No wrongdoing in transactions: Vijay Rupani

first_imgGujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday denied any wrongdoing and stressed that the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) order passed against him and others was quashed by the Securities Appellate Tribunal.India’s capital market regulator SEBI, in its order earlier on Thursday, charged 22 entities, including Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), for “manipulative trades” in the little-known company Sarang Chemicals.The order imposed a penalty of ₹15 lakh on Mr. Rupani’s HUF .Mr. Rupani stressed that the order passed by SEBI had been issued ex parte, without giving opportunity to the 22 entities to be heard. He also stressed that the Vijay Rupani HUF was just 0.1% of the total transactions and, hence, no major gains were made by him.“Vijay Rupani HUF purchased shares worth ₹63,000 only in 2009. They weresold in 2011 at about ₹35,000, thus incurring a loss of about ₹28,000,” stated a media release issued by the Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).The statement added that in case of speculation in shares, transactions worth crores of rupees take place, whereas in this case, the one-time transaction had nothing to do with huge profits or speculation.“Vijay Rupani HUF purchased shares through the stock exchange in a demat account, depositing transaction tax, and sold the shares in 2011 in a single transaction,” the release stated.According to the media statement, there is neither any violation of guidelines of SEBI, nor it is the case of illegal financial transaction.last_img read more

Video: Ohio State Special Teams Meetings Look Like A Lot Of Fun

first_imgOhio State players dance during special teams meeting.Twitter/@markpantoniFor all of the crazy expectations placed on defending national champion Ohio State, the Buckeyes are about as loose as a team can be. No group seems to have as much fun off the field. Even special teams meetings, which you’d expect to be fairly dry and dull, get pretty live. Director of player personnel Mark Pantoni posted a video from a recent specials meeting, which features a number of Ohio State players—most notably linebacker Chris Worley—dancing. Even assistant coach Kerry Coombs gets into it a bit.Just your typical start to kicking meeting— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) August 31, 2015In 2015, just about everything is a party in Columbus.last_img read more

