Former England midfielder John Barnes has urged Chelsea star, Eden Hazard to remain at the club despite interest from Real Madrid.The Spanish giants were reportedly after his services all summer long but with Chelsea refusing to sell, the Belgium captain stayed put at Stamford Bridge.However, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2020 and his refusal to extend his contract at the club, the Blues might be hoping to cash in on the player should he decide to leave.But Barnes who played for Liverpool during his playing days believes Hazard might be stifled at other big clubs and wouldn’t have the same freedom he enjoys at Chelsea. Barnes told beIN Sports, according to InsideFutbol:“If you see the way Eden Hazard plays – he has 30 to 40 touches with the ball at times, he plays one-twos and he does what he wants.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If he goes to Real Madrid, he wouldn’t be able to do that.”“He goes to a club where he would have to fit into a system, as you see what happens with Belgium, which is why they have not gone on to maximise their potential.”“You may say he is possibly the best individual player, but Chelsea are the right club for him because I watched him score a hat-trick and at times you think he should play it simple, but he doesn’t and there are no repercussions on him because they accept that at Chelsea.”“At a Barcelona or Real Madrid, they wouldn’t accept that.”
Juventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado believes that there are still aspects of his own game that he must improveThe Colombia international started as a right wing-back for Juventus in Wednesday night’s Serie A game against Bologna.Goals from Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi inside the opening 16 minutes at Turin enabled Juventus to maintain their 100% winning start to the season after six games.“I am very happy with the team’s overall performance,” Cuadrado told the club website.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“When we play ball to feet, we’re effective and fun. I think we’ve made a great start to this season and we must keep up the good work.”But the 30-year-old, who gave Cristiano Ronaldo his no.7 jersey in the summer, feels there are aspects of his game that still need work.“As far as my own performance is concerned, I still have room for improvement and, when I attempt one-on-one moves, I must make the most of my characteristics, but I’m working every day to raise my game further.”Juventus will next face title rivals Napoli at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Saturday.
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben feels there are only “good or bad” things to being in his mid-thirties in professional footballThe 34 years old remains an integral member of the Bayern with three goals in 10 appearances this season.Therefore, Robben is refusing to read too much into his age and instead believes that both himself and fellow veteran winger Franck Ribery will remain imperative to Bayern.“Thirty-four is not too old, we have a personality and an opinion, there is not too old – there is only good or bad,” Robben told Kicker.The Dutchman also gave under-fire coach Niko Kovac his vote of confidence, despite Bayern’s recent struggles.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Bavarians have gone on a four-game winless run in all competitions, which has seen them slip from first to sixth place in the Bundesliga table.“He is ambitious and a winner, he is looking for ways to make us play better football again,” said Robben.“We do not have to change much.”Robben also gave his views on surprise German league leaders Borussia Dortmund’s title credentials.Bayern will travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga.
After the phenomenal success of Ranveer Singh starrer Simmba, the audience can’t help but desperately wait for Rohit Shetty’s next cop action – Sooryavanshi. Starring Akshay Kumar, the film is expected to have cameos by Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn.A number of A-list names were floating around as who would be cast in the film as the female lead opposite Akshay and the latest we hear is that Katrina Kaif has finally been zeroed in for the film. As per a report by Pinkvilla, Katrina Kaif has been brought on board on Akshay Kumar’s insistence, though Rohit Shetty was not totally in agreement with the whole idea. Yes, you read it right. Rohit Shetty wanted to cast some other actress for the part in the film but, Akshay Kumar, who has given a number of hit films with Katrina Kaif like Namastey London and Singh is King was adamant on Katrina being brought onboard.And, Rohit Shetty finally agreed. The report states that Rohit Shetty and Akshay Kumar even had a slight tussle over the matter but now all of that has been put aside to focus on the film.Prior to that, Katrina Kaif would be seen with Salman Khan in Bharat which also stars Jackie Shroff and Disha Patani. Earlier, Priyanka Chopra was supposed to play the part but owing to her sudden engagement and wedding, the diva had to back out of the project at the last minute.Reports of Salman Khan having paired up with Katrina Kaif for the third instalment of the ‘Tiger’ franchise was making news recently. On the other hand, Akshay Kumar’s Kesari has been raining moolahs at the box-office and has been declared a hit by critics and audience alike.
