8 days ago​Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loan

first_img​Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loanby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah says that he is constantly in contact with members of the club while on loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old is struggling for game time at the Elland Road club in the Championship.And Nketiah says that he is still focusing on his long term future at Arsenal, which is highlighted by how they are keeping tabs on him during the loan spell.He told reporters: “I speak with Arsenal a lot, I’m in contact with quite a few people in the club, they’re always texting when I’ve done well or things I can do differently but I think it’s good to have that constant feedback from the club, to know you’re still connected with them.”I’m an Arsenal player on loan at Leeds, I feel like they have done really well to keep me involved and happy and I think they’ve been really happy with me so hopefully I can continue the form and go back and get a starting place and kick off from there.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Gov’t Allocating $35m for Road Repairs in St. Thomas

first_img Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the funds, which are expected to be disbursed on Monday (June 5) will be used to repair several breakaways. The Government will be allocating $35 million to repair several roads in St. Thomas that were damaged during the recent flood rains. Story Highlights The Government will be allocating $35 million to repair several roads in St. Thomas that were damaged during the recent flood rains.Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the funds, which are expected to be disbursed on Monday (June 5) will be used to repair several breakaways.This provision is in addition to $30 million, which he said was allocated to assist in clearing several roads across the parish that were blocked also as a result of the rains.The Minister was speaking with journalists during a tour of communities in St. Thomas on Friday, June 2.While pointing out that not all of the damaged roads would be repaired, Mr. McKenzie assured that a short-term solution was being pursued.“As more funds are available, we will ensure that disbursement is (done) in a timely manner, so that (the) response to the needs of the parish can be as quick as possible,” he said.In this regard, the Minister said it was imperative that the National Works Agency and St. Thomas Municipal Council discuss how this would be effectively undertaken, while commending both entities on their quick response in clearing the blocked roads recently.Meanwhile, Mr. McKenzie emphasized the need to reduce the risks which roadways with breakaways posed for users, until the repairs are carried out.To this end, he has asked officers attached to the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation to immediately erect warning signs in the vicinity of these areas in the interim.Mr. McKenzie also indicated that a multi-agency approach is being embarked on to carry out clean up and recovery work in the communities of Cave Valley and Douglas Castle in St. Ann, which suffered extensive flooding and damage. Mr. McKenzie also indicated that a multi-agency approach is being embarked on to carry out clean up and recovery work in the communities of Cave Valley and Douglas Castle in St. Ann, which suffered extensive flooding and damage.last_img read more

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Sophomore helps fuel sevenyear win streak for OSU tennis

The Ohio State men’s tennis team is defending a home winning streak of 93 consecutive matches. The No. 3 Buckeyes added the most recent two victories last weekend after sweeping both New Mexico and Tulsa 7-0 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national qualifier. The Buckeyes are one of 16 teams set to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.Ty Tucker, in his 11th year coaching the Buckeyes, is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year as well as the most recent recipient of the Wilson National Coach of the Year in 2009. Tucker’s 2010 team is comprised of 11 passionate players who come from as close as Dayton and as far as Japan. New Albany native Chase Buchanan has just what the Buckeyes need to maintain their competitive edge and keep the streak alive.“I definitely don’t want to be the one to lose it for us. It’s pretty special,” Buchanan said. “I think it says a lot about our coaching and motivation to not lose.”He picked up his racket more than 12 years ago, and he hasn’t put it down since. He got hooked on tennis and he got hooked on winning. Success came quickly for Buchanan. At just 13, he won the Les Petit, the premier world championship for players 14 and under. He is the youngest player in history to win the Vero Beach Futures Event, which he did at the age of 16.After competing in the U.S. Open Doubles Draw in 2008, he knew he was ready for the next level.Buchanan was born a Buckeye and Ohio State was the obvious choice when he joined OSU in spring 2008 as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Buchanan has committed his life to tennis. He has now competed at all levels and finds more motivation playing on the team. “I’m trying to do everything I can, finding a good balance,” he said.In his first season, Buchanan went 11-4 in singles matches and 6-3 in doubles action. He helped the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championships for the fourth consecutive year, winning three consecutive matches on the No. 6 singles court.  Following a whirlwind year for Buchanan, he received a wildcard spot in the 2009 U.S. Open singles draw. He fell 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round to No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, but gained invaluable competitive experience. “It’s a little more physical [in the pros], but besides that it’s a lot of mental stuff,” Buchanan said. This year Buchanan and counterpart Justin Kronauge feel the added pressure on the No. 1 doubles court.“We’ve got to win our spot every time. If we win our spot we are going to win the doubles point,” Buchanan said. Buchanan is doing his best to step up as a team leader this season and will continue to do so at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 12-13 in Charlottesville, Va. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball drops Big Ten opener in 5 sets to

