something teams there do every week.But winning against the Bavarians is something not all clubs can say.Swiss goalkeeper Marwin Hitz recorded his third win against Bayern in his career.“The way that everyone in Dortmund gets behind you, is amazing. In terms of football, there isn’t really anything more to experience,” the 31-year-old said to the club’s official website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“There were a lot of chances, a load of counter-attacks, many missed chances and a fair few goals.”“I don’t think anyone regretted the trip to the stadium. It was a great game for the spectators,” he added.Hitz started playing in the Bundesliga in 2008 when he was signed by VfL Wolfsburg.In 2013 he moved to FC Augsburg, and for the first time in his career, he’s playing defending Borussia Dortmund’s colors.last_img read more

UBM Sells European Business Press to TechInsights VP

first_imgUnited Business Media’s TechInsights has agreed to sell Brussels-based European Business Press SA to TechInsights vice president Andre Rousselot, who becomes president of EBP.  Under the agreement, EBP will publish EE Times Europe under license from UBM, as well as Microwave Engineering Europe and related Web sites eet.eu and mwee.com.  The print, online and live event products of the ESC franchise will continue to be run by TechInsights.  “This new organization will allow EBP to concentrate on its core competence of English language pan-European business-to-business publishing in the electronics market and be more flexible in addressing the needs of its European readers,” Rousselot said in a statement.last_img

OBITUARY Donald Stephen Tucker 87

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Donald Stephen Tucker, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with his wife Marguerite at his side on January 19, 2019.Donald was born in Worcester, MA on March 8, 1931; he was the dear son of the late Edward and Agnes Tucker. Donald was raised in Worcester; he attended Upsala Street School in Worcester, Clarke School in Northampton, and Worcester Trade High School in Worcester.Donald was an exceptional athlete in basketball and baseball. He was inducted into the New England Athletic Association of the Deaf Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.In 1954, Donald married the “love of his life” Marguerite (Beauregard) Tucker; the couple moved to Worcester, Springfield, Agawam, and then Wilmington (1964) where they raised their family. Donald was a very devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.Donald was known to be a man of great faith and wisdom; he was a member of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Wilmington and Sacred Heart Church in Newton for many years.Donald was also a hard worker and a life-long wood patternmaker. Donald was creative, artistic and articulate about his work. In later years, he owned his own pattern shop in his garage.Donald was always helping others and was pro-active in his causes; he was one of the co-founders of the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf and was their first secretary/treasurer. He volunteered at the New England Homes for the Deaf in Danvers, the Learning Center in Framingham and in later years was a part-time DeafBlind provider.Donald will be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his easy-going personality and for his love of America and its principles of freedom.Donald was a great guy who would do anything to help anyone; he loved his family and friends unconditionally and with all his heart. Donald will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him.Donald was the beloved husband of Marguerite I. (Beauregard) Tucker of Wilmington, devoted father of Stephen G. Tucker of Wilmington, James E. Tucker of Middletown, MD and Maryjean Tucker of Swampscott. Loving grandfather of Bradford Tucker of Baltimore, MD and Claire Tucker of St. Paul, MN. Cherished son of the late Edward J. and Agnes (Mara) Tucker, dear brother of the late Agnes (Tucker) McGrath & her late husband Paul, the late Jean (Tucker) Kravsow & her late husband Irving, the late Edward Tucker, and Robert Tucker of Vernon, CT & his late wife Madeline Tucker. Donald was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Friday, January 25th for Visitation from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s memory may be made to Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation, P. O. Box 636, Frederick, MD 21705, msd-foundation.org or to the New England Homes for the Deaf, 154 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923, nehd.org.Donald Tucker(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Raymond J. Spahl, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Donald R. Donahue, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Trumps UK visit turns to Brexit Huawei as protesters gather

first_imgPeople protest outside Buckingham Palace during the state visit of US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Britain, in London, Britain on 3 June. Photo: ReutersDonald Trump will plunge into Britain’s Brexit crisis on Tuesday and is likely to demand that prime minister Theresa May’s successor ban China’s Huawei from 5G networks as thousands of protesters mock the US president across London.Feted by Queen Elizabeth and heir prince Charles on the first day of his state visit to Britain, Trump turns to politics on Tuesday with talks in Downing Street, a news conference scheduled for 1245 GMT and a dinner that could include leaders of Brexit, such as Boris Johnson, the favourite to succeed May.Trump brings demands for the United States’ closest ally in Europe, including calls by his envoys for a tougher British stance towards telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd .At a lavish banquet in Buckingham Palace, Trump praised the queen as “a great, great woman” and said the United States and United Kingdom shared an enduring alliance.”As we honour our shared victory and heritage, we affirm the common values that will unite us long into the future; freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, the rule of law and reference for the rights given to us by almighty God,” he said.The state visit, promised by May back in January 2017 when she became the first foreign leader to meet him after he took office, is cast as a chance to celebrate Britain’s “special relationship” with the United States, boost trade links and reaffirm security cooperation.But the collapse of May’s premiership over Brexit and Trump’s penchant for ignoring the conventions of modern diplomacy have made the trip one of the most unconventional state visits in recent British history.Before Air Force One even touched down on British soil, Trump praised Johnson, the former foreign secretary and leading Brexit campaigner, and advised a sharp exit from the European Union on 31 October with or without a deal.Trump also called for arch-Brexiteer Nigel Farage, a scourge of May’s ruling Conservative Party, to conduct talks with the EU.Brexit, Blimp and ChinaBrexit is the most significant geopolitical move for the United Kingdom since World War Two and if it happens, London will be more reliant on the United States as ties loosen with the other 27 members of the EU.Huawei will top talks in London after the British government appeared to defy Trump administration demands and allow the Chinese company a limited role in building 5G networks.”We’ve been clear: Our ask is that our allies and our partners and our friends don’t do anything that would endanger our shared security interests or restrict our ability to share sensitive information,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.The Trump administration has told allies not to use Huawei’s 5G technology and equipment because of fears it would allow China to spy on sensitive communications and data. Huawei denies it is, or could be, a vehicle for Chinese intelligence.Britain’s so-called special relationship with the United States is an enduring alliance, but some British voters see Trump as crude, volatile and opposed to their values on issues ranging from global warming to his treatment of women.A giant inflatable blimp depicting Trump as a pouting baby in a diaper will fly outside the British parliament in London on Tuesday ahead of what is expected to be one of the city’s largest protests against a foreign leader.In central London, tens of thousands of protesters are expected to take part in a “Carnival of Resistance” later in the day to voice their opposition to the president. Among those taking part will be environmental activists, anti-racism campaigners and women’s rights protesters.While some Britons protest, May and Trump will hold a business breakfast at St James’ Palace with US firms such as Lockheed Martin Corp, JP Morgan Chase and Co, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, construction company Bechtel and cybersecurity and data analytics firm Splunk IncMay will present Trump with a framed reproduction of the Atlantic Charter, which hung on wartime prime minister Winston Churchill’s wall and set out principles of free trade and collective security that formed the basis of the postwar peace.As part of the visit, Trump will be given a tour of the Churchill War Rooms – a labyrinthine bunker-turned-museum underneath London, and he will take part in events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, which turned the course of the war.Trump, May and their spouses will also view a ceremonial copy of the American Declaration of Independence. For lunch, they will have crab followed by beef fillet, and a meringue-based pudding known as ‘Eton mess’.While Trump and May sit down to political talks inside May’s Downing Street office, Philip May and Melania Trump will attend a garden party and take a guided tour of the building.The US first lady will receive a tea set created by designer Emma Bridgewater from the prime minister and her husband.last_img read more

