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Marcelo remains silent on Juventus links

first_imgReal Madrid’s Marcelo has refused to comment on speculation linking him with a surprise reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo at JuventusThe Portuguese star made the shock decision last month to end his trophy-laden nine-year spell at Real in favour of a new challenge and fresh environment at Juventus for this season.But since Ronaldo begun his pre-season training program alongside his new teammates in Turin, reports have emerged in Italy suggesting that the 33-year-old has asked the club board to sign Marcelo.Together the duo won four Champions League titles at Real and formed a close friendship with each other.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.But speaking ahead to Real’s derby showdown with Atletico Madrid in today’s UEFA Super Cup, Marcelo remained silent on the subject.“I’m not going to comment on my future, I’m just here to talk about the UEFA Super Cup,” said the Brazilian on the club website.Juventus’ own left-back Alex Sandro has been linked himself with a €50m exit this summer.last_img read more

VAR replay helps Barca secure win

first_imgBarcelona maintained their perfect start to the new La Liga season thanks to Video Assistant Referees replay, according to ESPN.The Catalan club secured a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Saturday night after the use of VAR replay proved to be difference.Ousmane Dembele scored the only goal in the 57th minute to give the Ernesto Valverde’s men all three points to maintain their perfect start to the season.The Spanish champions began the game with a front four of Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi but the quartet had trouble clicking on a ripped-up pitch in Valladolid.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.However, the former Borussia Dortmund winger pounced on a cushioned header back into the box from midfielder Sergio Roberto and lashed his first-time right-footed shot past goalkeeper Jordi Masip and into the far corner.Rayo Vallecano thought they’d worked an equaliser late in second-half stoppage-time but the goal was correctly ruled offside after a VAR replay.The victory ensures Barcelona begin their title defence in fine fashion after defeating Deportivo Alaves 3-o last week at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

Man United owners have no plans to sell amid Saudi interest

first_imgThe Glazer family have no interest in selling Manchester United or even a stake in it for the near future, amid reports of a £4bn takeover bid from Saudi ArabiaThe Sunday Mirror had linked the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is worth £850bn, with a stunning £4bn takeover of United over the weekend and suggested a formal meeting would take place in the next couple of weeks.This came after United’s share price skyrocketed over the past months that saw shares hit an all-time high on the New York Stock Exchange of $27.65 with Forbes valuing the club at around £3.2bn.This comes 13 years after the Glazer family completed their £790m takeover at Old Trafford, which left United heavily in debt afterwards.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But the Guardian reports that United owners Joel and Avram Glazer have started no discussions nor do they have any real interest in selling the club.Had the Glazer family sold their shares of the 20-time English champions then they could have left with a massive profit of £2.2bn.United already have business interests in Saudi Arabia due to their partnership with the telecommunications firm Saudi Telecom.last_img read more

Napoli have adjusted to Ancelottis style Sheva

first_imgAndriy Shevchenko believes Napoli players are adapting well to the style of his old Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti.Ancelotti took over after three years of Maurizio Sarri and is transforming their tactics from 4-3-3 to a versatile 4-4-2.“I like Carlo’s team, as they are competitive and Ancelotti has changed a few things with great wisdom,” Sheva told Football Italia via La Gazzetta dello Sport.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Now Napoli are starting to play in his style, so this all confirms what we’ve known for a while: Carlo is an intelligent man and that is his greatest strength. He never gets swept away or distraught, he always maintains his balance.“Having said that, I struggle to see anyone prevent Juventus from taking the Scudetto again. The gap is too big, but they can work towards next season.”Napoli are currently in the hunt for the title but are likely to settle for a top-four finish with Juve running away with the title.last_img read more

Benitez discusses details of meeting with Ashley

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez insists nothing has changed despite having a meeting with club owner Mike Ashley.Ashley met the former Real Madrid manager at St. James Park following last weekend’s 3-0 home win against Cardiff City.Benitez, who has refused to talk about potential addictions during this transfer window since admitting he was concerned after the Magpies loss to Liverpool last month, wouldn’t reveal much about his meeting with Ashley, who has been pushing the manager to sign a new contract for the past 12 months.However, the 58-year-old, who is expected to leave the club in the summer when his contract expires if the club refuse to invest in the squad, says the situation has not changed.Asked if he was happier after speaking to Ashley, Benitez said: “I’m exactly the same.”“I don’t need to talk about what we were talking about, because it was a private conversation.”“But, more or less, we’re in the same situation. We have to wait.”Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…Asked by the Gazette if he was still worried, Benitez said:“We are where we are, so we will see.”Ashley, who put Newcastle up for sale 18 months ago, congratulated Benitez and the players on the Cardiff win.The result lifted the club out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.“We had a good conversation,” said Benitez.”“We were talking about Cardiff, the three points and everything. It’s fine, but still we are where we are.”last_img read more

