TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kante: What Chelsea players think of Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has welcomed their swoop for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.On Wednesday morning it was announced that the 20-year-old will be moving to west London this summer in a £58million move from Borussia Dortmund.Having watched Pulisic’s impact from afar, Kante can’t wait to see it close up next season.”We know he’s a good player,” he told the Daily Mail following Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday night.”He’s doing well for Dortmund and we are glad to welcome him to Chelsea.”
Newcastle boss Bruce: I understand Benitez tacticsby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is beginning to understand why Rafa Benitez played a specific way at the club.Bruce took on a difficult job at Newcastle this summer, taking over from the very popular Benitez after the Spaniard could not agree a new contract.The Magpies drew 0-0 against Brighton, and were booed by their own fans at half time and full time in the clash.”Listen, whoever we are playing in the Premier League, we’ve got no divine right to beat Watford or Brighton so we all know they are going to be difficult games and that’s what the Premier League is but certainly if we are going to win games, we are going to have to play better and be better with the ball and without it,” Bruce told reporters after the game.”Today, in the first half in particular, we weren’t good enough either and left ourselves open and it’s pretty evident to me after being here eight weeks of why we can’t open up. “If we do that, we’re going to find it a struggle like we did in the first half. It wasn’t until we closed shop a little bit, even at home, that maybe got us a point.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Any version of “Bad Lip Reading” (video of people talking with their voices dubbed over) is usually ridiculously funny. This rendition, produced by Notre Dame football, is no different.Quarterback Malik Zaire and defensive lineman Jay Hayes are in the studio providing the voice-over work. They are both really, really funny. The footage from the video is from last season. If you’re an Irish fan, you should definitely watch this, but if you’re just a fan of laughing a lot, check it out as well. A little something to brighten up your Monday…Courtesy of Malik Zaire and Jay Hayes.https://t.co/iMLte4Dal6— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) March 21, 2016
OSU sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) walks off the field following the Buckeyes 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe 2016 Fiesta Bowl highlighted major needs for Ohio State’s coaching staff. OSU coach Urban Meyer made those changes. But because of Meyer, the Buckeyes will have to make more difficult alterations to its starting roster.When a program has a coach with the national prowess Meyer possesses, that program is blessed with four- and five-star recruits continually flooding into its facilities. In the same breath, those recruits can develop more rapidly than others and leave the program early, creating a hole to be filled before next fall. Meyer had this problem in 2016 and has it once again in 2017. But, per usual, he has the class to replace standouts.Either generated from early departures or under development, here are three positions to keep an eye on heading into spring practice on March 7.CornerbackEach year at OSU, Meyer has had to replace at least one starter at cornerback. This year, he will have to replace both starters. However, the way he and the defensive coaches treated the cornerback position last year and on the recruiting trail has set the Buckeyes up for success.One-year starter Marshon Lattimore and two-year starter Gareon Conley were menacing throughout the season defending opposing wide receivers — there’s no denying that. But what many casual observers of the Buckeyes might forget from 2016 is that the rotation at cornerback included now-junior cornerback Denzel Ward. Ward played in several crucial moments for the Buckeyes, including overtime against Michigan and Wisconsin.He had 23 tackles and nine pass break-ups.Aside from Ward, the 2017 cornerback class will make an impact, likely having at least one starter. Former junior college and Alabama transfer Kendall Sheffield is expected to be the leader of the pack, having experience already at a Division I school. The top-two cornerback recruits in the country, freshmen Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade, also will be in major contention for the starting gig opposite Ward.Right tackle2016 was perhaps the most underwhelming season the offensive line has had with Meyer as head coach. There was plenty of finger-pointing to go around, and much of that went to junior Isaiah Prince at right tackle.The OSU offensive line struggled in games that trotted out NFL talent on the defensive front. Against Penn State, Michigan and Clemson, the OSU offensive line allowed a combined average of more than 5.5 sacks and more than 11.5 tackles for loss per game. Prince had difficulties in all those games and opponents noticed.Prince and freshman right guard Michael Jordan won their respective jobs on the offensive line not because of excellent performance, but out of necessity because of a lack of development.In 2017, Meyer has more depth on the offensive line with the arrivals of prestigious offensive line recruits Josh Myers, Wyatt Davis and Thayer Munford.Davis and Myers are the more likely of the three freshman to play immediately, but junior college redshirt junior lineman Malcolm Pridgeon will certainly be in front of those two, given he might have started at right tackle before suffering a knee injury in fall camp.Pridgeon, Davis and Myers are three among others who are in contention for the opening at right tackle (and right guard), however don’t count out Prince as the incumbent despite his lackluster performances. Even the harshest of Buckeye critics would likely agree that camaraderie on the offensive line is more valuable than any other position.Wide receiverOSU wanted to be better in the passing game in 2016 even without now-New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas. The passing offense was likely the complete opposite of what the coaching staff envisioned at the beginning of the season. Now it’s the vision of a new offensive staff that will have to adjust without Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown, the team’s top two receivers.Redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill and sophomore Binjimen Victor are likely the lead candidates to start on the outside and receive the majority of passes from redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett with sophomore Demario McCall, who will likely replace Samuel at H-back. But after that, the competition is fierce, intensified by top freshman wideouts Trevon Grimes and Jaylen Harris, who are listed at 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5, respectively.New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson has proved at his other positions that he likes to throw the football downfield — something OSU hasn’t done much the last two seasons. In 2017, wide receivers will prove their worth on receptions 40-plus yards from the line of scrimmage.Redshirt junior Terry McLaurin, redshirt senior James Clark, sophomore Austin Mack and redshirt junior Parris Campbell also will be in the mix for a by-committee approach at receiver for the Buckeyes.
