NSW Touch Football wishes to advise that due to excessive rainfall and tidal rises, the 2015 Junior State Cup has been abandoned. This was not a lightly taken decision as it is always our intent to deliver quality events for our participants, families and spectators. As of 6.00am Sunday morning, there are insufficient fields available to safely complete the event in any entirety deserving of this competition. New South Wales Touch Association General Manager, Dean Russell said : “Our sincere apologies to all of the participants, we have tried in our best endeavour to complete the 2015 NSW Junior State Cup however with five days of consistent rain the water no longer has any area to escape to. We thank all parents, coaches, managers, affiliate coordinators, referees and all participants for their patience over the first two days and reiterate that this decision was not taken lightly. Please travel safely home.”Related LinksNSW Junior State Cup
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer offers sympathy to Tottenham counterpart Llorisby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer offered some sympathy to Tottenham counterpart Hugo Lloris after last night’s defeat.Bayern thrashed their Champions League opponents 7-2 in London last night.”What more can one say? He (Serge Gnabry) has done everything superbly,” said Neuer. “I’m a little sorry for Hugo Lloris. He could do nothing and conceded seven home goals. “It’s bitter.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sophomore midfielder Emily Mongno (28) runs with the ball during a game against Detroit on Feb. 13 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won 22-8.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 16 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team broke even over the weekend in California, returning to Columbus with a record of 2-1 after the two-game split.The Buckeyes meant business when they set foot in Berkeley, California, edging out California (0-1) 16-15 in overtime on Friday night. OSU started off strong, scoring the match’s first four goals en route to building a 9-6 lead at halftime. The Buckeyes found their rhythm early and were able to maintain it through the beginning of the second half, scoring four of the first five goals.The game was back-and-forth, but OSU led 15-13 with five minutes left, giving the team some confidence that a win was near. The Buckeyes couldn’t celebrate too soon, though, as the Golden Bears responded with back-to-back goals to tie the score, forcing the game into overtime. Senior attackman Cian Dabrowski has been dubbed a team leader and she showed why a mere 30 seconds into the extra time, scoring the game-winning goal. Dabrowski scored four goals on the day, and senior attackman Rainey Hodgson added four goals and two assists as she continued to make an impact in the attacking end. Sophomore midfielder Molly Wood dominated the game with a career-high 13 draw controls for OSU, as well as two goals and two assists. The Buckeyes led draw controls 21-13 and finished the day with 33 shots.On Sunday, the outcome wasn’t as fortunate for OSU, as the team dropped 18-7 on the road at No. 14 Stanford (2-1). The Cardinal threatened to make it ugly early by opening up a 6-0 lead just seven minutes into the game, but the Buckeyes responded quickly with three straight goals. This made it a close 6-3 score with 14 minutes left in the first.Stanford added two more goals to OSU’s one, making it a 9-4 Cardinal lead at halftime. Stanford continued its offensive dominance as it scored the first two goals of the second half, before Wood and Dabrowski scored back-to-back goals to make it 13-6 with 20 minutes on the clock. There wasn’t much action left for the duration of the game, as the scored ended at 18-7 in favor of the Cardinal.Senior goalkeeper Katie Frederick had her first loss of the season, making four saves with nine goals against. Abigail Wise, sophomore goalkeeper, made two saves in 38 minutes of relief work.The Buckeye co-captain duo of Dabrowski and Hodgson combined for five goals and one assist on the day. Despite the offensive efforts, the Cardinal still managed to hold a 28-15 shot advantage.Defensively, the Buckeyes forced eight Stanford turnovers to OSU’s five, although it wasn’t enough to secure a win. The Scarlet and Gray are next set to return home to face Duquesne on Feb. 28 in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at 2 p.m.
OSU junior attacker Austin Shanks (11) during a game against Michigan on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorSenior attacker Carter Brown’s three goals on Sunday were not enough, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-8, 1-3) lost to No. 5 Maryland (11-2, 4-0) by a score 10-8 in College Park, Maryland.Brown continued his hot play of late, scoring three goals to follow up his two-goal, two-assist performance against Michigan on April 16 in the Showdown in the Shoe.The loss is part of a roller-coaster season for OSU in which the Buckeyes won five of their first six games, lost six in a row, then won in front of more than 20,000 fans against Michigan last week.Maryland started the day’s scoring when junior attacker Matt Rambo recorded his first of two goals to give the Terrapins the early lead.OSU responded when senior midfielder Jarret Hassfeld scored his first of two goals in the game and first of the season to even up the score.After a second goal by Maryland, OSU went on a 4-1 run, capped by a goal from sophomore midfielder Trevor Hodgins to take a 5-3 lead early in the second quarter.Maryland flipped the switch, though, and rattled off seven straight goals to take a 10-5 lead in the third quarter. Senior midfielder Bryan Cole and junior midfielder Colin Heacock scored two goals apiece during the run. The second goal was Heacock’s 30th on the season, a team-high for Maryland.OSU went on a 3-0 run to cut the lead to 10-8, the third being Brown’s third goal of the game with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter. However, senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr and the Maryland defense clamped down in the time remaining, sealing in the Maryland win.Bernlohr had six saves on the day, while OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey had eight.The Buckeyes won 11 of 19 faceoffs in the game, but nine OSU turnovers led to a time-of-possession advantage for the Terrapins.The loss brings the Scarlet and Gray’s record to 1-3 in the Big Ten going into their final game of the season against Rutgers.Penn State also has a 1-3 record but holds the tiebreaker over the Buckeyes because of the Nittany Lions’ head-to-head win in April.With only one spot left up for grabs in the Big Ten tournament, OSU will need a win against Rutgers and Penn State to lose against Michigan on Saturday.The game against Rutgers is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Columbus.