Norman Geisler theologian and prolific author dies at 86

first_img News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Catholicism Buddhist official tells police alleged abuse victim was exploring her sexuality Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News • Photos of the Week Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Hispanic evangelical group offers to house migrant children in churches Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstwcenter_img Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Norman Geisler in 2013. Courtesy photo(RNS) — Theologian and Christian apologist Norman Geisler, the author of dozens of books and the co-founder of two seminaries, has died. He was 86.His family announced his death on Monday (July 1) on his website.“It is with great sadness that we share this news that Norm Geisler passed away peacefully this morning,” reads the brief statement. “He has left behind an amazing legacy that will continue to have a ripple effect for many years to come.”In April, Southern Evangelical Seminary near Charlotte, North Carolina, announced Geisler was retiring from his teaching duties “due to health reasons.” Geisler co-founded that seminary in 1992.SES President Richard Land said Geisler influenced him as a seminary student in the early 1970s.“Dr. Geisler has been the ‘go to’ authority for more than two generations of evangelical seminary students who were looking for a bold, erudite, and uncompromisingly faithful defense of the inerrant, infallible Word of God and the historical doctrines of the Christian faith,” Land wrote in a tribute at The Christian Post. “His ministry was invaluable, and his influence incalculable.”Norman Geisler in 2004. Courtesy photoA philosopher and longtime defender of conservative Christian beliefs, Geisler founded the International Society of Christian Apologetics in 2006. Two years later, he co-founded Veritas Evangelical Seminary, a school in Santa Ana, California, now known as Veritas International University, according to the school’s history.The author of a four-volume set of books on systematic theology, Geisler spoke regularly at SES’ National Conference on Christian Apologetics. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was a prominent nationwide debater on topics ranging from abortion to creationism to the existence of God.In 1984, he appeared in a debate with Rabbi Harold Kushner over the question in the title of Kushner’s book, “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?”William C. Roach, president of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, recalled Geisler’s contributions to Christian theology in a blog post on Monday.“In an era of church history when theology is in chaos, and the church is being shaken at its very core, and reality seems to be tossed to-and-fro with every wave of the sea,” Roach wrote, “we are grateful for the example of Dr. Geisler who stood as a beacon of truth shining forth in the midst of a dark world.”Roach added that Geisler was “much more than a scholar”; he was also a man who practiced what he preached. Roach, an adjunct professor at several institutions, including Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, recalled that the theologian would lend his car and a room of his home to people in need and “sing goofy Johnny Cash songs with his grandchildren.”A tweet from Defending Inerrancy, an initiative of scholars who believe the Bible is without error, described Geisler as the “greatest champion of full biblical inerrancy” in the last quarter of the 20th century and the first quarter of the 21st.Fellow Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias mourned the death of Geisler. Zacharias said that Geisler had been his professor in the 1970s and remained a mentor in the following years.“I owe more to him than anyone else for teaching me how to do apologetics for the Christian worldview,” Zacharias said in a tweet. “His death is a loss beyond words.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagsbiblical inerrancy homepage featured Norman Geisler obituary Ravi Zacharias Richard Land Southern Evangelical Seminary theologian,You may also like Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

After Controversy Over Condolence Calls Can Trump And The White House Refocus

first_img Share People get what is going on! https://t.co/Pdg7VqQv6M— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017And Trump’s Twitter fingers were tested again Monday morning after Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was one of the four killed in Niger, spoke out.The president “said that ‘he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways,’” Johnson recounted on ABC’s Good Morning America. “It made me cry, because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and couldn’t remember my husband’s name.”Trump then said he had her husband’s name on a report in front of him, Johnson said, describing Trump as “stumbling on my husband’s name. That’s what hurt me most. He’s out there fighting for our country, why can’t you remember his name? … He was an awesome soldier.”She described herself as “very, very upset and hurt. It made me cry even worse.”Trump wasted no time defending his handling of the call and his use of Sgt. Johnson’s name, tweeting shortly after the interview:I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017Johnson’s funeral was Saturday. The interview and Trump’s response threaten to extend the controversy — which has been uncomfortable to see laid bare — for another week.Trump can’t seem to let it go, even as the controversy descended into one about race — again during this presidency — by the end of last week.Here was the way Midwin Charles, writing for Essence magazine, framed it Friday, for example:“At a time when Black women bury their sons and daughters as a result of gun violence, police brutality and service to this country, the lack of respect from this president is unbearable. Worse, he sets a dangerous precedent on how Black women should be perceived and treated in America.”Trump has the opportunity to refocus this week, as Panetta suggests is necessary, on other subjects important to him and the country — like the budget and a tax overhaul with a trip to Capitol Hill the president has set for Tuesday.There’s also the opioid epidemic; he’s said he’ll formally designate it a national emergency this week, although much remains unclear about the details of what that will mean.Trump heads to Capitol Hill to lobby Republicans, but can he move the ball on policy?NPR’s Susan Davis, congressional correspondent, writes:President Trump heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans at their private weekly lunch. It is the first time Trump will attend the weekly lunch as president. Republicans are expected to plan out their fall agenda, with only seven legislative weeks remaining and a to-list that is growing.Republicans are sensitive to the fact that they haven’t delivered much in the way of legislative victories in the first year of full GOP control of Washington. While the president has foisted on to lawmakers a number of unanticipated items, like immigration legislation affecting so-called DREAMers and tougher sanctions on Iran, there is nothing more important to the GOP agenda than passing tax legislation before the end of the year.Republicans largely believe that enacting sweeping tax cuts for American businesses and families will inoculate the party from a feared backlash in the 2018 midterm elections over the party’s failures to make good on its promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.The president’s efforts to address the opioid crisis have come up short so far. Is anything substantively different with his declaration of a “national emergency”?NPR’s Tamara Keith, White House correspondent, who has covered the opioid crisis extensively, notes:President Trump says this week he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. If he actually does it, Trump will be following through on a pledge he made more than two months ago.On Aug. 10, the president said, “This is a national emergency, and we are drawing documents now.” But there has been little sign since that the administration really was drawing up the documents.According to the latest numbers, nearly 150 Americans are dying each day from drug overdoses, the majority of those from heroin, fentanyl and other opioids.“My guess is, we’re going to see deaths go up than go down. I think we’re on the wrong side of curve here,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently said. He’s chairman of President Trump’s opioid commission, which is set to release a final set of recommendations Nov. 1.But, it is such a significant crisis that on July 31 the commission issued an interim report with a recommendation it described as urgent: that the president declare a national emergency, to free up resources and bring increased attention to something that every three weeks is killing as many people as died on Sept. 11.“Your declaration would empower your cabinet to take bold steps and would force Congress to focus on funding and empowering the Executive Branch even further to deal with this loss of life,” the commission report noted. “You, Mr. President, are the only person who can bring this type of intensity to the emergency and we believe you have the will to do so and to do so immediately.”Tackling the opioid crisis was a key Trump campaign promise. The question this week is whether he will follow through with action.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump has an opportunity to refocus on the military with a Medal of Honor ceremony and to congressional priorities as he heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday.Updated Monday, Oct. 23 at 9:08 a.m. ETWhen backed into a corner, President Trump digs in and fights back.It’s what he’s done as president, it’s what he did as a candidate and it’s what he did as a businessman.Just go listen to NPR’s Embedded podcast and a recent episode about Trump’s fight with Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., over things as petty as a flagpole at his golf course, putting hedges in front of houses he thought were ugly and the name of a road. He wanted his name on it.He had been greeted as something of a conquering hero in that town. But the relationship soured after lawsuits and threats. So much so that the Republican town that voted for John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012 went for Hillary Clinton in 2016.“I think the president has a bad habit when he’s asked a question that he is uncomfortable with or can’t quite come up with the right answer — he usually tries to reach out for scapegoats,” Leon Panetta, former defense secretary under President Obama and chief of staff to Bill Clinton, told NPR’s All Things Considered, “and the first scapegoat this president seems to always turn to is President Obama.“And when he talked about him not making calls that was a terrible mistake. And what bothers me is that it detracts from the main focus here, and the main focus has to be on the brave and courageous individuals that are willing to go out there and fight and die for America, and their families. There is some comfort here for all of this dispute, that maybe America again will take the time to remember that there are young men and women in uniform that are fighting and dying for this country. That’s something sometimes we tend to forget.”Part of the problem for Americans is the disconnect Panetta highlights between the military and the rest of society. In 1945, just before the end of World War II, there were 12 million active servicemembers. Now, there are just over a million or so.“They’re the best 1 percent this country produces,” White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday in his defense of President Trump in the White House briefing room.It’s actually less than 1 percent. That number in 1945 represented roughly 9 percent of the country’s total population. Now, the number of active-duty servicemembers is only about 0.4 percent of the population.“Most of you, as Americans, don’t know them,” Kelly continued. “Many of you don’t know anyone that knows any one of them.”Americans are far less engaged in the debate over worldwide American missions than they likely would be if they had a daughter or son or neighbor in the fight. That has to have an effect on American society and policymaking.Trump will look to highlight that sacrifice at a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House Monday. He will honor retired Army Captain Gary M. Rose, who was a medic during Vietnam and saved a helicopter full of soldiers after it was shot down.But there are questions as to whether Trump can move on and keep his focus on where staff like Kelly would like it to be.Trump, for example, has shown no signs of wanting to move on from the fight with a Democratic congresswoman. Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida revealed details of a conversation Trump had with a widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger.I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017last_img read more

