Spanish Media Claim Messi Guilty of Another Tax Fraud

Rabat – Barcelona key forward Lionel Messi used Leo Messi Foundation, the children’s charity he founded in 2007, to hide over EUR ten million of his income from Spanish tax authorities, Spanish newspaper ABC has claimed.The same source added that Messi hid “at least” EUR ten million of his income under the name of his charity foundation between 2007 and 2015 in order to evade taxes.In 2009, Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, inaugurated a new branch of the foundation in the Argentine city of Rosario. Given the association’s allegedly charitable aims, Argentina’s Ministry of Finance excluded the foundation from having to pay taxes. The Spanish newspaper claimed that Messi used the charitable foundation to evade taxes for personal financial gain. Both the athlete and his father were accused in May of defrauding EUR 4.1 million from Spain’s treasury through a series of tax haven-based companies.For this, Barcelona’s court sentenced Messi and his father each to a 21-month suspended sentence in prison for tax fraud.  The court decided to suspend Messi’s prison sentence if paid an additional financial penalty, and the court reduced his father’s prison term because he paid back some of the taxes.A report released by Forbes in early June showed Lionel Messi was the world’s third highest paid athlete, earning USD 80 million a year. read more

PSM Charles reinstated as customs head after protests

P.S.M. Charles has been reinstated as the Director General of Customs for a period of three months following strong protests over her removal.Cabinet has approved a proposal to reinstate Charles to the post. She was removed from the post by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera but this resulted in trade union action being launched by Customs Department employees.The matter was also raised in Parliament today by the opposition. (Colombo Gazette)

Low carbon vehicle partnership starts on the buses

The launch of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) on 16 January was widely welcomed by all sections of the motor industry. The first LowCVP working group, which represents buses has already set the ball rolling with their inaugural meeting in December last year. With depot-based fleets and an on-site refuelling infrastructure, buses are seen as a priority area to achieve the shift to low carbon vehicles in the UK. Headed by John I. Smith, formerly chief executive of Transbus International, the group includes representatives of bus manufacturers, bus operators, the fuel industry, local government and other stakeholders. Its tasks are to identify and recommend ways of removing barriers to the introduction of clean low-carbon buses in the UK. Commenting on the work of the group Christopher Macgowan said, ‘In 2002, bus registrations were boosted by strong demand in London and by reasonable fleet renewal in a small number of other cities. However, this position is not sustainable; large-scale fleet replacement must occur without relying on London as a source of relatively young vehicles. The LowCVP Bus Group’s work will help ensure that purchasing decisions are influenced by the availability of low carbon technologies.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State softball to take on 4 more teams in Louisville Slugger

