We felt a little disrespected Luka Modric

first_imgThe Croatian player believes the English media underestimated his country before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-Final in RussiaCroatia and England met in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in the Semi-Final round.There, Kieran Trippier opened up the scoreboard in favor of the Three Lions, but then Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic gave the Croatians a ticket to the final.“When I said that after the game it was not meant to be about the players or the head coach but more in regards to some media and commentary that we read and watched,” the Real Madrid midfielder told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We felt a little bit disrespected and not enough recognition we thought we deserved.”“It was a little bit of extra motivation for the team, not that we needed any for a World Cup semi-final. That’s how I felt,” he added.“Is it a problem for England? That’s something you need to answer for yourself and analyze.”last_img read more

Official Mousa Dembele leaves Spurs for Guangzhou RF

first_imgTottenham have confirmed that they’ve agreed to sell Mousa Dembele to Chinese club Guangzhou R&FThe Belgium international has only made seven starts in 10 Premier League appearances this season for Spurs due to the strong competition and his own fitness problems.Dembele has been sidelined since injuring his ankle against Wolves at the beginning of November and was expected to leave Spurs this month due to being out contract this summer.Now London-based club have decided to cash in on Dembele before it’s too late with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou being his preferred destination, despite interest from Beijing Sinobo.“I’ve always had a good experience here,” Dembele told SpursTV.“I go away with an unbelievable feeling and with a certain love for the club. The club is part of my family now.”Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Dembele managed 10 goals and 12 assists in 249 appearances for Spurs in all competitions after joining from Fulham in 2012.”The Club is part of my family now.”🗣️ We caught up with @mousadembele for a nostalgic look back at his six-and-a-half year career at Spurs. 💙 pic.twitter.com/uCt7VIXE8V— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 17, 2019last_img read more

Seaplane brings new airlift to Freeport from Florida

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SeaplanebringsnewairlifttoGB Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Grand Bahama – New airlift for Grand Bahama Island is coming in an eight-seater seaplane and it is being rolled out as an initiative to provide more commercial flights through Port St Lucie in South Florida.Treasure Coast International Airport Director, John Waitrak is quoted in an article from last Wednesday saying the amphibious aircraft will leave the Causeway Cove Marina on Fridays and Sundays for Grand Bahama, adding that the link to The Bahamas will open up the islands and the Caribbean to the Treasure Coast region.Fly the Whale, a NY based airline company is to run the flights.#MagneticMediaNews#SeaplanebringsnewairlifttoGB Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

New Gas Tax In Anchorage Goes Into Effect Today

first_imgThe gas tax has been met with mixed emotions from residents in the Anchorage area, with some racing to the pumps yesterday to fill their tanks prior to the new tax starting today. According to Mayor Berkowitz, each Anchorage resident will be paying roughly $35-$50 per year in gas tax. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said the fuel tax was proposed as a way to alleviate a heavy reliance on property taxes in Anchorage. The gas tax was proposed by the Budget Advisory Commission in Anchorage, and then was approved by the Anchorage Assembly in November of 2017. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-anchorage-gas-tax.mp3VmJennifer-on-anchorage-gas-tax.mp300:00RPd The proposal submitted by the chairman of the Budget Advisory Commission, Al Tamagni, said the proposed tax would generate about $14-million a year and that the commission recommends that 100 percent of that be used for property tax relief. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Drivers passing through the Anchorage area will be faced with paying an extra 10 cents per gallon at the pump starting today.last_img read more

HEA Crews Responding To Large Power Outage In KenaiSoldotna

first_imgAccording to Bruce Shelley with HEA, the outage is affecting members from Beaver Creek down the Kenai Spur Highway towards Soldotna. The cause at this time is unknown. HEA crews are working to restore power to the effective members. Refresh for updates as they are made available. If you are without power at this time, please call 1-888-8OUTAGE.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric crews are responding to a power outage effecting members in the Soldotna/Kenai area.last_img read more

Dunleavy Requests Federal Assistance For Earthquake Relief

first_imgThe declaration would authorize a full suite of federal assistance for the State of Alaska as a result of the major earthquake that occurred on November 30, 2018. Governor Dunleavy: “The November 30th earthquake caused significant damage – shuttered schools, destroyed homes, displaced hundreds of Alaskans – and we have determined that effective recovery efforts are beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments. In an effort to ensure Alaskans have every opportunity to recover, we have formally requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration under the federal Stafford Act, which opens the door to an assortment of federal assistance programs to get Alaska back up on its feet faster.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy in a press conference yesterday made the announcement that he is requesting a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. During the conference Governor Dunleavy said it’s unclear whether the federal government’s partial shutdown will affect how soon the state gets a response to the request.center_img Initial damage assessments and costs for needs such as temporary housing were around $100 million, according to figures provided by the state. The Presidential Major Disaster Declaration request can be found here.last_img read more

Ivy Queen Café Tacvba King Krule To Play Tropicália Music Taco Fest

first_imgNews Facebook Email SoCal Festival To Combine Music & Tacos ivy-queen-caf%C3%A9-tacvba-king-krule-play-tropic%C3%A1lia-music-taco-fest Ivy Queen, Café Tacvba, King Krule To Play Tropicália Music & Taco Fest Twitter More than 50 acts to play Southern California festival mixing music with all-you-can-eat tacosTim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2017 – 10:56 am Killer music and an endless supply of tacos? That’s exactly the combination the Tropicália Music and Taco Festival promises to deliver on Nov. 11 at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, Calif.More than 50 acts, including Latin GRAMMY winners Los Tigres Del Norte and Café Tacvba, will play the food-friendly event.Other acts on the eclectic multilingual bill include Puerto Rican reggaeton singer/songwriter Ivy Queen, recently reunited Brazilian psychedelic rockers Os Mutantes, R&B/soul group the Delfonics, alt-rock quartet Chicano Batman, British rapper King Krule, Mexican accordion player Celso Piña, and rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson.Tickets are on sale via the festival website, ranging from individual tickets for $85 and VIP passes for $500. Admission will include “all-you-can-eat tacos” from more than 20 different taco vendors. And for those health-conscious fans on the fence, the menu promises “tacos for every diet.”U.S. Latin Music Revenue Soars In First Half Of 2017Read morelast_img read more

