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first_img RelatedTipping etiquette: an international guideWith tipping etiquette vary drastically and news that NYC might shortly be eliminating tipping (a revolutionary idea in the USA), we’ve compiled a list of guides to help you glide through the global tipping gauntlet.Brits uncomfortable tipping while on holidayNearly half of UK tourists are reluctant to tip after receiving good service during an overseas holiday.Travel and life in North Korea: 9 secrets of the Hermit KingdomWe speak to Koryo tours to get the inside information about life and travel in North Korea Tipping can be socially awkward, cause endless embarrassment and be highly inconsistent and irrational.Emyr Thomas, founder of Bon Vivant, a concierge and lifestyle management company in London, shares his thoughts on navigating the minefield of tipping in different countries around the world.Remember that tipping is a gesture of appreciation for services rendered – if the service is impressive, then it deserves to be acknowledged and rewarded. More important, perhaps, is to remember to tip generously if you are a regular; this will go a long way to ensure consistently good service and additional perks.Deciding whether or not to tip is the easy part; the real problem lies in deciding how much to tip. Tipping is inherently linked to social custom and, as such, can vary between different cultures and countries. An inadequate tip could be considered rude or even an insult to a lifetime’s work.In countries where tips are considered to supplement income rather than constituent part of a wage, do not be afraid to leave without tipping – if the service was not up to scratch.Tipping in UKIn restaurants, particularly the high-end establishments, 12.5% is usually already included on the bill, with anything between 10% and 15% being customary. In bars, it is normally at your discretion. Although tips are not expected in a pub, cocktail bars will normally add 12.5% for table service.For hairstylists, anything between 5% and 10%, given in cash, is acceptable. In London taxis, political and economical musings come at a price, with rounding up to the nearest whole pound or up to 10% of the fare being standard. For hotel staff, a couple of pounds is acceptable for maid service and assistance with luggage.Tipping in the USAIn the United States, many service sector employers pay their workers on the assumption that tips will contribute to an acceptable wage, therefore the custom of tipping is of paramount importance. Tipping is a big issue in the US in general, especially during the holiday season, with almost everyone receiving a monetary tip, including personal trainers, dry cleaners and teachers!In restaurants, between 15% and 20% is expected, which is higher than most places, but this is more likely to go directly to the staff. Continuing with this trend, around 15% is considered standard in bars and pubs, with at least $1 per transaction. If using a taxi in New York, be prepared to add between 10% and 15% to the final bill, but don’t be afraid to dispute ill-judged journeys, as you shouldn’t have to pay for a driver’s error.If you have a haircut, you might have to forgo the blow dry, as you’ll need an extra 15% or 20% to pay for the tip. For hotel staff, a couple of dollars is acceptable for maid service and bellboys.Tipping in FranceParisians will tell you that there is no standard for tipping in Paris, and that the French will only tip if they deem the service to be worthy. Service is normally ‘compris’, or already included, in restaurants, but excellent service can be rewarded with a further 5% left in cash.Tips are not normally given to taxi drivers, but generally used to make giving change easier. With hairstylists, a 5 Euro tip is standard, whether the haircut costs 20 or 80 Euros.For hotel staff, it is completely at your discretion, with a few Euros being more than sufficient. When it comes to bars, it is not customary to tip in Paris, unless, as one friend put it, you are feeling particularly guilty.Tipping in SpainTipping is not generally mandatory in Spain, but tends to vary with the type of venue. A an upscale establishment, for example, will be more likely to expect a tip. In restaurants, service is sometimes included in the prices, but this may not make its way to the waiters, so it is acceptable to leave a further 5% to 10% in cash. When looking at a menu, be careful to note whether tax at 7% is included in the prices, or this will also be added to your bill, by law. In a casual tapas bar, tipping is not normally expected, but leave a few Euros if the service was worth it.Tipping taxi drivers is by no means obligatory, although between 5% and 10% is considered good etiquette. The same can be applied for hair stylists, especially if you visit the same one regularly. In hotels, a few Euros for staff is more than acceptable.Tipping in Hong KongTipping is not generally part of Hong Kong’s culture, except in hotels, where tipping is considered mandatory. HK$10 to HK$20 should be given to bellboys and maids, and remember to tip your concierge if you make use of the service.In restaurants and bars, 10% is usually automatically added to the bill, but you should still leave a further 5% to 10% in cash for the waiters. Hairstylists will usually expect between 5% and 10%, and although taxi drivers don’t expect a tip, it is widely accepted that you should round up to the nearest dollar, or leave an additional dollar, at least.Tipping in ItalyUnlike many European countries, tipping is not generally expected in Italy, but it is, of course, always appreciated. In restaurants, a cover charge is normally already included and they tend to charge extra for bread, both of which are considered to replace the usual ‘tip’ or service charge. However, if you think that the service was worthy of reward, a tip of between 5% and 10% is gratefully received.It’s not obligatory to tip a taxi driver, but rounding up to the nearest Euro is considered good etiquette. For hotel staff, a couple of Euros is acceptable for maid service and for assistance with luggage.Tipping in TurkeyTipping is not generally a large part of Turkey’s culture, with modest tips being perfectly acceptable.In restaurants and bars, you should leave 5% to 10% in cash for the waiters, and although taxi drivers don’t expect a tip, it is widely accepted that you should round up to the nearest Lira. For services that are used on a regular basis, such as hair stylists, a tip of 10% is advisable as this usually helps to ensure consistently good service.Tipping in PortugalIn Portugal, tipping is usually considered as a supplement to an income at a restaurant, therefore a tip of 10% would be greatly appreciated, although a fine dining restaurant may include up to 15% on the bill.Taxi drivers normally expect a 10% tip on top of the fare, in hotels a few Euros should be given to bellboys and maids, and remember to tip your concierge if you make use of the service.____About Bon VivantBon Vivant is a concierge and lifestyle management service based in London, which offers a highly personalised service and makes the concierge industry more accessible for and affordable.Bon Vivant specialise in creating bespoke travel itineraries, recommending and booking restaurants and bars, arranging entry to private members’ clubs, securing a spot on the guestlist at exclusive nightclubs and advising on a range of lifestyle services.Members have access to a wealth of exclusive treatment and complimentary benefits including free upgrades and complimentary benefits at a wide range of top hotels worldwide, priority reservation and complimentary drinks at top restaurants, large discounts at a range of lifestyle services and access to VIP tickets to exclusive and sold out events.For further information on Bon Vivant, visit their website or their blog. 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Discoverys channels have been pulled from Russian