The French forward was a regular player at Fulham FC but then his time at the first-team was cut after being promoted to the Premier LeagueFrench attacker Floyd Ayite joined Fulham FC in 2016 after two years with SC Bastia.He was a regular on the first team and got promoted this year from the English Championship to the Premier League.But now, he has been on the sidelines for too long.“I can’t blame the fact I’m playing less on a player arriving. It’s not appropriate,” he told Sport Witness.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s a different level, a different league, players arrive, others leave, the manager makes his choices. I’m a part of the squad, I work while waiting for my chance.”“If I want to be on the pitch, I need to be better than the ones already on it, knowing the manager makes his choices based on how he wants to play against the next team and that we some fit his philosophy more than others,” he added.“We’re not playing badly, but we’re lacking that little bit of luck that we need to go find and to do that, we can’t give up, we need to fight.”“We’re on the right path, it’ll change,” he concluded.
Voters will determine if the Alaska law governing development in salmon habitat should be updated, something not done since statehood in 1959. If the Alaska Legislative session ends on time, the initiative will be bound for the primary election. If the Legislature goes into a special session, the initiative is expected to appear on a ballot in the general election. Ryan Schryver, campaign director for Stand for Salmon: “The people have spoken — they want every Alaskan to vote on this issue. Leaders across the state can now see how important this issue is to all Alaskans.” The Stand for Salmon initiative would restrict interference with salmon habitats during a development project, like the proposed Pebble Mine.According to the Stand for Salmon website, the initiative would formally define characteristics of a healthy river in state law, update state listings of waters which support salmon, requires the state to notify the public of projects which could affect salmon and create salmon-protection standards developers must meet before their projects can move forward. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Division of Elections certified the ‘Yes for Salmon Initiative’ for the 2018 ballot with nearly 42,000 signatures from all 40 legislative districts, and was signed by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.
After 85 years of exclusive availability to the New York State Society of CPA’s, The CPA Journal — the Society’s monthly publication — has decided to open things up to the public with the launch of a revamped CPAJournal.com. “I wanted to set my own direction,” Kravitz continues. “I gave Joanne a plan of what I wanted to do and she was open to it, which was wonderful.” Should the website be reserved for members only, and promoted as a benefit of joining the association? Should it be open-access, positioned to bring in new readers and convert them to membership? Should it serve as an advocate for the industry- or profession-at-large, informing the general public in a way that dovetails with the association’s mission? “It’s not because of an advertising perspective, but because those are the next generation of accounting professionals. Those are the people who I want to inspire to become one of us. We don’t have pencils in our pockets anymore. It’s a different world.” “The Journal is still considered the number-one member benefit of the State Society,” Kravitz adds, “but I think we’re strong enough to accept that if [the content] is given away for free, that it won’t hurt us. Also, there’s a reputational capital gain as a result.” Therein lies a major benefit of opening things up. Kravitz is specifically targeting what he calls the 18 – 34 demo over concerns that young people aren’t flocking to the accounting profession in the numbers they once were. To that end — in addition to infusing the traditionally New York-centric publication with a more national focus — Kravitz aims to highlight inspiring figures from the world of accounting. Members of the New York-based Society still receive the print magazine as a members-only perk, most of which does not end up being published online, but a suite of new content initiatives — including ten new columns from figures Kravitz describes as “national leaders on specific topics” — are now available online each month to anyone who wishes to access them. According to Rick Kravitz, who’s served as editor-in-chief of the Journal since his arrival three years ago, it’s simply a logical move. “CPA’s are the most trusted business professionals, and their responsibility is to the public,” Kravitz tells Folio:. “So it’s a natural extension that we should make the publication available to the public. If you look at the June issue, it won’t bore you to death. It’s about drones and robots and artificial intelligence and deep learning. It’s stuff that I think the public, and especially the business public, will find tremendously interesting.” It’s all part of an effort to liven up the content and make it relevant to CPA’s and non-accountants alike — something Kravitz views as a reflection of the modern profession. “Ninety-three million Americans own stock in American companies through their 401K’s, but not one of them votes for the CEO, for the board of directors, for their stock compensation,” he says. “Absent a CPA who says, ‘Wait a minute, guys. Your numbers are fake,’ no amount of regulation is ultimately going to protect the public.” One such content initiative is a new video series called “Voices of the Profession,” consisting of interviews with leaders in the field and reflections on what the accounting profession means to them. In a similar vein, a February narrative, “It’s Amazing What CPA’s Can Do,” told the story of MiaoLing Lin, who went from farmer’s daughter in a rural Taiwanese