Debbie Matenopoulos To Talk Lou Gehrigs Disease On The View

first_imgTelevision host and actress Debbie Matenopoulos is scheduled to appear on the ABC morning show “The View” on Wednesday, July 10, to co-host and will raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the disease that took the life of her father Niko Matenopoulos in 2012.ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The disease robs people of the ability to walk, to talk and even blink an eye. It traps them inside a body they no longer can control and ultimately prevents them from breathing as it takes their life. There is no known cause of the disease, although military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population.“The ALS Association is excited that Debbie Matenopoulos will appear on ‘The View’ to discuss her support of The ALS Association,” said Jane H. Gilbert, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We hope the show’s viewers will gain an understanding of how this devastating disease impacts the 30,000 families living with ALS in our country.”Following the broadcast, Matenopoulos is slated to tour the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City with Gilbert and Dorine Gordon, President & CEO for The Association’s Greater New York Chapter, and Dale Lange, M.D., the Chairman of Neurology and Medical Director of The ALS Association Program at the Hospital for Special Surgery. They will visit with people with ALS and their families during the tour. The OWN Network will tape this visit and broadcast it at a later date.Matenopoulos will also host a fundraiser on July 10 at STIX Mediterranean Grill and Cafe on 112 East 23rd Street in New York City, where 100 percent of the event’s proceeds will go to the Greater New York Chapter. STIX will donate all food, while Sidney Frank Importing Co. hosts the bar with summer punches crafted by their mixologist Todd Richman, featuring newly introduced and award-winning American Harvest Organic Spirit as well as Barenjager Honey Liqueur and Barenjager Honey and Bourbon Liqueur. The OWN and NGTV Network (Greek TV network) will be covering this event.Broadcast time for “The View” segment varies according to national affiliates’ markets. Viewers will have the opportunity to donate through a text to give option.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

UN calls on Italy to ensure better conditions for Tunisian migrants on

“We urge the Italian authorities to increase the number of transfers from the island to the mainland to relieve congestion on Lampedusa, and to allow the reception centre there to function normally,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news conference in Geneva.The local reception centre, which was designed to accommodate 850 people, currently hosts some 2,000, according to UNHCR. Another 3,000 people are forced to sleep in the rough close to the centre and on the docks. Despite the efforts of local humanitarian workers, many people are not able to find shelter from rain and cold weather. Hygiene conditions are “dire,” Mr. Edwards reported.In addition, with the ratio of migrants to local population now one-to-one, the congestion is raising tensions within the local population and among the migrants. “The local population is experiencing the present situation with understandable nervousness,” said Mr. Edwards. More than 15,000 Tunisian migrants have arrived on Lampedusa since mid-January. Around two-thirds have been transferred to other locations in Italy.UNHCR said that the vast majority of migrants on Lampedusa have left Tunisia seeking job opportunities, with only a few expressing the intention to seek international protection. The agency urged European Union (EU) solidarity with Italy as it faces this current challenge, especially given the events taking place across North Africa, where public protests have toppled regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and led to fierce fighting in Libya. “It is crucial that the situation on Lampedusa not impede Italian preparedness for arrivals of persons fleeing the situation in Libya, as such persons would be likely to have international protection needs,” said Mr. Edwards. 22 March 2011The United Nations refugee agency today called on Italian authorities to take urgent action to tackle overcrowding on the remote island of Lampedusa, where the humanitarian situation for the 5,000 mostly Tunisian migrants there is deteriorating. read more

Ranil says CB bond issue is no more in his hands

“I am the one who first initiated an internal inquiry; they gave the report; I gave it to the Parliament. And even in the new Parliament, I allowed the Committee on Public Enterprises to go ahead. The chairman was a member of the JVP —  we all supported him, still support him. And they have made their recommendations; it’s unanimous, the recommendations for further inquiry. There are different views on the rationale or the reasoning, but it shows the parliamentary system is working. And I have submitted all the papers to the Attorney General, so that’s no longer within my purview,” the Prime Minister said. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the Central Bank bond issue is more in his hands as all the documents have been given to the Attorney General.Wickremesinghe told The Hindu newspaper in an interview published today that he was the first person who initiated an internal inquiry on the alleged scam. read more

Serbian legend Nedeljko Jovanovic France is the best ever

One of the best handball playmarker in 90’s, Serbian Superstar, Nedeljko Jovanovic (41) was one of the guest at Serbian Handball Federation promo activity, 65 days before the start of the EHF EURO 2012 in his country. Former member of many TOP teams, knows, who is the best team ever:– It will be very difficult to beat France at the EHF EURO 2012. They are the best handball team ever. Very good team played before, Sweden, Russia, former Yugoslavia had fantastic generations, but French boys are the best. Simply, they are to strong, mentally, physicaly, as friends – said Jovanovic and add:– EHF EURO 2012 is great chance for Serbian sports fans to see one of the most beatiful sports. They will see how nice and dynamic is handball. Many children will find some idols and begin their handball careers after January…. ← Previous Story SEHA League: C.O Zagreb’s “last minute” win against Metaloplastika! Next Story → Robert Markotic stays in NEXE until 2015! read more

