15 Oct
2019

RIVERDALE STARS TWITTER ACCOUNT REPORTEDLY HACKED BY FORTNITE GAMERS

first_imgWARNING: Story contains graphic language!Riverdale star Cole Sprouse has become the latest hacker prank victim after gamers took control of his Twitter account and posted a series of offensive tweets.The actor, who was a Teen Choice Award winner on Sunday, appeared to have lost his mind on Monday night when a clutch of foul tweets were released. Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. | Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images Advertisement Advertisement One attacked Disney bosses and another featured an explicit comment about his brother Dylan Sprouse’s model girlfriend, Barbara Palvin. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

UN reiterates call on Guatemala to back proposed body to probe armed

31 July 2007The United Nations today reiterated its call on Guatemala to “seize this opportunity” to set up a proposed independent body to investigate illegal armed groups in the Central American country on the eve of a vote in the national legislature tomorrow. A UN commissioner and experts would work with Guatemalan prosecutors to combat organized crime and impunity as part of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (to be known as CICIG, its Spanish acronym). The Commission will have an initial mandate of two years under the proposal.Speaking to reporters, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe reiterated a statement by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this month urging Guatemala to take the opportunity “to use international assistance to strengthen its national judicial institutions in the fight against impunity in a way that is fully respectful of Guatemalan sovereignty.”Ms. Okabe added that the UN was committed to doing everything it could to make CICIG a success.The Commission will be able to conduct its own investigations and also help local institutions, particularly the Office of the Public Prosecutor. While it will be an independent, non-UN body, its commissioner will be appointed by the Secretary-General and report periodically to him. One of its tasks is to recommend public policies and any legal or institutional measures for eradicating the illegal armed groups and preventing their re-emergence. The costs are expected to be borne by voluntary contributions from the international community. read more

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11 Oct
2019

Thousands of Sri Lankan farmers to benefit from UNfunded antipoverty scheme

The $25 million loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will enable the country’s National Agribusiness Development Programme to help small producers, women, landless households and young people in rural areas.Among the programme’s goals is to increase the incomes of smallholder farmers by 20 to 30 per cent, and help farmers become directly involved in processing and marketing their products such as fruits, vegetables, spices, cereal, milk and dry fish.“The programme will provide business expertise so that farmers can take part in joint ventures as equal partners with the private sector,” IFAD stated in a news release. “They will have access to financial resources so that they can take advantage of emerging opportunities, building their own processing capacity and having better access to markets. Increased on-farm productivity will lead to better farm-gate prices for their produce,” the Rome-based agency noted.Sri Lanka was the very first recipient of an IFAD loan, in April 1978, and since then the agency has funded 15 projects in the South Asian nation for a total investment of more than $217 million. 23 February 2010Nearly 58,000 farming households in Sri Lanka are expected to benefit from a United Nations-funded programme designed to improve their livelihoods, boost their incomes and enhance their participation in the marketing and selling of their products. read more

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7 Oct
2019

Markets Right Now Stocks open sharply lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:53 a.m.Stocks are opening sharply lower on Wall Street following big losses in Europe after German’s economy shrank in the second quarter and as the U.S. bond market flashed a warning about a possible recession.The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down as much as 400 points early Wednesday.U.S. government bond prices continued to soar as investors sought safety, briefly pushing a key yield below a threshold that has correctly predicted recessions in the past.The Dow fell 388 points, or 1.5%, to 25,894.The S&P 500 lost 39 points, or 1.3%, to 2,887. The Nasdaq lost 1.5% to 7,894.The yield on 10-year Treasury briefly fell below the yield on the 2-year note, which has correctly predicted previous U.S. recessions.The Associated Press read more

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28 Sep
2019

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State prepares for two meets in three days

