Videos: Louisville Owned SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays After Dominating Syracuse

first_imgDonovan Mitchell throws down dunk against Syracuse..Twitter/@theACCDNMidway through the second half of Wednesday night’s 72-58 home win over Syracuse, the Louisville Cardinals were doing whatever they wanted on offense. The dominant display was heavily featured on SportsCenter this morning, where the Cardinals had three of the Top 10 plays of the day.First up, at No. 7, this beautiful behind-the-back assist by Chinanu Onuaku.Nanu droppin’ dimes. pic.twitter.com/7MFnoY0qRb— LouisvilleSportsLive (@LvilleSprtsLive) February 18, 2016Next, at No. 4, another Onuaku assist—this time to Jaylen Johnson for a powerful alley-oop.It’s like Louisville found a “if you make the other team cry they have to let you play in the tournament” loophole pic.twitter.com/m4kMWmXva4— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) February 18, 2016And finally, Louisville took home the top play, with this ferocious alley-oop from Damion Lee to Donovan Mitchell.If you look close enough, you can see a smile on Donovan Mitchell’s face as he slams this one home for @GoCards!https://t.co/xlTSYEXZ08— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) February 18, 2016That one was just mean. Mitchell liked it so much, he made it the header photo for his Twitter profile. donovan mitchell twitterIt’s been a rough few weeks for the Cardinals. Last night’s big win had to be pretty cathartic.last_img read more

Global Collaboration to Reduce Cybercrimes Urged

first_imgStory Highlights The Hon. Julian Robinson, is urging closer collaboration between developed and developing countries in efforts to reduce the prevalence of cyber-crimes. State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, is urging closer collaboration between developed and developing countries in efforts to reduce the prevalence of cyber-crimes.He made the call while speaking at the just concluded international cyber crime conference in Seoul, South Korea.Making his contribution, on the topic: “Beyond Digital Divide towards Global Prosperity”, Mr. Robinson noted existing disparities between developed and developing countries in terms of the necessary interventions to effectively counter cyber crimes.“While the divide between developed and developing countries has narrowed significantly in the (general) area of legislation (enactment), it remains with respect to the ability of some countries to respond to cyber incidents and threats, through Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs),” he said.In stressing that the importance of legislation in the fight against cyber crimes “cannot and should not be overstated”, the State Minister said the work programme for both the Organisation of American States (OAS) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) identifies the need for the implementation of legislative measures aimed at enabling investigation and prosecution.“Itis not sufficient, however, to simply promulgate legislation. Countries, developed and developing alike, have to continuously review their legislation to ensure that it appropriately addresses new and emerging cyber threats,” he underscored.In this regard, Mr. Robinson said the Jamaican Government has moved proactively to this end.He informed that in addition to the Cybercrimes Act, several other pieces of legislation are utilised in Jamaica to prosecute cyber crimes. These include: the Larceny Act; Interception of Communications Act; and Child Pornography Act.The State Minister added that accompanying legislation, in the form of the Electronic Transactions Act, has also been promulgated to promote and support legitimate engagements.In relation to the Cybercrimes Act, Mr. Robinson advised that a provision was incorporated into the legislation mandating a review by a Joint Select Committee of the Houses of Parliament, two years after the legislation’s implementation. He explained that this was done to ensure that the Act’s provisions remain consistent with and relevant to international best practices.As regards Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTs), the Minister pointed out that any quest to establish such an entity must be supported by an effective training regime for the personnel involved, in order for it to be successful.He pointed out that of over 18 established CIRTs currently, only two are in the Caribbean,In this regard, the State Minister disclosed that Jamaica has begun to develop a cadre of professionals with the technical expertise to identify, determine, and respond to cyber and other technology-related crimes. He, however, noted that the complement of personnel is “not yet sufficient.”“The Jamaica Constabulary Force, for example, has a specific unit within its Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) with responsibility for investigating cyber crime. With support from our international and bilateral partners, the unit would be able to collaborate and, otherwise, share its resources and know-how with other Caribbean countries,” he indicated.Mr. Robinson also disclosed that a specialized unit also exists within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), which is responsible for prosecuting cyber crime incidents and liaising with and supervising police investigations.The State Minister emphasized the need for increased cross-border collaboration and training. This, he said, would be particularly beneficial to officers and stakeholders attached to or utilizing Jamaica’s Resident Magistrates Courts, where most cybercrimes are prosecuted, but proceedings are often delayed. This, he explained, is consequent on court personnel’s unfamiliarity with the intricacies associated with cybercrimes.In this regard, he stressed the need for these officers to be sensitized accordingly in order to facilitate smooth and timely disposal of matters.“As we grapple with this increasing problem of cybercrime, it is imperative that we continue to co-operate at the (local), regional, and international levels, with a view to reducing its impact on the prosperity of our citizens and our economies. Our efforts certainly can be enhanced when we find common means to tackle this increasingly problematic issue,” Mr. Robinson contended.The two-day conference, themed “Global Prosperity through an Open and Secure Cyberspace: Opportunities, Threats and Cooperation”, was organised by the South Korean Foreign Ministry and staged at Seoul’s Convention and Exhibition Centre (COEX).It brought together more than 1,600 government officials, civil leaders, and cyberspace security experts from 87 countries around the world. The State Minister also emphasized the need for increased cross-border collaboration and training. There are existing disparities between developed and developing countries in terms of the necessary interventions to effectively counter cyber crimes.last_img read more

