Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo Angela Lang/CNET Mobile Google Maps,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It See it An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It Apple iPhone XS $6 at Tidal Find out if your train or bus will have standing room only, or if you’ll be able to snag a seat. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Now you can know just how miserable your commute will (or won’t) be before you even get to the train station. Google Maps on Thursday rolled out a feature that predicts how crowded a train, subway or bus will be based on previous rides. Riders can see this information and then decide if they want to stick it out or wait for things to clear up. The company also launched live updates on traffic delays for buses in locations where it doesn’t already have real-time information from local transit agencies. Riders can now see if their bus will be late and how long they’ll have to wait. They’ll also get more-precise travel times based on live traffic conditions, and will be able to see where the delays are on the map. The two features roll out Thursday in around 200 cities worldwide, and are available on both Android and iOS. Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The Cheapskate Comments $155 at Google Express $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read the AirPods review Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Google Maps for Android $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Best Buy $520 at HP Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Chris Monroe/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read the Rylo camera preview Turo: Save $30 on any car rental TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Turo $999 See at Amazon $60 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $299 at Amazon 2 Comments See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sprint Tags Share your voice Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview 7 Sarah Tew/CNET Review • The rebuilt Google Maps for Android is better than ever Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Amazon
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday arrested three officials of Chittagong Port Authority in a graft case.An ACC team of its Chittagong divisional office, led by its director Md Abu Sayed, arrested them from the port area, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.The arrestees are assistant transport inspector (NCT yard) of Chittagong Port Authority Md Monwar Hossain, and its upper division clerks Md Nurul Islam Chowdhury and Pulak Kanti Das.Earlier in the day, the ACC filed a case against them with Halishahar police station in the port city of Chittagong for allegedly plundering the government’s revenue of over Tk 7 million from the Chittagong port.According to the case statement, all the accused in collusion with each other misappropriated the amount by releasing 404 metric tonnes of crude gliserin from the port showing false documents in September 2015.
Share Photo by Omar Sobhani/ReutersAfghan security forces are seen at the site of a second blast in Kabul, Afghanistan April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani – RC19C7812B10A coordinated double suicide bombing by the Islamic State group hit central Kabul on Monday morning, killing at least 25 people, including nine Afghan journalists, officials said.An AFP photographer, a cameraman for the local Tolo TV station and several reporters for the Afghan branch of Radio Free Europe were among the fatalities, police said.At least 45 people were wounded in the twin attacks, according to Kabul police spokesman, Hashmat Stanekzai, who also said four policemen were among those killed.The attack was the latest in a relentless string of deadly large-scale bombings and assaults that have struck Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan so far this year. And even as the Afghan capital reeled from Monday’s assault, a suicide car bombing a few hours later in the southern province of Kandahar killed 11 children, a police spokesman said. Eight Romanian NATO soldiers were wounded in that bombing.In a statement posted on an IS-affiliated website, the Islamic State group said two of its martyrdom seekers carried out the Kabul bombings, targeting the headquarters of the “renegade” Afghan intelligence services.The blasts took place in the central Shash Darak area, home to NATO headquarters and a number of embassies and foreign offices — as well as the Afghan intelligence service.Stanekzai, the police spokesman, said the first suicide bomber was on a motor bike while the second explosion meant to hit those scrambling to get to the scene to help the victims of the first blast.The second attacker was on foot, in a crowd of reporters rushing to the site of the first attack, pretending to be one of the media, the spokesman said. The bomber then detonated his explosives while still among the reporters, Stanekzai said, intentionally targeting journalists.Agence France-Presse said the news agency’s chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among those killed. AFP said Marai died in a blast that struck journalists who had rushed to the scene of the earlier attack.Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said along with the nine journalists killed, six were wounded. However, Sediqullah Tawhidi, an official with the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee, sad only five journalists wounded. Conflicting casualty tolls are common in the immediate aftermath of big attacks.The Paris-based group named the journalists, working for media organizations from multiple countries, adding that Monday’s attack was the deadliest targeting reporters since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The group, also known by its French acronym RSF, said 36 media workers have been killed in Afghanistan in attacks by IS or the Taliban since 2016.RSF urged the Afghan government to do more to protect journalists.Survivors and witnesses recounted scenes of mayhem.Jawed Ghulam Sakhi, a 28-year-old a taxi driver said “when the explosion happened, everywhere was covered with dust and fire, it was such a horrific scene” with bodies and body parts “thrown about on the street and the pavement.”“I saw journalists covered with blood, this time they targeted the media,” Sakhi added.Masouda, a young woman who was with her husband nearby, assailed the authorities. Her husband was wounded and was taken to the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital.“I don’t know who is responsible for all these attacks, every day we lose our loved ones and no one in this government is taking responsibility for the killing of these innocent people,” she said.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks. The presidential palace released a statement saying that attacks targeting innocent civilians, worshippers inside the mosques, national and democratic processes, reporters and freedom of speech all are war crimes.The U.S. Embassy also condemned the “savage bombings” in Kabul and reiterated its support for the Afghan people and Ghani’s government in their fight against terrorism.”“We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the victims, including a number of brave journalists among the dead and injured,” it said, adding that “where media are in danger, all other human rights are under greater threat.”Kabul chief of police Dawood Amin said the area hit was quickly sealed off and authorities were investigating. Mohammad Mousa Zahir, director of Wazir Akbarkhan Hospital, said several people suffering injuries from the blasts were being treated at his hospital.In its claim of responsibility, the Afghan affiliate of IS, known as Khorasan Province, said the first martyrdom seeker detonated his explosive vest near the intelligence service in central Kabul, forcing officers to head to the area of the explosion. The statement said the second attacker detonated his explosives vest after that. The statement, which exaggerated the overall death toll as militant claims often do, did not say journalists were specifically targeted.In the Kandahar attack, an Afghan official said a suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in the district of Daman but killed 11 children from a religious school nearby. The children had gathered around the NATO convoy for fun when the bomber struck, said Abdul Rahim Ayubi, a lawmaker from Kandahar.Matiullah Helal, deputy spokesman for the provincial police chief, said 16 people were also wounded in that attack, including NATO soldiers, civilians and policemen.Romania’ defense minister, Mihai Fifor, said eight Romanian troops with the “Carpathian Eagles” were among the wounded. NATO said the wounded service members, who are all in stable condition, were taken to Kandahar Airfield’s hospital for treatment.Gen. John Nicholson, commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission, said in a statement that “if the enemies of Afghanistan think their cowardly actions will deter the commitment of the brave Afghan forces and our Resolute Support advisers, or the call by the Afghan people for peace, they are sorely mistaken.”In other violence Monday, at least four Afghan policemen were killed in northern Balkh province, said Sher Mohammad Abu-Tariq, the district chief in Nahri Shahi. The insurgents ambushed the police vehicle and fired RPGs.Also, an Afghan police officer was killed and four people were wounded in an explosion in eastern Nangarhar province, said Attuhullah Khogynai, spokesman for the provincial governor. He said the slain officer was the chief of the criminal investigations unit for Behsud district.No one claimed responsibility for the other attacks. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan first emerged in Nangarhar a few years ago, then expanded its footprint to elsewhere across the country.IS and the more firmly established Taliban carry out regular attacks, with the Taliban usually targeting the Afghan government and security forces and IS targeting members of the country’s the Shiite minority, whom the affiliate perceives as apostates.The relentless assaults underscore the struggles that Afghan security forces have faced to reign in the militant groups since the United States and NATO concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014. Both groups want to establish strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan.Last week, an Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in Kabul, killing 60 people and wounding at least 130 others. There were 22 women and eight children among the fatalities.And the month before, an IS suicide bomber targeted a Shiite shrine in Kabul where people had gathered celebrating the Persian new year. That attack killed 31 people and wounded 65 others.