Jenifar J RusselfacebookAmong the top political leaders contesting from Karnataka’s Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency comes a common man to fight against the political tyranny and corruption.It might come as a surprise that Jenifar J Russel, a food delivery executive for Swiggy, is also contesting from the constituency as an independent candidate.The 38-year-old has done many odd jobs before marking his political debut against the top shot leaders in Bengaluru with his election symbol as a dish antenna.Hailing from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, Russel had quit his job in the corporate sector as a telecom engineer and took a different path and did odd jobs to understand the problems faced by the common people.According to reports, Russel took a break in his career and started doing low-profile jobs, including working as a traffic police warden in the Kerala Police for a few months in 2015 and also as a cab driver with Uber.”Since November, I have been working as a cab driver to travel across Bengaluru. I could understand the problems of the common man, like a driver. Earlier I used to make fun of Swacch Bharat and other such schemes. But then I realised how we need it so much. We require many more toilets and where we have toilets, we need to maintain them in a better way,” Russel told The News Minute.Russel wants to fight for the common people and destroy corruption that has affected the very veins of our system. He has not joined any political party nor has made an alliance.He said that he joined the food delivery app to reach out to the people and understand their problems, especially the youngsters. Russel started his election campaigning in November 2018 and as its first step, he started distributing pamphlets with a list of promises to every voter that he met on his journey including his Uber and Swiggy customers.But would this election favour Russel against the top shot candidates like Rizwan Arshad of Congress, actor-turned-politician Prakash Raj and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate PC Mohan? Guess we will have to wait and watch.
The inspector general of police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque said on Sunday there is no room for militant activities inside the Rohingya camps in disguise of relief.The police chief came up with remarks while addressing the briefing on law and order situation at the police headquarter with the chief of law enforcing agencies and the leaders of Puja and Ashura celebration committees, according to UNB.AKM Shahidul Hoque said “Our regular supervision and special monitoring is going on to check any militant activities inside the Rohinga camp. So it is not possible to conduct militancy activities.”He said “Police and their agents are kept alert to thwart any such attempt. No aid materials will be distributed without goes unchecked. The locals and Rohingyas are being made aware of it too for safety.””Some ill motivated efforts can be conducted to propagate militancy inside the helpless Rohinga. We will rule out all possibilities by our regular monitoring. We won’t allow Bangladesh’ soil to be used as a breeding ground for militants,” AKM Shahidul Hoque assured.IGP also said “Police have arrested over 200 Rohingya refugees from all across the country who will not be detained. Rather we will return them to their camps. We will conduct our drive everywhere to restrict their movement outside the camp for their better treatment.””If they spread in the country, they will become illegal immigrants. We will return them to their camp without arresting them on the humanitarian perspective. Registration will ensure their relief, accommodation, medicine and proper assistance,” he said.The country’s top policeman included that security measures will be enhanced to ensure a smooth and peaceful celebration of Durga Puja and Muharram as usual.
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Carnival Triumph will get a new name and look following dry dock Share Posted by Tags: Carnival Corporation, Carnival Cruise Line, Renovation Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — The Carnival Triumph is getting a US$200 million makeover that will include a brand new name and bow-to-stern updates.After undergoing a two-month-long refurbishment in Cadiz, Spain starting on March 1, 2019, the ship will rejoin Carnival’s Sunshine class as Carnival Sunrise, featuring updated staterooms, an expanded spa and additional food and beverage outlets.Fahrenheit 555 Steak HouseFollowing a renaming ceremony, the ship will then re-enter service with a series of five- to seven-day voyages from Norfolk, Virginia beginning April 29, 2019, a summer schedule of four- to 14-day departures from New York starting May 23, 2019, and then move to Fort Lauderdale in October.Here are some key highlights of the Carnival Sunrise’s enhancements:The redesign of two luxurious Captain’s Suites adjacent to the navigational bridge that includes floor-to-ceiling windows and extended balcony grand suitesAll staterooms will be updated to offer bright colours and pastels inspired by the line’s Caribbean itinerariesThe Chef’s Table will be a new multi-course dining experience hosted in a glass-enclosed venue in the forward dining roomCucina Del CapitanoCucina Del CapitanoThe new Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse will be an open-air casual eatery featuring BBQ favourites created by Food Network star Guy FieriPiano Bar 88 will be a new twist on Carnival’s popular piano bar concept featuring themed nights, new décor and sing-along funRed Frog PubThe new multi-purpose Liquid Lounge will boast an expansive theatre where guests can enjoy daytime and nighttime entertainmentSportSquare will include a ropes course, basketball court, jogging track, ping pong, foosball, pool tables and a nine-hole miniature golf courseRopes CourseWaterWorks will feature a 230-foot-long Aqua Tunnel slide and Carnival’s signature 212-foot-long Twister slide as well as a 75-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket and kiddie areaSerenity Adult Only Retreat will offer adult guests plush chaise lounges, whirlpools and oversized umbrellasCloud 9 Spa will be home to an elaborate thermal suite, private treatment rooms and the latest cardio and weight-training equipmentCloud 9 SpaKids and teens facilities will include the new Camp Ocean, a marine-inspired play area designed for guests ages 2-11, along with new spaces for Circle ‘C’ aimed at 12- to 14-year olds and Club O2 for those 15-17Expanded retail spaces in a mall-style shopping area will include the line’s own branded spaces like Hip Fish and The Carnival Store, in addition to retail outlets offering jewelry, watches and fragrancesMore news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“These new dining spaces and features complement many of Carnival’s signature food and beverage outlets that were added during previous renovations, including Guy’s Burger Joint developed in tandem with Guy Fieri,” said Gus Antorcha, Carnival’s chief operating officer, who has led the reimagination of Carnival Sunrise and many other ships in the fleet. “Carnival’s investments are part of an overall plan that is raising the bar on ship amenities and features, itineraries and offshore excursions that our guests are loving.”
