first_imgLow-cost South African pay TV service TopTV will change its name to StarSat, possibly in November, and will rebrand its channels, according to local reports.The change reflects the involvement of China-based StarTimes as a major shareholder in TopTV, which has struggled to gain traction in the South African market, dominated by MultiChoice.According to reports, StarSat will carry a new line-up of about 90 channels and an updated StarSat bouquet. The service will also include an adult package.The change in the company’s shareholding structure is subject to approval by South Africa’s regulatory authorities.last_img read more

first_imgCity of Derry International Choral Festival 2015.Saint Nicholas Choir, Litiija, Slovenia, winners of the International competition.Photo Lorcan Doherty PhotographyORGANISERS of the City of Derry International Choral Festival have opened applications for participation in the 4thedition of the autumn festival.It is due to take place from Wednesday 19 October until Sunday 23 October.Following the outstanding success of the first three festivals, there are already even more ambitious plans for 2016.In addition to all of the familiar elements of previous festivals – the five days of wonderful choral singing comprising concerts, workshops, choral and sacred trails, competitions and an International Choral Symposium – there will be the opportunity for greater community participation and a wider range of visiting international choirs in 2016. School, national and international choirs are invited to take part in a variety of competitions.The range of national categories has expanded this year to ensure that there is something for everyone and will include a competition for popular music in a range of styles – pop, jazz and gospel.There is also the opportunity for lovers of barbershop music to participate in both the Barbershop Chorus and Barbershop Quartet sections.As always, one of the highlights of the festival will be the International Competition, in which selected choirs will compete for the prestigious ‘Oak Tree of Derry’ perpetual trophy, as well as a cash prize of £2,000. The quality and range of international choirs participating in this competition is growing each year, so early applications are recommended to avoid disappointment.Non-competitive applications are also welcome for choirs to take part in informal Choral Trail performances in venues throughout the city, practical workshops with guest artists and adjudicators, community concerts and Sunday church services.Dónal Doherty, Artistic Director of the festival, says “We are already looking forward to building on the success of the first three years of the festival with an even more ambitious line-up of guest artists and a wider range of performance opportunities for participating choirs in October 2016.“Keep an eye on the festival website for announcements of further exciting details over the coming months. Anyone interested in being part of this feast of choral music should apply immediately as per detailed in the syllabus.”With over 2,400 singers taking part in last year’s festival, reaching an audience of over 13,500 across the five days, the City of Song will most certainly come to life once again this autumn with the very best that choral music has to offer.Details of how to apply along with all available festival information at www.codichoral.com.APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 4TH CITY OF DERRY INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL was last modified: February 19th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 4TH CITY OF DERRY INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVALDONAL DOHERTYFESTIVAL ARTISTIC DIRECTORlast_img read more

first_imgKenosha-based Snap-On Inc. has acquired Rockaway, New Jersey-based Power Hawk Technologies Inc. for about $8 million in cash.Snap-On manufactures professional power and hand tools and equipment used in car dealerships and shops, aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction and other industries. It reported $3.7 billion in revenue, and $696.2 million in net income for 2018.Power Hawk manufactures rescue tools and equipment for military, government, fire, rescue and emergency use. Among them are power tools used to stabilize and cut into vehicles in emergency situations. Snap-On plans to integrate Power Hawk with its Commercial & Industrial Group.“The acquisition enhances and expands Snap-on’s capabilities in providing solutions that make work easier for serious professionals who apply their skills in workplaces of consequence, where the costs and penalties of failure are high,” the company said in a release. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

first_img Source:https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/hazelnuts-improve-older-adults%E2%80%99-micronutrient-levels Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 6 2018Older adults who added hazelnuts to their diet for a few months significantly improved their levels of two key micronutrients, new research at Oregon State University indicates.In the study, 32 people age 55 and older ate about 57 grams of hazelnuts – 2 ounces or about one-third cup – daily for 16 weeks.Results showed increased blood concentrations of magnesium and elevated urinary levels of a breakdown product of alpha tocopherol, commonly known as vitamin E.The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, are important because many Americans do not eat adequate amounts of either micronutrient. Older adults are at particular risk – lower concentrations of the micronutrients are associated with increased risk of age-related health