first_imgDiscovery’s channels have been pulled from Russian pay TV platform Tricolor TV in argument over pricing.The US-listed channel operator distributes a portfolio of eleven channels in Russia through Media Alliance, a new business it formed with Russia’s National Media Group last year, and which ensured compliance with amended local media laws.Media Alliance has now suspended its carriage deal with Tricolor, Russia’s largest pay TV operator, amid the dispute over fees. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to cover the news.Discovery confirmed the channels has been taken down. The company runs channels including Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, lifestyle channel TLC, as well as sports network Eurosport in Russia.The Discovery HD, Eurosport HD and TLC HD are carried on Tricolor. Discovery maintains it wants a fair price for its content.“Tricolor TV has put forward an offer that does not reflect the investment we are constantly making in content,” Media Alliance said in a statement issued to DTVE sister title TBI.“Moreover, the proposal of the operator would put them in a privileged position relative to the entire market. Our goal is to assure fair and equal conditions for each participant in the market.”Discovery has been pushing for higher affiliate fees  from platforms in recent times. Media Alliance said today that high quality content requires investment, and well-known programmes and channels drive the pay TV business.“When consumers use pay-tv services, they pay not for equipment set but for content first and foremost,” it said.“Consumers pick an operator or specific bundle based on the channels they want to watch. We know Russian viewers love Discovery Channel, TLC, Eurosport…and our goal is to make our content available to all, while being able to continuously invest in new, high quality programming.”Media Alliance was formed after Russia amended its law on mass media at the end of 2014, limiting foreign ownership of media companies in Russia to 20%, down from 50%. The new rules came into effect on January 1, 2016.Broadcast groups such as Modern Times Group chose to withdraw from the market, but Discovery remained firmly committed.last_img read more

