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first_imgFILE – In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley (3) is tackled by Clemson linebacker James Skalski (47) in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans. How much does Alabama lean on Ridley in the passing game? The junior has 59 catches for 935 yards to lead the Tide. No other receiver has more than 16 receptions of 244 yards. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File) Both players will become free agents March 14.J.J. Nelson is expected to return, but the undersized speedster has been affected by dropped passes throughout his three-year career.The Cardinals are also (no secret) looking for quarterbacks, and could pluck one in the first round, but Kiper’s latest mock has four signal callers being selected in the top 11 picks, leaving Arizona holding the bag in this projection.Kiper’s first mock draft, released on Jan. 18, had Arizona selecting Iowa defensive back Josh Jackson in the first round. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Some of those mocks hold more weight than others, based on the author.Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN is one such expert, and his second mock of the season was released on Wednesday morning. It has Arizona selecting Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley with the 15th pick.I love this fit for both sides. Take a look at the Cardinals’ depth chart from the end of the season. Larry Fitzgerald will be 35 when the 2018 season begins. John Brown and Jaron Brown are free agents. They need a No. 2 receiver. Ridley is far and away the best wideout in this draft class, and getting him at No. 15 is good value. He had 19 career touchdown catches with inconsistent quarterback play. Arizona also needs a quarterback, of course, but I think new coach Steve Wilks & Co. are more likely to go the veteran route. But watch out for the Cardinals if one of the top four QBs falls.Ridley is considered by most to be the best receiver prospect in this year’s class. In three years in Tuscaloosa, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ridley caught 224 passes for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was a key cog in helping the Crimson Tide win two College Football Playoff championships in three appearances.The Cardinals certainly need help at the receiver position. Yes, veteran Larry Fitzgerald is coming back for 2018, and his production has shown no drop-off in recent seasons. Where there has been a drop-off is in the contributions of the rest of the receiving corps. Jaron Brown had 31 catches in 2017, the second-most among any wideout. He is a free agent, as is John Brown, who had 21 catches for 299 yards and three touchdowns last season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 14 Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo There are still 64 days until this year’s NFL Draft, which gets underway April 26 in Arlington, Tex.As of Wednesday morning, the Arizona Cardinals still own the 15th overall pick in the first round. General manager Steve Keim could go in any number of directions with the pick, if mock drafts are any indication.A total of 19 different players have been projected to go to the Cardinals in that slot, according to the over 100 entries in’s Mock Draft Tracker. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories last_img read more

Vodafoneowned German cable operator Kabel Deutsch

first_imgVodafone-owned German cable operator Kabel Deutschland saw strong growth in both broadband and premium TV subscribers in the year to June.The operator had 15.1 million revenue generating units sold at the end of June, up 4.8% year-on-year. Internet and phone subscriptions were up by 664,000 year on year to 4.5 million, while premium TV subscriptions including pay TV and DVR services grew by 278,000 in the year to June to reach 2.4 million. Growth during the quarter amounted to 74,000 subscriptions.Kabel Deutschland posted quarterly revenues of €491 million, up 5.8% year-on-year. ARPU grew by 6.9% to €17.86, with customers taking an average of 1.81 products each, up from 1.71 in 2013.Adjusted EBITDA was up 4.1% to €226 million.last_img read more

Irish language broadcaster TG4 has launched a new

first_imgIrish language broadcaster TG4 has launched a new smart TV app, available on the Samsung, Philips, Opera TV, Sony, Foxxum, Toshiba and Google TV platforms. The apps have also been submitted for the LG and Panasonic smart TV portals.According to TG4, the move marks the completion of a three-phase digital content distribution strategy. TG4 technical director Neil Keaveney said the smart TV app is “another reflection of TG4’s agility and commitment to adapting to new technologies to deliver the channel’s quality content to the audience”.TG4 has also released an updated and enhanced version of the TG4 Web-based Player, available through the browser on any device from the portal.  The upgrade makes it possible for users to create their own personal playlist and will offer a continuous live stream of TG4 content worldwide, according to the broadcaster, with any rights-restricted content in the user’s region being replaced by non-restricted TG4 content.Finally, the broadcaster has released an updated and enhanced version of the TG4 Player app for iPad. This will be available free to download from the App store, worldwide, and will include access to the TG4 live stream as well as a catch up service for TG4 audiences.  The TG4 player App is in addition to the seven existing Irish language apps developed by TG4 for kids.“It is important that Irish language content is accessible to audiences worldwide, and our new services ensure TG4 programmes are available around the globe.  It also ensures our home audiences can catch up or watch live any time, any place, across all major devices,” said TG4 head of output Lís Ní Dhálaigh.last_img read more

