Barton believes QPR’s sports psychologist can help Taarabt

first_imgJoey Barton has taken to Twitter to pledge his support for Adel Taarabt and believes QPR’s sports psychologist Steve Black could play a crucial role in turning the Moroccan’s career around.Black was brought to Rangers last season after being recommended by Barton, who worked with him at Newcastle, and he was credited with playing a major role in the club’s promotion.Taarabt has been out of favour under Harry Redknapp and was recently involved in an extraordinary public row with the manager, who has accused him of refusing to train properly.R’s midfielder Barton tweeted: “I am going to do my upmost with Adel. I will give him all the time he needs. Time to get him back to his best @B1ackieI am going to do my upmost with Adel. I will give him all the time he needs. Time to get him back to his best @B1ackie— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) October 23, 2014“When you get under @B1ackie ‘s wing, there is only one direction you can go… #kaizen #payitforward“A lot of people have helped me a long in my journey. I would never have been doing what I was without their help.“We all need a helping hand at times. Never be to proud to admit that. Tough journey especially in such a fickle environment.“Even the strongest amongst us need a hand at times. Many people have lent me a hand, it’s vital to reciprocate that.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

INFOGRAPHIC: With New Mobile Rates, There Are Now 10 Million Ways to Pay for a Cell Phone

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts jolie odellcenter_img Tags:#mobile#web After AT&T and Verizon announced new mobile rates this past weekend, many users were happy to hear that the cost of voice calls would be reduced for two major American carriers.Today, the restructured mobile plans and packages went into effect, but the costs, benefits and corporate revenues aren’t as simple as a few saved dollars for cell phone calls. In a word, what all gadget geeks, tech-heads and mobile users know is that data is one of the more costly – and ever more popular – aspects of any user’s mobile plan. As smartphone adoption increases, how do major carriers’ plans stack up to one another?Our good friend (and startup BillShrink rep) Tony Adam wrote today in a blog post, “The real truth behind the story is that the profits are in the data: Verizon’s revenue is now up 24% (they reported $15.8 billion in Q309), with 17% coming from data services.”To put it bluntly, we’re all texting, emailing, tweeting and updating constantly – who even has time for a phone call these days? The laws of supply and demand state that as demand for voice services wanes and the public consumption of mobile data services rises, corporations will realize that it’s worth their while to create a false economic incentive for voice packages while maintaining and increasing rates for data packages.The tricky part, then, becomes stripping away the marketing-ese, the convoluted packaging structures and the hard-pitch sales routines that go along with them to determine how users can get the best fitting data and voice plans.Thanks to BillShrink’s unwavering focus (and they said the process behind this achievement was “painful… the carriers didn’t make it easy”), we have a concise, clear infographic on how mobile plans and rates from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all measure up to one another. Or at least we have a start: Based on data they collected, the BillShrink folks estimate there are now 10 million ways to structure a cell phone plan.To see the full-size, fully detailed infographic, check out BillShrink’s large version.For example, Verizon and Sprint are currently asking $119 for unlimited voice, text and smartphone data plans, while T-Mobile and Sprint’s equivalents ring in at $20 less per month. In fact, just about all the plans from these four carriers are identical until you start to factor in text messaging and mobile Web browsing, at which point Verizon and AT&T start to charge more than their competitors.As smartphones and superphones take over the market, do you think we’ll see more network-agnostic devices? And with more network-agnostic smartphones sucking up more mobile 3G bandwidth, do you think all carriers will raise their pricing for data and text packages?Let us know what you think in the comments. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

13 days agoJuventus demand Mandzukic fee from Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus demand Mandzukic fee from Man Utdby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have told Manchester United they must cough up a fee for Marko Mandzukic.The Daily Express says United will have to spend £10million if they want to sign Mandzukic from Juventus in the January transfer window but the player has reached a verbal agreement with the Red Devils.Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Croatian star Mandzukic to beef up his misfiring front line.He failed with a summer move for the former Bayern Munich star who will be 34 next May but is understood to have now reached a verbal agreement.Juve want to offload Mandzukic who has has been told that he won’t be featuring in Maurizio Sarri’s plans for the season.He has rejected a lucrative move to Qatar and has been offered the chance to play in the MLS with LAFC but still feels that he can play at the highest level in Europe. last_img read more