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The precious metal equities continue to stink up t

first_imgThe precious metal equities continue to stink up the placeThe short selloff during the first hour of London trading proved to be the low of the Tuesday session, and by 10 a.m. BST the gold price the price jumped back to unchanged from Monday’s close.From that point gold traded sideways until about ten minutes after the 8:20 a.m. EDT Comex open, and the subsequent rally ran out of gas/got capped shortly before 2 p.m. in electronic trading.  The high tick at that point was recorded by Kitco as $1,417.70 spot.  After that, the gold price gave back about five bucks of its gain going into the 5:15 p.m. New York close.Gold finished the Tuesday session at $1,412.20 spot, up $15.70 from last Friday’s close.  Net volume for both Monday and Tuesday combined was reported as 215,000 contracts, which was not overly heavy.The silver price chopped around in a broad 25 cent range either side of unchanged right up until ten minutes after the Comex open, and the subsequent rally topped out about 9:50 a.m. EDT.  The high tick was $24.60 spot. From there it traded more or less sideways until 1 p.m., and then the silver price sold down a bit into the close.Silver closed on Tuesday at $24.28 spot, up 75 cents from the prior Friday’s close.   Volume, net of September and October, over the Monday and Tuesday trading session was reported as 67,000 contracts.Platinum had a nice rally during the New York trading session, and palladium’s minor gains in Europe got taken away by lunch time in New York.  Here are the charts. The dollar index closed on Monday at 82.24 and spent all of Tuesday moving unsteadily higher.  At its 11:30 a.m. EDT zenith, the index painted 82.48.  After that it got sold down a bit going into the close, and it finished the Tuesday trading session at 82.38, up 14 basis points on the day.The gold stocks gapped up about 2 percent at the open, but couldn’t hold those gains despite the fact that gold was in rally mode right up until around 2 p.m. in New York.  The HUI closed up only 0.78%.Despite the stellar gains in silver on Monday and Tuesday, Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up only 1.43%.  I was underwhelmed.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for Tuesday showed that 21 gold and 15 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow.  JPMorgan was the short/issuer on all 21 gold contracts and 3 of the silver contracts.  I thank reader Jon De Weese for providing this data from his website.There were withdrawals reported in both GLD and SLV yesterday.  Ted Butler and I were both surprised by this, especially Ted, and I know he’ll have more to say about it in his mid-week column later today.  GLD reported a withdrawal of 57,943 troy ounces, and in SLV it was an eye-watering 2,024,820 troy ounces.Yes, there were price declines in both metals late last week, but the withdrawals seem excessive, especially the 2 million ounces out of SLV.As expected, the U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday.  They sold 1,500 ounces of gold eagles; 500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes, and 675,000 silver eagles.  And as I mentioned in Saturday’s column, it’s a near certainty that these sales occurred in August, and were just reported yesterday.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving 31,813 troy ounces of gold, and shipped 21,211 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here.In silver on Friday, there were 591,540 troy ounces received, and 13,265 ounces shipped out for parts unknown.  The link to that action is here.I have a decent number of stories for you today, so I hope you find some that interest you.Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. — General Dwight EisenhowerAlthough I was happy to see gold, and particularly silver, do well over the last couple of days, the precious metal equities continue to stink up the place.  They started the day off well again yesterday, but “faded” into the close despite the fact that the underlying metal prices did well, which is a price pattern that we’ve seen a lot of lately, and I’m sort of wondering out loud if this is the free market in action, or possibly something else.  Whatever it is, the shares aren’t confirming the rise in the gold and silver price over the last two or three weeks.I took a quick peek at the preliminary changes in open interest in gold and silver over the last two trading days; up almost 12,000 contracts in gold and a bit over 3,000 contracts in silver.  I’m not overly encouraged by that, but the final numbers should show an improvement.  However, we really won’t know for sure until this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report is posted on the CFTC’s website, and all of this data will most certainly be in it, as the Comex close yesterday was the cut-off for that report.The price of gold didn’t do much of anything in Far East trading on their Wednesday, and it’s more of the same now that London has been open for about 35 minutes as I write this paragraph.  However, silver got taken down pretty good, from $24.35 spot shortly after 8 a.m. Hong Kong time, all the way down to $23.70 by 2 p.m. in their afternoon, a decline of almost 3 percent.  It made it back to the $24 price mark by the London open.  Gold volume is not overly heavy for this time of day, but it nearly goes without saying that silver’s volume is already very chunky; north of 12,000 contracts.  Platinum and palladium are trading sideways, and the dollar index is flat.And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:15 a.m. EDT, both gold and silver are trading lower than they were at the London open.  Gold is now down about 9 bucks, and silver is down 48 cents.  Gold volume is getting up there at 30,000 contracts net, but silver’s volume is only marginally higher than reported in the prior paragraph.  The dollar index is still comatose.I haven’t the foggiest idea what will happen during the New York trading session today, but I’ll be surprised if it passes without incident.That’s all I have for today, which is more than enough, and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

