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21 hours agoREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teen

first_imgREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teenby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBernardo Silva was rejected by Manchester City as a teenager.Super agent Jorge Mendes touted the Portuguese star when he was an emerging force at Benfica but City opted not to make a move. In an extract from the book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a Superteam’ published by Goal, it was revealed that Mendes had said: “You need to realise that Bernardo’s going to become the best in the world.”He eventually joined the club for £43m. Silva, 25, has emerged as one of City’s most important players and was nominated on the long list for this year’s Ballon d’Or. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Adfree CBC could serve as a rallying point for Canadian creativity

first_img Facebook Excuse me while I massage my neck: I have been suffering a severe case of whiplash since Monday, when the CBC unveiled a plan to go commercial free.Not so long ago, if you suggested the CBC cut advertising from its programming, both observers and insiders would pat you on the head and smile kindly at your naïve idealism. Received wisdom was that the CBC could not possibly survive without ad revenue, no matter what earnest cultural advocates or ponderous parliamentary reports might argue.And then this week, in response to the Liberal government’s review of cultural policy, the CBC boldly proposed that very thing. Clearly, chief executive officer Hubert Lacroix sensed an opportunity: After years of Tory cuts, the broadcaster is finally getting a sympathetic ear in Ottawa – and all TV ad revenues are in steep decline anyway. Lacroix seems convinced a commercial-free CBC might actually get replacement funding for the lost ad dollars: He is asking for $418-million. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Leaving aside, for the moment, the political realism of the request, the plan is a good one. In an increasingly scattered but ever more Internet-dependent and globalized media environment, the country needs a public producer, curator and distributor to craft a powerful Brand Canada across all platforms, offering not only news, public affairs and documentaries, but also fiction, variety and arts programming. It needs an iconic institution to nurture and lead the cultural industries, a rallying point for Canadian creativity. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

BBC World News the international news channel ope

first_imgBBC World News, the international news channel operated by the British public broadcaster, has extended its carriage deal with French pay TV operator SFR. The deal extends the channel across SFR’s satellite, DSL and fibre pay TV offers and means that the channel is available to more than 16 million households across France. 
Colin Lawrence, commercial director, BBC World News, said: “This is a major step forward for BBC World News, making us available to an even bigger French audience. We know French viewers value our intelligent, high-quality international news and we’re delighted to welcome SFR neufbox TV subscribers to the BBC World News channel. We will aim to bring viewers the best of BBC journalism, providing trusted information and in-depth global analysis. This is such an important year for international news, with pivotal stories such as the global economic crisis, US and French elections and the Arab Uprising and BBC World News will bring SFR subscribers to the heart of these critical international stories.”last_img read more

Mobile technology research and development company

first_imgMobile technology research and development company, InterDigital, has completed its acquisition of Technicolor’s patent licensing business.InterDigital paid Technicolor US$150 million in cash and under the terms of the deal Technicolor will receive 42.5% of future cash receipts, after operating expenses, from InterDigital’s patent licensing in the consumer electronics field.There is no revenue sharing associated with licensing to the mobile industry, though InterDigital will also grant back to Technicolor a perpetual license for patents acquired in the transaction.InterDigital has acquired approximately 18,000 patents across a range of technologies – including some 3,000 worldwide video coding patents and applications.The portfolio will also be supplemented by a jointly-funded R&D collaboration, which will bring together the efforts of hundreds of engineers in InterDigital Labs and Technicolor Research and Innovation.Members of Technicolor’s licensing, legal and other support teams in offices in France, New Jersey, and other locations join InterDigital’s team of more than 300 R&D and other staff in eleven locations around the world.“During the months that have followed the initial announcement, we’ve had the opportunity to meet and appreciate the tremendous capabilities of Technicolor’s team and gain additional insight into the strength of the portfolio, which strengthens our licensing efforts in the mobile field while opening new markets for InterDigital,” said William Merritt, president and CEO of InterDigital.“We’ve also been able to gauge the tremendous capabilities of Technicolor’s Research and Innovation team, and the alignment between their research initiatives and our own in the video field.”Technicolor announced in March that it had agreed to sell its patent licensing business to InterDigital, in a deal that valued the business at US$475 million (€390 million).last_img read more

British Heart FoundationCharity ball held in memor

first_img British Heart FoundationCharity ball held in memory of GAA player Kevin King raises £23k for heart charityEglingtonFearghal McKinneyhead of BHF NIKevin ‘Kingsy’ King Since his death, his family have become involved in raising funds for the British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland (BHF NI) to help research into heart conditions.Among the events organised was the King of Hearts Ball, which was held in May 4 – two days before what have been Kevin’s 25rd birthday.Ireland rugby star Stephen Ferris, Kerry GAA legend Tomás Ó Sé, Olympic medal winning boxer Paddy Barnes and boxer Tyrone McCullough were among those to attend the event at Titanic Belfast.The proceeds from the ball brings the King family’s total fundraising since Kevin’s death to more than £80,000.Kevin’s brother, Martin King, said: “We are truly overwhelmed by the support we have had from the community since Kevin’s death.“To think we have raised £80,000 to fund BHF research that will save the lives of other young people is amazing.“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and been so generous with their time and money.“It was a fantastic evening.”Fearghal McKinney, head of BHF NI, said: “Without the support of brave families like the Kings we wouldn’t be able to fund finding a cure for heart disease.“The gala ball was a huge success.“It was a pleasure to see our local communities come out in force to raise money and celebrate Kevin’s life.“The King family and friends and his wider community have shown such generosity of spirit and we can’t thank them enough for everything they have done to fund lifesaving heart research.”Charity ball held in memory of GAA player Kevin King raises £23k for heart charity was last modified: June 30th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Kevin ‘Kingsy’ King suffered from a heart condition called myocardial fibrosisA CHARITY gala held in memory of a young Co Derry GAA player who died suddenly has raised £23,000 for life-saving heart research.The family of Kevin ‘Kingsy’ King from Eglington, who died from a heart condition in November 2016, said they hoped the money will help “save the lives of other young people”. ShareTweet A promising Gaelic footballer, he played for St Mary’s GAC, Slaughtmanus as well as Tamnaherin Celtic FC. The 22-year-old had been in goals in an indoor game with friends in Campsie when he collapsed and died in November 2016.Following his death, his parents John and Margaret, and brother Martin, learned he had arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) – an inherited heart condition that damages the muscle of the heart and leads to sudden death.It is estimated at least one young person, aged under 35, dies every month from an undiagnosed heart condition here.last_img read more

