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Cute passenger alert Duck boards flight wearing booties and diaper

first_img Share Cute passenger alert! Duck boards flight wearing booties and diaper << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by “His human said he had several diapers, but always indicated (how I’m not sure) that he preferred to wear the Captain America one,” said Essig.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Essig learned that Daniel is four years old and was bought by his owner at a yard sale. He also said that his owner “kissed him on the beak several times” and held his beak gently when he quacked a lot during the flight.Daniel, an Indian Runner duck who can’t fly, was snapped looking out the window, perhaps daydreaming of what it’d be like to take flight among the clouds. But for Daniel, a clunky airplane will have to do for now.Daniel, the duck on my flight, likes to look at the clouds. pic.twitter.com/YiOjCvZ0NO— Mark Essig (@mark_essig) October 16, 2016center_img Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Travelweek Group CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Duck, duck, loose! Photos of an emotional support duck boarding a plane have popped up on social media, with reports saying that it was a model passenger who liked to “look at the clouds.”My seatmate, CLTAVL, is this handsome duck named Daniel. His gentle quacking eases the sadness of leaving #SFA16. pic.twitter.com/iDKWCceAFi— Mark Essig (@mark_essig) October 16, 2016Author Mark Essig sat directly behind Daniel the duck on a short flight from Charlotte, North Carolina to Asheville, and snapped several photos of the adorable passenger while he walked down the aisle and gazed out the window. According to Essig, Daniel’s flight attire included little red booties and a Captain America diaper.Here is Daniel The Emotional Support Duck in all his red-shoed glory. pic.twitter.com/rBkK0QnBKr— Mark Essig (@mark_essig) October 17, 2016last_img read more

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Watch this kangaroo duke it out with unsuspecting paraglider

first_imgWatch this kangaroo duke it out with unsuspecting paraglider Tags: Australia CANBERRA — Don’t let the pep in their step fool you – even kangaroos have a bad day every once in a while.Paraglider Jonathan Bishop learned first-hand just how grumpy the marsupial can be when he was attacked by one in Mamadgi National Park, just outside Canberra, Australia.Upon landing, he was immediately met by a kangaroo hopping across the landing pad at mach-10 speeds. Bishop, who thought at first the ‘roo was friendly, greeted it with a friendly, “Hey, what’s up, Skip?”Skip wasn’t having it, however, and responded with a mean right hook, followed by an aggressive shove.And then, as quickly as it arrived on the scene, Skippy hopped away, barely giving Bishop a second thought.Kangaroos, not as cute and cuddly as we all thought! Monday, March 11, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Hyatt Hotels Corporatio

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterHyatt Hotels Corporation will open the group’s first Hyatt Regency branded property in Budapest, Hungary in early 2020 in the landmark building Postapalota, the former postal office on Petőfi Sándor Street.Positioned in the hilly district of Buda, the 231-room property will be situated near the vibrant Váci Street and a five-minute walk to the Danube river and Royal Palace. Other hotel facilities include a ballroom, spa, fitness facilities and an indoor pool.“The development of Hyatt Regency Budapest demonstrates Hyatt’s commitment to growing the Hyatt Regency brand footprint throughout Central and Eastern Europe,” said Takuya Aoyama, vice president development, Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS at Hyatt.Budapest’s Postapalota – the future location of Hyatt Regency Budapest“We are delighted to bring this landmark building back to life,” said Dr. Michael Hutter, owner of Városház Utca Projekt Ingatlanforgalmazó Kft, the firm behind the project which struck a management agreement with a Hyatt affiliate.“We believe the globally recognised Hyatt Regency brand will help further transform Petőfi Sándor Street to become a sought-after destination for shopping, dining and culture. It’s an honour for us to be part of this process and we believe the hotel will be a successful development.”Hyatt Regency Budapest adds to Hyatt’s growing brand footprint in Hungary and Central & Eastern Europe, which will include the recently announced Párisi Udvar, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, located on Ferenciek Square on the Pest side of the city. Further additions in the region will include Hyatt Regency Zadar Maraska, Croatia and Hyatt Regency Sofia, Bulgaria.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Rep LaFaves plan gives handicapped signage an upgrade emphasizing people rather than

