Advertisement AdvertisementThe 30 finalists for the individual award have been announced, 14 of which play their football in Spain’s top flight, LaLiga Santander France Football, the magazine behind the Ballon d’Or award for the best footballer in each calendar year, revealed their 30-man shortlist for the 2018 prize this week and nearly half of the players play their football in LaLiga Santander.In total, 14 of the 30 are based in the top division of Spanish football, which is a record for a league under the current format. Since the Ballon d’Or award decoupled from FIFA three years ago and began announcing 30-man shortlists, LaLiga has seen 13 players nominated in 2016 and then 11 in 2017, which on both occasions made it the best-represented league.For this year’s award, there are three other leagues with players featuring on the list. The English Premier League has 11 players on the shortlist, while France’s Ligue 1 has three and Italy’s Serie A has two – one of whom is Cristiano Ronaldo, who was playing in Spain for the first half of 2018.Looking at the players nominated from LaLiga, Real Madrid have the greatest share with eight members of their squad having been considered amongst the best 30 players in the world for the current calendar year. Those players are Thibaut Courtois, Raphaël Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modrić, Isco, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.Barcelona and Atlético Madrid both have three players each on the list. Ivan Rakitić, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez represent the Blaugrana, while Jan Oblak, Diego Godín and Antoine Griezmann fly the flag for the Rojiblancos.Each of these three clubs will feel they have a strong candidate to go on and win the prize. Barcelona’s Messi already boasts five Ballon d’Or gongs and is searching for his sixth. Atlético’s Griezmann will believe he has a good chance of improving on his third-placed finish from 2016 having picked up the World Cup, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup in 2018. Then Real Madrid’s Modrić must be considered a favourite too after recently winning FIFA’s The Best award as the top player of the 2017/18 season.There have previously been six all-LaLiga podiums for this prize. On December 3rd, we’ll find out if there is to be a seventh.
England opener Haseeb Hameed’s India tour may be over but the 19-year-old leaves the country after having earned the respect of his team-mates, coach and also the opposition.Hameed will miss the rest of the series against India due to a hand injury after making an impressive start to his Test career. (England’s fans bowled over by Virat Kohli)The young right-hander, who scored a defiant unbeaten 59 on Monday batting down the order in the second innings of the third Test in Mohali, will return home to get a plate inserted in his hand.Hameed made nine runs in the first innings before he was struck on his left hand by an Umesh Yadav delivery and could not field in the match which India won to go 2-0 up in the five-Test series. However, Haseeb came out to bat at number eight and frustrated the Indian bowlers despite clearly being in pain.Hameed, who made 82 on his debut in the first Test in Rajkot, had to alter his grip to be able to bat, winning plaudits from Alastair Cook and India captain Virat Kohli.Cook described it as “a very special knock” while Kohli was also impressed. (Keaton Jennings, Liam Dawson join England squad as replacements)”I wish him a speedy recovery. He showed great character for a 19-year-old at this level. He put his hand up when his team wanted him to do it.The way he played with James Anderson in the end showed great maturity, to play with tail like that. He knew exactly what he wanted to do,” Kohli said.advertisement”You can sense it as a captain, this guy is intelligent and knows the game. He is a great prospect for England and definitely going to be a future star in all forms if he keeps persisting with his skill,” Kohli added.Soon after the match ended, Kohli was seen spending some time with Hameed.Inspiring generation next. Young @HaseebHameed97 is all ears to #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/x1ZFgahwZm BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 2016Overall, Hameed scored 219 runs in the series at an average of 43.8 to stake a strong claim to be Cook’s long-term opening partner.