problems including Alzheimer’s disease.”This is one of the first times a study of this type has focused only on older adults,” said co-author Alex Michels, a researcher at OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute. “We wanted to fill in a piece of the puzzle – can hazelnuts improve the nutritional status of older adults specifically?”Michels also noted few hazelnut studies have involved Oregon hazelnuts, which account for 99 percent of U.S. production of a nut also known as the filbert.”Not that we think Oregon hazelnuts are much different than other sources,” he said, “but now the booming crop that we have in this state finally has science behind it. Perhaps other benefits of Oregon hazelnuts are awaiting future study.”Maret Traber, the study’s corresponding author, notes that she and her collaborators used a novel biomarker – an alpha tocopherol metabolite – to determine hazelnuts had improved the research subjects’ vitamin E levels.Related StoriesLipid-lowering drugs are underutilized for preventing atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseaseStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapy”It’s hard to determine changes in α-tocopherol levels in the blood of older adults because they tend toward elevated cholesterol levels which leads to more α-tocopherol being retained in the blood,” said Traber, a professor in the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the Ava Helen Pauling Professor at the Linus Pauling Institute. “So what we did instead was look at the urine to see how much of a vitamin E catabolite was in it. The catabolite should only increase if the body is getting enough vitamin E.”The catabolite is alpha carboxyethyl hydroxychromanol, abbreviated to α-CEHC.”It’s basically a vitamin E molecule where the tail has been chewed up into nothing, part of the natural breakdown process of vitamin E as the body uses it,” Michels said. “We saw urinary α-CEHC levels go up in almost every participant.”In addition, blood analysis showed decreases in glucose and low-density lipoproteins, also known as “bad” cholesterol, in addition to increases in magnesium.”All of which says that hazelnuts are good for you,” Traber said. “The findings demonstrate the power of adding hazelnuts to your diet, of just changing one thing. Vitamin E and magnesium are two of the most underconsumed micronutrients in the U.S. population, and there’s much more to hazelnuts than what we analyzed here. They’re also a great source of healthy fats, copper and B6. People don’t like taking multivitamins, but hazelnuts represent a multivitamin in a natural form.”last_img read more

©2018 Miami Herald Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further Experts disagree about whether Magic Leap’s issues are red flags or whether they are simply growing pains.”These things happen … the bigger the company, the bigger the liabilities,” Joe Russo, head of Palm Beach Tech, a nonprofit tech trade organization, said in an email.The technology press has been more skeptical. “Many details (about Magic Leap’s product) remain unclear,” Romain Dillet of TechCrunch wrote in February. “For instance, the company hasn’t shared anything about pricing and software features. It’s hard to grasp the use case of the device without this information.”Magic Leap’s fate is more than simply a topic of tech gossip. Florida taxpayers plan to invest more than $8 million in Magic Leap through tax breaks and incentives from the state and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, an economic development agency.The Alliance does not see anything to be worried about.”Magic Leap’s presence is extremely valuable to our community,” Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Alliance, said in an emailed statement to the Herald. He noted that they had just participated in a tech hiring event at Nova Southeastern University. He did not address Magic Leap’s legal issues.A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity declined to comment on any of the recent developments, other than to say that Magic Leap had submitted required paperwork documenting progress toward meeting its goals for incentives. The documents, submitted on time, are still under review by an auditor.Magic Leap has created dozens of high-paying tech jobs in a state where the annual median family income is less than $59,000. Many employees have moved from across the country—and the world—to Plantation, once known mostly for its giant mall, just to be part of Magic Leap’s story. Patrick McKenna, a venture capitalist now based in Miami who recently touted the area as a tech destination in a New York Times article, said Magic Leap has shown “that an innovative technology company can raise large sums of money and attract world class talent to South Florida.”But the mixed signals it’s sending were recently on display at a pitch event hosted by Wynwood’s The LAB. A Magic Leap employee served as a judge on the pitch panel—on the condition that she not discuss the company, and that the LAB neither promote Magic Leap nor use its logo.Ironically, Magic Leap has been most forthcoming about what is happening inside the company in legal documents. In the Feb. 28 filing for judgment against its security director, Magic Leap maintains that the director, Todd Keil, had planned to submit a complaint alleging Magic Leap management rejected his recommendation that Microsoft HoloLens devices—direct competitors to Magic Leap’s reality-shaping headsets—delivered to Plantation be confiscated and returned. Keil also planned to allege he was told by a senior manager that Magic Leap would retain possession of a HoloLens device, Magic Leap says. And