Two nail-biters were enough for Ohio State. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten title Sunday, 90-61, in blowout fashion over Minnesota and asserted themselves as the Big Ten’s best team. It was something the Buckeyes have waited months to prove. “I think it was just about us coming together and playing as a team,” David Lighty said. “No one being bigger than the team or bigger than one another. That was the one thing that helped us win the championship.”Evan Turner finished off a tournament that may have solidified his standing as the country’s top player. After his last-minute heroics against Michigan and a never-say-die mentality in double overtime against Illinois, he finished the tournament in a business-like fashion. His 31 points, six assists and 11 rebounds capped his weekend and earned him the tournament MVP.“When the time called for it, I just tried to step up and make plays,” Turner said. “Coach [Thad] Matta really told me take over when I could, and stuff like that. Like I said, this is tournament ball; it’s all about play-makers.“It’s not too much about half-court offense or anything. You just try and make plays, and the team who’s in attack mode and the team that’s trying to win is going to win,” he said.The Buckeyes spent the second half of both games prior to Sunday holding on for dear life as Michigan and Illinois pushed them to the limit. On Sunday, however, they finally showed why they were the No. 1 seed in the tournament. OSU immediately came out and began pushing Minnesota to play at a faster pace. The Buckeyes went up 11 before the Gophers responded and pushed the game back to a two-point margin at 42-40. Both Michigan and Illinois made runs to get back in the game this weekend when the Buckeyes pushed their lead to a wide margin, but the Buckeyes weren’t going to make that mistake again. Instead they began to play as if their tournament life was on the line. Ohio State didn’t wait for Minnesota to respond, and pushed its slim, four-point lead into the 20s by making 12 straight shots, and it didn’t miss from the field for eight minutes and 22 seconds. “I think as a unit we got hot, we made our run,” Turner said. “Once we got a couple points ahead, we didn’t want to let them back, just kept trying to hit shots and trying to get defensive stops.”The Buckeyes used a 20-0 run on Saturday to come back from a double-digit deficit against Illinois, and they used a similar 20-5 run to eliminate Minnesota. Turner made big plays, but it was the eldest member of Ohio State, junior David Lighty, who took over during the spurt and scored nine points. He finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. “He’s been here before,” William Buford said of Lighty. “I’ve never been here before, so I just feed off of David. What he tells me to do, I do. He’s a good team player and he’s a good leader.”It looked as if Ohio State was determined to finish off the Gophers without a buzzer-beater or overtime. In a matter of minutes, the game was over. Matta said at halftime he didn’t even touch the clipboard but instead knew from that point on it was more about mind and heart than anything else. It looks like the Buckeyes finally knew it too.
Ohio State freshman forward Sara Saekkinen (25) drives the puck down the ice in their game against Minnesota on Jan 26. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s hockey team will travel to St. Cloud State this weekend where it hopes to snap a five-game losing streak and regain NCAA tournament positioning with a season sweep against the Huskies.Despite being in last place in the WCHA, St. Cloud State (8-18-2, 3-14 WCHA) lost by only one goal in its two previous 3-2 losses against the No. 9 Buckeyes (15-11, 9-9 WCHA) in Columbus on Nov. 2 and 3.“They have the two most superior goaltenders in the country,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “[Janine] Alder’s their backbone to their team.”St. Cloud State junior goalie Janine Alder has the highest save percentage in the WCHA at .940 and played for the Swiss national team in the past two Winter Olympics, receiving a bronze medal for her contributions in 2014.The Buckeyes have been outscored 30-10 during their five-game drought, putting them at odds against a goalie in Alder, who is coming off a season-high 50 saves against No. 1 Wisconsin.“We’ve been struggling to get the puck in the net,” Ohio State senior forward Madison Field said. “We don’t need to focus too much on their goalie. We know she’s a good goalie; our whole league has good goalies.”Only the top eight teams qualify for the NCAA tournament, which is often decided through the Pairwise rankings. Ohio State currently is tied for No. 8 in the league, which means it has the potential to be on the outside looking in, but Muzerall said she isn’t harping on it to her players.“We know that these two games are extremely important for us,” Muzerall said. “I’m not talking about it too much now because I think they know, and the pressure’s already weighing in on them.”Ohio State boasts a Swiss Olympic goalie of its own in freshman Andrea Braendli, who played alongside Alder in 2018, but has also given up 14 goals in her past seven periods.Muzerall said Braendli is expected to get back in the rhythm against a St. Cloud State offense that has put up just 1.93 goals per game on the season, tied for 11th fewest in the NCAA.“Hopefully that motivates Andrea that she’s going to be competing against her Swiss nemesis, as they are No. 1 and No. 2 in Switzerland,” Muzerall said.St. Cloud State sophomore goalie Emma Polusny has split games with Alder all year, with 13 starts on the season to Alder’s 15.In her freshman season, Polusny set single-season Huskies records with four shutouts and a 2.20 goals-against average to go along with a top 10 NCAA save percentage at .934. Despite having given up eight more goals than Alder in two fewer games this year, Polusny’s play has yielded better team results. Her 5-7-1 season record is favorable to Alder’s, which, at 3-11-1, gives her the lowest winning percentage in the WCHA.St. Cloud State jumped out to a 2-0 lead at Ohio State in their Nov. 2 matchup, before a pair of goals from Field and another from sophomore forward Emma Maltais gave the Buckeyes the ultimate edge. However, overcoming early deficits has not been Ohio State’s strong suit of late, having allowed single periods of four, five and six goals during its losing skid.Despite a 5-7 away record this season, Field said the Buckeyes enjoy playing on the road at St. Cloud State.