Steven Gerrard plays down Rangers league table position

first_imgRangers Steven Gerrard’s men were impressive on Sunday leading to an emphatic away victory over Hearts and subsequent lead on the table but the manager says he is not carried away by the position.Steven Gerrard told Daily Mail:“It means nothing to me – and I’m not lying.”“It’s fantastic for the fans as it’s been too long. They can enjoy tonight but we have another big game in 72 hours (against Aberdeen at Ibrox) and that’s my focus.”“I said before the game it would be nice to be top, but I won’t think about that.”“All I will think about is what knocks we have, who is available for Wednesday and what am I going to do without Scott. I go straight to work for that game.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I am not interested in the league (position). You get nothing for it now. We have worked hard to get there, but it’s a challenge for us to see how long we can stay there.”“People have games in hand and will breathe down our neck, but it’s a different responsibility. The players know that and we have to handle that.”“There’s no point getting carried away because we’re in early December and you get nothing for it right now.”“It was a very important result. It’s our first big win against a rival away from home and we’ll take confidence and belief from this result.”last_img read more

Toshack thinks Gareth Bale should emulate Ronaldo

first_imgFormer Real Madrid manager John Toshack, came after compatriot Gareth Bale strong as he believes the winger should emulate Cristiano Ronaldo.Gareth Bale is not going through the best times at Real Madrid, his compatriot John Toshack doesn’t like the way in which he conducts himself and thinks that he should be more like Cristiano Ronaldo.The Welsh player is currently going through another recovery process from a muscular injury, something that has become very common with him at the club.Toshack believes that Gareth Bale is making efforts that are directly affecting his performance, he is convinced that the Welshman can do a better job of understanding his limitations on the pitch and avoid certain risks.What John is asking Gareth Bale to do, is very similar to the time when Cristiano Ronaldo finally understood that he didn’t need to run all across the pitch and all he required was to save his energy only for the most important moments.Bale is regarded as one of the most important players in Los Blancos’s history already, his goals and assists have been crucial during the most important matches for the club.”Gareth Bale needs to copy Cristiano if he wants to stay at Real Madrid” says John Toshack https://t.co/lLGWU0yRnn pic.twitter.com/fDNGNJuIfR— AS English (@English_AS) January 21, 2019“Cristiano plays as a winger, he scores and assists. There is no doubt that Gareth Bale already is one of the best players in football history,” said Toshack via Diario AS.“If he wants to remain as such, he should try to imitate Ronaldo. If you only look at what he’s accomplished, you quickly think what could’ve been if it hadn’t been for his unfortunate injury record.”“So, obviously, his experience can help him diminish his game a little bit and play in shorter parts of the pitch while reading better what’s going on.”“I really hope that he can do a lot more than what he is doing right now, because there is no doubt that you always need to start over when you recover from an injury.”“As far as his physical recovery is concerned, you always have to get back up and it’s almost as if you had to come back two or three times every season.”“This whole situation has been very difficult for him, and that gives him even more credit in my opinion.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“What we never imagined would happen with him were the injury problems that were detected.”“I mean, he has missed almost as many matches as he’s played and that has obviously slowed him down quite a bit,” he concluded.📻Toshack, sobre el estado de salud de Bale: “Es una pena para Gareth”➡https://t.co/PeNT9WXzNA pic.twitter.com/KY2sTYIZYf— El Larguero (@ellarguero) May 31, 2017To the people who don’t remember, John Toshack was the man who discovered Gareth Bale and the one who gave him his very first cap for Wales when he was just a kid.Born a Welshman as well, John Benjamin Toshack is arguably one of the most important figures for his country and arguably one of the biggest talent seekers in football history.Under his belt, Toshack has an amazing record of discovering players such as Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, and Gareth Bale himself.If the ‘Cardiff Express’ wants to keep performing at the highest leve, he needs to start listening to his body and realize that he can no longer make those sprints that usually set him apart from all the other players.Bale is a very talented player with the ball at his feet, there is no need to rely so much on your acceleration when you know that you are risking a new muscular injury every time to sprint.Gareth has impressive finishing skills, imagination to create football for his teammates and team leadership. It may be time for him to evolve as a player.John Toshack “I’d recommend British players to go out, leave the UK to learn other leagues & cultures. It is not easy but it’s valuable. With that said, Aaron in Turin should not make the same mistake that Bale did in Madrid: the local language must be learned immediately.” pic.twitter.com/187qK2SOek— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) January 6, 2019Do you agree with Toshack or should Gareth Bale remain the same type of football player for the rest of his career? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Bloomberg Businessweek Taking Print Delivery Into Own Hands

