Position Vacant – Finance Administration Officer

first_imgTouch Football Victoria invites applicants to apply for the position of Finance and Administration Officer.Applicants must have some experience in finance and administration or a tertiary equivalent and the position is best suited to a can do person with a passion to be involved in the sports industry.Salary will range from $30,000 – $38,000 plus super. For a full position description please download the attached document. By COB Monday 21st April, applicants must provide a cover letter outlining the key selection criteria outlined in the position description along with a resume to david.brady@victouch.com.au Related Filesvic_finance_and_adminstration_position_description-pdflast_img

2014 NSWTA State Cup

first_img225 teams from across the state will converge on the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium this weekend to compete in the 2014 New South Wales State Cup. Teams will compete across 14 divisions, ranging from under 20’s through to over 55’s at the three day event, which will be held from Friday, 5 December to Sunday, 7 December 2014. Approximately 4,000 participants will take part in the event, as well as over 250 referees, coming together to participate in one of the largest Touch Football events in the world.  Round games will commence on Friday morning, running through the weekend with the finals concluding the tournament on Sunday afternoon. The first Grand Finals will begin at 12.40pm on Sunday, with the Mixed Open final at 2.25pm, Women’s Open at 3.05pm and the Men’s Open at 3.50pm.Teams from Papua New Guinea and Japan will also participate in the event.Unable to make it to the 2014 New South Wales State Cup? You can watch selected games live throughout the event on the TFA YouTube channel. Stay tuned to the website daily as we provide links to the chosen games.Friday, 5 December8.30am – Canterbury Bulldogs v Newcastle City Knights (Women’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_jO_EUj7GQ 9.40am – Western Suburbs Magpies v Parramatta Eels (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSco2Uvo3HQ 12.35pm – Penrith Panthers v Murwillumbah Mavericks (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93-MEj87lbU 1.45pm – Manly Sea Eagles v Murwillumbah Mavericks (Men’s 20’s) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHPaoYrq128 2.20pm – University of New South Wales Bullets v Papua New Guinea (Mixed Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=291CAiVpu-0Saturday, 6 December8.00am – Easts Roosters v Wests Magpies (Mixed Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ_62lKQuE09.10am – Canterbury Bulldogs v Wests Magpies (Women’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5iEMfDOkEg10.55am – Penrith Panthers v Canterbury Bulldogs (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5iEMfDOkEg3.00pm – Murwillumbah Mavericks v Wagga Wagga Vipers (Mixed Open ) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdCMiEwmHuM4.10pm – Manly Sea Eagles v Wollongong Devils (Women’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P38D4OhvL2s4.45pm – Hornsby Lions v Easts Roosters (Men’s Open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z7zuSDnbgw Keep in touch with all of the latest news and information  from the 2014 New State Cup:Website – www.nswtouch.com.au and www.nswtaevents.sportingpulse.net  Facebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouchTwitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch (#nswtasc14) Instagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouch Related LinksNSW State Cuplast_img read more

10 months agoSchalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man City

first_imgSchalke coach Tedesco: We could surprise Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSchalke coach Dominico Tedesco recognises they’re “outsiders” against Champions League opponents Manchester City.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Tedesco, 33, stated: “We are looking forward to the games against Manchester City. “A really attractive opponent for us and our fans. We are outsiders, but will go into the duel without fear. “Anyway, we’ll cut everything out, maybe to bring a surprise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoLaLiga president Tebas: Morata to Atletico? Real Madrid and Neymar?

first_imgLaLiga president Tebas: Morata to Atletico? Real Madrid and Neymar?by Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas has questioned whether Atletico Madrid can sign Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Tebas believes Atletico’s budget won’t stretch to cover Morata’s demands.He told AS: “They’re very limited; they would have to get rid of someone. I do not know exactly because that is what is needed for the economic controls.”Tebas was also asked about Real Madrid buying PSG star Kylian Mbappe or Neymar.He added: “Either one of the two. Or the two. I do not know if Florentino (Perez) wants to sign one of the two. We have worked hard on the brand and it is above the players because we have taken advantage of the synergy of the clubs. “What we do not know is how much more we would be favoured by them being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Goa airport casinos to be open to only air passengers CM

first_imgPanaji: Only airline passengers would have access to casinos at the upcoming Mopa international airport, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said in the Assembly on Monday. In a written reply to a question by BJP legislator Wilfred D’Sa, Sawant said 232 acres of land at the airport had been earmarked for commercial development. Apart from casinos, hotels of various categories, eco-adventure and wellness resorts, as well as a shopping plaza would be constructed at the airport, he said. The statement comes at a time when the Goa government, under pressure from the civil society and the Opposition, is in the process of relocating six offshore casinos, parked in the Mandovi river. Developed jointly by GMR and the Goa government, the airport in the North Goa district is expected to handle 30 million passengers. The first phase of the airport is expected to be complete in 2020.last_img read more