MIAMI — Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors tied an NBA record Feb. 24 by making a 3-pointer in his 127th consecutive regular-season game.The reigning NBA MVP and 3-point leader made a 3-pointer just 78 seconds into the Warriors’ game at Miami, on his first shot of the evening.He shares the mark with Atlanta’s Kyle Korver and has a chance to take the record outright when Golden State plays at Orlando on Feb. 25.“That’s a pretty outrageous number,” Curry said before the Feb. 24 game. “When I was talking about it last year, I knew where he was. I was at 40 or 45. And I remember hearing what his number was. That’s crazy — every night you’re hitting a 3. Whether you’re shooting well or not, you’re still finding a way to knock down at least one. The longevity of that record is pretty remarkable.”Curry’s last game without a 3-pointer was Nov. 11, 2014. He has made at least one in 202 of his past 203 games, and is on pace to smash the single-season record for 3-pointers he established a year ago.“Steph is a lot better,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Which is scary, because he was the MVP last season.”Curry entered Feb. 24 with 260 3-pointers this season, 88 more than anyone in the league. His teammate Klay Thompson came into the night No. 2 this season in 3s, with 172.Curry said he finds significance in the mark. “There’s no trophy for that,” Curry said. “But it’s a really cool situation to be in. That’s a big part of my game.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Following the embarrassing defeat against India in the ongoing World Cup, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has told captain Sarfaraz Ahmed that they should focus on the remaining four matches of the tournament.Mani phoned Sarfaraz on Tuesday and assured him that the entire nation stands by the team and expects an improved performance in the upcoming matches of the showpiece event, reported news.com.pk.The PCB Chairman told Sarfaraz not to divert his attention from the game by giving attention to “baseless news stories” and asked him to keep calm and lead the team to better performance in the upcoming matches, the report added.The development comes after the Pakistan skipper reportedly had warned his teammates of possible backlash back home if they fail to improve in the remaining matches in the ongoing World Cup.”If God forbid something unfortunate happens then I won’t be the only one going back home,” the skipper had reportedly said after Sunday’s game which Pakistan lost by 89 runs (DLS method) against arch-rivals India at the Old Trafford in Manchester.Pakistan, with three points from five games, are placed ninth in the table. They will next face South Africa in a do or die clash for them on June 23 at the Lord’s.Also Read | Sarfaraz, you are fat: Fan screams insults at Pakistan captain after defeat to IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Dilip Vengsarkar worried Shikhar Dhawan may not win his place backAlso See
Primera División Anything can happen in football – Neymar to Madrid wouldn’t shock Valverde Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 01:40 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Gettyimages Primera División Transfers Barcelona v Deportivo Alavés Deportivo Alavés Barcelona Ernesto Valverde The Brazilian could join Barcelona’s eternal rivals this summer, and the Catalan club’s boss maintains he would not be surprised Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde would not be surprised if Neymar joined Real Madrid, suggesting “anything is possible in the world of football”.Neymar left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain in August for a world-record €222million fee, with the Catalan giants left helpless because of his release clause.It has been suggested that Neymar made the move in order to boost his Ballon d’Or chances by moving out of Lionel Messi’s shadow, but ever since leaving Barca he has been linked with a future move to their bitter rivals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal understands that PSG have promised Neymar that he will be allowed to join Real if they win the Champions League this season , and Valverde insists the move would not shock him.”I don’t know,” he told reporters when asked about the potential move at a news conference ahead of Sunday’s LaLiga clash with Alaves. “Who knows what can happen in football.”But if there’s a world where strange things can happen, it’s the football world. But that’s not something I’m worried about. I’ve enough to worry about here at Barca.”It is a common thought that Neymar’s departure helped Barca’s style of play become more disciplined.Valverde agrees that Barca would probably play differently had Neymar stayed, though he was eager to not downplay how sizeable a loss he has been.”It would be difficult to work out what we’d be like with Neymar,” Valverde added. “That would be a strange exercise.”The loss of a player of Neymar’s quality is always great, but we’re still scoring goals. Perhaps there are certain players who are here now that wouldn’t be if Neymar was still here.”We’ve re-structured in defence too, but that goes through the team through to the attackers.”That’s the way we’ve done it. Perhaps if he’d still been here we would’ve done things differently.”One beneficiary of Neymar’s exit is Philippe Coutinho and Valverde praised the former Liverpool star, while also suggesting he could potentially be paired with Andres Iniesta in midfield, rather than one or the other playing.Valverde: “Coutinho and Iniesta are different players, but they can play together and complement each other perfectly.” pic.twitter.com/0qJQfsGB2Y — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 27, 2018 “Let’s see [how we play Coutinho],” Valverde said. “We need to learn how he plays in our system and he needs to learn how to play with his team-mates.”He’s different to any player we’ve got. Iniesta is perhaps more of a central midfielder, whereas Coutinho has maybe a better shot and plays further up.”He has a certain elegance. I think we could play him in midfield. He doesn’t need to change much to fit in.”I think they [Coutinho and Iniesta] are different types of players, but also complimentary. They could play together perfectly well. They can play in the same position, but let’s see how things develop.”