Intervention to change unhealthy behaviour could save Irish lives

first_imgAN IRISH SCIENTIST is to lead a major research project which explores how people can be encouraged to change risky or unhealthy personal behaviours.The impact of such interventions could be widespread and life-saving, according to researchers.The group, led by Dr Molly Byrne, a health psychologist and lecturer at NUI Galway, will first focus on designing ways to encourage change in lifestyle which are related to diabetes and heart disease.Speaking today, Dr Byrne said that it is clear that an increasing number of health problems in Ireland and internationally are linked to unhealthy behaviours.She said:There is powerful evidence that changing people’s health-related behaviour for example, smoking, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, failure to screen for illness and risky sexual practice, can impact positively on leading causes of mortality and morbidity, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.The project will be a multi-agency one, using resources and research from experts in the National Clinical Care Programme in Diabetes, the HSE Health and Social Care Professions Education and Development Unit and University College London’s Centre for Behaviour Change.Funding for the project was announced today by the Health Research Board as part of a €9 million investment into health research leadership in this country. Five other projects “which address strategic gaps and leadership capacity in population health and health services research” also benefit and 22 new research jobs will be created.All the projects are intended to give medics and health service providers new approaches and evidence to deliver better care to Irish patients.The other five issues being tackled by those who received funding awards include:Prevention and treatment strategies for people living with chronic conditions such as diabetes (Prof Patricia Kearney, research professor at UCC)Pyschological approaches to treating people living with multiple issues (including chronic pain), such as arthritis, depression and more, making use of online, mobile phone technology and social media to deliver help (Dr Brian McGuire, clinical psychology senior lecturer, NUI Galway)Analysis of the national infrastructure to accurately compare cost effectiveness of non-acute health services (Prof Ciaran O’Neill, professor of health economics at NUI Galway)Creation of a National Centre for Health Decision Science in Ireland to determine best healthcare solutions (Prof Cathal Walsh, professor in statistics at TCD)Examination of personalised healthcare interventions to better tailor therapies to an individual patient (Prof John Forbes, health economics at UL) Study of Irish babies notes impact of even mild lack of oxygen at birth>Irish researcher tells why lack of sleep is bad for the heart>last_img read more

Steam Give Get Sale Day 3 games lineup

first_imgDay three of Steam’s Give & Get Sale is now underway with another new selection of discounted titles and gift packs. Here’s what you’ve got to choose from:The games today are:Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box 50% offWarhammer 40,000: Dawn of War I 66% offMachinarium 75% offTropico 3: Gold Edition 75% offTorchlight 75% offIndie Clever Pack 90% off including:Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of TimeEufloriaIron Grip: WarlordVVVVVVWorld of Goo Empire: Total War 50% offARMA II: Operation Arrowhead 50% offBlur 50% offThe Gift Pack collections today are:Freedom Force – buy 10 gets 84% off eachPortal – buy 6 get 86% off eachWarhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Chaos Rising buy 8 gets 75% off eachEmpire: Total War – buy 6 get 65% off eachIf you haven’t got it already, then Machinarium is a beautifully put together Indie game now at a bargain price. Racing fans are catered for today with two options, and the Indie Clever Pack is worth the cost just for Eufloria and VVVVVV.Check the Steam Store for the actual prices in your region.last_img read more

