TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mkhitaryan faces exit if Arsenal complete move for Denis Suarezby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal’s move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez could force Henrikh Mkhitaryan to leave the Emirates.The Armenian international, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury, has failed to impress since joining from Manchester United last January. And The Sun claims the Gunners are ready to sell Mkhitaryan in order to make room for Suarez.The 25-year-old is believed to be on the verge of joining the north London club, having previously worked with manager Unai Emery at Sevilla.Suarez, who started his career at Manchester City, has played 17 minutes of league football this season.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images) Twitter/@StephDEpifanioSports Illustrated dropped a late news bomb on the college football world earlier, with the news that Braxton Miller will be moving to wide recevier/h-back for the coming season. The move has been met with praise from Buckeye fans, and members of the team. One key member of the program isn’t ready to fully commit to the move, however: head coach Urban Meyer. The three-time national champion told The Columbus Dispatch that reports of the official position change are a bit premature.“I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer told The Dispatch. “It’s a little bit jumping the gun here. Braxton came to see me. He’s been talking to me about it (the switch). We’ve been working at it, but I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.”Considering Pete Thamel’s SI report was based on a conversation with Miller, we have to imagine the move is, in fact, happening. Meyer is probably not thrilled that it was announced in July, giving Virginia Tech and others more than a month to prep for a J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones-led offense, as well as figure out how to defend Miller as a skill guy. Otherwise, this would be a pretty crazy redirection by members of the Buckeye program.[Columbus Dispatch]
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Marriott International plans to more than double the size of its portfolio within the Asia-Pacific region, with an additional 123 properties in Asia by 2016.Adding an extra 80,000 rooms in up to 16 countries, new properties include a Bulgari hotel in Shanghai, a Marriott resort in Dali, a Marriott in Hengyang and a Renaissance hotel in Xuzhou.The hotel group also expects to operate in an additional 13 provinces within China by 2016 including; Hunan, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Sichuan, Anhui and Macau. Marriott Asia managing director Simon Cooper said the group intends to “grow dynamically” within the region through “a strategically targeted brand portfolio” and products that resonate with the public.“While China and India are the driving forces for our business in Asia, we are also seeing growth with new signings and openings in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and elsewhere in the region,” he said. The additional properties will open an extra 36,000 new jobs within Asia including 40,000 in China alone. Marriott International currently operates eight brands in Asia Pacific including; Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott Executive Apartments and the recently launched Autograph Collection.
The Mobile Video Alliance (MVA), an organisation set up set up last year to tackle issues like video quality over mobile networks, has officially launched today with support from UK industry body the Digital TV Group (DTG).UK culture minister Ed Vaizey launched the MVA at the DTG summit in London at what the alliance’s backers said was “a critical time for both the broadcast and mobile industries.”The MVA was established last year by interconnection and data centre firm Equinix and mobile operator EE to tackle technical issues such as the evolution of caching and adaptive bitrates and value chain fragmentation.It also comes at a time of rising mobile data traffic and increasing demand for video content from consumers, thanks to next generation WiFi and 4G mobile data networks.With the formal launch of the MVA, Equinix said it will make its recently launched solution validation centre available to MVA members to test new standards and configurations.“This makes us a vital interconnection platform for mobile video delivery and we are committed to encouraging and enabling the mobile video ecosystem,” said Michael Winterson, vice president of sales and marketing, Equinix EMEA.
The 4K set-top box market will quadruple this year, despite an overall decline in the STB space, according to ABI Research.The new forecast claims that the 4K STB market will grow from less than 2 million units in 2015 to more than 7 million in 2016 and will then grow by 46% annually through 2021.At the same time, ABI predicts that the overall set-top box market will drop by about 9% in 2016 to less than US$16 billion in revenue, with both pay TV and free-to-air boxes losing value.“Digital transitions are taking longer than initially planned and the market is experiencing significant downward pressure on set-top box pricing,” said ABI Research managing director and vice-president, Sam Rosen.“Hardware revenues will fall, but value through software and services remains an opportunity. Providers should be looking to take on logistics and lifecycle challenges, in addition to testing and integration, to help the overall market flourish as well as focusing on 4K and HDR colour set-top boxes will in the years ahead.”Regionally, China remains the largest set-top box market by units, having overtaken the US in 2010. However, India will continue to grow its set-top box shipments and is likely surpass China as shipment leader in 2018 or 2019, according to the research.
