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Iniesta move to Chongqing Lifan a rumour – coach

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first_imgAndres Iniesta’s reported transfer to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan is nothing more than a “rumour”, says the club’s coachBoth the Spanish and the Chinese media have been strongly linking the veteran midfielder to the club with Iniesta expected to confirm his plans for the future by the end of the month.However, Chongqing coach Paulo Bento, who was the manager of Portugal in the last World Cup, has now denied this and stated that it is nothing more than a “rumour”.Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“This is a rumor and it is very difficult to comment on rumors.” said the Portuguese coach, according to HurriyetDailyNews.“But I don’t think there is any fan or coach in the world that doesn’t like a player like Iniesta.”Iniesta has kept silent on his future since announcing last month that he had until the end of April to decide whether to go to China or not.last_img read more

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Nuno Espirito Santo I learned from Mourinho at Porto

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first_imgWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed how much he learnt from Jose Mourinho when he played under him at Porto.Nuno Espirito Santo played under Jose Mourinho when he was in charge at Porto, and he helped the Manchester United boss win the UEFA Cup together in 2003 and the Champions League in 2004.After ending his playing career, Nuno became Porto manager for one season before he joined Wolves in 2017 and lead them to promotion.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“A lot. In that moment, what we had, the group of players we had, the way Mourinho manages and made us believe that it was possible to do what we did as a squad. We won everything, and it was absolutely fantastic.” Nuno told Sky Sports when asked what he learnt from Mourinho.“You take from everyone. When you have such success it’s because you do things right. Of course, you learn a lot as a player when you pay attention to managers when they speak to you.”last_img read more

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Merson Arsenal allowing Ramsey to leave for free is a crime

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first_imgEx-Arsenal star Paul Merson criticised the club’s poor management over Aaron Ramsey’s contract situation and fears that Mesut Ozil’s lucrative deal will make it difficult to attract top talentThe Gunners are set to lose Ramsey for nothing this summer, once his contract expires, after failed talks over an extension.The 28-year-old midfielder has since been strongly linked with a move to Serie A champions Juventus, who have confirmed their interest in bringing him to Italy.“Letting Ramsey leave is just bad, bad club management isn’t it,” Merson told Sky Sports Debate.“To let player contracts run out in this day and age for how much these players go for and how much they’re worth is criminal.“To let him leave the club and walk away for free, somebody in his prime leaving for nothing, it’s a football crime.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Merson also believes Arsenal will be hard pushed to sign a suitable replacement for Ramsey due to their decision to hand Ozil a new lucrative long-term contract for a weekly wage of £350,000 a week before tax.He added: “Now they have got to replace him and that will cost money but until the Ozil problem gets sorted out they are going to find it difficult to bring in players.“Because if they bid £50-60m for someone, the first thing the player will say is well I want what Ozil is getting.“And when the club says you aren’t getting that then the player will just say well I’m not coming then. And that is what happened with Ramsey.”Merson is a former midfielder who played for Arsenal from 1985 to 1997 and made 327 appearances across all competitions in the process.The 50-year-old won the English first division title twice at North London and was a part of the squad which won the European Cup in the 1993/94 season.last_img read more

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Polls Open Voting has begun

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 15, 2016 – Polls across the country open at 7am for voters to select who will govern these Turks and Caicos Islands for the next four years.   Both major political parties held rallies last night and both were very well attended.While campaigns this time around kept with tradition and saw candidates giving door to door visits, handing out manifestos or plans for the islands if elected, with street signs erected and the rallies where those offering revved up their bases and aimed to appeal to any undecided voters.. there was use of new promotional tools, including electronic copies of party documents, social media buzzing, especially on Facebook and Instagram, use of online target marketing through Google AdWords, QR codes, even the introduction of free Apps and live streaming of debates and other political events.In a system which is relatively new to these islands, voters will choose not one constituency member but six candidates from the slate.  One of those will be for the district or constituency, but the other five will come from a pool of 20 people who have offered in the At Large category.Seven of those individuals are independent candidates; the other 13 are from the three political parties.  Grand Turk South, South Caicos and Wheeland will each field an independent candidate and by the end of the night, the Elections Office would like to announced, even if unofficially, who are the 15 selected to comprise the House of Assembly.  The party with the most seats gets to govern.  Employers are legally bound to allow staff time to vote.There are 24 voting sites in the Turks and Caicos, polls open at 7am and close at 7pm. Related Items:last_img read more

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ACLU pushes Amazon shareholders to vote for facialrecognition ban

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first_img Security Comments 6 Share your voice James Martin/CNET The American Civil Liberties Union is keeping up its pressure against Amazon’s practice of selling facial-recognition tech to law enforcement.Two days ahead of Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting, the civil rights group sent a letter imploring the company’s shareholders to vote in favor of two proposals that could curb the use of the tech company’s Rekognition software.”Without shareholder action, Amazon may soon become known more for its role in facilitating pervasive government surveillance than for its consumer retail operations,” the letter states.The proposals call for the company to ban its sale of Rekognition to law enforcement and for Amazon to study its use by police.Amazon’s board recommends that shareholders vote against both proposals, which makes the passage of either proposal unlikely. CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, a board member, controls about 16% of Amazon’s shares and isn’t expected to vote for these proposals.The letter, one of several ACLU actions that calls attention to facial recognition tech, comes as efforts to curb law enforcement’s use of facial recognition gains momentum around the country. Last week, San Francisco became the first city to bar police from using the technology. Oakland, California, and Somerville, Massachusetts, are both considering similar bans, and the Massachusetts legislature is considering a statewide moratorium.Amazon inserted itself into the debate in Washington state, where the legislature this year considered a moratorium on police use of facial-recognition tech. Amazon, along with Microsoft, threw its support behind a competing data privacy measure that didn’t ban law enforcement from using facial recognition. The state Senate passed the less restrictive bill in March, and it’s currently making its way through the state House of Representatives.The California legislature is considering a ban on facial recognition in police body cameras. The state Assembly passed the bill in early May, and it’s currently being considered by the state Senate. Assemblyman Phil Ting, a Democrat from San Francisco, introduced the bill. Last year, Ting worked on legislation to increase the use of body cameras. The idea was to increase police accountability and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Banning surveillance tools on the body cameras seemed like the next logical step, he told CNET.”The last thing we wanted to do was erode that trust by installing facial recognition software on body cameras,” Ting said. Tags Amazonlast_img read more