Ohio State’s Luke Pletcher wrestles Paul Glynn in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team will take on Michigan State at 7 p.m. Friday at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Michigan, and Purdue at 1 p.m. Sunday at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, the hometown of Buckeye wrestlers and brothers Bo and Micah Jordan.The Spartans (5-6, 1-4 Big Ten) lost their last meet to No. 21 Wisconsin 28-7, and they lack a single ranked wrestler, giving Ohio State (10-0, 5-0 Big Ten) a massive advantage. However, it is rare for a team to win each match, even when there is an edge in the rankings.“Michigan State, obviously they’re not your Iowa or Penn State match, but it’s still a good opportunity to go out there and work on some new skills in a live match,” Ohio State redshirt sophomore Kollin Moore said. “Try some of the stuff that you’ve been working in practice see if you can do it in an actual match.”Moore, who ranks No. 1 at 197 pounds, will wrestle in both Ohio State’s meets. Senior and No. 1 heavyweight Kyle Snyder will neither rest nor compete for Ohio State this weekend. Instead, he will represent the United States at the Yarygin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Snyder will try to become the first American to win the Yarygin in back-to-back years. Ohio State is coming off of a decisive victory against No. 3 Iowa 22-12 on Sunday, a result that still lingers in the Buckeyes’ minds.“I would argue that that was one of the top-three dual meets of all-time,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “I mean that was a great atmosphere. Our guys really saw the love that people have for wrestling in this region and for the university.”The Schottenstein Center filled up with 15,117 people for the Iowa meet, and the home fans watched the Buckeyes win six of the 10 bouts. Moore beat No. 5 Cash Wilcke, and Ohio State sophomore No. 2 Luke Pletcher beat Paul Glynn at 133 pounds. Both Moore and Pletcher remained undefeated on the season with the victories, but Pletcher saw his performance from a different perspective.“Last year we had the big crowd and I lost,” Pletcher said. “So it was still cool then, but it’s a lot better when you win, obviously. I had a lot of family members come down. My club coach brought some wrestlers down, so it was pretty cool to see them there, and go out in front of 15,000 fans was pretty awesome.” Purdue (5-5, 0-4 Big Ten) has struggled recently, losing its past four competitions, most recently losing 21-12 to No. 14 Illinois. The Boilermakers wrestle North Dakota State on Friday, which will allow them to try to regain some confidence before they take on the Buckeyes.Sunday’s meet will give the Jordan brothers the chance to return to their high school in St. Paris, Ohio, to compete for the first time since the two graduated.“That’s one of the meccas in the country, let alone the state of Ohio,” Ryan said. “They are producing college student-athletes left and right.”Ohio State shifts its focus toward Michigan State and Purdue, though its Feb. 3 meet at Penn State is nearing. read more

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25 Sep
2019

Canadian citizen remanded for trafficking heroin charge

The charge against Yuonika Bovell was read by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to the effect that on October 5, 2017, at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) she was allegedly in possession of 1.662 kilograms of heroin for the purpose of trafficking.Bovell appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court in the company of her legal counsel,  Siand Dhurjon, who sought to secure bail for the accused pending the outcome of trial.According to the lawyer, the 19-year-old is a Canadian citizen who has been residing in Guyana for the past nine months with her reputed husband and parents in East La Penitence, Georgetown.The court heard that despite being a Canadian citizen, the teen spent most of the last three years in Guyana working as a cashier in her mother’s grocery store after graduating high school.Bovell voiced through her lawyer that she is oblivious of the charge and willing to lodge her passport or report to CANU on a weekly basis if necessary, during trial.Special reasons advanced on the basis that the accused suffers from chronic asthma and trauma following the recent loss of a baby was rejected by the Magistrate McLennan and she was remanded to prison.CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford led the prosecution’s case.Bovell will return to court on October 24, 2017. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCanadian teen further remanded for possession of heroinOctober 24, 2017In “Court”Miner, Canadian Fiancé remanded on drug chargesAugust 24, 2015In “Crime”Pregnant woman, husband busted with cocaine at CJIA remandedFebruary 3, 2015In “Crime” read more

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25 Sep
2019

Trump congratulates Guyana on 48th Republic Anniversary

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedU.S. President congratulates Guyana on 49th Republic AnniversaryFebruary 22, 2019In “latest news”President Trump congratulates Guyana on 47th Republic Day AnniversaryFebruary 22, 2017In “latest news”President Granger expects no significant change in Guyana-U.S. relationsNovember 9, 2016In “latest news” US President Donald TrumpUnited States of America (USA) President Donald Trump has extended congratulations Guyana on the occasion its 48th Republic Anniversary.According to the Embassy of the USA in Guyana, a letter was sent to President David Granger by Trump on behalf of the people of the United States.Aside from extending congratulations, President Trump also addressed the economic partnership between Guyana and the United Sates.He said “the United States of America takes pride in its partnership with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.  We value your ongoing contributions to regional security and look forward to working with you on the development of your natural resources for the benefit of the Guyanese people.”“On behalf of the American people, I wish you and your people a beautiful Mashramani festival” Trump said in his letter sent. read more

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22 Sep
2019

ISRAEL Maccabi Tel Aviv win Championship

← Previous Story Xavi Pascual to lead Romania until Tokyo 2020? Next Story → HBC Nantes and FA Goppingen for EHF Cup trophy! Maccabi Tel AvivMaccabi Tel Aviv handball Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrate second Championships title in Israel. The yellow-blue team from Tel Aviv led by Serbian coach Nedeljko Matic beat Maccabi Rishon at the Play-Off Final series (33:25, 27:24 and 33:31 with tie 25:25).The new champions best the old one – Hapoel Tel Aviv with 2:0 in semi-final series (32:24 and 33:27).