You couldnt open your mouth about Saddam Hussein He was the God

first_imgLegendary Roscommon GAA figure Donie Shine Snr has sadly passed awayPaddy Durcan’s cousin and All-Ireland schools winners start for Mayo minors against Galway Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article “I remember when Clement came into the school he gave me a hurl and a sliotar and said, ‘You take that home with you. You can play any sport you want.’“Clement gave me the hurl to keep. I took it home and started practising. I just practised and practised. A few years after I started, I was able to hit the ball off left and right. I went to the hurling wall everyday, trying to strike the ball off left and right. That’s how I learned.“Clement got his hurling because his family were from Galway. I would have looked up to him because everyone talked about how good at hurling he was. Six or seven years later, I ended up playing with him.”When Moradi was 15, the family upped sticks and moved to Dublin where work was more plentiful. Despite living in Leitrim for less than four years, Moradi retained huge affection for the county. Source: James Crombie/INPHOHe developed greatly as a hurler at his new Dublin club Thomas Davis, where he also picked up the nickname ’Zak.’ When he arrived in Tallaght he was still going by his first name Semaco, but Con Deasy, who trained the Thomas Davis U16s, had trouble pronouncing it.“I can’t pronounce your name at all,” Deasy told him. “I don’t know what to call you. I keep forgetting your name. It’s too long. I’ll call you Zak, is that fair enough?’”“So he called me Zak,” laughs Moradi. “Then everybody started calling me Zak. Even my family at home call me Zak now.”Leitrim stayed in his heart and when the opportunity presented itself to hurl with the Connacht side, he jumped at it.“I still had loads of friends in Leitrim and I used to go down every second or third weekend when I didn’t have a match. It kept me in contact with all the lads I played with.”The Leitrim management extended an invitation for an 18-year-old Moradi to play in a few trial games.“Come up and see how good you are,” they told him. “We’ll see if you’re up to the standard.” http://the42.ie/3364909 64,301 Views #leitrimgaaLeitrim Hurling team V Fermanagh in first round of Lory Meagher Championship 2017 pic.twitter.com/80vOx7Qkfb— Leitrim GAA (@LeitrimGAA) April 22, 2017 Source: Leitrim GAA/Twitter 48 Comments By Kevin O’Brien YOU PROBABLY REMEMBER Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh’s legendary commentary quip about Seán Óg Ó hAilpín that went down in hurling folklore.“A mighty poc from the hurl of Seán Óg Ó hAilpín. His father was from Fermanagh, his mother from Fiji – neither a hurling stronghold.” Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHOIf he were still on the airwaves today, Ó Muircheartaigh might make a similar observation about Leitrim’s Iraqi hurler Semaco ‘Zak’ Moradi.Moradi spent the first 11 years of his life in Ramadi, a city in central Iraq located about 110km west of Baghdad. Like Fiji, the small ball code has yet to catch on in Iraq.Moradi traces his roots to two war-torn countries in the Middle East, but these days he represents Leitrim in the Lory Meagher Cup and Thomas Davis in the Dublin intermediate hurling championship. It’s been a remarkable journey for the 25-year-old. Leitrim forward Zak Moradi Source: Leitrim ObserverHis family are Iranian Kurds – the third largest ethnic group in Iran who make up about 10 million of the country’s 80 million inhabitants. The Moradis were originally based in the mountainous region on the Iranian side of the border with Iraq, where half of his 10 siblings were born.The Iraq-Iran war kicked off in 1980 and claimed the lives of over 100,000 civilians on both sides. It forced Zak’s parents and his older brothers and sisters to flee their native country and move to Ramadi in central Iraq.“In 1980 when the war started, things were pretty bad because my family were right on the border between Iraq and Iran,” Moradi tells The42.“My grandparents stayed put and I’ve still uncles and all over there now. They’re all farmers up the mountains. Every time a war kicked in, they were in the middle of it. There was about 20,000 people that left their homes and had to move into Iraq.”Zak, the third youngest in the family, was born in Ramadi in 1991. By that stage the first Gulf War was well underway. Saddam Hussein pictured in 1998 Source: ABACA/PA ImagesIn 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein orchestrated the invasion of neighbouring Kuwait. In response, United States President George H.W. Bush ordered a massive air offensive on Iraq known as Operation Desert Storm. It resulted in 42 days of relentless attacks by the allied coalition, both in the air and on the ground.“My parents and my brother remember all that violence. They say the Gulf War in 1991 was the toughest because you had the F60s and all these fighter planes going over and bombing us. At the time you had the Americans coming into Iraq. My mam said 1991 was the scariest time.”Moradi has vivid memories of growing up in Iraq under the Saddam regime. When he looks back, it’s a different world to the life he knows now.“The time we were there was under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. Over there people weren’t able to say anything about the government or you couldn’t open your mouth about Saddam Hussein. He was kind of the God in Iraq. It would be similar to North Korea is now, but Iraq was twice as bad.“You’d go into school and there would always be pictures of Saddam. You opened your history book and you’d have a big picture of him in the front of it. The second page you opened, there was a little picture of him. The way they had it, he was looking at us the whole time. If there was 30 million people in Iraq, there was 30 million pictures of him. US Marines tear down the poster of a portrait of Saddam Hussein in 2003 Source: DPA/PA Images“You’d be trained not to say anything bad about him. There would have been five TV channels and it was all about Saddam Hussein. The whole day long was all him. If you were listening to music, the Iraqi singers had to sing about Saddam and how great he was.“It was a completely different experience altogether. It’s mad. When you’re here you’re like, ‘Jesus, look at how much freedom we have compared to over there.’“People would be brainwashed that way on television. It was propaganda the whole time. It was the same thing in school, all the teachers had to say how great Saddam Hussein is. ‘He’s your God,’ basically. Their family ran the country with an iron fist and that was it. There was no real media over there.“If you were a journalist over there, you wouldn’t be allowed write anything bad about Saddam or you’d be gone. You’d be wiped out, you know? You’d pick up a newspaper everyday and you wouldn’t know if the paper was from last month or was it today’s paper, because it was the same stuff about Saddam.” Clouds of smoke rise as the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York crumble on 11 September 2001 Source: DPA/PA Images The Statue of Liberty faces the smoke-buried skyline of Manhattan right after the 9/11 attacks Source: DPA/PA ImagesThe September 11 attacks in 2001, which were coordinated by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, started a chain of events that eventually resulted in the Moradis relocating to Ireland.“I remember 9/11. Over there, everyday it was about war: ‘Iraq is going to war, how great Iraq is. We took over Kuwait. We won the war against Iran.’”In the wake of 9/11, conflict started simmering once again between Iraq and the US. It was clear another war was coming on the horizon, and the Moradis wanted to get out.“But the Iranian government wouldn’t take back the Kurdish people,” continues Moradi.“They wouldn’t allow the people that had left in the 1980s go back to the country. And the Iraqi government didn’t want you staying there either because you weren’t from there. So you were kind of stuck between the two of them.”Moradi remembers how his older brother, who worked for the United Nations, helped engineer a move out of the troubled region. In 2002, the family made the move to Ireland. Baghdad after the first night of bombing led by the United States in 2003 Source: ABACA/PA ImagesA year later the Americans invaded Iraq, starting a war that lasted almost nine years. A study in 2011 estimated that half a million Iraqis died as a result of the conflict from the invasion. The Moradis were some of the lucky ones.“My older brother used to work for the United Nations over there. He spoke perfect English, as well as fluent Kurdish, Persian and Arabic. He spoke four languages, he was always a very intelligent man. His job with the UN was to take a lot of people out of the country.“When he got his job with the UN, a lot of countries around Europe started taking all these people in, because they were going through terrible times. I have aunties that are living in Sweden since the 90s. I have uncles in England. I’ve got family everywhere around the world. That’s one of hardest things, because you don’t have your family around you. They’re all over the place. It’s not the same.” May 1st 2017, 8:25 PM center_img Leitrim Hurling Team V Warwickshire, throw in 2pm, Ballinamore pic.twitter.com/bNlxVnHPHh— Leitrim GAA (@LeitrimGAA) April 23, 2016 ‘You couldn’t open your mouth about Saddam Hussein. He was the God in Iraq’ Leitrim forward Zak Moradi opens up about his incredible journey from a war-torn Iraq to inter-county hurling. Moradi continues: “I played a few challenge matches. I was only 18 or 19 and scored a few goals and points and they kept me in there. Once I came out of minor I got mad into the hurling. We won the intermediate hurling championship in Dublin in 2011 and I was good that year.”He continued to improve and enjoyed his best year in the Leitrim colours in 2016. Moradi was one of just two Leitrim players to be named on the Lory Meagher Cup Champions 15 selection – their version of the All-Stars – after scoring in every one of the county’s championship games last year.For Moradi, life is good at the moment. He lives in Tallaght and is due to start a new job with a local pharmaceutical company next week. The GAA played a role in that too. A team-mate on the Thomas Davis hurling team helped set it up.In recent years, the city Moradi grew up in has been reduced to rubble. ISIS occupied Ramadi for eight months before Iraqi government forces and US-led warplanes used airstrikes to claim the city back from the Islamic State militants. Source: Wall Street Journal/YouTubeIraqi forces took back control of the the city, but over 3,000 buildings were destroyed in the process. Ramadi was once a city of 375,000 people, now it’s a ghost town.Moradi, meanwhile, is over 5,000km away chasing glory on the hurling field with club and county.“It’s just a different world,” he says. “There’s no comparison.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Monday 1 May 2017, 8:25 PM Source: Leitrim GAA/Twitter Follow us: the42.ie Short URL Pairc Sean MacDiarmada in Leitrim, where Moradi would line out for the county Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHOThe Moradis arrived in Leitrim to being a new phase of their lives and it was a long way from where they started. Uprooting and moving halfway across the world was bad enough, but Zak had to learn a whole new language at 11-years-old.“Even though it was terrible in Iraq, we didn’t to leave because we were used to the system over there. The lads you went to school with were all over there. I was close to 12 by the time we left so you’d miss the people you grew up with.“Coming to a different country was weird – a real green one! The weather, everything was different about it. When I started school I couldn’t speak a word of English. That was a nightmare. But I have to say fair play to the school, we had an English teacher in primary school who gave us extra lessons so that helped. It took maybe 15 months to pick it up fluently and get to know everything.“The people were actually very friendly. I’d say because we went over to Leitrim and we were the first foreigners a lot of lads had seen over there. It was something different for them to look at and you’ve a different skin colour. You didn’t speak English and they all wanted to help you.”Kids in Iraq didn’t have the opportunity to play much sport, but the allure of an unfamilar game in Ireland quickly fascinated Moradi.“Running would have been the only sport we played in Iraq. When we were kids we’d always be racing each other. In Iraq back then it was very hard to play any sports, because there was an embargo on them.“You weren’t even able to buy a football. If you were going to buy a football you had to be from a wealthy family. Leitrim hurler Clement Cunniffe in action for Ireland during a 2006 Shinty international Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO“I remember Clement Cunniffe, who would have been the main hurler in Leitrim, he came into our school shortly after we arrived in Ireland. He was doing some sort of coaching at the time. He used to come in and teach us how to play hurling and Gaelic.“I didn’t know what type of sport this was. Some lads were well able to strike the ball and I was going, ‘Jesus Christ, how am I going to do this?’ I was even holding the hurl arseways!“It took a while to get into it, but I made friends quicker when I started to play GAA. When you’re a kid you’ll play any sport. If you’re given a ball, you’ll hit a ball. If you’re given a cricket ball you’ll play cricket. I was interested in sport, but Gaelic was obviously easier to pick up.“I always liked hurling, when you drive the ball 40 or 50 yards you get a bit of craic out of it. I got more enjoyment out of the hurling, but I loved Gaelic as well. I was playing both but I got more into the hurling as I got older.“I remember playing midfield at U14 in Leitrim and I couldn’t feckin’ hit the ball! But I always had my speed and could always hook and make sure my man didn’t win the ball.”A small Iraqi kid without much English, Moradi didn’t scream elite athlete, but by the time he was 18 he was hurling alongside Cunniffe on the Leitrim senior team. It was a dream come true for Moradi, who idolised Cunniffe as a youngster. Share Tweet Email8 last_img read more