Washington: Facing the heat owing to the ongoing US-China trade war, telecommunications giant Huawei is reportedly preparing to lay off hundreds of workers in the US. Huawei is planning to lay off workers at a research facility called Futurewei Technologies that employs 850 people in research labs including in Texas, California and Washington state, The Verge reported on Sunday citing the Wall Street Journal as saying. “Some employees have apparently already been notified that they will be let go, with other layoffs planned in the near future,” the report said. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The White House has said that Chinese tech giant will remain banned from developing its 5G wireless networks in the US, although American firms will be allowed to sell small components such as chips to the Chinese company. President Donald Trump’s administration will continue to prohibit Huawei from marketing its 5G Internet technology in the US, which Washington fears the company might use to spy for the Chinese government. Currently, Huawei is very popular in Europe and is leading in the fight for control of 5G wireless networks which will enable users to surf the Internet much more quickly and could facilitate the development of self-driving vehicles, techniques for performing surgery by remote control and other procedures that it now puts within reach. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails In the face of that, the US is leading a global campaign to prevent Huawei from developing 5G technology and has been pressuring the European Union (EU) to restrict the firm’s activities. At the G20 summit in Japan last month, Trump said American firms could start selling technology to the Chinese telecommunications equipment giant as long as the sales did not involve equipment that threaten the national security.
OTTAWA — Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion is taking a prolonged leave from his job for health reasons.Dion was appointed as the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner a little over a year ago.Melanie Rushworth, the director of communications in Dion’s office, says in a statement that “despite these exceptional circumstances” the work of the office will continue.Dion has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as he heads up one of two parliamentary probe’s into allegations Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or staff in his office unduly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in a criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.Dion told NDP MPs Charlie Angus and Nathan Cullen in a letter one month ago that he would look into whether anyone violated rules prohibiting public office holders from using their position to influence decisions that could further another person’s private interests.Rushworth did not name the SNC-Lavalin investigation in her statement, but said information will continue to be gathered in all ongoing cases.She says Dion will resume his work as soon as he is able and requested privacy for him and his family.Dion is a former legal adviser to a number of government bodies and also served as the public sector integrity commissioner. He is also a former chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the National Parole Board.Dion has publicly pushed for his office to have greater powers to impose penalties against cabinet ministers and public office holders who violate conflict rules, including the ability to levy fines of up to $10,000.The Canadian Press
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have launched a global thought leadership platform to help frame and stimulate regional and global debate on vital development issues shaping the Middle East.UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs His Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi discussed the project at a meeting with Bill GatesThe “Middle East Exchange” will commission original articles from international experts including Nobel laureates, heads of state, academics and intellectuals. New articles will be published weekly in newspapers globally on a wide range of topics relevant to the region, from health and education to development and innovation.UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs His Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi discussed the project at a meeting with Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in Abu Dhabi on December 6.Speaking after the meeting, H.E. Al Gergawi said: “The Middle East has spent too long in the global spotlight as a source of conflict and trouble. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision is for innovative and tangible solutions that benefit people’s lives on the ground. There is a huge appetite for practical ideas. The Middle East Exchange will be the number one global platform for positive voices and ideas for the Middle East.”Mr Gates commented: “It’s great that our foundation has been working with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s team and Project Syndicate to launch the Middle East Exchange. This is an exciting platform to raise awareness, encourage debate, and promote local solutions to development challenges facing the wider region.”The project is funded by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, the philanthropic and humanitarian foundation of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute articles and intellectual support through its global network of development experts.The Middle East Exchange will be managed as an independent editorial operation by Project Syndicate, a global non-profit dedicated to distributing progressive editorial content. Project Syndicate will translate all articles into at least 12 languages and distribute them to its 468 member publications, who have 300 million readers in 154 countries. Contributors to Project Syndicate include 45 Nobel laureates and 111 heads of state.The Middle East Exchange will focus on human development, innovation, public health, education, tolerance, sustainability, poverty, youth, skills, employment, entrepreneurship, food, water, and other shared priorities.The series is being launched with globally syndicated articles by Bill Gates, former UK Prime Minster Gordon Brown, and economist Jeffrey Sachs.
