Cardiff City in chase of Harry Arter

first_imgCardiff City Football Club have made a move to sign Harry Arter from fellow Premier League side Bournemouth, according to Sky Sports.The newly promoted Premier League outfit are hoping to sign the Bournemouth midfielder on a season-long loan.The all-action Republic of Ireland international is yet to feature in a football match for the Cherries since January 1st, 2018, and Cardiff are hoping he can bolster their midfield options as they seek to make an impact on their return to the top flight of English football.Neil Warnock’s men secured promotion to the Premier League after finishing second in the Sky Bet Championship last season.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.The Wales based club have ended their four-year absence after gaining promotion back in 2013-14 season only to be relegated back to the Championship that same season.Bournemouth have already completed the signing of Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lemar for a club record fee of £25million and chances of featuring in the team might become even less for Harry Arter.The midfielder still has three years left on his contract at the Vitality stadium and will be hoping a loan move can resuscitate his career.last_img read more

Invest Turks and Caicos launches tonight

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Jan 2016 – The official launch of the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency will happen tonight at the Provo Golf Club and among the features will be remarks by the Finance Minister and the first official meeting of new CEO, John Rutherford, OBE. Rutherford took office since December and has worked in the investment field for 21 years according to TCIG; with experience in the US West Coast and Hong Kong. John Rutherford was chosen from some 125 applicants and the Board, headed by banker, Anton Faessler explained that it is confident that the right choice has been made.There was lots of explanation by TCIG and the Minister for why Rutherford, who is not from the TCI, was selected for the job and how natives can rest assured there are other opportunities at the Agency for them. Rutherford is on record saying he believes other vacancies at Invest Turks and Caicos can be filled by Turks and Caicos Islanders. The newly formed Investment Promotion Agency will handle the main marketing of ‘brand Turks and Caicos Islands.’ It was explained that the specific mandate is to promote and facilitate trade and investment, public- private partnership and other forms of commercial alliances, encourage domestic entrepreneurship, innovation and capital formation, and generally to liaise with government agencies and the private sector in order to streamline the investment process. If the agency lives up to these touted goals, it could be like a balm in Gilead as businesses have for years called on government to ease the process for companies already established in the islands, and to roll out a truer welcome mat for investors. Host of the event which gets started at 7pm is the Minister of Finance, Hon Washington Misick. Recommended for you Invest Turks and Caicos Hosts Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Related Items:invest tci, john rutherford, washington misick Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Update standoff ends in Poway

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – An hours-long standoff ended Sunday afternoon after a man barricaded himself in a Poway building for much of the morning and early afternoon.The standoff was taking place at an apartment attached to a business on the 14000 block of Poway Road.The road was blocked off between Garden Road and Sudan Road. Authorities confirmed that no one was in danger.The Sheriff’s Department said SWAT and crisis negotiation teams were at the scene. The department also urged media and others not to post pictures or video that could endanger deputies.“Please do not put the lives of deputies at risk by posting video or photos of their positions LIVE on TV, web or social media during the incident,” the department said.Sheriff Lt. Dave Perkins confirmed that the  standoff had ended by about 1 p.m. No details on how the situation was resolved or identifying information on the suspect was immediately available. Posted: February 17, 2019 Updated: 6:30 PM February 17, 2019center_img Update: standoff ends in Poway KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Lemonade Day When Life Gives You LemonsMake Lemonade

first_imgAndrew Heuiser, Events & Programs Coordinator for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Lemonade Day is an education program for youth in the community and they learn how to start up their own business , run it, and make profits, and do what they want to with those.” Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. For the past eight years, local Chambers of Commerce have been helping young residents learn the basics of entrepreneurship through this national holiday. Lemonade Day is a free, experimental learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. Sara Hondel, Tourism & Education Director with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce took her daughters out for a day of lemonade tasting: “We are so excited to be out today in this hot weather trying lemonade at every stand that we can get too. There are over 20 from Sterling to Kenai to Soldotna.”center_img Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some. Local children have participated in the Chambers’ building and finance workshops, learning how to create a product and a store and how to use the proceeds. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Today is national lemonade day and young entrepreneurs all over the Kenai put their lemonade making skills to the test. Not only did this help people beat today’s heat, but it gave kids a chance to dip into the world of business. Young entrepreneurs made their own lemonade stands with several varieties of lemonade, homemade treats, and creative marketing themes.last_img read more

