When I was working through our three numbers to know post this morning and saw that Mike Gundy is looking to go 10-2 against Texas Tech, I started wondering about his record against all Big 12 teams.Thankfully we have the internet, and you can discover goodies like this one on sites like this one. So let’s roll through them. From best winning percentage to worst.Kansas: 8-1 (89%)Texas Tech: 9-2 (82%)Iowa State: 7-2 (78%)TCU: 3-1 (75%)Missouri: 3-1 (75%)Kansas State: 6-3 (67%)Colorado: 2-1 (67%)Nebraska: 2-1 (67%)West Virginia: 3-2 (60%)Baylor: 7-5 (58%)Texas A&M: 4-3 (57%)Texas: 5-7 (42%)OU: 2-9 (18%)This does not include the bowl game against Missouri from 2014.It’s pretty fascinating to look at, though. Look at how good Gundy has been against the top eight teams on that list. He’s largely owned them. This fits with the narrative I described earlier this week that had him winning almost all the games he was favored in.The Texas record has been flipping in recent years given that he started with five straight losses against them. The Baylor record has been flipping, too, but the other way. Gundy started with wins in six of his first seven years against the Bears.And then there’s OU. It really doesn’t fit with the rest of the list. OU hasn’t been that many standard deviations better than Texas and Texas A&M and Baylor.The reality there is that Oklahoma State’s record against OU under Gundy should be at least a game better (2013) if not two (2012 as well!), and a few other years came down to the last few plays (2010, 2006). But OSU didn’t win those games when it could have, and as a result Gundy has a nasty-looking outlier on an otherwise really outstanding resume.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Man City boss Guardiola: Congratulations to Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says they won’t lose their fighting spirit after defeat at home to Crystal Palace.With the Blues trailing league leaders Liverpool by four points, Guardiola refused to be drawn into talk of panic, crediting Palace for their triumph and urging a response from the Champions on Boxing Day.”We have an incredible team – fantastic players,” he stated. “We started quite decent and created chances. We scored a fantastic goal and after they passed the halfway line they scored.”The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line, they scored. We played good. Their second goal was an incredible goal.“We reacted well to the second goal and in the second half, we started okay. We put more people in the box.”The third goal… the penalty was really tough for us. We cannot concede the penalty we conceded. We have to try and avoid it. Football is like this – three shots on goal and three goals.“We scored a goal – a little bit late but even then, we had chances to score. We did absolutely everything.“They arrived two times and before the penalty, they hit the post but they didn’t have another shot on target.“Congratulations to Palace. Defensively, they were brilliant. I give a lot of credit.“That is football and sometimes it happens. The teams are good and there is a lot of quality.“Now, we must go onto the next one. There are a lot of games to play. We have to recover mentally and recover our physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool legend Aldridge: We must be ready for Klopp’s eventual departureby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Aldridge says the club must prepare for manager Jurgen Klopp’s eventual departure.Klopp this week laughed off a suggestion from his agent that he could leave Liverpool because of the inclement English weather with the comment coming amid constant speculation over whether he will sign a new Reds deal. “It will be a sad moment when the time does come for him to say goodbye but hopefully that’s a long way off yet,” Aldridge said in his column for the Liverpool Echo. “I’d love him to stay forever but ultimately we can trust him to do what’s best for himself and Liverpool Football Club.”One thing we do know… when he does go, he’ll leave us in a really good situation and a better state than he found us in when he arrived, which is not always the case with other managers. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tamron Hall, Andy Karl and Orfeh were just a few of the many attendees at last week’s special premiere screening of the ASPCA and Animal Planet documentary “Second Chance Dogs”.Tamron Hall and Matt BershadkerCredit/Copyright: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesThe screening was held in celebration of the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary. The documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center where dogs rescued from cruel situations begin a remarkable journey from rescue to rehabilitation and ultimately, adoption.The screening was followed by a panel moderated by Tamron Hall that featured Kristen Collins, Senior Director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation; Erin Wanner, Vice President of Animal Planet Production; ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker; and filmmaker Kenn Bell.Orfeh and Andy KarlCredit/Copyright: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesAdditional attendees included Eric West, Dan Churchill, Tashiana Washington, Megan Massacre, Eniko Mihalik, ASPCA President & CEO, Matt Bershadker and Meredith O’Connor.
Kolkata: The anti-rowdy section (ARS) of Kolkata Police’s detective department busted a cricket betting racket on Friday night and arrested seven persons in this connection during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Eden Gardens.Three of the arrested persons are residents of Nagpur, while four of them are from Madhya Pradesh. “We have arrested seven persons on the basis of a source information regarding cricket betting at Eden Gardens during the cricket match played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The group was nabbed by our ARS team after prolonged observation at F1 Block. 14 mobile phones including one betting accessory and other equipment have been seized,” said Pravin Tripathi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to police sources, the arrested persons have been identified as Mukul Jain, Piyush Jain, Pratik Jain and Mayank Seth, all hailing from Sagar district under Motinagar police station, Madhya Pradesh. The three other residents of Nagpur who have been nabbed are Dipak Kumar Kaslikar of Etowari, Wasim Ahmed of Tehasil and Gobind Maniyar of Nandan I. All of them are in the age group of 20 to 35. It may be mentioned that only on Wednesday, two people were held along with Rs 1.70 lakh and two cell phones by South Zone Task Force in Telangana, after a cricket betting racket was busted during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.