Video: Check Out This Incredible “Vengeance” Hype Video About The SEC West’s 2015 Season

first_imgSEC West promotion feature Dak Prescott.SEC West Hype VideoWill there be a better division in college football in 2015 than the SEC West? Probably not. The division that has ruled the sport for the majority of the last decade is expected to be great once again this fall. In ESPN’s first “Football Power Index” poll, the SEC West has five teams in the top 10 and a sixth team, Auburn, ranked No. 17. In anticipation of the 2015 season, a fan created an awesome “Vengeance” hype video about the SEC West. It’s pretty great. last_img

Gwyneth Paltrow Hosts In goop Health Wellness Summit In Los Angeles

first_img An In goop Health retail hall, including a wellness pharmacy, an athleisure shop, a clean-beauty apothecary, and exclusive goop collaborations, such as a nontoxic polish by goop x Côte Nails. The hall also featured an installation from ecologically sensitive electric car company Karma Automotive, the official auto partner of In goop Health. A concluding party with cocktails by Ketel One Botanical, a 100% non-GMO vodka infused with natural essences. goop, the modern lifestyle brand founded and helmed by Gwyneth Paltrow, hosted the third installment of its popular wellness summit, In goop Health.GWYNETH PALTROW HOSTS IN GOOP HEALTH WELLNESS SUMMITThe consistently sold-out summit featured thought-provoking discussions with leading voices in the wellness space and showcased bespoke activations that spoke to our emotional and physical health.The summit featured: A full day of issue-focused panels with leading doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, and boundary-pushing celebrities. Highlights included:Intimate fireside chats conducted by Paltrow with creatives such as Meg Ryan and Janet Mock;- A discussion on the cannabis industry with innovative scientists and entrepreneurs, moderated by actress Lake Bell and presented by MedMen. Goop also curated a selection of cannabis-adjacent products at MedMen’s new Abbott Kinney location, which opened today;- An exploration on intuition, creativity, and unlocking your potential led by author and poet Cleo Wade;- Inspired by The Sex Issue and The Post-Natal Depletion Cure – new releases from goop’s book imprint – a Tantra and polarity session with Michaela Boehm, and a Q & A with Loom’s Erica Chidi Cohen and Dr. Oscar Serrallach presented by Munchkin;- A Q & A with leading female entrepreneurs on “Career Health”- A breakout session on plant nutrition, moderated by actress Mena Suvari with Kelly Leveque and Keri Glassman and presented by Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk;- Discussions on the autoimmune spectrum, longevity and health span, where scientists and doctors explained the art of maintaining, and even optimizing, your health at every age. Health-driven food options from top vendors, chefs and food purveyors, including Moon Juice, Gracias Madre, Café Gratitude, Methodology, Kye’s, P.Y.T., Blue Bottle Coffee, Four Sigmatic, Kreation, Dream Pops, Wanderlust Creamery and pizza with activated charcoal crust from Jewel. The VIP lunch was hosted by Jessica Koslow of Sqirl. Wellness experiences including facial stations and master classes by Tata Harper, Shiva Rose, Herbivore Botanicals, May Lindstrom, Anastasia Achilleos, Cyrohealth and Annee de Mamiel, and a LED eye mask station by Dennis Gross. The popular no-makeup makeup station by Glamsquad, and B12 shots from the Hydration Room were also back by popular demand. Complimentary limited-edition slides by vegan shoe company, Native Shoes, were provided to all guests upon entrance. Personalized sessions including scent blending with natural perfumer Douglas Little, human design with Lynette Hagins, life-path readings with Susan Grau, numerology by Josh Siegel, Akashic Record readings by Amor Luz, pulse readings by Martha Soffer of Surya Spa, tarot card readings from Angie Banicki, crystal readings with Kiki Matoba-Smith, Reiki classes with Kelsey Patel, breathwork with Ashley Neese, meditation with Light Watkins, chakra cleansing and psychic readings by Deganit Nuur of Nuurvana, manifestation workshops with Suzannah Galland, aerial yoga with Lululemon, and more. A gift bag stocked with goop-approved beauty, fashion and wellness products, including Tru Niagen, Rent the Runway, The Organic Pharmacy, Naturopathica, May Lindstrom and Olio E Osso. A Wellness Weekender package, which included a two-night stay at Hotel Casa del Mar, exclusive fitness classes, and an invite to a cocktail party the night before the summit. An “eat ugly” produce wall created by Imperfect Produce, which fights food waste by salvaging unclaimed goods directly from farmers. 20% of fruits and vegetables never make it off the farm due to cosmetic reasons alone. All produce from the welcome wall will be donated to LA Compost and reused as a resource for our ecosystems.In collaboration with Mother Denim, goop staff wore “goopfellas” tees, which were also available in the goop Hall for guests to purchase.In goop Health took place at 3Labs in Culver City, with additional events held at Shutters on the Beach, the official hotel partner of In goop Health.last_img read more

