TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham eyeing Leicester fullback Danny Simpsonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing Leicester City fullback Danny Simpson.The Mirror says Cottagers boss Claudio Ranieri wants a Leicester reunion with Simpson to help Fulham ‘s battle against relegation.Ranieri led Leicester to the title in 2016 and is desperately looking to strengthen his squad in the January window.Leicester full back Simpson, 32, could be available to loan this month.
Kuyt says Liverpool too strong for Man Utdby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero Dirk Kuyt says they’ll be too strong for Manchester United.Liverpool travel to United on Sunday to rekindle what is one of the fiercest rivalries in football. “If you look into the Liverpool side now, I think they have a lot of confidence, and they should have because they are a great team,” Feyenoord youth coach Kuyt said.“I think they can win there.“It’s a belief, and you always give everything for the shirt. Play as a team and never give up. That’s what we did at the time.“If you watch the Liverpool team now, they never give up, even in difficult times they’re winning games, they keep winning and hopefully they will do at Old Trafford as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country committed to Ohio State this evening and with his pledge, a five-star wide receiver (or two or three) could be following him to Columbus. Tate Martell, a four-star quarterback in the 2017 class out of Las Vegas, announced his commitment to Ohio State on Twitter. The 5-foot-10, 203-pound prospect out of Bishop Gorman (Nevada) is very close with Tyjon Lindsey, a five-star wide receiver in the same class. They played together at Bishop Gorman before Lindsey moved back to California this winter. Lindsey congratulated Martell on Twitter regarding his commitment. Martell responded, “You are next!” OMM I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS COMING..CONGRATS TATE MAN NO MATTER WHAT WE’RE ALWAYS BROTHERS, TOGETHER OR NOT. Love u https://t.co/fs6kw8Z08x— Tyjon A. Lindsey ® (@tyjonlindsey) June 13, 2016Thanks bro! You are next! https://t.co/GtChALHEPf— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) June 13, 2016There has long been speculation that Martell and Lindsey will end up playing for the same school. Ohio State has now obviously added half of the potential package deal and the Buckeyes are believed to be the favorite to land the other half. Lindsey, a speedy 5-foot-8 wideout out of California, is currently crystal-balled to Ohio State. 247Sports.He recently did this at Rivals’ 5-Star Challenge. HOUSE CALL . #RivalsChallenge WR MVP @RivalsCamp pic.twitter.com/g3cStTWmMg— Tyjon A. Lindsey ® (@tyjonlindsey) June 12, 2016Martell will surely be recruiting Lindsey to Columbus, but the Corona, Calif. product won’t be the only five-star wide receiver the quarterback tries to push to the Buckeyes. Jeremy Birmingham of Eleven Warriors says five-star wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Donovan Peoples-Jones will also be a “priority” for Martell. Martell (@TheTateMartell) will three five-star WRs his priority: Trevon Grimes, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tyjon Lindsey.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) June 13, 2016Peoples-Jones (No. 6), Grimes (No. 28) and Lindsey (No. 30) are all ranked in the top 30 of 247Sports’ Composite Rankings for 2017.Ohio State’s 2017 class is the No. 1 class in the country. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
New Delhi: In a major setback to Congress on the day BJP decided to revoke Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, the party’s whip in Rajya Sabha Bhubaneswar Kalita resigned from the party over his party’s stand on the government’s move to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.The MP claimed that the Congress party was committing suicide by opposing the abrogation of Article 370. In a letter circulating online, Bhubaneswar Kalita said that the party leadership had asked him to issue a whip but he felt that the “whip was against the nation’s sentiments”. Thus, he said, he decided to resign from the party. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The Congress leadership is trying to completely destroy the party. No one can stop the Congress party from destruction,” Kalita said in the letter. Home Minister Amit Shah has proposed in the Rajya Sabha to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into Jammu-Kashmir UT and Ladakh UT. Congress has strongly opposed the move. Congress MP and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had condemned the government’s proposal and accused the government of murdering the Constitution of India. “The resignation has been accepted. I will not analyse the reasons now, maybe tomorrow or day after, I will explain them to you,” Bhubaneswar Kalita told reporters. Kalita was a member of Rajya Sabha from Assam.
