Coleman refuses to make excuses

first_imgEverton defender Seamus Coleman has revealed he won’t make excuses after struggling to return to his best form following his return from a ten-month layoff.While the Republic of Ireland international has not been at his best in recent weeks he refused to look for excuses and insists the leg which was broken has never been a problem for him since making his comeback.“Never for a second. It does not give me a day’s bother,” he said, according to Sports Mole.“Unfortunately the injury I’ve had this season (stress fracture of a foot) has turned out to be very frustrating; coming back, pulling out, coming back.“But there are no excuses, to play in the Premier League you have to be at the top level and if you are not you get found out.“Unfortunately this season I’ve not been up to my own high standards and I’m the first to admit that.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The other thing is because I’ve scored a goal it doesn’t mean I’m the best player in the world.”Seamus believes his teammate, Richarlison can go on to become one of the world’s elite after the Brazilian took his tally for the season to six with two goals against the Seagulls.“You don’t want to put massive pressure on him but we are all excited by him and his ability,” said the Irishman.“His quality to score goals is amazing and his work-rate is second-to-none so that’s impressive.“He’s a top player and we are lucky to have him. He won’t get big-headed by his performances.“He’s a great lad, he’s had a tough time to get here and I can see him going to the very top.”last_img read more

Kostas Manolas I thought we were superior to Juve in second

first_imgAS Roma center-back Kostas Manolas claims Roma were superior to Juventus during the second half of their clash yesterday.He also talked about transfer rumours that have linked him for a move in January.“We held the initiative in the second half and were always up there, but didn’t create many real chances,” the Greek international told Sky Sport Italia as reported by Football Italia.“The lads gave 100 percent, we need to keep working and start winning games. We must learn to defend as a solid unit. Juve have this mentality and have been working with the same Coach for many years, so they are well-drilled.“I thought we were superior to Juve in the second half, but we leave empty-handed.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.This weekend, the Giallorossi secured the ninth place to be on the same level with Atalanta,  but behind Fiorentina, Sassuolo and Sampdoria.“I’m a little worried by the table, as we are not where we should be, but I remain convinced Roma will finish in the top four.”“I am a Roma player, I have three years left on my contract and I want to continue doing well for Roma.”last_img read more

Skateboarder struck and killed by car in Mission Bay

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: September 17, 2018 September 17, 2018 Skateboarder struck and killed by car in Mission Bay SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 22-year-old man riding a skateboard was struck and killed when he fell off his skateboard and ran after it into traffic in Mission Bay, police said Monday.It happened shortly before 8:40 p.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The man was riding his skateboard eastbound on West Mission Bay Drive when he lost control of it, chased after it across the eastbound lanes and center divider and was struck in the left lane of westbound West Mission Bay Drive by a 25-year-old man driving a Nissan sedan, Buttle said.The victim was transported to a hospital with major injuries, where he later died, Buttle said. His name was withheld pending family notification.The Nissan driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with officers, Buttle said.Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be factors in the collision, Buttle said.Department traffic division officers were investigating the collision. last_img read more

Ed Sheerans GRAMMY Duet With Elton John GRAMMYs Greatest Stories

first_img The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance The pop singer/songwriter fondly recalls his first-ever GRAMMY performance, with a hand from his mentor; tune in to “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. on CBS.Brian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 22, 2017 – 9:00 am Ed Sheeran’s three trips to the GRAMMY stage as a performer have each been especially memorable in their own ways. He’s sung a duet with Elton John, run a victory lap with his smash-hit “Thinking Out Loud” and, most recently, given a rousing one-man band performance of “Shape Of You.” Elton John On His GRAMMY Moment With Lady Gaga NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 22, 2017 – 9:00 am The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance Remember When Beyoncé Performed With Prince? Remember When Beyoncé Performed With Prince? Blake Shelton: Highwayman At The GRAMMYs Blake Shelton: Highwayman At The GRAMMYs Elton John On His GRAMMY Moment With Lady Gaga The former, Sheeran’s first appearance as a performer at the 55th GRAMMY Awards in 2013, came by way of a special request from his mentor John, who envisioned a special duet of Sheeran’s Song Of The Year-nominated “The A Team.””I help manage him, and I believe so much in this guy,” John recalls telling the showrunners of Sheeran’s talent. “[I said,] ‘He’s gonna be a huge star. What if I do a duet with ‘The A Team’? … And that’s how we got Ed onto the GRAMMYs.” Justin Timberlake’s GRAMMY Moment With Al Green Ed Sheeran’s GRAMMY Duet With Elton John: “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Facebook Prev Next Justin Timberlake’s GRAMMY Moment With Al Green Christina Aguilera On “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Twitter The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance Bruno Mars Recalls Prince GRAMMY Tribute Watch Sheeran and other artists discuss the most memorable performances in GRAMMY history on the TV special “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special,” airing Friday, Nov. 24 from 9–11 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.”GRAMMYs Greatest Stories”: Christina Aguilera’s Intimate “Beautiful” PerformanceRead more Christina Aguilera On “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Bruno Mars Recalls Prince GRAMMY Tribute Remember When Beyoncé Performed With Prince? Justin Timberlake’s GRAMMY Moment With Al Green News Bruno Mars Recalls Prince GRAMMY Tribute Elton John On His GRAMMY Moment With Lady Gaga Ed Sheeran: GRAMMYs Greatest Stories ed-sheerans-grammy-duet-elton-john-grammys-greatest-stories Blake Shelton: Highwayman At The GRAMMYs Email The Story Of Ed Sheeran’s First GRAMMY Performance More “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories” Christina Aguilera On “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories”last_img read more

