August, 2019 Archive
Kolkata: The Alipurduar district administration is taking all possible measures to ensure that the residents get healthy and safe food after it received umpteenth number of complaints about food adulteration and unhygienic practices.”We have found that more than 99 percent of the hotels and restaurants based here are functioning only with trade licence. They claimed ignorance of the fact that they need to have the licence from the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for running their business. Moreover, in a number of hotels, the kitchens were found unhygienic and have become breeding grounds for rats, cockroaches and other insects. The food quality in a number of hotels was also a major cause of concern,” said Nikhil Nirmal, District Magistrate, Alipurduar. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe administration has already sealed 3 leading hotels for not possessing proper licence and adhering to food safety standards. Showcause notice was served right on the spot.A follow up raid was conducted on Wednesday and two more shops including a noted sweet shop was closed down for dishing out sweets of inferior quality.”In the sweet shop, we have found sweets with fungus that was ready to be served to the customers,” a senior district official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe district administration has made arrangements for accepting on spot applications for FSSAI licences to ensure that no edible food is sold without valid licence which is mandatory as per law.”Our food division is buzzing with worried hotel owners making a beeline to get licences after the raid and stringent action taken by us. The kitchens of the hotels are also being overhauled apprehending punitive measures,” the DM added.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the recently held administrative meeting at Alipurduar had directed the DM to take proactive steps to ensure that the residents get the right kind of healthy and safe food. A senior district official said as the post of food inspector was lying vacant in the Alipurduar civic body, the DM took initiative to rope in a food inspector from Jalpaiguri for supervising the raid on back to back Wednesdays in the district. The food drives were also videographed.”We have held meetings with the local business chambers and have made it clear that both trade licence from the local civic body and FSAAI licence are mandatory for food business. There should be no compromise with the quality of food,” Nirmalreiterated.
Kolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) is going to celebrate ‘Rosogolla Day’ on November 14, the day when Bengal’s Rosogolla got Geographic Identification (GI) tag.Senior officials of HIDCO along with the members of Rosogolla Association will meet on Tuesday to chalk out the programme. The function will be held at Misti Hub in New Town. There will be a discussion on Rosogolla in which noted Kolkata historian Haripada Bhowmick and others will take part. Apart from selling sweets, Misti Hub is coming up as a cultural point where musical programmes and discussions on the history of Bengali sweets are held Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefrequently. Rosogolla is Bengal’s great pride and it is amazing to note that Rabindranath Tagore had a “special weakness” for sponge Rosogolla of Nabin Chandra Das, popularly known as Nabin moira (sweet maker). In “Antaranga Rabindranath” by Dr Pashupati Bhattacharya, one gets an intimate description of Tagore’s love for Rosogolla. Dr Bhattacharya, a medical practitioner took lessons in Rabindrasangeet from Tagore and was also a close associate of Dr BC Roy. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter coming to know from Dr Bhattacharya that he was a resident of Bagbazar, Tagore one day inquired whether he had tasted the sponge Rosogolla of Bagbazar. On getting a negative reply from Dr Bhattacharya, Tagore asked him to have it once and requested him to bring the same for him. Not only did Tagore himself appreciated sponge Rosogolla, he also presented it to his near and dear ones and anyone who requested him to recommend. Dr Bhattacharya, though a resident of the area, did not know about sponge Rosogolla. However, on inquiry he found that it was available at the shop of Nabin moira, popularly known as the “Columbus of Bengal.” As per instruction from Gurudev, Dr Bhattacharya had two Rosogollas and bought one handi (earthen pot in which Rosogollas were given to customers) for Tagore. Tagore was very happy to receive it but could not talk to him as on the next morning he was scheduled to leave for Santiniketan. Nearly after two months, Dr Bhattacharya received a letter from Tagore informing him about the date when he was coming back to Jorasanko along with a request to get another handi of Rosogolla for him. Dr Bhattacharya went to Nabin moira’s shop but on that day all Rosogollas were sold. Finding no other option, he bought the same from another shop and presented it to Tagore. Gurudev was not at all happy with the taste and told him: “I found the taste to be different” and then jokingly said: “You have deceived me. It is not the same Rosogolla.” On the next occasion, when Dr Bhattacharya presented another handi of the ‘sponge Rosogolla’, Tagore remarked: “This is real Bagbazar Rosogolla. It melts in your mouth.” Tagore often asked his near ones to go to Bagbazar and enjoy Nabin moira’s Rosogolla.