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Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorway police have explained why they closed the M6 motorway during a ‘major incident’ last night (Wednesday January 9). Police shut the carriageway in both directions between junction 15 and junction 16 after stopping a lorry carrying 27 migrants near Keele Services on the northbound carriageway. The southbound carriageway was also shut as emergency services detained and assessed the group. Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) have today explained why it was necessary to shut the entire motorway – and say they had intelligence to suggest there was a second lorry carrying migrants. A CMPG spokesman said: “A lot of questions why we didn’t take the lorry into the services. Read MoreInvestigation as THIRTY decapitated birds – including ducks and pigeons – dumped next to public footpath in Stoke-on-Trent “At the time we didn’t know which lorry it was and due to the immediate risk to life we had to start searching all lorries in that section which was after Keele Services. “We also had further information there was a second lorry but no details on which lorry it was. This lorry wasn’t found. We apologise for the delays and inconvenience but the actions we necessary. “Southbound was closed due to some of the 27 running away across the SB from the NB. Due to the potential of a second lorry we could not risk that happening again and a serious collision occurring.” Read MoreFacebook users warned over hoax message saying their private information is going to be made public TOMORROW Highways England first reported police were dealing with an ‘incident’ on the motorway at around 4pm – with the lorry containing the 27 people being stopped at around 5.45pm. The motorway was then closed until around 9.30pm, with hundreds of motorists trapped in the closure – including hundreds of Burton Albion fans attempting to travel to watch their team play Manchester City. A 42-year-old man remains in custody following the incident, Staffordshire Police confirmed this morning. The migrants, none of whom were seriously injured, were given a medical assessment and transferred to be interviewed by immigration officials. Four of those detained told officials they were under 18-years-old and are now being cared for by Staffordshire County Council. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent woman with ‘pattern for getting pregnant’ has children taken into care Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .
Tags: CostSaver, Mexico, Trafalgar Posted by CostSaver now offering adventures in the Americas starting at $163/day Share Travelweek Group Friday, December 2, 2016 TORONTO — CostSaver, operated by Trafalgar, has announced that it is expanding its travel adventures to include the Americas, launching the brand new ‘USA, Canada & Mexico 2017’ program.Featuring both Regional Experiences and Panorama Tours styles of travel, the program showcases 14 different journeys throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico priced from $163 per day.“The response to the CostSaver Europe and Britain program has been wonderfully positive with our clients who love the value, ease and fun of our tours,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “For 2017, we are excited to launch our first ever CostSaver USA, Canada and Mexico program because we’ve listened to our guests who wanted Trafalgar to take them to new destinations and who know that with our itineraries everything is taken care of from hand-picked 3 and 4-star hotels and fantastic local meals, all at unbeatable prices.”Among the 14 value tours, clients have the chance to explore some of Mexico’s most memorable treasures on the eight-day ‘Mexico’s Great Copper Canyon’ priced from $235 per day, take in some of Canada’s most scenic views and plan their vacation to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on the 10-day ‘Wonders of the Canadian Rockies’ journey through Lake Louise, Jasper, Victoria and Vancouver priced from $185 per day, explore the ‘Landscapes of Eastern Canada and USA’ priced from $173 per day, or discover ‘California and the Golden West’ on a 14-day journey.For the month of December, agents can earn $25 gift cards for each client they book on any CostSaver tour. Clients will also receive a special gift of a $50 optional excursion voucher when they book a CostSaver trip.For more details go to costsaver.trafalgar.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>
A minister has refused to promise that the government will protect disabled people from further benefit cuts in next month’s budget.Lord Freud, the welfare reform minister David Cameron, had promised during the election campaign that he wanted to “enhance” and “safeguard” PIP, which is replacing working-age disability living allowance (DLA).But Lord Freud said only that the government would “continue to support the disabled and the vulnerable in months to come”.The question was repeated by Labour’s Baroness Sherlock, a shadow work and pensions minister, who added: “The government want to make £12 billion of welfare cuts. Will he say today that none of those will fall on disabled people?”Lord Freud replied: “I repeat what I said: we will continue to support disabled people and the vulnerable through that process.”Another Labour