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Nerkonda Paarvai review From Sivakarthikeyan to Varalaxmi celebs extend their support to

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first_imgA movie still from Ajith Kumar’s Nerkonda Paarvai.PR HandoutAjith Kumar’s Nerkonda Paarvai has won unanimous positive reviews from the critics and audience. The Tamil movie, which was released on Friday, August 8, has been lauded for its content and brilliant performances by the lead actors.Nerkonda Paarvai deals around three modern women – Meera Krishnan (Shraddha Srinath), Andrea (Andrea Tariang) and Fathima Banu (Abhirami Venkatachalam). The film exposes the prevailing misogyny in society.It brings out how victim-blaming has become a norm in the country and how the rules are different for men-women. Indeed, the film tries to educate people to understand the concept of ‘consent.’Ajith Kumar’s performance has been whole-heartedly praised by cine-goers. Indeed, many have compared it to be his best in recent years. Shraddha Srinath is equally good.What has come as a boost for Nerkonda Paarvai is many celebrities have extended their support for the Ajith-starrer with positive words. Check out their tweets below:Siddharth: Really wish #NerKondaPaarvai becomes a massive hit. It is very important for any industry that responsible and influential cinema comes from the top stars. Amazing that #Ajith chose this film ❤️! Congrats to @BoneyKapoor ji, @ShraddhaSrinath @thisisysr #HVinoth and their team!varalaxmi sarathkumar: #NKP is the need of the hour.I’m so glad #ThalaAjith sir has decided to do this movie..I hope everyone can learn from this film.. #NoMeansNo all the best to the entire team #HVinoth @ShraddhaSrinath @thisisysr I hope this changes our society’s outlook a little.. #NerKondaPaarvaiArchana Kalpathi: All the very best to #Ajith Sir, #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor Sir and the entire cast and crew of #NerKondaPaarvai for Blockbuster success at the Boxoffice Looking forward to watching FDFS @agscinemasSivakarthikeyan: Best wishes to dear #ThalaAjith sir director #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor sir @thisisysr sir @ShraddhaSrinath and full #NerKondaPaarvai team for a big successMohan Raja: Best wishes n Big congrats to the whole #NerKondaPaarvai team on bringing a great content n a most important message to Tamil audience #NoMeansNosanthoshraj: #nerkondapaarvai 4.5/5:- No means no whether she is a sex worker, lover,wife, friend, etc.. NO MEANS NO From the mega hit blockbuster of viswasam Thala ajith once again strikes with nerkonda paarvai! Hats off to Thala ajith for choosing this script, none of the mass heroesDr. Dhananjayan BOFTA: #NerKondaPaarvai along with a powerful performance by #ThalaAjith , it brings out the best in @ShraddhaSrinath #Abirami @thisisysr & very good debut by @RangarajPandeyR sir. Superb dialogues even if it was a remake. “No” means “No” by anyone friends. Let’s follow that practiceGayathri Raguramm: #NKP time. It’s about time to know about ur daughters or friends daughters how they are treated in society by some dangerous men in society. if u have a son and don’t know what he is up to when he is not taught well and how to take care of women how dangerous he can be to society Ajith sir plays perfect role and very much needed at this time. He is perfect person to convey this message. Thank you thala for choosing this film and spreading right message to people.Rathna kumar: I think #Aadai should have released after #NerKondaPaarvai . Getting judgemental based on a Girl’s name, Costume, Looks and her profession is the sad state of our misogyny society. Happy to see a Mass hero like Ajith sir sending a much needed statement on screen. It was LITArunVijay: #NerKondaPaarvai Wishes to the entire team for a grand success at the BO… Must watch!! #Ajith sir.. #NerKondaPaarvaiFromTodayLyricist Parvathy: So glad to see all the positive reviews for #NerKondaPaarvai. Respect #thala #Ajith sir, dir #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor ji for bringing this film to Tamil. Also, looking forward to see rockstar @vidya_balan in more Tamil films. #NKPFromTodayPS Mithran: #NerKondaPaarvai is intensity Max! One of the most relevant issues handled in a Mass Hero’s film #HVinoth has nailed it with Razor sharp dialogues #Thala in one of his most emphatic roles! The uproar from the fans during the court scenes was extraordinary!Chimbu Deven: #NerkondaPaaravai Already heard many positive reviews.. like next level of ‘Thala Ajith’ sir’s move. My best wishes #Ajith sir, @HVinoth_Off & team!! @BoneyKapoor @thisisysr @nirav_dop @dhilipactionAtharvaa: All success to #ThalaAjith sir @thisisysr #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor sir and the entire cast & crew of #NerKondaPaarvai pic.twitter.com/paW6LrfsTalast_img read more

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Quader thanks Fakhrul

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first_imgObaidul Quader and Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday thanked his counterpart in opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader thanked the BNP leader for “keeping mum over Supreme Court’s observation that BNP’s founder Ziaur Rahman grabbed power illegally”.“Maintaining silence is a sign of consent. It has been said in the observation of the 16th amendment annulment verdict that Ziaur Rahman grabbed power illegally. He [Fakhrul] registered no protests at it and gave no reactions to it. I thank him for this,” said Quader while addressing a road-side rally on the sidelines of distribution of succours among flood-hit people in Syedpur of Nilphamari.The road transport minister claimed, “I’ve not come here to visit flood-affected areas for a photo-session. Sheikh Hasina’s government will rehabilitate all of those who are really affected by the flood.”The AL leader said he has not come to the flood-affected areas empty-handed.“I’ve come here with relief goods. I’ve come here to stand by flood-hit people. We will remain beside the flood-affected people until they are rehabilitated.”The minister said the “unprecedented flood” has caused huge damages to houses, road networks, and crops of a vast track of land.In an oblique reference to Fakhrul’s visit to the flood-hit areas, Quader said, “Many have visited the flood-ravaged area, but they had nothing in their hands. They came here just to get applause. The flood-affected people got nothing from them.”last_img read more

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UN vows sanctions over N Korea missile test

