first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Cardinals went all out, sitting Erickson in their office to sign a real NFL deal as a graphic of Erickson on the television screen flashed behind him — he’d previously taken team photos alongside Fitzgerald and defensive end Chandler Jones. With his contract official, Erickson then hit the field, scoring a touchdown off a run play courtesy of a textbook Fitzgerald block.To remember the adventure to Arizona, Erickson went home with the pen he signed the contract with, a ton of gear and, of course, the memories of meeting a non-elk named Fitz. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 6 Comments   Share   center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Seven-year-old Tennyson Erickson grew up on a farm in South Dakota, but he didn’t feel far from the Arizona Cardinals.His room is filled with Cardinals memorabilia and his family’s elk was named after his favorite player, receiver Larry Fitzgerald. But Erickson, who is battling leukemia, got closer to the Cardinals than he ever imagined when his wish was granted by Fitzgerald and the team.SportsCenter’s “My Wish” segment featured on Tuesday followed Tennyson on a trip to the Cardinals’ training facility in Tempe, where he met Fitzgerald in person, signed a player’s contract with Arizona president Michael Bidwill and suited up to run with the team during mini-camp.last_img read more

first_imgBarclays has doubled its subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) investment fund for UK TV producers to £200 million (€225 million), after reporting “exceptional demand”.BBC drama, Black Earth RisingBarclays Corporate Banking said that it has already paid out more than £100 million to production companies in the 18 months since its initial £100m fund has been active.To date it has backed projects including Drama Republic’s BBC and Netflix co-production Black Earth Rising, towards which Barclays contributed £17.5 million. It has also supported Lime Pictures’ teen drama, Free Rein, which is available on Netflix, and funded a series of Octonauts specials, the pre-school animation series from Silvergate Media.“We’re seeing more and more SVOD activity and an increasing need for tailored financing that meets the specific needs of both the production company and the subscription service,” said Lorraine Ruckstuhl, head of media at Barclays Corporate Banking.“With more SVOD platforms on the way and a growing focus on original content, demand is set to increase further and finance providers will have to keep innovating to meet changing funding requirements.”Barclays is offering a range of funding products to support UK TV production – from individual project-based loans, to receivable purchases and wider multi-project funding facilities for larger production companies.The initial £100m fund was launched in March 2017 to respond to the changes in how original programming is financed due to the rise of subscription services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.Barclays identified that payment from subscription services is often spread over a longer term than when content is delivered to a broadcaster. The idea of its fund was to help companies to borrow over a longer period, helping them develop more ideas and new programming, benefitting both producer and distributor.Drama Republic’s financial controller, Denis Wray, said: “Barclays understands the financial challenges associated with high-end drama production financed in large part by an SVOD licence.“For Black Earth Rising, the borrowing profile was steep and the repayment tail was longer than the UK industry was used to. As partners, Barclays are supportive of their producers, aware of the risks and challenges that we navigate on a daily basis, knowledgeable, ready to listen and available to help when required.”last_img read more

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Confidence to a six year high *  Lots of data *  China removes excess *  It’s already been a year And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A lot to think about… Good day.and welcome to not only a Monday morning but also the last week in July. As Chris mentioned on Friday, I’ll be back behind the wheel this week but it’s still tough to believe the dog days of summer are upon us. It’s shaping up to be a busy week in all respects as we’re shorthanded on the desk so the phones will be busy but we also have a lot of digest data wise which could translate into some choppy times ahead. With that said, let’s jump right in and take a look. Friday turned out to be a quiet day as economic data was hard to come by and most investors had already thrown in the towel for the weekend. Not only that, but this week is going to be a big one as we have quite a few heavy hitting reports that should steal the spot light and give the talking heads plenty to debate. Friday started off with the dollar slightly down and held firmly in the 81 handle. It was a mixed bag of nuts for currency returns on Friday, but most traded within a fairly tight range. If we take a look at the only bit of data, the final revision to the July U. of Michigan confidence report did get adjusted to the upside by posting a reading of 85.1. This was higher than the initial estimate of 84 and climbed to the highest level in six years, which comes of no