Advertisement SOURCE: THE IDOLATOR Twitter Advertisement It’s happening! After years of rumors and (broken) promises, Shania Twain’s comeback begins this week. The Canadian country legend is a new single called “Life’s About To Get Good” will be released on Friday (June 16). She is already booked to perform the uplifting anthem on The Today Show on the same day and has a major sync with the Winter Olympics. In fact, you can hear a snippet of the song in a commercial. “Life’s about joy, life’s about pain, it’s all about the giving and the will to walk away,” the enduring diva sings. “I’m ready to be loved and loved the way I should. Life’s about to get, life’s about to get good.”If that’s not exciting enough, the 51-year-old also revealed the cover and release date of her comeback LP. Let’s start with the black-and-white artwork. Shania Now pays tribute — in my mind, at least — to her iconic “That Don’t Impress Me Much” video with leopard-skin print gloves and a supermodel-worthy smize. The opus drops on September 29, 15 years after 2002’s mega-selling Up!. The music industry is a completely different beast these days (for starters, albums don’t sell), so it will be interesting to see if she can carve out a new niche.UK ??Tune into @achrisevans on @BBCRadio2 tomorrow morning for the first play of my new single #LifesAboutToGetGood pic.twitter.com/sH5IJTVC4t— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) June 14, 2017 Shania NOW September 29th 2017 #ShaniaNOW pic.twitter.com/VsVgUiQbkS— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) June 14, 2017 Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook
The former footballer says Pep Guardiola’s team has everything to be crowned champions once again of the English Premier LeagueSpeaking to the Premier League’s official website, and reported by The Sport Bible, legendary footballer Paul Scholes believes Manchester City will win again.According to the former player, Pep Guardiola’s club will be crowned kings of the 2018-2019 season.“I think Manchester City will win the Premier League again,” he told the EPL.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“They won the league by a distance last year and they look just as good as ever when I saw them the other day. So I expect City to win the league.”“We don’t know what Chelsea are going to be like, we don’t know what Arsenal are going to be like with their new coaches,” he added.“But I’d go for City to win the league, Liverpool second, Manchester United third and I’ll go for Tottenham fourth.”
Former England coach Stuart Pearce says he is concerned about Harry Kane and his overall performance at the World Cup and at the start of the season with Tottenham.Kane won the golden boot at the World Cup in Russia and has managed to score two goals in four Premier League matches this season, which were his league goals ever in August.When asked if his overall performance worried him, Pearce told Sky Sports: “Yeah, I did in the summer, I’m realistic enough to know that winning the golden boot at a World Cup, that is special, make no mistake about that.“But I think his performances over the seven games were OK and the longer the tournament went on, the more his performances diminished in many ways.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I don’t know if we need to get more help to him on the pitch because he’s going to be England’s centre-forward for the next however many years because of the character he is, the person he is there’s no doubt.“If he doesn’t score the goals for England I would worry about where we’re going to go as a national team.“I see it as two-fold with Harry. There’s a new-found respect for him and that means defenders are on high alert, which will nullify him in some ways. And secondly, when you play against Tottenham now, because people respect them as one of the big six, they defend a lot deeper and there’s less room. I don’t think that suits Dele Alli or Harry Kane.“We set up teams against them at West Ham last year and we felt if you pushed up and left space for those two, they’re going to hurt us but bank up behind the ball and play on the counter-attack and they found it very difficult to break any shackles that we’d put on them. They’re getting that now at Tottenham, Harry especially.”