Rodale Strikes Licensing Deal to Market Branded Workout Kits

first_imgEmmaus, Pennsylvania-based Rodale Inc. has struck a licensing agreement and marketing partnership with EB Brands, parent company of the EB Sport Group, to sell Men’s Health- and Women’s Health-branded workout kits and other products.The Men’s Health “Ultimate Total-Body Workout,” designed by the magazine’s editors, includes select equipment and a customized workout poster for a six-week exercise program. Also included is a free one-year subscription to the digital edition of the magazine and a free three-month trial offer to Men’s Health “Personal Trainer,” a customized fitness and nutrition premium content Web site. Women’s Health will offer a similar editor-developed program, “Lean Body Workout,” as well as an identical trial offer of customized content for readers (instead of “Personal Trainer,” the Women’s Health premium content site will be “Fit Coach.”) The branded workout kits will retail for $49.99 and be available in mid-October at major sporting goods retailers and specialty stores nationwide and at GetFitKit.com in late October. According to Tamra Knepfer, Rodale’s senior vice president of licensing and business development, by combining “EB’s knowledge of the fitness product market and their leadership in product innovation with Rodale’s editorial expertise and brand strength, we are creating products that help consumers achieve their fitness goals.”Rodale’s Prevention and Runner’s World will also debut products in the fitness accessory and fitness monitor categories. The promotional license also enables EB Sport Group to feature special Rodale added-value on-pack offers, which include digital magazine subscriptions and online subscription services on EB Sport’s products, Rodale said.last_img read more

RDA Cuts Global Workforce

first_imgAn RDA spokesperson says the publisher isn’t closing any businesses or making any major changes to products.“The executive committee and I are unified in our commitment to make the right decisions now—even the difficult ones—so RDA can succeed and become an employer that offers opportunity for the long term.Employees will be notified by June 17 about the “vast majority” of the forthcoming eliminations. The timeframe for notifications about international eliminations will vary.In addition to the cuts, Berner said RDA will continue to invest in what it sees as growth areas, including a pay model for Allrecipes.com Pay Model, continued international expansion, expanded use of the DRTV marketing channel and acquisition and greater use of outside mailing lists internationally.RDA, which emerged from bankruptcy protection earlier this year, reported an operating loss of $27.1 million through the first three months of 2010, down considerably from a $499.3 million loss during the same period the last year. Revenues declined 10.2 percent to $413.9 million. As part of its previously announced cost management initiative, the Reader’s Digest Association today is now reducing its global workforce. CEO Mary Berner announced the cuts Tuesday in a memo to staffers.The cuts reportedly amount to about 10 percent of its overall staff, or about 270 employees.In the memo, which was e-mailed to FOLIO:, Berner said the workforce reduction helps to better align the company with its revenues and “to make sure that we have the right plans in place so that the company will have a healthy financial future.”last_img read more

2020 VW Golf slated for techrich October debut report says

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Originally, it was believed that the 2020 Volkswagen Golf would make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, perhaps alongside the ID electric hatchback’s production form. Now, a new report points to a later debut, but based on what the Golf will carry with it, the wait sounds worth it.The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is currently scheduled to make its formal debut in October, Automotive News Europe reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the matter. There are, according to ANE, two reasons for this: First, Volkswagen wants the ID to steal the spotlight at the show, as it’s a pretty important vehicle for the automaker; also, as earlier reports noted, VW did have some software setbacks to work through.But the Golf that shows itself to the world in October will be reportedly worth the weight. ANE’s report says that the eighth generation is positioning itself as “the benchmark for connectivity.” Standard features will allegedly include lane-keep assist, LED headlights and a massive digital cockpit in addition to a center-console screen no smaller than 8.25 inches.In addition to all that kit, most of which is currently relegated to more expensive Golf trims, there’s some interesting digital tech in there. The vehicle will reportedly be capable of vehicle-to-x communication, likely using the DSRC standard (802.11p) that the automaker has championed in the past. The new Golf should also carry a digital key option, which allows the vehicle to be opened using a phone instead of a key, although it’s unclear if this technology will rely on near-field communication like Hyundai’s, or if it will use Bluetooth Low Energy like the Tesla Model 3.The 2020 VW Golf will enter production in Wolfsburg, Germany, in the third quarter of 2019, the report says. Europe will be first to take a crack at the new hatchback; as with generations past, it’ll take about a year or so for the new Golf to make its way to the US. Hatchbacks Future Cars Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Volkswagen Review • 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen: Stirring sensibility 23 Photoscenter_img 1 More From Roadshow 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a hot hatch for grown-ups Comment More about 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Share your voice Volkswagenlast_img read more

