NBA: Korver may be headed to Cavaliers—report

first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Korver, Howard lead Hawks past Pistons, 105-98NBA: Disgruntled Rondo to ask for trade if benching continuesSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Various reports say that Atlanta Hawks’ Kyle Korver could be headed to Cleveland. AP PHOTOThe Atlanta Hawks are on the verge of trading former all-star guard Kyle Korver to the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, the US media reported on Thursday night.The 35-year-old Korver did not play in Thursday’s Atlanta victory over the New Orleans Pelicans and told reporters after that he believed he was being dealt.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA Cavalier heroes LeBron, Kyrie Irving lead NBA All-Star voting Atlanta will reportedly receive a 2019 first-round pick and reserve Mike Dunleavy, according to Yahoo Sports, and ESPN reported that reserve Mo Williams may also be going back to Atlanta in the deal.Korver is a three-point shooting specialist who is averaging 9.5 points and 40.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe former second-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2003 NBA entry draft is a lifetime 42.9 percent three-point shooter.RELATED STORIES Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Gatchalian wants price freeze on basic goods in Batangas; sellers of overpriced masks jailed PLAY LIST 01:39Gatchalian wants price freeze on basic goods in Batangas; sellers of overpriced masks jailed00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to viruslast_img read more

Meningitis warning issued after three deaths in Ireland

first_imgThree people have died as a result of a spike in meningitis cases in Ireland in the past two weeks.The HSE is warning the public to be extra vigilant regarding meningococcal meningitis/septicaemia due to a rise in infections. Eleven cases were notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) since the last week in December. Three patients have died as a direct result of the disease.Dr Suzanne Cotter, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre said: “If anyone has any concerns about meningitis they should ring their GP in the first instance.  Meningitis and septicaemia often happen together and symptoms can appear in any order. Some may not appear at all. “Early symptoms can include; fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pain, stomach cramps, fever with cold hands and feet and a rash, but do not wait for the rash to appear. If someone is ill and getting worse, get medical help immediately.“Parents of children should also check that they are up-to-date regarding their childhood meningococcal vaccinations.”Meningitis is a serious illness involving inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by a variety of different germs, mainly bacterial and viruses.The illness occurs most frequently in young children and adolescents, usually as isolated cases.  Bacterial meningitis or septicaemia requires urgent antibiotic treatment. The HSE reports that all age groups, from infants to elderly, have been affected in recent cases. Meningitis warning issued after three deaths in Ireland was last modified: January 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HSEmeningitislast_img read more

Spencer volleyball finishes third at Reedsburg Invitational

first_imgRogers has 47 digs, six aces for Rockets in four matchesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterREEDSBURG — The Spencer volleyball team went 2-2 to finish third at the Reedsburg Invitational on Saturday at Reedsburg High School.The Rockets’ wins came 29-27, 25-20 over Hillsboro and 22-25, 25-10, 15-8 over Adams-Friendship.Jenna Schober finished with 32 kills and 38 digs, Jenna Rogers had 47 digs and six service aces, and Liz Endreas added 26 kills for the Rockets.Setters Sadie Mercier and McKenzie Bainer had 37 and 28 assists, respectively.“We played some really good teams, and we did not bring our ‘A’ game,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “When you face solid Division 1 teams, you have to play your best. Hopefully the solid competition helps us build as we head to the playoffs.Spencer will play Colby at home on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

DocStoc Takes Its Long Shot Vision to the Public

first_imgRelated Posts Despite the valiant intentions of the site, there are almost zero comments or ratings on any of the documents. The company says it hopes that the precedent set by high quality docs at launch will facilitate community policing against low quality docs and spam. I question that; it might work, but the effort required to provide feedback on search results and document quality may be too high. marshall kirkpatrick The fact that the company is giving away an iPod touch to the people who upload the greatest quantity of documents each week doesn’t bode well for the quality of search results on the site. The words “Free iPod!” shouldn’t appear on a reputable company’s website, in my opinion. These sorts of sites face serious challenges, though. At public launch DocStoc has more than 12,000 documents already uploaded during the private beta. Most of those documents appear relatively well labeled and of high quality. Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe this trend will continue. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Document sharing site DocStoc opened to the public today after months of a high-profile private beta. Similar to the already launched and funded Scribd, DocStoc aims to provide a place for you to post and discover professional documents on a wide variety of topics. Think sample contracts, sample press releases, proposals, etc. If DocStoc can keep itself from being overrun by crap, as has happened to Scribd, that itself would be a major accomplishment. Like Scribd, this L.A. based company has its own roster of high profile investors. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web I want DocStoc to work, and when looking for sample documents in the future I will give it several tries. Results so far are acceptable. I’m not so sure that I wouldn’t be better off paying for a human-selected “best of” list, though. last_img read more