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22 Sep
2019

8 reasons putting on makeup is a pain in the hoop

first_imgMAKE-UP IS GREAT. It can be used to cover up blemishes, a multitude of sins, and generally emphasis all of your good bits.But jaysis it can be a pain. Here are eight dramas that make us wonder why we bother.1. It’s such a time wasterPutting on make-up not only requires time, but also effort– something we are so not up for at 7am on a Monday morning. We mean, it’s literally a paint job on your face. Source: Tumblr2. It requires skill and concentrationJust TRY applying make-up in the dark, or even without a mirror at the best of times. This means that in order to re-apply anything you’ve got to be at a mirror or take one out in public like the vain, self-centred princess you are. Nobody needs to see our mascara face.3. It goes EVERYWHEREClothes, phone, basically anything you touch becomes a mess of beige residue once the foundation migrates from your face to your fingers. Not to mention the trail of lipstick you leave behind. Source: Shutterstock5. It stops you doing thingsLike crying salty tears, or any physical activity where you may sweat a lot. Rubbing your eyes is an absolute no no. Source: Huffingtonpost6. Smudges, everywhereLipgloss and lipstick in particular. The hazards you run into when looking for the shift are unspeakable. It’s either smudge central, or there’s a chance you’ll be glued together.Look at it, it’s practically gelatinous. Source: BlogSpot7. Touch ups are necessaryMORE EFFORT. After a while your foundation will get a bit oily and people will soon be using your forehead to check their own make-up in.Re-application is your only answer. Everything great that ever happens on a night out happens when you’re in the bathroom queuing for mirror space.8. Frankly, it’s dangerousListen, you know the risks. A stray eyelash curlers will leave you lash-less and that mascara stick is just an eye injury waiting to happen. On a similarly aesthetic note– it seems we will not be content until we char ourselves away with a set of straighteners. Source: AthomeinromeThis list is endless, the comments are open. Vent.12 challenges men face that women just don’t understand>12 challenges women face that men just don’t understand> 4. We have to take it offAgain, we’re not big on time wasting, or using industrial paint remover just before you go to bed. There are actual fumes that we’re inhaling all night, and we never get it all anyway.last_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

Netflix launches their very own tech blog

first_imgNetflix generates a lot of tech news. The company is the hottest thing in online video, is loved by geeks and non-geeks alike, it works with just about every device that comes out (portable and otherwise), and they have some impressive recommendation technology going on behind the scenes. A new company blog will cover the “technology and technology issues” the company deals with.There are only two posts up so far. The first, penned by John Ciancutti (Netflix VP of Engineering) is a standard introduction, while the second presents a slideshow about Netflix’s API strategy. So, yeah, get ready for some pretty geeky stuff.AdChoices广告From the first post:We intend to use this blog to share the details of our approach and the technical challenges we face. We’d like it to be a tool for prospective employees and fellow engineers in our industry to understand the company’s take on the technology issues of our day. Thank you for reading and participating in the conversation! If you are looking for lighter news, you can check out Netflix’s company blog.Read more at Techblog.Netflix.com. You can subscribe using this link.last_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