Watch the 2020 Chevy Corvettes trick GPS frontlift tech in action

first_img Sports Cars Coupes Hatchbacks Auto Tech Chevrolet This sounds like simple, smart bundling of two existing technologies — GPS and nose lift — to ultimately create a much more user-friendly product. Improbably enough, it’s safe to say this front lift tech is yet another reason why we’re incredibly eager to drive this new mid-engined C8 Corvette. We just hope the feature isn’t terribly expensive, or annoyingly bundled into expensive option packages on higher trims. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar Will it scrape? Not by the high-tech hairs of its chinny chin chin. Chevrolet Of all the high-performance features on supercars and sports cars, nose-lift mechanisms are among our very favorite, and the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is promising a game-changing one. Admittedly, that may sound like a strange thing to get excited about in a high-powered sports car. However, this traditionally simple technology, which temporarily raises the front end of low-riding vehicles to clear objects like speed bumps and driveway aprons, can be a lifesaver (or at least the savior of front splitters, oil pans and embarrassing scraping noises). Simply put, a nose-lift feature makes living with a low-slung sports car like this sub-$60,000 Corvette much easier on a daily basis.In the mid-engined 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray’s case, the hydraulic front-lift feature is activated by pushing a switch on the center console adjacent to the gearshift buttons.So what makes the new C8 Corvette’s nose lift so different? In a word, GPS. The Corvette’s optional new front-lift mechanism, which raises the pointy end of the Vette by 1.6 inches in under 3 seconds, can be programmed to remember the GPS locations of up to 1,000 different obstacles, so it can automatically stand the chassis up on its tip-toes when approaching them. screen-shot-2019-07-19-at-10-03-51-amThe C8 will offer a hydraulics-based front-end suspension lift. Chevrolet Once an obstacle is programmed in, all you as the driver have to do is slow down as you approach them — the system works at speeds of up to 24 mph. That means if you live in a subdivision that’s littered with speed bumps or your driveway is a ski slope (like mine!), this Corvette has you covered. Of course, the nose lift feature can still be manually raised and lowered whether you max out those 1,000 GPS locations or not, but assuming this feature works well, the convenience factor could be off the charts. Check out this tech in action in the General Motors’ video below (that voiceover sounds suspiciously like Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, by the way). 55 Photos Tags 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray: C8 means mid-engined reinvention 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette: 11 key facts about the mid-engine Stingray 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray vs. C7, Ford GT and Porsche 911 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette may get hybrid or electric variants, report says 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S: The complete package 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Share your voice 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Chevrolet READ MORE ABOUT THE MID-ENGINE 2020 CHEVY CORVETTE 0 Post a comment More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Hindi has bright future in Bangladesh Shringla

first_imgIndian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Dhaka University vice-chancellor professro Md Akhtaruzzaman attend a programme at the Institute of Modern Languages marking World Hindi Day on 10 January. Photo: UNBHindi language has a bright future in Bangladesh as many people of this country regularly watch Hindi serials and movies on the television, said Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Wednesday.“These people understand Hindi language although they can’t read or write,” he said while presiding over a programme at the Institute of Modern Languages (IML) of Dhaka University, reports UNB.Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) and the IML jointly organised the programme marking the World Hindi Day.Shringla said the Hindi department of IML has created a great opportunity for those who are interested to know about the Hindi language and culture.“The relation between the people of Bangladesh and India will be more strong and deep,” he said.DU vice-chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman attended the event as the chief guest.IML director professor Shishir Bhattacharya also addressed the programme.last_img read more

Texas US Gas Prices Spike After Disastrous Hurricane Harvey

first_img Listen Harvey’s devastation is affecting more than just homes and roadways.News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter spoke to Daniel Armbruster with Triple-A Texas, who says it doesn’t come as a surprise. He says there’s usually a price spike after a hurricane or a flood. X 00:00 /00:45center_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country spiked by at least a dime following disastrous Hurricane Harvey. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $2.26 per gallon. That’s 12 cents higher than a week ago, when Harvey threatened Texas, and 4 cents above Wednesday’s price. The association survey says U.S. gasoline prices Thursday averaged $2.45 per gallon — that’s 10 cents higher than a week ago and a nickel increase since Wednesday. Harvey made landfall in South Texas last Friday, leading to coastal flooding and swamping of much of Houston. Parts of Beaumont and Port Arthur also flooded as Harvey lost strength and moved into Louisiana. Dallas had the most expensive gasoline in Texas on Thursday at an average $2.37 per gallon.last_img read more

VUCA leading to travel disruptions Virtuoso flash poll

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group VUCA leading to travel disruptions: Virtuoso flash poll Tags: Trend Watch, Virtuosocenter_img Posted by NEW YORK — A new Virtuoso flash survey has found travellers are avoiding certain worldwide destinations as a result of the uncertainty tied to specific countries and global regions. VUCA stands for ‘volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous’, as a means of describing the potential travel disruptions caused by geopolitical situations.“The world is going through a transition where uncertainty is the new norm,” says Matthew D. Upchurch, Chairman and CEO of Virtuoso. “Whether it’s Brexit, the shifting political climate in the U.S., or the threat of terrorism or disease such as Zika, there seems to be only two certainties. First, we have no idea what we might wake up to find tomorrow because change happens fast. Two, and this is of utmost importance, travel is the best way to bring people together when isolation begins. At Virtuoso, we say borders divide, but travel unites. Never has it been more important to keep the ability to travel as a fundamental right.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamAmong the questions asked, Virtuoso surveyed its travel advisors globally to discover the impact of the Presidential Executive Order disallowing travellers from seven countries to enter the U.S.Although the order is not currently in effect, Virtuoso advisors report that it is still impacting clients’ travel decisions.Among U.S.-based advisors, 10% say clients are changing travel plans due to a concern over anti-American sentiment. Some 40% say their clients are now avoiding certain destinations due to concerns over terrorism including the Middle East, Europe and Africa. They report that clients are choosing to travel within the U.S. as well as visit those perceived as safer, including Japan, Canada and New Zealand.Among Virtuoso-affiliated travel advisors outside of the U.S., 42% say their clients are avoiding travel to the U.S. due to factors including opposition to the country’s foreign policy and concerns over obtaining visas. As an alternative, they are electing to travel to destinations such as Italy, Australia and the U.K. The majority of advisors anticipate the slowdown in travel to the U.S. will last three to six months. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 last_img read more

