New Service Aims to Help Publishers Bypass Google

first_imgWhile the debate over “Google: Friend or Foe” continues with magazine and online content publishers, a new service from MashLogic offers publishers a way to keep readers at their sites without having to look up related topics on Google or Bing. MashLogic has developed two semantic tools, “2Stay” and “2Go,” that identify and link to related topics and terms. “If you’re interested in a certain topic like sports or music, this would automatically identify links to those topics like players and teams or performers,” said CEO Ranjit Padmanabhan.” The service is customizable for the host site. On Goal.com, a soccer-dedicated site and early MashLogic client, a series of red dots are visible under linkable terms which take the reader to other contextually relevant articles at the site. MashLogic is currently on 14 of Goal’s international language sites and in front of approximately 10 million monthly uniques. “This offers the ability to expose the reader to additional content,” said vice president of business development John Bryan. “There is a great degree of positive churn with stories and we’re making older content relevant by bringing it in front of the user. This also reinforces the relevance of your brand to the user and can increasing page clickthrough and time on site, which leads to higher CPMs and advertiser satisfaction.” Bryan said the tool has particular appeal for publishers in three areas: fast-moving news, celebrity stories and sports. Past articles can be presented in a vertical timeline or horizontally across different categories. In a demo for the NewYorkTimes.com, the term “Meryl Streep” on the home page generated 10 related stories in the past seven days that had been on the site across blogs, movie reviews, fashion, finance and celebrity. The minimum requirement for a publisher is to have an RSS feed which they can turn over to MashLogic for indexing, as well as implementation of a few lines of java script. Publishers can also restrict certain terms (such as the name of a competitive site). “We have found MashLogic to be a valuable tool in both retaining users on Goal.com and encouraging them to return to the site for access to related content,” said Ron Elwell, president and COO of Goal.com. “We generate upwards of 60,000 articles each month, and MashLogic encourages our visitors to read and engage more with them. It also diverts users back towards Goal.com in coordination with our content, and the tool is in line with our aim of equipping each user with the functionality to seek out information.”Free To Publishers (With an Eye on Revenue Sharing) MashLogic is currently free to publishers and is looking at developing a revenue share model on product links to sites such as iTunes and Amazon, as well as product sales (such as a soccer jersey) on sites like Goal.com.last_img read more

VIDEO Watch 5th Grade 6th Grade Bands Winter Concert

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools’ 5th Grade and 6th Grade Bands held their Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the concert. Watch it below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/6/8/1/9/c/d/6819cd6b-e5c9-4c74-b29a-21f422f879931545254266.257%2B50036965.300%40castus4-wilmington%2B15453185441545316888440681.vod.720p.20181218_5th%20and%206th%20grade%20band%20concert.mp41.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/6/8/1/9/c/d/6819cd6b-e5c9-4c74-b29a-21f422f879931545254266.257%2B50036965.300%40castus4-wilmington%2B15453185441545316888440681.vod.720p.20181218_5th%20and%206th%20grade%20band%20concert.mp41.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor: WOW Factor Auto Detailing Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Strings FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Band FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch ‘The Back Track Band’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”last_img read more

Netflixs canceled Marvel shows Disney may revive them after all

first_img4:51 Tags Since 2016, Netflix has been the first place to watch Disney’s movies with a subscription. That deal made Netflix the go-to place for the biggest US blockbusters of the last three years. The top two movies of 2017 and the top three movies of 2016 and 2018 were all from Disney. Netflix has been the place to binge them all. But Disney decided against renewing that Netflix deal as it plotted its own competitor. So starting with Disney’s 2019 slate of movies, all those films are destined for Disney+. But Netflix’s Marvel Defenders shows are complicated. Netflix has put out five original series based on Defenders’ characters in partnership in with Disney. This year, Netflix canceled three of them: Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. But the terms of their original deal could restrict Disney+ from any revivals until 2020, according to a report. At the same time, Netflix still has subsequent seasons of other Defenders series — Jessica Jones and The Punisher — set to come out in 2019. So some of the Defenders gang is staying at Netflix for the time being. Marvel, like Star Wars’ Lucasfilm and Pixar, are part of Disney. They’ll all be packaged into the new streaming service. The service will also include its own exclusive originals. They’ll include a live-action, big-budget Star Wars TV series called The Mandalorian, being developed by Jon Favreau; a Star Wars Rogue One prequel TV series, starring Diego Luna, and a live-action Marvel series focused on Avengers character Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston. First published Dec. 18 at 10:16 a.m. PT. Update on Dec. 19 at 8:01 a.m. PT: Adds more context. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Share your voice Netflix canceled its original production of Marvel’s Daredevil last month.  Nicole Rivelli/Netflix Maybe Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will live to fight another day. Kevin Mayer, the Disney executive in charge of the company’s planned Netflix-rival streaming service called Disney+, said he’d consider reviving the programs, according to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “We haven’t yet discussed that, but I would say that’s a possibility,” he said of resurrecting the canceled series he called “very high-quality shows.” Netflix declined to comment. Disney, which is taking over major parts of 21st Century Fox, is aiming to build a Hollywood fortress with the resources to battle deep-pocketed tech-media companies like Netflix. Disney’s plan to launch a competing streaming service has turned the company’s relationship with Netflix on its head. After this year, Disney will mostly disappear from Netflix.  Every Stan Lee Marvel movie cameo 27 Comments Marvel Disney Netflix TV and Movies Digital Media Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Princess Diana will be born to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle punters