If you thought switching to diet soda can help you avoid the ill effects associated with sugary soft drinks, think again! Researchers have found that while drinking sugary beverages frequently may lead to poorer memory, daily intake of diet soda may increase the risk of stroke and dementia. Both sugary and diet drinks correlated with accelerated brain ageing, according to the findings published in two separate studies.People who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and a significantly smaller hippocampus – an area of the brain important for learning and memory, said the study published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA follow-up study, published in the journal Stroke, found that people who drank diet soda daily were almost three times as likely to develop stroke and dementia when compared to those who did not. Scientists have put forth various hypotheses about how artificial sweeteners may cause harm, from transforming gut bacteria to altering the brain’s perception of “sweet,” but “we need more work to figure out the underlying mechanisms”, said Boston University’s Matthew Pase, who is lead author on the two studies. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the studies, researchers used data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS), a study that aims to identify common factors or characteristics that contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD).”These studies are not the be-all and end-all, but it’s strong data and a very strong suggestion,” said Sudha Seshadri, Professor at Boston University School of Medicine (MED) in the US.”It looks like there is not very much of an upside to having sugary drinks, and substituting the sugar with artificial sweeteners doesn’t seem to help,” Seshadri, who is senior author on both papers, said. Excess sugar has long been associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases like obesity, heart disease and Type-2 diabetes, but little is known about its long-term effects on the human brain. He chose to study sugary drinks as a way of examining overall sugar consumption. “It’s difficult to measure overall sugar intake in the diet,” he says, “so we used sugary beverages as a proxy.”Researchers also found that higher intake of diet soda–at least one per day–was associated with smaller brain volume. They found that people who drank at least one diet soda per day were iathree times as likely to develop stroke and dementia. IANS
Munching on walnuts may help control hunger pangs, according to a study which found that the snack activates an area in the brain associated with regulating appetite. “It was pretty surprising to see evidence of activity changing in the brain related to food cues, and by extension what people were eating and how hungry they feel,” said Olivia M Farr from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the US. Walnut, the single-seeded stone fruit, is rich in omega-3 fats, protein, antioxidants, plant sterols, magnesium, copper, Vitamins A, D, etc. Consumption of walnuts suppresses your hunger. It makes you feel fuller for a longer duration thereby helping you in your weight loss trail. Researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to observe how consuming walnuts changes activity in the brain.They recruited 10 volunteers with obesity for two five- day sessions. A controlled environment allowed researchers to keep tabs on the volunteers’ exact nutritional intake, rather than depend on volunteers’ often unreliable food records.During one five-day session, volunteers consumed daily smoothies containing 48 grammes of walnuts. During their other stay in the clinic, they received a walnut-free but nutritionally comparable placebo smoothie, flavoured to taste exactly the same as the walnut-containing smoothie. Researchers noted that participants reported feeling less hungry during the week they consumed walnut-containing smoothies than during the week they were given the placebo smoothies.Specific hormones in the body help control appetite. Some hormones are responsible for signalling the body to eat, whereas others tell the body it is full, or satiated. Eating food rich in PUFAs, like walnuts, can influence the appetite hormones so that one can feel fuller for longer. Adding that appetite hormones play an important role in regulating how much an individual eats. Other foods rich in PUFAs include oily fish such as salmon and corn, grapeseed or canola oil. The control diet was comprised of 7% polyunsaturated fat, 15% monounsaturated fat and 13% saturated fat, compared to the PUFA-rich diet which was 21% polyunsaturated fat.While in the machine, participants were shown images of desirable foods like hamburgers and desserts, neutral objects like flowers and rocks, and less desirable foods like vegetables. When participants were shown pictures of highly desirable foods, fMRI imaging revealed increased activity in a part of the brain called the right insula after participants had consumed the five-day walnut-rich diet compared to when they had not.”This is a powerful measure. We know there is no ambiguity in terms of study results. When participants eat walnuts, this part of their brain lights up, and we know that is connected with what they are telling us about feeling less hungry or more full,” said Christos Mantzoros, professor of medicine at Harvard University in the US.This area of the insula is likely involved in cognitive control and salience, meaning that participants were paying more attention to food choices and selecting the less desirable or healthier options over the highly desirable or less healthy options, researchers said. When purchasing unshelled walnuts, one should avoid those with a rubbery or shrivelled appearance. Because walnuts turn rancid fairly quickly, shelled nuts should be kept in an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator, where they can keep for six months, or in the freezer, where they’ll stay fresh up to a year. Unshelled walnuts will keep fresh in any cool, dry location for six months. To preserve flavor and nutrients, avoid chopping nuts until you’re actually ready to use them.Walnuts are high calorie content food item. So one must be careful in how much they eat. Having given that warning, it is almost impossible to eat too many walnuts daily. A four ounce of walnut consumption will provide full requirement of daily fat content. The overall impact is on your weight. When the health of your heart is improved, inflammations are removed and diabetes is controlled, it must reduce weight.
Lord of the Drinks Barrel House is all set to electrify people, with its upbeat music and extensive bar menu which is fortified with an array of classic cocktails, a large wine menu combined with contemporary favourites such as frozen cocktails and a wide range of liqueur for every palate. It is the sixth in the series of LOTD outlets and has just opened up in Gurgaon. This one is a spectacular 10,000 sq. ft lounge, located in the heart of Gurgaon, the plush sector 29 market, and is spread across two levels each with a unique bar setup which gives you a perfect ambience for a stunning evening with your loved ones. The interiors are done extremely tastefully with imported vintage chandeliers and woodwork that gives off a warm vibe. One gets a view of the state-of-the-art micro-brewery, the biggest in the entire Sector 29 market, as soon as one enters through the front door. The brewery produces some of the best butter beer you will ever taste. The walls are decorated with abstract mirrors on one side and skull-plates on the other. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe interiors are based on a play of contrasting themes – conventional and contemporary at once. And the theme is a balance between ‘luxury’ and ‘tribal’. Lord of The Drinks, being a high-end and youth-centric brand, demanded innovative design and planning. The entire wall on the left is decorated with mirrors of abstract shapes to give the bar a high-end vibe while skull plates are placed on the right hand side of the wall to make the interiors more youthful. The ceiling is also decorated with vintage chandeliers, giving it a luxurious aura. ‘Tribal’ elements are added to the interiors with special sofas and lounge chairs which have Aztec styled hand woven rugs. These two elements combined together, definitely makes Lord of The Drinks Barrel House a favourite among the customers.
Kolkata: A teenaged girl from Kolkata was trolled and allegedly threatened with rape on Facebook for a post on the plight of Kashmiris in the wake of the Pulwama attack, she said Wednesday. In her February 15 post, the Class 12 girl condemned the deadly terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF jawans, while highlighting the daily hardships of Kashmiris. She said some people asked her to leave the country and go to Pakistan in reply to her post, and others threatened rape and dire consequences. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose A local shopkeeper also told her that a few men were trying to locate her house through her Facebook pictures, she claimed. “Initially, after receiving the threats, I had deleted my post. But after I came to know that some youths were looking for me, I decided to delete my Facebook account. I did not go to school for the last two days,” she told PTI. The girl lodged a complaint on Wednesday, and said police has assured her of all help, including providing security. The cyber crime division of the Kolkata Police is looking into the matter. The incident comes days after a Kashmiri doctor said he was considering leaving the city, after his daughters complained of ostracism in school and neighbourhood, in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror strike.