village to partner at New York City’s Koch Group & Co. To gate or not to gate? That is the age-old question — especially for publishers within membership associations — when it comes to positioning digital content. “When I came on board, 80 percent of our articles were written by academics,” Kravitz continues. “Today, I reject probably 80 to 90 percent of them. It’s just not meaningful anymore. We still accept some, but they have to be the best.” Another change, says Kravitz, has meant aggressively soliciting articles where, previously, submissions sufficed. Kravitz credits mentors, like accounting icon Sidney Kess, both with contributing his own perspectives to the Journal and identifying other new and dynamic writers. Additionally, a new partnership with Thomson Reuters stocks regular email newsletters with the latest headlines. When all is said and done, Kravitz says he hopes to bring new awareness to the public about the vital role CPA’s play and how the profession affects everyone. As with any decision to open up what was formerly gated, the shift runs the risk of undermining the Society’s efforts to attract new members, but Kravitz credits the Society’s executive director, Joanne Barry, with giving him the freedom to take such a dramatic step.
Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2018 Toyota 86 GT Black is tactile art 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 52 Photos More From Roadshow Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid gives up a lot for… Now playing: Watch this: 68 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 26 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2018 Ford EcoSport: Better late than never 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. More From Roadshow 1 GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Subaru Toyota,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Subaru Toyota Comment General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 3 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Subaru Ascent review Subaru, Toyota Subaru and Toyota will partner to create a brand-new electric vehicle platform, both automakers confirmed Thursday. The Japanese companies will jointly develop a compact SUV on this architecture, a version of which will be sold under both brands.”The two companies intend to take up the challenge of creating attractive products with appeal that only BEVs (battery electric vehicles) can offer,” the automakers said in a statement.Subaru and Toyota say this collaboration will play off the strengths of both companies. Toyota will bring its vehicle electrification expertise to the table, while Subaru will provide the all-wheel-drive system. Following the launch of the upcoming compact SUV, the companies say the new electric vehicle platform will be flexible enough that it can underpin a range of C- and D-segment sedans and SUVs.This won’t be the first time Subaru and Toyota have partnered on vehicle development; the companies initially formed a collaborative partnership in 2005. The first co-developed vehicles were the small, rear-wheel-drive Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 twins (as well as the now-deceased Scion FR-S). Last year, Toyota applied its hybrid electric vehicle technologies to Subaru’s Crosstrek, resulting in the Crosstrek Hybrid.Neither automaker provided a timeline as to when this new vehicle platform will be finished, nor did they say when we could expect the first EV SUV to launch. But since we’re talking about ground-up development here, it’s reasonable to assume the fruits of this shared labor won’t arrive for quite some time. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 12 Photos 25 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos Electric Cars Car Industry 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Comments 69 Photos Share your voice 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Share your voice 18 Photos 81 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Tags 3:32 71 Photos Tags Car Industry 49 Photos
Courtesy of Matt BarrettBen Anderson collects grass samples in Western Australia. Spinifex tastes to some like salt and vinegar chips — but it’s so hard and spiky that scientists say collecting samples can be painful.If I spot a blade of interesting-looking grass, my first inclination isn’t to wonder what it tastes like. But a group of researchers in Australia recently stumbled upon two new species of grass with a peculiar flavor that some liken to a favorite snacking combo: salt and vinegar chips.“The taste, it’s different. It’s hard to sort of quantify,” says Benjamin Anderson, a plant biologist who recently graduated from the University of Western Australia and is the lead author on a paper that describes the new plants, which are part of a group known as Spinifex grasses. “I got a tangy sensation and taste.”Anderson and his colleagues were collecting specimens in the Pilbara, a dry and mountainous section of Western Australia, when they stumbled upon the new species. Spinifex grasses mostly grow in spikey humps called hummocks that resemble overgrown, green hedgehogs from far off. If they grow old enough, some spinifex humps will roll outwards to form what looks like a prickly, mouth-bleeding doughnut.The two new species don’t look all that different from their 70-some cousins, which crowd most of the Australian continent — except for a spray of glistening droplets around their leaves. “We saw it sparkling in the sunlight and just go — oh, that’s interesting,” Anderson says.But no — they didn’t think to munch on the grass just then.“It’s probably not the best way to explore the natural world, licking things,” Anderson says.The tasting happened later, in the lab, while one of Anderson’s graduate advisers was working with samples of the new species. “It wasn’t an intentional like, ‘Let’s lick the grass,” he says. “She touched her hand to her mouth, and she was like, ‘Hey that’s weird.’ That was the first discovery.”But scientists still don’t know what, exactly, those intriguingly flavored droplets on the grass are.Courtesy of Matt BarrettAlas, scientists know of nothing that eats these humps of spinifex grass with hints of salt and vinegar chips — not even the local cows“We don’t really know why they are there. We don’t know what it does or what it’s for, and we didn’t chemically analyze it or anything,” Anderson says. But they definitely taste like something. “My supervisor was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s definitely salt and vinegar.’ For me, it was a funky taste,” he says. “It was a neat experience, but it’s not like it made me want to eat it.”Theories aren’t abounding among scientists, either. Some spinifex species produce a thick resin to keep herbivores away, but that’s not what these droplets are. The fact that the grass is sour is not a useful clue, either.“Sour taste remains a puzzle to many of us,” says Gary Beauchamp, the emeritus director and president of the Monell Chemical Senses Center. “What exactly the function of acids in plants vis-à-vis taste is really unclear.”Alas, while it’s tempting to think the grasses could become the next low-fat snack fad, Anderson says his discovery — which he has unofficially dubbed “sparkling spinifex” and officially Triodia scintillans and Triodia Vanleeuwenii — are not likely to become new delicacies.Spinifex grasses are often so hard and spiky that scientists say it can actually be painful trying to collect samples. They don’t have much nutritional value, and the grasses have no known predators. “Yeah, nothing. It’s of great frustration [to farmers] that so much of the land is dominated by this grass, and cows don’t eat it,” says Rod Fensham, a plant ecologist at the University of Queensland who did not work on the new spinifex species.Spinifex does have some virtues, though. As the dominant vegetation in most of Australia, it creates a foundation for ecosystems and holds soil erosion at bay. Reptiles, insects and a rare bird called the night parrot make their homes in the arid grass lumps. Humans have used the resinous types of spinifex to create strong adhesives for centuries — but it’s also not for eating.Aboriginal people in Australia used it as a glue and cement,” Fensham says. “The resin smells not unpleasant, but it’s definitely not something you’d want to stick in your mouth.” The resin can also be processed to make rubbery products like latex condoms thinner and stronger.There may yet be more spinifex uses to be discovered. Perhaps Anderson’s sparkling spinifex will have some other interesting property, although the unusual taste has captured Fensham’s attention. “I find it a bit curious! I’d love to taste this grass myself,” he says.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaElection signs at an early voting location at Spring First Church, in Spring –a suburb north of Houston– on October 28, 2018.Democrats and Republicans seem to be more divided than ever this election season – but one issue divides Americans more than any other: immigration. 00:00 /04:02 So what do these divisions sound like in a city that prides itself in its large immigrant population? An array of Houstonians weigh in: “I know more politics here than in my country,” says A.J. Dhannayak who works in IT. Dhannayak came to the U.S. from India 12 years ago and is here legally on a work visa. Dhannayak says even though he pays taxes here, he can’t vote or even change his job because of his immigration status. He wishes becoming a citizen was easier and complains about a long case backlog. He and his wife want to have kids, but they haven’t yet because they’re worried they could lose their work visas and be forced to leave immediately. “It’s hard to sleep at night sometimes because I invested so much of my energy, my life and my money into this country,” says Dhannayak. Dhannayak used to support Senator Ted Cruz, but now he says, “I think we should go for another candidate this time. When I say ‘we’ I know I can’t vote but, yes, Texans should go for another candidate and see how it works – at least.”G. Torres, a paralegal, says she’s not sure who she’s going to vote for – or if she’ll vote at all. She’s a supporter of legal immigration, but also thinks Dreamers should be able to stay in the country. “A lot of Dreamers are either college graduates and want to further their education and I think they should be allowed to have some kind of legal status to continue because I do think they would benefit the U.S.,” says Torres. An older Republican man who wished to remain anonymous says he thinks immigrants do add to the country but says they should have to learn English and assimilate – and they should come here legally. He supports a wall and thinks border security should be a priority and says it’s a matter of national security. Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaHarris County Republicans gather at a debate watch party in Houston to watch Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke spar over immigration, other issuesThose sentiments were echoed during Cruz and O’Rourke’s last debate – many energized voters spoke enthusiastically about border security at the debate watch party at Harris County Republican headquarters.But not all Republicans agree.Attorney Chase Bradstreet also works as communications director for the Houston Young Republicans.He says he’s voting for Senator Cruz, but when I ask him which candidate reflects his views on immigration he says, “I disagree with a lot of the rhetoric from our own party about it.”He’s for a merit-based immigration system. And instead of building one big border wall, Bradstreet says, “That is, of course, infeasible, however border structures are important. They help facilitate a patrol.” In terms of what to do with Dreamers, Bradstreet says, “It really depends on a case by case basis.” He says either way presidents shouldn’t be making that decision at all. Overall, though, he says it shouldn’t be up to the President. “Only one body has been given the constitutional prerogative to define admissibility and that is the Congress,” says Bradstreet. Of course, it’s members of Congress we’ll be electing this November who will have the chance once again to reform the laws that decide who gets to call the United States home. Listen Pew research shows while Republicans see ‘illegal immigration’ as the single most pressing issue facing our country, Democrats ranked it their lowest priority among 18 different issues. Democrats also scored the treatment of undocumented immigrants as a high priority, which was much less important to Republicans, according to the Pew survey. You can hear these divisions in the barrage of political ads this season: X Share