How Our March Madness Predictions Work

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from previous articles about how our March Madness predictions work.We’ve been issuing probabilistic March Madness forecasts in some form since 2011, when FiveThirtyEight was just a couple of people writing for The New York Times. Initially, we focused on the men’s NCAA Tournament, publishing a table that gave each team’s probability of advancing deep (or not-so-deep) into the tournament. Over the years, we expanded to forecasting the women’s tournament as well. And since 2016, our forecasts have updated live, as games are played. Below are the details on each step that we take — including calculating power ratings for teams, win probabilities for each game and the chance that each remaining team will make it to any given stage of the bracket. Men’s team ratings March Madness Predictions: FiveThirtyEight’s men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament forecasting models calculate the chance of each team reaching each round. See our predictions for 2018 » Our men’s model is principally based on a composite of six computer power ratings:Ken Pomeroy’s ratingsJeff Sagarin’s “predictor” ratingsSonny Moore’s ratingsJoel Sokol’s LRMC ratingsESPN’s Basketball Power IndexFiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (described below)Each of these ratings has a strong track record in picking tournament games. We shouldn’t make too much of the differences among them: They are all based on the same basic information — wins and losses, strength of schedule, margin of victory — computed in slightly different ways. We use six systems instead of one, however, because each system has different features and bugs, and blending them helps to smooth out any rough edges. (Those rough edges matter because even small differences can compound over the course of a single-elimination tournament that requires six or seven games to win.)To produce a pre-tournament rating for each team, we combine those computer ratings with a couple of human rankings:The NCAA selection committee’s 68-team “S-curve”Preseason rankings from The Associated Press and the coachesThese rankings have some predictive power — if used in moderation. They make up one-fourth of the rating for each team; the computer systems are three-fourths.It’s not a typo, by the way, to say that we look at preseason rankings. The reason is that a 30- to 35-game regular season isn’t all that large a sample. Preseason rankings provide some estimate of each team’s underlying player and coaching talent. It’s a subjective estimate, but it nevertheless adds some value, based on our research. If a team wasn’t ranked in either the Associated Press or Coaches polls, we estimate its strength using the previous season’s final Sagarin rating, reverted to the mean.To arrive at our FiveThirtyEight power ratings, which are a measure of teams’ current strength on a neutral court and are displayed on our March Madness predictions interactive graphic, we make two adjustments to our pre-tournament ratings.The first is for injuries and player suspensions. We review injury reports and deduct points from teams that have key players out of the lineup. This process might sound arbitrary, but it isn’t: The adjustment is based on’s Win Shares, which estimates the contribution of each player to his team’s record while also adjusting for a team’s strength of schedule. So our program won’t assume a player was a monster just because he was scoring 20 points a game against the likes of Abilene Christian and Austin Peay. The injury adjustment also works in reverse: We review each team to see which are healthier going into the tournament than they were during the regular season.The second adjustment takes place only once the tournament is underway. The FiveThirtyEight model gives a bonus to teams’ ratings as they win games, based on the score of each game and the quality of their opponent. A No. 12 seed that waltzes through its play-in game and then crushes a No. 5 seed may be much more dangerous than it initially appeared; our model accounts for this. On the flip side, a highly rated team that wins but looks wobbly against a lower seed often struggles in the next round, we’ve found.When we forecast individual games, we apply a third and final adjustment to our ratings, for travel distance. Are you not at your best when you fly in from LAX to take an 8 a.m. meeting in Boston? The same is true of college basketball players. In extreme cases (a team playing very near its campus or traveling across the country to play a game), the effect of travel can be tantamount to playing a home or road game, despite being on an ostensibly neutral court. This final adjustment gives us a team’s travel-adjusted power rating, which is then used to calculate their chance of winning that game.Women’s team ratings We calculate power ratings for the women’s tournament in much the same way as we do for the men’s. However, because of the relative lack of data for women’s college basketball — a persistent problem when it comes to women’s sports — the process has a few differences:Three of the six power ratings that we use for the men’s tournament aren’t available for women. Fortunately, that means three of them are: Sagarin’s “predictor” ratings, Sokol’s LRMC ratings and Moore’s ratings. We also use a fourth system, the Massey Ratings.The NCAA doesn’t publish the 68-team S-curve data for the women. So we use the teams’ seeds instead, with the exception of the four No. 1 seeds, which the selection committee does list in order.For the women’s tournament, there isn’t much in the way of injury reports or advanced individual statistics, so we don’t include injury adjustments.Turning power ratings into a forecastOnce we have power ratings for every team, we need to turn them into a forecast — that is, the chance of every team reaching any round of the tournament.Most of our sports forecasts rely on Monte Carlo simulations, but March Madness is different; because the structure of the tournament is a single-elimination bracket, we’re able to directly calculate the chance of teams advancing to a given round.We calculate the chance of any team beating another with the following Elo-derived formula, which is based on the difference between the two teams’ travel-adjusted power ratings:1.01.0+10−travel_adjusted_power_rating_diff∗30.464/4001.01.0+10−travel_adjusted_power_rating_diff∗30.464/400Because a team needs to win only a single game to advance, this formula gives us the chance of a team reaching the next round in the bracket. The probability of a team reaching a future round in the bracket is based on a system of conditional probabilities. In other words, the chance of a team reaching a given round is the chance they reach the previous round, multiplied by their chance of beating any possible opponent in the previous round, weighted by their likelihood of meeting each of those opponents.Live win probabilitiesWhile games are being played, our interactive graphic displays a box for each one that shows updating win probabilities for both teams, as well as the score and the time remaining. These probabilities are derived using logistic regression analysis, which lets us plug the current state of a game into a model to produce the probability that either team will win the game. Specifically, we used play-by-play data from the past five seasons of Division I NCAA basketball to fit a model that incorporates:Time remaining in the gameScore differencePregame win probabilitiesWhich team has possession, with a special adjustment if the team is shooting free throwsThe model doesn’t account for everything, however. If a key player has fouled out of a game, for example, the model doesn’t know, and his or her team’s win probability is probably a bit lower than what we have listed. There are also a few places where the model experiences momentary uncertainty: In the handful of seconds between the moment when a player is fouled and the free throws that follow, for example, we use the team’s average free-throw percentage to adjust its win probability. Still, these probabilities ought to do a reasonably good job of showing which games are competitive and which are essentially over.Also displayed in the box for each game is our “excitement index” (check out the lower-right corner) — that number also updates throughout a game and can give you a sense of when it’ll be most fun to tune in. Loosely based on Brian Burke’s NFL work, the index is a measure of how much each team’s chances of winning have changed over the course of the game.The calculation behind this feature is the average change in win probability per basket scored, weighted by the amount of time remaining in the game. This means that a basket made late in the game has more influence on a game’s excitement index than a basket made near the start of the game. We give additional weight to changes in win probability in overtime. Values range from 0 to 10, although they can exceed 10 in extreme cases.FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratingsIf you’ve been a FiveThirtyEight reader for really any length of time, you probably know that we’re big fans of Elo ratings. We’ve introduced versions for the NBA and the NFL, among other sports. Using game data from ESPN, and other sources, we’ve also calculated Elo ratings for men’s college basketball teams dating back to the 1950s. Our Elo ratings are one of the six computer rating systems used in each team’s pre-tournament rating.Our methodology for calculating these Elo ratings is very similar to the one we use for the NBA. Elo is a measure of a team’s strength that is based on game-by-game results. The information that Elo relies on to adjust a team’s rating after every game is relatively simple — including the final score and the location of the game. (As we noted earlier, college basketball teams perform significantly worse when they travel a long distance to play a game.)It also takes into account whether the game was played in the NCAA Tournament. We’ve found that historically, there are actually fewer upsets in the tournament than you’d expect from the difference in teams’ Elo ratings, perhaps because the games are played under better and fairer conditions in the tournament than in the regular season. Our Elo ratings account for this and weight tournament games slightly higher than regular-season ones.Because Elo is a running assessment of a team’s talent, at the beginning of each season, a team gets to keep its rating from the end of the previous one, except that we also revert it to the mean. The wrinkle here, compared with our NFL Elo ratings, is that we revert college basketball team ratings to the mean of the conference.And that’s about it! (Congratulations if you made it this far.) While we make no guarantee that you’ll win your pool if you use our system, we think it’s done a pretty good job over the years. Hopefully, you’ll have fun using it to make your picks, and it will add to your enjoyment of both NCAA tournaments. read more

Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State splits twogame series with No 13

Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controlls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (15-5-4, 8-5-1-0 Big Ten) split its weekend series against No. 13 Penn State (13-8-3, 6-5-3-2 Big Ten) in State College, Pennsylvania, dropping Friday’s game 5-2 , then rebounding with a 5-1 win the next day.Game OnePenn State sophomore goaltender Peyton Jones made 45 saves on 47 shots in a 5-2 win against Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ loss ended their season-high six-game win streak.Penn State struck early in the opening period when sophomore forward Denis Smirnov fired a shot past Ohio State redshirt junior goaltender Sean Romeo 5:18 in the first period to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 lead.Later in the period, the Nittany Lions got loose on a two-on-one breakaway. Smirnov feathered a cross-crease pass to sophomore forward Nate Sucese, putting the Penn State up by two goals near the end of the first period. Ohio State mounted multiple fruitful offensive attacks in the second period.Early in the period, the Buckeyes capitalized on a power play. Buckeyes junior forward and captain Mason Jobst put in a rebound off a shot from sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski, making it a one-goal game.Penn State struck back with a power-play goal of its own, when freshman forward Evan Barratt found the back of the net at 7:46 of the second period.The back-and-forth play continued with another power-play goal for the Buckeyes. Jobst showed patience in the slot before sniping it into the top corner of the goal, over the glove of Jones. It was Jobst’s second goal on the power play.Ohio State had 22 shots in the second period, totaling 37 through the opening two periods. Penn State made a push in the third period that began began with the power play. Penn State junior forward Andrew Sturtz skated through the slot, dragged the puck through the Buckeye defense and beat Romeo with a quick shot through the five-hole to restore the two-goal lead.Barratt added an empty-net goal, his second goal and third point of the night, to ice the game for Penn State. Ohio State’s special teams were seemingly at the center of everything that happened Friday night. The Buckeyes went 2-for-4 on the power play, but went 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.Romeo made 31 saves in Ohio State’s loss. Game TwoThe Buckeyes enacted their revenge in the second game, snapping Penn State’s 11-game unbeaten streak in a 5-1 victory.Head coach Steve Rohlik made some drastic changes to the starting lineup before the game, starting freshman goalie Tommy Nappier and removing Jobst from the first line. It was Nappier’s third career start and Big Ten debut.Ohio State capitalized on a turnover early in the first period when junior forward Freddy Gerard found Laczynski on the backdoor for the sophomore’s 11th goal of the season on the backdoor to give the Buckeyes a one-goal lead. After a long shift in the Buckeye zone, Penn State sophomore forward Nikita Pavlychev found the puck through a crowd and beat Nappier between the legs to tie the game at one.Later in the period, a major penalty was called on Sturtz for kneeing Ohio State senior defenseman Janik Moser, giving the Buckeyes a five-minute power-play. Moser did not return to the game. Sophomore forward Ronnie Hein made a backhand pass from his knees to set up Gerard on the far post to score Ohio State’s second goal of the game.  Shots favored Ohio State 14-11, which helped the Buckeyes stake out to a  2-1 lead heading to the second period.The Buckeyes started the second period right where they left off the first, with a power-play goal. Junior forward Dakota Joshua tipped in a shot from sophomore defenseman Gordi Meyer to give Ohio State its second power-play goal and a 3-1 lead. Shortly after, Penn State senior forward James Robinson had a breakaway chance as he burst out behind the Ohio State defense, was hooked and awarded a penalty shot. Nappier made the save on the Penn State captain to keep the two-goal lead entering the third period.The third period was all Buckeyes, who added two goals late in the period to seal the victory.Gerard and Laczynski both finished with three points in the win. Nappier was solid, making 30 saves on 31 shots, while Jones made 33 saves on 37 shots in the losing effort.The Buckeyes will have next week off before hosting arch-rival Michigan for a two-game weekend series, which begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Both games will be held at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Mens Soccer Connor Senn Memorial tradition carried on by new coaching staff

Ohio State freshman soccer player Connor Senn collapsed during a game against Akron on Sept. 26, 2001. Senn later died to a congenial heart defect. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics“Play like Connor today.”The motto has greeted generations of Ohio State soccer players, standing as a constant reminder that the program is more than just the X’s and O’s. The motto greeted Brian Maisonneuve as he took over for former head coach John Bleum prior to the start of the 2018 season.Connor Senn’s legacy still lives on.Friday marks the 17th annual Connor Senn Memorial Match for the Ohio State men’s soccer team. Ohio State will take on Cleveland State in a match that serves to honor the memory of the former Buckeye soccer player, who died in 2001.Senn played on the team as a freshman walk-on. The Buckeyes traveled to the University of Akron on Sept. 26, 2001; during the course of that night’s match, Senn collapsed on the field. Senn died later that night: the result of a congenital heart defect that was nearly impossible to detect at the time.Honoring Senn’s memory is a tradition that has carried on from generation to generation of Buckeye players and coaching staffs.“That type of legacy is in the locker room,” Maisonneuve said. “His magnet is still up in the locker and what he stood for is something that we want this program to stand for. So it was a no brainer. Keep it going. I met with Lance, his dad, and it means a lot to this program, and the stamp that Connor has left on this program is huge.”Even though Senn’s tragic death came almost two decades ago, he has remained an important part of each and every Ohio State squad to take the field in the years since. Even for the current crop of Buckeyes, it is evident that they know not only who he was, but how important it is to everyone involved with the Ohio State men’s soccer program that they continue to honor him.It’s a match that has additional meaning for Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried, as he grew up just down the street from the Senn family.  “It’s a really cool thing for me because I grew up about 10 houses from where the Senns grew up in Granville, so it’s always meant a lot and he’s kind of been a name that I’ve known since I was a kid,” Siegfried said. “It’s always an awesome night for the team and the program.”Fifth-year midfielder Brady Blackwell said this match is always a special one for the team and something that it takes pride in.“We all know who he was and what happened so I think it’s a little extra incentive to play hard and not take anything for granted,” Blackwell said. “Coach Bluem, before he left, or retired, he really instilled in us how important this match was to the program and what it meant, so we take it serious.” Following his death, Senn’s father set up the Connor Senn Memorial Fund. The fund provides a fully-funded scholarship and raises money to be donated to the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center.The Buckeyes will face Cleveland State for the Connor Senn Memorial Match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday. read more