Keil planned to argue Magic Leap’s conduct violated the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, the filing states.Magic Leap says each of these accusations is false, and that Keil was simply retaliating for his poor performance reviews.In a brief phone interview, Keil said he has an agreement in place with Magic Leap that stipulates he cannot discuss the dispute. He said he has been with the company for two and a half years, and had moved to Florida from Texas, where he has since returned. A representative for Magic Leap did not respond to an inquiry asking whether Keil is still employed.Mike Lingle, a managing partner at Miami’s 10xU startup advisory who has consulted for many South Florida tech companies, says there is reason to continue asking questions about what’s going on in Plantation.”They’ve raised way too much money for a company with no product and no revenue,” he said in an email. “This leads people to behave strangely. I’m actually surprised that more cash hasn’t walked out the door.”The secrecy around the company could cripple its chance for success, he said.”Look at how much trouble Google had launching Glass, and they did everything right,” he said, referring to a technology Google ultimately pulled from retail shelves. “Customers need to be involved in the development process, especially when you’re asking them to change their behavior. Secrecy kills startups.”As it happens, a video interview posted in which a new Magic Leap employee speaks highly of the company was pulled down within 24 hours of going live. According to a report by Next Reality, a website that covers the futuristic augmented reality technology Magic Leap works on, a Plantation-based employee named Necole Pynn discussed in the video how Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz’s 2013 Ted Talk ultimately led her to join the company.”I started doing research when I first applied for the job,” she said, according to Next Reality. “I started looking into some of the people who worked there, and I realized that so many of my creative heroes work in this company.”Next Reality Editor Adario Strange said it is ironic the video “disappeared” so quickly.”It was easily the most full throated and glowing review of the company’s culture I’ve seen, so it might have helped Magic Leap to allow her voice to be more widely heard,” he said in an email.The company that posted the video, Trench Media, could not be reached for comment. Magic Leap did not respond to a request for comment.Strange believes the excitement surrounding Magic Leap may have caused expectations to outpace reality.”If the Magic Leap One isn’t several orders of magnitude better than Microsoft’s HoloLens, there may be a good deal of disappointment after so many years of anticipation,” he said. “Personally, I’m hoping it lives up to the hype.”Strange believes many startups like Magic Leap inevitably go through “learning experiences” as they attempt to establish a healthy and productive culture.”In that respect, there’s a certain amount of margin of error to be expected,” he said.But its other issues cannot be ignored.”Some of the allegations that have been reported are troubling for such an incredibly well funded company,” he said. When it comes to tech, the most buzzed-about companies often raise big investments—and big questions. That’s been the case with Magic Leap, the Plantation-based augmented reality company whose wunderkind status has resulted in more than $2 billion in investment—and a slew of legal disputes.In the past six months, Magic Leap announced it had raised $502 million from Singapore’s wealth fund; an unstated amount from German publisher Axel Springer; and, earlier this month, $461 million from Saudi Arabia’s national investment fund and other unnamed investors.That brings their total reported investment to $2.3 billion, including incentives from the state and Broward County.For a company whose goal is to literally transform how everyone sees the world, the hype makes sense.The company also recently showed off its new partnership with the NBA, whose fans will be able to interact with live stats and commentary as they watch a game on a Magic Leap headset. A few weeks later, the Royal Shakespeare Company in London said it was partnering with Magic Leap on a project to “change the way audiences experience theatre,” according to the theater troupe’s website.And in December, Magic Leap finally unveiled its long-anticipated Magic Leap One “creator edition” headset for developers, allowing any company to create content that a user can experience as lifelike.Then there’s the less favorable news. Magic Leap now finds itself in yet another legal quagmire, this time with its senior director of global security. Recently, the company filed for a declaratory judgment against the director, claiming he planned to use a whistle-blower complaint to “extort” the company by accusing it of stealing technology from Microsoft.That dispute is the latest in a series of legal complexities. In October, the company filed a report with the Plantation Police Department alleging Magic Leap had been defrauded by a recruiting firm, according to a report in Business Insider. And in 2017, Magic Leap settled a harassment suit brought by a former employee who alleged a company culture rife with sexism.All the while, the company has displayed an aggressive penchant for secrecy and has pushed back release dates—raising further questions. Google-backed Magic Leap alleges workers stole its secrets 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. Citation: There are 8 million reasons why you should care if Magic Leap succeeds (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-million-magic.html read more

first_imgMarch 28, 2019 Published on Life without laughter is unimaginable, insufferable. Poll campaign in Andhra Pradesh for the Assembly and General elections to be held on April 11 has been very acrimonious so far, with the major political parties — the Telugu Desam Party, YSR Congress and Janasena — hurling charges against each other. But in this grim political drama a tinge of comic element has been brought in by a Christian evangelist — KA Paul, who claims among his followers President’s of countries, celebrities and the rich and famous. The evangelist is in the poll fray with his Praja Santi Party (PSP) and he is contesting from all 175 Assembly and 25 LS seats. He set up the party in 2009 and has been contesting elections since then, but he has drawn much attention this time round for various reasons.For starters, PSP has been allotted the helicopter symbol, and controversy is raging over it, as the rotating blades of the helicopter are, according to the YSR Congress, distressingly similar to the rotating blades of a fan, which is its symbol. The party fears, not without reason, that many voters may mistake the symbol of one party with the other. To make matters worse, Paul has put up candidates in 35 Assembly seats and five LS seats whose names are conspicuously, similar to those of YSR Congress candidates. For instance, from Parchuru Assembly constituency in Prakasam district, Daggubati Venkateswara Rao, the son-in-law of the late NTR, is contesting on a YSR Congress ticket. PSP has put up Venkateswarlu. Though the names do not exactly match, they are pretty close. YSR Congress has complained to the Election Commission to change PSP’s symbol.YSR Congress believes that Paul is a front man of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, like Pawan Kalyan of Janasena, and he is in the poll fray only to divide the opposition vote.Paul on his part is unfazed and he is absolutely convinced that the gods and odds are in his favour. “I shall convert Andhra into a America,” he proclaims.He filed nominations from two constituencies — from Bhimavaram Assembly constituency and Narsapur LS seat in West Godavari district. The first was accepted and the second rejected, as he could not file nomination in time. He is convinced he can defeat Pawan Kalyan, the Janasena president, in Bhimavaram. Lok Sabha elections SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS SHARE COMMENTlast_img read more

first_img World 10 Jul 2019 In hotbed of Sudan’s uprising, activists torn over transition deal Related News World 11 Jul 2019 Beaten and abused, Sudan’s women bear scars of fight for freedom PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – An Italian court ruled on Friday that an Eritrean man extradited from Sudan in 2016 was the victim of mistaken identity and dismissed allegations that he was a ruthless, human-trafficking kingpin.However, the judges said Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe was nonetheless guilty of abetting people smuggling and handed him a five-year prison term and a fine of 100,000 euros (£89,628). Because he has already spent three years behind bars, the court said he could go free. But rather than release him, police took Berhe to a facility in the centre of Sicily where migrants are placed ahead of their eventual expulsion.His lawyer Michele Calantropo said Berhe had a right under Italian law to appeal his conviction, adding that he thought it would be illegal to expel him at this point in time. “He cried like a child when he was told that the judges had recognised it was mistaken identity and ordered his immediate release,” Calantropo had said earlier outside the courtroom, expecting his client to be immediately be let out of prison.”Today we have applied for asylum for him,” he said. Friday’s verdict represented a setback to both Italian and British investigators who worked together to secure the arrest of the man who was identified in court as Medhanie Yehdego Mered – a notorious Eritrean smuggler nicknamed “the General”.The defendant, arrested by police in a coffee shop in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, maintained that he was called Berhe and was an impoverished refugee with no criminal background. “The court has accepted our position. He is not the General,” Calantropo said. DNA TESTSSome of Mered’s alleged victims had testified that they did not recognise the arrested man, while relatives of the alleged smuggling mastermind said it was a case of mistaken identity. DNA tests also suggested it was the wrong person.However, Italian prosecutors Calogero Ferrara and Claudio Camilleri insisted during proceedings, which were spaced out over three years, that the right man had been caught, thanks partly to the help of Britain’s National Crime Agency.They had demanded a 14-year prison sentence.”The court has recognised that this man was a human trafficker,” chief prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi told reporters, adding that his office would read the court’s full report on the case before deciding whether to appeal the reduced verdict.The court found five other men – three Eritreans and nationals from Ivory Coast and Ghana – guilty of various human smuggling offences, handing them terms of up to five years, three months in prison plus fines of up to 60,000 euros.At the time of Berhe’s arrest some 360,000 migrants had crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Italy in just two years, with many hundreds drowning while trying to reach Europe. The number of migrant crossings has since risen above 600,000, but the flows have slowed dramatically over the