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle before a game against Minnesota on Sept. 23 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-2.Credit: Sarah Mikati / Lantern PhotographerOn Wednesday evening at St. John Arena, the No.12 Ohio State women’s volleyball team opened Big Ten play with a loss at home, falling to No. 21 Minnesota in five sets (22-25, 12-25, 25-23, 25-19, 11-15).Both OSU (11-2, 0-1) and Minnesota (9-2, 1-0) came into the game on extended winning streaks. The Buckeyes had not lost since their opening match against Wyoming and the Golden Gophers came into the game having won eight straight matches.Minnesota won the first two sets of the night as it attempted to win its eighth straight game without dropping a single set. Minnesota gained leads of 4-1 and 15-2 in the first and second sets, respectively, forcing the Buckeyes to play from behind. OSU did not hold a lead at any point until midway through the third set.But OSU battled back, winning the hotly contested third and fourth sets before ultimately falling in the fifth.“We fought back and for as bad as we were the first two sets, we could have rolled over and died, but we didn’t. So, I’m proud of my team for that,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said, finding a positive in the loss.However, Carlston said he was disappointed that the Buckeyes fell behind by such a wide margin early, a hole they were unable to recover from.“We almost had them. We’re better than they are. And we’re at home and we’ve got to show some more pride in how we go about things,” Carlston said.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell led OSU with 22 points, including 18 kills. However, she said she sees room for improvement.“I think we made a lot of mistakes. Just little things like being in the net or serving the ball into the net or out of bounds. So, if we can control our aspect of the game, I think that we can play a little bit better,” Campbell said.Carlston noted the errors at crucial points in the game as the reason the Buckeyes could not complete the comeback in the fifth set. The Buckeyes were called for a net violation late in the fifth and final set which gave the Golden Gophers an 11-9 lead that they held onto, ultimately winning 15-11.The Buckeyes are next set to face their fifth ranked team of the season on Sunday when they’re slated to host No.16 Wisconsin. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

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West Coast Markets Not Friendly to Affordability

first_img 2019 Housing Market Affordability california Trulia 2019-05-23 Mike Albanese West Coast Markets Not Friendly to Affordability A new report by Trulia found that there is at least one ZIP code in each of the country’s 50 largest markets where more than half of the homes are considered affordable to a buyer earning an average income.  The report, however, does outline extremes in the marketplace, as 261 of the more than 8,000 ZIP codes examined had homes that were “completely out of reach for the typical income earner.”To assemble the data, Trulia took the value of homes as of April 2019 in the largest 50 metro areas and calculated the share affordable in each ZIP code to a would-be buyer who earns the local median income. Homes were considered affordable if 30% or less of the metro’s median monthly income was required to afford a mortgage payment and other expenses, including property taxes, on that home.Trulia added that there are 604 ZIP codes across the nation where all homes are considered affordable.The west coast was home to five of the seven priciest metros—San Francisco; San Jose, California; Los Angeles; San Diego, California; and Portland, Oregon. Florida metros Miami and Tampa Bay were also included.With a median home value of $590,700 and a median income of $75,110, only 8% of the ZIP codes in San Diego had 100% of homes that could be considered affordable. New York, New York was a close second, with just 9.3% of ZIP codes had homes all could deem affordable.When it comes to affordability, Trulia found that 22.5% of all ZIP codes in Pittsburgh had 100% of homes that were affordable. Columbus, Ohio (19.1%), and St. Louis (18.2%) followed.Living near a large metro is considered less affordable in some markets, according to the report. Trulia states that homes determined to affordable in ZIP codes within 30 miles of a downtown area is, on average, 14% lower than those farther from downtown.“A location closer to the center of the city tends to fetch a premium since that often means lower commuting costs (in both time and money), and land values tend to be higher closer to a given metro’s center of gravity,” the report states. in Daily Dose, Featured, Newscenter_img May 23, 2019 564 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Oculus in Court Against VR Rival