In college football it is widely accepted the Southeastern Conference is the best.Seven straight national championships is hard to argue with, especially when six of those title games have been by double digits.But the argument that the SEC is the deepest conference in America because any team can beat any team doesn’t seem to be realistic.From the start of the 2012 season until last Friday, the top six teams in the SEC based on their conference record: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas A&M had a combined total of one loss to the bottom eight teams in the conference.Now after five of those teams lost to lower tier SEC squads – LSU to Ole Miss, Texas A&M to Auburn, South Carolina to Tennessee, Florida to Missouri and Georgia to Vanderbilt – the conference is being touted as the deepest in America.That just doesn’t seem logical, you cannot go from being blatantly top heavy to ultra deep just because the stars lined up one weekend and a bunch of teams lost.One week simply does not make a deep conference.If things continue along this trend and the top teams continue to falter then maybe that argument could be made, but for now, it doesn’t have enough merit.Even if you look at the SEC’s national titles over its collective run of dominance it is top heavy. Of the four championships won since Florida claimed their second in 2008-09, Alabama has won the title three times, with arch-rival Auburn being the only team to unseat them.And after the BCS rankings were released Sunday, the Crimson Tide, ranked No. 1, look poised to bring home another this year.If you are a league that supposedly boasts parity then shouldn’t those championships be more spread out? Wouldn’t you expect a team like Georgia or Texas A&M to contend for a championship?Last season the argument was made that the Big Ten conference was made up of Ohio State, who could not participate in the postseason because of sanctions stemming from tattoo-gate, and then everyone else.Couldn’t you make the same argument with Alabama this season?Sure, until someone manages to unseat the SEC as reigning national champions they will remain as the class of college football. But the conference doesn’t need the added hype making it seem better than it is.The gap in talent between conferences is closing, but until the SEC is brought back down to earth things will remain as they are in college football.
Four days before the Buckeyes are scheduled to take the field against Penn State, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took to the Big Ten teleconference to discuss a quality coaching addition, keys to the Penn State matchup and the development of some young Buckeyes.OSU (5-1, 2-0) is set to take on the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) after beating Rutgers, 56-17, last weekend.Meyer said losing Mike Vrabel to the NFL was like losing a key player. “You can’t replace him with a lesser quality coach.” He added that he “pinpointed” Larry Johnson when he first got to OSU, and brought him in after Vrabel left. “He’s done a great job for us.”Meyer said he talked to Johnson about Penn State junior defensive lineman Anthony Zettel. He said Zettel is “a great inside player, pass rusher, spins on contact. He’s an athletic guy playing inside.”He said redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall wasn’t a good practice player last season, and was lazy in the classroom. Meyer said he’s now one of the Buckeyes’ “better practice players” and added that he “does well in school.”More on Marshall: “A gentleman, a guy who represents Ohio State the right way.”Meyer on redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett: “He’s saved our bacon a few times” with his scrambling ability.He said quarterbacks need to have escapability, but don’t need to have world-class speed. “We cannot not have that kind of player again,” he said.Meyer said “everything starts” with the matchup in the trenches. He had specific praise for sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa.He said there are “a bunch” of guys on the defensive line who need to earn more playing time. “It’s time for them to start contributing more,” he said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face-off with Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Roberto Carlos has backed both Brazil and Neymar to star in the upcoming World Cup and believes that they are the favourites to win the tournamentBrazil head into the World Cup hoping to erase the painful memory of their 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.Carlos, who won the World Cup with Brazil back in 2002, is confident that they have the talent at their disposal to be a serious threat in Russia.“Brazil are favourites,” the former Real Madrid defender told Omnisport (via SportsKeeda).“I’m Brazilian, of course I’ll want Brazil to win the World Cup.“I see Brazil playing and I can’t find any other team which is playing like them.“The Brazilian squad is a group, it’s not only Neymar. That’s such a strong group.“And beyond that, they have an extraordinary coach. Brazil is the favourite.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“When you lose a game as we lost in 2014, or having been eliminated in the semis, what I see is that, with this new coach and this squad, it’s time Brazil starts winning again.”Carlos has tipped Brazil to surprise rivals at the World Cup and believes that sides like Spain could be caught out by everybody knowing their style.“One squad with five world titles must win the sixth,” continued the 44 year-old.“Spain has one, but they have a great squad. The thing is that everybody knows how Spain is playing.“Brazil has a new model of playing football. This can be a surprise to the opponents.”Carlos also had some positive word for the injured Neymar and believes that the Paris Saint-Germain forward is on the road to greatness.“Neymar is going the right way,” said Carlos.“It’s a pity about this injury but Neymar is doing everything right to be the best in the world.”
