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Journal Latest to Confront Conflicts of Interest

Journal Latest to Confront Conflicts of Interest

first_imgJournal editors are always keen to ask authors to disclose individual contributions to papers and potential conflicts of interest. Today, the editors of PLoS Medicine published an editorial calling for editors to do exactly the same because their “political and scientific views, personal relationships, and professional and financial interests can all conceivably interfere with the objectivity of their decisions.”An example is the added financial incentive of publishing papers likely to be reprinted as best sellers, when editorial boards have to consider the journal’s survival in an increasingly competitive world in addition to scientific merit.The editorial identifies another four issues that contribute to bias in medical literature and a lack of transparency in scientific publishing, namely, recognition of interests beyond commercial, the problem of ghost writing, undisclosed original protocols, and the bias toward publishing only “exciting” results. 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She also points out that open access is not the only way to avoid conflicts of interest introduced by reprint sales. If editorial departments are kept strictly separate from journal business management, editors should never be aware of reprint sales, Kelner adds, citing Science’s example. “The concepts raised by the PLoS editors are important but not new and have been addressed by our organization,” says Margaret Winkler, president of the World Association of Medical Editors. Winkler points out an additional issue that the editorial misses, required for full transparency in medical literature, namely, the requirement that “authors register clinical trials at trial outset rather than after they determine that the results, or which results, are to their liking.”last_img read more

‘Worst decision ever’ – Football reacts to Sterling penalty call

‘Worst decision ever’ – Football reacts to Sterling penalty call

first_imgRaheem Sterling’s form is so good right now that he’s been awarded a penalty for falling over himself.The Manchester City forward latched on to a fine through-ball and looked set to test Shakhtar Donetsk keeper Andriy Pyatov with a left-footed strike as the Premier League champions hosted the Ukraine side in the Champions League Wednesday evening.Sterling completely fluffed his lines however, digging his foot into the turf as he swung for the shot, taking himself to the ground in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Despite the lack of contact with his opponent the referee still pointed to the spot, awarding City a penalty that they hardly deserved. See the video below, paying particular attention to Pyatov’s reaction.THAT IS A SHOCKER!Raheem Sterling trips on the turf, unopposed and the referee awards a penalty kick. 😱 pic.twitter.com/vdCDsw8Qsf— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 7, 2018 This was called a pk 😱Manchester City now leads 2-0. Watch on #BRLive: https://t.co/2bfj2p1IGM pic.twitter.com/PEcBnTJsJK— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) November 7, 2018Sterling did apologise after the match, saying to BT Sport: “I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened. I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref.”Understandably, however, Twitter had already had a field day:Those fellas behind the goals claiming to be assistants need sacking… pointless job— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) November 7, 2018That is one of the worst decisions I have seen in football. If I was Sterling I wouldn’t even accept it, ridiculous.— Brano (@CFCBrano) November 7, 2018Just watched Raheem Sterling’s “penalty”. Surely the worst call in refereeing history?— Socios.com (@Sociosdotcom) November 7, 2018🤦‍♂️ Raheem Sterling there…#MCISHK pic.twitter.com/17iu8E1Djn— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) November 7, 2018Sterling knew the defender never touched him.To let the penalty go ahead makes him just as culpable as the ref.I wish more footballers were like @Robbie9Fowler. https://t.co/FTeOB8GFuv— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 7, 2018Jose Mourinho and Raheem Sterling both get penalties for kicking the floor. 🤷‍♂️— Vinay (@SemperFiUtd) November 7, 2018Sterling should have protested that penalty. Big shame really. This is why I support VAR. Unfair penalty against Shaktar.— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) November 7, 2018Really really wish that Sterling had shaken his head & ‘fessed up’. Even if he didn’t kick the floor on purpose, he must have known he wasn’t tripped. Would have got huge plaudits.— Guy Mowbray (@Guymowbray) November 7, 2018Tripped by Matvyenko? Good joke, friends.— FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH (@FCShakhtar_eng) November 7, 2018Sterling’s phantom penalty ultimately had little effect on the outcome of the match, as City stormed to a 6-0 win over Shakhtar.last_img read more

Roger Federer continues to dominate in the twilight of his career

Roger Federer continues to dominate in the twilight of his career

first_imgRoger Federer isn’t getting older by the look of things.  Because the man from Basel, just gets better and better even at the age of 36.After two grueling rounds at the US Open, The Swiss swept aside his last two opponents in straight sets to reach the quarters at Flushing Meadows.He beat Feliciano Lopez in third round 6-3 6-3 7-5 and then extended his career run to 12-0 against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber after drubbing him 6-4 6-2 7-5 to reach the quarters.RECORDS CONTINUE TO TUMBLEReuters PhotoThis going to be his 51st Grand Slam quarters — the third most by any player. He is behind Chris Evert, who has featured in 54 and Martina Navratilova, who has played in 53 Grand Slam quarter-finals.He will now face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-final — the man who won his only career Grand Slam by defeating Federer in 2009. Incidentally, that was also the US Open.However, the situation is different now. While del Potro is suffering from niggles and is not entirely on top of his game, Federer has been defying critics after returning from his injury. He is chasing his third Grand Slam title this year after winning the Australian Open and the Wimbledon championship. This is also going to be his sixth title if he wins it in this calendar year and his 20th career Grand Slam overall.QUEST FOR NO.1Reuters PhotoFederer, whose five titles this year has come at Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami Open, Halle Open and Wimbledon, has already qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in November. He had started the season ranked 16, he is now ranked third, just behind Rafeal Nadal and Andy Murray. While getting the first rank might be difficult for him, but a win in US and a big finish towards the end of the year might well give him a glimmer of a hope to overtake the Briton and chase down the Spanaird, who himself is enjoying a resurgence of sorts.advertisementAnd talking of No.1, Nadal might have a say as well because if he beats Andrey Rublev in the last eight and Federer goes past the Argentine, they’re all set to meet each other for the first time at Flushing Meadows.The two have already delivered a classic in a Grand Slam final Down Under earlier this year and it is expected that they will do so once again. The win is not going to come easy for Federer but if it comes, his domination in the twilight of his career and then going out on a high will be remembered by all Federer and tennis fans.last_img read more