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A new report shows North Carolina has the nations

first_imgA new report shows North Carolina has the nation’s second highest increase in opioid deaths. A study from the Centers For Disease Control estimates that just over 2,500 people in North Carolina overdosed on opioids and other drugs in 2017. That’s a nearly 22 percent increase from the year before.The CDC says that of those overdoses, nearly 2,300 deaths were reported, but that number is expected to rise due in part to autopsy delays. Public officials tell the News and Observer that the rise is due in part to the rapid spread of synthetic fentanyl, which is cheaper and more potent than heroin.The black market is also seeing a spike in fentanyl “analogues,” which are drugs created to imitate the effects of fentanyl. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says there are at least 42 types of these copycat drugs on the market, many of which are being mixed in with heroin, cocaine and other painkillers.The skyrocketing pace of drug overdoses in North Carolina mirrors a national trend. The state with the steepest rise in overdose deaths in 2017 was Nebraska, with a nearly 33 percent increase.last_img read more

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Plastic garbage from Trader Joes and an AARP card

first_imgPlastic garbage from Trader Joe’s and an AARP card are peeking out of hillocks of plastic trash piling up in Indonesia.It’s a sign of a new global quandary: What should wealthy countries do with their plastic waste now that China no longer is buying it?For years, America sold millions of tons of used yogurt cups, juice containers, shampoo bottles and other kinds of plastic trash to China to be recycled into new products.And it wasn’t just the U.S. Some 70 percent of the world’s plastic waste went to China – about 7 million tons a year.Numerous Chinese millionaires were minted as recycling businesses started and blossomed – sure, they paid for the world’s plastic and paper trash but they made far more money from processing it and selling the resulting raw materials.But last year the Chinese government dropped a bombshell on the world recycling business: They cut back almost all imports of trash. And now a lot of that plastic gets shipped to other countries that don’t have the capacity to recycle it or dispose of it safely.To understand the current dilemma, we have to go back in time a couple of decades.A Billionaire Is BornIn 1995, Zhang Yin started a paper recycling company in China called Nine Dragons. She would become China’s first female billionaire. China wanted scrap paper and plastic to recycle into more products, and Yin seized the market. Martin Bourque runs one of the oldest recycling operations in the U.S. as part of the Ecology Center in Berkeley, California. “There were brokers going around the globe buying up every scrap of plastic they could find and paying top dollar for it,” he says.And there was this brilliant tactic to increase profits: West Coast ports in the U.S. were full of empty Chinese shipping containers that had come to deliver goods to American consumers. “So it made a lot of sense to send [waste] out though the port in an empty ship that was going back anyway,” says Bourque.For American recyclers, it was too good a deal to pass up. Many types of plastic — bags, cups, plastic wrap, thin film — gum up sorting machines at materials recovery centers in the U.S. and is of almost no value to recyclers.Waste expert Joe Dunlop at the Athens-Clarke County materials recovery facility near Athens, Georgia, explained the problem to me. We watched conveyer belts deliver tons of trash every hour, with magnets diverting metal and paper going into bins for recycling. Some plastic is binned up too, if it’s recyclable — bottles, for example. But the rest, like a box covered in film plastic – thin flexible sheets of plastic — is not easy to recycle.He pulls up a two-foot-square piece of cardboard out of a ten-foot-pile of trash. “A cardboard box wrapped in our number one contaminate, film plastic,” he says. “That’s just bad. What is so awful about a cardboard box that they had to go and do this to it?”The cardboard/plastic combo originally held beverages. “but have you ever had to unpackage containers? It’s a pain in the butt.”Dunlop says a lot of that plastic is hopeless when it comes to recycling in the United States. It mostly ended up in landfills, until China came along.China had plenty of capacity to handle plastics and