first_imgAfter Bloomberg bought the magazine in late 2009, incoming president Paul Bascobert initiated discussions on enhancing the its delivery options. By December 2010, subscribers in Philadelphia were getting the magazine through a partnership with the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday mornings. By August this year similar partnerships will be rolled out in Portland, Oregon, Chicago and in southern California from Los Angeles to San Diego. “We’re in the process of getting signed contracts as we speak,” says Bernie Schraml, director of manufacturing and distribution for Bloomberg Businessweek. “It will be a mix of newspaper companies and private delivery companies in those markets.”Partnerships in the New York metro area, New Jersey and Connecticut are expected to launch by October. In all, Schraml is expecting to have about 250,000 subscriber copies delivered by this method by the end of the year, maybe more. “We don’t have any limit at all as far as the total number of copies,” he says. “The more the better.” How It WorksSchraml identifies regions of the country where there’s a combination of problematic delivery, sufficient entry points and appropriate and available delivery partners. After an NDA is in place with the partner company, Bloomberg Businessweek provides a copy of its subscriber file for that region to the partner. The highest density areas are selected for delivery. Schraml declined to reveal pricing arrangements, citing confidential agreements, but costs vary according to subscriber density and are determined by the number of copies delivered into the area. Overall, costs are comparable to traditional delivery of subscriber copies. “I don’t have a budget to increase my costs, I can tell you that,” clarifies Schraml. In markets where the alternative delivery system will launch, customers are notified either by a letter polybagged or cover-wrapped with the issue two weeks prior. Subscribers can choose to stay with postal delivery or take the alternate Friday morning delivery. So far, Schraml says there’s been a ratio of under 1 per 1,000 customers who’ve asked to go back to the traditional delivery method. The magazine is delivered in its own polybag, soft-folded and handled separately from the newspaper. Bloomberg Businessweek has been rapidly expanding an “alternative distribution” plan to print subscribers. Since last December the magazine has been partnering with newspaper publishers and other delivery services to have the magazine hand-delivered with the Friday morning paper. Currently, 9 percent of the magazine’s 860,000 domestic print subscribers already receive the magazine this way. The publisher wants to expand into other metro regions and raise that to 30 percent by the end of the year.And that figure is just a 4Q 2011 goal. The magazine likely won’t stop there. Instead, to counteract delays caused by the Postal Service’s FSS equipment and a potential five-day delivery schedule, it will continue to explore ways to transition more print subscriber copies away from USPS delivery and into co-delivery with newspaper publishers and other private delivery services. Right now, the weekly magazine achieves about a 60 percent cumulative delivery rate between Friday and Saturday with the Postal Service. The remainder of subscriber copies arrive sometime between Monday and Wednesday-the latest arriving almost a week after the issue ships. By partnering with a major newspaper and/or a private carrier, the magazine has a guaranteed Friday delivery by 6 am. last_img read more

DOD Installations Chief Lays out Path toward Future BRAC Decision

first_imgDOD opted not to include a request for a new round of base closures when it submitted its fiscal 2019 budget proposal earlier this year, but by no means have defense officials given up on the prospect of asking for a BRAC in the future. On Wednesday, the department’s installations chief told lawmakers that because the administration had just released its National Defense Strategy, it didn’t make sense to include a request for a new round. “We weren’t really in good conscience ready to ask Congress for an authorization for BRAC this year,” Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee.Instead, officials decided to take a pause. “We’re looking at the National Defense Strategy; we would like to reevaluate to what degree we think moving forward base closures might help us carry out the defense strategy to become more lethal,” he said in response to a question from Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.).The department is using the pause to reassess its most recent calculation of how much excess infrastructure it is carrying. Niemeyer told Courtney there were “some concerns” about the report DOD released last year that estimated 19 percent of its capacity was excess. The department is embarking on an effort with the services to take a closer look at how fully their facilities are being utilized. “We’re trying to get it to be an enterprise look. … and make sure we are optimally occupying our facilities.”When officials are confident they have a good handle on “exactly where we have excess,” they will brief the defense secretary. Niemeyer did not volunteer how long the process would take or what the next steps may be, however.He also reiterated the argument that a new BRAC round would not only help DOD save money but it also would provide an opportunity for the military “to get more lethal” by consolidating forces and realigning its installations. Unmanned systems, cybersecurity and other new missions were not significant factors during the last base closure round. “How do we lay in those new technologies onto our existing Cold War basing structure? Do we even know what a base of the future really should look like?” Niemeyer asked.Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Starkey Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 8 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, October 8, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Cloudy, with a high near 59. Light northeast wind.Happy Columbus Day! Town offices, schools, library, and senior center are closed today, as are banks and the post office. Retail stores are open at the owner’s discretion.  Market Basket and Lucci’s are open.Trash & Recycling Delayed: Wilmington’s residential trash and recycling collection will be delayed this week by one day due to the holiday.On WCTV: Watch WCTV’s latest content that debuted last week HERE.Go Wildcats!: SIX WHS teams are in action today, including the Boys Varsity Soccer team hosting Lexington at 10am at the North and the Girls Varsity Soccer team traveling to Lexington at 10am at Lincoln Park. [See the full schedule HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 9, 2017In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Trump says Apple will be fine should still move iPhone production to

first_imgMark Wilson / Getty Images President Donald Trump is chiming in on Apple’s sales warning from earlier this week, an announcement that prompted a quick drop in the iPhone maker’s stock price.”They’re gonna be fine,” Trump said Friday at a White House news conference. “Apple is a great company.”In a letter to investors Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said revenue in the company’s fiscal first quarter would be lower than expected, a rare occurrence from one of the most valuable and profitable companies in the world. Apple shares fell 7 percent to $147 in trading after the market close on Wednesday. Shares fell another 9.5 percent to $142.88 on Thursday morning, before rebounding 1.6 percent to $144.52 in early Friday trading.Trump said Apple’s stock price has gone up “hundreds of percent” since he’s been president, but added that he wants the company to make its iPhone and other products in the US. “Don’t forget this: Apple makes their product in China,” Trump said. “I told Tim Cook, who’s a friend of mine who I like a lot, ‘Make your product in the United States. Build those big, beautiful plants that go on for miles, it seems. Build those plants in the United States.’…China is the biggest beneficiary of Apple, more than us, because they build their product mostly in China.”Neither Apple nor the White House immediately responded to requests for comment. Comments reading • Trump says Apple will be ‘fine,’ should still move iPhone production to US See it $999 Best Buy $999 • See It See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Boost Mobile Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 9 Phones Politics Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See All Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Sprint Share your voice Apple Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Tags Applelast_img read more

