first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Watford swoop for Vozdovac striker Filip Stuparevicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford have signed Serbian striker Filip Stuparevic.The 18 year-old centre-forward hails from Vozdovac and has already signed for the Hornets.Vozdovac chief Goran Grkinic has confirmed the sale, though Stuparevic is unlikely to be seen at Vicarage Road until next season.The plan is for Watford to send Stuparevic on-loan to Serie A partners Udinese for the coming six months.Despite his youth, the young Serb has been a regular for Vozdovac this season. last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Batshuayi on brink of sealing Monaco moveby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is close to sealing a move to AS Monaco.Chelsea are now in ‘advanced talks’ to loan Batshuayi to Monaco.The striker has been ditched by Valencia after a dismal first half to the season.But Thierry Henry is a fan and believes he can get goals from the Belgian, to fire his struggling side to safety.And a deal is now close. last_img read more

first_img The Project Manager urged farmers to seize the opportunity and boost agriculture, as, with the rapid change of the climate, “we can only reduce the rate at which it is changing”. Several communities in upper Clarendon will benefit from a US$783,000 Climate Change Adaptation programme, courtesy of the Environmental Health Foundation (EHF). Several communities in upper Clarendon will benefit from a US$783,000 Climate Change Adaptation programme, courtesy of the Environmental Health Foundation (EHF).Project Manager with the EHF, Faradaine Forbes-Edwards, told JIS News that the initiative is to increase production and improve the livelihood of farmers in the communities that are prone to disasters.Representatives of the organisation have commenced registering farmers for the project, and Mrs. Forbes-Edwards said they will be trained in certain areas, so that a change can be made to the way farming is done.“More sustainable farming practices will be introduced,” she said, while addressing farmers at the Peckham Community Centre in the parish recently.The project is dubbed, ‘Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change while Reducing Disaster Risk in Peckham, Clarendon, and Surrounding Communities’.The Project Manager urged farmers to seize the opportunity and boost agriculture, as, with the rapid change of the climate, “we can only reduce the rate at which it is changing”.Components of the project include increased productivity and adaptive capacity, strengthened capacity for farmer groups, improved disaster risk reduction and climate change resilience and public education and awareness.Other aspects are: improvement in water management, with the use of plastic tanks for rainwater harvesting and storage; implementation of Climate Change education and awareness in the schools, as well as the training of vulnerable groups in the rural communities.The 24-month project will be assisted by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Clarendon Municipal Corporation, Social Development Commission (SDC), Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM). The project is dubbed, ‘Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change while Reducing Disaster Risk in Peckham, Clarendon, and Surrounding Communities’. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgLG Electronics USA has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Studios that will see 3D Disney movies added to the 3D World rental application on LG’s Smart TV platform.3D titles including Toy Story and Alice in Wonderland are now available for rental. Future titles including Marvel’s The Avengers and Brave will be added to the Smart TV platform.“Providing consumers with the latest blockbuster hits from Disney is another boost for Smart TV in the home and a perfect fit for our family approach to enjoying our home entertainment products,” said James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing and go-to-market operations, LG Electronics USA.last_img read more

first_imgA drop in sales of TV sets and set-top boxes contributed to a decline in the German consumer electronics market in the first half of the year, according to figures compiled by consumer electronics retail association the GFU.Sales in the CE sector dropped by 2.5% overall to €12.337 billion. Sales in TV sets declined by 16.5% to €1.8 billion, while sales in satellite receivers and set-top boxes dropped by 14.3%.In terms of units shipped, TV sales fell by 16.1% to 3.3 million units by comparison with the same period last year.The decline in TV and set-tops and other areas including automative multimedia, digital cameras and personal audio equipment was partially offset by growth in home audio, miniature cameras, home audio systems and video game consoles.last_img read more