More Container Moves at GPA Herald Switch to Bigger Ships

More Container Moves at GPA Herald Switch to Bigger Ships

first_imgzoom The Georgia Ports Authority’s Port of Savannah moved an all-time high 3.73 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in 2015, an increase of 11.7 percent compared to the cargo handled in 2014.Total tonnage across all terminals reached a record 31.48 million tons in 2015, an increase of 1.09 million tons, or 3.6 percent, the port said.Container tonnage accounted for most of that growth, up 4 percent, reaching a total of 25.81 million tons.Bulk cargo added 60,705 tons, up 2.2 percent, to reach 2.86 million, while breakbulk cargo grew 1.7 percent, to reach 2.79 million tons.“The expansion was fueled in part by heightened demand in the U.S. Southeast, Savannah’s logistical advantages drawing new customers to Georgia, and cargo diverted from the West Coast,” said Curtis Foltz, GPA Executive Director.Currently featuring 22 ship-to-shore cranes, Savannah’s Garden City Terminal will add four cranes this year as previously purchased machines are put into service.Additionally, the GPA board approved the purchase of four new ship-to-shore cranes for the Port of Savannah, which will arrive in the late spring of 2018 and increase the total number of cranes to 30.According to GPA, the crane purchases, along with the ongoing Savannah Harbor deepening, anticipate a move in the world fleet toward larger ships.Namely, the average vessel calling on the U.S. East Coast is shifting from a capacity of 4,500 twenty-foot equivalent container units to more than 10,000 TEUs. What is more, an expanded Panama Canal will open to these larger vessels this year, providing an important new route for the more efficient ships.last_img read more

StarStudded Friends Of The Israel Defense Forces Western Region Gala

StarStudded Friends Of The Israel Defense Forces Western Region Gala

first_imgMore than $31 million was raised at last week’s annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala, which was held at the renowned Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.Gene Simmons at Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region GalaCredit/Copyright: Noam ChemThe sold-out Gala, which has become one of Los Angeles’ standout charitable events, gathered more than 1,200 supporters from the United States and Israel to support the brave men and women of Israel.FIDF National Board Member and major supporter, Haim Saban, and his wife, Cheryl, served as chairs of the Gala for the 9th consecutive year. Those in attendance included prominent business, philanthropic, and political leaders and leading names in entertainment, fashion and high-tech, including Jason Alexander, Antonio Banderas, Ari Emanuel, Liev Schreiber, Jason Segel, Gene Simmons and Mark Wahlberg.“For the past nine years I have watched this gala grow into the preeminent charity event it is today, and I am truly humbled by the funds raised yesterday, which are a testament to the importance of the FIDF organization and its mission. The overwhelming support from the Los Angeles community continues to amaze me,” said Haim Saban.“We’re excited and proud to take part in this noteworthy event, to join in celebrating the courageous soldiers of Israel. The mission of FIDF – providing wellbeing and educational programs to IDF soldiers – is invaluable to us as a society that cares for its younger generation and recognizes the soldiers’ sacrifices,” said Casey and Laura Wasserman.The evening kicked off with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a program featuring stellar performances by David Foster & Friends, The Beach Boys and Asanda Jezile. Monica Crowley, bestselling author, political analyst and long-time supporter of the FIDF, returned as emcee, and FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir was present at the event, along with other FIDF national and local leadership. Other notable participants included Gabrielle Giffords, former Arizona congresswoman and member of the US House of Representatives; Serge Azria, CEO of Dutch LLC, and his wife Florence; Paul Marciano, co-founder of GUESS; and film producer and businessman Steve Tisch.The evening’s program recognized the heroism of the Lone Soldiers of the IDF, and included moving testimonies from bereaved mothers of fallen Soldiers. The program also featured an important presentation by a U.S. Veteran who demonstrated how Israeli medical technology is impacting the lives of Americans through the United States’ strong relationship with Israel.last_img read more

Budget 2017 prepares groundwork for historic Ottawa AFN deal set for April

Budget 2017 prepares groundwork for historic Ottawa AFN deal set for April

first_imgThe federal budget unveiled Wednesday includes a section outlining Ottawa’s financial commitments for a “renewed Nation-to-Nation” relationship. New funding announced in the budget includes $13.7 million over two years to support the bilateral relationships between Ottawa and First Nations, the Inuit and Metis through their respective representative organizations like the AFN, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council.The federal budget also set aside $3.1 million over three years to create a secretariat within the Privy Council Office to deal specifically with the review of federal laws and policies. The aim of the review, according to the Ottawa-AFN agreement, is to “decolonize federal law and policies” and align them with UNDRIP, according to the draft document.Under the agreement, Ottawa will work with the AFN to co-develop the previously announced Indigenous Languages Act and a national action plan to implement UNDRIP, according to the draft document.The agreement would see a cabinet-level working group comprised of  AFN representatives and the federal ministers meet every three months, with at least one of the meetings attended by the prime minister, said the draft document.The agreement also commits Ottawa and the AFN to report back to Parliament and the chiefs-and-assembly respectively, at least once a year.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrera Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde are scheduled to sign a historic accord in April aimed at renewing the Crown-First Nations relationship, according to a draft copy of the agreement obtained by APTN National News.The four-page draft document titled, Memorandum of Understanding to Support First Nations Jurisdiction and Sovereignty and a Renewed Crown-First Nations Relationship, lays out several joint priorities and commitments for Ottawa and the AFN. It also includes a section for Trudeau and Bellegarde to sign during a ceremony in Ottawa on April 21.The document commits Ottawa and the AFN to support implementation of the Truth and Reconciliations Commission’s calls to action, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the creation of mechanisms to enforce and implement treaty rights. The agreement commits both sides to cooperate in a previously announced review of federal laws and regulations to ensure they comply with Indigenous rights, according to the draft document.The agreement commits Ottawa to provide financial support for the “meaningful engagement of First Nations as rights holders.”  Ottawa also agrees to provide funding to the AFN, along with regional chiefs organizations, to work on the commitments in the agreement, according to the draft document.Canada-AFN MOUDownload (PDF, 338KB)last_img read more