THE STADEL : Even after completing 15 successful years in the hospitality industry, The Stadel’s quest for excellence continues. In an effort to live up to this commitment they are presenting the exclusively appointed Jamai Sasthi Bengali Thali Menu. Don’t leave a chance to enjoy the delectable meal on June 19 as the menu is specially curated by Executive Chef – Naresh Kumar Dash.Where: First Innings, multicuisine restaurantWhen: June 19 (Lunch and Dinner) Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpecial for the day: Veg Lunch Thali at Rs. 800, Non Veg Lunch Thali at Rs. 900, Veg Dinner Thali at Rs. 899, Non Veg Dinner Thali at Rs. 999. CHAPTER 2: The custom of enjoying some quality time with the family marks the beautiful festival of Jamai Sasthi. Take some time out from your busy schedule on this auspicious day and enjoy the delectable meals at Chapter 2 while listening to live retro music with your son-in-laws.Where: Chapter 2, 164/1 Maniktala Main Road. Mani Square Mall Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhen: June 18 and 19Timings: 12 pm – 10:30 pmChef’s choice: Cream of Chicken Soup, Prawn on Toast, English Fish Fingers, Prawn Newburg, Beckti Florentine, Chicken Paprika, Lamb Chops, Lamb Goulash, Meat Lasagne, Cheese Cake, Baked Alaska and Caramel Custard.Pocket Pinch: Rs 1000 + Taxes (for two) The GT ROUTE: Celebrate Jamai Sasthi at The GT Route, the multi-cuisine restaurant of Jameson Inn Shiraz which is offering a special thali that includes a wide array of lip-smacking Bengali delicacies. Where: 56, Park St Area, Mullick Bazar CrossingWhen: June 19Timings: 12 pm – 4 pm (Lunch) and 7 pm – 11.30 pm (Dinner)Pocket Pinch- for one: Rs. 749+ TaxChef’s choice: elaborate menu will include Aam Lassi, Saag Bhaja with Ghee, Sona Moong Dal With Begun Bhaja, Katla Kalia, Chingri Malai Curry, Mangshor Jhol, Lachha Salad, Shubhashito Basmati, Aam Chutney, Papad, Mishti Doi, Rosogolla and Paan. HOLIDAY INN KOLKATA AIRPORT: Celebrate Jamai Sasthi at Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport with an array of Bengali delicacies to make this family festival memorable. The feast, open for both lunch and dinner at Social Kitchen, will bring alive the culture and flavour of Bengal.Where: Social Kitchen, Holiday Inn Kolkata Airport, Biswa Bangla Sarani, Rajarhat Newtown,When: June 18 and 19Timings: 12 pm– 3.00 pm (Lunch) 7pm-11pm (Dinner)Pocket Pinch- for one: Rs. 1250 + Tax (for both the days)Chef’s choice: Aamer Chutney, Bhaja Papad, Piyaz Posto Bata, Panch Rokom Bhaja, Loote Jhuri, Bekti Fish Cutlet , Basonti Pulao, Macher Matha Diye Moong Dal, Chanar Kalia, Mochar Dhoka, Chingri Purer Potolar Dolma, Pabda Sorse and Ilish Paturi. And the dessert counter will have Rosogolla, Paayesh, Misti Doi, Aam Kathal Jam Leechu and Misti Paan. OUDH 1590: Biryanis make a comeback at the connoisseur’s food palate at Oudh 1590 during Jamai Soshthi. The festival promises to offer an enriching platter like never before. Bring your family and enjoy a grand palette this Jamai Soshthi.When: OngoingWhere: Oudh 1590 – 23/B Deshapriya Park, Kolkata and CD-86, Sector 1. Salt Lake City. Timings: 12:30pm to 3:30pm and 6:30pm to 10:30pmPocket Pinch (for two): Rs 850/- plus taxesChef’s recommendation: Awadhi Nargisi Biryani, Yakhni Gosht Biryani, Keema Biryani, Gosht Bhuna Khichri, Murgh Pulao, Shikari Bater Purdah Biryani, Gomti Sugandhi Mahi Pulao, Jheenga Kofta Biryani, Multani Kanthal Biryani, Awadhi Palak Biryani and Subz Kofta Biryani Oh! CALCUTTA: Take your family to Oh! Calcutta and enjoy the special buffer arranged by them. From an array of starters to the healthy salads, mouth-watering main course and tempting desserts, you would love every part of the meal.Where: Oh! CalcuttaWhen: June 19 (for lunch and Dinner) and June 24 and 25.Pocket pinch: Rs 950 AI.Chef’s recommendation: Prawn Cocktail, Fish Chop, Gondhoraj Salad, Aloo Bhate, Kashmiri Aloo Dom, Subzi Aam Kasundi, Chef Special vegetable, Steamed Gobindobhog Rice, Gondhoraj Mousse, Malpua and Lichur Payesh THE PARK: Treat your beloved son-in-law at The Bridge while we take care of his bills. The special buffet consisting of vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections include live counter, steamy soups, fresh salads and quick bites. The main course consists of mutton rezala, fish curry, matar paneer, vegetable pulao and lachha paratha to go with. The dessert counter includes kesari kulfi, chocolate and cherry crepe gateaux, baked peanut and caramel cheese cake.Where: The ParkWhen: June 17 – 19Pocket pinch (for one): 1495 A.I without alcohol (meal for son-in-law is complimentary)
Since the mid-1980s, Nike and its slogan has been one of the most famous sports apparel brands in the world. The Nike Inc. company currently employs nearly 50,000 people worldwide, and millions of people buy their products every day. Over the years, Nike became part of pop-culture heritage as numerous celebrities advertised the brand and sparked sportswear trends that defined the casual fashion scene. In 1985, Michael J. Fox wore a pair of custom Nike high-top sneakers throughout “Back to the Future.”Those shoes became a cultural icon; the original pair of high-tops from the movie was auctioned off in 2016 and sold for a whopping $104,000, thus becoming the most expensive pair of sneakers ever.Throughout the 1990s, Nike sports clothing was advertised by the legendary basketball player Michael Jordan. His customized Nike brand called “Air Jordan” inspired numerous young people to both play basketball and praise the brand for the rest of their lives.However, the brand’s popularity reached epic proportions from 1988 onwards, after Nike introduced their famous slogan “Just Do It.”The slogan was a part of an extremely successful advertising campaign which targeted Americans regardless of age, gender, or level of physical ability and encouraged them to lead a life of health, fitness, and excitement. Many prominent athletes advertised Nike footwear and inspired young people to wear the brand’s apparel.The success of the campaign turned the slogan into a popular fashion statement. All over the world, young people began wearing Nike clothes for regular everyday occasions, instead of just sports. This led to an overall increase of Nike’s popularity; in the world of casual fashion, the 1990s can easily be called “The Nike Decade.” The slogan was introduced by Dan Wieden, the co-founder of Wieden+Kennedy, the agency in charge of Nike’s advertising campaigns.The slogan quickly