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been banned from driving for 20 months and fined £50,000 after entering a guilty plea for drink-drivingThe 31-year-old attended a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court early today after being detained by police on August 24.The court was how Lloris provided a sample containing 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, which is two times over the legal limit in the United Kingdom.Lloris was spotted by an unmarked police car while driving his Porsche Panamera in the early hours.Prosecutor Henry Fitch claimed that the Frenchman went past a red light before being stopped.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.But Lloris’ lawyer, David Sonn, said that his client had been dining in a restaurant where he received drinks from fellow diners.“On July 15 he was arguably the proudest man on the planet [after France’s World Cup triumph],” Mr Sonn said on BBC.“Just 40 days later, he was arrested. He experienced the indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station overnight.“The spectacular fall from grace is not lost on Mr Lloris,” he said.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation will begin the process of widening the shoulders of the Sterling Highway from MP 97 to 118 starting on Monday, March 25. DOT will be working to widen the highway shoulders and install four large diameter culverts. This project is scheduled to be completed by October 2019. Drivers should expect minor delays in the area during the duration of the project. Construction for the 2019 season will primarily occur at Slikok Tributary, Crooked Creek, and Clam Gulch. The Coal Creek culvert will be replaced as a part of improvements, and the adjacent areas revegetated and restored. Construction work includes pavement removal, unclassified excavation, embankment, grading, paving, stream diversions, stream channel construction, stream bank construction, culvert installation, signing, and striping.
A sign marking the location of the polling station for the Wisconsin presidential primary election is seen at the Milwaukee Police Safety Academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. April 5, 2016. Reuters File PhotoWisconsin, Ohio, California and 10 other states said on Friday they were among 21 states that Russian government hackers targeted in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election in favour of Donald Trump though no votes were changed.The Department of Homeland Security confirmed it had notified the states of the activity but declined to identify them. Russia has denied election meddling, and president Trump has denied any collusion with Russia.Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Texas and Washington state also confirmed they were targeted by Russian hackers but said they were not successful. Arizona and Illinois confirmed last year that they were targets.The Associated Press confirmed Iowa, Maryland, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Oregon, Oklahoma and Virginia were also targets, bringing the total states identified to 21. Those states did not immediately return messages seeking comment late Friday.“There remains no evidence that the Russians altered one vote or changed one registration,” said Judd Choate, president of the U.S. National Association of State Election Directors.Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas said Homeland Security told the states that “Russian government cyber actors” targeted state voter registration systems.Homeland Security officials have said that in most of the 21 states only preliminary activity was observed from hackers and a small number of networks were compromised. Some states had complained in June they had no idea if Russians had attempted to infiltrate their systems.California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday that hackers had scanned state election systems but not breached the system. “It is completely unacceptable that it has taken DHS over a year to inform our office of Russian scanning of our systems, despite our repeated requests for information,” he said.Homeland Security spokesman Scott McConnell said in a statement the government believes “officials should be kept informed about cybersecurity risks to election infrastructure” but also wants to protect “the integrity of investigations and the confidentiality of system owners.”U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded the Kremlin orchestrated an operation that included hacking and online propaganda intended to help Trump win, Reuters reported in August.Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat who co-chairs the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, said Friday in a statement it is “unacceptable that it took almost a year after the election to notify states that their elections systems were targeted.”He said officials must inform states of attempts to enter election systems “just as any homeowner would expect the alarm company to inform them of all break-in attempts, even if the burglar doesn’t actually get inside the house.”Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said DHS told it that its systems were scanned in the weeks before the 2016 election. “A scan is similar to burglars jiggling the doors of a house and moving on when they realise the doors are locked,” the state said.Washington state’s top election official, Kim Wyman, said the state learned in 2016 of attempted intrusions from Russian internet addresses and immediately alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.The list of targets includes battleground states like Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, but other key states like Michigan said Friday they were told they were not targeted. It also included states that were not seriously contested like California and Texas.Wisconsin was one of a handful of battleground Midwestern states that helped Trump win the presidency over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Trump carried the state by 22,748 votes, or about 0.8 of a percentage point. Many of the other states were not seriously in contention in the 2016 race.Several congressional committees are investigating and special counsel Robert Mueller is leading a separate probe into the Russia matter, including whether Moscow colluded with the Trump campaign.
Kolkata: Three youths have been arrested by Bidhannagar North Police Station for committing robbery at a cafe Coffee Day (CCD) outlet in Salt Lake. According to police, one of the accused was an employee of the same outlet. As his one-and-a-half month salary was due, he planned the robbery to get his due money.During investigation, the sleuths had found CCTV footages where three suspected persons were seen. When the CCD employees were shown the footage, they identified one Sankar Das, who was an employee there a few months ago. Later, police obtained Das’ mobile number and started the tracking process. As his mobile phone was switched off, the sleuths could not track his tower location. On Saturday night, Das’ tower location popped up on the screen as soon he switched on his mobile phone. The location of his phone was in Gaighata. Without wasting time, a team comprising members from the Detective Department (DD) and Bidhannagar North Police Station went to Dhakuria in Gaighata and detained Das. Later, Das told police his two friends identified as Biltu Sarkar and Surajit Roy had helped him to commit the crime. The other two youths were also detained from Gaighata area. During interrogation, they admitted to their crime and were arrested on Sunday morning. According to the sources, Das admitted to have come on foot and waited for the shop to open. As Das was an employee, he knew that only one person would be there in the first few hours. As per the plan as soon as the shop opened, Das sent Sarkar and Roy inside to overpower Suvankar Ghosh, the employee who opened the café on that day. Das entered the shop after Ghosh was tied up and looted the cash present. All of them fled on foot. The sleuths have recovered the bags, wearing appeals and mobile phones of the trio. On October 29 morning around 10:30 am, the CCD outlet at AD block was robbed. The trio approximately took Rs 18,000 from the cash box and fled.