first_img State Rep. Beau LaFave this week introduced a plan to update public signage for handicapped access that emphasizes people rather than disabilities.The plan allows for the symbol to be a dynamic character leaning forward with a sense of movement and control of a wheelchair. The plan also requires the new symbol to be used by local and state governments. The new symbol will also remove the word “handicapped.”“The new signage is a positive change in the right direction. Instead of a stick figure sitting upright in a wheelchair, the new signage creates a conversation and emphasizes the person rather than the disability,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain.  “By changing signs, we can change minds.”New signage will not be required until existing signs must be replaced.New York and Connecticut have already embraced the idea of upgrading their handicapped signage.The United States Civil Rights Commission and the Department of Civil Rights support the bills.House Bills 5876 and 5877 were referred to the Michigan House Health Policy Committee.### Categories: LaFave News 27Apr Rep. LaFave’s plan gives handicapped signage an upgrade, emphasizing people rather than disabilitieslast_img read more

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John de Mol John de Mols Talpa Holding has acquir

first_imgJohn de MolJohn de Mol’s Talpa Holding has acquired a 67% stake in the SBS Broadcasting business, giving it full control of the SBS6, NET5, Veronica and SBS9 channels.Talpa bought the part of the business it did not own from Sanoma. The deal also sees Talpa hand Sanoma its share of the TV guide business Veronica Uitgeverij.“I strongly believe in a strong Dutch multimedia company that is flexible enough to respond to the changing media landscape,which is primarily a consequence of rapid technological developments,” John de Mol said today.“SBS is a unique media asset which will be a key link in the new multimedia company. Access to innovative content and other platforms will be an important addition. The proposition that follows is interesting for viewers, readers, listeners, consumers and advertisers.”Pim Schmitz, CEO Talpa Holding, said: “The acquisition of SBS is a fantastic step towards building a Dutch multimedia company. After the inclusion of SBS, we will focus on further investments in OTT, Print, Online, Data and Concepts.”Talpa Holding is distinct from Talpa Media, the production and distribution business now owned by UK broadcaster ITV. The company has however used its channels to launch formats, with FiveGold Rings the latest of its international properties to air on SBS.The agreement needs regulatory approval and is expected to close in the third quarter.Sanoma said the sale come after a review of its operations that has seen it focus on businesses where it can be the market leader.“The SBS divestment allows us to accelerate the deleveraging of our balance sheet and provides much more financial and strategic flexibility to grow our stronghold businesses,” said Susan Duinhoven, CEO and president of Sanoma.“We are very pleased for our long term partner Talpa to acquire our stake in this unique asset. We have had a good cooperation with Talpa and we continue to explore the best ways to work with them also in the future to serve the interests of our customers.”last_img read more

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In June M a 28yearold woman jumped from the s