Sensex hits record high banks rally

first_imgA man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while celebrating the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai, India April 26, 2017.Reuters fileThe Sensex hit a record high late in the session on Thursday as banks rallied on continued hopes of central bank and government action to tackle bad debt in the sector, with sentiment further boosted by gains in Asian shares.The benchmark Sensex rose 1.48 percent to end at 30,750.03 points, after earlier climbing to a record high of 30,793.43.Banking stocks surged, with the Nifty Bank Index rising as much as 3.25 percent to a record high.last_img

Venezuela bars Guaido from leaving country

first_imgVenezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido attends a session of the Venezuela`s National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela on 29 January 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice barred self-declared president Juan Guaido from leaving the country and froze his bank accounts Tuesday, as leader Nicolas Maduro seeks to neutralise the American-backed opposition chief.The 35-year-old head of the National Assembly legislature “is prohibited from leaving the country until the end of the (preliminary) investigation” for having “caused harm to peace in the republic,” high court president Maikel Moreno said.The court is stacked with Maduro loyalists.The move came after the state department revealed that Guaido — the National Assembly head and self-proclaimed interim president — has been handed control of Venezuela’s US bank accounts.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the order last week, which was then followed on Monday by US sanctions targeting Venezuela’s state oil giant PDVSA, the cash-strapped government’s main source of hard currency.”This certification will help Venezuela’s legitimate government safeguard those assets for the benefit of the Venezuelan people,” state department spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement.Guaido shrugged off Maduro’s efforts to choke his progress as “nothing new.””I’m not dismissing the threats, the persecution at this time, but we’re here, we’re continuing to do our jobs,” he told reporters as he arrived at the National Assembly.Guaido, who has been recognized as interim president by US president Donald Trump, sent a message to the country’s top court on Twitter warning that “the regime is in its final stage.””You shouldn’t sacrifice yourselves for the usurper and his gang,” he added.‘Serious consequences’In Washington, Trump’s national security advisor warned of “serious consequences” if any harm comes to the Venezuelan opposition leader.”Let me reiterate — there will be serious consequences for those who attempt to subvert democracy and harm Guaido,” Trump advisor John Bolton tweeted.The opposition-controlled legislature, meanwhile, named “diplomatic representatives” to a dozen countries that, like the US, have recognised Guaido as the interim president.At the White House, US vice president Mike Pence met with Guaido’s appointed charge d’affaires in the United States, Carlos Vecchio, to discuss the crisis.The 35-year-old engineer stormed onto the political stage as a virtual unknown on 3 January, when he was sworn in as the president of the National Assembly, a body that had been largely neutralized by the Supreme Court.On 23 January, he declared himself the country’s acting president and vowed to lead a transitional government that would hold democratic elections.To keep up the pressure, he has called two more mass demonstrations against the government this week, and has appealed to the powerful military to change sides, offering amnesty to those who do.At least 40 people have been killed in clashes with security forces nationwide and at least 850 arrested since 21 January when a brief military rebellion was put down in Caracas, according to the UN human rights office in Geneva.’Blood on his hands’US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions against PDVSA would prevent Maduro from diverting resources from the country until power could be transferred to an interim or democratically-elected government.A furious Maduro, 56, said Trump would have “blood all over his hands” if violence breaks out in Venezuela.In a tweet, he urged the opposition to “ignore the imperialist calls” and reiterated his offer of dialogue to Guaido. He has previously accused the US of trying to orchestrate a coup d’etat.Gustavo Tarre, Venezuela’s new pro-Guaido representative to the Organization of American States, rejected the coup accusation and cast doubt on the staying power of Maduro’s regime, saying no one would defend him to the death.Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the new sanctions “violate all possible international norms” and said the US has “publicly taken a course toward illegal regime change.”Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said his country opposes “unilateral sanctions” as they “will only complicate the situation and will not help solve practical problems.”The oil-rich country is already reeling from a deep economic crisis that has pushed millions into poverty and driven 2.3 million more to migrate.Hyperinflation, shortages of food and medicine and failing public services has spread misery, undermining support for a leftist regime that has held power for two decades.’All options’Trump’s national security advisor Bolton called Monday for Venezuela’s security forces “to accept the peaceful, democratic and constitutional transfer of power.”He also reiterated Trump’s position that “all options are on the table.”Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan did not rule out a US military deployment to Colombia.But the Lima Group of Latin American countries and Canada is opposed to “military intervention” in the Venezuela, Peru’s foreign minister Nestor Popolizio said.Six European nations — Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain — have said they would follow suit unless Maduro calls elections by 3 February.last_img