NASA drops insane map of 4000 planets outside our solar system

first_imgOriginally published July 10, 12 p.m. PT.  Tags That’s a big leap in a single lifetime, and to mark just how far we’ve come in refining our view of the universe, NASA shared the above video visualization created with its data by science outreach project System Sounds. It shows when and where in the night sky all the known exoplanets were discovered. Note how quickly the pace of the finds picks up once Kepler starts making its contribution in 2010.  Kepler went to sleep permanently in 2018, but its legacy has been picked up by other observatories like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which has already found over 700 new planet candidates in its first year in space.Next up, the European Characterizing Exoplanets Satellite (CHEOPS) is set to launch by the end of the year and NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is set to blast off in 2021. Both space telescopes will be able to do more than just spot exoplanets — they could help determine if conditions exist to support life upon their surfaces.  Share your voice Requiem for Kepler? NASA’s pioneering planet-finder (pictures) 3 26 Photos Best places in space to search for alien life Comments NASA Space Sci-Tech It seems crazy now, but it wasn’t long ago we had no hard evidence of planets existing outside our solar system. Known as “exoplanets,” the first definitive discovery of one didn’t come until 1992. For many years after that, a trickle of distant worlds were added to the known exoplanet catalog. Only in the last decade, with the help of the recently retired Kepler Space Telescope, has the pace of discovery really increased exponentially. In June, the 4,000th exoplanet was confirmed.  30 Photoslast_img read more

Bhavaya Chawla – The MultiTasker Who Is Rising High With His Brand

first_imgLucky are those who are blessed with good looks and even have a good physique. Bhavaya Chawla is one such exception who is an entrepreneur, a model and a public figure. He is the founder of ‘BUILT NATURAL’, a bold performance sportswear brand, made with eco-friendly technologies to make you the better version of yourself. He is a firm believer of building body naturally rather than preferring shortcuts.With having a wide presence on the social media, Bhavaya has also been featured on many news channels and newspapers. He has also been collaborating with many YouTube channels in order to make people aware about natural fitness rather than the use of steroids. Moreover, he is completely against the use of steroids in bodybuilding.Apart from being in the sports and fitness industry, the young entrepreneur is also flying high in the modelling world. He has closely been working with many brands like Coke, Nokia, Shivan & Narresh Swimwear and has also done photo shoots for them. Not only this, Bhavaya had also set the ramp on fire when he walked at the Wills Fashion Week, India.His professional side does not end here. He is also the director of JaiRaj Group of Industries which holds the expertise in manufacturing automotive components & plastic products since the last 33years. Being a fitness blogger always felt like a sense of responsibility to him and today he is inspiring thousands of people with fitness as his main force. When asked about his brand, ‘Built Natural’, he said that he has a lot of plans for it to take it across the globe and will let everyone know in the coming days.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Rangpur goes to polls today

first_imgRangpur goes to polls ThursdayThe northern city of Rangpur is going to civic polls today, Thursday, first ever on the party lines with country’s two major archrival political parties – ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – exerting their all-out efforts to bag the win.Despite being civil polls, Rangpur mayoral elections have taken the centre stage of the country’s politics as both the arch rivals are considering it as a dress rehearsal for the 11th parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in late 2018.Besides, ruling AL’s ally and official opposition in parliament Ershad-led Jatiya Party has been bent on winning the polls to prove its popularity in its bastion, Rangpur.Chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the election commission (EC) has completed all the preparations to hold the Rangpur City Corporation polls in a free, fair and credible manner, reports BSS.“All preparations have been completed for holding the polls and the overall situation is in favour of this…We hope that the election will be held in a free, fair and transparent manner,” he said.The CEC was addressing a press briefing over the polls at the election commission secretariat media centre in Dhaka.CCTV cameras will be used at three voting centres, Huda said, adding that they cannot confirm the use of new EVMs (Electronic Voting Machine) in Thursday’s polls.Election commissioner Md Rafiqul Islam said the EC has taken all preparations so that the voters can cast their votes peacefully.Adequate number of law enforcers will be deployed for security, he added.A total of seven candidates for the mayoral posts, 211 candidates for 33 general councillor posts and 65 candidates for 11 reserved posts for female councillors ended their hectic last-moment electioneering Tuesday night.Polling will begin at 8:00am on Thursday in all 1,122 polling booths of 193 polling centres under 33 wards in area and continue till 4:00pm without any break.Counting of votes will start subsequently at Police Community Hall in the city.A total of 393,994 voters would apply their voting rights. Of them, 196,356 are males and 197,638 females.last_img read more

Zuska Leads Cardinals into a tie for Second at the Seminole Intercollegiate

first_imgPlaying as an individual, Trevor Johnson is tied for 53rdwith a 7-over-par 151.The Seminole Intercollegiate concludes Sunday with the final round at the Golden Eagle Country Club. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jiri Zuska fired a 6-under-par 138 to lead the University of Louisville men’s golf team into a tie for second place after two rounds of the Seminole Intercollegiate at Golden Eagle Country Club on Saturday.Jacksonville is the 36-hole leader at 12-under, followed by Louisville and West Virginia at 7-under and Wake Forest at 6-under.    After opening play with a 1-over-par 289, the Cardinals responded by firing an 8-under-par 280 to sit just five shots off the lead heading into Sunday’s final round.Zuska opened the tournament with a 2-under-par 70, but immediately came back with a 4-under-par 68 to move into second place just three shots off the lead. Cincinnati’s Austin Squires is the clubhouse leader after a 9-under-par 135. John Murphy and Devin Morley are are tied for 38thafter shooting a 2-over-par 146 and Simon Zach stands in a tie 59thafter his two-round score of 153. Matthias Schmid is the second UofL player in the top 10 after firing a 3-under-par 141. He opened play by carding a 1-over-par 73, but responded by shooting a 4-under-par 68.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Specs for Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card leaked