French media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi has given Canal Plus chairman Bertrand Meheut the task of undertaking a strategic review of media and content development.Vivendi did not specify the exact nature of Meheut’s remit. He will retain his current responsibilities.Vivendi has also named Jean-Yves Charlier as senior executive vice-president in charge of telecoms activities and head of the group’s strategic review. Charlier is currently CEO of interactive learning specialist Promethean.Vivendi has also confirmed that its management board will now comprise Jean-François Dubos as chairman and Philippe Capron as chief financial officer. Frédéric Crépin, senior vice-president, head of the legal department, has been appointed secretary of Vivendi’s supervisory and management boards, while Mathieu Peyceré, vice-president, human resources, has been promoted to executive vice-president, human resources.The latest executive moves at Vivendi follow the departure of president Jean-Bernard Lévy, leaving the company under the direction of Dubos and supervisory council chief Jean-René Fourtou.
In first grade, I was hospitalized with pneumonia for over a week. I remember having to take an antibiotic syrup that gave me acid reflux. Immediately after I swallowed it, my Korean immigrant mother spoon-fed me a homemade liquid with small pieces of boiled Korean pear (bae), spices, and honey. This was her take on baesuk, a Korean fruit punch/tea, that she brought to the hospital in a thermos. I remember it lulled my stomach and soothed my throat and chest. The Korean-American pediatrician who oversaw my treatment at the hospital told my mom that he wished he had thought about feeding me this concoction first. After I was discharged, I vomited for several days with an upset stomach from all the medicines I had to take. My mom would stay up late, soaking rice in water to make me jook, Korean rice porridge, in the morning. I always associated jook with medicine, as it always magically made my stomach feel better. My mom trusted Western medicine, but she also looked to Korean food remedies to help with prevention and treating my symptoms. Cooking foods to soothe sick children is a ritual for mothers around the world. But in Korea, some foods are widely believed to help treat ailments, boost health and prevent disease.Koreans have been using foods as remedies since the days when monarchs ruled Korea. The best-known written documentation of these culinary remedies is found in Donguibogam (동의보감), edited by the royal physician Heo Jun during the Joseon dynasty in the 17th century. Donguibogam, which translates as “a priceless book of medicines,” consists of 25 volumes — an encyclopedia of sorts — that explore how ailments affect organs and what can be done to treat and prevent diseases. This book is still highly regarded and widely used by Eastern Medicine doctors all over Asia and was added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2009.While the research on the medicinal powers of many of these foods is scant, belief in their curative properties is widespread. Here’s a look at some of the most popular Korean healing dishes.Samgyetang (삼계탕), chicken with ginseng soup: Samgyetang is a soup made with a whole small chicken stuffed with glutinous rice, garlic, red dates (jujube), peeled chestnuts, and ginseng. (Scroll down for the recipe.) It is traditionally consumed hot by Koreans in the summer on the warmest days of the year, because it is believed to help regulate body temperatures. (There is some science to back up this idea.) Many Koreans strongly believe that ginseng warms up the body, especially the stomach, though the science doesn’t seem to support this claim.Kongnamul-guk (콩나물국), soybean sprout soup: This can be served two ways, with Korean chili flakes for a spicy kick or without. It is commonly believed to help cure hangovers in adults. My mom always said the saltiness of the soup, combined with the natural vitamins found in soybean sprouts, helped “clean” the liver and stomach. While the idea of detox diets isn’t backed up by science, scientists in Korea have found some evidence — in rats — that soybeans reduce blood concentrations of acetaldehyde (what alcohol breaks down to as you metabolize it).Miyeok-guk (미역국), seaweed soup: Miyeok-guk is made with a protein broth, most commonly beef broth, and miyeok (미역), or seaweed. In Korea, new moms are given this as part of their recovery diet in the hospital. (It’s why miyeok is symbolically enjoyed on birthdays.) As certified food scientist Jessica Gavin notes, seaweeds can be rich in minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron and iodine – all of which are indeed considered important during pregnancy and lactation. In the U.S., my mom has brought thermoses to the hospital filled with this soup to my aunts after childbirth — and I am sure she’s not the only Korean immigrant who’s done this.Jook (죽), rice porridge: You could compare jook to chicken noodle soup. It’s a Korean staple for the sick, especially those with stomachaches. It’s made by slow-boiling rice that’s been left out to soak in water for many hours. The soft, moist texture of the porridge is easily swallowed and digested — my mother would force-feed me this whenever I was nauseous and couldn’t keep other foods down. Jook would always calm my stomach. Many Koreans mix in different ingredients, such as pumpkin and abalone, and it is often enjoyed for breakfast or when recovering in the hospital.Kimchi (김치), Korean fermented vegetables: Kimchi comes in hundreds of variations. Two types commonly consumed for health benefits are ggakdugi, or spicy radish kimchi, and mul-kimchi, or water kimchi. Mul-kimchi is often served in the summer, chilled, and the light but salty brine is drunk as a refreshment — it is said to hydrate and replenish the body with salts you sweat out. (American athletes have been known to do something similar, despite a lack of scientific evidence to back up the practice.) Ggakdugi often accompanies soups, such as seolleongtang, or oxtail soup, consumed when hungover. My mom always says the spice of kimchi will “wake up your body and mind.”Baesuk (배숙), Korean pear punch/tea: Baesuk is a traditional Korean punch/tea made by poaching or steaming Korean pear (bae; 배) with black peppercorns, honey, and ginger. If served hot, it is commonly used as a remedy for the common cold, sore throat, or cough. The ginger is believed to aid with keeping the body warm, the