Ohio State holds off Illinois 6255 to end 4game skid

Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) goes up for a layup. OSU won against Illinois, 62-55, Jan. 23. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorA win’s a win.For the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes, that’s all that really matters after beating Illinois, 62-55, to put a stop to a four-game losing streak.“We try to do our best to put the losing streak behind us. This game wasn’t about that. It was about trying to come out and find a way to be better than Illinois and that’s our only goal in this game,” senior guard Aaron Craft said after the win. “We wanted to find a way to get better before this game in practice and watching film and we were able to do that. We were a tougher basketball team down the stretch than we have been, and that’s what matters.”A three-point play by junior forward LaQuinton Ross followed by a 3-pointer by senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (his fourth of the game) and free throws down the stretch helped secure the win for OSU.“I think it was just everybody being connected tonight. I think we had…it was a lot of togetherness tonight. You see guys jumping up and down, you see fans jumping up and down. We was able to get our crowd into it. It felt good to be playing back at home, too. Having that support for you from the crowd,” Ross said. “I think it was just a group effort tonight, everybody did what they had to and pitched in.”Both teams struggled offensively early on, combining to make just five field goals in the opening nine minutes of play.Smith Jr.’s second 3-pointer of the game gave OSU the lead, 24-23, with 57 seconds remaining in the first half, but a dunk on the other end by Illini junior center Nnanna Egwu helped give Illinois the lead at the break.The Buckeyes had as many field goals (seven) as they did fouls in the first half.OSU was able to gain momentum in the second half thanks to a 9-0 run that was topped off by a 3-pointer by junior forward Sam Thompson. That gave the Buckeyes the lead, 40-34, aided by four turnovers in six possessions by the Fighting Illini.Illinois (13-7, 2-5) would not go away quietly though, as it would make back-to-back 3-pointers to stay in the game.Craft would answer with a 3-pointer shortly thereafter, but two baskets by Illinois redshirt-senior guard Joseph Bertrand and a layup by junior guard Tracy Abrams tied the game at 46.Ross would bury a three from the wing, though, and a steal by Smith Jr. lead to a layup by junior guard Shannon Scott that gave OSU a five-point advantage with 3:31 left.The Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) were able to make enough plays late to hold off Illinois for the win.“I’m just so excited for my team right now. Got a chance to see guys smiling and I miss that,” Smith Jr. said after the win. “As a senior on this team, obviously you want to see your team smiling as much as possible. I can tell you, prior to this game there was no smiles, there was no laughter. There was none of that. Guys were kind of in their shell. And now I feel like everybody’s out now and I’m just looking forward to going forward and playing the next game with a lot of confidence.”Ross led the way for OSU with 18 points, but Smith Jr. wasn’t far behind with 16 of his own. Craft finished with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.“I think this. Did we play perfect? No, we did not,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “The thing I liked was I loved our energy on defense. I thought we played extremely hard. I thought we got back to rotating, seeing things the way we need to see them. And that was something going in…you know offensively, first half I’m just like, ‘here we go again.’ When (junior center) Amir (Williams) missed the dunk I’m like ‘maybe this isn’t supposed to be.’ But to the kids credit they had a different look in their eye down the stretch and give the (Schottenstein Center) a ton of (credit). I mean that crowd was as energetic as it could be and really helped us.”Bertrand scored 19 for Illinois in the loss.Next up, the Buckeyes are set to host Penn State (9-10, 0-6) Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