first_img(Phys.org)—Rumors are swirling around the internet concerning Nvidia’s follow-up to its announcement last week of the GeForce GTX 650 and GTX 660, that a GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card is next and that it will fill in between the other two. Graphics cards and their specifications are important to gamers because the higher the quality, the better the gaming experience. Some run fast but produce less than sharp or rich images, while some are the opposite. The best produce razor sharp, fully textured images, with no blurring or skipping during motion sequences. To create stunning visuals for video games, graphics card makers such as Nvidia have developed processors with a variety of hardware options that offer trade-offs between price and performance. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti appears to be the ultimate trade-off, sacrificing processing speed for price, but only to a certain degree. © 2012 Phys.org Power of GeForce GTX available to gamers everywhere with two new Kepler-based GPUs The latest is that the GeForce GTX 650 Ti is to be based on the same Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) as the GTX 660 (GK106), though sadly, will have two of its five SMX (streaming multiprocessor) units disabled, which will of course slow down its processing abilities. It will also have one of its memory controllers disabled as well. The idea is to give gamers a card that costs less than the 660 (average price $230), but offers more performance than the 650 (average price $109). The rumor is that the newest addition to the line will cost on average $170. The 650 Ti also will have a smaller bus and fewer texture units than the 660 and of course a reduced clock speed, which when added together would seem to bring the performance of the new card closer to the 650 than the 660.Hardware specs and numbers are helpful in gauging how a graphics card will perform, but the ultimate test is how things look when the card is installed and operating, and most appear to expect the GeForce GTX 650 Ti to perform somewhat faster than the 650, but quite a bit slower than the 660, and that image quality will fall somewhere in-between as well (texture units for example, are believed to be 48, versus 80 for the 660 and 32 for the 650). Thus, the bottom line for gamers will be to decide if the $60 difference between the 650 Ti and the 660 is worth wringing their hands over. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Specs for Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card leaked (2012, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-specs-nvidia-geforce-gtx-ti.html The GTX 650Ti leaked specifications. 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.last_img read more

Explosive Love

first_imgRecently the capital was gripped by, 3 Sakina Manzil, showcased as a part of Desires Unlimited’s first vintage theatre festival – Epoch.Power-packed performances by Puneet Sikka and Tarun Singhal who essayed the role of Shashi and Comrade Shashi left the audience spellbound. The 100-minute play revolves the love story of these two characters set in the back drop of  the Bombay dock explosion. Each of them alternately remembers the time they spent together and the fateful day – 14 April 1944- that drew them apart and tore the city they lived in. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play – 3, Sakina Manzil – has been written by Ramu Ramanathan, and was directed by Deepak Dhamija is set in pre-independence juxtaposed with the world being ravaged by World War II, and gradual establishment of the Hindi film industry. There are references to how Dev Anand had come as a fresher in the industry and by the end of the play , Comrade Shashi tells the audience how he had emerged as a successful hero. Amidst all this turmoil begins a beautiful love story between the protagonists. As Comrade Shashi walks in for a job at 3 Sakina Manzil, he immediately falls in love with his namesake. It is love-at-first-sight for her as well. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTarun’s performance as Comrade Shashi is etched well. He is able to bring about the transition in the character beautifully as the older Comrade Shashi reminisces his interaction as a young man with his love – Shashi (also his employers daughter). His co-actor Puneet too justifies her role as she transforms from the young Shashi expressing her love moving to the older one as she recalls the tragedy of the explosion and losing her love.The plot is subtly designed to take you back in time and revisit the tale of these lover’s lives simultaneously revealing the horrendous explosion. On the fateful day of their expected meeting 14 April 1944, Bombay habour is ripped by a huge explosion. The Bombay Dock Explosion left the citizens in shock and created chaos and devastation, simultaneously being responsible for separation of the two silent lovers. Separated by destiny, the two lead different lives as they set forth in life after the accident, only to meet again after five decades and recount their versions of the love story.last_img read more

Govt to help unemployed women of Alipurduar

first_imgSiliguri: The state government have taken various initiatives to support the unemployed women of Alipurduar financially and help them earn a living through independent means.’Karmateertha’, an association has been inaugurated by Tanmay Biswas, Block Development Officer of Madarihaat area, on Wednesday in Alipurduar.The association is located at Beerpara block in front of Madarihaat Jaldapara Lodge.PD Samrat Nandi, deputy of the District Mission Management Unit and Jay Ranjan Dutta, National Rural Livelihood Mission Nodal Officer of Beerpara block were present at the inauguration ceremony along with Biswas. Nine stalls have been set up for the working women from the Self-Help Group. The government is mulling modification of ‘Karmateertha’ into a shopping complex where the workers will be handed over shops of their own to sell their own hand-made stuff. “We have the government’s full support to help the women and make them independent. At present, nine stalls have been arranged so that they can immediately start working and in the future, the government will assist them whenever they require help,” stated Biswas.last_img read more

Residents can meet with Rep Webber on Aug 27

first_img State Rep. Michael Webber will host his monthly office hours on Monday, Aug. 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 2921 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Webber said. “Local residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or have questions related to state government are encouraged to stop by at their convenience.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber at 517-373-1773 or via email at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov. Categories: Webber News 23Aug Residents can meet with Rep. Webber on Aug. 27last_img