Off to the races Sunwing shares whats new on Every Step of

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, April 26, 2018 Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Woodbine Racetrack served as a fitting locale for Sunwing’s 2018 Every Step of the Way Tour, which made its Toronto stop last night as part of a coast-to-coast road trip across 21 cities.The tour operator has raced out of the gates in 2018 with new brochures and an array of special offers and products in a wide range of sun-soaked destinations. And as the name of the tour suggests, Sunwing is assuring agents that it will help ensure a seamless travel experience for their clients ‘every step of the way’.Supporting Sunwing in this endeavour are the 85+ suppliers who were in attendance at last night’s show. These included the company’s ‘Gold’ partners, including: AMResorts; Barcelo Hotels & Resorts; Be Live Resorts; Melia Cuba International; Playa Hotels & Resorts; Oasis Hotels & Resorts; Sandos Hotels & Resorts; and Seadust Cancun Family Resort. ‘Platinum’ partners RIU Hotels & Resorts and Blue Diamond Resorts were also on hand to not only lend its support but also share what’s new at their respective properties.Over the course of the tour, which spans from Stoney Creek, Ontario to Coquitlam, B.C., over 5,000 agents learned firsthand what Sunwing has in store for 2018/2019. Here are a few highlights:Sunwing Brochure 2018/2019:Features over 50 of the most popular destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America from 33 gateways coast to coastNew resorts include Royalton Antigua, Royalton Cancun Resort and Spa, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, Grand Memories Punta Cana, and PlayaBachata ResortNew destinations include Antigua, Playa Mujeres and Riviera Diamante in Mexico, as well as BonaireExclusive perks for families include unlimited access to waterparks, and Kids Stay Play and Eat FRE dealsCouples perks include unlimited à la carte dining and spa discountsMore news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTNew Signature Collection by Sunwing brochure:Evolution of previous Signature Vacations’ collection of resortsBrochure features six leading resort chains: RIU Hotels & Resorts; Karisma Resorts; Jewel Resorts; Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts; Hard Rock Hotels; Krystal Hotels and ResortsIncludes Jewels Resorts in Jamaica for the first timeNew hotel openings include: Riu Dunamar; Riu Palace Costa Mujeres; Riu Palace Baja California; Riu Santa Fe; Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos; and Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta and Sensatori Azul Beach Resort Jamaica Off to the races! Sunwing shares what’s new on ‘Every Step of the Way’ tour Tags: Sunwing Sunwing app:Allows travellers to call home to Canada for free, plan their next vacation, book excursions, confirm flights, gain exclusive deals on local attractions and moreGroups:The 2018-2019 Groups Guide is what Lorraine Brisbois, Corporate Manager, Sunwing Travel Group, refers to as “your Bible to Groups”Brisbois also notes that “destination weddings continue to soar”, but that the company has also seen a rise in groups celebrating vow renewals and anniversariesGroups Plus Premium promotion: once a minimum of 10 adults book together, the 8th person travels freeGroup discounts are also available now on Sunwing Experiences; private tours available for groups of 12 or more and the 21st adult travels freeGroup pricing is also available for cruise packages with MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Marella Cruises where bookings of a minimum eight double cabins will have the 16th adult travel for freeSTARmillionaire promotion is returning, whereby agents can qualify for booking a group of 10 adults or more between March 28-Aug. 28, 2018More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJSunwing Experiences:For the first time ever, Sunwing will now offer agents the chance to earn STAR Agent Reward Points that convert to cash on Sunwing Experiences bookings across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central AmericaAgents will be able to book and earn commission and rewards points as these excursions can now be added as standalone purchases, regardless of which tour operator the vacation package was booked withSunwing Experiences bookings are confirmed under the category ‘Activities’ on SIREV and will soon be available on Amadeus Tours, Galileo Vacations, and Sabre VacationsClients benefit from pre-paying in Canadian dollarsNew cruises:New cruise brochure features fly & cruise packages departing form Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and VancouverAll packages include roundtrip flights on Sunwing Airlines with transfers include between the airport and the ship’s portCruise lines offered include MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Marella CruisesDomestic flights:Sunwing’s popular summer flight service resumes for its 13th consecutive seasonDaily flights are available between Toronto-Vancouver (May 15-Sept. 5, 2018), and Toronto-St. John’s (June 13-Sept. 5, 2018, Monday-Friday)Twice weekly flights to Gander on Tuesdays and Fridays (June 15-Sept. 4, 2018)Weekly Wednesday flights to Stephenville (June 13-Sept. 5, 2018)Sunwingagents.ca:Agents will soon be able to book via the platform and collect STAR points from anywhere in the world (more details to come)last_img read more