The Brazilian youngster has signed with Italian Lega Serie A club AC Milan and he was presented to the media today.Brazilian footballer Lucas Paqueta has left Flamengo in his native country to join Italian Lega Serie A side AC Milan.“I feel great. I’m happy and I already feel very involved. I want to thank everyone for the faith that has been placed in me and I hope to repay this out on the pitch,” he explained on the club’s official website.“Milan are a great team with a decorated history. They’ve won it all. Receiving the call from Leonardo was important.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“He presented the project to me and, together with my family, we said yes to AC Milan because it was the best choice,” he added.“I’m a technical player and one that’s always looking to understand how the game changes. I’m an attacking player, I have a good physique and I like to put myself about, with and without the ball, while also creating play and looking to score.”“I chose No.39 because it was my first number at Flamengo. I hope it can bring me luck here at AC Milan,” he explained.“I prefer to play in midfield but I’ve also played further forward. I am at the Coach’s disposal and I’m here to give my all”.
KUSI Newsroom March 14, 2018 Thirteen flu-related deaths reported last week, season total rises to 302 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Thirteen influenza-related deaths reported last week have brought the season’s total to 302 in San Diego County, health officials announced Wednesday.This has been a particularly severe flu season in the region and across the country. At this time last year, just 68 deaths were reported.“The increased number of reported deaths is the result of the severe flu season we are having, but is also due to better surveillance methods, which allow the county to more easily identify and classify flu fatalities,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. “Flu cases are still occurring throughout the region, so people should continue getting vaccinated and takingother preventive measures.”There were 602 lab-confirmed cases in the county last week, down from 722 the week before. That brings this season’s total to 18,779, compared to 4,751 at this time last season, according to county data.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated. It’s not too late to get a flu shot, according to health officials.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211. Updated: 10:23 PM Posted: March 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Parth Samthaan and Erica FernandesInstagramParth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes are undoubtedly one of the hottest and most talked about couples in the telly town thanks to their stint in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. The two are rumoured to be dating but they have never accepted it. But their fondness for each other seems to be getting evident with each passing day. So when Parth and Erira arrived together at Ekta Kapoor’s birthday bash, the two were inseparable from each other.Inside the bash, Parth and Erica seem to have had a gala time partying with the birthday girl and their intimate picture is a proof of that. Parth took to Instagram stories to upload a picture of him along with his rumoured ladylove and Ekta sharing a warm hug while dropping their moves on the dance floor.Erica too reshared Parth’s Instagram story onto her page along with a still from Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 wherein the reel life lovers – Prerna and Anurag Basu – were seen having a romantic moment. “Prerna’s love is like a candle, that warms Anu’s heart,” read the caption shared by the show’s director Muzammil Desai, which was reshared by Erica on Instagram.Earlier, it was reported that the rumoured lovebirds spend more time together when not shooting for their show. Apparently, Parth and Erica often arrive together on sets and also wait for one another to have afternoon and evening meals together. Not just that, they often leave the sets together as well.And it looks like the spark from Prerna and Anurag’s romance has ignited the flame between Erica and Parth in real life as well.Take a look. Erica Fernandes, Parth Samthaan at Ekta Kapoor birthday bashInstagram Erica Fernandes, Parth Samthaan, Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2Instagram
Dixika VanvariInstagramDixika Vanvari, also known as Miss D, is a popular fashionista, artist and also an anchor. She ventured into the business of fashion and beauty quite early in her life but the journey was a rollercoaster ride for Dixika. She is a fashion graduate from JD Institute of Fashion Technology and has done some remarkable work in the fashion industry.Coming to her background, since her childhood, Dixika was a very hard working and focused girl. As she belonged to a middle-class family, she knew she can’t be asking money for everything from her parents. In her family, women have been living independently and that’s what motivated Dixika to start something of her own when she grows up.After completing her graduation, Dixika started her fashion line called DIXIKA VANVARI DESIGNS in 2013. However, it didn’t succeed. But she didn’t give up. She worked hard to achieve her goal in the fashion industry and in 2015, she ventured into the world of blogging which worked very well for her.On her blog withlovemissd.com, she shares a lot of fashion and lifestyle content, which her followers love. She also shares everyday pictures of her outfit or photos of her travel and holidays which her followers can find relatable too. Dixika Vanvari loves working more on wedding-related content, from wedding outfits to wedding make-ups and that’s what she has made her blog majorly about.About her work and what keeps her going, Dixika said, “Making these lifetime moments a little more remarkable with my presence is what I thrive for.”She also added, “While my work has been loved and appreciated by my clients and audience, I’ve also grown as a human being over the years. So I think, it’s my growth as an artist and as a human being that keeps people on board with me. Believe me, there’s a lot more work still left to be done. I have high expectations of myself! I am my biggest critic. A piece of big news is in the pipeline which I am highly excited about it’s a secret project that I am working on for about a year now all I can say is this project is going to combine both of my worlds Anchoring and Blogging and give my audience a lot of insight about the industry and its people I am turning 30 in a few months and I have Big plans.”