UN rights experts urge India to repeal law restricting civil society access

UN rights experts urge India to repeal law restricting civil society access

The experts’ call comes as the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs suspended for six months the registration of the non-governmental organization Lawyers Collective, under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), according to a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva.The suspension was imposed on the basis of allegations that its founders, human rights lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, violated the act provisions by using foreign funding for purposes other than intended.“We are alarmed that FCRA provisions are being used more and more to silence organisations involved in advocating civil, political, economic, social, environmental or cultural priorities, which may differ from those backed by the Government,” said UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights defenders, Michel Forst, on freedom of expression, David Kaye, and on freedom of association, Maina Kiai.Despite detailed evidence provided by the non-governmental organization (NGO) to rebut all allegations and prove that all foreign contributions were spent and accounted for in line with FCRA, the suspension was still applied.“We are alarmed by reports that the suspension was politically motivated and was aimed at intimidating, delegitimising and silencing Lawyers Collective for their litigation and criticism of the Government’s policies,” the experts said noting that the NGO is known for its public interest litigation and advocacy in defence of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of Indian society.Many civil society organizations in India now depend on FCRA accreditation to receive foreign funding, which is critical to their operations assisting millions of Indians in pursuing their political, cultural, economic and social rights. The ability to access foreign funding is vital to human rights work and is an integral part of the right to freedom of association.However, FCRA’s broad and vague terms such as ‘political nature’, ‘economic interest of the State’ or ‘public interest’ are overly broad, do not conform to a prescribed aim, and are not a proportionate responses to the purported goal of the restriction.“Human rights defenders and civil society must have the ability to do their important job without being subjected to increased limitations on their access to foreign funding and the undue suspension of their registration on the basis of burdensome administrative requirements imposed to those organizations in receipt of foreign funds,” the UN human rights experts concluded.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

The bestselling books of the year according to Amazon

The bestselling books of the year according to Amazon

first_img THE SALES BEGIN today and no doubt you have gotten one or two book vouchers this Christmas.If you need some suggestions, Amazon have calculated its list of best-selling books by taking into account sales of print and Kindle edition books that were published in 2013.While contemporary romance dominated last year’s list with the likes of “50 Shades of Grey,” this year’s top spot went to Dan Brown’s thriller “Inferno”.“And The Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini and J.K. Rowling’s crime thriller, “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, rounded out the top three.Check out the best-selling books below:1. “Inferno” by Dan Brown: Brown’s infamous hero Robert Langdon (from “The Da Vinci Code”) heads once more into Italy. Langdon’s latest mystery takes its cue from Dante’s epic poem in the “Divine Comedy.” 2. “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini: Hosseini follows up “The Kite Runner” with another story set in Kabul, Afghanistan. His latest novel begins with a father telling his two young children a folktale. The story spans several decades and continents following the family’s trials and tribulations from there. 3. “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a super model’s suicide in this classically-styled mystery written by J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym.4. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty: Cecilia Fitzpatrick discovers a letter in which her husband confesses a dark secret that could ruin the life she built. She was supposed to receive the letter after he died, but stumbles across it while he is still very much alive.5. “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg: Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, shares her leadership secrets in a book that combines personal anecdotes, hard data and research. She aims to understand the bias against women in leadership positions and offer advice for women in the workplace and daily life.Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg (Press Association Images)6. “The Hit” by David Baldacci: Will Robie, a highly trained assassin, eliminates enemies of state for the US government. When Jessica Reel, another assassin in the agency, goes rogue, Robie must stop her.7. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham: Jake Brigance, from Grisham’s breakout hit “A Time to Kill” returns to Ford County to try a case that brings up old racial tensions. Before hanging himself from a Sycamore tree, Seth Hubbard leaves a handwritten will for his property that drags his adult children and his black maid into a conflict that spans generations.8. “Entwined with You” by Sylvia Day: Book three of the Crossfire series finds Gideon and Eva with even more alone time than they’ve had in previous installments of this torrid romance.9. “Never Go Back” by Lee Child: Child’s latest novel in his Jack Reacher series follows the former military cop on a mission to find his missing commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, and clear his own name in the process.10. “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult: Sage Singer is a baker trying to get over the death of her mother. Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group with his own demons, begins stopping by the Sage’s bakery. They strike up an unlikely friendship.11. “Alex Cross, Run” by James Patterson: Detective Alex Cross has a lot on his plate: A plastic surgeon, Cross got arrested for sleeping with teenage girls is out of jail, and this time with a new face, a young woman who recently gave birth is found murdered and the baby is missing, plus another serial killer is rumored to be on the loose in D.C.12. “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King: In his latest supernatural mystery, King invents the True Knot, a group of quasi-immortal RV-travelers who feed off the steam produced when children with “the shining” are slowly tortured to death.US author Stephen King poses for the cameras, during a promotional tour for his latest novel, ‘Doctor Sleep’. (Press Association Images)13. “12th of Never” by James Patterson: Part of the Women’s Murder Club series, Patterson’s latest mystery picks up when Lindsay Boxer’s daughter is born. But her bliss is quickly broken when San Francisco gets hit with multiple killings.14. “Damaged: The Ferro Family” by H.M. Ward: In this romance, Peter is a college professor and Sydney, his teaching assistant, is running from her past and afraid to get too close to another person. Still, the two have unmistakable chemistry.15. “Killing Jesus: A History” by Bill O’Reilly: Television and radio magnate Bill O’Reilly chronicles the political and historical events that led to the murder of Jesus of Nazareth. Historian Martin Dugard helped O’Reilly write it.16. “Second Honeymoon” by James Patterson: A string of tragic accidents that left one newlywed couple dead in a sauna and another killed on a flight to Rome leads FBI Agent John O’Hara to suspect a serial killer is on the loose, and he’s targeting honeymooners.17. “Whiskey Beach” by Nora Roberts: Eli Landon is a Boston lawyer under investigation for the murder of his soon-to-be ex-wife. He takes refuge at his family’s estate on Whiskey Beach. While there, he meets Abra Walsh, the local jack-of-all-trades, and things get complicated.18. “The Billionaire’s Obsession: The Complete Collection” by J.S. Scott: This collection of 4 romance novels follows billionaire Simon Hudson as he woos Kara Foster with an offer she can’t refuse.  19. “Surrender Your Love” by J.C. Reed: Brooke Stewart is a New York City realtor who doesn’t do relationships, but that maxim gets tested when she meets Jett Mayfield, a green-eyed millionaire who isn’t used to taking no for an answer.20. “Six Years” by Harlan Coben: Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man six years ago. But when Jake comes across the obituary for Natalie’s husband Todd, he can’t stay away any longer.Read:Amazon will deliver packages in 30 minutes using drones>Read: Man arrested in connection with book theft at National Library> The 12 biggest controversies in the NFL’s 100-year history How Google pulled the plug on a Pixel smartwatch and let Apple steal the market (GOOG, GOOGL, AAPL) Most scientists don’t care about UFO videos because they don’t indicate extraterrestrial life How to delete games on a PS4 in 3 different ways, to free up storage space last_img read more