first_imgIn June, M., a 28-year-old woman jumped from the second floor of her home in Madurai, India — 20 feet above a rocky, tar road — after a bitter argument with her husband. He had accused her of having an affair.This was M.’s second attempt to kill herself. She survived the fall. M. had been prescribed antidepressants after her first suicide attempt seven years before but had stopped taking them. She was admitted to Madurai’s Government Rajaji hospital shortly after her second suicide attempt. Three weeks later, doctors recommended that she have surgery using metallic plates to fuse her shattered spine, but her mother, uncertain and fearful about the outcome, refused to let M. go under the knife.She was discharged a month after her ordeal and remains bedridden in her mother’s home, unable to walk. Her two children, an 8-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, who last visited her a week ago, still live with their father. Her mother gave us the details of her story and asked that only her daughter’s initial be used to protect her privacy.M. is one of many Indian women who struggle with depression and suicide.As a part of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2016, a group of 30 public health researchers and doctors across India examined and evaluated data from national sources to study the suicide death rates for men and women. Their findings, published last week in the medical journal Lancet Public Health, brought out some startling revelations. India accounted for 37 percent of all suicides reported globally for women and 26 percent for men. In 2016, an estimated 230,300 Indians died of suicide, a 40 percent increase from 1990 and only slightly less than the casualties from traffic accidents reported that year.NPR spoke by phone with two of study authors: Rakhi Dandona, a public health expert at the Public Health Foundation of India and the University of Washington, and Dr. Lakshmi Vijaykumar, a psychiatrist with 25 years of experience in suicide prevention strategies. In 1986 she set up SNEHA, a suicide prevention hotline in Chennai.The study was funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The Gates Foundation is also a funder of NPR and of this blog.The interviews have been edited for length and clarity.Tell us a little about the study. Was the goal to look at suicide rates?Dandona: The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors study covers every disease/condition that you can think of. GBD is a standardized way of measuring the health of different countries across age groups, sexes and time. Our team focused on injuries, which included suicide.Did the revelations from the study come as a surprise? Dandona: Yes, very much, particularly the gender differences in suicide deaths. Typically, in India, the suicide death focus has only been on Indian farmers. We found that 15 out of every 100,000 Indian women died because of suicide in 2016 and this rate was double the world average for women. Twenty-one out of every 100,000 Indian men died because of suicide, too, and the rate is higher than that of the women. And while it is true that more Indian men die from suicide every year, one has to keep in mind the more women attempt suicide than men. Men adopt more lethal measures to commit suicide.Vijaykumar: One interesting observation is that young women between the ages of 15 and 30 were the most vulnerable and more prone to dying by suicide [than older women]. After 30, suicide rates among women dropped drastically. What changed? Indian women below the age of 30 were exposed to major life changes and social pressures that come after marriage. Many lived with their in-laws in a patriarchal joint family setup and were denied basic freedom. But after 30, most women had children and [their] status in the family changed. Even though the pressures and difficulties remained the same, her attention shifted to her children. She became less suicidal. Suicide rates among males however, remained the same regardless of their age.In 2014, the World Health Organization examined women’s suicide across various countries. We learned that Asian women have the highest suicide rates in the world. Sixty percent of all women who died by suicide are from India and China. Interestingly, over the last five years, the suicide rate in rural Chinese women has drastically reduced, but in India, the figures haven’t gone down. How was the data for your study collected and examined?Dandona: The biggest chunk of our data came from examining the Sample Registration System, which is a part of India’s national registration system, providing vital information on the cause of death. They conduct what are called “verbal autopsies.”What do these verbal autopsies involve? Verbal autopsies are a way of gathering information about a deceased [individual] from conversations and interviews with those familiar with or related to them. It’s a scientific process for data gathering that is later analyzed by health-care professionals. We utilized over 450,000 such “verbal autopsies” for this report. In addition, we used the medically certified causes of death and some other verbal autopsy studies. Underreporting of suicide is a common problem, and these verbal autopsies give researchers a lot of insight.Is it difficult for people to report suicide in India? Vijaykumar: In 2017, India passed a Mental Healthcare bill which did state that people should not be penalized for attempting suicide because their actions stemmed from great distress. However, few people realize that suicide still has not yet been decriminalized. A law in the Indian Penal Code (IPC 309) still lays down punishment for attempted suicide and it has not been repealed. As a result, the stigma against suicide exists. It’s something we battle every day. Unless that law goes, we cannot make progress in addressing the issue.What were the key factors that drove Indian women to suicide?Dandona: We did not examine key factors for suicide in this report. We have reported previously on a wide gamut of personal and social reasons that drove suicide deaths. This involved tensions between family members, arguments with husband and in-laws. Domestic violence is known to be an important cause of suicides — particularly for housewives.Suicide deaths were not limited to low income or uneducated women. In developed states like southern state of Tamil Nadu, the rate of suicide death was high for women when compared to less developed states in India.Do you have a theory as to why?Dandona: It is believed that educated women expect more from their lives and hence have deeper dissatisfaction when they were thwarted from achieving their goals, such as higher education and career advancement. Interestingly, the suicide rate among women was lowest in the southern Indian state of Kerala, which does not have a patriarchal system.Vijaykumar: Alcoholism, domestic violence and suicide often cropped up together. We need to examine these issues at a societal level to prevent the rise in suicides in the future. Education and financial empowerment of women will help drive these rates down. Data from the southern Indian states proved that though the suicide numbers were still high among women there, with better opportunities, the numbers were declining.Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, India, who has written for The International New York Times, BBC Travel and Forbes India. You can follow her @kamal_t. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Malta registers largest population increase in the EU