Red Label Vacations to operate as whollyowned subsidiary of Japans HIS Group

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: H.I.S, Japan, redtag.ca Travelweek Group Wednesday, January 9, 2019 center_img TORONTO — The parent company of TravelBrands, itravel2000.com, The Travel Experts, redtag.ca and more will be bought out by a subsidiary of Japan’s H.I.S. Group in a new deal set to be completed in the first calendar quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals.Red Label Vacations Inc. says it has signed an agreement to be acquired by the H.I.S. Group subsidiary. H.I.S. has 282 branches in Japan, 275 branches in 158 cities internationally, nearly 17,000 employees worldwide and over ¥600 billion (about Cdn$7.33 billion) in annual sales.H.I.S. is no stranger to the Canadian travel industry. The company acquired a majority stake in Merit in December 2016 and also purchased Jonview Canada from Transat in October 2017 for $44 million.With this new deal, Red Label Vacations will continue to operate as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of H.I.S.Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the Canadian Competition Bureau.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“It is a very exciting day for our company as this marks the launch of our next phase of growth,” said RedLabel Vacations co-owners Frank DeMarinis, Joe DeMarinis and Enzo DeMarinis.“H.I.S. is committed to supporting our continued growth at home in Canada as well as internationally. We expect that H.I.S.’s support will enable us to enhance our service offerings on both the wholesale and retail fronts and accelerate our growth objectives. We look forward to a very bright future.”H.I.S. Co. Ltd.’s Executive Officer, Global Business Development Division, Hideo Hatano, says the acquisition of Red Label Vacations “is in keeping with our ambitious expansion plan in North America and we look forward to building upon Red Label Vacation’s branding and experience in the Canadian market space to further service the North American market.”The DeMarinis brothers’ long history in the travel industry began in 1983 with Belair Travel. Belair was bought out and brought into the fold of what would later become Thomas Cook Canada.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe brothers returned in 2004 and created redtag.ca. In 2013 they acquired the North American segment of Thomas Cook Group plc, later rebranded to TravelBrands. In August 2016, the company acquired itravel2000.com, the second largest OTA in Canada. Share Red Label Vacations to operate as wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s H.I.S. Grouplast_img read more

New law cracks down on right to use cash

first_img New law cracks down on right to use cash The U.S. government is trying to restrict your access to cash. But not for the reason you think… According to leaked evidence it’s much, much worse. Insuring themselves against “black swan” events, but not investing with the hope of profiting from them, Fixed Income – Historically, bonds make up this asset class. At one time, bonds (AAA municipal bonds) represented as much as 40% of my net investible worth. My strategy was always to hold until maturity and buy them in “ladders,” replacing them when they matured. But I haven’t bought them since the rates dropped below 4.5% and have sold some I didn’t like much. Today, they represent about 5% of my net investible wealth. I also own an annuity and a life insurance product. These are not the typical insurance products. Most annuities and life insurance products are very expensive and very complicated. You have to be very careful with those. Editor’s Note: Last Tuesday, Mark appeared on a special live webinar to discuss his experience with using options (to date, he’s generated over $282,000 in instant cash payouts over the last three years). To watch the replay of this event—and learn in detail how this technique works—click here. Rental Real Estate – Next to business ventures, income-producing property investments have been the largest contributor to my wealth-building success. I invest for the income and see appreciation as a bonus. As with insurance products, real estate investing can be tricky for the inexperienced investor. Most mainstream real estate advice is bad. But if you do it properly—focusing on income—this asset class will do huge work for your portfolio. Editor’s Note: Can you get rich investing in stocks and bonds? Palm Beach Research Group founder Mark Ford has more insight into this question than most. Although he’s not an investment analyst, he’s worked in the financial publishing industry for over 30 years. He’s also built dozens of businesses from scratch…creating millions of dollars of wealth in the process. In short, Mark knows more about building wealth than just about anyone. In today’s Weekend Edition, Mark explains nine steps he is personally taking right now to grow and keep his money. By Mark Morgan Ford I am not an investment professional. I have never made any money managing other people’s money. I went from rags to riches the old-fashioned way: working hard and then investing my income as carefully as I could. Because I’d done well on my own, I never considered seeking financial advice. Then a funny thing happened. I woke up one day with the thought that I should have a “professional” manage some of my money. I interviewed two firms. One was a boutique business based in New York City that a friend recommended. The other was a private banking facility for one of the world’s largest brokerages. The boutique firm was happy to take $100,000 of my money to get started. The other company wanted a minimum of $10 million. They both had fancy offices and pretty marketing brochures. But such frills scare me. They make me think, “Gee, these guys must be charging their customers a lot to afford all this stuff.” My trepidations notwithstanding, I worked with both of them for about six months. I answered their questions about my tolerance for risk (little to none). I listened to their presentations. And then I did something that I bet few of their clients ever do. I started asking them questions. And I kept pushing them to explain why I should believe that they could help me become wealthier. What I got instead was clever circumlocution. A financially sophisticated version of what you’d expect from your teenage son if you pestered him about why he didn’t come home until four in the morning. Those discussions convinced me that these guys could not manage my money better than I had been managing it. To be fair, they certainly knew more about investment products than I did. But they didn’t know more about how to become wealthy. These guys were smart. They had graduate degrees from great schools. They spoke eloquently. They seemed so…so…inside the game. I wanted them to be better than me. I really did. But they really didn’t seem to care whether their services would make me richer or poorer. The contracts they wanted me to