Amsterdam to ban guided tours through Red Light District from next year

first_imgAmsterdam to ban guided tours through Red Light District from next year Local authorities said that guided tours in the area are often “not respectful towards sex workers”. By Sean Murray Image: Robin Utrecht SIPA USA/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4553194 FROM 1 JANUARY 2020, it will no longer be permitted for guided tours in the city of Amsterdam to go through the Red Light District, local authorities have said.Authorities said that tours along the windows cause “a lot of bustle in the Red Light District and are not respectful towards sex workers”. “That is why they are no longer allowed from next year,” the city said.This measure forms part of strict new measures on guided tours in the city that will take effect next year.This includes the prohibition of free tours and recruiting participants, imposing a tax on tourists who participate in a tour, and a maximum of 15-20 on these tours.Currently, those offering tours in the Red Light District must apply for a special exemption and abide by certain rules. From next year, guided tours throughout the city will need to apply for these exemptions.In evaluating the current exemption system, the city said that tours were still causing a nuisance for locals in Amsterdam. A survey found that 80% of sex workers say the tourists being given the guided tours “have a negative impact” on their business, while a number of the workers are still experiencing abusive behaviour and unwanted photography.More than 1,000 groups pass through the Oudekerksplein square in the Red Light district every week, and anyone who offer tours illegally will liable for a fine of €190, with fines rising as high as €2,500 for companies who repeatedly break the rules.This is the latest of a series of steps from the Dutch capital to ease the pressure from tourism. Some 18 million tourists flock to Amsterdam every year – more than the entire population of the Netherlands.The city has taken major steps to push back against unruly visitors, mainly groups of young men who roam the Wallen at weekends, on pub crawls or to celebrate stag parties drawn by easy access to drugs and prostitution.It has instituted stiff fines and penalties for breaking public disturbance laws, while in August 2017 it announced compulsory clean-up breaks in streets and monitoring of crowds.With reporting from AFP 66 Comments 26,561 Views Short URL Share327 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 21st 2019, 7:49 AM Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 7:48 AM Image: Robin Utrecht SIPA USA/PA Imageslast_img read more

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19 Sep
2019

Release John Cena grants 500th wish with MakeaWish

first_img Nikki Bella: Artem Chivbinstev is a great kiser Now Playing Up Next Facebook Videos Articles WhatsApp Nikki Bella buys a Ferrari as therapy for John Cena break-up Videos Articles ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rouseycenter_img Videos Articles Pinterest John Cena Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion show WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Brie Bella Are John Cena And Nikki Bella Finally Dunzo? Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE & Make-a-Wish sent out the following:Make-A-Wish® Celebrates WWE® Superstar John Cena® for Granting Record 500 WishesJohn Cena to become the first celebrity wish granter in the organization’s 35 year history to reach the milestonePHOENIX (August 21, 2015) – Make-A-Wish® congratulates WWE® Superstar John Cena® for granting 500 wishes through the wish granting organization. Cena will achieve the landmark wish total when he spends time with Rocco, an 8-year-old from Queens, NY, battling leukemia, before WWE Monday Night Raw® at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. For Rocco, the chance to hang out with the WWE Superstar will be a wish-come-true. For Cena, the meeting will be his 500th opportunity to bring hope and optimism to a wish child battling a life-threatening medical condition.Since the founding of Make-A-Wish in 1980, no other celebrity has granted as many wishes as Cena. To acknowledge Cena and his contributions to Make-A-Wish, WWE and Make-A-Wish joined together to host a party on Friday, Aug. 21, at a Dave & Buster’s in New York City. Attendees included John Cena, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO David Williams, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Divas The Bella Twins® – Nikki and Brie, WWE Superstar Sheamus®, wish kids and their families. At the event, WWE announced a multi-year, million dollar commitment to Make-A-Wish – a symbol of WWE’s on-going support for wish granting.In addition to wish granting, Cena regularly goes above and beyond to support the mission of Make-A-Wish. He has personally donated more than 6 million airline miles for wishes involving travel, hosted parties for wish kids at WrestleMania® and served as a Wish Ambassador at speaking engagements. Cena is also a recipient of the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, which Make-A-Wish awarded him in 2009. In 2012, he also received an award to mark the milestone of his 300th wish, something no other celebrity or athlete has achieved.“John Cena’s slogan, ‘Never Give UpTM,’ is a constant source of inspiration for wish kids and serves as a reminder to stay strong and keep pushing through the difficult times,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO. “The fact that he has had the sustained success required to reach 500 wishes speaks volumes about the type of person John is and the quality of the wish experience he delivers.”“There is no more humbling experience than a child who could ask for anything in the world asking to meet me,” said WWE Superstar John Cena. “I have faced some of the toughest Superstars in WWE history and I’ve never encountered more bravery or toughness than I see in each wish kid that I meet. It is inspiring to see the impact that granting wishes can have and I look forward to granting 500 more.”WWE has been involved in wish granting since the early 1980s, beginning shortly after the founding of Make-A-Wish. The popularity of WWE has endured throughout the years with a total wish count in the thousands. Since 2001, more than 45 Superstars and Divas have individually been requested, and subsequently, granted a wish. To learn more about Make-A-Wish and the WWE relationship, visit wish.org.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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15 Sep
2019

