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first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After New England held off the struggling New York Jets, usually reserved Patriots coach Bill Belichick praised two of his players who have dealt with some tough times.Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the Patriots’ 27-25 win over the Jets on Oct. 16.This time, the defensive tackle didn’t commit a penalty as he did last season on Folk’s failed 56-yard try in overtime that gave the kicker another chance — a 42-yarder that gave the Jets a 30-27 win.“It was so fitting that he made that play” on Oct. 16, Belichick said. “That was awesome.”Danny Amendola hasn’t lived up to the $28.5 million, five-year contract he signed before last season but caught a 19-yard touchdown pass — just his fifth reception this season — that gave the Patriots a 27-19 lead.“Nobody works harder than Danny,” Belichick said. “He’s a really competitive kid, tough.”That the outcome wasn’t decided until the final play was a surprise.The Jets hadn’t won since their opener and Geno Smith was last in passer rating in the NFL. But he completed 20 of 34 passes for 226 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.“We can take a lot of positives from this,” New York wide receiver Eric Decker said, “but at this point we need a win, period.”The Jets (1-6) dropped their sixth straight game, the longest losing streak in Rex Ryan’s six years as coach.“We’re not going to sit here and sulk about losing the games because that’s going to make things worse,” Smith said.The Patriots (5-2) have a 1 1/2-game lead in the AFC East over Buffalo.“We started off the year 0-1 so 5-1 since is not bad,” said Tom Brady, who threw three touchdown passes and has nine with no interceptions in his last three games. “Hopefully, we can be a lot better.”(HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgOn October 29th at 2 PM ET, Chelsea Clinton and Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, will host a Twitter Q&A via @ClintonFDN on the state of maternal health around the globe.This Q&A is part of a series of live and virtual conversations hosted by No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a Clinton Foundation initiative led by Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to advance full participation for women and girls around the world.Your voice is critical to these conversations. Please join this Twitter Q&A and tweet your questions to @ClintonFDN using #MaternalHealth.last_img


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, November 4, 2017 – Philadelphia – United By Blue (UBB), the sustainable outdoor apparel and lifestyle brand with a mission to remove a pound of trash from the earth’s oceans and waterways for every product sold, is announcing their second annual Blue Friday event.   The Black Friday alternative is UBB’s nationwide initiative to encourage individuals to get outside for one hour to perform a DIY cleanup in their neighborhood or local park in lieu of Black Friday shopping.“I love the simplicity of cleanups.   On a day usually filled with complicated travel plans or frantic shopping, it’s especially important to schedule quiet time,” says Kelly Offner, United By Blue’s Director of Cleanups.   “This Blue Friday, we’re asking our customers and volunteers to come together as a community to serve the environment.”Last year, UBB announced their inaugural Blue Friday campaign with great success.   This year, UBB has decided to multiply their efforts tenfold with plans to distribute 3,000 cleanup kits across the country.   Each kit will include a pair of gloves, two trash bags (one for recycling and one for the landfill), a quick cleanup how-to guide, and a #bluemovement bandana made with 100% organic cotton.Sales and cleanups have always gone hand-in-hand at UBB (the company hosted their first cleanup the same week they sold their first T-shirt), and Blue Friday aligns perfectly with that mindset.   Since its founding in 2010, United By Blue has removed 1,046,530 pounds of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways through company-organized cleanups.   The company has hosted 207 cleanups in 27 states and Canada.Instead of writing checks or accepting donations, United By Blue rallies their team, partners, and volunteers to pick up plastic bottles, tires, even the occasional abandoned truck from rivers, streams, and waterways.   While Blue Friday will not count toward United By Blue’s mission to remove a pound of trash toward every product sold, the team is excited to show customers that it doesn’t take much more than a trash bag, a pair of gloves, and a little time to make a big impact on our oceans and waterways.“We care about more than just the dollars. We care about our oceans and have a sincere desire to leave the world better than we inherited it,” says United By Blue’s CEO and founder, Brian Linton.   “The outpour of support we’ve received for Blue Friday makes it even clearer that we all have the power to make a measurable impact.”UBB is also working with 20 outdoor retailers, who will distribute 500 cleanup kits in stores nationwide.Those interested in participating can go to unitedbyblue.com/bluefriday to purchase a cleanup kit ($5 with free shipping) and register their cleanup location.   United By Blue will also be collecting Blue Friday cleanup stats and rewarding one lucky trash picker with a $550 prize pack.   Cleanup kits must be ordered by 11/20 to ensure delivery before Blue Friday.“I can’t wait to watch the Blue Movement spread across the country as volunteers use our kits to restore their local waterways to their most pristine and natural state,” says Offner.Release: United By Blue Related Items:last_img read more