past two years as successive governments in Rome have cracked down on people smuggling.Italy and Britain worked together for more than an year trying to track the General, using telephone intercepts to follow his movements before deciding to request his arrest by Sudanese authorities in June 2016.During his trial, Berhe acknowledged phoning contacts in Libya, but said he was merely looking to talk to relatives hoping to escape to Europe, like many Eritrean nationals. (Reporting by Wladimiro Pantaleone; Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Philip Pullella and Frances Kerry) Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_img Related News Tennis 10 Jul 2019 Factbox: Roger Federer versus Kei Nishikori Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} LONDON (Reuters) – As Roger Federer prepares to take on Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Wimbledon final, he knows there is little he can do now to improve his chances of winning a 21st Grand Slam title — all the work has been done.”This is like a school,” the Swiss 37-year-old said. “The day of the test, you’re not going to read… many books that day. You don’t have the time anyhow.”It’s quite clear the work was done way before. It’s been a rock solid year (for me)… the stars are aligned right now. From that standpoint I can go into the match very confident.”With eight Wimbledon titles in his locker, Federer has every right to be confident. But Djokovic is himself a four-times champion, and can equal the great Bjorn Borg with victory for a fifth crown.center_img Tennis 10 Jul 2019 Highlights: Wimbledon day nine Tennis 09 Jul 2019 Pella downs Raonic to reach first major quarter-final More importantly, the Serb beat Federer in the final here in 2014 and 2015.”We all know how good he is anywhere, but especially here,” Djokovic said of the Swiss.”This surface complements his game very much. He loves to play very fast. Takes away the time from his opponent. Just doesn’t give you any same looks.”He just rushes you to everything. So for players maybe like Nadal or myself that like to have a little more time, it’s a constant pressure that you have to deal with.”I’ve played with Roger in some epic finals here a couple years in a row, so I know what to expect. Of course, I’m going to be excited and nervous and everything that you can think of.”I’m going to do my best to control that in some way and be able to portray my best tennis in a balanced, hopefully, state throughout the match.”Federer was sublime in beating Rafa Nadal in Friday’s semi-final, whereas Djokovic was not tested nearly so much against Roberto Bautista Agut.The Swiss will need to match those heights again on Sunday to end a four-match losing streak against Sunday’s opponent.It would be unwise to bet against him managing that, but many commentators make top seed Djokovic the favourite.”For Sunday’s match, it’s hard to not see Novak as a pretty strong, clear favourite for the title because Federer’s weapon is probably his serve, and Novak finds a way to neutralise that,” said former world number one Mats Wilander.”Federer’s serve is not that hard, but well placed… so Novak will get a play on most serves and then he’s in the rally straight away.”If you look at everything, then you say that the weakest part of Djokovic’s game is as good as Federer’s, he’s stronger in a couple of places such as movement, the return of serve and the backhand. I think it’s going to be tough. I think Djokovic is going to feel pressure, that’s for sure, but then for Federer it might be his last chance.” (Editing by: Toby Davis)last_img read more

first_imgSHAH Alam City Council (MBSA) has set aside RM3mil for nine infrastructure projects put forward at last year’s budget workshop with the community.So far, only the pocket park, rooftop and vertical garden in the city centre have been completed at a cost of RM300,000 while the other eight projects, including the low carbon city programme, upgrading of playground equipment and Section 10 public park and landscaping of Shah Alam Walk, are still in progress. Shah Alam mayor Datuk Haris Kasim said community feedback was crucial for MBSA to be aware of issues in the city. Related News Metro News 13 Jun 2019 Haris Kasim is new Shah Alam mayor Tags / Keywords: Metro News 30 Apr 2019 New Shah Alam bus terminal to begin operations on May 1 Metro News 11 Jul 2019 Green ideas for pre-schoolerscenter_img Central Region {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News “We are taking a people-centric approach which allows those in the city council’s administration to present ideas.“This will also enable us to know the needs and requirements of the people,” said Haris at the launch of the 2020 Budget Workshop at Concorde Hotel in Shah Alam.“If there are participants who are able to give realistic ideas in terms of the budget, we will definitely take them under serious consideration.“From time to time, the budget allocation for these new developments increase because the expenditure will usually cover both development and management costs,” he added.For the year 2020, Haris said the focus of the budget would be more on development instead of management, which had been the preferred focus in previous years.Among the categories discussed at the workshop for the 2020 budget allocation were community development and low carbon city awareness programmes, environmental health and public facilities.At the press conference, Finance Department director Affandi Jaafar revealed that compared to 2018, there was a rise in tax collection this year through campaigns organised by MBSA as well as partnerships with a number of organisations.last_img read more