Tele Columbus HQGerman cable operator Tele Columbus’s management confirmed their full-year financial guidance on the back of respectable Q3 results, despite a delay in the launch of the group’s new unified brand, PŸUR.Tele Columbus’s revenues grew by 4.3% to €123.3 million in Q3, while normalised EBITDA rose by 7.2% to €68.3 million.The company added 15,000 internet and 17,000 telephony revenue-generating units in the quarter taking its internet and telephony totals to 564,000 and 545,000 respectively, and blended ARPU rose by 5.5% to €17.20. The number of TV customers has declined by 2.3% year-on-year to 2.38 million, but the number of premium TV customers rose by 2.4% to 432,000.The group commercially launched the PŸUR brand on October 4, providing a unified identity for its constituent offerings. Tele Columbus said it had made progress integrating the former Primacom and Pepcom networks. The company recently struck an agreement with Vodafone to acquire its stake in Munich-based service provider Kabelfernsehen München Servicenter (KMS).Ronny Verhelst, outgoing CEO, said: “We have had an ambitious plan for 2017, and the company is responding well to the challenge.Clearly, projects remain to be finished but we are making very good progress.”His replacement, Timm Degenhardt, said: “The company is preparing the platform for sustained organic growth; all important elements are there, or are being prepared, and I look forward to bringing it all together with the team.”
Some of the shine came off Netflix this week, with the streaming giant’s subscriber growth falling a million short of expectations.Netflix’s addition of 5.2 million new members in Q2 led to an immediate dip in its share price. The SVOD company has also forecast a year-on-year decline in net additions for the quarter to September.Some 4.5 million of Netflix’s new subscribers were in international markets, indicating the extent to which domestic US growth has leveled off.CEO Reed Hastings remained bullish on the earnings call that followed the results, saying that the company’s fundamentals “have never been stronger” and making the point that paid net additions were up compared with the previous year.Hastings did admit that Netflix is facing “a lot of new competition”, citing Disney’s entry into the streaming market, new investment for HBO and plans by French broadcasters to launch their own OTT TV service.However, Disney has yet to make its play and France’s plans for the Salto joint venture between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial players TF1 and M6 are still at a very early stage, and have already attracted sceptical comments.HBO, meanwhile, is forecasting a “tough year” ahead as it pushes to increase its subscriber base and up its content line-up. Netflix also this week beat HBO for the number of Emmy nominations received for the first time.Hastings’ recipe for taking on this putative competition is essentially more of the same – combining “the best content we’ve ever done” with “the best user interface” and “the best recommendations” and marketing.It’s a formula that has served the company well to date. It is worth noting that the shareholder retreat following the poor Q2 showing came immediately after a first quarter in which Netflix delivered phenomenal growth, beating expectations for by close to the same amount that it undershot in Q2. However, the slowdown in the US in particular may have spooked investors, amid an underlying wariness about the company’s level of debt.Subscriber growth – particularly international growth, given the relatively saturated status of the US market – is a must for Netflix and the share price movement this week indicated how sensitive investors are to any sign of a wobble from the company.Despite Hastings’ claim that Netflix has a tried and trusted formula, some things have been changing. Investors – and Netflix’s management – are aware that Disney and Fox – and potentially other suppliers – will increasingly retain the rights to their own content for their own direct-to-consumer initiatives, meaning that Netflix will become more and more dependent on its own originals rather than licensed shows. That means it needs to keep up and even increase its already massive investment in original content. Uncertainty about the future impact of competition from studios – and unknowns such as whether Apple can and will break into content or whether Amazon’s growth trajectory, based on a broader and more sustainable business model, will accelerate – are probably also beginning to weigh on investors minds more than before.Netflix’s original content mix is meanwhile changing to reflect its need to attract new categories of subscribers that have not yet been tempted by a line-up of high-end, predominantly US drama. Although the streamer has shied away from the path followed by Amazon into live sports and channels, it is branching out more into unscripted content, original movies and also into commissioning more local content from non-English-language markets, a trend observed this week by analyst group IHS Markit.The growing emphasis on international content reflects the predominance of international subscriptions in fuelling the company’s growth.On the Q2 earnings call, Netflix chief product officer Greg Peters highlighted the growing importance of Asia and in particular of India, where he said the SVOD outfit was “getting some nice momentum” with series such as Sacred Games and the forthcoming Ghoul.Doing deals with cable and telecom operators is also a key strategic focus, bringing Netflix into a big-screen environment where consumers are used to paying monthly subscriptions for a multi-play bundle of which content is a part. An increase in cord-cutting is no longer in Netflix’s interest as it becomes more reliant on distribution via third-party set-top boxes, and becomes more like a pay TV partner rather than a disruptor in the pay TV market. Increasingly, the groups that regard Netflix as a competitor rather than a partner are the studios, such as Disney, and free-to-air broadcasters.
