Gündogan denied that Germany think about the 71 win

first_imgIlkay Gündogan doesn’t think that the 7-1 win from the World Cup 2014 will affect Germany’s approach to the upcoming friendly match against Brazil and he is certain that this will be a completely different game.The Manchester City midfielder knows that the things have changed a lot since then and the most of the Brazil squad are completely different players – and it will be a tough game for Joachim Low’s side.The former BVB player spoke about the upcoming game as he said, according to Sports Keeda:Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“We were all sitting in disbelief in front of the TV. Such a result is not commonplace for a World Cup semi-final.”“The current Brazilian team is not comparable to that of 2014. The 7-1 is no longer an issue for us – just having the two sides play against each other is special.”“Brazil are definitely one of the favourites for the World Cup. The Brazilians are very emotional, and they hold football in such a high regard, it gives them such a zest for life and has an almost spiritual meaning for them.”last_img read more

Hart Im done moping around

first_imgJoe Hart is adamant that he is done “moping around” following his omission from the England squad for the World Cup and is ready to return stronger than everThe former England number one was overlooked by Gareth Southgate in favour of fellow goalkeepers Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope.The Three Lions boss’ decision came in light of another difficult season for Hart, who has struggled in his two separate loan spells at both Torino and West Ham United over the past two seasons.Hart is hoping to seal a permanent move away from parent club Manchester City this summer with Pep Guardiola having told the 31-year-old that he has no future at the Etihad Stadium.But now Hart is over being rejected for England at the World Cup and is ready to support the national side for the remainder of the tournament.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“This is an apology to anyone who has been hanging around me for the last couple of weeks,” said Hart on his Instagram.“I’ve been moping around but those days are over and I’m ready to support my team.“I’m ready to come back stronger. I’m filled with motivation and I’m filled with a desire to get back to the top.”Currently, Hart has just the one year left on his contract at City.last_img read more

Benitez Newcastle need a miracle for top10 finish

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez is braced for a season-long battle in the bottom half of the Premier LeagueThe Magpies settled for a disappointing 0-0 draw against bottom-placed side Fulham on Saturday at home to leave them down in 15th-place and five points above the drop zone.Following a summer of little investment in the club, Benitez has all but ruled out a repeat of last term’s 10th-place finish.“I’m not happy with a point,” said Benitez, according to Football365.“But I’m happy because we didn’t lose and we have four points from the last two games. I want to win and I want to win every game.“The problem is that you have to be realistic and if you cannot win, be sure you don’t lose these kinds of games.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It’s not easy for anyone here. I was talking last week with people at Huddersfield and we talked about the pressure, a big city, a big club, what it means for us, what it means for them and how you manage this situation.“I think our fans know. Obviously during the game, they want the best for the team and they are expecting something more, but I am sure after a couple of days, they will say, ‘Okay, we have to keep supporting the team because it’s what we have and these players are giving everything’.“Sometimes we make the wrong decisions, but it does not mean that we are not trying to do our best every single game.“I said after Huddersfield that we have to give credit to this group of players because with all the circumstances here, they are doing well.“But still, we have to realise that we will be in the bottom half of the table during the whole season because it’s like that, and if we do well and we can higher, it will be another miracle.”last_img read more

Shelter Island Boat Ramp to remain closed through Memorial Day

first_imgShelter Island Boat Ramp to remain closed through Memorial Day Posted: May 11, 2018 May 11, 2018 Dan Plante, The Shelter Island Boat Ramp facility is getting a facelift, but due to longer than expected delays in the project, the ramp will remain closed through the start of the 2018 boating season.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with the details. Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Oxford American Saved by Anonymous 100K Donation

first_imgAfter months of negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service over thousands of dollars owed in unpaid taxes, non-profit literary magazine the Oxford American Friday received a much-needed surprise: a donation of $100,000.“It was an extraordinarily generousl gesture,” publisher Warwick Sabin told FOLIO:. “Without it, we might have gone out of business.”Sabin said the donor, who wished to remain anonymous, is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where the magazine is published. “The donor indicated that they had been reading the magazine since its inception and was glad that it is located on campus,” he said. “The donor saw this as an opportunity to support both the university and the magazine.” The Oxford American was founded in 1992 in Oxford, Mississippi. It folded in 2002, but was relaunched soon after in Little Rock, Arkansas. The magazine folded again a year later but was re-established four years ago as a non-profit on the university campus.Digging Out After Alleged EmbezzlementIn February 2008, Renae Maxwell, Oxford American’s former operations manager, was arrested for allegedly embezzling at least $30,000 from the magazine. At the time, founder and editor Marc Smirnoff told FOLIO: hat Maxwell had issued several company checks to herself by forging the name of a former employee. (Maxwell reportedly pleaded not guilty and is free on bail, pending a defense-requested mental evaluation. A status hearing is set for March 2.)Now, Sabin said the amount could be as high as $200,000—$57,000 of which is owed to the IRS in federal payroll taxes.On Thursday, Sabin sent an open letter to the media announcing, in part, that if the magazine was forced to make the lump payment it “would not be able to pay its employees, its writers, its vendors, or any other creditors” and “would have to cease its operations.”“I was hoping the story would get to someone higher up in the IRS who might be able to help us set up a reasonable payment plan,” Sabin said.The donor, Sabin said, requested that $57,000 of the pledge be used to pay the IRS.Sabin said the magazine’s financial future depends on the findings of an accounting firm that has been working for several months to “reconstruct” of the magazine’s financial books following the alleged embezzlement.last_img read more