lots of cheap laborers to sort the recyclable materials from the non-recyclable. By 2016, the U.S. was exporting almost 700,000 tons a year to China alone. Overall, China imported 7 million tons from around the world.About five years ago, the Chinese government started to worry about all this trash coming in. A lot of the plastic was contaminated with stuff that made it difficult and expensive to recycle – paper, food waste, plastic wrap (which is not recyclable). And some of the plastic was hard to recycle and thus not profitable to import.What’s more, a lot of plastic sneaked in illegally, without permits. These fly-by-night recyclers dumped stuff they couldn’t recycle, causing pollution on land and in waterways.In fact, Martin Bourque actually tracked some of the plastic scrap from his operation in Berkeley. In 2016, he buried a GPS transponder in one of his bales of paper and plastic waste from the Ecology Center. Waste brokers bought it. He followed the transponder’s electronic signals to a town in China. Bourque then contacted local residents to document what happened to it. They reported to Bourque what they saw. “And what we found confirms some of our worst nightmares: dumping in the local canyon of materials they couldn’t recycle, plastic in the farmland incorporated into the soil of the cornfields nearby,” he says.China Says NoSo the Chinese government cracked down.In 2017 the government started to cut way back on plastic trash imports. Then the big bombshell: In January 2018, they banned almost all imports. Last year, China took in less than one percent of its 2016 total.That means a huge amount of plastic is looking for a place to go. Especially, says Bourque, in the western U.S. where communities depended heavily on the Chinese trade.”A lot of it is being stockpiled,” he says, “you know, people who have warehouse space.” Many communities — like Eugene, Oregon — temporarily stopped collecting things like yogurt containers and shampoo bottles that used to go to China.Keefe Harrison runs a non-profit called the Recycling Partnership that works to improve recycling rates. She says more plastic in the U.S. is now ending up in landfills or getting incinerated, which creates pollution. And she says the confusion is discouraging to consumers. “It’s very hard to turn recycling on and off,” she says. “You can’t tell your citizens ‘Today we’re not recycling any more, but next week we’ll start again’.”Harrison says if recyclers in the U.S. are going to pick up the slack, they need help: For one thing, they need more good, valuable plastic — bottles and tubs like the ones detergent comes in, for example, that are easier to recycle into raw plastic they can resell in the U.S. “The truth is that only half of Americans can recycle at home as easily as throwing something away,” she says. “So that’s step one that we have to fix.”New DestinationsMeanwhile, shipments of plastic waste to other Southeast Asian countries have skyrocketed. Exports from the U.S. to Thailand jumped almost 7,000 percent in one year. Malaysia’s went up several hundred percent. Those numbers dropped in 2018 after those countries cut back on imports. Stiv Wilson is an environmental activist and documentary film-maker who works with a project on waste called The Story of Stuff. He’s also been working with an environmental group called Ecoton in Indonesia, another big importing country. Wilson visited a town near a recycling plant in the city of Surabaya. The plant takes paper bales mixed with plastic.”That plastic gets separated by the paper factory,” he says. “It gets dumped in the neighboring community and then the only way to get rid of it is to openly burn it. It is also used as fuel for boiling water to make tofu in small tofu factories all around …. air, water and land (are) all affected by this.”And he’s the one who’s documented uniquely American items that indicate where a lot of the trash comes from: “Like AARP cards with names on them. So obviously you know where that’s come from.”These new dumping destinations aren’t likely to last. Already, Vietnam and Malaysia are cutting back imports of scrap plastic because they are overwhelmed. They can’t handle the huge diversion of plastic to their countries since China shut out imports.Recycling experts say it’s a time of reckoning for their industry – and that wealthy countries need to stop exporting to countries that can’t handle it. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Segway Creators Advanced Prosthetic Arm Arrives in Late 2016