Direct tax collection falls short CBDT raises alarm

first_imgNew Delhi: Mar 28 (PTI) The CBDT has rung alarm bells and has asked the Income Tax Department to go for a major assault as the direct tax collection target remains short of about 15 per cent, with the financial year closing less than a week away.On March 26, CBDT Member (Revenue) Neena Kumar shot off a letter to all the regional chiefs of the department stating that the tax collection figures have “been reviewed and it is seen that as against the budget collection target of Rs 12,00,000 crore, only 85.1 per cent of the target at Rs 10,21,251 crore has been collected as on March 23.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe officer, who is responsible to supervise I-T department’s tax collection work across the country, underlined the areas that are sluggish vis-a-vis direct tax collections obtained from personal, corporate and advance tax categories.”The minor head-wise analysis indicates worsening trend of negative growth in regular collections at -6.9 per cent as against -5.2 per cent in the last week. This is an alarming situation which needs immediate attention,” Kumar wrote in the letter. The officer expressed CBDT’s disappointment at this situation and has asked the supervisory tax officials to pull up their socks and ensure no stone remains unturned to achieve the target. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) frames policy for the I-T department and is also its controlling authority that functions from the North Block in the Finance Ministry.”You are aware that regular assessment tax is bench-mark of performance as it is based upon quality of demand raised which can further be converted into actual collections,” Kumar wrote in the letter.”Board (the CBDT) has discussed strategies through various communications with you (senior officials) and it was expected that by this time your strategies would have succeeded resulting into improved collections. However, the figures of collection give a different account,” she added. She asked the department to take “all possible actions urgently, especially with respect to recovery of arrear and current demand, so as to achieve the targets for collection.”The CBDT has been worried over the direct tax collection work for quite some time and Board Chairman P C Mody had recently held a video-conference with the top brass of the department across the country and discussed strategies to boost the collection figures to be achieved by the end of the 2018-19 fiscal on March 31. Both Mody and Kumar are undertaking daily updates on the issue. They are monitoring advance tax and arrear collections, enforcement action to check tax evasion and subsequent surrender of undisclosed income, a senior official said.last_img read more

Football Curtis Samuel plays like Percy Harvin

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) rushes into the endzone for a touchdown during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIf there’s one word to define an Urban Meyer offense, it’s speed. Since being hired at Ohio State in 2012, the Buckeye offense under Meyer has finished the season twice ranked in the top 10. However, through many different players, Meyer has been attempting to reincarnate one of his greatest weapons from his time at the University of Florida.Former Florida Gator and NFL wide receiver Percy Harvin won two national championships for Meyer, alongside Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, and was the No. 1 playmaker for Meyer for the better part of two seasons.From Dontre Wilson in 2013, Jalin Marshall in 2014 and Braxton Miller in 2015, Meyer might have finally found his next Percy Harvin in junior H-back Curtis Samuel.And frankly, Samuel might be better. Meyer said on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches’ teleconference that he believes Samuel should be in the Heisman Trophy discussion with his performance through the first four games.“I think it’s a little harder for those positions to get it, in H-back,” Meyer said. “But he’s certainly having that kind of year that he should be in the conversation.”The last time Meyer had two players in the Heisman race was with Tebow and Harvin in 2008. In Harvin’s 2007 sophomore campaign, he exploded for 764 yards and six touchdowns rushing, and 858 yards and four touchdowns receiving. The next season, before he declared early for the NFL, Harvin finished with 1,304 total yards and 17 touchdowns.While Samuel has eight games left in the regular season to rack up those numbers, he’s already on pace to surpass Harvin’s junior-year stats.Samuel has 673 total yards and five touchdowns through four games this season, compared to Harvin’s 461 total yards and five touchdowns through his first four games in 2008. To be fair, Samuel has had 18 more touches than Harvin did at this point, but the two are nearly identical in average yards per touch.Harvin was all over the field for Meyer back at Florida, much like Samuel. But unlike Harvin, and Buckeyes in the past Meyer tried to put into the role, Samuel has shown the ability to run between the tackles. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett is fairly similar to Tebow in his ability to takeover a game almost at will. Albeit in different styles, Tebow went to Harvin often, just like Barrett’s trust in Samuel.Meyer has always put trust into his quarterbacks and his playmakers, but what makes Samuel even more impressive when comparing him to Harvin is that OSU has a legitimate 1,000-yard running back in redshirt freshman Mike Weber.After the first game against Bowling Green, Weber and Samuel combined for 220 yards rushing, prompting Weber to equate the backfield duo to Lendale White and Reggie Bush, who accounted for an asstounding 3,042 rushing in 2005.At the time, it sounded ridiculous, but could it really happen? Could Weber and Samuel somehow be this good, and could Samuel be in the Heisman Trophy race?Statistically speaking, yes, both of those could happen. However, Harvin, Bush and White all performed at high levels for more than one season. For now, Samuel still has to live up to the expectations of following Braxton Miller and every other player to be named Meyer’s No. 1 playmaker.“I feel like both at receiver and at running back (I’m best utilized),” Samuel said. “I can be at running back and go against a linebacker, which is a mismatch, or I can go to receiver and be against a corner or safety, which I feel is still a mismatch.” read more

Mbappe certain that Neymar will stay

first_imgThere were a lot of rumours saying that Neymar can possibly leave PSG and come back to La Liga to join Real Madrid – but his teammate Kylian Mbappé believes that he will stay no matter what.The Brazilian star joined the French club before the season from Barcelona and he became the most expensive player in the football history – and Mbappé insisted that another transfer is just a “hot air”.The French youngster spoke about Neymar’s situation as he said, according to Sports Keeda:“It’s nothing but hot air.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Neymar sends me messages, gives me the news. I wished him a good World Cup, but not to win it.”“Of course, I have the goal of winning the World Cup. It’s even a dream. If we progress well, we can achieve something.”“I’m not sure that Emery will leave, even if he is at the end of his contract.”“I don’t know if he talks to the club. We’ll see who will replace him if he leaves, but he is not leaving at the moment.”last_img read more