THE under 19s and 16s capped a superb treble winni

first_imgTHE under 19s and 16s capped a superb treble winning weekend for the Saints today.Derek Traynor’s 19s beat the auld enemy Wigan Warriors 44-24 whilst the under 16s hammered Warrington 54-8 on the road.This, of course, comes on the back of the first team’s 32-24 defeat of the Wolves on Thursday.Full match reports are now online – take a read and see how the future of the club is very bright indeed!#oursaintslast_img

Building a Car or Fixing a House These YouTubers Can Help

first_img Apply Now » Guest Writer Building a Car or Fixing a House? These YouTubers Can Help. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue 41shares Not long ago, I found a YouTube video that provided step-by-step instructions on how to fix the lid on a kitchen trash can that’s supposed to open when you step on the pedal. Whether you need to learn how to play a bass or fillet a bass, chances are there’s at least one video on YouTube that will provide a detailed how-to for the task at hand.It’s reminiscent of the podcast explosion. If you search for a podcast about heavy metal bands who only sing about fly fishing, chances are you’ll find one.For DIYers who like to make their own furniture, one of the YouTube superstars of the so-called maker video scene is a 50-year-old master craftsman named Jimmy Diresta. The guy can fabricate anything out of wood, steel and synthetic materials. Diresta has a million-plus YouTube subscribers who watch him work magic in a 5,000-square-foot Catskills Mountain work space. His toolset includes everything from rusted, century-old lathes to state-of-the-art CNC machines such as routers and plasma cutters.”Everything I’ve ever done for a living was making something,” said Diresta, who started making and selling signs to other kids when he was in elementary school.As an adult, Diresta spent 18 years building prototypes for the toy industry Then he started doing TV shows for Fox and the Discovery Channel. But he soon grew frustrated bending to the will and whim of his producers and clueless executives. So he turned to YouTube and hasn’t looked back. Diresta estimates he’s done more than 400 videos at this point, including exclusive content for Make magazine (the journal of the maker movement), the industrial design website Core77 and Rockler, which sells woodworking tools.Diresta says the key to a successful a maker video channel is producing content that your audience will want to share. Twenty-five of his videos, including videos about a sword that is concealed in a cane (below) and a hollow log treasure chest, have had more than a million views on YouTube. A few, including one in which he attached a multi-tool to a bowie knife, have have been viewed more than 5 million times.Diresta’s fans come from all over the world to visit him in New York. And some who don’t make the trek send him handmade stuff with the Diresta logo stenciled on it, a hat tip to his YouTube videos, which conclude with Diresta spray painting his surname on his projects with a stencil. In another nod to YouTube tradition, Diresta unboxes gifts from his fans on camera.The man receives a continuing stream of emails from other makers who initially express admiration for his video handiwork and then write back to alert him to their first videos. “My style has been stolen a million times to Sunday,” he says, “but I don’t mind. I like it.”Building houses and making gnocchiOne of Diresta’s admirers, who is starting to make a name for himself on YouTube, is Gardner Waldeier, a 34-year-old woodworker, auto mechanic and gourmet chef in Waterford, Maine. Waldeier is known as Bus Huxley on YouTube, a name he says just came to him. His videos are often made with the help of both a 60-year-old Ford tractor and a brand-new iMac.Waldeier has been cutting down trees on his land, milling them nearby, and building a new house with the lumber. There are 21 episodes so far in his A House Built from Trees series, with no end in sight. But he doesn’t limit himself to building in his videos. His eclectic channel offers screen time to baby raccoons, recipes for tacos and pickled jalapenos and such wacky endeavors as using a chainsaw to propel himself across a frozen lake.When he started making videos, Waldeier used an iPhone with a cracked screen someone gave him and a low-resolution garden cam that allows you to record video one frame at a time by setting the interval between frames.Waldeier’s videos do not yet have the reach of similar videos from Diresta. His four-minute video on fixing the brakes on a Toyota Corolla garnered fewer than 100 views. But his tutorial on changing a gas tank on a 1996 Ford pick-up truck had 12,000+ views. Waldeier’s most widely seen video is a step-by-step demonstration of how to make gnocchi, which accrued some 21,000 views.”I get many comments from people who say, ‘I’m trying this [recipe] tonight,’ and then the next day they write and say, ‘This is a great recipe. It worked just as the video said it would.’ That is hugely satisfying to me,” Waldeier tells PCMag.Diresta says he gets feedback from his subscribers every day. “Sometimes it’s someone who never thought to work with metal, but because I’ve been doing a lot of metal projects, they say, ‘I finally got my first welder. I never, ever was interested in welding but I see the combination of wood and metal you do, so now I’m going to try and do that.'”Diresta says his videos appeal to people who are not makers.”I always strive to make sure my videos include a transformation. If it shows a transformation, I think people become entertained and educated,” he said. “They say, ‘I didn’t know that pile of wood could become that beautiful piece of furniture.’ Or, ‘I never understood how a giant chunk of metal gets machined and turned into this other shape.'”Pushing gadgets to the limitThe makers on YouTube couldn’t do what they do without a GoPro or other small so-called action cameras.”You can plop them and drop them everywhere,” says Diresta, who owns a bunch of GoPros and swaps them out when the batteries drain. “GoPros just open up a whole new world of looking at things from underneath, inside, outside.”Waldeier has positioned his GoPro in some strange places: on shears he used to prune an apple tree (below), on the steering wheel of a cross-country ski trail groomer, in a pot into which he was ricing potatoes, on the scoop of an excavator he used to pull tree stumps out of the ground. It’s not surprising, then, that his GoPro has been subjected to more than a fair share of abuse.”I’ve dropped it from a 90-foot pine tree. I’ve run it over with my tractor. I’ve hit it with a hockey stick,” he says. “It’s incredible. It’s cracked but it’s holding up.”Not all Waldeier’s creative attempts to provide his YouTube followers with a birds-eye view pan out. Footage he recorded with a GoPro submerged in sap wasn’t used in his video about making maple syrup.These maker videos often violate some of the cardinal rules in filmmaking. Jump cuts abound, and what might be deemed as hokey attempts at magical realism also pass muster. During editing, Waldeier can take a tire off a car in an instant with the magic of his cursor, while vegetables seem to dance across a cutting board.Most of the time, the action in these step-by-step video are sped up. The first task in a project may be shown in real time but then the footage zooms by to give the viewer a sense of the project’s entirety. But there’s also a time for slowing things down.”If I’m holding up something that’s important, I’ll literally grab those three seconds and slow it down to… six seconds so that people can absorb it,” says Diresta. “I slow things down so people can do a frame grab on it and look at it and see what it is. So, I’ll show a bottle that I’m using only for an instant of a second, knowing that someone will just click through the frame rate and then, ‘Oh, I see it. Okay, that’s edge coat for leather. Let me write that down and go find that.'”The technique of speeding up or slowing down footage is as old as motion pictures themselves, but Waldeier says slow motion can have a powerful effect.”You can see the ax going into the piece of wood and see the wood splitting apart,” observes Waldeier. “And the same with sawdust shooting out. You see things happening [in slow motion] that you’re not aware of in regular life. It’s a whole unseen world.”Two other YouTube channels worth checking out are Tim Sway, a Connecticut-based maker who specializes in upcycling discarded objects into furniture, and a Swedish immigrant in Oregon who uses the nom de YouTube Darbin Orvar. Her maker career started in second grade in Sweden, where she was required to study wood-working and sewing in school. Among her YouTube projects are a concrete vase, a Bluetooth speaker, an upholstered headboard for a bed and a camera bag. Jon Kalish Writer Next Article July 24, 2017 For DIYers who like to make their own furniture, one of the YouTube superstars of the so-called maker video scene is a 50-year-old master craftsman named Jimmy Diresta. YouTube Image credit: YouTube via PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag 8 min readlast_img read more