sign were going to put money in their pockets regardless. That didn’t feel right. In the end, I told both of my elite financial planners to take a hike. And I went back to managing my money myself. Seeing Only 20% of the Big Picture The investment advisory industry is a huge multibillion-dollar business based on hard work, clever thinking, and sophisticated algorithms. But also on one teensy-weensy lie. The lie is that you can grow wealthy investing in stocks and bonds. It’s not a big, black lie. But the unfortunate truth is the financial establishment rarely looks beyond stocks and bonds. And if you think about it, why would it want to? It makes its money by ushering you from one “hot” stock or “amazing” fund to the next. Wall Street wants you to think the stock (and sometimes the bond) markets are the only places you can make money. And because they know that you have heard that “diversification of assets” is good, they give you the illusion of diversification by having your stock portfolio invested in businesses that are “diversified” into manufacturing, retail, global trade, natural resources, etc. This is, as I said, an illusion. At the end of the day, it’s all invested in stocks or stock derivatives. The result? More risk and less potential wealth gain for you. So start by deconstructing the little lie. Building wealth involves much more than just investing in stocks and bonds. Most rich people get that way by consistently doing the following nine things: Giving top priority to increasing their net investible income, not maximizing returns, Options – Although my cardinal rule is not to invest in something I don’t understand, my colleague, Tom Dyson, found a way to trade options that I both understand and also believe in. Like real estate and insurance products, most options strategies are speculations. I’d advise against them. But the way Tom taught me to do it, selling puts on legacy-type stocks, has worked very well for me. In fact, over eight years of testing, it’s proven successful 96.2% of the time. If you’re interested in a free, three-part training series he’s currently running on this type of options trading, I recommend clicking here. Spending less as a percentage of net income as it grows so they can save more, Investing in safe real estate—i.e., income-producing properties, Recommended Links Jim Rickards Issues “Critical Warning #3″… Jim Rickards just issued a new critical market update. You need to check this out… Jim’s issued this kind of update only twice before in recent history… Both times were about massive changes in the markets. And this change is even BIGGER… See this very short video by clicking here. Investing in stocks and bonds with discipline—i.e., without expecting to get returns that are much higher than market averages, And keeping a substantial store of cash to be used when “cash becomes king.” As you can see, investing in stocks and bonds is only one of nine strategies you must follow to become rich, but that was the only one that the two money management firms I tried cared about. Direct Investments in Entrepreneurial Businesses – This is, by far, the investment class that has given me the best results. If you do this right, you can expect terrific, steady income and the potential for enormous growth. The trick here is to invest only in companies you understand and have some control over. Owning tangible, portable, and non-reportable assets as a reserve that can be tapped into at opportune moments, Cash – I call this a “Cash Opportunity Fund.” You keep a store of money you add to every year. That way, when the crash comes, you can use this fund to swoop in and buy a bunch of great assets at bargain prices. Understanding debt and using it occasionally and strategically to build wealth, — Chaos Hedges – This asset class is not, for me, an investment. It is, as the name implies, protection from times of turbulence—a market crash, bankruptcy, lawsuits, etc. In this class I include gold, silver, and platinum coins (bullion and one or two “rare” types). I bought all I needed when gold was trading at about $400 an ounce. It’s gone up and down since then but at today’s prices it looks good again. Collectibles – This is a category of investing that you will probably not be interested in, unless you want to enrich not just your net worth but your experience of living each and every day for the rest of your life. My preferred collectible is fine art and first-edition books, but you can invest in anything from baseball cards to vintage cars to surfboards. How to Ensure Financial Growth and Security So if you can’t reasonably expect to get rich with just stocks and bonds, what can you do? You can model your investing behavior on the behaviors that have been proven, time and time again, to actually work. I’m talking about asset allocation. Asset allocation is the process by which you spread your wealth across different sorts of investments. You might think that something so dull as asset allocation could not possibly be that important in acquiring wealth, but numerous studies have shown that it may be the most important factor. (These studies can be found here.) Because of an early financial disaster, I became an emotionally compulsive diversifier of practically every dollar I could save, putting some of it in bonds, some in stocks, some in cash, some in real estate, and so on. Over the years I have made hundreds of individual financial decisions—buy this, sell that. Some of them were quite good, a few of them were quite bad, and most of them were in-between. And yet, overall, my net worth had increased considerably and consistently, without any down years, for more than 30 years. I could see very clearly that this was not due to the particular buy/sell decisions that accounted for this good fortune. It was the general decisions about asset allocation that paid off. Since I discovered this, I have been telling my readers about my own asset allocation decisions every year. Not because I think my portfolio is the best possible exemplum of diversification, but just to illustrate my belief that one needs to go well beyond some combination of stocks, bonds, and cash to win at the wealth-building game. My yearly report is reasonably detailed, but the following will give you a bird’s eye view of what I do. Stocks – I have several stock portfolios: one that you might call “legacy” stocks, one that I call “performance stocks,” and a third group that includes what would conventionally be called “growth” and “speculative” stocks. The lion’s share (maybe 80% to 90%) of my stock money is in the legacy stocks: a handful of big, dividend-giving companies that I’m happy to keep on a “forever” basis. A smaller percentage is in dividend-giving companies with growth potential. And a tiny percentage are speculations—stocks I’m quite sure I’ll lose all my money on but I want to own them just for fun. – Investing directly in private enterprises and other “outside Wall Street” opportunities,last_img read more