Yahoos Marissa Mayer Answers to Me Me Me

first_imgMore on this topic Starcom MediaVest Group’s Mac Delaney to Keynote Folio: Show What Brands Want From Content Marketing Anyway You Search, M&A Market is Watching Behind The Atlantic’s Brand Reinvention Folio: Show Update: New CMO Keynote Panel to Address Convergence of Audience, Brands and Custom Ad Services Marissa MayerJust In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQPowered by Marissa Mayer was the emcee of her own keynote presentation at CES on Tuesday, deflecting the spotlight from her and onto the key people leading some of the changes at Yahoo. A packed theatre at CES welcomed the hour-long advertisement from the Yahoo CEO because, well, it was interesting and entertaining. It was about the most important people: us. Whether it was David Pogue, the new vp of content, unveiling the Yahoo Tech digital magazine or Katie Couric, the new global anchor for Yahoo, talking about the importance of trust-worthy journalism, Mayer made sure the key takeaway for stockholders (and us) was that Yahoo was innovating, pivoting and rejiggering for none other than us. Yahoo is a platform customizable to your habits, so much so that it just acquired a service called Aviate that predicts which apps you’ll need at any given moment and moves them to your homescreen (we don’t have time anymore to swipe to the next screen). The CES audience, which comprises what Pogue called “the Geekheads” versus 85 percent of everyone else, “the Normals”, wanted to hear what Yahoo has done to become relevant again and what it will do to become more useful. As is evident in the 3,200+ exhibits at CES this year, technology is complex and the choices for how we spend our time are abundant. Yahoo and other brand leaders are answering the call to give us what we want when we want it. Mayer’s goal could mirror most brands’: to turn “complexity into clarity.” For Yahoo that means focusing on four key areas: Search, Communications, Digital Magazines (mini-sites, not actual magazines) and Video. Its acquisition of Flickr and Tumblr validate what we already know to be true: that photos and storytelling are the future, and most likely on your mobile device. Its hiring of Katie Couric sent a message to its community that a quality interview requires a great interviewer. A few SNL “Weekly Update” cast members, plus a John Legend mini-concert—all during Mayer’s keynote—were crafted to showcase Yahoo’s coolness.     Mayer and her cohort of presenters representing Yahoo wanted us to know that personalization and simplification are what we should expect from this media brand starting now. It should get many marketers and media companies thinking the same thing about their brands. The challenge is that being simple is not so simple.last_img read more

ATT and Comcast say theyve hit new milestone in fight against robocalls

first_img Comment AT&T Comcast Mobile Tech Industry Getty Images One way wireless carriers are working to stop the flood of unwanted robocalls is through authentication systems that verify caller IDs. One drawback so far has been that these systems work only on calls to and from the same provider. On Wednesday, AT&T and Comcast said they’ll offer call authentication between networks later this year. Customers will be able to see verified calls from all participating carrier providers. AT&T and Comcast’s authentication system is the industry’s first to verify calls between separate providers, according to the companies’ release. The two carriers verified calls earlier this month between AT&T’s Phone digital home service and Comcast’s Xfinity Voice home phone service, the companies said in the release. “While authentication won’t solve the problem of unwanted robocalls by itself,” the companies said, “it’s a key step toward giving customers greater confidence and control over the calls they receive.”This comes after the Federal Communications Commission said carrier companies need to implement robust call authentication systems this year. In February, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said companies should get the systems installed by the end of 2019 or the FCC will consider “regulatory intervention.” Share your voice 1 Tagslast_img read more

Ravi Shastri confirmed as Indian coach Sourav Ganguly supports Virat Kohlis opinion