A cup of coffee could be the key to tackling obesity and

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019Scientists from the University of Nottingham have discovered that drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate ‘brown fat’, the body’s own fat-fighting defenses, which could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetes.The pioneering study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the first to be carried out in humans to find components which could have a direct effect on ‘brown fat’ functions, an important part of the human body which plays a key role in how quickly we can burn calories as energy.Brown adipose tissue (BAT), also known as brown fat, is one of two types of fat found in humans and other mammals. Initially only attributed to babies and hibernating mammals, it was discovered in recent years that adults can have brown fat too. Its main function is to generate body heat by burning calories (opposed to white fat, which is a result of storing excess calories).People with a lower body mass index (BMI) therefore have a higher amount of brown fat.Professor Michael Symonds, from the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham who co-directed the study said: Related StoriesUranium toxicity might have caused obesity and diabetes in Kuwait, finds new studyHarnessing target of the brain chemical serotonin to combat obesityMaternal obesity may negatively affect children’s lung developmentThe team started with a series of stem cell studies to see if caffeine would stimulate brown fat. Once they had found the right dose, they then moved on to humans to see if the results were similar.The team used a thermal imaging technique, which they’d previously pioneered, to trace the body’s brown fat reserves. The non-invasive technique helps the team to locate brown fat and assess its capacity to produce heat.”From our previous work, we knew that brown fat is mainly located in the neck region, so we were able to image someone straight after they had a drink to see if the brown fat got hotter,” said Professor Symonds.”The results were positive and we now need to ascertain that caffeine as one of the ingredients in the coffee is acting as the stimulus or if there’s another component helping with the activation of brown fat. We are currently looking at caffeine supplements to test whether the effect is similar.Once we have confirmed which component is responsible for this, it could potentially be used as part of a weight management regime or as part of glucose regulation program to help prevent diabetes.” Source:University of NottinghamJournal reference:Velickovic, K. et al. (2019) Caffeine exposure induces browning features in adipose tissue in vitro and in vivo. Scientific Reports. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-45540-1. Brown fat works in a different way to other fat in your body and produces heat by burning sugar and fat, often in response to cold. Increasing its activity improves blood sugar control as well as improving blood lipid levels and the extra calories burnt help with weight loss. However, until now, no one has found an acceptable way to stimulate its activity in humans.This is the first study in humans to show that something like a cup of coffee can have a direct effect on our brown fat functions. The potential implications of our results are pretty big, as obesity is a major health concern for society and we also have a growing diabetes epidemic and brown fat could potentially be part of the solution in tackling them.”last_img read more