Doctors angry at opposition to planned tax changes urge Ottawa to forge

first_imgTORONTO – Doctors across Canada who support Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed tax reforms say they want their voices to be heard above the din of criticism from colleagues and medical societies.To make their point, they have been putting signatures on a letter they plan to send to Morneau this week.“We were really fed up with the narrative that our colleagues were putting forth and that our medical associations were putting forth as the only opinion out there,” said Dr. Sarah Giles. “We’ll probably have friends never talk to us again. People are ridiculously emotional about this.”Among other things, Morneau wants to stop allowing some tax-saving mechanisms through incorporation that physicians say are essential given that they have no access to benefits other employees enjoy. Angry medical associations say doctors will leave Canada for the U.S., and female physicians will be disproportionately hurt.The president of the Canadian Medical Association said in a recent statement that a delegation had told Morneau that doctors rely on the measures now in place for working capital needed for expanding their practices and, among other things, to deal with “unanticipated costs, sick or parental leave, staff turnover, and other business requirements.”Signatories to the open letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press, see it much differently. They argue that scrapping the current system will promote tax fairness and give the government more money to spend on health care.“We need adequate tax revenues to fund social programs such as affordable housing, pharmacare, social assistance, legal aid, and the health-care system itself,” the letter states. “These programs directly impact the health of our patients, and we believe it is important for us to contribute to their sustainability through an adequate tax base.”Giles, who does stints working with remote Indigenous communities and abroad with Doctors without Borders, said diverting dollars from doctors toward improved care would benefit her money-strapped patients far more than it would harm physicians.“There’s a lot of catastrophising,” she said of those upset at Morneau’s plans. “Why are they hanging their hats on this issue? It feels very self-serving.”Canadian Medical Association data suggest a large majority of physicians are incorporated. That means they can access various measures to reduce their taxes despite earning significantly more on average — upwards of $225,000 annually before taxes — than other Canadians.“These benefits are advantageous mostly to certain incorporated doctors,” the letter states. “It also seems unfair that these benefits are not available to Canadians with similar incomes who cannot incorporate.”The physicians do say in their letter the proposed changes should come with a transition plan for those affected and as part of a “comprehensive review” of tax policy.Rita McCracken, a family doctor in Vancouver who said she was bombarded with advice on incorporating to save taxes even when she was in medical school, expressed disappointment at what she considers reactionary physician organizations who should be pushing for improvements to the health-care system. Any suggestion the proposed measures are “anti-feminist” is misguided, she said.McCracken contacted colleagues with the aim of expressing a fact-based alternative view, leading to the letter to Morneau.“It just seemed to us there was some motivation from very high earners who wanted to continue to be able to pay less tax,” McCracken said. “(But) people who make more money should pay more taxes.”Lesley Barron, an incorporated general surgeon in Georgetown, Ont., said she supports the proposals even though her family’s bottom line will take a hit. Morneau’s approach will help make the tax system more fair, she said.“I don’t believe it makes sense for physicians to fund retirement, benefits, and maternity leave through these tax loopholes,” Barron said.Another letter signatory, Ritika Goel, a family doctor with an inner city practice in Toronto, said the din of criticism from many doctors makes it important an alternative perspective be heard. The current system isn’t the way to address issues Morneau critics are raising, she said. Goel, who is currently on leave to look after her baby, says maternity benefits are in fact available to doctors in Ontario.“Beyond that, I’m in an income position that has allowed me to have savings to take maternity leave,” she said.last_img read more