Critical Commentary on the Role of Women in Selma

first_imgAs the present-day movement for racial equality is on the rise across America, The Black Women’s Roundtable and Truth Speaks Consulting hosted Jan. 13 a Twitter Town Hall (#sistersofselma) on the box office movie, Selma to discuss the role of women in social activism, particularly of those in the film.The film featured prominent women, who worked in the trenches, strategized and led the way for thousands.  Selma made its debut on Jan 9 to rave reviews.“I loved seeing the women being lifted in the film like Amelia Boynton,” said Melanie Campbell ‏(@coalitionbuildr).For two decades, Boynton held black voter registration drives in Selma, Alabama. In 1964, she became the first African American woman and the first female Democratic candidate to run for a seat in Congress from Alabama, earning ten percent of the vote. She was instrumental in organizing the Selma to Montgomery March, which left her brutally wounded on that infamous Bloody Sunday.“How did your grandmother Mrs. Amelia Boynton like seeing herself in the movie?” asked moderator LaTosha Brown (@MsLaToshaBrown) to Carver Boynton (@Carverboynton).   “She enjoyed the movie, but her first comment was “where are the women? The women pushed the movement forward!” responded Boyton (@Carverboynton).Personally, Boynton (@Carverboynton) shares a sentiment common throughout the discussion: “part of me was so excited to just see Boynton, Nash and Coretta S. King with voices and visible roles… ultimately, I really wish they did more speaking.”For Dawne Shand (@dfshand) this was the movie’s weakness, “Women were treated as beautiful props,” she said. “The women offer moral courage and romantic love as support, but aren’t treated as leaders in their own right. Diane Nash’s breathless “Mr. Bevel” seemed gratuitous. I didn’t love the reduction of Nash’s role on the screen.”Nash was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in April 1960. A year later, she served jail time in solidarity with the “Rock Hill Nine” — nine students imprisoned after a lunch counter sit-in. Like, Boynton, Nash played a significant role in the Selma campaign for voting rights.While the stories of these women may not have been accentuated in the film, their presence still serves as an inspiration. “Many will see, understand and be inspired by the courage, strategy and hopefulness of those that went to distance for change!” said Boynton (@Carverboynton).Their legacies will live on and be embodied in future movements for racial equality and justice. The full chat can be viewed on Twitter: #sistersofselma.last_img read more

Mother of Trayvon Martin Announces Run for Local Office

first_imgBy ELLIS RUA Associated PressMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The mother of the unarmed Black teen who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in 2012 has formally announced her candidacy to run for local office.Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke to supporters Monday at a small event space tucked away inside of a Miami Gardens shopping plaza. She announced her plans to challenge Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert for a Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners seat that is up for grabs in 2020 because of term limits.In this April 3, 2019 photo, Sybrina Fulton participates in a panel at the National Action Network Convention in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)With her 28-year-old son, Jahvaris Fulton, and several other family members and friends at her side, Fulton stood at the podium in front of an audience of locals and pleaded her case.Fulton, a self-described political outsider who is from the district, said she has been mulling a run for office for about a year. She said she had never intended to get involved in politics, and that the political world left “a sour taste” in her mouth.She added that if it was not for her son’s killing, she would have been “going on vacations every year” and planning to retire.But after being thrust into the national spotlight after her son’s death, she slowly began to realize that she “needed to become a part of the change.”Fulton, who worked as a county employee for 24 years, became a full-time activist, making appearances on national television, campaigning for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and starting a South Florida-based organization that aims to end “senseless gun violence.”“When my son got shot down, I stood up,” said Fulton. “And I’m still standing,” she added, provoking several cheers of “Amen” from audience members.In addition to tackling gun violence, Fulton said she plans on combating growing crime in the district. She’s also concerned with issues pertaining to housing access, mental illness and the elderly.“I’m bringing fresh new energy to problems that we’ve seen for a long time,” she said.Martin’s death sparked national outrage and was the catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement, fueling the ongoing national conversation on systemic racism.His killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted on the grounds of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.News of Zimmerman’s acquittal outraged many and led to protests across the United States.Milton Felton sat in the crowd Monday, wearing an oversized red button barring Fulton’s name pinned to his chest. He said her ties to the community and her work following her son’s death make her a worthy candidate. The 65-year-old property inspector added that he’s in favor of an outsider entering the realm of local politics.“Fresh air is always a good change of wind,” said Milton.Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, a Black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, was defeated in April after running for a seat on her local city council. Brown’s death, like Trayvon Martin’s, caused large-scale civil unrest and added to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.Lucy McBath, a Democrat and an African American whose 17-year-old son was fatally shot in 2012 by a White man during an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store, last year won a suburban Atlanta congressional seat that was previously held by a Republican.She became a gun control activist after her son was killed, and she campaigned on that issue.last_img read more

SAD releases list of 4 candidates for Delhi

first_imgThe Shiromani Akali Dal on Tuesday said it will contest from four seats in the February 7 Delhi assembly polls, a day after its ally, the BJP, released its list of 62 candidates.“The Shiromani Akali Dal will fight from four seats in Delhi as per the formula of our alliance with the BJP,” Akali Dal Delhi unit president Manjeet Singh GK said.Manjinder Singh Sirsa will be contesting from Rajouri Garden, Harmeet Singh Kalka from Kalkaji and Jitender Singh Shunty from Shahdara. The party left out Shyam Sharma from the Hari Nagar seat and instead chose Avtar Singh Hit. All the three candidates – Sirsa, Kalka and Shunty – had fought the 2013 polls from the same constituencies and won. Sharma, however, had lost from Hari Nagar. Of the four candidates, Sirsa will contest on the Akali Dal’s weighing scale symbol, while the other three candidates will fight on the BJP symbol.last_img read more