Rep VanWoerkom supports historic auto insurance reform

first_img Categories: VanWoerkom News 09May Rep. VanWoerkom supports historic auto insurance reform State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom released the following statement after supporting historic car insurance reform today: “We took a step in the right direction in the state House today. Muskegon drivers have long demanded change and this legislation will provide them reduced rates by giving people insurance coverage options that meet their diverse needs and by addressing fraud in the system. I look forward to continued deliberation on this issue to ensure people receive the coverage and care they deserve.”###last_img

The Trump administration moved forward on Wednesda

first_imgThe Trump administration moved forward on Wednesday with its plan to lower prescription drug prices by requiring drugmakers to display the list price “in a legible textual statement at the end of the advertisement.”Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said today that when it comes to changing prescription drug prices, “putting prices in TV ads may be the most significant single step any administration has ever taken.” But patient advocates are not convinced it will have an immediate impact on drug pricing. The rule would apply to prescriptions that cost more than $35 per month or courses of treatment, which are covered by Medicare. The rule is very specific, requiring that the price be displayed, “for sufficient duration and in a size and style of font that allows the information to be read easily.” Industry groups have fought this move since it was announced in October. They adopted voluntary rules, that would have directed ad viewers to a website with more detailed cost information. Today, in a statement, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) wrote that the list price is confusing since that’s not what most people pay. The rule addresses that by requiring an additional statement that reads, “If you have health insurance that covers drugs, your cost may be different.” PhRMA also said that the rule raises “First Amendment and statutory concerns.”Court challenges may be coming. The legal authority given by the White House is based on the laws that require Medicare and Medicaid to be run in a cost-effective manner, according to the rule. Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and an expert in drug-pricing regulation, told NPR and Kaiser Health News in October that could be a weak legal argument since most drugs are marketed to the broader public, not just Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.Consumer and patient advocates generally hailed the move as a step towards greater price transparency, but questioned whether it would do much to lower high prices. “We don’t believe that disclosing list prices will shame drug corporations into lowering list prices,” says Ben Wakana, executive director of Patients for Affordable Drug Prices. “Drug companies have been shamed about their price increases for years. They appear to be completely comfortable with the shame as long as it is bringing them in the billions of dollars a year that they make from their outrageous prices.”He gives the government credit for trying to do something on health prices, noting “taking action on this issue is hard.” But he thinks some of the administration’s other ideas to lower prices — announced in a plan released last May — might have a bigger impact.Critics have pointed out the government’s plan for enforcing the rule is weak, as NPR reported last fall. The plan for enforcement involves competitors policing each other by bringing legal action against competitors who aren’t compliant, Azar said in Wednesday’s press briefing. He calls it “a quite effective mechanism of enforcement.” Azar defended the government’s authority to issue the new rule. “This is not without precedent,” he told reporters. “We have for over 50 years required that car manufacturers and car dealers post the sticker price of cars on the windows of their cars and be transparent about — even though there are negotiations and everything else — because it’s a starting point that’s an important part of consumer fairness.”The car-buying analogy doesn’t work very well for drugs, notes Adrienne Faerber, a lecturer at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. “When you go to the car dealer and you see that sticker price and you can negotiate a better price that can fit your budget directly with the car dealership,” she explains. But, she says, drug prices are negotiated through layers of middlemen: “So you don’t get to negotiate based on these prices like you would with a car.”In other words, car shoppers have a lot more choices that sick patients do, and a lot more bargaining power. Faerber says certainly displaying the list price won’t “magically flip a switch and cut a percentage or two off of the total drug costs.” But she says it will be interesting to see how patients react to high list prices on their TV screens. “Consumers are going to start wondering what are people getting for that money,” she says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