Joe Cole and Owen poke fun at transfer deals

first_imgFormer Liverpool players Joe Cole and Michael Owen are starring in a new TV advert opening up on the controversy of Football transfers.The ex-footballers appeared in an advert for phone company Huawei, who are using the transfer deadline campaign as a marketing tool for their products.The former England internationals also recruited Premier League stars to help drive the campaign of the Chinese Mobile company.Owen and Cole both discussed the process of changing phones in the manner which transfer deals are negotiated.Cole said, according to Mirror Football: Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s important to not be stuck in your ways, change is good. I loved my time at West Ham , the fans were great, my teammates were brilliant, but I couldn’t turn down the move to Chelsea – a move that turned out hugely successful for me, where I won a lot of silverware.”“Much like then, the time has come for change and I’m sure my latest switch to Huawei will prove just as rewarding.’’Owen added: “I’ve made some big switches in my career, some have certainly been easier than others – leaving Liverpool definitely ruffled a few feathers!”“However, I have high hopes for my latest switch to Huawei, it’s been a lot smoother, surprisingly easy, and I’m anticipating great success. The kit is fantastic!”last_img read more

BNP interviews city polls candidates

first_imgFlag of BNP. File PhotoThe nomination board of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday interviewed nine nomination seekers, but could not finalise its mayoral candidates for the upcoming Khulna and Gazipur city polls.The party may announce the names of its candidates for the two city polls by a day or two, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told newsmen after the meeting, reports UNB.The party’s nomination board, comprising BNP standing committee members, started the interview around 5:30pm with Khulna city BNP general secretary Shafiqul Islam Mona, one of three mayoral nomination aspirants for Khulna city polls.They also interviewed current mayor Moniruzzaman Moni and Khulna city BNP president Nazrul Islam Manju.Later, they interviewed six nomination aspirants for Gazipur city—current mayor and party vice chairman professor MA Mannan, executive committee member Hasanuddin Sarkar, Sramik Dal executive president Salauddin Sarkar, Gazipur district unit JCD president Sharfat Hossain and local BNP leaders Shawkat Hossain Sarkar and Abdus Salam.Though Mannan’s son M Manzurul Karim Rony collected a nomination paper, he could not appear before the interview board since he is staying abroad.Party insiders said the BNP standing committee members could not finalise the two candidates as there are differences of opinion among them.A BNP senior leader said the party had a plan to pick Hasanuddin Sarkar as its mayoral candidate for Gazipur. But physical conditions of both MA Mannan and Sarkar are not in a good shape, and it will be difficult for the party to win in Gazipur elections with such elderly candidate as Awami League is likely to field a young contender like its Gazipur city unit general secretary Jahangir Alam.“So, the standing committee members are in a fix to finalise the mayoral candidate for Gazipur polls. They’ll take the decision after an elaborate discussion,” the BNP leader told UNB.He said their party also had a decision to select Nazrul Islam Manju as party candidate for Khulna city mayoral polls, but he declined to contest the election, and urged the nomination board to pick current mayor Moni as the party candidate again.Last week, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced that the elections to Gazipur and Khulna city corporations will be held on 15 May.According to the polls schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination papers is 12 April, while the dates for scrutinising those are 15 and 16 April, and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is 23 April.BNP candidates Moni and professor Mannan were elected mayors in Khulna and Gazipur polls respectively in the 2013 polls.last_img read more

8 trains cancelled as BJP workers stage protest at Kankinara

first_imgKolkata: BJP workers and supporters allegedly obstructed train movement at Kankinara, which led to harassment for the daily commuters. Train services were affected for almost half-an-hour which resulted in cancellation of eight local trains during the peak hours on Monday.According to local resident, trouble cropped up on Sunday night when BJP supporters were allegedly putting up flags at ward no. 15 in Bhatpara. It was alleged that the flags were being put up on the house of local councillor Manoj Guha, without his permission. When he asked the BJP workers and supporters not to put up the flags, an altercation ensued between the Guha’s supporters and the BJP men. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLater, BJP supporters gheraod Jagaddal police station led by BJP leader Arjun Singh, alleging that Guha had assaulted a BJP supporter. After almost one-and-half-an hour BJP supporters lodged a complaint. A local Trinamool leader denied the allegation and said that BJP is trying to create unrest situation in the area. They are resorting to hooliganism instead of democracy, he said. Situation went out of control when again BJP supporters put up a blockade on Monday morning claiming action over their allegations. Despite repeated requests by the daily commuters, BJP supporters did bother to listen to them. As the protest continued from 9:24 am to 9:50 am, huge numbers of daily commuters were late to their destinations. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSeveral school and college students also faced trouble. Later, Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police intervened and managed to convince the BJP supporters to withdraw the blockade. Eastern Railway authorities informed that the train services in Barrackpore-Naihati section of Sealdah Division were affected due to obstruction by a group of people near Kankinara and eight local trains had to be cancelled. Normal train services resumed after 9:50 am.last_img read more