The easiest way to turn your kids into geniuses b

first_imgThe easiest way to turn your kids into geniuses, by the time they’re seven, is just to front-load huge amounts of experience, including dangerous experience. Like Gatto, I believe that the real dangers for your children lie in government schools, and even in private schools that function on the same model. Here’s what Gatto says on the subject: Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy—these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another. Yes, I understand that people are pushed, economically, to put their children into public schools. If you feel like you’re in that position, make sure that you tell your children how the system is set up to condition them. Teach them that understanding is far more important than memorizing. Back them up if the teachers give them grief. Let people talk about you. Your children should understand, very clearly, that teachers and principals are just average people doing particular jobs; that they are merely another neighbor to the people on their street. Some of them are good people, others are bad people, and a title is just a title – it means nothing more. Teach your children to be bold, let them learn how to fall and rise again. Of course you want to let them encounter dangers slowly, and you’d never put them in positions to get truly hurt, but you should be nothing like the über-parents who surveil their children’s every move, in terror that poor little Johnny will encounter something that hasn’t been sanitized for his protection. I’ll leave you with one last quote from John Taylor Gatto: something that applies both to schooling and the larger world: After a long life, and thirty years in the public school trenches, I’ve concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves. Resist the fear, my friends. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com One of the worst things that has been done to children over the past generation or two has been insulating them from anything that could possibly have any danger attached. Parents keeping their children under permanent watch has become “what people do.” And it’s a BIG mistake. I know why the parents have done this, of course – we live in a fear-based culture, and it has rubbed off on them. But the reason they have caved in to fear is not important – what matters is that they have harmed their children. Children – at some point in their upbringing – need to confront danger; they need to explore; they need adventures. At one time, parents knew this. It wasn’t too many years ago when parents let their kids go off into the woods by themselves, with rifles. If that was really so horribly dangerous, half of us wouldn’t be here. Is it scary to watch your children walk into a subway station? Or out into the woods? You bet it is! But you have to do it anyway. Calculate the risks, pick your times, pick your spots, watch them from a distance if you must, but let them go out and face the world. Remember, fear is merely an impulse, and it can be based on lies, distortions, or even on nothing at all. It’s a crazy thing on which to base your children’s lives. A new German study shows clearly that adventure shapes the individual. As one of the researchers concluded, “Living our lives makes us who we are.” Your children need to live, and not merely exist inside of a fear-inspired bubble. The study also indicates that exploration and adventure not only affect personality development, but also brain growth. I’m not alone in this opinion, of course. Here are two quotes from John Taylor Gatto, a home school advocate and one of the finest teachers of modern times (one of the most awarded too, ironically enough): Sensible children do not wish to be incomplete human beings. And so, when you impose a stage theory of human development upon them, you are, in effect, tormenting them; you’re limiting their opportunity… Don’t be your kid’s enemy, because that’s not a kid, that’s your fellow human being. Be a partner, and enlarge their opportunities.last_img read more

Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data

first_img News reporter Amazon Says First Amendment Protects Alexa Data Add to Queue Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read –shares February 24, 2017center_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: amazon via PC Mag Tom Brant Prosecutors in an Arkansas murder trial claim that an Amazon Echo could hold data crucial to the case, but Amazon says that data is protected by the First Amendment and is refusing to give it up.The case involves a Bentonville, Ark., man accused of first-degree murder. It received national attention in December when authorities issued a warrant for data stored on the defendant’s Echo, powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. In a lengthy court filing last week, Amazon said that Echo voice commands as well as Alexa data stored on the company’s servers cannot be subject to a search warrant, Forbes reports.In the filing, Amazon explains that it records Echo users’ voice commands and a transcript of Alexa’s responses. “Both types of information are protected speech under the First Amendment,” Amazon’s lawyers write.Because of that protection, the government must show a compelling need for the data. It failed to do so in this case, Amazon writes, arguing that the judge should quash the warrant. “Such government demands inevitably chill users from exercising their First Amendment rights to seek and receive information and expressive content in the privacy of their own home, conduct which lies at the core of the Constitution,” the company says.An Amazon spokesperson told PCMag in December that it will not release customer information without a “valid and binding legal demand properly served on us.”As Amazon wrangles with the government over Alexa in court, the voice service’s features continue to grow, with Wired reporting this week that more than 10,000 Alexa skills are now available, just a year and a half after Amazon opened the platform to third-party developers. Alexa skills allow users to tap a variety of external services using voice commands, from controlling smart light bulbs to accessing smartphone notifications. Amazon Amazon is refusing to give authorities investigating a murder access to data from Alexa. Register Now »last_img read more

Elon Musk Drops New Twitter Bomb on the SEC

first_imgElon Musk Elon Musk Drops New Twitter Bomb on the SEC –shares Entrepreneur Staff Next Article Dan Bova Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Um, maybe someone needs a little social media detox? October 4, 2018center_img Image credit: Joshua Lott | Getty Images Editorial Director Enroll Now for $5 What do you do after the SEC forces you to step down as chairman of your company and fork over a $20 million fine? Call them big fat dumb-dumb heads on Twitter, if you’re Elon Musk.On Friday, the billionaire Mars-enthusiast blasted out the following to his 22.8 million followers:Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 4, 2018In case you don’t get it, we’ll break it down:”Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work. And the name change is so on point!” So Elon has rebranded the Securities and Exchange Commission as the Shortseller Enrichment Commission. (He also seems to have left out a word in the beginning of the sentence, but we’re not here to nitpick.) “Short sellers,” as you may know, are investors who basically place bets that the stock they sell will drop in price. Short sellers are generally disliked because they make money when everyone else loses money. Got it? So when he says “great job” he doesn’t really mean it. He’s being sarcastic! Then he basically makes the same joke about their names. We’ll wait for you to catch your breath from laughing.Related: Elon Musk Is Basically the Villain of the ‘Venom’ MovieTime will tell if this has any effect on Tesla’s stock prices, but in the meantime, Elon, can we make a suggestion? If you’re going to insist on attacking people and institutions on Twitter, maybe use some of your billions to hire a comedy writer? Don’t get us wrong, we love the mission to Mars, self-driving Teslas — you’re so good at so many things, but maybe leave the jokes to Carrot Top and that guy with all the puppets? 2 min read Add to Queue 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.last_img read more