first_imgPrincess Diana smiles wearing a Cambridge tiara during a dinner and a reception at the British Embassy in Washington, DC on November 10, 1985.REUTERSThe chances of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry calling their child Diana are high. As was revealed by bookmaker Coral in the RoyalFamily website. The firm, Coral, has gotten monstrous wagers from punters, with many trusting that this will be the name of the infant.The chances that the newborn will be a young lady has already been betted heavily upon and the most recent chances come only days after Diana was way off the mark to fixing as a top choice. Another name that shares the same situation is Elizabeth, both scooping chances of 6-1. Following up is Victoria at 8-1, with Grace and Alice both stuck at 12-1.And if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to have a baby boy then James and Arthur can be wagered on at 16-1. Elizabeth had shot to the highest point of our wagering throughout the most recent week or somewhere in the vicinity however punters have now come in for Diana afresh,” Harry Aitkenhead, from Coral, stated. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagementChris Jackson/Getty Images”The pair are presently joint-top choices in the market at 6-1 and it appears that Royal fans are persuaded the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will pay tribute to a noticeable individual from the family when they’re picking the name of their first kid.” He further included, “At this stage now we would be stunned on the off chance that it was a kid, and we scarcely taking any wagers on those names at the moment.”James and Arthur are the two most limited valued yet are well back in the market at 16-1.”Meghan, 37, plans to have a home birth at the Frogmore Cottage with Prince Harry, 34, close by. She plans to emulate the Queen’s example, who brought forth her four youngsters at her regal living arrangements.Though, the Duchess of Sussex has not discounted for an emergency clinic conveyance because of the complications that are usually associated with women above 35 years of age.last_img read more

Sensex gains 460 points on betterthanexpected corporate earnings

first_imgIndian stock markets ended trading on Monday with gains, as better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings and the passage last Friday of a landmark economic legislation lifted sentiments. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 460 points, or 1.82 percent, to close at 25,687 while the NSE Nifty ended the day at 7,866, up 132 points, or 1.71 percent.The Sensex rally was led by Bajaj Auto, followed by Axis Bank, ICICI Bank and HDFC. Stocks that lost included Dr Reddy’s Labs, Hindustan Unilever and Tata Steel.The biggest gainer among BSE500 companies was Muthoot Finance. Shares of cigarette maker ITC gained on the company resuming production. Godfrey Phillips also ended in the green.  On the Nifty, the biggest gainer was Bosch, followed by Zee Ltd. and Bajaj Auto.The Indian rupee however, closed with a loss of 4 paise at 66.59 to the U.S. dollar after opening at 66.51. Foreign institutional investors were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs. 224 crore, according to provisional data provided by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).Bankruptcy BillThe Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015 passed by the Lower House (Lok Sabha) last week is being seen as a landmark legislation that provides for time-bound processes for resolving insolvency-related disputes of companies and individuals. “These processes will be completed within 180 days. If insolvency cannot be resolved, the assets of the borrowers may be sold to repay creditors. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) will adjudicate insolvency resolution for companies. The Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) will adjudicate insolvency resolution for individuals,” PRS Legislative Research, a not-for-profit organisation that provides updates on Indian legislations, said in an update.The Bill now needs to be passed by the Upper House (Rajya Sabha).Markets would now be awaiting the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which has already been cleared by the Lok Sabha. The legislation is aimed at creating an unified indirect tax architecture across the country.last_img read more