COMICCON

first_imgDon your mask, tie-on a cape and discover your inner hero at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s first ever Comic-Con at the Southeast Anchor Library on June 20, 10am-4pm. Fun and free programs for the entire family at the library including costume contest, workshops and best-selling comic authors and artists.SCHEDULED PROGRAMS:10:30am: Create your own super hero cape/mask.11:00am: Cosplay Panel Discussion: Come discover Cosplay and discuss the ethics the community uses.12 noon: Art Way Alliance Class: Intro to Comic Book Creation/ The Art of Penciling, Inking, Coloring and Lettering.1:00pm: Art Way Alliance Class: Drawing Word Game.1:00pm: Women and Comics Panel Discussion: Penelope Gaylord and Stephanie “Alaska” Kellum discuss what it means to be a woman in the comic industry.Call 410.545.4484 for details.last_img read more

Bracing For New Mobile Security Challenges

first_img 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Paul KorzeniowskiWhen employees carry sensitive financial information on their mobile devices, small and midsize businesses will need to adopt new security policies, procedures, and products to keep pace.Cell phones have increasingly become more powerful. Now, many function as mini-PCs, enabling employees to check important information, reach cohorts at crucial moments, and enter vital information instantly. While these functions have been beneficial, the devices themselves have not been easy to manage, and they are about to present small and midsize businesses with new challenges.Cell phones have become quite popular among businesspersons and consumers. As a result, suppliers have been searching for new ways to boost their usage. Recently, the GSMA, the global trade group for the mobile industry, outlined plans so these devices can be used as electronic credit or debit cards.The new feature becomes possible after a couple of enhancements are made to the products. The first is the integration of Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities, which are basically short-distance wireless communications. Equipment vendors and wireless network service providers see a number of advantages in using NFC rather than other options, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, for short-distance wireless exchanges. NFC, which supports transmission speeds up to 212 Kbps, is inexpensive, costing 10 to 20 times less, and requires one half to one third as much power as alternatives.In addition, the GSMA crafted the Single Wire Protocol interface, which enables handsets to exchange information with devices, such as Point of Sale terminals. With these new features, businesses and individuals can use their cell phone like credit cards or debit cards, purchasing a range of goods and services. The vendor consortium called for these two new features to be integrated into all handsets, starting in the middle of 2009.Trials with these new features are now under way in eight countries, including the United States, and involve nine mobile operators. Most of these projects are in the early deployment stage. However, companies and consumers in Japan have been using the technology for a few years to buy items, and many customers manage their bank accounts via their cell phones. Since such ideas have been slow to catch on in other parts of the world, the GSMA is trying to spur adoption.However, the organization must overcome a number of hurdles. In addition to the handset vendors, support has to come from the credit card and debit card suppliers. MasterCard and Visa have shown interest in the technology, but a great deal of infrastructure has to be added so the major credit card companies can ensure interoperability among NFC cell phones, POS terminals, retailers’ business software, and financial institutions’ systems.Also, the handset vendors have to work with the carriers to determine what types of services will be available and whether or not there will be any additional charges for them. On the Internet, electronic banking and e-commerce do not warrant any additional charges, but it is not clear at this time if that model will hold true with cell phones.Many of those items should be resolved as more of these services become available. Observers think there is no doubt that these services will become popular, with uncertainty centering on when they will work their way into the mainstream. As the market evolves, corporations could outfit their handheld devices so they not only provide employees with access to information but also function as corporate credit cards or debit cards. Also, they may be able to let their suppliers and customers use such features to purchase goods and services.This evolution could create problems for small and midsize businesses. Many companies have been having difficulty keeping tabs on their handheld devices as the variety of devices has increased. With more of them working their way into the company, securing them has become important. How secure will these new features be? Backers note that NFC has a transmission range of only few feet, which makes it difficult — some would say impossible — for intruders to tap into a communications line and steal confidential information.However, the level of security found with these news features is an open question. Chances are that these transmissions will not be encrypted as they move from the handheld device to the register. Also, the likelihood increases that employees will be carrying sensitive financial information on their personal devices, so it will have to be protected. Consequently, small and midsize businesses will need to buy additional security products and put policies and procedures in place so that information will be secure. In sum, the number of payment options will increase, as will the IT department’s responsibilities.See more columns by Paul Korzeniowski.Paul Korzeniowski is a Sudbury, Mass.-based freelance writer who has been writing about networking issues for two decades. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Newsweek, and InformationWeek. January 16, 2009 Register Now »last_img read more

