Juventus new boy Matthijs de Ligt has laughed off claims that he chose to move to Turin for the money.It had been claimed in some quarters that the defender, who moved to the Serie A champions from Ajax in a €75 million (£67m/$84m) deal this week, turned down a switch to Paris Saint-Germain because he wanted to earn more than Kylian Mbappe. The 19-year-old dismissed those rumours as ‘insane’.The former Ajax stopper said he relied on controversial super-agent Mino Raiola to handle the business side of the game, while he made his decisions purely for footballing reasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I tried to shut myself off [from speculation] as much as possible,” De Ligt told AD , “but you always get something with it.“The most insane message I read was that I wouldn’t go to PSG because I wanted to earn more money than Mbappe. What nonsense.“[Money] played no role for me. Everyone who knows me knows that too.“Mino is my agent, he deals with the business side of things, but that came only after my my sporting choice was made. Money has never been leading.”The Netherlands international had previously denied that Cristiano Ronaldo was an influence on his decision to move to Italy , instead saying that the Italian defensive tradition swayed him to choose Juve, amid interest from Barcelona and Manchester United as well as PSG.He said that any pressure from his move to the Bianconeri would come from the club’s status and not from his fee, the third-highest ever paid for a teenager.He said his experience at Ajax, the club he skippered to the Champions League semi-finals, eliminating Juventus along the way, would stand him in good stead for the challenges that await.“Don’t worry, [pressure is] always there at clubs like this,” he continued.“And a transfer fee is just a given. At such large clubs as Juventus those price tags do not play a role.“Of course, it is nice to come in after the season with Ajax, including the match here in Turin.“But that is in the past and will no longer count when I stand here on the field. Juventus has many good defenders, we will all have to work.”
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The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy Dive down the rabbit hole that is #NoShaveNovember and you will be rewarded with a truly candid look at humans doing something good — or should we say not doing something — to help their fellow earthlings in the ongoing battle against cancer. You’ll see prize-worthy beards that would turn Spanish moss green with envy. You’ll see gentlemen who can’t grow a beard worth a damn doing their damndest, retired military officers who couldn’t grow facial hair due to regs, regulating their first growth.No Shave November, an annual event akin to Movember, asks good-willed participants to skip shaving for the month, keeping those otherwise ill-fated hairs intact in order to raise awareness about cancer, especially since so many cancer patients end up losing their hair due to chemotherapy. Participants are then encouraged to donate the money they’d normally spend on hair care in a month to organizations that educate about and fund cancer research and treatment. This year the movement specifically aids the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. If you are trying this out for the first time, your beard and skin may require a little help to get over the first few days and weeks of hirsuteness. (Full disclosure: this writer started growing on November 1st, and made it to November 10 before a stiff beard and sensitive skin drove me to the razor…looks like I should have waited a few days and taken my own advice.) You may also find that to keep your job or maintain peace at the family table during the holiday season, a little upkeep is required.Here are some sage pieces of advice and a few product suggestions to take you from clean-cut to boldly bushy. Rule No. 1: Don’t Over Cleanse If possible avoid washing your beard every day. Use a natural soap if you feel like you have to wash, which will at least be less harsh on your skin, and always follow up with a conditioner. To get an idea of what to look for in a product, check out The Manual’s guide to winter grooming, and don’t forget to read up on beard balms. (We know, we know — the idea was to donate money to charity,so add the cost of your supplementary product to your donation or fund-raising goal, if that makes you feel more benevolent.) Maapilim Beard Wash – $27Consider this beard wash, crafted with natural materials from the Mediterranean Sea. Key ingredients include argan, cedarwood, and mandarin orange oils to moisturize hair and skin, as well as reduce dryness and itching. Pair it with the brand’s Beard Softener for a luxuriantly soft beard. Shop NowRule No. 2: Use Lube…on your beard, that is. Depending on where you live, as the weather gets colder and drier, beard oil becomes a necessity. Apply it daily to a damp beard after your shower, while the skin is still relaxed from the warm water. You can explore our picks for best beard oils, but we also like this offering: Fresh Heritage Classic Beard Oil – $25Lots of guys swear by using coconut oil to condition their beards. We like this mix, where Fresh Heritage adds argan, jojoba, and olive oils, to make thin and patchy spots fuller, coarse hair soft and manageable while rendering your beard irresistible to touch. Shop NowRule No. 3: Keep It NeatTrim split ends. We recommend using scissors to prevent dramatic trimming accidents. It may take a little longer, but allows for more precision than an electric trimmer. 