Get an Echo Dot for 2999 or a refurb for 2499

first_img Amazon Now playing: Watch this: 2 See It CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Best Buy $29 The Cheapskate See it $49 Crutchfield Amazon Echo Dot Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense See Itcenter_img $29 Adorama Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Share your voice The new Amazon Echo Dot: Does it sound better than before? Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini Smart Speakers & Displays News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 $49 Comments Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. CNET This post is for you, Last Person in America Who Doesn’t Own a Smart Speaker.The current-generation Amazon Echo Dot normally sells for $49.99, but it’s once again on sale for 40% off. That gets you out the door for just $29.99.See it at AmazonStill too much? Try this: Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the refurbished third-gen Echo Dot for $24.99, with free shipping for Amazon Prime subscribers. (Non-subscribers will pay $5 for shipping, at which point it’s obviously better to go new.)See it at WootSure, that’s only a $5 savings, but if you consider the regular price, it’s a 50% savings. Your color options there are Charcoal and Heather Gray. Amazon’s selection adds Sandstone to the mix.CNET’s Echo Dot review tells you everything you need to know about the little puck. I’ll add my two cents to that: It’s an excellent nightstand companion for things like alarms, weather reports and guided meditations.Will Amazon Prime Day bring an even lower price on the Echo Dot? Perhaps. It did dip to $25 around Black Friday last year. But I think at $30 it’s already a sweet deal. 1:54 See Itlast_img read more

Hasina leaves Washington for London

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina left Washington on Monday for London on her way back home wrapping up her 16-day visit to the United States.“A United Airlines flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage took off from Dulles International Airport in Washington for London at 10:15 pm on Monday (local time),” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told UNB over phone from Washington.Bangladesh ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin and permanent representative to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen saw the prime minister off at the airport.The flight is scheduled to land at Heathrow International Airport in London at 10 am (local time) today.Bangladesh high commissioner to the UK Nazmul Qaunine will receive Sheikh Hasina at the airport. After a three-day stay in the British capital, the prime minister will return home on 7 October.Sheikh Hasina travelled to the US capital from New York on 22 September after attending the 72nd UNGA session.After staying in Washington for a week, she was scheduled to return home on 2 October via London. But, the date was deferred as the prime minister underwent a gallbladder surgery at a Washington hospital on 25 September.Sheikh Hasina arrived in New York on 17 September to join the UN’s annual event.last_img read more

Malta rescues 180 migrants

first_imgMalta on Monday pulled 180 migrants to safety from two boats in distress, while 49 more were stuck in limbo at sea as the weather worsened in the Mediterranean.An army patrol boat picked up 28 migrants from a dinghy some 71 nautical miles southwest of Malta before plucking another 152 people from a wooden boat to the south.The rescues followed the recovery by Malta Sunday of 69 migrants on a wooden boat which had run into trouble.Meanwhile, the UN’s refugee agency said time was “running out” for 49 people rescued by NGO boats but denied a safe port in Europe, some of whom have been stranded at sea for over a week.The NGOs — the German Sea-Eye and Dutch Sea-Watch — called for “an immediate solution for those being held hostage by European States, who are denying them a safe port”.”With the weather conditions forecast to worsen this evening, a solution must be found by the end of 2018 in order to prevent placing people’s heath at further risk,” they said in a joint statement.The German-flagged professor Albrecht Penck ship has 17 migrants from West Africa on board who were rescued on Saturday in international waters off Libya.At the same time, the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3 has 32 migrants rescued on December 22 including three young children, three unaccompanied adolescents and four women from Nigeria, Libya and Ivory Coast.While Italy, Malta, Spain and the Netherlands have refused to accept the Sea-Watch 3 migrants, several German cities have offered to take them in.On Saturday a government spokesman said Germany would only accept some of the migrants if other European countries also agreed to do so.Last week, a newborn baby and his mother were helicoptered from a boat to Malta.”The negotiations over which country takes them in must happen only once those rescued are brought safety to land,” UNHCR special envoy Vincent Cochetel said.More than 1,300 migrants have died trying to reach Italy or Malta via the central Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).The Italian interior ministry said Monday that the number of 2018 arrivals in Italy was down over 80 per cent compared with 2017 at just 23,370.The biggest number came from Tunisia, followed by Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan and Nigeria.In mid-2017, departures from Libya dropped after a controversial deal between Italy and the war-torn North African country.A campaign against the NGO rescue organisations peaked in June this year with far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini’s “closed-ports” policy aimed at ending all rescue operations, including military ones.last_img read more