Mokai Lounge officially reopens after incident with horse on dance floor

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida nightclub has reopened after being closed for having a horse inside of the establishment.Mokai Lounge on 23rd Street reopened Wednesday night after the City of Miami Beach revoked its business license because of a viral social media video showing a woman riding a horse onto the dance floor.An agreement with the city was reached on Monday, with the owners of Mokai having to pay $12,150 in code violations, $10,000 to Peaceful Ridge Rescue for Horses and agreeing not to allow any animals inside the club except for service animals.Miami Beach Police said their animal cruelty investigation continues.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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3 Sep
2019

Banani fire probably caused by electric short circuit Probe body

first_imgWreckage of the burnt building is seen in Dhaka on 29 March 2019, a day after flames tore through the 22-storey FR Tower. Photo: AFPThe probe committee formed by the home and disaster management and relief ministries suspected that the fire at FR Tower originated from an electric short-circuit on the seventh floor of the building that killed 26 people, reports UNB.Additional secretary Faijur Rahman, head of the probe body formed by the disaster management and relief ministry, came up with the information while talking to reporters after ending the public hearing on the fire incident at a temporary police control room near FR Tower on Sunday.The hearing was held from 10:00am to 12:00pm where statements of 24 witnesses were recorded.The committee will submit its probe report on 3 April based on information of 24 witnesses and victims, who are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.Firefighters on ladders work to extinguish a blaze in an office building in Dhaka on 28 March 2019. Photo: AFPFaijur Rahman said the main purpose of the public hearing is to identify the origin of the fire and provide some recommendations to find out ways of saving people in the case of recurrence of such incidents.Replying to a question, Faijur Rahman said, “No fire alarm rang during the fire incident and the emergency exit way in the building is narrow while some were found sealed off during the incident. That’s why people failed to use the door.”Besides, the smoke emitted from the fire filled up the staircases and the floors, causing suffocation to people, he said.”We didn’t find any witnesses from the seventh floor where the fire broke out first,” he said.As the building was made of glasses, smoke could not pass and spread throughout the floors and staircases, making it difficult for people to escape, he added.A fire broke out on the seventh floor of the high-rise on Thursday, killing 25 people and injuring 70 more. Later, a man injured in the deadly fire succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, taking the death toll from the incident to 26.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Health information on internet may reduce trust in doctors

first_imgLooking up health-related information on the internet can cause parents to not trust the diagnosis made by their child’s doctor, potentially leading to delayed treatment, a new study warns.Researchers from Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in the US recruited 1,374 parent participants who were presented with a profile of a child who “has had a rash and worsening fever for 3 days.” The participants, who averaged 34 years of age and had at least one child under age 18, were then divided into groups. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the first group, participants received screen shots of internet information describing some symptoms of scarlet fever, an infectious disease linked to strep throat that causes rash and fever.Unless treated with antibiotics, scarlet fever can develop into rheumatic fever and, in some cases, lead to heart damage.The second group of participants received screen shots listing select symptoms of Kawasaki disease, a condition in which blood vessels throughout the body become inflamed. It also is accompanied by fever and rash. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePrompt treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs is needed to help prevent life-threatening complications such as aneurisms.A third set of parents, the control group, received no internet screen shots. All participants then read that the doctor had diagnosed the child with scarlet fever.Compared to the control group, in which 81.0 per cent of parents reported trusting the physician, 90.5 per cent of parents who had received scarlet fever symptom screen shots reported trusting the physician. Furthermore, fewer parents in the scarlet fever cohort answered that they were likely to seek a second opinion (21.4 per cent), compared to the control group (42.0 per cent).Conversely, only 61.3 per cent of participants who had viewed the screen shots listing rash and fever as symptoms of Kawasaki disease reported trusting the doctors’ diagnosis, and 64.2 per cent reported that they were likely to seek a second opinion.Although there are many advantages of having easily accessible medical information available on the internet, the findings show that “internet-driven interpretation of symptoms” can compromise trust between a doctor and patient, researchers said.”The internet is a powerful information tool, but it is limited by its inability to reason and think,” said Ruth Milanaik, an associate professor at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.”Simply entering a collection of symptoms in a search engine may not reflect the actual medical situation at hand,” Milanaik said. “These computer-generated diagnoses may mislead patients or parents and cause them to question their doctors’ medical abilities and seek a second opinion, thereby delaying treatment,” she added.last_img read more