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Find our recommended waxes, or try:Fisticuffs Lavender Scent Mustache Wax – $9This handy tin allows simple, one-hand operation, and makes it easy to warm up the lightly scented wax before use. Reviewers recommend it for light styling rather than full bristle dramatics. Beeswax, tea tree, jojoba, coconut oil, and petroleum jelly are all combined for a conditioning hold. The half-ounce tin means you can easily tuck it into a pocket or bag for quick touch-ups on the go. Shop NowRule #5: Make It SFWIf you need to keep a more “corporate” beard so you can keep that more corporate job, keep the length spare and be sure to trim along the neck and cheek line. A good rule of thumb is to make sure neck hair is cleanly shaved from the Adam’s apple to your shirt collar, and from the cheek line up, not going any higher than the bottom of the nose — keep sideburn width at a good proportion too. Check out this guide to how to shape a beard for what it takes to get your preferred look.Remington Virtually Indestructible Haircut & Beard Trimmer – $23This 15-piece kit satisfies all your styling needs, including a beard brush and styling comb, as well as length-adjusting combs for the Powercut blade system. Shop NowFor more information on Movember, the mustache-focused benefit this month, check out our explanation here. 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About
The Government has established a shelter for the care and protection of victims of human trafficking, as part of initiatives to address issues relating to the crime in Jamaica.The shelter, which has been operational since March 2013, can hold up to 10 persons and has been refurbished and furnished at a cost of approximately $3.2 million. The National Task Force Against Trafficking In Persons (NATFATIP) is also seeking to identify other emergency locations in the event of cases involving large number of persons.Addressing a press conference on the Jamaica Trafficking in Persons Report 2012-2013 today (June 20), Chairman ofthe National Task Force Against Trafficking In Personsand Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, noted that the shelter was another critical evaluation point for the government.Mrs. Palmer also informed that there are victims who are currently using the shelter.The Permanent Secretary pointed out that a significant amount of work has been done over the past year to address human trafficking.“We are fully energized to take on this crime frontally and we are aiming for everyone on our shores, be you Jamaican or whatever nationality, to be secure from this crime, because all perpetrators of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) must know that we are coming after you,” she said.Between April 2012 and March 2013, the police conducted some 213 raids in establishments across the island and 23 human trafficking victims were rescued. There have been seven TIP investigations launched and four arrests made up to March 2013.Mrs. Palmer highlighted a number of cases where persons have been arrested for child trafficking and trafficking in persons, which are now before the courts. In one case of child trafficking, the preliminary hearing for the matter was held on April 11, 2013.She also related a case where a group of 21 male children were rescued from a Honduran fishing vessel intercepted in Jamaican coastal waters by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). It was discovered that the children were at risk as they had no identification papers. Through the efforts of OCID and the DPP’s office, the investigations proved there was human trafficking taking place in at least four of the children who were able to give statements.A report was prepared and submitted to the relevant authorities and the children were given assistance by the government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Justice. They were provided with alternative shelter and meals at a cost of approximately $1 million. The victims were also offered counselling and medical relief and support through the Victim Support Unit of the Ministry of Health.She further informed that the public education efforts have been significantly revved up to increase public awareness of the crime.CONTACT: ANDREA BRAHAM
MONTREAL — An orderly who looked after Jocelyne Lizotte at a Montreal long-term care facility where she was being treated for Alzheimer’s disease testified Thursday her case was a difficult one.Maryse Gesse took the stand Thursday at the trial of Michel Cadotte, charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife of 19 years. The Crown alleges he suffocated her with a pillow in her room in February 2017 because he was unable to handle her deteriorating health.Gesse described Cadotte as Lizotte’s spokesman — he was the one asking for things on her behalf because Lizotte was unable to communicate.Under cross-examination, Gesse said she was very familiar with the accused, who was frequently at Lizotte’s side. She said Cadotte did his wife’s laundry, had a hairdresser visit every month and had a television installed in her room so Lizotte could listen to music. He also made sure she had better quality lotions, soaps and shampoos.She testified that Cadotte, 57, had even trained to be an orderly in an effort to better take care of his ailing wife.Gesse told jurors Lizotte could not eat, get dressed or sit up without help. “It was a heavy case. We had to do everything for her,” she said. But Lizotte, 60, wasn’t the most difficult case, Gesse added, as she didn’t put up any resistance like other patients might.Gesse also confirmed that Lizotte spent much of her time restrained because she was often agitated and staff feared she’d fall. A physician testified on Wednesday Lizotte was on medication to treat extreme agitation.