PM condemns attack on Zafar Iqbal

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday strongly condemned the attack on renowned writer and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) professor Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, reports BSS”Simultaneously, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to track down the culprits involved in the attack and bring them to book,” BSS quoted PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim as saying.He added that the prime minister is enquiring regularly about Zafar Iqbal, who is undergoing treatment at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.Zafar Iqbal was stabbed by an unidentified youth on the SUST campus in Sylhet this afternoon.Read more: Zafar Iqbal knifed on SUST campus, ‘attacker’ heldlast_img read more

Law group helping US probe confirms Rohingiya genocide by Myanmar

first_imgA house is seen on fire in Gawduthar village, Maungdaw township, in the north of Rakhine state, Myanmar 7 September 2017. Photo: ReutersA human rights law group contracted by the State Department to interview refugees as part of an investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has found that there is a reasonable basis to conclude that genocide was committed – even though the US government stopped short of saying so.A report due to be released on Monday by the Washington-based Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) will also say there was a reasonable basis to conclude that the Myanmar military committed crimes against humanity and war crimes, as well as genocide.A US State Department report released in September, which relied on PILPG research, found that Myanmar’s military waged a “well-planned and coordinated” campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities against the Rohingya.But it stopped short of describing the crackdown as genocide or crimes against humanity, an issue that US officials said was the subject of fierce internal debate that delayed the report’s rollout for nearly a month.A declaration of genocide by the US government, which has only gone as far as labeling the crackdown “ethnic cleansing,” could have legal implications of committing Washington to stronger punitive measures against Myanmar. This has made some in the Trump administration wary of issuing such an assessment.In an advisory on Thursday announcing the planned release of the legal analysis of its investigation, PILPG said it would reveal that “there is a reasonable basis to conclude that war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide were committed against the Rohingya population.”PILPG based its report on more than 1,000 interviews with Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh. The group said its mission was conducted in March and April “to provide an accurate accounting of the patterns of abuse and atrocity crimes.”The September State Department report was released in low-key fashion nearly a month after U.N. investigators issued a report accusing Myanmar’s military of acting with “genocidal intent” and calling for the country’s commander-in-chief and five generals to be prosecuted under international law.State Department officials have said the objective of the US government investigation was not to determine genocide but to “document the facts,” and it would be up to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to make a “legal” designation in the future.Pompeo has urged Myanmar’s government to investigate abuses against the Rohingya and hold accountable members of its security forces and others who were responsible.A top State Department official said in September those responsible could be held accountable for genocide and crimes against humanity.The military in Myanmar, previously known as Burma, where Buddhism is the main religion, has denied accusations of ethnic cleansing and says its actions were part of a fight against terrorism.last_img read more

8 killed in road crashes in 3 districts

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloAt least eight people were killed and 20 others injured in road accidents in Cox’s Bazar, Chandpur and Magura districts on Friday, reports UNB.In Cox’s Bazar, three people were killed and 10 others injured when a truck plunged into a ditch near Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive at Noakhalipara Kochchopia of Teknaf around 1:30pm.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately, said Pradeep Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station.Two other people, including a woman, were killed and eight others injured as a bus and a microbus collided head-on on Cox’s Bazar-Chattogram road in Khutakhali Medhakachchapia area around 1:00pm.Sub-inspector of Malumghat Highway Police Jasim Uddin said they seized the buses and the bodies were sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.The deceased are Raushon Ara, 42, wife of certain Khalilur Rahman of Uttar Phulchhari village of the upazila, and Sonak Paul, 27, son of Dipak Paul of Dulahazra area of the upazila.In Magura, a father and minor boy were killed and mother injured in a head-on collision at Ichakha at night.The deceased were Krishna Kumar Bashar, 32, and his son Samya Kumar Bashar, 5, of Laxmikandi village in Sadar upazila.The accident took place on Dhaka-Magura Highway when a speeding microbus collided with their motorcycle around 8:30pm, leaving them critically injured, said Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Magura Sadar Police Station.On information, police took them to Magura Sadar Hospital where doctors declared the father and son dead, the OC said.In another accident, a motorcyclist was killed on the spot when his bike crashed into a human-hauler at Kanchanpur village of Sadar upazila.The deceased was identified as Sohagh Mollah, 25, son of Wahab Mollah of Chhaniarpara village in Shalikha upazila, police said.last_img read more