Source:https://www.wur.nl/en/news-wur/show-day/New-institute-for-food-safety-to-open-in-Netherlands.htm Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 14 2019RIKILT Wageningen University & Research and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)’s Laboratory for Food and Feed Safety will merge into a new institute effective 1 June 2019. This institute will be called Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) and will be part of Wageningen University & Research. All required documents were signed in Wageningen on 14 January 2019.Unique knowledge instituteRelated StoriesPlant foods may transmit antibiotic-resistant superbugs to humansComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchNew study provides increasing evidence base substantiating vaping’s harm reduction potentialWith the merger of the two organisations, the Netherlands will be welcoming a unique knowledge institute for food and feed safety. The new institute can carry out lab work for the NVWA and the Dutch central government in a more effective and knowledge intensive manner. This merger will benefit our knowledge in the area of food and feed safety, as well as our knowledge of food fraud. Wageningen Food Safety Research is to act as an important resource during incidents and crises that affect the NVWA, the ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (MZS), as well as play a role during environmental, poisoning and food contamination incidents. WFSR will also function as an international and European reference laboratory.Owing to this joining of forces, the new institute will be able to further enhance its reputation as a world-class research center.Close collaborationRIKILT (230 employees) and the Laboratory for Food and Feed Safety (130 employees) are located in the same building and have been working closely together for some time already.The merger was effected after a long and laborious process, part of which was the political decision made in June 2018.
Source:https://www.isglobal.org/documents/10179/7035461/Obesidad+y+contaminacion+EnvInt_eng.pdf/d46e263c-40f2-4bc6-9de1-a62a3a90b548 Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 31 2019Exposure to air pollution, particularly at school, could be associated with a higher risk of overweight and obesity during childhood. This is the conclusion of a study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa”, performed with 2,660 children between 7 and 10 years of age from 39 schools in Barcelona.A few studies have associated exposure to air pollution with a higher risk of child obesity and overweight. However, these studies focused mainly on exposure at home, without considering the school environment.The study, published in Environment International and performed under the BREATHE project, assessed for the first time the relation between obesity and overweight risk and air pollution levels at school and home, the two microenvironments where schoolchildren spend most of their time.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeOn one hand, the research team collected data on the children’s weight and height and calculated their body mass index and obesity and overweight status. On the other hand, they used sensors in the schoolyard to measure the levels of outdoor pollution – nitrogen dioxide (NO2), elemental carbon (EC), particle matter (PM2.5) and ultrafine particles -during one week in summer and another week in winter. They also estimated exposure levels to NO2, NOx, PM2.5, PM10 and PMcoarse at the home address.”We observed that children exposed to medium or high levels of air pollution at school -ultrafine particles, NO2, PM2.5 and EC- had a higher risk of obesity and overweight as compared to those exposed to lower levels”, concludes first author Jeroen de Bont, researcher at ISGlobal and IDIAP Jordi Gol. Exposure to high levels of PM10 at home was also associated with higher risk of obesity or overweight during childhood, although in this case the analysis was done with estimates of exposure levels.”The study has however some limitations, which means that the results are to be cautiously interpreted”, says Martine Vrijheid, ISGlobal researcher and study coordinator. “Being a cross-sectional study, we only have data at one time-point, and we do not have enough data to establish the nature of the association. To draw more solid conclusions, we need new longitudinal studies that follow the study participants over time”, she adds.Regarding the mechanisms linking air pollution and overweight, some animal studies suggest that pollution can induce oxidative stress, insulin resistance and systemic inflammation, factors that are known to contribute to obesity”, explains de Bont.Most children were exposed to air pollution levels above those recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), both at school and home. Specifically, over 75% were exposed to PM2.5 levels above those recommended (10μg/m3) and more than 50% breathed NO2 levels above those considered as safe (40μg/m3).