“That was her life,” Gesse said, demonstrating for jurors how the woman would rock back and forth in her chair, stopping briefly only when someone touched her. “She was always restrained, all the time, except for when she walked.”The trial is expected to last between six and seven weeks.Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — A blast of 94,100 new jobs last month has knocked the country’s unemployment rate down to 5.6 per cent — its lowest level since Statistics Canada started measuring comparable data more than 40 years ago.The overall number marked the monthly labour force survey’s largest increase since March 2012 when there was a gain of 94,000 jobs.Statistics Canada says the November employment surge was fuelled by the addition of 89,900 full-time positions.The increase pushed the jobless rate down from October’s reading of 5.8 per cent — which had been the previous low mark since comparable data first became available in 1976.But there are also disappointing details in the report because year-over-year average hourly wage growth for permanent employees continued its decline in November to 1.46 per cent — its weakest reading since July 2017.Experts have been expecting wage growth to rise thanks to the tightened labour market — but it has dropped every month since its May peak 3.9 per cent and is now well below inflation.The Canadian Press
Islamabad: Pakistan has issued an official order to freeze the assets of and impose a travel ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar after the UN declared him a “global terrorist”. Pakistan-based Azhar is also banned from selling or purchasing arms and ammunition. The UN sanctions committee on the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda on Wednesday announced the designation of Azhar, leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), over its ties to Al-Qaeda. The JeM has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama suicide attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers and led to a spike in military tensions between India and Pakistan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) ordered all non-banking financial institutions and regulating authorities on Thursday to block all investment accounts of Azhar. The SECP ordered that all companies should scan their data and inform the SECP within three days about the necessary action being taken against the accounts of Azhar. An official of interior ministry said that Azhar was already on the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorist Act (ATA) and could not travel without permission of the police. He was also barred from having any weapons due to the listing under the ATA. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsHis name was also already on the list of proscribed persons maintained by the National Anti-Terrorist Authority (NACTA). According to Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan would fully cooperate with the international community. Pakistan’s foreign ministry, in a notification issued Wednesday said: “the Federal Government is pleased to order that the Resolution 2368 (2017) be fully implemented” against Azhar. The government directed officials to take actions “as appropriate for the implementation of sanctions” against the JeM chief, according to the notification. The UN designated Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal by the US, the UK and France to blacklist him. The US, the UK and France had moved the proposal to designate Azhar as a “global terrorist” in the UN Security Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee in February, just days after the deadly Pulwama terror attack carried out by the JeM in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal on Wednesday said that Pakistan would “immediately enforce the sanctions” imposed on Azhar. A veto-wielding permanent member of the UNSC, China was the sole hold-out in the 15-nation body on the bid to blacklist Azhar, blocking attempts by placing a “technical hold” and asking for “more time to examine” the proposal.
Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that an estimated 180,245 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through 20 April.Latest fatalities stand at 1,232, including nearly 500 believed to have died off Libya earlier this month, the organization added.IOM estimates that some 25,586 migrants and refugees arrived in Italy by sea between 1 January and 21 April 2016. Of these, 6,200 arrived during the first two weeks of April. According to the Italian Ministry of Interior, 16,065 migrants arrived in Italy in the whole of April 2015.Unofficial data for arrivals in Greece in recent days are again ticking up, IOM pointed out.Through the first 100 days of this year, arrivals by sea in Greece averaged close to 1,500 migrants and refugees daily. For the past two weeks, arrivals had dropped to an average of 100 per day. Since Saturday (16/4), however, the daily average has risen to just over 150 (See charts below).