Watch TV subscribers will also have access to 15,000 movies and TV show episodes on demand, and will be able to watch the service both on mobile devices as well as desktop browsers and streaming devices. Apps for Watch TV are based on DirecTV Now, so you should expect the service to show up on Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV and Chromecast at launch, or soon after. Popular on Variety AT&T announced the launch of its new internet service Watch TV Thursday, revealing both the TV networks included in the service as well as details on ways to get Watch TV for free. The company also announced that it will give some of its wireless subscribers free access to other paid music and video streaming services.Watch TV, which is slated to go live next week, will feature a total of 31 TV networks at launch, including AMC, Cartoon Network, CNN, HGTV, TBS and TNT. Some time in the near future, the company plans to add BET, Comedy Central, MTV2, Nicktoons, Teen Nick and VH1 to the Watch TV line-up.Check out the full AT&T Watch TV line-up below: AT&T is making the service available at no cost to a subset of its users, and is introducing two new wireless plans to do so: A new base line unlimited data plan dubbed “AT&T Unlimited & More” includes free access to Watch TV. “AT&T Unlimited & More Premium” comes with Watch TV access as well as an option to add one other music or video subscription service at no extra cost.Services available for this offer include HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora Premium and VRV, the millennial-focused online video subscription bundle from Ellation, a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Company. Subscribers of AT&T Unlimited & More can also get $15 monthly credit for a DirecTV Now subscription, whereas Unlimited & More Premium offers a $15 credit for either DirecTV Now, DirecTV or AT&T Uverse.AT&T Unlimited & More Premium will cost subscribers $80 per month for a single line after certain credits, whereas AT&T Unlimited & More will start at $70 per month for a single line, or $40 per line for 4 lines, with line 5-10 costing $35 each. Those plans are effectively replacing AT&T’s existing unlimited plans for new subscribers, which also means that they come with some of the same caveats.The biggest one: AT&T Unlimited & More subscribers will only be able to stream video in SD over the cellular network, a restriction that also applies to Watch TV streams. However, streams via Wifi are exempt from those restrictions.Watch TV will also be available as a standalone plan for $15 a month, and AT&T said that it would announce additional details at launch. The company also said that it would introduce additional services as its merger with Time Warner completes. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson first announced plans to launch Watch TV as he took the stand during the government’s lawsuit against the merger.Correction: 7:20 a.m.: An earlier version of this story misstated the price of the AT&T Unlimited & More plan. CREDIT: Courtesy of AT&T ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
For years, continuous growth has been a given for Apple investors. On Tuesday, that success story came to a screeching halt: The iPhone maker generated billions less in revenue during the quarter ending on Dec. 29 than it did during the same time in 2017.The sole culprit for this decline was the company’s iPhone business, where revenue dipped 15% year-over-year. “Our customers are holding on to older iPhones a bit longer than in the past,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company’s earnings call Tuesday afternoon.That’s not to say that Apple isn’t still a very profitable business. The company generated $84.3 billion in revenue during the holiday quarter, compared to $88.3 billion in revenue during the same quarter in 2017. Diluted earnings per share came in at $4.18, compared to $3.89 a year ago. In fact, those earnings per share represented a new record, which resulted in investors sending the stock up 8.5% in after-hours trading. Popular on Variety Apple had previously warned investors that a decline in its China business would lead to lower-than-expected revenue for the quarter. The company revised its revenue guidance for the quarter from $91 billion to $84 billion in January, at the time leading to a massive sell-off from investors.