BHU student shot dead inside campus by bikeborne assailants police arrests four

first_imgGaurav had been suspended by the university administration last year for his alleged role in the violence that singed the campus in 2017 over the issue of safety of students. He was accused of helping to burn down a bus in the violence, reported NDTV.The police have accessed the CCTV footages to apprehend the accused. “We have arrested four people in this matter. It was a case of personal enmity,” Anil Kumar Singh, Circle Officer, Varanasi Cantonment told a news agency. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot.FacebookA Banaras Hindu University (BHU) student was shot at outside the gates of his hostel inside the university campus on Tuesday evening. The student, Gaurav Singh, succumbed to his injuries early on Wednesday morning.The incident happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot. The BHU student was pursuing his masters and resided in Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel on the university campus. He was standing outside his hostel and talking to his friends when the mishap occurred. Although he was rushed to the trauma centre of the BHU’s Institute of Medical Sciences after sustaining bullet injuries, his life could not be saved. Rakesh Singh, Gaurav’s father, reportedly works at BHU.last_img read more

Watch Priyanka Chopra throws cuss word at Siddharth Roy Kapur as he

first_imgSalman Khan and Priyanka Chopra.Varinder ChawlaA video has come up on social media that shows Priyanka Chopra in an awkward position after producer Siddharth Roy Kapur tried to pull her leg for quitting Salman Khan’s Bharat. The actress was so embarrassed that she ended up throwing a cuss word at the producer, of course out of jest.It was the wrap-up party of Priyanka’s next movie Sky Is Pink, where PeeCee was explaining to the guests the reason behind her choosing Sky Is Pink when she had many other big movies. Just then Siddharth interrupted her asking her which film she is referring to.This left all the guests, including Priyanka herself, laughing as it was apparent that Siddharth was teasing the actress for walking out of Salman’s Bharat. A rather embarrassed Priyanka then replied to the producer with a cuss word, which left the guests further burst into laughter.Priyanka’s decision to step away from Bharat was a controversial affair. It was speculated that Salman was extremely miffed with the actress for walking out of the project at the last moment. The superstar even took light digs at her during most of the promotional interaction with media.Even the latest report had claimed that Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to cast Priyanka along with Salman in Inshallah. But, the actor did not want to work with her after she ditched Bharat, and hence, the director had to make a change in his casting and get Alia Bhatt on board.However, Salman had recently clarified that he has no hard feeling for Priyanka, and he has no problem in working with her if anything good comes up.Meanwhile, Salman’s Bharat that featured Katrina Kaif as the female lead has been running successfully in theatres. The film has crossed Rs 160 crore mark at the Indian box office in eight days and is expected to cross Rs 200 crore mark soon.Watch the video of Priyanka being teased by Siddharth at the party:last_img read more

Bangladeshi workers among Top Gloves illegal overtime victims

first_imgTop Glove headquarters in Kuala Lumpur — Photo: Thomson Reuters FoundationMalaysian labor rights groups have called for an investigation into the world’s largest glove-maker, Top Glove, after cases were uncovered of migrant workers toiling for long hours and working illegal overtime to pay off huge debts.The Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed on Thursday that migrant workers at the Malaysian firm often work long hours to earn overtime pay, and in some cases exceed the limit of overtime hours allowed under national laws.The company, which produces one out of every four pairs of rubber gloves used in the world, said it would investigate and cut ties with unethical recruitment agents and that it has this year introduced changes to ensure workers get adequate rest.Yet a coalition of rights groups are demanding swift action from the government into the findings and have urged Top Glove to commit to further investigate their working conditions.”The abuses within Top Glove are just a sad part of a much wider story,” said the Right to Redress Coalition, an alliance of 11 Malaysian migrant rights and anti-trafficking groups.”We believe these allegations require an urgent response that involves government, civil society, and most of all, the active participation of workers,” the statement read.”Excessive hours often lead to worker fatigue and poor safety practices, magnifying the risks of accidents or fatalities,” said the coalition, which includes organisations such as Tenaganita and North South Initiative.Top Glove, a key supplier of medical and rubber gloves which exports to 195 countries including Britain and the United States, has more than 11,000 migrant workers in Malaysia, hailing from countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.Workers interviewed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation said they hoped to quickly repay loans of at least 5,000 Malaysian ringgit ($1,200) they took out to pay recruitment agents back home. They said others had been charged up to 20,000 ringgit.The United Nations’ International Labour Organisation says that high recruitment fees can trap workers in debt bondage, and make it difficult for them to leave even when they are abused.Workers at one Top Glove factory clock 90 to 120 hours of overtime work a month — with very few or no rest days — according to documents seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Under Malaysian laws, workers should be given a rest day each week and work no more than 104 hours of overtime a month.Campaigners also urged Malaysia to review its minimum wage policy and introduce a living wage system to ensure workers do not have to work excessive hours to meet basic economic needs.Top Glove workers have said they were paid a basic salary of at least 1,000 ringgit — Malaysia’s current minimum wage.”Such an unjust situation must be eradicated,” K. Veeriah, an official at the Malaysian Trades Union Congress, an umbrella group which represents workers, said in a separate statement.He said the cases uncovered at Top Glove were only the “tip of the iceberg” and that labor exploitation was common across sectors in Malaysia, which relies heavily on foreign labor.Human resources minister M Kulasegaran told the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week that major companies in the country must take the lead to ensure there are no labor abuses.last_img read more