The incident took place on Sunday afternoon in Khao Yai, a popular national park filled with dense jungle hiking trails and waterfalls three hours north of Bangkok.“She wanted to take selfie with the crocodile who was lying down near a stream,” a park official told AFP, asking not to be named because he did not have the authority to speak to the media.“It was startled and bit her on her on the leg.”The official said two crocodiles had made their home on that particular section of the park for years with warning signs laid out.“I guess that she wanted to see it for real,” he added.Local media posted pictures of park rangers dressed in camouflage carrying the 47-year-old victim strapped to a stretcher, a thick bandage wrapped around her knee.Another shot showed a ranger pointing to a pool of blood close to a sign saying in Thai and English “Danger Crocodile No Swimming”.The victim was taken to hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.Siamese crocodiles were once ubiquitous across South East Asia but their populations have been decimated in the last century by hunting and habitat loss.They are currently listed as critically endangered on the IUCN’s red list.In Thailand there are just a handful of wild populations left in central and western national parks. A French tourist was bitten by a crocodile inside a Thai national park as she tried to get close to the fearsome animal to take a selfie, an official said on Monday. Most tourists will only see them in crocodile parks, many of which have been criticised by animal rights groups for controversial feeding practices.
Month of Language Movement begins. Photo:BSSAs the month of the Language Movement begins today (Friday), the country’s people will pay tributes to the valiant sons of the soil who were killed during the Language Movement in February 1952, reports BSS.The Bengali nation achieved the dignity of their mother language on 21 February 1952 through the supreme sacrifice made by Salam, Shafiq, Barkat, Rafique and others during a massive movement.February is the month of mourning. Yet, it is a matter of dignity for the nation as only the Bangladeshis have sacrificed lives for their mother language.The Language Day — 21 February — is also recognised as the International Mother Language Day.A month-long book fair will also begin today. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the fair as the chief guest at Bangla Academy in the capital city at 3:00pm today.A two-day poetry festival titled ‘Bangalir Joy Kabitar Joy’ will also begin in the city today. Noted poet Asad Chowdhury will inaugurate the festival at Dhaka University central library.A total of 14 guest poets from nine countries will take part in the festival.