“We do like playing on that Olympic-sized sheet,” Field said. “I think we can play that to our advantage. We can use our speed.”Ohio State junior forward Olivia Soares said the veterans are largely responsible for displaying a heightened intensity and sense of urgency at this late stage in the season.“For our newcomers, we’re trying to implement for them to understand that every weekend’s a playoff from now on,” Soares said. “It’s an important time to shift.”Game One begins at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota, with a 4:07 p.m. puck drop on Friday.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge pass British Prime Minister Theresa May as they attend the Men’s Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018, in London, England.Getty ImagesKate Middleton was not always surrounded by guards. At one point, she was a commoner too, doing summer jobs. It was during this time that a prank was played on the Duchess of Cambridge that had left her mortified.Cal Tomlinson, one of Kate’s colleagues during her summertime at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, recalls the prank in the book Kate: The Future Queen, written by the royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl.Kate Middleton’s duties in the marina involved cleaning the decks, greeting guests and giving them safety demonstrations. It was during one of these demonstrations, Kate was completely caught by surprise as a staff had rigged her life vest with condoms. As she inflated the vest, the condoms were everywhere around her leaving her to feel “very embarrassed” in front of stunned guests. Kate Middleton, Duchess of CambridgeGetty Images”When she pulled the toggle, the thing inflated and a load of condoms fell out,” Cal recalls how the incident happened. “She was mortified and very embarrassed,” he further added. That the incident had left a deep impact on the Duchess’s life, remembered Cal. “She was angry at first, but she settled down, and I don’t remember her ever getting them back,” he pointed out how the Duchess responded. Following that summer Kate went onto attend college.In the University of St Andrews, she met Prince William and it was in Fife, Scotland in 2001 did she make a pact with the Prince of secretly marrying each other.Though Express has found out that Nicholl later contended in her 2011 book, The Royal Romance, did Prince William and Kate Middleton makes a secret pact of marrying each other after their second major break up.”I suppose what none of us knew was that she and William had actually made a secret pact to be married way back in 2007, after they got together after their second major break-up. And we know that this is a couple who are very good at keeping secrets. So really, Kate had the last laugh, because she’s got her prince,” Nicholl contended in the book.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Guests sailing aboard Silver Spirit’s 91-day Grand Inaugural Voyage this month are set to enjoy an exclusive evening of entertainment when multiple Grammy Award-nominee Michael Feinstein takes to the stage. The performance will follow a gala bon voyage dinner to be held aboard Silver Spirit in Fort Lauderdale on January 20, the day before the ship embarks on an expansive journey exploring over 20 countries and 45 ports throughout the Americas — for the very first time.“Every detail of Silver Spirit’s Grand Inaugural Voyage has been designed with a highly discerning and experienced traveler in mind, and we want the onboard entertainment experience to be of equally exceptional caliber,” said Christian Sauleau, Silversea’s executive vice president of vessel operations. “We’re delighted to have such an extraordinary performer as Michael Feinstein on hand to help us celebrate the launch of our new flagship and what is sure to be the voyage of a lifetime for our guests.”An outstanding vocalist and pianist, Michael Feinstein is arguably the single most knowledgeable and dedicated musical anthropologist and archivist the Great American Songbook has ever known. Renowned for finding “lost,” older songs and breathing new life into them, his repertoire includes songs by such great songwriters as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, and Duke Ellington.His 150 plus shows a year have included Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and major concert halls, as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. At his nightclub in Manhattan, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, a showcase for top-drawer cabaret performers, Feinstein plays to a sold-out crowd. The Sinatra Project – his new CD from Concord Records which celebrates the musical sensibilities of “Old Blue Eyes” – earned Feinstein his fifth Grammy Award nomination in 2009. He is currently preparing the PBS-TV series “Michael Feinstein’s American Popular Song” – to start airing in 2010 – in which Feinstein discovers treasures of the Great American Songbook around the world.The newest addition to Silversea’s ultra-luxury, six-ship fleet, Silver Spirit debuted in Europe in December and will host several days of inaugural activities in Fort Lauderdale when the 540-guest, all-suite ship arrives on January 19. Among the highlights is the Christening Ceremony scheduled to take place on January 21.Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit — all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company’s itineraries encompass all seven continents.In the U.S., Silversea has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and rated Number-One luxury cruise line by high-net-worth consumers in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI). International awards include “Best Innovation in Products and Services” from the Italian Innovazione Marketing Oggi Awards (2009); “World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line” from World Travel Awards (2009); “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2009); “Number One” small-ship line in the Readers’ Choice” survey conducted by Britain’s Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2007); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Spain’s Cruceros & Destinos magazine (2008); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (2009); and “Best Luxury Cruise Operator” according to Asia’s Travel Weekly (2008).www.silversea.com