The public relations PR sector needs to confront

first_imgThe public relations (PR) sector needs to confront its failings over the employment of disabled people, according to new research by an industry insider.One UK PR company with more than 300 employees has admitted that it does not have a single disabled member of staff, while the latest industry survey found just two per cent of people who work in PR said they were disabled.The research has been carried out by Ashley Phillips (pictured), who herself has an invisible impairment and worked in PR in the USA and the UK for nearly five years before beginning a masters degree in public relations and advertising at Richmond University.She decided to write about disability in PR for her dissertation, after becoming increasingly concerned about how few disabled people were employed by the industry.She told Disability News Service that she had never seen a single person with a visible impairment among the hundreds of professionals she had come across in her five years working in PR.Phillips, who has type one diabetes, said the only person she met in those five years who said they had an impairment was another woman with diabetes who she had seen using an insulin pump.Of about 83,000 people employed in the industry in 2016, just two per cent – less than 1,700 people – said they were disabled, according to the PR Census 2016 carried out by the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA).As recently as 2013, PRCA’s census did not even mention disability or disabled people.And when Phillips approached some of the best-known PR companies in the UK about her research, only one was willing to tell her how many disabled people it employed.She was told by this company that, of more than 300 employees, not one of them was a disabled person.She was told: “This is something we are looking into. It is a problem.”Phillips said she realised there probably were some disabled people who worked at this company but that they were just not willing to disclose their status to their employer.She said she hoped her research would “open the conversation” on disability within the industry.She said she did not believe she had faced discrimination in the industry but believed there was “a lot of misunderstanding”.She said: “I think disability is considered a large taboo and people don’t know how to handle it, so they don’t.“I haven’t looked into other industries but I do feel [members of the PR industry] are behind in regards to how the world is moving.”When she first met her soon-to-be husband (she is getting married next month), when she told him she worked in PR, he replied, “Oh, you’re one of those.”She said: “This was the first encounter I had of specific stigmas associated with PR – that often everyone in the industry was a considered to be a typical Sex And The City Samantha Jones.“However, that conversation opened my eyes to noticing who my colleges were on a day-to-day basis – mostly young, white, middle-to-upper class and predominantly female.”She added: “This is not 100 per cent of the industry, they are opening diversity efforts, but everybody strives to be that perfect person and that ideal industry figure.”She said she believed that those at chief executive level were showing a “blatant disregard” for the issue, while executives at lower levels were guilty of “a lack of understanding”.She added: “From access to awareness, the industry can make many changes to recruit the nearly untouched pool of potential talent.“By spreading awareness of the lack of disability inclusivity in PR I hope to open the conversation and help make people with disabilities an inclusive part of the industry.”When contacted about Phillips’ research, PRCA accepted that there was “a general lack of understanding of disability in the industry”, but pointed out that the 2016 census also revealed that 78 per cent of all respondents suggested there were no significant obstacles to their organisation employing disabled people.Matt Cartmell, PRCA’s communications, marketing and events director, said: “The small numbers of disabled people in the PR and communications industry is certainly a concern but it may have to do more with a lack of understanding of what disability is and the stigma surrounding disability than employers not accommodating employees with disability.”He said a PRCA survey had revealed in May that nearly three-fifths of PR and communications professionals had experienced mental ill-health, while a slightly higher proportion had never spoken to their manager about their mental health.He said there was often a limited understanding of mental ill-health, which was “concerning because the industry itself is fast-paced and the ‘always on’ mentality means that employees can suffer from anxiety disorders, stress, or the workplace can exacerbate existing mental health conditions such as depression”.Cartmell said: “The industry isn’t necessarily behind society on the issue of disability.“While the stigma surrounding disability certainly exists and the industry has struggled with hiring more diverse candidates, there are several examples of organisations that are making employee wellbeing and diversity the key focus of their business.“The industry is increasingly aware that there is a strong moral and business case for increasing diversity in the workplace and accommodating employees with disabilities. “PRCA is committed to raising awareness about disability, diversity, and mental ill health and we have found that a lot of PR and communications practitioners are engaged in this debate.”He added: “We have seen that a lot of members and organisations in the wider industry are introducing unconscious bias training in their recruitment practices.“More importantly, we have seen that organisations are talking about disability and implementing policies to accommodate disabled employees.”last_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The government has been asked by campaigners from across the world why it blocked the “meaningful” involvement of user-led and survivor organisations in this week’s high-profile global mental health summit in London.Two open letters have criticised the way the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit was organised, and the hypocrisy of it being hosted by a UK government that was heavily criticised over its record on disability rights by a UN committee a little over 12 months ago.One letter, spearheaded by the National Survivor User Network, was signed by more than 100 organisations and individuals, including mental health service-users and survivors, user-led networks, academics and mental health professionals from more than 20 countries, including Argentina, Peru, India, Chile, Columbia, Japan, Kenya, Estonia and Hungary.The letter says there was little or no involvement of user-led organisations in planning the event, in a blatant breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.It criticises the attempt to position the UK government as a world leader on mental health when the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities had raised such significant concerns about its breaches of disability rights, both last year and in a 2016 inquiry report which found it guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of the convention.It also points to the discrimination within mental health services faced by black and minority ethnic communities in the UK, including “high levels of misdiagnosis, compulsory treatment, over-medication, community treatment orders and culturally inappropriate treatment”.And the letter warns that mental health survivor and service-user groups in the global south have objected to attempts – led by the UK – to import “failed western models of mental health care” into their countries.The letter compares the UK government’s “hypocritical” attempt to take the lead in creating a “global declaration on political leadership in mental health” with the decision by the UK to host its Global Disability Summit in July, which also saw an “intolerant government posing as the upholder of the rights” of disabled people.Those signing the letter asked the UK government to commit to putting forward any declaration that comes out of this week’s summit for consultation and ratification by a wide range of international user-led organisations and disabled people’s organisations, a request it looks likely to ignore.And they asked the government to promise to “lead by example” by changing its “discriminatory laws that threaten the lives of mental health service-users”, including social security policies.The second letter was coordinated by the national service-user network Shaping Our Lives (SOL) and was signed by NSUN and user-led grassroots groups including the Mental Health Resistance Network, Disabled People Against Cuts and Recovery in the Bin, all of which also signed the first letter.This letter raises concerns that the summit would “seriously misrepresent the issues and problems of mental health and mental health service users globally” because of the “systematic exclusions” of representatives of user-led and survivor organisations.This exclusion, the letter says, was a clear breach of the UN convention.It says that the summit’s organisers side-lined attempts by the European Network of (Ex) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP) and the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP), both of which signed the letter, to secure invitations for representatives of their organisations.Disability News Service (DNS) has seen a letter from ENUSP to a Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) civil servant, sent last month, after both ENUSP and WNUSP failed to receive invitations to take part in the summit.ENUSP suggested a string of elected representatives from member organisations across Europe who could attend the summit and pointed out that it was “the only grassroots, independent representative organisation of mental health service users, ex-users and survivors of psychiatry at a European level since 1990”.It stressed the importance of having “representative people with lived experience at the Summit”, but the civil servant turned down the offer and said there were only spaces left for representatives to take part in the area of finance and investment at the summit.This is a specialist area where the ENUSP representatives would not have been able to make a meaningful contribution.The SOL letter says: “This failure to enable involvement also reflects wide and growing concerns about the inadequacy of and crisis in UK mental health policy and provision and the failure to listen to service users, their families, communities and organisations in both mental health and welfare reform policy, both of which are having catastrophic consequences for many service users, their families and communities.”Asked to comment on the two letters, a DHSC spokeswoman said: “All dialogue on mental health is key; we have invited a range of people from those with lived experience, to civil society, academics and policy makers who represent more than 65 countries from around the world.“We have ensured that the involvement of people with lived experience ‎has run throughout our work on the summit, with their experiences at the heart of our advisory panel and in every workstream.“Those with personal experience attending were nominated by representative groups of people with lived experience – this group of consultees include the convener of this open letter and the signatories include people who are attending the summit.“We recognise there is further work to do for all countries on mental health which is exactly why this summit is such a vital step.”She declined to say whether any declaration from the summit would be put forward for consultation and ratification by user-led organisations and DPOs, or whether the UK government would promise to lead by example by changing its discriminatory laws.Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, said: “Consulting people is one thing, but we know that taking any notice of what they say may be another.”He said this would “explain the strong divergence between the claim to involve service-users and the amazingly broad-based criticism there has been from them and their organisations”.Jasna Russo, a survivor-researcher from Germany and a member of ENUSP, who helped draft the SOL letter, was invited by the UK government to attend the summit as an individual with lived experience, but after she asked if she could attend as a representatives of ENUSP her request for funding was rejected.She told DNS: “Regardless of how many countries they come from, there is a big difference between inviting persons with ‘lived experience’ and representatives of international grassroots organisations who are working on the summit’s topic for many years putting forward independent advocacy for users/survivors and people with psychosocial disability.“This gathering was simply not interested in such perspectives. As in many other involvement initiatives – people subscribing to medical model of mental illness are far more attractive partners than those bringing in political and socio-economic issues.“Even though this summit talks about poverty in relation to mental health it seems much more focused on how to make the Western biomedical psychiatry go global.”Picture: Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock speaking at the summitlast_img read more