first_imgThe proportion of consumers in the UK accessing paid-for TV streaming services such as Netflix is expected to overtake those watching the free equivalents such as iPlayer this Christmas, according to new research.Digital billing and payments specialist Paywizard recently surveyed consumers in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, the UK and US and found that while there will be a spike in new SVOD subscriptions over the festive period, many of the new sign-ups plan to churn when the holiday season is over.Paywizard has now drilled down into the UK survey responses and said the expected surge in SVOD subs over Christmas could tip the balance of internet TV usage in favour of paid-for services.It said that 19% of UK viewers are currently using an SVOD service such as Amazon Prime, Netflix or NOW TV and 38% are accessing their free counterparts, including iPlayer, 4OD and ITV Player. If the anticipated 20% increase in paying online subs materialises then the paid-for total would hit 40%.Paywizard noted that the UK has the highest level of consumption of free catch-up services, more than double the average recorded across the surveyed countries.Among the new SVOD sign-ups Netflix is expected to lead the way with the greatest number, ahead of Amazon and then Now TV.“The UK audience is well served with TV choices, ranging from traditional broadcasters and pay-TV providers to newer, high quality on-demand services. Yet the appetite for more content is only getting bigger, giving international services like Netflix and home-grown rivals like NOW TV a foothold in the market that may ultimately disrupt the status quo,” said Bhavesh Vaghela, chief marketing officer at Paywizard.He added: “Our survey highlights that people are willing to pay to get what they want, but only if services can prove that their deal is worth it. For the industry, winning new customers may not necessarily mean that they’re there to stay.”last_img read more

first_imgComcast-owned Sky has become the latest UK Telco to make a play in 5G, announcing a November launch for the next-generation technology for Sky Mobile.The initial rollout will include six towns and cities for November, with a wider national rollout of 20 towns and cities by the end of the year. The company plans to take that total to 50 by the end of 2020. Sophia Ahmad, commercial director of Sky Mobile, said “We will be the only mobile operator to be able to combine the launch of next generation superfast 5G connectivity with Sky Mobile’s unique features including Roll, Swap and Watch.”Roll is one of Sky Mobile’s flagship features. It automatically rolls unused data over at the end of each month, and can be kept for up to three years as a data boost or exchanged for money off new devices and accessories. Swap allows users to trade in their phone midway through a contract in exchange for a newer model. Watch is Sky Mobile’s newest feature, giving access to all Sky apps – including Sky Go, Sky Sports and Sky Kids – with zero-rated data and no additional cost.Commenting on the announcement, Paolo Pescatore, media and telco analystat PP Foresight Tec said: “The mobile network operators need to watch out as this move poses a considerable threat 5G represents a significant opportunity for Sky to steal market share. It is becoming harder for telcos to differentiate on connectivity beyond price alone. Sky armed with its innovative mobile features and breath of content is very well placed to compete head on. “For now, from an overall services perspective it seems to be in pole position. However, it is largely dependent on O2’s network rollout. Moving forward you can foresee both companies becoming more closely aligned. The UK will be one of the most competitive 5G markets in the world by the end of this year.”The news comes as O2 and Vodafone announced plans to share infrastructure in order to speed up the rollout of 5G, with BT-owned EE currently the only telco offering the faster service in the UK.last_img read more

first_img Source: Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 11 2018A new study from the University of Bristol supports body mass index (BMI) as a useful tool for assessing obesity and health.A simple measure based on weight and height, BMI is widely used to assess if a person is of a healthy weight. But its reliability as a health measure is often criticized, as it does not distinguish fat from muscle and does not tell us where body fat is stored.Using body scans from 2,840 young people aged 10 and 18 in Bristol’s Children of the 90s population study, researchers examined BMI findings against more detailed measures of fat.They studied the effects of total fat, along with fat in the trunk, arms and legs, on 230 different traits relevant to metabolism and future heart disease risk, such as cholesterol and blood pressure. These effects were compared with those seen when using BMI as a measure.Related StoriesChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connectionTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskThe study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that higher total fat at age 10 and 18 was associated with damaging levels of cardiometabolic traits such as higher blood pressure and adverse cholesterol and inflammatory profiles at age 18.Effects appeared to worsen with time and were driven most by fat stored and gained in the trunk, although gains in leg fat also appeared harmful. Carrying more lean mass (assessed here as anything in the body that that isn’t fat or bone) had less of an impact on traits and did not appear to protect against carrying more fat. Higher BMI showed similar effects as higher total and trunk fat, reflecting close overlap between these measures.Dr Joshua Bell, an epidemiologist at the University of Bristol who led the study, commented: “BMI is often criticized. Our study asked how useful it really is for detecting the health effects of obesity by pitching it against more objective body scan measures. We found that trunk fat is the most damaging to health, but that simple BMI gives very similar answers to more detailed measures. This is good news since BMI is widely measured and costs virtually nothing.””We’re now in a better position to understand obesity in the young thanks to participants of the Bristol-based Children of the 90s study – they, and all study participants, make new insights possible.””We now need to look at more detailed lean measures to see if other aspects protect against higher fat, and how this might differ between the sexes. This is more important than ever given stubbornly high rates of obesity worldwide.”last_img read more