“While it was disappointing to miss our revenue guidance, we manage Apple for the long term, and this quarter’s results demonstrate that the underlying strength of our business runs deep and wide,” Cook was quoted saying in the company’s earnings release.Adding to the uncertainty was the fact that for the first time, Apple didn’t disclose the number of iPhones it sold in the quarter. The company had announced this step during its fiscal Q4 earnings report in November, with chief financial officer Luca Maestri telling investors at the time that the average sale price of an iPhone was ultimately more material to the company than the total number of devices sold. “A unit of sale is less relevant to us today than it was in the past,” Maestri said.But even without those numbers, Tuesday’s release showed that the company missed on iPhone sales. The company sold close to $52 billion worth of phones during the quarter, down from $61.1 billion a year before. Mac and iPad revenues, on the other hand, were both up, 8.7% and 16.9% respectively. Service revenues were also up 19% year-over-year, at close to $10.9 billion.The company also disclosed that it now has 1.4 billion active devices in the market, including 900 million iPhones. “Our ecosystem is stronger than ever before,” Cook said.Apple’s earnings report came a day after reports about a serious security flaw involving the company’s Facetime video chat software emerged. That flaw allowed users to spy on unsuspecting iPhone owners simply by giving them a call, with microphones capturing audio even if a call wasn’t picked up. Apple has since temporarily disabled group calling, but has yet to roll out a software update for a more permanent fix. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Art lovers can head on to Delhi Art Gallery as it brings you the exhibition Indian Abstracts: An Absence of Form that charts the development of abstraction in modern Indian art. The show displays about 350 works by over 60 artists. The exhibition features works of prominent and significant Indian abstractionists like – VS Gaitonde, SH Raza, Ram Kumar, Nasreen Mohammedi, Zarina Hashmi, Jeram Patel, Shanti Dave, Ganesh Haloi, Krishna Reddy, J Swaminathan and V Vishwanadhan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition brings together work spanning a vast range of styles that have evolved in modern Indian art. Indian abstract artists drew on a range of influences in their work – Western abstract art, in particular the works of artists such as Klee, Rothko, Pollock or Calder, East-Asian influences, and significantly, a range of traditional, tribal, folk and tantric art – for their techniques, themes and approaches. Additionally, it also brings together lesser-known abstract works of artists that are known for their fidelity to figurative or representative art – these feature artists such as MF Husain, Somnath Hore, Dharamnarayan Dasgupta, Benode Behari Mukherjee, Sunil Das and Rabin Mondal – their abstract works are a delight to behold and add significantly to our understanding of Indian modernism’s journey.An over 400-page, substantial volume of art scholarship has accompany this significant exhibition, featuring colour plates of artworks and scholarship by leading art historians examining the journey of the abstract in Indian art.When: On till 30 SeptemberWhere: Delhi Art Gallery, 11 Hauz Khas Village
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » October 1, 2013 “Is Etsy selling out?”That was the question posed by Kimm Alfonso of Etsy’s Seller Education during today’s Town Hall event where the ecommerce site announced major changes to the way its handmade community operates.The question came as a response to Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson announcement of three big policy changes that effect sellers. The new polices allow sellers to:1. Hire staff. Etsy sellers are now allowed to hire help in creating the items that they sell and those employees can live anywhere. Previously sellers could have their shops shut down if they had help from people in other parts of the county or world.2. Use shipping services. Sellers will be able to use outside shipping and fulfillment services. They will no longer be required to personally ship all of their items.3. Use manufacturers. Etsy sellers will be allowed to use outside manufacturers to produce the designs they create. They must submit an application to the Etsy team to make sure the manufacturer meets Etsy’s ethical guidelines. Related: The ‘Etsy Economy’ and Changing the Way We Shop Dickerson said the changes are in part a response to sellers who say that the site’s restrictions have made growing their businesses — or in some cases, even meeting current demand — impossible. When the policy changes go into effect in January 2014, all sellers will be required to disclose their employees and share whether they are using manufacturing services on their listing pages. Etsy will also be redesigning seller pages.Transparency, Dickerson and the panel of Etsy staff reiterated, is at the heart of keeping the community spirit alive on Etsy. Dickerson outlined principals that describe Etsy’s new definition of “handmade”:1. Authorship. Items sold in the handmade marketplace must have been designed by the shop owner (even if a team of people helps create them).2. Responsibility. The shop’s owner has to know how the items are being produced during every step of the processes.3. Transparency. Sellers must disclose who is involved in making the items they sell and where they are located.Etsy reiterated that sellers in its handmade marketplace cannot “re-sell” a product, meaning they can’t take a new, finished product they had no role in creating and sell it to someone else unchanged.The announcement of the changes raised a lot of concerns among sellers at the event and online, with over a thousand questions pouring in following the announcements. The primary concerns were that sellers with outside help would have a competitive advantage over smaller sellers unable to afford such help and that the distinction between the two wouldn’t be prominently displayed for buyers to distinguish the difference.Concerns over the use of overseas manufactures, and the authenticity of the Etsy mission have been ongoing as the site expands.So is Etsy selling out? Some handmade purists may fear that is the direction these changes may take the site, which has over 1 million active sellers, but Dickerson asserts that Etsy is staying true to its quirky maker roots. “I don’t want to be the CEO who turns Etsy into eBay. Etsy is fundamentally a creative community, and eBay is not.”