Apple sends out iPhone 5S press invites for September 10

Apple sends out iPhone 5S press invites for September 10

first_imgIt has been around one year since Apple released the iPhone 5, so that means it’s time for another iPhone. We’ve spent what has felt like this entire year witnessing rumors and rumblings and leaks and fakes regarding Apple’s next piece of mobile hardware. From rumors that Apple would be skipping the 5S and going straight to the 6, to way too much news about the phone’s color options, to the sundering of the iPhone space-time continuum by releasing a parallel iPhone 5C, we’ve heard it all at this point. Now, the new iPhone is officially official, as Apple has sent out press invites to a reveal on September 10.The event will begin at 1PM ET (10AM PT), and Apple is expected to reveal the the iPhone 5S, dive deeper into iOS 7, as well as reveal the iPhone 5C. Apple is not, however, expected to delve too much into the upcoming iPad revision, as that will be saved for another event.So far, the iPhone news that everyone seems to agree you can expect from the event is a 5S and 5C split, where the 5C is a cheaper model featuring a plastic back and bright color options. The 5S is said to be a continuation of the flagship hardware lineage, and come in fancier colors than the 5C, such as champagne, graphite, and silver. There have been rumors of the 5S having a fingerprint scanner for a while now, so that is also something you shouldn’t be too surprised about if it becomes official.Rumors have also suggested that while the iPhone 5C will indeed be cheaper than the 5S, it won’t be priced as a budget model, and will instead be more like a midrange model. If so, Apple might position the 4S as the budget iPhone, as it’ll be a couple generations back, but still perform admirably.Whatever the case may be with the new hardware, we’ll know in just a week.last_img read more

Green ring for cars in Athens

Green ring for cars in Athens

first_imgFrom September 1, cars will only be allowed to enter central Athens during peak hours if they have low emissions, rather than based on whether the license plate ends in an odd or even number.The scheme limiting access to an inner ring in Athens based on license plate numbers has been in place since 1982, when it was introduced to combat pollution and congestion. However, the Environment Ministry is replacing this system with one that limits access to the city center to low-emission vehicles.This means only cars which comply with the Euro 5 emissions standard introduced in September 2009 will be allowed to drive into or through the centre.Vehicles that meet the Euro 4 standard but emit less than 140 g/km of carbon and hybrid cars will also be allowed access at all times of the day. Late last year, the ministry removed restrictions on diesel vehicles entering city centres. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Geeks Guide to Online Dating

Geeks Guide to Online Dating

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Back in the early days of the Internet, there was something of a stigma attached to online dating. It was considered sort of nerdy to depend on a computer to match you up with a mate as opposed to the old-fashioned methods of hitting on strangers at bars or being introduced to someone by a coworker. But as time passed and technology improved, we started to do more and more stuff online – including romance.Now it’s distressingly normal to meet the love of your life over a data connection, and some of the matchmaking services have been in business long enough that if they were people they could go get a drink after work. Come with us on a journey into the wild and wooly world of online dating as we spotlight the leading services and tell you how to make the most of them. Bump this classic jam and start scrolling, friend.Booting Up Your Booty CallLet’s lead off with some basic tips on making the most of your online dating experience. Theoretically, it’s a level playing field, but some people managed to rack up matches more than others, and there’s a strategy to it. Here are the cheat codes.Put Your Best Foot ForwardLet’s be frank: the whole ecosystem of online dating is calibrated around snap judgments. If you’re the kind of person that others have to warm up to, you might have a tough time. But you can make the best of things by polishing your profile to present your best attributes first. This extends to photography, too: make sure that they’re clear and honest but flattering. Maybe don’t take the shot in front of the wall of katanas or holding the anime body pillow. You can bring those up on the second date.Don’t Take It Too PersonalOne of the biggest lessons of online dating is that you’re never going to able to communicate your true personality to somebody on the other end of a screen. So if you send a message to someone and don’t get a response, don’t let it drag you down. It’s a numbers game, and if you don’t put yourself out there you won’t get any results at all. Move on, play the field, and eventually you’ll find your match.Stay PositiveOne of the biggest turnoffs in online dating is negativity. Sure, you might have strong opinions on the decline of your favorite franchise or national politics, but keep it out of your profile. Nobody’s expecting you to be a Pollyanna, but phrases like “I hate” will make potential matches bail on your profile. It’s science!Don’t Waste Your TimeWhile it may seem like the polite thing to do to respond to messages from everybody, if you don’t feel a connection don’t draw things out. It’s not only a waste of your time, but also the person on the other end of the line. Many people use online dating services as ways to practice their flirting skills or raise their self-esteem, but that’s not fair to people actually looking for a partner. Don’t be that guy.Here’s a rundown of the sites and services that we’re most familiar with.ZooskFounded by a duo of Iranian immigrants, Zoosk has a solid reputation as a data-driven dating service that delivers. Originally coded as a Facebook market research app that let users upload and rate videos, the founders discovered that people were using it to arrange hookups, and in 2014 they transitioned into a model where users had to purchase subscriptions to send messages. Instead of relying on questionnaires to develop your personality profile, Zoosk uses “behavioral matchmaking” that monitors your activities on the site and delivers profiles based on it. There are a bunch of different activities and ways to communicate as well, and with a massive user base this is a good all-purpose option.Adult Friend FinderWidely regarded as the dirtiest of the online dating services, Adult Friend Finder has a reputation for sleaze. But you know, we’re all adults here – sometimes even friendly adults – and there’s no shame in our game. Founder Andrew Conru claims to have created the first online personals site in 1995, and in 1996 created early social network FriendFinder. He soon realized that people were getting horny on there, and AdultFriendFinder was born. Over the years, it’s morphed slowly to a hybrid site that offers both matchmaking and webcam streaming. Let’s be honest with ourselves here: this isn’t the site you’re going to go to to find a long-term soulmate, but online dating is a flower with many petals, some sleazier than the others. Elite SinglesDon’t get sweated by the name – you don’t have to be in the top 1% to use this site. What you do need with a little free time, as the signup process is incredibly exhaustive. Working as an alternative to mobile systems like Tinder, Elite Singles requires new signups to complete a massive questionnaire with tons of fields, and then not only uses those answers to generate matches but also highlights your similarities when you browse their profiles. If you’re willing to put in the work, users love the quality of the matches they receive. This is the service to use if you’re on the market for a long-term relationship.eHarmonyOne of the most well-established sites in the online dating sphere, eHarmony has remained resolutely unchanged since it was founded in 2000. With a patented 29-axis matching system that has been pairing people up for nearly two decades, there’s no way to browse everybody because it restricts you only to see the people the algorithm thinks you’ll vibe with. The site got some pushback from its religious roots and exclusion of same-sex matches, but they’ve been catching up with the 21st century. eHarmony is one of the best values in the online dating sphere. Stay on targetcenter_img TinderFocused more towards younger folks, Tinder has changed the way online dating works. Where other sites work like StarCraft, this is more like Candy Crush – fewer strategic decisions, more impulse, and reflex. And yet, somehow it manages to work. Tinder is one of the most popular online dating options in the world right now, with an extremely low barrier to entry. It remains to be seen whether the swiping model is having a neurological effect on our brains, but who cares? Get on out there and date! 7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating ServiceStudy: People Who Use Emojis Have More Sex (Kinda) last_img read more