first_imgFormer Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Virat Kohli has all the right to make his choice clear as far as the next Indian head coach is concerned. This comes after Anshuman Gaekwad said that the selection committee might not take into account what the captain has to say when it comes to picking the next Indian coach.”He is the captain so, he has got the right to say,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of the prize distribution ceremony for Zee Bangla Football League.Kohli backed Ravi Shastri for the role Virat Kohli (L) and Ravi Shastri (R)BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesIn his pre-departure press conference, India skipper Kohli said that personally, he would be happy if Ravi Shastri continued as the head coach as he shared a great rapport with the players in the Indian team. He, however, conceded that he had not been contacted by the selection panel.”The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far,” Kohli had said in Mumbai.Following this statement, the newly formed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) co-member Anshuman Gaekwad said that they will go in with an open mind when they sit down to interview the short-listed candidates and what Kohli says will not be a diktat. Sourav GangulySUJIT JAISWAL/AFP/Getty”The captain can say anything. It doesn’t bother us. We are a committee. That’s his opinion and the BCCI takes a note of it, not us. We have to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. Lot of people from India and abroad have applied. We have to go there and assess things,” Gaekwad said.Responding to this statement, Ganguly said that since he was his personal assessment, he would not comment. The existing coaching staff has got an extension till the West Indies series following which a new management team would be in place.High-profile names which include Tom Moody, Mike Hesson and Mahela Jayawardene has reportedly applied for the post. Also, former Indian manager Lalchand Rajput has thrown his hat.Pravin Amre has applied for the role of a batting coach while South African legend Jonty Rhodes has sent in his application for the role of fielding coach.last_img read more

19 injured in Narail clash

first_imgAt least 19 people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Sarole village in Lohagara upazila on Saturday night.Police said two groups of villagers — one led by Alam and the other led by Khokan — had been at loggerheads over establishing dominance in the area.As a sequel to the enmity, supporters of the two groups engaged in a clash in the night equipped with local weapons, leaving at least 19 people of both groups injured.The injured were admitted to Lohagara Upazila Health Complex, said sub-inspector Prabir Das of Lohagara Police Station, adding that additional policemen have been deployed in the area to ward off further trouble.last_img

EideMiladunnabi 21 Nov

first_imgEid-e-Miladunnabi, the day of birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), will be observed in the country on 21 November (Wednesday) as the moon of Rabiul Awal was sighted in Bangladesh sky on Friday.According to UNB, the decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office, said an Islamic Foundation press release.Religious affairs secretary Anisur Rahman presided over the meeting attended, among others, by joint secretary to the religious affairs ministry MA Hamid Jamaddar, Islamic Foundation secretary Kazir Nurul Islam, Govt Alia Madrasa principal M Alamgir Rahman and Baitul Mukarram National Mosque imam Muhammad Mizanur Rahman.On this day in 570, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hijri calendar, Muhammad (pbuh) was born in Makkah of Saudi Arabia with divine blessings and messages of peace for mankind. He also passed away on the same day.last_img read more

1st Annual Seven Singing Preachers

first_imgSeven pastors from local churches in Baltimore are coming together to host a free concert on November 30th form 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reginald Thomas, William Boyd, Alonzo Jones and Nicholas Hollingsworth are a few of the preachers featured in the concert. Call the church at 410-675-2430 for more information.last_img

Player Spotlight on Paige Schindler

first_img The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode nine features sophomore Paige Schindler. Story Links Episode 9: Paige SchindlerThe Paige Schindler FileNumber: 7Full name: Paige Johanna SchindlerNickname: PagClass: SophomorePosition: PitcherBats/Throws: R/RHometown:  Borden, Ind.   High School: BordenTravel Team: OC EliteMajor: Exercise scienceFun Fact: Post college ambition is to become a physical therapist Print Friendly Versionlast_img

