Liverpool make huge Salah decision

first_imgSalah has been sensational ever since he came to Liverpool from Roma last summer, managing to score as many as 43 goals in this season alone and even looking to break the club record for most goals in a single season.This has caused all of the top European clubs to consider bidding for the Egyptian as it seems he is just getting started right now – Barcelona and Real Madrid have been heavily linked with interest in the Reds sensational player.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…However, Liverpool are already taking precautions – they are ready to double his salary to as much as 185 000 pounds per week in order for them to be able to keep him at Anfield, according to the Daily Star.He currently earns 90 000 per week and the management seems desperate to tie him down and stop him from departing from the club – he is one of the main reasons Liverpool are in the top four in the Premier League and in the semi-finals of the Champions League as well.last_img read more

Welbeck confident in Englands setpieces

first_imgEngland forward Danny Welbeck is feeling optimistic about the squad’s set-piece ability after scoring the majority of their goals from free-kicks and cornersThe Three Lions have scored six of their eight World Cup goals from set-pieces with only Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard being the only players in the national side to have scored from open play in their campaign.Head coach Gareth Southgate previously described England’s upcoming knockout game against Colombia as their biggest game in a decade and revealed that he has been training the players specifically for these kinds of matches since March.Speaking to Sky Sports, Welbeck said: “With the formation we play, we like to keep possession of the ball but we also like to create opportunities.“There has been a lot of talk about set-pieces and getting goals from that but in this tournament a lot of goals have been scored from set-pieces.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We have created opportunities but maybe we have been fouled in dangerous positions, which is leading to us not getting as many goals from open play.”The Arsenal player is confident that England have done their homework correctly on Colombia.“We will do our analysis of Colombia. We know the strengths and weaknesses we will be looking to exploit,” added Welbeck.“With the players in our squad, we can hurt any opposition.”England will face Colombia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Tuesday.last_img read more

NASA telescope spies unusual galaxies from dawn of the universe

first_img Share your voice Spitzer’s deep-field view of the sky awash with galaxies. Circled in red are incredibly faint, distant galaxies that the telescope observed for over 200 hours.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/Spitzer/P. Oesch/S. De Barros/I.Labbe Astronomers surveying the sky with NASA’s Spitzer space telescope have been able to peer back to the early universe, 13 billion years in the past, and find some of the very first galaxies. They look like tiny, orange dots aglow in a sea of darkness — not too dissimilar to the famed first image of a black hole — but the miniscule lights imaged by Spitzer contain a host of young stars, composed mostly of hydrogen and helium. The discovery of these unexpectedly-bright galaxies could provide new clues about one of the most important cosmic events in history: the “Epoch of Reionization.”The new research, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in April, required Spitzer to stare into the same region of sky for over 200 hours, studying the ancient cosmos as part of a campaign known as the GOODS Re-ionization Era wide-Area Treasury from Spitzer (GREATS). Another great, the Hubble Space Telescope, also contributed to the data. Post a comment More space news Tags NASA Space With Spitzer trained on a region of the sky for so long, it was able to gather light that had traveled across the universe to reach us. In what amounts to a cosmic staring contest, Spitzer didn’t blink. The telescope detected faint infrared signals from 135 distant galaxies, produced by high levels of ionizing radiation. It’s a particularly important finding, because ionizing radiation is believed to have contributed to the Epoch of Reionization in the early universe — a cosmic transformation that shaped the universe as we know it today. Astronomers are still stumped as to what exactly caused these changes, but the early galaxies detected by Spitzer may provide some clues.”Our latest Spitzer result reveals how different these early galaxies are to those at later times and pinpoints our sample as a key set for providing insights into how galaxies so efficiently reionized the universe,” said Garth Illingworth, a co-author on the new study. The results were surprising for Michael Werner, project scientist with Spitzer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.”We did not expect that Spitzer, with a mirror no larger than a Hula-Hoop, would be capable of seeing galaxies so close to the dawn of time,” he said in a statement. “But nature is full of surprises, and the unexpected brightness of these early galaxies, together with Spitzer’s superb performance, puts them within range of our small but powerful observatory.”  Spitzer, launched in 2003, is an infrared observatory in an Earth-trailing orbit operated by NASA and the California Institute of Technology. It carries three instruments that allow it to “see” across the wavelengths of infrared light, providing spectacular views of the gaseous, dusty distant cosmos.center_img Sci-Tech 0 Your wedding ring came from a neutron star explosion, 4.6 billion years ago Scientists just observed a crash between two neutron stars Gravitational wave detectors upgraded to hunt for ‘extreme cosmic events’ NASA Spitzer telescope celebrates 15 years of astounding images 15 Photoslast_img read more