Their Homes Still Flooded Some Houston Residents Hope For A Buyout

first_img X Listen With their homes still flooded, West Houston residents are already talking about a government buyout.People near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs are angry their homes were sacrificed to protect the rest of the city. A group of Canyon Gate neighbors planned to hold a “candlelight vigil” on Monday evening, saying in a press release it would take place “near the police tape blocking them from their community.”Binay Anand’s home was among those in the neighborhood damaged by the overflowing reservoirs.“It flooded like the last day of the ordeal,” he says. Anand knew this was possible, that it’s supposed to happen that way during intense flooding, so the reservoirs’ dams don’t burst and send floodwaters down Buffalo Bayou toward Houston’s core.But he says many of his neighbors didn’t. Their reaction?“Shocked, completely cheated, completely gutted,” he says.Anand says angry neighbors quickly gathered and talked about who to sue. They felt, and still feel, like Fort Bend County didn’t give them enough advance warning to get out. But some are already talking with officials about some means of comfort: the government buying out their homes and essentially making them part of the reservoir.County Judge Robert Hebert says he isn’t supporting any such plan yet, but he says he does understand why residents would be pushing for it now.A buyout would depend on federal money, but it’s a sign that this much-talked-about method of mitigating future flood impacts might see progress in the wake of Harvey. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img Marissa Cummings, Houston Public MediaHarvey’s floodwaters inundated neighborhoods near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs 00:00 /01:05 Sharelast_img read more

Netflix Killers Why Netflix May Actually Benefit From Disney and Other Streaming

first_img Popular on Variety Is there a “Netflix killer” looming out there that will give the No. 1 subscription-streaming leader a run for its money and throw a serious wrench into its growth trajectory?Maybe. But a more likely scenario is that new services from Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia and others will be a rising subscription VOD tide lifting Netflix’s boat — with pay TV ending up the real loser.Disney’s announcement last week of its $6.99-per-month pricing for Disney+, first launching this fall in the U.S., spooked Netflix investors. There’s seemingly cause for concern, given the Disney+ lineup of 500-plus films, including streaming-window releases of all Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars films, along with 25 original series, and 7,500-plus TV episodes set for the first year. And Disney says it’s likely to bundle Disney+ together with ESPN+ and Hulu. But how big a threat is Disney, really? Netflix has posited that new SVOD players validate its model. And with more than 148 million streaming subscribers worldwide as of the first quarter — and a 2019 content budget estimated at $15 billion — Netflix is literally years ahead of any other would-be contenders for the throne. Related ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Stars Tease How Saga Ends But the balance is now tipping toward Netflix’s original programming, in terms of spending — and, according to Netflix, viewing time. Chief content officer Ted Sarandos even claimed all of the top 10 most-watched shows on the service are “Netflix original brands.” Hastings, on Tuesday’s interview, said: “We’ve expected this decline of second-window content, been ready for it, anticipating it. In fact, we’re eager to be able to have more and more of our money, be able to do spectacular new titles.”By the way, Hastings has said he plans to subscribe to the Disney SVOD service.“I know I’ll be a subscriber of it for my own personal watching in the same way and as many Disney and Fox executives also subscribe to Netflix and watch our shows,” he said early last year in discussing Netflix’s fourth quarter 2017 results. “So, you know what I see is we’ll all learn from each other, and total streaming will grow faster because of the competition.”It remains to be seen of Hastings’ hunch plays out. But with nearly 150 million subscribers (and growing), Netflix isn’t about to get knocked off its perch anytime soon. What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 Reed Hastings, Netflix’s CEO, chairman and co-founder, waved off the competitive threats in the company’s Q1 video interview Tuesday. With characteristic nonchalance, he said he’s “thrilled” to have Apple and Disney join the SVOD wars — and said he doesn’t believe they will be “material” rivals.“Great competition makes you better,” Hastings said on the company’s Q1 earnings interview. “And so we’re thrilled to have Apple and Disney in. They are awesome companies and just to be in the same league as them is very exciting for us.”Historically, Netflix execs have brought up a sports metaphor in discussing competition. Say Netflix is the NFL. The entrance of other sports leagues (Disney+, WarnerMedia, Apple, etc.) shouldn’t reduce demand for football — and overall, in theory, the new entrants should increase the number of sports fans.The apples-and-oranges idea of the competitive matrix was raised by Greg Peters, Netflix’s chief product officer, on the interview Tuesday. There’s a framework of “broad, broad competition where a bunch of different entertainment options are being provided all sorts of different models, some ad-based, subscription at different pricing points,” Peters said. But “we don’t really think there is sort of an immediate equivalency or substitution. And so mostly it’s about how do we create more value, how do we put the right content and present it in the right way that’s compelling and differentiating for our members.”Wall Street analysts have remained generally upbeat on Netflix’s market position even with new competing services coming out. The real result of the expanded number of SVOD options coming out will be to spur more people to cut the cord — cancelling their pricey cable or satellite TV, predicts BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield.“As cord-cutting accelerates, it frees up wallet to spend on a wider array of SVOD services. In turn, while everyone wants to talk about Disney+ as a Netflix killer, Disney+ is actually helping Netflix and all other streaming services by freeing up wallet share for SVOD,” Greenfield wrote in an April 16 research note. The consumer value propositions of Disney+ vs. Netflix are very different, so they won’t be directly competitive in that sense, according to MoffettNathanson’s Michael Nathanson.Netflix is “essentially a Blockbuster store in the cloud with a mix of original and off-network all-you-can-eat, commercial-free content,” Nathanson wrote in a note Wednesday. “Disney is targeting families and a passionate base of fans of its well-branded, highly recognized, quality content. Both in the U.S. and, more likely, internationally, Netflix can continue to grow subscribers despite this new entrant.”That said, Disney’s $6.99-per-month introductory price for Disney+ sets a new competitive benchmark that will make it more difficult for Netflix to continually raise prices, Nathanson added.On the other hand, with Netflix raising its prices — the most popular plan is going up two bucks. to $12.99 monthly in the U.S. — that could serve to reinforce its pole position by depressing demand among consumers to pay for yet another SVOD offering. (And skeptics already believe Disney is going to raise the price of Disney+ in a year or two.)Netflix subscribers are less likely to cancel their service than customers of any other streaming platform, according to research from consulting firm Magid. And Magid’s surveys of U.S. consumers have found that they’re willing to spend an average of around $38 per month for all their streaming services. If Netflix remains a must-have SVOD option, there’s less of that wallet to go around to others.Not everyone thinks Netflix is well positioned to withstand the coming SVOD melee unscathed. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, a longtime Netflix bear, says that with the coming launches of Disney+ and similar services from AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Comcast’s NBCUniversal, “it is highly likely that content from all three companies will disappear from the Netflix platform by the end of 2020.”How will Netflix fill in the “gaps” after licensed content is pulled from the service? Note that broadcast TV reruns of shows like “The Office,” “Friends,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Criminal Minds” have been among the top-viewed content on Netflix, according to third-party research. The importance of such licensed content was underscored by Netflix reportedly paying Warner Bros. $100 million for a one-year extension to stream “Friends” in the U.S. and Canada. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Mukuls son slams BJPs smartphone promise