8 tips to help you shop online securely

first_imgImage Credit: TheNewAfrica Advertisement With just a click of a mouse or touch on a screen, buyers all over the world can purchase nearly any product online; from foodstuffs to cars, from clothing’s to houses. The world of e-commerce enables buyers to shop online at over a thousand online stores and pay for their purchases from wherever they are, whether at home, work, school or beach.These days you just lay back, grab your phone or laptop, get online and log in directly to your online store whether it is Vendito, Jumia, Kaymu, Kupatana or Checki and do your shopping. That’s how E-commerce has made life easy.Just as shoppers should take measures to protect their PIN numbers when checking out in a physical store, they also need to take sensible precautions when shopping online. – Advertisement – We are sharing these tips to help make your online shopping experiences safe:Always purchase all your products at secure websites Always mind what website you use when shopping, not all E-commerce websites are safe for you. Secure sites use encryption technology to transfer information from your computer to the online merchant’s computer. During the process of paying for the product you have purchased, your details such as your; Credit card number, PIN Numbers are scrambled by the encryption technology.Here’s a few hints to help you know whether the site you’re using is secure:When you look in the address bar, where the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is placed, if you see the address beginning with http and ends with “s” or if the address has a green padlock at the start, then the site you’re using is safe and you’re good to go.The address will have to look like:Keep your password and pins private Before you do any purchasing, you’ll have to first signup with that very online shopping site of your choice. When signing up for an account, this usually requests for a username, email address, billing details, passwords and so forth.Most browser give you an option of it remembering your password or saving it, which should be avoided. Never save your credentials on your computer, or any other gadget as this exposes you to being defrauded by anyone who accesses your account.Also, when signing up for these accounts, NEVER use common passwords that can be easily guessed. Try and use strong passwords, with symbols, numbers, special character, upper and lower cases. Let your password look like: =;E^}5?2s4l22^p and not 123456.Pay on delivery Now in Uganda, many people are new to this online shopping thing and some online shops are also new and haven’t had a chance to build a reputation.There are also several individual sellers, where you can’t be sure about the product since this individual is different from the company that owns the shopping site. And with many classified and shopping groups on Facebook, there are also many transactions happening off any particular shopping site.In such cases where you aren’t comfortable parting with your cash in advance, you can pay on delivery if the seller offers that option.HelloFood is an example of a website that gives you the option to order for your food online and then pay either by Mobile Money or by cash on delivery.Pay with a credit card When using a debit card for shopping, it removes/deducts money straight from your bank account and getting it back in an event of fraud is a bit hard. Your liability with a debit card depends on how soon you report the situation, however, when you pay with a Credit card, you have permitted protection against fraud, limiting your liability.Pay by Mobile MoneyA screenshot of the step where you are prompted to confirm the identity of the person you are sending money to when transaction on MTN Mobile MoneyIn the event that you have ordered for an item which you’re paying for at delivery, you can still pay by Mobile Money. This has its advantages, including giving you an electronic record of your payment to this individual or company, and also helps you identify the seller.In the case of buying from individuals on Facebook and websites like Jumia and OLX, there’s always a chance that the seller is giving you an item that is stolen. You might buy a smartphone and a few months later get arrested for it. If you paid him by Mobile Money, you can always follow the money trail with the Police and the Telecom company. Don’t Fall for “Phishing” Messages Phishing is when a person, most likely a hacker or identity thief attempts to acquire your personal details such as usernames, passwords, credit card details often for malicious reasons.Mostly these hackers and identity thieves send spam emails to internet users asking them to update or re-send their account information for their banks or credit cards or their popular shopping sites. Usually phishing emails that have links that might look just like official e-commerce you’re used to, so you have to be careful not to enter your personal details in a link you entered in email. Also, as I mentioned above, always ensure to check if those links provided to you are secure.Purchase items that have a guarantee / warranty Most times we purchase products whether online or offline, we need guarantee or warranty that whatever we’ve bought is genuine. No one wants to buy a product that is design or made to last for years, only for it to stop working after a few weeks or months. If it had factory defects, a warranty gives you the peace of mind that you can get it fixed or replaced.So as you purchase all your products online, always ensure that they have a guarantee or warranty on them.According to Jumia, at times, things go wrong with these products. Luckily, their brands are committed to their customers as much as they are. They show that commitment through warranties.Image Credit: JumiaAlways Print or Save Copies of Your Orders After placing your order online, maybe you bought that MacBook Air you always wanted or those fancy pants, you always receive a confirmation page that reviews what you’ve purchased. This confirmation page normally contains the costs of the order, your customer information, product information, and the confirmation number.It’s recommended you always print out or save a copy of these confirmation page(s) describing the item you ordered or purchased as well as the page showing company name, postal address, phone number, and legal terms, including return policy. Plus the confirmation messages you receive on your email.last_img read more