Should You Farm out Your Data Protection

first_img As a smart entrepreneur, the biggest problem to contend with in regards to cyber criminals is that they’re smart entrepreneurs, too. They’re highly motivated and technically proficient hard workers.What they’re after isn’t fame or notoriety. It’s about money. Specifically, that means stealing data–personal and business facts and figures that can be used to generate illegal profits. It also means hijacking the computing power of your PCs and servers to steal other people’s data in order to generate more profit.It’s true that businesses of all sizes are at risk and successful hacks at large corporations can pay off in a big way, but multinationals can also put up better defenses. Smaller businesses, by contrast, typically have limited IT resources, and the sheer number of firms in this category makes them irresistible. Even if your online transactions don’t involve money or billing, you’re still a fair target just by being connected to the internet.So how do business owners avoid becoming another statistic?Get in the cloud. Cloud-security’s value proposition is focused on saving money by scaling to your business needs and improving productivity; it also allows you to stay connected wherever you are, whether you’re using a laptop, desktop, or smart phone.By working in the cloud, you get faster, more responsive protection without overburdening and slowing down your computers, especially as the volume of threats increase. Cloud security uses the internet and the security company’s computers (data centers) to shoulder security technologies instead of relying on your PC’s storage space.But not all cloud-security is created equal. Before you make the final decision on which security product to purchase, I’d encourage you to ask these questions either to yourself, your channel partner or to the security vendor you’re considering:Does the vendor offer cloud-security products that can actually stop online threats before they even hit your office, and without slowing down your computers? Many vendors claim to do this, but unless the technology is integrated in the products that’s specifically tailored for your business, their claims can come up empty.Does the vendor have the size, expertise, and experience to not only invest, but maintain a cloud security infrastructure? An effective cloud security vendor needs global reach, a brigade of security experts, and multiple datacenters that can continue to scale to stop hundreds of millions of threats per hour around the globe.Is the technology mostly organically developed or through acquisitions? This is important because a big component of cloud security is how the technologies involved all work together. Companies that “grow” and develop their own technologies have a higher success in making sure they all meld together seamlessly which equals more effective protection.The idea of the most effective protection not completely residing on your PC, but floating somewhere out there can be a hard concept for some self-sufficient business owners to accept. But, in today’s borderless, electronic universe, relying on security outside of your businesses wall can be the safest measure of all. Should You Farm out Your Data Protection? Now, even your security can be handled by cloud computing software–but consider these factors before you get on board. 3 min read Dal Gemmell Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article March 18, 2010 Dal Gemmell is a senior global product marketing manager in the Trend Micro Small Business solutions team. As a global product marketing manager, he works in partnership with regional leaders to drive sales and marketing efforts. Technology –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