Google Maps will now tell you how packed your train will be

first_img 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)center_img 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. Amazonlast_img read more

16th amendment verdict shakes govt Khandker Mahbub

first_imgKhandker MahbubThe 16th amendment annulment verdict has shaken the government in such a way that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has considered this an opportunity to reap benefits out of it.BNP vice chairman and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Khandker Mahbub Hossain said this in an interview that came up in Prothom Alo print edition on Wednesday.Prothom Alo joint editor Mizanur Rahman Khan took the interview on the 16th amendment annulment verdict that scrapped parliament’s power to remove judges on the grounds of misconduct and incapacity.”I think that the observations made in the verdict are accurate and timely. The chief justice in his observations depicted a true picture of irregularities and injustice prevailing in society,” said Mahbub Hossain.When his attention was drawn to the observation made by justice Hasan Foez Siddique that Bangladesh lost its character as a sovereign and people’s republic during the autocratic rules of Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad, the BNP leader said this observation has grieved them.”We are aggrieved at this observation. Ziaur Rahman had built friendly relations with the neighbouring country and taken all-out measures to protect the sovereignty. We are scrutinising the pros and cons of the verdict,” he said.Asked about the allegation of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) that the BNP is using the verdict for its political goal, Mahbub said, “BNP is not doing politics centring on the verdict. Maybe, our party is trying to gain a political leverage from it.”He said, “The government is so shaken by the judgement that we see this as an opportunity.”Asked why the BNP is considering the verdict a historic one whereas it branded its founder Ziaur Rahman as a usurper, Mahbub said the independence of judiciary is the basic pillar of an independent democratic society and the 16th constitutional amendment was a big blow to the judiciary.Asked if the BNP would seek to expunge observations that go against Ziaur Rahman and the BNP, the party vice chairman said observations are the opinions of the judges. It will contain both good and bad. “I think BNP will take a decision after a thorough scrutiny of the verdict.”Mahbub Hossain went on to say, “The verdict accurately reflects the socio-political condition of the country. In which, it has been said in an oblique reference to Bangabandhu that no achievement can be made by a single person. And Zia’s name came in the observation by the way of talking about the martial law.”*The article is rewritten based on the interview by Rabiul Islamlast_img read more

Harvey Close Calls Building A Third Reservoir

first_imgFlorian MartinPhilip Bedient, director of SSPEED CenterMany local officials and experts agree– in order to reduce the impact of another major flood– a third reservoir must be built.There are currently two, both on the west side:  the Addicks and the Barker. Phil Bedient is the head of the urban flooding and infrastructure program at Rice University.“The only real hope we’ve got is to put a third reservoir up into the Katy prairie area,” he said. “There’s a couple of plans out there to evaluate where they add a reservoir to protect additional floods from feeding into Addicks.”Bedient said he’s optimistic that Hurricane Harvey is providing the momentum for the county and city to push for construction quickly,  compared to what happened after big floods in the past. “And I do believe we are at a turning point,” Bedient said. “Even more so than post Allison.”But he said it comes down to who will pay for it.Harris County Judge Ed Emmett suggests the state. “It would cost about 5 percent of that rainy day fund for the state of Texas to just write a check and do it,” he said. Both Emmett and Bedient agree that building a third reservoir is just one piece of many projects that might mitigate flooding. Share Listen X 00:00 /01:06 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Microsoft Wants to Clean Up Your GermInfested Smartphone Screen