first_img Enroll Now for $5 Next Article –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. Add to Queue Segway creator Dean Kamen’s Luke prosthetic arm has been a long time in coming — the FDA approved it two years ago. At last, however, it’s nearly here. Mobius Bionics has revealed that it will offer the Luke arm sometime in late 2016.It’s not clear what it will take to get one (you can register your interest today), but the features remain the same. The bionic wearable is all about offering the life-like dexterity that hasn’t really been an option until now: you can hold a glass over your head without spilling it, for example, and the hand’s mix of four motors and grip sensors can help you grab both very delicate and very heavy items. The odds are that getting one won’t be trivial, but it might well be justified if it grants some extra freedom.To learn more, watch this short video. July 11, 2016 Jon Fingascenter_img 1 min read Image credit: Reuters | DARPA | Handout This story originally appeared on Engadget Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Innovation Segway Creator’s Advanced Prosthetic Arm Arrives in Late 2016last_img read more

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PAXMAN to showcase latest scalp cooling system at Arab Heath 2019

first_imgThe improved simplicity of the new generation of PAXMAN Scalp Cooling employs an interactive user interface and touchscreen ensuring ease of use for clinical staff.  Maintaining coolant levels is also simplified by a visual warning system and an easy-to-use self-drain coolant refill bag.The new control pump manages the speed and coolant flow, improving the consistency of treatment. Manufacturing technique changes have also been introduced – the front cover of the scalp cooling machine is now injection molded rather than RIM molded – to improve the overall aesthetics of the system.Following the successful launch in the US, this updated model is being rolled out across the Middle East, UK and rest of world markets. This is the first time it will be showcased at Arab Health and the company is keen to find new partners from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.The PAXMAN Cooling System (also known as the ‘cold cap’) alleviates the damage caused to the hair follicle by chemotherapy. It works by reducing the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy.Related StoriesTSRI study reveals new approach to intervene in deadly diseasePaxman to showcase FDA approved scalp cooler for chemotherapy induced alopecia at ASCOScalp cooling provides safe, effective treatment in prevention of chemotherapy-induced alopeciaMade from lightweight silicone, the scalp cooling cap is soft and flexible – providing a snug, yet comfortable fit during treatment, molding to all head shapes and sizes. Liquid coolant passes through the cap, extracting heat from the young person’s scalp, ensuring it remains at an even, constant temperature to minimize hair loss.Chemotherapy works by targeting all rapidly dividing cells in the body. Hair is the second fastest dividing cell, and this is the reason why many chemotherapy drugs cause alopecia. The hair follicles in the growth phase are attacked, resulting in hair loss approximately two weeks after the commencement of chemotherapy treatment. Chemotherapy-induced hair loss is consistently ranked in the top five most distressing cancer chemotherapy side effects and we are working hard to ensure that cancer patients have a choice against hair loss. We are delighted to be able to offer scalp cooling to Middle Eastern patients and are keen to find new partners from across the region.”Richard Paxman, CEO at PAXMAN​​ The Arab Health Exhibition & Congress is taking place from 28th – 31st January 2019 at the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre. Throughout the exhibition the Paxman Scalp Cooler will be located on the Leeds City Region stand (H7.H51) in the UK Pavilion. Jan 10 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)British scalp cooling expert, PAXMAN is showcasing the latest model of the PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System (PSCS) at Arab Health 2019. The British-developed pioneering treatment prevents Middle Eastern cancer patients from losing their hair and retain a feeling of normality during chemotherapy. Source:https://www.paxmanscalpcooling.com/last_img read more