first_imgKolkata: Subhrangshu Roy, Trinamool Congress MLA from Bijpur in North 24-Parganas and son of Mukul Roy, on Wednesday came down heavily on his father for his statement that BJP will give smartphones to people, if they vote for the party.”You cannot woo the voters by making promises of giving smartphones. People are in favour of development and because of it, Trinamool will taste landslide victory in the forthcoming Panchayat election,” he said.It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee had also criticised Roy for his “irresponsible” statement. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRoy had made the statement in Siliguri, earlier this week. He had said that ifBJP establishes its controlover the Zilla Parishad in Jalpaiguri, then all voters above the age of 18 will be given smartphones.Subhrangshu said, “Mukul Roy and Dilip Ghosh are threatening the people of Bengal and this will be disastrous for BJP.”It may be recalled that after Mukul Roy joined BJP, there was speculation that Subhrangshu will follow him. He had also skipped some meetings of the party. But he clarified his stand on Wednesday and said “Mamata Banerjee is our leader and I will follow her instructions.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe made it clear that he will work for the people and will criticise those who will attack Trinamool Congress below the belt.It may be mentioned that Roy had strongly opposed Mukul joining BJP and had said that he would not join the party.Nevertheless, Roy joined BJP in Delhi and though no post has been given to him in the state unit, he is campaigning against Trinamool Congress in all the districts.Meanwhile, Mukul is fast losing his control in North 24-Parganas and none of his associates in the district have joined BJP.last_img read more

Action against illegal encroachers in front of marketplaces KMC

first_imgKolkata: In the wake of the recent incident of a devastating fire at Bagree Market, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to take prompt action against the illegal encroachments in front of all the marketplaces including those owned by the civic body.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee who is also in charge of the State Fire and Emergency department on Tuesday said that action will be takenagainst those who are encroaching the pavements in front of the various market complexes in the city.The KMC and fire department officials will conduct surveillance in all the markets to oust the illegal encroachers.”The Fire department had faced great difficulties while dousing the flame inside the Bagree Market due to the encroachment on the pavements. We will not allow anybody to occupy the space in front of the markets. Those who are illegally encroaching the pavements in front of the market areas will be asked to vacate the place failing which, a legal action would be taken against them,” the Mayor said.Earlier in the day, Chatterjee held a meeting with the Member and Mayor-in-Councils in the KMC in this regard. He also added that the illegal encroachments obstructed the fire officials to combat the blaze at Bagree Market.”All the owners of the shops will be instructed not to keep any goods on the pavements adjacent to their shops. Instructions will be issued to those who run shops in the markets restricting them from using the pavements. The civic body and the Fire department may also take steps against the vendors putting their stalls on the pavements,” Chatterjee said. He mentioned that an FIR has been lodged against the CEO and the director of the Bagree Estates Private Limited by the state Fire department for their failure to put in place adequate firefighting mechanisms in the market. The civic body had issued notices to various markets including the Bagree Market to arrange for water reservoirs and sprinklers. But in case of Bagree Market, two reservoirs that were there were empty at the time of the incident, giving a very difficult time to the fire officials.”We are looking into why the reservoirs were empty. As a result, the fire officials had to arrange water from various other places. The firefighters did a commendable job. They restricted the fire from spreading. We are now issuing some fresh notifications to the KMC-owned markets and others to strictly meet all the required parameters set by the civic body and the Fire department,” Chatterjee said.last_img read more