FRAX tool useful in breast cancer patients treated with aromatase inhibitors

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 9 2019The FRAX® tool takes into account certain factors to determine the risk of bone fracture in the general population. In a Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study, the tool was effective at determining fracture risk for women with breast cancer who were treated with aromatase inhibitors, which cause accelerated bone loss, when combined with bone mineral density measurements.However, the results also question the practice of considering aromatase inhibitors a “secondary cause of osteoporosis” when the FRAX® tool is used without bone mineral density, because this can lead to overestimation of fracture risk. Nonetheless, it is very important to determine fracture risk in women receiving aromatase inhibitor therapy who will most likely experience bone loss during treatment.”We hope that our data will help to inform clinical guidelines regarding fracture risk assessment in women with breast cancer, and the incorporation of FRAX® in management algorithms of those receiving aromatase inhibitors,” said lead author Dr. William D. Leslie, of the University of Manitoba, in Canada.Source: read more

Cooking vegetables with extra virgin olive oil favors absorption release of bioactive

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 14 2019Cooking vegetables in the sofrito (sauté) with extra virgin olive oil favors the absorption and release of bioactive compounds of its traditional ingredients (garlic, onion and tomato), according to the study conducted by a research team of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences at the University of Barcelona (UB), from the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition Networking Biomedical Research Centre (CIBERobn) and the Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Diseases Networking Biomedical Research (CIBERDEM), led by the tenure lecturer Rosa M. Lamuela. These results, published in the science journal Molecules, allow an insight on the mechanisms with which gastronomy could play a relevant role in the health-improving effects of the Mediterranean Diet.The Mediterranean diet, known for a high consumption of phytochemicals from vegetables, fruits and legumes, has been correlated to health-improving effects in cardiovascular and metabolic health. This relation is mainly based on the results of the PREDIMED study, a multicentre clinical trial carried out from 2003 to 2011 with more than 7,000 people and in which Rosa M. Lamuela took part too.However, the effects regarding health in the Mediterranean diet have been hard to reproduce in non-Mediterranean populations, probably, according to the researchers, due differences in cooking practice. Therefore, researchers try to assess whether the Mediterranean gastronomy can bring health benefits, not only for its food but also for the way they are cooked.Sofrito, a key element in the Mediterranean diet In this context, the objective of the study was to assess the effect of the extra virgin olive oil in bioactive compounds in tomato, onion and garlic -traditional ingredients in sofrito, one of the key cooking techniques in the Mediterranean diet. According to the researchers, this sauce has forty different phenolic compounds and a high amount of carotenoids, and its consumption is associated with an improvement of the cardiovascular risk parameters and insulin sensitivity. Related StoriesReplacing a small amount of red meat with healthier foods may improve life expectancyAlmost 3 million deaths linked to low fruit and vegetable intake, warns studyStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskFrom vegetables to olive oil The study also found out a new trait of olive oil. So far, researchers had stated that this oil and onion can produce isomers -molecules with the same molecular formula but with different traits- from carotenoids, variants which are more bio-available and have a higher antioxidant capacity. However, the study proved that oil plays an essential role in this process, not only in carotenoids, but also in polyphenols, which go from vegetables to the oil.Anti-inflammatory effects These results could explain the causes for which previous studies by this research group had stated that the presence of oil increases the anti-inflammatory effect in the tomato sauce. “We saw that this increase can occur due the migration of bioactive compounds (carotenoids and polyphenols) from the tomato to the oil during the cooking process, which favors the absorption of these compounds”, concludes José Fernando Rinaldi de Alvarenga, INSA-UB member and first author of the study.Source:University of BarcelonaJournal reference:Alvarenga, J F. et al. (2019) Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil to Cook Vegetables Enhances Polyphenol and Carotenoid Extractability: A Study Applying the sofrito Technique. Molecules. The main result of the study is that cooking vegetables with extra virgin olive oil favors the bioactive compounds, such as carotenoids and polyphenols that are present in vegetables we find in sofrito, to move to the olive oil, which enables the absorption and bioactivity of these compounds.”Rosa M. Lamuela, Director of the Institute for Research on Nutrition and Food Safetylast_img read more