first_imgNews, analysis and opinion pieces are what FT readers want from the brand on social media, although when on Facebook, these consumers also like to see offers or competitions. According to the FT, about 20 percent of its traffic in the last six months came from social media, a medium that “is growing faster than every other traffic source at FT.com. The volume of visits to FT.com driven by social media is at the highest level ever.”What do these numbers mean? According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, 66 percent of online adults use Facebook; 20 percent uses LinkedIn and 16 percent use Twitter. About 83 percent of adults aged 18-29 use Facebook, with the second highest group being 30-49-year-olds at 72 percent. FT readers are on average 41 years old. However, based on the data from Pew, the majority of its social audience is likely a younger demographic than its typical subscriber (digital or otherwise)—a group that is not only coveted for advertisers, but likely enticing for its future growth. Young adults are less likely to pay for content, though they’re more likely to share it. The puzzle for The Financial Times to solve will be the conversion of their young social media followers into paying subscribers. T.J. Raphael is a FOLIO: magazine Associate Editor. Follow her on Twitter. More people interact with business newspaper The Financial Times through social media than directly with the brand, according to a recent infographic released by the publication.In late July, The Financial Times’ digital subscribers grew to about 300,000 paying readers, an increase of about 31 percent when compared to the same time in 2011, with the publication’s total circulation increasing to almost 600,000.Meanwhile, the FT social community reaches 3.9 million people—2.2 million on Twitter, 1.3 million on Google+, 430,000 on Facebook and a surprising 18,000 on LinkedIn. To put this into perspective, there are about 500 percent more people interacting with the brand on social media than there are paying for its content.last_img read more


first_imgWhat’s somewhat subversive is that you can glean a worldview from its stories. You don’t just get an information dump, you also get how smart people are thinking about events—so if you’re at a cocktail party, you can impart opinion as well as fact.Whatever it is, it’s working. This space has a lot of success stories. The Economist is one of the smartest marketing organizations in media, and its editorial content always is engaging and thought-provoking. The New Yorker and The Atlantic are as good as it gets, anywhere. Time Magazine enjoyed a very strong year editorially in the last 12 months. But The Week has notched some impressive wins. According to Guehl:Print revenue for the first half of 2017 is up by 12 percent.Overall brand revenue for the first half is up by five percent.Advertising has grown by double digits this year, even as the category, according to Guehl, has declined by 17 percent.Circulation is 573,684, significantly more than its ratebase promise, and comes at a time when some competitors have seen major declines.What’s more, the circulation is 100 percent paid, unlike magazine brands that increasingly mix in verified and other forms of non-paid circulation.And the subscription price is robust: Anywhere from $59 to $79 or thereabouts, or 25 issues for $1.19 per issue. “The loyalty of the audience has always been a key,” Guehl says. “We’re not trying to have an artificial ratebase. That’s one of the things that stands out in 2017.”Adds The Week’s executive vice president of consumer marketing and products, Sara O’Connor, “I think with The Week it comes back to the product. We have something that people need—there’s a benefit there. There’s a lot going on. There’s a lot of content and news, and The Week provides something for smart busy people.”Guehl notes that The Week has been very successful with advertising, pointing out that brands like Breitling, American Express Platinum, Dell, and Morgan Stanley have come into the print magazine this year, and Charles Schwab, Showtime, Liberty Mutual, and NBC News have come into the digital side. And full-issue takeovers were sold to Emirates and Morgan Stanley. “Print is the only medium where people are not actively trying to avoid ads,” Guehl says. “There are still advertisers that want to tap into that.”They may also want to tap into the subscriber’s resources. Guehl says The Week’s reader is in his or her mid 40s (the brand skews male by 60/40), lives in a major city and has an average household income of $160,000.In the end, both O’Connor and Guehl say, The Week has a formula that readers find valuable, and it sticks to that formula. “We’re not trying to chase the next shiny thing,” Guehl says. “Our strength is our consistency.”