first_img 3 min read April 16, 2015 Register Now » Your smartphone is a dirty, dirty little thing. If scientists swabbed that grody brick for germs, they might find some of these nasties and, sadly, almost definitely the last one: E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus, yeast and fecal matter. And, shoot, that’s just the short list, guys.   It’s a vicious cycle. You touch your phone dozens of times a day at least, maybe even hundreds. And the germs you come into contact with from everything you paw between phone zone sessions — doorknobs, dollars, elevator buttons, toilet seats, etc. — get all over you and, inevitably, all over your precious phone, too. Yuck.Related: Hypochondriac’s Dream: Sickweather App Tells You Where Germs Lurk Near You Disinfectant wipes are a decent temporary solution, but they can’t kill all bacteria and viruses all of the time. And flimsy screen protectors are a pain to put on and typically don’t last very long. The bugs win, whatever you do.  Microsoft knows this, and it feels your heebie-jeebies and wants to make it all better. Hopefully 99.9 percent better. Last week the tech behemoth briefly blogged about its new patent for a UV light system that it says could automatically disinfect mobile device touchscreens — and apparently even your fingertips as well.Related:  Is Your Office Making You Sick?The potential antimicrobial cleaning system would be centered around a UV and visible light transparent film material that would go onto or in touchscreen-equipped devices. “UV light is emitted from a UV light source into an edge of the transparent film material in order to transfer the UV light through the transparent film material while remaining in the transparent film material through total internal reflection effect,” the patent reads, per the April 10 Microsoft blog post. “Some UV light exits the transparent film material at points of contact to disinfect fingertips and immediate surrounding areas through the frustrated total internal reflection effect.”We hope Microsoft moves forward with the fresh initiative. It could offer a nice, simple solution to a really disgusting problem, one that most of us would rather not think about and are too lazy to properly deal with on our own. Too bad the auto-cleaning system would probably only be available for the company’s own touchscreen gizmos, like Microsoft Surface tablets and Microsoft Lumia smartphones, as hinted at in the blog post.Related: The Makers of This Solar-Powered Technology Want to Eliminate a Global Sanitation Issuecenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Tiny Belize gets ready for its first bigname luxury resort

first_imgTags: Belize, Hilton, Luxury Travel Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Posted by SAN PEDRO — Belize’s first luxury resort from a global brand, built from the ground up on Ambergris Caye, is set to open this winter.Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio – A Collection By Hilton, will open its doors in December 2017. The island resort is set on 60 acres and geared to guests looking for “relaxed adventure”. In all Mahogany Bay will have 205 cottages and villa-style accommodations with colonial-style detailing, heirloom-quality furnishings and sustainably-harvested local Belizean hardwoods.The resort’s General Manager, Niklaus Leuenberger, says Mahogany Bay “will be a one-of-a-kind, authentic, Belizean resort.” He adds: “Building a new property on an island as striking as Ambergris Caye has been a real labour of love. Every detail of the resort has been meticulously thought out – from the interior design to the selection of amenities, from the guestrooms to the public spaces. Local flavour has been infused throughout the entire resort, and we have worked hard to provide guests with what will be an exceptional product. I know I speak for the entire team, when I say we are eager for guests to experience Mahogany Bay when we officially open our doors at the end of this year.”Mahogany Bay Resort, BelizeMahogany Bay Resort, BelizeMahogany Bay Resort, BelizeLeuenberger has served as General Manager for The Peninsula Hotels in Philippines, Hong Kong, and New York over the course of 19 years. He was also Managing Director of The New York Palace Hotel and most recently held the position as Senior Vice President of Resort Operations of Baha Mar Casino & Hotel in Nassau.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionMahogany Bay amenities include the Bay Club with pool and bar and the private, white sand Beach Club, a short boat ride from the on-site marina. The property’s focal point is a 22,000-square foot Great House featuring a signature restaurant and bar, 8,000-square-feet of event space, the largest in Belize, plus a wrap-around covered veranda.The resort’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Edward Donaldson, has 30 years of global leisure and luxury sales experience including a stint as Director of Sales & Marketing for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ Tucker’s Point in Bermuda. “We are already receiving exciting feedback about Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club within the marketplace, and from my many years of experience, I am confident that the resort will be very well received when we officially open our doors this winter,” said Donaldson.Nightly rates start at US$369 for garden cottage accommodations. See << Previous PostNext Post >> Tiny Belize gets ready for its first big-name luxury resort Travelweek Group last_img read more