05Feb Rep. Bizon, House lawmakers unveil 2015-16 Action Plan to focus on Michigan’s future State Rep. John Bizon took part in a Capitol news conference today to unveil key priorities for the upcoming legislative session that will foster job growth, prepare students for future job opportunities and strengthen Michigan’s economy.At the event, House Republican lawmakers outlined their top priorities for the 98th Legislature as the new session gets underway. Bizon said he is happy to see an emphasis on improving education and job-training opportunities for Michigan students.“In order for Michigan’s economy to continue to grow, we have to make sure our students are getting a world-class education providing, including greater access to vocational education to fill vacancies in the skilled trades,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “Our focus on filling these critical job openings while improving educational opportunities for all Michigan children will ensure a brighter future for generations to come.”The GOP’s Action Plan for the new legislative session can be viewed at gophouse.org/focusonmich/.### Categories: Bizon News
More than one million illegal set-top boxes that allow users to stream content illegally have been sold in the UK over the past two years, according to a new report from IP protection body FACT UK.The report, titled ‘Cracking Down on Digital Piracy’, gathers insights from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), FACT, City of London Police, Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), Police Scotland and Entura International, and claims that piracy is “putting the public at significant risk”.The report says that piracy exposes children to inappropriate content – such as ads for casinos and dating sites – as “the majority of criminals behind digital piracy make their money from advertising”.It also claims that Kodi box add-ons have no parental controls or security standards, and that, with most streaming now happening over social platforms like Twitter and Facebook, criminals can attract more viewers and “put more users at risk of malware or security issues”.“A quarter of Brits access digital material illegally, and often don’t realise the risks associated with that, for them and their families,” said FACT director general, Kieron Sharp.“Pirates are not Robin Hood characters; they are criminals who do it to make money through illicit means. As a result, the risks are high – inappropriate advertising that could be seen by young children, electrical safety associated with counterfeit parts, and financial cyber crime.”The report claims that anything from “tens of millions to hundreds of millions of pounds” are going to criminal groups each year as a result of piracy – through ad revenues, subscription fees and malware that can hijack users’ computers.With the rise of bitcoin, more gangs are also using the dark web to sell illicit information like the illegal software used to modify set-top boxes or customer data acquired through malware, according to the study.“While it may be tempting for people to think they are getting a bargain when streaming illegally, it’s important to remember that there are organised criminals behind it, often associated with other serious crimes,” said the head of the PIPCU, detective chief inspector Pete Ratcliffe.“Pirating content is not a petty crime; from release groups, to site operators to set-top box wholesalers and distributers, there is an international criminal business model.”To access the full report click here.
JAMES BROKENSHIREmartin mcguinnessMCGUINNESS RENEWS CALL FOR TONY TAYLOR TO BE RELEASEDSINN FEIN MLATHERESA VILLIERSTONY TAYLOR “I have raised this matter directly with Theresa Villiers and her successor James Brokenshire.“I will continue to do so because his arrest and imprisonment without recourse to due process is totally unacceptable.“He should either be released immediately or brought before a court and given due process,” added Mr McGuinness.MCGUINNESS RENEWS CALL FOR TONY TAYLOR TO BE RELEASED was last modified: August 1st, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Republican prisoner Tony Taylor incarcerated in Maghaberry prisonSINN Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA has reiterated his call for the immediate release of Derry republican Tony Taylor.He was returned to prison last year on the word of the then Secretary of State Theresa Villiers who claimed, without providing any evidence, that he had breached the terms of his early release licence.Speaking after meeting with Mr Taylor’s wife Lorraine, the Foyle MLA commented:“Tony Taylor was returned to prison on the word of previous British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers without any evidence being presented. ShareTweet
Entrepreneur Staff Enroll Now for $5 The staff of Entrepreneur.com share the articles we loved from other publications. Next Article –shares August 10, 2018 Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue 2 min read Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Net neutrality activists, not hackers, crashed the FCC’s comment systemRemember when Net Neutrality was a thing? Remember when a lot of people tried to save it last May, but then the FCC’s comment system crashed? At the time, the agency suggested it was a coordinated attack by hackers. Now, they’re saying it was system overload — largely caused by a Last Week Tonight segment by John Oliver. Who said TV is dying? — Hayden FieldBehind Hollywood’s A-List Bidding War for a McDonald’s Monopoly ArticleI was fascinated by the original article “McScam: How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions.” But, the backstory on how the article’s author and a partner deliberately “planted” the story as a way to get Hollywood to bid for the movie rights — which ultimately led to a payday as big as the McDonald’s Monopoly Game grand prize — is just as captivating. It just goes to show the power of the press in promoting your business venture, and how sometimes it pays to reach potential investors in unconventional ways. — Liz WebberInside The World Of NYC ‘Canners’ Who Survive By Collecting Recyclable Cans & BottlesIt’s stories like these that are both wholly inspiring and downright depressing. Some of the individuals spotlighted by author Francesca Berardi work up to 10 hours, constantly on the move. Members of this profession — finding bottles and cans to earn up to five cents each — include a range of people from struggling addicts to parents. It’s a slice of New York City life that most of us are witness to, but never think about. — Stephen J. Bronner The Story of ‘McScam’ and Professional Canners: Stories That Fascinated Us This Week Fascinating Stories Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand
Food Businesses September 12, 2018 Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Russian Domino’s Ends Promotion That Gave Away Pizza to People Who Got Domino’s Tattoos Because It Was Too Popular Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares There is brand loyalty, and then there’s brand loyalty.A Domino’s franchisee in Russia decided to award 100 free pizzas each year for 100 years to customers that got tattoos of the restaurant chain’s logo. The only stipulation was that tattoos had to be visible.The campaign was originally intended to run from Aug. 31 to Oct. 31, but the lure of free pizza in perpetuity proved to be a strong motivator for people to get some red and blue ink, so much so that contest had to be, very quickly, capped.Related: Did Your Customers Get Tattoos of Your Logo? These Did.”Friends, we already have 350 participants!” the Domino’s location posted on Facebook on Sept. 10. “We are not receiving any new tattoos! If you are at a tattoo artist’s and getting tattoos, we will include you in the list of participants. But we are waiting for pictures before 12:00 today.”Customers got pretty creative with their tattoo designs. Many included the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, those crime-fighting, pizza-loving reptiles.This isn’t the first time that a brand has inspired this kind of, permanent, likely somewhat painful love. Anytime Fitness, the global gym franchise, has seen many of its customers get a tattoo of their logo to show their passion for the company.Is there a brand that you would get a tattoo of? Let us know in the comments. Image credit: NurPhoto | Getty Images Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. 2 min read Entrepreneur Staff A Russian Domino’s franchisee’s promise of free pizza in exchange for a visible logo tattoo quickly got out of hand.
Legal Marijuana Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. May 14, 2019 –shares By Amy Adamczyk, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, City University of New York; Christopher Thomas, Ph.D Candidate in Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Jacob Felson, Associate Professor of Sociology, William Paterson UniversityAmerican views on marijuana have shifted incredibly rapidly. Thirty years ago, cannabis legalization seemed like a lost cause. In 1988, only 24 percent of Americans supported legalization.But steadily, the nation began to liberalize. By 2018, 66 percent of U.S. residents offered their approval, transforming marijuana legalization from a libertarian fantasy into a mainstream cause. Many state laws have changed as well. Over the last quarter-century, 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana, while 22 states have legalized medical marijuana.So why has public opinion changed dramatically in favor of legalization? In a study published this February, we examined a range of possible reasons, finding that the media likely had the greatest influence.It’s Not About Use, Geography, or DemographicsOur study ruled out a few obvious possibilities.For one, it’s not about marijuana use. Yes, cannabis use has increased. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that, in 2002, about 10 percent of adults reported using cannabis the previous year. By 2015, 13.5 percent reported using. But that increase is too small to have had much of an impact on attitudes.And it’s not about older, more conservative Americans being replaced by younger generations who are more familiar with marijuana. Both younger and older people developed more liberal views about the legalization of marijuana at a similar pace over the last 30 years. In this way, changes in attitudes about marijuana legalization mirror recent increases in support for LGBTQ individuals.We looked to see if people who lived in states where it was illegal, but resided next to ones where it became legal, were more likely to have changed their views. But the rate of change has been no different in states that legalized marijuana than in others.Likewise, the pace of change has been similar across political parties, religions, educational levels, racial and ethnic groups and gender. As politically polarized as the country may seem, when it comes to marijuana, Americans have been changing their attitudes together, as a nation.We did find that a small part of the increase in support was related to more people disaffiliating with religion. The proportion of people who do not identify with a religion has increased some, by about 7 percent between 2007 and 2014. People who do not have a religion tend to be more liberal than others. However, this factor accounts for only a small proportion of the change.Media Medical FramingSo what’s going on? What has likely made the biggest difference is how the media has portrayed marijuana. Support for legalization began to increase shortly after the news media began to frame cannabis as a medical issue.We took The New York Times as a case study, looking at the number of published articles from 1983 to 2015 about marijuana. Just before the number of Americans supporting legalization began to increase, we found a sharp increase in the proportion of articles about marijuana that discussed its medical uses.In the 1980s, the vast majority of New York Times stories about marijuana were about drug trafficking and abuse or other Schedule I drugs. At that time, The New York Times was more likely to lump marijuana together in a kind of unholy trinity with cocaine and heroin in discussions about drug smuggling, drug dealers and the like.During the 1990s, stories discussing marijuana in criminal terms became less prevalent. Meanwhile, the number of articles discussing the medical uses of marijuana slowly increased. By the late 1990s, marijuana was rarely discussed in the context of drug trafficking and drug abuse. And marijuana had lost its association with other Schedule I drugs like cocaine and heroin in the New York Times. Gradually, the stereotypical persona of the marijuana user shifted from the stoned slacker wanting to get high to the aging boomer seeking pain relief.Of course, many Americans do not read The New York Times. But analysis of newspapers of record, like this one, provide insight into how the news media