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first_img 6 Comments   Share   The love story told in the Oscar-nominated film “A Star Is Born” isn’t so unlike a love story yet to be written here in the desert.OK, so maybe there’s not a lot of threads to connect Bradley Cooper’s movie with the Arizona Cardinals — not yet anyway.But with the Oscars coming this Sunday and the film expected to take home some hardware after being nominated for a handful of honors, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Jarrett Carlen and Luke Lapinski decided to dazzle us with a rendition of the movie’s hit song, “Shallow.” Playing Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen and coach Kliff Kingsbury, respectively, it’s likewise about a connection between two passionate humans and the discovery of talent.Related Links98.7 FM listeners tell their favorite stories of meeting the famousFrom the first lyrics (“Tell me something, Josh. Are you unhappy after every loss?”) to the emotional climax (“When the games are played, using the Air Raid, no one can stop us now”), Cardinals fans will surely feel the emotion of this parody. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


Sports streaming service DAZN has teamed up with D

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first_imgSports streaming service DAZN has teamed up with Discovery on a wide-ranging distribution pact that will see two Eurosport channels made available to DAZN subscribers in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain.Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD will be made available in the four markets under the deal, which is the latest expansion play for the four-year-old London-headquartered SVOD.The deal comes despite Eurosport’s own OTT service, Eurosport Player, being available widely across Europe, meaning DAZN likely paid a premium for the rights.Discovery’s Eurosport holds exclusive pan-European rights to Grand Slam tennis championships; cycling’s Grand Tours; all FIS World Cup and World Championship winter sport competitions and premium motorsport series’ including Formula E, WTCR and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Eurosport also hosts Olympics coverage in Europe, with all media rights to Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024 across more than 50 markets.Meanwhile, DAZN has exclusively sublicenced 45 Bundesliga matches from Discovery in Germany and Austria, including matches on Friday night, Sunday, Monday and relegation play-off matches from the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.Eurosport content becomes available on DAZN from 1 August.John Gleasure, chief business development officer at DAZN Group, said: “This is an exciting agreement that brings Eurosport’s incredible sports content to our subscribers, and delivers 45 Bundesliga matches to the DAZN service in Germany and Austria under a two-season exclusive sublicensing agreement.“This deal underlines our commitment to providing the biggest and best sports action to fans in an accessible and affordable way, while rewarding rights holders for integrating their content on our market leading platform. We look forward to developing our partnership with Discovery.”James Gibbons, in his role as head of commercial development for EMEA at Discovery, said: “We are delighted to enter this partnership that expands the distribution of Eurosport’s channels in four European markets. We always look for new partners that help get our brands and content to more fans. In parallel, we will continue to develop and market our all-access multi-sport OTT service – Eurosport Player – for fans who want a deeper experience.”last_img read more