Peter BazalgetteTV industry veteran Sir Peter Bazalgette will become non-executive chairman of ITV from early May, succeeding Archie Norman who is stepping down after a six-year tenure.Bazalgette has been a non-executive director of UK-listed commercial broadcaster ITV since June 2013. A stalwart of the UK TV business, he has served as chairman of Endemol UK and chief creative officer of Endemol Group.He is personally credited with creating the Ready Steady Cook and Changing Rooms formats, and with bringing Big Brother to the UK.Bazalgette has also been a non-exec director at Channel 4 and at the UK Department of Culture Media and Sport. He is also president of the Royal Television Society.He said today: “As I have seen for myself over the last few years, ITV has gone through a remarkable resurgence during Archie’s chairmanship and there is still so much more that we can achieve.“This is an incredibly exciting time for everyone in the media sector with change happening at an unprecedented rate, and I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Adam and the management team. TV is my first love.”ITV has enjoyed a change in fortunes with Norman as chair and Adam Crozier as CEO, and has expanded aggressively internationally. Speaking about Bazalgette’s appointment, Crozier said: “ITV is now clearly in a much stronger position creatively, commercially and financially than when we started out and we’re in great shape to take on the many opportunities and challenges ahead.“I’m really pleased that Peter, with his huge wealth of experience in television and the wider creative industries, will be with us as Chairman as we continue to grow and strengthen the business in the UK and internationally.”Norman joined ITV in 2009. A former Conservative Member of Parliament he was credited with turning around the fortunes of the Asda supermarket. He said today: “The last six years has been undoubtedly challenging but also extremely rewarding and enjoyable, and an experience I would not have missed for the world.“The ITV I am leaving has a great track record, brilliant people and enormous potential for future growth. I leave it in the very best of hands.”Outside of TV Bazalgette is chair of Arts Council England and on the board of ad agency BBH.
In addition to getting flashlights, bottled water and food, hurricane preparation these days includes stockpiling apps on your phone. For those in the path of Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina, having the right apps can be lifeline during and after the storm. Here are some apps — mostly free — that are useful to download if you’re in a hurricane zone:For immediate assistance:Crowdsource Rescue – Emergency phone lines, like 9-1-1, can get overwhelmed with calls during storms, and this app helps with the rescue efforts through the concept of “neighbors rescuing neighbors.” The app was developed by Matthew Marchetti and Nate Larson as Harvey hit Houston too quickly to connect professional first-responders and vetted volunteers with all those in need of help. The app uses GPS tracking and allows civilian volunteers, such as those who may have a boat, to sign in and help evacuate others in the area. For shelter:Harmany – This app was created in 2017 after hurricanes Harvey and Irma to connect people in need of temporary shelters with those who want to provide it during emergencies and evacuation events. On the app, hosts can easily turn on and off their shelter spaces and evacuees can do a shelter search to find the best places to suit their needs. Harmany also provides in-app alerts and notifications for severe weather, fire, and other dangerous events.Airbnb — Through a program called OpenHomes Airbnb allows hosts to offer extra space for free to those in need of temporary housing. Airbnb then helps hosts by verifying, screening and checking guests, reimbursing hosts for any property damage, and providing phone support. Airbnb activated the OpenHomes program in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia for Hurricane Florence. These free listings will be available until October 1. For updates:Weather Underground – This app provides hyper-local forecasts and current conditions from local weather stations with customizable alerts. It also allows users to report local weather and hazards to help inform others in the community. The map interface is interactive, allowing users to choose different layers to view elements such as rain accumulation, crowd reports, and satellite images. It also allows users to track storms. FEMA – This app provides real-time alerts from the National Weather Service, helps users locate emergency shelters and disaster recovery centers and includes various safety tips to help people stay safe during a natural disaster. It allows users to register for disaster assistance online and share photos through FEMA’s disaster reporter. This app is available in both English and Spanish.Hurricane by the American Red Cross — This app allows users to monitor conditions in their area and let family and friends know they’re okay with the use of a customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text. The app includes a map where users can track the hurricane’s path and find Red Cross shelters in the area. If you don’t have data connectivity, the app also provides users step-by-step instructions of what to do before/during/after the storm. It also comes with a Hurricane Toolkit, with a strobe light, flashlight and audible alerts.iHeartRadio—For those who want to follow along with local news stations to get the latest updates, or who are radio nerds like us, this app will ensure that you can continue access broadcasts, so long as you have service. For communication:FireChat – No cell service? No internet? No problem. FireChat is a free messaging app that works without either of these things, relying on mesh networks instead. However, Bluetooth and WiFi still need to be turned on, even if access isn’t available, in order for this app to work. In the app, users can create private groups of up to 50 people or create public chat rooms using hashtags.Zello — Currently trending on Google Play and hitting the number one spot on the Apple App Store’s “free” apps, Zello is a push-to-talk app, sort of like a walkie-talkie. Unlike walkie-talkies, there are no limits to the number of users or channels. It’s available worldwide, wherever there’s WiFi or data service, and can be used like a two-way radio to communicate with family members or rescuers.Nextdoor – This is a locally driven app that keeps users informed about what’s going on in their neighborhood and connects them with their