surprise given the strength of the stock market and a housing market showing some life. As we’ve said many times in the past, these confidence reports are heavily influenced by the stock market, so the headline number can get skewed from time to time. Since that’s often the case, I usually like to pull the layers back and see the reports within the report. While the index of current conditions rose to a six year high, the index of expectations six months out were a bit lower on prospects of higher borrowing costs. Other than that, most of the component reports were positive since consumers feel more wealthy as a result of higher home and stock prices. As a point of reference, the index is inching closer to the average of 89, which was last seen in the five years leading up to the recession. On the flip side, the gauge averaged 64.2 during the recession. The sheer volume of data this week compared to last week is night and day. Just to give you an idea, it only took one page to list all of the economic data last week, but it takes three pages to view everything for this week. I guess you can say triple the action should triple the fun. Anyway, we kick it all off this morning nice and slow with June’s pending home sales and the Dallas area manufacturing report. Again, the housing market has been burning brighter lately so I don’t expect much, but the experts are calling for somewhat of a moderation on pending sales. As for the Dallas Fed report, it’s supposed to fall in line with most of the other regions and show some expansion. Jumping ahead and highlighting some reports to look for, we’ll see the July employment numbers (both ADP and the all important national change in nonfarm payrolls), the first reading of second quarter GDP, the FOMC meeting, the July national manufacturing number, as well as June’s factory orders. There are a bunch more so I just wanted to give you a taste, but we’ll take a look at all of them as they arrive. As always, we have the unforeseen wildcards if any of the Fed heads decide to offer their opinions but it’s going to be a data dominant week. I found some comments from the IMF last week that said the Fed will need to effectively communicate its strategy to exit from the massive monetary stimulus while avoiding excessive volatility in interest rates. I think they were referring to the last FOMC meeting when Bernanke initially sounded hawkish as far as the stimulus policy is concerned but had to later back off a bit since treasury yields shot through the roof. In other words, think first about what’s going to come out of your mouth and say what you mean. I also saw some words from an analyst at BNY Mellon that has summed up the past several weeks fairly nice. Samarjit Shankar said that we find ourselves in an environment where subpar numbers in US activity and inflation are being viewed as a positive for risk appetite as they further postpone an eventual withdrawal of liquidity by the way of the Fed’s tapering of its asset purchase program. Hence, a co-existence once again of a general drift lower in US Treasury yields and the slight rebound in risk assets for now. As I mentioned earlier, the dollar finished both the day and the week lower on anticipation the Fed will emphasize its intent on keeping interest rates low for quite some time. In fact, the dollar index fell to the lowest level in over a month and was really pushed lower after the minutes of the Fed’s June meeting were released on July 10. The big winner on Friday was the Japanese yen as it finished the day up over 1% and was really the only currency that showed any life. Chris already talked about this, but the higher inflation number in Japan is what had investors jumping for joy. Once the dust began to settle, some analysts are hesitant about getting too excited as a big part of the increase was due to a 9.8% gain in utility costs, namely electricity, and a 6.4% rise in gas prices. Higher wages have yet to become a factor and will be needed to fuel a consumption led recovery. In the end, I think the market is barking up the wrong tree as it pertains to a moderation of stimulus at any point in the foreseeable future. At the end of the day, the yen did rise into the 97 handle but settled into mid 98. The Australian dollar was in second place but was only up a fraction of a percent. There wasn’t anything new so it was merely trading counter to the US dollar. I saw where the markets are pricing in a 70% chance that we’ll see a rate cut next month but what happens if they don’t. There are so many that are on the same side of the trade, that a pause by the RBA could send the Aussie quite a bit higher. With that said, its a big if. By contrast, the New Zealand central bank is expected to keep rates on hold until mid 2014, at which point we could see a rate hike. While we’re in Asia, let’s hit on China. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced plans to cut excess production capacity to help ease into a more sustainable economic growth structure, which includes a reduction in the cement, steel, copper, and aluminum industries. While growth has been a concern, it’s still moving along at a 7.5% clip, but the government has said it will act if it gets close to or dips below the line in the sand of 7%. We’ve seen many reports over the years all but calling for a collapse in the Chinese economy, but we’ve yet to see it and I don’t think that we will. A moderation such as what we have seen, yes. But an all out collapse, I just don’t see it. Jumping over to Europe, we had July consumer confidence in France, the eurozone’s second largest economy, increase from record lows as the near term outlook showed some improvement. With that said, unemployment running at record highs and austerity measures still in place will keep a lid on this for quite a while. We also had the one year anniversary of Draghi’s pledge to do whatever it takes, which really turned the tide for not only the currency but also the debt market. Bond yields have come down so much over the past year and has gone a long way in preventing a boiling over effect. Don’t get me wrong here. There is still a lot to worry about in Europe, but Draghi did his job by keeping the wheels on the track. I saw where Axel Merk, of Merk investments, said the euro has the potential to rise to 1.40 this year and 1.50 next year on the basis where ECB monetary policy is tighter than the Fed. In any event, the cries for a breakup of the euro have been thrown to the back of the closet and the euro has risen about 10% since last year. As I came in this morning, everything is trading right around where I left them on Friday afternoon. The dollar is pointing ever so slightly downward so far this morning with most of the currencies sitting right on the breakeven mark. Gold and silver have slight gains so far and the yen broke back into the 97 handle. Other than that, we’ll see what today’s data will bring us but as I mentioned, there is a lot for the markets to digest this week so we might need to tighten up the seat belts. For What It’s Worth. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag that a much-discussed second haircut for Greek debt isn’t going to happen. “One thing is clear: There will be no second debt haircut for Athens,” he said. The eurozone will provide help as long as Greece fulfills obligations to narrow its budget deficit, he said. To recap.Economic data was few and far between last week, but we’re packed to the brim this week. We did see the U. of Michigan confidence report rise to a six year high in July since the equity markets have been en fuego. All eyes will be focused on the FOMC meeting and the July jobs numbers to fix the odds for tapering in September. It was quiet last week, but we could see some rough waters this week with all of the data. The dollar fell to the lowest level in over a month and the yen broke into the 97 handle on thoughts additional stimulus might not be needed. China is trying to remove capacity and its already been a year since Draghi declared Whatever It Takes. Currencies today 7/29/13. American Style: A$ .9245, kiwi .8077, C$ .9733, euro 1.3277, sterling 1.5377, Swiss $1.0780, . European Style: rand 9.8298, krone 5.9195, SEK 6.4594, forint 224.42, zloty 3.1857, koruna 19.5139, RUB 32.7854, yen 97.89, sing 1.2668, HKD 7.7570, INR 59.42, China 6.1705, pesos 12.6967, BRL 2.2562, Dollar Index 81.62, Oil $104.84, 10-year 2.55%, Silver $20.10, Platinum $1,435.15, Palladium $728.95, and Gold. $1,334.79 That’s it for today.I hope you had a chance to enjoy your weekend. It was an unbelievable weekend weather wise here in St. Louis with sunny skies and highs in the low 80s. I guess if it was like this all year round, the cost of living would be twice as much. I spent most of my weekend working and taking care of my little girl, but I did manage to get outside and take the dog for a run. The Cards didn’t have a very good weekend as they got swept by the Braves, but there’s no time to sulk since we follow that up with a big series with the Pirates. Like I mentioned, Ty is out all week so we’ll be functioning with a man down. With that said, I need to get this show on the road. Until tomorrow, Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

first_img 4 min read –shares Health Insurance Guest Writer Open Enrollment: An Important Moment for America’s Self-Employed Apply Now » Small Business Experts Rhett Buttle and Katie Vlietstra Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Image credit: Caiaimage/Chris Cross | Getty Images Despite the partisan bickering in Washington, D.C. over the future of health care, millions of Americans will soon be making decisions regarding their health insurance plans and coverage during the upcoming open enrollment season. This year, the open enrollment period at is shorter than usual and only runs from November 1 through December 15, 2017. While politicians debate the Affordable Care Act (ACA), self-employed Americans and entrepreneurs should be focused on what the current law means for them and their family. Now is an important time to review current health care needs and insurance plans and evaluate any changes to prescription drug coverage or other necessary benefits unique to a particular situation.With all the news about health care, it may be difficult for the American public and the small business community, including the growing 27 million self-employed entrepreneurs and micro-businesses, to decipher exactly what is happening with health care and available options. The most important thing to know right now is that you can still access health care plans on the individual marketplace. The bottom-line: now is the time to start thinking about your