1981 I was looking through some old books that so

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first_img1981: I was looking through some old books that somehow ended up at my parents’ house. Among them, I found a set of history books from the 1930s. With an innate interest in the topic, I began reading them, and was absolutely shocked by what I found. The last book of the series covered what were then modern times, and to my horror, I found lavish praise for – of all people – Benito Mussolini. These were American books, by the way, beautifully produced by a respected publisher. And there, in authoritative tones, was the story of the great Mussolini, the savior of Italy. Given that I was taught precisely the opposite, a mere 30-odd years later, you can imagine my surprise. Just to establish my point, here are a few quotes from that time about Mussolini: What a man! I have lost my heart! – Winston Churchill The greatest genius of the modern age. – Thomas Edison I am much interested and deeply impressed by what he has accomplished and by his evidenced honest purpose of restoring Italy. – Franklin Roosevelt Obviously, these quotes are no longer mentioned in ‘respectable’ circles. And that’s my point: What is inconvenient to the current ruling establishment is dropped from the books. When I was young, the USSR was famous for horribly twisting history to make themselves look like the great and mighty ones. They even made jokes about it on the original Star Trek. But here was clear evidence that history – in America – had been altered. In this case, parts had not been added, but they most certainly had been taken away. That rather shook my view of history, as it had been taught to me at school. The Making of… Hidden History A few years later I came across an even more troubling instance of history being pulled out of the books: I had been writing a few books for a major publisher, and one of my editors asked me to meet him for dinner, which, of course, I did. We discussed projects that we might pursue and generally had a pleasant evening. At some point we left off discussing our projects and talked about history. Somehow, we ended up at the Armenian genocide. He was surprised that I knew about it (many still don’t), but I had known quite a few Armenian kids growing up, and I had heard their stories. Then, my editor took a deep breath and said, “then I want to tell you something.” He explained that a few years before, he had been working for one of the big three textbook publishers, and happened to be editing a high school history book. One day, he got a phone call from the US State Department. He was shocked, and asked them why they would be calling him. “It’s about the history book you’re editing,” the man said. My friend had been raised in about the same way I had, so the idea of censoring a textbook was astonishing to him. “We need you to cut back the section on the Armenian genocide,” the man from the State Department said. My friend was horrified, and complained that it was the true history. “Yes,” said the man, “but we need to keep the Turks happy.” My friend’s 2-3 pages on the Armenian genocide was reduced to 2-3 paragraphs, and it was a victory that he got that much space. According to all I learned in school, such things did not happen in America. According to all that is self-promoted about academia, they are the sworn enemies of such things. But they do happen – a lot. I’ve encountered the same thing on museum walls: descriptions that are clearly misleading, but which glorify the rulership of our time. There is much more to this, but I’ll let the point stand as I’ve made it thus far: History is manipulated. You can find the truth if you dig through old books and artifact records, or from some specialists, but not from schoolbooks. The books aren’t filled with lies, they just remove the facts that don’t make their bosses look good. And this is not a trivial thing; it affects a lot more than school children. As Adolf Hitler was starting his aggression against the Poles, the London Times quoted him as saying: Go, kill without mercy. After all, who remembers the Armenians? What is deleted from history can teach us nothing, and those who have this power use it to glorify themselves. This is a very dangerous thing, and it rules the schoolbooks of America and the Western world in general. I’ll close with a line from Paul Simon’s song, Kodachrome: When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all. What you learned in school was a partial, cartoon version of history. You learned what made the big bosses look good, and no more. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more


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DataGrail Research Reveals 70 of Privacy Professionals Agree Their Systems Will Not