“We’re this safe space where readers can come and get everything they need to know, and we make sense of everything that’s going on,” O’Connor adds. One of the interesting things about the last several years in magazine media is that no one really seems to know how to accurately read the trends. We see the data about declines in ad pages, declines in folio sizes, declines in newsstand sales, declines in frequencies. We read about unrelenting layoffs and downsizings. There’s a pretty clear contextual narrative. But something else also happens on a regular basis. Media brands—sometimes print magazines—share stories of success, seemingly in the face of that clear contextual narrative.One of those brands is The Week, the 16-year-old weekly news magazine that’s barely changed since the late Felix Dennis launched it in 2001. Even if you haven’t seen The Week in a few years, you recognize the style of the covers, the cheeky headlines, the interior architecture and the inclusive nature of the curation. The Week might be a distillation of the news, a compendium with no real original reporting, but it’s also a smart, well edited, light, bright and tight read—and it’s thriving.“It’s designed to be concise for time-pressed people,” says vice president of publishing John Guehl, who shared some of the brand’s wins—as well as the strategies behind those wins— at a recent meeting. “There is a finishability to it.”Unlike all the other media brands operating in The Week’s category, including The Economist, The New Yorker, Time, Businessweek and others, only The Week is a pure summary. It gives you a quick perspective on what all of those brands as well as many others are thinking about current events. Stories are mostly no longer than a few hundred words, and it’s all wrapped into a small folio of no more than 44 pages and no more than 10 ads per issue.last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Youth Soccer will hold its 7th Annual Field Day and 3v3 Tournament on Sunday, September 9, 2018 (rain date September 16th) from 10am to 4pm at the Shawsheen School fields.As part of Field Day, Wilmington Youth Soccer will be holding its Annual 3v3 Soccer Tournament. All athletes from Grades 1-8 are welcome; players do not have to be enrolled in Wilmington Youth Soccer to participate. Teams can include 3 to 6 players with a registration fee of $100 per team – which includes Field Day entry for all players and coaches. All players will receive a tournament patch. For more information or to register, visit http://wilmingtonyouthsoccer.org.Proceeds will benefit the Wilmington Youth Soccer Association.(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington Youth Soccer.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING SOON: Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Field Day & 3v3 Tournament Set For September 15In “Community”Wilmington Youth Soccer Announces Field Day & 3v3 Tournament For September 15In “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer Announces Field Day & 3v3 Tournament For September 10In “Sports”last_img read more


first_imgWhat happens when two of the most prominent names from the two most glamorous fields come together? Fans and social media goes berserk. The same happened when rumours of former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen being more than ‘just good friends’ with sensational Pak cricketer Wasim Akram started doing the rounds.Sushmita Sen and Wasim Akram met on the sets of a reality show the two were judging and apparently sparks flew between the two. However, since Wasim was still a married man, it couldn’t go any further. But, after the death of his wife Huma in 2009, Sushmita and Wasim allegedly came closer. The duo were spotted together at several occasions but never commented on their relationship status. Some reports had even suggested that the duo was considering the possibility of a live-in relationship too.As per a report in HT, it was Wasim Akram’s jealousy that made their relationship go kaput. Sushmita Sen’s glamorous lifestyle and busy schedule made Wasim insecure and unsure about their future together. Sushmita’s alleged closeness with Lalit Modi was another reason behind the couple heading for splitsville.In a chat with DNA, Sen had said, “I am extremely fond of Wasim. But if I start having an affair with every man I am friends with… Being in a relationship is a big deal and the day I am in one, I will surely tell everyone. I won’t keep people guessing.”In an interview with PTI, Wasim had said, “I am really fed up with these rumours and speculations made in the media. I decided to take a year off from the Indian Premier League because I wanted to give time to my two sons who are growing up and need their father close to them. Right now my entire focus is on spending quality time with them. There is no plan in my life now to get married.”Sushmita Sen is currently dating model Rohman Shawl.last_img read more


first_imgThe lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley. Reuters file photoAnti-secrecy group WikiLeaks on Tuesday published what it said were thousands of pages of internal CIA discussions about hacking techniques used over several years, renewing concerns about the security of consumer electronics and embarrassing yet another US intelligence agency.The discussion transcripts showed that CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc iPhones, Google Inc Android devices and other gadgets in order to capture text and voice messages before they were encrypted with sophisticated software.Cyber security experts disagreed about the extent of the fallout from the data dump, but said a lot would depend on whether WikiLeaks followed through on a threat to publish the actual hacking tools that could do damage.Reuters could not immediately verify the contents of the published documents, but several contractors and private cyber security experts said the materials, dated between 2013 and 2016, appeared to be legitimate.A