first_img SharePrint Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Malta’s population rose to almost half a million according to newly published statistics by Eurostat. The country has recorded the largest population increase among EU member states with an increase of 36.8 per 1,000 residents.The largest population increase among EU member states was observed in Malta, followed by Luxembourg (19.6 per 1,000 residents), Ireland (15.2 per 1,000 residents), Cyprus (13.4 per 1,000 residents), Sweden (10.8 per 1,000 residents), Slovenia (6.8 per 1,000 residents), Belgium (6.1 per 1,000 residents), Spain and the Netherlands (both 5.9 per 1,000 residents) and the United Kingdom (5.6 per 1,000 residents).The largest population decrease was recorded in Latvia, followed by Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Lithuania.The estimated total population of Malta and Gozo stood at 493,559 at the end of 2018, which means an increase of 3.8 percent when compared to 2017.According to the National Statistics Office (NSO) the population increase in 2018 was largely driven by immigration.The difference immigrants and emigrants throughout 2018 stood at 17,102 persons. This resulted in an increase of 17 percent over the previous year.The biggest number of net migrants was registered among men with 10,835 against 6,267 females. The largest share of migrants were third country nationals at 9,209 followed by other EU nationals at 7,349 when adoption is excluded.Net migration of Maltese nationals was estimated at 480, as there was a total of 1,579 Maltese nationals that migrated to Malta, and a total of 1,099 Maltese nationals that emigrated out of the country.The number of births registered during 2018 increased by 2.9 percent over the previous year. There were approximately nine births for every 1,000 persons in 2018. However the fertility rate was observed to have decreased over the past decade.Residents deaths rose by 3.3 percent over the previous year.The population of the European Union was estimated at almost 513.5 million. During 2018 more deaths than births were recorded in the EU, meaning that the natural change of the EU was negative.The official statistics were released ahead of World Population Day.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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What Every Company Can Learn From Amazons Search for a Second Headquarters

first_img Entrepreneur Staff What Every Company Can Learn From Amazon’s Search for a Second Headquarters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Here is the mindset you need to maximize the resources you have your disposal. January 19, 2018 3 min read Image credit: David Ryder | Getty Images Nina Zipkin The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.center_img –shares Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Amazon Amazon is one step closer to breaking ground on its second North American headquarters, which has been nicknamed HQ2.This week, the company shared that from a massive group of 238 bids, it whittled down the group to just 20: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; Montgomery County, Md.; Nashville; Newark; New York; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, N.C.; Toronto and Washington, D.C.Related: These 5 Cities Pulled Out All the Stops to Get Amazon’s HQ2. They Didn’t Make the Cut, But We Salute the Attempt.In Amazon’s original statement about its plans for a $5 billion construction and creation of 50,000 jobs in whichever city it chooses, Jeff Bezos and his team were careful to emphasize that they view this as a true “second home” for the company, rather than a satellite office, of which there are a fair amount all over the world, from Beijing to Cape Town to London. So what exactly is Amazon looking for?“Amazon has a preference for metropolitan areas with more than one million people; a stable and business-friendly environment; urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent; communities that think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options,” the statement reads.Related: Amazon’s Search for HQ2 Proves That Location, Location, Location Is Still What Matters MostThe ask appears to be purposefully broad. By all rights, Amazon has the clout and wherewithal to put down roots wherever it chooses. This kind of big, Willy Wonka-esque competition showcases the power of the brand and keeps people talking. The company also recognizes the power of the crowd to come up with innovative ideas for its second headquarters.Amazon has an expansive view of what HQ2 could potentially look like. For example, it doesn’t necessarily have to be situated in an “urban or downtown” setting, or even be remotely similar to the Seattle campus in terms of layout. Chiefly, Amazon noted that it didn’t have to be a “development-prepped site. We want to encourage states and communities to think creatively for viable real estate options, while not negatively affecting our preferred timeline,” the company said.Related: Everything You Can Do With Amazon AlexaThe framing of what Amazon wants for HQ2 gives these cities enough runway to come up with the most creative proposals possible. As you search for solutions to the challenges you come up against, while you won’t necessarily have the billions of dollars worth of resources at your disposal that Amazon does, you can still make an impact by channeling its active community engagement and anything-is-possible thinking. Add to Queue Next Article Apply Now »last_img read more

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Johns Hopkins study sheds light on resistance to radiation treatment

first_img Source:https://www.jhu.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 1 2019A new Johns Hopkins study offers promise towards someday being able to non-invasively examine changes in cancerous tumors to determine whether they’ll respond to radiation treatment, before treatment even begins.The findings, published Feb. 28 in Cancer Research, can potentially help identify subsets of patients that are best suited for radiation treatment, thereby reducing medical overtreatment and helping patients avoid the adverse effects of radiation.”Our eventual hope is to be able to predict a patient’s response before radiation therapy even begins, thus sparing patients whose tumors can’t be treated with radiation from going through the arduous multi-week process, saving them both time and money,” says Ishan Barman, a Johns Hopkins University assistant professor of mechanical engineering and one of the study’s corresponding authors.In typical radiation therapy, small doses of radiation are delivered over a period of five to seven weeks and there’s currently no definitive way of determining treatment response before or in the early weeks of therapy. The earliest clinicians can examine tumor shrinkage is two to three weeks after therapy with CT and MRI scans.While other studies have investigated molecular changes in tumors as a way to preemptively identify tumors that won’t respond to radiation treatment, the researchers say their study is unique because they studied multiple types of cancers and used smaller doses of radiation, which more accurately reflects current radiation therapy practices.”Previous researchers used a single large dose of radiation, resulting in biomolecular changes that don’t accurately mimic the subtle changes caused by smaller doses delivered over longer periods of time,” says Santosh Paidi, a Johns Hopkins University mechanical engineering graduate research assistant and the study’s first author.In this study, the Johns Hopkins, University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences researchers used Raman spectroscopy, a method which uses light from a laser to examine how molecules vibrate, to characterize the changes in the biochemical composition of the tumor and its environment. This method, the researchers say, requires only a low-power laser and doesn’t need any additional sample preparation; such technologies enable holistic examination of the complex biological processes of radiation treatment.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on how hepatitis B virus establishes chronic infectionDynamic Light Scattering measurements in concentrated solutionsSlim LED transmitted light illumination base expands observation capabilities of SZX/SZ/MVX10 microscopesTo test the different responses between tumors that are sensitive to radiation and those that are resistant to radiation, the researchers used cell lines of both resistant and sensitive tumors from human lung as well as head and neck cancers to grow tumors in mice.After the tumors grew to a certain size, the research team removed them and scanned them with a Raman spectroscopy system. All four tumor types showed changes in response to small doses, meant to replicate clinical radiation therapy practice in humans, given over the course of two weeks.The researchers also found consistent changes in lipid and collagen content in both lung, and head and neck tumors.For the second part of the experiment, the research team examined untreated lung tumors. Raman spectroscopy provided data that allowed the research team to distinguish between radiation-resistant and radiation-sensitive tumors, thus providing key insight into the roles different molecules may play in making tumors resistant to radiation.The research team found subtle differences in each tumor type’s spectrographic signature; by analyzing these patterns, the researchers created an algorithm that could identify radiation resistance and sensitivity with a 97 percent success rate.”This is only the first step of a larger research endeavor to determine how head and neck cancer tumors respond to radiation,” says Barman. “The ultimate goal is to build a miniature probe that can fit into a laryngoscope. Hopefully in the future, then, when a clinician performs an endoscopy and looks at a patient’s cancerous tumor, they’ll be able to determine whether that tumor will even respond to radiation therapy, and that can improve treatment plans.”last_img read more

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Dislike Facebook will appeal German datause ruling

first_img Explore further The Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, said Facebook was guilty of “exploitative abuse” by forcing users to agree to allow it to collect data from other Facebook-owned services like WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as third-party websites through the “Like” or “Share” features.”On the one hand there is a service provided to users free of charge,” Cartel Office president Andreas Mundt said. “On the other hand, the attractiveness and value of the advertising spaces increase with the amount and detail of user data. It is therefore precisely in the area of data collection and data use where Facebook, as a dominant company, must comply with the rules and laws applicable in Germany and Europe.”Facebook said it rejected the decision, and would appeal within the one-month frame before it becomes final.If the ruling is upheld, Facebook will be required to allow users to specifically approve data collected from other Facebook-owned sources and third-party websites be assigned to their accounts. The decision is not about Facebook’s processing of data generated by its own site, which the Cartel Office acknowledged is the business model for data-based social networks like Facebook.Facebook said that with its ruling, the Cartel Office underestimates the competition Facebook has in Germany from YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and others in calling it a “dominant company,” misinterprets Facebook’s compliance with regulations, and undermines mechanisms provided for in European law ensuring consistent data protection standards.”The Bundeskartellamt’s decision misapplies German competition law to set different rules that apply to only one company,” Facebook said.It noted that it had been cooperating with the office in its investigation since 2016, and will continue discussions, but would also “defend these important arguments in court.”In ruling that Facebook was a “dominant company,” the Cartel Office said it was subject to “special obligations under competition law” and “must take into account that Facebook users practically cannot switch to other social networks.” German competition watchdog demands more control for Facebook users In this Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 file photo the icons of Facebook and WhatsApp are pictured on an iPhone in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. German antitrust authorities have issued a ruling prohibiting Facebook from combining user data from different sources. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) “The only choice the user has is either to accept the comprehensive combination of data or to refrain from using the social network,” it said in its judgment. “In such a difficult situation the user’s choice cannot be referred to as voluntary consent.” German authorities ruled Thursday that Facebook should not be allowed to use customer data from other apps and websites to help target advertisements shown on their Facebook pages without their explicit consent, saying it was exploiting its dominant position in social media. 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. President of the German antitrust authority ‘Bundeskartellamt’ Andreas Mundt talks to the media at a press conference about Facebook. German antitrust authorities have issued a ruling prohibiting Facebook from combining user data from different sources. (Rolf Vennenbernd/dpa via AP) © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Dislike: Facebook will appeal German data-use ruling (2019, February 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-facebook-appeal-german-data-use.html It said many users were not aware that Facebook is currently able to “collect an almost unlimited amount of any type of user data from third-party sources,” which allows it to better target specific advertisements to specific user’s interests.”By combining data from its own website, company-owned services and the analysis of third-party websites, Facebook obtains very detailed profiles of its users and knows what they are doing online,” Mundt said.Facebook has said that it plans to integrate the messaging functions of WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger in 2020 or later. While it has not given many details, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a conference call recently that the idea is to help users message people more easily, without having to navigate different platforms and lists. The company also said it would encrypt all the services (currently only WhatsApp is encrypted by default).But critics have raised another possible reason—the threat of antitrust crackdowns. Essentially, if Facebook combines its messaging services so that they are different in name and design only, it will be much more difficult, if not impossible, to then separate out and spin off Instagram and WhatsApp as separate companies.Combining the three services also lets Facebook build more complete data profiles on all of its users. It has already been moving in this direction. Businesses can already target Facebook and Instagram users together with the same ad campaign, for example. While WhatsApp does not yet have ads, it’s not too hard to imagine that this is not too far behind. Instagram also encourages users to link their accounts to Facebook and it suggests their Facebook friends as contacts to add on Instagram.Then there’s competition from other messaging services, such as Apple’s or Google’s. Users are more likely to stay within Facebook’s properties if they can easily message their friends across different services, rather than having to switch between Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.last_img read more