From sports drinks to protein powders from compre

first_imgFrom sports drinks to protein powders, from compression therapy to cupping — there’s a whole industry of products and services designed to help us adapt to and recover from exercise.But does any of it work? That’s the question science writer Christie Aschwanden set out to answer in her new book, Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery.A former high school and college athlete, Aschwanden is the lead science writer for the website fivethirtyeight and was previously a health columnist for The Washington Post.She notes that recovery wasn’t given much consideration back when she was coming up. Now, however, times have changed and recovery is “something that you do — and almost with as much gusto as the workouts themselves,” she says.Aschwanden’s book examines the physiology behind different recovery methods and also offers an assessment of their effectiveness. Ultimately, she notes, the best form of recovery may be an old-fashioned one: listening to your own body.”The most important skill that any athlete can develop is a sense of how their body is responding to exercise,” she says. “How they’re responding to their workouts; how they’re feeling; what it feels like for them to be recovered or underrecovered.”Interview HighlightsOn sports drinks that have electrolytes”Electrolytes” is just a scientific name for salts. These are things that we get in all of the food that we eat. … And so, the idea is that when you’re exercising, you’re sort of creating these extraordinary needs, and … so you need to replace these salts that you’re sweating out. When you sweat, you do lose some salts. You lose fluids. So the idea behind sports drinks is that they’re replacing those. …There are products now that will promise to find your individual sweat rate and individual salt-loss rate, but it turns out you don’t need a scientist looking over your shoulder to figure out how much you need to drink, or how much salt you need after exercise. Our bodies have this really sophisticated mechanism for helping us determine this — and it’s called thirst.On the danger of overhydratingWe’ve been given this message for so long — and so much of it is marketing — this idea that … you have to always be drinking and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. But it turns out that this just isn’t true. This idea and this concept that we have to be drinking even when we’re not thirsty has led to this problem that can actually be deadly. It’s called hyponatremia. It’s also called water intoxication, but this is something where people drink too much water and they end up diluting their blood to the point where they have all sorts of issues, including your brain can swell. And it can actually be fatal. …I don’t want to make anyone feel like, “Oh, my gosh, I just drank a glass of water, was I really thirsty? Like, am I going to get hyponatremia and die?” That’s not what we’re talking about. And we’re talking about people who are drinking on the order of, like, multiple glasses of water per hour — in particular, while exercising. But really, if you’re not thirsty you don’t need to drink. It really is that simple.There have been multiple people now who have died in marathons from drinking too much. And one of the things that makes this really scary is that some of the symptoms of overhydration look very similar to the things that we think of as being symptoms of dehydration. So for instance, dizziness, confusion, fatigue things like this. And so, in some cases, what’s happened is you have someone who collapses at a race and they’re given an IV and given more fluids, which is exactly the wrong thing at that point for them.On the genesis of Power Bars and what to eat after a workoutReally the idea in the beginning was to create a food that would be convenient for athletes — something to eat after a workout that was easy to grab, easy on the stomach and all of that. But in the intervening years, there’s been sort of this push to think that this is absolutely the necessary thing that you must eat, and that there must be some important component or some important nutrient … that you really need. …There’s nothing inherently wrong with these products — I’ll just say that upfront. They tend to have pretty good nutrients and ingredients for what you need after a workout. But there’s nothing particularly special about them either, except that they’re convenient. … You can have an energy bar or you could have a banana, or you could have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — which apparently is the food of choice in the NBA. … But the idea that you have to have something that’s a packaged product just doesn’t hold water.On icing after workouts to reduce sorenessThe idea behind icing is that it’s a way to reduce inflammation. When you ice something, you are reducing the blood flow to that area. So basically, if your extremity gets cold, your body sort of shunts the blood into the core to try and keep you warm. During this time, when the blood flow is less to that area, you’re getting less circulation of these inflammatory things that are part of the inflammatory process. The idea here is that you’re going to reduce inflammation and that was, for a long time, really considered a good thing. …Now the thinking [in terms of icing to reduce soreness] is really changing. … We’ve learned that inflammation is actually a really important part of the training response. If you are doing exercise in hopes of getting fitter, faster, stronger, you really need inflammation. You need that inflammatory process. You need your immune system bringing in these inflammatory things that are coming in to make those repairs. So the inflammation process is actually the repair process. Without it, you’re not going to get the same adaptations to exercise that you would otherwise.On the problem with taking ibuprofen before and after a workoutIt’s really common that athletes will take it prophylactically. So they’ll take it before a workout or before a race even. One scenario where it’s really popular is among ultramarathoners. So these are people that are running, say, 50 or 100 or even more miles, and they will take these drugs during the event or before.I remember back in my high school track days, one of my teammates was popping ibuprofen before practice every day. And I know now after researching this book that that’s a pretty bad idea. And there are a couple of reasons for that. The first is that again, [in terms of exercise], inflammation is your friend. If you’re working out, that is how your body repairs itself. So there’s actually some pretty intriguing evidence that taking ibuprofen can impair the repair process from an injury. And that refers both to the type of microinjury that you get from a hard workout — the little damage to your muscle that your body comes in and repairs, and that’s what makes you stronger. But also to injuries like, say, a sprained ankle and things like this. So taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or taking ibuprofen can actually impede the healing process. I don’t think anyone wants to do that.At the same time, I will say, though, if you’re in a lot of pain these are really good painkillers. And that’s probably a good reason to take it. But you want to limit it, and … you only want to take it when you really, really need that pain relief — and not [with] an expectation that you’re going to feel pain.Sam Briger and Mooj Zadie produced and edited the audio of this interview. Bridget Bentz and Molly Seavy-Nesper adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2019 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.last_img read more