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first_img The palladium chart was somewhat similar to the price action in silver, with all the major price inflection points coming at the same times. Palladium was closed at $801 spot, down 4 bucks from Monday. The gold stocks, which gapped down about 3 percent at the open, began to rally at the 10 a.m. EST London p.m. gold fix.  But once the highs of the day were in for all four precious metals at 11 a.m. EST an hour later, the gold stocks topped out—and from there they got sold back down to their 9:55 a.m. low tick, but rallied a bit in the close from there.  The HUI finished the Tuesday session down 3.21%. Platinum had a very similar pattern to gold—and most of the day’s losses were in by the London p.m. gold fix, which was 10 a.m. in New York.   Platinum was closed down $22 on the day. The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon in New York at 87.98—and the rally that had begun at the London p.m. gold fix on that day, continued unabated until its 88.67 high tick, which came around 2:40 p.m. EST on Tuesday.  From there it gave up a few basis points into the close.  The index finished the trading day at 88.63—up 65 basis points. Considering the rally in the dollar index, gold and silver prices held up pretty well. Here’s the 3-day dollar index chart, so you can see the 10 a.m. EST low tick at the London p.m. gold fix on Monday morning in New York—and how the rally off that low has progressed over the last couple of days. As I’ve said on many occasions, I’ve always felt like that there were times when the precious metals shares were being actively managed.  Yesterday was one of those days. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day 4 of the December delivery month showed that 8 gold and 110 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Thursday.  In silver, the two largest short/issuers were Jefferies with 76 contracts—and JPMorgan with 31 contracts out of its client account.  The only long/stopper of note was HSBC USA with 89 contracts.  Jefferies was a distant second with 11 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Tuesday session showed that December open interest in gold fell by 1,359 contracts—and now sits at 2,250 contracts—minus the deliveries mentioned in the previous paragraph.  Silver’s December open interest declined by 190 contracts, leaving 736 contracts still open—minus the 110 posted for delivery tomorrow. An authorized participant added 76,869 troy ounces of gold to GLD on Tuesday—and there was a huge withdrawal from SLV, as an a.p. took out 2,730,965 troy ounces.  I’m sure that Ted Butler will have something to say about the activity in SLV during the last two trading days when he posts his mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers this afternoon. The good folks over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank updated their website with the activity in their gold and silver ETFs for the week ending on Friday, November 28—and this is what they had to report.  Their gold ETF dropped 8,741 troy ounces; but their silver ETF actually took in some metal—17,324 troy ounces to be exact.  Not a lot, to be sure, but better than the alternative. The U.S. Mint had a smallish sales report.  They didn’t sell any gold yesterday, but they did sell another 139,500 silver eagles. Retail bullion sales continue to be as slow as molasses in January, so it’s a lead-pipe cinch that almost all the silver eagles sold are being purchase by ‘Mr. Big’. There wasn’t must in/out activity in gold over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday, as only 100 kilobars were reported received—and 1 lonely kilobar was shipped out.  The link to that activity is here.  In silver, there was 600,072 troy ounces received—and 615,470 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that action is here. I don’t have all that many stories for you today—and I hope there’s the odd one that you’ll find interesting. It remains to be seen if [Friday’s] high volume sell-off in shares of SLV, the big silver ETF, will result in any liquidation of metal holdings, or if the sell-off was used by short sellers to buy back previously shorted shares. Along with the relative disparity of Silver Eagle sales compared to sales of Gold Eagles, the disparity between the metal holdings in the big gold ETF, GLD, and the holdings in SLV continue to amaze. The holdings in GLD slid to another new low not seen since late 2008, while the holdings in SLV remain close to the all-time highs and nearly 150 million oz above the levels of late 2008. Some might suggest that relative sales of Silver Eagles and holdings in SLV are so much stronger than their gold counterparts because silver is so much cheaper than gold and that’s hard to argue with; but I would add a slightly different twist. It seems to me that these relative measures of comparison has more to do with the deliberate effort of JPMorgan to manipulate silver prices lower on the COMEX for the express intent of acquiring as much physical silver as possible through any means available. The alternative explanation, I suppose, is that the physical silver fell magically into JPMorgan’s lap. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 29 November 2014 Well, there was absolutely no follow-through to Monday’s giant rally in London and New York on Tuesday—and it was as I feared, another one-day wonder—a painted key reversal to the upside that ‘failed’ once again. But, in all fairness, I suppose that I should give this rally more time to materialize, but with half of Wednesday’s trading session already done, with zero price movement in any of the precious metals, its hard to get get enthusiastic about a rally continuation at this point. It should be noted that gold was closed back below its 50-day moving average—and the other three precious metals were stopped cold at their respective 50 and 200-day moving averages as well. Here are their 6-month charts. The silver price action had a lot more shape to it, but followed a very similar path to gold.  From its Far East high, which came shortly after 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, the silver price bottomed out shortly before 1 p.m. in New York.  From there it rallied [with some resistance] until 11 a.m. EST, which corresponded with the 4 p.m. GMT close of trading in London.  After that it traded more or less sideways until the 5:15 p.m. EST close of electronic trading. The low and high ticks were reported as $16.07 and $16.535 in the March contract. Silver finished the Tuesday session in New York at $16.465 spot, up a half a cent from Monday’s close.  Net volume was up there at 66,000 contracts.center_img The silver equities started off the trading day with the same price pattern as the gold stocks.  The high tick [in positive territory] also came minutes after 11 a.m. EST—and it was all down hill from there—and after 2 p.m. EST, the index traded sideways.  The silver equities came close to finishing on their low ticks—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down a chunky 4.51%—giving up well over half of their Monday gains, even though the metal itself closed in positive territory, if only by a hair. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is about 25 minutes away.  Precious metal prices, as I said already, are doing precisely nothing—and all, except for silver of course, are up a bit from their closing prices in New York yesterday afternoon.  Gold and silver volumes—21,000 and 6,700 contracts respectively—are very light, at least compared to what we’ve seen since Friday at this time of day, but their still a little chunkier than I’d like to see.  The dollar index hasn’t done much of anything so far in the Wednesday trading session, but is up 7 basis points during the last hour or so. With so little price action in any of the precious metals yesterday, we’ll get an excellent read on what happened last Friday, and on Monday of this week, when the new Commitment of Traders Report hits the street at 3:30 p.m. EST this coming Friday—and I’ll be very interested in what this report shows, especially in the Managed Money category.  And as I said in this space yesterday, we also get the December Bank Participation Report—and the data in that will be extremely helpful as well. And as I send this out the door at 5:30 a.m. EST, I see that all four precious metals rallied by tiny amounts starting just before the London open.  None were allowed above their respective 50-day moving averages—and palladium was turn back at its 200-day moving average once again. Net gold volume is approaching 39,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is around 10,500 contracts.  The dollar index is now up 18 basis points, so considering the fact that dollar index is up a bit over 100 basis points since the Monday p.m. gold fix in London, the precious metals aren’t doing all that badly. I’ll be more than interested in the price action when I check the charts later this morning. That’s all I have for today—and I’ll see here tomorrow. A painted key reversal to the upside that ‘failed’ once again After getting sold down five bucks or so in the first hour of trading in New York on Monday evening, the price did nothing until the early afternoon in Far East trading.  The tiny rally that developed at that point didn’t last long—and minutes after 9 a.m. GMT in London, the gold price was back under the $1,200 per ounce price mark.  That’s where it stayed for the most of the remainder of the Tuesday trading session. The high tick was the Monday close in New York—and the CME Group recorded that as $1,212.60 in the February contract.  The low was reported as $1,191.40. Gold finished the day at $1,198.50 spot, down $14.30 from Monday’s close—and safely back below it’s 50-day moving average.  Net volume was  pretty heavy at 176,000 contracts. First Majestic is a mining company focused on silver production in México and is aggressively pursuing the development of its existing mineral property assets. The Company presently owns and operates five producing silver mines; the La Parrilla Silver Mine, the San Martin Silver Mine, the La Encantada Silver Mine, the La Guitarra Silver Mine, and the Del Toro Silver Mine. Production from these five mines is anticipated to be between 12.70 to 13.35 million ounces of pure silver or 14.85 to 15.60 million ounces of silver equivalents in 2014. Please visit our website for more information.last_img read more