HPs webOS moves out of tablet foxhole into appliance mode

first_img HP looks to the ‘cloud’ (PhysOrg.com) — HP is set to spread the wings of its operating system for its smartphones and TouchPad tablet, webOS, and plant it into a wider technology space of an OS for cars and household appliances. HP’s webOS chief, Stephen DeWitt, who leads the webOS global business unit, is on an HP mission to build up an ecosystem of developers and manufacturers, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. DeWitt said HP is looking into webOS embedded into cars and appliances. He said HP was into talks with auto and appliance makers but he did not specify any company names. HP’s webOS has a touchscreen interface and Internet connectivity. 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. In late June, there was talk about HP courting Samsung. The potential win for HP would be in the fact that HP could license the software to Samsung, as a key hardware maker. Leo Apotheker, HP CEO, said HP was similarly talking to other companies about the webOS too.An operating system, on commercial terms, is only as viable as is the number of manufacturers and developers willing to climb on board. HP has good reason to be aggressive in growing a WebOS ecosystem, considering its investment in the webOS with its purchase of Palm at $1.2 billion last year. Sales of the HP tablet TouchPad which features webOS, have been less than startling.Beyond use in smartphones and tablets, Apotheker has championed the webOS as a superior operating system. “It’s not correct to believe that it should only be on HP devices. There are all kinds of other people who want to make whatever kind of hardware they make and would like to connect them to the Internet,” he has said. Making the webOS a device-compatible platform of choice for the future has been pushed to the top as an HP agenda item. Besides wanting to rev up a mission for cars and appliances, HP has sought to make a business-adoption case for webOS as enterprise-ready.“It’s not just about the tablet, Richard Kerris, an HP vice president, has said. “It’s about the OS, the ecosystem and connecting devices like phones, printers, tablets and computers together.”As for the OS chance of hitting a home run in the car and home-appliance industry, it is recognized that the competitive edge for appliance makers in the future will involve how smart their appliances can be. Users will grow accustomed to embedded systems in their kitchens that can tell them when the milk is running low or how to make an omelet.Likewise, the auto industry is using smart systems in numerous ways. Is the webOs, though, offering compelling enough reasons for manufacturers to scurry on board? That’s the question being asked by HP-watchers. They see a tough road ahead. Thilo Koslowski, analyst, notes that auto makers don’t take lightly the idea of switching technology partners in whom they have already invested. Microsoft’s embedded Windows OS is in use in appliances and vehicles; Google’s Android is reported to be gaining momentum as well. Last year, Panasonic Avionics, developers of entertainment systems for airplanes, said that it will use Android in products. Whirlpool told the WSJ it would not be adding the HP webOS to its appliances. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: HP’s webOS moves out of tablet foxhole into appliance mode (2011, August 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-hps-webos-tablet-foxhole-appliance.htmllast_img read more

Best of Last Week – Dark matter acting like pions changes to

first_img 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. (Phys.org)—It was an interesting week for physics as a team made up of international researchers came up with a new theory that says dark matter acts like a well-known particle—they suggest it has similarities to pions, which bind atomic nuclei together. Also, a macroscopic quantum phenomena was discovered in ice by a team of researchers in China—at very cold temperatures the ice behaved in a way that could only be explained by quantum tunneling, a rare example of quantum phenomena emerging on a macroscopic scale. In other technology news, a team with Escape Dynamics conducted tests with a thruster that showed that using microwaves to propel a craft into space might work, which could mean the end of multi-stage rockets that use propellants. Also a young scientist discovered that magnetic material is unnecessary to create spin current—postdoce researcher Stephen Wu made the discovery while working at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Also, interestingly, a team of researches looking into reports of astronauts’ skin changing before and after missions, discovered that for at least two men, their epidermis grew thinner during their mission by 20 percent—though it is still unclear why that happens.In other news, a team of scientists proposed 3D graphene-like ‘hyper-honeycomb’ structures—the group with the University of Oklahoma believes they could make up a new family of 3D based graphene materials. Also, another team at the University of St Andrews in Scotland fed white blood cells micro-lasers causing them to produce light—the hope is that it will allow for tracking cells as they move through living organisms. Another team looked into how music alters the teenage brain and found that training, even as late as high school, can improve teen response to sound and improved hearing and language skills. And another international team of researchers asked, why do mitochondria retain their own genome? They still cannot say for sure, but they conducted tests looking to see if the mitochondrial genome encodes membrane proteins that are hydrophobic—if encoded in the nucleus, they would be filtered by a signal recognition particle and misdirected into the endoplasmic reticulum. And finally, if you are an expert in your field, you might be more susceptible to alleging knowledge of information that was completely made-up—a team with members from Cornell and Tulane Universities found that self-proclaimed experts are more vulnerable to the illusion of knowledge. Something to keep in mind, perhaps before offering opinions that could come back to haunt you. Explore further Typically when referring to electrical current, an image of electrons moving through a metallic wire is conjured. Using the spin Seebeck effect (SSE), it is possible to create a current of pure spin (a quantum property of electrons related to its magnetic moment) in magnetic insulators. However, this work demonstrates that the SSE is not limited to magnetic insulators but also occurs in a class of materials known as paramagnets. Since magnetic moments within paramagnets do not interact with each other like in conventional ferromagnets, and thus do not hold their magnetization when an external magnetic field is removed, this discovery is unexpected and challenges current theories for the SSE. New ways of generating spin currents may be important for low-power high-speed spin based computing (spintronics), and is also an area of great fundamental interest. The paramagnetic SSE changes the way we think about thermally driven spintronics, allowing for the creation of new devices and architectures where spin currents are generated without ferromagnetic materials, which have been the centerpiece of all spin-based electronic devices up until this point.center_img Why do mitochondria retain their own genome? © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Best of Last Week – Dark matter acting like pions, changes to astronaut skin and illusion of knowledge by experts (2015, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-week-dark-pions-astronaut-skin.htmllast_img read more