Straus Endorses Candidate To Replace Him In House District 121

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich: Straus/Campaign website: AllisonOutgoing Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus (left) and Steve Allison, who’s in the Republican runoff to replace Straus in Texas House District 121.Retiring House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, is getting behind a candidate to replace him in House District 121.Straus on Thursday endorsed San Antonio business attorney Steve Allison in the May 22 Republican runoff for the seat, which Straus has held since 2005. He announced last year he would not seek re-election after a record-tying five terms behind the gavel. “I am grateful for the voters who have supported me through the years, and now we need you to vote for Steve Allison,” Straus said in a statement. “Steve is the one candidate in this race who has proved himself ready to serve in the Texas House. Steve is a man of strong character and sound judgment, and I have no doubt that he will be an effective voice for our community.”Straus’ choice in the race is not entirely surprising. Allison’s opponent, Matt Beebe, unsuccessfully challenged Straus twice before, in 2012 and 2014. Beebe finished first in the six-way primary for the seat last month, getting 29 percent of the vote to Allison’s 26 percent.Allison most recently served as vice chairman of the board of VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio’s mass transit agency. He previously was a member of the Alamo Heights School Board for a dozen years, including three terms as president. last_img read more

Best of Last Week – Tricking the uncertainty principle how brains work

first_img 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. In the biological sciences, a team of neuroscientists showed how the brain works during meditation, and it apparently does so in different ways depending on which type of meditation you’re doing. Another team has found the brain’s response to sexual images is linked to the number of sexual partners. It seems the more real-world sexual encounters with different people a person has, the more strongly they react to sexual imagery—a find that just might cause advertisers to react.It’s also been a good week for technology as researchers developed an ultra-fast bionic arm that can catch objects on the fly. It sits there waiting, then reacts in less than a second, manipulating its parts to allow it to catch all manner of objects, from tennis rackets to soda bottles. Very impressive. Also, Power Japan Plus announced a dual carbon battery that charges 20 times faster than current lithium ion batteries—it’s made mostly of carbon grown from cotton fibers and doesn’t overheat. Maybe electric cars will be the wave of the future after all. And speaking of the future, operation of the longest superconducting cable worldwide started—engineers in Essen, Germany are laying down the cable between two power transformers in the city, it transports five times more power than conventional lines and is far more efficient.And finally, sadly, it appears that drinking wine and eating chocolate won’t keep you alive longer as diets rich in antioxidant resveratrol fail to reduce deaths, heart disease or cancer—the study by a team at John’s Hopkins University found that anecdotal evidence of health benefits from the chemical were completely misguided. Sad, very sad indeed. Citation: Best of Last Week – Tricking the uncertainty principle, how brains work during mediation and bad news for resveratrol (2014, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-week-uncertainty-principle-brains-bad.html Power Japan Plus announces dual carbon battery that charges 20 times faster than current lithium ion batteries Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) image of graphene on Ir(111). The image size is 15 nm × 15 nm. Credit: ESRFcenter_img Explore further © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —It’s been an exciting week in physics, first, scientists discovered how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest at Imperial College in London—turns out, Breit and Wheeler were right when they suggested back in 1934 that all it would take would be smashing two photons together. Another team of physicists showed unlimited heat conduction in graphene—they’ve demonstrated via simulations and experiments that the temperature conductivity of graphene deviates depending on the size of samples. Also, a team of researchers at CalTech has found a way of tricking the uncertainty principle—taking measurements that go beyond the limits imposed by quantum physics. And in a spectacular feat of applied physics, a one-nm-thick graphene engine mimicking a two-stroke engine has been developed by a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore. Instead of a piston, a spot on a sheet of graphene is heated till it blisters, then is allowed to cool so it goes flat again—over and over.last_img read more