Members of OSU softball team. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter a week off, the Ohio State softball team (9-4) is set to head west to Tempe, Arizona, for the Louisville Slugger Invitational hosted by Arizona State. The Buckeyes are slated to face four opponents, three of which are ranked in the USA Today Top 25 poll. OSU’s first matchup is scheduled to begin Friday at 1 p.m. against James Madison (17-1).At this juncture in the season, the Buckeyes have faced only one ranked team, a loss to then-No. 3 LSU, so the weekend looks primed to be stuffed with a string of intense contests.“This spring trip will probably be the toughest stretch of (nine) games we will play this year before postseason play,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly, looking ahead to both this weekend and next week’s five-game trip to San Diego.Sizing up the opponentsJames Madison is the Buckeyes’ highest-ranked opponent this weekend, moving from its preseason ranking of No. 19 to No. 10 after its successful start. The Dukes are 4-1 against other ranked teams, including a 3-2 win over No. 3 Auburn in February.James Madison poses a threat from the mound because of the forceful duo of sophomore Megan Good and senior Jailyn Ford. Both pitchers have an ERA below 1.00, and Good has struck out 70 batters in her 13 appearances.Schoenly is cognizant of the Dukes’ powerhouse pitching staff, which will help prepare OSU’s batters for the subsequent energetic efforts from the mound.“We will be facing some of the toughest pitchers in the country over the next (nine) games, and it will be great to see who rises to the challenge,” she said.Seven Dukes are hitting above .350, five of whom have started all 18 games. Senior Erica Field is off to another stellar season after breaking four program single-season and three career records last season. The catcher’s career batting average of .359 rivals OSU senior catcher Cammi Prantl’s .342, which is the top mark among Buckeye starters.Georgetown (5-11) is OSU’s only unranked opponent in Arizona. As such, Schoenly said the Buckeyes are hoping to take advantage at the plate in Game 2 on Friday after likely having to grind out hits against James Madison’s pitching staff.The Buckeye offense will face a struggling Hoya pitching staff, which has a combined ERA of 6.83. Georgetown’s three pitchers have also walked more than twice the number of batters they have struck out.Senior Samantha Giovanniello leads the Hoyas with five home runs and 19 RBIs, which is just two short of her 2015 total.The Buckeyes’ own offensive weakness continues to be stranding runners, something that could make a difference in a tight game.“The few games we have lost, we had many baserunners during the game,” Schoenly said. “We just needed a timely hit here and there.”OSU is scheduled to play its only game Saturday against No. 23 Nebraska, which is currently ranked second in the Big Ten, while the Buckeyes sit at fourth in the conference.Cornhusker infielder M.J. Knighten leads the Big Ten in batting with 11 home runs and a .473 batting average. The junior was named Big Ten Player of the Week last month after a strong showing in Iowa. Also delivering at the plate for Nebraska (12-4) is senior outfielder Kiki Stokes with a .435 batting average, and senior infielder Alicia Armstrong with 15 RBIs.Nebraska sits in the middle of the conference in pitching and is led by junior right-hander Cassidy McClure with 33 strikeouts. The right-hander and the three other pitchers for the Huskers have a combined ERA of 3.11.The Scarlet and Gray finish their outing in Arizona with a matchup against Arizona State (18-5). The No. 19 Sun Devils have eight batters hitting over .350, half of whom have RBI totals in the double digits. Freshman first baseman Ulufa Leilua has a .903 slugging percentage, while senior infielder Nikki Girard has seven doubles and three homers.OSU’s defense has been effective in getting out of tough situations with big hitters like Leilua at the plate, something Schoenly mentioned as a key to the Buckeyes’ success this weekend.“We are looking for our pitchers to continue limiting teams to a few runs a game,” Schoenly said. “The key for our defense will be to limit the opponents’ big innings and for us to have timely hitting.”Schoenly also praised sophomore third baseman Ashley Goodwin’s constant awareness of the field to stop opponents’ offenses from scoring.Finishing strongAfter her leading performance in South Carolina, Prantl was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Player of the Week.The senior hit .786 over five games, including a 4-for-4, three-RBI showing against Furman.“I am extremely honored and humbled to be receiving this national award,” Prantl said in a press release. “This would not be possible without the support of my teammates and the coaching staff. Driving in runs is impossible without my teammates being on base.”Prantl has 47 doubles in her career, only 11 away from the Buckeyes’ all-time record. She had 16 doubles during both her sophomore and junior seasons, so Prantl has a reasonable chance to set a new program mark.Up nextThe Buckeyes are scheduled to face San Diego State in a single game on March 16 before facing four opponents at the San Diego State Tournament from March 17 to 20. OSU’s matchup against the Aztecs is slated to begin at 9 p.m. read more

Womens soccer Buckeyes prepare for final home conference matches

Iowa freshman goalkeeper Claire Graves (1) can’t stop Ohio State senior forward Lindsey Agnew’s (20) shot during the second half in a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 25, 2016. The Buckeyes won the game 3-0. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorA motto and mindset was established at the beginning of the Ohio State women’s soccer season to always get one percent better.  After a weekend of strong offensive and overall play, the Buckeyes have their eyes set on doing just that, Thursday evening.The Indiana Hoosiers (5-7-3, 2-3-2 Big Ten) travel to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to face the Buckeyes (9-4-2, 3-2-2 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. After a long but victorious weekend trip to Maryland and Purdue, coach Lori Walker said her team feels calm and refreshed coming into Thursday’s matchup. “We were off on Monday, and yesterday we had a really good (practice) session,” Walker said. “The energy has been really good.  We’re excited to be back at home … it was a long trip.” Thursday’s game comes during OSU’s fall break, which Walker said has brought a mental calmness to the players, resulting in crisp play where their focus primarily on practice and the game.A focus in practice throughout the week for OSU has been that of precise play, especially coming off of a weekend scoring eight total goals, and defensively allowing just one goal. “We’re always trying to get one percent better. That’s what we’ve said from the beginning of the year,” Walker said. “We’ve got to continue to be sharper with our passing, continue to be sharper with our runs in the box.  We have got to continue to be sharper with our clearing defensively out of our own box. As those things continue to start to clean themselves up, I think we are continuing to be a dangerous team.”OSU junior forward Sammy Edwards was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, following her three goals in two games. Edwards said that her strong emphasis on teamwork, paired with a unified energy helped her strive over the weekend, has provided inspiration for Thursday’s game versus Indiana. “We need these wins, and so I think this week helped a lot in getting our energy up there and our confidence up there,” she said.  “However, that (last) weekend’s over, and I think our focus again is just one game at a time, and that happens to be Indiana.”Edwards continued to emphasize the presence of an energy and confidence going into Thursday’s match, also stressing a focus on defensive and offensive organization as a whole.OSU’s defense held strong in it’s past two games, only giving up one goal within 24 total shots on the weekend.  The season’s motto finds its focus defensively, as the number of goals given up continues to decline.“I think that as each game comes, we’re trying to get one percent better, as coach always says, so I think now, we did only allow one goal in,” said OSU freshman defender Haley Walker-Robinson.  “The goal is to not let any (goals) in.  I think that that will be a good thing to build off of.”Walker-Robinson said her approach to improving one percent while facing Indiana comes from the desire to becoming stronger mentally and physically.“Mentally for me, I think that I don’t want anyone to get inside of our box, maybe even 10 yards,” Walker-Robinson said.  “For our line, we have a ‘line of restraint.’  We don’t allow any nonsense in that area.”Coach Walker praised the defense’s play throughout the past few games, crediting success to the emphasis of knowing responsibility in the defensive system.  “You have to really work hard to create a goal and score off Ohio State,” Walker said.The Buckeyes host senior day Sunday, as they welcome the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-2-3, 4-1-2 Big Ten) to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. read more