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first_imgPeople gather at a street-side newsstand showing a copy of the Rodong Sinmun newspaper featuring coverage of a May 14 North Korean rocket test, in Pyongyang. Photo: AFPThe UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test and vowed strong measures, including sanctions, to derail Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.North Korea’s long-term bid to develop a credible nuclear attack threat to the US mainland saw it launch Sunday what appeared to be its longest-range missile yet.Pyongyang said the new weapon—called the Hwasong-12 — was capable of carrying a “heavy nuclear warhead”.In a unanimous statement backed by the North’s main ally China, the council on Monday vowed to punish Pyongyang’s “highly destabilizing behavior” and demanded a halt to any further nuclear or missile tests.Pyongyang carried out two atomic tests last year, and has accelerated its missile launch programme, despite tough UN sanctions aimed at denying leader Kim Jong-Un the hard currency needed to fund his weapons ambitions.“There’s a lot of sanctions left that we can start to do, whether it’s with oil, whether it’s with energy, whether it’s with their maritime ships, exports,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley told ABC television’s “This Week”.“We can do a lot of different things that we haven’t done yet. So our options are there.”The United States is in talks with China—Pyongyang’s main trading partner—on a possible new sanctions resolution and the Security Council is expected to hold a closed-door emergency meeting starting around 2000 GMT Tuesday.‘A substantial advance’Kim personally oversaw Sunday’s test, the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said, and pictures by state media showed him gazing at the missile in a hangar before the launch.The missile was launched on an unusually high trajectory, before splashing down in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).Analysts said the test suggested an actual range of 4,500 kilometres (2,800 miles) or more if flown for maximum distance.“This is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested,” Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the US told AFP.On the respected 38 North website, aerospace engineering specialist John Schilling said it appeared to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could “reliably strike the US base at Guam” in the Pacific, 3,400 kilometres away.“More importantly,” he added, it “may represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)”.The North has made no secret of its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States—something President Donald Trump has vowed “won’t happen”.KCNA cited Kim as saying the North would never succumb to what it called the “highly ridiculous” US strategy of “militarily browbeating only weak countries and nations which have no nukes”.“If the US dares opt for a military provocation against the DPRK, we are ready to counter it,” it said.‘Reckless provocation’In April Pyongyang put dozens of missiles on show at a giant military parade through the capital, including one that appeared to be the type launched on Sunday.There are doubts whether the North can miniaturise a nuclear weapon sufficiently to fit it onto a missile nose cone, and no proof it has mastered the re-entry technology needed to ensure it survives returning into Earth’s atmosphere.Sunday’s test came less than a week after South Korea elected a new president, Moon Jae-In, who advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang and had expressed a willingness to visit the North to ease tensions.But Moon slammed the latest launch as a “reckless provocation” and said dialogue would be possible “only if the North changes its attitude”.Russian President Vladimir Putin said the test was dangerous, but warned against attempts to “intimidate” Pyongyang.Pyongyang could find itself the target of further global censure after security researchers reported Monday signs of a potential North Korean link to cyberattacks that have wreaked havoc on computer networks around the world.In the first clues of the origin of the massive ransomware attacks, Google researcher Neel Mehta posted computer code that showed similarities between the “WannaCry” malware and a vast hacking effort widely attributed to Pyongyang.Other experts quickly jumped on this as sign—although not conclusive—that North Korea may have been behind the outbreak.last_img read more

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Barry Blumberg Joins Mammoth Media as Chief Content Officer

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first_imgMammoth Media, a mobile entertainment-app startup, hired former Defy Media exec Barry Blumberg as its chief content officer.In addition, Mammoth said it has added entertainment veteran Sandy Grushow as a strategic adviser and promoted Talia Kocar to VP of content. The appointments come after L.A.-based Mammoth Media announced $13 million in funding led by Greylock Partners.Mammoth is the studio behind story-sharing app Yarn and Wishbone, a tap-to-vote social networking app that lets users generate polls and side-by-side comparisons.Blumberg officially started at the company on Feb. 14, reporting to Mammoth Media CEO and co-founder Benoit Vatere. In his new role, Blumberg will be responsible for all content produced across existing and developing platforms.“I have loved the digital space because of the more direct connection between a diverse array of creators and their audiences,” Blumberg commented. “Nowhere is this more prevalent than in mobile, and I’m tremendously excited by the prospects for this at Mammoth Media.” Most recently Blumberg served as Defy Media’s CCO before departing a year ago. At Defy, he was involved in the creation and expansion of the Smosh comedy brand, and also headed the company’s programming strategy for brands including Clevver, AWE me, and Screen Junkies. He had joined the company with the 2013 merger of Break Media and Alloy Digital. Prior to helping establish Alloy Digital in 2006, Blumberg was president of Walt Disney Television Animation.Kocar, who has been with Mammoth Media since its inception was previously was director of content and community, will work with Blumberg to manage and oversee the editorial and social growth of the company’s apps and businesses. Mammoth was officially founded in 2015, after spinning out of tech incubator Science Inc.The company has tapped Grushow, CEO of investment and consulting firm Phase Two Media, with an eye on collaborating with Hollywood studios and creative execs. Grushow spent nearly 25 years at the Fox Entertainment Group, including six years as chairman overseeing both Fox’s broadcast network and television studio. Popular on Variety center_img ×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

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Underdog Costa Rica will try to crush the Oranje in the Ticos