A Boston Marathon bombing suspect was killed in a shootout with Massachusetts authorities, a federal law-enforcement official said, and a manhunt was on for the second suspect—both of whom were believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of an MIT campus police officer during a chaotic series of events Thursday night.A law-enforcement official said the bombing suspect who had been shown wearing a black baseball cap in photographs released Thursday was killed by police in a shootout. His identity wasn’t released. The second suspect, a “light-skinned or Caucasian” man with long curly hair and wearing a hoodie who police said was the bombing suspect identified wearing a white hat, got away from the shootout and was still at large Friday morning. Police asked residents to stay in their homes, warning that the man was armed and dangerous. “We believe this to be a terrorist,” said Boston Police Chief Ed Davis. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody.”The violence began around 10:20 p.m., when MIT officials said gunshots were reported on the Cambridge campus. Police said two male suspects fatally shot an MIT police officer in Cambridge, Mass., and then carjacked a Mercedes sport utility vehicle at gunpoint, keeping the vehicle’s owner hostage for about a half-hour. The victim was released at a gas station in Cambridge, authorities said. He wasn’t injured. Federal authorities haven’t confirmed the identity of either suspect. As police pursued the allegedly stolen vehicle, explosive devices were reportedly thrown from the car. One suspect was wounded, authorities said. The other fled.A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer was wounded during the exchange. (Courtesy Wall Street Journal)
But both sides are working separately on details. What the Lankan Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, intends to release on Tuesday, is a document on what Lanka expects from the ETCA. The Indian side is yet to release a detailed document containing its perspective. But the two countries are aiming at signing a preliminary “framework” agreement in June. Officials in Sri Lanka have described as “premature” the controversy currently raging in the island over the Sri Lankan Government’s intention to sign an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India, the New Indian Express reported.“ As yet, there is no document to comment on. What was exchanged between the Commerce Secretaries of the two countries was a one-page document containing eight points on economic and technical cooperation expressed in general terms. It is still an internal document subject to negotiations. In the absence of details, any controversy over ETCA is premature,” Express was told. The Lankan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harsha de Silva, told Express that while there is no formal document yet, some issues which had plagued the India-Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISLFTA) are expected to be addressed in the ETCA. Among these are the Non-Tariff Barriers in India; the need for an agreement on Mutual Recognition of Standards; and the need to lift restrictions on ports of entry. De Silva said that the Lankan government will have consultations with local stakeholders before finalizing a draft ETCA. Earlier, he told the media that the opening up of the services sector will not result in Lanka being flooded by Indian professionals because Lanka will not be going in for Mode 4 of the General Agreement on Trade in Services which allows movement of “natural persons”. Entry will be allowed only in IT and ship building.According to Prof.Rohan Samarajiva of the think tank LIRNEasia, even the much maligned Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) had restricted Indian personnel to Indian funded firms. He also points out that India had shown flexibility in response to Lankan demands when it hiked the quota for apparels under ISLFTA, and recognized Colombo as the regional transport hub under CEPA, and that, at the cost of Indian ports. (Colombo Gazette)
The President of Switzerland, the chairman of a German engineering company and the President of the International Automobile Federation today were honoured with a United Nations award recognizing their use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to improve road safety.The recipients of this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Award were Swiss President Ueli Maurer, Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the Board of Management of the company Robert Bosch GmbH, and Jean Todt, President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA).The award was presented at a ceremony in Geneva, tying in with the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day observed on 17 May with the theme this year ‘ICTs and Improving Road Safety.’Organized by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the chosen theme is aimed at helping make roads and vehicles safer worldwide.“Road traffic safety is a global concern for public health and injury prevention,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “Every year, 1.3 million people die in traffic-related accidents and another 20-50 million people are injured mainly in developing countries around the world. As a result, Governments and individuals suffer an estimated $518 billion in global economic loss.”Mr. Maurer was honoured for his country’s recent measures to improve road safety. Switzerland is among the safest countries for road users in the world and recorded a significant decrease in road traffic mortality in the period 2001-2010. The Swiss Council for Accident Prevention has been actively involved with ITU in developing standards for Driver Assistance Systems and intelligent systems for accident prevention in road traffic.A household name in motorsports, Mr. Todt has led the racing team Scuderia Ferrari to win 14 Formula 1 World titles. Over the past years, he has made global road safety a professional and personal engagement. Since his election as President, he has made it a priority of the FIA, and has been tirelessly lobbying leaders and decision-makers all around the world, urging them to commit to tangible, affordable and verifiable measures aimed at reducing the annual toll on the world’s roads.As chairman of Bosch, Mr. Denner heads one of the leading suppliers of automotive components, including fuel-injection systems for internal combustion engines. Bosch is also responsible for innovations in the areas of vehicle safety systems, in-car information and communication systems, as well as driver-assistance and other guidance functions. In addition, Bosch experts are working with ITU to develop short-range high-resolution automotive radar systems, with the aim of improving both transportation efficiency and road safety.