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30 Aug
2019

Analyzing the Analytics

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. In the world of website promotion, only three things matter: proper positioning, traffic volume and conversions. The number of people visiting your website–and how many of those people are ultimately doing what you want them to do, such as placing an order or contacting you for more information–is absolutely critical. What the Pros UseAs you shop from the vast array of available web analytics software and services, consider the following options:Omniture SiteCatalyst: Pricey but very powerful, well supported and great for enterprise-level businesses.ClickTale: Hosted service offering affordable tiered plans, visually stunning interface, records and plays back individual user sessions.Google Analytics: Free, easy to install, powerful and well documented.Sentiment Metrics: Great online tool for monitoring social media dialogue.To maximize your return on investment on launching and managing a website, blog, or online campaign, you need to know what’s working and what’s not, where visitors are coming from, what they view, how long they stay and why some wander off. You need to know which campaigns are driving the most traffic to your site and how effective your site is in converting that traffic into targeted behaviors.Enter web analytics tools–applications that collect site traffic data and display it in graphical simplicity. With web analytics, you can monitor the success of web pages, pay-per-click advertising campaigns and other promotional efforts online and off. You gain valuable insight into visitors’ behaviors on your site. Perhaps best of all, you can identify and correct any obstacles to conversion, such as a poorly designed page or registration form, inferior product descriptions, or excessive steps for signing up for an e-newsletter.Assessing and improving conversions with the help of web analytics requires patience and persistence, but following these simple guidelines can simplify the process: Set trackable site goals. Do you want visitors to register for e-mail updates, place an order, contact you for an estimate, or something else?Use analytics to identify and monitor traffic sources and obstacles to conversion.Evaluate your ROI for traffic sources, such as pay-per-click advertising, blogging, offline advertising and social media marketing. Make adjustments as needed.Tweak your site to correct any obstacles to conversion.Continue to track traffic and conversion rates and fine-tune your promotions and approach.The good news for startups is that incorporating web analytics into site development and online marketing is affordable, in terms of both time and money. With a free service like Google Analytics, you can start monitoring traffic in less than 24 hours.Mikal E. Belicove is a market positioning, social media and management consultant specializing in website usability and business blogging. When he’s not working or ghosting blog entries for clients, Mikal can be found musing about the world on Belicove.com and can be reached at mikal@belicove.com. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » September 16, 2009 This story appears in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more