5 American Entrepreneurs Doing Good Business

first_img Natalia Angulo –shares Jobs 5 American Entrepreneurs Doing Good Business Image credit: This Bar Saves Lives Product: All-natural granola barsCause: Children, nutritionWhere: Venice, Calif.Who: Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell and Ravi Patel, co-founders of This Bar Saves LivesTwitter: @thisbarStory: On a humanitarian trip to Liberia a few years ago, co-founders Todd Grinnell and Ryan Devlin saw for the first time the devastating effects of severe acute malnutrition, but were also shown the product that was saving their lives: Plumpy’Nut. After a few years of hard work, Grinnell, Devlin and their other co-founder Ravi Patel launched This Bar Saves Lives in 2013 with the intention of making a delicious, all-natural granola bar that under the one-for-one model helps alleviate hunger. For every granola bar sold, their non-profit partners Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions and Save The Children help produce and deliver a packet of life-saving food to a child in need.One moment in time: The young company’s first shipment of food aid went out in January of this year to the Philippines following the deadly typhoon that swept through. This Bar Saves Lives was able to send 45,000 packets of Plumpy’Nut, which the company says is enough to save the lives of 300 children.“None of us had ever made granola bars or run a food company before,” Devlin says. “[But this] is what keeps us motivated to keep landing partners big and small to sell our bars.”Related: B-Corporations Do Good Business4. Akola Project April 11, 2014 This story originally appeared on FOX BUSINESS Product: Handmade jewelry and accessoriesCause: Women, job creationWhere: Dallas, Texas-based with outposts in UgandaWho: Brittany Merrill Underwood, founder and president of Akola ProjectTwitter: @AkolaProjectStory: After building an orphanage in Uganda during college, Brittany Merrill Underwood realized the best way to continue the mission was by expanding her business and employing the women committed to caring for these children. In 2007 she created the Akola Project — a jewelry-and-accessories brand that is handcrafted by, and fully benefits marginalized women and their communities. Since launch, Underwood says the Akola Project has built two vocational training centers, drilled 23 water wells, employed more than 200 women (who in turn have started up 63 of their own businesses) and impacted the lives of at least 1,400 children. Currently, Akola Project jewelry is sold in some 250 boutiques in the U.S.“These women had the vision, but not the income,” Underwood says. “So we launched the Akola Project because by employing [these] women and giving them a reliable income, we could care for thousands of children.”Next move: In 2014, the Akola Project is expanding to Dallas, Texas, where it plans to provide an economic alternative to sexually trafficked women by employing them to do the finishing work on products made in Uganda.5. International Princess Project Image credit: Akola Project Image credit: Nisolo Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Product: Hand-woven scarves and leather productsCause: Women, job creationWhere: Nashville, Tenn.-based, Ethiopia and KenyaWho: Barrett Ward, Founder and CEO of fashionABLETwitter: @livefashionABLEStory: Barrett Ward, founder and CEO of fashionABLE, was living in Ethiopia with his wife when he first saw how extreme poverty forced many young women and girls to turn to prostitution for work.“It is not just a moral problem, it is an economic one,” Ward says. “For these women … it was often that they were heroes willing to do whatever it took to provide for their families.”After speaking to these women, Ward says he learned what they wanted was an opportunity to earn a true living wage, “not just a hand out.” So at the end of 2010, Ward launched fashionABLE as a nonprofit (the venture recently split off to form a for-profit side) to give them that opportunity. The women are trained and employed to knit scarves, which are sold in the U.S. The group has grown from three women to 30 — and fashionABLE has expanded its operations to work with a leather factory that employs 60 women.Related: Eco-Friendly Brand Gives At-Risk Women the Power of Design3. This Bar Saves Lives Product: Punjammies — sleep-and-loungewear pants inspired by the traditional sariCause: Women, job creationWhere: Costa Mesa, Calif.-based with four sewing centers in IndiaWho: Shannon Keith, founder and CEO of International Princess ProjectTwitter: @intlprincessStory: In 2006, Shannon Keith founded the International Princess Project as a vehicle to help restore the lives of women and girls rescued from forced prostitution in India. Keith says that “embedded in the DNA of the company” is the idea that by employing and training these women in a new trade, in this case sewing, they will be equipped for long-term economic opportunities. The final product is shipped back to the U.S. where it is sold, and proceeds from these sales are then put back toward the sewing centers.Biggest challenge: What started as a small non-profit with just six women, has grown into a for-profit venture with more than 150 employees. Keith says the biggest challenge has been taking a complex, heavy issue and making it palatable and easy for the consumer to grab onto.“If [human trafficking] is going to be quelled in our lifetime, which I think it can be, it has to be done through a sound business that will bring sustainability and dignity,” Keith says. These American entrepreneurs are merging business with compassion and heart to create jobs and provide communities across the globe a chance to earn a living wage. Here are their stories.1. Nisolo Product: Handcrafted, leather shoesCause: Job creationWhere: Nashville, Tenn., Trujillo, PeruWho: Patrick Woodyard, Founder and CEO of NisoloTwitter: @NisoloShoesStory: While helping a bodega owner in the cobbler town of Trujillo, Peru with small business accounting, Woodward met her shoemaker husband and was instantly fascinated. With the help of business partner and co-founder Zoe Cleary, they launched the company in 2011 and now sell in 50 stores in the U.S., with a brick-and-mortar location in Nashville, Tenn.Nisolo’s mission is to empower talented artisans in the developing world and create job opportunities.“I really believe in the ability of the free market to power change,” Woodyard says.Biggest challenge: Woodyard says there is a sort of stigma in the business world that social enterprises can’t simultaneously turn a profit, which he says is inaccurate. “Because we have a really great product and our social impact is interwoven into our business model, selling our product hasn’t been difficult,” Woodyard says. “The challenge has been recruiting the right talent for your team as you grow.”Related: WP Engine CEO Says Austin IT City for Women in Tech2. fashionABLE Next Article Image credit: Michelle Kim Photography / International Princess Project Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 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Informatica Ranked Highest in Global iPaaS Market Share Revenue for Fifth Consecutive