Létrange rôle des dents dans lévolution de la taille du cerveau de

first_imgL’étrange rôle des dents dans l’évolution de la taille du cerveau de l’HommeAu cours de l’évolution du genre Homo, la taille des dents a diminué alors que le cerveau se développait. Un tel phénomène est absent chez les autres primates, la génétique et l’alimentation en seraient la cause.On parle souvent des dents de sagesse, mais il existe réellement un lien entre l’intelligence et la taille des dents. Le genre Homo est le seul parmi les primates à avoir vu la taille de ses dents diminuer avec l’augmentation de son volume crânien. Une équipe de l’université de Grenade s’est penchée sur le phénomène et a publié les résultats de ses travaux fin janvier dans la revue BioMed Research International.Depuis les 2,5 millions d’années d’histoire des Homo, le phénomène est un véritable paradoxe. Comme l’augmentation de la taille du cerveau provoque une hausse des besoins énergétiques, on pourrait s’attendre à voir les dents augmenter avec. Elles sont en effet aux premières lignes de la digestion où elles réduisent la nourriture en petites pièces.Une meilleure alimentationMais au lieu de manger davantage, nos lointains ancêtres ont préféré manger mieux. D’après les chercheurs andalous, la viande aurait pris de plus en plus d’importance dans le régime préhistorique. Cet apport en protéines animales et en oligo-éléments a été idéal pour le cerveau et son développement. En parallèle, le développement des capacités sociales et technologiques du genre homo lui a permis d’être un chasseur de plus en plus efficace. “Avant de commencer cette étude, il était déjà connu qu’au long de l’évolution des humains la taille de leurs dents a diminué et celle du cerveau augmenté, explique Juan Manuel Jimenez Arenas du département de préhistoire et d‘archéologie de l’université de Grenade. “Nous avons établi qu’il s’agit de deux tendances évolutionnaires opposées, mais liées, depuis 2,5 millions d’années, quand nos ancêtres du genre Homo sont apparus pour la première fois”, poursuit le chercheur. Ainsi, au fil de l’évolution, la diminution de la taille des dents a en partie favorisé l’augmentation de la taille du cerveau.   Le rôle des gènesÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Outre les changements alimentaires, la génétique serait également intervenue dans ces deux tendances. Ainsi, l’inactivation du gène MYH16 a probablement joué un rôle important dans le phénomène. Ce gène est lié à la musculature des tempes, qui a diminué depuis 2,4 millions d’années. Des muscles trop importants dans cette zone bloquent le développement du dôme crânien. Mais le gène SRGAP2 y aurait aussi mis de son grain de sel puisqu’il intervient dans l’évolution du néo-cortex.Le 4 avril 2014 à 19:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