Friendly colleagues at job your gateway to better health

first_imgYour colleagues at work – and not your spouse or kids – decide how healthy you will be as you age, as you are likely to spend an average of one third of your day on the job. According to the researchers, health at work is determined to a large extent by our social relationships in workplace – and, more particularly, the social groups we form there. In a new meta-analysis covering 58 studies and more than 19,000 people across the globe, psychologists found out that how strongly we identify with the people or organisation where we work is associated with better health and lower burnout. “This study is the first large-scale analysis showing that organisational identification is related to better health,” said lead researcher Dr Niklas Steffens from University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“The results show that both performance and health are enhanced to the extent that workplaces provide people with a sense of ‘we’ and ‘us’,” Steffens added. The team reviewed 58 studies covering people in a variety of occupations, from service and health to sales and military work, in 15 countries. “Social identification contributes to both psychological and physiological health, but the health benefits are stronger for psychological health,” said Steffens. The positive psychological benefit may stem from the support provided by the work group but also the meaning and purpose that people derive from membership in social groups. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We are less burnt out and have greater well-being when our team and our organisation provide us with a sense of belonging and community – when it gives us a sense of ‘we-ness’,” Steffens pointed out. The authors also found that the health benefits of identifying with the workplace are strongest when there are similar levels of identification within a group – that is, when identification is shared.So if you identify strongly with your organisation, then you get more health benefits if everyone else identifies strongly with the organisation too. The team was surprised to find that more the women present in a sample, the weaker the identification-health relationship grew. “This was a finding that we had not predicted and, in the absence of any prior theorising, we can only guess what gives rise to this effect,” said Steffens in a paper appeared in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review.  One of the reasons may relate to the fact that there are still many workplaces that have somewhat “masculine” cultures. This mean that even when female employees identify with their team or organisation, they still feel somewhat more marginal within their team or organisation. The team also recommends exploring the role of leadership: how leaders manage teams and groups has a strong influence on the social identification-health connection.last_img read more

Valve plans to bring new events system and store discoverability feature to

first_imgValve, a US-based video game development company, shared a sneak-peek of eight new features and changes that it’s planning to work on in 2019, earlier this week. Let’s have a look at some of these new features that Valve is working on shipping this year. Store discoverability One of the things that Valve is focussing on is store Discoverability. “We’re working on a new recommendation engine powered by machine-learning, that can match players to games based on their individual tastes (on steam)”, reads the valve blog post. It will be working on bringing forth more broadcasting and curating features. Valve also mentioned that it is constantly analyzing and assessing the design of Steam, its online game store. Steam China Valve is working on bringing Steam to China. The company has teamed up with Perfect World, a Chinese Game development company, to bring Steam to Chinese users. Valve will update more regarding this in the upcoming months. New Events System Valve will be focussing on upgrading the events system in Steam. This will allow users to highlight the interesting activities within games such as tournaments, streams, or weekly challenges. Steam TV and chat The Valve team is going to be expanding Steam TV beyond broadcasting the specific tournaments and special events and will provide support to all games. Additionally, it will also be shipping a new steam chat mobile app. The app will let its users share their favourite GIFs with friends. Steam PC Cafe Program Valve will also be shipping an all-new PC Cafe Program that will allow players to have a good experience while using Steam in thousands of PC Cafes Worldwide. For more information, check out the official Steamworks announcement. Read Next Valve’s Steam Play Beta uses Proton, a modified WINE, allowing Linux gamers to play Windows games SteamVR introduces new controllers for game developers, the SteamVR Input systemlast_img read more