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first_imgThousands of Manual Processes Increase Risk of Human Error, Strain Productivity; Half of Companies Missed GDPR Compliance Deadline–Most Plan New Hires for RegulationsDataGrail, the privacy management platform purpose-built for the European (GDPR), Californian (CCPA) and impending privacy regulations, announced the publication of “The Age of Privacy: The Cost of Continuous Compliance.” The report benchmarks the operational impact of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), as well as sharing insights into lessons learned and attitudes toward privacy regulations.“Businesses without a European presence were not impacted by the GDPR. However, with the CCPA fast approaching, US businesses without GDPR are experiencing the same challenges that multinational companies did with GDPR,” said Daniel Barber, Co-founder & CEO, DataGrail. “Most companies reported taking at least seven months to achieve GDPR readiness, but now with CCPA only seven months away, they realize their systems will not support CCPA and other forthcoming privacy regulations. Companies will need to integrate and operationalize their privacy management to avoid the time-consuming and error-prone manual processes to comply with these regulations.”Marketing Technology News: Everflow releases SmartSwitch to Automate Optimization and Fraud Prevention for Performance and Partner MarketingDataGrail surveyed more than 300 U.S. privacy management decision makers; including IT, operations, security, legal, and risk and compliance professionals. Key findings from “The Age of Privacy: The Cost of Continuous Compliance” include:GDPR Compliance Took Longer Than ExpectedOnly half of companies achieved self-reported compliance before the May 25, 2018 deadline.Most companies took seven months or longer to achieve readiness.Even GDPR Readiness is CostlyTwo-thirds of companies assigned dozens, or even hundreds, of employees to manage GDPR compliance. Based on survey results, it’s likely the average organization spent 2000 – 4000 hours in meetings preparing for GDPR — more than a full year of work.Half of privacy management decision makers spent at least 80 hours personally preparing for GDPR, and another 80 hours to sustain compliance — also a full month of work.Privacy Rights Requests Are Time-Consuming and Error-ProneHalf of companies use manual processes to manage GDPR privacy rights requests, such as the right to be forgotten.Two-thirds of companies have processed at least 100 requests in the past year, across dozens of business systems and third-party services, and most of them have at least 25 employees involved in request management. That’s thousands of touch points with the potential to introduce human error — the overwhelming majority of privacy professionals are working to reduce the risk of manual error in these requests.Marketing Technology News: New Study Reveals Positive Impact of Page Speed on Google RankingsCCPA Compliance Programs Face the Same Challenges as GDPR ProgramsTwo-thirds of privacy professionals believe it will take less than six months to prepare for CCPA, even though most reported it took seven months or longer to prepare for GDPR. Even worse, technology adoption rates for CCPA are lower than they were for GDPR — companies are primarily training employees to manage privacy regulations — increasing cost and risk of ongoing compliance.Companies Will Be Challenged by the Future of Privacy RegulationsMost companies are approaching privacy regulations on a case-by-case basis; two-thirds of privacy professionals agree the systems they have put into place will not support new regulations.90% of companies plan to hire at least three new employees in the next two years to manage privacy regulations, but only one-third of companies are automatically updating their data inventory.“It is evident from this research that most companies still rely on piecemeal technology solutions and manual processes, when they should be turning to privacy management solutions purpose-built for privacy regulations,” said Barber. “As companies turn their attention from GDPR to CCPA and beyond, they must operationalize sustained compliance to reduce risk, provide transparency for their customers, and control operational costs.”Marketing Technology News: 51% of ‘Hungry Searchers’ Choose Restaurants by Food Type as Journeys Go Mobile DataGrail Research Reveals 70% of Privacy Professionals Agree Their Systems Will Not Support New Privacy Regulations PRNewswireMay 20, 2019, 3:16 pmMay 20, 2019 CCPADaniel BarberDataGrailGDPRMarketing TechnologyNewsprivacy management solutions Previous ArticleTravel Tech Providers Gimmonix and Trip Sciences Strike a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Travel Industry’s First White-label Native Mobile Solution for HotelsNext ArticleMetadata.io Wins TiE50 Award for Breakthrough AI-powered Account Based Marketing Platformlast_img read more