More Layoffs at Entrepreneur

first_imgJust weeks after the deal that would have had Texas-based private equity firm Austin Ventures acquiring Entrepreneur Media died, the publisher is expected to lay off about 10 staffers today from its flagship Entrepreneur magazine, a knowledgeable source tells FOLIO:. At least five of the employees are from editorial.The editorial positions said to be cut include: the copy chief, the copy editor, the articles editor, a staff writer and the executive assistant. Entrepreneur’s creative director also was let go, according to the source. It was not immediately clear what the other affected positions would be. An Entrepreneur spokesperson declined to comment, other than to say the moves were made as part of a reorganization of the content development team.Along with recently-named executive editor Charlotte Jensen, Mike Werling, who was appointed managing editor, and Megan Roy, who was named design director, will help oversee the new editorial department, the spokesperson said.The failed acquisition, which had been in a due diligence phase, fell apart because “the debt market has made it a very difficult market for [buyout] funds to raise debt financing at a reasonable multiple and percentage rate,” Entrepreneur Media CEO Peter Shea wrote in a memo to staffers.Through June, Entrepreneur’s ad pages were down 4.3 percent compared to the first half of 2007, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. Ad revenue was off 2.3 percent.In June, executive editors Maria Valdez Haubrich and Karen Axelton resigned following the April departure of longtime editor Rieva Lesonsky.last_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines IN Tewksbury

first_imgYour Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.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… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community” TEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (June 4-June 11):Dog Killed, Home Destroyed, 2 Arrested, As A Result Of 3-Alarm FireTewksbury Man Charged With Abusing Elderly WomanTewksbury Police: Know The Risks & Consequences Of Leaving Kids Alone In Hot CarsTewksbury Well Represented At New England Emmy AwardsTMHS Seniors Awarded Seal Of BiliteracyTewksbury Community Market Opens On Town CommonSenior Center: “Salute To Flag” Day; Final Concert of the SeasonAt Your Library: Beatles Tribute Concert; Victorian PlayPHOTO GALLERY: Tewksbury High Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremonylast_img read more

Olympus OMD teaser video shows new sportsfocused camera in action

first_img Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Preview • Olympus really wants to attract sports photographers with OM-D E-M1 Mark II See It See it Share your voice Tags Post a comment Dell $1,599 $1,699 See It Best Buycenter_img See It 0 Olympus/Screenshot by Josh Goldman/CNET Olympus posted a teaser video to its YouTube page Wednesday that appears to show its next flagship OM-D camera, the rumored E-M1X. The video clip, just 18 seconds long, shows a photographer using the camera for shooting football, water polo and beach volleyball, which plays up not only the potential speed of the camera, but its dust-, splash- and freezeproof build. The teaser ends with the date Jan. 24 and an OM-D logo. Olympus released its current flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II in 2016, which is marketed at sports and wildlife photographers. Rumored specs for the new camera include a 20-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor and a continuous shooting speed up to 18 frames per second. That’s the same as the E-M1 Mark II, but it is expected to have twice the processing speed of that model. An updated autofocus system with adaptive focal points would allow the camera to quickly adjust from targeting a single subject to a team by expanding the number of focal points, according to 43rumors.  $1,599 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $1,599 Mentioned Above Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Cameras Walmart Olympuslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 pictures leak

first_img Your older Samsung watch may now have new features Everything we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Fold relaunch Rumored Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G coming to Verizon, leak shows Galaxy Note 10 rumors: Leak details, design, specs and more $199 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy Watch Active (black) Samsung on CNET Tags The first version of the Active smartwatch. Angela Lang/CNET Images of what looks to be the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 have leaked online, revealed in documents from the Federal Communications Commission. The leaked pics show the watch’s front and back.Samsung launched the first Galaxy Watch Active in May, priced at just under $200. With the tech giant set to launch the Galaxy Note 10 on Aug. 7 during a Samsung Unpacked event at the Barclays Center in New York, the next Active watch could be unveiled at the same time. samsung galaxy watch active 2Leaked pictures from the FCC.Samsung is rumored to be bringing back the rotating touch bezel around the watch face, as reported earlier by Droid Life, and run Tizen OS. The ruggedized watch will have 4GB of storage, GPS, water resistance and Gorilla Glass, according to the report. Mobile Phones Wearable Tech CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Galaxy Watch Active is a lighter, cheaper take on the… 6:56 $188 Comment $199center_img Dell See It See It See it Review • Galaxy Watch Active review: half the price of the Apple Watch, but not as smooth Share your voice Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 1 Walmart Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Verizonlast_img read more