Spotify files an EU antitrust complaint against Apple Apple says Spotifys aim

first_imgSpotify announced earlier this week that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission (EC), claiming that Apple’s rules on the App Store ‘limits choice’ and ‘ stifle innovation’ at the expense of user experience. Spotify states that Apple receives a 30% tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system from Spotify and other similar digital services. “If we pay this tax, it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music. And to keep our price competitive for our customers, that isn’t something we can do”, states Daniel Ek, CEO, Spotify in a blog post. Ek mentions that in case Spotify decides not to use Apple’s payment system, then a series of technical and experience limited restrictions are applied by Apple. For instance, Customer communication on the app is restricted including its outreach efforts beyond the app. Also, they are not able to send emails to Apple customers in certain cases. Apart from that, Apple also blocks the experience enhancing upgrades on the app on a routine basis. Spotify is not the only one to have stood up against Apple tax. Many companies have chastised and spoken against Apple tax. For instance, companies like Netflix Inc. and video game makers Epic Games Inc. and Valve Corp also complained about the cost of Tax that Apple charges, last year. However, Spotify is the first company to file a complaint against Apple tax that is registered with the EU, a regulatory body that ensures fair competition across the market. Ek states that Spotify is not looking for any special treatment and wants Apple to treat them like other apps on the App Store, including  Uber or Deliveroo, who are neither imposed any Apple tax nor do these apps have the same restrictions as Spotify. Ek also mentioned a list of requests to bring about a change in rules laid out by Apple for the app store. These are as follows: Apps should compete fairly on the merits, and not based on who owns the App Store. All apps should be subject to the same fair set of restrictions (including Apple music). Consumers should be offered a real choice of payment systems. They should not be forced to use systems that have discriminatory tariffs associated with them like Apple’s. App stores should not dictate communications between different app services and users, by placing unfair restrictions on marketing. Spotify has also launched a separate ‘Time to Play Fair microsite’ that is dedicated to making users aware of Apple’s ‘anti-competitive behavior’.  The site illustrates the complaints by Spotify extensively. Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel, and VP, Business & Legal Affairs at Spotify, confirmed that Spotify has submitted an “economic analysis” to the European Commission, that demonstrates how Apple’s policies have impacted its business. “We are confident that the evidence will show that even though we’ve been successful as a company, and have grown our business, we could have been even more successful if it were not for the restrictions that Apple has placed on our business,” said Guiterrez. Apple’s response to the complaint Apple has responded back to Spotify, addressing the claims of the complaint on a Press release published, yesterday. Apple states that Spotify wants to leverage all the benefits of the App Store without making any Contributions to Marketplace, and it wouldn’t be the business that it is today without the App Store. “We share Spotify’s love of music and their vision of sharing it with the world. Where we differ is how you achieve that goal. Underneath the rhetoric, Spotify’s aim is to make more money off others’ work”, states Apple. It also states that the only contribution that it requires is for the digital goods and services that are purchased inside the app with their secure in-app purchase system. Apple agrees that the revenue share is 30 percent but it further states that this is only applicable for the first year of an annual subscription and then drops to 15 percent in the years after. “The only time we have requested adjustments is when Spotify has tried to sidestep the same rules that every other app follows. Just this week, Spotify sued music creators after a decision.. required Spotify to increase its royalty payments. This isn’t just wrong, it represents a real, meaningful and damaging step backward for the music industry”, says Apple. Public reaction the news is varied with some sympathizing with Spotify, while others tweeting against Spotify and in support of Apple: Rene Ritchie, a Canadian blogger, Youtuber, and editor in chief of iMore, also posted a video on his YouTube channel, where he took a deep dive into the Spotify action against Apple in the EU, and called Spotify’s move as “kinda victimy”. Read Next Spotify acquires Gimlet and Anchor to expand its podcast services Spotify releases Chartify, a new data visualization library in python for easier chart creation Spotify has “one of the most intricate uses of JavaScript in the world,” says former engineerlast_img read more

Rust 134 releases with alternative cargo registries stabilized TryFrom and TryInto and

first_imgYesterday, the Rust team announced the release of Rust 1.34. This release introduces alternative cargo registries, includes support for ‘?’ operator in documentation tests, stabilized TryFrom and TryInto, and more. Support for alternative cargo registries Rust provides a public crate registry called crates.io where developers can publish crates with the cargo publish command. However, as this crate registry is not for people maintaining proprietary code, they are forced to use git or path dependencies. This release brings support for alternate cargo registries, which coexists with crates.io. So, users will now be able to write software that depends on crates from both crates.io and their custom registry. Support for the ‘?’ operator in documentation tests It was proposed in RFC 1937 to add support for the ‘?’ operator in the main() function, #[test] functions, and doctests allowing them to return Option or Result with error values.  This ensured a non-zero exit code in the case of the main() function and a test failure in the case of the tests. Support for the main() and #[test] functions were already implemented in previous versions. However, in the case of documentation tests, support for ‘?’ was limited to doctests that have an explicit main() function. In this release, the team has implemented full support for ‘?’ operator in doctests. Stabilized TryFrom and TryInto The TryFrom and TryInto traits that were proposed in an RFC back in 2016 are finally stabilized in this release to allow fallible type conversions. A ‘Infallible’ type is added for conversions that cannot fail such as u8 to u32. In future versions, the team plans to convert Infallible to an alias for the (!) never type. Library stabilizations This release comes with an expanded set of stable atomic integer types with signed and unsigned variants from 8 to 64 bits available. In the previous versions, non-zero unsigned integer types, for example, NonZeroU8 were stabilized. With this release, signed versions are also stabilized. The ‘iter::from_fn’ and ‘iter::successors’ functions are also stabilized. To know more about the updates in Rust 1.34, check out its official announcement. Read Next Chris Dickinson on how to implement Git in Rust The npm engineering team shares why Rust was the best choice for addressing CPU-bound bottlenecks Rust 1.33.0 released with improvements to Const fn, pinning, and more!last_img read more