Agents can travel with Tauck with enhanced Agent Rewards program

first_imgAgents can travel with Tauck with enhanced Agent Rewards program Share Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Tauckcenter_img WILTON, CT — Tauck’s new sales materials will be arriving in Canadian travel agencies starting next week, plus Canadian agencies can participate in the U.S. tour operator’s Agent Rewards program.Tauck is helping its network of travel agents to navigate “the crowded and sometimes confusing European river cruising market” with new sales materials that spell out the differences between Tauck’s river cruises and those offered by other lines.The Tauck sales materials include a River Cruising Sales Guide, an 11” x 17” poster highlighting Tauck’s river cruising innovations and exclusive-to-Tauck onshore experiences, and a printed comparison grid contrasting Tauck and its ships to other lines and their respective vessels. The reverse side of the comparison grid highlights signature elements like onboard experiences, signature experiences ashore and cruise components included in Tauck’s prices.The 24-page River Cruising Sales Guide provides an in-depth explanation of the ‘Four Cornerstones’ that differentiate the company’s river cruises: comprehensive all-inclusive pricing; high service levels provided by the Tauck Cruise Director and three Tauck Directors staffing each Tauck riverboat; the destination experience; and the onboard atmosphere.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterAlso featured in the Sales Guide are details on the typical Tauck river cruise customer, suggestions on different client-types that agents might successfully target, an FAQ and conversion strategies to help agents grow their Tauck river cruise business.The company is also encouraging its agents to gain first-hand experience on Tauck’s river cruises (and its land tours) by enhancing its Agent Rewards travel incentive program. Agents earn US$200 in points for each client booked on a Tauck tour or cruise, and they can accrue up to $12,000 in points every year.Tauck recently automated much of the program and moved it online to the company’s Agent Connect password-protected web. Agents can review their existing points balance, track their pending points from future bookings and apply earned points to their own Tauck travels.“We’re excited to provide these new sales materials to our agents, and to make the Agent Rewards program even more user-friendly,” says Tauck’s Vice President of Global Sales, Steve Spivak. “At Tauck, we are absolutely committed to constant improvement, whether it’s enhancing our tours and cruises, or raising the bar on the level of service and support we provide to our agents.”More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAgents looking for more information can call Tauck at 1-800-468-2825 or e-mail info@tauck.com. Friday, September 30, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Rep Griffin votes to provide tax relief to Michigan families seniors

first_img State Rep. Beth Griffin today voted to approve a package of bills aimed at providing income tax relief for families and seniors.The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes, while providing additional relief for senior citizens.Griffin, of Mattawan, voted for the three-bill package that will enable people to keep more of their hard-earned money.“This is a win for all of the taxpayers in southwest Michigan,” Griffin said. “The state budget is in good shape and our economy continues to grow. The time is right to ease the tax burden and put more money back into the pockets of Michigan families.”Griffin said the technical fix related to the federal reforms saves $172 per person on state income taxes each year, or $688 for a family of four. Raising the personal exemption provides an additional $102 in relief for a family of four.The legislation, House Bills 5420-5422, will:Ensure Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month, andIncrease the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,300 for the 2018 tax year, with gradual increases reaching $4,800 for 2020;Certify taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions; andHelp senior citizens in addition to the personal exemption increase by providing a $100 income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older – or $200 for joint filers.House Bills 5420-5422 now go to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Griffin News 25Jan Rep. Griffin votes to provide tax relief to Michigan families, seniorslast_img read more