spread throughout the world and became a timeless inspirational message of health, fitness, sports, entertainment, and tolerance. Advertising Age magazine listed the “Just Do It” campaign as one of the best and most successful marketing campaigns of the 20th century and praised it for being both “universal and intensely personal.”The slogan’s origin story is rather fascinating. Wieden came up with the famous line during a meeting at the Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency and was inspired by none other than the notorious murderer Gary Gilmore.Gary Gilmore mugshotIn July 1976, Gilmore robbed a gas station in Orem, Utah, and viciously murdered the clerk. The next day, he robbed a motel in Provo, Utah, and killed the manager. Gilmore was quickly apprehended because of his inability to hide the evidence. He accidentally shot himself during the motel robbery and left a trail of blood around town. Due to the cruel and gruesome nature of his murders, he was sentenced to death.Gilmore was executed by firing squad at Utah State Prison.Wieden’s inspiration for the famous slogan came from Gilmore’s last words, “let’s do it.” After Gilmore was sentenced to death, he chose to be executed by a firing squad and urged authorities to execute him as soon as possible since he had accepted the verdict and wanted to die.He received two stays of execution, which were a result of the efforts of his mother and the American Civil Liberties Union. The stays of execution enraged him and caused him to attempt suicide. He was finally executed on Jan. 17, 1977. Before the riflemen fired their shots, he uttered his official last words: “let’s do it.”Read another story from us: The fictional supervillain Joker was inspired by a German actor named Conrad Veidt in the 1940sA slightly altered version of these words became one of the most popular slogans in the history of advertising and one of the most famous taglines of the 20th century. Pure coincidence caused Wieden to recognize the potential of Gilmore’s words, which were spoken at the very end of his life, and to turn them into a universal message of encouragement and inspiration.
Most of the written accounts on ancient Rome focus on politics, military matters, and the lives of wealthy and powerful people. But there is Pompeii, the city frozen in time, where one can see and learn about the life of lower-class people and slaves 2,000 years ago. It was believed that Pompeii was lost forever in one of the worst and most well-known volcanic eruptions of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The Roman town was buried under 13 to 20 feet of volcanic ash and pumice, but it was accidentally rediscovered in the 18th century. To everyone’s surprise, Pompeii was perfectly preserved with all its homes, artwork, shops — and spooky fossils of its residents.Plaster casts of victims, Pompeii, Italy. Photo by Tyler Bell CC BY2.0Mount Vesuvius’ eruption on August 24, 79 AD is considered one of the worst and deadliest recorded volcanic eruptions, to this day. The volcano had been dormant for many years before that day when it cataclysmically erupted with a force comparable to that of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.Plaster cast of Pompeii resident. Photo by klndonnelly CC BY2.0The entire city of Pompeii was wiped out, as well as the neighboring cities of Stabiae, Herculaneum, and Oplonti. Thousands of people were killed by the heat, poisonous gases, and hot ash and pumice that rained down. According to written accounts, there was nothing unusual about that day, only that the animals were acting strangely. And when the volcano exploded, the people in the path of the eruption were unable to escape.Most of the information we have today about Mount Vesuvius’ massive eruption comes from an account written by Pliny the Younger, who observed the tragedy from across the Bay of Naples at the Roman military port of Misenum.Body shapes of victims after the Mount Vesuvius eruption, Pompeii, Italy.He vividly described the natural catastrophe and sent his writings as letters addressed to his friend, the Roman politician and historian Cornelius Tacitus. His letters were discovered in the 16th century.About three-quarters of Pompeii’s 165 acres have been excavated.In his detailed report, Pliny tells that the eruption caught everyone by surprise and that his mother was the first to notice “a cloud of unusual size and appearance.”Excavated Pompeian who was buried in the ash from eruption of Vesuvius volcano in 79 BC.Describing the cloud, he adds: “The cloud was rising from a mountain at such a distance we couldn’t tell which, but afterward learned that it was Vesuvius. I can best describe its shape by likening it to a pine tree. It rose into the sky on a very long “trunk” from which spread some “branches.” I imagine it had been raised by a sudden blast, which then weakened, leaving the cloud unsupported so that its own weight caused it to spread sideways. Some of the cloud was white, in other parts, there were dark patches of dirt and ash.”Plaster casts of the victims covered in ash in Pompeii, Italy.In 1748, the site of Pompeii was rediscovered by accident, during construction of a palace for Charles of Bourbon. To everyone’s great surprise, Pompeii was intact, with its buildings, artifacts, and skeletons of the victims frozen in time. The discovery was of a great importance as it taught us a lot about everyday life in the ancient world.The morning after the eruption, the cone of the volcano collapsed with an an avalanche of mud and ash. Pompeii and Herculaneum completely disappeared, thought to be lost forever.The bodies, the houses, jewelry, art, and scrolls were kept preserved for centuries thanks to the ash and molten debris produced in considerable amounts by the devastating eruption.A plaster cast of a man in his last moments. Pompeii, Italy.Today, Pompeii is a vast archaeological site protected by UNESCO. During the excavation, the team realized that most of the skeletons they found were surrounded by a void. High-quality plaster was poured into the cavities, and detailed casts were created of the frozen in time citizens of Pompeii who lost their lives during the eruption.Read another story from us: 2000-year-old preserved loaf of bread found in the ruins of PompeiiMount Vesuvius had erupted 30 times since 79 AD and scientists believe that its next eruption will be immense. There are some 600,000 Italians living within the volcano’s red zone whose lives are endangered.