How to translate OpenQASM programs in IBX QX into quantum scores Tutorial

first_imgOpen Quantum Assembly Language (OpenQASM, pronounced open kazm) is a custom programming language designed specifically to minimally describe quantum circuits. In this tutorial, we will learn how to translate OpenQASM programs into quantum scores with IBM QX. We will also look at representing quantum scores in OpenQASM 2.0 programs. You will need a modern web browser and the ability to sign into IBM QX This tutorial is an excerpt taken from the book ‘Mastering Quantum Computing with IBM QX’ written by  Dr. Christine Corbett Moran. The book explores quantum computing by implementing quantum programs on IBM QX, helping you be at the forefront of the next revolution in computation. The Quantum Composer is a tool to specify quantum programs graphically, and many SDKs and APIs exist to write compute code to represent a quantum program in a modern language ( Python being a common choice). Like the Quantum Composer, OpenQASM a higher-level language for specifying quantum programs than computer code, but unlike the Quantum Composer, it is neither graphical nor user interface specific, so it can be much easier to specify longer programs that can be directly copied into the many quantum simulators or into IBM QX for use. The Quantum Composer can take as input, programs in OpenQASM, and translate them into the graphical view. Likewise, for every program specified in the Quantum Composer it is easy to access the equivalent in OpenQASM within the IBM QX user interface. OpenQASM is similar in syntax to C: Comments are one per line and begin with // White space isn’t important Case is important Every line in the program must end in a semicolon ; Additionally, the following points apply: Every program must begin with OPENQASM 2.0; (IBM QX at the time of writing uses version 2.0, but this can be updated to whichever version of OpenQASM you are using). When working with IBM QX, the include “qelib1.inc”; header must be given. Any other file can be included with the same syntax; what OpenQASM does is simply copies the content of the file at the location of include. The path to the file is a relative path from the current program. Reading and writing OpenQASM 2.0 programs for the IBM QX will involve the following operations: Include header include “qelib1.inc”; Declaring a quantum register (qregname is any name you choose for the quantum register) qreg qregname[k]; Referencing a quantum register qregname[i]; Declaring a classical register (cregname is any name you choose for the quantum register) creg cregname[k]; Referencing a classical register cregname[i]; One-qubit gate list, available with inclusion of qelib1.inc on IBM QX h, t, tdg, s, sdg, x, y, z, id One-qubit gate action syntax gate q[i]; Two-qubit CNOT gate list, available with inclusion of qelib1.inc on IBM QX cx Two-qubit CNOT gate action (control and target both qubits in a previously declared quantum register) cnot control, target; Measurement operations available measure, bloch Measurement operation action syntax measure q[i] -> c[j]; bloch q[i] -> c[j]; Barrier operation (args are a comma-separated list of qubits) barrier args; Primitive gates (OpenQASM standard but not used on IBM QX) CX, U We will now learn reading OpenQASM programs and translating them into quantum scores as well as translating quantum scores to OpenQASM programs. Note that i and j are integer counters, starting at 0, which specifies which qubit/bit in the quantum or classical register the program would like to reference; k is an integer counter greater than 0 which specifies the size of a classical or quantum register at declaration. Translating OpenQASM programs into quantum scores In this tutorial, we will translate OpenQASM programs into quantum scores by hand to practice, reading OpenQASM code. OpenQASM to negate one qubit Consider the following program: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”;qreg q[1];x q[0]; The following lines are the standard headers for working with IBM QX: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”; Then the following line declares a quantum register of size one named q: qreg q[1]; Quantum registers are automatically initialized to contain |”0″>. Finally, the next line operates the X gate on the first (and only) qubit in the q quantum register: x q[0]; Putting this all together, we can create the following equivalent quantum score: OpenQASM to apply gates to two qubits, and measure the first qubit Next, consider the OpenQASM program: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”;qreg q[2];creg c[1];x q[0];y q[0];z q[0];s q[1];measure q[0] -> c[0]; The first two preceding lines are the standard header to declare a program and OpenQASM program and the standard import header to interface with the IBM QX. The next two lines declare a quantum register of two qubits initialized to |”00″> and a classical register of one bit initialized to 0: qreg q[2];creg c[1]; The next three lines apply gates, in order, to the first qubit in the q quantum register: x q[0];y q[0];z q[0]; The next line applies a gate to the second qubit in the q quantum register: s q[1]; And the final line measures the first qubit in the q quantum register and places the result in the first (and only) bit in the c classical register: measure q[0] -> c[0]; Putting this all together, we can create the following equivalent quantum score: Representing quantum scores in OpenQASM 2.0 programs Here is an example of writing an OpenQASM 2.0 program from a quantum score. I have broken it down into columns from top to bottom of the score for clarity and annotated these in the diagram by indicating column numbers in orange. Here’s the circuit illustrating the reversibility of quantum computations: Let’s dissect the OpenQASM that generates this circuit. The first lines are, as usual, the headers, indicating the code is OpenQASM and that we will be using the standard IBM QX header: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”; The next lines declare a quantum register named q of 5 qubits  initialized to |”00000″> and a classical register name c of 5 bits initialized to 00000: // declare the quantum and classical registers we will useqreg q[5];creg c[5]; The next lines will go column by column in the circuit diagram, creating the code for each column in order. We will start with the first column: The first column we can see only contains a CNOT gate, with its control qubit being the third qubit in the q quantum register, q[2] and the target qubit being the second qubit in the q quantum register, q[1]. Looking up the OpenQASM syntax for the CNOT gate in the table in the previous section, we see that it is cnot control, target; which means that the first column will be coded as: //column 1cx q[2],q[1]; Next, we will move to the second column, which has a number of gates specified. The code for the second column is: //column2x q[1];h q[2];s q[3];y q[4]; Each successive column should now be straightforward to encode from looking at the quantum score in OpenQASM. The full program is as follows: OPENQASM 2.0;include “qelib1.inc”;// declare the quantum and classical registers we will useqreg q[5];creg c[5];//column 1cx q[2],q[1];//column2x q[1];h q[2];s q[3];y q[4];//column 3t q[2];z q[3];//column 4tdg q[2];z q[3];//column 5x q[1];h q[2];sdg q[3];y q[4];// column 6cx q[2],q[1];// column 7measure q[0] -> c[0];// column 8measure q[1] -> c[1];// column 9measure q[2] -> c[2];// column 10measure q[3] -> c[3];// column 11measure q[4] -> c[4]; The previous code exactly reproduced the quantum score as depicted, but we could make several quantum scores, which are equivalent (and thus several variations on the OpenQASM program that are equivalent), as we saw in previous sections. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind: Each column could be in any order, for example, column 3 could be: t q[2];z q[3]; Or it could be: z q[3];tdg q[2]; In addition, any gate operating on a qubit in any column where there is no gate in the previous column on the qubit can be moved to the previous column, without affecting the computation. In this article, we learned how to translate OpenQASM programs in IBX QX into quantum scores. We also looked at Representing quantum scores in OpenQASM 2.0 programs. If you want to learn other concepts and principles of Quantum Computing with IBM QX, be sure to check out the book ‘Mastering Quantum Computing with IBM QX’. Read Next Quantum computing, edge analytics, and meta-learning: key trends in data science and big data in 2019 Did quantum computing just take a quantum leap? A two-qubit chip by UK researchers makes quantum entanglement possible Quantum Computing is poised to take a quantum leap with industries and governments on its sidelast_img read more

Emirates launches Fly Better 2019 sale

first_img Share Emirates launches Fly Better 2019 sale Posted by TORONTO — Emirates’ new seat sale runs until Jan. 8 with fares from Toronto to Dubai and beyond starting from $949.The airline’s Fly Better 2019 Sale applies to both economy class and business class fares, on close to 80 routes.Here’s a look at what’s available:Economy Class pricing to top destinations includes:Dubai from $949Delhi from $1,199Tehran from $1,219Mumbai from $1,229Islamabad from $1,229Business Class pricing to top destinations includes:Delhi from $4,919Mumbai from $4,919Hyderabad from $4,969Johannesburg from $5,469Dubai from $5,999The sale runs through 23:59 EDT on Jan. 8 and is valid for 2019 travel Jan. 27 – June 4 and Sept. 9 – Nov. 19. Travel must be completed on or before Nov. 26. Travelweek Group center_img Thursday, January 3, 2019 Tags: Emirates, sale << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Cuba aims for 5 million visitors in 2019

first_img Share Tags: Cuba, Gaviota Posted by Cuba aims for 5 million+ visitors in 2019 TORONTO — Gaviota Tourism Group and the Cuba Tourism Board are making sure the Canadian travel trade knows all about the extensive upgrades and improvements currently taking place in Cuba and driven by the Cuban government and Gaviota.Frank Oltuski, Vice President of the Gaviota Tourism Group, along with a strong showing of Cuba hotel and resort representatives are in Toronto and Montreal this week, with a media lunch and travel agent night in Toronto yesterday, followed by Montreal today. The presentations are also tributes to the 500th anniversary of Havana, says the Cuba Tourism Board.Gaviota started 2019 with a focus on improving the country’s accommodation offerings across all of its destinations, says Oltuski. This was a follow up from 2018 when “we worked particularly hard on hotel infrastructure, products and services,” he said.Cuba has invested in its tourism industry significantly, he added, expanding property capacity and redesigning hotels. “We want to ensure Cuba grows and diversifies” its tourism product, said Oltuski.Investment and development will continue for the remainder of 2019, with key developments for the year including… Easier access to a diversity of nature, cultural and historic productMore accommodation capacity in properties across the countryNew transit infrastructure, marinas, recreational facilities and cultural institutionsWiFi accessibility broaden throughout CubaNew hotels including the International Melia Varadero Hotel and the Hotel Paseo Del PradoEnsuring a diversified tourism experience in CubaPromoting the 500th anniversary of HavanaPromoting FITCUBA 2019, taking place next monthMore news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upCuba welcomed over 4.7 million visitors in 2018, including 1.1 million Canadians. Cuba is projecting 5 million+ visitors for 2019.center_img Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Modern Times Group is expected to take market shar

first_imgModern Times Group is expected to take market share in the free-to-air broadcasting business in Scandinavia and grow it subscription pay TV services in the region, according to analysts. Investment bank Morgan Stanley has noted that the broadcast group is a strong medium-term investment option and is one of the most well positioned broadcasters in Europe. 
The bank expects the company to increase its free-to-air share in Sweden by 1% this year. “As the FTA commercial challenger across the Scandinavian region, MTG still has room to grow at the expense of the incumbents. MTG has taken audience and market share in Sweden and Denmark in 2011 and we expect this performance to be reflected in its share of the TV advertising market in 2012,” it noted. 
Morgan Stanley also noted that its pay TV services would grow. “In pay TV the investments in new TV channels and sports rights over recent years should allow MTG to grow subscribers numbers, particularly on non-DTH platforms and gradually increase operating margins to 20% in this division.”last_img read more