India Sothebys International Realty expands its horizons

first_imgIndia Sotheby’s International Realty announced their entry into the eastern Indian market with the opening of their new office in Kolkata, recently. With this latest addition, the company now has a total of three offices including that in New Delhi and Mumbai, and further is in the process of opening of three or four more offices in 2019 across India. Additionally, the company also manages the Sri Lanka operations for the ultra-prestige residential development ‘Sapphire Residences’ by ITC Hotels. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCommenting on the expansion plan of the comapny, Amit Goyal, CEO, India Sotheby’s International Realty said, “We are thrilled to expand our presence across the country, with the opening of our third office in Kolkata. This city is full of some the most exclusive and breath-taking properties that cover the length and breadth of the evolution of Indian architecture. And, we are looking forward to represent local clients and investors by offering them high-end luxury real estate solutions.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSituated in one of Kolkata’s prime location, Salt Lake City – the Kolkata office is spread across 2800 square feet, and comprises of eight highly experienced professionals. The team which comes with people having decades of experience in various fields, is led by Udayendu Dass, who has over 34 years of experience in Ultra HNI Business Banking, Financial Services Advisory, Lifestyle Business, Telecom and Exports. The Kolkata office will comprise of some very exerienced people like Avijeet Das, Shivani Kapur, Vikram Kapoor, Sujit Kumar Ghosh, among others – who come with a varied experience across sectors such as Tourism and Hospitality, Real Estate, Banking, FMCG, and Business Management. The venture in Kolkata will be catering to the burgeoning real estate requirement across Eastern India, with a focused view to bring the best realty options to our global audiences. According to the Director International, Akash Puri, the Kolkata office will also help clients in buying a home in preferred overseas destinations like UK, Dubai, USA, Italy through the global network.last_img read more

Splat A lucky strike and the telltale red splodge

first_imgSplat! A lucky strike and the telltale red splodge that your nightly tormentor has sucked its last blood vessel.Staring at the mess on the wall, you might find it hard to believe that so small an insect can carry so much blood. But female mosquitoes have a knack for eating, doubling their body weight with each meal.”They can barely fly,” laughs Leslie Vosshall, a neurobiologist at Rockefeller University, who’s hoping to control mosquitoes, as well as the diseases they carry, by switching off their enormous appetite.In a paper published Thursday in the journal Cell, Vosshall and her team demonstrate how human diet drugs satiate mosquitoes’ bloodlust for several days — so they are less likely to feed on humans and spread diseases and will also produce fewer offspring.”When they’re hungry, these mosquitoes are super motivated. They fly toward the scent of a human the same way that we might approach a chocolate cake,” Vosshall says. “But after they were given the drug, they lost interest.”The method taps into female mosquitoes’ natural gluttony. Each supersize meal provides enough nutrients to support the typical clutch of around 100 eggs. After she has eaten, the mosquito loses her appetite for at least four days while her eggs develop.But as soon as a mosquito lays her eggs in a pool of stagnant water, she is off again in search of a mate and a meal. A female mosquito can breed several times in her lifetime of six to eight weeks, and in the process she can bite many people — which makes her a reliable vessel for spreading diseases.Vosshall and her team set out to identify and manipulate the hormone pathways responsible for this behavior. Because similar pathways for hunger are found in many animals — that is, they have similar evolutionary roots — she started with off-the-shelf human diet drugs.”On a lark we thought, ‘Let’s go for it. Let’s do the craziest experiment possible and get some human diet drugs and see if they work on mosquitoes,’ ” Vosshall told NPR.”It was surprising that it worked so well.”In a series of lab experiments, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (which spread dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika virus) were fed these diet drugs by mixing them into a chemical solution that also contained ATP — a molecule found inside most animal cells that mosquitoes find irresistible. The diet drugs came in powder form. For several days after drinking this solution, the mosquitoes showed little interest when offered the bare arms of human volunteers. Even the smell of dirty nylon stockings, saturated with human scent, was not enough to tempt them.After testing human diet drugs, the team homed in on the specific receptors that these drugs activate inside the mosquito brain. Then they could search through a general catalog of more than 265,000 chemicals to find a new suite of drugs that also activate this receptor — but that control only the appetite of mosquitoes and similar biting insects.”Human drugs are owned by pharmaceutical companies, and so we wanted to find something where the intellectual property wasn’t locked up. That’s important in [developing countries] for deployment,” Vosshall explains. And for obvious reasons, widely releasing human diet drugs into the environment is not a good idea.In recent years, scientists have developed an advanced arsenal of tools in the war against mosquitoes — from potent new insecticides to gene drives and bacterial infection. But rarely have they tried to control mosquitoes’ behavior.”There is a real need for novel approaches to controlling insects that transmit diseases,” says James Logan of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who was not involved in the study.According to the World Health Organization, mosquito-borne diseases — such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue and Zika virus — are responsible for millions of deaths each year.”Humans have been trying to fight mosquitoes ever since there were humans,” says Vosshall, pointing to an impressive variety of control methods — from rolled-up newspapers to genetic engineering.”All of these advances are complementary,” says Vosshall, who argues that no single innovation can eradicate mosquito-borne diseases and advocates using several methods at once. “Our behavior control is something else in this portfolio,” she says.This strategy seeks to reduce mosquito numbers rather than annihilate the insects entirely, which could have unintended ecological consequences. “I do worry about the balance of nature,” Vosshall says.But not everyone agrees that eradicating mosquitoes is a bad idea. “A recent study suggested that malaria mosquitoes do not play a vital role in the ecosystem, and therefore their removal would have minimal impact,” Logan says.”I don’t think we will ever eradicate all mosquitoes. But I do think that one day we will eradicate individual species,” he says.It’s early days for this novel approach to mosquito control, and it remains unclear how substantially it would stem the spread of disease in the real world. Meanwhile, more lab research must be done to develop these drugs so that they are potent and cheap enough to use in the field.”Transitioning from laboratory experiments to the field is always difficult,” Logan says. “One of the biggest challenges will be devising a system that attracts mosquitoes well enough and allows them to feed on this substance effectively.””You need to have dispensers; you need some way to attract female mosquitoes and have that work in local communities,” says Vosshall, looking to the logistical hurdles ahead.Putting billions of mosquitoes on an unwitting diet was never going to be easy.Thomas Lewton is a freelance science journalist and videographer who divides his time between London and Kampala, Uganda. You can follow him on Twitter: @thomaslewton. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