Apple Reportedly Planning to Release a Siri Speaker

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List June 2, 2017 Siri Add to Queue –shares Next Article Image credit: via PC Mag Apply Now » This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Apple is set to bring Siri to a standalone speaker akin to the Google Home or Amazon Echo, according to Bloomberg.Apple could announce the Siri speaker at WWDC next week, although it wouldn’t be ready to ship until later this year, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Although Siri first launched in 2011, long before voice assistants from Google and Amazon, users must currently interact with it via Apple’s existing products, including Macs, iPhones and the Apple TV. Giving Siri its own dedicated speaker would allow Apple to ride the more recent phenomenon of always-listening voice assistants that can perform home automation tasks — via Apple’s HomeKit protocol — in addition to looking up sports scores and reading weather reports. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.While the rumored Apple speaker would directly compete with the Echo and Google Home, Siri has had a rudimentary ability to constantly listen and respond to “Hey, Siri” commands since the iPhone 6s was introduced in September 2015. But that experience falls far short of what a dedicated speaker offers, since it relies on your phone’s speakers and microphone to do the listening and the talking.Rumors of a Siri speaker raises the question of what Microsoft has in the works to keep its Cortana voice assistant competitive. The Cortana-powered Harman Kardon Invoke speaker is one possibility. Announced last month, the Invoke is scheduled to ship this fall. This week, Microsoft also teased a digital assistant from HP, a small puck-like speaker akin to the Amazon Echo Dot.”The new HP digital assistant featuring Cortana is a standalone personal assistant device that does not need to connect to a Windows 10 PC to provide a complete intelligent speaker experience,” Microsoft said in a statement to The Verge. It’s unclear when it will go on sale. A standalone Siri speaker would help Apple better compete against the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo, according to Bloomberg. Look for it at WWDC next week. 2 min read Apple Reportedly Planning to Release a Siri Speaker News reporter The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Tom Brantlast_img read more

First Tumblr Now Hulu Oh My Whats Driving Yahoos Startup Appetite

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List First Tumblr, Now Hulu, Oh My! What’s Driving Yahoo’s Startup Appetite Next Article –shares Apply Now » Add to Queue Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer Brian Patrick Eha May 28, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Technology Under chief executive Marissa Mayer, internet giant Yahoo has been on a startup-buying spree, and it shows no signs of stopping. News broke over the weekend that Yahoo has offered to buy streaming video site Hulu for between $600 million and $800 million, depending on the overall terms of the deal.Hulu is currently the focus of a bidding war between Time Warner, Directv and other big players. Yahoo turned to Hulu after its plan to buy a majority stake in French video-sharing site Dailymotion was blocked by the French government earlier this month.Since Mayer took the helm last July, Yahoo has acquired 12 companies. Among them are news aggregation startup Summly, social-media platform, video chat startup OnTheAir and microblogging platform Tumblr, which boasts over 300 million members. Since closing the Tumblr deal for $1.1 billion in cash last week, Yahoo has already bought another company: gaming software outfit PlayerScale. The four-year-old startup, which Yahoo bought for an undisclosed sum, creates tools for game developers, including analytics tools that can track player behavior.Related: In Yahoo Deal, Tumblr Becomes the Next $1 Billion Startup”Yahoo is pursuing a plan of diversifying its media business away from the pure brand,” says Andrew Frank, who covers Yahoo as a media analyst for research firm Gartner. That means expanding beyond longstanding services such as search, news and email and getting into new areas such as social media and video, which could also help Yahoo branch out from its mostly advertising-based revenue. Such a plan, Frank says, is standard for maturing media companies that want to reduce risk and make their revenue more predictable.The desire to attract young users has also played a role, especially in the Tumblr acquisition, says Frank. And while Tumblr itself may not be a good platform for selling ads, due to the ad-free layout of its blogs, Frank believes its user data will prove to be a valuable resource to target advertising on other Yahoo properties. “If you can determine people’s interests based on their Tumblr experiences, then perhaps you can have better success targeting them with interest-based ads in other contexts,” Frank says.If purchased, Hulu would further the goal of diversifying Yahoo’s revenue, which Frank says has been almost exclusively dependent on advertising. Users of Hulu’s premium subscription service pay a monthly rate to watch movies and full episodes of television shows online. And the acquisition of a video service may help Yahoo compete with YouTube, which has proved to be an immensely lucrative property for Google.So what comes next? Frank was loath to speculate, but he said mobile needs to be a focus for Yahoo. He also mentioned ecommerce and social commerce as potential spaces for the company to enter. “There’s a lot of interesting areas that Yahoo could go into,” he says. “I don’t think there’s any shortage of opportunities.”Related: Yahoo Acquires Teen Entrepreneur’s News Gathering App, Summly 3 min read Image credit: The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