A Thai policewoman trudges through waste and ruined buildings looking for bodies—but she needs only a joystick and a virtual reality headset for the grim task, as technology comes to the aid of disaster management training. Counter-terrorism police are now training with virtual terrorists Virtual reality is increasingly sought after for skills training, from hospitals to industry. Disaster zone rescue is the latest in a series of VR simulations from the Red Cross.Trainees can already visit overcrowded prison cells to check on conditions—one of the group’s global mandates—or plunge into the chaotic world of a refugee camp to assess needs of those displaced by conflict.Some are even intended for mainstream use, such as an immersive first aid game created at the request of the British Red Cross. Another game looking at earthquake response is currently in production.A decade ago the ICRC produced research on gamers committing war crimes in the virtual world, which sparked ridicule. But the uproar led to the agency working with the creators of war video game “Arma 3” to create a new iteration that included a more humanitarian perspective, from the workers on the ground to the complex rules of engagement in conflict.Countries like Thailand, which lack big budgets for quick relief response, are keen to take advantage of VR’s cost-saving measures.The head of Thailand’s disaster victim identification department Nithi Bundhuwong attended the training in Chonburi and was enthusiastic about a virtual crime scene immersion program he showed off on his smartphone. “In the past, training was based on repeating (the same exercise) again and again, and it was a waste of time and money,” he tells AFP.”Thanks to virtual reality, we can simulate different scenarios” from crime scenes to the chaos of a natural disaster, he added. Police in Thailand are trialling a new VR game as part of disaster response training As around 40 police officers watch her progress on a large screen, officer Chanika Sookreang’s digital double goes from body to body in the ruined city, photographing tattoos, faces—anything that can later be used to establish who the victim was.”VR is good as it allows us to be trained before we go to the actual scene,” says Chanika, who has firsthand experience in relief work from the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) developed the new “game” and is testing it out for the first time on teams in Thailand’s Chonburi province in a bid to recreate the daunting challenge of identifying bodies, which can help in repatriating them to families.Dozens of forensic experts from the Red Cross are stationed around the world to help countries respond to tsunamis, earthquakes and other disasters.Training for refugee camps and high-risk disaster hotspots like Indonesia have long relied on heavy mannequin models. But a former Swiss army officer turned video gaming enthusiast has recruited graphic designers from the gaming industry to help create the ICRC’s first Virtual Reality unit in Bangkok, which will allow teams to reach a wider audience. “If you do training in a classroom, like how to put a body into a bodybag, it is excellent because you can have the weight,” says Christian Rouffaer, head of the VR team.By contrast, the new simulation is “weightless, but what you will have is all the risk factors” complicating search-and-rescue missions such as the presence of animals and dangling electrical cables, he tells AFP. In one sequence a rat scurries across the ground as the rescuer tries to retrieve the corpse of a woman, whose arm comes detached when the body is flipped over.’Lost Forever’To make the training more realistic, the ICRC team worked with forensics specialist Ivett Kovari. A Swiss army officer turned video gaming enthusiast has recruited graphic designers from the gaming industry to help create the first International Committee of the Red Cross ‘Virtual Reality unit’ in Bangkok Citation: Bodybags, rats, waste: Disaster response turns to VR for grim training (2019, March 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-bodybags-rats-disaster-response-vr.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. She explains that she came up with the idea for the rat “because that’s what happens in reality”. In the field, responders have to search for remains, take notes and photographs, and transport bodies. A diligent inventory of the victim’s belongings from phones and jewellery to family photos and ID cards is also crucial, Kovari tells participants in Thailand, warning that otherwise “this information is going to be lost forever”. Explore further © 2019 AFP
The move follows a victory by Googlers who pushed the Mountain View technology giant to end forced arbitration for its own workers in March. Mandatory arbitration refers to the practice of requiring workers, as a condition of employment, to give up their right to sue in court over disputes and instead resolve them in negotiations that critics of the practice argue typically favor employers.”This practice denies workers the right to hold their employer accountable for violations of civil liberties, scuttling any claims of illegal action,” the group Googlers for Ending Forced Arbitration said in their letters to contractor firms Adecco, Bon Appetit Management Company and CDI Corp.”Worse, forced arbitration has a chilling effect, discouraging any reports of illegal action in the first place.”The New York Times reported this week that contract and temporary workers at Google now outnumber full-time employees, with 121,000 temps and contractors globally and 102,000 full-time workers.Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The three contractor firms did not immediately respond to questions, or confirm they currently impose arbitration agreements on workers, or say how many workers they provide to Google, and in which locations. Bon Appetit Management Company said in January it had used arbitration agreements for several years.Palo Alto-based Bon Appetit Management Company operates company cafes for its clients. Adecco is a Swiss staffing company supplying workers in a variety of industries. CDI, headquartered in Philadelphia, is a staffing and outsourcing firm.The Google workers’ group wants the three companies to “stop forcing (their) workers into arbitration for all disputes—including disagreements related to discrimination, harassment, wage theft and wrongful termination—and instead make arbitration optional, according to the letters.The group’s letter campaign comes as Google workers increasingly push back against their employer. A protest against the company’s response to sexual harassment allegations, and payment of a $90 million golden parachute to Android creator Andy Rubin—who has denied claims that he forced a colleague into sex—led 20,000 employees to walk out of Google offices world-wide in November. Employees angry about Google’s work for the Pentagon prodded the company to back away from its work on the military’s “Project Maven” artificial-intelligence drone-warfare project. In August, more than 1,000 Googlers reportedly signed a letter opposing the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China. Citation: Google’s rebellious employees take aim at contractor firms (2019, May 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-google-rebellious-employees-aim-contractor.html Explore further Google workers on Thursday expanded their rebellion against company practices, sending letters to three firms they say provide contract workers to Google, asking them to end mandatory arbitration for those workers. Google updates misconduct reporting amid employee discontent ©2019 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. 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.