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Monday’s Houston Matters: Texas candidates have just a few hours left to make their cases to voters before Election Day. We learn how they’re spending their time. And today marks one year since more than two dozen people were shot and killed at a church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. We talk with Texas Public Radio’s Joey Palacios about how the South Texas community is faring a year later.Also this hour: A new report from Rice University says, as Houston continues to grow, its local governments are struggling to provide services to residents in an equitable and cost-effective way. We find out how the report is meant to help Houston-area officials consider reforms to ensure long-term stability.Then, how many of Houston’s skyscrapers can you name? We take a tour of downtown to learn the names of — and stories behind — some of the iconic buildings that adorn our skyline.Then, we discuss developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video. Listen 00:00 /50:45 We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
ShopTalk: Share. Heal. Grow. uses sociodrama and other action-based techniques to engage members of the community. In their book, Sociodrama: Who’s In Your Shoes?, Sternberg and Garcia state that “Sociodrama is a group action method in which participants act out agreed-upon social situations spontaneously. Sociodrama helps people to express their thoughts and feelings, solve problems, and clarify their values. Rather than simply discussing social issues, sociodrama gets people out of their chairs and exploring in action topics of interest to them.” These facilitated conversations and exercises aim to interact with participants inside of barbershops in order to discuss a number of topics that impact the African-American community, including violence, politics, forgiveness, and drug and alcohol abuse. This format allows the community to experience each other differently and offers solutions to these issues. It’s important to use an action method such as sociodrama in barbershops because of its open environment and no agreement to confidentiality. Sociodrama forms a collective story on a topic that is relevant to the participants. This action structure opens creative outlets for full involvement and self-expression because it is not a one-person story. So, how does ShopTalk: Share. Heal. Grow. relate to the Barbershop Art Series by Schroeder Cherry being held at the Function Coworking Community on June 9, 2019? It’s an excellent chance to engage the wider community of people who would appreciate scenes from the barbershop, while at the same time, establish deep connections and have authentic conversations to talk about current events. Additionally, Schroeder Cherry is one of seven finalists for the 2019 Sondheim Artscape Prize. Shroeder is Baltimore-based artist, master puppeteer and museum educator. He primarily uses mixed media on wood to create magnificent artwork.The intention is behind ShopTalk is to have interactive, highly engaging, conversations with the community inspired by the artwork no matter what one’s background is. Further, states Garcia and Sternberg, “as they explore various issues, they put themselves in other people’s shoes in order to understand themselves and others better. One of the reasons sociodrama works so well is that it taps into the truth about humanity that we are each more alike than we are different. Sociodrama speaks to both sides of the brain, with its action/reflection components. It is a kinesthetic, intuitive, affective and cognitive educational technique. Sociodrama has as its goals: catharsis (expression of feelings), insight (new perception) and role training (behavioral practice).” Within Schroeder Cherry’s brilliant artwork, there are so many story lines to build upon and play with. For example, when one sees a real combination lock or a set of keys included as part of the artwork, what comes to mind? Who knows? That is the point. We will explore, give voice to and share meaning about the many elements embedded in the artwork together as a community to find out. Please join us. Joshua S. Lee, native of Baltimore, is a mental health therapist, facilitator and performance life coach. He is the owner of UMOJA Integrative Behavioral Health Systems, a behavioral health training organization and the home of The Game Plan for Better Living. By Joshua S. Lee, Special to the AFROAfter the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent civil unrest in Baltimore, resulting in rioting, arsons and vandalism in many parts of the city in the Spring of 2015, ShopTalk: Share. Heal. Grow., a community-based project was ushered into service. It’s mission, led by African-American practitioners (including substance abuse professionals, clergy, community empowerment persons, etc.), is to engage the African-American community in discussions that uplift, heal and inspire the community to provide support for each other and begin to solve its own problems and challenges. Practitioners share their own wisdom and knowledge in a safe, supportive environment of barbershops owned by African-Americans, because they believe the African-American barbershop is a community institution, where people gather to have all types of conversations.