HOOQ Streams Live and OnDemand Video Content on Brightcove Video Platform

first_imgHOOQ Streams Live and On-Demand Video Content on Brightcove Video Platform PRNewswireJune 24, 2019, 8:17 pmJune 24, 2019 brightcoveBrightcove SSAIBrightcove video platformHOOQMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleRazer and Visa Announce Partnership to Transform Payments in Southeast AsiaNext ArticleRising Focus by Businesses to Increase Customer Satisfaction and Optimize Supply Chain Will Significantly Propel the Growth of Enterprise Software Market: IndustryARC Brightcove, the leading provider of cloud services for video, announced that HOOQ, Asia’s leading OTT service, has selected the Brightcove Video Platform as the underlying streaming solution to power its live and video-on-demand service to subscribers across Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and India, serving a market size of over one billion consumers.Launched in 2015 in partnership with Sony Pictures, Warners Bros, and Singtel, HOOQ is a premium subscription-based OTT video service. Since its launch, the company has added over 20 channels to its offering in partnership with some of the biggest brands in the industry, such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Hits, as well as local and regional channels.The underlying streaming technology of the HOOQ platform is powered by Brightcove video platform technology, allowing the company to seamlessly stream live and on-demand content at scale, on any device, and monetise content using a combination of payment tiers including: ad-supported, subscription and transactional-video on demand, as well as a freemium layer with over 20 free-to-air (FTA) channels. HOOQ also serves ads on its live streamed content with server-side ad insertion technology powered by Brightcove SSAI. With SSAI technology, HOOQ seamlessly integrates ads into the video stream, delivering a premium viewing experience without buffering or disruptions.Marketing Technology News: GoSpotCheck Gains Valuable Leadership Expertise with Five Additions to Management Team“HOOQ serves multiple countries with large population sizes, so our streaming technology must be uncompromisingly robust, reliable, highly scalable, and easy to integrate into our proprietary architecture,” said Michael Fleishman, Chief Technology Officer of HOOQ. “Brightcove met all of our criteria and provided us the flexibility to quickly roll out new service features, including the ability to seamlessly stitch ads into our live streams. Brightcove’s in-region presence, deep understanding of the media industry in Southeast Asia, and the ability to tap into support resources was also a key factor in our decision to partner with them.”Marketing Technology News: Medallia Names Software Industry Veteran Rob Bernshteyn to its Board of Directors“HOOQ is a regional powerhouse vying to capture a sizeable portion of the Asian consumer market,” said Sara Larsen, Chief Marketing Officer, Brightcove. “We are proud to power HOOQ’s service and support the company’s mission to tell one million stories to one billion people. We have worked diligently with HOOQ to deliver a platform that satisfies the demands of consumers who want access to content on any device, at any time, with an exceptional viewer experience.”HOOQ delivers over 10,000 hours of Hollywood blockbusters and television series as well as popular local movies and programs, plus over 50 live channels to customers.Marketing Technology News: LiveVox and TDECU Share Keys to Optimizing the Customer Experience in a Digital Environment at CCW 2019last_img read more

Going teetotal shown to improve womens mental health

first_img Journal reference:Yao, X. I., et al. (2019). Change in moderate alcohol consumption and quality of life: evidence from 2 population-based cohorts. CMAJ. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.181583. The change in mental well-being was more favorable in female quitters, approaching the level of mental well-being of lifetime abstainers within 4 years of quitting in both Chinese and American populations.” The idea that a little alcohol is good for your longevity, that’s not really considered the take-home message now.” The authors say it is not clear why abstinence has this impact, but it is possible that quitting reverses alcohol-related brain injury or decreases stress factors such as family conflict.The sober-curious trendThe finding comes amidst a growing public health concern over the increasing use of alcohol among women in recent years. It also follows the advent of movements such as Dry January and the “sober-curious” trend that have prompted many Americans to try the alcohol-free bars and events that have popped up across the country.Professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, James Garbutt, who was not involved in the study says: “When people get sober, they a lot of times will feel calmer, their anxiety diminishes and there’s less irritability. They just say, ‘Wow, that’s a better place to be.’”Related StoriesInternational study aims to more accurately describe mental health disordersOnline training program helps managers to support employees’ mental health needsCombat veterans more likely to exhibit signs of depression, anxiety in later lifeGarbutt has observed this beneficial impact among both men and women. He says that although alcohol can relieve stress initially, it also induces systems in the brain that worsen anxiety at a later stage. This leads to a cycle of “needing” more alcohol to relieve anxiety, which only worsens anxiety still and increases the need for more alcohol to further relieve it.Eventually, alcohol use can lead people to feel depressed and experience difficulty sleeping and stress sensitivity.Garbutt also thinks it is difficult to say exactly why the favorable changes in mental well-being were observed for women in particular. However, he notes that women tend to have higher rates of depression than men and that they tend to have more physical adverse effects from alcohol that happen faster, at lower levels, than men, which could be factors.Many women are now trying sobriety movements such as Dry January or visiting the alcohol-free bars that have popped up as a result of the sober-curious trend, a shift in perspective that Garbutt thinks is very much a positive in heavy drinking cultures. By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Jul 10 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A study by researchers at the University of Hong Kong has provided new evidence that women who stop drinking alcohol experience improved mental health.DeepMeaning | ShutterstockMany women drink alcohol as a way to relax and unwind, but the new study suggests that stopping drinking altogether may be a better way to improve mental health.“Our findings suggest caution in recommendations that moderate drinking could improve health-related quality of life,” says study author Herbert Pang. “The risks and benefits of moderate drinking are not clear.”Co-author Michael Ni suggests that quitting alcohol altogether may be a better way to relax and feel calm and peaceful.Reporting this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the team writes that although the link between moderate alcohol consumption and certain health problems such as cardiovascular disease and cancer has been well documented, the broader effect on health-related quality of life is less clear.  “Our objective was to examine the association of drinking patterns with changes in physical and mental well-being across populations,” writes the team.For the study, Pang and team examined the association between alcohol drinking patterns and self-reported changes in physical and mental well-being among more than 10,000 people in Hong Kong and 31,000 people in the U.S. The analyses were stratified by gender and heavy drinkers were excluded from the study.In both study populations, men and women who had abstained from drinking any alcohol across their lifetime reported the highest levels of mental well-being.When those who were not abstainers were followed over time, which was around two years for the Hong Kong participants and around 3 years for the U.S group, giving up alcohol was associated with better changes in mental well-being among women, but not among men. The women who stopped drinking even reported levels of mental health that almost reached the levels reported by lifetime abstainers.The team write: Abstinence improves sleep, helps weight loss and improves liver healthIn one Dry January study that took place in 2016, nearly all of the 850 British participants reported feeling a sense of achievement as the month ended, with 62% saying their sleep had improved and almost half of them having lost weight.According to Aaron White, senior scientific adviser to the director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, another study conducted in the Netherlands found that even people who drank about two drinks a day had livers that were less stressed after spending one month abstaining from alcohol.White called this finding “surprising,” saying that we all know it’s a bad idea to drink heavily every day or regularly, but this study is among the first to show that the body can do well to have a break from even moderate drinking.Aside from the impact on mental health, many studies have focused on the negative effects that alcohol can have on physical health. Some researchers have suggested that drinking on a daily basis can shorten lifespan, while others believe that moderate drinking can help increase lifespan.However, Garbutt is skeptical: We really want to have more spaces and occasions where being dry is something that’s encouraged and completely casual. Alcohol really does have a monopoly on how we socialize.”Lorelei Bandrovschi, Founder of the alcohol-free Listen Bar in New Yorklast_img read more