Jangada Mines’, a natural resources company developing South America’s largest and most advanced PGM project, ordinary shares commenced trading on AIM last Thursday under the ticker JAN. As part of the Admission process, the company has raised £2.25 million, before expenses.The majority of the net proceeds of the fundraising will be used to progress minor additional resource and reserve drilling, a bulk metallurgy test study, and a scoping study to determine operation parameters and likely financial model at the company’s Pedra Branca PGM project in Brazil. The project, previously owned by Anglo American Platinum, has benefited from extensive historical exploration and development expenditure to the tune of some $35 million.Subject to raising significant additional funding, the Directors intend to work towards the commencement of trial mining and then commercial production at an initial rate of 30,000 oz/y within 12-18 months following Admission.Focused on advancing the Pedra Branca PGM project in Brazil and establishing a low cost, low capex open pit operationJORC (2012) Compliant Resource of 23 Mt at 1.3 g/t containing ~1 Moz PGM + Au mineralisation from surfacePrevious owners have spent in excess of $35 million developing the project, with all data and core owned and cataloguedSubject to significant additional funding, clear path to shallow, open pit productionShort term target production of 30,000 oz/y within 12-18 monthsThree existing mining licences cover about 52% of the current resource; 44 additional licences cover 55,000 haExploration potential remains open for PGM with significant upside potential for high grade nickel, copper, chrome, rhodium, gold & vanadiumStrong PGM market fundamentals for low cost producersManagement with extensive, proven track record and project experienceCOO Heinrich Müller managed the Pedra Branca PGM project for global major Anglo American PlatinumBrian McMaster, Executive Chairman of Jangada said, “As the largest and most advanced PGM project in South America, Pedra Branca is a unique opportunity. Our extensive understanding of the project and the region, given the historical work undertaken in tandem with key fundamentals including its location in a stable country with an established mining code, the simple low-cost processing operation planned and rapid route to production, all point towards an exceptional PGM opportunity.“Jangada intends to hit the ground running. We have an exciting time ahead and we look forward to updating Shareholders on our progress as we implement our development plan for the project.”
With services such as Spotify offering full song streaming, it seems a little unfair that a preview of a song you are considering buying on iTunes only lasts 30 seconds. For some longer songs that’s not even enough time to hear it start properly.Apple has realized this and is set to do something about it. Plans are being put into place to extend the preview time for a song to 90 seconds, or triple the current limit. However, it won’t apply to all songs and some music publishers may refuse to allow it at all.AdChoices广告The longer previews are not put in place yet, but news that they are coming was found by MacRumors which managed to get a copy of the letter Apple is sending out to music labels. In it Apple states that any song longer than 150 seconds will get the 90 second preview. Any song shorter than that will keep the 30 second preview.Apple is also being very clear on what happens if a particular label decides not to accept the longer preview option for its music. Basically, if they don’t like it they can remove their music from iTunes.There’s no date for the longer preview introduction, but it is expected to be very soon and exclusive to the U.S. initially.Read more at TechCrunch and MacRumorsMatthew’s OpinionI’m surprised this hasn’t come into being much sooner. Previewing a song properly can go a long way towards securing a purchase. What are the music labels worried about? That millions of music buyers will be happy to listen to longer previews and therefore stop buying music? It just doesn’t work like that.Giving people more freedom with music will lead to more sales. Yet the music industry seems to want to keep a tight grasp on every aspect of the listening experience for as long as possible. It isn’t working as can be seen from all the music sharing that goes on through file-sharing networks.If I had my way then a song preview would mean exactly that, you get to listen to the entire song before deciding to buy. Hopefully that will eventually happen and the increased sales of music will reflect what a good decision it was to introduce.
[Editor’s Note: Al DiGuido is a publishing vet and a savvy direct-marketing and digital innovator with a track record of success that spans executive positions in a host of companies. Like many other industry watchers, he sees the spin-off of Time Inc. from Time Warner as an opportunity for whoever becomes the company’s new CEO to make some significant changes. Here, in his second post on the matter, Al offers his take on what a new strategic plan might look like. Digital, of course, features heavily in his plans.]I’m not sure why there is so much confusion and mystery around charting a strategy that transforms the Time Inc. magazine brands into an even bigger powerhouse digital publishing empire. Everything that is being said in analyst reports and the media is old news. For years, we have witnessed the ongoing shift in media consumption patterns from legacy print media to the digital venue. Only the ignorant, arrogant or asleep could have missed this freight train. Let’s not over-complicate the components of the solution to Time Inc.’s problems. I refuse to believe that my thinking is “missing something” in terms of the challenges that Time Inc. and many other publishers face inside their businesses. So here’s my plan on rebuilding Time Inc. as it spins off into its own company. If you disagree with it, let’s argue. I am sure that investors are getting tired of this asset posting operating losses and are already in a feverish discussion about how to change the course of the company.Welcome to Time Inc. Digital The new company must create a new pivot point from the start. It should not abandon its print legacy—which, according to PIB numbers, still retains market dominance. But it should signal to the market that Time Inc. believes in building the widest network of new digital platforms in the media industry. The new company will be focused on offering marketers the deepest suite of integrated digital solutions available. Meredith and Hearst have already provided the test case for several