The oral summary argument is open to the public to attend. Anyone entering the hearing room will be required to sign-in at the door. Upon doing so, each attendee will be provided with a lanyard that must be worn at all times.The NEB has been taking steps through a process determined in December 2018.The issue presented to the board is the jurisdiction of the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline.After the board received applications filed by B.C. resident Michael Sawyer, who worked two decades in Alberta as an environmental consultant in the oil and gas sector argued that Coastal GasLink should have faced a federal environmental review instead of a provincial one.The Coastal GasLink pipeline will bring natural gas from Northeast B.C. to Kitimat, where it will be processed and shipped to Asian markets through Shell’s LNG Canada project.$6.2 billion will be invested in the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. CALGARY, AB – The National Energy Board (NEB) will hold oral summary for the final oral argument and reply of Coastal Gas Link and intervenors on May 2nd and 3rd.Starting at 9 a.m. on May 2 and 3, 2019 in the Board’s hearing room, which is located at:2nd Floor517 Tenth Avenue SWCalgary, Alberta
Rabat – Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) CEO Sheikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa received last week Morocco’s Ambassador to Bahrain Ahmed Rashid Khatabi in Sanabis, Bahrain, near Manama.The two sides discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations and areas of cooperation, especially in the tourism sector.Sheikh Khaled “reviewed the BTEA’s tourism strategy and directives, its continual efforts to strengthen the tourism sector and promote its growth and development, and discussed the adoption of mutually beneficial tourism initiatives for both countries,” Arab news outlet Albawaba reported. Read Also: Bahrain Wants to Boost Tourism Cooperation with MoroccoKhatabi emphasized that his embassy’s continuous support of initiatives in the tourism sector between Morocco and Bahrain to promote growth and achieve progress in the sector.In late February last year, Bahraini foreign minister Khaled Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa met with Moroccan Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani in Rabat.Both officials discussed bilateral relations and areas of common interest. The talks resulted in the signing of a number of cooperation agreements in various fields including air transport, communications, sport, and social security.
The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today rejected a defence motion seeking the release of an alleged Bosnian Serb prison camp commander and a dismissal of the indictment against him.Dragan Nikolic, charged with eight counts of crimes against humanity, claimed he was illegally arrested and abducted from the territory of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) on 20 April 2000 by unknown individuals who then transferred him to the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he was arrested and detained by NATO troops (SFOR) and handed over to the Tribunal.In delivering its decision, the trial chamber hearing Mr. Nikolic’s case observed that it could not be concluded that SFOR and the Prosecution were involved in the alleged illegal arrest and abduction, and that the conduct by the unknown individuals in the FRY could not be attributed to SFOR or to the Prosecution.The court concluded that the way in which Mr. Nikolic was brought to the Tribunal did not amount to a violation of the territorial sovereignty of the FRY, his human rights or due process of law.The Tribunal also said Mr. Nikolic was not subjected to treatment that was of “such very serious nature” that it could amount to a legal obstacle to the exercise of jurisdiction by the Tribunal and that there had been no violation of the fundamental principle of due process.
Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney to attend premiers meeting in Halifax AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2012 1:48 pm MDT HALIFAX – The governor of the Bank of Canada will attend a meeting with the premiers in Halifax later this month to discuss the economy.Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says Mark Carney will present the bank’s outlook for the global and Canadian economies and inflation in Canada.The two-day meeting is scheduled to begin Nov. 22.Dexter invited Prime Minister Stephen Harper, but he declined.
Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh makes a catch during fall practice Aug. 6 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Baugh has been suspended twice in his Buckeye career by coach Urban Meyer.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorOhio State redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has been suspended, coach Urban Meyer said Monday.Baugh, who has yet to appear in a game for OSU, was suspended two games for what Meyer called “stuff” during a Monday press conference.Baugh did not make the trip to Baltimore for OSU’s game against Navy Saturday and will not suit up for the Buckeyes’ game against Virginia Tech, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday.This marks the second time Baugh has been suspended by Meyer. He was arrested in July 2013 for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and displaying improper identification. He missed the 2013 season opener against Buffalo before eventually redshirting.Baugh was cited again in January for underage consumption, but participated in spring practice.