A disabled writeractivist is hoping that his new

first_imgA disabled writer-activist is hoping that his new novel will alert its readers to the “scary” undercurrent of disablism that has been repeatedly stirred up by the government’s “benefit scrounger” rhetoric.The Norwich Wheelchair Murders is Bill Albert’s eighth novel, and its combination of hard-bitten cynicism, sharp dialogue, ruthless gangsters and fast-moving plot has led to it being dubbed the first of a new genre: Crip Noir.It follows the journey taken by Bobby “The Fixer” Fishbaum, who sees “handicapped people” as “big time losers. Disgusting. Unpredictable. Embarrassing. Helpless.”Fishbaum has to flee his penthouse in Santa Monica to escape some vengeful Russian gangsters, and ends up hiding out with his five-year-old daughter in a council flat in Norwich, while also coming to terms with a diagnosis that has left him using a wheelchair.It is a similar journey to the one Albert took himself. Born in New York, the former university academic grew up and studied in California, but has lived in England since 1964, and in Norwich for more than 45 years.He did not discover that he was a disabled person until he finally received a medical diagnosis at the age of 31, but his journey to feeling comfortable with that identity was a gradual one that took at least another 10 years.That journey was aided by meeting other “crips” at a Norwich access group, people whose demonstration of “lives well lived” taught him, he said, about himself and “how to be”.Before he met them, like his character Bobby Fishbaum, he says in a short memoir, he “didn’t know any disabled people. I didn’t want to either. They frightened me, repelled me with their crippled twitching, garbled speech, their unnatural ways.”Taking part in the last of the anti-Telethon demos outside the studios of London Weekend Television in 1992 – where his teachers were “five hundred joyfully angry crips, rolling and staggering and stumbling and drooling and twitching and shouting and singing and waving banners” – was a swift introduction to the disabled people’s movement, the social model and direct action.Soon he was importing some of that back to Norwich, and helping to set up Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People – these days known as Equal Lives – for which he was the founding chair.One of the disabled “role models” who taught him “how to be” was an activist called Brendan Carroll, on whom he loosely based the character of Brendan in his novel.The novel’s dedication says it was Carroll, who died several years ago, and six other disabled friends who taught him “the joys of being a bolshy crip”.Albert says: “I miss him every day. He was a very unlikely, charismatic figure. He really lived a life. I have made him into my crip superhero.”His novel’s other disabled characters are “amalgams” of other disabled people he knows, albeit “a bit more extreme” than they are in real life.The Norwich Wheelchair Murders was, he says, an attempt “to explain disability to the world which was different to how anybody else had done it”.One of its central themes is the extent to which disabled people are subjected to hate crime, something Albert started to become aware of while editing the monthly newsletter for the international disability rights charity Disability Awareness in Action, and from hearing about the experiences of other disabled people in Norwich, particularly those with learning difficulties.As other disabled activists and artists – most notably Liz Crow – have done in recent years, he draws a parallel between the attitudes to disabled people in Nazi Germany that found its most brutal expression in the Aktion T4 programme, which saw the targeted killing of as many as 200,000 disabled people, and similar attitudes that have surfaced in recent years in the UK.As one character in his novel says: “He said most disabled people were little more than a burden on themselves and the rest of us too. Scroungers, he called them, useless scroungers. Already half dead anyway.”It was an attitude Albert noticed as a member of the Human Genetics Commission – between 1999 and 2005 – when he came across views that can only be described as “eugenics” but which had been “crafted in a medical way”, and suggested that “disabled people were not something you would want to choose”.He said: “It’s gone much further now. It’s really scary stuff. That’s always in the back of my mind, because I was right there when it was all being trotted out and debated.”Albert insists that the hateful attitudes espoused by some of the characters in his novel are not that different to the rhetoric spouted by some politicians.He said: “Look at the all the stuff that’s coming out from the government.“They are kind of painting us as very much like that, but not in that kind of stark language, but if you read the sub-titles that’s what you think.”It is reflected, he says, in the everyday experiences of disabled people. “People I know have had nasty comments made to them about being a scrounger.”He adds: “Look what the government has done in the last five years. All the stuff we have fought for, I have been fighting for for 25 years – lots of other people for even longer – has been rolled back. We are going backwards at the moment.”He is still treasurer of Equal Lives, and has been active in the fight against public sector cuts that is a major feature of the organisation’s work – he says many disabled people in Norfolk are being “devastated” by the cuts – although these days in more of a backroom support role.Indeed, just hours before Disability News Service’s interview with Albert, disabled activists and others staged a demonstration outside the headquarters of Norfolk County Council, in protest at further planned cuts to public services.The Norwich Wheelchair Murders does not address government cuts and rhetoric head-on, and instead tries a more subtle approach, hinting at the backdrop of cuts that exists behind the lives of its disabled characters.But Albert says he “absolutely” wants the book to deliver a wake-up call on disability hate crime.“Those attitudes are out there,” he says. “This government has done nothing but stoke them, basically, while saying, ‘We are not against disabled people, we want to help them, they are the most needy,’ which doesn’t mean anything.”last_img read more

InFlight WiFi

first_img This story appears in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » In-Flight Wi-Fi Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Mile-high productivity gets a boost from in-air Wi-Fi. Next Article Amanda C. Kooser Magazine Contributor Register Now » While we still can’t use our cell phones on airplanes, onboard internet is getting a lot of attention.In-air Wi-Fi is pretty much ready for prime time. It doesn’t have the interference or social issues that crop up around cell phone usage. International travelers will get the first crack at it. There have been Wi-Fi announcements and implementations from airlines like Singapore Airlines and German carrier Lufthansa. Connexion by Boeing is a leading provider in this area. Pricing can start as low as $8 for a 30-minute block. Check for availability on your next overseas flight.Look for in-flight Wi-Fi on U.S. airlines sometime next year. Boingo customers will benefit from a roaming agreement that allows access on Connexion-enabled flights. United Airlines and Verizon Airfone have tested their own in-flight Wi-Fi, due to go online next year as well. 1 min read Technology November 1, 2005last_img read more

KFC Has a New Nail Polish That Tastes Like Chicken Start Up

first_imgStart Up Your Day Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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. 1 min read Enroll Now for $5 Lindsay Friedman Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. KFC Has a New Nail Polish That Tastes Like Chicken — Start Up Your Day Roundup Add to Queue Image credit: Settawat Udom | Shutterstock Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.Planned. Tesla plans 500,000 cars for 2018. Inclusivity. Uber will bring its new accessible ride services to Chicago starting this month, according to The Chicago Tribune.Under the knife. This robot surgeon sewed up a pig’s insides.Don’t mess with mama. In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, Facebook Messenger will adorn your chats with flowers.A new day. Burger King will launch a new breakfast sandwich, the Egg-Normous Burrito.  Finger-licking good. KFC seems to have taken its slogan seriously after releasing its own nail polish. It’s supposed to taste like chicken. May 5, 2016 –shares Next Article last_img read more