of these components. Time Inc. can and will do better. It is going to staff this business unit with top minds and thought leaders across the entire suite of digital offerings in the market. Its focus will be to continue to maximize its understanding of customer content and commerce needs with digital intersections. Time Inc. Magazine Database Time Inc. has a huge reader/visitor aggregate profile database. This database has been built by collecting email addresses from print titles as well as consumers who have subscribed to all of the newsletters and other e-alert programs. I estimate that there are 60-70 million profile records with email addresses inside this DB. Time Inc.’s brands have done a great job building engagement between the reader/visitor and their content for years. Somewhere during that time, I think it lost track of the fact that its readers were finding incremental content at venues that did a better job satisfying their information and/or community needs. The analytic teams should develop a profile of the customers and where they spend time (when they aren’t consuming the content). They should build the most exhaustive view of customer profiles and preferences ever collected in the company’s history. If they listen to their customers, they will tell them how to service them better. With this information and an understanding of the models that are working in the industry today, the company can commit to introducing a suite of new digital products. It will earn a reputation for the pace of innovation and creativity that it delivers to the marketplace. Tablet Magazine Extensions Within the next 12 months, each property will be responsible for publishing 10 new digital magazine titles. You heard that right. For example, at Sports Illustrated, there should be 10 new digital titles that are delivered via the tablet platform and sent on a controlled circulation basis to interested segments of its print and email subscribers. Time Inc. can and will become the industry’s leading digital/tablet publishing company. With each passing month, more of its readers and consumers are embracing this platform. It’s mission critical that it is out front in providing engaging content to its readers and innovative advertising opportunities for its marketer customers. The new company will create a business unit responsible for creating new cross-title digital publications. Here again, a comprehensive study of market sectors outside of the company’s walls for audience and advertiser density will provide it with the direction that it needs for new product development.New Reader Acquisition InitiativesIt’s clear that Time Inc. must craft a strategy to grow the size of its consumer database. Like other print publications, it has seen significant declines in both new subscriber growth, renewal rates and newsstand sales. While it may believe that it is capturing new readers via online and social portals, the evidence proves that it is being beaten to the punch by others in this effort. For example, I googled “NY Rangers Hockey” (after the team’s great seventh game victory) only to find that a link to Sports Illustrated’s coverage was on the second page of search results. A similar search on the Benghazi attack has no mention of Time magazine coverage on the first page of results. People’s link to Angelina Jolie’s incredible announcement is at the bottom of the results page. Consumers are finding other content connections that rank higher from a preference standpoint.Time Inc.’s full array of content offerings (print, digital and online) must appeal to the widest group of consumers in the marketplace. It can drive incremental growth both organically and through strategic acquisitions. A team should be assembled to work with other Time-Warner business units to create programs where it can leverage these assets to cross-promote and sell offerings to its audiences. In my household we have subscribed to People and Time, I can’t ever remember any type of upsell offer being sent to us to subscribe to other Time Inc. publications. Seems like low hanging fruit to me. In my opinion, incentives are needed for enhanced cooperation between units. Another unit will be created to identify strategic assets for acquisition for their ability to expand the company’s penetration into incremental, marketable consumer categories. Time Inc. should abandon what seems to be a “not built here” mentality. It needs to be in land-grab mode. Time Inc. has lots of smart people in the building and some of what I recommend here may already be going on in stealth. Nevertheless, as an “interested consumer,” I haven’t seen any evidence.Time Inc. Digital Marketing Solutions The company needs a new focus on providing its marketing customers with a range of solutions to help them to a better job of connecting with their customers. This business unit will operate as an integrated digital marketing agency within the organization. It already has a Content Marketing Solutions group that seems to be doing a good job of helping advertisers with “content marketing solutions.” My sense is that it needs to do much more. It can and will provide its customers with tools, technology and solutions that will position it as the leader in the industry. It may have to use some of the capital that it will save from other areas to purchase the platforms (email, search, social media monitoring, creative services etc.) in order offer a credible digital marketing services offering to its customers. It is playing catch up to the Meredith and Hearst in this regard. In addition, it should put a stake in the ground regarding its “digital content marketing solutions.” There is a huge opportunity to lead the industry in building digital publications for clients that truly engage their respective audience with engaging design and relevant content. It must become the industry’s leading special interest digital publishing (tablet and smart phone) service provider.All that has been recommended here may be viewed by Time Inc. insiders as misinformed. They may argue that much of what has been provided is “already going on” inside the walls on Sixth Avenue. If that is the case, something is clearly broken. It’s not pleasant seeing the quarterly reports and increasing losses within Time Inc.’s business.As an interested observer, I worry that the company’s culture lacks the urgency to take bold steps in the direction of this new vision. Time is definitely not on the company’s side. With each passing month, the competition only grows stronger in their ability to pick off readers and advertisers. Transformation is needed now. Will it happen? Only Time will tell.