Save up to 40 off accommodations with Summer Only In Cayman campaign

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Thursday, April 25, 2019 Tags: Cayman Islands Sharecenter_img Save up to 40% off accommodations with Summer Only In Cayman campaign TORONTO — Fresh off its best month ever for Canadian visitation, the Cayman Islands has launched its Summer Only In Cayman campaign, featuring savings of up to 40% off on accommodations.According to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, a total of 4,567 Canadian visitors were recorded in February 2019, making it the best month in recorded history.With the Islands just a flight away from Canada, summer is the best time to visit, says the Department. Both Air Canada and WestJet offer twice weekly, nonstop, four-hour flights from Toronto to Grand Cayman, as well as easy connections from Canadian gateways. Packages are also available through Air Canada Vacations and WestJet Vacations.The limited-time Summer Only in Cayman campaign, which is available to book until June 30, 2019 for travel between April and Dec. 19, 2019, includes special offers on airfare, accommodations, watersports, dining and more.Participating accommodations are offering resort credits an exclusive deals for Cayman Islands only experiences at reduced rates of up to 40% off. These:Kimpton Seafire Resort + SpaGrand Cayman Marriott Beach ResortThe Ritz-Carlton, Grand CaymanGrand Caymanian ResortWyndham Reef Resort Grand CaymanCoral Beach VillaSunset Cove CondosThe Heritage ClubHoliday Inn Resort Grand CaymanAvalon CondominiumsIslands Club CondosMargaritaville Beach Resort Grand CaymanMore news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Participating attractions, watersports and restaurants include:Pedro St. James National Historic SiteQueen Elizabeth II Botanic ParkRocky’s Diamond GalleryCaptain Marvin’s Watersports Ltd.Cobalt Custom ChartersCobalt Coast Grand Cayman ResortCayman Brac Beach ResortLittle Cayman Beach ResortAgua RestaurantCatch RestaurantFor more information go to << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Rep Cole lauds budget focus on fixing roads and bridges

first_img Categories: Cole News,News State Rep. Triston Cole today applauded his House colleagues in joining him to vote for a balanced budget that allocates a record amount for fixing and maintaining roads and bridges throughout the state.Cole, of Mancelona, said the fiscal year 2017-18 budget approved by the House includes strategic state government downsizing to put more funds into asphalt and concrete and less state taxpayer money for administration purposes. Additional money for local government to complete road projects and provide vital services such as fire, police and emergency medical care is included as well.“We made our transportation system – from the visible roads and bridges to the unseen infrastructure of underground water and sewer systems – a priority in this budget, and kept up pressure to make sure we had the funding necessary to have an impact,” Cold said. “The transportation system and infrastructure was all but ignored during the Lost Decade, and we have emphasized the need to dedicate more state money to fix the problems.”Cole said the budget also includes record funding for K-12 education, including additional money for students in Northern Michigan to close the per-pupil funding gap that has existed for decades between wealthy downstate districts and smaller schools in Northern Michigan.Other key factors of the budget include:The 2017-18 budget spends less on the state budget next year than was spent during the current year.Overall growth in spending does not exceed the rate of inflation. Just like families across Michigan, the Legislature is tightening the state’s belt by cutting inefficient programs and eliminating waste in state government.The budget helps make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.The plan pays down millions of dollars in debt, helping relieve state liability and opening the door for a more secure financial future. 20Jun Rep. Cole lauds budget focus on fixing roads and bridgescenter_img #####last_img read more

Polish pay TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat has launched

first_imgPolish pay TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat has launched a new series of offers that include a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 3G tablet, providing access to mobile internet and with pre-installed applications for OTT video services ipla and HBO Go and music service muse. The tablet is available as part of a series of data offerings that include unlimited access to specific sites. Cyfrowy Polsat is charging PLN29.90 (€6.90) for 3GB, PLN49.90 for 10GB, PLN59.90 for15GB, PLN79.90 for 20GB and PLN99.90 for 25GB.last_img