has changed its framing of marijuana, especially during an era when newspapers were still a primary news source.Harsh Criminal Justice SystemAs Americans became more supportive of marijuana legalization, they also increasingly told survey researchers that the criminal justice system was too harsh.In the late 1980s, the “war on drugs” and sentencing reform laws put a large number of young men, often black and Latino, behind bars for lengthy periods of time. As Americans started to feel the full social and economic effects of tough-on-crime initiatives, they reconsidered the problems with criminalizing marijuana.Because support for the legalization of marijuana and concerns about the harshness of the criminal justice system changed at about the same time, it’s difficult to know what came first. Did concern about the harshness of the criminal justice system affect support for legalization – or vice versa?By contrast, the cause and effect is clearer with respect to the media framing of marijuana. The news media’s portrayal of marijuana began to change shortly before the public did, suggesting that the media influenced support for the legalization of marijuana.Once attitudes begin to change, it is difficult to know what keeps the momentum moving. Whatever the initial impetus, attitudes today are drastically more supportive, and legalization is increasing fast.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Why Do So Many Americans Now Support Legalizing Marijuana? Download Our iOS App Image credit: Pacific Press | Getty Images 5 min read Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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Brought to you by PCWorld Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Can’t get your PC to boot? Or just sent your boss a really embarrassing e-mail? Here’s how to recover from these and ten other potential catastrophes. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business May 24, 2007 –shares Next Article 11 min read Readers’ Tales of PC DisastersTo read more users’ PC horror stories or add yours, go to our forum discussion on PC disasters. Also see both our slide show on using HijackThis and a video on salvaging wet gear.’Resuscitating a Dead Hard Drive’ by PC World.com reader Nathan WiestI once had a very perplexing case when I was still in school for my Microcomputer Technology degree. A lady at work had come to me saying that her hard drive would not work at all. Not unusual, since hard drives go bad, and many a hard drive won’t boot because of a virus or some kind of spyware. She was worried because it had a lot of family photos and documents on it, and I didn’t mind the thought of being a hero and saving her drive!As I had suspected, the drive had crashed. There was no booting into Windows, and it made a weird noise. After messing around with it for a couple of hours and doing some research, I was about to say sorry, can’t fix it, but then I stumbled on something: Freezing your hard drive. I had heard of it once before but never actually heard of anyone successfully freezing their hard drive and then retrieving some data. I thought, what the heck, this could be worth it to try, especially since the drive was already gone.We tried it all right. We stuck the thing in a freezer for about 18 hours. It was wrapped in a paper towel and placed inside a plastic baggy, so no condensation would accumulate on any circuits or connectors. When I plugged the thing in to our test computer, I was shocked…it booted up fine and I was able to pull off most of the data she could remember having lost. It didn’t completely make sense to me until afterwards, and most people won’t believe me when I tell them this story, but the metal shrinks when it gets cold, duh! So if the head is touching the platter, then you freeze it, the head may pull away from the platter just enough for you to read the data again. Of course, it only works for about 20 minutes until the drive heats back up, but wow, it was a great way to be a hero!I have used this technique a few times since, not all of the times successful, nor as important, but this is still a very worthwhile procedure. This is just one cool, bizarre, and useful way to reverse a relatively common computer disaster.’Diagnosing a Bad BIOS’ by PC World.com reader Shane MitchellI had no problems with the computer when I went to bed that Sunday night, and it was not used until I came back from classes Monday. I sat down to do my homework with trusty iTunes providing my study tunes for only a few minutes before my sound began to crackle and do its best to act as though it was a radio being jammed before ceasing to work completely. Oftentimes the miracle cure is a quick reboot, so that was my first reaction. But my rocking studyfest was ruined by interference yet again.I decided it was time to upgrade drivers. I had no trouble finding the drivers, but little did I know that finding the drivers would be the last good thing to happen for a while… My first boot back in after the new drivers went well for about 2 seconds after logging in before my computer froze. But then it unfroze. But then it froze again. And……so it…… repeated…..For every two seconds of use I was forced to endure a complete freeze for another two seconds. I managed to pull up Task Manager and see that my processor usage was jumping between 100% and around 0. Now while I am aware that this is a telltale sign of spyware and malware using your processor to perform their nasty deeds, I was reasonably confident in my antivirus and antiadware protection system. But it was growing late, so I powered my computer off for the night.Somehow the problem grew worse overnight. When I next tried to start up my computer, I got as far as the Windows Loading Flag before the computer froze. Hoping for a fluke, I hit the reset button only to have my computer reboot and not even detect that the hard drive with Windows on it existed! A part of me wondered whether I had discovered an incredible new exploit where one could somehow infect the sound card of a computer and have the infection progress to knocking out a hard drive.Not wanting to give up, I powered off the machine again and was luckily able to get the machine to detect the hard drive again and boot into Windows using Safe mode. So I set to work on troubleshooting the hard drive with system restore, deactivating all startup processes and programs save for the Windows necessities as well as using chkdsk and fixmbr from the Windows Recovery Console. Unfortunately, none