More than two years after doctors in Jerusalem rem

first_imgMore than two years after doctors in Jerusalem removed thousands of barklike lesions that had prevented Mahmoud Taluli from using his hands for more than a decade, he continues his battle with a rare, incurable skin condition. But even with another surgery planned for later this summer — his fifth in the pioneering treatment at Hadassah Medical Center — Taluli considers himself a winner.”After years of suffering and solitude, I can finally live a normal life,” said Taluli, 44, who lives in Gaza and suffers from epidermodysplasia verruciformis, an extremely rare condition caused by his immune system’s inability to fight off the ubiquitous human papillomavirus, resulting in painful gray and white growths on his hands and other parts of his body. His severe form of this condition has been documented only a handful of times around the world and has been nicknamed “tree man” syndrome because the large growths can resemble tree bark.Last month, a man in Bangladesh with a similar condition made international headlines with his pleas for doctors to amputate his hands after a series of unsuccessful surgeries to remove his lesions. As in Taluli’s case, the lesions on the Bangladeshi patient keep growing back, leaving him in severe pain and unable to use his hands, according to media reports.Although he has not spoken with that patient or his doctors, Michael Chernofsky, the senior hand and microvascular surgeon at Hadassah who is overseeing Taluli’s treatment, says that amputation is not a good solution. In fact, when Taluli first arrived for treatment at Hadassah in 2017, he said that doctors in Egypt and Jordan had recommended amputation of his hands — an option Taluli refused.”Amputation is a nonstarter that would create more problems,” Chernofsky said, explaining that if the patient’s hands were cut off, the patient would likely continue to have severe pain from nerves severed in the amputation process. And the skin condition would continue to affect the rest of a patient’s body, he said.”But I really feel bad for this patient in Bangladesh, and it seems like his desire for amputation is an index of his frustration levels,” he said.Treating Taluli, and ultimately saving his hands, has been a long process — and it isn’t over yet. In four operations since 2017, doctors have removed thousands of lesions from his hands and other parts of his body. Using scalpels and other instruments, they make incisions that are often deep enough to require skin grafts to aid in healing. The operations have been largely successful in clearing away enough growths to allow Taluli to use his hands, but new growths continue to appear. The team will operate for a fifth time later this summer to remove new lesions on various areas of his body as well as some scar tissue from previous operations.”We realized he was just reinfecting himself by touching lesions, then touching other parts of his body,” Chernofsky said. Not only are existing lesions at risk of spreading to other areas of his body, but if the deep roots of each lesion are not completely removed, the growth returns, Chernofsky said. “You can’t just shave these off at the surface,” Chernofsky said. “You have to remove every last shred.” Removing the roots of the lesions also relieves the pain they cause as they compress nerves. “In the beginning, I wasn’t sure our approach would work,” Chernofsky said, explaining there is no medical protocol for treating the condition. “We didn’t know if there would be anything viable left of his hands, but thank God it’s working.”Doctors are now working to map Taluli’s genome to pinpoint the genetic abnormality that keeps his immune system from fighting off HPV, which comes in more than a hundred strains and can cause warts and even some types of cancer but is usually harmless. Taluli does not have the same genetic mutation that most other patients with the condition have, doctors said.Ideally, the Hadassah doctors will develop some type of tailored immunological-based treatment for Taluli to allow his body to better fight HPV. They also hope to learn more about the still mysterious human papillomavirus virus and why it affects different people in different ways.Another challenge is that Taluli lives in Gaza, where the ailing medical system does not offer physical therapy that would ensure better future function for his hands. Patients from the increasingly isolated and impoverished enclave also must obtain permission from Palestinian and Israeli officials to enter Israel for care. Taluli’s case has been approved so far, and he is thankful for the treatment.”The surgery has completely changed my life,” he said in response to questions submitted by email. “I can play with my children. I can go to family events. I no longer need to cover my hands when I go out in public.” Sara Toth Stub is a Jerusalem-based journalist. You can follow her work on Twitter: @saratothstub. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