Behind peagreen curtains in a steamy office in th

first_imgBehind pea-green curtains in a steamy office in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui, comic book artist Didier Kassai carefully dips his paintbrush into a nut brown pigment on his palette, wipes it on a scratch sheet then slowly puts it to paper. His brush strokes bring a watercolor to life – itself a scene of death. The brown is used to color the butt of a rebel’s gun in a strip chronicling his country’s spiraling conflict.Kassai is one of a small coterie of comic-book artists in CAR using their work for social good — in a struggling and impoverished country. CAR’s government wields little authority beyond the capital. Armed groups control vast stretches of the country, where roads and phone networks are at best unreliable. Even Bangui — with U.N. peacekeepers everywhere — is not immune from violence. Last week more than a dozen people were killed and scores wounded in clashes in the capital. State services like health-care, meanwhile, are in short supply.That’s why comic strips like Kassai’s have such power: They’re a means of reaching a struggling population with valuable information about navigating daily life and survival in turbulent times.The front page of the local L’Hirondelle newspaper regularly features a comic strip. Aid organizations and U.N. agencies throughout CAR commission comics drawn by Kassai and his colleagues on a range of topics: wound treatment, sexual violence, security, sanitation, health services, how to turn in weapons and more.”They [comics] can transmit a message,” 42-year-old Kassai explains. “The work I’m doing now is to raise awareness. The most important thing is to recount what is happening in CAR.”The Central African Republic has been plagued by conflict since 2013, when a predominantly Muslim rebel coalition overthrew the government. The rebels committed atrocities on their path to power and largely-Christian militias formed to fight back. Thousands died in sectarian violence. While the deployment of a U.N. peacekeeping mission helped stem the bloodshed, violence has spiked over the past year. As of the end of February, the number of displaced civilians was 694,000 — the highest since the conflict began.The upsurge in violence comes as more than half the population of around 4.6 million needs urgent humanitarian assistance – with the U.N. calling the situation “dire.” CAR ranks last on the world development index and and the adult literacy rate is just 36.8 percent – meaning that reaching the masses through written messaging isn’t an effective option.”There’s a big struggle with diffusing information here,” Mercy Corps country director Rodolphe Moinaux says. “A lot of people can’t read or write so the images can speak to them.”That’s why aid organizations and other agencies hire artists like Kassai, printing their work as posters, leaflets, billboards and manuals.”[Comics are] easier to understand, you can reach children,” echoes Duccio Staderini, a spokesman for a coalition of international NGOs in CAR. “It works – people are crazy about it.”There was no real comic-book culture when Kassai was growing up near the northern city of Birao. But he was attracted to artistry from a young age, watching his mother decorate curtains for women in their village.The first strips he saw were imports from France – like the “Rangers” series about WWII. Once he flipped those pages, Kassai was hooked.”They told a story,” he says with a broad smile. “It allowed us to know what was happening in another world, a different world.”His father didn’t think an artist’s life was a “good path,” so Kassai drew in the dirt outside his home or secretly in his room.”My father would check my notebooks when I came home from school to see if I had been drawing,” he recalls.When he was older a U.S. missionary saw his talent and hired him to illustrate manuals. Those gigs helped convince Kassai’s father that his pastime paid well – especially once his father lost his job.”Cartoons saved our family,” Kassai explains. And now they might be helping to save others.Medecins Sans Frontieres has hired him for a series of illustrations showing that weapons aren’t allowed in their hospitals, that violent behavior is not appropriate in hospitals and that ambulances need safe passage. They printed 400 posters and 1,000 leaflets to distribute in areas where the organization works.”I needed an illustration that everyone can understand just by looking at,” MSF’s field communications manager Natacha Buhler says. Her colleagues in the northwest – in an area riven by recent clashes – told her they’d seen an armed man notice one of Kassai’s posters outside their health center. He stopped short and put down his gun before entering.”I said wow – we had an impact,” she recalls.Kassai typically arrives at his studio around 8 a.m. The long office is packed with drawings in every stage of completion. Picture frames are stacked on the floor, books are piled behind the work space, which is totally clear save for paint bottles and paper.On a recent Friday morning the studio was already hot but Kassai left his small blue fan off and the radio on in the background, broadcasting calls from listeners about politics and a report about the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.He painted slowly and deliberately, one coat of color at a time to fill in an outline on the page. The scene showed a rebel roadblock set up to collect unofficial taxes. Kassai mixed a blue, dabbed it, then painted in a man’s shirt. Shoulders hunched, he painted steadily for 30 minutes, then paused to check his phone before redipping his brush.While Kassai still does NGO work, he’s also working on a new graphic novel — a follow-up to his first, Tempete Sur Bangui (Tempest in Bangui) — which will continue telling the story of CAR’s struggles. This is his passion, recording his country’s history for future generations. He’s writing the word bubbles as well as doing the drawings.He is drawing gold mines run by armed groups, rebels torching houses. Other scenes show market women carrying their wares and a fisherman carting his catch along the river — all portrayed in meticulous and stunning watercolor.To ensure that the tradition of comics lives on, Kassai has been training young artists.One of Kassai’s proteges, 27-year-old Yvon Gandro, is a ready disciple.”I put everything into my art,” he declares.Gandro lost both parents as a boy and was raised by an aunt. Smiling, he recounts how he’d steal her black eyeliner, eyeshadow and lipstick to draw since he couldn’t afford crayons.”The drawings were my only friend,” he says, voice going soft. “They replaced my parents. It gave me a bit of paradise, a little joy, to create an imaginary world.”When his aunt discovered where her makeup had been going, she wasn’t angry – she was impressed by his talent and devoted herself to supporting his artistry.Gandro did a stint in art school and met Kassai in 2008 at a workshop, where he was introduced to comic strips and watercolor — “so different” from all he’d previously learned.”It was another world,” he recalls. “It was great.”Like his teacher, he has done work for U.N. groups on road safety, first aid, hospital protocols and more.While he doesn’t like depicting violence – “I get sad when I do those” – he believes such images have a greater purpose.”If we don’t do this work, tell the stories, our children won’t understand and they will suffer another violence,” he says earnestly.Take a strip on disarmament that he did for the U.N. At the end of the illustrated sequence, the disarmed rebel gets a job.”It shows that good can happen,” Gandro says. “Maybe it will show that the path of violence isn’t a good one.”That’s why he’s dedicated to continuing his work.With a boyish smile, he observes that his father had wanted him to be a doctor.”I became a doctor with images,” he says, “a healer through images.”Having young artists like Gandro carry on with comic strips in CAR means everything to Kassai.”For someone who is not Central African to tell our story, it won’t work,” he insists. “I want to show the reality [here].”Cassandra Vinograd is a freelance journalist working in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She previously worked for NBC News, the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal. Reach her @CassVinogradReporting for this story was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