C3 Metrics Welcomes Lauren Lannan As Director of Product Management

first_img advertising measurementAttribution Data CloudC3 MetricsLauren LannanMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleGround-Breaking Privacy-First Marketing Platform MiDATA.io Welcomes Jason Voiovich to Advisory BoardNext Article6sense Secures $27 Million to Advance Bold Vision in B2B and ABM C3 Metrics Welcomes Lauren Lannan As Director of Product Management PRNewswireApril 16, 2019, 5:49 pmApril 16, 2019 Pandora & Accordant Media Vet to Drive Accreditation and Product Advancement for Cross-Channel Measurement ProviderC3 Metrics, the global leader in cross-channel advertising measurement and accountability, announced that Lauren Lannan has joined the company as Director of Product Management.With eight years in the AdTech industry, Lauren’s extensive experience of building products and teams spans from Dentsu’s Accordant Media to Pandora. Lauren joins C3 Metrics from Wagz, where she was Digital Marketing Director. Prior to Wagz, Lauren was Senior Manager, Ad Platform Management, at Pandora, where she operated as a liaison between product, sales and engineering to develop and implement the go-to-market plan for Pandora’s audio, video and display advertising products. During her time at Accordant Media, Lauren launched Accordant’s West coast media analyst team and managed the development of custom programmatic marketing campaigns for clients that included Zipcar, Care.com and GrubHub. Throughout her career, Lauren led the research and development of automating display, video and audio ad formats via programmatic channels.In her newly created role, Lauren will report to C3 Metrics’ Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Jeff Greenfield, and lead several key projects for the company that focus on current and future accreditation of the Attribution Data Cloud. Additionally, she will drive the C3 Metrics product roadmap to include new features – such as the C3 Metrics Attribution API – and lead partner integrations like C3 Metrics’ recently announced Attribution CRM partnership with Havas Helia.Marketing Technology News: Pitney Bowes and Accenture Team to Help Clients Take Advantage of Intelligent, Data-Driven Solutions“We’re excited to have Lauren join our team,” said Jeff Greenfield. “Lauren’s deep expertise in the technology sector will be a tremendous asset for our customers as we advance our cross-platform attribution offering and continue to expand our capabilities through new features and partnerships.”“C3 Metrics’ position as a leader in attribution, as well as the founders’ commitment to advancing the advertising industry truly connected with me,” said Lauren Lannan, Director of Product Management at C3 Metrics. “I look forward to driving the industry forward with new products and partnerships for the C3 Metrics Attribution Data Cloud.”Marketing Technology News: Elastic Stack 7.0 Now AvailableLauren is the first of several senior leadership hires at C3 Metrics to be announced this year. Additional new appointments, spanning the organization’s Finance, Analytics and Customer Success teams, will be announced in the coming months.Marketing Technology News: CleverTap Scoops $26 Million Funding; Focused at Driving Innovation in Customer Lifecycle Management Technologylast_img read more

Study Plastic waste in the environment releases nanosized particles

first_img Source:https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/plastic-waste-disintegrates-into-nanoparticles-study-finds Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 20 2018There is a considerable risk that plastic waste in the environment releases nano-sized particles known as nanoplastics, according to a new study from Lund University. The researchers studied what happened when takeaway coffee cup lids, for example, were subjected to mechanical breakdown, in an effort to mimic the degradation that happens to plastic in the ocean.The majority of all marine debris is plastic. Calculations have shown that ten per cent of all plastic produced globally ends up in the sea. This plastic waste is subjected to both chemical and mechanical degradation. The sun’s UV rays contribute to the degradation, as do waves, which cause plastic waste to grind against stones on the water’s edge, against the sea floor or against other debris.Related StoriesZebrafish offers new clues to regenerating damaged cardiac tissueResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairA cup of coffee could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetesIs there a risk that this plastic waste disintegrates to the extent that nanoplastics are released? The research community is divided on whether the degradation process stops at slightly larger plastic fragments – microplastics – or actually continues and creates even smaller particles. The researchers behind the study have now investigated this issue by subjecting plastic material to mechanical degradation under experimental conditions.”We have been able to show that the mechanical effect on the plastic causes the disintegration of plastic down to nano-sized plastic fragments,” says Tommy Cedervall, chemistry researcher at Lund University.The study relates to the larger issue of what happens to plastic in the environment and how plastic can affect animals and humans. Plastic nano-sized particles are a few millionths of a millimeter, i.e. extremely small particles, so small that they have been shown to reach far into living organisms’ bodies.Last year, in an earlier study from Lund University, researchers showed that nano-sized plastic particles can enter the brains of fish and that this causes brain damage which probably disturbs fish behavior. Although the study was conducted in a laboratory environment, it indicates that nanoplastics can lead to adverse consequences.The emphasis of a number of other recent studies from the research community has been on microplastics and their increased distribution among organisms. There are now intense attempts to also identify nanoplastics in the environment.”It’s important to begin mapping what happens to disintegrated plastic in nature”, concludes Tommy Cedervall.last_img read more