peer asked him to clarify his response, asking him: “Did he say that the government will protect disabled and vulnerable people during the forthcoming cuts, as the prime minister said they would, or did he say that they will not protect them?”But when Lord Freud said again that the government would “support disabled and vulnerable people through this process”, Baroness Campbell intervened to say: “Protect!”The Liberal Democrat disabled peer Baroness [Celia] Thomas had earlier raised concerns about last week’s high court judgment, which found that work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith had been “unreasonable”, “irrational” and had acted “unlawfully” by delaying payments of PIP to two disabled people.The court said the delays of up to 13 months were “unacceptable”.Baroness Thomas said she accepted that waiting-times had fallen, but that the judge’s comments had been “pretty scathing about the introduction of PIP before all the systems were fully in place”.She asked Lord Freud whether he was confident that the full rollout of PIP to the bulk of existing DLA recipients – currently scheduled to begin in October – was “entirely safe”.Lord Freud said average waiting-times had fallen from 30 weeks to seven, and added: “On that basis we are confident about the full rollout, although we will and are doing it on a safe and controlled basis.”Earlier in the week, disabled people’s minister Justin Tomlinson (pictured) had released an article about the court’s ruling, in which he claimed the government had taken “swift action” to correct the problems in the system that had led to lengthy delays and backlogs.He claimed DWP had “doubled the number of staff working on PIP and we drove the assessment providers to make radical improvement to their service”.Those providers, Capita and Atos, now employ “almost four times more health professionals than they did in early 2014”, he said, and had opened new assessment centres.Tomlinson said: “We simply cannot afford to put this progress in jeopardy. I remain absolutely committed to the further rollout of personal independence payment – but in a way which ensures we learn from our past experiences.“I am clear that the next and final stage of PIP roll-out, which will reassess those on lifetime DLA awards, must be carried out in a safe and controlled manner.”DNS first began reporting on delays and backlogs in the system in late 2013. In January, one disabled woman described how she had been forced to wait more than 14 months to be assessed for PIP.
This story originally appeared on Reuters The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Reuters Next Article Facebook Inc.’s picture-sharing app Instagram said it is reshuffling feeds to display curated content that users would “care” about first.The sequence of posts would be based on the likelihood of interest in the content, the user’s relationship with the person or timeliness of the post, Instagram said in a blog post.On an average, users miss 70 percent of their feeds, Instagram added.Instagram is the latest addition to the growing list of social media platforms reorganizing user feed to draw better attention from users.Twitter Inc., in February, jumped on the feed customization bandwagon and let go of uniformly displaying tweets in reverse chronological order.Facebook’s feed also displays content in a similar algorithmic fashion based upon user interests.The widely used photo-sharing app’s decision to move away from its time-based feed could rid it of one prime feature — showing real-time content.Technology blog Techcrunch argues that users would have to worry about making their posts good enough to be chosen by the algorithm or their posts could be de-prioritized.Instagram said the change in the feed for users would roll out in the coming months.(Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair) Instagram Instagram Ditches Chronological User Feed, Curating Content Instead 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue March 16, 2016 –shares Apply Now » Image credit: Pixabay
People who participated directly in the workshops reported greater awareness of drug resistance as a concept but did not change their attitudes or behavior in positive ways as a result. Key messages from the events did not circulate within the villages as a whole but only within more privileged groups, limiting the indirect benefits of the educational activities. Unwanted behavioral change included an increase in antibiotic uptake from formal healthcare providers. One participant felt so much more confident in her antibiotic knowledge after the workshop that she began selling antibiotics from her village shop. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 26 2019In a landmark study of health behaviors in developing countries, Global Sustainable Development research at the University of Warwick has found that awareness campaigns alone are not enough to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and, in fact, could risk making the superbug crisis worse. Antimicrobial resistant superbugs are a global health crisis arising from widespread use of antibiotics and other antimicrobials in medicine, agriculture, and their leakage into the environment. Tolerance built up by this exposure is making it increasingly difficult to treat common infectious diseases and has been described as potentially “the end of modern medicine as we know it.”The research, published in special issues on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the journals Palgrave Communications and Antibiotics, involved more than 2,000 people in five villages in Thailand and Laos. It is part of an innovative project using social science methods to explore public health issues. The findings challenge conventional wisdom that massive global public awareness campaigns are one of the best tools to address the problem of drug resistance.For the study, lead researchers Asst Prof Marco J Haenssgen and Ms Ern Nutcha Charoenboon and their team implemented half-day educational workshops and evaluated their success alongside their social consequences.They found: Source:https://warwick.ac.uk/ Related StoriesResearchers develop new technique to enhance infection-fighting potential of natural chemicalsFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyAsst Prof Marco J Haenssgen said: “Our research suggests that current global health policies overemphasize the positive impact of awareness campaigns as a means to tackle the superbug crisis in developing countries.”On the face of it, the educational activity appeared successful, for example, increasing the awareness of the words “drug resistance” from 56% to 86% (+30%) among all participants, compared to an improvement from 46% to 63% (+17%) in the villages more generally.”But the link between awareness, attitudes and behavior was weak and should lower our expectations about awareness raising to change behavior.”Factors outside of health knowledge – like the support that villagers receive from their social networks – might be similarly if not more effective in promoting healthy behaviors.”Ern Nutcha Charoenboon, Research officer and leader of the Thai research paper, commented: “We all have heard about being ‘lost in translation’, but it is something easily forgotten in educational programs or awareness-raising campaigns.”Our project enabled us to observe the process and the outcomes of lay people translating AMR knowledge into their own concepts and practices. It turns out that we might have to redefine and approach public problems differently because mass education campaigns could create more harm than good.”Project leader Marco J Haenssgen added: “As the field of global health is gradually developing into ‘planetary health,’ we will depend increasingly on transdisciplinary research, comprehensive evaluation methods, and the voices of local populations. Projects like ours enable us to challenge established wisdom in health policy, understand social and contextual aspects of health behavior, and to find innovative solutions for global challenges.”
US video game industry scored $43.4 bn record sales in 2018 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. (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. But thanks to the proliferation of smartphones, a wider swath of people are playing games—even if a majority of them would not call themselves “gamers,” a new study finds.More than half of American smartphone owners (55 percent) play mobile games to pass the time, according to the Mobile Gamer Insights Report, a survey of 2,000 smartphone owners commissioned by AppLovin, an independent mobile games and growth platform. While those surveyed play mobile games an average of four times a week, nearly two-thirds do not identify as “gamers.”For AppLovin Chief Marketing Officer Katie Jansen, this discrepancy between how many people play mobile games and those who identify as “gamers” can be explained by the difference in time commitment for traditional and mobile games. While traditional “gamers” may spend hours sitting in one location playing on a PC or console game system, mobile game players could spend mere minutes playing a game on their iPhone as they commute to work.”When you’re playing it in little bits and pieces, you’re not necessarily thinking about it that way,” Jansen said. “Mobile is such a part of our daily lives.”Regardless of the reason for playing mobile games—whether it be to pass time, to relax or to keep minds active—all ages play them. About one-third (33 percent) of baby boomers, or adults 55 and older, play mobile games everyday, the survey found. Meanwhile, 39 percent of Generation Z respondents (ages 16-24) play everyday.Mobile games cut across gender lines, too. Eight out of ten (81 percent) of men surveyed play mobile games, and even more women (86 percent) play. Additionally, 40 percent of women and 32 percent of men who have played a game on their smartphone play daily.The pervasiveness of mobile games amongst users has led to a boom in revenue for the industry as a whole. The $61.3 billion in revenue generated by mobile games in 2018 exceeded the combined earnings of games on traditional video game consoles ($12.7 billion) and PC ($35.7 billion), according to Nielsen’s SuperData.Games comprised 36 percent of all mobile app downloads last year and 77 percent of mobile app revenue, according to SensorTower, a company that compiles data and insights on the mobile app industry. Moreover, the company said that 83 of the top 100 grossing mobile apps around the world last year were games.Casual puzzles such as “Angry Birds” and “Candy Crush Saga” have played a large role in fueling this rise of mobile gaming, as they are the most popular type of mobile game, AppLovin’s report finds. And the market has reflected this momentum: Sensor Tower’s research indicated a 20 percent increase in casual mobile game downloads in 2018 across both Google Play and the App Store’s top 10 mobile games as compared to 2017.Part of the draw of casual games is that users can play them in tandem with various activities, such as watching television, says Jansen.”It’s really easy—you can do it on top of other things,” Jansen said. Citation: Mobile video game players’ mindset: They don’t consider themselves “gamers,” survey finds (2019, February 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-mobile-video-game-players-mindset.