FLSmidth has been awarded its second coal handling order from NTPC this year. The contract from M/s. NTPC – Tamil Nadu Energy Co Ltd (a joint venture company between National Thermal Power Corp Ltd and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board) has a value of some $20.4 million and covers engineering, supply and installation of an external coal handling system at the Vallur Thermal power plant. The plant is located at Ennore, approximately 20 km from the city of Chennai in southern India. Major equipment included in the coal handling system is a 4.4 km long pipe conveyor with a capacity of 4,000 t/h – making it the world’s largest pipe conveyor, the company says. The coal handling system will convey coal from the adjoining port to the internal coal handling stockpile.This external coal handling package is part of an expansion of the 1,500 MW mega power project. In view of the Indian Government’s ‘Power for All’ policy, NTPC has formed joint ventures with state owned electricity boards to produce power to meet the local demand.The coal handling system is based on a well-proven system as FLSmidth has previously delivered the world’s longest pipe conveyor, which is 8.2 km long and operating in Peru as well as the highest capacity coal pipe conveyor with a capacity of 2,000 t/h, operating in Colombia.The pipe conveyor is a spillage free conveying system, installed with a dust control system at end transfer stations, ensuring an environmentally friendly material handling system.“This order for the world’s largest pipe conveyor will further qualify FLSmidth for future material handling projects and supply of long distance conveyors, especially for coal. The development of our material handling activities is supported by our various acquisitions, increasing our ability to serve as a single-source supplier to both the cement and minerals industries,” Group CEO Rasmussen comments.
Normet, the technology company offering continuous improvement to underground construction and mining processes, has agreed to acquire the assets of the MEYCO dry spraying business consisting of the models Piccola and GM from Atlas Copco. Normet also has the right to use the MEYCO brand name for models Piccola and GM for two years from the transfer date.The dry spraying business has been the foundation of MEYCO for over 50 years. Atlas Copco acquired the MEYCO Equipment business from BASF Construction Chemicals Europe AG in 2013.“This acquisition is a good strategic fit for Normet as it broadens the offering for our existing customers in mining and tunnelling,” said Tom Melbye President of Normet Group and Managing Director of Normet International. “It also complements our offering of new technologies in Construction Chemicals, especially with respect to the application of the Tamseal 800 waterproofing sprayable membrane.”The acquired business will form Normet’s MEYCO Dry Spraying product line which will be headed by Tom Kurth, former Managing Director of MEYCO Equipment and Business Development Manager in Atlas Copco MEYCO. The manufacturing of the dry spraying products will continue in Switzerland to maintain their high quality. Sales and service of MEYCO dry spraying products will be handled through long term established distributors as well enhanced through Normet’s own worldwide network. The distribution and logistics of spare parts will be managed through Normet’s Global Logistics Center in The Netherlands.
Mount Everest was just sitting around, growing extremely slowly, when it started to get a lot of press this week. First off, Microsoft released a mini-site, promoting Internet Explorer’s technology while discussing glacier loss in the area. In case it’s not marked on your calendar, it’s been exactly 60 years since Sir Edmund Hillary reached the summit, so MS is also celebrating that event with HD video and panoramas. If you are more action-oriented, then Red Bull has something completely different for you: the first ever BASE jump off of Everest. No matter what kind of person you are, one of these Mount Everest stories will appeal to you.Since you probably can’t wait any longer, here is that BASE jump…Yes, a human got somewhere near the top of Everest (it’s not clear how far up he was) and willingly jumped off, using a wingsuit and parachute to get to the ground safely. The daredevil didn’t drop the full 29,020 feet of course, this was just a casual glide that couldn’t have been more than a few thousand vertical feet.Not quite HTML5 but still cool.Microsoft’s “Rivers of Ice” micro-site was designed to raise awareness about two important things: the loss of the Earth’s glaciers and browser technology. The videos are wonderfully done and the embedded gigapixel panoramas are even better. Microsoft and Glacierworks.org did a bang up job on the site, using top-notch HTML5 technology to get their content across.To be fair, Glacierwork’s pushing of Internet Explorer is limited to a logo in the top right corner and a notice on the entry page if you happen to use a browser or OS that Microsoft considers to be sub-par. If you want the “full Everest experience” the site suggests you use a “modern browser” on a “desktop or laptop computer”. I did some testing with Chrome and Firefox on OS X and both work, but load the site in Chrome OS and you’ll be restricted to the opening video.Microsoft’s partner, GlacierWorks, is a non-profit organization that has tasked itself with demonstrating the change that has happened to the Himalayan glaciers over time. Their literate seems hesitant to assign any blame to climate change, man’s encroachment in the area, or any other force, they just want to “incite curiosity.”If you want to see some excellent HTML5 work as well as some incredible imagery, stop by explore.glacierworks.org. If you are happy with a video of a stuntman jumping off one of the world’s highest points (but not necessarily resulting in one of the world’s longest wingsuit dives), the video above will get the job done.