Le Saux Sarri madness at Chelsea isnt working anymore

Le Saux Sarri madness at Chelsea isnt working anymore

first_imgEx-Chelsea star Graeme Le Saux believes change is inevitable for Maurizio Sarri if he is to become a success story in the Premier League.Upon arriving from Napoli last summer, Sarri enjoyed a dream start as Chelsea coach by winning his opening five Premier League fixtures and remaining unbeaten for up to 12 games.But things have quickly changed at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea dropping out of the title battle and even the top-four in the standings on the back of five defeats in 12 league games.Things hit a new low for the Italian coach on Wednesday night when Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 by Bournemouth, which left a “frustrated” Sarri unable to explain what had happened.Speaking of Sarri’s current struggles at Chelsea, Le Saux suggested that he’s playing system has now been sussed out and added that the former Napoli boss must learn to “adapt” in a similar way to what Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have done.“The problem with Chelsea is that as soon as they lose a few games, people start talking and a manager goes,” Le Saux told the Daily Express.“That is their legacy. I hope that does not happen again.“I am not saying that Sarri should change his principles. I love to see teams playing it out from the back and passing the ball. He did a fantastic job at Napoli.“Is Sarri prepared to have a bumpy ride like the one he is going through because he believes that the end result is worth it? It is a risky path, for me.”Le Saux added: “Sarri has to adapt. He has to be willing to change his system – otherwise, his problems are just going to get worse.“They say that one definition of madness is that if something is not working, you keep doing the same thing over and over again. Right now, that seems to be the problem with Chelsea.“I look at the successful teams, and they are all ready to change their games, their tactics when things are going wrong.“Bournemouth caused problems for Chelsea that they just did not know how to cope with. To be a top team, you have to be able to adapt. Jurgen Klopp tweaks his system at Liverpool, Pep Guardiola does it at Manchester City. But I have not seen Sarri do it.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He sticks to a 4-3-3 system, and when he does make a change he just changes a player within the system – so it is easy for opponents.“Everyone had worked Chelsea out by November. They knew that Jorginho was the fulcrum.“So now teams drop a player onto him as Bournemouth did with David Brooks, and they stop him. Then you have N’Golo Kante not comfortable in his role on the right, and the team are unbalanced.“If you don’t adapt then you are stuttering, or even going backwards.“This was not just a one-off – there is a pattern now. This has happened to Chelsea several times this season – at Tottenham, Arsenal and now Bournemouth. And it has not been simply an unlucky 10 minutes in these matches.“This is a defining period for Sarri. He has huge league games coming up against City and Spurs. If they put up a performance like the other night they are going to be in trouble.”Chelsea will host bottom-placed side Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge for their next Premier League match on Saturday.🇮🇹 Maurizio Sarri locked himself in the dressing room with his @ChelseaFC players after the 4-0 loss to @AFCBournemouth.😳 He kicked his coaches out of the dressing room including Gianfranco Zola.⏰ He was in there with his players for almost an hour.📝 @MichelleOwen7 pic.twitter.com/RkaYva0Jgn— SPORF (@Sporf) January 30, 2019last_img read more

Big numbers and big gains for Footstepss4Good 2015

Big numbers and big gains for Footstepss4Good 2015

first_img Large Schoolchildren participation in Footsteps4Good Related Items:Footsteps4Good, jill beckingham Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you GOVERNOR’S wife to walk 100 kms Across the islands of TCI for charitycenter_img Walking through the Caicos Islands – new developments, beautiful by nature, clean up litter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Providenciales, 28 Oct 2015 – There are lots of big and wonderful numbers for Jill Beckingham as she reports on the second year of Footsteps4Good in the Turks and Caicos. The Governor’s wife trekked 60 miles accompanied by over 1,000 school children with in nine days on six islands with the support of hundreds of islanders to raise over $40,000 for 13 charities. Add to the targets hit by this annual event, there was some star studded glory on that final leg including the Provo Road Runners and IAAF medalist and Olympic hopeful, Delano Williams. Mrs. Beckingham said: “Footsteps4Good is not only about raising money but also about encouraging people to get out and exercise. I am thrilled that so many more people took part this year- we have set a high bar for next year!”last_img read more

Man shot dead in Uttar Pradeshs Shamli district

Man shot dead in Uttar Pradeshs Shamli district

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: A 20-year-old man was shot dead by three persons at Purmafi village in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, police said Monday. The incident took place on Sunday night when Shivam was sitting with his friends outside his house, Station House Officer (SHO), Jhinjhana, OP Choudhry said. The body has been sent for postmortem and the matter is being probed, they said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us In another incident, a 32-year-old man, Arif, was found dead under mysterious conditions at his house in Kairana town in Shamli district on Tuesday. His family members have alleged that he was killed over a dispute, involving his wife and in-laws, SHO Yashpal Dhama said. The matter is being investigated.last_img read more