High sodium intake increases gastrointestinal bloating

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 27 2019A study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that individuals reported more gastrointestinal bloating when they ate a diet high in salt.The scientists re-analyzed data from a large clinical trial, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension-Sodium trial (DASH-Sodium)- conducted two decades ago, and found that high sodium intake increased bloating among trial participants. The researchers also found that the high-fiber DASH diet increased bloating among trial participants compared to a low-fiber control diet.The study was published June 17 in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Bloating is one of the leading gastrointestinal complaints in the U.S. and can be exacerbated in some people by a high-fiber diet; our results suggest that they might be able to reduce that bloating, without compromising on healthy fiber, by lowering their sodium intake.”Study senior author Noel Mueller, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School Bloating is estimated to affect up to a third of U.S. adults overall, and more than 90 percent of those with irritable bowel syndrome. Bloating features a buildup of excess gas in the gut. The production of gas can be attributed to gas-producing gut bacteria breaking down fiber. There is also some evidence that sodium can stimulate bloating. The study by Mueller and colleagues is the first to examine sodium as a cause of bloating in the context of low- and high-fiber diets.The study analyzed data from the DASH-Sodium trial, which was co-led by Bloomberg School researcher Lawrence Appel, MD, MPH, and sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Conducted at four clinical centers during 1998-99, it tested the DASH diet, a high-fiber diet which is relatively low in fat and high in fruits, nuts, and vegetables, against a low-fiber control diet. Each of the two diets was tested at three levels of sodium, and the 412 participants all had high blood pressure at the trial start. The trial was set up chiefly to determine the effect of dietary sodium and other factors on blood pressure, but included data on participants’ reports of bloating-;data that Mueller and colleagues analyzed for the new study.Related StoriesHealthy high-fiber diet could reduce preeclampsia riskImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsCancer incidence among children and young adults with congenital heart diseaseThe team found that prior to the trial, 36.7 percent of the participants reported bloating, which is more or less in line with national surveys of bloating prevalence. They found too that the high-fiber DASH diet increased the risk of bloating by about 41 percent, compared to the low-fiber control diet-;and men were more susceptible to this effect, compared to women. But the scientists also determined that sodium was a factor in bloating. When they combined data from the DASH and control diets, and compared the highest level of sodium intake to the lowest, they found that the high-sodium versions of those diets collectively increased the risk of bloating by about 27 percent compared to the low-sodium versions.The key implication is that reducing sodium can be an effective way to reduce bloating-;and in particular may be able to help people maintain a healthy, high-fiber diet.How sodium causes bloating is still being studied. Salt causes water retention, and that may be one factor. “We hypothesize that sodium intake also alters the gut microbiome in a manner that modifies bacterial sulfide production,” Mueller says.He and his team are now researching how bloating is affected by the major dietary macronutrients: protein, carbs and fat. Source:Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Healthlast_img read more