Check back next week and see who’s rising and who’s falling in The Herd Hierarchy after a massive Week 5..@ColinCowherd‘s NFL Power Rankings. pic.twitter.com/zFUp38RA1y— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 5, 2016 After all the games from the week are in the book, Colin releases his weekly NFL Power Rankings. It’s The Herd Hierarchy. There’s a lot of movement in the Top 10 this week, with a surprise team making their first appearance, and a new team grabbing the top spot.The Vikings are rolling. Tom Brady is finally free. And the Rams are for real.Often imitated, but never duplicated, it’s The Herd Hierarchy after 4 weeks of the 2016 NFL season.10. L.A. Rams – Colin doesn’t understand how the Rams are here, but here they are. The Rams are 3-1 and tied for the NFC West lead despite being last in Yards Per Play (4.62), and Yards per Game (269.0). So, who are they? Why are The Rams here? The Rams Defense, led by all-world tackle Aaron Donald, is third in the NFL in takeaways (9), and a legit force. Case Keenum has made #1 pick Jared Goff an afterthought. Since Week 14 of last season, he’s 6-2, and tied for the best winning percentage amongst all NFL quarterbacks. How long can they keep winning? Who knows. But, they’ve been better than anyone expected.That late-game Keenum MAGIC?!Yup. It’s happening.And the @RamsNFL just took the lead in Arizona. #LAvsAZ https://t.co/0L3fP7VWBk— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2016 5. Philadelphia Eagles – Rookie Carson Wentz has shattered the quarterback learning curve, and is an early season MVP candidate for the 3-0 Eagles. Philly is 1st in Time of Possession, and 2nd in the NFL with 30.7 Points Per Game. Colin is a believer in first year head coach Doug Pederson, who looks like an elite coach so far. The Eagles look to keep the momentum rolling in Week 5 after an early season bye week.Shot 8 – Perfect 3-lvl stretch. Great poise by Wentz (subtle move in pocket) & great block by Sproles – not just caching passes on 3rd down! pic.twitter.com/SGztA8xZCG— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 27, 2016 3. Denver Broncos – The last two times the Broncos started 4-0, they made it to the Super Bowl. Colin still has questions about the Broncos offense, which may start rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch this week. He doesn’t have any such questions about their defense, led by quarterback terrorist Von Miller. They’re 1st in the NFL in Sacks and Yards Per Play, 5th in Points Allowed Per Game, and giving up the second least Passing Yards Per Game in the league (169).ANOTHER turnover forced by the @Broncos defense…When will it stop? #Broncos #DENvsTB https://t.co/CNhcSSCksE— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) October 2, 2016 4. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks are 3-1, but have struggled with a reorganized offensive line and a hobbled Russell Wilson. The Seahawks secured a huge 10-point road win against the Jets at MetLife in Week 4. Colin is still cautious, because their 3 wins have come against NFL bottom feeders with a combined record of 3-9. The Seahawk defense has been keeping them in close games. They’re 2nd in the NFL with 4.53 yards per game, 4th in sacks, and 3rd in the league with 13.5 Points Per Game allowed.One hand is as good as two if you’re Jimmy Graham ?@Seahawks v @nyjets highlights on BBC Two NOW ?#BBCNFL #Seahawks #Jets pic.twitter.com/c16V3oW4eS— #OnlyInTheNFL (@NFLUK) October 4, 2016 7. Dallas Cowboys – Dallas is 3-1 behind rookie Dak Prescott, who’s 131 pass attempts without an interception to start a career is 2nd only to Tom Brady (162). He’s also been extending drives. His 50% 3rd down conversion rate is the best in the NFL. Ezekiel Elliott started slow, but leads the NFL in rushing (412 yards). The Cowboys young roster enters the toughest portion of their schedule, facing the Bengals, Packers, Eagles and Steelers over the next 5 weeks.Ezekiel Elliott is going to be a legend for the Cowboys… #FeedZeke pic.twitter.com/A8PPZvgfg3— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) October 3, 2016 8. Oakland Raiders – Colin’s preseason prediction that the Raiders would finish 10-6 and win the AFC West is right on track. He still doesn’t think they’re a Super Bowl team. The Raiders 3 -1 start is their best since their last Super Bowl appearance in 2002. The Silver and Black, led by emerging franchise quarterback David Carr is 2nd in the NFL in Yards Per Play, and 3rd in total offense. The Raiders o-line has only allowed two sacks on the year.What would you name this @RAIDERS play ft. @derekcarrqb to @KingCrab15?Tweet us! Use #NTPCrabtree https://t.co/KVdQMw77gg— NFL Now (@NFLNow) October 2, 2016 1. Minnesota Vikings – Colin has been heavy on Minnesota since the Sam Bradford trade, and he hasn’t been disappointed. Bradford has 8 touchdown passes against 0 interceptions on the season. The last time the Vikings were 4-0, they made it to the NFC Championship (2009). They have the youngest of the elite NFL defenses, and lead the NFL with a +10 turnover differential through 4 weeks. They’ve held opponents under 20 points in 8 straight games, which is the longest streak in the league. The Vikings have a Super Bowl roster, and are the new #1 in The Herd Hierarchy. Valhalla.Xavier Rhodes tracks down this INT like a WR. #Vikings defense BALLLLLIN’! pic.twitter.com/Y2DWeaYunZ— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) October 4, 2016 6. Pittsburgh Steelers – Big Ben and the Steelers have featured a heavy dose of big plays. They’re 3-1 for the 5th time since 2005, with their only loss on the year coming at the hands of the surprising Eagles. 3 of the last 4 times they started 3-1, they made it to the Super Bowl. All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell was impressive in his return from a 3 game suspension, racking up 144 yards against the Chiefs. Pittsburgh 49% 3rd down conversion rate is 2nd in the NFL. The biggest liability for the Steelers has been their 30th ranked pass defense, which was exposed against the Eagles..@L_Bell26 looks to be in top form in his season debut ?Yet another weapon for the @steelers. #KCvsPIThttps://t.co/KPxM2cKy4T— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) October 3, 2016 2. New England Patriots – The Pats are 3-1 through 4 games with Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett under center. This week they’ll slightly upgrade when Tom Brady makes his return from his 4-game Deflategate suspension. Defensive leader Rob Ninkovich also returns from a 4-game suspension. Gronk only has 1 catch so far this season, and has been limited by a nagging hamstring injury. He’ll need to get healthy for the Patriots to make a Super Bowl run, but don’t expect Belichick to rush him along with New England already in the driver seat for the division.Tom Brady loosens up at practice with some downfield passing. pic.twitter.com/VzRjyIz4BZ— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 5, 2016 9. Atlanta Falcons – Colin hates dome teams, but Matty Ice has been a man on fire, leading the most potent offense in the league through 4 weeks. He leads the NFL in passer rating, completion percentage, pass yards, and passing touchdowns. The Falcons have scored the 5th most points through 4 games of any NFL team since the merger with 152. Julio Jones has been the best wideout in the NFL this season. Colin has been slow to jump on the Falcons, but he’s coming around.Here is @M_Ryan02 and @juliojones_11 both setting franchise records.#JetJones – 300 yds rec#MattyIce – 503 passhttps://t.co/tHNYzU09OA— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) October 2, 2016