Cambridge Analytica scandal—Facebooks user engagement and trust decline

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. While space baron Elon Musk may have made the social network’s boss Mark Zuckerberg wince with his laconic “what’s Facebook?” tweet as he removed his SpaceX and Tesla brands from the site, reports of Facebook’s death are premature.It’s popular to say that “Facebook is just for the oldies now”. And Zuckerberg’s purchase of Instagram and WhatsApp and his failed attempt to buy Snapchat for US$3 billion demonstrates how Facebook has – for years – been pursuing more engagement from younger people.But the real picture is more complicated than a simple ageing market.Evidence suggests that plenty of young people are still using Facebook – which claims to have 1.4 billion active daily users. According to Pew Research, 88% of Americans aged between 18 and 29 have a Facebook account, far more than Instagram’s 59% or Twitter’s 36%. It also beats Snapchat and Wickr, which between them are used by 56% of young people in the US. And 18 to 29-year-olds don’t just have Facebook accounts: 49% of them check the site or app when they wake up. It remains, by a long distance, the most popular social network overall: 79% of online adult Americans hold accounts, and three quarters of these users check it in every day.But as the numbers also show, Facebook is no longer the only player. Young people in particular have little loyalty, typically holding accounts on at least two other networks. And now other services are available, the way they use Facebook has changed. Read more: Psychographics: the behavioural analysis that helped Cambridge Analytica know voters’ minds Facebook used to be the place for in-jokes, flirtations, hot gossip, pokes. It was developed by Zuckerberg and three co-founders on a campus at Harvard, and it felt like it. I was working at a British university when Facebook first rolled out beyond the US. I once horrified an entire lecture theatre by Googling a couple of student names on the big screen in 2008, to prove what they were doing was more public than they thought. But there’s no need for shock tactics now. Young people know their future employers, parents and grandparents are present online, and so they behave accordingly. And it’s not only older people that affect behaviour. My research shows young people dislike the way Facebook ties them into a fixed self. Facebook insists on real names and links different areas of a person’s life, carrying over from school to university to work. This arguably restricts the freedom to explore new identities – one of the key benefits of the web. The desire for escapable transience over damning permanence has driven Snapchat’s success, precisely because it’s a messaging app that allows users to capture videos and pictures that are quickly removed from the service. Meanwhile, Facebook’s user engagement has fallen through the floor. After a conservative decline, it dropped significantly by almost a third between 2015 and 2016, research shows. This matters because user posts drive about six times more engagement than public posts made by companies on Facebook. In that same period comments, “likes” and shares on the network also fell by a third. Other researchers have found a similar trend. The drop in user engagement – even before the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which it was alleged that the British company had harvested the data of 50m Facebook profiles to try to manipulate election campaigns – is clearly bad news for the multi-billion dollar business. In the past few years, Facebook has routinely played around with its algorithm to improve engagement by prioritising video, or people over pages and more recently it began testing “trusted sources”. Read more: Cambridge Analytica scandal: legitimate researchers using Facebook data could be collateral damage Zuckerberg has said that it was better for users to connect with friends and family than to passively consume content. But the tweaks are also an effort to make Facebook matter on a personal level again, by rewarding people who drive engagement.However, it’s worth noting that trust in Facebook has waned – so improving user engagement could continue to be problematic. According to a recent Reuters/Ipso online poll, carried out after the Cambridge Analytica scandal struck, only 41% of Americans trust Facebook to abide by privacy laws.Mingling in social networksMeanwhile, different social networks continue to pop up. The latest is Vero, which claims not to use algorithms to promote content, instead serving up a simple timeline. It has copied Facebook’s divisions of friends into varying degrees of intimacy, but appears to have made selective sharing of content much easier than Facebook’s notoriously complex privacy settings. It makes money from affiliate sales on the site and it’s highly likely that Vero will bring in a subscription charge. It has no adverts and promises never to sell a user’s data. There’s also an outright ban on content that is racist, invasive, physically or mentally harmful, “threatening, profane, obscene or otherwise objectionable”.But Facebook isn’t over yet – it’s ubiquity means we can find almost everyone there, which makes it a handy replacement for the phone book, trade directories and large chunks of the postal service. Facebook groups also create a real sense of community and build relationships. And Facebook is also a huge content referral agency, in which advertisers are its customers.So despite a decline in engagement and Musk and others switching off in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its huge userbase means there’s plenty to keep Facebook going for a long time because it’s very successful in its true business as a data broker. Provided by The Conversation Citation: Cambridge Analytica scandal—Facebook’s user engagement and trust decline (2018, March 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-cambridge-analytica-scandalfacebook-user-engagement.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook has been hit with the biggest trauma in the company’s 14-year history in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but it’s far from dead – as a public utility it is as relevant as ever. Credit: Shutterstock Firefox maker Mozilla to stop Facebook advertising because of data scandal Explore further read more