Tennis coach assaulted and verbally abused his daughters because he wanted them

first_img“As kids will be, she was very excited about it. But she was told: ‘No, you have not earned that’.”There were times when she was forced to go to tournaments or sessions carrying her kit in a black bin bag.”His behaviour was particularly unpleasant if he felt they had performed badly in tournaments. “When Nephe got to about the same age, he started with her as well.”Over the years, he continued to push these girls in their tennis training and he also involved other professional coaches to help them.”Mr Povall said that, when Monaei turned 11, he took her out of school. She was home-schooled then to give her more time for tennis training, something that happened when Nephe turned 11.”He subjected them to a tough, rigorous and demanding training schedule of stretching, physical exercise and technical tennis training,” he said. “In itself, there is nothing wrong with that. We all know, or have been ourselves, pushy parents, and where there is a child who shows talent then it is not surprising or wrong that their parents should encourage them, discipline them and help them make the very best of that talent.”It is right to say that both girls had some success as junior players. Any of us who are parents, we all do the same: ‘no TV until you do your homework’, for example. The girls were forced to run around tennis courts for hours on end.When Nephe De’Viana, now 19, was given a new tennis bag as part of sponsorship deal, her father said she “had not earned that” and was forced to carry her kit in a black bin bag to “humiliate” her.De’Viana allegedly called the girls, “fat” and “lazy c—s” when they were “as young as nine or 10” if he felt they were not training hard enough.David Povall, prosecuting, said: “It is the Crown’s case that, over a period of years, he made the lives of his two daughters miserable in a variety of different ways, but primarily around his ambition that they should be rich, famous and successful tennis players.”John De’Viana was in a relationship with a lady called Michelle Horne. They had two daughters, the older is Monaei, who was born in July 1995, and the younger daughter is Nephe, who was born in June 1998. When Nephe De'Viana, now 19, was given a new tennis bag as part of sponsorship deal, her father said she "had not earned that" and was forced to carry her kit in a black bin bag to "humiliate" her John De’Viana leaving Snaresbrook Crown CourtCredit:Central News/Gustavo Valiente It went beyond the mother of the Murray brothers, who was a demanding parent and got them to the very highest level in tennisDavid Povall, prosecuting Monaei De’Viana, now 21, claims her father spat at her as she was driven back from a tennis tournament “because he considered she had not performed as she had ought to” His behaviour was particularly unpleasant if he felt they had performed badly in tournamentsDavid Povall, prosecuting She described one incident in which her father took her off court behind a curtain and punched and kicked her with his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming.When questioned by De’Viana’s defence, Tara Adkin QC, she said she did not think she was exaggerating the abuse and had been forced to play from the age of three.”I told my father frequently that I hated playing tennis,” she said. “One time I did stop, but he manipulated me back into playing tennis.”De’Viana, from Ilford, Essex, denies to two counts of cruelty to a person aged under 16.The trial continues. “However, it is the Crown’s case that John De’Viana’s behaviour went beyond that. It went beyond the mother of the Murray brothers, who was a demanding parent and got them to the very highest level in tennis. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. John De'Viana leaving Snaresbrook Crown Court “Monaei describes being driven back from a tournament and being spat on as he was driving because he considered she had not performed as she had ought to.”Nephe said he would always be in coach mode. In other words, this was not an occasional blow-up, a loss of temper. Every parent loses his or her temper sometimes.”But, as far as their lives were concerned, this was relentless, from 5.30 in the morning through to going to bed when they finished training and stretching.”Mr Povall said the girls were “being deprived of food at lunch time, not being allowed to eat the packed lunch they were given because they were not trying hard enough”.”One of the girls was dragged off an exercise bike because she was timing her session with her phone rather than a watch,” he added.”His obsession with their success meant that this sort of behaviour, this sort of barracking he gives was constant.”Mr Povall said the abuse ended when De’Viana split up with Ms Horne in 2011, adding that “very shortly after they split, both girls, despite their success, gave up tennis”.Nephe told the court how her father made her run around a court for up to seven hours without a break in a bid to make her a star. “The best examples of the sorts of things they experienced were a daily torrent of verbal abuse, that they would be called ‘motherf—-r’ and ‘c—s’ and ‘fat, lazy c—s’ by their father when he was dissatisfied with the way they were training.”That they would be subjected to physical assault, particularly Nephe: he would take her out of sight if he was unhappy with her and kick and slap her.”That there were occasions when he was serving balls at them in order to punish them for the way they had trained poorly.”That he would do things in order to humiliate them as punishment if he was cross with them.”Nephe, for example, a talented young tennis player, got some sponsorship and got a rather smart tennis bag. A tennis coach assaulted and verbally abused his daughters in his obsessive drive to turn them into Wimbledon champions, a court heard.John De’Viana, 55, took the girls out of school to enforce gruelling all-day training regimes on them, it was said.The girls were made to practise from 5.30am until they went to bed and he would stop them having meals if he thought they were not trying hard enough, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.Monaei De’Viana, now 21, claims her father spat at her as she was driven back from a tennis tournament “because he considered she had not performed as she had ought to”. When Nephe De’Viana, now 19, was given a new tennis bag as part of sponsorship deal, her father said she “had not earned that” and was forced to carry her kit in a black bin bag to “humiliate” her “John De’Viana behaved in a way that went so far as child cruelty as the law defines it, that is, he assaulted or ill-treated his children over time so as that the cumulative effect was likely to cause them unnecessary suffering or injury to health.”He did that, on the Crown’s case, by way of physical assaults and mental abuse of those girls, relentlessly over a period of years.”Each of them suggests that, perhaps with Monaei it was more verbal, causing her suffering by way of a constant stream of abuse, whereas with Nephe, he was more physical.”They both say that, on occasions, they were forced to run round and round the tennis courts. Nephe said that went on for hours at a time. “Mr De’Viana had a background of competing in karate at quite a high level and, as his eldest daughter Monaei got older and got into primary school, he started to train her in tennis and from quite a young age was taking that quite seriously, coaching her himself for some hours of the day. Monaei De'Viana, now 21, claims her father spat at her as she was driven back from a tennis tournament "because he considered she had not performed as she had ought to"last_img read more