Every Tuesday, after all the NFL games have been played, it’s time for The Herd Hierarchy, Colin’s power rankings of his Top 10 NFL teams.This week, Matthew Stafford and the surging Lions crack the Top 10. The Packers also join the party after hitting their stride in the second half. The usual suspects are at the top, but Dallas is separating themselves from the pack, and they aren’t looking back.Here’s the Herd Hierarchy through 13 weeks of the 2016 NFL season.10. Detroit Lions – Detroit has won 4 straight, and 7 of their last 8, after starting 1-3. Their 100% scoring efficiency in the red zone this year leads the NFL. Matthew Stafford has always had superior talent, but now that he’s getting competent coaching, he’s gone next level. He has a career-high 100.5 passer rating, and a 67.2 completion percentage. Over the last 8 games, he has 14 touchdown passes and only 1 interception.Matt Stafford is the best QB in the NFC North… Yeah. Better than Rodgerspic.twitter.com/jSU1Ibv9oS— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) December 1, 20169. Denver Broncos – Denver has been inconsistent on offense, but their defense is still among the top units in the NFL. They lead the league with 36 sacks and pass defense (192.7 yards allowed per game). They have more interceptions (12), than passing touchdowns allowed (10). Colin is putting them in the hierarchy, but doesn’t think they can win a game in the playoffs.Was it an ugly win #DENvsJAX? Not according to Gary Kubiak. Here is #Broncos locker room courtesy @BroncosTV pic.twitter.com/JUNOKAMBXj— Lionel Bienvenu (@lionelbienvenu) December 5, 2016 2. Oakland Raiders – It’s time for everyone to start taking the Raiders seriously. The Raiders have won 6-straight games, which is their longest winning streak since Jon Gruden was patrolling the sidelines in 2000. Their 13 sacks allowed is the best in the NFL, and they lead the AFC in scoring at 28.8 points per game. The defense was atrocious early, but they’ve forced a turnover in 4 straight games. Khalil Mack looks like the defensive player of the year, and has a sack in 7 straight games, the longest streak in the NFL. Oakland has explosive playmakers everywhere, and leads the AFC with 57 plays of 20+ yards. It’s time to recognize this team is special.TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS pic.twitter.com/hd8JfTr2P2— Ludwig Von Koopa (@FreshJo7) December 5, 2016 Dallas Cowboys – No surprise here. Dallas has won 11 straight games for first time in franchise history. The Cowboys are grinding opponents into the ground with their offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott has rushed for 1,285 yards this season, which is over 200 yards more than the next closest player. As a team, they’ve rushed for over 100 yards in every game this season. Dak Prescott hasn’t thrown a pick in the last 5 games. The Cowboys are built to win in the postseason, and they get the top spot again this week. 8. Green Bay Packers – Colin has been tough on Aaron Rodgers and the Pack all year, but they’re back in the Top 10 this week. Over the last 7 games, Rodgers has thrown 19 touchdowns and only 3 picks, and Jordy Nelson has 5 touchdowns in his last 6 games. The Packers are starting to hit their stride, and nobody wants to travel to Lambeau and deal with the weather this time of the year. This week, the Seahawks make the trip.???? Aaron Rodgers threads the needle to Davante Adams#GoPackGo #FlyEaglesFly #GBvsPHI pic.twitter.com/1tuDvQG1Gu— The Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) November 29, 20167. Baltimore Ravens – Colin didn’t like Baltimore after a hot 3-0 start, but he likes the way they’re playing now. They’ve won 4 of the last 5 games, with their only loss in that stretch coming on the road at Dallas. In his last 5 games, Joe Flacco is completing 69.8% of his passes, including a career-high 36 completions against the Dolphins last week. The Ravens have the top rushing defense in the NFL (73.8 yards per game allowed), and have only allowed 4 rushing touchdowns all season. Colin put them at #7 this week, but they could easily move higher if they continue to play well.Pitta’s first TD since 2013!pic.twitter.com/D8FHcKvLtY— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) December 4, 20166. Pittsburgh Steelers – Colin had a feeling the Steelers would come on late, and they have. They’re 11-1 in their last 12 December games, and 30-9 at Heinz Field, all-time, in December. They’re on a 3-game winning streak, with an average margin of victory of 15 points per game in that span. Le’Veon Bell has 100+ scrimmage yards in 8 of 9 games this season, and Antonio Brown has the most receiving touchdowns of anyone in the last 3 years (34). The Steeler defense has started to come around after a slow start. They’ve held opponents under 100 yards rushing in 4 of last 5 games.Big Ben throws one up for Antonio Brown as the Steelers lead the Giants 14-0 in the 3rd ???#NYGvsPIT #GiantsPride #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/z1AosbwiU7— The Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) December 4, 20165. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs continue to be methodical and boring, but they’re 7-1 in their last 8 games, and have won 18 of their last 21 overall. Tight end Travis Kelce might be the best tight end in the NFL other than Gronk. He has 3-straight games with 100 yards receiving. The Chiefs lead the league in turnover differential (+14), and takeaways (25), which is always a recipe for success.Comes home, wins game, captured the hearts of fans, and makes Mom proud. Anyone have a better Sunday than Eric Berry? #mondaymotivation pic.twitter.com/4XQjn70ooj— Gametime (@GametimeUnited) December 5, 20164. New England Patriots – Tom Brady leads the league in passer rating (113.1), and has 19 touchdowns and only 1 interception on the season. Last week, he passed Peyton Manning for all-time quarterback wins (201). The Patriots have been taking teams out early. They’re outscoring opponents by 65 points in the 1st quarter, which is the best in the NFL. They’ve won 3 straight games, and 7 of 8 overall. They only have 2 turnovers in their last 5 games, and none in their last 3. The biggest concern for Colin is their lack of dynamic playmakers.Tom Brady Posts hilarious video of his blocking attempt ???? pic.twitter.com/pbMjr3AEjN— PatriotsNation™ (@PatsNationTM) November 29, 20163. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks have the league’s top scoring defense (16.2 PPG), have forced multiple turnovers in 4 straight games, and have 5 straight games with an interception. They’re 6-0 at home, and the offense, which struggled early, had a season-high 534 yards against Carolina, including 240 yards on the ground. The loss of safety Earl Thomas with a season-ending broken leg is a concern.#FlashbackFriday: Seahawks-style https://t.co/hPGopWNXmB— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 2, 2016 Dez Bryant! What a catch! pic.twitter.com/SJdQninmPb— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 2, 2016