Zuckerberg acknowledges mistakes as Facebook turns 14

Citation: Zuckerberg acknowledges ‘mistakes’ as Facebook turns 14 (2018, February 5) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-zuckerberg-acknowledges-facebook.html “Over the years, I’ve made almost every mistake you can imagine,” the Facebook co-founder said on his personal page.”I’ve made dozens of technical errors and bad deals. I’ve trusted the wrong people and I’ve put talented people in the wrong roles. I’ve missed important trends and I’ve been slow to others. I’ve launched product after product that failed.”The post, a reflection of the 14 years since Zuckerberg launched Facebook as a Harvard student, was the latest to acknowledge problems in the social network that has grown to some two billion users but has also been criticized for enabling misinformation and manipulation.In recent weeks, Facebook has unveiled steps to refocus on family and friends, even if that means people spend less time on the network.Monday’s post suggested a continual re-evaluation of how Facebook works.”The reason our community exists today is not because we avoided mistakes,” Zuckerberg wrote.”It’s because we believe what we’re doing matters enough to keep trying to solve our greatest challenges—knowing full well that we’ll fail again and again, but that it’s the only way to make progress.” © 2018 AFP Mark Zuckerberg offered fresh self-criticism Monday, acknowledging making numerous mistakes in building the world’s biggest social network as Facebook marked its 14th birthday. Explore further CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the 14th anniversary of the founding of Facebook with reflections on mistakes he has made in building the biggest social network Facebook to deliver more local news to US users 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. read more