As a specialist in Alzheimers prevention Jessica

first_imgAs a specialist in Alzheimer’s prevention, Jessica Langbaum knows that exercising her mental muscles can help keep her brain sharp.But Langbaum, who holds a doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology, has no formal mental fitness program. She doesn’t do crossword puzzles or play computer brain games.”Just sitting down and doing Sudoku isn’t probably going to be the one key thing that’s going to prevent you from developing Alzheimer’s disease,” she says.Instead of using a formal brain training program, she simply goes to work.”My job is my daily cognitive training,” says Langbaum, the associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix.And that’s true of most working people. “While you’re still in the work force you are getting that daily challenge of multitasking, of remembering things, of processing information,” she says.Langbaum offers that perspective as someone who has spent years studying the effects of brain training programs, and as someone who has seen Alzheimer’s up close.”My grandfather was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment when I was in graduate school getting my Ph.D.,” she says. “That transitioned into full-blown Alzheimer’s dementia.”So Langbaum began to ask herself a question: “How can I in my career help ensure that we aren’t suffering from the disease when we reach that age?”And she realized early on that puzzles and games weren’t the answer because they tend to focus on one very narrow task. The result is like exercising just one muscle in your body, Langbaum says. That muscle will get stronger, but your overall fitness isn’t going to change.The brain training programs used in research studies are more promising and much more demanding. “They’re hard,” says Langbaum, who tried them herself while she was part of a groundbreaking study on the effects of brain training.In the study of about 2,800 people age 65 and older, most spent more than five weeks doing exercises that tested memory, reasoning or speed. Two of the interventions, reasoning and processing speed, helped a bit even 10 years later, Langbaum says.”They delay the onset of cognitive impairment,” she says. “They keep your brain working at the same level longer, compared to people who did not receive those same cognitive training interventions.”But it remains unclear whether brain training can also prevent or delay Alzheimer’s. And more recent research suggests that social interaction may be a better form of mental exercise than brain training.”People who have a lot of social interactions, particularly in mid-life, have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s dementia in later life,” Langbaum says. “There’s something about being around people that’s helpful for our brains.”Langbaum’s in good shape on the social front. Between her family, her two kids, her colleagues at work, and her friends, she says, the social areas of her brain get a vigorous daily workout.So brain training isn’t for Langbaum. But it may be useful for people who are out of the workforce and more isolated, she says.And she has some advice for anyone looking for a way to keep their brain healthy.”If you like crossword puzzles, do them,” she says. “But try something new. And trying something new that brings you enjoyment is key. Don’t do it if you don’t like it.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Eggs have made a big comeback Americans now consu

first_imgEggs have made a big comeback. Americans now consume an estimated 280 eggs per person, per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And that’s a significant increase compared with a decade ago.Part of the renewed appeal stems from the dietary advice we got back in 2016. That’s when the U.S. Dietary Guidelines dropped a longstanding recommended limit on dietary cholesterol. The move was seen as a green-light to eat eggs.But a new study published in the medical journal JAMA re-opens a longstanding debate about the risks tied to consuming too much dietary cholesterol.”What we found in this study was that if you consumed two eggs per day, there was a 27 percent increased risk of developing heart disease,” says researcher Norrina Allen, an associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University.”It was surprising,” Allen says. The researchers behind the JAMA study tracked the health of about 30,000 adults enrolled in long-term studies. On average, participants were followed for about 17 years.Prior studies have come to competing conclusions. But overall, there has not been strong evidence that limiting consumption of cholesterol-rich foods lowers the amount of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol that ends up in our blood.Nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public Health conclude that dietary cholesterol and cholesterol in the blood are only weakly related. But Norrina Allen says that “we don’t know as much as we’d like to about how the cholesterol you consume in your diet is translated into the blood.”The new study is an observational study, so it doesn’t prove that cholesterol caused the increased risk of heart disease that the researchers documented. “These new findings provide one piece of evidence,” Allen says. But it’s possible that other lifestyle or dietary habits may be responsible for the increased risk.One shortcoming of the study is that participants were asked only one time about their diets. So, this one snapshot may not have accurately captured their eating habits over time. “We hope that in future studies we can look at how changes in diet over the long-term may be impacting this risk for heart disease,” Allen says. Future studies could also explore how the risks linked to dietary cholesterol may vary from person to person.Big picture: Many experts say this study is no justification to drop eggs from your diet.”So much data have already been published on this topic, which generally show that low-to-moderate egg consumption (no more than one egg per day) is not associated with increased risk of heart attack or stroke,” Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in an email.Hu says that when it comes to healthful eating, the best strategy is to focus on a well-rounded diet that includes a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds.Thomas Sherman, a professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, agrees. “I tell my students that eating a protein-rich breakfast is one of the best ways of preventing getting hungry,” Sherman says. “So I’d hate for them to come back to me and say, ‘Oh, no! We’re not supposed to be eating eggs.’ “Sherman says if you’re in the habit of eating a healthy diet, full of lots of plant-based, fiber-rich foods, then “eggs are a welcome part of the diet.” Just don’t overdo it.But the findings may re-open the debate about whether to reinstate a recommended limit on dietary cholesterol. A committee of experts was named earlier this year to begin the process of revising the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. And Norrina Allen says, “I do think that guideline committees will have to take the evidence [from this study] into account when they’re trying to understand what a healthy — or a moderate — amount of cholesterol would be.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