Edmund Shing Forget Greece buy into the European market recovery

first_img I have to admit it – I am sick of being asked over and over again for my opinion on Greece.Will it stay in the Eurozone or will it be forced to leave? Is the Greek drachma going to come back? And so on and so on…Here is what I really think deep down: whether Greece stays in the Eurozone or not, I believe that you should be investing in Eurozone stocks anyway.I have three reasons for believing this:1. The European economy is improving and Greece is smallGreece is the 13th-largest economy in the EU (out of 28 member states) and only contributes 1.3% to the EU by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the classical measure of economic output.So it frankly hardly moves the needle compared heavyweights such as the UK, Germany, France and Italy.European economies are improving. Not just the UKs, which we can all see through the lens of the employment and property markets, but also in Continental Europe. In Germany, unemployment rates remain at generational lows. Wage growth is now starting to pick up, giving employees more purchasing power.At the same time, the cost of living in the UK is staying low, thanks to the fall in oil and petrol prices plus subdued food prices. The cost of eating is being depressed in large part by ongoing price wars between supermarket chains and discounters like Aldi and Lidl.Finally, the weaker euro has helped boost exports from Germany, Ireland and Spain to the rest of the world (while the strong pound is making the UKs exports relatively more expensive).All of this has boosted the Euro zones economic growth rate, as measured by GDP.2. Reforms are boosting both economies and company profitsIreland, Spain, Portugal, France and Italy have made varying degrees of progress in lifting regulations and easing job-market rules, changes that can lead to better growth. Ireland and Spain are now the fastest-growing economies in the EU, and even Portugal is improving.At the company level, investors are seeing a whole host of reforms too. Companies have become much keener on cost-cutting and are targeting their investments on good growth prospects. It has become somewhat easier to hire and fire employees, an essential reform to encourage companies to employ more people to boost sales and profit growth in the long-term.This corporate strength is reflected in the very high levels of business confidence seen across the European Union today, with companies looking to invest for future growth.The result is that the profitability of European companies has surged over the past few years. Even banks, which have been under the regulators cosh since the Great Financial Crisis are now starting to see growth in profits, which is translating into growth in dividends too.3. European shares are cheapAt 15 times price/earnings ratio, the European stock market is cheap relative to other large stock markets such as the US. Shares in countries such as Spain and Italy look particularly cheap. And European stock markets are also cheap relative to their own history, if you compare today to the last 30 years.At the same time, European companies pay out an average dividend yield of well over 3%, which is an income which is not to be sniffed at in these times of near-zero interest rates.With the improvement in the underlying Euro economy continuing, European companies should continue to produce strong profit growth; thus an attractive combination of growth and value, which is what experienced investors look for.What to buy? The direct way via an exchange-traded fundThe easy way to buy into European value and profit recovery is through a fund: I would recommend a cheap exchange-traded fund (ETF) such as the db x-trackers MSCI EMU Index UCITS ETF (code: XD5S).This is an ETF that is:cheap (they only charge investors a management fee of 0.25% per year);priced in pounds sterling (current price £18.09); andcurrency-hedged so that investors do not suffer from any weakness of the euro currency against the pound sterling.What to buy? The indirect way via UK stock which is heavily exposed to EuropeThe second option is to buy shares in a UK company that has a heavy exposure to Continental Europe, and which should thus benefit from future Euro area growth.I would look at Sky (code: SKY). We all know and love Sky for providing us with satellite TV (namely sports, movies and of course not-to-be-missed series such as Game of Thrones), but Sky has also recently integrated Sky Deutschland (its German + Austrian equivalent) and also Sky Italia (Sky in Italy).In all three countries, Sky is the dominant satellite TV provider. Sky is an excellent company which is dominant in a number of the largest countries in Europe. It will thus benefit from higher consumer spending in Continental Europe.As an additional inducement, remember that the Rupert Murdoch-controlled US-based Fox network still owns 39% of Skys shares, and have recently rebuffed two offers to buy this Sky stake from Vodafone and from Frances Vivendi.Perhaps Murdoch is thinking of buying out the 61% of Skys shares he doesnt own in the near future?All in all, the bottom line is that Greek concerns should not dissuade you from investing in European recovery, whether via an exchange-traded fund or via Sky.Edmund Shing is the author of The Idle Investor (Harriman House), an expert columnist and a global equity fund manager at BCS AM. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Closelast_img read more

After scrutiny HS students witness sharp rise in marks

first_imgKolkata: Merit list of Higher Secondary examination has witnessed a change with some examinees, who ranked beyond the 10th spot, making it to the list after scrutiny of their answer scripts.The results of the Higher Secondary examination was announced on June 8 by West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) and it was found that there were 80 candidates, who had made it to the merit list of top 10.After the scrutiny was done, there are now 83 candidates in the merit list of HS instead of 80, whose names were announced during the publication of results. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOne of the candidates, who had made it to the list is Rohan Saha, a student of Manikchak Siksha Niketan in Malda, who had previously secured the 11th position.Both Sayak Chowdhury of Burnpur Subhas Pally Vidya Niketan in Asansol and Nirmalya Mondal of Midnapore Collegiate school in West Midnapore have now moved to the 9th position from 11th, while Indira Mondal of Dubrajpur Girl’s School in Birbhum has moved to the 9th spot from 10th after scrutiny. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe first five positions in the merit list have, however, not seen any change.There are some more candidates whose positions have either advanced or preceded in the merit list.According to sources in the Council, 45,000 students had applied for reviews of their answer scripts this year.There have been changes in marks for nearly 10,000 examinees and the total marks of 6,000 candidates have increased. Some of the candidates’ marks have risen up to 15. The Council President, Mohua Das, has expressed her displeasure over the state of affairs. The examiners, head examiners and other concerned officials, who were involved in assessment of the answer scripts, have been asked to furnish a report on this episode.”We had received applications of around 45,000 students for scrutiny. All the scripts have been examined properly. I had instructed the concerned examiners to ensure proper checking,” Das said.last_img read more