Draymond Green is a throwback tough guy in an era where finesse and three point shooting, but Charles Barkley isn’t a fan. After Green went nose to nose with New Orleans guard Rajon Rondo in a trash talking confrontation before halftime of Game 2 of the Warriors/Pelicans, the broadcast tossed to the Inside the NBA guys and Barkley said he wished Rondo would have punched Green in the face. Barkley then added that he would like to punch Green in the face.You would think Barkley would appreciate Green for being a tough guy in a soft league, but clearly that’s not the case. Golden State won the game 121-116 to take a 2-0 series lead.Charles Barkley on Draymond Green “I want to punch his ass in the face” pic.twitter.com/zIyDNXV7e7— gifdsports (@gifdsports) May 2, 2018 Advertisement Following the game, when asked about Barkley’s comments, Green essentially told Barkley, do something or shut up.Draymond Green goes all in on Charles Barkley for Barkley saying he’d punch him in the face. 🥊 pic.twitter.com/HCmNCRWhWC— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) May 2, 2018
Also:-Toronto keeping Kawhi will be a tough sell-Boogie Cousins will get a contract-NBA Finals and offseason worst-case scenario-Where Colin was right/wrong Guests:Chris Broussard, Jim Jackson, and Ric Bucher <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Injuries are the star of The FinalsThe Warriors took Game 2 of the NBA Finals to even the series at one game a piece, but in the process sustained more injuries to Klay Thompson and key role player Kevon Looney. Additionally, Andre Iguodala is hobbled and Boogie Cousins is gingerly coming of his early playoff injury at less than 100%, and Kevin Durant’s return is uncertain. Somehow, they still managed to win the game.In most Finals, a player establishes themselves as the star, but in these Finals the biggest headliner is the injuries, and the fact that Golden State can win without most of their best players proves they are the better team. If Toronto had anywhere close to the same amount of injuries, the Finals wouldn’t even be competitive.
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Twitch Desktop App Final released by Martin Brinkmann on August 13, 2017 in Games, Misc – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 10 commentsTwitch announced on August 10, 2017 that the company has released the Twitch Desktop application final for Windows and Mac PCs.The company released a beta version of the Twitch app in early 2017, and has been working on the final version of the desktop app ever since.Twitch, owned by Amazon, is a streaming platform; probably the most popular platform right now when it comes to gaming related streams. While the bulk of streams on Twitch show people playing games, the platform hosts gaming video logs (vlogs), creative content, and other (mostly) games related content as well.Twitch Desktop App FinalFirst, the basics. The Twitch Desktop App is available for Windows and Mac devices only. Twitch makes no mention of operating system or hardware specifics on the download page however. I tested the Twitch Desktop App on a Windows 10 PC and it ran fine.The application itself requires that you sign in to an account or create a new one to use it. This is different from using Twitch in a browser as you can tune in to streams without account in this case as well.The main look and feel of the final version has not changed all that much. You find the main entry points browse, library, mods and search at the top, followed channels and friends on the sidebar, and the main content in the main pane of the application.Browse is further divided into the four content areas games, communities, popular and creative.Games lists games sorted by popularity, e.g. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Hearthstone and League of Legends.Communities is a beta feature. It lists popular Twitch communities that you may join, for instance the Speedrunning, Chill-Streams, or VarietyStreaming communities.Popular lists popular streams that are live at the moment based on number of viewers. You may switch to recorded videos there as well, and filter by language.Creative lists streams that may be related to gaming, but don’t have to be. You find cosplay there for instance but also music, food or miniatures.A click on a stream loads it directly in the client. The default layout lists the stream and comments in the content pane. A click on the small left arrow next to the streamer’s profile icon increases the player size by hiding the left sidebar listing friends and favorite channels, a click on the right arrow hides the chat.You can browse other parts of the site while you are watching a stream. The stream is displayed in a small pop-out video in the app when you do so.The Library section of the Twitch Desktop App lists installed computer games. When you open it for the first time, a scan is made to find installed games.Mods finally lists game modification options for some games. Only a handful, Minecraft, World of Warcraft or The Elder Scrolls Online are supported right now.You may use the Twitch Desktop App to make voice and video calls which is one of the core differences to the web application. The web app of Twitch supports messaging, but not audio or video call functionality.Servers is another desktop application exclusive feature. Basically, what it does is keep a permanent home for communities open even when streams go offline.These (important) things changed since the beta release:Whispers have replaced private messages, and may be used to message friends and strangers. Whispers from strangers can be blocked in Settings > Privacy > Block Whispers from Strangers.Friends are shared on Twitch.tv and Twitch Desktop App. Also, status changes and the sharing of the status is shown on both platforms.App-wide moderation to block others.Performance improvements.New Dark Mode. Enable it under Settings > General > Theme.Closing WordsTwitch Desktop App final ships with a couple of features that such as voice and video calls or server functionality that the Web application of Twitch does not support. It requires that you sign in to an account though to use it at all which is a big minus.Now You: Do you use Twitch or another service?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 4 votes Software Name Twitch Desktop App Final Software Category GamingLanding Page https://app.twitch.tv/ Advertisement