The Department for Work and Pensions DWP has une

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has unearthed a “draft” report that ministers failed to send to a coroner six years ago, following concerns he raised about a suicide linked to flaws in the “fitness for work” test.The draft report has finally emerged more than three months after Disability News Service (DNS) started questioning why DWP appeared to have failed to respond to a Rule 43 letter about the death of 41-year-old Stephen Carré in January 2010.That letter, sent to DWP by coroner Tom Osborne on 30 March 2010, linked the suicide with serious flaws* in how the work capability assessment (WCA) was used to test the eligibility of people with mental health conditions for out-of-work disability benefits.But letters from Osborne to DWP and the family of Stephen Carré show that ministers never produced an official response to the Rule 43 letter, as they were legally obliged to do.Now DWP has finally admitted that it did exchange letters with Osborne during the summer of 2010, and even produced a “draft final response” to his letter in September 2010.But the department has also admitted that it cannot prove that it sent this final response to Osborne.Instead, a DWP spokeswoman claimed that colleagues had now found “a draft response that we meant to send back to the coroner” in 2010.She said this draft response had now been sent to the coroner “for the avoidance of doubt and for completeness”.She added: “Because we can’t confirm that it was sent [in 2010] and we can’t confirm that the coroner received it, for the avoidance of doubt we have sent the original draft.”The existence of the draft report – and the admission that DWP cannot prove it was ever sent to the coroner – should raise serious questions about the political future of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith and former employment minister Chris Grayling.They made key decisions in the summer of 2010 about the WCA process that Osborne had linked to Stephen Carré’s death*.Among those decision was that they would roll out the WCA to hundreds of thousands of long-term claimants of incapacity benefit (IB) the following year.They also failed to show the Rule 43 letter to Professor Malcolm Harrington, even though they had commissioned him to review the “fairness and effectiveness” of the WCA. The following year, in December 2011, a long-term IB claimant – Ms D E – took her own life after being told she was not eligible for ESA, a death later linked by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland to similar WCA failings to those that led to Stephen Carré’s death.And in 2014, another coroner wrote an almost identical letter to Osborne’s, again warning of concerns about the safety of the WCA, after the death of a north London man, Michael O’Sullivan, who also took his own life after being found fit for work.DWP this week claimed that it was unable to confirm that Duncan Smith and Grayling were shown Osborne’s Rule 43 letter – and their department’s draft final response – in 2010.The DWP press office has also been unable to say whether the draft final response has now been shown to Duncan Smith and his current employment minister, Priti Patel, and his disabled people’s minister, Justin Tomlinson.Last November, government-funded research concluded that the programme to reassess people claiming IB using the WCA could have caused 590 suicides in just three years.DNS has been asking DWP about the Rule 43 letter since being shown a letter from Osborne to the Carré family in October 2010 in which he said that DWP had failed to provide a “substantive response” to his letter, despite its legal duty to do so within 56 days of receiving it in early April 2010.At the time the letter was received, DWP was headed by Labour’s Yvette Cooper, but a general election was called within days, and Duncan Smith replaced her as work and pensions secretary in May 2010 after the formation of the coalition government.*Osborne ruled that the trigger for Stephen Carré’s suicide had been DWP’s rejection of his appeal against being found “fit for work”, and he called in his Rule 43 letter for a review of the policy not to seek medical evidence from a GP or psychiatrist if the claimant has a mental health condition.Neither the Atos assessor who assessed Stephen Carré, from Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, nor the DWP decision-maker who subsequently decided that he was fit for work and therefore ineligible for the new employment and support allowance, had sought information from his GP, his community psychiatric nurse or his psychiatrist.last_img read more