EHF CL TOP 5 Epic saves and too many landings

← Previous Story TV ARENA SPORT: Petar Nenadic to Telekom Veszprem in January 2018? Next Story → Tibor Ivanisevic to HSG Wetzlar! VELUX EHF Champions League weekend behind us was full of excitement. EHF TV made TOP 5 lists as usual, but second week in a row we have to mention a few irregular goals among the most beautiful. Almost all of TOP 5 goals had problem with “landing”. However, saves were amazing… TOP 5 goalsTOP 5 handball saves

Cr Mary Lalios campaigns to keep pokies profits out of Parliament

first_imgMany people wouldn’t know this, but Coles and Woolworths supermarkets operate pokies machines.This is about to change, with Coles leading the way, by divesting itself of pokies machines.Cr Mary Lalios, from Whittlesea Council, an advocate for pokies reforms said:“Coles have done the right thing by selling out to a KKR-controlled business called the Australian Venue Company. I hope they will continue the Coles advocacy for the introduction of $1 maximum bets.”“With Coles having successfully divested, the onus is now on Woolworths, Australia’s biggest and most ruthless pokies operator, to remove itself from the 12,000-plus pokies operated by Bruce Mathieson in the ALH joint venture, which is 75 per cent owned by Woolworths.”In addition, Cr Lalios said she was also delighted to see the emergence of a campaign by young Victorian veterans to encourage the Victorian RSL to fully divest from the predatory pokies industry.“It is truly inspiring to see and hear the comments by younger veterans, such as Camberwell City RSL President Dave Petersen, who make a persuasive case for RSL pokies divestment based on both financial and social grounds.”“There are currently 54 RSL-branded pokies dens in Victoria which are draining more than $200 million a year from gamblers, making RSL Victoria the 3rd biggest pokies operator in the state after Woolworths and Crown Melbourne.”“The Victorian RSL should get with the program and follow the lead set by Coles, Melbourne Storm, Collingwood, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs and commit to full divestment of their pokies division, which does nothing or very little to help veterans.”Pokies continue to make headlines with reports peak lobby group the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) made record political donations to the tune of almost $1 million ahead of Victoria’s state election.With a Federal Election just around the corner, now is the time to take a stand.It is reported the AHA imposed a one-off levy on pub poker machine license holders to help bankroll political donations, effectively funnelling community losses directly into the pockets of major-party and some independent candidates seeking election.Following record donations in the Tasmanian and South Australian elections, and the AHA spending undisclosed sums in an attempt to influence voting in the recent NSW elections too, it’s clear the socially damaging gambling industry is seeking to buy influence over our politics like never before.Poker machines are crippling communities and the gambling industry is using losses to stop reforms to reduce gambling harm. We must demand better of our elected leaders.Sign the petition to call on major parties to rule out accepting gambling industry money once and for all.Most Australians would be outraged to learn that gambling industry profits are increasingly being used to garner political influence.Together we must take a stand and demand those elected to represent us do not accept political ‘donations’ from the gambling industry, just as they don’t with other harmful industries like tobacco.This Federal Election, let’s tell our elected leaders not to profiteer from the harm of the communities they seek to represent Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Premier calls for more security and encourages OTs to link hands to