Trick or a treat Telegram announces its new delete feature that deletes

first_imgJust two days ago, Telegram, announced the new ‘delete feature’ that allows users to delete messages in one-to-one and/or group private chats. This latest feature allows users to selectively delete their own messages or the messages sent by others in the chat. To delete the message they don’t even need to compose the original message in the first place. This feature is available in Telegram 5.5. So next time you have a conversation with someone, you can delete all of the chats from your device and from the device on the other hand (with whom you are chatting). For deleting a message from both the ends, a user needs to tap on the message and select delete. After that, the user will be given an option of ‘delete for me’ or for everyone. Pavel Durov, Founder at Telegram justified the need for the feature. He writes, “Relationships start and end, but messaging histories with ex-friends and ex-colleagues remain available forever. It’s getting worse. Within the next few decades, the volume of our private data stored by our chat partners will easily quadruple.” According to him, users should have control of their digital historic conversation. He further added, “An old message you already forgot about can be taken out of context and used against you decades later. A hasty text you sent to a girlfriend in school can come haunt you in 2030 when you decide to run for mayor. We have to admit: Despite all of our progress in encryption and privacy, we have very little actual control of our data. We can’t go back in time and erase things for other people.” Telegram’s ‘delete’ feature repercussions This might sound like an exciting feature but what lies before us is the bigger question ‘Will the feature get misused?’ The next time if someone bullies a user on Telegram chat or sends something abusive or absurd. The victim probably won’t even have the proof to show it to others in the case, the attacker deletes them. Moreover, if a group chat involves a series of conversation and a user maliciously deletes a few messages, other users from the group won’t come to know. This way, the conversation might get misinterpreted and the flow of the conversation would get disturbed. The conversation might more look like a manipulated one and cause more trouble. The traces available for criminals or attackers over this platform will get wiped off. It is giving control to the users but secretly opening the ways for malicious attacks. WhatsApp’s unsend message feature seems better in this regard because it lets users delete their own messages and which also sounds legit. Also, when the message is deleted, users in the group chat or in the private chat get notified about it unlike how it works in Telegram. The feature could also cause trouble in case the user accidentally end up deleting someone else’s message in the group or in private chat as the deleted message can’t even get recalled. While talking about the misuse, Durov writes, “We know some people may get concerned about the potential misuse of this feature or about the permanence of their chat histories. We thought carefully through those issues, but we think the benefit of having control over your own digital footprint should be paramount.” Few users are happy with this news and think that this feature can save them in case they accidentally share something sensitive. A user commented on HackerNews, “As a person who accidentally posted sensitive info on chats, I welcome this feature. I do wish they implemented an indication “message deleted” in the chat to show that the editing took place.” Few others think that this feature could cause major trouble. Another user commented, “The problem I see with this is that it adds the ability to alter history. You can effectively remove messages sent by the other person, altering context and changing the meaning of the conversation. You can also remove evidence of transactions, work or anything else. I get that this is supposed to be a benefit, but it’s also a very significant issue, especially where business is concerned.” To know more, check out Telegram’s blog post. Read Next Messaging app Telegram’s updated Privacy Policy is an open challenge The Indian government proposes to censor social media content and monitor WhatsApp messages Facebook hires top EEF lawyer and Facebook critic as Whatsapp privacy policy managerlast_img read more

Swiss pay TV service Swisscom TV is revamping its

first_imgSwiss pay TV service Swisscom TV is revamping its digital service with a raft of new digital applications and an updated video-on-demand platform.The Swiss platform, which is backed by the country’s telco, is launching a range of smart phone applications including a video-on-demand app, a weather app and a news app and has also increased the service’s tie-ins with Facebook, Flickr and Picasa.The company has also increased the number of titles available on its Teleclub on Demand service, which launched five years ago, from 500 movies and TV series to 5,000.The company is also encouraging Swiss TV households that do not currently have a digital TV service to sign up ahead of analogue switch off with two new introductory packages. It is launching Swisscom TV Select, which has no monthly cost but allows access to the Teleclub VOD service, and Swisscom TV Smart, which costs CHF50 (€40) and offers more than 50 television channels. Existing subscribers to its basic TV package, meanwhile, will receive 16 HD channels on the service from December.last_img read more

I am really fed up with the paltry 17 increase i

first_imgI am really fed up with the paltry 1.7% increase in Social Security this year. How can that number be right when Medicare premiums were increased by almost three times as much? Sure, if Medicare premiums were the only thing going up, maybe that wouldn’t be so bad. But it seems like inflation is picking up far quicker than the official, government-reported numbers. I recently saw a photo of Congress with the caption, “Are you sure you want to move these 535 items to the recycle bin?” After looking at several surveys on Congressional approval ratings, I would say part of the problem is that too many are recycled. About 535 items should be dumped in the trash. Unfortunately, that’s not a realistic option. However, we can attack the sunny illusion and look at things as they really are. I am going to ask our readers for help this week in determining the true inflation rate you’re experiencing in daily life. The best way to find out what the real inflation number is ask our readers. Hopefully you will find it a bit fun, but it’s really an important first step toward looking at reality and taking charge of your financial future. Please take a moment after you’ve finished reading to complete our anonymous, one-question survey.What the Heck Is Inflation Anyway? One of my adult children recently asked me to define the word “inflation.” I went to my online dictionary, and here is what I found: in•fla•tion [ in fláysh’n ] Higher prices: an increase in the supply of currency or credit relative to the availability of goods and services, resulting in higher prices and a decrease in the purchasing power of money. OK, but what does that really mean? Well, if you’re working, hopefully your wages are keeping up with inflation so you’re not becoming poorer with each passing day. If you’re retired and no longer working, your overall portfolio must increase at a rate higher than the rate of inflation, or you are getting poorer each year. Imagine that you’d stuffed $1 million under a large mattress at the beginning of the year. Now, imagine that you lose 10% of your purchasing power. At the end of the year, that million would buy $100,000 less than it would have the previous year. The average American is having a tough time grasping just what is happening. Edward N. Wolff of New York University just released a study concluding that: “The median net worth of American households has dropped to a 43-year low as the lower and middle classes appear poorer and less stable than they have been since 1969.” We reached a similar conclusion on the effects of inflation on Social Security recipients in our recent article, Paul Revere, the Fearmonger. Hopefully both retirees and folks in the workforce are seeing their incomes go up. However, if inflation is rising at a faster rate, their buying power is going down. Increased income that creates the illusion of wealth can confuse a lot of us.What Is the Real Inflation Rate? OK, you’ve got the idea. So what is the true inflation rate and how does it affect you? The answer is, of course, “that depends.” Since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, the value of the dollar – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – has declined by 95%. If $1.00 would buy 20 loaves of bread then, it would buy one loaf today. According to John Williams’ Shadow Government Statistics, if you calculate inflation the way the government did in 1980, the current inflation rate is 10%. If you calculate it the way the government did in 1990, it’s about 5.5%. And finally, ask any Social Security recipient what their cost of living adjustment was for this year’s check. It was 1.7% across the board. So take your pick, anywhere between the current government-reported 1.7% and the Shadow Government Statistics’ alternatives. Whatever the real number is, we know one thing for sure: Inflation is a way of life in America, and it erodes our true wealth. It is particularly devastating for seniors and savers who aren’t receiving regular wage increases. Why does the government continually manipulate the Consumer Price Index (CPI) numbers in its favor? Basically it is a hidden savings tax. It benefits borrowers by allowing them to pay back debts with much cheaper dollars. And who is the biggest borrower in the world? Why, the US government, of course. If you’d like to read more about the government’s incentives to manipulate the data in its favor, take another look at Paul Revere, the Fearmonger. So how can baby boomers and retirees fight back? During the Carter administration we experienced high inflation, but CDs and top-quality bonds also provided large interest income, allowing retirees to protect their buying power. Those options are not available today.Dennis Miller, “Restaurant Detective” How much do we really need to earn after taxes to maintain our wealth? First, let’s agree on the true rate of inflation, the true increase in the cost of living for Money Forever readers over the last year. It’s not an easy figure to pin down. For example, my favorite ice cream still costs the same, but the container is smaller. Sure, the grocery clerk adds the same amount to my bill, but my cost per spoonful has increased. That’s why I went back to our credit-card receipts to hunt down the facts. We frequent several local restaurants. (No, I do not get any compensation for mentioning them.) Let’s start with our local Bob Evans. Our bills for the last quarter of 2011 and 2012 were within a dime of each other. But this turned out to be a another example of hidden inflation, just like my ice cream. After my doctor and I had a “little talk,” I decided to get serious about dieting. Now we only order the “over 55” specials – you know, the ones on the back page of the menu. Yes, they are cheaper, but there’s also less food. The standard meatloaf dinner comes with two pieces of meatloaf; the senior special has only one. While we are spending the same amount, believe me, our portions are a lot smaller! Our local Hooters restaurant offers peel-and-eat shrimp sold by the pound. How much has our average bill increased? The answer is: 25.59%. A large portion of that is probably from increased labor costs, but that doesn’t really matter. I’m still paying more – a lot more! In most of the restaurants we frequent, Diet Coke and iced tea have gone up a quarter or more, which is also a double-digit price increase. As a friend mentioned recently, “Inexpensive dinners are getting more expensive.” I asked Vedran Vuk, our senior research analyst, to compare a few grocery staples, showing how much their prices have increased since 2006. The graph below shows what you likely already know to be true. We received quite a bit of feedback after publishing Paul Revere, the Fearmonger, but no one disagreed with the idea that our government is not telling the truth. Perhaps BLS, the acronym for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, should be shortened to “BS.” There may be some debate as to what the true inflation figure is, but no one believed it was 1.7%Time to Put In Your Two Cents Enough already with the government’s phony numbers! I’d like to hear from you – all of our readers in the retirement trenches. Then we can use that figure to better understand the investment challenges we face. Please take a moment to complete our anonymous, one-question survey, and check back next week for the results. There’s also a place to leave comments or share your own inflation experiences. If you really have a lot on your mind, please drop me an email. We have all worked hard for our money, making a lot of sacrifices as we built up our nest eggs. I dislike the idea of any government inflating its currency to avoid doing what we all have to do: not spend more than we make. What really frustrates me is the sneakiness, trying to hide the truth from the very public that keeps them in power. This is not a Democrat/Republican issue; politicians on both sides of the aisle are guilty. Inflation is like carbon monoxide to seniors and savers. If the alarm doesn’t go off in time, we’ll be in real trouble. We want to keep you informed and help you confront the investment challenges head-on. We can all make our nest eggs last and hopefully leave some for the next generation, but first we have to see the monster for what it is. Stay tuned…On the Lighter Side I read an article last week on how retirement savings accounts are drawing the attention of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The article points out that Americans hold $19.4 trillion in retirement assets. The author wrote: “The bureau’s core concern is that many Americans, notably those from the retiring Baby Boom generation, may fall prey to financial scams, according to three people briefed on the CFPB’s deliberations who asked not to be named because the matter is still under discussion.” When I read articles that suggest the government needs to protect us from scams, etc. by requiring we invest a portion of our retirement savings with the government itself, it really infuriates me. Isn’t the government running its own scam by tweaking inflation statistics? The government needs to keep their paws out of our retirement money.  They will get it soon enough through estate taxes. This kind of thing drives me nuts! —- Congratulations to the 49ers and the Ravens who are playing in the Super Bowl. How cool is it that two brothers are the head coaches of opposing teams in the biggest game of the year? Their father was also a successful football coach; I cannot imagine just how proud their entire family must be. Why do I suspect that both brothers are quite familiar with each other’s trick plays? And finally… Many thanks to our dear friend Toots who keeps us supplied with cool things to lighten the mood. Here are some she titled “Punography.” What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus. On a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory: I hope there’s no pop quiz. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me! All the toilets in New York’s police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on. And my favorite… I used to think I was indecisive. Now I’m not so sure. Until next week…last_img read more