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first_imgRelated posts:Stats Roundup: Costa Rica had the best defense at the World Cup and one of the worst attacks Costa Rica can go far, says coach Pinto With focus on next round, winning Group D less of a priority, says Wanchope Costa Rica maintains edge in World Cup Qualifying with tie against Jamaica We now have a Sloth Kong store. Check it out: shop.ticotimes.net. Shipping only available in Costa Rica.—For the Cinderella story to continue, Costa Rica must prevail in its toughest World Cup matchup yet.Costa Rica has regained heavy underdog status against the high-powered Dutch. La Sele and the Netherlands face off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Salvador de Bahía.ESPN’s data-journalism site, 538, gives the Ticos a 24 percent chance of victory. English soccer betting sites Paddy Power and Ladbrokes give La Sele longer odds at 13 percent and 14 percent chance of victory with both giving a 24 percent chance of going to penalties.Many consider the Netherlands the most talented football country to have never won a World Cup. The Netherlands were the runners-up at the 2010 World Cup, losing to Spain. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index ranks them as the sixth best team in the world. In the group stage, the Dutch looked impressive despite being drawn into a difficult group.  They avenged their championship loss by crushing Spain 5-1, and then won the group by beating Australia and Chile. The Dutch then rallied to beat Mexico, 2-1, in the last-16.The three-headed attack of forwards Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie and midfielder Wesley Sneijder have made for one of the best offenses in the World Cup. The Netherlands have averaged 3 goals a game in their four World Cup matches, the most of any team. Out of the group stage, they were one of four teams to collect all nine points. The Orange tied with Colombia for the best goal differential (+7) of any of the 32 teams. Friday afternoon predictions from three oddsmakers. Sports books will not add up to 100 percent due to betting interests. 538 did not make a prediction for for the match going to penalties. Corey Kane/The Tico TimesThe Ticos will try to find advantage through their defense. Despite the loss of defenders Óscar Duarte to yellow cards and Roy Miller to injury, Costa Rica’s back line is still the team’s biggest strength. Backed by the impressive play of keeper Keylor Navas, La Sele’s defense has been one of the best in the tournament. The team has allowed only two goals in four games and none of them came during normal circumstances. They allowed a penalty to Uruguay in their first match, and surrendered a goal in injury time to Greece after being down a man. Costa Rica’s defense held on in added extra time to shut out Greece for 30 minutes and force PKs.While the Netherlands impressed in the group stage, they looked vulnerable in their match against Mexico. Under the scorching sun in Fortaleza, the Dutch trailed until the 88th minute when Sneijder equalized. A controversial penalty — after Robben “tripped” over the outstretched leg of a Mexican defender — then gave Netherlands the lead with little time remaining. The game perhaps provided Costa Rica a model for how to shut down the Oranje’s dangerous attack as the Ticos prepare for their biggest test so far. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Steven Seagal Polandbased pay TV provider SPI Int

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first_imgSteven SeagalPoland-based pay TV provider SPI International / Filmbox will coproduce a new Steven Seagal television drama, General Commander.SPI and its president, Loni Farhi, will coproduce the series with Sarandan Media. The company has acquired tights in Africa, Eastern Europe, ex-Yugoslavia, the CIS and Baltic regions, Latin America, Portugal, Turkey and the Middle East.General Commander follows the missions of a top secret, rogue international paramilitary unit that fights major criminal organisations in a bid to stop World War III.Seagal will star. His previous TV series include Steven Seagal: Lawman and True Justice, both of which he created himself.Bey Logan and Phillipe Martinez are writing the series, with filming begins in Europe and Asia in September ahead of a premiere on Filmbox channels in 2018.SPI is following in the footsteps of European pay TV services such as Canal+, Movistar, Sky and Altice, all of which have moved heavily into international coproduction of high-end drama.The business currently has more than 30 channels operating across five continents, and is now moving into original programming to complement its usual staple of acquisitions.“We have been expanding distribution of the FilmBox movie channel in the CIS, the Baltics, Middle East, Turkey, Africa and across CEE,” said Farhi. “We are now gathering content to launch FilmBox and FilmBox Action in Latin America, India and across other markets.“Coproductions like General Commander and high level content acquisitions are clearly showing our commitment to our channels and the new markets that we are entering.”last_img read more

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By Vedran Vuk Casey Research Exchangetraded fund

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first_imgBy Vedran Vuk, Casey ResearchExchange-traded funds have been all the rage in recent years – they are easy to buy, easy to sell, and often have lower expense ratios than index mutual funds. But the Casey Research team dug deep into the complex world of ETFs and found that in many cases, their names can be utterly deceptive.Here are a few excerpts of our revealing special report, The Top Ten Misleading ETFs.Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (GDXJ) – This ETF sure has a funny definition of a junior mining company. In my opinion, a junior miner is a small, speculative company just getting off the ground. Our publication, Casey International Speculator, specializes in this particular kind of company. If I had to put a number on the market cap, I’d say that junior miners fall under the $500 million mark. If you really want to push the definition to its limits, maybe a market-cap ceiling of $1 billion could still qualify for junior status.Regardless of the exact line of demarcation, most of us can agree that “junior” means “small.” Furthermore, most investors can agree that market caps over a billion dollars are anything but small. A billion isn’t a major, but it’s clearly in mid-tier territory. That said, the Junior Gold Miners ETF’s top 10 holdings are all over a billion dollar or more. The top holding, with 5.23% of assets, even has a market cap of $2.4 billion – that’s not exactly a junior, to say the least, and neither are the other companies on the list:GDXJ was a flawed idea from the very start. Junior miners are necessarily bad choices for bundling into large ETFs. A large market cap ETF funneling funds into tiny mining companies sounds like a bubble waiting to happen. This is one area where carefully selecting individual plays is the only way to go. And this ETF has come no closer to changing that approach.SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) – Since the last two funds had problems with rolling over futures contracts, you might be thinking to yourself, “Well, why not just buy funds that actually hold the underlying assets?” That’s a genius idea… if it were only so simple. Even SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), a fund that holds physical gold, has much hidden in its fine print.At first blush, most investors think that GLD securely protects their gold and that they can retrieve it upon request. Yes, GLD has a giant vault where gold is actually kept. However, exchanging your paper shares for gold is much harder than the click of a mouse that gets you into GLD.First of all, to retrieve the gold one must have special permission – meaning one is either a broker or market maker. And there’s another footnote worth mentioning: Gold can only be redeemed at a minimum of 100,000 shares of GLD, equivalent to 10,000 gold ounces (a little over $17 million at current prices). For the high rollers reading this article, that might mean something. For the average Joe out there, that means you will never be able to redeem your GLD shares for gold. Those shares are nothing more than pieces of paper – or worse yet, electronic bytes in your account.With a closer examination of GLD, even the high rollers are misled by GLD. Deep in the SPDR Gold Shares prospectus, the fund includes an option to redeem gold requests in cash rather than physical metal. So, even if you are holding $17 million in GLD, you still might not receive your gold upon request in the case of a crisis in the gold market.But wait – there’s more. Though GLD seems like any other ETF, it isn’t. GLD is structured as a grantor trust. Hence, the investor doesn’t pay taxes similar to regular ETFs. Instead, the investor pays taxes on the underlying assets – in this case, gold. Unfortunately, gold is taxed for long-term holdings at a higher rate of 28% as a collectible instead of the 15% capital gains tax. What seems like a simple fund actually has a world of complicated specifics in the fine print.iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Eastern Europe Index Fund (ESR) – What do you think of when someone says “Eastern Europe?” The Iron Curtain, stuffed cabbage, kolaches, pierogies… No, besides that. For anyone who’s been asleep for the past few decades, Eastern Europe now has more countries than most can count. In the Balkans alone, there’s Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and even Kosovo… not to the mention all the other countries, such as Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, the Ukraine… and the list goes on.With so many different countries and stock exchanges, an ETF would seem like a perfect way to cover them all. Unfortunately, the MSCI Emerging Market Eastern Europe Index Fund (ESR) will cover none of those countries just mentioned. In fact, the ESR does a better job of covering Russia, with a 76% allocation, than the rest of Eastern Europe – a whole 21% of the fund is invested in Russia’s Gazprom alone.Besides Russia, the fund only holds a couple of other countries including Poland at 16%, the Czech Republic at 4.1%, and Hungary at 3.4%. Though some companies in the fund may serve Eastern Europe, this is hardly what most investors had in mind for an Eastern European ETF. If investors really want a Russian ETF, those are not hard to find.[To find out what the other 7 ETFs are – and whether you might own one yourself – click here for your FREE special report, The Top 10 Misleading ETFs.]last_img read more

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Weve all heard from our elders that Money doesn

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first_imgWe’ve all heard from our elders that “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” It’s simple kitchen table economics: If you want money, you have to work hard for it, earn it, and then you can buy what you feel you can afford. How much easier things would be if we had a money tree, or better yet an orchard, and our only effort would be to pluck off all the cash we wanted. What most people fail to understand is that nearly every country in the world has such a money tree. It is owned and controlled by the government, king, central bank, or whatever they choose to call it. Here in the US, our money tree has been creating a 100-year supply of money every year—and the government is lavishly spending this magic money. By the time you read this, it will be over $4 trillion, up from $800 million a few short years ago. Borrowing is fine. Go ahead and spend more than you take in through tax revenue. You are pledging the work efforts of future generations of your citizens to garner money for you to spend right now. But you will probably be dead before the bill comes due, so you need not worry. This can continue for decades as long as your creditors have faith in your money and ability to repay. Copious borrowing and spending is one of the fun parts of belonging to the government elite. The peasants must believe that you, the owner of the money tree, are acting in their best interest. If you tax them, you must convince them it is for their own good. Whether it is building roads, bridges, providing education or police for their protection, there must be visible symbols that prove you are looking after them. You must not allow competition from any other trees or crops. If your tree produces fancy paper, you cannot allow others to copy your paper to make it look like money. They must face stiff penalties for doing so in order to discourage competition. You cannot allow other fruits like gold or bitcoins to be used as currency; only using money from your tree is allowed. Play by the rules. Like it or not, each owner of a money tree has a vast army to make sure you comply with their rules. Their goal is to protect themselves, even if it is at the expense of the hard-working citizens they are pretending to look after. There are still many legal ways to protect yourself that will allow you to keep the results of your labor. Diversify. While you may always be a “subject” to one or the other government, the best way to protect yourself from their heavy hands is diversification. Own things like gold, silver, farm land, and investments denominated in money from other money trees. Spreading your assets across various forms of money and locations can go a long way to protect your buying power. Use the power and might of your army and police force to protect the system. Flex your muscles regularly as a reminder to all peasants that they need to conform. Confiscation of wealth is an idea that can be easily sold to the masses. After all, what do the rich need all that money for? Redistribution of wealth is part of the rulers’ job. Without the benevolent government to lead, the peasants would never be able to survive. Always remember, you know best what your citizens need. What Is Happening to the Middle Class? The real issue is not that we don’t own a money tree, but rather the abusive behavior of the governments that do. You can look at most countries in the world and make the case that the leaders have abused the system. No matter how much tax revenue they take in, they are incapable of living within their means as everyday citizens do. They always have to spend more. Peek at the US debt clock to see that our leaders have pledged over $1.1 million per citizen of our future earnings to borrow and spend. And the future doesn’t look any better. Our own Bud Conrad has taken data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to show where we’re headed. By the end of this decade, gross federal debt will have reached $30 trillion. Be self-supporting. Don’t get caught up depending on the handouts from the government, or you will become an economic slave for life. Addict the majority of peasants to your handouts. The more dependent you can make the population on your handouts—as opposed to the results of their own work and effort—the easier it is to maintain power. As the old saying goes, “When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on the support of Paul.” Keep the peasants in a perpetual state of fear. Use the media to continually frighten the citizenry—tell them how their very lives are threatened by those who want to conquer and kill them. That way, you have justification for all your many taxes. Peasants will pay dearly to those who offer protection from harm.center_img Who knows for sure what the future will bring? The facts point to inflation, meaning the value of the money from the US money tree will radically drop (and possibly collapse at some point), following the fate of most other fiat currencies throughout history. So What Can We Do? Here are a few guidelines for those of us who don’t own a money tree, or ever will. Think and act independently. There is tremendous social and government pressure to go along with the crowd and see things their way. Survivors don’t get caught up in the hype. You don’t have to have an Ivy League PhD to understand what’s going on; the handwriting is very clear. Get the peasants to fight among themselves. Pit one class against the other. If you have a two-party system, let each blame the other for the problems at hand, even if they essentially both have the same goal: to serve themselves and their most influential members. In that manner, the peasants are less likely to unite and overthrow the king. Establish a vast and vicious army. Your reign is only as good as your army is intimidating. You must discourage others who wish to be king from attacking you and capturing your money tree. Keep the illusion of stability as long as possible. When taxation or borrowing no longer work, it may become necessary to magically create money. The never-ending spending must continue. Inflating the currency, making the value of each piece of paper or trinket worth less is a non-violent choice—so you can pay your debts back with “cheaper” money. Buy physical gold and silver. Gold and silver, throughout history, has been the only real forms of money. When the value of trinkets, shells, and paper collapses, precious metals are the best way to preserve your wealth. Make sure that some of your metals are held in places out of reach of your own, desperate government. While paper may cover rock in the old kids’ game, gold and silver win every time. Investigate all other orchards. If you find that other places in the world have better trees and less draconian rules for their working class, you may want to live there. You only live once, and keeping the fruits of your labor so you can provide for yourself and your family is called sensible economic survival. There are even ways to profit from debt, and nicely so. In the current edition of our monthly newsletter, Miller’s Money Forever,  we recommended a little-known business development company (BDC). BDCs are very similar to venture capital funds; they help grow small companies in the initial stages of their development. BDCs are required to distribute at least 90% of their annual taxable income to shareholders. The particular company we discovered focuses on higher-quality debt instruments and is paying a handsome 7.8% yield. It runs a diversified $371 million portfolio with companies from 23 sectors and subsectors. Over 80% of its portfolio is invested in first-lien senior secured debt. That’s what we like best about it: its conservative approach sets our pick apart from other companies in the private-debt sector. To get into this and other great companies right now, and to discover the best strategies for retirees and income investors to protect and grow their nest egg, consider giving Miller’s Money Forever a risk-free try. Test our newsletter for three months—which includes access to our full portfolio—and if you don’t like what you see, just cancel for a full and prompt refund. Click here to get started. Throughout history governments have had a money tree at their disposal and taken full advantage of it. The fairy tale never has had a happy ending—neither for the peasants nor for the owner of the money tree. The Money Tree Owner’s Manual Buried deep in the vaults of every government, there’s a “Money Tree Owner’s Manual.” Had Edward Snowden shared this information, no country on earth would have offered him asylum. As your humble scribe isn’t seeking asylum anywhere, I’ll share what Snowden couldn’t. Here are the rules: The peasants must believe the money has true value. If they do not believe in it (be it shells, sticks, or fancy pieces of paper), they will not work hard and be satisfied with receiving a piece of paper or trinket in return. Keep your lavish spending out of sight. Peasants do not appreciate working hard and being heavily taxed to support the lavish lifestyle of their feudal overlords. History is full of examples that the symbols of luxury are the first to be destroyed in a revolution.last_img read more

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Interviewed by Louis James Editor International

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first_img(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator)This interview was first published on November 24, 2010.Editor’s Note: If you’ve flown on an airplane in the U.S. in the last ten years, you know that TSA stands for the Transportation Safety Administration. It’s the group of government workers who frisk and interrogate travelers before letting them on a plane.Many Americans think the TSA keeps them safe from terrorists. Casey Research founder Doug Casey has a different view…Louis James: Doug, your favorite group of people, the Transportation Security Agency, have been in the news a lot lately, with their chief being summoned to Capitol Hill to answer for the excesses of his underlings. Today is National Opt-Out Day, when Americans are encouraged to refuse the full-body “porno” scans and the alternative pat-downs. And yet, the TSA is said to have very high approval ratings…as high as 81% in one CBS poll. As straws in the wind go, that does not bode well. What do you make of this?Doug: They’re certainly the face of government that one encounters most often these days. Some newer polls and news stories suggest that support for what they do may be waning, but in general, it’s another sign of the accelerating decline of the American Empire. As Tacitus pointed out in the second century, the more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state. Although it’s also true that the more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws… – CASEY: How to prepare for when money diesThere’s one asset you can own (now widely available in America) that will help protect you and your family from this chaos. Click here to learn more. — Biggest Accounting Fraud Since Enron?Get ready for another accounting scandal… one so big that it could trigger the next major financial crisis in America. According to Jim Rickards, this could be 525 times bigger than Enron. It’s not just employees and investors of a specific company who are in danger… All 300 million American citizens are potential victims of this massive accounting hoax. Click here to find out if you’re in danger. Recommended Links All bureaucracies inevitably become sodden, counterproductive, and centered mainly on their own agendas. But the TSA is on an extraordinarily steep downward trajectory. I suspect that is for several reasons. One is that the TSA is on the “front line,” as they pathetically describe it, of an unnecessary and illusory war on terror, so they’re very sensitive about somehow justifying their existence. Another is that they’re dressed up in uniforms and organized in a paramilitary manner; once you put people in costumes, they become much more obedient chimpanzees. Another is that their employees are actually the dregs of U.S. society. It amazes me that when Congress created it, they found 50,000 people, practically overnight, who thought that getting paid to go through fellow citizens’ dirty underwear at airports was a good deal.This is unskilled labor of the most menial sort. But these are not, by and large, teenagers with no skills; rather, they are middle-aged people who should be able to find some more productive (or at least higher-paying) use for their time. I suppose it was perceived as a step up for those who were Walmart greeters or packing bags at Safeway…although that’s incorrect, because although those are low-paid, unskilled, and unchallenging occupations, they are at least honorable work.And they’ve now expanded the force to 65,000, and they are still hiring: they’ve placed ads on the backs of pizza boxes. These people are truly the bottom of the barrel.L: I’ve just looked it up, and the TSA screener gets paid $10.91-$15.59 per hour. Overtime is up to $23.23, and there are bonuses. I wonder what those are for…Doug: I doubt the bonuses are based on “customer satisfaction.” Though I bet the government benefits are significant, and the fringe benefits are commensurate with government employment. At this point, the average government employee makes about 50% more than a civilian worker. It’s appealing to those who have not bothered to learn a useful trade.But the real problem is psychological. Certain types of people are drawn to certain types of jobs. Only a certain type of person would, for example, become a prison guard. It’s bad enough being sent to prison involuntarily, so what does it say about a person who’ll spend his or her days there, just to be the one with the baton? Many are really bad apples, and the power has, quite predictably, gone to their heads.L: You don’t think any of them think they are actually making people safe; Saving lives?Doug: There might be a few who actually believe that, but that doesn’t mean they are not still, on average, the sort of person who enjoys bullying other people. Actually, the people who are even more contemptible are the members of the chattering classes who cheerlead for the TSA, by saying “Yes, some mistakes are made, some officers are overzealous, or lack common sense, but it’s good and necessary in principle.” That’s totally pernicious nonsense on all levels. It’s a matter of principle that’s in question, something to which they’re completely oblivious.There are many, many recent examples of just how arrogant and abusive these thugs have gotten recently. I just read today about a cancer victim that had a bladder bag…L: Can’t take any liquids through security!Doug: Yes. So they pawed the thing and spilled urine all over the fellow, and he had to travel that way. Another story I read recently was of a woman who had pierced nipples and the TSA removed the rings with some pliers they had lying around, even after the things were identified and were obviously no threat. And there was a six-year-old child who couldn’t walk without a leg brace, but they made him take it off to go through the metal detector.And you better not back-sass your betters today, either…Actually, the TSA serves absolutely no useful purpose. On the one hand, it’s playing into the bad guys’ hands by helping bankrupt the U.S., by death through a thousand cuts. On the other hand, if a bad guy really wanted to do some damage, he’ll just stand in a line with hundreds of others waiting to go through screening, and detonate his carry-on bag there. That will certainly happen.Doug Casey is a multimillionaire speculator and the founder of Casey Research. He literally wrote the book on profiting during economic turmoil. Doug’s book, Crisis Investing, spent multiple weeks as number one on The New York Times best sellers list and was the best-selling financial book of 1980. Doug has been a regular guest on national television, including spots on CNN, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Regis Philbin, Phil Donahue, and NBC News.Doug and his team of analysts write The Casey Report, one of the world’s most respected investment advisories. Each month, The Casey Report provides specific, actionable ideas to help subscribers make money in stocks, bonds, currencies, real estate, and commodities. You can try out The Casey Report risk-free by clicking here.last_img read more

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Mobile App Ingenuity – The Worlds 8 Best Awarded in Abu Dhabi

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first_imgAdvertisement UN based award WSA-mobile wraps up successful edition of world’s top mobile content event in Abu Dhabi. The 8 top mobile apps honored at Grand Gala concluding a 2 days Congress of mobile innovation.Be it flexible business solution MOBIZY from Portugal, citizen orientated service Dubai Police app from the UAE, crisis simulation app Life Saver, create your own game Createrria from Poland, AR tourism experience Ancient Aquilea 3D from Italy, do it yourself reporter app LIFENEWS from Russia, medical translation app Universal Doctor Speaker from Spain or special needs supporting user interface LIVOX from Brazil.The WSA mobile, an award showcasing the smartest mobile services with a social impact globally, has selected the world’s best solutions for content enriched application development for 2015.The 8 WSA mobile Global Champions have been exclusively selected by an on-site Grand Jury of 40 international ICT experts at the WSA-mobile Global Congress held in Abu Dhabi, 1-3 February 2015, hosted by ADSIC (Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre). – Advertisement – Martin Percy, Interactive Film Director at the UK-based company: Lifesaver/Unit 9 showcased the highly beneficial ‘Lifesaver: A New Way To Learn CPR’, which is a crisis simulating app that provides users with essential first aid training on how to deal with an emergency situation such as a heart attack or chocking by teaching basic CPR techniques to users through interactivity and live-action film.Percy said, “Being part of this event has been very exciting and inspiring due to its location in Abu Dhabi, which has been a model for the world in building sustainable economies.”“Moving forward, my dream is to develop a super life saver that would offer more than 12 medical solutions and in several languages, including Arabic.”Carlos Pereira, a Computer Analyst and dad from Brazil who was trying to communicate with his daughter born with cerebral palsy, highlighted the truly inspiring ‘LIVOX’ app, which is an alternative augmentative communication software for people with motoric, cognitive and visual limitations, aiming to ensure that people with deficiencies do not encounter the same obstacles in the digital world as in the real world. LIVOX enables people with disabilities to speak, read, write and understand complex concepts like math.On the sidelines of WSA’s workshops, Pereira expressed, “I’m very happy and thankful to be here today, as I have made many new connections which I hope to turn into business opportunities and subsequently help more disabled people throughout the world.”Enrico Degrassi and Daniele Bulfone from IKON Multimedia – Italy, were showcasing the Ancient Aquileia 3D App which puts archaeologically interesting cultural content on a mobile platform with detailed augmented reality reconstructions of main locations from the ancient Roman city of Aquileia allowing visitors to use their devices as peepholes in time and as interactive video guides.Prof. Peter A. Bruck, Chairman of the World Summit Award Board of Directors commented, “Mobile devices are the closest and most critical things for people in today’s information society. Mobile penetration has already outnumbered the earth’s population. Access to mobile networks is today as important as clean water or basic foods. The challenge is to create exciting content and innovative applications that do more than just meet basic needs of communication. Content, applications and solutions that impact the daily lives of millions and that connect minds in a smart manner.”Peter A. Bruck added, “The WSA mobile Global Congress is the impressive showcase of products from all United Nations member states that make a difference and therefore have been selected by the WSA-mobile jury of global experts from 40 countries. The World Summit award addresses the social impact of mobile content and apps in the context of the UN focus on making the world sustainable and to create a true knowledge society.” The eight 2015 WSA Mobile Global Champions were honored for their pioneering innovation in the field of mobile content during the awards ceremony of the highly acclaimed ICT knowledge-sharing event, WSA mobile Global Congress 2015, which took place at the St. Regis Hotel Abu Dhabi–Corniche, between February 1 and 3.Hosted by ADSIC, the three day event showcased mobile applications from across 178 countries and eight main categories covering a range of key economic, social and business areas, from commerce and government to environment, health and education.Focusing on originality, diversity and creative content, the 48 winning teams were selected by a jury panel of subject-matter experts within the framework of the United Nation’s World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and represented 30 UN member states from the Middle East, Western Europe, North and South America, Africa, Russia, and South and East Asia. The 3 day event witnessed the attendance of more than 400 local and international participants. Overall, 30 speakers shed the spotlight on a number of key m-content issues including excellence in mobile content, ways of supporting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and operational innovation. Commenting on the occasion, H.E Rashed Lahaj Al Mansoori, Director General at ADSIC stated, “ADSIC continually seeks to reinforce its position as a platform for thought leaders and subject-matter experts and proactively contributes to positioning the emirate of Abu Dhabi as an ideal platform to celebrate and honor true innovators. ““The breadth and sheer quality of innovation that was demonstrated during this event is a testament to the Information Society’s ongoing efforts to create new pioneering solutions that cater to all, on every level.”Al Mansoori added, “The successful exchange of insights and global learnings we, in the last three days were both inspirational and motivating, and we are proud to have provided a platform in the heart of the UAE’s capital for this key ICT gathering.” During the three day event, Dr. Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Police Central Operations and H.E Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) were accompanied by H.E Rashed Lahaj Al Mansoori, Director General at ADSIC and toured the Exhibition area, gaining first-hand insights into the mobile apps and solutions that were being showcased by the winners.The visiting guests also toured the ‘Ibtikari’ 2015 booth organized by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED).Other highlights included interactive networking opportunities, innovation pitches from WSA winners, UAE Entrepreneurship Camp with Emirati students and ‘Ibtikari’ 2015, which is an initiative in partnership between the Abu Dhabi-based Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) and WSA that aims to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation by facilitating knowledge transfer between mobile experts and Emirati youth.last_img read more

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Specialist clinics are the most costeffective route for treatment of chronic wounds

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first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 8 2019A study published in PLOS ONE by academics in Australia and the UK, shows that specialist wound management clinics are the most cost-effective route for the care of chronic wounds with better results for patients.The research team includes Dr Rosana Pacella, Head of Research at the University of Chichester, West Sussex, UK as part of an international health economics collaboration including Dr David Brain, and other researchers at the Queensland University of Technology.Chronic wounds are often associated with long-term health conditions. Examples include diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers. The study’s authors identified that, in Australia, the majority of Australians with chronic wounds do not receive best practice care. They found services to be fragmented, with care delivered by a range of healthcare professionals across primary and secondary settings with poor coordination and communication between health care providers.Source research shows that such a disconnected system leads to high costs due to increased healing times, high recurrence rates, complications requiring hospitalization as well as reduced quality of life for the thousands of patients affected by chronic wounds in Australia.In order to address the lack of evidence regarding the cost-effectiveness of a specialist clinic approach to the treatment of chronic wounds, the study evaluated this cost-effectiveness by comparing specialist wound management clinics with usual chronic wound care. The research team used clinical and administrative data, and published research, as part of the study.The results show that on average, specialist clinics were $3,947 cheaper than usual clinics. The results also showed improved quality of life for patients.Dr Pacella commented “Current models of care are inefficient and represent low value care. Specialist wound clinics are a good investment and an efficient use of limited healthcare resources compared to current approaches for the management of chronic wounds in Australia.”She added: “While our focus was on the provision of chronic wound care in Australia, our findings could also apply to health services in other countries. In the UK, wounds impose an economic burden on the NHS. Improved models of care, combined with intensified education and training of health professionals and increased awareness of the impact of chronic wounds, are likely to result in economic benefits and improved patient outcomes in the UK too.”Source: http://www.chi.ac.uk/last_img read more

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Spain backs new tax on internet giants in budget plan

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first_img © 2018 AFP Germany moves to tackle sales tax fraud in e-commerce Citation: Spain backs new tax on internet giants in budget plan (2018, October 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-spain-tax-internet-giants.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The tax, which still requires parliamentary approval, will “modernise tax rules” for 21st-century businesses, Finance Minister Maria Jesus Montero told reporters following a weekly cabinet meeting.It calls for a 3.0 percent tax on online advertising, sales of user data and online platforms.The tax will be levied on companies with annual revenues of over 750 million euros worldwide, and at least 3.0 million in Spain.It has been dubbed the “Google tax” in Spain because it would affect US internet giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon.The tax could also counter the “unfair competition” which e-commerce poses to “traditional commerce”, the minister said.The tax will come into effect once the government’s draft 2019 budget is approved.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s minority government has the support ot its main ally, far-left party Podemos which helped it draw up the budget, but will needs to convince smaller Basque and Catalan regional parties to approve it.The European Union also must still approve the government’s draft budget.EU finance ministers have been wrangling over a controversial proposal to slap a European tax on US tech giants amid concerns that they currently do not pay their fair share.Today’s tax rules were designed for when multinationals developed real assets and operations in different nations, making it relatively clear where taxes were due.But the US tech titans exist almost exclusively in the virtual world, their services piped through apps to smart phones and tablets from designers and data servers oceans away.center_img The new levy has been dubbed the ‘Google tax’ Spain’s socialist government approved Friday a new tax on big internet companies as part of its 2019 budget, hoping to raise up to 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) next year. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Remains of Napoleons OneLegged General Found Under Russian Dance Floor

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first_img A portrait of Charles Etienne Gudin, who fought in Napoleon’s Grande Armée. Credit: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoAncestryThe Story Behind Your Last Name Will Surprise YouAncestryUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmatesSearch For Any High School Yearbook, It’s Free.ClassmatesUndoGundry MD SupplementsTop Cardiologist: This One Thing Will Properly Flush Out Your BowelsGundry MD SupplementsUndo An excavation in a peculiar place — under the foundation of a dance floor in Russia — has uncovered the remains of one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s favorite generals: a one-legged man who was killed by a cannonball more than 200 years ago, news sources report. Gen. Charles Etienne Gudin fought with Napoleon during the failed French invasion of Russia in 1812. On July 6 of this year, an international team of French and Russian archaeologists discovered what are believed to be his remains, in Smolensk, a city about 250 miles (400 kilometers) west of Moscow, according to Reuters.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65920-napoleon-general-found-in-russia.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  After his death at age 44 on Aug. 22, 1812, Gudin got star treatment. His name was inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, his bust was placed at the Palace of Versailles, a Paris street was named after him and, as a sentimental gesture, his heart was removed from his body and placed in a chapel at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. [Photos: Archaeologists Excavate Battlefield from Napoleonic Wars] The researchers said that several clues suggested that the skeleton they found under the dance floor belongs to Gudin, who had known Napoleon since childhood. Both men attended the Military School in Brienne, in France’s Champagne region. Upon hearing of Gudin’s death, Napoleon reportedly cried and ordered that his friend’s name be engraved on the Arc de Triomphe, according to Euronews. Photos: Mass Graves Hold 17th-Century Prisoners of War 19 of the World’s Oldest Photos Reveal a Rare Side of History Photos: A 400-Year-Old War Grave Revealed Records from the 1812 Russian invasion note that Gudin’s battlefield injuries required him to have his left leg amputated below the knee, Euronews reported. Indeed, the skeleton in the coffin was missing its left leg and showed evidence of injury to the right leg — details that were also mentioned in those records, the archaeologists said, according to Reuters. Moreover, it was “with a high degree of probability” that the remains the team uncovered belonged to an aristocrat and a military veteran of both the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, they said, according to Reuters. “It’s a historic moment not only for me, but for I think for our two countries,” French historian and archaeologist Pierre Malinovsky, who helped find the remains, told the Smolensk newspaper Rabochiy Put (Worker’s Journey), according to Reuters. “Napoleon was one of the last people to see him alive, which is very important, and he’s the first general from the Napoleonic period that we have found.” The general has known living descendants, so researchers plan to test the skeleton for DNA. That way, they’ll be able to say for sure whether the remains are those of Gudin. Gudin, however, is hardly the only French fatality recently found in Russia. Earlier this year, scientists did a virtual facial reconstruction of a man in his 20s who was slashed in the face with a saber and died during the invasion of Russia.last_img read more

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