first_imgIn a 2019 Gartner Report, Informatica Has 17.3 Percent of $1.69 Billion iPaaS Market in 2018Informatica, the enterprise cloud data management leader, announced that – for the fifth consecutive year – Gartner, Inc., a leading IT research and advisory firm, found Informatica has the largest global market share for Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). This ranking is based on 2018 market share revenue identified in Gartner research released on April 8, 2019, Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2018.Also released this year, the Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service2 positions Informatica as a Leader in the iPaaS industry for the sixth straight year.  Informatica is positioned both highest on the ability to execute axis and farthest on the completeness of vision axis in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for iPaaS.Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) is the industry’s next-generation iPaaS solution addressing the increasingly complex data management challenges today’s enterprises face. IICS is built on a modern microservices-based architecture that allows companies to integrate, synchronize, and relate all of their data, applications, and processes – both on premises and in any part of a multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud environment. A common new user experience provides a single pane of glass across numerous data management products to facilitate user productivity on the IICS platform, and the AI and machine learning capabilities of Informatica’s CLAIRE engine enables companies to automate and accelerate data management and governance processes for digital transformation.Marketing Technology News: ATTOM Data Solutions CEO Rob Barber Honored As Gold Stevie Award Winner In 2019 American Business Awards“It’s clear that enterprise-scale digital transformation requires unprecedented volumes of high-quality data, from myriad sources, across multiple systems and APIs, both on-premises and in the cloud, in real time and batch by business users, citizen integrators and integration experts,” said Ronen Schwartz, senior vice president and general manager, Data Integration, Big Data, and Cloud, at Informatica. “As surging demand continues to grow the global market opportunity for iPaaS solutions, Informatica is accelerating the innovation with our CLAIRE AI engine to provide the trusted, proven enterprise grade solutions that meet and exceed today’s extreme cloud integration and data management needs for an increasingly multi-cloud hybrid environment.”Marketing Technology News: Introducing MHz Curationist – Framing the World We Share[1] Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, Terilyn Palanca, Hai Swinehart, Neha Gupta, Vanitha Dsilva, Laurie Wurster, Balaji Abbabatulla, Robert Anderson, Fabrizio Biscotti, Alan Dayley, Sid Deshpande, Jim Hare, Bindi Bhullar, Wataru Katsurashima, John Kostoulas, Rustam Malik, Sharat Menon, Chandra Mukhyala, Chris Pang, Julian Poulter, Michael Warrilow, Alys Woodward, Yanna Dharmasthira, Craig Roth, 8 April 2019. *Previous year’s listing for the iPaaS market share is included in this report.[2] Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service, Eric Thoo, Massimo Pezzini, Keith Guttridge, Bindi Bhullar, 23 April 2019.Marketing Technology News: IBM, Thomson Reuters Introduce Powerful New AI and Data Combination to Simplify How Financial Institutions Tackle Regulatory Compliance Challenges Informatica Ranked Highest in Global iPaaS Market Share Revenue for Fifth Consecutive Year PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 11:23 amMay 15, 2019 CLAIRE enginecloud data managementInformaticaIpaasMagic QuadrantMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleUS Digital Ad Revenues Surpass $100 Billion Mark for the First Time, Hitting Landmark $107.5 Billion in 2018, According to IAB Internet Advertising Revenue ReportNext ArticleMetroList selects Remine for its Data Analytics and Front End of Choice for its 20,000 Subscriberslast_img read more