Rice U researchers ask if biofuels will lead to a drink or

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduRice U. researchers ask if biofuels will lead to a ‘drink or drive’ choice Report weighs balancing biofuels and water resourcesRice University scientists warned that the United States must be careful that the new emphasis on developing biofuels as an alternative to imported oil takes into account potential damage to the nation’s water resources.“The ongoing, rapid growth in biofuels production could have far-reaching environmental and economic repercussions, and it will likely highlight the interdependence and growing tension between energy and water security,” said a report titled “The Water Footprint of Biofuels: A Drink or Drive Issue?”The report, written by Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and three colleagues was funded by Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability.The researchers asked if increased biofuel-driven agriculture will affect water-resource availability and degrade water quality. They pointed out that fuel crops require large quantities of water and that water pollution is exacerbated by agricultural drainage containing fertilizers, pesticides and sediment. “These potential drawbacks,” which the authors labeled the “water footprint,” must be “balanced by biofuels’ significant potential to ease dependence on foreign oil and improve trade balance while mitigating air pollution and reducing fossil carbon emissions to the atmosphere.”The report analyzed the amount of water needed to grow particular crops used to produce biofuels and noted that certain crops yield more biofuel energy while using less land, fertilizer and water. “Thus, from a water supply perspective,” the authors said, “the ideal fuel crops would be drought-tolerant, high-yield plants grown on little irrigation water.”To demonstrate their point, the authors estimated it takes about 50 gallons of water to produce enough irrigated-corn ethanol in Nebraska to fuel an average car for one mile. Given differing land use practices and other factors, that number decreases to 23 gallons for Iowa-grown corn and rises to 115 gallons for Texas-grown sorghum.The debate over biofuels must also “recognize the impact of increased agricultural activity on water quality as well as water consumption,” the authors said. Raising biofuel crops in some areas will require greater use of fertilizers, with the runoff affecting local aquifers and even coastal regions like the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it warned.The report acknowledged that some biofuel sources, like switchgrass and other lignocellulosic options, can “deliver more potential biofuel energy with lower requirements for agricultural land, agrichemicals and water.” Accordingly, the authors urged that crops be chosen based on their appropriateness to the local climate and that producers raise crops that can be sustained by rainfall rather than irrigation.The report called on policymakers to evaluate the water footprint as they devise an environmentally sustainable biofuels program. “Through energy conservation and careful planning that includes adoption of agricultural practices and crop choices that reduce water consumption and mitigate water pollution from agrichemicals, and identification of the local and regional water resources that will be needed to meet the biofuel mandate,” the authors said, “we can have our drive and drink our water too.” The report was supported by a fellowship from the Baker Institute Energy Forum and by the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University. It is available at   http://cohesion.rice.edu/centersandinst/shellcenter/research.cfm?doc_id=11975Alvarez’s co-authors were Susan Powers, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University; Joel Burken, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Rosa Dominguez-Faus, a graduate student at Rice. Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute, also contributed to the report.To speak with Alvarez, contact Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.last_img read more

Can You See Me Now

first_img Can You See Me Now? Video calling over the internet with the Asus Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T Magazine Contributor 1 min read –shares Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals December 14, 2009 Add to Queue Technology Dan O’Shea Videophones might seem the stuff of myth, like unicorns and flights that take off and land on time. But they’ve been around for many years (videophones, that is, not mythical one-horned horses and efficient airlines), and video calling over the Internet is more common than you might think. Still, we never saw a device truly designed for video calling on the go until recently. The Asus Videophone Touch AiGuru SV1T, certified to work over Internet calling service Skype, has a long name for such a compact, easy-to-use device. It’s ideal if you’re a mobile small-business owner on the go and prefer to see whom you’re talking to. The AiGuru uses Wi-Fi to enable Skype video calls on its 7-inch screen to anywhere in the world that cost next to nothing (and literally nothing for Skype-on-Skype action). The device itself costs about $235, but that seems a pittance for the ability to use Skype sans PC–and for the right to scold your mobile-phone provider for not thinking of this first. This story appears in the January 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more