PM Modi addressed a rally in Kurukshetra in Haryana.Twitter/ANIPrime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually no fight in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, a fact even his worst critics will agree to. However, a look at his rivals in the electoral contest reveals interesting facts.In 2014, PM Modi had 41 candidates pitted against him. The number has gone down to 25 this year but he still has a ‘mini India’ contesting against him.These ‘Special 25’ candidates belong to various states including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Kerala and Uttarakhand and each one of them is here to ‘make a point’.Manohar Anand Rao Patil, a farmer from Maharashtra, dresses up as Mahatma Gandhi and even wears a photograph of the latter around his neck.”I have not come here to defeat Modi. I want to draw his attention to the plight of farmers and the growing corruption,” he says.Manav Vishwamanav, also from Andhra Pradesh, is another candidate who wants to draw the Prime Minister’s attention towards the plight of farmers. His father, a farmer, passed away and his mother works as a coolie in Vishakhapatanam.Hina Shahid is the daughter of Olympian (late) Mohammad Shahid and says that she wants to reach Parliament so that she can raise women’s issues. “I know I cannot defeat Modi but then one should not sit at home just because he is a strong candidate,” she says.Manish Srivastava has come from Raipur in Chhattisgarh to contest against the Prime Minister. He wants the government to make it compulsory for all government employees to send their children to government schools and avail medical treatment in government hospitals.”This will go a long way in improving these sectors and checking corruption,” he feels.From Haridwar in Uttarakhand, Sunil Kumar has come to contest the Varanasi seat and seek the status of a national river for Ganga. “Like Modi, I am also a ‘Ganga Putra’ because I live on the banks of Ganga,” he says.Sheikh Siraj Baba from Malihabad in Lucknow says he will focus on declaring cow as the national animal. His main issue is conservation of the cow and ban on cow slaughter.Apart from these candidates, there is an agriculture scientist, Ram Sharan Rajput, from Kanpur, Prem Nath Sharma, a lawyer from Varanasi itself, Tribhuvan Sharma from Bareilly who says he will expose the anti-upper caste stance of Modi and writer Amresh Misra.Then there is Ajay Rai of the Congress and Shalini Yadav of the Samajwadi Party who are also determined to make their presence felt in the electoral area.
‘The Winds of Winter’ release date might come as a surprise to the fansReutersGame of Thrones season 8 was heavily criticised by millions of fans. The creators tried their best to give the world a mesmerizing end to this saga but fans were disappointed when HBO’s highly acclaimed fantasy drama ended. As of now, no one from the crew has commented on the online reactions other than George RR Martin, who has called ‘internet is toxic’ over the season 8 remarks.When Game of Thrones season 8 premiered on HBO, millions of fans from around the world set in front of their TV screens in a hope to see something which they would never forget. However, all the six-episodes divided the viewers. The outage was so grave that an online petition to remake season 8 went viral with over 1.5 million signatures. Urging HBO to remake season 8 does not sound practical but fans are hoping that HBO won’t repeat the same mistake when they start the production of Game of Thrones prequel series.During a recent appearance on a podcast, George RR Martin — whose acclaimed books inspired Game of Thrones — said that he has never seen anything like the madness that runs across the internet.”The Internet is toxic in a way that old fanzine culture and fandoms — comics fans, science fiction fans — in those days, was not,” Martin said. “There were disagreements. There were feuds, but nothing like the madness that you see on the internet.”George RR Martin even talked about showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and how neither of them had any experience in television when Martin signed up to adapt his work with them.”Maybe it was because they had no experience in television, they didn’t know what was possible, so they reached for the impossible and achieved it. They put together a sensational team,” Martin added.The world is eagerly waiting to read the next two books by George RR Martin. There were several speculations that Martin’s ending will be different from the show’s ending. Some even suggested that after the failure of season 8, Martin may change the ending. But Martin knows very well how he wishes to end the saga. That being said, he added that “what you don’t know is all the details. You don’t know where the road is gonna be closed and you have to take a detour.”