Parents Send Teenagers Off On College Tour With Despedida

first_imgLaura IsenseeDozens of families give their teenagers a ‘despedida’ or send-off for a five-day college campus tour in New England with the nonprofit, EMERGE.Before she left home, Hera’emperatrize “Trize” Gipson gave her three younger siblings a big hug goodbye. Then her dad took her to HISD headquarters to meet up with dozens more Houston teenagers headed on a five-day college tour in New England.“This is my first time going on an airplane, so I’m, like, really nervous,” Trize said, as she clutched a fuzzy blue stuffed dolphin – her pillow pet – and her Tweety Bird blanket. “I kissed all of them and let them know I love them and everything, like, ‘Ok guys! I’m really nervous but I’ll let you know about the trip once I get off!’”At HISD headquarters, Trize, her dad and all the other families had a second goodbye. It’s called a despedida in Spanish.“Despedida, it means send-off, congratulations,” said Trisha Cornwell, director of EMERGE, a college advising nonprofit that connects high achieving students from low-income communities to top tier colleges. Research shows that these students are often overlooked in the admissions process.Cornwell said that they want to include parents in their kids’ college journey way before graduation and also create a community among parents going through the same experience. For many of the students, a summer college tour is their first time away from their families, outside the state or on a plane. In some ways, it’s practice for what’s coming.“We know that if we’re going to convince more students to test out schools outside the city, we have to think of this as a family decision and not a student decision,” Cornwell said.That’s why EMERGE started holding despedidas for teenagers headed on college tours last summer.This past Sunday, dozens of parents and family members lined the hallway of HISD’s headquarters.They cheered and held up handmade signs with messages like ‘We Love You’ and ‘Good Luck’ as their kids rolled their suitcases down the hallway to the white bus waiting in the parking lot to take them to the airport.Trize’s dad Broger Gipson gave her one more hug. He said that he’ glad she’s getting this experience, but had mixed feelings, just like his 16-year-old daughter.“I’m a bit nervous because she’s going far from me and anytime she goes far from me I’m always worried,” Gipson said. “I’m hoping that she gets a chance to learn something, that’s not only just educational for herself, but for schools and different other things … Of course, when she comes back she’s going to tell me every full detail, from day one to day last.”Maybe in two years, Trize, who’s a junior at Kashmere High School, will go to college in New England, instead of her current top choice of Texas A&M University.Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaFor most students in the EMERGE college advising program, this summer’s college tour outside of Texas marks the first time they’ve been outside Texas or on an airplane. X 00:00 /01:25 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listenlast_img read more

Texas Strong Harvey Relief Concert Will Feature Willie Nelson Paul Simon

first_img Share On the heels of Tuesday’s “Hand in Hand: Texas” concert and telethon to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, plans for a new relief concert to be headlined by Willie Nelson and other greats were announced Wednesday morning.Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt and more plan Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas benefit concert this month https://t.co/Eimr3qvLfN pic.twitter.com/llGPMCLC3O— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 13, 2017Scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert For Hurricane Harvey Relief” will include performances by Nelson, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon and others. An hour-long special will be broadcast on TEGNA’s 11 Texas stations, including KHOU, and the first hour of the concert will air live on YouTube.com/TexasStrong.“We got lucky when Hurricane Harvey avoided Austin, but though it missed us, it hit our neighbors hard. Every time I’ve asked you to help our neighbors you’ve risen to the challenge,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement. “Now we have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means putting on a show and having a good time.”Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, a project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation. Google will match the first $500,000 in donations.last_img read more

Political Roundup Trump Fires Tillerson And Inside The Texas Congressional Runoffs

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen X From Pres. Trump firing Rex Tillerson from his post as Secretary of State, to the prospects for a meeting between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, to the runoff election campaigns in Texas Congressional Districts 2 and 7 — Houston Matters’ political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Our panel of experts this week includes Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast, and David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Downtown. 00:00 /28:27 last_img read more