This month one of the big news stories is about p

first_imgThis month, one of the big news stories is about parents who bribed and cheated to get their kids into prestigious universities.And then there’s the college admissions story of John Awiel Chol Diing. Diing, 25, is a former refugee from South Sudan and grew up in U.N.-supported camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. His family couldn’t even afford high school fees, let alone college tuition.But today, thanks to an unlikely series of events, he is a student at Earth University in Costa Rica, finishing up his fourth year studying agricultural science.Diing, who is tall, lean and soft-spoken, was in Washington, D.C., this week for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Food Security Symposium. He was there to network with policymakers in his field, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the World Bank. Diing talked to NPR about his grandmother’s advice (and mattress) — and how two scholarships changed his life. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. When you were 4 years old, in 1997, your family fled the civil war in South Sudan. What was it like going to school at a refugee camp? When I was a young boy, there was only one textbook — the one the teacher used to teach the class. We learned underneath a tree. We used the dirt on the ground as a chalkboard. Still, I was always in the top of my class. And what was life like at the camp? I was occasionally forced to go to school late or missed school because I was delayed fetching water. Lack of potable water at the Kakuma camp in Kenya made life very unbearable. I couldn’t count the times we slept without food because there was no water to cook. Despite this hardship, you were able to do well in school. Why is that? I think because of my background, what I’ve gone through as a refugee. I needed something to change my life. And I felt that education was the only way to do it — this was the advice given to me by my grandmother Mary. Were you very close to your grandmother?She was the only one who was taking care of me at [Kakuma] camp. In 2005, my mother and sisters left and went back to South Sudan. [His father had stayed in the country because he was in the military.] My grandmother was too old to make the journey so stayed behind. I decided to stay with her at the camp and finish my schooling. In 2006, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then in 2007, when I was 14, she died. She left me a mattress — the one that the hospital had given her. It was the first one I’d slept on in my life. Before, I was just sleeping on the ground of the hut.And she also left me some advice: Continue going to school. She believed that my life would change if I could stick to it. So this is a reason why I wanted to do well in school. It was the best thing I could do for her. Now I’m getting emotional. You say that your background as a refugee helped motivate you in school. Any other motivations?I guess I am a daydreamer. Every time I was at the camp, I realized that this is not the place I should be. I imagined doing something else, doing something great. People see the camp as the end zone. Everyone is suffering from the same problem. You feel like you’re in a confined zone where all you see is frustration. People are hopeless. There’s nothing that motivates you to excel. What made me stand out was my own motivation. Were you ever inspired by a book or a TV show or movie?TV? There were no movies at the camp! From 2001 to 2007, we never owned a TV in my house. We didn’t even have lights! You almost didn’t make it through high school.In 2010, I moved in with my uncle in Nakuru [a town near his refugee camp in Kenya] and started going to the Kabiyet Boys High School. My father [who came briefly to the Kakuma camp in 2007 after the grandmother’s death] told me after the first year he couldn’t afford the $400 in school fees which covered pretty much everything — boarding, books. I stopped going to school. Then someone told me one Friday, a few months after not being in school, that a group called Sudan Foundation was giving out scholarships. Testing for it was at a community hall that Sunday. I took a five-question math test for one hour, then there was a writing prompt. I wrote about how the scholarship was my last hope to finish my education. I was one of 15 students who won, and 200 applied. They paid for the rest of fees at Kabiyet. I graduated in the top three in my class, excelling in biology, English and geography. After you graduated, did you want to go to college? I applied for universities like Arizona State, but I couldn’t complete it because I needed an SAT or a GRE — I had no idea what that was. And I tried applying to McGill University in Canada, but the internet stopped working before I could complete the online application. So what did you do? I volunteered at UNHCR as a translator, and I worked as an elementary school teacher for about $60 a month. I had to go to a bank to get this money. And that’s where you found out about an opportunity.Yes. One time when I was at the bank, there was a TV showing a program called Wings To Fly from the MasterCard Foundation. They pick students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to get scholarships and study abroad. On TV, they had this story of this one guy who did well in high school but came from a poor area in Kenya. And I said: This guy has my same story! So I applied and got the scholarship to go to Earth Institute in Costa Rica. What do you hope to do after college? My passion is to work with refugees. When I was in the camp, I felt that people who worked in NGOs and refugee camps never got us. They don’t understand our stories. I can help them because I can relate to them. For example, when our family first arrived to the refugee camp, the camp workers did not give us our correct date of birth. They gave us all “January 1.” This made it difficult for me to correct my papers later in life. They did not treat us with dignity. If I get a job to return to my refugee camp or any one, I will take it. In the U.S., we’re reading news stories about wealthy families who cheated and bribed to get their children accepted in prestigious schools. How do you feel about that? Frustrated. We depend on a just [system]. It means that people like me — we have to struggle harder. It breaks my heart. Is this your first visit to the U.S.?I was telling a friend yesterday, the first time I came to the States was in 2016. When I was 16, I remember telling a friend that I wanted to go to the Empire State Building in New York one day. Four years later, I had the chance to climb it. And I cried. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Connected Teddy Bears Leaked Kids Voices Online

first_img Connected Teddy Bears Leaked Kids’ Voices Online Toys; Games February 28, 2017 The supposedly private messages were even held for ransom. Jon Fingas Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue When Germany banned a connected doll over security concerns, it wasn’t being overly cautious. As it turns out, there’s a textbook example of what happens when toy data privacy goes horribly wrong.Security researchers have discovered that Spiral Toys’ internet-savvy teddy bears, CloudPets, stored kids’ voice messages to their parents (not to mention names and birthdays) in an insecure, misconfigured database that anyone could access online. While the passwords for the toys’ accounts (more than 821,000 of them) were stored in a cryptographic hash, there was no password strength limit — it was trivial to crack many accounts and download voice data at will. And it gets worse.Info security expert Niall Merrigan found evidence that the databases were compromised. Intruders copied the databases, deleted the originals and demanded a payment in bitcoin to get the data back. Given that the databases appeared to be completely gone by Jan. 13, it doesn’t appear that Spiral gave into or acknowledged the demands.As for Spiral’s response? There is none, and might never be. Microsoft’s Troy Hunt and others have tried reaching out to Spiral multiple times to no avail, and the company doesn’t appear to have notified customers despite obvious signs that something was amiss. From all indications, the company is on life support or dead: its social media accounts have been silent for months and its stock price is near worthless.The kicker is that a lot of this would be entirely avoidable. Rapid7 security research director Tod Beardsley tells Engadget that all of the flaws have could been addressed, but that Spiral seems “uniquely uninterested” in taking them on. While Rapid7 tends to get responses from companies “about 70 percent of the time” and almost always sees them implement a fix or workaround when they get in touch, it’s “increasingly rare” for a company to go completely silent.Between this incident and revelations for other products, it’s clear that connected toy makers are walking on glass when they decide to put kids’ communications online. Even if a company doesn’t do anything shady, such as passing the info along to irresponsible third-parties, it can only take a slip-up to expose extremely sensitive messages to the world. And that’s assuming skilled hackers don’t find it first, or that the company doesn’t go belly-up without a firm plan to erase stored data.This doesn’t mean that companies should abandon internet-capable toys altogether, but they need both weigh the merits of storing any info online and take very, very through precautions to make sure that leaks like this can’t happen. This story originally appeared on PCMag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 3 min read –shares Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: CloudPets via engadget Next Article last_img read more