Consumers arent as Inspired as Marketers About GDPR Principles and Data Privacy

Posted On Jul 24 2019 by

first_img Consumer Awarenessdata privacyGDPRGDPR Principlesmobile marketingNewsOgury Previous ArticleMulti-Touch Attribution Is Dead: Measured Launches Cross-Channel Incrementality Measurement for MarketersNext ArticleMarketing and Ops: Leveraging A Brands Most Powerful Duo Consumers aren’t as Inspired as Marketers About GDPR Principles and Data Privacy Laws Sudipto GhoshMay 23, 2019, 6:30 pmMay 23, 2019 GDPR One Year On: Latest Survey Shows Consumer Awareness around Data Use is Very Low about GDPR Principles Marketing teams may have managed to surf the turf with EU’s GDPR Principles in the first year. As we inch toward the first GDPR anniversary, market analysts and Data Privacy trend watchers are constantly churning data on GDPR impact. They provide insights on how GDPR transformed the data industry globally -for businesses and for consumers. In an interesting data research on GDPR Principles, Ogury found that less than 10% (only 8%) of consumers globally feel they have a better understanding of how companies use their data since GDPR’s introduction.Ogury also found these interesting trend on what consumers truly understand about GDPR compliance.52% of consumers globally still don’t understand how their data is used after reading consent forms and privacy policies.When given a clear and fair choice about which data to share and to what purpose, 7 out of 10 consumers globally choose to share their data rather than paying to access content.In addition, roughly half of consumers (52% globally) answered that they still do not understand how their data is used. This, despite acknowledging they have read Data Privacy Policy at various websites. This was even higher in countries where GDPR has been implemented for one year, where 58% of respondents from European countries do not understand how companies use their data.Ogury conducted a survey of 287,571 consumers, examining attitudes towards mobile marketing, advertising and data use.Coinciding with the first anniversary of GDPR, the survey is the largest of its kind to date. Its findings reveal that consumers are still mostly in the dark when it comes to how their data is collected, stored and used.Data Ecosystem Privacy Has Reached a New Level of MaturityIn a recent blog, LoopMe’s Stephen Upstone wrote, “We need to be honest with ourselves: the race to become GDPR compliant before the deadline was no easy task. AdTech providers were planning several years ahead of time – and even last minute we had clients coming to us with lots of questions.”Co-Founder and CEO of Ogury, Thomas Pasquet, commented, “GDPR has not been taken seriously enough by organizations. These might be disheartening numbers for lawmakers and regulators, who will have no doubt hoped for a far greater level of understanding from the very consumers that GDPR is designed to protect. But, marketers should similarly take heed of this admission by users that the message is not getting through in sufficient numbers.”How does GDPR impact US Consumers?According to another report by nCipher,  Personal Data Privacy Is Hot-Button Issue in America, Where Distrust Runs High! Yes, GDPR Principles in the US data market is a very tough challenge for Marketing teams. The nCipher survey data indicates that protecting personal information has become of paramount importance for many Americans. More than half (52%) of Americans said data privacy is important to them. Forty-one percent said protecting their personal information is their top concern.“Thirty-two percent said safeguarding their personal data is as important to them as their own physical protection. Six percent said only protecting their family is more important than protecting their personal data.” – nCipher SurveyWhy?Only 4% of the respondents trust organizations to do what they say they’ll do when it comes to not sharing their personal data28% said nothing makes them trust that their personal data will not be shared61% of Americans are not OK with some organizations sharing their private dataGDPR Awareness Shockingly Low; But, Are Organizations Still Failing Consumers?Consumers are yet to fully understand how GDPR Fines and GDPR Principles protect their interest from data-preying companies.The study’s findings indicate that businesses have not properly instituted a requirement for explicit and informed user consent for data collection and usage. 78% of users globally don’t read consent notices in their entirety.When asked whether they felt their understanding of how companies used their data had improved since GDPR came into effect, the majority of respondents answered “No”. What’s more, consumer awareness of GDPR itself is still low. In the UK, 59% of respondents said their understanding was no better than before the law came into effect, while a further 29% said that they didn’t even know what GDPR was. Amongst the European countries surveyed, an average of 39% of respondents were unaware of GDPR.Thomas added, “Businesses need to deeply understand what GDPR is and in turn educate consumers around the importance of data sharing; this level of consumer education will become increasingly important across the globe. We are already seeing this level of education begin to happen in the US as we prepare for the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.”The Importance of Explicit User Consent Elie Kanaan, Ogury’s CMO, said, “The industry desperately needs to earn back consumers’ trust, by granting them a clear and fair choice and gaining their explicit consent. That means consent notices must be in plain words, published in plain sight.” He continued, “There is an opportunity to simultaneously alleviate consumer privacy concerns and increase mobile engagement – by committing to explicit, informed, and unambiguous user choice; from opting-in to customized marketing, to exercising their right to be forgotten. Unfortunately, over the past year, companies have failed to take GDPR seriously, which means there is a chance that the industry will be led to more privacy scandals and concerns in the near future.”GDPR News and Insights: OneTrust Launches Policy and Notice Management Solution to Centrally Manage and Update GDPR and CCPA Privacy Policies & DisclosuresConsumers Don’t Care About Legislations; They Care About Clarity and Fairness of ChoiceThe survey also revealed that, when given an explicit choice, 71% of respondents globally would be prepared to share data from their mobile apps and website usage as well as contact details as an alternative to paying for access to apps and online content.With regards to user choice, Kanaan, added, “The fact that 71% of mobile users globally would share their data if they know exactly what data is being collected and how it will be used, tells us clearly that consumers are willing to contribute to preserve a free internet as long as the exchange is fair and respected. It also confirms the market assumptions that drove the design of Ogury Consent Manager with Fair Choice. This product introduces three clear and fair options: accept anonymous data to be collected and used to receive customized marketing; Opt-out from sharing data and therefore receive irrelevant ads; Or pay a fair price in exchange for a marketing-free and data collection-free environment.”This survey points to the fact that it is time for a transformation globally around how advertising and marketing is done today. If businesses do not begin to take GDPR seriously, they risk major consequences through various sanctions that will be detrimental for companies not operating under the law as it stands.How to Win with GDPR and Consumer Sentiments?Businesses should enable Marketing and Sales teams to fully understand GDPR Compliance at a granular level. Employees should implement GDPR principles in their interaction with various online and mobile touchpoints. A move towards consented data sharing and advertising creates a safer environment for consumers and brands, restoring trust and integrity to the industry, and helping to create a more mature and respectful internet.To participate in our GDPR pieces, drops us a line at news@martechseries.comlast_img read more