UPDATE Lawmakers Push Zuckerberg On Security Diversity Drug Sales On Facebook

first_imgFacebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. This is the second day of testimony before Congress by Zuckerberg, 33. Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesA few of the other topics discussed in the hearing:What is Facebook? Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., committee chairman, noted that Facebook has exclusive broadcasting deals as well as tools that allow people to transfer money.“Is Facebook a media company?” he asked. “Is Facebook a financial institution?”Zuckerberg replied: “I consider us to be a technology company because the primary thing that we do is have engineers that write code and build products and services for other people. There are certainly other things that we do do. … We build planes to help connect people, and I don’t consider us to be an aerospace company.”Facebook has been testing planes that broadcast Internet signals to the ground.Does Facebook’s data collection amount to surveillance of users? Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., accused Facebook of “the wholesale invasion and manipulation of users’ right to privacy.”“What is the difference between Facebook’s methodology and the methodology of the American political pariah J. Edgar Hoover?” he asked, referring to the former FBI director.“The difference is extremely clear, which is that on Facebook you have control over your information,” Zuckerberg said. “The content that you share, you put there. … The information that we collect, you can choose to have us not collect. You can delete any of it, and of course, you can leave Facebook if you want.“I know of no surveillance organization that gives people the option to delete the data that they have or even know what they’re collecting,” Zuckerberg said.Do consumers understand what they’ve agreed to as they use Facebook? Walden asked Zuckerberg, “Did it ever cross your mind that you should be communicating more clearly with users about how Facebook is monetizing their data?”“I would say that we do try to explain what we do as time goes on,” Zuckerberg said. Every time someone adds content to Facebook, he said, there is “a control right there about who you want to share it with. … I think that in the product that’s quite clear. I do think that we can do a better job of explaining how our advertising works.”Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, approached the same question from a different angle. “Can the average layperson look at the terms and conditions and make the evaluation: Is this strong enough protection for me to enter into this arrangement?” he asked.Zuckerberg said, “I think if someone wanted to know that they could, but a lot of people probably just accept terms of service without taking the time to read through it. I view our responsibility not as just legally complying with laying it out, getting that consent, but actually trying to make sure that people understand what’s happening throughout the product.”He repeatedly said he believes users do understand how their data will be used. Multiple lawmakers expressed skepticism on that point.The question of financial penaltiesIn an occasionally tense exchange, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., challenged Zuckerberg over his company’s billions of dollars in profit and what she described as the lack of financial penalty over prior privacy breaches.She cited two settled class-action lawsuits — Lane v. Facebook, in which users received no compensation, and Fraley v. Facebook, in which users received $15 each. DeGette expressed surprise when Zuckerberg said he was not familiar with the details of the cases.She also asked whether there was a financial penalty involved after a Federal Trade Commission investigation ended in a 2011 consent decree. Zuckerberg said he couldn’t remember, which prompted more skepticism from DeGette.“The reason you probably don’t remember is because the FTC doesn’t have the authority to issue penalties for first-time violations,” she said.“We continue to have these abuses and these data breaches, but at the same time, it doesn’t seem like future activities are prevented,” DeGette said. “I think one of the things that we need to look at in the future … is putting really robust penalties in place in case of improper actions.” On racial diversity within Facebook’s staff and leadershipCongressional Black Caucus member Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said that Facebook lists five leaders on its website, none of whom are black. “This does not reflect America,” he said.“We have a broader leadership than just five people,” Zuckerberg said.“Do you plan to add an African-American to your leadership team in the foreseeable future and will you commit that you will continue to work with us, the Congressional Black Caucus, to increase diversity within your company?“Congressman, we will certainly work with you,” Zuckerberg said. “This is an important issue.”Butterfield asked for data on the retention of employees by race; Zuckerberg said he would discuss it with his team.Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., also pushed Zuckerberg hard on the question of diversity, tying the “monolithic” makeup of the company to Facebook’s failures to anticipate and prevent disinformation campaigns. After five hours of testimony before a joint session of two Senate committees on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to the Capitol for a second straight day of grilling — this time before the House.For another five hours on Wednesday, Zuckerberg took questions from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Representatives took a generally sharp tone, pushing Zuckerberg to commit to “yes or no” answers and occasionally exclaiming with mock surprise when he protested that he couldn’t answer.And the questions extended far beyond questions of security, privacy and data-sharing, addressing diversity at Facebook headquarters and whether the company is tacitly allowing illegal drug sales on the platform.The congressional hearings, Zuckerberg’s first, come in the wake of a scandal in which Facebook user data was sold to Cambridge Analytica, a third-party group that assisted the Trump campaign. (Cambridge Analytica saysit did not use the Facebook data in its 2016 election work.)Zuckerberg has repeatedly apologized for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, while blaming the information-sharing on a researcher who, according to Facebook, violated the platform’s terms of service.Zuckerberg says he found out that the data was sold to Cambridge Analytica after The Guardian reported on the issue.“Do you routinely learn about these violations through the press?” Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., asked on Wednesday.“Sometimes we do,” Zuckerberg said.He told members of the House that his own data was included in the privacy breach. Zuckerberg said Facebook relies on users flagging inappropriate content to be taken down. He said with billions of pieces of content shared daily, it was not feasible for the company to examine all those posts. But he said the company hopes to use artificial intelligence tools to help flag inappropriate content.On Facebook’s collection of data on non-Facebook users Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony has focused on how Facebook handles user data. But Rep. Ben Luján, D-N.M., pushed Zuckerberg on how exactly Facebook uses the data of people who are not users of the service.Their conversation went like this: Is Facebook doing enough to stop opioid sales?Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., brought up America’s opioid crisis and posted a photo of drugs available for sale on Facebook, no prescription necessary.“Your platform is still being used to circumvent the law and allow people to buy highly addictive drugs without a prescription,” he said. “Facebook is actually enabling an illegal activity, and in so doing, you are hurting people.”Zuckerberg replied, “There are a number of areas of content that we need to do a better job policing on our service.”“You’ve said before you were going to take down those ads but you didn’t do it,” McKinley said. “When are you going to take them down? … Where is your accountability to allow this to be occurring?”center_img How does Facebook use information it collects, as opposed to what users provide?In his testimony, Zuckerberg has consistently emphasized the information people voluntarily supply to Facebook — photos they upload, status updates they write, pages they click “like” on. He says people own that data and can delete it at any time. He also stresses that Facebook, while it uses that data to power its ad business, does not sell the data itself to advertisers.Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., pressed Zuckerberg on something different — the “metadata” about users that Facebook gathers without users uploading it themselves. That includes things like when and how users access Facebook and what they click on or look at, including on sites other than Facebook. (The Wall Street Journal recently published a visual breakdown of data provided vs. data collected by various platforms.)“There’s an awful lot of information that is generated that people don’t think that they’re generating, and that advertisers are being able to target because Facebook collects it,” Kennedy said.“Yes,” Zuckerberg said. “My understanding is that the targeting options that are available for advertisers are generally things that are based on what people share. Now, once an advertiser chooses how they want to target something, Facebook also does its own work to rank and determine which ads are going to be interesting to which people. So we may use metadata or other behaviors of what you’ve shown that you’re interested in in news feeds or other places in order to make our systems more relevant to you, but that’s a little bit different from giving that as an option to an advertiser.”“I don’t understand how users then own that data,” Kennedy said. He then ran out of time for questions.On its business help pages, Facebook tells advertisers it can target ads based on, among other things, users’ purchase behaviors and “activities people engage in on and off Facebook.”Members of Congress also asked pointed questions about how Facebook will defend civil rights — by preventing housing discrimination in advertising, for instance — whether the platform suppresses conservative speech or might in the future, and the degree of responsibility Facebook has over content on its platform, including disinformation.On Tuesday, the hearing before the Senate covered many of the same topics as well.As NPR’s Peter Overby reported earlier this week, Facebook — like Silicon Valley in general — has grown more involved in Washington politics over the years: Luján: “Facebook has detailed profiles on people who have never signed up for Facebook, yes or no?”Zuckerberg: “In general, we collect data from people who have not signed up from Facebook for security purposes.” Luján: “… On average, how many data points does Facebook have on each Facebook user?”Zuckerberg: “I do not know off the top of my head.”Luján: “The average for non-Facebook platforms is 1,500. It’s been reported that Facebook has as many as 29,000 data points for an average Facebook user. Do you know how many points of data Facebook has on the average non-Facebook user?”Zuckerberg: “Congressman, I do not off the top off my head, but I can have our team get back to you afterwards.”Luján: “I’d appreciate that. It’s been admitted by Facebook that you do collect data points on non-Facebook users, so my question is, can someone who does not have a Facebook account opt out of Facebook’s involuntary data collection?”Zuckerberg: “Congressman, anyone can turn off and opt out of any data collection for ads, whether they use our services or not, but in order to prevent people from scraping public information … we need to know when someone is trying to repeatedly access our services … “Luján: “You’ve said everyone controls their data, but you are collecting data on people who are not even Facebook users, that have never signed a consent, a privacy agreement, and you’re collecting their data. And it may surprise you that on Facebook’s page, when you go to ‘I don’t have a Facebook account and would like to request all my personal data stored by Facebook,’ it takes you to a form that says, ‘Go to your Facebook page and then on your account settings you can download your data.’  … You’re directing people who that don’t even have a Facebook page to have to sign up for a page to reach their data. We’ve got to fix that.” “Facebook opened its D.C. office when it was five years old — and already worth billions. It routinely hires lots of top-tier, veteran lobbyists, as does Google.“The current lobbying environment is ideal. Many lawmakers still don’t fully grasp the technology. Congress long ago defunded its in-house technology office, which could have taught them.“Facebook reported its 2017 lobbying cost at nearly $12 million. Google spent even more: $18 million. … Some of the money goes to think tanks, where experts can shape policy debates on Capitol Hill. … Then there’s campaign money. …“Facebook’s PAC and employees made political contributions totaling $4.5 million in the 2016 cycle, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. For Google’s parent company, Alphabet, the total was nearly $8 million.” Sharelast_img read more