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18 Aug
2019

DDay looms in bitter CubaUS rum trademark war

first_imgAlthough the U.S. sanctions prevent Cuba from marketing Havana Club in the United States, the island has held the trademark there since 1976 after the Cuban family that originally owned the brand let their registration lapse.But since it came time to renew in 2006, Cuba says, it has been unable to do so because the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which enforces the embargo against the island, has not issued a license for Havana to make the $200 renewal payment.Cuba sued the U.S. government, but lost. And when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the ruling on May 14, a 30-day countdown began after which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can cancel the trademark.That means that as soon as June 13, Cuba’s claim to the name could expire, and with it the island’s best hope of continuing its legal battle.Cuba has sent repeated diplomatic notes to Washington about the Havana Club trademark, but without yielding any result, Vice Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno said.U.S. government representatives declined to comment Tuesday. But in a written response to a question posed at a May 17 briefing, the State Department said the Office of Foreign Assets Control declined to license Cuban state-run export company Cubaexport to pay the fee, per policy guidance from State. Men’s health affects baby’s health too New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressHAVANA (AP) – There was the Cold War, the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, and there is still no end in sight to U.S.-Cuban animosity. Now a bitter dispute over a sweet-tasting spirit appears to be nearing an end game after more than a decade of legal wrangling.Time and again U.S. courts have ruled against Cuba in its fight to control the U.S. rights to the trademark Havana Club, the island’s flagship rum brand that is sold in more than 120 countries around the world _ but not in the United States. Right now Bacardi dominates worldwide with 19.3 million cases of its rums sold in 2010, according to Impact Databank. That compares to 3.8 million cases of Pernod Ricard’s Havana Club sold in 2010, according to the French company.Bacardi says it legitimately has the right to market Havana Club in the United States. The Bermuda-based company says it purchased global rights to the trademark in 1997 from the Arechabala family, the original owners who had let their registrations lapse. At the time, Bacardi was already embroiled in a legal dispute over its use of the name.In rulings favoring Bacardi, courts cited 1998 U.S. legislation _ which Bacardi lobbied for and some call the “Bacardi Bill” _ preventing lawsuits to enforce a trademark involving a company that was nationalized by Cuba. That same legislation also amended U.S. law so that such trademarks could no longer be renewed automatically, and required a specific license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control.Pernod Ricard considers the legislation unfairly retroactive.Bacardi applauded the Supreme Court decision. It said it has a trademark pending with the patent office since 1994, and is confident of gaining approval soon. “Cubaexport was accorded and exercised a panoply of rights available to it under U.S. law,” the statement read. “Cubaexport has had its day in court.”The French company Pernod Ricard, which partners with Cuba to distribute Havana Club worldwide, vows the battle isn’t over.“We are currently studying possible legal actions and studying the decision,” Olivia Lagache, general counsel for Havana Club, said by phone from Paris. “We will still fight to keep this trademark alive.”But the French spirits maker is also putting contingency plans into action. After the Supreme Court ruling, Pernod Ricard announced it had registered the brand name Havanista in the United States to sell rum there whenever the embargo is lifted.The U.S. is an extremely lucrative market and home to some 40 percent of the world’s rum drinkers, who would likely jump at the chance to sip the light, dry rum, distilled through a process of charcoal filtering and oak-barrel aging to give it extra sweetness.Havana Club offers a range of rums that go from just a few dollars to the ultra-high-end Maximo Extra Anejo, which retails for more than $1,200 a bottle. By mid-June, Cuba could lose all chance of pressing its legal claims against Bacardi, which distributes a limited quantity of its own Havana Club rum in Florida and says it plans to expand to other U.S. states in the near future.Indignant over what it considers wholesale piracy of a national icon, Cuba accuses the U.S. of using an under-the-radar maneuver to block Cuba from paying the small trademark renewal fee, and has raised its concerns at increasingly high levels of government. If the trademark expires, Cuba says it could retaliate on U.S. trademarks currently protected on the island.“The United States’ disrespectful attitude in divesting the legitimate Cuban owners of the Havana Club brand can put at risk the brand and patent rights of American companies in our country,” Maria de los Angeles Sanchez, director of Cuba’s office of intellectual property, said Tuesday. “Cuba reserves the right as a sovereign nation to act at the appropriate moment.”Such retaliation might have limited immediate impact, as most U.S. goods are barred from being sold to the island under the 50-year-old U.S. embargo. However there are some legal sales of food items, and companies could also face tough and costly legal battles to win back their trademark rights in a post-embargo Cuba. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Top Stories “Cuba does not have a valid registration,” said Patricia M. Neal, a spokeswoman for Bacardi USA. “As a matter of law, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will formally cancel the registration of Cuba Export for the mark in due course.”___Associated Press writers Andrea Rodriguez in Havana and Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.___Peter Orsi on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Peter_orsi Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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17 Aug
2019

Cathay Pacific adds fifth weekly Adelaide service

first_imgCathay Pacific adds fifth weekly Adelaide serviceCathay Pacific Airways is adding a fifth weekly flight to Adelaide from 2 December 2015. The move will see the airline increase its capacity on the route by 25 per cent and brings the weekly number of seats to 2,500.Nelson Chin, General Manager, Cathay Pacific Airways Southwest Pacific, said the increase is a direct response to high demand from both inbound and outbound passengers.“Since we introduced our new schedule in early April last year which provides better connections, particularly to the UK and Chinese destinations, we have seen demand surge,” he said. “Our flights have been very popular and we have seen increased numbers of tourists into Adelaide from mainland China, as well as South Australians taking advantage of the fast connections to China, Asia, London and North America via Hong Kong.“The fifth flight will depart Hong Kong on Wednesday night and depart Adelaide on Thursday morning, making Adelaide departures available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, giving South Australian passengers more flexibility in their travel plans,” said Mr Chin.“We are also working closely with Tourism South Australia to promote the State in Hong Kong, mainland China and other key markets and this is proving to be a very good partnership,” he added.Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the additional flight into Adelaide was excellent news for South Australia.“The State Government has been working extremely hard to create opportunities and shine the spotlight on our state. With events like the Tour Down Under, World Cup Cricket at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval, the Adelaide Fringe, Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Adelaide Festival and WOMADelaide, we are continuing to see visitors flood into SA.“Importantly, Cathay Pacific has very strong links with Europe and China – two of our key markets.  In the recent State Budget, $35 million was allocated to market Adelaide and SA internationally and interstate, with a particular focus on China.“The additional flight will play a role in helping us reach our goal of 57,000 Chinese visitors by 2020 and build an $8 billion tourism industry by 2020,” he said.Mark Young, Managing Director, Adelaide Airport added: “The direct flights to Hong Kong, providing same day connections with mainland China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, have proved very popular with travellers – as have the onward connections to London.  It’s great news that Cathay Pacific will expand this service from later this year to meet growing demand.”The additional flight also means an increase in capacity for freight from South Australia.“In addition to extra passengers, we have also been carrying a lot more freight out of Adelaide, particularly fresh tuna to Japan, chilled fish to Hong Kong and Europe, as well as chilled meat to Frankfurt and Taiwan. An extra flight each week gives South Australian exporters an extra 15 tonnes in freight capacity,” Mr Chin added. Fly Cathay PacificSource = Cathay Pacificlast_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