of this made a difference. Finally, I tried a repair installation, but it could not complete without freezing either.Fortunately, I run a computer with 3 hard drives and enough space to transfer all the music and files I wanted to save from the main hard drive with Windows to a backup drive, so I decided a format was in order. The format went off without a hitch and I managed to get through most of the 70-something updates for Windows for a new installation before I had to do my first reboot. Sure enough, it froze on the loading screen!At this point I decided to replace the SATA cable for the hard drive with a new one, and I even changed the SATA slot the hard drive was on. It booted once with no problems before the loading freeze occured again after the next set of updates. I was still convinced the problem was in the hard drive despite the unusual problems with the sounds and the processor that had happened earlier. However, with the next reboot I lost even my Safe Boot option when my boot halted on the error ‘DISK BOOT FAILURE: INSERT SYSTEM DISC AND PRESS ENTER’.I found out I could bypass this error simply by having my XP CD in the drive and having the system ask me if I wanted to boot from it and just wait for that message to time out before booting to my choice of a frozen loading screen or Safe Mode. At this point I was ready to abandon my SATA drive and install windows on one of my other drives.So I completed my second installation of XP in as many days and got through the updates and a few good boots before THAT hard drive began to have problems! I got the boot hanging error ‘ntldr.sys not found’. It was as though my computer were asking “Do you think I could survive a toss out that second-story window next to you?” I was nearly ready to oblige my computer with an answer to that query when I had a sudden flash of random insight. Could the problem be my BIOS?I decided to try a repair install of the ntldr-crippled hard drive to see if I could get into Windows and attempt to update the BIOS. I suceeded in getting back into Windows and found the nifty Windows Based BIOS Flashing utility that ASUS has on its Web site. The BIOS updated successfully, and the ntldr error was banished back to the void from which such problems originate. I soon found myself back in Windows, and there was much rejoicing!I’ve been using that drive ever since (3 months), and though I never found out what caused these problems, the SATA drive is behaving just fine as data storage with no operating system. I managed to solve the problem without destroying my computer, losing my sanity, or spending a dollar on a replacement part! And now that I’ve monopolized most of the space on this forum page (sorry) I shall end this essay…’Vanished Data–Found’ by PC World.com reader Bob DrakeBack in the days of DOS, I was always rather confident about the security of my hard drive data. I had not one, nor even just two, but three hard drives installed on my machine! One I used for files, the second stored my programs, and the third I used for backing up data. I was religious about it. Several times a day I’d enter a few simple commands and back up everything–programs and data alike–on the third, very large (by standards of the day) hard drive.When Win95 was introduced, I refused to install it for a year. It was important to be certain that the bugs were fixed, and that my system would be safe. After the reports began to settle down and it seemed secure, I decided to make the move.Immediately after installing the OS, my computer began running in “spurts.” It would start, then stop. Start, then stop. Start then… nada. Nothing. Zilch. Irritated, I decided to boot from a DOS disk, reformat the C: drive, and return to DOS. I rebooted, only to discover that there were no remnants of data on the C: drive! “How annoying,” I thought. Still, I wasn’t too concerned since I had backed up all the data prior to loading Win95. With complete confidence, I formatted C:, then went to my D: drive. Nothing.A slight tingle ran down my spine, and it wasn’t from the power source. I checked the E: drive. Nothing. Nothing! How could that be?! I had 15 years worth of work, dating back to the days of CPM, that were stored on that drive. Where did it go?! In a panic, I phoned Microsoft Tech Support. The phone calls continued daily for over two weeks, always with the same result. “We’ve never heard of this happening before. Sorry. There’s nothing I can suggest.”Long distance call after long distance call (none of them toll free, and all during prime rate periods) yielded the same result. Finally, one sympathetic soul gave me the name and number of a fellow who worked for Microsoft in Texas. With only the slimmest of hopes, I dialed his number. We chatted for almost 45 minutes while I explained the situation and answered his questions.”I bet I know what’s happened,” he said in an all-too-casual way.”Is that good?” I asked. “Can we recover anything?”Without replying directly, he instructed me to format a floppy (I was still able to work from the A: drive), and then told me to create a small .bat file, the contents of which he dictated. I did. I looked at C:, but nothing was there. I checked D:, and had the same result. Feeling completely defeated, I looked at E: I looked at E: again. I looked at E:, and screamed with joy into the telephone–it’s there!!Without realizing it, I had “compressed” the other two drives. It was a common technique for getting as much space as possible from a hard disk back in those days (when a 40-megabyte hard drive seemed limitless). What he correctly guessed was that when formatting C:, I had unknowingly deleted the file instructing the system how to read those drives as compressed when I reformatted my C: drive! By recreating the file, I was able to read the info from E:. Why it didn’t work on the other two drives, I still don’t know. The important thing was, I had all those irreplaceable files that I thought I’d never see again!I took his name, address, and his supervisor’s information to write a glowing, heartfelt thank-you note, praising his work. If he didn’t receiving a whopping salary bonus as a result, it’s not because he didn’t deserve it!Share your own PC horror story, and read more from other users, at our forum.Christopher Null is a veteran journalist who covers technology topics daily through his blog at Christopher Null, The Working Guy. Register Now » How to Survive the Worst PC Disasters Add to Queue Technology