Super Bowl Provides Opportunity for Local Businesses to Score Big

first_img Add to Queue There will be millions of gatherings to watch the game, and just about every snack will have been purchased close to home. Super Bowl February 2, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read With the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots set to face off this Sunday in the Super Bowl, retailers are working overtime to capture shoppers as they plan out their game day festivities — and rightfully so. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), consumers are expected to spend $15.3 billion on Super Bowl-related items this year, up 8.5 percent from 2017’s estimate of $14.1 billion.So, what does this mean for businesses? Individuals who are planning to host game day parties present a lucrative audience for retailers and grocers to tap into to “win” sales around this event. According to new research, this year’s party hosts expect to spend more than $50 on food and supplies alone. The findings also indicate that small, local retailers and grocers can expect to reap a bigger slice of the pie. Forty-three percent of respondents plan to shop small and local, compared to 33 percent who will opt for larger chain stores. Also, consider this — more than half are only willing to travel less than four miles to make their purchases. When it comes to those ordering take-out from a restaurant, they will travel similar distances.With this ideal market in front of them, here are three ways small, independent businesses can beat out the competition to score big on game day.Related: Billionaire Jeff Bezos Will Star in Amazon’s Super Bowl AdAdvertise early and often.According to the survey’s findings, the majority of consumers (69 percent) will complete their purchases just a day or two before, or even the day of the Super Bowl. This presents a prime opportunity for local businesses to draw in these last-minute shoppers through timely, targeted advertisements and promotions, as well as cross-platform messaging.For instance, a local grocer can send out a coupon via email on the morning of game day offering a buy-one-get-one free food deal for those who shop in-store by 10 a.m. In addition to increasing brick-and-mortar foot-traffic, this will also likely lead to ancillary purchases for items such as paper plates, plastic utensils and the all-important chips and dips.However, while these last-minute shoppers should certainly be prioritized by retailers and grocers, the survey findings also note that nearly one-third of consumers will begin shopping for party supplies at least a week in advance of game day. With this insight, it’s important for businesses to create multiple touchpoints with shoppers via offers and promotions throughout the week leading up to Sunday.Related: The Conclusion to This Super Bowl Ad Was Deemed Too Controversial for TVOptimize the in-store experience.With so many last-minute shoppers coming out in full-force on game day, and 75 percent of them planning to purchase their game day party supplies in-store, retailers and grocers must ensure that their brick-and-mortar locations provide customers with speed, accessibility and convenience. To do so, stores should:Embrace the perimeter: Place party essentials like chips and dips and beer/soda options in convenient, high-traffic areas for enhanced convenience.Group related items: Create one-stop sections for items such as disposable plates, eating utensils and napkins.Utilize in-store circulars for coupon distribution. One-third of consumers plan to check for coupons and deals via in-store circulars — retailers and grocers should ensure they are meeting this demand.Related: Secrets from a Super Bowl Campaign That’s Had 2 Billion ImpressionsPrepare for increased traffic.It’s clear that when it comes to game day shopping and preparation, consumers are planning to shop local. However, many of these businesses tend to have less shelf space and inventory, which brings me to my final point — ensuring the supply meets the demand.That holds especially true for restaurants. Nearly half (47 percent) of all survey respondents plan to order out for their parties this year, presenting an opportunity for small, local restaurants to capitalize on the event. Often, pizza is synonymous with a football party. According to RetailMeNot, last year, Americans bought over 12.5 million pizzas on Super Bowl Sunday, with an average order value of $26.45.For a local pizza establishment cranking out pies, they need to drive a positive experience to bring the consumer back for more. And ensure they are well-staffed to deliver with speed.The year’s biggest football event presents a valuable opportunity for restaurants, grocers and retailers of all sizes to boost sales and start the New Year strong. However, small, local businesses should expect to see the biggest gains as consumers value convenience and proximity above all else when it comes to hosting parties for game day. With just a few tweaks to their operations, smaller shops can expect to score big both on Super Bowl sales and future brand loyalty. CMO of Valassis Guest Writer Super Bowl Provides Opportunity for Local Businesses to Score Big Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 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Many parents still skeptical about safety and effectiveness of flu shot survey