by John Wawrow The Associated Press Posted Ap

first_img by John Wawrow, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2019 1:29 pm PDT Spoiler Alert: LeSean McCoy tweets out Avengers movie plot AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — If you haven’t done it already, and you’re on social media, mute LeSean McCoy’s account.The Buffalo Bills running back proved to be a one-man spoiler in tweeting out a significant occurrence in the newly released movie, “Avengers: End Game,” shortly after it premiered.The tweets didn’t go unnoticed, especially among Bills fans. Rather than eagerly trying to search out any possible news on who the Bills might select with their two draft picks in the second and third rounds on Friday, they instead learned a key plot twist.The reaction to McCoy’s tweets was so swift, it began trending on social media, and became its own “Twitter Moment.”Twitter posted a thread titled, “LeSean McCoy makes an enemy out of every fan who hasn’t seen Avengers yet,” and included several spoiler alert warnings.The thread then featured several reactions to McCoy’s tweets.Jake Bencie, of Indiana, posted a note asking the NFL to suspend McCoy, while adding he hoped “the Bills don’t win a game this season.”Sara Cichon of Buffalo posted a message that read: “YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO SAY SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! I wish I could unsee this tweet…this is a horrible day now.”And an account named BetTheOver concluded: “Just forced me to buy a Yeldon jersey with that tweet,” in reference to running back T.J. Yeldon, who signed with the Bills on Monday.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJohn Wawrow, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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9 Aug
2019

EU finance ministers call for prudent fiscal policy

first_imgThe EU’s finance ministers on Tuesday adopted recommendations calling on Cyprus to continue its prudent fiscal policy and complete public sector reform.The Ecofin council upheld five categories of macroeconomic recommendations for Cyprus, without discussion, following the publication by the Commission of the country-specific recommendations on macroeconomic and fiscal policy on February 22.The recommendations were already known from June 15, following the Eurogroup – Ecofin meeting in Luxembourg.According to the recommendations, Cyprus must continue its prudent fiscal policy, achieve the 2018 fiscal targets, complete the reform in the public sector, speed up the administration of justice, reduce the volume of non-performing loans, create a secondary market for the same loans, advance education reforms, complete the separation of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus, and conclude the plan for universal access to public health.More specifically the council calls on Cyprus to deliver on five chapters:– Pursue its fiscal policy in line with the requirements of the preventive arm of the Stability and Growth Pact, which entails remaining at its medium term budgetary objective in 2018. Use windfall gains to accelerate the reduction of the general government debt ratio. By the end of 2017, adopt key legislative reforms aiming to improve efficiency in the public sector, in particular on the functioning of public administration, governance of state-owned entities and local governments.– Increase the efficiency of the judicial system by modernising civil procedures, implementing appropriate information systems and increasing the specialisation of courts. Take additional measures to eliminate impediments to the full implementation of the insolvency and foreclosure frameworks, and to ensure reliable and swift systems for the issuance of title deeds and the transfer of immovable property rights.– Accelerate the reduction of non-performing loans by setting related quantitative and time-bound targets for banks and ensuring accurate valuation of collateral for provisioning purposes. Create the conditions for a functional secondary market for non-performing loans. Integrate and strengthen the supervision of insurance companies and pension funds.– Accelerate the implementation of the action plan for growth, focusing in particular on fast-tracking strategic investments and improving access to finance, and, by the end of 2017, resume the implementation of the privatisation plan. Take decisive steps towards the ownership unbundling of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus and, in particular, proceed with the functional and accounting unbundling by the end of 2017.– Speed up reforms aimed at increasing the capacity of public employment services and improving the quality of active labour market policies delivery. Complete the reform of the education system to improve its labour market relevance and performance, including teachers` evaluation. By the end of 2017, adopt legislation for a hospital reform and universal healthcare coverage.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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