Usually when you buy a game from Valve, you’re best off buying it on the PC. Look at what happened with Team Fortress 2, for example: the PC version quickly evolved into an entirely different game than the Xbox 360 version, which was hobbled by Microsoft’s Draconian Xbox Live policies.When it comes to Portal 2, Valve looks like they’re doing their damnedest to turn the status quo on its head. In fact, it’s now looking likely that not only will the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2 be better than the Xbox 360 version, but it’ll be better than the PC and Mac versions too.Why? First of all, the PS3 version ships with SteamPlay, which automatically allows you to play the same game on the PC or Mac without paying for it again. That’s a huge plus over the Xbox 360 version already, and since you don’t get the PS3 version if you buy Portal 2 on the PC or Mac, it’s a good deal for PC owners too, even if they don’t have a PS3 yet.It gets better, though. Valve has just announced that the PS3 version of Portal 2 will ship with complete Move support. That means you’ll be able to fire your portal gun in Portal 2 just by pointing your PlayStation Move controller at the screen. That’s totally awesome. Portal‘s one of those games where it’s easy to see how motion-sensing could make it a more enjoyable experience. Is there any doubt that the PS3 version of Portal 2 is going to rock?Read more at Eurogamer
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The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more News | Radiology Business | April 25, 2017 Radiology Leadership Institute Launches Online Program Teaching Essential Business Skills Registration open for Breakthrough Leadership series that maximizes radiologists’ influence and impact in the business of healthcare Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. 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Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more April 25, 2017 — Registration is open for a new online program from the Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI), designed to help launch radiologists confidently into new leadership roles equipped with essential business skills.The program, titled “RLI Breakthrough Leadership: Maximizing Your Influence and Impact,” is a 12-week online program designed specifically for radiologists assuming their first substantial leadership role or for those who are ready for career advancement.“The RLI recognizes that increasing the business savvy of new radiologist leaders is essential to positively impact patient-centered care,” said Geoffrey D. Rubin, M.D., MBA, FACR, director of the RLI Breakthrough Leadership series. “It’s only natural that radiologists look for management and leadership training, as they adjust to the pressures of improving the quality of health care to influence change,” he added.“The RLI program focuses on the essentials: understanding and managing costs, leading and influencing others, and enabling engagement and efficiency in your practice and larger health system,” said Rubin.The RLI Breakthrough Leadership program, which will run from Oct. 3, 2017, through May 8, 2018, covers three modules.The Hospital Boardroom (organizational structure, performance measures, interpreting financial statements);Stewarding the Department (design and accountability, building and supporting effective teams); andInfluencing Change at the Hospital Level (business planning, financial forecasting and conflicts, integrity and the legal department)The program combines the best of live “virtual” class sessions with self-paced weeks set aside for deeper discovery of supplemental content — and participants will join in a faculty-led discussion board and virtual class sessions. Sessions are led by a team of experts. Participants can register and view the program overview and preliminary schedule on the RLI website.For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Related Content News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | December 29, 2017 ACR Appropriateness Criteria Adds and Revises Topics for December 2017 New guidelines add post-therapy imaging for lower extremity arterial revascularization, revise topics in orthopedic, women’s health and cancer treatment among others December 29, 2017 — Radiologists can enhance the quality and effectiveness of care with the newest release of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria. The latest edition covers 233 unique topics – including 61 radiation oncology topics and 176 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics, with 883 clinical variants covering 1,570 clinical scenarios.This update from the American College of Radiology (ACR) includes one new and nine revised topics. Each topic has a narrative, an evidence table and a literature search summary.“ACR appropriateness criteria are created and continually updated by multispecialty teams and widely accepted across the medical field as a national standard. Use of these evidence-based guidelines helps ensure that patients get the right care for their condition and avoid unnecessary care,” said Frank J. Rybicki, M.D., Ph.D., FACR, chair of the ACR Committee on Appropriateness Criteria.The new topic is:Lower Extremity Arterial Revascularization – Post-Therapy ImagingRecently revised topics include:Chronic Ankle PainFirst Trimester Vaginal BleedingHeadache-ChildOrbits, Vision, and Visual LossPretreatment Staging of Muscle Invasive Bladder CancerPost-Treatment Follow-up of Prostate CancerShoulder Pain – TraumaticSoft Tissue MassesRadiologic Management of Uterine Leiomyomas (IR)The guidelines are specified appropriate use criteria (AUC) under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA). They are developed by expert panels of radiologists and other doctors from relevant medical specialties.The ACR is designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a qualified Provider-Led Entity. Medical providers may consult the ACR Appropriateness Criteria to fulfill PAMA requirements that they consult AUC prior to ordering advanced diagnostic imaging for Medicare patients.For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD
Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths NEW DELHI (AP) – A police official says two British men have drowned after their raft overturned and capsized in a river in southern India.Police superintendent Anupam Agarwal said Saturday that police divers have fished out the bodies of the two men from the Cauvery River.Ian Turton of York and Michael Easton of London were rafting on the Cauvery when their boat was swept away in the rapids, hit some rocks and capsized. The vital role family plays in society Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too A search was launched when the men did not return to their hotel. Agarwal said the bodies and the raft were found Friday.He said the men’s families have been notified and the bodies are being sent to the U.K.Turton, 45, was working for Tenneco Automotive, an American company. Easton, 62, was a research scientist with the energy giant Shell.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019