Amazon looks to build on 1st season of NFL streaming

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© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Amazon will stream AVP beach volleyball tour next 3 summers Explore further 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. Amazon had a mostly successful debut into live streaming of major sports events, with increased audience and an improved viewing experience in its first season showing NFL games. Citation: Amazon looks to build on 1st season of NFL streaming (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-amazon-1st-season-nfl-streaming.html The question looking ahead is how aggressively will Amazon be in the sports streaming landscape?”It’s too soon to say,” said Jim DeLorenzo, the head of Amazon Sports. “We’re just in the early stages here. We were definitely pleased with the way things played out. It was great to partner with the NFL on this and we were really happy with how our customers reacted to it. But it’s too soon to say this impacts our strategy going forward.”Amazon.com Inc. already had smaller deals with the ATP Tour to air last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals and the rights to show some men’s tennis tournaments to customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as an upcoming deal to show beach volleyball events.But the NFL is the biggest endeavor Amazon has made so far after paying $50 million for the rights to stream 10 Thursday night games and an additional one on Christmas.Amazon built on the audience Twitter had in 2016 in the first year of streaming on Thursday nights, with the averaging per-minute audience for the 11 games hitting 310,000, a 17 percent increase from Twitter’s numbers.On a per capita basis, the biggest audience was in the District of Columbia, followed by Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Utah. Prime members in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and North Carolina watched for the longest amount of time.Viewers who already are used to watching movies and scripted shows on Amazon’s various platforms stayed longer on the NFL, with the average viewer watching for 63 minutes.The feed was usually much cleaner than on Twitter or some other streaming services and was delivered even faster than some cable systems, as opposed to the usual delay for online streaming.”This was really our first step into distributing live sporting events at scale on a global basis,” DeLorenzo said. “Of course there was learning. Because we’re so early on in that process of distributing this kind of content to our customers, there are a number of things we can look at along the way.”Even though television audiences for the NFL dropped for the second straight year as people cut the cord and drop cable or satellite service, the streaming audience on Amazon was still a small fraction compared with the more than 10 million viewers who watched on average the Thursday night games on NBC, CBS or the NFL Network. CBS and NBC pay about $45 million per game for the rights to their Thursday night broadcasts.The NFL will decide soon its plans for Thursday night games next season, but it is expected to once again split the package between a broadcast and streaming partner.Amazon offered alternate language feeds for the broadcast to cater to some of the fans from more 220 countries who tuned into the games, with feeds in Spanish, Portuguese and “U.K. English,” for those less familiar with the American version of football.”That was a fun component of what we were doing and we were glad to see customers reacted well to that as well,” DeLorenzo said. read more