DemandGen Launches New Data Management and Implementation Services for RingLead Customers

first_imgDemandGen Launches New Data Management and Implementation Services for RingLead Customers PRNewswireJune 5, 2019, 11:42 pmJune 5, 2019 Combined Offerings Provide Strategic and Operational Services for Marketing and Sales Operations Teams Needing to Overcome the Challenges of Maintaining a Healthy DatabaseDemandGen International, Inc., a world-class team of digital transformation and technology experts, announced a strategic partnership with RingLead, the market leader in end-to-end data management. As part of the strategic partnership, DemandGen will now be providing RingLead Implementation Services to RingLead customers who need additional expertise and resources for data operations management.DemandGen’s RingLead Implementation Services go far beyond traditional SaaS onboarding. The services provide a white-glove experience for RingLead customers coupling strategic guidance and hands-on technical expertise to help customers “Get Clean, Stay Clean” by leveraging the RingLead DMS platform.“Clean, complete, and actionable data is essential to high-performance sales and marketing,” said David Lewis, Founder and CEO of DemandGen. “There’s an irony to B2B marketing in that success requires an ongoing commitment to database health, yet marketing and sales teams lack the time and resources to focus on it.“Marketing Technology News: From Sensing to Sensemaking: Converging Big Data with Plant AIThe DemandGen and RingLead strategic partnership stems from a shared vision of the critical role data quality plays in driving B2B revenue. RingLead provides an industry leading end-to-end data management solution for CRM and marketing automation that continuously cleanses, standardizes, dedupes, enriches, matches, and routes leads. DemandGen has over a decade of data management expertise driving down the cost of bad data while improving sales and marketing performance through pristine data.Marketing Technology News: Email Verification Company Kickbox Announces Release of New Partner Portal“Data is a strategic asset, like a brand, that needs to be cared for, invested in, and protected,” said Russ Artzt, Executive Chairman of RingLead. “We partnered with DemandGen, the most trusted agency in MarTech, to ensure our clients get the strategic guidance and data operations management they need for their most valuable asset.”Marketing Technology News: WorldRemit Raises $175 Million in Series D Funding crmData ManagementDavid LewisDemandGenMarketing TechnologyNewsRingLeadSales and marketing Previous ArticleBraze Partners with Snowflake to Provide Customers with Improved Data Agility and Customer Engagement BenchmarksNext ArticleInnovation: Splicky Delivers a Fully Programmatic DOOH Campaign for Harvest Digital and Sziget Festival Across Three Countries and Seven Citieslast_img read more

Health screening from age 40 helps avoid the black hole of aging

first_img 30% of people with undiagnosed high blood pressure 32% were experiencing memory and cognition problems 34% with undiagnosed functional hearing loss “Small reversible changes in health are accumulating unnoticed while people are time poor and their lives consumed by work and parenting. “Often we don’t notice the problem until it’s too late for the individual to self-manage, and vastly more expensive to address.”So even 40 and 50 year olds have health issues most of which are amenable to change.”The health issues included: Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 1 2019Seeing a health professional for a full health screening – even when you feel healthy – from around age 40 enables people to make changes when problems first set in, experts say.Flinders University research on a group of 561 seemingly healthy adults found that there was an average of five unidentified health problems per person, including undiagnosed blood pressure or early hearing loss.The 21 health domains tested hearing, memory, lung function, foot sensation, balance, diet and physical activity.In the 561 seemingly healthy community-dwelling adults aged 40 to 75 years, the average number of health issues was five – irrespective of decade of life. People in their middle years are being sucked into the black hole of aging.”Flinders Strategic Professor Sue Gordon, Chair of Restorative Care in Ageing The good news?Many of the changes were reversible and six months after getting their report, many can adopt health advice and experience better health. “This shows that individualized screening and self-management recommendations do improve health, even among people who feel healthy. It also may save lives and money later on,” Professor Gordon says.Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyLittle is known about the trajectory of aging through the middle years, known as the ‘black hole’ of aging, Professor Gordon says, calling for Australia to increase national spending of just 1.5% of the health budget on health promotion and prevention services.”Australia needs to move from an over-burdened reactive health system to proactive best health through middle and older life.”While the baby boomer generation require different health services that are not condition specific or medically focused, the next generation of higher educated and super funded retirees are on their way.”Individual health screening and self-management should be a cornerstone to empower healthy ageing in Australia and avoid the black hole of middle aging.”While genes and injuries alter health, lifestyle and health self-management choices are within our control, but only if we know what areas of our health are declining, she says.Many issues can be reversed or stopped with self-management and directed care.The study, including input from experts in population, public and digital health, aims to empower and encourage people to stay well, stay in touch and get the most out of life while avoiding frailty and reducing demand on hospital and health services.Those involved in the health screening received a report about their health with directions to access self-management information to change their health. Source:Flinders UniversityJournal reference:Gordon, S. et al. (2019) Health deficits in community dwelling adults aged 40 to 75 years. BMC Geriatrics. doi.org/10.1186/s12877-019-1152-9.last_img read more