Facebook sends privacy alerts to affected users

Citation: Facebook sends privacy alerts to affected users (2018, April 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Explore further Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices Monday © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Darrell West said he wasn’t too surprised to receive the notification, since he has about 5,000 Facebook friends and it would have taken just one of them to take the personality quiz.But it still bothered West, who directs the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution in Washington. Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign, obtained users’ data through an app that was purportedly a research tool.”It disturbs me that some of my information may have helped Donald Trump become president, even if I was only one of 87 million,” West said. “I do think it mattered, just because it was information that was so detailed. It was providing a gold mine for the candidates who use it. It allowed them to target their advertising very effectively and really hone their message.”Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie previously estimated that more than 50 million people were compromised by the personality quiz that collected data from users and their friends. In an interview aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Wylie said the true number could be even larger than 87 million. This image made from an iPhone shows a notification on the Facebook app on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Atlanta. Facebook said it would begin notifying users Monday if their data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. (Facebook via AP) Facebook has begun alerting some users that their data was swept up in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. This image made from an iPhone shows a notification on the Facebook app on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Atlanta. Facebook said it would begin notifying users Monday if their data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. (Facebook via AP) Zuckerberg has said Facebook came up with the 87 million figure by calculating the maximum number of friends that users could have had while Kogan’s app was collecting data. The company doesn’t have logs going back that far, he said, so it can’t know exactly how many people may have been affected.Facebook users who didn’t get the notice can check the platform’s help page to confirm that they weren’t affected.The notification also has a link to other apps that users have shared information with when they log into Facebook. Bagnetto said he found that information useful. He was comfortable with some of the fitness apps on the list, but deleted others, including games he hasn’t been playing and an app for finding Wi-Fi connections.”There was a handful that I absolutely didn’t know what they were for,” he said. “I just deleted them because I’m clearly not using them.” Anthony Bagnetto was one of many people who woke up Tuesday morning to a notification on his Facebook feed informing him that “one of” his friends used Facebook to log into a now-banned personality quiz app called “This Is Your Digital Life.” The notice says the app misused the information, including public profile, page likes, birthday and current city, by sharing it with the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica.”Anybody can be taken by this,” said Bagnetto, 38, a triathlon coach who lives in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and said he didn’t blame whichever of his friends took the quiz for exposing his data.”It shouldn’t take the pressure off Facebook because people cannot be expected to be that aware of what they’re signing up for,” Bagnetto said.As many as 87 million users who might have had their data shared were supposed to get the detailed message on their news feeds starting Monday. Facebook says more than 70 million of the affected users are in the U.S., though there are over a million each in the Philippines, Indonesia and the U.K.The notifications began appearing hours before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was scheduled to address the privacy scandal in a congressional hearing Tuesday. This image made from an iPhone shows a notification on the Facebook app on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Atlanta. Facebook said it would begin notifying users Monday if their data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. (Facebook via AP) That Facebook app was created in 2014 by an academic researcher named Aleksander Kogan, who paid about 270,000 people to take it. The app vacuumed up not just the data of the people who took it, but also—thanks to Facebook’s loose restrictions—data from their friends, including details that they hadn’t intended to share publicly.Facebook later limited the data apps can access, but it was too late in this case. 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New US tariffs a headache for foreign automakers