neighbors. The app provides a secure environment where all neighbors are verified, and was used during Hurricane Harvey. In the app, neighbors can discuss evacuation routes, flood levels, or ask for help from their neighbors, even when other emergency communication methods such as 9-1-1 are down. WhatsApp – During hurricanes or storms, telecommunication services can be limited, but WhatsApp connects to the internet to send messages between phones so that you can stay in touch with friends, family, and loved ones throughout the storm. It also allows you to do free voice and video calls. Glympse — This is a real-time location-sharing app that allows users to share their exact whereabouts with others, such as rescue groups. Local News Apps — Those in Hurricane Florence’s path can look up and download local news apps in order to get more local updates and information on the storm. (The WUNC app, for example).For supplies: GasBuddy – Normally, users can use the GasBuddy app to find the closest and cheapest gas stations in their area. However, GasBuddy has recently activated its fuel availability tracker so that residents in affected hurricane areas can find gas more easily. The tracker can differentiate between stations that have no power, limited fuel options, or no fuel, as opposed to those that have both fuel and power. These services can also be found outside the app here: http://tracker.gasbuddy.com.For well-being: Red Cross Apps – Red Cross offers a variety of apps that can be useful during hurricanes and other natural disasters. In addition to their Hurricane app, it has a Flood app that educates people on how to prepare for floods. In case of injury, they also have a First Aid app that informs users on how to handle common first aid emergencies (they even have one for pet emergencies).Headspace: Meditation — Meditating can be one form of self-care to relieve stress and stay calm. This app provides guided meditation sessions, and even includes an SOS feature for moments of panic, anxiety or stress. The app comes with a free trial before they start charging a subscription fee. Looking for a free alternative? Another option for a mindfulness app is Calm, which includes over 100 guided meditations and music geared to help you focus, relax and sleep.Amanda Morris is an intern on NPR’s National Desk. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
The new work and pensions secretary has suggested the government’s pledge to halve the disability employment gap will face lengthy delays, after he said he wanted to spend a “few years” testing how to achieve the target.Stephen Crabb, who was appointed after the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith in March, was giving evidence for the first time to the Commons work and pensions select committee.Tory ministers have repeatedly referred to their commitment to halving the gap of about 30 percentage points between the employment rates of disabled people (less than 50 per cent) and non-disabled people (about 80 per cent).Halving the gap would mean finding jobs for more than one million more disabled people.Last year’s general election manifesto said a Conservative government would “aim to halve the disability employment gap”, one of just eight mentions of the words “disabled” or “disability” in the 84-page document.Labour MP Neil Coyle (pictured during the session), a former director of Disability Rights UK, asked Crabb what “milestones” he would use to measure the success of the “very welcome and ambitious manifesto commitment” to halve the disability employment gap, when the proportion of working-age disabled people in work had fallen over the last six years.Disability Rights UK has stressed the importance of setting milestones, in its submission to the committee’s inquiry into halving the gap, pointing out that “interim targets could be expected to drive institutional change and it could be expected that the government would wish to know if it was on track”.But Crabb said that rather than setting interim targets for narrowing the gap, he wanted instead to focus on what policies might prove successful.He said that 150,000 more disabled people were in work in the last year, but if the number of non-disabled people in work had also risen “there is no closing of the gap”.He said he did not think that setting out interim targets towards achieving the aim of halving the gap was “the more helpful approach”, and added: “The more helpful approach I think is testing what works and building the evidence base for how we do that and that’s what I want to spend the next few years really focusing on.”He appeared then to criticise the approach of his predecessor as work and pensions secretary, by adding: “I don’t know that whatever has gone on before has really built a strong evidence base for supporting people with disabilities and health conditions into work.”Crabb told the committee that he wanted to “take a step back” from previous plans to publish a white paper with “firm legislative proposals” on supporting disabled people into work.Instead, he said, there would be a “much more discursive green paper that starts to reframe the issue and points the way towards more meaningful long-term reform”.And he said he wanted to “restart conversations with disability organisations and disabled people themselves about how best as a government we can work with them to close the disability employment gap”.When Crabb said later in the session that DWP would provide more disability experts in jobcentres, Coyle asked him to clarify what this increase meant, as the number of disability employment advisers fell by a fifth in the last parliament.In another criticism of the Duncan Smith regime, Crabb said DWP would be placing another 500 disability employment advisers into jobcentres across the country, which he said was “a significant step forward”.He said: “Whatever decisions happened in the last parliament, that was then.“I’m pretty clear in my mind, whether it’s by employing more of our own people as disability specialists or partnering with expert organisations, we need to get more expertise under the roof of Jobcentre Pluses, in terms of how we support people with sicknesses and disabilities, and addictions as well.”A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said later that there was “no plan to abandon the target” of halving the disability employment gap.He said: “It is a long-term ambition, and the secretary of state was re-affirming government’s commitment to reducing the gap.”