current plan and the potential health care options as open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplaces is just around the corner.Related: Single-Payer Health Insurance Could Help Would-be Entrepreneurs Quit Their Jobs to Pursue Their DreamsBefore the ACA, the self-employed had limited options when it came to health insurance, but under the ACA, these entrepreneurs have better options for coverage, often at a more affordable price. A 2017 U.S. Treasury Department report showed one in five customers benefitting from the marketplace was a small business owner or a self-employed individual. As a self-employed small business or similar entity considering purchasing your health coverage this year through the Health Insurance Marketplace, it is important to have the necessary information.Here are some of top things you need to know.The Health Insurance Marketplace is now in full swing — and closes on December 15. Because the enrollment period is much shorter, you must decide on a health care plan before the deadline. You cannot count on automatic enrollment of your current plan this year because automatic enrollment does not occur until after December 15 and could potentially lock you into an unwanted plan. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can go to and shop for coverage or choose to work with a registered agent or broker. If you need in-person assistance in enrolling, free expert help is available by calling 1-800-318-2596 or online at of the current consumer protections will continue to apply as part of the coverage found on the Marketplace. For example, you can’t be turned away because of a pre-existing condition or charged more because you are a women, and many plans will include provisions known as Essential Health Benefits, which cover things such as maternity care and other benefits that may be important for a particular circumstance.Related: Tax Cuts Are Not the Help Entrepreneurs Need to Grow the EconomyFor entrepreneurs who already have health insurance on the Marketplace, this may be your chance to shop for a better, more cost-effective plan. The options in your area may have changed this year, so don’t assume the available plans are the same as last year. By just doing a little research, you may find a plan that is better fit for you and your family. You may even qualify for a tax credit to help afford coverage.Through the implementation of the ACA, over 20 million Americans have been able to access health care insurance. America continues to be stronger today because of everyone has obtained critical coverage from the law. While it does need work to strengthen it, over a million self-employed individuals have now benefited from the freedom to choose the plan that is most convenient and inexpensive for them. The ACA provides access, flexibility and high-quality care that the American public and small business community deserve to have — and the peace of mind that comes with having health insurance to allow you to focus on what matters — growing your business. More than a million self-employed people have purchased insurance through the Affordable Care Act. November 11, 2017 Add to Queuelast_img read more

first_imgTechnology Amazon Just Bought a Video-Game Company Amazon increasingly wants to be your everything: where you buy toilet paper, watch movies and — it hopes — where you will go for online games.The Seattle-based tech juggernaut has acquired Double Helix Games, the maker of video games like Killer Instinct, according to an emailed statement from Amazon.Related: Game On: China Lifts 14-Year Ban on Video Game ConsolesIrvine, Calif.-based Double Helix Games has been around for close to two decades and is the result of the merger of two legendary gaming shops: Shiny Entertainment, which made games like Earthworm Jim, Sacrifice, MDK and Enter the Matrix; and The Collective, which made games like Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.“Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,” said Rena Lunak, an Amazon spokesperson, in an emailed statement. Lunak would not respond to questions as to how much the deal was worth or where a conjoined staff would be headquartered.Related: Zynga Makes Its Biggest Buy Yet, Announces Fresh Round of LayoffsNeither would Lunak respond to an inquiry as to why Amazon would make this purchase. That said, Amazon has been rumored to be gearing up to release its own gaming console.The online retail giant does have a gaming arm and hires gaming staff in Seattle, San Francisco and Irvine. Late last year, Amazon Game Studios released a game called “Air Patriots,” a defense game that is optimized for mobile devices. Related: 3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Video Games Next Article 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC Catherine Clifford –shares Add to Queue February 6, 2014 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgBlueshift, the leading Customer Data Activation Platform (CDAP), released “The Total Economic Impact of Blueshift,” a Forrester Consulting study that examines the business benefits and cost savings enterprises can realize by deploying its AI-based platform to deliver more relevant and timely one-to-one personalized messages across channels. This independent Total Economic Impact (TEI) study finds that with Blueshift companies can realize $128 million in incremental revenue over three years and a total ROI of 781%. New Total Economic Impact Study Finds Blueshift Delivers 781% Return on Investment (ROI) PRNewswireJune 5, 2019, 10:29 pmJune 5, 2019 To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with this investment, Forrester interviewed four Blueshift customers across eCommerce, consumer finance, and online learning. Forrester used their proven Total Economic Impact methodology to create an unbiased assessment of the real benefits experienced by Blueshift customers. Based on a composite organization of the four interviewed customers, Forrester found that by using Blueshift to consolidate all customer data and using AI to make it actionable companies experience the following benefits: Independent Research Shows How Blueshift’s Customer Data Activation Platform Drives Incremental Revenue through AI-Powered Targeting and Cross-Channel Coordinationcenter_img $81M incremental revenue from AI-powered targeting and real-time interactions20% increase in website revenue from cross-channel messaging consistency60% increase in click through rates$35M incremental revenue from streamlined work and automation$12M incremental revenue from improved cross-channel customer engagementMarketing Technology News: How to Solve Latin America’s E-Commerce ProblemThe senior director of CRM at a consumer finance platform told Forrester: “Getting all the customer signals in one place and being quick and responsive to those signals to manage customer touchpoints across channels was key to our success. We could not have gotten where we are without Blueshift. We wouldn’t have the revenue numbers we achieved. It’s exciting to be able to really use the data to drive positive customer responses and to drive revenue.”While interviewing Blueshift customers, Forrester also confirmed non-quantifiable benefits, including:Marketing teams were elevated within their companies because they were delivering higher revenues and contributing more to the bottom line.Blueshift spurred innovation and cross-team collaboration as teams could now test new creative approaches to improve customer experiences and extended Blueshift beyond marketing.Scalability and customization empowered marketing to embrace change and meet growing customer demands.Blueshift consolidates all data into a single customer view, providing marketers with a deeper understanding of customers so they can better serve their needs.Marketing Technology News: Credorax Launches Smart 3D Secure Solution in Partnership With NetceteraPrior to using Blueshift, customers found that their one-size-fits-all communications weren’t resonating with customers. While they gathered customer data from multiple touchpoints, but data remained siloed and underused in improving customer engagement. Their limited-functionality of former solutions would not scale with growing demands and limited their progress.“At Blueshift, we have always believed that successful customer data activation builds winning brands,” said Vijay Chittoor, Blueshift Co-Founder and CEO. “Brands that put their customer data to work intelligently across every channel not only drive delightful customer experience, but also see strong revenue growth. We are thrilled to help our customers unlock the full potential of their data, using AI, and realize positive business impact.”Marketing Technology News: Nielsen Launches Global Measurement For YouTube Mobile App AIBlueshiftCustomer Data Activation PlatformForrester ConsultingMarketing TechnologyNewsTotal Economic Impact Previous ArticleCognitiveScale Expands Relationship with Microsoft through Deeper Product IntegrationNext ArticleCybeReady Commended by Frost & Sullivan for Boosting Organisations’ Resilience to Phishing Attackslast_img read more

first_img Source:Queensland University of Technology Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 7 2019Dr Parker’s presentation on the assessment tool and its potential to help curb the $4 billion annual cost of treating chronic wounds received the top award at the CRC Association Collaborate Innovate 2019 Conference last week. Related StoriesCoffee may boost weight loss, concludes studyBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysDr Parker’s presentation focused on a case study of a woman who had endured a venous leg ulcer for 15 years, but, she says, further research has focused on all types of wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers which are also hard to heal.”Until you’ve had one, most people don’t realize the financial and social cost to the patient from wounds that do not heal,” she said.”The woman in my case study had had a chronic wound for more than 15 years, not the same wound but she had never been without a wound in all that time.”She had even been asked to leave a coffee shop owing to the amount of ooze and smell coming from her wound.”Consequently she no longer meets friends at coffee shops and has sometimes been unable to pay to attend senior citizens’ outings due to the costs of dressings, appointments and medications.”Dr Parker said venous ulcers made up 70 per cent of all leg ulcers.”Veins can be damaged as we age but 25 per cent of people with chronic wounds are under 65 and this has a significant impact on their ability to work and quality of life. People who spend a lot of time on their feet, such