Finetuning organic circuits Monolayer terminal groups and molecular junctions

first_img Citation: Fine-tuning organic circuits: Monolayer terminal groups and molecular junctions (2015, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-fine-tuning-circuits-monolayer-terminal-groups.html Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society One way to quantitatively compare one monolayer to another is to measure electron tunneling between the electrode and the junction point at the terminal end of the monolayer. Lead author, Kung-Ching Liao of George M. Whitesides’s group at Harvard University investigated whether decreasing the strength of the interaction between the monolayer’s terminal group and the Ga2O3 interface would decrease the tunneling current density of the monolayer. Their work was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.Prior studies by Whitesides’s group looked at how electron tunneling changes when the atom that is coordinated to the metal electrode (the anchor) is changed, or when the organic components (the backbone) between the anchor and the terminal group are changed. Their prior research revealed that increasing the strength of the terminal group interaction with Ga2O3 did not increase tunneling current density; however, decreasing the interaction between the terminal group and Ga2O3 junction seemed to decrease it. In this study, Liao et al. sought to investigate the mechanism for this decrease in tunneling current density.To understand this mechanism, they needed to make a direct comparison between two similar monolayers and their terminal groups. They chose to compare a monolayer comprised of C-H bonds with a monolayer that has some or all C-H bonds replaced with C-F bonds. The C-F bond is less polarizable than the C-H bond and has a longer bond length than C-H. Additionally, changing the hydrogens on an aliphatic carbon chain to fluorine decreases the energy of the HOMO and, in a monolayer, disrupts van der Waals interactions between alkyl chains. By investigating the effects of changing these factors, Liao et al. were able to discern the primary cause for the change in electron tunneling density.They found that changing the backbone from (CH2)n to (CF2)n had a small, but noticeable effect on the tunneling density. This effect was not enough to account for the differences noted in prior experiments. However, when they changed the terminal group from CH3 to CF3, they found that this factor alone, accounted for the change in electron tunneling density. Whether the backbone was an n-alkyl chain or para-substituted omega-tolyl-alkanoates or oligophenyl carboxylates, the rate of charge transport across the CF3 terminal group and Ga2O3 from the EGaIn tip differed from the CH3 equivalent by a factor of 25 to 30. This discovery allows for additional fine-tuning of an organic circuit by selecting a particular backbone and anchor with desirable electronic properties. It also sheds light on the importance of the terminal group junction interaction. (Phys.org)—Self-assembled monolayers are organic molecules that spontaneously coordinate to a metal surface. If this metal surface is an electrode, then a current can pass through the organic monolayer and interact with a second electrode on the terminal side of the molecule. This current can be controlled by changing the characteristics of the organic molecule, such as making it longer or adding polar substituents or other functional groups. This tailoring of organic circuits is part of a bigger project of creating organic-based electronics. 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. © 2015 Phys.org Study demonstrates an electronic switch based on stereoisomerism Explore further More information: “Fluorination and tunneling across molecular junctions” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137 (11), pp 3852–3858. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b00137AbstractThis paper describes the influence of the substitution of fluorine for hydrogen on the rate of charge transport by hole tunneling through junctions of the form AgTSO2C(CH2)n(CF2)mT//Ga2O3/EGaIn, where T is methyl (CH3) or trifluoromethyl (CF3). Alkanoate-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) having perfluorinated groups (RF) show current densities that are lower (by factors of 20–30) than those of the homologous hydrocarbons (RH), while the attenuation factors of the simplified Simmons equation for methylene (β = (1.05 ± 0.02)nCH2–1) and difluoromethylene (β = (1.15 ± 0.02)nCF2–1) are similar (although the value for (CF2)n is statistically significantly larger). A comparative study focusing on the terminal fluorine substituents in SAMs of ω-tolyl- and -phenyl-alkanoates suggests that the C–F//Ga2O3 interface is responsible for the lower tunneling currents for CF3. The decrease in the rate of charge transport in SAMs with RF groups (relative to homologous RH groups) is plausibly due to an increase in the height of the tunneling barrier at the T//Ga2O3 interface, and/or to weak van der Waals interactions at that interface.last_img read more

Firefighters called after bus crashes into lamppost near hospital

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFirefighters were called after a bus crashed into a lamppost near a busy hospital this afternoon. A fire crew from Crewe were called to Smithy Lane, near Leighton Hospital, just after 2.30pm today (Monday July 15). Some fuel leaked from the vehicle following the collision. A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said:   “Fire crews were called to a bus crash on Smithy Lane, Crewe. The bus had collided with a lamppost and began leaking fuel. “Firefighters used absorbent pads to mop up the fuel and then used ratchet straps and a v-strut stabiliser to stabilise the lamppost.” It is unclear if anyone was hurt as a result of the accident. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivecenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Rep Bizon backs Wounded Warrior families

first_imgPhoto Information: State Rep. Dr. John Bizon signed the Wounded Warriors Family Support’s High Five Tour car on Thursday.  This summer marks the eighth annual High Five Tour supporting our nation’s military families for the sacrifices they make.  Donations were raised onsite to help build the Corporal Jason Dunham Traumatic Brain Injury Facility for combat-wounded veterans. 29Sep Rep. Bizon backs Wounded Warrior families Categories: Bizon News,Bizon Photos,News,Photoslast_img read more