–shares Madison Square Garden to Explore Splitting Into Two Companies Next Article Add to Queue Register Now » Image credit: littleny | Shutterstock.com Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Madison Square Garden Trends 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters October 28, 2014 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Madison Square Garden Co, which owns the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, said Monday it is considering a plan to separate its entertainment business from its media and sports business to create two publicly traded companies.Shares of the company rose 14 percent in after-market trade.The company said the live entertainment division would be an event and venue management company, while the sports and media unit would run sports teams and regional sports television networks.”Investors favor companies with greater strategic focus on their core businesses,” Chief Executive Officer Tad Smith said in a statement.Madison Square Garden said its shareholders would own shares in both the new companies if it goes ahead with the spin-off. The company said the idea had been under consideration internally since July.The company also said its board authorized a plan to buy back Class A shares of up to $500 million.”We are very pleased that MSG’s board of directors and management have committed to pursue a plan to enhance value for all MSG shareholders through the combination of a share repurchase program and contemplated business spin-off…We look forward to the full and timely implementation of these plans,” JAT Capital Management LP said in an email to Reuters.JAT has a 9.36 percent stake in the company as of Sept. 22.The company said it has not set a timetable for the completion of the potential spin-off.Madison Square Garden hired LionTree Advisors as financial adviser for the separation.Madison Square Garden also nominated activist investor Nelson Peltz of Trian Fund management LP and Scott Sperling of private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP to join its board.Madison Square Garden shares closed at $65.78 on the Nasdaq on Monday.(Reporting by Soham Chatterjee in Bangalore and Greg Roumeliotis in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
Disney Next Article And they’ve already got a spectacular planned for this holiday season. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals –shares Image credit: The Disney Blog via engadget Disney Can Fly Drones After Unblocking Its Parks’ No-fly Zones Add to Queue 2 min read Register Now » David Lumb Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Engadget Contributing Editor For their high price of admission, Disneyland and Disney World offer park-wide immersion and entertainment capped off with nightly shows and seasonal fireworks. Back in 2014, they applied for patents to augment these spectaculars with drones to carry screens or light pyrotechnics themselves. Today, they’ve finally gotten permission from the FAA to light up their happiest skies with UAVs, and already have shows planned for this winter. But getting there meant getting a special exception for the no-fly zone over its Florida park Disney got in the books a decade ago.That ban, acquired in the post-9/11 days when the Magic Kingdom lobbied for safety, hasn’t been extended to any of the other 400 amusement parks in the US. But as the Washington Post reported, Disney began lobbying the FAA to relax those rules, and allow it to fly drones during a fireworks show, with several employees monitoring dozens of autonomous drones. The agency’s exemption only applies until November 2020, and can be rescinded at any time. While it’s unclear what the parks plan to do with the drones, they released a teaser video for their first UAV spectacular to go up this holiday season: November 9, 2016
How Data Quality Affects Good Marketing Decisions Margarita NahatakyanJune 26, 2019, 9:00 amJune 25, 2019 As marketers, we get disappointed and frustrated whenever we launch a campaign that does not really succeed. Most of the time we get emails bouncing back into our inboxes, or worst, we get direct emails being sent back. Having our marketing campaigns backfire is sadly a common occurrence. We all go through this. However, it does not have to be this way. We can now invest all our time, funds and efforts, to high-quality data. Most of us spend years investing in bad quality data. We never really knew how quality data could affect marketing decisions. This is why we’re here to show you how top-quality data can greatly impact our organizations.We know where high – quality leads or customers are coming from.When we try to measure our awareness metrics, we usually opt to rely on the number of followers we have on social media platforms or how many visits our websites have in a day. However, we can’t rely on these numbers alone. Although helpful, this information does not really contribute much when it comes to business objectives.When we have top quality data, we get to see where our leads are most likely to be converted into existing customers. With good website visitor analytics, we can find out what traffic sources are producing converted leads. This way, we get to focus our time, funds and efforts on that specific traffic source. Good data also allows us to use our web analytics marketing tools – we not only get to see how effective our websites are but also how effective our marketing campaigns are.We get to see how engaged our customers are.With good quality data, we as marketers can determine how engaged our customers are with us. All this can be measured through how much time they spend on our websites, email open rates, and click-through-rates. We also get to see our content engagement rates. We can then determine which blog posts or subject matters engage our customers the most.We find out if our customers are happy.If we’ve recorded high-quality data we get to determine if our customers are happy or not. Most of the time, customer retention costs less than attracting and converting them. With accurate data, we get to see how we can keep our current customers. One of the best questions to ask your consumers to your customers is this, “Would you recommend our organization to others?”From their answers, we can determine if they are happy or not. If they are not, at least we know that we have things that need improvement. If they are happy, good. Let’s keep doing what we are doing.In a nutshell, when we gain high quality and accurate data, we can make key marketing decisions. When we know where our customers are coming from, we know what traffic sources to invest in more and which ones we need to improve. Knowing how engaged our consumers are can also help us in making better decisions. We get to see what posts or articles they view more and do more of those contents. When we know what makes our consumers happy, we gain an advantage for higher sales too. Customer retention is essential for any business. Since our customers want and need a change from time to time, finding out if they are happy with our products and services can sometimes be difficult. However, it is absolutely worth all the effort. When we know what makes them happy, we can align our marketing campaigns and the products we offer to those wants. We can offer them services or products according to their wants – which simply means they would not be able to say no.Read more: 4 Ways to Improve Customer Engagement Across All Channels customer engagementcustomer retentionData QualityMarketing DecisionsVisitor Analyticswebsite analytics Previous ArticleFormulus Black Partners with Looker to Improve Data Science Team ProductivityNext ArticleTechBytes with Frank Palermo, Global Head of Digital Solutions at Virtusa