as nurses and hairdressers, can be prone to venous leg ulcers.”The risk assessment tool has already been developed into a computer and mobile application. Dr Parker is leading validation of the tool in the UK, Vienna and New Zealand, and it has been used to guide research in Canada.Dr Parker’s research on validating the tool was published in the International Wound Journal.The development of the tool was discussed in this validation:Parker, Christina N., Finlayson, Kathleen J., & Edwards, Helen E. (2017) Predicting the likelihood of delayed venous leg ulcer healing and recurrence: Development and reliability testing of risk assessment tools. Ostomy Wound Management, 63(10), pp. 16-33.center_img The tool is simple. It collects variables, such as the patient’s age, the area of the wound, whether high compression stockings or bandages are used, to predict with 80 per cent accuracy which wounds need extra early intervention or to be referred to a specialist. This early intervention guides appropriate wound management and saves time and resources, and can reduce patients’ pain, distress and lifestyle limitations.”Dr Parker, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUTlast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 21 2019Young gay and bisexual men are frequent users of alkyl nitrites, or poppers, but few show signs of addiction, risky consumption habits or other psychosocial problems, a study shows.A survey of more than 800 men aged 18 to 35 found little evidence of typical dependency characteristics, including health, social, legal and financial problems, and no correlation between popper use and mental health or psychological stress.Dr Daniel Demant, public health researcher at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), conducted the study and said he welcomed the decision by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to step back from prohibiting poppers. The TGA instead elected to classify them as a Schedule 3 drug, available over the counter in pharmacies from February 2020.Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchAn interim decision by the TGA in 2018 recommended poppers be classed as a prohibited substance, in the same category as methamphetamine and heroin, which would have made “overnight criminals” of the estimated 100,000 plus Australian users.”What we see with this research is that poppers are a very commonly used drug in the LGBT community, both recently and over their lifetime,” Dr Demant said.”Most of the users are already oppressed or marginalised based on their social identity as gay or bisexual men. This creates a question as to whether there would have been a discriminatory element in banning a substance with such a low risk profile.”Banning a substance that is used by so many people would create a new class of criminals, basically overnight.”Currently, poppers are available on prescription from pharmacies, but they are more commonly bought illicitly, in sex-on-premises venues and LGBT bars. A vial containing 25-30mL of the clear, strong-smelling fluid, possibly labelled as “VHS tape cleaner”, “leather cleaner” or “room deodoriser”, sells for up to $50, despite costing a couple of cents to manufacture.The new TGA decision to regulate poppers rather than banning them hopefully paves the way for some measure of quality control as well as the removal of the “extreme profit margin” that exists now, Dr Demant said.Dr Demant said that with poppers becoming a pharmacy-only medicine, safety standards would have to be met and pharmacy staff could provide guidance in cases where poppers might react badly with users’ other medications, particularly Viagra.”We could stop pretending that poppers are sold for anything other than getting people high. And once we do offer it in pharmacies, we would have something made to the highest standards for people to use.”The paper ‘Harmless? A hierarchical analysis of poppers use among young gay and bisexual men’, by Dr Daniel Demant and Dr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios, is published in Drug and Alcohol Review. Source:University of Technology SydneyJournal reference:Demant, D. et al. (2019) Harmless? A hierarchical analysis of poppers use among young gay and bisexual men. Drug and Alcohol Review. read more

first_img Kumar Abhishek Sonebhadra | Uttar PradeshJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 18:25 IST Nine people were shot dead in Sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh over a land dispute on Wednesday. (ANI)HIGHLIGHTSNine people were shot dead in a clash between villagers and gram pradhanDispute involves a plot of 90 bighas of land in Sonebhadra’s Ubha districtFour women are among deceased, more than 20 others injuredNine people including four women were shot dead in a clash over land dispute in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonebhadr district today. The incident took place in Ubha village of the district where villagers clashed with the gram pradhan, whose supporters opened fire at the other side.More than 20 people are injured. Some of the injured persons are said to be in serious condition. Police have reached the spot. Police said nine bodies were brought to the district hospital till 4 pm. The death toll may go up.We can’t tell exact numbers as of now. Nine persons have been brought to district hospital. Some are injured and some are dead, Sonebhadra district magistrate Ankit Kumar Agarwal told reporters.