Larsen Toubro Infotech Eyes AI ML and Analytics Market with Lymbycs Acquisition

first_imgLarsen & Toubro Infotech Eyes AI ML and Analytics Market with Lymbyc’s Acquisition Sudipto Ghosh6 days agoJuly 17, 2019 AcquisitionAIanalyticsLTILymbycMarketing Technology NewsNewsSaasVirtual Analyst Previous ArticleSesame Software Partners with Snowflake on Integration/Data Warehouse SolutionNext ArticleEsker Partners, Invests in B/2BNOW in Support of SAP S/4HANA Cloud ERP Acquisition to enhance Larsen & Toubro Infotech ‘s Mosaic platform with Deep Learning, NLP, and Visualization capabilitiesLarsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd., a global technology Consulting and Digital Solutions company, is acquiring Lymbyc. Lymbyc is a specialist AI, Machine Learning, and Advanced Analytics company. The acquisition further strengthens LTI’s fast-growing Digital and Analytics offerings.Larsen & Toubro Infotech will Compete in AI-Based Cloud Computing MarketWith growing dependence on data, global enterprises need to be better at data discovery, agile analytics, and the ability to process large datasets. Lymbyc’s expertise in these spheres will enhance Larsen & Toubro Infotech’s Mosaic platform to provide differentiated analytics solutions in a SaaS model.At the time of this announcement, Sanjay Jalona, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, LTI, said —“We believe self-service capabilities for AI and advanced analytics will be the next wave of disruption in the marketplace, and Lymbyc brings this capability to our Mosaic platform. Leni by Lymbyc is an industry-agnostic platform that solves business user’s need for experience, speed, and comprehension. I welcome Lymbyc’s experienced management team and all its employees to the LTI family.”Satyakam Mohanty, Founder, and CEO, Lymbyc said, “As a strategic business partner of LTI during last year, we have seen first hand how LTI is leading data and digital transformation agenda for its clients. With AI becoming increasingly mainstream, we are excited to join hands with LTI and to help a larger and richer set of clients. Leni, our AI-based Virtual Analyst, is perfectly suited to deliver better value to business users and maximize their information and analytics investments.”Getting Leni to Work for Larsen & Toubro Infotech CustomersLymbyc is headquartered in Bengaluru, India. Since inception in 2012, the company has acquired customers in the USA, UK, Africa, and India. The company is well recognized for its unique capabilities in analytics and data-sciences space. Lymbyc was also recognized and featured in Gartner’s Market Guide for Data Analytics and Service Providers 2019.Marketing Technology News: Progress Named a Leader in the New 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development PlatformsThe core of Lymbyc’s capabilities are centered around a proprietary product, Leni. Lymbyc offers two products:Leni as a serviceLeni as an APICurrently, Leni solves for the entire spectrum of descriptive to predictive Business Insights, leveraging Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Data Visualization, and Predictive Analytics. Leni is a Virtual Analyst that allows users to conversationally access information and insights.Leni ServiceMarketing Technology News: WebCEO, the Agency Oriented Marketing Platform, Launches a New Local SEO ModuleLTI and Lymbyc have been strategic partners for the last one year, and have collaborated to deliver unique solutions to several leading global enterprises.Lymbyc is the fifth acquisition by LTI since the company got listed in 2016. Earlier this year, the company acquired Ruletronics, a boutique Pega Consulting company, and N+P (NEILSEN+PARTNER), a Temenos Wealthsuite specialist.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakerslast_img read more

Genetic testing and breakthrough therapies may transform diagnosis care of neuromuscular disease

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 31 2018A new report funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and released by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science indicates that genetic testing and breakthrough therapies will transform the diagnosis and care of neuromuscular disease within the next decade. The report, “Understanding Neuromuscular Disease Care,” highlights current gaps in care and opportunities to optimize care and accelerate the emergence of new therapies. Insights gained from a survey of health care professionals focused on the care of patients with neuromuscular disease are also included.Neuromuscular diseases encompass a broad group of disorders that collectively impact an estimated 250,000 patients and their caregivers in the United States alone. Although these diseases are rare and treatment options are currently limited, the financial impact is high. IQVIA’s report reveals total annual costs across all neuromuscular patients exceed $46 billion. The diagnostic odyssey can often take upwards of a year, although improvements in the speed, price and comprehensiveness of available genetic testing are accelerating the process. The report sheds light on the role data will play in revolutionizing the importance of early genetic screening, intervention and treatment, including through the newborn screening public health program, which has enormous implications on time to diagnosis and intervention.”MDA is in the best possible position to transform the lives of people with neuromuscular disease,” says MDA President and Chief Executive Officer Lynn O’Connor Vos. “As the umbrella organization for more than 40 neuromuscular diseases, and with multidisciplinary clinics providing best in class care at more than 150 of the nation’s top medical institutions, we are galvanizing both industry and the research arena to develop better care and more cures.”Through its comprehensive data hub, MOVR (NeuroMuscular ObserVational Research), MDA is playing a pivotal role in the advancement of research and care in neuromuscular disease. MOVR rolled out in 2018 and will become fully implemented at 50 MDA Care Centers in 2019 to improve the ability for researchers and health care providers to identify precision medicine treatments, enhancing options for care.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairLiving a healthy lifestyle may help offset genetic risk of dementiaFungal infection study identifies specific genetic vulnerability among Hmong people”The MOVR Data Hub will be extraordinarily powerful, enabling us to capture genome data, clinical data, professionally reported data and patient/family-reported data all in in one place,” says Dr. R. Rodney Howell, chairman of MDA’s Board of Directors. “The data from MOVR will provide benefits both in the present, identifying patients for treatments based on their genomic data, as well as in the future, as new treatment options become available. The study of the genomic data will identify important new genetic modifiers.”Other insights from the study: Source:http://www.mww.com/ “The rapid progress being made in improving patient care and outcomes through the combination of scientific breakthroughs and the development of secure, scalable cloud-based data hubs is remarkable,” says Murray Aitken, executive director of the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science. “Expectations are high for advancing patient care and bringing disease-modifying therapies across a number of neuromuscular diseases to patients and their families. We are pleased to collaborate with MDA in undertaking research that highlights both the gaps in care and the opportunities to address them in the near-term.”center_img Treatment for neuromuscular disease is generally provided through a multidisciplinary care model, allowing patients to visit a range of specialists synchronously in a dedicated center. Care paradigms and provider treatment decisions may be inconsistent, reflecting the challenges of small patient populations, varied symptoms and a lack of official guidelines, particularly for many of the less prevalent diseases. Adopting technologies for remote appointments and real-time monitoring can improve care management by minimizing patient travel and increasing communication with health care providers. There is a need to develop innovative approaches to pricing and reimbursement to tackle access to care for patients. Psychological symptoms are an ongoing challenge, affecting 75 percent of patients and recognized by 90 percent of neuromuscular disease health care professionals as a high unmet need.last_img read more