The photo above shows a queue of people waiting at

first_imgThe photo above shows a queue of people waiting at a currency exchange booth in Montevideo, Uruguay. Only a year ago, such queues were uncommon, but now they exist, literally at every such booth, at every hour of the day. Are Uruguayans suddenly becoming spendthrifts who need repeated daily infusions of cash to get through each day? No; and in fact, very few of those in the queues are Uruguayan. They are Argentines. The reason these people are in a foreign country, trying to extract a foreign currency from the exchanges is that the Argentine currency has been devalued dramatically through inflation and is on the way to further inflation. Argentines have understandably sought to bypass the peso in favor of the US dollar, in order to keep from losing their purchasing power any more rapidly than necessary. In response, the government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has imposed a “dollar clamp,” which is intended to limit the use of dollars by Argentines. Not surprisingly, Argentines are trying everything they can think of to circumvent that dollar clamp, including taking the one-hour Buquebus ride across the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay to extract US dollars from their peso-based Argentine credit cards, for “spending money.” The day-tripper “tourism” has become so extreme that Cristina Fernández has passed a new credit-card limit to Argentines. An Argentine overseas now may extract only US $800 per month. More pointedly, if the destination is a neighbouring country (read: Uruguay), the limit is $100 every three months. No need to question whether $100 every three months would actually pay for the expenses of a visit across the river – there has been no attempt to disguise the measure as anything but a currency control. The purpose is that, as the monetary collapse completes its downward spiral, the sheep are penned in ever more firmly, to ensure that the final shearing may be as productive as possible. As one Argentine commented to me recently, “After October, there will be no more new Versace for Cristina. They have to take all they can from us now.” That’s a reference to both Mrs. Fernández’s rather extravagant wardrobe expenditures and the expected outcome of the October elections. But surely, all the above are the machinations of a south-of-the-equator, tin-pot dictatorship and have little relevance to the First World. Not so. Argentina provides us with a very useful lesson. Over the decades, its politicians have repeatedly collapsed the economy through the classic progression of governmental overspending/creation of massive debt/dramatic inflation/currency controls. Historically, this progression has always led to an eventual collapse of the economic system (wherever and whenever it has occurred, not just in Argentina). We can therefore observe the developments as they occur in Argentina and project out as to what may be on the way in the First World. The First World countries have most certainly reached the point of having top-heavy governments that have enormous appetites for funding, and are expanding those appetites dramatically at a time when they should be cutting back dramatically. As governments in this situation always do, they have turned to indebtedness as a solution, in order to prolong the current trend as long as possible. In order to cope with the debt, massive money printing is undertaken, which leads directly to inflation. Inflation leads to an outflow of wealth from the country in question, which is then addressed through currency controls and protective tariffs. Argentina is in the last stage of this progression and is poised to go over the edge. Its last production of this economic stage play was in 2001, and when the collapse came, the situation in Buenos Aires became so volatile that Argentina went through five presidents in just three weeks. The US, on the other hand, has reached the point in its money-printing scheme that it is now buying $85 billion per month in Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities and is committed to continuing to do so “until conditions improve.” This is equivalent to a railroad train approaching the cliff of the Grand Canyon whilst a crew of workers shovel dirt into the canyon to fill it in, in time to prevent a train wreck. If the classic progression continues as it does historically, we can anticipate dramatic inflation, followed by currency controls and protective tariffs in the US and other First World countries. As yet, there is little on the news regarding protective tariffs, but currency controls are very much in the works. Many have been implemented, and more are to come. At this point, anyone whose primary address is in a First World country might wish to ask the question, “Is there a dollar clamp in my future? Will my government soon be at the stage that my national currency will be inflating dramatically; and if I choose to divest myself of it, shall I find that I am unable to do so, as a result of hastily implemented government controls?” The answer is unequivocally “Yes.” Governments are in the habit of claiming that their first priority is the safety and well-being of their citizens. However, when a citizen of any country chooses to exit from the relationship, either physically or monetarily, governments have a nasty habit of turning, suddenly and forcefully, vindictive. For those who have a difficult time getting their heads around this fact, the following may be useful in providing a very real perspective. Picture a situation in which you are married and have reached the decision that your spouse’s wasteful spending is crippling you personally. You then request a divorce. You make plans for splitting up the bank accounts and personal possessions and are hit with an injunction from your spouse’s attorneys. You say, “But these possessions are mine. This money is mine. I worked with the sweat of my brow to earn them.” The attorneys then advise, “That’s not the way we see it. We regard them as community property, and we’re prepared to negotiate with you as to how much we will allow you to walk away with.” The above situation is virtually the same as one in which you choose to split the sheets with your government, should you choose to do so at a time when that government is facing economic collapse. Your net worth is not your own; it is community property, and your government can, if anything, become more vicious than a divorce lawyer. First Worlders are not yet queued up, as are the Argentines in the photo above, because the First World has not reached that stage in the progression as yet. What these Argentines are doing is a last, desperate measure. However, First Worlders may use the Argentine situation to forewarn themselves. They may choose to diversify their wealth beyond the confines of the nation-state to which they are presently married – and to do so whilst they still retain a modicum of control over their own wealth. Jeff Thomas is British and resides in the Caribbean. The son of an economist and historian, he learned early to be distrustful of governments as a general principle. Although he spent his career creating and developing businesses, for eight years he penned a weekly newspaper column on the theme of limiting government. He began his study of economics around 1990, learning initially from Sir John Templeton, then Harry Schulz and Doug Casey, and later others of an Austrian persuasion.last_img read more

Scratch another Guinea worm hot spot off the list

first_imgScratch another Guinea worm hot spot off the list.One of the countries hardest hit with the parasite — South Sudan — has finally stopped transmission, the Carter Center announced Wednesday.The country reported zero cases in 2017 and hasn’t had a case in 15 months. There are also no signs Guinea worm is circulating in dogs in South Sudan, as it is in Chad and Mali.”I come from an area that had the most Guinea worm,” South Sudan’s Minister of Health, Dr. Riek Gai Kok, said at a news conference. “I never thought — even one time — that the area would be free of Guinea worm, let alone all of South Sudan would be.””But today that dream has come true,” he added.The international effort to eradicate Guinea worm has been a huge success. Back in the mid-’80s, more than 3 million people were catching the parasite each year. Now Guinea worm is circulating in only three countries: Ethiopia, Mali and Chad. Last year, there were only 30 human cases worldwide.But to eradicate the worm, health workers also have to stop transmission in animals. Last year, there were nearly a thousand cases in dogs and cats in Chad and Mali.Guinea worm is a horrific infection. First, a painful blister starts to form on the skin. Then a thin, white worm — up to 3 feet long — emerges from the blister over the course of a few weeks. It is an incredibly painful process and temporarily handicaps a person while he or she waits for the worm to come out of the skin.People catch Guinea worm by drinking contaminated water. Simply filtering drinking water can stop transmission of the parasite. An infected person can also stop the spread of the parasite by keeping the emerging worm away from water. When the worm touches water, it releases tens of thousands of baby worms and contaminates the whole body of water.Back in 2006, South Sudan reported more than 20,000 cases, making it the third hardest hit country in the world. Only Nigeria and Uganda had reported higher annual cases, at about 650,000 and 126,000, respectively.”This an incredible story, given all of the challenges that South Sudan has faced, especially the ongoing conflict,” says Dr. Sharon Roy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who leads an international team working on Guinea worm eradication.Former President Jimmy Carter has led a massive campaign to eradicate the worm. “I’d like for the last Guinea worm to die before I do,” he told reporters.Sudan was especially challenging. Civil war has plagued the region since the 1960s. To begin the eradication program in the area, Carter had to negotiate a special “Guinea worm cease-fire” back in 1995. And just a few years ago, the Carter Center had to evacuate its staff from the country because of violence.”If South Sudan can stop Guinea worm, Chad can do it. Mali can do it. Ethiopia can do it, too,” Roy says. “It’s really an amazing accomplishment.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Saints have won 21 of their previous semifinalsP

first_imgSaints have won 21 of their previous semi-finals.Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2009 (Round 5) St Helens 42 Catalans Dragons 8 2007 (FINAL) Catalans Dragons 8 St Helens 30 (at Wembley Stadium) 2006 (Quarter Final) St Helens 56 Catalans Dragons 10This Season’s Meetings:St Helens 26, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLR14, 3/5/18) Catalans Dragons 12, St Helens 21 (SLR2, 10/2/18)Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 26, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLR14, 3/5/18) Catalans Dragons 12, St Helens 21 (SLR2, 10/2/18) St Helens 46, Catalans Dragons 28 (SLR22, 16/7/17) Catalans Dragons 24, St Helens 28 (SLR5, 18/3/17) St Helens 39, Catalans Dragons 16 (SLS8-R2, 12/8/16) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 11/6/16) St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 30 (SLR11, 14/4/16) Catalans Dragons 26, St Helens 16 (SLS8-R1, 8/8/15) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 26 (SLR14, 9/5/15) St Helens 18, Catalans Dragons 7 (SLR1, 6/2/15)Super League Head to Head:SaintsCatalans Tries127 (1st)83 (7th)Goals101 (1st)75 (8th)Metres32,638 (1st)28,933 (5th)Breaks186 (1st)115 (9th)Tackles7,558 (6th)7,464 (8th)Penalties163 (11th)204 (2nd)Factoids:Theo Fages needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career. He has played in 73 games for St Helens since 2016 and was previously with Salford (66 games, 2013-2015).He has also represented France (10 games, 2013-2015 & 2017).Jonny Lomax has scored a try in each of our last three meetings with Catalans.Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the top flight, having registered points in our last 25 matches.His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.19 man squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba, 30. Matty Costello.Catalans: 1. David Mead, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 5. Fouad Yaha, 6. Samisoni Langi, 8. Rémi Casty, 10. Sam Moa, 11. Louis Anderson, 12. Benjamin Garcia, 14. Julian Bousquet, 15. Mikael Simon, 17. Jason Baitieri, 19. Michael McIlorum, 20. Lewis Tierney, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 22. Lucas Albert, 31. Tony Gigot, 32. Mickael Goudemand, 33. Josh Drinkwater, 34. Kenny Edwards.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 23 2 = Mark Percival (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 17 4 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 16 6 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 15 7 Jonny Lomax (St Helens) 14 8 = Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants), Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC), Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves) 12Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 101 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 77 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 49 5 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 47 7 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 44 8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39 9 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 37 10 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 35Goals Percentage: 1 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 89.74 (35/39) 2 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 88.09 (37/42) 3 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 87.50 (14/16) 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.11 (31/36) 6 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 7 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 84.21 (16/19) 8 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 9 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16) 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 77.77 (49/63)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 221 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 196 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 116 5 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 106 6 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 103 7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 100 8 = Jake Connor (Hull FC), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 96 10 Ben Barba (St Helens) 92Betfred Super League Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints232120713298415422Wigan Warriors231670573345228323Castleford Tigers23157156748087314Warrington Wolves231481531410121295Huddersfield Giants2311111427629-202236Hull FC2311120534544-10227Wakefield Trinity231012158150675218Catalans Dragons2310121488531-4321Tickets:The game is sold out.last_img read more