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 15 2018When a child gets the flu, they’re not only sick in bed for a week or more, but the illness can also have serious and even life-threatening consequences. In fact, 180 children died after contracting the flu during the 2017-2018 season, one of the most severe on record. Despite the consensus of the medical community, a new national survey by Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children finds that a shocking number of parents are still skeptical about the safety and effectiveness of the flu shot.”We know that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the flu,” said Jean Moorjani, MD, a board-certified pediatrician at Arnold Palmer Hospital. “In this day and age we have so many ways to get information, so if anybody has questions or concerns, we recommend they talk to a doctor they trust to get the right information about what’s best to protect themselves and their families.”The survey found that more than half of parents with children under age 18 believe that their child can get the flu from the flu shot, while a third think that the shot does not protect against the flu.Moorjani says many parents are unaware that it takes about two weeks after getting the vaccine for the body to build up antibodies to adequately protect against the flu, during which someone is still susceptible to contracting the virus. When someone gets sick within that time period, they may incorrectly assume that the flu was caused by the shot.”The parts of the virus that are used in the vaccine are completely dead, so you cannot get the flu from the flu shot,” said Moorjani. “It takes time for your body to get strong and ready for flu season, which is why we recommend everybody get the shot as soon as they can. If you are infected with the flu shortly after getting your flu shot, your body may not be able to fight it off.”In addition to the effectiveness of the flu shot, the survey also found that many parents question the vaccine’s safety, as well. 30 percent think that the flu shot is a conspiracy, while 28 percent believe it can cause autism.Related StoriesAntibiotics can wipe out early flu resistance, study findsWomen’s greater immune response to flu vaccine declines with ageComputer-generated flu vaccine enters clinical trials in the US”After extensive studies, we know that the flu vaccine is safe,” said Moorjani. “You cannot get autism from the flu vaccine. It is not a conspiracy for doctors to recommend the flu vaccine. Doctors recommend it because we know — based on science, research and facts — that it is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu.”Ehren McMichael makes it a point to take her three children to get their flu shots every fall. While she’s aware that the shot is not 100 percent effective in preventing the flu, she knows that it is the best method available to keep her family healthy through flu season.”My youngest child got the flu last year before we were able to get our flu shots, and he was miserable for about four days,” said McMichael. “I know moms who believe a lot of the misinformation that’s out there, but I think that our pediatrician is the best person to get our information from. As a parent, the flu shot is just another level of protection I can give my kids, and with so many places offering flu shots, it’s really simple.”Experts recommend that everyone over the age of six months get the flu shot, and the sooner the better. If you have the choice, doctors say the shot has been found to be more effective than the nasal spray in preventing the flu. If your child is under the age of eight and it is the first time they’ve received the flu shot, they will need two shots, spaced a month apart, to build up their resistance. Getting the shot not only helps protect those who receive it, but also vulnerable populations, such as infants, who can’t be vaccinated and are more likely to experience serious health effects from the flu. Source:http://ohap.multimedia-newsroom.com/index.php/2018/10/15/survey-shows-widespread-skepticism-of-flu-shot-despite-doctor-recommendations/last_img read more

Zinc could help develop new nonantibiotic treatment for bacterial diseases

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 9 2019New details about the role of zinc in our immune system could help the development of new non-antibiotic treatment strategies for bacterial diseases, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs).UTIs are one of the most common bacterial infections worldwide with about 150 million cases each year, and can lead to serious conditions such as kidney infection and sepsis.A team of cross-institutional University of Queensland researchers led by Professor Matt Sweet, Professor Mark Schembri and Dr Ronan Kapetanovic examined how our immune system uses zinc to fight uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) – the major cause of UTIs.Dr Kapetanovic, from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), said researchers already knew that zinc was toxic to bacteria.”We confirmed by direct visualization that cells in our immune system known as macrophages deploy zinc to clear bacterial infections,” Dr Kapetanovic said.Related StoriesStudy: Surveillance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to be core focus for healthcare facilitiesNatural antibiotic made by Tübingen researchers interacts with human defense mechanismsCannabis ingredient shows promise as potential antibiotic for superbugsThey also discovered that UPEC has a two-pronged strategy to survive the body’s immune response.”We found that, compared to non-pathogenic bacteria, UPEC can evade the zinc toxicity response of macrophages, but these bacteria also show enhanced resistance to the toxic effects of the zinc.”These findings give us clues to how our immune system battles infections, and also potential avenues to develop treatments, such as blocking UPEC’s escape from zinc to make it more sensitive to this metal.”Treatment strategies that don’t use antibiotics have the advantage of bacteria not developing resistance; if we can reprogram our immune cells to make them stronger, or change the way they respond to bacteria, we would be better equipped to fight superbugs.”UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences Dr Minh Duy Phan said the study also identified the full set of UPEC genes that provide protection against zinc toxicity.”This knowledge provides another potential avenue for developing antimicrobial agents for the treatment of UTIs”, Dr Phan said.IMB PhD student Miss Claudia Stocks said the methods the team used could be applied to the study of other bacterial diseases, not just UTIs.”Macrophages deploy zinc toxicity against several types of bacteria, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Salmonella and Streptococcus, that aren’t necessarily being cleared from the body by normal mechanisms,” Miss Stocks said.”We developed zinc sensors that can be adapted to study different types of bacteria, bringing us closer to understanding our immune system better and creating therapies for a range of infectious diseases.”Source: http://www.uq.edu.au/last_img read more