Germany should see sales of 82 million TV sets ov

first_imgGermany should see sales of 8.2 million TV sets over the Christmas period, up 5% year-on-year, according to forecasts from consumer electronics industry association GFU.However, a fall in prices of TVs will lead to a slight fall in revenue of about 1.5% to €4.7 billion, according to the association. The GFU predicts that smart TVs will account for 76% of units sold.Overall, the GFU expects consumer electronics will deliver sales of €8.5 billion over the Christmas period, up 2.3%, with overall sales for 2014 up 2.5% to €27.6 billion.last_img read more

Christian Asanger Sky in Germany has made two key

first_imgChristian AsangerSky in Germany has made two key appointments to boost its entertainment offering.The pay TV operator has named Christian Asanger as vice-president, entertainment channels. Asanger, who will report to film and entertainment chief Marcus Ammon, was previously creative director at Sony Pictures Television and has also worked for Warner Bros and ProSiebenSat.1, where he was responsible for formats including TV Total, Quatsch Comedy Club, Popstars, Germany’s Next Top Model and The Bachelor.Sky has also named Ludovic Simoens as vice-president, transactional business, in charge of pay-per-voew including transactional on-demand services Sky Select, Sky On Demand and Blue Movie.Simoens will report to Malte Probst, head of programming operations and transactional business.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet DONEGAL WOMAN DANIELLE MCLAUGHLIN WAS ‘RAPED AND STRANGLED’SAY POLICE IN GOA Bhagat reportedly appeared in court yesterday after the remains of 28-year-old Danielle was found in a field on Tuesday morning by a farmer three miles from Palolem Beach.Danielle, who worked at the Pump House pub in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, and studied at John Moores University, had reportedly travelled to Goa to celebrate Holi festival and was allegedly seen with the defendant just hours before her body was found.Police Inspector Uttam Raut Dessie said: “Danielle and her friend, Megan, flew from Gatwick on February 22 and landed in Goa airport on Feburary 23.“On March 13 she met Vikat Bhagat, a 23-year-old who was known to police because of his troubled childhood.“He was a notorious person who had been arrested many times before.”Inspector Dessie says that Danielle was seen with Bhagat in Canacona on Monday at about 9.30pm.Vikat Bhagat charged with the rape and murder of Danielle McLaughlinHe added that a local called Prashant Komarpant found her body the following and called police at 8.20am, police say she had been ‘raped and killed’.Inspector Dessie said: “We identified her body because of the tattoo and after interviewing many suspects we arrested Vikat on March 14 at 15.10.“Vikat has an Activa scooter with red stains that we believe to be blood.”Danielle was found several miles from a beach where she attended a party the night before.Many tributes have been paid to Danielle.Buncrana born Danielle McLaughlin who was found murdered in Goa while on holidayHer mother, Andrea Brannigan, said she would be “sadly missed by all”.She said the family were finding it a “difficult and trying time” since receiving the “awful news” about her daughter.She also thanked the Irish and British consulates for their support.A sp0kesman for Liverpool John Moores Univesity said: “The University is shocked and saddened to hear of the death of one of our former students, Danielle McLaughlin.“We send our sincere condolences to her family and friends from all at LJMU.”Staff at the Pump House said Danielle, who was travelling with a British passport but was originally from Ireland, was “so full of life” and worked behind the bar but “left a couple of years ago to go travelling”.Pump House manager Tracy said: “She was a lovely young girl and so full of life. All the staff are desperately sorry and send their condolences to her family.“It is a shocking incident – she was so young.”It is thought Danielle had been living in Liverpool but moved back home to Buncrana, Co Donegal, Ireland, after her grandfather died.Her family and friends were left devastated after being told of her death – and described her as adventurous, sweet and beautiful.One friend wrote: “Can’t even say RIP to me old friend Danielle McLaughlin cause she was more of a believer in reincarnation… in having another spin round and no time for resting.“So wherever ya are now Dani know that a lot of people are heartbroken today and the world is that wee bit sadder today having lost someone who added so much happiness to it.”Rena Donaghey, a Buncrana councillor who knows Ms McLaughlin’s mother and family, described their grief as unthinkable.She said: “This has come as a great shock. A young girl, an independent woman, heading off to do what young girls and fellas do these days.“It is unthinkable what happened to her. And for her mother, being so far away from home, it makes it all the more difficult.“All our thoughts and prayers are with the family, that they can get through this difficult time.”Ms Donaghey said Ms McLaughlin had been studying and living in Liverpool before travelling for a time in Australia.She was in her home town of Buncrana before setting off to India last month.The Times of India reported that police are looking for three more people in connection with the murder.Detectives are also studying CCTV footage from all the shacks the victim visited on Monday night, and are working with teams of sniffer dogs and forensic teams.The police have not yet located the murder weapon.A spokesman for Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British-Irish woman following her death in Goa, India.“Our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time. Indian police are conducting an investigation and we are in close contact with them.”Last night residents of the coastal resort where Danielle’s body was found say they held a vigil for Danielle.Some of Danielle’s are planning on travelling from Australia to Goa to accompany her remains back home.A repatriation fund has been set up and the Kevin Bell Trust have been engaged to help bring Danielle’s remains back to her sorrowing family in Buncrana. Her post mortem concluded that brain damage and constriction of the neck caused her death, police said.Police in Goa say suspect Vikat Bhagat ‘confessed to raping the victim and later killing her in order to hide his identity’, according to Indian news sources.CCTV footage has emerged of the final movements of Danielle in the southern Indian state of Goa.The CCTV footage shows Ms McLaughlin walking along a street with Bhagat, police have said.center_img DONEGAL WOMAN DANIELLE MCLAUGHLIN WAS ‘RAPED AND STRANGLED’, SAY POLICE IN GOA was last modified: March 16th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: Heartbreak for family as police confirm young Danielle McLaughlin was raped and strangled to deathTHE beautiful young Irish woman murdered in the Indian state of Goa was raped and strangled, her post-mortem has confirmed.Danielle McLaughlin, from Buncrana in Donegal, was found dead in a field close to tourist resorts in Canacona on Tuesday.The 28-year-old had travelled to India in February.last_img read more