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Jessica Conditt Facebook is on the hook for $2 billion in a lawsuit against ZeniMax Media over the creation of the Oculus Rift. Mark Zuckerberg Defends Oculus in Court Against VR Rival –shares Senior Reporter at Engadgetcenter_img January 18, 2017 Image credit: via engadget Add to Queue Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was grilled in court yesterday morning over the creation of the Oculus Rift VR headset, as part of a $2 billion lawsuit brought by ZeniMax Media.ZeniMax — the owner of Bethesda Softworks, id Software and other video game studios — says Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack stole ZeniMax’s intellectual property when he left the company in 2013. Essentially, ZeniMax argues that it owns the technological foundation behind the Oculus Rift VR headset.Zuckerberg purchased Oculus in 2014 in a deal estimated to be worth $2.3 billion — and as he made clear on the stand this morning, he disagrees entirely with ZeniMax’s claims.Lawyer, incredulously: “Your plan was to begin legal diligence on Friday, and sign the deal on monday.”Zuckerberg: “Yep.”— ?_? (@MikeIsaac) January 17, 2017The New York Times technology reporter Mike Isaac and Gizmodo reporter William Turton have been live-tweeting the Facebook-ZeniMax trial, where Zuckerberg was first on the stand today. According to their tweets, Zuckerberg was questioned about a letter ZeniMax sent to Facebook two weeks after closing the Oculus deal, outlining the company’s legal concerns over potential stolen tech.Zuckerberg apparently brushed off the letter.”It is pretty common when you announce a big deal or do something that all kinds of people just kind of come out of the woodwork and claim that they own some portion of the deal,” Zuckerberg said, according to Isaac. “Like most people in the court, I’ve never even heard of ZeniMax before. I know that our legal team would look into this and examine this, but they aren’t going to take a lot of my time on something they don’t think is credible.”ZM lawyer: “If I steal a bike, paint it and put a bell on it, does that make it my bike?” Zuck scoffs, “no.”— William Turton (@WilliamTurton) January 17, 2017Details about Facebook’s purchase of Oculus are coming out in the trial, as well. Zuckerberg apparently moved through the acquisition process quickly, planning to vet Oculus on a Friday and sign the deal the following Monday. Plus, there are some financial nuggets here: Facebook paid “about $2 billion” to buy Oculus as a company, plus it threw down an additional $700 million to retain key employees and set aside $300 million for milestones.Zuckerberg also shared his thoughts on the promises of VR in general. “We want to get closer to this kind of perfect representation, so you can capture a moment you had,” Zuckerberg said, according to Isaac.Zuckerberg additionally lamented the closed nature of Google’s and Apple’s operating systems, reportedly saying, “We have not been able to build and design some of the best experiences that we want for our community.”The Facebook-ZeniMax trial is expected to last three weeks. Already, Zuckerberg is joined in the courtroom by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, Oculus PC VR leader Brendan Iribe and Oculus CTO (or legendary co-creator of Doom) John Carmack. Luckey’s tie is apparently bright pink, if anyone is wondering. Next Article Mark Zuckerberg Apply Now »last_img read more

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12 Ways Happiness Increases Productivity in the Work Environment