China movie market to wield greater influence Rice University expert says

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduChina movie market to wield greater influence, Rice University expert saysKokas: Movement of China to No. 2 international box office market is poised to gear more international films to Chinese audiencesHOUSTON – (Jan. 11, 2013) – News hit the entertainment industry this week that China’s box office rose 31 percent to 17.1 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) last year. With this, China has now overtaken Japan as the top-earning international territory for U.S. filmmakers.Aynne Kokas, a fellow in Chinese media at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, is available to speak on this development and the growing importance of the Chinese media market.“Movement of China to the No. 2 international box office market is poised to drive producers to further gear international films to Chinese audiences, increasing influence of Chinese consumers, if not Chinese filmmakers,” Kokas said.“Even though Hollywood pictures are increasing as a percentage of the box office, co-production –which produces domestic films that the government categorizes as ‘domestic’ and circumvent the import quota — drives international film production activity in China,” she said. “Examples of co-productions include ‘Iron Man 3’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda 3.’ At least one-third of co-production funding must come from China, along with one-third of the main cast. Scenes must also be shot in China. While this presents stiff competition for purely domestic filmmakers, it also infuses enormous amounts of capital and expertise into the Chinese film industry as a whole.”The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Kokas. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Kokas biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/akokas.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Gives a Lesson in How Not to Lead in a

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Facebook 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article Guest Writer April 3, 2018 Image credit: NurPhoto | Getty Images Add to Queue Zuckerberg is renowned for inventing Facebook, but his reputation for leading it is in tatters. Samuel Edwards Mark Zuckerberg Gives a Lesson in How Not to Lead in a Crisis 5 min read Digital Marketing Strategist –shares Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. For a while, Facebook could do no wrong. All you have to do is take a quick look at the Facebook stock chart and you’ll see a company that has watched its value rise nearly 500 percent over the past five years alone. But that same chart will also show you a hefty decline since the middle of March. In all honesty, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is to blame. Cambridge Analytica exposed Zuckerberg’s greatest flaw.It would be safe to say that public trust in Facebook is at an all-time low. If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that trust must be continually cultivated, no matter how much of it you think your organization has.Perhaps it was an inflated sense of public trust, an attitude of invincibility, or an unwillingness to own up to responsibility that led Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg and other Facebook executives to take a painfully long time to formulate a response to the news that data firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to millions of its users’ data three years ago. However, at this point, does it really matter? The problem is that Facebook is developing a poor track record of managing crises.Now that people know just how much of their personal data Facebook has, the last thing the company can afford is for people to view the social network giant as being irresponsible. Unfortunately, Zuckerberg’s response in the wake of this crisis has done little to instill confidence and accountability.Zuckerberg and the company must decide whether they’re going to embrace the responsibility they have. They’ve walked into this mess by amassing mounds of personal information on users. If they don’t want to deal with the responsibility that comes with it, they need to step out of the way. That’s the blunt truth.To Zuckerberg’s credit, he finally spoke up. “I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his profile. “I promise you we’ll work through this and build a better service over the long term.”Zuckerberg’s response was, arguably, another poor PR move. He said no more than you’d expect but far later than he should have. Plus, it was sterile and vague. He left many wondering if Facebook is really doing enough to protect user data.Related: Read Mark Zuckerberg’s Full Statement on Facebook’s Data ScandalTakeaways from Facebook’s PR debacle.Taking your personal feelings and data out of the equation, the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica crisis has been a textbook PR case study in what not to do. As we look at it in more detail, here are a few of the takeaways and lessons business owners and entrepreneurs should spend some time studying.1. Don’t delay.The issue most people had with Facebook’s response was that it took so long for one to be formulated and publicized. Since the company obviously was aware of what was going on, it was unacceptable and disingenuous to keep people waiting for days.One of the first rules of good crisis management is to get ahead of the problem. The sooner you can address the issue, the better you can shape the public narrative and response.Related: Read the Controversial 2016 Facebook Memo in Which an Exec Argues for ‘Growth at Any Cost’2. Apologize.Zuckerberg’s eventual response was 936 words long. While it contained a bunch of corporate language and legal jargon, do you know what word was completely missing? The simple word sorry.It’s not always necessary to spend a bunch of time apologizing in the wake of a crisis, but you do need to say sorry — even if the incident was largely outside your control. It humanizes your brand and makes you look like you care.Related: Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Seem Very Sorry or Very Forgiven3. Act.The final lesson is to take action. If you say you’re going to do something, make sure your actions follow your speech. While it remains to be seen if Facebook will maintain a stiffer posture on responsibly stewarding user data, there has been some initial activity.Zuckerberg recently posted to his Facebook page that new privacy and security settings have been placed at the top of everyone’s Newsfeed so that users can easily disable apps they are no longer using and tweak their security settings to fit their preferences. If nothing else, it’s a start.Related: Facebook’s Data Scandal and Europe’s New Data Privacy Rule Have Massive Implications for U.S. EntrepreneursFor Zuckerberg and Facebook, the good news is there will be plenty of opportunities to rebuild trust with users. However, if they’re going to restore that trust, they must learn from their mistakes and make it a point to improve their crisis management efforts and address the PR shortcomings they’ve repeatedly been characterized by. As an outsider looking in, you can also learn from their mistakes and prepare your own business for handling crises with more grace.last_img read more