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NBA invests in Jeremy Linbacked basketball AI app

first_img World 08 Jul 2019 Hong Kong police arrest six at Kowloon protest Related News Lin, 30, is a California native of Taiwanese descent who ignited “Linsanity” in the NBA when he played with the New York Knicks for two seasons from 2011. — SCMP {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tags / Keywords: SCMP , Tech , Apps Social , Start ups , Big Tech , Innovation , Business , Companies , Sport The US National Basketball Association (NBA) invested in a basketball analytics app backed by Toronto Raptors point guard Jeremy Lin as part of broader efforts by the league to embrace advanced technology.NEX Team, developer of the HomeCourt app, raised US$8.5mil (RM34.94mil) in its recent series A funding round from investors including the NBA, which has also become a strategic partner. The app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to track and analyse how a basketball player makes shots during training or in a game. Its features have since expanded to include more drills and augmented reality.“Sports are sports, but the reality is that our world is becoming more digital and technological,” said Lin in a phone interview on Thursday. “Nowadays if you don’t use technology, you’re at a disadvantage.”Lin is an early investor in the San Jose, California-based NEX Team that was co-founded by Hong Kong-born David Lee, who serves as the chief executive at the startup, and vice-president Alex Wu. The new funding will enable the company to expand its staff of developers, according to Wu.center_img World 09 Jul 2019 Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is dead, but critics unconvinced Related News Lin, who uses HomeCourt to help guide his workouts, said the app’s value goes beyond elite athletes because it was designed to make basketball training more accessible to ordinary players without professional coaching.“Especially in certain places where people love the game but there isn’t a huge abundance of coaches who can help, this is where the app can be so powerful because it can really influence the next generation of players just by providing the right curriculum,” he said.Lin, 30, is a California native of Taiwanese descent who ignited “Linsanity” in the NBA when he played with the New York Knicks for two seasons from 2011. He became the first Asian-American to win an NBA title with the Raptors in June.The idea for HomeCourt came to NEX Team co-founder Lee in 2017 when his wife and daughter came to one of his pickup basketball games, where he failed to make a shot. Lee wanted to make an app that could record his casual practice to show his family how he typically played.He said that initial idea turned into a more sophisticated concept about tracking and helping improve the performance of basketball players.NEX Team is the second startup venture for Lee. He founded an online spreadsheet company called EditGrid in 2003 after he graduated from the University of Hong Kong. In 2008, EditGrid was sold to Apple, where Lee worked as a senior engineering manager for eight years. He started NEX Team in 2017 with some of his old colleagues from EditGrid and a few engineers from Apple, Google and Microsoft Corp.The startup’s early investors included retired NBA player Steve Nash, former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie and billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. – South China Morning Post World 09 Jul 2019 Exclusive: China’s PLA signals it will keep Hong Kong-based troops in barracks The NBA’s adoption of HomeCourt represents another win for AI in sports, following the technology’s expanded presence in financial services, manufacturing, public security and other sectors.AI in sports has largely been adopted in so-called wearable gadgets, which help analyse the movement of athletes in a particular sport and monitor certain health markers during intense training.The HomeCourt app works with an iPhone or iPad to record video shots taken by a player on court, while providing real-time statistics from that workout session. It also provides edited video clips for a shot-by-shot review of a player’s performance.All that data is designed to help a player measure the accuracy of shots taken from different areas of the court, as well as a player’s running speed and height of vertical jump.HomeCourt, according to NEX Team co-founder Wu, now provides users with the experience of being in a video game as they compete in drills. This gamification was designed to make the app more fun to use for players, especially kids, he said.The other new investors in NEX Team’s latest funding round included the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, a non-profit initiative of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding; Hong Kong-based Blue Pool Capital, a firm owned by Alibaba executive vice-chairman Joseph Tsai; and American actor Will Smith’s Dreamers Fund.Tsai is chairman of the board at the South China Morning Post, which is owned by New York-listed Alibaba. He is also co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, an NBA team located in that New York City borough, where Lin played from July 2016 to July 2018.The partnership between NEX Team and the NBA will see HomeCourt introduce new league-themed skills competitions, including shooting contests, as well as achievement rewards, such as discounts in NBA stores, according to Wu. They also plan to add interactive training drills and other challenges jointly with various NBA teams and players during the league’s regular season, which starts in the last week of October.“The HomeCourt app marries a passion for technology with old-school deliberate practice and skill development,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “This exciting partnership builds on our continued efforts to embrace innovation and artificial intelligence to reach and engage basketball players around the world.”last_img read more