first_img Psychologist, Author, Speaker Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Contributor Register Now » Sherrie Campbell Add to Queue Image credit: Thomas Barwick | Getty Images –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Morale July 20, 2017 The greatest success we achieve in life will not be money, it will be happiness. When we master our own happiness, we have a natural and positive impact on all of those we interact with. Wherever we go, we have the power to make the environment more successful. Morale is everything in business, so the first type of success we must strive for is personal, then we must bring this positive, happy and productive attitude to work with the determination and intention to make a difference.1. SmileThere is no better way to enter a new day than with a smile on our face. We must wake up and make the conscious choice to smile. If we wake up on the wrong side of the bed, we must find positive things to focus to elevate our mood. The intention to be happy, smile and laugh makes us more productive. Neuroscience has proven that laughter is truly the best medicine. If we are down, being able to see the humor and laugh a little, serves to immediately decrease stress and increase motivation.Related: 15 Ways to Find Something to Smile About Every Day2. Hardy To be successful, happy and productive, we must be resilient. We are bound to face hardships, but we must take full direction over the attitude we use to get through those hardships.A hardship is simply an obstacle or a challenge. It is our job to rise to that challenge and show ourselves and the world exactly who we are and what we’re made of. We must take the viewpoint that hardships are designed to make us hardy. We must use them to build upon our strengths, expand our skills and deepen our knowledge. The more resilient we are, the more successful we have the potential to become.Related: 11 Signs You Have the Grit Needed to Succeed3. Take actionSuccess and happiness aren’t what we have, they are what we do; therefore, we are the most productive when we’re backing our beliefs with action. Because happiness is largely a byproduct of achieving, we must train ourselves to think in benefit of things we desire to feel and experience. If we focus on being happy, if we intend for it, we will make it happen. When we direct our thoughts towards our success, and we work hard to create what we want, our success and happiness are nearly guaranteed. Intention plus action, equals increased productivity.Related: Stop Planning and Take Action4. OptimisticOptimism is a choice. To be happy, successful, and productive we must be mindful of the good, and force ourselves to look on the bright side. It is important to re-direct our thoughts to the successes we’ve had during the day, and get our mind off all the “issues.” This mental focus decreases stress, rejuvenates our energy levels, and keeps us feeling hopeful and inspired. When we stay focused on the bright side, we more easily find solutions to our challenges. When we focus on the things that are going great, we give ourselves the gift of receiving little rewards throughout our day; leaving us feeling greater levels of accomplishment.Related: Entrepreneurs: Your Irrational Optimism Is Necessary5. AppreciativeLife is extremely complex because we’re having to balance so many movement elements each day. To stay motivated and inspired, it is helpful to appreciate the simple, easy-to-come-by pleasures life has to offer. To stay productive, we must take time to appreciate hugs from our loved ones, a pat on the back from our bosses or peers, the compliments we get during the day, finding a great parking space in the morning, and the great cup of coffee we had upon waking up. When we are thankful for all that life has to offer, life and career are more fulfilling and easier to enjoy.Related: How to Be Grateful When Times Are Tough6. GenerousNothing will raise our spirits more quickly than being generous and kind towards others. It’s a wonderful experience to see the results of our contributions. It motivates us and makes us desire to be even more productive. We must make it a significant part of our personality to find the holes where we can help, give, or support those in our lives. When we do positive things for others, not only do we become more likable and successful, but we feel good about who we are. We get the joyful feeling of the “Helper’s High” when engaged in helping, serving, guiding or loving others.Related: The Selfish Reason You Should Be Extremely Generous7. Love what you do.When we’re totally immersed in work or projects that are challenging, invigorating, and meaningful we experience being in our “zone.” Happiness is most deeply experienced in the workplace when we are totally absorbed and caught up in what we’re doing. When we love what we do, the “work” becomes our passion, and the financial abundance the great side effect. For us to love our careers, we must see them as something we are willing to do. We are most productive when we are doing what we want to do, rather than what we’re forced to do.Related: Loving What You Do Is the Cornerstone of Wealth and Happiness8. Meaningful connectionsPeople who are more deeply connected to a select group of people tend to be happier and more productive than those who have large numbers of superficial connections. It is less stressful to maintain a smaller group of people, and more fulfilling to feel and be involved in relationships where we can share what makes us tick. Substantive conversations bring us more depth and feelings of belonging than trivial, superficial chit-chat. Bottom line, we all crave being able to express our feelings, and to have them received. The more supported we feel in our lives, the more energy and confidence we have to show up and be productive in all the ways life and career require.Related: Make Genuine Connections at Work, and Success Will Follow9. ListenWhen we listen, we open our ability to take people and knowledge in. We become smarter, more insightful, and much more productive people from listening. When we cannot, or do not have the patience to listen, we block the world with our own words and distracting thoughts. To be productive, we must be open to learn. The more knowledgeable and connected we are, the more confidence we have, and the more our self-assuredness radiates out to others. When we listen, we walk away from every conversation, training or experience feeling as if our presence served a positive purpose, which increases our sense of well-being.Related: Want to Keep Your Clients Happy? Listen Closely.10. In-person contactAlthough electronic communications are convenient with the advent of Skype, Zoom and Facetime, the happiest people have no problem making the extra effort to either drive or book a flight to see people in person when at all possible. When we see others in person, we experience a deeper sense of connection, and are more productive simply by just being in their physical presence. We get so much more out of communication when we get to experience the whole person. Obviously seeing people in person isn’t always possible, but it is much better to be physically in touch than digitally in touch with others whenever possible.Related: Email Is Great But Face-to-Face Meetings Are 34 Times More Successful11. Digital detoxTo be happy and maintain high levels of productivity, we must take time to digitally detox. We need time away from computer screens and cell phones. Talking on our cell phone can be stress-producing and blood pressure raising, while uninterrupted time looking a computer screen often leads to depression and exhaustion. Technology is not going anywhere and we can appreciate what it does to make us more successful; however, in order to avoid burnout, we need to partake in some type to digital detox each day allowing us to recharge and recover.Related: A Realistic Digital Detox in 5 Easy Steps12. ExerciseExercise has been proven beyond any doubt to decrease depression, stress and anxiety. The chemicals released during exercise amplify feelings of happiness and relaxation. It is even better if we can exercise outside. Fresh air has largely proven to increase a sense of vitality. Further, there is nothing better than feeling good about how we look. Feeling good and looking good, make us want to do better. The more active we are, the better we feel about ourselves, the more energy we have to be productive. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 12 Ways Happiness Increases Productivity in the Work Environment 8 min read Happy teams are more productive. So are happy leaders. Next Article last_img read more

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Twitter Says What You Do Offline Could Cost You Your Verified Blue