LinkedIn Just Completely Revamped Its Messaging Tool

first_img Kia Kokalitcheva 2 min read Image credit: aradaphotography | Linkedin 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. –shares September 1, 2015 Add to Queuecenter_img This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine LinkedIn Just Completely Revamped Its Messaging Tool Next Article If there’s one thing more annoying about the deluge of emails that LinkedIn, until very recently, sent to its users to get them to login, it’s the professional networking service’s antiquated “inbox” that makes email feel modern.And LinkedIn knows this, which is why on Tuesday it said that would roll out an entirely new inbox design for both mobile and desktop users. The revamped version is more akin to chat service Slack or your favorite messaging app, complete with emoji and GIFs.The overhaul is one is a series planned by CEO Jeff Weiner that will include new apps and services as well as redesigns of existing ones. The goal: entice users to not only log into LinkedIn more often, but also for longer. Or as Weiner puts it: providing more value for LinkedIn’s members.Image Credit: Courtesy of LinkedInLinkedIn’s design hasn’t changed much over the years, a reality that has started to alienate users. An attendee even created a somewhat uncomfortable moment at Fortune‘s Brainstorm Tech conference in July when he confronted co-founder and chairman Reid Hoffmann about the service’s design, or lack thereof.With the redesigned inbox, users will find invitations from others to connect in the “People you may know” section. Previously, they showed up as a message in the inbox. In addition to emoji and stickers, they’ll also be able to attach documents to their messages, and LinkedIn says it’s revamped how it sorts messages and how it notifies users of new ones via email and push notifications.Last month, LinkedIn LKND released Lookup, a mobile app that lets a company’s employees find coworkers by name, title, and skills by logging in with their work email address. The company came up with the idea after surveying 814 North American professionals, who largely said they didn’t find their company’s intranet helpful for this, and wished they could look for coworkers based on specific skills. In April, LinkedIn introduced Elevate, an app to help employees share company and industry content on LinkedIn and Twitter.And this is only the beginning. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Startup Culture 20 Why Kegs No Longer Cut It

first_imgStartup Culture Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Scott King Next Article Today’s startups have a problem, and no amount of free booze will solve it. Don’t get me wrong, I love beer — but it’s part of the problem.Related: 5 Hidden Dangers of a Stereotypical Startup CultureStartup Culture 1.0 was a response to a traditional workplace that stifled creativity and expression. Young professionals saw no value in wearing suits and working in cubicles. Organizations saw an opportunity to evolve, giving employees the freedom to work in a way that felt more like play. And, theoretically at least, they became more innovative, productive and attractive to top talent in the process.Hoodies replaced sportcoats. Scrum pits replaced cubes. Dogs roamed the halls. Ping-pong tables supplanted conference tables. And company kitchens filled up with healthy, local, organic, free-range snacks and kegs from local microbrews.There were no more off-sites in stuffy hotels; team building happened over whitewater rafting; volunteer teams travelled to Central America; and Frisbee in the park became a staple of work-optional Friday afternoons — all of which was delightful — until it went too far (see the recent Zenefits scandal).Worse, it became the new status quo.We now take for granted that we can wear jeans to the office and work from home when we need to. We no longer notice the keg in the corner of the kitchen — because frankly, no one drinks from it. Few people bring their dogs to work because, in reality, that’s kind of a hassle. And, while on-site yoga sounds good in theory, who wants to go all zen with their colleagues and then turn around and talk development capacity and budgets?When every company offers something, it’s no longer a perk.Indeed, when you strip away the cool “stuff,” we’re left with a culture that isn’t terribly different from the old-school system that it replaced. Sure, you no longer call your boss “Sir” or “Ma’am” when discussing your assignments — but you still get assignments. You may “download” on your projects in the “nerd lounge” with a latte from the new espresso machine, but you’re still told what to do and, largely, how, when, where, and with whom to do it.This is the issue with Startup Culture 1.0. The clothes, the offices, the rules may have changed, but the way work gets done did not. The next evolution of startup culture — let’s call it Startup Culture 2.0 — will implement a whole new set of perks that are significantly harder to provide, but are much more valuable when done right.Startup Culture 2.0 will be a fundamental shift in how we think about people. Instead of changing the lines we draw around them, we’ll remove the lines altogether.Related: Creating The Right Culture For Startup SuccessStartup Culture 2.0 puts the “people are our best asset” cliché into action. Instead of focusing on the accouterments that attract top talent, and then telling that top talent exactly what to do, an evolved organization hands over the keys to the castle. In practice, this translates to a new way of making decisions, big and small:Everyone is a decision maker. Decisions – and sh*t – no longer flow solely downhill.Your decision model seeks advice from everyone who may be impacted. You seek advice up and down the chain to inform and validate each decision.Decisions are a team effort, and so are repercussions, for better or worse.People are fallible, and it’s all part of the learning processThis doesn’t sound as sexy as lunchtime bike rides and LEED-certified offices, but the impact will be much more meaningful. When you fundamentally trust that your employees are good, that they want your company to be successful, that they work hard and want to contribute, the results are almost instantaneous. More joy. More innovation. More community. Better work.Related: 5 Ways Startups Build Priceless Cultures Without Spending a CentI love beer. But I’ll take a highly engaged, highly trusted workforce over the keg in the kitchen any day. May 20, 2016 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img –shares 4 min read Chief Revenue Officer at ReadyTalk Image credit: Frederic J. Brown/Stringer | Getty Images Guest Writer Startup Culture 2.0: Why Kegs No Longer Cut It Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Targeting biochemical pathway may lead to new therapies for alleviating symptoms of