Well That Was Fast One Survey Says Pokémon Go Has Already Peaked

first_img Register Now » Pokémon Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Nintendo Well, That Was Fast: One Survey Says Pokémon Go Has Already Peaked in the U.S. July 25, 2016 Add to Queuecenter_img –shares This story originally appeared on PCMag How the mighty fall. Yes, Pokémon Go is a big deal now. Yes, it had a great first week in Apple’s App Store: better than any other app ever released. Yes, lots of people play the game and, yes, you’ve probably been tempted to play the game too — even if you managed to fight off the initial buzz.If you’re still scoffing at those who spend hours each night trudging around parks for elusive digital creatures, then you’ll probably take a little solace in a recent report from SurveyMonkey that suggests interest in the game is already starting to wane. We wouldn’t say that’s an unnatural surprise, though. The very nature of Pokémon Go means that any time its servers go down and players can’t play — and there’s been some downtime — the social aspects are wrecked. Gatherings of hundreds (and thousands) of players have been ruined by abrupt server issues, and people can lose interest in a game fairly quickly if they can never seem to play it when they want to. And there’s not very much to do in Pokémon Go besides collecting Pokémon and fighting other players for gym ownership. It’s fun, certainly, but it can get monotonous for some early players.According to Survey Monkey, Pokémon Go had the most daily active users on July 14, just over one week after the game’s release. SurveyMonkey estimates that figure at right around 25 million users or so. Since then, the game’s daily user count has been on the decline.”Surprisingly, downloads of Pokémon Go were largest on the day it was released, July 7th. Most successful apps, including previous record-setting hit games Draw Something and Candy Crush Saga, experience a slow start. These games hit their daily-download peaks some months after initial release. Pokémon Go is unusual not just for the size of its success but also the incredible speed of its ascent up the download charts,” SurveyMonkey notes.These same download charts reveal that the game might be reaching a saturation point in the United States, as it sat at right around 1.5 million daily downloads or so as of July 20. That’s quite a drop from a week prior, where it was close to six million downloads in a single day.It does feel a bit like we’re quibbling over the natural progression of a game, however. Not everyone stays addicted to a mobile game, nor do games typically retain huge download figures for weeks following their launch. At some point, the craze subsides a bit — at least until the game’s developer releases a big update, fixes its servers to allow more people to play or pushes some huge marketing plan (like Pokémon Go’s real-world tie-ins).Pokémon Go is still a pretty big phenomenon, especially when you factor in the popularity of its international launches, too. We doubt it’s going anywhere soon, but the craze does seem to be dropping from feverish proportions in the United States — at least, a little. 3 min read David Murphy Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Bidalgo Launches Industry First AssetLevel Data for Google App Campaigns to Give

first_imgBidalgo Launches Industry First Asset-Level Data for Google App Campaigns to Give App Marketers Greater Accuracy and Control MTS Staff WriterApril 26, 2019, 7:32 pmApril 26, 2019 With Post-Attribution, Asset-Level Heuristic Data, Bidalgo Automation Brings a 30% Lift in ROASBidalgo, a leading provider of ad automation software and services for app marketers, announced the launch of Asset Heuristic Data (Asset HD) for Google App Campaigns, providing app marketers with post-attribution, asset-level data and enhanced AI-powered automation for install campaigns on Google properties. Now, for the first time since Google transitioned all app install campaigns to Google App Campaigns (previously “Google UAC”) in October of 2017, app marketers have access to accurate reporting data down to the asset level, so that they can analyze creative performance and optimize campaigns accordingly. In early tests, marketing partners using Bidalgo’s Automation for Google App Campaigns have increased their Return On Ad Spend (ROAS) 30 percent.Google App Campaigns run optimized install campaigns on inventory across all relevant Google properties, including Google Play, Search, YouTube and the Google Display Network. Currently, Measurement Partners don’t have transparency to asset-level data, leading to a lack of accurate, post-attribution data throughout the industry. Google provides marketers with approximated reporting on basic, pre-attribution data such as impressions, clicks and conversions, but the numbers are often difficult to interpret and take action on. Bidalgo’s algorithm for Asset HD relies on user funnel, pre-attribution data and other inputs to provide highly accurate information about the post-install performance of each asset as it affects revenue, payers, transactions and more.Marketing Technology News: Data Privacy: Balancing Personalization and Security in the Age of Transparency“Google App Campaigns are an incredibly powerful yet simple way for app marketers to drive high-quality installs,” said Niv Yemini, CTO & co-founder of Bidalgo. “But at the same time, it has taken away some of the control from app marketers who are used to having more dials and levers they can adjust in order to optimize their campaigns. With our solutions for Google App Campaigns, we are putting the power back into those marketers’ hands by providing greater transparency into asset performance and enabling them to better manage and optimize their campaigns.”Marketing Technology News: MGH Survey Finds Nearly Half of US Diners Have Tried a New Restaurant Because of its Social Media PostsBidalgo improves Google App Campaigns by providing:Asset HD – While Google only provides pre-attribution, campaign-level data for metrics such as impressions, clicks and installs, Bidalgo provides Asset Heuristic Data (Asset HD). Bidalgo uses a data science-driven heuristic technique to calculate asset-level performance, including Return On Ad Spend (ROAS), based on post-install attribution data from leading mobile measurement partners. This enables the breakdown of performance for assets including text, video, display image and HTML5 playable units. Until now, these assets were only looked at collectively.AI-Powered Automation – Bidalgo’s proprietary AI algorithms create a campaign using smart asset selection by looking at the assets’ historical data. Once the best assets have been determined, it analyzes their performance and adds or removes as needed. Marketers can now build campaigns based on the best performing assets and optimize campaigns automatically using that data.Marketing Technology News: Grant Thornton’s Tax practice embraces Microsoft Power BI AI-powered automationapp marketersAsset Heuristic DataBidalgoGoogle App CampaignsMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleBlueshift Appoints LendingTree’s Former VP of Marketing, Josh Francia, as Chief Growth OfficerNext ArticleSalesLoft Scoops $70 Million Series D to Fuel Growth in Sales Technologylast_img read more