first_img Next Article Lydia Belanger Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Twitter 5 min read Twitter Says What You Do Offline Could Cost You Your ‘Verified’ Blue Checkmark Twitter has faced outcry over the years as a result of its murky, case-by-case criteria for suspending users’ accounts. Everything from copyright infringement to violations of the company’s Terms of Service to even a possibly rogue employee have resulted users being locked out of their accounts, and in many of these cases, the Twitter community at large has been quick to call out inconsistency or label such incidences as unfair treatment.Recently, Twitter users have expressed heightened outrage over the little blue checkmarks, or verification badges, which the platform issues to select accounts. A badge “lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic,” according to the Verified accounts page in Twitter’s Help Center, and many brands, media professionals and celebrities receive one to let the world know they are who they say they are.Related: Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump Account on Last DayTwitter updated its guidelines for verified accounts late last week. The page now reads: “Twitter reserves the right to remove verification at any time without notice,” then lists five categories of “reasons for removal may reflect behaviors on and off Twitter.” The amended language, which encompasses offline activity, follows weeks of controversy over the verified status of prominent white supremacists.On Nov. 7, Twitter verified Jason Kessler, the organizer of August’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Many users perceived that, by upgrading Kessler’s account in this way, Twitter was condoning Kessler’s hateful actions and beliefs.By Nov. 9, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey stated in a tweet, “We realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered,” referring to the company’s process for verifying users. He added, “And we failed by not doing anything about it.” Then, on Nov. 15, Twitter rescinded Kessler’s verification, as well of that of white supremacist Richard Spencer and far-right activists Laura Loomer and James Allsup, among others, The Washington Post reported.  Prior to receiving Twitter verification, Kessler had posted, calling protestor Heather Heyer, who was killed at the Charlottesville rally Kessler had organized, a “fat, disgusting Communist,” whose death “was payback time.” The tweet has since been deleted. In addition to organizing the deadly Charlottesville rally of Nazi sympathizers, Kessler was arrested in October for allegedly sharing an anti-racist activist’s home address online.Related: How to Get Verified on TwitterTwitter has either suspended or revoked verified status from a range of other individuals in recent weeks, including President Donald Trump himself, whose account was suspended for 11 minutes by an employee on the person’s last day at Twitter.But other suspensions and un-verifications have not been “inadvertent,” as the company described Trump’s brief hiatus. Twitter suspended Trump ally Roger Stone in late October after Stone posted several tweets containing threats directed at CNN employees. In 2016, the platform permanently banned right-wing activist Milo Yiannopoulos after he posted tweets harassing Saturday Night Live comedian Leslie Jones.The company also temporarily suspended actress Rose McGowan’s account on Oct. 11. McGowan had been vocal about the sexual assault allegations against Weinstein Company co-founder Harvey Weinstein, saying he raped her, as well as condemning sexism and violence against women. When McGowan posted a tweet that contained someone’s personal phone number, Twitter deactivated her account, which led to backlash. McGowan deleted the tweet, and Twitter restored her account, stating, “We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories.”Related: Why Twitter’s Latest Fumble Led to #WomenBoycottTwitterAll of these are examples of users being banned or unverified for their actions on Twitter, with the exception of Kessler, whom Twitter unverified after the public spoke out and pointed out his hateful actions both on and off the platform.Twitter’s updated guidelines for verified accounts list grounds for loss of verified status, from “promoting hate and/or violence” to “inciting or engaging in harassment of others” to violence and dangerous behavior” in the form of direct and indirect threats, imagery and even self-harm Such conduct could cost someone their blue checkmark, whether it takes place via tweet or offline.The new guidelines are an attempt by the company to put forth a universal set of criteria for verified status, in order to avoid confusion, establish company values and prevent abuse on the platform. Some have called Twitter’s decisions to suspend or unverify people forms of preferential treatment toward — or censorship against — certain groups or ideas.Any company can learn from Twitter about the importance of clarifying its policies, but Twitter has a unique role as a major platform for speech. Its user base, much like society at large, has furiously debated whether violence-inciting or hate speech should be protected under the First Amendment.Twitter is not a public service, though it is a service widely used by the public. What do you think: Should Twitter users who spread violence, harassment and hate — online or offline — be denied verified status? Do you think anyone deserves the blue checkmark, as long as they are who they say they are, or is it up to Twitter, the creator of this status symbol, to decide? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.Related video: How to Use LinkedIn, Twitter and Snapchat in Your Next Job Search Add to Queuecenter_img 98shares Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images November 20, 2017 Amid recent backlash over issuing verification to white supremacists, Twitter has updated its guidelines for verified accounts. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Why Has Zuckerberg Taken a Bold Stride Towards Becoming a PrivacyFocused Platform