Phyllis Ehrlich Television is here and its here

first_imgPhyllis EhrlichTelevision “is here and it’s here to stay”, with ad dollars actually now starting to move back from online to broadcast, according to Time Warner Cable Media executive Phyllis Ehrlich.Speaking at TV Connect this morning, Ehrlich, who is senior vice-president, chief client solutions officer, said: “being at the conference for the last three days has been music to my ears, because I was at so many sessions where the speakers talked about the fact that linear television is alive and well. There still is nothing that can compare.”She said that while there has been been a definite shift in TV ad dollars and budgets moving online in recent years, “what we’re hearing from some of the top brands and global brands is that now dollars are shifting back to television.”“Why? Big challenging issues like ad-blocking, a lot of fraud in the system. We are going directly into subscribers homes where subscribers are paying a significant amount of money for our services,” said Ehrlich.She claimed that last year was Time Warner Cable’s best in the last nine years in terms of adding video and broadband subscribers, and that based on Nielsen stats from earlier this year 20% of people’s time is still spent watching live or time-shifted TV, compared to 6% of time spent on the internet.“In the first quarter of 2016 TV viewing is up a little [at] 0.3% – definitely stable. In the boomer generations it’s up 3%. So it’s here and it’s here to stay,” said Ehrlich.last_img read more

A minister has refused to promise that the governm

first_imgA 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.last_img read more

Public transport providers and local authorities a

first_imgPublic transport providers and local authorities are using loopholes in legislation to avoid their legal obligations to ensure that buses are accessible to disabled people, campaigners fear.They believe that transport companies are using three different loopholes to allow them to cut costs and use ageing, inaccessible buses.Access laws state that all buses and coaches have to meet the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) – which date back to 2000 – but coaches have until January 2020 to comply, while all single-deck buses have had to comply by January 2016.One of the ways that some bus companies have been dodging the regulations, it is believed, is by simply removing the hanging straps in buses, and placing “no standing” signs in their vehicles.This means they can call their vehicles coaches instead of buses, because there are no standing passengers.Another tactic is to block-book inaccessible buses for contracts to provide free school transport.Buses that provide only free school transport do not have to meet PSVAR, but the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has told disabled activist Doug Paulley that it believes some councils are trying to cut costs by using inaccessible vehicles, while at the same time allowing members of the public to use the buses as fare-paying passengers, and also charging some pupils, which should invalidate the PSVAR exemption.The third loophole used by bus companies is to take advantage of regulations that allow inaccessible vehicles that are more than 20 years old to be used for a maximum of 20 days a year.Paulley (pictured), who is currently awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on whether disabled people should have priority in using the wheelchair space on buses, said he has caught a bus that was inaccessible to wheelchair-users, despite the PSVAR, and which was taking advantage of both the 20 days-a-year loophole, and the free school transport loophole.He said: “When the government put the deadlines for accessibility in place, they set the deadlines at the projected lifetime of buses and predicted that all existing buses would be worn out and out of circulation by now.“It seems bonkers to me that operators are playing silly buggers to get round the ban on using inaccessible buses, to enable them to use recently bought, ancient and inaccessible buses on scheduled bus services. And I think it treats us with contempt.”Paulley is also concerned that the law is almost impossible to enforce for a disabled person because it comes under criminal legislation, rather than civil law.This means that any breach of the law would have to be proved “beyond reasonable doubt” instead of “on the balance of probabilities”, even if an organisation could be persuaded to take on the prosecution.He added: “It’s perverse that something that was considered so important that failure to comply was made a criminal offense, is so easily sidestepped and not enforced or enforceable.”The Department for Transport failed to comment by 11am today (18 August), despite repeatedly promising to do so.last_img read more

ACTING Head Coach Mike Rush paid full tribute to t

first_imgACTING Head Coach Mike Rush paid full tribute to the players following their stunning 46-6 win over Leeds on Sunday.After an eventful week the Saints produced a performance of real class to beat the Super League Champions.“I have to put that down to the players today,” he said. “They understood where we were and what position we were in. I think they have taken a long hard look at themselves, and that is what the Chairman, Board and the fans, who were fantastic, expect.“We tinkered with a few things and bringing Lance (Hohaia) in at half made a bit of a difference. Having someone older and wiser was a good thing and he was outstanding, as was Lee Gaskell who played in the 20s.“I do think the players had the shock of losing their Head and Assistant Coach and that hit home. They can make changes and they did tonight. Maybe being at home against Leeds was a good thing for us too.“The lads certainly seemed to play like they enjoyed it and now we look forward to Friday. Let’s see if we can play with the same spirit and passion we showed tonight.”He continued: “The players showed confidence and belief in themselves but we can’t get ahead of ourselves. Warrington are a good team and we need to keep our focus.”last_img read more