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 9 2019The hygiene hypothesis says increased sanitation in industrialized countries has led to increases in asthmaThe hygiene hypothesis may explain why asthma and other allergic airway diseases have dramatically increased over the past decades in industrialized countries. The hypothesis suggests that decreased exposure to microbial products in our cleaner homes and environments — due to improved sanitation or no longer growing up on farms — is the main driver of increased allergic airway disease.But how could less exposure to infectious agents or parasites lead to more asthma? Research published in the journal Immunity by Beatriz León, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests an answer. León and colleagues describe a mechanism in a mouse model of asthma that supports the hygiene hypothesis — they found that infant mice need a higher exposure to a bacterial endotoxin, compared to adult mice, to avoid developing asthma-like reactions to house dust mites.Without the higher levels of the microbial lipopolysaccharide, or LPS, the infant mice developed allergic airway disease after repeated exposure to house dust mite, or HDM, allergen, and this window of susceptibility for allergic airway disease was open only while the mice were the equivalent ages of human infants and toddlers. The UAB researchers have detailed the mechanism underlying this window of susceptibility, which may then inform research into human disease.”When we know the mechanism, then we perhaps can intervene,” said León, assistant professor in the UAB Department of Microbiology.About 10 percent of U.S. school-aged children now have asthma, and almost all began developing the disease in very early childhood, before age 5. Asthma is marked by inflammation, spasms of the muscles around the airways and excess mucus secretion that obstruct the airways and make breathing difficult. The most common form, atopic asthma, is triggered by inhaled allergens like house dust mites, animal dander, fungal spores, and plant or tree pollen.In the mouse model, airway exposure to HDM triggers the disease. Interestingly, it was known that if HDM was given simultaneously with a dose of bacterial LPS — one of the most immunogenic substances known — the mice did not develop asthma-like disease.León and the UAB researchers took that observation further. They found that the amounts of LPS needed to prevent HDM asthma differed greatly between very young mice and adult mice. A low dose of LPS, in combination with the HDM, was sufficient to prevent asthma in adult mice; but that low dose did not prevent asthma in infant mice. Instead, very young mice needed 10 times as much LPS to prevent the HDM asthma. These different thresholds for suppression of disease by LPS led the researchers through a long series of experiments to unravel the mechanism causing this difference.Related StoriesStudy finds slime and biofilm hidden in hospital sinks, faucetsScientists study immune molecules inside mycetoma grainsCommon cold virus strain could be a breakthrough in bladder cancer treatmentThe story is complex because immune responses in mammals involve a complicated chain of cell-to-cell contacts among immune cells, migration of some of those immune cells throughout the body, and intricate “cross-talk” among cells using small protein signaling compounds called cytokines that interact with cell receptors.The end point for HDM asthma is the activation of naïve T-cells into pathogenic T helper 2 cells that cause inflammation in the airways. However, the researchers found that the different infant and adult responses to LPS was not due to any difference between the T-cells of the infants or adults. Instead, the different response was located upstream.In adult mice challenged with HDM and a low dose of LPS, migratory dendritic cells — immune cells that process the antigens from allergens or infectious microbes and present them to T-cells — was associated with upregulation the transcription factor T-bet in the dendritic cells, which caused production of the signaling compound interleukin-12. As a consequence of the interleukin, naïve T-cells interacting with the migratory dendritic cells in the adult mice upregulated the transcription factor T-bet, and that step precluded differentiation of the T-cells into inflammatory T helper 2 cells and thus prevented a subsequent pathogenic allergic response.In contrast, the migratory dendritic cells from infant mice failed to upregulate T-bet and interleukin-12 in low-LPS conditions. Thus, the naïve T-cells interacting with the migratory dendritic cells in infants failed to receive the suppressive interleukin-12 signals and did not upregulate T-bet. Without the T-bet, the T-cells fully differentiated into pathogenic T helper 2 cells.The different responses of the migratory dendritic cells turned out to be due to another cell signaling protein — tumor necrosis factor alpha. Adults rapidly produced that cytokine in response to the low-dose LPS sensitization, while infant mice had an impaired ability to produce the tumor necrosis factor alpha in response to LPS. The source of the tumor necrosis factor alpha was not specified in the UAB study, but indirect evidence points to some type of white blood cells in the lung.”Collectively,” León said, “our data demonstrate that LPS prevents T helper 2-dependent allergic responses with different thresholds in adults and infants; as such, a high content of LPS in airborne house-dust is required to mediate protection from allergic airway disease, specifically during infancy. Our data, therefore, provide a plausible mechanism underlying the higher susceptibility to allergic airway inflammation observed in children raised in uber-clean and sanitized environments.”Source: https://www.uab.edu/news/research/item/10077-mechanism-for-impaired-allergic-inflammation-in-infants-may-explain-hygiene-hypothesis