03Oct Rep. Griffin: Legislation an important step in licensing reform The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin making it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license to have his or her application accepted based on a determination of his or her moral character.Griffin’s legislation, House Bill 6111, is part of a bipartisan, five-bill plan to reform the state’s review of occupational licensing.State regulations often refer broadly to “good moral character” as a requirement for holding a license. In practice, this has often led to those on the licensing board to interpret anyone with a criminal record to be ineligible for an occupational license.“Through data, we are seeing many people – despite spending valuable time and money on obtaining an occupational license – be denied a license after review because of a minor criminal conviction on their record,” said Griffin, of Mattawan, who is a member of the House Regulatory Reform committee. “I understand people convicted of major crimes should be barred from a job for the safety of the community, but in regard to more minor crimes, there are people trying to get their lives back on track and are facing obstacles to obtaining steady employment.”A total of 77 million Americans, or one out of every three adults, have a criminal record according to the National Council of State Legislatures – making it difficult, or even impossible to find work that requires an occupational license. In 2014, employment barriers faced by people with felony convictions – including occupational licensing – were associated with a reduction in the overall employment rate amounting to a loss of at least 1.7 million workers from the workforce and a cost of at least $78 billion to the economy nationwide.“Some Michiganders are missing out on the opportunity to work and provide for their families because of past mistakes they have already paid for,” Griffin said. “This legislative package aids workers in search of employment, helps job providers fill open positions and will work to stop the revolving door some people are experiencing when being released from prison.”House Bills 6110-13, along with 6381, now move to the Senate for further consideration. Categories: Griffin News
Sarah BarnettBBC America 49.9% stakeholder, AMC Networks, has appointed SundanceTV executive Sarah Barnett as president and general manager of BBC America.Barnett, who has been at AMC-owned SundanceTV for ten years and is the network’s president and general manager, will replace BBC America’s current general manager, Perry Simon.She is due to begin her new role in early 2015, overseeing both BBC America and Sundance TV for an interim period until a successor at Sundance TV is named.With the move, Simon will take up an exclusive production deal with BBC Worldwide North America. Development commitments are already in place from BBC America and AMC Networks.“I’m delighted Sarah is to lead BBC America as the new general manager within the joint venture. She has a fantastic track record in the kind of intelligent, creative content that is BBC America’s hallmark. And as a highly respected, collaborative team leader I have every confidence she will deliver success for both joint venture partners,” said BBC Worldwide CEO, Tim Davie.Barnett will be based in New York and will lead BBC America’s day-to-day operations, including overall creative and brand strategy, production and development, digital strategy and marketing. She will continue to report to AMC Networks’ chief operating officer Ed Carroll.Barnett joined SundanceTV in 2005 as senior vice president of marketing, becoming head of SundanceTV in 2009 and a year later launched the network’s scripted strategy. Previously she was vice president of on-air for BBC America for four years, after spending 12 years with the BBC in London.The BBC Trust last month approved the partnership between BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks that saw the latter take a 49.9% stake in BBC America.
Virtual reality headset shipments took a “sharp decline” year-on-year in Q2 2018, though the outlook for the market remains positive, according to IDC.The research firm’s ‘Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker’ recorded a 33.7% drop in global headset shipments in the second quarter but predicted this to be a “temporary setback as the VR market finds its legs”.The largest contributor to the overall decline in shipments was the shrinking category of ‘screenless viewers’ or smartphone headsets, which fell from 1 million units shipped in Q2 2017 to 409,000 in Q2 2018.“Screenless viewers brought a lot of attention to VR in the early days as the entire market was artificially propped up by brands like Samsung, Alcatel, and Google that bundled the headsets with smartphones,” according to the report.Tethered VR headsets shipments declined 37.3% in Q2 2018, which IDC attributed to brands like Oculus and Sony being unable to maintain the momentum established during a period of price reductions in Q2 2017.However, standalone VR headset shipments grew 417.7% during the quarter, largely due to the global availability of the Oculus Go and Xiaomi Mi VR devices, which IDC said shipped 212,000 units.“The arrival of new products, such as the Oculus Go and HTC Vive Pro, and new brands, combined with the need for greater headset fidelity all point to a positive outlook for the quarters ahead,” according to the report.IDC also noted that VR is starting to see more commercial deployments, with roughly 20% of VR headsets destined for the commercial sector in Q2 2018, up from 14% in Q2 2017.“One of the major issues with the VR market is that consumers still find it difficult to try a VR headset. This is where the commercial market has an opportunity to shine,” said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers.IDC’s programme vice president for devices and augmented and virtual reality, Tom Mainelli, said: “In a market where mainstream VR content is still lacking, a growing number of vendors are looking to commercial as a way to build their business while they wait for the consumers to catch up.“These vendors are moving beyond entertainment-focused B2C deployments to real-world training scenarios in companies of all sizes, all over the world. IDC expects commercial buyers to represent an increasingly important percentage of the market going forward.”