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 24 2019In an International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry study of individuals diagnosed with dementia in the United Kingdom, people from minority ethnic backgrounds (Asian and Black patients) had lower cognitive scores and were younger when they were diagnosed with dementia than White patients.Related StoriesWhy women who work are less likely to develop dementiaMetformin use linked to lower risk of dementia in African Americans with type 2 diabetesHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionThe study used data from electronic health records and included 9,380 White patients, 642 Asian patients, and 2,008 Black patients who were diagnosed with dementia in two London mental health trusts between 2008 and 2016.The study’s authors noted that there is a need to understand these inequalities, to see if dementia prevention initiatives should be tailored by ethnic group and to ensure dementia diagnosis across all ethnic groups is obtained as early as possible.”This study is the first to investigate age and cognitive impairment at the time of dementia diagnosis in South Asians. The earlier age at diagnosis indicates that dementia prevalence in South Asians is likely to be higher in this group than in the White British population,” said lead author Dr. Naaheed Mukadam, of University College London.last_img read more

first_imgImage Credit: Bondar Illia / Shutterstock In a study published in the Journal of Children and Media, the researchers found that grandparents of today are spoiling their grandkids by allowing them, while under their supervision, to spend longer periods of time using gadgets than their parents might otherwise allow. The researchers wanted to see if other caregivers of children influence how much screen time kids experience. By Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJul 9 2019Grandparents may be spoiling their grandkids, allowing them too much screen time, according to a new study. A team of researchers found that grandparents may be fueling excessive device usage among kids, which has become a growing health concern worldwide. “Studies were mostly based on parents’ reports and ignored other major caregivers, particularly grandparents. Accordingly, this study offers a pioneer exploration of young children’s interactive and non-interactive media use under their grandparent’s care and the factors associated with extensive use,” the researchers explained in the study. Children spend half of their time on gadgetsThe researchers studied the grandparents’ experiences in taking care of children aged between 2 and 7 years old. They found that on an average of a visit lasting for 4 hours, the kids spent two hours either playing games on gadgets or watching videos.The results show that let the children spend about half of their time on a tablet, computer, television, or mobile phone.Study findings are alarmingBoys spend more time on gadgets than girls, with 17 minutes more screen time. Other findings show that the grandparents claim they feel less confident in supervising the gadget use of their grandkids than in handling their use of non-interactive videos.But, the results also show that grandfathers were more likely to allow more interactive screen time than grandmothers. Hence, the researchers suggest that they are more confident and knowledgeable in using technology.Related StoriesResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenResearch reveals genetic cause of deadly digestive disease in childrenOlder children may spend more time on devices than younger ones, and grandparents were more likely to let their grandchildren spend more time on these gadgets if the parents gave instruction on how to use these technologies beforehand.  Plus, the grandparents let the kids play gadgets or watch videos when they look after the kids in their own homes than when they’re in the children’s houses. They also allow more time spent on gadgets when the kids ring their own device.Overall, the lowest amount of time dedicated to media use per visit with grandparents was seen among children who are 2 to 3 years old, with only 98 minutes per visit. On the other hand, children who are 4 to 5 years old spend about 106 minutes on gadgets. The age group show spent most screen time are those who are 6 to 7 years old.Grandparents should set screen time restrictions“Grandparents play a significant role in raising their grandchildren. We need to educate them about the impact of media on children’s lives and on proper use that will benefit the wellbeing of their grandchildren,” Dafna Lemish, study co-author, said in a statement.The researchers suggest that grandparents should play a part in teaching kids on responsible device use, by restricting media use. They can do this by setting simple rules on screen time when they are babysitting.Moreover, grandparents should set firm rules on screen time, which is not more than 1 hour, not during meals, and not before bedtime. This way, they can help reduce screen time among children. For parents, they should provide toys, books, and games to help grandparents babysit and keep the children busy.“These findings raise concerns regarding young children’s media use under their grandparents’ watch, but also suggest effective strategies for its reduction,” the researches concluded in the study.Health effects of too much screen time among childrenIn another recent study, children who spend more time on gadgets and devices are more likely to have health harms, including unhealthy diet, adiposity, depressive symptoms, and decreased quality of life.Other health problems include anxiety, depression, behavior problems, hyperactivity and inattention, low self-esteem, other mental health problems. Journal references: Elias, N., Nimrod, G., and Lemish, D. (2019). The ultimate treat? Young Israeli children’s media use under their grandparents’ care. Journal of Children and Media. Stiglic, N., and Viner, R. (2019). Effects of screen time on the health and well-being of children and adolescents: a systematic review of reviews. BMJ Open Pediatrics. read more