The city of Northport is looking for a few good me

first_imgThe city of Northport is looking for a few good men and women to help fill the ranks of the Northport Police Department.According to the city’s job description, officers are expected to protect persons and property. Duties can be dangerous and are performed in all types of weather. Assistant Chief Keith Carpenter of the Northport Police Department said it takes a special kind of person to want to serve their community as an officer.“It’s a lot of work, that we take the risk of having our lives on the line any day we come to work,” Carpenter said. “So, it takes a special kind of person who has a calling to want to help their community in order to do this and be successful at it for an extended period of time.”Applicants have until 4 p.m. on Jan. 28 to apply. You can find out more about the police and other jobs online at cityofnorthport.org.last_img read more

This would be a terrible thing to say about most b

first_imgThis would be a terrible thing to say about most books but, in this case, it might actually be a compliment: I kept falling asleep reading Marina Benjamin’s Insomnia. I wasn’t so much bored as somehow soothed by her velvety ruminations on night wakefulness, which run on, unbroken by chapters, with lots of airy white space between paragraphs. Awash in the comfort of a kindred soul, I relaxed enough to be lulled into sleep. Did her Insomnia cure mine?Think how many hours are lost to night frets, which Benjamin ties to a “turbocharged … overactive brain” and I liken to a washing machine’s spin cycle. I know that my insomnia has increased since the 2016 election, and I don’t think I’m alone.Benjamin’s Insomnia follows Middlepause, her memoir about reaching 50, and indeed, insomnia often follows menopause, almost as reliably as Winter follows Fall. Her eloquent description of the inconsolability and frustration of finding oneself irremediably awake during the witching hours, “cannibalized by your own gnawing thoughts,” will certainly strike a familiar chord for many. She nails the “shotgun awakenings,” the sense of being “jet-lagged in your native time zone,” and the exasperation of being stuck chewing over all the day’s insignificant “crud,” “like waterboarding the mind with meaningless overflow, a smothering drip, drip, drip of surplus thought.”Even worse are the nocturnal worries: “In my bed, I flap and thrash like a grouper caught in the net, victim to an escalating anxiety,” she writes. “It is as if all the lights in my head had been lit at once, the whole engine coming to life, messages flying, dendrites flowering, synapses whipping snaps of electricity across my brain; and the brain itself, like some phosphorescent free-floating jellyfish of the deep, is luminescent, awake, alive.” She adds that, unable to find the off-button, “I pursue sleep so hard I become invigorated by the chase.”Benjamin’s book is more impressionistic than scientific: Don’t look here for an explanation of the chemistry or biology of nocturnal wakefulness. She pooh-poohs pharmaceutical sleep aids, and is also dismissive of a five-week course of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomniacs, which adds to her torment with its strictures about sleep hygiene and distressing, restrictive sleep diets. Meanwhile, her husband, whom she amusingly dubs “Zzz,” slumbers peacefully beside her, heightening her sense of isolation.Benjamin’s mind works like a wide-roving trawler that rakes an area repeatedly before moving on to adjacent territory. Among the live fish caught in her net: Greek mythology; Penelope weaving and unraveling Laertes’s shroud as she awaits Odysseus’ return; Sheherazade spinning nocturnal yarns to save her life; Nabokov’s dream diary; poet Charles Simic’s “The Congress of the Insomniacs”; Oliver Sacks’s Awakenings; Rene Magritte’s surreal paintings that combine day and night; and the Pre-Raphaelites Edward Burne-Jones’s and William Morris’s depictions of sleeping maidens.Her thoughts on some of these subjects are hit and miss — and sometimes soporific. But concerning Freud’s focus on the interplay between conscious and unconscious minds she writes amusingly, “It cheers me to note that because psychoanalysis works to excavate the brain’s nocturnal effusions and then drag them into the light, it is essentially an insomniac practice.” And her reflections on Robinson Crusoe lead to an unexpected discussion of slave labor and the dark side of capitalism and colonialism, in which she points out that what was being grown and imported were addictive stimulants: tobacco, coffee, sugar — “generators of mass insomnia.”Insomnia turns out to be somewhat of a celebration of sleeplessness as well as a lament. It is strongest at its most personal, and is filled with memorable images — including a Cree dream catcher that “resembled a giant dangly earring,” and Benjamin’s nocturnal canine companion’s “legs splayed like bagpipes” on the sofa beside her. Especially vivid is the “trail of evidence” she leaves behind on insomniac nights, which resembles “the scene of a crime. All that is lacking is the body shape outlined on the floor: the missing body, wakeful when it should be sleeping.”Benjamin’s book is more likely to elucidate than cure your insomnia, but it does offer a distracting brain-teaser for your next bout of sleeplessness: Try to come up with a collective noun for insomniacs. She toys with a flare, a fret, a brightness, before hitting on “a calculation of insomniacs.”I’m partial to a jitter. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Frank Teruel Joins ADARA as Chief Operating Officer