Journal information: PLoS ONE Research reveals the origins of chooks Because humans have had such a long history of moving chickens around, it’s been difficult to pin down just where they came from originally, that’s why the team decided to turn to mitochondrial DNA testing. They examined the bones of 48 chickens that have been found in various archeological sites all over the world, and which were in good enough condition to extract mitochondrial DNA. They focused particularly on a strand known as the D-Loop, because it’s not involved in functional genes which means they are retained generation after generation. In that sequence, they found clear similarities between all of the chicken samples, which they say proves that chickens all came from a common ancestor. And because the samples found in Southeast Asia (India, Malaysia and Burma) were the oldest, they were able to narrow down the origin of the chicken to one of those three countries or maybe one nearby.Prior to domestication, researchers believe chickens were simple junglefowl, which don’t migrate. This means the birds could only get to the other places they’ve traveled through being carried by people, because no other means has been found. Thus, in tracking the different locations of the birds over time, it’s possible to also track the migration of people. The research team believes for example, that chickens arrived in the Americas via several routes; Polynesia, Europe and Africa and perhaps directly from Asia, which of course coincides with theories regarding how people first arrived.Unfortunately current technology can’t yet clear the picture entirely, but the researchers are confident that advances over the next few years will allow them to pin down the actual location of the first domesticated chicken and settle the matter once and for all. More information: Storey AA, Athens JS, Bryant D, Carson M, Emery K, et al. (2012) Investigating the Global Dispersal of Chickens in Prehistory Using Ancient Mitochondrial DNA Signatures. PLoS ONE 7(7): e39171. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039171AbstractData from morphology, linguistics, history, and archaeology have all been used to trace the dispersal of chickens from Asian domestication centers to their current global distribution. Each provides a unique perspective which can aid in the reconstruction of prehistory. This study expands on previous investigations by adding a temporal component from ancient DNA and, in some cases, direct dating of bones of individual chickens from a variety of sites in Europe, the Pacific, and the Americas. The results from the ancient DNA analyses of forty-eight archaeologically derived chicken bones provide support for archaeological hypotheses about the prehistoric human transport of chickens. Haplogroup E mtDNA signatures have been amplified from directly dated samples originating in Europe at 1000 B.P. and in the Pacific at 3000 B.P. indicating multiple prehistoric dispersals from a single Asian centre. These two dispersal pathways converged in the Americas where chickens were introduced both by Polynesians and later by Europeans. The results of this study also highlight the inappropriate application of the small stretch of D-loop, traditionally amplified for use in phylogenetic studies, to understanding discrete episodes of chicken translocation in the past. The results of this study lead to the proposal of four hypotheses which will require further scrutiny and rigorous future testing. (Phys.org) — The lowly chicken has had a remarkable impact on human history, providing a food source for innumerable people over the years. Modern scientists believe chickens (Gallus gallus) were first domesticated over 5000 years ago somewhere in Southeast Asia, and since that time have been carried to every place that humans exist. Tracking their migration helps historians track human migration. Now new research by a team made up of people from a variety of sciences from around the world has found, using mitochondrial DNA evidence from bones of ancient chickens, what they believe to be the great-grandmother’s of the modern chicken. They have published their findings in the journal PLoS One. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers track global dispersion of chickens throughout history using DNA (2012, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-track-global-dispersion-chickens-history.html A close up of the E and D branches of a Maximum Parsimony Network showing the affinities of ten of the eleven, non-continuiously numbered, ancient haplogroups detected in our 48 samples with those previously defined by Liu et al. Image: PLoS ONE 7(7): e39171. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039171 © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 6 min read June 12, 2017 What do you do when people rip on your company and product, with The Washington Post questioning whether it’s a “Russian scam?” You put your heads down and work on the next version.Healbe, a Moscow-based startup, released the crowdfunded GoBe in 2015, which it promised to be the first wearable device to accurately track calories. While it acquired some fans and decent reviews, it ultimately didn’t shake up the market. Many people were disappointed that they had to manually activate the device before eating. Now, the company has introduced the second version of the device (current stock of the device is sold out, but it’ll be available again on Sept. 30) with the manual tracking requirement removed. The reaction to it, at least on the Google Play store and in one review, is lukewarm, rather than hostile.Related: 5 Ways Switching to Plant-Based Diet Boosts Your ProductivityMeanwhile, Healbe CEO Artem Shipitsyn says the Healbe team felt validated when it entered a five-year agreement with University of California, Davis, to test the GoBe 2. The research is designed to determine the value of wearable devices for research purposes as well as to segment groups within a population by factors such as health conditions.The idea of a device that tracks calories is pretty much the Holy Grail for those who want to monitor their diets. As someone who used to keep a digital food diary, I was enthralled by the possibilities of a device such as the GoBe.I wore a GoBe 2 on my left wrist for about a month. My skin was still irritated a week after I stopped wearing it — but that’s beside the point. I can say that the data it creates is interesting, but not that helpful.Image Credit: Stephen BronnerSo how does the GoBe track calories? “Healbe FLOW technology uses three of GoBe 2’s six onboard sensors — including an impedance sensor, an accelerometer and a Piezo sensor,” according to the company. “The non-invasive impedance sensor sends high- and low-frequency signals through the skin to calculate the volume of water (which is bound to glucose) entering cells within the user’s body. These measurements are made continuously and track the movement of water, which is affected by the consumption of carbs and protein, to evaluate the nutritional intake and calculate fat and calories digested over 24-hour periods. The Piezo sensor measures blood flow and heart rate, while the accelerometer measures body movement and activity.”In an extensive 2014 takedown of Healbe, Pando’s James Robinson spoke with several medical doctors, who were very dubious of Healbe’s technology claims. One choice quote, from San Francisco-based physician Mark Savant, reads, “The product defies the laws of science as I understand them.”Related: 10 Simple Ways to Take Care of YourselfWhat I can say is that, anecdotally, GoBe 2 does seem to track food intake and creates some interesting graphs, but it’s not insightful enough to be the breakthrough product that the everyday person would strap on to monitor their caloric intake. A recent Stanford study found that wearable devices — the GoBe was not part of the study — were terrible at tracking calories. Technology still can’t solve the nutrition problem that most people don’t have a grasp of.According to my data, there were spikes following when I ate, and it seemed to accurately track the amount of calories I consumed. The largest spikes occurred while I was asleep. This makes sense, as humans burn fewer calories in this state.The GoBe 2 also tracks hydration level, but from the time I strapped it on, it nearly continuously told me my levels were low, no matter how much I drank. And I drink about 48 ounces of water every morning.Of course, being a fitness device, the GoBe 2 counts steps taken. I have no doubts about its ability to accurately do this — the pedometer on the smartwatch I wear on my right wrist (fashion be damned) had similar readings.But calorie tracking is the main show here. When I first started wearing the Healbe, I’d look over the data daily. After a few weeks? I almost forgot about the app. I did check my calorie balance on the device itself, but the number wasn’t really informative. Sometimes I’d have a negative balance, but would actually display a higher weight on the scale in the morning. Other times, the opposite was true. Of course, weight fluctuations go beyond calories. In my experience, however, there seldom were surprises when I stepped onto the scale — if I had eaten well the day before, I would expect to maintain my weight or lose a little. If I had eaten poorly, I would know that number would likely go up.Image Credit: Stephen BronnerThis all builds to a large question: How can we trust our devices to know and understand our bodies when we ourselves still don’t? The concept of a calorie is engrossing: It’s a simple tool used to figure out the energy value of foods. And the widely held concept is, calories in, calories out. But it’s not that simple. Not all calories are equal. For example, 200 calories of fruit and vegetables is not the same as 200 calories of chips. Our bodies also break down food in different ways, and we all respond differently to exercise.Related: Why Would We Expect Wearables to Get Calories Right When We Usually Don’t?That’s why the allure of the GoBe 2 is so powerful. It’s a device that aims to give us a greater understanding of our bodies. Unfortunately, I believe there’s a long way to go until a device that helps us live healthier lives exists.Shipitsyn told me that in the future, he’d like the GoBe to provide health recommendations based on individual data, such as what foods to avoid and when to exercise. That would go a long way toward making the device more valuable to its users. Perhaps that functionality could come via a software update, or with a possible GoBe 3 (third time’s the charm, right?).For now, I’d only recommend the Healbe GoBe 2 to data nerds looking for some insights into their bodies. For everyone else striving to be healthy, stick to a plant-based diet free of processed foods and utilize a device that’s been around for hundreds of years: the scale.