ACC Ambuja Cements gain on merger buzz

ACC Ambuja Cements gain on merger buzz

first_imgThe logo of French building material Lafarge is seen on cement trucks at a production plant in Paris, France, February 22, 2016. In July 2015.Reuters fileLafargeHolcim’s cement businesses in India — ACC and Ambuja Cements — are planning to merge, creating the second largest cement producer in the country by market capitalisation, after UltraTech Cement.The possible merger of two cement companies in India — ACC and Ambuja Cements — triggered a rally in the share prices of the cement makers on Monday, aided by a re-rating of the respective stocks by CLSA.Ambuja Cements closed 5.89 percent higher at Rs 260.80, while ACC ended with 3.57 percent gain at Rs 1,714.40.Based on Monday’s closing prices, ACC’s market cap was Rs 32,194 crore, while that of Ambuja Cements was Rs 51,785 crore. UltraTech Cement ended with a valuation of Rs 1,21,078 crore.ACC Ltd and Ambuja Cements Ltd. are part of LafargeHolcim, the world’s largest cement maker based out of Zurich, Switzerland.  Holderind Investments — the investment arm of LafargeHolcim — holds 63.62 percent in Ambuja Cements and 4.48 percent in ACC while Ambuja Cements has a 50.5 percent stake in ACC, according to the latest shareholding pattern details filed by the two companies with BSE.The merger, as and when it happens, would mark the third M&A move in recent years, the other two being the decision to buy JP Associates’s cement plants by Aditya Birla Group company UltraTech Cement for Rs 16,189 crore last October and Nirma acquiring Lafarge India’s cement assets at an enterprise value of $1.4 billion (around Rs 9,400 crore) in July last year. The JP Associates plants have a total capacity of 21.1 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) located in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh. Nirma acquired three cement plants and two grinding stations with a total capacity of around 11 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) from Lafarge India.The ACC-Ambuja Cements could well create a combined entity with huge capacity. In a note, brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities said the combined entity will have capacity of 64 mtpa and sales of 47 million tonnes. To put things in perspective, UltraTech Cements sold 47.62 million tonnes in 2016-17 and its total capacity, including those of JP Associates, is 90 million tonnes.If the merger were to go through, the parent’s investments in India could also rise over the years. “We believe that going forward the parent, LafargeHolcim, will take favourable steps such as increasing the capex commitment to India, reducing the royalty paid for the use of Holcim brand and further improving efficiency of cement plants which augurs well for the group,” the brokerage said. Workers walk in front of an UltraTech concrete mixture truck at the construction site of a commercial complex on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 22, 2013.Reuters filelast_img read more

Almost 400000 Texans Insurance at Risk After Congress Fails To Renew CHIP

Almost 400000 Texans Insurance at Risk After Congress Fails To Renew CHIP

first_imgCallie RichmondPatients wait to be seen at the People’s Community Clinic in Austin, on Nov. 8, 2010.Insurance coverage for more than 390,000 Texas children and pregnant women is in jeopardy after Congress failed to renew authorization for a federal program.Congressional authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides low-cost health insurance for children from low- and middle-income families, expired Sept. 30.Without federal funding, Texas has enough money for CHIP to last until February 2018, according to estimates by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. However, federal lawmakers say they’re working on a plan to continue the program before funding runs out for Texas.“States don’t want to have to disenroll their kids,” said Maureen Hensley-Quinn, senior program director at National Academy for State Health Policy, a non-partisan group that advises states on health policy. But “there may come a time when [they] have to send families letters” letting them go.The program, created in 1997 and adopted in Texas in 1999, has cut the percentage of uninsured children nationwide from 25 percent in 1997 to 5 percent in 2015. It also offers prenatal care to about 36,000 pregnant women in Texas. About 340,000 Texan children ineligible for Medicaid are covered under CHIP, and another 249,000 Texan children on Medicaid benefit from CHIP’s 92 percent matching rate. Together, Medicaid and CHIP cover about 45 percent of all children in the state.Congress last renewed the program’s approval in 2015 until the end of the 2017 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. Members of Congress had discussed voting to renew the program but did not do so in time for the new fiscal year. Why the program lapsed remains unclear outside of House GOP leadership. Even rank-and-file Republicans were unsure of why, a GOP Congressional aide told the Tribune.Without CHIP, “there aren’t a lot of options” for children in low-income families, said Mimi Garcia, a spokesperson for the Texas Association of Community Health Centers. Community health centers, which often provide health care for uninsured Texans, also saw about 70 percent of federal funding expire on Sept. 30, Garcia said.“Inaction by Congress so far has created a real threat to the stability of the infrastructure of health services for millions of Texans,” Garcia said.State officials are among those pressing Congress to re-up funding for the program.“CHIP is a critical part of the health care safety net in Texas,” wrote Health and Human Services Commission Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young in a Sept. 26 letter. “CHIP has a proven track record of success, stemming from its adherence to the fundamental principles of state administrative flexibility, personal responsibility, and innovation aimed at enhancing health outcomes for beneficiaries.”In the letter, sent to the Children’s Health Coverage Coalition, Young said her agency has coordinated with other organizations such as the National Association for Medical Doctors and the National Academy for State Health Policy to support CHIP nationally.Hensley-Quinn said the National Academy for State Health Policy will work with states to create contingency plans if Congress does not vote to renew funding. Still, there is time for a renewal, she said, with many states not slated to run out of funding until winter or even spring.Garcia said coverage remains available so long as people keep up with their renewals and funding for the program gets found. Renewal dates for families in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey have been pushed back by 6 months, she said.Garcia said her organization has been working with advocates at the national level to push for a renewal from Congress. She said they have “heard positive things from Congress that this will get renewed, but we also haven’t seen the action at the same time.”Members of the two congressional committees overseeing the program, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, are currently negotiating a deal on CHIP.Sources on the House side say they are optimistic that both chambers will be able to strike a deal by Wednesday of this week, but as with all things on Capitol Hill in recent years, there are no guarantees.The CHIP issue came up during a U.S. House Rules Committee hearing last week on another piece of legislation, a bill that addressed reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration and created tax breaks for victims of the recent spate of hurricanes striking the country.Many House Democrats opposed that hodgepodge bill because it not include a CHIP reauthorization.When leading Democrats raised those worries with U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, at a U.S. House Rules Committee hearing, he aimed to assuage their concerns.“We don’t intend to let them expire,” he said. “We’re going to have to do something.” Sharelast_img read more