New application can detect Twitter bots in any language

first_img Citation: New application can detect Twitter bots in any language (2019, June 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-application-twitter-bots-language.html 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. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Thanks to fruitful collaboration between language scholars and machine learning specialists, a new application developed by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and Linnaeus University in Sweden can detect Twitter bots independent of the language used. Bots, good or bad, dominate Twitter conversation: study In recent years, big data from various social media applications have turned the web into a user-generated repository of information in ever-increasing number of areas. Because of the relatively easy access to tweets and their metadata, Twitter has become a popular source of data for investigations of a number of phenomena. These include, for instance, various political campaigns, social and political upheavals, Twitter as a tool for emergency communication, and using social media data to predict stock market prices.However, research using data from social media data is often skewed by the presence of bots. Bots are non-personal and automated accounts that post content to online social networks. The popularity of Twitter as an instrument in public debate has led to a situation in which it has become an ideal target of spammers and automated scripts. It has been estimated that around 5–10% of all users are bots, and that these accounts generate about 20–25% of all tweets posted.Researchers of the digital humanities at the University of Eastern Finland and Linnaeus University in Sweden have developed a new application that relies on machine learning to detect Twitter bots. The application is able to detect autogenerated tweets independent of the language used. The researchers captured for analysis a total of 15,000 tweets in Finnish, Swedish and English. Finnish and Swedish were mainly used for training, whereas tweets in English were used to evaluate the language independence of the application. The application is light, making it possible to classify vast amounts of data quickly and relatively efficiently.”This enhances the quality of data—and paints a more accurate picture of the reality,” Professor of English Mikko Laitinen from the University of Eastern Finland notes.According to Professor Laitinen, bots are relatively harmless, whereas trolls do harm as they spread fake news and come up with made-up stories. This is why there’s a need for increasingly advanced tools for social media monitoring.”This is a complex issue and requires interdisciplinary approaches. For instance, we linguists are working together with machine learning specialists. This type of work also calls for determination and investments in research infrastructures that serve as a platform for researchers from different fields to collaborate on.”According to Professor Laitinen, it is essential for researchers to have access to social media data.”Currently, data are the property of American technology conglomerates, and a source of their income. In order for researchers to gain access to this data, cooperation at the national and international levels, and especially the involvement of the EU are needed.” Provided by University of Eastern Finland More information: Towards a language independent Twitter bot detector www.diva-portal.org/smash/reco … A1302270&dswid=-9446 Explore furtherlast_img read more

Amazon Prime Day Best Health Fitness Deals

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England could bring World Cup high into Ashes says Ponting

first_img(Reuters) – Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes England’s success in their home World Cup may bode ill for Australia’s hopes of retaining the Ashes.England knocked Australia out of the semi-finals with an emphatic eight-wicket win and another over New Zealand in Sunday’s final will see the hosts head into next month’s five-test Ashes series with significant momentum.”It probably does, to be honest,” Ponting said, when asked whether England’s 50-over success could spill over.”The country will be on a bit of a wave and a bit of a high, the players will certainly be on a huge high after that World Cup. Cricket 07 Jul 2019 England quick Anderson suffers calf injury ahead of Ashes Related News Cricket 25 Jun 2019 Australia can draw inspiration from World Cup pedigree – Finch “But who knows if they don’t (win), it might have an adverse effect on their Ashes campaign as well.”You can take lots of things from different series.”It’s a completely different series going into an Ashes and there will be quite a few different players in their Test team than will be in this one-day team. They’ll have different captains as well.”But I’m sure if they happen to win the World Cup, they’ll take as much as they can from it going into the Ashes.”Australia hold the urn after thrashing England 4-0 on home soil in the 2017-18 Ashes.The first Ashes test starts at Edgbaston on Aug. 1.Ponting, hired as an assistant coach to Justin Langer for Australia’s World Cup campaign, watched Aaron Finch’s side fall to South Africa and England in successive matches to bow out of the tournament after they had been the first side to book their place in the semi-finals.Injuries did not help Australia’s cause and Ponting was not prepared to wear the blame for the side’s tactical preparations.”Tactically, I think we got things right. Personnel-wise, we picked the best team that we could for every game,” Ponting told Cricket Australia’s website (cricket.com.au).”Unusually for Australian teams in World Cups, we played our worst cricket in the most critical moments.”That’ll be the thing that gets spoken about the most and see if there’s any reason behind it.” (Writing by Ian Ransom; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)center_img Cricket 09 Jul 2019 Cricket: Australia bare souls in barefoot bonding session Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more