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 12 2018According to some estimates, up to one in three people around the world may experience severe anxiety in their lifetime. In a study described today in Cell Reports, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have revealed a previously unknown mechanism underlying anxiety. Targeting this biochemical pathway may help develop new therapies for alleviating the symptoms of anxiety disorders.The lab of Prof. Mike Fainzilber in the Institute’s Biomolecular Sciences Department has, for nearly two decades, studied the neuronal roles of proteins called importins. These proteins, found in all cells, shuttle molecules into the nucleus. The lab’s previous work focused on the peripheral nervous system (all nerve tissue in the body except the brain and spinal cord). Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Nicolas Panayotis, who joined the group in 2012, decided to find out whether any of the importins also play a role in the central nervous system, that is, the brain and spinal cord.Panayotis and colleagues studied five lines of mice, genetically engineered by Prof. Michael Bader’s laboratory in the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, to lack genes from the alpha subfamily of importins. The researchers subjected these mice to a battery of behavioral tests and found that one line of mice – those lacking importin alpha-5 – stood out in a unique manner: They showed no anxiety in stressful situations, for example, when they were placed in large, exposed arenas or on a highly elevated, open platform.The researchers then checked how these “calmer” mice differed from regular ones in terms of gene expression in certain brain regions involved in controlling anxiety. Computational analyses pointed to MeCP2, a regulatory gene known to affect anxiety behaviors. It turned out that importin alpha-5 was critical for enabling the entry of MeCP2 into the nuclei of neurons. Changes in the levels of MeCP2 in the nucleus, in turn, affected the levels of an enzyme involved in the production of a signaling molecule called S1P. In mice lacking importin alpha-5, MeCP2 failed to enter the nuclei of anxiety-controlling neurons, reducing S1P signaling and lowering anxiety.Related StoriesNew study explores link between traffic-related air pollution and childhood anxietySeasonal allergies to pollen occur more frequently in people with anxiety disordersNew study examines non‐medical use of anti-anxiety medicationAfter performing additional experiments to confirm that they had indeed discovered a new anxiety-regulating mechanism in the brain, the researchers searched for molecules that could modify this mechanism. They realized that drugs that modulate S1P signaling already exist; one such drug, fingolimod, is used to treat multiple sclerosis. When the researchers tested the effects of fingolimod on regular mice, these mice showed reduced anxiety, similarly to the genetically engineered mice lacking the importin alpha-5 gene. Moreover, the researchers found an earlier report from a clinical trial of fingolimod, according to which the drug had a calming effect on patients with multiple sclerosis. The new study might now help explain why this was the case.”Our findings have opened up a new direction for research into the mechanisms of anxiety,” Panayotis says. “If we understand exactly how the circuitry that we’ve discovered controls anxiety, this may help develop new drugs, or direct the use existing ones, to alleviate its symptoms.”Fainzilber: “Current drugs for anxiety are limited in their efficacy or have undesirable side effects, which also limit their usefulness. Our findings may help overcome these limitations. In follow-up research, we have already identified a number of drug candidates that target the newly discovered pathway.”The study’s findings also shed new light on rare genetic disorders characterized by mutations in the MeCP2 gene: Rett syndrome and MeCP2 duplication syndrome. Both these disorders are characterized by anxiety, among other symptoms. Identifying the precise mechanisms responsible for the entry of MeCP2 into neurons’ nuclei may, in the future, help develop therapies for these two disorders. Source: read more

One reason behind frequent miscarriages could be faulty sperms

first_img Source: By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 6 2019Scientists at the Imperial College in London have found that one of the reasons behind frequent miscarriages in a woman could be the fault of the sperms of their partners. Recurrent miscarriages are defined as three or more miscarriages that occur before 20 weeks of pregnancy are completed. One in 50 couples in the UK are affected by recurrent miscarriages.The results of this small but significant study titled, ‘Reduced Testicular Steroidogenesis and Increased Semen Oxidative Stress in Male Partners as Novel Markers of Recurrent Miscarriage’, were published in the latest issue of the journal Clinical Chemistry. Sperm and egg cell illustration. Image Credit: Yurchanka Siarhei / Shutterstockcenter_img For this study the team looked at the sperm quality of around 50 men whose partners had been struggling to carry a pregnancy to term but had suffered from at least three miscarriages. They also collected healthy sperm from 60 other volunteers whose partners were successful in completing their pregnancies. On comparing the two groups they noted that the men whose partners were suffering from miscarriages had twice as much damaged to their sperm DNA compared to the healthy group.Lead author Dr Channa Jayasena from the Department of Medicine said, “Traditionally doctors have focused attention on women when looking for the causes of recurrent miscarriage. The men’s health – and the health of their sperm – wasn’t analysed. For instance, previous research suggests sperm has an important role in the formation of the placenta, which is crucial for oxygen and nutrient supply to the foetus.”Related StoriesPatients with HIV DNA in cerebrospinal fluid have high risk of experiencing cognitive deficitsDogs and cats relieve academic stress and lift students’ mood, according to a new studyResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairThe team noted that the DNA damage within the sperm was caused by reactive oxygen species or free radicals that are formed within the semen. These oxidative species protect against bacteria but can in turn damage the DNA of the sperm. This study showed that the partners of women who had miscarriages had four times higher reactive oxygen species in their semen compared to the healthy control group. They speculate that the reason behind this phenomenon could be previous infections. Being obese and higher male age could also be a reason behind oxidative damage to the sperms, the authors of the study explain.However as a limitation to the study, the average age of the men whose partners suffered miscarriages was 37 years compared to 30 years among the healthy control men. Further the men in the miscarriage group were a little more overweight compared to the healthy men.Dr Jayasena said in a statement, “Although none of the men in the trial had any ongoing infection it is possible there may be other bacteria from previous infections lingering in the prostate gland, which makes semen. This may lead to permanently high levels of reactive oxygen species. It has taken medicine a long time to realise sperm health has a role to play in miscarriage – and that the cause doesn’t lie solely with women. Now we realise both partners contribute to recurrent miscarriage we can hopefully get a clearer picture of the problem and start to look for ways of ensuring more pregnancies result in a healthy baby.”Dr Kevin McEleny of the British Fertility Society in a statement added, “This is an interesting study that illustrates the importance of research into sperm quality. The results agree with some of the previous research into a link between DNA damage in sperm and miscarriage. We know that the partners of older men are more likely to suffer miscarriage. The study group was generally older than the control group, which might go some way to explain the results.”last_img read more