Canebased companion robot supports mobilityimpaired with a friendly touch

first_img Caris Life Sciences Acquires Pharmatech Subfretboard System Project – Magic of sound transmission. Powered by I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Precision Oncology News, 2019 Privacy policy Expression-Based Survival Signature Proposed for Glioblastoma Data gathered during the Canine tests showed gait stability improved significantly when test subjects had the light-touch assistance of the robotic caneDanielle M. Stramel, Sunil Agrawal, Columbia Engineering We recommend Precision Oncology News, 2019 Memorial Sloan Kettering Nears Approval for Liquid Biopsy Test; Describes Validation at AACR All Breast Cancer Patients Should Receive Multigene Panel Tests, Surgeon Group Says Source: Columbia Engineering Google Analytics settings Precision Oncology News, 2019 Precision Oncology News, 2019 Taking inspiration from the traditional cane, a team of researchers from Columbia Engineering in New York has come up with a LiDAR-enabled robotic assistant which offers light-touch support for the mobility-impaired. Dubbed Canine, the device improves the user’s spacial self-awareness, which subsequently improves walking stability.According to the team, some 35 percent of people aged 75 to 80 years suffer some form of mobility impairment (compared to four percent of people aged 18 to 49), and this number is only going to increase. Currently, the ratio of young to old is around seven or eight to one, but this is expected to reduce to around five to one by 2050. Hence the need for better, smarter assistive technology. Smart canes have been developed before, but most tend to be about improving environmental sensors for sight-impaired users, or measuring the physical recovery of patients based on how much pressure they apply as they walk with the cane. And while the cane may be an obvious metaphor for this device, in fact, it’s more like the friendly, sturdy hand of a human assistant, gently helping someone who, while mobile, might not be particularly stable on their feet. The offer of a gentle hand with a light, guiding touch is precisely what the Canine robot promises. The device is made up of a mobile robotic base, which tracks the user using LiDAR as it rolls alongside, and a robotic cane which senses and responds to both the user and the information from the base unit, giving subtle feedback through the handle.To train the device, the test subjects – 12 healthy young volunteers – walked along a mat kitted out with sensors, while they wore a virtual reality headset which fed them mediolateral visual perturbations, (messed with their perception of their environment) and subsequently interfered with their gait. The test subjects walked the course with and without the Canine device, and the data gathered showed their gait stability improved significantly when they had the light-touch assistance of the robotic cane. “The next phase in our research will be to test this device on elderly individuals and those with balance and gait deficits to study how the robotic cane can improve their gait,” says Professor Sunil Agrawal, director of the Robotics and Rehabilitation Laboratory, who led the research team. “In addition, we will conduct new experiments with healthy individuals, where we will perturb their head-neck motion in addition to their vision to simulate vestibular deficits in people.”Agrawal and his colleagues are hopeful that the technology behind the Canine robot could one day offer a reasonably inexpensive solution to a much needed – and growing – gap in care. A paper on the project is available to read at IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters and a short video demonstration of the test process can be seen below. Liquid Biopsy Monitoring, Surveillance Efforts Accelerate Across Cancer Types and Technologies Natera, BGI Genomics Ink $50M Deal to Develop, Launch Liquid Biopsy Tests in China, Elsewhere Precision Oncology News, 2019 Precision Oncology News, 2019 Yes Nolast_img read more

Buyers Gain Confidence Through Technology

first_img The mortgage industry has made huge strides in terms of technological advances, offering homebuyers the opportunity to search for, tour, and make offers on homes all from digital platforms.Potential homebuyers are taking their search online where they are conducting much of the mortgage process on their own. A survey of 1,000 potential homebuyers by Owners.com found that consumers are confident in the economy and their own understanding of the mortgage process, which suggests they are becoming more self-reliant with the home buying experience.The survey  found that 69 percent of respondents gave themselves an “A” or “B” grade when it comes to understanding the home buying process, indicating their confidence in their ability to self-navigate the real estate market.According to the survey responses, 73 percent of survey respondents indicated that they would use online sites to search for properties, 53 percent said they are inclined to book home tours online, 43 percent would consider online financing product, and 27 percent would make a purchase offer online.“Consumers are heading into the spring home buying season with a positive outlook, according to our findings,” said Steve Udelson, President of Owners.com. “Home buyers also indicate a willingness to go online and handle more elements of the real estate process themselves in order to save time and money–a trend we expect to continue this year and beyond.”In terms of the housing economy, the survey found that 80 percent of buyers are confident that the 2016 home buying environment will be “as good as or better than it was five years ago.” In addition, 92 percent say that mortgage interest rates are “somewhat to very important” to their decision on when to buy.A similar online survey from Chase mortgage titled, “Insights from the Mind of the Modern Homebuyer,” of 1,014 adults (18 years-old and older) in Dallas, Miami, San Francisco, Sacramento, Chicago, Columbus, Phoenix, Tampa, San Diego, and Seattle, found that homeowners are struggling with a fear of missing out on other opportunities and are beginning to search for homes on digital platforms.According to the survey, 72 percent of homeowners don’t expect to stay in their homes for the long-term. This suggests that endless sources of information available through technology is leading homeowners to continually look for the next best thing. In addition, Chase found that 68 percent of consumers are starting the process on their own, with over 50 percent turning to a mobile device or online.Chase stated that digital outlets are changing the way that Americans search for homes and “more people [are] taking a do-it-yourself approach.” in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination, Technology March 31, 2016 533 Views Sharecenter_img Buyers Gain Confidence Through Technology Homebuyers Mortgage Industry Online Homebuying 2016-03-31 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Sony is set to undercut Microsofts forthcoming Xb

first_imgSony is set to undercut Microsoft’s forthcoming Xbox One by US$100 (€75) when it launches its PS4 console and is planning original programming for the device.At the E3 games expo in Los Angeles yesterday, Sony said that the new PS4 console would cost US$399 in the US and €399 in Europe when it launches ahead of Christmas, while Microsoft said it was pricing its device at US$499.99 and €499.Showing off its new console for the first time, Sony said that Sony Pictures Entertainment is working on “new original programming and unique access to entertainment content” on the device – without giving further details.In an official company blog post, Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, said: “We’re on the verge of launching the most powerful gaming system ever built with the PS4 and the entire PlayStation ecosystem is expanding with the continued growth and strength of PS Vita, PS3 and PlayStation Network.”He added that globally there are more than 140 games in development for PS4, including over 100 that will be available within the first year.Microsoft’s rival Xbox One console is due to launch in 21 markets in November and will include games, music, live TV, movies, sports, apps and Skype. At E3 Microsoft unveiled a string of new games titles for its console, which it unveiled officially last month.last_img read more