Starts and Completions Up in February

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination March 16, 2017 600 Views The latest figures from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Census Bureau on home construction showed nearly 1.3 million overall housing starts in February‒‒a 3 percent uptick from January and a 6.2 percent bump compared to last year. There were 872,000 single-family starts, 6.5 percent above January numbers.Permits for February were a little more up-and-down. HUD/Census reported a little more than 1.2 million building permits issued overall in  February. This is a drop of about 6 percent compared to January, but a 4.4 percent uptick compared to a year prior.  At the same time, there were 832,000 single-family permits, which was up 3 percent from January.The numbers do not impress everyone.“Neither of these numbers are statistically significant,” said Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia. “There is a long way to go before starts and completions are back to normal, with starts 66 percent and completions 60 percent of the 50-year average.”On the other hand, Marc Waco, U.S. engineering & construction advisory leader at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, said that having three consecutive months of just under 1.3M start is “a strong indication of the strength and optimism in the housing sector.”“We think single family starts will continue to be the driving force in the growth of housing starts throughout 2017,” Waco said, adding that the 6.2 percent drop in multi-family construction from February 2016 was not surprising. “We continue to see builders focus their efforts on the pent up demand within the single family sector,” he said.   Housing completions totaled more than 1.1 million in February, up 5.4 percent from January and up nearly 9 percent compared to a year ago. “Homebuyers should be pleased with today’s new construction numbers, as both permits and completions were up in February,” McLaughlin said. “This means a healthy dose of new homes will be available this spring in an otherwise inventory-constrained market.”But, he added, while “the short run looks good for the housing pipeline,” the fact that permits were down in February is not the best harbinger. “Permits are important because they are the earliest signals of new supply in the next 6-12 months, so any sign they are falling is something to take note of,” he said. Starts and Completions Up in Februarycenter_img Homebuyers HUD 2017-03-16 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Like the beasts of the division, the Arizona Cardinals aren’t lacking in the linebacker department, as Daryl Washington, John Abraham and Matt Shaughnessy each put together impressive campaigns in 2013 — a big reason why Todd Bowles’ defense lead the league in fewest rushing yards allowed per game.But with Karlos Dansby’s departure to Cleveland, Kevin Minter’s inexperience and Washington’s potential absence early in 2014, the organization might look to bulk up its core in the first round of next week’s NFL Draft.And a potential prospect who could do just that for Arizona is Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier, who led the Buckeyes in tackles during both the 2012 and 2013 seasons — doing so from both the outside and inside linebacker positions.That versatility has certainly piqued the interest of Cardinals general manager Steve Keim.“Honestly, I think inside or out,” Keim said Thursday when asked what position Shazier will likely play in the NFL. “He has a skill set where he can be in on sub packages and third downs and play off the edge. He has a natural rush ability or play inside. His production speaks for itself, 143 tackles and six sacks. It’s amazing.” Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires To compete in the NFC West, depth in the linebacking corps is must. The reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks boast a talented unit with Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin (plays both DE and LB).The San Francisco 49ers, who have made three straight trips to the NFC Championship Games, also have themselves quite a group at the position, including Pro Bowlers NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith (plays both DE and LB). Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact While his career numbers in Columbus speak to a highly-productive collegiate player, Shazier’s physical measurements have some concerned about whether his skill set will translate to the next level.Keim, however, didn’t seem too worried about the Ohio State product’s height or weight — comparing him to the aforementioned Willis.“There’s been some talk about him being a little undersized, but you see he was 6-foot-1, 238 at the combine,” said Keim. “Patrick Willis when he came out was 6-foot-1 and 242. So really, the differences in size are very minimal. He’s bigger than the other kid in San Francisco, [NaVorro] Bowman. Size is not an issue with Ryan Shazier.” last_img read more