Study Awareness campaigns are not sufficient to tackle superbug crisis in developing

first_img 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: 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.”last_img read more

Online observatory aims to combat energy poverty

Energy poverty is caused by income limitations and energy inefficiency, according to experts. Credit: Max Pixel/ image is in public domain Expert urges government to consider ‘fuel-poor’ households Household energy poverty has been described as a lack of adequate energy services for warmth, cooling, lighting and to power appliances needed for essential services and to support health and a decent standard of living.It is not the same as financial poverty, according to Stefan Bouzarovski, professor of human geography at the University of Manchester, UK. “Energy poverty is driven not just by income limitations but energy inefficiency,” he said.Thought to have increased since the financial crisis of 2008, energy poverty is now estimated to affect around 10% of the EU population, or 50 million Europeans. It is a problem that goes beyond the ability to afford heating bills, as a lack of heat or cooling and the associated stress is thought to have knock-on effects in health, and educational and career attainment.Prof. Bouzarovski was speaking at a conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 29 January to launch the EU Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV), an open-source online repository for energy-related data. The idea is to develop indicators to measure energy poverty across the EU and provide a source of comprehensive, accurate information to help people create innovative policies and practices to address the problem.Prof. Bouzarovski, who will chair the EPOV steering committee, has spent the last five years investigating the different dimensions of energy poverty in Eastern and Central Europe as part of a project called EVALUATE, which he says has helped to build up a substantial knowledge base on European fuel poverty and energy efficiency.He says the different ways that countries across the EU deal with energy policy presents challenges for researchers. “There is no one-size fits all approach,” he said. Different legal regimes and assessment criteria exist throughout Europe, meaning developing high-quality data can be challenging.Countries also adopt diverse approaches to the financial aspects of energy, with some authorities subsidising tariffs and others funding cash supports to help customers pay bills. Provided by Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine If you have ever run up arrears on your bills or shivered without turning on the heat at home during winter because you are concerned about the cost, then you may be experiencing energy poverty. The specific challenges faced by individual countries are also different. According to Prof. Bouzarovski, the regions most at risk of energy poverty are southern and central Europe. But the energy problems in cities in Spain, where the main challenge is often cooling, and small towns in Hungary, where adequate heat can be an issue, are quite different.PlatformThe EU Energy Poverty Observatory is not a physical building with monitoring equipment and telescopes. Rather, it has been designed as a user-friendly web platform where members can share insights from data, reports and case studies, in order to devise ways of tackling challenges such as energy efficiency, security and affordability.Addressing the conference, Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, pointed out that heating is the third most demanding use for energy, after transport and electricity, and that a more efficient, clean energy industry is essential to the people of Europe.”It’s our duty to make sure that no one is left behind,” he said.The conference heard that in some regions, people spend 10% of their income on energy services, while others spend upwards of 25%, and affordability could become more of an issue as the EU moves towards a decarbonised economy.Speaking at the event, Claude Turmes, a member of the European parliament (MEP), said that the ability to pursue green efficiency is currently the preserve of a determined, privileged few who can invest time and money in energy solutions.For example, the upfront costs of installing an energy-saving device such as a solar panel can be prohibitive and prevent positive change. Up to 85% of buildings in the EU are not energy efficient, yet retrofitting a typical family home with insulation can easily run to tens-of-thousands of euros.Also, often there is also no incentive for landlords to insulate and refurbish their properties with energy efficiency in mind because the costs of usage are paid by the tenant. EPOV hopes to study factors that can influence change in those areas and give people insight into practices elsewhere. For example, some countries address this by stipulating combined rent and heating bills to share the burden of costs between landlords and tenants.Theresa Griffin MEP, who also spoke at the event, said that European policy must enable a just transition to a low-carbon economy. “Through our collective efforts, we can ensure that from 2018 and beyond, no European ever again has to choose between heating, cooling or eating,” she said. 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German state to shut Facebook page over data privacy worries