Apple vs Netflix Why turf wars are flaring in big tech

first_imgIn this Sunday, March 24, 2019 photo people walk on a pedestrian walkway, in Boston’s Seaport district. Apple’s latest move into streaming video illustrates an escalating trend: Tech’s biggest companies, faced with limits to their growth, are encroaching on each other’s turf. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Apple is taking on Netflix. Facebook is edging into Amazon’s sphere with its e-commerce plans. Google, which has already challenged Amazon and Microsoft in cloud computing, is launching an online game service that could undercut the lucrative game-console business at Microsoft and Sony.Apple, which is also launching a gaming service and introducing its own credit card , may be veering the most outside its comfort zone, technology industry analyst Rob Enderle said.”This is an awful lot of breadth really quickly for a company that hasn’t been known for being great at breadth,” Enderle said. “This is much more diversity than Apple’s ever had.”Before, when the company’s product suite grew too varied, “what Steve Jobs did with Apple was, he made the company focus,” Enderle said.These are different times, however, and Apple may have decided that it doesn’t have much choice amid declining sales of its premier product, the iPhone.”They have kind of bled the device market dry,” said Sally Edgar, of UK-based technology consultancy Waterstons. “Companies will increasingly be about subscription services. I think they have to do it to survive.” Apple’s latest move into streaming video illustrates an escalating trend: Tech’s biggest companies, faced with limits to their growth, are encroaching on each other’s turf. Citation: Apple vs. Netflix: Why turf wars are flaring in big tech (2019, March 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-apple-foray-video-limits-tech.html Explore furthercenter_img Tech companies, of course, have explored new markets and fought turf battles over them for years.Facebook and Google have long scrapped over digital ads. Google and Amazon are battling it out over voice assistants in the home. Google and Microsoft have competing search engines. And Apple and Google have waged an epic smartphone battle for roughly a decade.But longtime tech industry analyst Tim Bajarin sees new urgency in the latest push into streaming services and other businesses that bring in continuous flows of money—not just when consumers make big investments in new phones or other hardware.”It’s just becoming clearer today that the only way a company is going to grow is by adding a recurring revenue model,” Bajarin said. “Apple is becoming an aggregator of content. They now have multiple services that will help them grow their bottom line.”Enderle said Apple is still in the “honeymoon phase” after a Monday announcement at its Cupertino, California, headquarters. Apple brought out new A-list entertainment partners such as Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg and video game partners such as the creators of “SimCity” and the “Final Fantasy” series. What happens next may be harder for the company to manage.”It always looks great on the front end and then you have to execute,” he said. Apple highlights privacy in new services in jab at rivals In this June 13, 2016 file photo, the Apple logo is shown on a screen at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, in San Francisco. Apple’s latest move into streaming video illustrates an escalating trend: Tech’s biggest companies, faced with limits to their growth, are encroaching on each other’s turf. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) 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

Govt to invest Rs 33 crore to save 130 great Indian bustards

first_img Next Govt to invest Rs 33 crore to save 130 great Indian bustards left in the countryWith just 130 great Indian bustards left in the country, the Centre has initiated a project worth Rs 33.85 crore for their conservation and protection, the Environment Ministry told Lok Sabha Friday.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:56 IST Babul Supriyo said the ministry has also initiated a project, titled ‘Habitat Improvement and Conservation Breeding of Great Indian Bustard-An Integrated Approach’. (File photo)With just 130 great Indian bustards left in the country, the Centre has initiated a project worth Rs 33.85 crore for their conservation and protection, the Environment Ministry told Lok Sabha Friday.Responding to a query on measures being taken to protect the Indian bustard, one of the heaviest birds listed under critically endangered species, Union Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo said the ministry was providing funds to states and Union Territories for conservation and protection of 21 critically endangered species, including the great Indian bustard.”The ministry, through its Centrally Sponsored Scheme-Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH), provides funds to states or Union Territories under the component ‘Species Recovery Programme’ for conservation and protection of 21 critically endangered species, including the great Indian bustard,”p Babul Suriyo said in a written response.Babul Suriyo said the ministry has also initiated a project, titled ‘Habitat Improvement and Conservation Breeding of Great Indian Bustard-An Integrated Approach’, with a financial support of Rs 33.85 crore for five years from the ad hoc Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for conservation, breeding of the Indian bustard with technical support from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).”The important objective of this programme is to build up captive population of great Indian bustard and to release the chicks in the wild for increasing the population. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra are the important range states involved in this programme,” the minister said.In the last four years, the government has released over Rs 7.9 crore to Maharashtra and Rajasthan for conservation of great Indian bustard under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme-Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH), the ministry said.According to government figures, Maharshtra got Rs 4.79 crore between 2015 and 2019, while Rajasthan received Rs 3.12 crore.However, on a question on the role of noise pollution in endangering the Indian bustard, the ministry said the government does not recognise such a cause.Speaking to PTI, a senior official of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), an organisation working on the Indian bustard breeding project, said power lines are killing these birds and in order to increase their population, their breeding has started.”We are starting a breeding programme to repopulate the great Indian bustard. We collect their eggs, incubate them and hatch them. The second and third generation born out of the breeding will be then released into the wild when the environment is suitable for them. But it will take at least 15 years for them to be released into the wild,” said Y V Jhala, scientist, Wildlife Institute of India (WII).Currently, there are two centres for breeding and hatching — one in Jaisalmer and the other in Kota, both in Rajasthan, Y V Jhala said.ALSO READ | Royal hunting party fromSaudi Arabia in search of the Great Indian BustardALSO READ | The Great Indian Bustard could have become India’s national bird but for that spelling!ALSO WATCH | Karnataka: Animal lovers set-up shelter, save animals from floods For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byShahrukh Tags :Follow Bustard speciesFollow Environment MinistryFollow Wildlife Institute of IndiaFollow Lok Sabhalast_img read more