honey is thought to soothe the throat, and the Korean pear is said to help with digestion. As The Salt has reported, there’s not much science into the healing properties of tea with honey, but doctors speculate that warm drinks might be comforting because they loosen throat phlegm.Yuja-cha (유자차), yuja tea: Yuja-cha is a tea made with yuja marmalade in hot water. Yuja (유자) the fruit is mostly cultivated in Asia, but the marmalade, called yuja-cheong, can be easily found at Korean grocery stores or on Amazon. Yuja fruit tastes a bit like a hybrid between a lemon, an orange and grapefruit; yuja marmalade is both sweet and bitter. The tea is often enjoyed in the winter, to warm you up, or when you are sick with a cold, because it is believed to be especially high in vitamin C. My mother made her own variation of the marmalade at home, substituting lemons for yuja, because according to her, if it was “fresh” it had more vitamin C. (On this point, mom was wrong: According to Gavin, yuja has 2.3 times as much vitamin C as the equivalent amount of raw lemon juice.)Doraji (도라지), bellflower root: My mother used to feed me doraji root cut up into tiny cubes and drowned in honey. When raw, doraji has an incredibly bitter taste and smells somewhat like ginseng. Many grocery and departments stores in Korea sell doraji paste in jars, and it’s often culturally associated with cough relief. Mom made me down a spoonful every day to combat my severe asthma. (My mother might’ve been onto something here: Research into the therapeutic potential of bioactive isolates derived from bellflower root has been increasing.) In Korea, doraji is cooked in myriad ways. It’s believed to help with maintaining a healthy diet and often used in herbal medicines. If you like Korean bibimbap, you’ve most likely eaten doraji – it’s one of the seasoned vegetables commonly used in the dish. (Once cooked and seasoned, it is no longer bitter.)As a child, I questioned why my mother was feeding me all these unusual Korean dishes. But now, I see the true healing properties she stirred into her Korean food remedies: selfless love.Jenna Cho’s Samgyetang Recipe(courtesy of the author’s mother)Ingredients:1 “young chicken” (we use Cornish hen)1 cup glutinous rice, rinse and soak in water for at least 1 hour!Small piece of 1 ginseng root (fresh preferred)5 small dried jujubes5 garlic cloves2 peeled Korean chestnutsBlack pepperSalt for dippingGreen onion, chopped (optional)(Note: Most Korean grocery stores sell a samgyetang dry kit with jujubes, rice, chestnuts and dried ginseng — you just need the chicken and garlic cloves.)Directions:Strain glutinous rice that has been soaked for an hour. Set aside.Remove inside (giblets) of young chicken and wash the chicken, especially the inside, thoroughly.Stuff the chicken with prepared rice, 3 jujubes, 3 garlic cloves, 2 peeled chestnuts and the piece of ginseng. The chicken will be well stuffed, but if you have rice left over, feel free to add it to the broth.Once chicken is stuffed, use wooden toothpick to close the chicken shut. (Sew the toothpick through. You can use multiple toothpicks.)Place the prepared, stuffed chicken in a pot. Add 1 liter of water (until chicken is covered) and throw in the remaining jujubes and garlic cloves. Cover and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes.Turn down the heat and cook for an additional 20 minutes. You can check to see if it is ready by seeing how cooked the rice is — the rice should be soft.Remove the toothpick(s) from the chicken. Garnish with chopped green onion (optional) and black pepper. Serve the soup with chicken in a bowl, with a side of salt to dip the chicken meat. Kimchi is never a bad idea.Eileen W. Cho is a Korean-American photographer and writer based in Paris, France. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
A young disabled woman has been unable to leave a residential home for nearly three weeks because its managers are trying to evict her for complaining about her care, and for her attempts to enjoy a proper social life.Lakhvinder Kaur (pictured), who has spinal muscular atrophy, says she has been “fighting non-stop” for seven years to secure a proper care package that will keep her safe, and allow her to live in her own home, manage her own support, and enjoy the typical social life of a young woman in her 20s.Instead, she has had to move from one inappropriate care home and supported living setting to another since she turned 21. Her current care home has raised objections to her organising birthday parties, and occasionally inviting friends over for late-night drinks.It has also objected to the 28-year-old’s demands that she be supported by female staff who are properly trained to assist with her personal care needs.Because she has nowhere else to go, and fears moving to another care home that she believes is unsafe for her – which her council insists is suitable – Kaur is refusing to leave the building.Managers at the home say they will change the security code on the entrance if she leaves the building, and have already tried twice – unsuccessfully – to persuade the police to evict her.The care home’s threat – and her lack of a support package – means she is unable to attend the funeral of her cousin, who died last week in Wales.She has also now been told that staff will only provide her with reheated frozen food – which puts her health at risk – until she leaves.Kaur says the forced move to a second care home would put her social life, her job – and her life – at risk.She is being supported by the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida and two of its co-founders, Michelle Daley and Eleanor Lisney.They say her “shocking” story “raises serious questions about not just the quality and services of many care homes across the country – particularly for people who are scared to speak out about their conditions – but about how their customers are respected and valued”.All she wants, she says, is to live in her own home with her own tenancy, with a package of direct payments that reflects her significant support needs and allows her to employ and manage her own well-trained support staff.But she is now being forced to move to yet another care home, one she believes is so inaccessible that it puts her safety at risk, and even though its managers have said they do not believe they can meet her high support needs.In a complaint she has lodged with Newham council, she says: “As an Asian disabled woman, being forced to live in a care home or supported living dehumanises me and disconnects me from my community and the everyday life of society, and hinders any aspirations and life chance opportunities I may have.