first_imgExperienced Technology Executive Will Lead Operational Expansion and GrowthADARA announced that Frank Teruel is Chief Operating Officer for the company. This is a new position for ADARA, which was created to lead global operations as the company expands. Teruel is uniquely qualified for the role, with a dual financial and operational background, and experience at data and technology companies in growth markets. ADARA serves leading travel brands by delivering critical intelligence that drives personalization and relevance throughout the customer’s journey resulting in more enduring and profitable relationships. Over 200 of the top travel brands partner in ADARA’s travel co-op, a unique data asset that has grown significantly in the past year and continues to increase in value as brands move customer insights to the core of their marketing and customer care strategies. Teruel is charged to help the company rapidly expand the company’s business and operations around the globe.“Frank is a phenomenal addition to our executive team. He brings a wealth of relevant experience and enthusiasm for our business; he has a proven track record of scaling global businesses and was highly successful in creating a global data co-op business in his last company.  Excited to have Frank on board to help drive ADARA to the next stage of growth,” said Layton Han, CEO at ADARA. “His charge is to lead our operations globally as we acquire new customers and deepen our data-driven product offerings.”Marketing Technology News: AT&T Invests More Than $100 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in San Joaquin CountyFrank Teruel has more than twenty-five years of experience in venture backed start-ups and tenured technology businesses. He brings to ADARA, deep expertise in sales, operations, and finance. Most recently, Teruel led ThreatMetrix through rapid global growth and expansion to new industries culminating in an $830 million sale to LexisNexis Risk Solutions.  Previously, Teruel held executive management positions at Vormetric and other software companies. He is also a frequent speaker and thought leader on contributory data, digital identities, cybersecurity and internet fraud prevention topics. Teruel also serves as an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.Marketing Technology News: Claravine’s New Chief Product Officer Leads Integrations With Google and Facebook“ADARA’s incredible digital asset of over 1 billion global digital identities, positions us well to capture huge market share as demand for customer data and insights increases,” said Frank Teruel, Chief Operating Officer at ADARA. “With such relevant real-time data for so many commerce use cases, ADARA is entering a high-growth phase, and I’m thrilled to be part of the team.”Marketing Technology News: :betr Announces Positive Media Platform to Unlock Development and Wellness for GenZ Frank Teruel Joins ADARA as Chief Operating Officer MTS Staff WriterJuly 11, 2019, 12:50 pmJuly 11, 2019 ADARAFrank TeruelMarketing Technology NewsNewsTechnology Previous ArticleUnofficial Sponsors Seize the Cricket World Cup OpportunityNext ArticleTechBytes with Scott Brazina, CMO at Impactlast_img read more