Flexible and dynamic transport solution for future 5G communications developed

first_img“The 5G-Crosshaul project has delivered a novel transport network that provides overall resource optimization and brings capital and operational expenditures to a reasonable return of investment,” said Xavier Costa, Head of 5G Networks R&D and Deputy General Manager of the Security & Networking R&D Division at NEC Laboratories Europe. “The level of innovation achieved has set the stage to deliver the huge increase on the available bandwidth and the ultra-low-latency required by the fifth generation of network technologies.”Following the final project review that was held at the R&D+i 5TONIC laboratory headquartered at IMDEA Networks and performed by independent experts appointed by the European Commission, the 5G-Crosshaul project was reported to “have fully achieved its objectives and milestones and delivered exceptional results with significant immediate or potential impact”. The EU experts’ report also highlighted the production of 91 scientific publications in several prestigious journals, 74 presentations in international venues, 28 demonstrations (including several made at flagship events such as the Mobile World Congress) and 35 contributions to international standardization bodies, amongst other results.The report continued to note that “several key innovations have been identified, and some of them have been mapped to products for exploitation. The project has so far registered five patent applications. Future exploitation plans are expected to emerge from the partners, outside the project umbrella and based on these innovations.””Throughout its lifetime, the 5G-Crosshaul project has successfully delivered 60-plus technological and informational contributions to the advancement of 5G standards,” said Paola Iovanna from Ericsson and the project’s Innovation Manager. “The project produced radical technological innovations, several directly mapped to products, setting this project as one of the most groundbreaking and unique projects to date.””The project’s relevance will go well beyond its impressive track record of having brought together a diverse set of parties from all parts of the 5G ecosystem to deliver advanced research complemented with an innovative set of demonstrations,” said Thomas Deiß, from Mobile Networks, Nokia. “In the ongoing and upcoming 5G rollouts—not just in the EU, but globally—the importance of the transport network must not be overlooked; 5G-Crosshaul made significant contributions towards that recognition, while keeping a holistic perspective on all technologies that are shaping the mobile transport networks of the future.” The 5G-Crosshaul consortium was selected in 2015 to develop a 5G transport network that would integrate backhaul and fronthaul, two typical segments of the 4G telecommunications networks. On the fifth generation of communication networks that is expected to replace 4G around 2020, these two segments merge into what is known as crosshaul to enable a flexible and software-defined reconfiguration of all networking elements in a multi-tenant, service-oriented and unified management environment.The transport network now presented flexibly interconnects distributed 5G radio access and core network functions hosted on in-network cloud nodes. This configuration is achieved through the implementation of a control infrastructure coupled with a unified data plane, encompassing innovative high-capacity transmission technologies as well as novel deterministic-latency switch architectures. “The data plane is like a muscle, while the control infrastructure would be like a brain. Thanks to their integration we can move a huge amount of data in a very short time, and we can do it by controlling how long it takes to perform this process,” explains one of the researchers.”It has been truly an honor to oversee one of the most ambitious 5G transport network research and development efforts to date,” said the Coordinator of the 5G-Crosshaul project, Arturo Azcorra, Professor at the Telematics Department of UC3M and Director of IMDEA Networks. “The successful results of the 5G-Crosshaul project have advanced scientific knowledge and the international standardization of 5G systems. They have ultimately contributed to an increase in Europe’s global competitiveness in 5G.”The 5G-Crosshaul solution was demonstrated and validated through 18 experiments integrating multiple technology components from the project partners. Real-world trials took place at sites in Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona and Taiwan, and delivered sub-millisecond latency, tens of Gbps throughput, and proven energy and cost savings of up to 70%, depending on the deployment scenario. The trials also demonstrated fast service deployment time in the order of minutes, taking advantage of SDN (software-defined networking) and NFV (network function virtualization) concepts. 5G. Credit: UC3M Explore further Citation: Flexible and dynamic transport solution for future 5G communications developed (2018, May 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-flexible-dynamic-solution-future-5g.html Viability tests of Ericsson’s pre-commercial 5G technologycenter_img More information: For more information on the project please visit: 5g-crosshaul.eu Provided by Carlos III University of Madrid 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. A consortium of 20 industry-leading companies and organizations has announced the successful completion of the European research project 5G-Crosshaul, coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). The three-year effort has delivered what is now the de-facto concept for an integrated 5G transport network, a crucial step towards the real-world implementation of the future 5G communications system.last_img read more

1984 antiSikh riots case SC asks CBI to apprise it of status

first_imgSajjan Kumar was the leader and he was the kingpin of the massacre of Sikhs, says Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The Supreme Court on Monday asked the CBI to apprise it of the status of the ongoing trial in a case involving former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in connection with a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and listed his bail plea for hearing on April 15.The CBI told a bench of Justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer that Kumar, who was a sitting MP in 1984, was the “kingpin” of the massacre of Sikhs in the national capital in 1984. “This is a gruesome offence of massacre of Sikhs. He (Kumar) was the leader and he was the kingpin of this,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, told the bench.Also read: 1984 anti-Sikh riots: Congress leader Sajjan Kumar gets jail for ‘remainder of life’Mehta also told the bench it would be a “travesty of justice” if Kumar is enlarged on bail as he is facing trial in another 1984 anti-Sikh riots case at Patiala House district court here. The bench said that it would hear on April 15 bail plea of Kumar, who was convicted and sentenced to life term by the Delhi High Court in connection with a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.The case in which Kumar was convicted and sentenced relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar Part-I area of southwest Delhi on November 1 and 2, 1984, and burning down of a Gurudwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.Anti-Sikh riots had broken out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 by her two Sikh bodyguards. Published on COMMENT A file photo of Sajjan Kumar.   –  THE HINDU 1984 anti-Sikh riots: SC notice to CBI on Sajjan Kumar’s appeal 1984 anti-Sikh riots case: CBI seeks dismissal of Sajjan Kumar’s plea in Supreme Court Sajjan Kumar moves SC against conviction in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case SHARE April 08, 2019 Supreme Court of India RELATED crime SHARE SHARE EMAIL New Delhi COMMENTSlast_img read more