PayPal Sues Pandora Over Logo Similarities

first_imgLawsuits 131shares May 23, 2017 With our attention spans now measured in seconds, service branding and protection of a brand is becoming ever more important. With that in mind, online payments service PayPal is suing music streaming service Pandora over its logo design being far too similar to its own.According to Billboard, PayPal believes Pandora’s use of a light blue “P” logo is causing confusion among consumers and apparently has the evidence to back it up. A letter was initially sent to Pandora by PayPal, which the company claims was ignored. Then PayPal spoke directly with Pandora over the phone, but Pandora did not recognize the branding confusion PayPal was talking about. Finally, a 110-page document was sent to Pandora containing examples of customer confusion, mostly taken from social media comments.Here’s one such example included in the lawsuit document (PDF):Pandora then ended the discussion and PayPal decided the only way forward was to bring a trademark infringement lawsuit against the company. That lawsuit was filed on Friday, May 19, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. PayPal is seeking legal costs, damages and for Pandora to stop using its current “P” logo design. Pandora is not commenting publicly on the dispute at this time.As you can see from the two logos above, they are similar, but still relatively distinct. However, you have to consider how small these logos appear in icon form on devices such as smartphone displays. You could easily mistake one for the other. PayPal has time on its side in this lawsuit. The PayPal “double P” logo was introduced in 2014, where as Pandora rolled out its “P” design in October 2016. 2 min read Image credit: via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Matthew Humphries Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img PayPal Sues Pandora Over Logo Similarities Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article PayPal claims Pandora ignored 110 pages of examples showing how its logo is causing consumer confusion. Senior Editor Register Now »last_img read more

Very Unattractive People Earn Significantly More Money Study Says

first_img April 23, 2018 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Writer Entrepreneurs Add to Queue –shares Next Article Image credit: Halay Alex/Shutterstock via BI Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Lindsay Dodgson 2 min read Very Unattractive People Earn Significantly More Money, Study Says It’s no secret that life can be easier for beautiful people. Studies have shown being good-looking has benefits for your health, intelligence and helps with making friends.Being physically attractive can also literally pay off, as many people believe it can mean you make more money. In short, beautiful people are more confident, have more social skills and are seen as more able by employers, which translates to higher wages.However, a recent study, published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, has found there is a caveat to this “beauty premium.”Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Mary Still from the University of Massachusetts in Boston analysed data from a study of 20,000 young Americans. They were interviewed and measured on physical attractiveness at age 16 then three more times until they were 29.The findings showed that the theory there is a “ugliness penalty” on wages isn’t that simple. When other traits were taken into account, such as health and intelligence, results showed people who were more conscientious, extroverted and less neurotic earned significantly more than others.Also, participants who were labeled as “very unattractive” always earned more than those who were just “unattractive.” This was also sometimes the case when very unattractive people were compared to those who were average-looking and attractive.Alex Fradera offers an explanation for this in BPS Digest. He said the personality trait “Openness to Experience” may have been surprisingly correlated with lower earnings and higher attractiveness in this particular data set, when it is usually associated with higher pay.”Could this Openness-attractiveness association be an indicator that some of the very unattractive scored especially low on Openness, and were perhaps highly devoted to a specific topic area, pursuing it obsessively to the exclusion of all distractions and eventually entering the forefront of their field?” he wrote. “We know that Openness correlates negatively with the passion component of ‘Grit,’ so such effects are conceivable.”Still said the methods of previous studies may not have accounted for the really ugly people because the “very unattractive” and “unattractive” are often lumped in together in one group.”Thereby they fail to document the ugliness premium enjoyed by the very unattractive workers,” she said. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Beautiful people arguably have an easier life — they’re happier, healthier, and have more friends. But a new study turns this theory on its head. Register Now »last_img read more

How the iPad Will Change the Way You Do Business

first_img Early reviews have been tepid, but Apple’s latest still demands attention from your business. How the iPad Will Change the Way You Do Business 5 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares iPad Allen Moon Apply Now »center_img March 15, 2010 Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article On April 3, Apple’s long-awaited tablet computer, iPad , hits the streets. Despite the initial mixed reviews it received when it was introduced, there is no denying this new device will change the way you do web business.I’ll get to exactly how it’s going to do that in a moment. But first, let’s take a quick look at the iPad, and its key features.An Overgrown iPhone?When images of the iPad first came out, many observers called it an “overgrown iPhone”–an obvious comparison, because it looks so much like Apple’s popular smartphone, and shares so many of its capabilities. Like the iPhone, the iPad allows its users to send and receive e-mail, surf the Web, play music and videos, store photos, and download utilities and games from the iTunes App Store.It also allows user to read eBooks via a reader built into the device — making it a direct competitor to Amazon Kindle and other e-reading devices on the market with far fewer bells and whistles. However, the iPad is being marketed as more than just a tool for consuming online content. Apple has revamped its iWork suite of applications to work on the iPad as well as standard Mac notebook and desktop computers. You can use “Keynote” to create multimedia presentations, “Pages” to create word processing documents, and “Numbers” to create spreadsheets. And you get to do all this via the same simple touch-screen interface that iPod Touch and iPhone users love so much.But Who’s Going to Buy it?When Apple introduced the iPad, a lot of tech geeks were disappointed. The iPad didn’t have a camera, and it couldn’t make phone calls–two big iPhone features. And it doesn’t support any sort of Flash-based programming, which puts off many designers and programmers.But when you consider what the iPad does do, it soon becomes clear that the device just isn’t meant for hardcore tech geeks. The iPad target audience is clearly people who spend most of their time on their computer doing leisure-type activities, including browsing the web, reading books, watching movies, consuming online content and interacting on social networking sites.More specifically, the iPad is going to hold huge appeal for:People who don’t like computers: The iPad’s touch-screen interface is exceptionally easy to use. Anyone who has ever got lost moving from program to program on their computer is going to love Apple’s new tablet. Key demographics fitting this description include middle-aged people and senior citizens who enjoy e-mailing friends and family, surfing the web, watching videos, and sharing photos–but hate all the hassles associated with a regular computer.People who travel: The iPad is a smaller, more lightweight alternative to a traditional laptop–which makes it ultra-portable. This ensures that people will take their iPad to places you normally wouldn’t imagine taking a laptop. Imagine being in a restaurant with hungry kids–kids growing restless and fidgety as they wait for their meals. Why not distract them–and save your fellow diners some frustration–with a movie or game on your iPad?Students: Kids are used to lugging around backpacks crammed full of heavy, expensive textbooks–textbooks that are used for one course or semester, and then never opened again. As more textbooks get converted into an iPad-friendly format, students will flock to the Apple Store to purchase this tablet in droves.So What Does This Mean for you?Even if you have no interest in ever buying an iPad yourself, you need to pay attention to how Apple develops and markets this device.As the iPad and other tablet computers become more popular over the next few years, the amount of time people spend consuming online content is going to explode. If you want your internet marketing to take advantage of this emerging trend, then you’ll make sure your website provides them with the kind of appealing content they’re looking for.Make sure your site has a blog that features regularly updated articles your target audience will find useful and entertaining. You can even create videos to satisfy their desire for multimedia content. And as your business grows, plan to include more interactive social media features on your site. These features are the most effective way to encourage your users to pursue an ongoing relationship with you and your other customers, and form a community around your business.Finally, consider offering e-books. They’re easy to produce–you can hire writers and designers to create professional-looking eBooks for you, or do it yourself. And they fit into all kinds of objectives:Main product: Great if you’ve got an info-heavy site, and they’re almost 100 percent profit once you’ve paid for the initial production.New stream of revenue: You can add e-books to your site to complement what you already offer. They’re a good upsell or standalone product.Opt-in incentive: They’re cheap to produce so you can offer them free.Sales tool: Use them as an online sales rep, to demonstrate the value of your product. eBooks can contain text, video, audio, graphics–the whole multimedia deal.As more people use devices like the iPad to access information online, e-books are going to become increasingly popular and widely used. Even now, the demand for good books to read via electronic reader outweighs the supply. If you want to take advantage of this new electronic information gold rush, the time to act is now. So what will you do to make your business more iPad-friendly?  The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