longtime intelligence contractor with expertise in US hacking tools told Reuters the documents included correct “cover” terms describing active cyber programs.Among the most noteworthy WikiLeaks claims is that the Central Intelligence Agency, in partnership with other US and foreign agencies, has been able to bypass the encryption on popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal.The files did not indicate the actual encryption of Signal or other secure messaging apps had been compromised.The information in what WikiLeaks said were 7,818 web pages with 943 attachments appears to represent the latest breach in recent years of classified material from US intelligence agencies.Security experts differed over how much the disclosures could damage US cyber espionage. Many said that, while harmful, they do not compare to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 of mass NSA data collection.“This is a big dump about extremely sophisticated tools that can be used to target individual user devices … I haven’t yet come across the mass exploiting of mobile devices,” said Tarah Wheeler, senior director of engineering and principal security advocate for Symantec.Stuart McClure, CEO of Cylance, an Irvine, California, cyber security firm, said that one of the most significant disclosures shows how CIA hackers cover their tracks by leaving electronic trails suggesting they are from Russia, China and Iran rather than the United States.Other revelations show how the CIA took advantage of vulnerabilities that are known, if not widely publicized.In one case, the documents say, US and British personnel, under a program known as Weeping Angel, developed ways to take over a Samsung smart television, making it appear it was off when in fact it was recording conversations in the room.The CIA and White House declined comment. “We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents,” CIA spokesman Jonathan Liu said in a statement.Google declined to comment on the purported hacking of its Android platform, but said it was investigating the matter.Snowden on Twitter said the files amount to the first public evidence that the US government secretly buys software to exploit technology, referring to a table published by WikiLeaks that appeared to list various Apple iOS flaws purchased by the CIA and other intelligence agencies.Apple Inc did not respond to a request for comment.The documents refer to means for accessing phones directly in order to catch messages before they are protected by end-to-end encryption tools like Signal.Signal inventor Moxie Marlinspike said he took that as “confirmation that what we’re doing is working.” Signal and the like are “pushing intelligence agencies from a world of undetectable mass surveillance to a world where they have to use expensive, high-risk, extremely targeted attacks.”CIA CYBER PROGRAMSThe CIA in recent years underwent a restructuring to focus more on cyber warfare to keep pace with the increasing digital sophistication of foreign adversaries. The spy agency is prohibited by law from collecting intelligence that details domestic activities of Americans and is generally restricted in how it may gather any US data for counterintelligence purposes.The documents published Tuesday appeared to supply specific details to what has been long-known in the abstract: US intelligence agencies, like their allies and adversaries, are constantly working to discover and exploit flaws in any manner of technology products.Unlike the Snowden leaks, which revealed the NSA was secretly collecting details of telephone calls by ordinary Americans, the new WikiLeaks material did not appear to contain material that would fundamentally change what is publicly known about cyber espionage.WikiLeaks, led by Julian Assange, said its publication of the documents on the hacking tools was the first in a series of releases drawing from a data set that includes several hundred million lines of code and includes the CIA’s “entire hacking capacity.”The documents only include snippets of computer code, not the full programs that would be needed to conduct cyber exploits.WikiLeaks said it was refraining from disclosing usable code from CIA’s cyber arsenal “until a consensus emerges on the technical and political nature of the C.I.A.’s program and how such ‘weapons’ should be analyzed, disarmed and published.”US intelligence agencies have said that Wikileaks has ties to Russia’s security services. During the 2016 US presidential campaign, Wikileaks published internal emails of top Democratic Party officials, which the agencies said were hacked by Moscow as part of a coordinated influence campaign to help Republican Donald Trump win the presidency.WikiLeaks has denied ties to Russian spy agencies.Trump praised WikiLeaks during the campaign, often citing hacked emails it published to bolster his attacks on Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.WikiLeaks said on Tuesday that the documents showed that the CIA hoarded serious security vulnerabilities rather than share them with the public, as called for under a process established by President Barack Obama.Rob Knake, a former official who dealt with the issue under Obama, said he had not seen evidence in what was published to support that conclusion.The process “is not a policy of unilateral disarmament in cyberspace. The mere fact that the CIA may have exploited zero-day [previously undisclosed] vulnerabilities should not surprise anyone,” said Knake, now at the Council on Foreign Relations.US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they did not know where WikiLeaks might have obtained the material.In a press release, the group said, “The archive appears to have been circulated among former US government hackers and contractors in an unauthorized manner, one of whom has provided WikiLeaks with portions of the archive.”US intelligence agencies have suffered a series of security breaches, including Snowden’s.In 2010, US military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning provided more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to Wikileaks.Last month, former NSA contractor Harold Thomas Martin was indicted on charges of taking highly sensitive government materials over a course of 20 years, storing the secrets in his home.last_img read more


first_imgHouston’s in celebration mode as Astros fans welcome back their championship team! On Friday’s edition of Houston Matters, thousands are expected to turn out for today’s festivities in downtown Houston. We bring you live updates leading up to the parade.News 88.7’s Brien Straw joins us live from downtown Houston to describe the atmosphere, and News 88.7’s Florian Martin will check in with us from the parade route downtown. Then, Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse joins us in the studio along with Jeff Balke, our regular weekly sports commentator who writes for the Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. They discuss the last time Houston held a celebration of this magnitude around a huge sports win, the decision by HISD to cancel classes, how a championship impacts the attitudes of Houston sports fans and its players, and much more.Also this hour: We preview the National Women’s Conference. Our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad And The Ugly of this week’s news. And we meet the longtime public address announcer for the Astros, Bob Ford.Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. 00:00 /61:41 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xlast_img read more


first_imgNeed a home office? You can rent one at a stranger’s house << Previous PostNext Post >> LONDON — If you’re a home-based agent who’s in dire need of some extra work space, you’re in luck! The latest trend in shared accommodations has people renting out their home offices and even seats at their kitchen table to those in search of a bit more elbow room.The rise of self-employment and soaring office costs are fuelling demand for shared office space in metropolitan areas, with a handful of firms renting workspace by the hour, similar to the way Airbnb offers overnight stays. Vrumi, founded in 2015, says it has 5,000 registered users and 120,000 square feet of rentable workspace across the U.K. London-based Spacehop joined the market last year, as did Breather, a four-year-old company that operates in the U.S. and Canada.It’s the latest development of the so-called sharing economy, where those looking for extra cash are generating income any way they can with the help of the internet and smartphone apps. Space itself has become a commodity, with people renting their driveways to commuters searching for parking, attics to apartment dwellers in need of storage and garden plots to those who want to grow their own tomatoes.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedBoxful in Hong Kong promises to declutter your life by collecting and storing unneeded belongings. In Spain, LetMeSpace provides a marketplace to rent out anything from parking spaces to unused storage. Pubs are renting out space in the morning to people looking for peace to work, said Catherine Cottney, manager of trends at business research firm Mintel.“It’s the final frontier,” Cottney said. “People are recognizing the worth of space and they’re looking to maximize that.”With an abundance of investors and a computer-literate entrepreneurial population, the U.K. is driving the trend in Europe. In Britain, platform revenues more than tripled to 850 million pounds ($1.1 billion) in the three years through 2015, according to a study by PwC. Peer-to-peer accommodation, which includes shared office space as well as overnight stays like Airbnb, accounted for 27% of that total. Globally, PwC estimates that revenues in the sharing economy were about $15 billion in 2015.The move toward new workspaces dovetails with changes in the workplace itself.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsCary Cooper, an expert on workplace issues at Alliance Manchester Business School, said he’s surprised the Airbnb model didn’t come to office space sooner, and he believes it will grow as millennials seek flexibility and others seek to make a living.For example, Lavinia Osbourne started her own financial counselling business in the wake of the global economic crisis but found working at home was too difficult when she needed to meet clients. She struggled to find peace and quiet working in coffee shops and hotel lobbies.Her solution? Renting a seat at Claire Brynteson’s dining table, as advertised on Spacehop, where filmmakers, entrepreneurs and novelists sit down to work with other creative people. There, for 22 pounds a day, she gets one of eight places at the table, Wi-Fi, and access to the kitchen and bathroom.Fringe benefits include sliding glass doors that look out over a tree-lined garden and visits from Coco, the family cat. Posted by Share Travelweek Group With file from The Associated Press Thursday, March 2, 2017 Tags: Spherelast_img read more