first_imgWhy Has Zuckerberg Taken a Bold Stride Towards Becoming a ‘Privacy-Focused’ Platform? Jason ManderApril 17, 2019, 4:00 pmApril 16, 2019 dark socialFacebookGlobalWebIndexMarketing TechnologyMessengerPrivacy FocusedSocial Media EngagementWhatsApp BusinessZuckerberg Previous ArticleUnderstanding the Differences in Quantitative and Qualitative Data SetsNext ArticleHow to Fight Ad Fatigue For some, Mark Zuckerberg’s recent declaration that Facebook will be transformed into a ‘privacy-focused’ platform will be perceived as a tactical masterstroke.Not only does it address concerns around data privacy, but this new direction also protects the social giant against any potential legislation on the horizon. Lawmakers who have been applying pressure on companies, including Facebook, to tighten up on the content that is shared in the digital sphere will likely be appeased by such an evolution of how the core platform functions.For others, it is in line with the evolving behaviors of social media users, who are increasingly turning to ‘dark social’ (private messaging, email or SMS). Should this hypothesis hold true, far greater changes to how Facebook operates could well be on the horizon.Social media is going ‘dark’Actions such as messaging friends, updating statuses or posting photos are still prominent — 44% of Facebook users express they comment on a friend’s status updates or photos or videos every month, while 80% are “liking” or “reacting” to things. However, more “passive” behaviors such as watching videos and reading articles have also become prominent.It’s clear that social media engagement is shifting, and this presents as much of an opportunity as a challenge to brands. As public social media platforms increasingly fulfill the role of content consumption sources, private messaging platforms are now where meaningful conversations and recommendations are taking place between peers actively engaging with each other.We Are Social recently uncovered that, in the UK and US consumers are moving towards sharing content and recommendations through ‘dark social’. With three in five internet users in both markets preferencing it ahead of open social media platforms and word of mouth. In the UK, 22% of internet users actually share only via dark social, with WhatsApp and Facebook the go-to-services.Read More: How AI will Change the Game for Influencer MarketingMonetization mattersWhile users of social media are increasingly becoming ‘passive’ in how they engage with platforms such as Facebook, Zuckerberg’s flagship platform still captures the most eyeballs across the world, which inevitably is paramount for ad dollars to continue to flow through.According to André van Loon, Research and Insight Director at We Are Social highlights this trend has real significance for brands, “It used to be that you put your memories or status on Facebook for family and friends, but the trend is moving to a more discreet, private space such as Messenger or WhatsApp. This shift in behavior underlines how much conversation now happens through dark social. When people talk about holiday destinations, films/music or products they like, the things they want to do or buy, and following others’ recommendations, more and more of that is now also starting to happen in private apps and by sharing links.”So, bringing the content sharing function in closer proximity to direct messaging actually presents a real business opportunity for its advertiser base. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Facebook is evolving, aligned with the changing engagement behaviors of consumers.Sharing content with a large friend network accrued over many years may have an impressive reach, but it doesn’t compare to the private messaging environment, which is a lot more conducive of trust in recommendations. WhatsApp Business and Messenger’s chatbots epitomize industry initiatives to monetize these ‘dark social’ platforms. Brands looking to integrate their services across social media must focus on giving users the opportunity to follow up on recommendations that come through private messages in a streamlined way within the single platform.Read More: 3 Ways Mobile Technology is Changing the Brick-and-Mortar ExperienceWhat does this shift mean for Facebook and marketers? Let’s remember why Facebook exists, it was built first and foremost to serve the people. So, this shift to being a more ‘privacy-focused platform,” is actually taking Facebook back to its roots, and tighten up on the content being shared on the platform, which Zuckerberg himself has described as ‘the digital equivalent of a town square.’However, while it was once the one-stop-shop for all things social, in recent years its role has matured in line with the development of the wider social media ecosystem.It’s becoming more of a hub where people will once again have trust in the platform, and be more likely to engage with content posted by others. Whilst also stepping up to arguably better positioned private messaging services, not least Facebook’s own family of services, Messenger and WhatsApp.Read More: Eye Rolls at Pre-Rolls: How to Escape the Trap of Annoying Adslast_img read more

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Vision impairments may increase risk of falls in older adults

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 19 2018Vision impairment and blindness affect one in 11 Americans age 65 and older. Because our population is aging, the number of older adults with vision problems is predicted to rise. Older adults who have impaired vision may be at risk for decreased independence, poorer well-being, and an increased risk of falls. For example, in any given year, approximately 30 percent of adults over age 65 will fall. Having impaired vision more than doubles this risk.For older adults, falls are a major cause of illness and death. Even having a fear of falling is a challenge that can limit activity and worsen quality of life and independence as you age.However, we don’t have much information on how often visually impaired older adults experience a fall, and we have even less information about what happens to them after a fall. A team of researchers suggested that we need this information in order to understand the scope of the problem and create ways to prevent falls in visually impaired older adults.To learn more, the research team examined information from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS). They published their study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.Their goal was to provide up-to-date information on the frequency of falls. The team also wanted to learn more about the fear of falling and how it might limit activity among older adults who have vision impairments.Participants in the study were considered visually impaired if they had trouble recognizing someone across the street and/or reading newspaper print, even when using corrective lenses.Falls were defined as “any fall, slip, or trip” that involved losing balance and landing on the floor or ground or at a lower level. Participants were asked if they had any fall in the past month and if they fell more than once in the past 12 months. Fear of falling was determined by asking participants if they had worried about falling down in the last month. An additional question asked whether worrying about falling ever caused participants to limit their activities.Related StoriesTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaSleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsThe researchers also asked about the number of chronic conditions the participants had, including heart attack, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, lung disease, stroke, and cancer.The researchers concluded that falls, fear of falling, and limiting activity were considerably more common among older adults who were visually impaired.About 50 percent of people who said they had trouble seeing were afraid of falling and as a result, limited their activity. More than one in four older adults with vision problems had recurrent falls in the year before they were surveyed.The researchers said their study suggested that taking steps to prevent falls for older adults with vision problems was important and could limit the harmful consequences of falls for older adults. What’s more, helping older adults prevent falls might also slow declines in well-being, quality of life, and independence associated with a fear of falling.The researchers noted that vision impairment can be treated or even avoided in many cases, and they speculated that doing so might be a strategy to decrease falls and fall-related problems for some older adults with vision problems.”We need more information about falls and the fear of falling in older adults with vision problems. This will help us design public health and clinical interventions to address some of the key consequences of vision loss for older adults,” said study co-author Joshua R. Ehrlich, MD, MPH. Source:http://www.healthinaging.org/blog/having-poor-vision-can-raise-risk-for-falls-among-older-adults/last_img read more

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Study suggests usefulness of more flexible dose of regorafenib to relieve sideeffects

first_imgThis study will change clinical practice with regard to the use of regorafenib in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, because it demonstrates and supports something that many clinicians have already observed and were carrying out in regular clinical practice”. In his opinion, the trial shows that this reduction in regorafenib initial dose limits the drug toxicity while maintaining its efficacy. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 7 2019Medical oncologists administer anticancer drug regorafenib to try to improve overall survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who have ceased to respond to standard therapy (known as refractory mCRC). However, some of the adverse events related to the use of this drug often limits its use in clinical practice. A study reported at the ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2019 suggests the usefulness of a more flexible dosing, which improves patients’ quality of life without jeopardizing efficacy.This international trial, led by the Spanish Cooperative Group for the Treatment of Digestive Tumours (TTD), included 299 patients from over a dozen hospitals in Spain, Italy and France. The average age of the participants was 64 and they had received an average of four treatment lines prior to inclusion in the trial with regorafenib between July 2016 and September 2017.”Regorafenib has been approved since 2013 for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) who have progressed to standard treatments,” said study author, Dr. Guillem Argiles, medical oncologist and clinical investigator, Gastrointestinal & Endocrine Tumors Group, Vall d’Hebron University Hospital and Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Barcelona, Spain.”Its adverse toxicity profile often limits its use in routine clinical practice. This clinical trial attempted to show the usefulness of different dose strategies in order to improve its tolerability and quality of life in patients who can benefit from the medicine in the context of advanced disease.”In the trial, patients were randomized 1:1:1: standard dose 160 mg/day for three weeks followed by a week off; reduced dose of 120 mg/day for three weeks followed by a week off (reduced dose group); or intermittent dose of 160 mg/day a week, followed by a week off (intermittent dose group). The patients in the latter two groups (reduced or intermittent dose) were escalated to the standard of care dose if, after a first treatment cycle, no limiting toxicities that prevented to continuing to stay in the trial occurred. “We reduced the dose in the first cycle and then escalated because it has been shown that the toxicity is higher in the first and second months of treatment”, explained Argiles.Related StoriesNovel vaccine against bee sting allergy successfully testedLung cancer screening using Google AI proves to be successfulGM fungus kills 99% of mosquitoes in Malaria-endemic region of AfricaThe investigators observed that flexible dosing showed numerical improvement on several parameters that improved tolerance, such as fatigue, hypertension or hand-foot syndrome (reaction due to redness, swelling and pain caused in the palms), although REARRANGE did not meet its primary endpoint of improving regorafenib global tolerability in the reduced and intermittent dose groups. The average treatment duration was 3.2 months in the standard group; 3.7 in the reduced dose group; and 3.8 in that with alternating weeks. Median progression-free survival was not different across groups (approximately 2 months).”Although statistical significance was not achieved, we did observe a numerical reduction in some side-effects that can be very troublesome for the patients”, explained Argiles. “These results, interpreted in the context of other trials, like the American study ReDOS (3), tell us that the more flexible doses of regorafenib are an effective alternative in order to improve quality of life in patients with metastatic refractory colorectal cancer”.Commenting on the results, Prof. Eric Van Cutsem, from the University Leuven, Belgium, said: Source:European Society for Medical Oncologylast_img read more

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Delhi Arvind Kejriwal announces free safety kits for sanitation workers

first_imgDelhi: Arvind Kejriwal announces free safety kits for sanitation workersSpeaking at a workshop organised by the Delhi Jal Board at Talkatora Stadium, he said it feels dejected to hear about the deaths of sanitation workers.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 15:15 IST File photo: PTIDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said his government will give free safety kits to sanitation workers in the national capital.Speaking at a workshop organised by the Delhi Jal Board at Talkatora Stadium, he said it feels dejected to hear about the deaths of sanitation workers.”We are concerned about the lives of sanitation workers and will give free safety kits to those working in Delhi so that no mishaps happen,” Arvind Kejriwal said.Around 4,000 workers joined the workshop.”We have organised a one-day workshop to enhance the skills of sanitation workers and make them aware about the use of safety kits. There are around 12,000 sanitation workers with DJB and around 4,000 joined the workshop,” said Vice Chairman of DJB Dinesh Mohaniya.”Earlier, there were only 50 per cent sewer lines in Delhi and in our tenure, it has gone up to 80 per cent,” the chief minister claimed.Arvind Kejriwal also spoke about the work done by his government on potable water supply in the city.”In the last 70 years, only 58 per cent colonies in Delhi had the facility of potable water supply lines but we have increased it to 93 per cent and in the next one year, every colony would have it,” Arvind Kejriwal said.ALSO READ | Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Police spar over increased crime rate in capital, Atishi blames BJPALSO READ | AAP Report Card: Out of 1,000 Mohalla Clinics promised, only 191 deliveredALSO WATCH | Watch: Arvind Kejriwal slapped during a roadshow in DelhiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Arvind KejriwalFollow sanitation workersFollow Delhi Sanitation workersFollow Delhi water supply Nextlast_img read more

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Priest denies BJP MLAs daughter Sakshi was married at Ram Janaki temple

first_img Asian News International PrayagrajJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 00:03 IST The certificate being presented shows that Sakshi got married to Ajitesh on July 4 this year. (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTS”No marriage takes place here and no marriage has taken place either,” said priest of Ram Janaki templeThe marriage certificate of Sakshi and Ajitesh mentions the name of Ram Janaki templeThe certificate shows that Sakshi got married to Ajitesh on July 4 this yearIn yet another twist to the story of Sakshi Mishra, daughter of BJP legislator Rajesh Mishra, marrying a man outside her caste, the priest of Ram Janaki temple where she reportedly got married to Ajitesh Kumar has denied that any wedding was solemnised here.”No marriage takes place here and no marriage has taken place either,” temple priest Parashuram Das told ANI on Saturday.The marriage certificate, presented to validate the claims of Sakshi’s marriage to Ajitesh, mentions the name of Acharya Vishwapati Shukl and the Ram Janaki temple.The temple priest Parashuram Das, however, claims that Shukl has got nothing to do with this temple.”This is wrong. Nothing has happened here. Nobody knows that Shukl here. This is fake. He (Shukl) has got nothing to do with this place. I have been here for 40 years now. My stamp is not there,” says Das.People in the area also claimed that “the girl” is lying. “This is a lie. No marriage takes place here. She is lying,” said Sarita Singh.”These are all rumours. No marriage takes place here. No one ever came here. The girl is lying,” another local Man Singh Yadav said.The certificate being presented shows that Sakshi got married to Ajitesh on July 4 this year.”We are tired of hiding around. Our lives are in danger. Please stop troubling Abhi and his relatives. They are not at fault here. The decision is ours. I want to live free and happy,” Sakshi had said in a video message to her father a few days ago.Meanwhile, another family in Bhopal has claimed that “Abhi” got engaged to one of their daughters in July 2016.”My younger daughter got engaged to Bareilly resident Abhi on July 10, 2016. Their entire family had come here. And as they said, the engagement took place in a hotel in Bhopal,” Hemant Nayak said while talking to ANI.”After that, the marriage date was fixed as December 9, 2016. Both sides made all the arrangements for marriage. Meanwhile, I got to know that his mother had expired in October 2016. I went with my entire family to Bareilly and did all works according to Hindu rituals,” said Nayak.Nayak, however, claimed that in the month of November that year, Abhi came to him and stated his intent to not marry.”I kept waiting for December. In the month of November, Abhi came to me and said – I am under pressure from family. I cannot marry. I asked him — Tell me what kind of pressure? I will talk to them. If you (Abhi) didn’t want to marry, why you made us spend so much money,” Nayak said recalling the events.Nayak claimed that neither Abhi nor his father answered his (Nayak’s) questions properly.”I asked him what kind of pressure he was being subjected to. I would have tried to solve them in my own way but he did not answer these questions properly. I contacted his father too but he too did not give any satisfactory answer,” Nayak said.Nayak, who is the father of five daughters, said: “After December 2016, I am not in contact with them. Now that I have got to know that the two children have got married (Sakshi and Abhi), both of them are educated. I would like to wish them the best from my side.”Nayak said that he should not be dragged in the entire controversy.”Now for three years, that she has not got married…you can understand. What should I reply to the people…and to how many I should reply that why this marriage did not take place. Now, I am getting calls from my relatives. What should I answer? I request that I should not be dragged into it,” he said.On Thursday, Sakshi had moved to the Allahabad High Court to seek police protection, citing threat to her life from her father after marrying a man from outside her caste.The matter came to light on Wednesday after Sakshi Mishra, 23, posted a video on the social media requesting the Uttar Pradesh Police to provide security as she and her husband face a threat from her father and brother, who, she alleged, were trying to get her killed.Sakshi’s lawyer Vikas Rana told the media on Thursday that the petition has been admitted by the court and the hearing has been adjourned to next week as the couple could not show up in the court today due to security concerns.Harish Kumar, the father-in-law of Sakshi Misra, told media that he has sought police intervention in the matter after hearing from the couple that they were receiving death threats.”I didn’t want to take action as it was between the families. But his [Rajesh’s] men sent them a message that they’ll be killed. You can see she’s taking names in the video. I sent the marriage certificate and an application to SSP, Bareilly.”In his statement to media on Thursday, Rajesh Misra had denied all the allegations by her daughter and said that she is independent to make her own decision.”The reports circulating in media against me are wrong. My daughter has the right to take her own decisions. No threats to her were made by me or from anyone in my family. We are busy with our work. May she be happy wherever she is,” said the BJP leader.Mishra is the BJP MLA from Bithari Chainpur in Bareilly district.ALSO READ | Balasaheb Thorat replaces Ashok Chavan as Maharashtra Congress chiefALSO READ | Now Hardoi BJP MLA defends Bareilly colleague’s anger at daughter marrying Dalit boyALSO WATCH | Please change your thinking: BJP MLA’s daughter’s emotional appeal to her fatherFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma Priest denies BJP MLA’s daughter Sakshi was married at Ram Janaki templeThe marriage certificate, presented to validate the claims of Sakshi’s marriage to Ajitesh, mentions the name of Acharya Vishwapati Shukl and the Ram Janaki temple.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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