CloudXink Selects Confirmit to Support Ad and Brand Testing Across China

first_imgCloudXink Selects Confirmit to Support Ad and Brand Testing Across China MTS Staff WriterJune 11, 2019, 5:55 pmJune 11, 2019 Data Analysis and Integration Capabilities Drive Confirmit Horizons Platform ChoiceBrand and advertising research specialist CloudXink has selected Confirmit Horizons to support its growing portfolio of research projects.  CloudXink works with a large number of FMCG companies across China with a particular focus on pre-testing of advertising and product concepts. It also delivers ad-hoc, customised projects for customers. Having grown quickly, the company needed to invest in a platform that could support the increasing complexity of the research programmes it runs.  Confirmit Horizons was selected based on its ability to deliver comprehensive survey design and complex data integration and analysis. Multi-lingual campaign support was also a critical deciding factor. Ruixing Zong, Founder and CEO of CloudXink explained: “A core focus for us is integrating various big data sources to provide detailed evaluation for marketing campaigns for large, well-known brands. This includes combining attitudinal and behavioural data, which can be a challenging process.Marketing Technology News: Mastercard Digital Wellness Program to Enhance Transparency, Security and Choice for Online Shopping “We therefore needed a solution that was scalable and capable of handling the level and depth of data integration we need to deliver. Confirmit Horizons is an essential tool for us here, providing comprehensive access to sophisticated reporting, data visualisation, and dashboarding.” The survey design process is also a key element of the service that CloudXink provides to its customers, often requiring customisation for bespoke, creative research programmes.  The Survey Designer module of Confirmit Horizons delivers the capabilities that CloudXink needs to support all types of advertising and brand research projects, including pre-launch testing, post-launch evaluation and ‘brand truth’ measurement.Marketing Technology News: PROS Launches Sales Agreement Management to Streamline Selling in Digital Era “Previous experience with Confirmit showed that it was the platform most capable of delivering sophisticated survey programming such as complex logic jumps and abundant question types. Building our own Confirmit programme team has been on our agenda for some time, and now implementation of the Confirmit Horizons platform is proving a great success in terms of the research capabilities we can offer to our clients,” Zong continued. Wale Omiyale, SVP Market Research at Confirmit said: “We’re delighted to welcome CloudXink as a customer. The company runs high-profile, in-depth research programmes across China and places great emphasis on delivering excellent client value combined with technology-driven innovation – both of which reflect our own business principles.”Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product Marketing CloudXinkConfirmit HorizonsData Integrationdata visualisationFMCGMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleBenefitfocus June Software Release Unveils Tools and Functionality to Automate Benefits & Delivers Insights to Improve Consumers’ Lives Across Platform and Mobile AppNext ArticleMariaDB’s “Restful Nights” Release Brings Peace of Mind to Enterprise Customerslast_img read more

Study Perivascular spaces contribute to worse cognitive health in older adults

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 22 2019Seemingly harmless fluid-filled spaces around the cerebral small vessels, commonly seen on brain MRIs in older adults, are now thought to be associated with more compromised cognitive skills, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published in Neurology.The new findings challenge longstanding beliefs that these areas – known as perivascular spaces – are a harmless imaging marker.When compared with common markers of small vessel disease, the study results showed a more frequent association between enlarged perivascular spaces and cognition than expected, according to senior author Angela Jefferson, PhD, professor of Neurology and director of the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center.”Our work shows perivascular spaces are not clinically benign,” Jefferson said. “These areas contributed to worse cognitive health in a way that was distinct from the other markers of small vessel disease. That result was unexpected and emphasizes that enlarged perivascular spaces deserve further study.”Related StoriesHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryThe study, which looked at older adults who have not yet developed dementia, offers evidence that multiple neuroimaging markers of small vessel disease reflect distinct pathways of injury as well as early or late features of severity.Cerebrovascular changes, including small vessel disease, are common in aging and contribute to unhealthy memory loss and dementia. Over 80 percent of all autopsy-confirmed cases of dementia are linked to cerebrovascular disease.The Vanderbilt study was designed to better understand how several markers of small vessel disease connect to cognition and what these changes mean for older adults when detected on brain scans.Study authors looked at whether each of the imaging markers related to cognitive activities, such as language, memory, visuospatial skills, information processing speed and executive functioning, and whether each of the imaging markers reflected a common or unique pathway of injury.Researchers focused on well-studied markers of small vessel disease, including white matter hyperintensities, infarcts and microbleeds, as well as enlarged perivascular spaces, which have received less attention in literature.The most frequent associations in the study linked white matter hyperintensities and cognition, including language, information processing speed, executive functioning and visuospatial skills.Unexpectedly, for the researchers, the next most frequent links were between enlarged perivascular spaces and information processing speed and executive functioning.”These results are important for any clinician or scientist who works in aging,” Jefferson said. “Many of these small vessel disease markers are due to common vascular risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. We know these conditions can be prevented and treated, which means small vessel disease and its impact on abnormal cognitive changes can also be prevented.”Source: https://ww2.mc.vanderbilt.edu/last_img read more

Allergic reactions trigger changes in brain behavior development in unborn males and

first_img Source:http://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/news/2019/Allergic-Reactions-Play-Role-in-Sexual-Behavior-Development-in-Unborn-Males-and-Females-UMSOM-Research-Shows.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 29 2019Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and colleagues at Ohio State University have discovered that allergic reactions trigger changes in brain behavior development in unborn males and females. This latest brain development discovery will ultimately help researchers better understand how neurological conditions can differ between men and women.It is the first study to assess the response of a type of immune cell called a mast cell, linked to allergic responses, to determine if these cells play a role in sexual behavior development.”Many mental health and neurological disorders show a sex bias in prevalence, this latest research shows that inflammatory events, like allergic reactions, early in life may influence males and females differently due to underlying sex differences in the neuro immune system,” said Margaret McCarthy, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, whose lab conducted the research that was initiated by Dr. Katherine Lenz, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ohio State UniversityRelated StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsThese findings, which were published in Scientific Reports, illustrate that immune cells are involved in the process of brain sexual differentiation, and that prenatal allergic inflammation can impact this crucial process in both sexes. This finding is another discovery that will ultimately help researchers understand behavioral development differences between males and females.How Allergic Reactions Impact Sexual BehaviorResearchers tested the sexual differentiation in rats that were exposed to an allergic reaction while still in utero. They induced an allergic reaction to egg whites in pregnant rats, and results of the study showed the allergic reaction impacted behavior changes in the offspring. Male rats showed less male sexual behavior as adults and adult females behaved more like male rates.The research tracked mast cells, which are known for their role in allergic responses. Researchers sought to determine if exposure to an allergic response of the pregnant female in utero would alter the sexual differentiation of the offspring and result in sociosexual behavior in later life.”This research shows that early life allergic events may contribute to natural variations in both male and female sexual behavior, potentially via underlying effects on brain-resident mast cells,” said Dr. McCarthySexual differentiation takes place in the early life process and it is directed by sex chromosomes, hormones and early life experiences. What this research showed is that immune cells residing in the brain such as microglia and mast cells, are more numerous in the male than female rat brains, and these cells play a critical role in brain development.last_img read more