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first identical alternative to the EpiPen, which is widely used to save children and adults suffering from dangerous allergic reactions.The FDA Thursday authorized Teva Pharmaceuticals USA to sell generic versions of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr for adults and children who weigh more than 33 pounds.The devices enable people to automatically inject the hormone epinephrine into the thigh when experiencing potentially life-threatening allergic reactions to bee stings, peanuts, drugs or other substances.The EpiPen, which is made by Mylan, has sparked controversy because of its price. It can cost as much as $600 for a package of two pens, and the pens have to be replaced periodically. There have also been periodic shortages of the devices reported around the country.The FDA says the approval of the new products should help with both cost and availability.”Today’s approval of the first generic version of the most-widely prescribed epinephrine auto-injector in the U.S. is part of our longstanding commitment to advance access to lower cost, safe and effective generic alternatives,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement announcing the approval.”This approval means patients living with severe allergies who require constant access to life-saving epinephrine should have a lower-cost option, as well as another approved product to help protect against potential shortages,” Gottlieb said. Teva has not said how much it plans to charge. In a statement, the company said the firm is “applying our full resources to this important launch in the coming months and [is] eager to begin supplying the market.”In 2016, Mylan released its own generic version of the EpiPen costing roughly half the original price.But today’s approval is the first from a competitor that is a true “therapeutic equivalent,” according to the FDA. Although other generic versions of epinephrine auto-injectors have been previously approved, the new product is the first that can be easily substituted for customers by their pharmacists. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
The rate of cesarean sections around the world is increasing at an “alarming” rate, reported an international team of doctors and scientists on Thursday.Since 1990, C-sections have more than tripled from about 6 percent of all births to 21 percent, three studies report in The Lancet. And there are no “signs of slowing down,” the researchers write in a commentary about the studies.C-sections now outnumber vaginal deliveries in parts of southeast Europe, Latin America and China. Even in poor countries, the rates can be extremely high at clinics. For example, in Bangladesh, less than 60 percent of births occur at a clinic, but when they do, about 65 percent of them are C-sections.The rates can be even higher in private clinics. For example, in Brazil, 80-90 percent of births in private clinics are now C-sections, compared with about 30-40 percent of births in public hospitals.Such high rates are due mainly to an increase of elective C-sections, says Salimah Walani, the vice president of global programs at March of Dimes, a U.S. maternal and child health organization. “The procedure is done when it is not really necessary or indicated,” she says.Then the surgical procedure can do more harm than good for moms and babies, Walani says.For a mom, an elected C-section can raise the chance of death by at least 60 percent, and in some circumstances as much as 700 percent, several studies have reported. And it increases a woman’s risk of life-threatening complications during childbirth, such as bleeding, uterine rupture, hysterectomy and cardiac arrest by about fivefold. This risk rises even further in subsequent deliveries.For babies, C-sections raise the chance of obesity and autoimmune diseases later in life. When the procedure occurs before 39 weeks, an early birth increases the infant’s risk of respiratory problems.So what’s driving the global rise of C-sections?It’s likely three factors working together: financial, legal and technical, says Holly Kennedy, a professor of midwifery at the Yale School of Nursing and contributed to one of the studies.”As an obstetrician told me … ‘You’re going to pay me more [to do a C-section], you’re not going to sue me and I’ll be done in a hour,’ ” Kennedy says.When it comes to C-sections, there seems to be an optimal rate that provides the most benefit to women and babies.Doctors are still debating what that optimal rate is — and it probably depends on the location. The World Health Organization suggests it lies between 10 and 15 percent, while a more recent study found it is a little higher, around 19 percent.North America and Western Europe are well above this optimal rate, with 32 percent and 27 percent of babies in 2015 delivered by C-section, respectively. The only region with a higher rate than North America is Latin America and the Caribbean, where 44 percent of all deliveries were C-sections in 2015.To bring these rates down, hospitals need to pay doctors equally for vaginal births, a team of researchers write in a commentary.At the other end of the spectrum, sub-Saharan Africa is still struggling to give moms access to C-sections when required. Across this region, the C-section rate has changed very little since 2000, hovering right around 5 percent.So many moms around the world end up with less-than-optimal care when it comes to C-sections: It’s either too little too late, or too much too soon. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.