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Pushed to backfoot TDP tries to woo BCsPushed to backfoot TDP tries

first_imgPublished on COMMENTS COMMENT The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which has always banked on the backward class (BC) vote heavily ever since its formation by NTR, is for the first time facing the prospect of an erosion in its traditional vote-bank and is doing everything possible to keep it intact. A massive rally was organised by the party in Rajahmundry, christened ‘Jai Ho BC’, to reaffirm its commitment to the welfare of BCs. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced fresh sops estimated to cost the exchequer ₹3,000 crore more, as well as the establishment of separate corporations for the welfare of many castes within the BC category. He also promised a separate BC sub-plan within the State Budget.The BCs in the State, comprising 100 or more castes, constitute roughly 50-52 per cent of the population, and in the 2014 elections, they voted decisively for the TDP. The Kapus, estimated at 23 per cent, is the other major caste whose vote is also crucial. In 2014, they too, voted for the TDP in large numbers, as the party promised to include them in the BC category and provide reservation. The efforts of the TDP to keep up its promise to the Kapus have to some extent angered the BCs, but not alienated them. After a massive rally by senior Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham for reservations at Tuni in the East Godavari district, the State appointed the Manjunatha Commission, and made a provision for 5 per cent quota. The Bill was passed in the State Assembly and sent to the Centre for approval. 50 per cent ceiling As the reservation would exceed the ceiling of 50 per cent set the by the Supreme Court, the State government followed procedure, assuring the BCs that their existing quotas will not be disturbed. Some sections of the BCs were not convinced, with associations warning the TDP that their support could not be taken for granted.The 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker classes (EWC) announced by the Centre has come as a breather to the beleaguered TDP. The State has announced that out of the 10 per cent, it will allocate 5 per cent to the Kapus. January 29, 2019 Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announces schemes for BCs in bid to retain votes state politics SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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Dollar slides for third day on US rate cut bets

first_img Tags / Keywords: Related News Related News However, the single currency on Friday rose 0.2% versus the dollar to $1.1271, after earlier slipping following comments from ECB Governing Council member Ignazio Visco saying the bank will need to adopt further expansionary measures if the euro zone economy does not pick up. He said the ECB will consider its options “in the coming weeks.”The market has also been monitoring Fed speakers. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans on Friday said the U.S. economy still has “very solid fundamentals” with a vibrant labor market.He said he viewed the Fed’s monetary policy as neutral, but it could be more accommodative if the goal is to lift inflation. – Reuters {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Until the Fed’s preferred gauge of inflation, the core personal consumption expenditures price (PCE) index, shows convincing signs of heating up from a low 1.6%, the Fed is unlikely to change its stance on cutting rates this month, he added. Business News 09 Jul 2019 Fed easing likely to prompt China rate cut Forexcenter_img “The dovish stances of most other G10 central banks is offsetting the impact of potential Fed action on the U.S. dollar crosses,” Foley said, noting, for instance, that she expects the European Central Bank to cut its discount rate further into negative territory at its September meeting.The euro, as a result, has been on a downtrend since the beginning of the year, down 1.7%.  Markets 11 Jul 2019 Asia stocks rise, dollar sags as Fed chair sets stage for rate cut Against a basket of other currencies, the dollar fell 0.1% to 97.004, posting its worst daily loss against the yen and Swiss franc in more than three weeks. Markets 11 Jul 2019 US interest rate cut hope lifts KLCI slightly The producer prices data followed a report on Thursday showing the core U.S. consumer price index, excluding food and energy, rose 0.3% in June, the largest increase since January 2018.The CPI reading pushed U.S. Treasury yields higher, but money markets still indicated one rate cut at the end of July and a cumulative 64 basis points in cuts by the end of 2019, especially after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell flagged such a move in his two-day testimony before Congress this week.That should be dollar-negative in general, analysts said.But Jane Foley, head of FX strategy at Rabobank in London, believes dollar weakness will not be as severe as many anticipated because other major central banks are easing as well.  NEW YORK: The dollar weakened for a third straight session on Friday, still pressured by expectations the Federal Reserve will start cutting interest rates at a monetary policy meeting later this month.Against a basket of other currencies, the dollar fell 0.1% to 97.004, posting its worst daily loss against the yen and Swiss franc in more than three weeks.The dollar briefly trimmed losses after US data showed producer prices rose slightly in June, up 0.1% following a similar gain in May. In the 12 months through June, the PPI rose 1.7%, the smallest gain since January 2017.Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst, at Western Union Business Solutions in New York said the PPI increase should not shake U.S. rate cut expectations. last_img read more

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