Percolate Announces Industryfirst Analytics Capabilities Powered by Domo

first_img Content Marketing PlatformDomoMarketing TechnologyNewsPercolatePercolate InsightsRandy Wootton Previous ArticleJOANN Stores Partners With Impact Analytics to Generate Immediate EBITDA Impact Through Promo OptimizationNext ArticleCopper Announces New CEO, Eyes International Markets & Expansion On the Heels of Announcing an Industry-First Developer Platform and Partner Program, Percolate Reveals Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo, an Analytics Solution That Harnesses the Power of Data for Marketing ExecutionPercolate, the leading enterprise Content Marketing Platform, announced a partnership with Domo – provider of the leading cloud-based operating system for business – and the relaunch of their analytics product as Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo.The new solution (available Q4 2019) will introduce a new caliber of reporting to the daily workflows of marketers at enterprise companies and enable marketers at all levels of the organization to make data-driven decisions. In addition, Percolate Insights delivers new operational and strategic metrics that open up new visibility into campaign strategy, marketing mix, and productivity.“All marketers today aspire to be more data-driven in their decision making, but in an enterprise there are many barriers to accessing and actioning insights,” says Randy Wootton, CEO of Percolate. “Percolate Insights puts the most powerful reporting tool in the hands of marketers–ensuring the data is contextual and relevant–so that marketers  can apply unique insights to the critical business decisions they make each and every day.”Marketing Technology News: Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel”“Marketers are always seeking innovative ways to bring together the massive amounts of data from their marketing operations and to make real-time, strategic decisions with that information,” said Jon Shoff, vice president of Agency Sales and Partnerships at Domo. “Percolate Insights – Powered by Domo is an opportunity to provide a more powerful solution to marketers by giving them the power of collaboration and visibility paired with rich insights from their data.”Marketing Technology News: Vonage Wins 2019 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year AwardsPercolate is the leading Content Marketing Platform for the enterprise. Percolate offers solutions to introduce visibility into the marketing process, improve coordination of work, and effectively build marketing campaigns and content. The world’s largest brands — including Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Bosch — use Percolate to create a coordinated customer experience, reduce production costs, and understand marketing impact.Marketing Technology News: Zendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging Experiences Percolate Announces Industry-first Analytics Capabilities Powered by Domo PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 2:50 pmMay 24, 2019 last_img read more

Longer pregnancies increase risk of stillbirths study reveals

first_imgCredit: Tatiana Vdb, Flickr Jul 3 2019The longer a pregnancy continues past 37 weeks gestation, the higher the risk of a stillbirth, according to a new meta-analysis published this week in PLOS Medicine by Shakila Thangaratinam of Queen Mary University of London, UK, and colleagues. Related StoriesScientists study immune molecules inside mycetoma grainsIncreasing awareness about visceral leishmaniasis could help reduce fatalities, disease transmissionNew computational modeling method predicts how gut microbes change over timeOf the 3000 babies stillborn every year in the UK, a third appeared healthy at 37 weeks. In the new work, researchers searched major electronic databases for studies on term pregnancies that included weekly numbers of stillbirths or neonatal deaths. Thirteen studies, providing data on 15 million pregnancies and 17,830 stillbirths, were identified and included in their analysis.The risk of stillbirth increased with gestational age from 0.11 stillbirths per 1000 pregnancies at 37 weeks (95% CI 0.07 to 0.15) to 3.18 stillbirths per 1000 pregnancies at 42 weeks (95% CI 1.84 to 4.35). From 40 to 41 weeks, there was a 64% increase in the risk of stillbirth. Neonatal mortality remained steady in babies born from 38 to 41 weeks, but was significantly higher for babies born at 42 weeks compared to 41 weeks (RR 1.87, 95% CI 1.07 to 2.86, p=0.012).“Any mother considering prolongation of pregnancy beyond 37 weeks should be informed of the additional small but significantly increased risks of stillbirths with advancing gestation,” the authors say. “There is a need to assess the acceptability of early delivery at term to parents and healthcare providers to avoid the small risk of stillbirth. Better stratification of apparently low risk women for complications using individualized prediction models could reduce the number of women who need to be delivered to avoid one additional stillbirth.” Source:PLOSJournal reference:Khalil, A. et al. (2019) Risks of stillbirth and neonatal death with advancing gestation at term: A systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies of 15 million pregnancies. PLOS Medicine. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002838.last_img read more