Inaaya comes up with unique collection

Inaaya comes up with unique collection

first_imgNew Delhi: Family functions and parties are the occasions when you can dig out your fashion jewelry. Chunky statement pieces add pizzazz to cocktail dresses and LBDs that would look too sparse without some flashy objects to jazz them up. However, be sure to stick to just one or two pieces at a time to avoid looking over-the-top, unless that’s what you’re going for. A few timeless pieces—the classics—are essential for those occasions where you need to look your best. Therefore Inaaya by Deepa and Suhail Mehra comes up with their all new collection. Each piece in this collection is unique, light, lively and lovely; a perfect balance of color and gold, shine and style, expanse and dense, the collection is crafted to bring balance and grace.last_img

Beware These 3 TaxTime Cyber Traps

Beware These 3 TaxTime Cyber Traps

first_imgFebruary 28, 2014 This story originally appeared on FOX BUSINESS While a savvy small-business owner may not be fooled to open up an email about a Nigerian prince … an email about a tax rebate may very well get a click.Cyber-security firm Symantec says cyber criminals are already using tax season messaging to attack small business owners.“The bad guys in general are always looking to take advantage of topical subjects, like natural disasters or celebrity deaths,” says Symantec expert Kevin Haley.And taxes, says Haley, can be a particularly lucrative topic for criminals.“What makes [tax scams] stronger is that there’s a fear out there, and a strong motivator that something is wrong with your taxes, or you haven’t paid, or you’re about to get fined,” says Haley. “It’s very, very effective.”Here are three types of scams to be on the lookout for:Related: 7 Tax Apps for Small BusinessesNo. 1: Financial TrojansHaley says cybercriminals are sending out emails using the TurboTax name to lure small business owners into opening the letters. Once they open these “Trojan horse” emails and click on the attachment, malware is immediately downloaded that monitors computer browsing.“So when it sees you’re browsing a bank’s site and you log in, [the malware] gets that log-in and password, and sends it off to the bad guy,” says Haley.No. 2: Phishing AttacksPhishing attacks are simpler – but also effective. With this sort of attack, a small business owner might receive an email with a message that says: “In order to get your rebate faster, you need to log in and tell them you’re okay with us transferring money.”Haley says the cybercriminals then steal bank usernames and passwords, after getting business owners to log in on the fake pages.“This is also very prevalent in tax season,” says Haley.Related: Pension Plan for Your Small BusinessNo. 3: Ransomware and CryptolockerRansomware and Cryptolocker sound frightening – and they should be. Haley says these attacks lock up computers and prevents users from accessing any files or programs.“You’ll see a message pretending to be from the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security,” says Haley. The message generally has instructions for how to pay a fine to unlock the computer.But Haley says even those who pay the fine often don’t get their computers unlocked. And with Cryptolocker– a variation on the Ransomware attacks—computer files are encrypted and can’t be retrieved.“It makes recovery impossible … it’s an even more frightening twist on this,” says Haley.And because even the wariest business owners can fall prey to attacks, Haley says the best offense is a good defense.“It’s really important that people back up small business computers and make sure their data is backed up and saved,” says Haley.Related: Will Your Business Return Be Audited? Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Reason CyberSecurity A PrivacyFocused Solution

Reason CyberSecurity A PrivacyFocused Solution

first_imgHackers can steal your personal and financial information through your computer, but that doesn’t stop there. Some hackers are able to listen in or watch your private moments by hacking into your computer’s webcam and even microphone.And if your computer is only protected by basic solutions that are only designed to scan for viruses, as opposed to camera and microphone malware – you are at risk of falling victim to many of the modern cybersecurity threats.Reason Cybersecurity is one of the select solutions that give focus on attack methods that seek to exploit user privacy. While it is essentially an antivirus, it is also equipped with a variety of privacy-focused protection features.Let’s take a look at what Reason has to offer.Features:Malware Detection and Removal. Reason covers the essential functions of an antivirus. It allows users to scan their computers for potential threats and malicious files. It also features real-time protection which scans files as soon as they are accessed. Reason is powered by an accurate detection engine and definitions that are constantly updated. The detection database is backed by millions of malware samples which enables the engine to accurately screen malware and avoid false positives.(Photo : Reason CyberSecurity) Reason CyberSecurity helps protect your computer from potential threats.Microphone and Camera Protection. Hackers are now specifically targeting microphone and webcam to spy on you. Once compromised audio and video feeds can be recorded or even streamed online. Should they capture anything incriminating, they can even use the photos or videos to extort you. To prevent such attacks, Reason notifies you every time an application attempts to access your camera or microphone. It can also be set to block or allow all access.(Photo : Reason CyberSecurity) Reason CyberSecurity keeps your online identity safe.Tracking and Browsing. Reason also offers protection during internet use. The software can crack down on scripts and cookies that many applications and websites use to track your browsing activities. Reason also has a Chrome browser plugin that you can use that displays badges alongside your search results. These serve as visual cues to warn you if the link you’re about to click leads to phishing websites or known sources of malicious files.(Photo : Reason CyberSecurity) Reason CyberSecurity keeps your online identity safe.Ransomware. Reason can also protect you from falling victim to ransomware. Ransomware are malware designed to encrypt your documents to render them inaccessible until a ransom is paid. Reason monitors for encryption attempts and blocks them from running.(Photo : Reason CyberSecurity) Reason CyberSecurity has built-in anti-ransomware protection.Download and Installation. Reason features a lightweight installer which only downloads the rest of the software upon installation.Scanning. The antivirus provides three scan methods. The quick scan option searches the most common locations where malware tend to lurk such as the memory, the Windows system folders, and application folders. The full scan option checks your entire system including all storage devices. If you only need to scan specific locations, you can do so through the custom scan option. Alternatively, Reason also has a context menu entry allowing you to right-click on a file or folder to scan it.(Photo : Reason CyberSecurity) Reason CyberSecurity offers real-time protection for peace of mind.Real-time protection. Thanks to Reason’s real-time protection, much of the work is done in the background. You don’t really have to bother performing manual scans for every file you download and run. Reason does this automatically. You also have the option to manually schedule periodic scans. Should a threat is found or if a suspicious application is attempting to access your mic or camera, Reason flashes a notification. You can then choose what action you’d prefer Reason to perform.Reason’s website features a FAQ page that pretty much covers the essential concerns regarding installation and purchase. For specific concerns, the company can be reached through email, a contact form, or through its help line.Reason has both free and paid versions. The free version only offers basic malware detection and removal and real-time protection. The paid version unlocks all the other protection features including camera and microphone protection, ransomware protection, and secure browsing. The paid version costs $29.99 a year.VerdictGiven the threats against ordinary users’ privacy, it would only be prudent for you to adopt security solutions that offer more than simply protecting against viruses. The privacy-focused protection features that Reason provides makes it a fitting solution for modern day computing. For its price, it’s definitely a solution worth considering. ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Much of the major news concerning cybersecurity today seem to revolve around large companies getting hacked or governments engaging in cyberwarfare. But just because an average computer user falling victim to hackers fails to make headlines doesn’t mean that cybersecurity shouldn’t concern you.In fact, it’s high time that you give your own security much thought.Everyone’s privacy is under attack.last_img read more

Massive Savings on Mi Notebook Pro and Notebook Air Gaming Laptop Limited

Massive Savings on Mi Notebook Pro and Notebook Air Gaming Laptop Limited

first_img Share Tweet Submit Specs list:Microsoft Windows 10 OSIntel Core i7-8550U Quad Core 1.8GHz, up to 4.0GHz: Ultra-low-voltage platform and quad-core processing provide maximum high-efficiency powerNVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU: Dual graphics supported, better and faster in playing games and watching videos16GB DDR4 RAM for Advanced Multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games, photos and video-editing applications256GB SSD Storage Capacity: Provides room to store pictures, videos, music and moreFront Camera for Photos and Face-to-face Chat: 1.0MP front camera allows you to capture memorable moments or chat with friendsHDMI Output Expands Your Viewing Options: You can connect the device to an HDTV or high-definition monitor to set up two screens side by side or just enlarge picturesDual Band 2.4GHz / 5.0GHz WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless Internet, allows you to connect to the Web while within range of an available wireless networkFor details and complete specs, head over here and enter code MIBOOKI7.You can also get the 16GB variant from this link for $1099.99 with code 12DFDG.Featured deal: get Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5-inch (4GB + 128GB) for $529.99 with code MI12BOOK Specs listGPU: NVIDIA Dedicated Graphics for Gaming Dominance: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5, gaming performance 37 percent higher than the last generation 940MXCPU: Intel Flagship i5 Processor for Fluent Multi-task: Intel Core i5-7200U dual core 2.5GHz ( up to 3.1GHz ), provide maximum high-efficiency powerRAM: 8GB DDR4 Large Memory for High-speed Response: 15 percent faster than DDR3, smoothly run your games, photos and video-editing applicationsHard Disk: 256GB Pcle SSD for Quick Read Speed: 3 times faster than general SSD / SATA, 15 times faster than traditional HDD2.4GHz / 5GHz Dual WiFi for High Download Speed: 802.11ac wireless Internet, download speed up to 867Mbps, 2 times faster than single 2.4GHzFast Charging Ensures 50 Percent Charge in 30min: faster 1C quick charge technique, 30 percent faster than 0.7CFast Wake Up Ensures Enter Working State in 2min: wake up as soon as you open laptopFast Synchronization with Xiaomi Smartphones: Interconnect with Xiaomi phones via built-in synchronization APP, can view photos of phonesThinner in Design: 0.5mm thin, 7H Mohs hardness, anti-stress performance is better than Sapphire, OGS technique, makes screen clearer and brighterFor details and complete specs, head over to this link and add coupon code MiAir13NEW to bring the price down to $749.99.Note: all of these deals are under Lunar New Year Promotion and are available in limited numbers only.  Specs list:12.5 inch IPS Screen with 1920 x 1080 Resolution: The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity and IPS technology provides wide viewing anglesMicrosoft Windows 10 Home OSIntel Core m3-6Y30 Dual Core 0.9GHz, Up to 2.2GHz: Ultra-low-voltage platform and dual-core processing provide maximum high-efficiency power to go. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it4GB DDR3 RAM for Advanced Multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games, photos and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once128GB SSD Storage Capacity: Provides room to store pictures, videos, music and moreNew USB Type-C Port: With its transmission speed 10 times faster than the traditional USB 2.0. The USB plug is reversible. You can connect it to the phone in whichever way you wantHDMI Output: Designed with standard HDMI slot, supporting 4K output and easy to show PPT, you can connect it to TV, monitors or projectors, creating your personal home theater7.4V/5000mAh 37Wh Battery Supports Fast Charging: Large capacity helps you free from shortage of power and frequent charging trouble and delivers long battery life without the fanFront Camera for Photos and Face-to-face Chat: 1.0MP front camera lets you capture memorable moments or chat with friendsBluetooth 4.1 Interface Syncs with Compatible Devices: Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the computer and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessoriesFor details and complete specs, head over to this link and add coupon code MI12BOOK to bring the price down to $529.99Featured deal: get the Mi Notebook Air 13.3 (8GB + 256GB + GEFORCE MX150) for $749.99 with code MiAir13NEW Not many can beat Apple when it comes to design and aesthetics. However, there are still some Windows alternatives that give you the power of Windows with the sleek looks of Apple. Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook Pro and Notebook Air have been making some waves in the industry. While some have said the company is blatantly copying the Cupertino tech giant, others are happy to get an amazing build and an awesome operating system for less than 50% cost of an Apple laptop.Not ashamed of copying the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, the Mi Notebook couples an incredible form factor with incredible power. Remember, the product is thinner than the Macbook Air itself and packs an 8th Generation Kaby Lake – R quad core processor and the GeForce MX150 Pascal 2GB graphics card.Featured deal: get 15.6 inch Mi Notebook Pro Fingerprint Recognition (8GB + 64GB) with code MIBOOKI7 for $929.99last_img read more