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bermuda, dr. rufus ewing, premier, territories leaders TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Jul 2015 – The Premier has told the UK that the areas of biggest concern for the Turks and Caicos as an overseas territory are: financial and economic sustainability, social development and border control and security. Hon Dr Rufus Ewing and Border Control and Labour Minister DonHue Gardiner on Wednesday left to attend the Pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting set in Bermuda. The Office of the Premier provided the presentation by Premier Ewing at the two day session; he spoke of the common challenges and how they can be an impetus for getting what is most needed per nation from the British.“By and large there are number of areas that are common that we can say that as Overseas Territories we can sit with our heads together and solve. Also on the issue of cooperation between countries, best practices between countries, there are some countries that are more advanced and have gone through with some countries that have yet to go through and so that there is a lot that we can learn from Bermuda, a lot that we can learn from Cayman Islands who might have gone through this before and developed systems that we can benefit from so it is about that kind of relationship as sister overseas territories.”During the two-day meeting, the Territories Leaders are also expected to make a unified statement on their approach to Beneficial Ownership, which will be forwarded to the United Kingdom. Bermuda swears in youngest Premier in country’s history Attorney calls on UWI to honor TCI leaders Recommended for youlast_img read more

House Committee Approves Increased Funding for Waterways

first_imgThe House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed the fiscal year 2019 Energy & Water Appropriations bill with significant increases for waterways infrastructure.The Energy & Water Appropriations bill provides annual funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including the Inland Waterways programs that are priorities for the American Soybean Association (ASA).The House committee approved bill provides overall funding for the Corps of Engineers at $7.3 billion, an increase of $451 million above the FY2018 enacted level. The bill calls for full-use of estimated annual revenues from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) and includes $1.6 billion in funding for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF). The Corps’ Operations & Maintenance (O&M) account received a record-level of $3.8 billion, which is $200 million more than the FY18 enacted level.The next step for the bill is consideration by the full House, which has not yet been scheduled.last_img read more

Report JLo mulling 2020 Super Bowl halftime performance

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Jenny from the block might reportedly be coming to South Florida in a big way in 2020.Jennifer Lopez may have her sights set on a performance at the upcoming Super Bowl 54, Entertainment Tonight is reporting.“Yeah, we’ve thought about the Super Bowl, and it’s in Miami,” the 49-year-old singer told Entertainment Tonight reporters after a concert in New York City, Monday night.Sources said the gig makes sense because the Grammy nominee has close ties to South Florida.Lopez has never done a halftime performance.Super Bowl 54 is set to take place at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2, 2020.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

People on the Move 121108

first_imgCondé Nast named Julie Raimondi editor in chief of Brides.com. Raimondi also will remain in her role as editor-in-chief of the 16 Brides local mgazines, the publisher said.Robert W. Merry, the former longtime president andeditor-in-chief of Congressional Quarterly, was appointedpublisher of global intelligence publisher STRATFOR, beginning inJanuary. CQ was acquired this summer by the Economist Group, which formed the CQ-Roll Call group.Lebhar-Friedman’s Nation’s Restaurant News announced a number of personnel changes: retail and foodservice groups group publisher Randall Friedman was named publisher, replacing Tom Larranaga; national sales director Chris Keating was promoted to associate publisher; and executive editor Robin Lee Allen and online executive editor Sarah Lockyer were appointed co-leaders of the editorial team, replacing Ellen Koteff.American Express Publishing named Toby McKenna advertising director of digital at TravelandLeisure.com. Also, Amy Koblenzer was named photo director of Travel + Leisure. Koblenzer most recently served as photo editor at Gourmet, a position she held for six years. United Business Media’s Think Services Game Group promoted Simon Carless to global brand director. Carless replaces Think Services executive vice president Kathy Astromoff, who recently took on a broader management role.Rachel Wintner was appointed to the newly-created position of vice president of sales at Glam Media. Previously, Wintner served as associate publisher of Conde Nast’s Style.com. Playboy Enterprises Wednesday named senior vice president of strategic planning and treasurer Robert D. Campbell interim CFO, effective January 1, 2010. Campbell replaces Linda G. Havard, who announced her resignation last month and plans to leave the company by the end of the year. The company said it hired BridgeGate LLC to lead the CFO search and that it will bconsider both internal and external candidates. Hearst Magazines International named Sophia Stewart executive director of digital. Most recently, Stewart served as executive director of mobile at Hearst Magazines Digital Media.George Brooks announced his retirement as executive vice president of Norfolk, Virginia-based magazine publisher Dominion Enterprises and as president of Dominion Market Media. Brooks’ departure will be effective January 22, 2010.As part of a restructuring, Tracey Altman was let go as publisher of Reader’s Digest magazine. Her responsibilities will be taken over by Eva Dillon, president of the Reader’s Digest Community. While Altman told FOLIO: she has since contacted her legal counsel, she called it “standard procedure” and said she is not planning legal action against RDA, as was initially reported.last_img read more