Source:https://www.nature.com/articles/s41564-018-0337-x Gut microbes Coprococcus and Dialister are markedly lower among those suffering from depression, 3D illustration. Image Credit: Kateryna Kon By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDFeb 4 2019The human gut contains trillions of bacteria that form the gut microbiome or microbiota. A new research has linked the composition of this gut microbiome and depressive disorder. The study titled, “The neuroactive potential of the human gut microbiota in quality of life and depression,” was published in the latest issue of the journal Nature Microbiology this week. The study led by M. Valles-Colomer used DNA sequencing to look at the composition of microbes in the gut. They analyzed the gut microbiota of over 1,000 people from their feces samples. The participants were part of the Belgium’s Flemish Gut Flora Project. The team then connected the microbiome composition of the participants with the quality of life and other factors in the participants. They used self reported and physician supplied diagnosis of depression among the participants and associated it with the gut microbial picture. The data was then validated from another cohort of 1,063 participants of the Netherlands’ LifeLines DEEP project. The final results from all the data collected was used to connect the microbiome of the gut and the functions of the central nervous system.Related StoriesPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingLead researcher Jeroen Raes, from the department of Microbiology and Immunology at Flanders Institute for Biotechnology and the Catholic University of Leuven said, “The notion that microbial metabolites can interact with our brain — and thus behaviour and feelings — is intriguing… Until now, most of the studies were or in mice or in small-scale human studies, with mixed and contradictory results.”Results revealed that presence of two groups of bacteria, Coprococcus and Dialister were markedly lower among those suffering from depression. Both these groups of bacteria have anti-inflammatory properties. Raes said, “We also know that neuro-inflammation is important in depression. So, our hypothesis is that somehow these two are linked.”They noted that the gut microbiome indeed played a role in breaking down the metabolic product of the neurotransmitter Dopamine. This product is called 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid. This is one of the strongest evidence that connect gut microbiome and human brain function says the researchers. Although they agree that only a correlation has been found and not a cause and effect relationship. More research is needed to come to conclusions they add.According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are 300 million people diagnosed with depressive illness across the globe. If a connection between gut microbiome and depression could be established, new avenues of therapy and management could open up believe experts. Raes said, “This paves the way for treatments in depression. One option is novel, next-generation probiotics. I really think there is a future in this: using cocktails of human-derived bacteria as treatment? – bugs as drugs, as they say.”
Explore further Citation: Netflix CFO leaving TV streaming titan (2018, August 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-netflix-cfo-tv-streaming-titan.html Netflix chief financial officer David Wells on Monday announced plans to hand his job off to a successor and then focus on philanthropy. © 2018 AFP Wells has worked at the online television streaming titan for 14 years, the last eight of those as its top financial executive.Wells has been with 21-year-old Netflix as it has grown into the world’s first global television service and changed viewing habits with the introduction of “binge-viewing.””I’m very proud of everything we’ve accomplished,” Wells said in a release.”After discussing my desire to make a change with Reed, we agreed that with Netflix’s strong financial position and exciting growth plans, this is the right time for us to help identify the next financial leader for the company.”He noted that he would remain at Netflix until a new CFO is in place, intending the next phase of his life to focus more on philanthropy.”David has been a valuable partner to Netflix and to me,” said co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings.”He skillfully managed our finances during a phase of dramatic growth that has allowed us to create and bring amazing entertainment to our members all over the world while also delivering outstanding returns to our investors.”US households are dropping their traditional pay TV packages at a faster rate than in the past amid a rise in streaming video services like Netflix, a survey showed in July.The report by the research firm eMarketer found the number of “cord-cutters” who have cancelled pay TV service will climb 32.8 percent this year to 33 million.The drop comes with more households turning to online services like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and Hulu for on-demand video.Netflix shares plunged last month after the leading streaming television service said subscriber growth fell short of expectations in the recently ended quarter.Membership in the quarter grew 5.2 million to a total of 130 million, matching the same period last year but a million shy of what Netflix had forecast, according to a letter released along with earnings figures.Netflix shares lost a fraction of a percent more to $343.34 in early afternoon trading on Monday. Netflix chief financial officer David Wells is stepping down Netflix effect: Cord-cutting accelerates in US market This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Citation: Intel announces Israel expansion government values at $10 bn (2019, January 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-intel-israel-expansion-values-bn.html Intel, which already employs nearly 13,000 staff in Israel, either directly or through its autonomous technology subsidiary Mobileye, has announced a major expansion the government values at some $10 billion dollars Intel to pump $6 bn into Israel Explore further © 2019 AFP Intel said Tuesday it is expanding its operations in Israel, where government ministers said the US computer chipmaker will invest some 10 billion dollars in a new plant. “Intel today announced it will submit a business plan to the government of Israel for continued investment in the company’s Kiryat Gat manufacturing site,” a statement from Intel’s Israeli representatives said.Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said late Monday he was informed by Intel of their decision “to invest another 40 billion shekels, an unprecedented decision expected to bring thousands of jobs to the south.”Economy Minister Eli Cohen said Intel had chosen to “build its most advanced plant here in Israel.”Last year, Intel had already decided on a $5 billion upgrade to the site in Kiryat Gat, a small city in southern Israel. In 2017, Intel closed a $15 billion deal to buy Israeli autonomous technology firm Mobileye, the country’s biggest cross-border high-tech deal ever.The Silicon Valley giant currently employs 11,700 people in Israel in its Kiryat Gat plant and development centres across the country, in addition to 1,170 Mobileye staff.Intel’s exports from Israel reached $4 billion in 2018, according to the company. 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.