“This is my cry for help – I refuse to move from one care home to another care home.”She currently receives just three-and-a-half hours of support a day, and another one-and-a-half hours at night, which means she only has enough support while at work for care home staff to take her there, support her to use the toilet just once, and then bring her home again at the end of her shift.She was even told by her social worker that instead of receiving the support she needs to use the toilet, she should use incontinence pads or have a catheter fitted, even though she does not have a problem with incontinence.The care home where she currently lives wants to evict her because it cannot cope with her demand that the staff who provide her care must be appropriately trained, which involves learning the strict, step-by-step routines that are needed to keep her healthy and safe.Managers at the home have also said they cannot cope with her attempts at enjoying a social life.They complained that she organised a birthday barbecue last year, which took place in the building’s car park and was attended by friends and fellow residents.They also complained that she invited 20 friends to her flat for a late-night party, and that she has had friends visit her after her “curfew”.Kaur said: “They have given me a ‘curfew’ of midnight, but I work, my friends work and sometimes we finish at 11pm.“It has happened three times while I have been here that my visitors have left at 4am.“I am 28 years old, not 12. I feel like I have lost out on my 20s.”She fears the council’s failure to provide her with the support package she needs will make it impossible to continue with her customer service job in the hotel industry.Her boss – who she says has been very understanding – has placed her on annual leave while she tries to secure a reasonable support package and an accessible place to live.The care home that the council want her to move to is even further from her friends and family, and she says it is unsafe and inaccessible.The bathroom is too small for the equipment she uses, and has no step-free shower, and the system to call for assistance is inaccessible to her, so she will be unable to call to be turned in bed at night, which must be done to prevent fluid draining into her lungs and causing potentially fatal chest infections.There is also no specialist bed, which she needs to support herself, and she would be unable to operate the locking system on the door to her room.Even the main entrance to the home would be inaccessible to her without assistance.Daley and Lisney told DNS that, as a young disabled Asian woman, the discrimination she is facing “crosses many equality strands”, and violates both article six (on disabled women) and article 19 (on independent living) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.They said they believed that her experience was “not a one-off” and “reinforces what we already know, that when residents speak up about poor and unfair services they are highly likely to be evicted. “It’s easy to evict a care home resident because they have no tenancy agreement. They are basically living under a hotel service.“The reality is that a care home owner does not want complaining customers.”They questioned why she was not being offered the opportunity “to live in her own home and have her own care package, which she has control of”.They added: “The worrying thing here is the local authority appears to be not taking its responsibilities seriously.“Their recommendation is to refer Laki to another care home, which Laki believes will put her health and safety at risk.“Laki is a young disabled Asian woman who has particular concerns, based on her needs and identity, which must be taken seriously and should not be ignored.“One of the things which led to her eviction was that she requested female staff, and for them to be trained in assisting with her personal care needs.“By doing so she has been labelled as problematic – this is shocking!”They said they feared the situation she is facing increases the risk of harm to her health and well-being, and could lead to her losing her job.They said: “She is in fear that if she leaves the care home she will not be able to regain access because the key code will be changed.“She has been told to present herself as homeless, but how can she do this when her care package is locked into the care home and she fears that she will have no-one to assist with her personal care needs?“This is a horrible story which we would not be expecting to read about in the UK.“Newham is a flagship borough for its work on inclusion and in this case we are disappointed that it has seriously let down one of its residents.” A spokeswoman for the care home said in a statement: “Providing residents with the most appropriate package of care is core to the ethos of our business.“In this case the needs of one service user need to be balanced with the safe and efficient operation of the home for all other users.“We have been working closely with the local authority which has found alternative accommodation with the necessary support that better suit the service user’s needs.”A Newham council spokeswoman said: “We have been working closely with Ms Kaur to ensure the care and support she receives meets her needs.“She has an allocated social worker who has been supporting her to review all her options.“We know she wants to live independently and this is something we are actively exploring. “She has highly complex care needs and finding a solution to enable her to live independently in the community is not easy.“We are investigating whether direct payments could assist with this and will update Ms Kaur once we have completed all our assessments.“The current accommodation we have found for her is an interim measure until there is a long-term plan in place.“A full assessment has been completed on the interim accommodation sourced for her and was found by the provider to be suitable for her needs. We will carry out an additional review of this accommodation.”But Kaur said: “I am totally devastated by the way my case is being treated.“I am being placed out of borough and being forced to live in a care home with people three times my age, placing me at risk of losing my job and forcing me to compromise my health, safety and well-being.”