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain When you think of a “gamer,” you might imagine the stereotype of teenagers or thirtysomething guys intensely playing Xbox or Playstation for hours at a time. Explore further
Provided by The Conversation Backpacking emerged in the 1970s as a low cost form of travel that allowed particularly young people to explore the world without spending too much money. 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. Study reveals how Chinese travellers use technology abroad Backpacking has become an important of the travel market. Credit: Khongtham/Shutterstock Citation: Backpackers are worried about using mobile devices in Ghana (2019, April 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-backpackers-mobile-devices-ghana.html Today, backpacking has become an important part of the travel market. That’s especially true for developing countries, since backpackers tend to seek out local products and services, which is a boon for poorer economies. Studies have shown that backpackers are more likely than conventional travellers to interact with local communities in the places they visit.Increasingly, mobile technology offers the quickest and easiest way for backpackers to get in touch with locals, and find locally run hotels, restaurants and sites of interest. But devices like phones and tablets can also put backpackers at risk. They might be robbed, or their devices might be hacked. We wanted to know how backpackers visiting Ghana perceive the risks involved with using mobile technology while in the country. Understanding and addressing these concerns could be a useful way for Ghana and other West African nations to actively attract more backpackers. This research was motivated by the fact that backpackers are becoming increasingly risk averse. It’s important to understand their concerns so they don’t entirely avoid particular countries or regions.Our study found that four areas of concern related to mobile smart phones. These were linked to the security of the device (that is, might it be targeted by cyber criminals); backpackers’ own psychological and social concerns (would their phones be a distraction from the trip, or see them judged by others for being too preoccupied with their phones); and destination or physical risks. This last was related to whether they might be targeted by thieves and their safety put at risk in because of their phones.There are a number of ways that Ghanaian authorities and tourism bodies can help to address these perceived risks. This will help backpackers feel safer about freely using their mobile devices in the country. The studyFor our study, we surveyed 567 international backpackers and interviewed 15 of them who had visited Ghana between September 2016 and February 2017.In the interviews, we asked people about their risk reduction strategies while they were in Ghana. The survey questions revolved around how backpackers perceived their mobile phones and whether they feared these devices put them at risk in any number of ways.Of course, travellers worried about using their mobile devices in many countries. But they were especially concerned in places that were perceived as digitally unsafe. Ghana is among these places: the US Embassy in Ghana has identified the country as having particularly weak Internet security and a high risk of phone snatching.This reputation may deter potential backpackers from visiting the country, and they may choose another in the region or on the continent instead.Possible solutionsLuckily, there are several steps Ghana and other African countries in a similar situation could take to allay backpackers’ fears. Some of these are technological. They could use third-party assurance seals, which reassure consumers about a service’s safety; as well as encryptions, authentications and firewalls to prevent users from being susceptible to potential fraud and identity theft. We also found that some backpackers worried about looking foolish if they didn’t understand how local mobile services worked. Ghana could offer free samples or trials on local networks, with the appropriate technological support, to help allay these fears.On the safety front, CCTV cameras and an increased police presence around tourist facilities would help backpackers – and, of course, other travellers – to feel less vulnerable to perceived physical risks. Finally, the country must ensure that it informs prospective travellers of these interventions and assures them that every effort has been made to keep they and their mobile devices safe. Explore further This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.