BTRC launches 100 to hear complaints

first_imgThe Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Sunday launched its new short code number 100 in a bid to solve customer hazards and problems quickly.BTRC issued a direction in this regard cancelling the previous short code 2872.According to the direction, the operation of Complains for Telecommunication Service (CTS) call centre has gone easier with the new three-digit short code.BTRC secretary Sarwar Alam told UNB the previous number was changed as it was difficult for customers to recognize.The customers will be able to lodge complains from 9:00am to 5:00pm on working days.Along with the short code, phone number 01555121121 and website btrc@btrc.gov.bd was also available to lodge complain.last_img read more

Moto 360 and LG G watch What we know about Android Wear

first_imgThe bomb has gone off, and the impossible wait for summer to bring two incredible looking smartwatches to market has begun. Android Wear, Google’s platform for wearable technology, has arrived. From what we know so far, there’s a lot of reasons to be excited.There are dozens of smartwatches on the market right now, but even the popular ones ultimately are lacking in one critical way or another. Users demand a seemingly impossible combination of terrific, muti-day battery life with a full color screen and the ability to speak and be spoken to when your hands are busy. Nothing out there right now comes even close to that mark. The closest is the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Gear 2, but both of those currently require a Samsung phone in order to truly use. Even then, the devices aren’t all the way there yet. Google has announced partnerships with LG and Motorola to launch two different smartwatches running Android Wear, a Google-centric OS that claims to offer way more than any other smartwatch is offering today.The hardwareMotorola and LG have come up with slightly different designs that look like they will be doing lots of the same thing. The Moto 360 is a round face with what appears to be sensors for the underside of your wrist, while the LG G Watch is a square face with a slightly thinner profile as it sits on your wrist. They both appear to have a single physical button, Motorola’s in the traditional right side position and LG’s in the top right corner as a sort of nub. These watches have both been built with Google’s hand guiding them through the process, but their approaches seem to be fairly different in key ways.Every image of the Moto 360 shows the screen on all the time, either showing you a classy looking watch face or drifting into the Google Now-esque UI that we’ll dig into later. We know from the Moto X that the company is no stranger to playing with battery sipping hardware that is ready at a moments notice to spring to life, but if the Moto 360 is indeed an always on device the battery will be a big question that even they will need to address.The LG G Watch isn’t quite as flashy with its display. In fact, all of the shots we’ve seen so far show the watch resting in an almost off state, save for a few precious pixels dedicated to showing you the time. You’ll notice the Android Wear SDK preview shows the resting display in much the same way, so it’s possible LG didn’t offer much in the way of software input for this design. It could also be that this watch is designed to be the “entry level” version in terms of cost, as LG themselves described the watch as offering a low barrier to entry for developers.We currently don’t have cost or availability outside of “summer” for these two devices, but there’s more than a little chance Google will offer developers some serious hands on time with the SDK and the hardware during Google IO in order to make sure there’s no shortage of apps that support the platform by the time these hit shelves.The softwareRenders in videos are fun to look at and all, but where’s the actual software? As it turns out, this is in fact the actual software. Matias Duarte, Google’s Director of User Experience for Android, confirmed after the initial wave of news that the visuals they were showing off was the actual UI for the devices being built right now. This was confirmed once developers were able to poke around in the Android Wear SDK and see that all the tools are there to easily modify existing apps to deliver notifications in the same fashion shown in the Wear videos. Whether the retail products are as smooth or as bright as we’re seeing in these videos remains to be seen, and likely aren’t really as amazing as we see here, but the UI is clean and beautiful.Next page: What about Google Glass? 1 2last_img read more

FormBox creates 3D objects with the help of your vacuum cleaner

first_imgA 3D printer can let you whip up an infinite variety of objects at home, but it won’t make them quickly. The minds at Mayku think they’ve got the solution, and it involves a bit of help from your vacuum cleaner.Mayku is currently seeking crowdfunding for a device they’re calling the FormBox, and it sounds like the next must-have device for your at-home manufacturing setup. It’s a tabletop vacuum forming machine, and it gets the suction it needs from any vacuum that can handle a hose attachment.The FormBox makes it easy to mold three-dimensional objects. It works with just about any kind of plastic, from the sturdy ABS that makes Lego bricks so painful to step on to PVC and even acrylic. Heat up the sheet, fire up your vacuum, stick in the object you want to mold, pull the softened plastic down, and watch it take shape in an instant.You can then pour in just about any kind of free-flowing substance that will firm up to make a finished product: chocolate, wax, silicone, plaster — even water if you want to make eye-catching ice creations. So how much will your very own vacuum forming machine cost you? If you support the FormBox Kickstarter, a pledge of $349 will secure you one — though you won’t see it until May of 2017. You can make up for lost time once it shows up, though, and mold and cast objects like crazy: it comes with a kilogram of molding material to get you started.Mayku says this is just the first home manufacturing device they’re going to offer. A desktop-scale injection molding machine and a CNC router are also in the works.last_img read more