Nina Zipkin 5 min read Microsoft announced today that it bought LinkedIn in a $26.2 billion deal, the tech giant’s largest acquisition in its 41-year history by a wide margin. So what value does Microsoft see in the professional social networking site?LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, who is staying on in his role and will report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, wrote in an open letter to his employees that the plan is “to operate LinkedIn as a fully independent entity within Microsoft, a model used with great success by companies like YouTube, Instagram and WhatsApp.”Related: Why Microsoft ‘Trolling’ Apple’s WWDC16 Conference Is a Brilliant Business MoveAs a basis of comparison, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion 10 years ago. Facebook ultimately paid $715 million for Instagram back in 2012 and most notably bought WhatsApp two years ago for a sizable $19 billion. This new deal between Microsoft and LinkedIn not only surpasses those three examples, but there is also that big gulf between this purchase and the tech giant’s second biggest acquisition to date — its $8.5 billion purchase of Skype in 2011.In an email of his own, Nadella explained his vision for the partnership. “With the new growth in our Office 365 commercial and Dynamics businesses this deal is key to our bold ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes. Think about it: How people find jobs, build skills, sell, market and get work done and ultimately find success requires a connected professional world. It requires a vibrant network that brings together a professional’s information in LinkedIn’s public network with the information in Office 365 and Dynamics.”Related: Microsoft Will Soon Spawn a Classroom Edition of MinecraftAnalysts who spoke with Entrepreneur tend to agree with Nadella’s view.Scott Denne, a research analyst at 451 Research, says “by acquiring LinkedIn, Microsoft believes it can leverage the world’s most used business network to basically drive usage of its already widely used apps for business professionals.” But since Windows isn’t the monopoly it once was, Denne says that “Microsoft can’t rely on that to secure the future of its office products,” so it makes sense that Microsoft is moving to integrate LinkedIn with those enterprise applications, and use that information to power business-to-business sales and marketing.Related: Microsoft and NASA Team Up to Take You on a Tour of MarsHowever, he thinks that whatever integration will take place will roll out very slowly as to avoid alienating users. “The last thing [Microsoft will] want to do is start scaring off LinkedIn’s current audience.”But that could happen anyway. Forrester analyst Dan Bieler noted that while the deal could go a long way towards bolstering Microsoft’s social networking offerings, “there will be LinkedIn users that are not keen to become sucked into the Microsoft ecosystem as part of their social collaboration activities.”Related: The One Thing You’re Doing Wrong on LinkedInSanchit Vir Gogia, chief analyst and CEO at Greyhound Research, says he believes LinkedIn’s 49 percent increase in mobile users over the last year was very appealing to Microsoft. “The intent here is to drive more mobile ad revenue and build more platforms, which will use the capabilities of [products such as] Office 365 and extend these marketing solutions that already are there with LinkedIn.”However, Bieler cautions that LinkedIn isn’t going to be a cure all when it comes to Microsoft’s mobile woes either. “Microsoft’s weak position in mobile ecosystems could dramatically undermine LinkedIn’s longer-term opportunities. If Microsoft underestimates the mobile dimension for LinkedIn, the future for LinkedIn could be very questionable. Users are fickle and there is no loyalty to outdated social media platforms.”Related: 18 Tips to Create Your Perfect LinkedIn Profile (Infographic)But Denne says that while Google Drive and some of Google’s other enterprise offerings are certainly a threat to Microsoft, the LinkedIn buy “gives Microsoft a potential set of capabilities and features that Google just doesn’t have and is unlikely to ever be able to get. It definitely gives Microsoft a little bit of an edge.”Looking ahead, Gogia believes that while the move puts Microsoft in league with Google and Facebook, the Windows maker is going to have to perhaps make another deal to cement its place in the mobile arena. “Google and Facebook have invested tremendously in mobile ad networks, whereas Microsoft has absolutely nobody, so I would assume next that they would go out and acquire a company to be able to make up for that.” Related: 5 Ways to Stop Embarrassing Yourself on LinkedInGene Marks, president of the Marks Group, a company that sells customer relationship management systems including Microsoft products, characterized CRMs as a market worth $24 billion, and says that this move is a big one that puts Microsoft ahead of the game — and not just with Google, but with major competitor Salesforce.”This is a huge value add that will separate [Microsoft] from what Salesforce offers. The biggest failing these [CRM] systems have is that they are not integrated with social media at all,” Marks says. “If [you] had a conversation on LinkedIn, none of that would go into the CRM. [That information] is all off on another island. … I always thought that LinkedIn was going to go into the CRM business. But they were bought by Microsoft.” –shares Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Entrepreneur Staff June 13, 2016 Add to Queue What Does Microsoft Stand to Gain From its $26.2 Billion Acquisition of LinkedIn? Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Microsoft Register Now »