first_img A renewed focus on air quality in the wake of Volkswagen’s 2015 “dieselgate” scandal—in which the car giant admitted to cheating regulatory tests on 11 million cars worldwide—has seen a wave of courtroom action across Germany.In the capital city, “the current clean air plan does not include sufficient measures to meet annual limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2),” the Berlin judges said.City authorities “must order a driving ban for the streets where the threshold is not met,” targeting cars up to the Euro 5 emissions standard, they ruled.Local media estimate that this would affect as many as 200,000 cars, some only three or four years old, with some exceptions, including for tradesmen.Definite exclusion zones include 11 stretches of major arteries, and Berlin must also examine whether driving bans are needed on a further 15 kilometres (nine miles) of road, a tiny fraction of its total 5,343 kilometres.”This ruling is a ringing slap in the face” for the government, Greenpeace transport spokesman Benjamin Stephan said.”As long as the car industry is not forced into hardware refits for all dirty diesels in every city, driving bans will be the only effective measure.” Berlin could shut out diesel drivers from major arterial roads next year, after a court Tuesday ordered the German capital to follow in the footsteps of Hamburg, Frankfurt and Stuttgart with exclusion zones. No fans of refits, German carmakers would rather sell new, cleaner cars ‘Good day for clean air’Tuesday was “a good day for clean air,” agreed Juergen Resch, head of the DUH environmentalist group that brought the court case.”In Berlin we have 250,000 people who suffer from asthma, including 50,000 children.”Nitrogen oxides (NOx) including NO2 are estimated to cause thousands of premature deaths in Germany each year.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the gases aggravate asthma and bronchitis symptoms and are linked to cardiovascular and respiratory disease.In Berlin, annual average levels reach 49 milligrammes per cubic metre—well above the federal government’s 40-milligramme limit—while in 14 other cities levels exceed 50 milligrammes.Germany is one of a number of countries that have missed European Union deadlines to bring down levels of NOx in urban air, opening them to potential legal action from Brussels. Explore further Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “grand coalition” of conservative CDU and centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have wrangled over diesel with one another and with the car industry for a year.The aim: reducing air pollution without loading new costs onto drivers, imposing more driving bans or hobbling the country’s vital car industry as it confronts rising challengers from the United States and China.Ministers last week unveiled a plan counting on car drivers to trade in older diesels for newer, less polluting models, or to have them refitted with more effective exhaust treatment systems.But with no legal tools to put the squeeze on carmakers, the politicians said they had to negotiate further with the firms to get them to pay for such modifications.Manufacturers Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler have agreed to at least examine refits, while BMW continues to reject them.All three would prefer to sell millions of new cars with help from “trade-in discounts” of up to 8,000 euros ($9,162).The changes come as several German courts have so far backed environmental campaigners.Port city Hamburg has already closed stretches of two major roads to older diesels, while Stuttgart—home to Mercedes-Benz and VW subsidiary Porsche—will ban them from much of its streets from next year.Judges also recently ordered a ban in the city centre of Frankfurt, Germany’s financial hub that sees an influx of tens of thousands of commuters each day. Berlin’s famous Friedrichstrasse is included in the diesel ban Citation: Court orders diesel ban on major Berlin roads (2018, October 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from 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. Porsche first German carmaker to abandon diesel engines © 2018 AFP Powerful auto sector ‘A good day for clean air’last_img read more