Driving under influence test inside car will check drivers finger

first_img The envisioned reader of blood alcohol content (BAC) will be small, as part of the button that turns the car on. If the driver is inebriated, the car won’t budge, even after the driver hits this “start” button.TruTouch, is a company that defines its specialty as noninvasive biometric intoxication detection systems. Its product for this automotive application has an infrared light. The optical touch pad transmits light into the skin via direct contact and collects a portion of the light reflected back by the skin. This signal is analyzed to determine the alcohol concentration and verify the user’s identity. The device’s test is said to be as accurate as a blood test. Takata is aiming to get the cost down to approximately $200 each. © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — TK Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Takata Corporation of Japan, manufacturers of safety belts and airbag modules, will partner with TruTouch Technologies to create an in-car detection device that can tell if the driver is too drunk to drive. The device will check out the driver’s blood alcohol level through the skin of the finger. The finger-scanning device is seen as a nonintrusive but reliable way to keep drunk drivers off the road. Explore further To move the product further into development, the two companies partnering for this device have received a $2.25 million grant from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS).As for accuracy, observers say it would be a step up from the breathalyzer test, which can yield false positives. The Takata-TruTouch device could be on the market in eight to ten years. According to the NHTSA, the technology could be voluntarily installed as a new-car option.Skeptics ask if a voluntary, not mandatory, solution of this type will bring any meaningful change in the numbers of road accidents caused by drunk drivers. Nonetheless, supporters say the device may signal a new era in safety against drunk drivers.In 2009, close to 11,000 Americans, or one every 48 minutes, were killed in drunken-driving accidents, or 32% of the country’s total motor vehicle traffic fatalities, according to NHTSA data.As part of further product development efforts, the goal is to reduce processing time and to function not just at room temperature but under hot and cold temperatures and with different humidity and vibration levels. In future, cars might decide if driver is drunk The TruTouch Guardian device. Citation: ‘Driving under influence’ test inside car will check driver’s finger (2011, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-dui-car-drivers-finger.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Your Apple Watch May Not Be as Safe as You Think

first_img The Apple Watch lacks a key feature other devices from the company have that help deter theft, one tech website found.Apple’s iOS devices have a feature called Activation Lock that basically prevents a person from completely wiping the device without the Apple ID and password of the original owner. This function is aimed at helping dissuade thieves from stealing a device in the first place because they can’t completely reset it.However, the Apple Watch OS 1.0 does not currently have this feature. So if someone gets their hands on your Apple Watch they are capable of completely resetting the device so that it can be paired with a new iPhone.As first mentioned in idownloadblog.com, this isn’t necessarily a problem from a data standpoint, but rather it’s a security problem because it makes the already highly desired smartwatch even more of a target for thieves since it can be easily wiped and resold clean.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment.Read the full report on idownloadblog.com. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 15, 2015 This story originally appeared on CNBC 1 min readlast_img read more

Get a 300 Gift Card Plus One of the Best TVs You

first_img 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Thanks to our friends at TechBargains, we’ve rounded up three can’t-miss deals. Check it out:Vizio P-Series 50″ 4K UltraHD Home Theater Display + $300 Dell Gift Card + 6″ Android Tablet $999.99This is one of the best deals we’ve seen on one of the best TVs you can buy. It performs as well as Samsung or LG TVs more than twice its price and comes with a huge $300 Dell Gift Card that effectively discounts it to only $700. It supports Dolby’s HDR10 standard and has incredible picture quality. You won’t find any TV better than this at this price range. Includes a 6″ tablet to control the TV and built-in ChromeCast.$15 off the Amazon Tap Bluetooth Speaker w/ Alexa $114.99If you wanted Amazon’s Alexa voice service at a lower price then the Amazon Tap is the functional and more versatile version of the Echo. This has a stereo speaker and you can simply tap it to activate Alexa. Many users may prefer this as compared to the Echo as it is not always on.Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker for $24This is one of the best selling cold brew makers on Amazon. We own one of these and there’s no simpler or cleaner way to make cold brew. It has a built-in filter that prevents the grounds from getting into your coffee and makes up to a quart of cold brew. If you haven’t tried cold brew it can have more caffeine and less acidity. For more great deals, check out our TechBargains Small Business page.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Listen Now How Success Happens August 22, 2016last_img read more