Competition Bureau reaches anticompetitive agreement with software developer

first_imgOTTAWA – The Competition Bureau says it has reached an agreement with a Canadian developer of travel industry software alleged to have created barriers that prevented its competitors from participating in the marketplace.The bureau says that Softvoyage Inc.’s well-established control of the market for content management software used by most tour operators allegedly saw the company start including exclusivity clauses in its contracts.These exclusivity clauses would then allegedly force tour operators that were using Softvoyage’s software to use only the company’s software for the distribution and sale of their vacation packages, among other claims.The bureau says this created a barrier to entry or prevented the viability of any current or potential competitors in the marketplace.As part of its consent agreement with the bureau, Softvoyage will refrain from enforcing certain clauses or portions of its clauses contained in its contracts with its clients over a period of seven years.The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.last_img read more

ELC student helping to raise awareness about the importance of pollination

first_imgPimm also made a presentation to City Council on June 11th and got the City to proclaim the week of June 18th – 24th and Pollinator Awareness Week in Fort St. John. As part of the awareness week, she said that several local businesses including Baked Pastry and Bakeshop, Whole Wheat & Honey Café, and the Fort St. John Library will also be offering bee-related products and educating their clientele about the importance of the fuzzy winged creatures.As for which bee is her favourite, Pimm said it’s a tie between the honeybee and the bumblebee.“I like the honeybee because it’s most well-known for making honey, and I like the bumblebee because it’s so fluffy and big. It’s not supposed to fly, but its wings are just so strong that they can hold them up.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A student at the Energetic Learning Campus in Fort St. John is looking to do good for the community by helping to raise the public’s awareness about the importance of pollinators in our lives.Grade 10 student Meghan Pimm said she decided to do something that would involve bees for her ELC Community Project this year. ShePimm said that as part of her project, she went to Robert Ogilvie Elementary and spoke to some of the school’s students in Grades 1 and 3 about the important role that bees play in where our food comes from, before helping the students plant fruits and vegetables. She also approached local stores selling pesticides and got permission to put up signs informing customers of the detrimental effects pesticides have on bee colonies.last_img read more

Undocumented migrants face tough time inside Libyas detention system

first_imgTRIPOLI – Since the fall of Gadhafi, African migrants mainly from Chad, Niger and Mali have been flocking to Libya hoping to get work or a boat to Italy. AA reporter Assed Baig goes to detention centres in Tripoli to meet some of them.Armed men guard the entrance of the zoo in Tripoli, some are dressed in military fatigues, whilst others stand around smoking. Beyond the windy road lies a ‘detention centre’ run by a former militia that now works under the Interior Ministry. The area around the gates of the zoo still has some of its former lustre, designed to attract Libyans to its once scenic grounds.The militia were initially charged with zookeeping, but as the problems in Libya multiplied, so have their responsibilities. They are now charged with dealing with migrants and comb the streets of Tripoli looking for migrants without valid visas or documentation. Commander Said Gars Alaha sits on an old sofa placed in the shade, outside the door to the facility. A small table in front of him, he has a file and an empty cup sitting next to it. Inside, migrants are lined up against the wall.  Uniformed men wearing medical facemasks inspect any documentation the migrants may have whilst asking them questions. Gars Alaha wears a blue uniform with military style black boots.  He has a neatly kept short grey beard and welcomes us warmly.  He is keen to point out that this is a processing facility and that migrants are not kept here for more than 72 hours.“This is not a prison”, he points out to me.None of the guards inside seem to be carrying guns. He tells me that he is upset at foreign journalists twisting the story and making it seem like migrants are being kept with animals.“I am happy for you to look around, as long as you tell the truth,” says Alaha.There are various pick-up trucks and police cars parked around the grounds, including a minibus with caged windows. I am told that this is for transporting migrants to another facility.Inside, the migrants line up, most are Black Africans.  Abdullah, the guard, inspects their passports.  None of the men have a valid entry stamp.  Some do not have passports.  27-year-old Fafuna Musa from Mali, tells me that he came to Libya to feed his family, “I just want to earn money and go home to my family”.  This is a common story told here.  Migrants are unlikely to admit that they will attempt to journey further to Italy.   Most end up working in Libya trying to earn money to feed themselves and their families back home.  Some save up to take the dangerous journey by boat to Italy.   During Gadhafi’s regime numbers of African migrants from Libya were stemmed as Gaddafi asked for money from European countries to prevent a ‘Black Europe’.  Since his fall the levels have increase as lack of security allows smugglers more freedom to operate.The migrants look tired.  Their clothes are ripped and some do not have any shoes.  Most have travelled the desert to get to Libya, a journey that can take up to a month depending on where they are coming from.  Some have travelled from as far-a-field as Nigeria.There is dust and dirt all over their clothes.  Some of these men work on construction sites.  The youngest is 18 years old.Fafuna looks over 50 but tells me he is only 27.  I question him further, and he responds by saying, “Anna miskeen,” meaning “I’m poor” in Arabic.  The guard says the story is always the same and replies, “ I know that all of you are ‘miskeen’.”Some of the migrants are cut and are bleeding.  The guard is quick to tell me that the wounds were caused when the migrants ran from the police.  I ask the migrants to make sure that this is true; they confirm the guard’s version of events.Badara is another detainee, he works in a restaurant and is using his mobile phone to call his boss.  He says that his boss has his paperwork and passes the phone over to the guard so that he can speak to the restaurant owner.  A look of desperation runs across his face as he hopes that his boss will be able to secure his release.  Many businesses in Libya rely on migrant labour.  It is cheap and as in countless other countries Libyan’s sometimes do not want to do the jobs that migrants are prepared to do.I am led through the facility and I spot some blood on the floor.  Again Abdullah is quick to point out to me where the blood has come from.  They have come very aware of the negative publicity that this facility has received recently.Outside in the courtyard Egyptians and Tunisians are queuing at a door to a small room.  Their blood will be tested for any diseases, Abdullah tells me, specifically for HIV and Hepatitis. We are then taken to one of the main detention rooms.  The guard signals for the men to stand up and come to the front.   I stop him; I don’t want orchestrated pictures for the benefit of the media.  He opens the padlock to the iron barred room. I take pictures of young men as they sit on the floor of the room.There are two mats on the floor and I count 12 detainees.  My guide points out to me that they have two air-conditioned rooms, a toilet and bottled drinking water, but this room is not particularly clean.  The men are ushered out and back through to the main hall leading to the entrance, where the get into a van to be taken to another detention facility to which we do not have access.   The commander assures me that those that do not have valid visas, documentation or passports will be repatriated to their countries of origin.Earlier this year Amnesty International said that refugees, asylum seekers and migrants were being held in ‘deplorable conditions’ in Libya.  The human rights organisation visited seven “holding centres” in April and May this year.  Amnesty international said they found “evidence of ill-treatment, in some cases amounting to torture”.  The organisation also said that many foreign nationals were being held in Libya and were subjected to “arbitrary arrests and held for long periods in deplorable conditions at immigration detention facilities described by the Libyan authorities as “holding centres”, with no immediate prospect of release or redress in sight.”We have had no problem accessing this facility, but there are others detention centres and prisons that we do not have access to.  We spoke to a former prisoner of a facility in Khums to the east of Tripoli. He alleged that routine beatings and sexual assault were a common practice.  One detainee told Anadolu, on condition of anonymity, that women were forced to have sex with guards in exchange for their release.However, in this detention centre the guards and commander are keen to point out what they consider to be good treatment of the detainees.   We did not see any of the guards shout or use force whilst we were there.“They eat what we eat,” Gars tells me, referring to the sandwiches and they ate.  “We have women to take care of and check the women.  We do not treat people badly,” he adds.We also visited a detention facility in Sabha, the largest city in the south of the country and usually the first city that migrants arrive in when entering Libya. Although we were allowed on to the facility, we were not permitted to see where the detainees were being kept.  According to the Deputy Commander Al-Medani Muhammed Al-Zarouq there are 600 undocumented migrants being kept at the facility.  A local resident of the city who has seen the facilities told me they were very dirty and difficult to enter because of the smell.  This could be why I was refused entry to see the migrant’s living conditions, 600 people enclosed in a small building, not allowed to leave, in the hot conditions of Libya, is bound to result in terrible conditions.  There was no mention of air-conditioning at the Sabha facility.I was told that the migrants are divided into nationalities and that the majority of are from Niger, Chad and Mali.“We cannot send some migrants back to their countries, like those from Somalia and Eriteria, as they are refugees,” says Al-Zarouq.The undocumented migrants from Niger are sent back to their country in trucks, paid for by the interior ministry he tells me.  I am shown the kitchen of the facility, but am not permitted to take any pictures or speak to the migrants working there.  It seems clean.  There are crates full of freshly cooked packed lunches.  Al-Zarouq opens one for me, pointing out that he, the guards, and the detainees all eat the same food.  Each little box has macaroni and a piece of chicken in it, and I can still see the steam rising from the food.   The rest of the facility seems to be undergoing some renovation.  There are two armed guards standing around, the majority of whom are unarmed.There are many detention centres and prisons spread across Libya.  The number of detainees is unknown at the moment as numbers fluctuate as people are released, repatriated or transferred to other facilities.  Undocumented migrants that are captured face a long detention, repatriation and in some cases physical abuse.  The future of Libya’s prisons and detention centres is uncertain until the government manages to bring everything under control and conform to international standards of transparency and access.As I leave the detention centre in Tripoli I can see some of the migrants praying their noon prayer. They sit on the prayer mats long after their Libyan counterparts have finished praying. Their hands are raised in supplication towards the sky. Their heads tipped down like wilted flowers, they pray for relief, for a way out of this detention centre, for their loved ones at home, and for a miracle. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/GETTY IMAGESlast_img read more

No surprise annual audits monthly reports says former NHIB Chair

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianews #tcinhip  #drexwellseymour Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 28, 2016 – The National Health Insurance Board’s money woes should not be a surprise because the Health plan is audited annually and the Permanent Secretaries of Health and Finance sit in on meetings and are presented information to help their ministers make high level decisions and to be acquainted with what is or is not happening at NHIP.This information comes from former Chairman and HLB Owner and CPA, Drexwell Seymour who responded to questions from Magnetic Media after the bombshell news that the Health Insurance plan is bleeding funds to the tune of $6.1 million and needs an urgent $2 million bail out to save the plan from crashing.Seymour said PriceWaterhouseCoopers(PWC) conducts those audits and that the Board has managed to drastically reduce what government was spending on medical care from $40 million annually on locals only before the NHIP was established to now, $13 million dollars per year for locals and work permit holders.Seymour said monthly accounts are submitted and that Government should perhaps consider giving the NHIB more money to manage medical care as there is a shortfall or not enough money to take care of the health care demands.  You can read an article on the state of the NHIP from Drexwell Seymour’s perspective at his Facebook page.Magnetic Media’s report on Friday caused outrage among many residents who questioned leadership following news from a post Cabinet statement which called for a review of NHIB and said that Cabinet was surprised at the financial predicament of the social health care plan. Related Items:#drexwellseymour, #magneticmedianews, #tcinhipcenter_img PDM Administration announces budget increase for primary health care, goal to reduce overseas medical bills Recommended for youlast_img read more