BlueCrest, a global technology provider of innovative, secure, and agile solutions that effectively and efficiently deliver high value client communications and parcels, recently won two Direct Commerce Awards. The Direct Commerce Association (DCA) awarded BlueCrest with the “Outstanding Customer Experience (B2B) Direct Commerce Award” and the “Best Exploitation of Technology” award for companies with annual sales over £25m.“Outstanding Customer Experience (B2B) Direct Commerce Award”he “Outstanding Customer Experience (B2B)” award was given to BlueCrest for its reinvention of customer service to drive long-term value. BlueCrest touts a pioneering approach to solve the challenges facing the traditional print and digital communications market. BlueCrest demonstrated success in delivering outstanding customer experiences through its exceptionally high service levels, its partnership with customers to drive reduction in costs, its dedication to providing easier routes to faster, better technology, and its improved contact center and spare parts ordering touch points—all of which was maintained during a major company transformation. Highlighting this success was the near-doubling of BlueCrest’s customer NPS scores in the UK over an 18-month period.Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile CommerceThe “Best Exploitation of Technology” award for companies with annual sales over £25m was given to BlueCrest for its demonstrated ability to collaborate with clients and extract value from existing technology while enabling new technological investments. By moving away from sales-led interactions and focusing more on outcome-based services and partnerships with clients, BlueCrest was better able to align themselves with client objectives. The strategy started with looking to make the most of the client’s existing assets first, then considered ways to leverage new technology where the business fit made sense based on the expected outcomes for the client. This strategic shift earned a trusted partnership with a key UK-based client who went on to reduce costs and secure business wins.Direct Commerce Association Direct Commerce Association (DCA) was founded in 2004 by retail business owners who were keen to establish a forum for sharing and exchanging expertise and insight. DCA actively supports many member companies by making recommendations of known, quality suppliers in the UK and overseas. DCA also refers legal issues to DCA’s legal advisors, provides quality training workshops, and writes white papers spanning many key topics. DCA also facilitates a series of quality regional and national events each year which enable members to network, gain inspiration, update skills, and share insight. DCA’s role is to consistently ensure that every member company’s executives have access to the support and information needed to enable them to progress and make informed decisions.Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking PlatformsBlueCrest – Where Message Meets MomentumBlueCrest, formerly the Document Messaging Technologies (DMT) division of Pitney Bowes, is an independent technology company with a long tradition of global leadership in enterprise print, mail, and customer communications. With the industry’s most comprehensive line of printers, inserters, sorters and parcel solutions – and a renewed commitment to providing innovative software – BlueCrest serves clients around the world.Marketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa Cup BlueCrest Wins Two Direct Commerce Awards Business WireJuly 5, 2019, 6:02 pmJuly 5, 2019 BlueCrestcustomer experienceDirect Commerce AssociationMarketing Technology NewsNewsOutstanding Customer Experience (B2B) Previous ArticleM-Files Makes Microsoft Office 365 the Single Point of Access to All Enterprise InformationNext ArticleKibo Announces Enhanced B2B Features to eCommerce Platform
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 26 2019A common metric for monitoring kidney health may not accurately represent the kidney function of Indian patients. However, tweaks to an older assessment formula may better measure kidney health in this patient population, according to new research presented today at the 2019 American Physiological Society (APS)/American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Conference, Control of Renal Function in Health and Disease in Charlottesville, Va.Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a measure of how well the kidneys remove waste from the blood. It is used in clinical settings as an indicator of chronic kidney disease. The gold standard to measure GFR requires use of radioisotopes. Because of that, doctors usually test patients’ blood for a waste product called creatinine and then enter those results into a formula with other factors such as age, sex and weight to determine an estimate of GFR. There are multiple formulae to estimate GFR, but the most common are based on data from Western populations.Related StoriesOne-fifth of U.S. surgeons still ‘overusing’ riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study findsArtificial intelligence can help accurately predict acute kidney injury in burn patientsMetabolomics may be key to identifying diabetes-related kidney diseaseNoting that many developing populations have higher fat-to-muscle tissue ratios for a given body mass index, researchers sought to determine the more accurate method to estimate GFR in Indians. They used the gold standard radioisotope method to measure GFR in 24 healthy Indian volunteers, 11 men and 13 women. They then evaluated different estimation formulae based on the radioisotope results. This included variations of the formulae using measures of lean mass in place of body weight. They determined lean mass via dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. DEXA scans measure tissue density and are also commonly used to measure bone density and test for osteoporosis.The researchers found the closest agreement to the radioisotope results came from the Cockcroft–Gault formula, with a substitution of lean mass in place of weight. The Cockcroft–Gault formula was developed in 1973 and is less used today than two newer formulae called the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration equation and the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease equation, neither of which provided results that were as accurate in this study as the modified Cockcroft–Gault formula.The researchers note that a larger study is necessary to fully validate this method, especially considering the added use of a full-body scan. However, “use of body composition parameters for estimating GFR may improve clinical practice in Indian patients,” they said.Anjali Kulkarni, MD, of BARC Hospital in Mumbai, India, will present the poster “Improvement in estimates of GFR by using lean mass as compared to body weight in Indians: pilot study” on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Pavilion III of the Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville, Va. Source:American Physiological Society