first_imgSeptember 19, 2018 In an effort to boost Karnataka’s industrial and innovation capability, the State government has identified nine districts to foster innovation and product diversification. Programme to be implemented in various districts include Kalaburgi for manufacturing of solar power goods, Chitradurga for manufacturing of LED lights, Hassan for manufacturing of sanitary goods, Koppal for manufacturing of mechanised toys, Mysuru for ICB manufacturing unit, Ballari for textile industry, Chikkaballapur for mobile phone components, Tumkur for sports and fitness goods and Bidar for manufacture of agricultural implements. In order to achieve the objective of recreating manufacturing and boosting job development across the State, the government has set up vision groups for each of the identified groups comprising of industry leaders and experts.Vision group members of the ICB/Chip Manufacturing cluster in Mysuru includes MOSCHIP, Texas Instruments, IESA (Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association), ESDM Cluster, Velankani, Deshpande Foundation and Intel.Vision Group members of mobile phone components, Chikkaballapur includes Winstron Infocomm Manufacturing India, Foxconn Technology – India, IESA (Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association), Karbonn, e-Parisara and Huawei Technologies India. As part of the implementation of ‘Compete with China’ scheme, K J George, Karnataka Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, chaired two meetings on Wednesday, with industry captains of the vision groups for ICB/ Chip Manufacturing Clusters and Mobile Phone Components to get their feedback and suggestions. COMMENT Published on manufacturing Karnataka SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgPiyush Goyal, BJP’s election in-charge for Tamil Nadu, addressing the media in Chennai on Friday   –  Bijoy Ghosh poll campaign COMMENT COMMENTS ‘Gandhi family, DMK corrupt to the core’ People will do a ‘surgical strike’ on the DMK and the Congress because they are the fountain-head of corruption in this country, said Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who is BJP’s election incharge for Tamil Nadu, while reacting to Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s corruption charges on the BJP at a rally in Krishnagiri.Gandhi should first answer as to why his family and his party had allowed poverty in India for so many years while they were in power. “Three generations of Gandhi family rule had cheated the poor of India. Now, the poor of India don’t trust the Gandhi family, the Congress or the DMK because they make only false promises,” Goyal told newspersons here. Various corruption cases, including Coalgate, Aircel-Maxis; 2G and telecom (BSNL-Maran case), happened during the Congress rule in which the DMK was an alliance partner. “The nation wants to know whether they are going to do only corruption or will they ever think for the poor of India. Nobody believes their false promises,” he said.NDA in Tamil Nadu “I am confident that people here want Modi to once again become Prime Minister and serve the people of India,” Goyal said.In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, all the 40 seats, including the lone Puducherry seat, were won by current NDA alliance partners — the AIADMK (37); the PMK (one); the BJP (one) and the NR Congress in Puducherry. This time, “we have formed the biggest alliance that Tamil Nadu has ever seen. We are confident that people here will support this alliance, which stands for strong, stable, decisive, honest and visionary leader Narendra Modi. This alliance is working to strengthen Modi’s government and to ensure that the next government will have a big voice, and people of Tamil Nadu will have a big representation,” he said. The BJP is committed to setting up an authority to speed up the implementation of the interlinking of rivers. The Congress and the DMK in the last ten years did nothing for interlinking of rivers. However, from 2014, the Modi Government has continuously worked on this. For example, the Godavari-Cauvery link has tremendous potential and can help all southern States, with Tamil Nadu being one of the biggest beneficiaries. Both the Centre and the State government are working to set up a series of solar-powered desalination plants to provide immediate relief to the people of Tamil Nadu especially in the coastal areas by providing drinking water.The Kusum Yojna will be a game changer for farmers who will be encouraged to set up solar power generation in a part of their fields. The solar power will be used to power pumps and the balance power will be fed to the Tamil Nadu power grid so that farmers’ income can increase significantly by the use of land for solar power apart from increasing the crop yield, he said. April 12, 2019center_img SHARE national elections SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published onlast_img read more