Indonesia earthquake—how scrap tyres could stop buildings collapsing

Posted On Jul 18 2019 by

first_img Provided by The Conversation Citation: Indonesia earthquake—how scrap tyres could stop buildings collapsing (2018, August 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-indonesia-earthquakehow-scrap-tyres-collapsing.html Earthquakes are one of the deadliest natural disasters, accounting for just 7.5% of such events between 1994 and 2013 but causing 37% of deaths. And, as with all natural disasters, it isn’t the countries that suffer the most earthquakes that see the biggest losses. Instead, the number of people who die in an earthquake is related to how developed the country is.In Lombok, as in Nepal in 2015, many deaths were caused by the widespread collapse of local rickety houses incapable of withstanding the numerous aftershocks. More generally, low quality buildings and inadequate town planning are the two main reasons why seismic events are more destructive in developing countries.In response to this issue, my colleagues and I are working on a way to create cheap building foundations that are better at absorbing seismic energy and so can prevent structures from collapsing during an earthquake. And the key ingredient of these foundations is rubber from scrap tyres, which are otherwise very difficult to safely dispose of and are largely sent to landfill or burnt, releasing large amounts of carbon dioxide and toxic gases containing heavy metals. Many homes in Lombok have been destroyed. Credit: EPA/Adi Weda Rubber-soil mixturePrevious attempts to protect buildings from earthquakes by altering their foundations have shown promising results. For example, a recently developed underground vibrating barrier can reduce between 40% and 80% of surface ground motion. But the vast majority of these sophisticated isolation methods are expensive and very hard to install under existing buildings. My colleagues and I have shown that introducing rubber-soil mixture can also change the natural frequency of the soil foundation and how it interacts with the structure above it. This could help avoid a well-known resonance phenomenon that occurs when the seismic force has a similar frequency to that of the natural vibration of the building. If the vibrations match they will accentuate each other, dramatically amplifying the shake of the earthquake and causing the structure to collapse, as happened in the famous case of the Tacoma Narrows bridge in 1940. Introducing a rubber-soil mixture can offset the vibrations so this doesn’t happen. A promising futureThe key to making this technology work is finding the optimum percentage of rubber to use. Our preliminary calculations echo other investigations, indicating that a layer of rubber-soil mixture between one and five metres thick beneath a building would reduce the maximum horizontal acceleration force of an earthquake by between 50% and 70%. This is the most destructive element of an earthquake for residential buildings. We are now studying how different shaped rubber-soil mixture foundations could make the system more efficient, and how it is affected by different types of earthquake. Part of the challenge with this research is testing the system. We build small-scale table models to try to understand how the system works and assess the accuracy of computer simulations. But testing it in the real world requires an actual earthquake, and it’s almost impossible to know exactly when and where one will strike.There are ways of testing it through large scale experiments, which involve creating full-size model buildings and shaking them to simulate the force from recorded real earthquakes. But this needs funding from big institutions or companies. Then it is just a question of trying the solution on a real building by convincing the property owners that it’s worthwhile. At the time of writing, 436 people have died following an earthquake in the Indonesian island of Lombok. A further 2,500 people have been hospitalised with serious injuries and over 270,000 people have been displaced. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Collapsed building after 2018 Lombok earthquake. Credit: Shutterstock Our new anti-earthquake technology could protect cities from destruction Our alternative is to create foundations made from local soil mixed with some of the 15m tonnes of scrap tyre produced annually. This rubber-soil mixture can reduce the effect of seismic vibrations on the buildings on top of them. It could be easily retrofitted to existing buildings at low cost, making it particularly suitable for developing countries. Several investigations have shown that introducing rubber particles into the soil can increase the amount of energy it dissipates. The earthquake causes the rubber to deform, absorbing the energy of the vibrations in a similar way to how the outside of a car crumples in a crash to protect the people inside it. The stiffness of the sand particles in the soil and the friction between them helps maintain the consistency of the mixture. Explore further 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.last_img read more