Chrome may soon lazy load images and frames natively by Martin Brinkmann on August 14, 2018 in Google Chrome – 21 commentsGoogle’s Chrome web browser may soon support the native lazy loading of images and frames. Company engineers implemented two flags in Chrome Canary, the cutting edge development version of Google Chrome, that users may enable to unlock the new functionality.Not all elements on a web page are of equal importance on load. The content that is visible to the user has priority over content that is displayed somewhere at the bottom of the page because it is not visible to the user.Lazy loading is not a new technique but it is used by some sites on the Internet to speed up the loading of pages. Instead of loading some elements on start, say images, lazy loading loads them when they are required or shortly before they are required.Think of images placed on page three of an article. While you could load them when the user opens the page in a browser, loading these images when the user is on page two might be beneficial to the page’s initial loading time.Related: Google tested heavy page warnings in Chrome recently.Lazy loading in ChromeChrome users who use Chrome Canary can enable the new lazy loading functionality that Google baked into the browser right now. Note that experimental flags may be removed by Google at any time and that there is no guarantee that functionality will be integrated into the browser.Tip: Load chrome://settings/help to check the version of the browser and whether it is Chrome Canary.Load chrome://flags/#enable-lazy-image-loading in the Chrome address bar.You need to set the flag to enabled to turn image lazy loading on in Chrome.Load chrome://flags/#enable-lazy-frame-loading.Enable the flag to turn frame lazy loading on.Restart the Chrome browser.Image lazy loading defers the loading of images until the user scrolls near them and the same is true for frame lazy loading (but for frames).How beneficial is lazy loading?Lazy loading supposedly improves page load times by blocking some elements from being loaded on page load and loading them when the user scrolls near them. Chrome’s implementation enables lazy loading for images and frames.Lazy loading is mostly useful for slow connections. I ran a quick test with both lazy load flags enabled and could not see a difference on a computer with a relatively fast 50 Mbit connection.If you are on a 5Mbit or slower connection, you may be able to see the benefits of lazy loading more clearly especially on image-heavy or frame-heavy pages.Lazy loading may save bandwidth for sites that implement it as well as images or frames may not get loaded at all depending on whether users scroll all the way down or exit the site while they are halfway through the page.I’m not sure how sites are handled by Chrome that already do lazy load some of their content. Will Chrome’s implementation spot these and disable native lazy loading or is there potential for conflicts?Now You: Do you think it is a good idea to implement lazy loading functionality in browsers?SummaryArticle NameChrome may soon lazy load images and frames nativelyDescriptionGoogle plans to integrate lazy loading functionality natively in the company’s Chrome browser to speed up the loading of web pages on slow connections.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
It is time to opt out of Yahoo Mail email scanning by Martin Brinkmann on August 30, 2018 in Email – 14 commentsYahoo Mail and AOL Mail, which both fly under the Oath banner, a Verizon owned company, scan emails that arrive in user inboxes to improve advertisement targeting.An article published by The Wall Street Journal (sorry, no link as it is paywalled), suggests that Oath’s email scanning may go beyond what users of the service may deem acceptable.According to the article, Yahoo is scanning commercial emails of all free users who did not opt-out of personalized advertisement to improve targeted advertising.Yahoo creates profiles of users by assigning them to certain groups or categories. A user who receives receipts for online purchases may be put into different categories based on the purchases, frequent traveler for example for users who get emails about several plane tickets in a period of time. Yahoo Mail users who get brokerage emails, e.g. trade confirmations, may be assigned to the investors group.While the exact classification and profiling system is unknown, it is clear that it uses information found in emails to profile users. The system places a cookie on users systems that identifies the interest groups the Yahoo user is associated with. Companies and advertisers may use the data to serve personalized advertisement to users and the paper suggests that Oath may also use receipts in the Yahoo Mail inbox as proof to advertisers that a particular campaign worked.Yahoo confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that it scans commercial emails only, and that the algorithms the company uses strip out personal information to make sure that those are not leaked in any way. The company claimed that the majority of emails that arrive in user inboxes are commercial in nature, and that the system is adjusted when the need arises to avoid wrong classifications and other issues.Yahoo customers have some options to deal with the email scanning:Close the account.Opt-out of interested-based ads and hope for the best.Closing an email account is problematic for a number of reasons. Users have to find another email provider, may want to back up all emails they received over the years, and may even want to keep the account open for a period to make sure no mail is lost.Closing the account may require that users change email addresses on websites, for instance those that they signed up for using the email address.One good option to back up all emails is the free MailStore Home software for Windows. It is capable of backing up all emails on the local system. You can read my review of MailStore Home here.The desktop email client Thunderbird is another option.Tip: Find out how to delete your entire Yahoo account. We published the guide after a Reuter’s article suggested that Yahoo has been working with U.S. intelligence services to search all customer emails.Opt-out of interest-based ads on YahooYahoo customers can opt-out of interest-based ads. Yahoo notes on the page that opting-out will stop the analysis of communication content for advertising purposes among other things.You can opt out of interest-based advertising, analysis of communications content for advertising purposes, and the sharing of your information with partners for data matching and appends using the tools on this page.Perform the following steps to opt-out.Visit The Ad Internet Manager page on the Yahoo website.Click on the opt-out button to opt-out of interest-based ads and thus also the analysis of communication content for advertising purposes. The button should change to a “opt-in” button after the request has been processed.Switch to “On Yahoo”, and opt-out there as well. Note that the use of ad-blockers or content-blockers may prevent the opt-out from working correctly.Closing WordsI don’t know how good Yahoo’s algorithms are to distinguish between commercial emails and others; the past has shown that it is tricky to get it right.Yahoo customers who use email may want to opt-out of the automated scanning to avoid any issues related to the scanning; some may want to create new email accounts at providers that don’t scan emails or put privacy first. Examples of such providers are Startmail or ProtonMail.Now You: Would you use email providers that scan your emails for commercial purposes?SummaryArticle NameIt is time to opt out of Yahoo Mail email scanningDescriptionYahoo Mail and AOL Mail, which fly under the Oath banner, a Verizon company, scan emails that arrive in user inboxes to improve advertisement targeting.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement