TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan president Steven Zhang is convinced they can dominate the world.Zhang made a passionate speech at the club’s Christmas dinner.“We’ve improved a lot in every respect, compared to five years ago, and we must continue like this, as a team and as a club,” declared Zhang.“We’ll crush everyone on and off the field. The objective must be back to talking about trophies and aiming for victory.“We’ve had a great 2018 and there were some extraordinary moments for Inter, like the return to the Champions League thanks to Vecino’s goal, which everyone remembers.“We’ve been competitive against some of the best teams in the world and, compared to four or five years ago, we’ve shown a marked improvement.“I think we’re invincible in some of our games and so many players want to join us. They fear us!“As a club and team, we have everything to win the title. It’s not arrogance, but rather confidence and conviction.“We’ll try to beat everyone both on and off the field and, after many years of waiting, we have the chance of winning things.”
Real Sociedad striker Isak: Spanish football suits me wellby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexander Isak admits he’s enjoying his football with Real Sociedad.The young Swede moved to La Real this summer from Borussia Dortmund.Isak said, “Spanish football suits me well and I have been able to adapt well and I get a lot out of my game. “It feels good and it feels like I will be able to develop.”Isak admits he is a little surprised at Real Sociedad’s fine start to the season. The team is fifth in La Liga.”I’m a little surprised. I arrived fairly recently and did not have a great look. Although I know it is a good team, the start has been surprisingly good.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Tom Herman Haters Gonna HateTom Herman may now the head coach at Houston, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten his roots with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Friday night, Herman, who coached at OSU under Urban Meyer from 2012 to 2014, came to the defense of his former colleague Zach Smith, who was portrayed negatively in a recent Michigan recruiting pamphlet. He wasn’t messing around either.In the pamphlet, which you can check out here, Michigan lists a number of statistics meant to prove that its assistant coach, Jedd Fisch, is a better alternative to Smith when it comes to player development. Smith responded on Twitter with a number of tweets, trashing the Wolverines program. Herman chimed in with some tweets trashing Fisch. Check this out:Gloves are off. I’d be proud to have @CoachZachSmith coach TD or Maverick. How many Gold Pants does that guy have? https://t.co/5cnV2mLV9H— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith #TheChampIsHere pic.twitter.com/YbIRjQHfKN— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith pic.twitter.com/hlrLQyGHOl— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith, 5 yrs full-time=52-14. TTUN guy, 6 yrs=41-60. I want my son to play 4 a winner & Nat. Champ #Facts pic.twitter.com/o8n2YrJamA— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015If you’re wondering, Fisch’s 41-60 record is a combination of the years he’s put in with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Hurricanes and Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s an odd stat.Forget Ohio State vs. Michigan. Can we get a Houston vs. Michigan game sometime soon?
August 10, 2007 The back of the East Crescent shows us four completed Light Scoops. Each has a finished and occupied studio apartment on the second level. From the left, behind the three cypresses we see the back of the S.O.T. Building. Next to that is the back of Unit 10, Unit 9, the round stair-case tower of Unit 8, Unit 7 and Unit 6. The back of the East Crescent shows us four completed Light Scoops. Each has a finished and occupied studio apartment on the second level. From the left, behind the three cypresses we see the back of the S.O.T. Building. Next to that is the back of Unit 10, Unit 9, the round stair-case tower of Unit 8, Unit 7 and Unit 6. [Photo & text: sa] On the first floor of Unit 10 is an apartment with the living room in the Light Scoop space. On the first floor of Unit 9, the apartment has been designed for handicapped access. [Photo & text: sa] Construction team of volunteers and workshop participants is currently working on interior finishing of both apartments. This report continues on 8/22 and 8/24. [Photo & text: sa]
Netflix has said it will pass on the cost of a new ‘cloud tax’ that will come into force in Chicago later this year to its subscribers.The 9% tax, which will be levied on streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify but not download-to-own services such as iTunes, was approved approved by City authorities last week and comes into force in September.“We will be adding it to the cost we charge subscribers,” a Netflix spokesman told DTVE sister title TBI.“Jurisdictions around the world, including the US, are trying to figure out ways to tax online services. This is one approach.”The new charge is effectively an extension of Chicago’s ‘amusement tax’, which is applied at cinemas and concerts.The new tax, which was enacted last week and comes into force in September, will be levied on ‘electronically delivered amusements’, covering Netflix and its media streaming counterparts. It applies to all Chicago residents.The city already charges an ‘amusement tax’ at cinemas and music concerts and the new tax is an extension of this to account for new technology, City officials said.The new rules only apply to streaming services, dubbed ‘rentals’ in the official documentation, not electronic sales, or permanent downloads.The tax will generate about US$12 million a year, according to estimates.
Deutsche Telekom’s US subsidiary T-Mobile US is to merge with rival Sprint to create a mobile telco with a combined value of US$150 billion in an all-shares deal.The combination will take the form of a takeover by T-Mobile US of Sprint in a stock swap that will see Deutsche Telekom hold about 42% of the combined company with Japan’s Softbank, Sprint’s majority shareholder, will have a 27% stake. The remaining shares will be free-floated.The merger agreement will give Deutsche Telekom majority voting rights, with control of 69% of voting shares. The German company will be able to appoint nine of the 14-strong board, including two independents. T-Mobile CEO John Legere will be CEO of the enlarged company will Deutsche Telekom CEO Timmotheus Höttges will be chairman.Deutsche Telekom currently owns 62% of T-Mobile US while Softbank has an 83% stake in Sprint.According to Deutsche Telekom, the merger will create synergies with a net present value of US$43 billion.The combined company will have about 127 million customers and generate expected revenues of about US$76 billion this year, which Deutsche Telekom said would put on the same level as rivals AT&T and Verizon.The company said the combination would enable Deutsche Telekom to benefit from growth opportunities in the US while maintaining its strong fixed and mobile business in Europe.“This is an exceptional deal, which will strengthen Deutsche Telekom’s presence in the leading markets in the Western World,” said Höttges.“No other company in the industry is represented as strongly in both the USA and Europe as we are. 90 percent of our revenue comes from countries with particularly strong economic conditions. Deutsche Telekom benefits from growth on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Middle East pay TV provider BeIN Media is to take legal action against its erstwhile content partner the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after the latter agreed to air content already contracted to BeIN free-to-air in Saudi Arabia.The AFC said that it would stream matches featuring Saudi Arabian clubs in the AFC Asian Champions League for free into Saudi Arabia on the AFC’s own digital channels, which BeIN says is in breach of its multi-million dollar broadcast agreement with the sports organisation.BeIN accused the AFC of colluding with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) to unilaterally live-stream matches into Saudi Arabia geo-blocked on the AFC’s Facebook Live and YouTube channels.Saudi Arabia’s government forced Qatar-based BeIN out of the Kingdom a year and a half ago, following the collapse of relations between the two Gulf countries.BeIN Media Group condemned the AFC’s move, which it said undermined the exclusive rights agreement it had earlier struck for the region with the Qatar group.The broadcasters said it would immediately launch international legal proceedings against the AFC and would continue to broadcast all its rights, including all AFC tournaments and matches, on its channels across the MENA region.BeIN further accused the AFC of implicitly supporting the Saudi-sponsored pirate organisation BeoutQ, which has aired content contracted to BeIN illegally within Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the region, and therefore of undermining the business model that sports rightsholders rely on. Every game of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was broadcast illegally by BeoutQ.Yousef Al-Obaidly, CEO, beIN Media Group, said: “The AFC’s decision to live-stream directly into Saudi Arabia on the AFC’s own digital platforms is a material breach of our multi-million dollar regional broadcast agreement and we will immediately be launching a major international dispute to recover damages and protect our position. The AFC’s decision is not only a self-harming commercial decision and a clear political play with Saudi Arabia, but most damagingly it will impact rights holders across sports and entertainment around the world. There is now no guaranteed protection of intellectual property in the region due to the AFC in effect endorsing Saudi Arabia’s theft of world sport and wholesale disregard for the international rule of law.”
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 17 2019Rutgers researchers have proposed a solution for athletes at higher risk for sports-related concussions, such as football and soccer: Protect your head with neck-strengthening exercises in the pre-season.A paper by researchers at the Rutgers School of Health Professions, published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, examines previous studies on the role that the neck’s strength, size and posture play in reducing concussion risk. They also looked into the greater risk of head injury to female and young male athletes who play contact or impact sports, such as when heading a soccer ball.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’Study provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingBased on their findings and the clinical judgment of the research team, the Rutgers researchers developed recommendations that physical therapists and athletic trainers can use to protect athletes.These include performing a thorough cervical spine assessment as part of the pre-athletic participation exam; screening for pain because baseline reports of neck pain have been associated with increased concussion risk in young athletes; and providing interventions such as exercises to strengthen neck muscles.”Our ability to detect sports-related concussions has greatly improved, but our ability to prevent concussions and decrease post-injury outcomes remains limited,” said lead author Allison Brown, an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Health Professions. “We have identified neck strength, size and posture as potential factors that reduce risk by lessening the magnitude of force upon impact. Thus, increasing neck strength and possibly size could substantially reduce risk or severity of injury or outcomes.”Concussions, which are caused by an impact that makes the brain move within the skull, can lead to problems with thinking, concentration, mood or other neurological changes. Additional symptoms can include dizziness and nausea.A neck that is stronger, thicker or aligned in a forward posture – with the ears ahead of rather than aligned with the shoulders – may reduce the amount of energy transferred to the brain during an impact, thus reducing the risk and severity of injury, said Carrie Esopenko, an assistant professor at the School of Health Professions and the report’s senior author.Women typically have less neck strength and experience a greater risk of concussion as well as greater severity of symptoms and longer duration of recovery compared with their male peers, Esopenko said. Source:https://news.rutgers.edu/research-news/athletes-should-build-neck-strength-avoid-concussions-rutgers-researchers-recommend/20190114#.XD9Bq89KiGQ
Millions of Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented if we help people understand their risk and how to reduce it. Even though the older people get the more likely they are to have Type 2 diabetes, it is never too early to know your risk so that you can make changes to prevent or delay it.The signs of Type 2 diabetes are often not obvious, that’s why spotting them early can be life-changing. Early diagnosis means that fewer people will experience diabetes-related complications such as sight loss, amputation, kidney failure, stroke and heart disease, because they could seek support to manage their condition effectively as soon as possible.We urge people over 40 to get an NHS Health Check and we advise everyone to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes with the Know your Risk tool.” Feb 26 2019One in ten people over 40 in the UK is now living with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, according to new analysis released today by Diabetes UK. The new figures show that there are 3.8 million people living with a diagnosis of diabetes in the UK, and 90 per cent of those with Type 2.There are almost 1 million more people living with Type 2 diabetes, who don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed, bringing the total number up to 4.7 million. By 2030 it is predicted this number will rise to 5.5 million.The dramatic increase in obesity rates is the main driver behind so many more people living with Type 2 diabetes in the UK. Three in five adults in England are overweight or obese, and while not every case of Type 2 diabetes is caused by excessive weight, it is the single greatest risk factor for developing the condition. Age, family history, and ethnicity can also contribute to someone’s risk, with people of African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian descent two to four times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than white people.Related StoriesObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantUranium toxicity might have caused obesity and diabetes in Kuwait, finds new studyDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesMany cases of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed by healthy eating, being more active, and losing weight if overweight.The symptoms, which involve going to the toilet a lot, being really thirsty, feeling more tired than usual and losing weight without trying, can be easy to miss especially in the early stages. The condition can go undetected for many years, and by the time they’re diagnosed one in three people already have complications with their eyes, feet, kidneys or nerves.With 12.3 million people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, the charity wants to raise awareness of the risk factors so that people can take steps to look after their health and prevent or delay the onset of the condition and its serious complications.Diabetes UK is recommending that everyone use the free Know Your Risk online tool to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and is urging people aged 40 or over to take up a free NHS health check.Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: Source:https://www.diabetes.org.uk/
Two versions of the newly developed catheter. Credit: ETH Zürich Better protection against radiationMagnetic catheter navigation has another advantage: in contrast to manual navigation, the surgeon is not next to the patient, but in a control room next door. This provides better protection from the radiation of the X-ray machine used to generate images for navigating inside the patient’s body. It is also possible to remotely perform the operation across large distances. There are even efforts underway to automate such procedures completely in the medium term.For their proof of concept, ETH researchers focused on using the catheter to treat cardiac arrhythmia. They had the system patented and are looking for partners from industry to further develop the catheter and bring it to market. They are also working on catheter applications in eye and gastrointestinal surgery. Credit: ETH Zürich Citation: The smallest steerable catheter (2018, October 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-smallest-steerable-catheter.html A magnetic navigation system in the ETH Zurich laboratory. Newer developments will be much smaller. Credit: ETH Zurich / Christophe Chautems More information: Christophe Chautems et al. A variable stiffness catheter controlled with an external magnetic field, 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (2017). DOI: 10.1109/IROS.2017.8202155 Explore further For patients with cardiac arrhythmia, surgeons routinely perform a minimally invasive procedure to ablate the sections of the heart that cause unwanted electrical impulses. The physician inserts a catheter through a vein into the heart that locally generates heat to ablate the relevant sections. To navigate the catheter tip through the blood vessels with a high level of precision, the surgeon can bend the tip manually using a pull wire inside the catheter. However, the catheter can be moved in only two directions: to the left and to the right.In cooperation with their EPFL colleagues, ETH Zurich researchers working under Brad Nelson, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, have now developed a catheter with a magnetic head. Rather than being steered manually, it is operated from a computer via an external magnetic field. This enables the front part of the catheter to be bent in any direction with the highest level of precision. “As a result, the new catheter can be steered through more complex blood vessels better than a conventional catheter,” says Christophe Chautems, a doctoral student in Nelson’s group. Since the magnetic catheter does not require a pull wire, it can be made much thinner. The scientists have thus developed the smallest ever steerable catheter. Credit: ETH Zurich / Industry Relations Variable stiffnessWith the new catheter, the stiffness of the front part can be adjusted too, thanks to a low melting point alloy placed in three of its sections. With power supplied through fine copper wires inside the catheter, these sections can be heated and thus made flexible.If the front part of the catheter is relatively rigid, applying an external magnetic field lets it bend only slightly. In contrast, a soft catheter allows for bends in very tight curves. This allows surgeons to navigate through blood vessels with much greater precision, and also reduces the risk of accidentally injuring vessels from the inside. Routine X-ray not needed after US-guided central line insertion For surgeons to work with these magnetic catheters, patients must lie on a magnetic navigation system, an apparatus used to produce directed magnetic fields. Such devices have already been developed by ETH Zurich and an ETH spin-off. Today, commercial providers also offer these devices, which are currently in use at some 100 hospitals around the world. Scientists have developed a very small magnetic steerable catheter for minimally invasive surgery. Thanks to its variable stiffness, surgeons can perform more complex movements inside the body with a lower risk of injury to the patient. Provided by ETH Zurich This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
At present, all types of sweetmeats attract GST at the rate of 5 per cent. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS GST Planning to open a sweet shop without attracting multiple GST rates? Here is how you can do it — Bring in some chairs and table and name it XYZ Restaurant-cum-Sweet Shop. You may be able to attract customers with the single Goods and Service Tax (GST) rate of 5 per cent.This follows a ruling by Uttarakhand’s Authority for Advance Rulings (AAR). The petitioner approached the authority to seek ruling on two issues — whether supply of pure foods such as sweetmeats, namkeens, cold drinks and other edible items from a sweetshop, which also runs a restaurant, is a transaction of supply of goods or a supply of services; and what would be rate of GST on various sweetmeats, ready-to-eat (partially or fully pre-cooked/ packed) items supplied from live counters such as jalebi, chola bhatura and other edible items and will the applicant be entitled for input tax credit (ITC).At present, all types of sweetmeats attract GST at the rate of 5 per cent, cake and pastries have 18 per cent, unbranded bhujia has 5 per cent and branded bhujia has 12 per cent.The AAR ruled, “The supply shall be treated as supply of services and sweet shop shall be treated as extension of restaurants. The rate of GST on the aforesaid activity will be 5 per cent as on date, on the condition that credit of input tax charged on goods and services used in supplying the said services has not been taken.” Even takeaways would attract GST at the rate of 5 per cent.Composite supplyThe petition has brought the concept of composite and mixed supply into limelight. According to the GST law, composite supply means supply of two or more goods or services or both together. Also, here goods or services or both are usually provided together in the normal course of business. Here, one goods and service will be treated as principal and the other as incidental. GST rate for principal will be on the entire supply. Similarly, mixed supply means bouquets of various goods or services. Highest rate among such goods or services will be the rate for the entire supply. Here, the AAR treated restaurant as ‘principal’ and sweet shop as ‘ancillary’ and decided the tax rate accordingly.An attractive biz model?Tax experts feel the ruling may help in formulating an attractive business model. With ‘Restaurants-cum-Sweet Shop,’ one can draw customers with a single rate of GST which is 5 per cent. Though such a mechanism will not have a provision for ITC, it will not be a deterrent. Most of the sweet shops record sales less than ₹50,000 a day. This means, even if their annual turnover is ₹20 lakh or more, they will fall under composition scheme which means no ITC. According to the tax expert, such a ruling will guide them to expand their shops into ‘Restaurants-cum-Sweet Shop,’ and take advantage of lower tax.Significance of rulingThough the AAR rulings are applicable only on the assessees and the tax jurisdiction involved in the matter and do not have precedent value such as rulings by the Supreme Court or High Court, such rulings have persuasive value. Also, businesses would like to use such ruling in their tax planning and business strategy. MS Mani, Partner at Deloitte India, said the multiplicity of advance rulings on similar issues would lead to businesses filing appeals and writ petitions, leading to further complexity in GST. “Businesses would obviously tend to apply favourable rulings and debate adverse rulings, hence it is essential to have some form of centralised advance rulings,” he said. COMMENT Most of the sweet shops record sales less than ₹50,000 a day – File photo SHARE December 05, 2018 Published on