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Facebook loses bid to block landmark ECJ data security hearing 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. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: German state to shut Facebook page over data privacy worries (2019, June 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Explore further A German state government announced plans Thursday to shut down the region’s Facebook page because of concerns over the company’s handling of data protection issues. The governor’s office in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt cited a year-old ruling by the European Union’s top court stipulating that the administrator of a “fan page” on Facebook is jointly responsible along with the social media company for the processing of visitors’ data.It said that, since that decision, Facebook’s Ireland-based European subsidiary had taken no measures to give page operators insight into its processing of personal data.The office said it will soon take down the region’s Facebook page on the advice of the state’s data protection commissioner. Germany is strongly protective of data privacy.Facebook declined to comment on the decision, but pointed to past company statements outlining steps it had taken to make its data use more transparent.last_img read more

Musang King cendol business booms after customer complained its overpriced

first_img Related News Nation 01 Jun 2019 M’sia to start exporting Musang King to China in August Nation 27 Apr 2019 High-tech solution to thorny problem of ‘fake’ Musang King Muhammad Ariff Qayyum Mohd Zamri, the owner Raja Cendol Taming Sari in Bandar Hilir here, saw sales tripling after the Facebook complaint went viral sometime in February.”I’m so thankful the matter went viral. “Now more people know about my stall, and I have many more customers. My workers and I have never been busier,” said the 25-year-old entrepreneur, adding that durian lovers did not mind paying RM38 for a bowl of Musang King cendol. Even before the viral incident, his stall, which he opened two years ago, was already popular.While the Musang King cendol is the clear winner among his customers, he also offers Udang Merah cendol (RM20 a bowl), D24 cendol (RM20), hybrid durian cendol (RM17) and normal cendol (RM7).Cendol is a refreshing Malaysian dessert consisting of shaved ice, creamy coconut milk, red beans, corn, palm sugar syrup (gula melaka) and little green strands of dough made from rice flour. To add more flavour to this delicacy, durian pulp or other fruits like lychee, as well as nuts, jelly and ice-cream are added.Muhammad Ariff said he needed about 20kg of durian pulp a day to meet the demand for durian cendol.”Just for each serving of Musang King cendol, I use between 120g and 150g of the flesh,” he said, adding that his durians were mostly sourced from Johor and Pahang.Since he is extremely particular about the quality of durian he uses, he has to cope with the fluctuating prices.”Between November and January, durian prices shoot up due to the smaller harvests. During the durian season from May to August, prices start to drop. “Cheap or expensive, I still have to buy my stock,” he said.His stall, located within the grounds of Menara Taming Sari in the tourist district of Bandar Hilir, also sells durian-based mochi (a Japanese dessert), ice-cream, dodol, candy and mooncake. When he decided to venture into business two years ago, Muhammad Ariff Qayyum did it just to pass time. Little did he expect his cendol stall would eventually generate an average income of RM90,000 a month.His income would swell to RM150,000 a month during the school holidays when more visitors head to Melaka.Before he opened his stall, he worked at his family-owned factory located at the Melaka Halal Hub in Serkam that produced durian-based snacks.”I was earning about RM2,000 a month then. “Since durian is a seasonal fruit, I used to have a lot of free time and that’s when I came up with the idea of setting up a cendol stall as an uncle and aunt of mine have a recipe for delicious cendol,” he said.Using his savings of RM25,000 as capital, he started the venture. His father Mohd Zamri Mohd Taib, 51, is now his business adviser. In fact, it was his father who suggested that he introduce Musang King cendol to his menu and to add gula melaka syrup to enhance its taste.In 2018, the young entrepreneur raked in total sales worth RM950,000, and he is targeting RM1.2mil in sales this year. He hopes to open branches in Kuala Lumpur and Johor in the near future. – Bernama MELAKA (Bernama): RM38 for a bowl of cendol heaped with dollops of Musang King durian?Peeved at the price, one customer proceeded to upload a photo of the receipt showing RM114 for three bowls of cendol on Facebook and complained.The photo soon went viral, with many netizens agreeing that the cendol was overpriced. However, in the end, the cendol seller had the last laugh – he laughed all the way to the bank. center_img Nation 10 Jul 2019 Melaka exco member plans to give Dr M durians as a birthday gift Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more