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Packers, Vikings both need win to boost playoff hopes

Packers, Vikings both need win to boost playoff hopes

Sports
Two high-priced quarterbacks will face off Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in prime time when the Green Bay Packers meet the Minnesota Vikings in a game both teams need to win to enhance their playoff chances. The Packers (4-5-1) and Vikings (5-4-1) played to a 29-29 tie on Sept. 16 in Green Bay as Vikings rookie kicker Daniel Carlson missed three field goal attempts, including two in overtime. Carlson was released after that game and Dan Bailey is now doing the kicking for Minnesota. But the focus Sunday night will be on Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Cousins had perhaps his best game of the season against the Packers, going 35 of 48 for 425 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. However, Cousins and the Vikings have...
Google helps boost High Street spending with search

Google helps boost High Street spending with search

Technology
Attempts to increase the number of people shopping on UK High Streets has been given a boost by search giant Google.It has teamed up with start-up NearSt to help consumers see what is available in their local shops via the web.The search results will also tell people the distance to the shop and the price of goods for sale.The live inventory system should help make it "as easy to shop locally as it is online" said Google.NearSt was founded three years ago by digital brand experts Nick Brackenbury and Max Kreijn.Mr Kreijn literally had a "lightbulb moment" when one of the bulbs in his flat went, and he searched online to buy a replacement."That's how he pitched the business to me," Mr Brackenbury told the BBC. "It seemed crazy tha...
Sainsbury's sees boost from Argos deal

Sainsbury's sees boost from Argos deal

Business
Sainsbury's says its latest half-year results have been boosted by its takeover of catalogue retailer Argos.Cost savings had lifted profits, while adding Argos stores to Sainsbury's outlets was "driving an increase in trading intensity", the retailer said.Sainsbury's, which is planning to merge with rival Asda, said half-year underlying profits rose 20% to £302m.However, when a host of exceptional costs are taken into account, profits nearly halved.The UK's second-largest supermarket said pre-tax profits for the 28 weeks to 22 September were £132m, compared with £220m a year earlier.The profit figure was pushed down by costs related to restructuring store management teams, the Argos integration and preparation for the Asda deal, which is...
Transfer news and rumours: Paul Pogba latest, Man United manager update, Tottenham contract boost, plus more

Transfer news and rumours: Paul Pogba latest, Man United manager update, Tottenham contract boost, plus more

Sports
GOSSIP A round up of the latest transfer news and rumours from Sunday's newspapers and online... Here’s a round up of the latest news and rumours from Sunday’s newspapers and online… Manchester City are set to beat Tottenham to the signing of Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who is also interesting Barcelona. (Daily Star Sunday) Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Juventus coach Max Allegri have been identified as candidates to take over from Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager next year. (Sunday Express) DC United’s former England striker Wayne Rooney will turn down any offers to return to the Premier League during the...
Virtual reality can boost empathy

Virtual reality can boost empathy

Science
Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Virtual reality could be used to boost empathy, new research suggests. The tool could be used to encourage tolerance and acceptance of marginalized groups. Empathy is the ability to understand and relate to other perspectives, thoughts and emotions of others. Studies show higher levels of empathy are linked with altruistic behavior. For research purposes, behavioral psychologists sometimes encourage empathy by asking study participants to adopt the prospect of other people. For the new study, researchers at Stanford University used virtual reality to induce empathy. Scientists hypothesized virtual reality would enhance the empathy-boosting effects of perspective-taking tasks. For their experiment, researchers recruited 500 participants to learn about homelessness. Differ...