Profound Medical Receives US FDA 510k Clearance for TulsaPro

first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro U.S. commercial launch of transurethral prostate tissue ablation system combining MRI and ultrasound expected in the fourth quarter of 2019 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more August 16, 2019 — Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Tulsa-Pro for ablation of prostate tissue.Tulsa-Pro is a transurethral prostate tissue ablation system that combines real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with robotically-driven directional thermal ultrasound and closed-loop temperature feedback control software to deliver predictable physician prescribed ablation of whole-gland or partial prostate tissue. The Tulsa-Pro system is designed to provide customizable and predictable, incision-free and radiation-free prostate ablation while actively protecting the urethra and rectum with water cooling to preserve men’s functional abilities.The FDA’s clearance of Tulsa-Pro was based on the company’s TACT pivotal clinical trial, which met all of its primary and secondary efficacy and safety endpoints. TACT enrolled 115 patients across the United States, Canada and Europe with biopsy-proven, organ-confined prostate cancer (67 percent and 33 percent of subjects had NCCN intermediate- and low-risk disease, respectively). All patients received primary treatment of whole-gland prostate ablation with sparing of the urethra and urinary sphincter. TACT demonstrated that the Tulsa-Pro provides safe and effective prostate tissue ablation, with minimal adverse events, significant prostate volume and prostate specific antigen (PSA) reduction, and low rates of residual prostate disease. The favorable safety profile offered by the Tulsa-Pro contrasts with radical prostatectomy and radiation therapy that can leave many men with permanent erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and bowel dysfunction. The TACT study also demonstrated a favorable risk-benefit profile in the context of other ablative approaches, including whole-gland high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and cryotherapy.The FDA label for Tulsa-Pro will allow U.S. surgeons to perform prostate tissue ablation procedures indiscriminate of tissue type, including malignant and benign.“We are pleased with the FDA’s expeditious review of our application,” said Arun Menawat, Profound’s CEO. “We believe this, combined with the label that the Agency approved for TULSA-PRO®, serves as a testament to our technology’s strong clinical profile.”Profound Medical CEO Arun Menawat said the company is preparing for the U.S. commercial launch of Tulsa-Pro in the fourth quarter of 2019. For more information: www.profoundmedical.comRelated ContentProfound Medical Corp. 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Study Early clue to why some children may have reading woes

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories Oral language exposure is one of the drivers of reading development, and the study is part of a broader push to find ways to spot problem signs early, said Brett Miller, who oversees reading disabilities research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which helped fund the work.But don’t expect EEGs for preschoolers any time soon. While the machines are common among brain specialists, this particular use is complicated and expensive, and further research is necessary, Kraus cautioned.Her ultimate goal is to test how a child’s brain processes sound even younger, maybe one day as a part of the routine newborn hearing screening.___Online:Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Lab: http://www.brainvolts.northwestern.eduCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   “Hearing in noise is arguably one of the most computationally difficult things we ask our brain to do,” she said.The new study used an EEG to directly measure the brain’s response to sound, attaching electrodes to children’s scalps and recording the patterns of electric activity as nerve cells fired. The youngsters sat still to watch a video of their choice, listening to the soundtrack in one ear while an earpiece in the other periodically piped in the sound “dah” superimposed over a babble of talking.Measuring how the brain’s circuitry responded, the team developed a model to predict children’s performance on early literacy tests. Then they did a series of experiments with 112 kids between the ages of 3 and 14.The 30-minute test predicted how well 3-year-olds performed a language-development skill and how those same youngsters fared a year later on several standard pre-reading assessments, the team reported. Time will tell how well those children eventually read.But Kraus’ team also tested older children — and the EEG scores correlated with their current reading competence in school, and even flagged a small number who’d been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — New research suggests it may be possible to predict which preschoolers will struggle to read — and it has to do with how the brain deciphers speech when it’s noisy.Scientists are looking for ways to tell, as young as possible, when children are at risk for later learning difficulties so they can get early interventions. There are some simple pre-reading assessments for preschoolers. But Northwestern University researchers went further and analyzed brain waves of children as young as 3. The vital role family plays in society Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona How well youngsters’ brains recognize specific sounds — consonants — amid background noise can help identify who is more likely to have trouble with reading development, the team reported Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology.If the approach pans out, it may provide “a biological looking glass,” said study senior author Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory. “If you know you have a 3-year-old at risk, you can as soon as possible begin to enrich their life in sound so that you don’t lose those crucial early developmental years.”Connecting sound to meaning is a key foundation for reading. For example, preschoolers who can match sounds to letters earlier go on to read more easily.Auditory processing is part of that pre-reading development: If your brain is slower to distinguish a “D” from a “B” sound, for example, then recognizing words and piecing together sentences could be affected, too.What does noise have to do with it? It stresses the system, as the brain has to tune out competing sounds to selectively focus, in just fractions of milliseconds. And consonants are more vulnerable to noise than vowels, which tend to be louder and longer, Kraus explained. This undated handout photo provided by the Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Northwestern University, shows scalp electrodes to pick up how children’s brains react to sounds such as speech in a noisy background. New research suggests it may be possible to predict which preschoolers will struggle to read, and it has to do with how they decipher speech when it’s noisy. Northwestern University researchers analyzed brain waves of children as young as 3. (Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Northwestern University via AP)last_img read more