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Tardigrades are well-known as one of the hardiest creatures on earth. Also known as the water bear (or, more rarely, the moss piglet), tardigrades can take enormous amounts of radiation, survive in the vacuum of space and endure just about anything else we can throw at themThat’s bizarre because they don’t really… Need all of that. Evolution tends to only select for traits that a creature can use, because most advantages or adaptations take energy to grow and maintain. If it isn’t useful, it gets cut because it’s a waste. Since these cute little animals just sort of nibble on moss and algae, it’s a bit unusual for them to be tougher than the Hulk on a rough day.To better understand how tardigrades survive all these extreme environments, a group of researchers gathered DNA from two different species and compared. Previously, it seemed, that water bears were one of the few multicellular organisms to transfer genetic material horizontally. That’s a bit like trading eye color with just about anyone you meet. Instead of being bound by the genes you’re born with, you could actually change your DNA partway through life.This ability really only works with very simple organisms like bacteria. The more complex anything gets, the easier it is to muck up. It wouldn’t be a very good idea to randomly swap out genes in humans based on what we wanted. There’s no telling what kinds of systems or organs or traits it could spill over to, which could mean a very rough time for us.New findings, however, contradict this early assumption. These extremophiles have indeed swapped DNA with other basic organisms, but that’s been rather limited. Researchers found that less than 2% of their genes originated from bacteria, for example. But those that did were responsible for some of the creatures’ most important survival tactics.For example, water bears, as their name implies, live in water. Even those that wander about on land do so in a thin film of liquid to keep themselves hydrated. If conditions change, however, and it starts getting a bit too dry, they can form a rigid internal, cellular skeleton made out of specialized proteins. These molecules don’t evaporate like water, and they help the creature maintain its shape, putting it into a specialized type of hibernation until it can get to water again.The species studied also had two different methods for protecting themselves. One was able to prepare almost immediately, with very little forewarning. The other would die unless it had time to produce the special proteins.Studying these little animals is an important first step in understanding one of Earth’s most mysterious creatures. In an interview with Wired, one of the study’s authors, Mark Baxter, mentioned that we might one day be able to manufacture these special proteins ourselves so that we could preserve things like vaccines for far longer than we would otherwise be able to. This would, Baxter argues, dramatically increase our ability to get medical supplies that need to be refrigerated out to people in remote areas.It’s even conceivable (though many, many decades off) that we could eventually apply our understanding of water bear physiology to ourselves and dramatically increase our own lifespans. For now, though, more study is needed. But with genetic sequencing getting cheaper and more accessible all the time, it’s likely we’ll be getting a flurry of new insights into the complex inner world of these awesomely cute microbes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Napoli defender Raul Albiol praised Carlo Ancelotti’s squad rotation after earning a vital win against fellow top four contenders Lazio.Napoli were missing key players in Kalidou Koulibaly, Lorenzo Insigne, Allan and Marek Hamsik but still won 2-1.And Albiol who acknowledged a different approach from former boss Sarri credited Carletto’s tactical nous.“We knew it would be difficult with our first Serie A game after a long winter break, but we got the win,” Albiol told Football Italia.Ancelotti is fuming at the state of Napoli’s changing rooms George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Carlo Ancelotti is fuming about the clubs failure to complete renovations at the clubs home stadium including the changing rooms.Most managers complain about a…“It’s an important victory because since the start of the season, the Coach has put his faith in all the players and it showed tonight. Many who hadn’t played as much were still ready when called upon and that is crucial.”Napoli break further away from Inter in second place and await Juve’s result against bottom of the table Chievo on Monday.“We have to stay on our path, keep working and stay close to Juventus. We know they are on a remarkable march, but all we can do is win our games, wait and see.”