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals U.S. Nutrition Labels Get a Makeover, But New Version Won’t Be Seen for Years Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. FDA Reporter February 27, 2014 –shares Next Article The Obama administration released its proposed revamp of nutrition labeling on food – the biggest change that the ubiquitous packaging has received in more than 20 years.The biggest adjustments intended for guide shoppers toward healthier eating habits includes changes such as more prominent calorie counts and larger serving sizes that reflect what people really eat. Added sugars would also be listed for the first time.“Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in a statement. Related: Chipotle’s New Series Feels Like House of Cards, But Without the Good PartsThe labeling revamp has been in the works for 10 years, with the first lady acting as a key player in getting the proposal out of the FDA. But consumers will have to wait several more years until the labels actually go into use, as the FDA must go through a review process prior to implementing new packaging.The administration estimates the relabeling could cost the industry $2 billion to implement, but will result in $20 billion to $30 billion in health-care savings and other benefits over 20 years.More extreme changes, such as front-of-the-package labeling and color coded emphasis on added sugars or saturated fat, didn’t make it into the FDA proposal. However, some changes will remain controversial, such as reporting added sugar, with industry groups arguing that natural sugar and added sugar are chemically identical. Related: How This Food Blogger Convinced Chick-fil-A to Go Antibiotics Free 2 min read Kate Taylor Add to Queue
In state health insurance marketplace news, Aetna won’t sell its plans on Maryland’s version of the exchange over concerns premiums wouldn’t cover costs. Officials in Colorado, Missouri, California and Oregon also face decisions about their marketplaces and the challenges to enrolling their residents in them.Baltimore Sun: Aetna Pulls Health Plans From State Insurance ExchangeAetna Inc. said Friday it canceled plans to sell insurance on Maryland’s new health insurance exchange, set to open Oct. 1 as part of the federal health care reform law, after regulators cut the rates it could charge consumers for its plans. Aetna was one of several carriers poised to sell on the state’s exchange, along with Coventry Health Care, which Aetna acquired this spring. But Aetna told Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith in a letter this week that cuts regulators made to the rates the companies had proposed “would not allow us to collect enough premiums to cover the cost of the plans.” (Dance, 8/2).The New York Times: Colorado Presses For Uninsured To Enroll Television commercials have already run suggesting that buying health coverage through the state’s new insurance market, Connect for Health Colorado, will feel like winning the World Series. … This is Colorado, five months before the central provisions of President Obama’s health care law take effect: a hive of preparation, with a homegrown insurance market working closely with state agencies and lawmakers to help ensure the law’s success (Goodnough, 8/2).The New York Times: Missouri Citizens Face Obstacles To Coverage Looking for the new health insurance marketplace, set to open in this state in two months, is like searching for a unicorn. The marketplace, or exchange, being established by the federal government under President Obama’s health care law has no visible presence here, no local office, no official voice in the state and no board of local advisers. … While states like Colorado, Connecticut and California race to offer subsidized insurance to their citizens, Missouri stands out among the states that have put up significant obstacles (Pear, 8/2).Los Angeles Times: California’s Latinos Critical For Success Of ObamacareCalifornia has launched a major campaign to educate Latinos about Obamacare before enrollment begins Oct. 1. More than half of Latinos have little or no understanding of the Affordable Care Act, according to a recent survey by Latino Decisions, an opinion polling organization. The percentage is higher among those who speak mostly Spanish, the survey found (Gorman, 8/1).The Oregonian: Oregon Officials Brace For Scammers Over Health Enrollment PushTwo days after filling out a state form to apply for health coverage, the Oregon woman received a call with good news: She’d been approved. The caller just needed her bank account information to cover the sign-up fee. The only problem? There was no sign-up fee, and the caller was a fake (Budnick, 8/3).A study says if all states expanded Medicaid under the health law, 85 percent of residents would have some form of health coverage –Stateline: Measuring The Effect Of Medicaid ExpansionIf every state expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, at least 85 percent of the residents in each one would have some form of health insurance, according to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute. Current health coverage rates vary from more than 90 percent in Massachusetts, Hawaii and the District of Columbia, to less than 75 percent in Texas and Nevada (Ollove, 8/2). Aetna Pulls Insurance Plans From Md.’s Health Law Exchange This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 25 2019Increasing evidence supports an association between tobacco use and psychotic experiences, such as paranoia and hallucinations, due in part to shared genetic influencesParanoia is associated with regular tobacco smoking in adolescents after accounting for other factors like cannabis use, sleep disturbances and stressful life events, reports a study recently published to the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). The study also provides novel insights about the underlying causes of the association.The authors found that the co-occurrence of paranoia with tobacco use was largely explained by genetic influences. Similar results for other types of psychotic experiences were also reported, including having hallucinations and disorganized thinking, which were also associated with tobacco use in teenagers.”While the links between drugs such as cannabis, paranoia and hallucinations have been reported before, much less is known about the relationship between tobacco use and mental health problems,” said senior author Angelica Ronald, Professor of Psychology and Genetics at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. “In