Oral steroid use in patients with inflammatory diseases increases risk of infection

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019Oral steroid use in patients with the inflammatory diseases polymyalgia rheumatica and/or giant cell arteritis significantly increased the risk of infection, and the risk increased with higher doses, found a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).In a large study of almost 40 000 adult patients with polymyalgia rheumatica or giant cell arteritis in England, researchers found higher absolute risks of infection when patients were taking oral steroids than when they were not taking them. The mean age of patients in the study was 73 years. Steroids included prednisolone, prednisone, hydrocortisone and cortisone. The risk of infection increased with higher doses and was elevated even with low daily doses of less than 5 mg of prednisolone. In periods with prescribed medication, patients’ risk was 50% higher than when it was not prescribed. Increases in risk ranged from 48% for fungal to 70% for bacterial infections.”Dr. Mar Pujades-Rodriguez, Leeds Institute of Data Analytics, at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, with coauthors Related StoriesNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsNew shingles vaccine reduces outbreaks of painful rash among stem cell transplant patientsSlug serves as ‘command central’ for determining breast stem cell healthMore than half of patients (22 234, 56%) had infections during 138 412 person-years of follow up, with the most common infections being lower respiratory tract infections (27%), conjunctivitis (9%) and shingles (7%). More than one-quarter (27%) of patients were admitted to hospital and 7% died within a week of diagnosis of infection.”Patients and clinicians should be educated about the risk of infection, need for symptom identification, prompt treatment, timely vaccination and documentation of history of chronic infection (e.g. herpes zoster),” write the authors.They suggest that estimates of dose-response (i.e., the magnitude of risk related to steroid dosing) can be useful for policy-makers in assessing new glucocorticoid-sparing drugs for patients with these inflammatory diseases.”Incidence of infections associated with oral glucocorticoid dose in people diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica or giant cell arteritis: a cohort study in England” is published June 24, 2019. Source:CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)last_img read more

Fizzling out – Hafizh unseated in KTM Tech3 team

first_img Motorsport 07 May 2019 Hafizh looking to bounce back after birthday bummer Motorsport 09 Jul 2019 Quartararo vows to bounce back from disastrous outing at German GP Related News Motorsport 03 Jul 2019 Hafizh eyes more points in Germany after Holland boost PETALING JAYA: Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah’s (pic) run in the MotoGP will come to an end next year.Hafizh has lost his seat in the KTM Tech3 team to 2016 Moto3 world champion Brad Binder of South Africa.The team announced that Binder and Portugal’s Miguel Oliveira will be their riders for the 2020 season. The sad outcome for Hafizh was expected as he has been struggling since the team switched from Yamaha to KTM bike this season.center_img Related News The Malaysian only scored three points after nine races thus far. Hafizh did a much better job in 2018 when he became the first rider from South-East Asia to race in the premier class.He scored 46 points and only lost out to Italian Franco Morbidelli in the fight for the Rookie of the Year award. Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said he met Hafizh after the news broke.“The news effectively puts Hafizh without a race seat in MotoGP next year,” said Razlan. “It will be really difficult as there are no more seats available in the class. We have also secured rider contracts for our own team (Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team) for next year. “But I’m confident he will be racing in the world championships. There are two offers available for him in Moto2 and he needs time to decide. “I’m sure Hafizh will make the right decision based on the circumstances and we at the SIC will do our best to assist,” added Razlan. The SIC are also running their own team in Moto2 with Khairul Idham Pawi expected to return to action when the season resumes with the Czech Grand Prix in Brno next month. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Sri Lankan Navy detains 6 Indian fishermen near Delft Island

first_img Asian News International RameswaramJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 14:22 IST Photo: ANISri Lankan Navy apprehended six Indian fishermen from Namputhalai near Delft Island on Friday morning.The Lankan Naval personnel were on a routine patrol onboard a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command.They apprehended one country boat with six fishermen for poaching in the Sri Lankan territorial waters.Straying of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen into each others’ waters is a recurrent problem as territories on the sea are not clearly demarcated.Also read: 27 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navyALSO WATCH| Sri Lankan Navy arrests 12 Indian fishermenFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to 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 byIram Ara Ibrahim Sri Lankan Navy detains 6 Indian fishermen near Delft IslandThe Lankan Naval personnel were on a routine patroladvertisement Nextlast_img read more