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sought report from the local administration on the incident. He issued directive to officials to ensure adequate medical care of those injured in the firing incident.The chief minister directed the directed the director general of police to personally monitor the Sonebhadra firing case and ensure strict action against the culprits.According to available information, the two sides fought over 90 bigha of land that the gram pradhan had purchased two years ago. The gram pradhan today reached the spot to take possession of the land. The villagers opposed it leading to clash.Some of the men accompanying the gram pradhan opened fire at the villagers killing nine of them. Two persons have been arrested, police said.Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav blamed the BJP government for the Sonebhadra killing alleging that it has surrendered before the land mafia. He demanded a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for the kin of those killed in Sonebhadra.One more massacre under the BJP government that has surrendered before criminals. Killing of nine people by land mafia over a land dispute in Sonebhadra is a symbol of terror and oppression. The families of the deceased should be given Rs 20 lakh each as compensation. The government should take strict action against the culprits, tweeted Akhilesh Yadav.For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrabhash Kumar Dutta Uttar Pradesh: 9 shot dead in land dispute in Sonebhadra, CM Yogi Adityanath seeks reportSupporters of gram pradhan opened fire at villagers who had clashed with him over a land dispute in Sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_imgDecember 13, 2018 COMMENT Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL TRS vote share increases to 47 per cent, up from 34 per cent in 2014 Eighty-nine per cent or 106 of the 119 Legislators elected to the Telangana Assembly are crorepatis. At the same time, 61 per cent or 73 of them have a criminal record.Basedon the sworn affidavits filed by the MLAs, an analysis by the Telangana Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) shows the average value of legislators’ assets is ₹15.71 crore.On criminal record, 40 per cent or 47 MLAs had serious criminal cases registered against them.In comparison, in the maiden State Assembly in 2014, 56 per cent or 67 MLAs had declared criminal cases against, and about 39 per cent or 46 of them had serious criminal records such as attempt to murder or crimes against women.Financial statusIn the 2014 Assembly, the number and percentage of crorepatis was 83 or 70 per cent. This has increased to 106 or 89 per cent in the 119-member House now.A total of 83 or 94 per cent of the elected 88 members of the ruling TRS fall into the category.In comparison, 14 or 74 per cent of the elected 19 MLAs of the Congress; 5 out of 7 or 71 per cent from the MIM were crorepatis, the report said.The number of affluent seems to have grown in the TRS, where it has risen from 65 per cent in 2014 to 94 per cent in 2018.In the Congress, there is a fall from 81 per cent to 74 per cent, while it is static for the AIMIM and a decline for the TDP from 87 per cent to 50 per cent.A significant feature was the rise in the average asset size of a legislators. It has nearly doubled from ₹7.70 crore in 2014 to ₹15.51 crore in 2018. If 51 per cent of the legislators had an average asset size of ₹5 crore and above, about 24 per cent were between ₹2-5 crore, the report revealed.Average asset sizesParty-wise, the average asset size of the 88 TRS legislators stood at ₹14.64 crore, while it was ₹26.14 crore for the Congress and ₹10.84 crore for the AIMIM.Three MLAs — Kotamireddy Rajgopal Reddy, Congress from Nalgonda’s Munugode with ₹314 crore (both movable and immovable); Marri Janardhan Reddy, TRS from Nagarkurnool constituency of the same district at ₹161 crore and Kandala Upender Reddy, Congress of Palair constituency in Khammam with ₹91 crore — were among the top.At the lower end, were Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri, AIMIM of Yakutpura with assets of ₹19 lakh; Ravi Shankar Sunke, TRS from Choppadandi, Karimnagar district with ₹20 lakh and Athram Sakku, Congress from Asifabad of Kumaram Bheem Asifabad district with ₹27 lakh.Criminal recordGoing party-wise, the ruling TRS has shown a slight decline in the percentage of MLAs with declared criminal cases from 65 per cent to 57 per cent between 2014 and 2018. For the Congress, it was more than doubled from 33 per cent to 74 per cent; for the TDP it was up from 60 per cent to 100 per cent and in the case of AIMIM it was up from 71 per cent to 86 per cent.With respect to serious criminal cases, about 34 of the 88 elected legislators or 39 per cent declared.In the case of Congress, it was nine out of the 19 elected or 47 per cent, and two out of seven MLAs or 29 per cent for the AIMIM. The lone BJP legislator and one out of the two TDP legislators have also declared serious cases. TRS promises Rythu Bandhu across country SHAREcenter_img politics RELATED KCR takes oath as Telangana CM for second consecutive term Telangana With Thumping win at home, KCR set to don national role COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgPakistan will not open airspace until India withdraws fighter jets from IAF forward airbasesPakistan had completely shut its airspace for Indian flights after the Balakot airstrikes on February 26 in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.advertisement Next Press Trust of India IslamabadJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 19:03 IST Pakistan PM Imran Khan. (Image: Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan has said it will not open its airspace for Indian commercial flightsThe airspace was shut after Balakot airstrikes on Feb 26Pakistan has said until India removes its fighter jets from IAF forward airbases, it would remain shutPakistan has told India that it will not open its airspace for commercial flights until New Delhi removes its fighter jets from forward IAF airbases, Pakistan’s Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat has informed a Parliamentary committee.Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir.Aviation Secretary Nusrat, who is also the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), on Thursday informed the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation that his department has intimated Indian officials that Pakistani airspace would remain unavailable for use by India until the country withdraws its fighter jets from forward positions, Dawn News reported.”The Indian government approached asking us to open the airspace. We conveyed our concerns that first India must withdraw its fighter planes placed forward,” Nusrat told the committee.This is probably the first time a senior Pakistani official has publicly stated Islamabad’s precondition for reopening its airspace after the Balakot air strikes.He further apprised the committee that Indian officials have contacted Pakistan requesting it to lift the airspace restrictions.”However, Indian officials have been told that Indian airbases are still laden with fighter jets and Pakistan will not allow resumption of flight operations from India until their removal,” said Nusrat.Last month, the CAA had extended the airspace ban till July 12. It had earlier extended the airspace restriction until June 30.After the restrictions, all the passenger flights are being diverted to alternative routes by India, The Express Tribune reported.The CAA official also contested India’s claim that Delhi had opened its airspace for Pakistan, the report said.”Pakistani flights from Thailand have not been restored since the closure of the Indian airspace. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights for Malaysia also remain suspended,” the CAA DG informed the committee.Last month, Pakistan gave special permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP flight to use its airspace for his official trip to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.However Prime Minister Modi’s VVIP aircraft avoided flying over Pakistan. Earlier, Pakistan had allowed India’s former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to fly directly though Pakistani airspace to participate in the meeting of SCO foreign ministers in Bishkek on May 21.India aviation industry has suffered huge losses due to the airspace ban by Pakistan.On Thursday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told Parliament that due to the closure of Pakistan airspace, Air India had to spend an extra Rs 430 crore on longer routes.Also Read | Air India suffers over 400 crore loss due to Pakistan airspace closureAlso Watch | No pleasantries exchanged between PM Modi, Imran Khan at SCO summit | WatchFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjeelast_img read more

first_img Next Four rebel MLAs from Karnataka visit Siddhivinayak templeThe rebel MLAs of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition have returned to the Renaissance Hotel in suburban Powai, where they would be staying for another two days.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:52 IST Four rebel MLAs from Karnataka visit Siddhivinayak templeAmid the political turmoil in Karnataka, four of the fourteen rebel MLAs from the state who are camping in Mumbai, Friday visited the famous Siddhivinayak temple here and offered prayers to Lord Ganesh.The four legislators, Byrathi Basavraj, S T Somashekar, Shivaram Hebbar and B C Patil, visited the temple located in central Mumbai.They were among the fourteen rebel MLAs from Karnataka who returned to a luxury hotel on Thursday evening after submitting their resignations to the Assembly Speaker in Bengaluru.The rebel MLAs of the Congress-Janata Dal(Secular) coalition have returned to the Renaissance Hotel in suburban Powai, where they would be staying for another two days.The legislators have been camping here since last Saturday after resigning and withdrawing support to the 13-month-old Janata Dal(Secular)-Congress government in Karnataka, bringing it on the verge of collapse.The 11-day monsoon session of the Karnataka Legislature began on Friday.ALSO READ | Karnataka crisis Live Updates: BJP has black sheep in their party, says Congress leader SiddaramaiahALSO WATCH | Karnataka crisis: Rebel MLAs return to MumbaiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Kashyap Tags :Follow KarnatakaFollow MumbaiFollow Siddhivinayak TempleFollow Rebel MLAsFollow Renaissance HotelFollow four Legislatorslast_img read more