first_imgIn 2017, about 17.2 million vehicles were sold in the United States, of which nearly 8.7 million were imports US President Donald Trump’s threat to impose steep tariffs on auto imports will hit foreign automakers that export a large number of vehicles to the US market, but many also manufacture cars domestically. Explore further Volkswagen rejects ‘protectionism’ after US car tariff threat Most of these brands, such as Mercedes and BMW as well as Nissan, Honda and Volkswagen, have at least one auto plant on US soil, where they employ tens of thousands of workers. These automakers have invested billions of dollars in their US facilities. Toyota and Mazda announced at the start of the year plans to build a $1.6 billion joint facility in Alabama that will be capable of producing 300,000 vehicles a year.Volvo Cars, which plans to open a plant in South Carolina by the end of the year, has warned that new import duties would affect its investment plans.US auto marketIn 2017, about 17.2 million vehicles were sold in the United States, according to AutoData, which compiles figures from manufacturers and dealers.Nearly 8.7 million of these were imports, according to the Center for Automotive Research, mostly from Mexico and Canada— partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement—as well as from Japan, Germany and South Korea.Since the start of this year, the share of domestically-manufactured autos sold in the US has fallen to 50.1 percent, down from 51.1 percent over the same period in 2017, according to least 82 percent of Volkswagens sold in the US were imports, according to Edmunds, as well as 55 percent of Toyotas, 57 percent of Hyundais, 70 percent of Mercedes-Benz and 68 percent for BMW.On the other hand, more than half the cars sold in the US by the “Big Three” in Detroit were made locally: 80 percent for Ford, 60 percent for General Motors and 55 percent for Fiat Chrysler.Honda is the sole foreign automaker manufacturing a large majority of its locally-sold cars in the United States.Major exporterThe US auto industry is the largest US manufacturing sector which employs about eight million workers, directly or indirectly through related industries.It also is one of the largest export sectors, according to the American Automotive Policy Council, an industry body representing the major US manufacturers, General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, and foreign automakers.Auto exports virtually doubled between 2009 and 2015 to $137.7 billion from $74.1 billion, according to AAPC, supporting 771,000 US jobs.BMW and Daimler, maker of the Mercedes-Benz, notably send US-built cars to the European Union and China.BMW, which says its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant is the world’s largest, exported 70 percent of the 371,284 autos manufactured at the site last year, or about 272,346, representing about $10 billion in total exports.Domestic manufacturingToyota, which employs more than 36,000 people, has 10 factories at locations in Alabama, California, Mississippi and Texas. It produces 1.2 million cars and sells 2.4 million, according to 2017 figures, with the difference made up by imports.Honda, which employs 4,000, has factories in Alabama, George, Indiana and Ohio and produces 1.2 million, selling 1.6 million.German giant Volkswagen, which has a Tennessee factory with the capacity to produce 150,000 units annually, did not disclose production figures but sold 339,679 autos. It employs 2,444 workers.Daimler maintains auto plants in Alabama, Indiana, and South Carolina and has 4,900 local workers. In 2017, it produced more than 286,000 cars and sold 337,246.BMW, which employs nearly 9,0000 workers, produced 371,284 automobiles in 2017 in the US, and sold 305,685.Nissan maintains two factories in Mississippi in Tennessee and produced 930,000 autos, selling $1.6 million. It employed 14,400 workers.Auto importsVolkswagen luxury brands Audi and Porsche have no US factories and as a result import all the vehicles sold in the US market. In 2017, Audi sold 226,511 units while Porsche brought 55,420 to market.center_img © 2018 AFP Citation: New US tariffs a headache for foreign automakers (2018, May 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

To make roads safer HDFC Bank conducts Traffic Paathshala in Thiruvananthapuram

first_imgJune 21, 2019 traffic COMMENT Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Kerala Thiruvananthapuramcenter_img File photo HDFC Bank, in partnership with the Thiruvananthapuram Police, has launched a campaign to make roads safer by spreading awareness about the do’s and don’ts of road safety. This initiative is called ‘Traffic Paathshala’.MK Zulfiqer, Assistant Commissioner of Police, along with Srikumar Nair, Zonal Head (South Kerala), HDFC Bank, inaugurated initiative here on Thursday by flagging-off an awareness rally by volunteers.“Nearly four lakh people are expected to benefit from the initiative that covers the major road crossings in the city including the Central Bus Station and Central Railway Station,” a bank spokesman said.The awareness rally, which will be undertaken by groups of volunteers and HDFC Bank employees, would be held at all important and busy traffic junctions across the city. The volunteers would carry placards having traffic awareness messages to encourage people to follow road safety rules.While motorists found observing traffic discipline would rewarded with a token of appreciation, those found violating it will be enrolled in the ‘Traffic Paathshala’ and informed about the do’s and don’ts of road safety.Srikumar Nair said that “at HDFC Bank, we believe in giving back to the communities we operate in. With ‘Traffic Paathshala,’ we aim to educate the general public in the city on the do’s and don’ts of road safety. We believe that this is the need of the hour in a city that is witnessing an increasing number of accidents and casualties.” SHARE 0 COMMENTSlast_img read more