ProSiebenSat1 has acquired a majority stake in Ge

first_imgProSiebenSat.1 has acquired a majority stake in Germany’s largest consumer energy portal, Verivox.The acquisition is the largest digital purchase to date for the Germany commercial broadcaster. ProSiebenSat.1 is acquiring an 80% stake in Verivox, through its 7Commerce digital unit, for €170 million plus a variable price component that will depend on Verivox’s profits this year.Former owners led by Oakley Capital will continue to hold a minority stake in the company. The deal is subject to approval by German competition watchdog the Bundeskartellamt.“Verivox has outstanding growth potential and is a highly attractive brand. In recent years, the company has invested heavily in the expansion of its comparison services and now has a comprehensive portfolio which, in addition to energy, includes the telecommunication, insurance, and financial service segments. In the years ahead we will draw upon the marketing power of our TV stations to establish Verivox as a leading portal in this segment,” said Christian Wegner, Member of the Executive Board, Digital, ProSiebenSat.1 Group.“We are very pleased to have found a strong new partner and owner with ProSiebenSat.1. Jointly, we will work together to further accelerate the growth of Verivox’s unique consumer proposition by deploying ProSiebenSat.1 media power. This will aid our efforts to increase awareness of our new business segments in car insurance, telecommunications and preferential online credits offers. Additionally, our market leading energy comparison service will now be made aware to more consumers who will directly benefit by their opportunity to save money for free,” said Chris Öhlund, CEO of the Verivox Group.last_img read more

Last week as Cyprus deliberated on the details of

first_imgLast week, as Cyprus deliberated on the details of bank levies on deposits in the country (essentially state-approved theft), I discussed the potential Russian influence on such a deal. We saw that Russia was looking to make deals in Cyprus that would give it more control over natural-gas supplies in the Mediterranean, which in turn continues Putin’s dominance of the European energy scene. To counter this, European nations are beginning to look within their own borders for their energy needs: oil, natural gas, coal, and uranium. Every bit of energy that they can produce domestically means energy that does need to be imported from Russia. Considering the fact that Russia has shown that it is willing to shut off all natural-gas flow to Europe if it doesn’t get its way, it is a good idea for Europe to start turning on the drills. It is also no secret that Europe needs more jobs for its people. With unemployment in the Eurozone reaching 12% and youth unemployment almost 25%, governments are also desperate to find ways to keep their population productive instead of protesting in the streets. The oil and gas sector represents an industry that could potentially lend a helping hand by employing thousands of people. We firmly believe that we are in the middle of an European Energy Renaissance. Governments of Europe will begin to open up their countries to more oil and gas exploration. Regulations will be relaxed. Energy taxes will be reduced. And investors in the right companies will profit greatly. When we were the first to write about the shale potential in Europe back in 2008 and recommended the first energy company to drill an economic shale well in Europe, our subscribers were able to net a 720% return on their investments. And we believe that we have a company in our portfolio that is just as good: a junior exploration company that is sitting in the heart of Europe. By applying new technology to old fields and old wells, it may very well be sitting on the next Bakken. In our Casey Energy Report, we will also be doing a report of the energy situation in Europe to look for further opportunities for profit just like this in the near future. So ask yourselves this: Are you content with sitting in the Old World, mocking every profitable ship that passes you by? Or are you ready to set sail and explore this New World of energy with us? Additional Links and Reads Cyprus Is Sitting on a Natural-Gas Gold Mine (CNN Money) Last week’s energy CDD focused on the fact that the Russians are extremely interested in the natural-gas potential in Cyprus. But just where is the natural gas, and how much can realistically be recovered? This article outlines the basics of Cyprus’ natural-gas wealth. It is clear that such a development would change Cyprus forever… but can Cyprus last until then? New Nuclear Power Station Gets Planning Consent (Guardian) Though countries may say they are looking for alternative ways to generate electricity, the truth is that nuclear is still the best near-term solution for a base-load power that does not require fossil fuels. The United Kingdom has approved the first nuclear power plant in the past 18 years, and it will be one of the largest power plants in the UK, powering up to 5 million homes. We expect to see more countries join in the nuclear rush to solve the electricity needs of growing populations. Even in Bankruptcy, China’s Suntech Exacerbating Solar Glut (Financial Post) Suntech Power Holdings became the latest and largest casualty of the solar industry recently, as it is now clear that government subsidies are essential to keep it afloat. As the Chinese government began to pull back on its subsidies, the company began to struggle in a market that is faced with lower solar-panel prices due to a glut of products. In fact, it is said that the company lost $1 for every $3 of sales, meaning that it was bleeding money every single day. Could this happen to other solar companies? Definitely.last_img read more