Mothers of fussy infants have greater odds of experiencing depressive symptoms

first_img Source:http://www.med.umich.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 26 2019It’s no secret that fussy newborns can be especially challenging for parents already facing physical and mental exhaustion from caring for a new baby.But now science backs up the impact on parents: The less soothable the infant, the more distressed the mother.Mothers of highly irritable infants experience greater depressive symptoms, according to new University of Michigan-led research. The nationally representative study, which included data from more than 8,200 children and their parents, appears in Academic Pediatrics.The study is also believed to be the first to explore whether the degree of a baby’s prematurity in combination with infant fussiness may influence the severity of maternal depressive symptoms.Researchers found that mothers of very preterm, fussy infants (born at 24-31 weeks) had about twice the odds of experiencing mild depressive symptoms compared to moms of very preterm infants without fussiness.However, mothers of fussy babies born moderate-late preterm (32-36 weeks gestation) as well as mothers of full-term infants were about twice as likely to report moderate to severe depressive symptoms as moms of less irritable babies born at the same gestational age.”We found that maternal depression risk varied by gestational age and infant fussiness,” says senior author Prachi Shah, M.D., a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and an associate research scientist at U-M’s Center for Human Growth and Development. “Mothers of fussy infants born late preterm and full term are more likely to experience more severe levels of maternal depression, than mothers of fussy infants who were born more preterm.””These findings reinforce that all mothers caring for babies with more difficult temperaments may need extra help managing the emotional toll,” she adds. “Early screening for infant fussiness may help identify mothers with depressive symptoms in need of support, but may be especially important for mothers of infants born mildly preterm, in whom the symptoms of depression are more severe.”Shah notes that while very preterm infants have higher morbidity than babies born later, the perinatal care of infants born very preterm may actually help buffer against more severe maternal depression.Related StoriesOxidative stress could play key role in the spreading of aberrant proteins in Parkinson’s diseasePerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationVery preterm infants are often cared for in a neonatal ICU setting where part of the specialized care includes guidance focused on the vulnerabilities associated with preterm birth. As parents transition home they often receive an enhanced level of postnatal support and developmental follow up, including referrals to early intervention programs, home visiting and subsequent care in neonatal clinics.”The additional support and services provided to families of very premature children help prepare parents for the potential challenges associated with caring for a preterm infant and may help mitigate the risk for maternal depressive symptoms,” Shah says.However, she notes that mild depressive symptoms may progress into more severe depressive symptoms, and should also be addressed as early as possible.Additionally, researchers found that maternal characteristics associated with prenatal stress and socioeconomic disadvantages – such as lower income, unmarried status and smoking -were associated with greater odds of both mild and moderate-severe maternal depressive symptoms.Asian and black race were also associated with greater odds of moderate-severe depressive symptoms whereas Hispanic ethnicity was associated with lower odds of maternal depression. Authors say this raises questions regarding the role of culture as a potential risk or protective factor in the development of maternal depression.The study included data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort. Maternal depressive symptoms were assessed through self-reported questionnaires at the baby’s nine-month visit.The study adds to previous research suggesting that mothers of more irritable infants report significantly less confidence and more stress than mothers of less fussy infants.”Pediatricians and providers should pay close attention to mothers who describe difficulty soothing their babies,” Shah says. “Early interventions may help reduce the risk of maternal depression that negatively impacts a child-parent relationship and that may be harmful to both the health of a mother and child.”last_img read more

Security gaps identified in LTE mobile telephony standard

first_img Citation: Security gaps identified in LTE mobile telephony standard (2018, June 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-gaps-lte-mobile-telephony-standard.html Off-the-shelf equipment sufficient to carry out attacksThe attacks described above can be carried out using commercially available equipment that can be purchased at a price of approximately 4,000 euros. In their experiments, the researchers utilised a PC and two so-called software-defined radios that enable the sending and receiving of LTE signals. One of the devices pretends to the phone to be a mobile phone network; the other pretends to the real mobile phone network to be the phone. Thus, the system is capable of altering specific data, while transmitting the bulk of the data unchanged. Depending on the equipment, the attacker can keep the distance of several hundred meters from the targeted phone during the attack. The findings have been published by David Rupprecht, Katharina Kohls, Prof Dr. Thorsten Holz and Prof Dr. Christina Pöpper on the website https://aLTEr-Attack.net.Rerouting users to wrong websitesThe payload transmitted via LTE is encrypted, but its integrity is not verified. “An attacker can alter the encrypted data stream and reroute the messages to his own server without alerting the user,” explains David Rupprecht. In order to do so, the attacker has to be in the vicinity of the mobile phone he targets. Using special equipment, he intercepts the communication between the phone and the base station and reroutes the user to a fake website by altering the messages. On that website, the attacker can then perform any actions he chooses, including monitoring the passwords as they are entered.”Websites and apps that deploy the HTTPS security protocol in the correct configuration provide adequate protection against rerouting,” says Rupprecht. They alert the user whenever he is about to be rerouted to a fake page. However, it is not possible to prevent an attacker from monitoring certain information and activities performed on the mobile phone, for example the identity of the user and the websites he views.The researchers from Bochum have demonstrated that the traffic pattern alone—i.e. the payload volume sent by a phone within a specific period of time—gives indication of the websites viewed by the user. In order to access this information, the attacker does not have to actively intercept the communication between mobile phone and base station; rather, simple passive recording of the transmitted metadata does the trick. David Rupprecht, Thorsten Holz and Katharina Kohls (from left) use software-defined radios in order to test attacks on the LTE network under lab conditions. Credit: RUB, Marquard “The LTE documentations have shown that an integrity protection that would prevent attacks has been deliberately omitted,” says Thorsten Holz. The reason: In order to implement the security measure, an additional four byte would have to be attached to each payload. “Data transmission would have become expensive for the network operators, and so integrity protection was deemed expendable,” continues Holz.In the upcoming 5G mobile telephony standard, general integrity protection has not been provided for at present. Developers would have to configure the devices correctly for protection to become effective. The researchers are advocating to close the security gap in the new mobile telephony standard by default.The team is going to present the security gap at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy that will be taking place in San Francisco in May 2019. The study was conducted under the umbrella of the Bercom project, short for “Blueprint for a pan-European system platform for resilient critical infrastructures”. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furthercenter_img By abusing security weaknesses in the LTE mobile telephony standard, attackers are able to identify which web pages a user visits and to reroute him to a scam website. This is the result of a study carried out by security experts from Horst Görtz Institute at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. All devices using LTE, also referred to as 4G, are affected—i.e. almost all mobile phones and tablets, as well as certain household devices connected to the network. The weaknesses are impossible to close; and they are also still present in the upcoming mobile telephony standard 5G, the standardization of which is currently pending. Still, the problem may be stemmed with the aid of other security mechanisms in browsers or apps. More information: David Rupprecht, Katharina Kohls, Thorsten Holz, Christina Pöpper: Breaking LTE on layer two, 2018, Advance Online Publication, alter-attack.net/ How safe is critical infrastructure from hacker attacks? Provided by Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum David Rupprecht, Thorsten Holz and Katharina Kohls (from left) use software-defined radios in order to test attacks on the LTE network under lab conditions. Credit: RUB, Marquardlast_img read more