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Sheena Bora murder Accused Peter Mukerjea recovering after surgery says doctor

first_imgSheena Bora murder: Accused Peter Mukerjea recovering after surgery, says doctorThe doctor submitted a medical report to the Bombay High Court on Friday. The report stated, “Peter is fit and responding positively to the medical treatments post his bypass surgery.”advertisement Vidya MumbaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:29 IST Peter Mukerjea has filed a petition seeking bail on health grounds from the high court.Sheena Bora murder-accused Peter Mukerjea is currently being treated in a private hospital and is recovering from his bypass surgery, his doctor in Mumbai has said.The doctor submitted a medical report to the Bombay High Court on Friday. The report stated, “Peter is fit and responding positively to the medical treatments post his bypass surgery.”Peter Mukerjea has filed a petition seeking bail on health grounds from the high court. His lawyer Shrikant Shivde, while seeking bail asked the court to allow Peter to stay under observation in JJ Hospital in South Mumbai for at least two weeks after completing his treatment.Shivde said, “Peter has gastro problems due to which he is required to be shifted to JJ Hospital.” Peter’s medical treatment post his heart operation is scheduled to be completed by July 17.The court recorded the medical reports which were presented in the hearing today by Dr Siddhesh Mali, who is responsible for Peter Mukherjea’s medical treatment at the private hospital.After going through the report, Justice Revati Mohite-Dhere pointed to the reports and said, “According to the medical reports, the patient seems to be fit and responding well to the treatments.”In addition to this, the court also ordered a doctor from JJ Hospital to be present along with a supplimentary medical report on the next date of the hearing.The lower court had earlier rejected Peter Mukerjea’s bail plea,who was seeking interim bail on medical grounds.Peter along with his former, wife Indrani Mukerjea are accused in the killing of her daughter Sheena Bora in April, 2012. However, the former media head honcho and Indrani, both have ostensibly denied the charges.After the hearing, the court adjourned the hearing of Peter’s bail application to July 16, one day prior to the completion of his medical treatment.Meanwhile, in the lower court, witnesses are being presented by the CBI and the trial is underway.Also Read | Sheena Bora murder case: In court, CBI terms Peter Mukerjea silent killerAlso Read | Sheena Bora murder case: 7 years on, cause of death unknownAlso Watch | Sheena Bora murder: Peter Mukerjea hospitalised after complaint of chest painFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Sheena BoraFollow peter mukherjee Nextlast_img read more

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