The facts:What are bikes-for-work schemes?Bikes-for-work schemes are tax-exempt arrangements that encourage employees to cycle to work to reduce environmental pollution and promote healthier lifestyles. The scheme enables employers to fund bikes and safety equipment, and loan these to employees.Where can employers find more information?Additional information can be found on the Cycle to Work Alliance’s website: www.cycletoworkalliance.org.uk.Who are the main providers?These include: Connected Benefits, Co-operative Flexible Benefits, Cycle Solutions, Cycle Surgery, Edenred, Evans Cycles, Grass Roots, Halfords, Hargroves Cycles, and P&MM Employee Benefits.Bikes-for-work schemes generate at least £72 million for the UK economy and employers through improved physical fitness and associated health benefits. According to the Impact of the cycle-to-work scheme: evidence report, published in June 2016, by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) on behalf of the Cycle to Work Alliance, bikes-for-work schemes generate around 9,200 new cyclists every year. The report also indicated that users of the scheme cycled an average of 18 more miles per week after taking up the benefit.A bikes-for-work scheme is a tax-efficient benefit, which is usually offered via a salary-sacrifice arrangement. It was introduced in the 1999 Finance Act to encourage employers to loan bicycles and cycling safety equipment to employees as a tax-exempt benefit to encourage more people to cycle to work. Through the scheme, employers buy cycling equipment from suppliers approved by their scheme administrator, and hire it to their employees. At the end of the loan period, the employer may choose to give the employee the option to purchase the equipment.The bicycles are lent to staff through a consumer credit agreement, and interest-free repayments to cover the costs are made over 12 or 18 months on a weekly or monthly basis. Employees can also opt to buy related safety equipment such as lights, reflective clothing, helmets and locks.The consumer credit agreement allows organisations to lease bikes and safety equipment up to the value of £1,000, including value-added tax (VAT).Under the scheme’s rules, at least half of the bike’s usage must be for an employee’s commute to work.The appeal of bikes-to-work schemes may, in part, lie in the potential national insurance (NI) and tax savings. Employees can decrease their tax and NI liabilities when purchasing a bicycle for their commute using a salary sacrifice arrangement, which typically offers standard-rate taxpayers savings of 32% and higher-rate taxpayers 42%. On average, employers can save 13.8% of the salary employees sacrifice owing to the consequent reduction in their NI contributions.Employers make initial investments into necessary equipment on the behalf of employees, and a sum is then deducted from employees’ gross pay.Bikes belong to the employer throughout the process. If the employee leaves their employment, the remaining amount is deducted from their net pay and the bike becomes liable for tax.At the end of the fixed lease period, the employer can give staff the option to buy their equipment through a transfer of ownership, which uses a fair market value payment set by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).Following changes implemented in 2012 employers can no longer pass VAT savings onto employees, and it must be accounted for on the monthly amounts paid by staff, because the scheme is regarded as supply of a service.The health and environmental benefits of bikes-for-work schemes were recognised by the government in the 2016 Autumn Statement. In November 2016, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that cuts in employee tax breaks through salary sacrifice would not include any changes to the bikes-for-work scheme.London Mayor Sadiq Khan also announced he would spend an annual £154 million on cycling in London over the next five years. In December 2016, Khan said that the cash injection into cycling is to help Londoners get about quickly without having to use a car, bringing both health benefits and continuing his policies for improving air quality. Now reaching a total of £770 million, the amount nearly doubles the £79 million per year spent over the last mayoral term, which places London roughly level with the Netherlands in terms of money spent on cycling.Statistics:Bikes-for-work schemes generate at least £72 million for the UK economy and employers through improved physical fitness and associated health benefits.Bikes-for-work schemes generate around 9,200 new cyclists every year.(Source: Institute for Employment Studies on behalf of the Cycle to Work Alliance, June 2016)
“Market intelligence merges the research team together with market experts and market strategists,” says Josh Heitsenrether, senior vice president of strategic services. “We’ve merged the two together to field larger studies of the database, larger studies of the market and combine all of that with ‘feet on the street’ kind of insights rolled into one package that serve longer term relationships that are independent of an advertising campaign with us.” The second piece is a wide grouping of marketing services. “We have the ability to offer content services and analysis and we have analysts who can offer lead modeling and scoring, and roadmaps for how to take leads down the sales path,” says Heitsenrether. Integrated programs offer direct execution services for clients. “As resources become more challenging on the customer side, we’ve been able to step up with planning and execution of very complicated integrated marketing campaigns,” says Heitsenrether.All three parts build off services that ZDE offered before (in some cases, even before its spin-off from Ziff Davis). “For some time before I got here, the enterprise was involved in variety of demand generation programs,” says Weitzner. “The outcome of that was you’re dealing more