Hulu reports growing user base new shows with Disney in control

first_img © 2019 AFP Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Hulu reports growing user base, new shows, with Disney in control (2019, May 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-hulu-user-base-disney.html Hulu announced Wednesday that its user base has grown to some 28 million as the streaming video platform now controlled by Walt Disney gears up to take on Netflix.center_img Apple’s rivals in streaming video Elisabeth Moss stars in the miniseries “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu, which is expanding its original programming as it ramps up competition against streaming television giant Netflix Hulu said it was adding new original shows including the Marvel comics based Ghost Rider and Helstrom as live-action series in 2020.It will also partner with Vox Media Studios, David Chang’s Majordomo Media and Chrissy Teigen’s Suit & Thai Productions to develop its own “food-centric programming for the platform.” Hulu said it has a total of 28.1 million users, including 26.1 million paying subscribers and 1.3 million on promotional trials. The streaming platform is now controlled by Disney, which has a 60 percent stake with its deal for media assets of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. Disney is believed to be in talks with Comcast, which holds 30 percent of Hulu. AT&T has said it will cede its 10 percent stake back to the platform in a deal that set the value of Hulu at some $15 billion.Hulu’s US user base trails Netflix, which has some 60 million US subscribers, but it has grown faster than its larger rival so far in 2019. Unlike Netflix, it offers a variety of plans that include ad-supported subscriptions.”In today’s direct-to-consumer world, viewers are demanding better when it comes to TV—from the user experience to their content choices to the advertising,” said Hulu chief executive Randy Freer.”Hulu’s continued growth, as well as the shows and initiatives announced today, reflect our deep investment in product, programming, brand, customer experience and business strategy to ensure that with Hulu, consumers can connect with the stories they love, at the right time and price, on any device.”Hulu, known for “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the upcoming “The Great,” based on the life of Catherine the Great and starring Elle Fanning, is expected to play a role in Disney’s strategy as it shifts to the new media landscape.The media-entertainment firm, the largest of the Hollywood giants, is launching its Disney+ streaming service, which is expected to offer more family and children’s content, while allowing for separate or bundled subscriptions with Hulu and the ESPN+ sports streaming service.last_img read more

A kitty that funds roads even today

first_imgVajpayee’s ‘dream’ project on NH-6   –  PARTH SANYAL SHARE SHARE EMAIL people When Vajpayee steadfastly said ‘Nothing doing’ for a Bharat Ratna RELATED If there was one Prime Minister who had the vision to lay the path and connect the ends of this vast country, both in a literal and figurative sense, it was Atal Bihari Vajpayee.During his stint as Prime Minister, heading the coalition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, he spearheaded the setting up of a mechanism to ensure assured flow of funds to strengthen the highway network.Financing modelVajpayee created a dedicated financing model for road infrastructure, imposing a cess on diesel and petrol in 1998-99. This ensured an assured funding for building roads and highways across the country.This was further strengthened through an Act of Parliament, when the Government created a non-lapsable dedicated fund for National Highways Development Project, under the Central Road Fund Act 2000. This flow of funds eventually led to a massive growth in the flow of goods and people on the road network, leading to the progress of overall highways ecosystem in the country.This mechanism also helped National Highways Authority of India to leverage the cess accruals to borrow money from multilateral agencies and the market. Initially, the cess was ₹1 per litre, which has been increased several times over the years. This cess method, not only made funds available for construction of roads across the country, but also strengthened the fund-raising mechanism of highway constructing agencies.The National Highways Development Programme (NHDP) focused on developing and strengthening roads connecting the four metros, called the Golden Quadrilateral, and their diagonals called the North South East West corridor. The move helped make roads much more navigable and resulted in a lot of traffic moving to the road sector.Safety fundSimultaneously, during the NDA regime, when there were several railway accidents, Vajpayee also ensured the creation of a dedicated non-lapsable fund — for the Railways — termed as special railway safety fund (SRSF), which ensured fund availability for a few years.Reacting to the demise of the former Prime Minister, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said he got the opportunity to work closely with Vajpayee on implementing key projects such as the Golden Quadrilateral and Pradan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. August 16, 2018 COMMENTS AB VAJPAYEE 1924-2018He rang in the second generation of reformscenter_img politics SHARE death COMMENT road transport Vajpayee set up a mechanism to ensure flow of funds to strengthen the highway network Published onlast_img read more