Presidents EEZ decision dismissed as an election gimmick

first_imgBy Elias Hazou The Anastasiades administration’s apparent intention to negotiate with Turkey the delineation of that part of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to the north of the island is arguably an exercise in futility given that Ankara does not even recognise the Republic, let alone parley with it.To a number of political commentators, the reasoning behind the decision is not rocket science. The proposal is nothing more than an election gimmick, floated to corral the so-called ‘patriotic bloc’ of voters, some three months before the presidential elections.Given the proposal’s unfeasibility in the real world, it’s intriguing how much play it got in the media, with one politician after another claiming ownership of it.Following reports of the government’s intentions last Sunday, Diko leader and presidential candidate Nicolas Papadopoulos accused Anastasiades of purloining his EEZ idea.The next to get hot under the collar was also-presidential hopeful Giorgos Lillikas. He lambasted Papadopoulos, contending that the EEZ proposal was in fact his own.Lillikas claimed he had tabled the plan to the National Council as far back as February 2015.Last to enter the fray was cranky Disy MP Eleni Stavrou who insisted she was the first to suggest this in an interview she gave to a media outlet years ago.“This latest EEZ business is so patently asinine, it’s not even funny,” Stavros Tombazos, associate professor of political science at the University of Cyprus, told the Sunday Mail.“Clearly it lacks any substance…let’s call it what it is, a strategy for internal consumption. With this proposal, Anastasiades is looking to pinch votes from the so-called ‘patriotic front’ – typically sympathisers of Diko, Edek, the Citizens Alliance and the Disy splinter group, Solidarity.“If these tough-on Turkey antics can lure just 1 per cent of voters away from the other parties, that’s enough, mission accomplished.”President Anastasiades has been accused of blatant populism in announcing the EEZ decisionAfter reunification talks ended on a whimper earlier this year, the ‘Cyprus Problem’ is not exactly a hot draw for a jaded population. Thus, another gambit needed to be found to make the meme sexy once again – enter the EEZ idea.But the broader question, said Tombazos, is why politicians in Cyprus engage in blatant populism and seem to get away with it.A lot has to do with the political culture in the country, which has been dominated by the Cyprus problem theme.“There exists a sort of speech terrorism in Cyprus, where if you say the ‘wrong’ thing or employ the wrong terminology – such as not using ‘pseudo’ every time one refers to the breakaway regime – you are labelled a traitor effectively,” said Tombazos.“In this emotive climate, built up over decades, propaganda, stereotypes and sloganeering tend to flourish.”That’s as far as the politicians go. What about the public, why do they stand for this behaviour?“Cyprus lacks a strong civil society that can mount a sustained or effective reaction to whatever it perceives as wrong. We have a little of that going on now, what with social media and the like. But on balance, there is just not enough pressure from the public on politicians.”The analyst cited one example of the lack of public engagement.Earlier this month, Archbishop Chrysostomos admitted to having threatened the antiquities department after it refused to revoke the designation, as an archaeological site, of a plot of church-owned land in Yeroskipou, which he plans to lease out to an investor to build a luxury resort.“Had this happened in any other country, it would have raised up a storm.”That’s not to say that the Cypriot public does not react – it does, but not in a proactive manner.Cypriots tend to manifest their disillusionment with politics through abstention, steadily on the rise over the past few years.A number of factors have contributed, says Tombazos.Nicolas Papadopoulos was quick to claim the idea as his ownPeople tend to be more distrustful during times of economic hardship, and this certainly fits the bill in post-2013 Cyprus.“People belonging to the ‘Left’ feel they were let down by the parties that represent them, especially by Akel. Those stung by the financial crisis believe that nothing was done subsequently to help them.“And on the other hand, folks on the ‘Right’ are increasingly convinced that politicians care only for their careers. Little wonder, then, that more and more people choose to abstain from voting.”If politicians have cottoned on to this it doesn’t show. Pragmatism and rationality continue to be shunned, says Tombazos, because the political culture is one of short-termism: let’s win the next elections on the horizon. Having a consistent message that makes sense doesn’t enter the picture – in fact, it can be an impediment.Asked to comment on the government’s implausible EEZ proposal and the apparent lack of pragmatism in local politics, Antonis Ellinas, also an associate professor of political science at UCy, had this to say:“Well, it depends on what you mean by pragmatism. As politicians see it, they are being very pragmatic, in that their goal is to win elections. Yes it’s a very narrow definition of pragmatism, but there you have it.”The media – the public’s conduit to public affairs – shares the blame for the lack of critical analysis, thereby allowing politicians to get away with anything, noted political analyst Christoforos Christoforou.“In what is a largely partisan media, the scope for proper discussion of any topic – take the EEZ proposal – is extremely limited. Rather than standing back and analysing how far the proposal is realistic or feasible, all the media outlets merely repeated what the politicians said about it,” he said.“Sadly, political debate in Cyprus is not focused on what makes sense, but on whether something conforms to preconceived notions of how things ought to be.”And the absence of potent ‘alternative’ political platforms leaves the public little room to escape the narrow confines of this type of discourse.“Look at what the UniteCyprusNow movement is up against,” said Christoforou, alluding to the pro-peace bi-communal platform.“They [politicians] have sought to discredit and demean this movement every step of the way.”You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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Superintendent Finch attends state speech with Rep Potvin

first_img Categories: News 20Jan Superintendent Finch attends state speech with Rep. Potvin State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, welcomed Curtis Finch, Mecosta/Osceola ISD superintendent, as his guest to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address in the House chamber this evening.  Potvin said the priorities the governor laid out in his speech will help Michigan continue to improve. “This year we are taking the next step on our path of continued reinvention of Michigan,” Potvin said. “I’m excited to see the legislature work on creating efficiencies and consolidating governmental functions to better serve our seniors, students, and families.  This is about responsible performance of government with taxpayer dollars.”last_img read more

Rep Howrylak hosting consumer education event Jan 27

first_img State Rep. Martin Howrylak invites community members to attend a consumer education event Friday, Jan. 27, at Clawson’s Hunter Community Center, located at 509 Fisher Court. He will partner with the Michigan Attorney General’s office to provide information about online safety for consumers and how to avoid internet scams.“While shopping and banking online is convenient, criminals are also finding creative ways to use the Internet to steal personal information,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “This consumer education event will teach people how to protect themselves from scammers, hackers and identity thieves.”Rep. Howrylak encourages all residents to attend this free and informative event. The presentation will begin at 11 a.m. and lunch will be provided for attendees. No RSVP is required.For more information regarding this event, please contact Rep. Howrylak’s office at (517) 373-1783 or email MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.### 06Jan Rep. Howrylak hosting consumer education event Jan. 27 Categories: Howrylak Newslast_img read more

Rep Noble announces public coffee hours for Monday in Northville

first_img01Feb Rep. Noble announces public coffee hours for Monday in Northville Categories: News,Noble News State Rep. Jeff Noble invites community members to come meet with him Monday in Northville.Noble will host an in-district coffee hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at George’s Senate Restaurant. The restaurant is located at 39430 Dun Rovin Drive in Northville.Noble represents a district that includes the cities and townships of Northville and Plymouth, and a portion of Canton.“This is a great chance for us to meet and share thoughts on the key issues affecting residents of the 20th District,” Noble said.Residents also may contact Noble in his Lansing office at (517) 373-3816 or JeffNoble@house.mi.gov. The mailing address is S-699 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909.last_img read more