deeply with the client and they start asking for other things, which could range from people saying ‘my budget has been cut severely can you take over this function’ to becoming an actual marketing department for a client.” In once case, ZDE was engaged by a vendor to conduct a sales training and market analysis program which involved doing primary market research and then creating sales training materials, conducting the training and assessing the client’s sellers. “There was no public face to it, this was all done within the client,” says Heitsenrether.Pricing ranges greatly. Enhanced services around lead generation might mean simply a higher cost per lead, while virtual marketing might include a monthly retainer and specific fees on deliverables. “Our base of unbundled services is a relatively small part of total revenue but growing rapidly,“ says Heitsenrether.Building these services included hiring people with backgrounds outside of media. “We have to rethink the model right down to the two basic pillars of the publishing business: employees and content,” says Weitzner. “Although everyone has gotten past circulation as the model to audience development, you have to take another step to audience marketing. One of the basic ingredients in engaging the audience beyond simply looking at a Web site or reading an article in a magazine is a 360 degree view of how we touch these people. We need people who are experts not just in content or in a specific content domain but how the audience consumes content and what it requires to attract them and keep them there.”ALM Extends Research Arm Six years ago, ALM started its research business by taking stock of the content it had. “We realized there’s tremendous value in looking at year-over-year comparisons in the data but this was too much information for an article in print or online,” says Kevin Iredell, head of ALM’s Legal Business Solutions Division. “The decision was made that we’re sitting on all this data, let’s do something with it.”ALM began by simply putting the data in one place and making it searchable. Data today is available in two ways: by subscription (typically to law firm librarians) and by selling individual datapoints on a transactional basis. “This may include tech vendors selling to law firms—every couple years they will purchase the ALM 100 list to help set up sales territories,” says Iredell. More than 90 percent of the top 100 law firms are subscribers, while individual transactions number in the thousands each year, according to Iredell.Content AuditALM originally looked at all content the same way but recently split it between “business of law” and “substantive law” which includes cases, codes and treatises. While ALM initially just licensed the content to outside resources such as Lexis Nexis, it needed a better sense of what it had to start selling directly to clients. “The first step was having our licensing experts look at the content and decide what was valuable to individual users,” says Iredell. “We basically did a content audit. We didn’t have in-house expertise for the database portion and we worked with an outside firm to build the infrastructure around that.” Today there are two separate groups within ALM Legal Business Solutions—one that handles licensing while the other offers business intelligence, which could include fielding a compensation report of 15 different legal positions. “A lot of the requests we get are, ‘How does that compare over time?” says Iredell. “One of our content managers will build a compensation benchmarking tool that goes back five or 10 years.”The licensing group has about six staffers compared to about a dozen in the legal intelligence group. “We have content managers and database managers, a dedicated sales staff that sells it separate from the circulation department (who used to do it), and telemarketers sell the transactional business,” says Iredell. Three-Tiered PricingSubscriptions are offered at three levels: a base level providing access to all of the current year’s content for $5,000 per year for the first user, with additional users paying 10 percent of that. The premium subscription offers current content plus archives for $12,000 for the first user. ALM has also introduced Premium Plus, which includes Benchmarking information and additional surveys such as the Survey of Welfare Economics, and Law Department Metric Survey, at $15,000 for the first user. Transactional fees range from $199 up to $1,200. “We’re doing more custom surveys and we’re ramping up to answer more questions around custom research,” says Iredell. “There’s a lot of need for, ‘yeah, I get benchmarking data, what about MY firm.’ We don’t want to be consultants but we do want to be partners.”While Iredell wouldn’t share specific revenue figures, he said the Legal Business Solutions group was up slightly over 2008. “We sit astride the wall—part of what we do is edit, part of it is business-side,” says Iredell. “The challenge has been getting both the editors and the business side to trust in the process.” If “platform agnostic” was the dominant publishing catch phrase of the last five years, “business intelligence” could dominate the next few as publishers move beyond core publishing duties (such as generating content and selling advertising) to offer more agency-like services, including on-demand research, marketing services and market analysis.But simply throwing those responsibilities at existing staff could do more harm than good. “Where things can go sideways is if you just keeping adding more services and pricing it in with the products that they support,” says Ziff Davis Enterprise CEO Steve Weitzner. “That’s a pitfall for most publishers moving into this business.”Building Off Existing ServicesIn December, ZDE launched an enhanced bundle of audience engagement programs which are offered in three main pieces: market intelligence, integrated programs and marketing services.