particular, we do not really know why tobacco use and mental health problems often co-occur.”In these new findings from our lab, we show that using tobacco is to some degree heritable and that some of the same genetic influences on using tobacco also play a role in experiences such as feeling paranoid. It will be exciting to pursue this finding further to unpack the mechanisms that lead to this association.”The findings are based on the Twins Early Development Study, a large sample of twins born in England and Wales between 1994- 1996.More than 3,700 adolescents twin pairs took part in this study when they were aged 16. Of these, 31.4 percent reported smoking cigarettes within the past year, with 12.1 percent of the sample identifying as occasional smokers and 5.2 percent as regular smokers.Related StoriesGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”Living a healthy lifestyle may help offset genetic risk of dementiaMolecular switches may control lifespan and healthspan separately, genetic discovery suggestsAdolescents reported on their paranoia and other experiences such as having hallucinations and disorganized thinking, while their parents reported on issues such as a lack of motivation, social withdrawal, and their teenager seeming emotionally flat. These types of psychotic experiences and behaviors are common in adolescence and there is significant variability in how severe they are across individuals.The researchers found that the frequency of adolescent cigarette smoking was associated with having experiences such as paranoia, with regular smokers having more psychotic symptoms and experiences than non-smokers and occasional smokers. The associations remained even after accounting for several other possible factors such as gender, socio-economic status, cannabis use, prenatal maternal smoking, sleep disturbances and stressful life events.Environmental influences accounted for about two thirds of the differences in adolescent smoking behavior, and a third of the differences were due to genetic influences.The authors urge caution in interpreting the findings. They note that the reported association between tobacco use and psychotic experiences was modest and that their study does not show whether tobacco use causes or worsens psychotic symptoms and experiences, only that they are associated with one another. Nevertheless, the findings could be important because, if confirmed, tobacco use could be a modifiable risk factor for psychosis. Adolescence is an important stage of life when the brain is still developing and individuals can be vulnerable to mental health problems including psychosis. As such, understanding factors related to tobacco use is important and can contribute to changes in public policy.Source: https://www.elsevier.com/
Source:https://www.ucr.edu/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 12 2019A team of psychologists has found strong associations between working memory — a fundamental building block of a functioning mind — and three health-related factors: sleep, age, and depressed mood. The team also reports that each of these factors is associated with different aspects of working memory.Working memory is the part of short-term memory that temporarily stores and manages information required for cognitive tasks such as learning, reasoning, and comprehension. Working memory is critically involved in many higher cognitive functions, including intelligence, creative problem-solving, language, and action-planning. It plays a major role in how we process, use, and remember information.The researchers, led by Weiwei Zhang, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, found that age is negatively related to the “qualitative” aspect of working memory–that is, how strong or how accurate the memory is. In other words, the older the person, the weaker and less precise the person’s memory. In contrast, poor sleep quality and depressed mood are linked to a reduced likelihood of remembering a previously experienced event — the “quantitative” aspect of working memory.”Other researchers have already linked each of these factors separately to overall working memory function, but our work looked at how these factors are associated with memory quality and quantity – the first time this has been done,” Zhang said. “All three factors are interrelated. For example, seniors are more likely to experience negative mood than younger adults. Poor sleep quality is also often associated with depressed mood. The piecemeal approach used in previous investigations on these relationships — examining the relationship between one of these health-related factors and working memory — could open up the possibility that an observed effect may be influenced by other factors.”Related StoriesNovel bed system with VR brainwave-control for sleep blissUnpleasant experiences could be countered with a good night’s REM sleepI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentThe researchers are the first to statistically isolate the effects of the three factors on working memory quantity and quality. Although all three factors contribute to a common complaint about foggy memory, they seem to behave in different ways and may result from potentially independent mechanisms in the brain. These findings could lead to future interventions and treatments to counteract the negative impacts of these factors on working memory.Research results appear in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.The researchers performed two studies. In the first study, they sampled 110 college students for self-reported measures of sleep quality and depressed mood and their independent relationship to experimental measures of working memory. In the second study, the researchers sampled 31 members of a community ranging in age from 21 to 77 years. In this study, the researchers investigated age and its relationship to working memory.”We are more confident now about how each one of these factors impacts working memory,” Zhang said. “This could give us a better understanding of the underlying mechanism in age-related dementia. For the mind to work at its best, it is important that senior citizens ensure they have good sleep quality and be in a good mood.”Zhang was joined in the research by Weizhen Xie of UCR; Anne Berry of UC Berkeley; and Cindy Lustig and Patricia Deldin of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.Next, the team plans to work on potential interventions for memory decline with age.